When we arrived in Patcher at about 6:15 in the morning, the festivities already were underway. We were greeted by a large banner, identifying the bride and groom and welcoming us to the event.
|Welcoming sign announcing the wedding|
|A portion of those attending the wedding|
After the groom was prepared, he left the hall and the bride entered.
|The bride entering the marriage hall|
|Prepared to meet the groom|
When the bride's preparations were completed, the groom was escorted by his family back to the marriage hall. The procession was accompanied by traditional Hindu music, played fairly loud.
|The groom and his family return to greet the bride|
|"Blessing" of coconut milk|
|Some of the wedding guests enjoying breakfast|
Interestingly, men and women do not sit together for meals. Please notice in the picture below the wonderful colors of the women's saris.
|Women and children enjoying breakfast|
Sister Berrett spent some time speaking with this couple, while I was off taking pictures.
We end with a picture of one of the friends or family of the bride. Notice the beautiful sari, and the gold ornaments in her hair. First, see the gold chain from her earrings to her hair, and then notice the gold pieces down her braided hair, ending in the gold ties at the end.
I think we were the only non-Indians in attendance. We were warmly welcomed and found the people very friendly. We enjoyed a most interesting morning.