Anil and Anum honoured their background and culture at their wedding by including several special traditions among the modern twists.
There are so many different ways to get married so celebrating culture is always important. It was a joy to be part of Anil and Anum's intimate wedding at Sydney's Dolls Point. Anum was dressed in a beautiful sari, her hands and arms adorned with henna wedding tattoos, or Mehndi. This is a form of body art originating from the Indian subcontinent, in which decorative designs are created on a person's body, using a paste, created from the powdered dry leaves of the henna plant. There are many variations and designs. Women usually apply mehndi designs to their hands and feet. Mehndi in Indian tradition is typically applied during special Hindu weddings and Hindu festivals.
I watched as the younger people at the wedding bent down to touch the feet of their parents and grandparents. In Indian culture, this is a sign of great respect and the act invites blessings from older individuals. Children touch the feet of their parents out of respect for giving them life and looking after them.
At the end of the ceremony, Anil and Anum cut their wedding cake and fed mouthfuls to their immediate family. This is another tradition at weddings and birthdays. A small piece of cake is cut and fed to each guest by hand, usually starting with closest family members, then moving on to everyone else.