When Viraj and Anand contacted us about filming their wedding in Ohio, I had to check out their wedding ceremony venue online. Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Akron, Ohio could not have been a more amazing outdoor venue for an Indian wedding. Built between 1912 and 1915, the 3,000 acre estate was originally owned by the founder of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, F.A. Seilberling. As you can imagine, we were very excited about filming here!
The day before their wedding ceremony, the wedding day forecast included thunderstorms. At that point, we went over to Stan Hywet and scouted angles for our shots. The grounds at Stan Hywet are stunning…lots of vineyards, gardens, ponds…a visual masterpiece! All of the vendors held out hope and the wedding day could not have been more perfect. As we pulled away from Stan Hywet, the skies opened up and poured. How’s that for timing?
We included three days of Hindu wedding traditions in this trailer; starting with the bride’s mehndi. That night, Viraj and Anand held a Mehndi gathering for their families and friends, which included games. On the day before the wedding, Viraj and Anand had a Pithi. During this cleansing ceremony, family members rub a yellow paste all over the bride and groom’s face, arms, and legs. It is believed that the paste softens and whitens the skin so that they will be radiant for the wedding. The paste is made out of chickpea flour, turmeric, rose water, and other ingredients. The bride and groom traditionally hold separate ceremonies. Other events in this trailer include the Garba/Raas, Baraat, Wedding Ceremony, and Wedding Reception.
Before the wedding starts, you’ll also see a group of people scrambling on the ground. This is a Hindu wedding tradition where the bride’s family members try to steal the groom’s shoes. In the scuffle, groomsmen also try to get the groom’s shoes so they are not stolen. At the end of the ceremony, if the groom’s shoes are successfully stolen from the bride’s side, the groom will then have to barter for them back. So, you can understand how important it is to secure the groom’s shoes and always becomes an interesting part of the ceremony.
Viraj and Anand, thank you for asking us to film your beautiful outdoor ceremony. We had a blast and hope this trailer is a wonderful memory of your weekend!
Ceremony Venue: Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens (Akron, Ohio)
Additional Venue: Holiday Inn (Independence, Ohio)
Decor: Party Decor
Garba/Raas Band: Bharti Desai
Mehndi Artist: Rita Patel with Rita’s Beauty Salon firstname.lastname@example.org 216-338-6821
Baraat Horse: Wells~Go~Far Carriage Service
DJ: DJ Tiger
Photography: Mark Garber Photography
Cinematography: Delack Media Group