Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The Sangeet (Sonia and Vivek)

Sonia and Vivek's Sangeet ceremony at The Westin Saturday night was a colorful, festive event filled with music and dancing.
The Sangeet is typically more of a ladies function where all the ladies and unmarried girls from both sides congregate to dance and sing traditional wedding songs.
But the men were involved too with speeches and dancing.
The team of Samantha Slapnik and her assistant Rachel Hamm of Emma Grace Designs did a stellar job of keeping everything on track through the action-packed weekend.
Charlotte's Carolyn Shepard handled the linens, flowers and decor and teamed with Katen from Elegant Designz in Raleigh team to create beautiful settings for the Sangeet, wedding and reception.
I want to thank Prashant Shah of Prashant Video in Raleigh. He was incredibly helpful explaining different aspects of the ceremonies and pointing out key elements.
Sonia brought in makeup artist Kapil Bhalla from India and he did magnificent work. He spends much of his time working with Bollywood actresses and Sonia looked ready to walk onto a movie set.
Next up: the wedding. Check back for more images.

At the Sangeet

Kapil Bhalla helps Sonia get ready

A happy moment before the Sangeet

Beautiful henna decorations

One of many gorgeous outfits


A hookah lounge by Katen of Elegant Designz

Elegant work from Carolyn Shepard

Vivek's friend Sunkul talks about some of their adventures

Sonia's dad did a little singing

The women dance

Vivek's sister Monica

Sonia and Vivek dance with their niece


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