Sunday, May 8, 2011

Inspiration #92: Mandaps!

Recently, I was honored to coordinate a wedding for a great couple, S + A, at Terra San Francisco, a modern event space that also doubles as an art gallery. It was the first Hindu ceremony I had ever been a part of and the mandap, which is akin to a chuppah, was quite breathtaking (designed by Paige Benjamin at Passiflora Designs). Cymbidium orchids cascaded down above a stage and silver chivari chairs.

All Hindu wedding rituals are performed in the mandap. The four "pillars" represent the bride and groom's parents and honors the important role that each set of parents have played in raising the bride and groom. The pandit, or priest, conducts the wedding ceremony and prepares a sacred fire, which is witness to the ceremony. 
Mandap at Terra San Francisco; photo by Vera Devera, design by Passiflora Designs

View of the aisle, lined with rose petals and string of cymbidium orchids
 Here are some more mandaps to inspire your ceremony "altar":

Photo by A Bryan Photo; originally from Marigolds and Mithai

3 love notes:

Jeremie said...

Really beautiful design of mandaps. These designs are elegant, stylish and unique that create a ever lasting impression on you and your guests. The colour combination used for the mandaps make it more attractive. Here is a link that I think you will find interesting.

Floral Decorations

Jaryce21 said...

oh my sweet sweet Vera! Congrats on another beautiful wedding!

Vera D. said...

Thanks, Jeremie and Jaryce (how are you, married lady?!?!) :)

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