Kaye & Dawson Travel the World

The Wedding

The evening of January 26, a Muslim family invited me into their home and the 18-year old daughter painted my hands with henna paste. Generally, Indian brides also have their forearms, feet, and lower legs painted.  It is a long process, but quite relaxing.  I can see that it would be fun having all the young ladies in the wedding party around; eating, laughing and having a good time. The thick henna paste takes about 2 hours to dry, then it is brushed off leaving only the stained pattern behind.  The bride cannot wash the tattoo for 8 hours, which is why it is usually done in the evening. IMG_2466 IMG_2479



Before the wedding the next day, Dawson and I were fitted with our wedding attire which had been measured and made for us the night before.

The Hindu wedding was beautiful; simple yet somehow complex; and elegant yet earthy at the same time.  It used all the basic elements of daily life in the ritual.  I am sure many Hindu ceremonies are more elaborate, but we had to rely on the kindness of a Hindi priest willing to marry a couple of obviously-crazy Americans.  He was very gracious to do so.  He was, however, disabled from Polio and required an assistant to help administer some of the rituals.  As you view the photos of us seated outside, to Dawson’s immediate left is our interpreter, and to his left is the Hindu priest.  To my direct right is the priest’s assistant.  In the last photo, the older lady in the purple sari stood in as my sister, as the sister of the bride holds a very special part of the vow….vowing to help the bride fulfill care of children and home.  The musicians you see in the distant background played the entire time.  We attracted quite a crowd of locals once the noisy ceremony started, and in the end we had quite a large attendance of newly inherited family and friends.  You would have thought they all knew us personally by the end  of the 1+hour ceremony.  Weddings are VERY special happenings in India, and great effort, money and time is spent on them.  Families travel great distances just to attend them.

It was a beautiful, warm and sunny day, and we could not have asked for a more memorable way to begin our life together.  This is a memory to last forever.

Right sitting:  Priest Left sitting:  Priest Assistant

Right sitting: Priest
Left sitting: Priest Assistant






9 thoughts on “The Wedding

  1. Laura Wimer

    Hi there –
    First, it was a pleasure to meet the two of you at the Christmas party on Friday. Thank you so much for sharing your site with us. I have enjoyed reading through your posts and your description of the wedding truly brought a tear to my eye! Wishing you all the best in your travels! I can’t wait to see where the future takes you!

    1. kbird2992@gmail.com Post author

      Thank you, Laura. It was great meeting you, and hope you continue to enjoy following our travels.

  2. Alison and Bob

    What a wonderful time for both of you. The outfits are stunning and you both look so happy. Congratulations.

  3. Barb Warnke

    What a wonderful (and colorful) occasion. Barb and I are so happy for both of you and thankful that you offered these photos of this special event. We’re having fun browsing through all your other ventures as we’ll. Best of life.

  4. Judy and Nick Sucic

    Congratulations Kaye and Dawson!

    Quite a journey as you begin your “journey” as husband and wife. May you be blessed with a beautiful and fulfilled life together. With our very best wishes, Judy and Nick Sucic

  5. Jane Witte

    What a beautiful day for such a special occasion! I also want to hear about your KY ceremony when you get back! Love to both of you! And congratulations!

  6. Carsten Hock

    Congratulations to you both. Wow, the wedding ceremony looks very interesting. I hope you have a nice time on your trip. Greetings from Germany!

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