I had the honor to document Suyashi and Luke’s fantastic Four Seasons Orlando Indian Christian wedding. Picture this: the vibrant hues of Indian attire intermingling with the elegance of white gowns, the rhythmic beats of Bollywood melodies harmonizing with the soulful notes of hymns, and the tantalizing aromas of Indian spices mingling with the comforting scents of Western cuisine. This is the epitome of a fusion wedding, a harmonious tapestry woven from two rich cultural traditions. Orlando, with its magical attractions, diverse neighborhoods, and welcoming spirit, provided the ideal backdrop for this Hindu-Indian and Christian fusion wedding! From grand ballrooms to scenic gardens, the Four Seasons Hotel offers an array of spaces and ballrooms that can seamlessly accommodate both Hindu and Christian ceremonies.
Before the actual wedding ceremony, for me the Churra ceremony stands out as a poignant and heartwarming ritual, marking the transition of a woman into bridehood. It’s a cherished tradition that resonates deeply with both the bride and her maternal family, symbolizing love, protection, and auspicious beginnings. As the day of the wedding approaches, traditionally family members of the bride lovingly wash the bangles in a bowl of milk, imbuing them with good luck and positive energy. During the ceremony, the uncles and aunties carefully slide each bangle onto the bride’s wrists, starting with the right hand and then moving to the left.
At the heart of the Churra ceremony lies a set of red and white glass bangles, known as Choora or Chuda, gifted by the bride’s maternal uncle – her Maama. These bangles, traditionally 21 in number, represent the bride’s maternal bond and the blessings bestowed upon her by her extended family. The Churra ceremony is a reminder of the unbreakable bond between a bride and her maternal family. It’s a moment of pure joy and affection, as the Mama’s blessings and well wishes accompany the bride into her new life.
The red bangles, signifying suhaag (marital bliss), become an integral part of the bride’s attire, reminding her of the love and protection she carries with her from her maternal family. They are traditionally worn for a period of seven days or until they break naturally, signaling the end of the ceremony’s symbolic period.