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Little Gardens Wedding Pictures Lawrenceville, GA | The Opal Event Hall | Atlanta Wedding Photograph

Wow! Where do we begin? A combination of both Hindu and Muslim traditions, Aliya & Ibrahim's wedding was a fantastic and new experience for Christlyn and I. The wedding lasted for 3 days, 2 of which we had the pleasure of photographing. The first day began at The Opal Event Hall in Lawrenceville, GA and incorporated the Ghari, Pithi, Mehndi and Sangeet. The Opal Event Hall is the perfect Atlanta and Lawrenceville, GA venue for Indian weddings. And now, please enjoy Opal Event Hall wedding pictures from Atlanta Indian wedding photographers, Lunalee Photography.

The Opal Event Hall Atlanta Indian Wedding Venue
Indian Wedding Venue Atlanta
Colorful pillows on a couch
Floor seating at event hall
Decorations for Mehndi

As guests arrived, the ladies took turns getting their hands beautifully tattooed by a Henna artist.

Mehndi henna art on child
Indian Bride's henna tattoo on Mehndi night

And then, the Ghari ceremony began where holy water is brought in by family members.

Ghari ceremony Opal Event Hall Atlanta
Ghari wedding ceremony with little ones

Aliya made her entrance to the event hall, and soon after, family gathered around her for the Pithi.

Bride's entrance Opal Event Hall
Bride with cousins on Mehndi night
Candles in a basket
A bride ready for Henna ceremony
Cousin puts on Mehndi
Leaf with henna
Bride's family Mehndi ceremony
Bride and her mother during Indian Wedding ceremony known as Mehndi
Father giving away his daughter during Indian Mehndi wedding ceremony

And of course, Ibrahim makes his entrance.

Groom's grand entrance

Carried in by her family, Aliya makes her grand entrance.

Grad entrance with Indian bride carried in by family

Next up, the family gave performances for the bride and groom.

Family performances on Mehndi night
Bride and groom enjoy family performances on Mehndi night
Mehndi and Sangeet at Opal Event Hall Atlanta
Backs to camera during performances
Cousins dance on chairs
Bride joins the dance

After the performances, the dance floor opened up!

Bride dances during Sangeet
Happy mother and father wedding sangeet
Uncle and bride laughing sangeet
Opal Event Hall Atlanta stage
Bride and groom portraits on Mehndi night

Ring and henna

On to Day 2! The party continued at Little Gardens in Lawrenceville, GA and featured a more American wedding structure, but with a Muslim Nikkah ceremony. And now, please enjoy Little Gardens wedding pictures from Indian wedding photographers Lunalee Photography.

Little Gardens Wedding Venue Atlanta
Little Gardens bridal room
Groom's room at Little Gardens
Indian bride's hands
First look at Little Gardens Atlanta
Groom seeing his bride during first look
Spinning wedding portrait
Hands in focus
Artistic wedding portraits Atlanta weddings
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Bride and groom formal portrait at Little Gardens Atlanta
Her hands draped over his shoulders
Indian wedding poses
Walking down the aisle at Little Gardens
He sees his bride wedding ceremony moment
Bride from behind walking down the aisle
Father and brother giving away bride
Nikkah Wedding Ceremony Little Gardens Atlanta
We just got married
Little Gardens Atlanta bridal portraits
Bride and groom on front porch
Wedding reception entrance
Brother of the Bride's wedding speech Little Gardens
Bride sheds a tear during wedding speech
Brother hugs bride after wedding speech

A prayer to bless their marriage
She hugs her uncle at her wedding
Wedding cake Little Gardens Atlanta
Cutting the cake Little Gardens Atlanta
Little Gardens Atlanta first dance
Moment with daddy at my wedding
Wedding reception Little Gardens Atlanta

Just as the party was wrapping up, there was one last tradition called the Joota Chupai or as we called it, "the shoe buyback game". In this tradition, the groom's shoe is stolen by the bride's family and the groom is forced to bargain for its safe return. This bargaining tradition is tons of fun and it left me wishing more American weddings had a similar tradition. In the end, the groom did get his shoe back, but at a cost!

Joota Chupai Indian weddings

Cousin wins Joota Chupai

After the Joota Chupai, groom gets his shoe back

Bubble exit!

Bubble wedding exit at Little Gardens in Atlanta
Macro wedding ring on flower pedal

In the end, we are so thankful to have been a part of Aliya and Ibrahim's beautiful wedding and want to thank them for giving us this new experience. It has truly left us with a desire to experience more culturally diverse weddings and traditions. Special thanks to both venues: The Opal Event Hall and Little Gardens! Decor for The Opal Event Hall: Events InStyle by Beenish, Inc. See the full gallery here. FIN

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