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Amy + Chris

We met our senior year in high school. Amy was a wrestling manager and Chris was one of the captains. Although we started dating in high school we weren't exactly high school sweethearts. Neither of us were really the other's type. But unexpectedly we made something great. Though there were some rough bumps in the beginning, Mar, the maid of honor, was there to help us through it.

   We never would have predicted it, but a few years later we moved from Alaska to Pennsylvania. A few months later we adopted our dog Wasabi and bought our first home. Amy has always hated surprises and our engagement was no different. Keeping up with our untraditional route, Amy proposed to Chris. Things have not always gone the expected path with us, including a last minute move out of the rain on our wedding day. We've made it work wonderfully together and wouldn't have it any other way.

Hira Wedding

Hindu wedding is vivaha and the wedding ceremony is called vivaah sanskar.  The Hindus attach a lot of importance to marriages. The ceremonies are very colourful, and celebrations may extend for several days. The bride's and groom's home - entrance, doors, wall, floor, roof - are sometimes decorated with colors, balloons and other decorations.

The rituals and process in a Hindu wedding vary widely. Nevertheless, there are a few key rituals common in Hindu weddings - Kanyadaan,Panigrahana, and Saptapadi, which are respectively, giving away of daughter by the father, voluntarily holding hand near the fire to signify union, and taking seven steps with each step includes a vow/promise to each other before fire.  The Hindu wedding ceremony at its core is essentially a Vedic yajna ritual. The primary witness of a Hindu marriage is the fire-deity (or the Sacred Fire) Agni, in the presence of family and friends.  The ceremony is traditionally conducted entirely, or at least partially in Sanskrit, considered by Hindus as the language of holy ceremonies. The local language of the bride and groom is also used.

The pre-wedding and post-wedding rituals and celebrations vary by region, preferences or the resources of the groom, bride and their families. They can range from one day to multi-day events. Pre-wedding ceremonies include engagement (involving vagdana or betrothal and lagna-patra written declaration), and arrival of the groom's party at the bride's residence, often in the form of a formal procession with dancing and music. The post-wedding ceremonies may include AbhishekAnna PrashashanAashirvadah, and Grihapravesa - the welcoming of the bride to her new home. The wedding marks the start of Grihastha (householder) stage of life for the new couple.

In India, by law and tradition, no Hindu marriage is binding and complete unless the ritual of seven steps and vows in presence of fire (Saptapadi) is completed by the bride and the groom together.