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Anaka & Manu: A Colorful Multicultural Wedding in Texas
Photos By Ben Q. Photography
By Lauren Kathryn on May 6, 2014 at 5:00 am in Colorful
The wedding planning process is typically a journey fraught with obstacles and frayed nerves, but for Anaka and Manu Mittal, it was twice as complicated. The bride was born and raised in Texas, but the groom’s roots are in Jaipur, India, so the couple faced the unique challenge of creating a single event that paid homage to two distinct cultural backgrounds. “We had the great task of combining two different wedding traditions and cultures into one celebration,” Anaka said. “We were able to do so by focusing on our goal of celebrating love and happiness.”
Held last October, the pair’s joyful wedding was marked by dual ceremonies—one Christian, the other Hindu. The Christian ceremony took place at the First United Methodist Church of Dallas, one of the city’s oldest and most storied churches, while the Hindu ceremony unfolded at the Belo Mansion, the Dallas Bar Association’s historic headquarters.
For the Hindu marriage rite, known as vivah sanskar, Anaka changed out of the capeleted lace dress that she had donned for the church ceremony into a red bridal lengha with ornate gold threadwork. Decked out in boldly colored saris, their hands intricately hennaed, the women in her bridal party escorted her down a second aisle to meet her groom under a traditional mandap—a sacred structure supported by four pillars and bedecked with flowers. Also adorned with gold-fringed garlands and bright swags of cloth, Anaka and Manu’s mandap set a playfully vibrant tone that was reflected throughout the entire celebration. Nowhere to be seen were the soft pastel shades so prevalent in Western weddings; in their place were technicolor hues ranging from electric orange to eye-catching fuchsia—colors that radiate warmth and happiness.
At the reception, guests were treated to a delightfully eclectic menu that fused Southern comfort cuisine—think chicken and waffles—with classic Indian and Mexican fare. Sweet tooths were sated by miniature homemade pies, perfectly baked macarons, and layer cakes iced with ombré buttercream. The showpiece in an inviting display of vividly colored confections was a charming frilly cake topped with figurines of elephants, which symbolize good luck and prosperity in Hindu culture.
After feasting, the newlyweds and their guests danced the night away to the dymanic beats of a live dhol drummer. “My favorite part of the day was definitely the dancing,” Anaka recalled. “Looking out and seeing all of our friends and family from around the world dancing together was amazing and exactly as we had hoped. I knew the day was a success.”
Sharing is Happiness
Photography > ben q. photography
Ceremony Venue > first united methodist church of dallas
Reception Venue > belo mansion
Event Design and Planning > after yes weddings
Flowers > bows and arrows
Cakes > cakewalk bake shop
Desserts > cakewalk bake shop
DJ > dj happy
Bridal lengha > silk threads
Hair > michael gonzalez
Makeup > michael gonzalez
Invitations > blue eye brown eye
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What's Being Said
Sara, May 7, 2014 at 4:59 am
What an awesome wedding! The colors are out of this world!
Krisstin | On the Go Bride, May 6, 2014 at 10:01 am
Obsessing over the colors and all the gorgeous florals!
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