Traditional Indian Wedding in Raleigh | Madison + Harsh | Part I

Last year, Madison and Harsh met with us, and proceeded to tell us all about their two ceremonies, the combining of both of their cultures and families. They planned to have a condensed traditional Indian ceremony in Raleigh, then another western ceremony at The Empire Room a couple weeks later. To which Brian and I both nodded enthusiastically and said, we can TOTALLY do that! And despite an unexpected loss in the family and a last minute wedding date change, it has been quite the fantastic journey!

These two beautiful people welcomed us right into their families and it was fascinating to get an inside look into Harsh's culture and customs. Their first ceremony took place at the Hindu Society of North Carolina in Raleigh, NC. Below are images from this culture-rich event, along with our combined highlight film of their two weddings. Click here to see the images from their Empire Room wedding in Greensboro!

First, the highlights!

Traditional Indian wedding in Raleigh, North Carolina, photographed by Silver Feather Studios.
Madison and Harsh's Indian wedding. photographed by raleigh wedding photographers.
Bride puts on her makeup at her traditional Indian wedding in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Madison wears a beautiful gold hoop earring at her Indian wedding in Raleigh. 
Red and gold theme Indian wedding, photographed by a Burlington, NC wedding photography and video company.
Parents of the bride wear the traditional Hindu garments at their daughter's Indian wedding.
Harsh hugs his future mother in law while wearing traditional Hindu garments. 

Okay, I admit it... I spent the first part of the ceremony thinking, "What is going on? Are they speaking English? Nope. Should I get closer, will I interrupt the event? Oh goodness, what am I doing?!" Thankfully Harsh alleviated my panic with some subtle instructions and by the end, I was like, "Sure, I don't really know what's going on, but I got this!"

Traditional Indian Hindu ceremony in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Burlington, NC wedding photo and video company documents this Indian wedding in Raleigh.
Lots of vibrant colors at this colorful and beautiful traditional Hindu ceremony. 

Madison really looked stunning in her Indian bridal wear. That red and gold was stunning.