Poonam and Mark aka the bride and groom in today’s feature, got married at the Pasea Hotel in Huntington Beach, CA.   Poonam is Gujarati and Mark is Jewish.  The couple ensured that both cultures were represented at their wedding.   Poonam gave a wealth of information about the Gujarati and Jewish religion and cultures when recapping her wedding on social media {HERE}. 

There are so many similarities between the hindu and jewish religions and cultures that Poonam wanted to integrate both Hindu and Jewish traditions into one ceremony.   

Poonam chose coral as the color scheme for the wedding because it was the Pantone Color of the Year for 2019.   Her husband Mark was against the groomsmen wearing  pink or purple.  The groomsmen outfits were actually made from scratch.   Poonam and her family went to a fabric store in India to custom make their outfits.   They found a small tailor in a village whose store was no more than 6 feet by 6 feet. He had never made an outfit for a non- Indian man and was thrilled.   He asked to see a picture of every single groomsmen before creating the outfit so he can envision them in his work!

The sari blouses for her bridesmaid were also stitched and custom made by a different tailor in their small village in India who works from a small home no larger than 400 square feet! He made all 11 outfits in less than 4 days!

In the Gujarati culture, men where Pagri ( Safas) as a symbol of honor. Many of the men on the bride’s side wore red Turbans.  In the Jewish culture, men wear Yamakas (Kippah) as a reminder God is above us.   Many of the men on Mark’s side wore yamakas.  The couple wanted both of their gorgeous, unique headpieces to be represented at the wedding!

During their ceremony, which lasted 1.5 hours, the pundit chanted in Sanskrit, while their rabbi sang hymns in Hebrew.

The information below if from @doctoranddancer, the bride’s Instagram account.  The Gujarati Bride typically wears:

  • White and Rred:   This is why she chose a white duppata for her red outfit
  • Kundan rani haar- Queens Necklace: This was hand-made by a jeweler in India, who took two pieces that the bride loved and made her queens necklace
  • Bajubandh – Armlets:   The bride had hers made with rings attached
  • Damani and Maang Tikka – Forehead Jewelry:   The bride’s was custom made to fit her forehead 
  • Dupatta- head covering:   The bride’s was red
  • Patlas:  Bride shall not keep her arms bare! Traditional white and red bangles with a thick bangle.
  • Haddha – Anklets:  Poonam had some that were custom made by her family jeweler in India

Vendor Collaboration

Decor: @hellokismet  Kismet Event Design || Coordinator: 
@bluelotusneha @bluelotusinsights  || Venue: @paseahotel || DJ/Lighting: @sodjla ||  Photo/Video: @brajamandala @mandalaweddings  Mandala Weddings @impressivecreations  Impressive Creations|| Hair & Makeup: Shear Artistry, Joy @dreavmakeup Dreavmakeup|| Transportation: Savannah Carriages || Desserts: Cupcake Co || Rentals: OC Pipe and Drape, Luciano’s Event || Caterer: Saffron Spot, Jay Bharat || #Thegujews