We had the most amazing opportunity to be part of Kritika and Roger’s stunning Indian Fusion wedding last month at Kalero Vineyard.

The three things that stood out to the Honey & Lavender team were the vibrant colors of clothes, the beautiful Henna designs and the wedding ceremony.

Wedding Dressing:

Hindu weddings traditionally use bright, vibrant colors accessorized with gold jewelry. White is for mourning. The bride’s forehead and neck are adorned with lots of jewelry. The bride also has at least two dress changes throughout the wedding.

The groom wears a long shirt extended to the knees, a Kafni with Pijamo leggings and a turban which is optional. The bride wears a red or pink sari which represents happiness and good luck. The Sari is 6 foot fabric adorned with crystals and real 24 karat gold thread.


Henna is traditionally applied on the bride’s hands and feet, as Henna is believed to promote fertility and evokes evil spirits for the coupe. The stronger the color of the henna the stronger the bond between the newlyweds. The deeper the henna color, the better the relationship with the mother in law.

The Ceremony:

The wedding ceremony perfectly combined important pillars of a traditional Indian wedding and a western wedding. The ceremony began with an abbreviated Hindu ceremony.

The start of a Hindi ceremony has the bride’s parents giving her away. This ritual is the Kanya Daan.

A traditional Indian wedding doesn’t have a bridal party. Groomsmen and bridesmaids are optional in today’s weddings. Kritika and Roger chose to have a bridal party.

The bride and groom then joined hands and circled around the sacred fire in a ritual fire called Mangalphera. Their Hindu Priest then officiated for an hour or so.

Once the Hindu ceremony was over, Kritika, Roger, and their wedding party quickly transitioned to a short and sweet western-style ceremony with their friend Greg officiating.

Once the ceremony was over, guests were treated to delicious appetizers, drinks, and open karaoke (Roger is the Karaoke King!), while photos were being taken and so guests could change out of their ceremony clothes and into their reception clothes if they wanted.

Kritika changed out of her ceremony dress and into an equally stunning and intricate reception dress.

First Looks are the best!
We love Roger’s face here.

A couple hours later it was time for the reception!

Instead of a wedding cake, these pie lovers had wedding pie from Livin’ the Pie Life in Arlington.

Cheers to the beautiful couple, inside and out. We loved being part of your wedding day!

Vendor Team

Planning: Honey and Lavender Events
Venue: Kalero Vineyard
Photographer: Joffoto
Florals/Decor: Amoda Decor
Catering: IndAroma
DJ: Shivish Entertainment
Makeup Artist: Best Face Forward
Transportation: Road Yachts
Accommodations: Loudon Valley Manor

Wedding Pie: Livin’ the Pie Life

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