Henna Tattoos for a Joint Civil and Hindu Wedding Ceremony…

6a0120a65f64b9970c015390bcb908970b 580wi

Glamour transcends all cultures.  And I’m out to prove that with this morning’s feature – the wedding of Natasha and Sanjiv, who tied the knot on Saturday 4th June 2011 at Grittenham Barn, Petworth West Sussex.

I adore looking through the images of a traditional Hindu wedding. I love the vibrancy of colour, the detailing on the traditional bridal wear and the tradition of painting hands with henna tattoos fascinates me! All those beautiful swirling patterns – an artistic representation of the prosperity a Bride will be bringing in to her new family.

Natasha and Sanjiv wanted to celebrate the joining together of two cultures via their marriage. And so they had two wedding ceremonies, a civil ceremony and a Hindu ceremony, which for this lucky Bride, meant two dresses…

“The civil ceremony dress I wanted to be simple and elegant.  As im only 5ft I didn’t want a huge puffball dress or to have too many layers to swamp me.  After trying on several styles I decided I wanted a strapless wedding dress, and came across a design online that made to measure, perfect! ivory lace over satin with a small train and sweetheart neckline.

For the Hindu ceremony, I went super sparkly and colourful.  The name of this style of outfit is a ‘Lehenga Choli’, I ordered the outfit online from Utsav Sarees in India, where there are so many to choose from, but as soon as I saw this one I loved it…”

Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2011, Robbins Photographic

Hindu Wedding

Hindu Wedding Hindu Wedding

It is traditional for the Hindu Bride to have her hands tattoed with Henna ink prior to her wedding ceremony. Don’t Natasha’s hands look utterly beautiful decorated this way?

‘A day before her wedding, the girl and her female folks gather for the Mehendi {henna} ritual – a ceremony traditionally marked by joie de vivre – during which the bride-to-be embellish their hands, wrists, palms and feet with the lovely red hue of the Mehendi.’  {About.com}

Hindu Wedding Henna


Hindu Wedding


“We wanted the flowers to be vibrant and colourful, and not too formal. Our setting was gorgeous so we didn’t want to go crazy with decorations, just beautiful flower arrangements all over.  

We were very lucky to have on hand the owner Sally of Shiny Blooms and Angel of Angel like Flowers, both from our wedding venue Grittenham Barn, who also tend and grow flowers on site.

After a few meetings with there help we chose a hand tied bouquet in in a loose vintage style I had bright colored roses, gerberas, freesias, dahlia, lily, mimosa and a touch of white wax flowers and berries.  We also had button holes of orange gerbera with bright blue ribbon.Our colorful theme of cornflower blue, orange, hot pink, scarlet red, yellow, and bright green, was carried through from the table centers to the beams, chandeliers, and even on the donkeys who wore large sunflowers in their manes…”

 50 27

“As I am a jeweler and goldsmith.  The bridal jewellery I wore included a matching necklace bracelet and earrings, that were made by myself as was my Bridesmaids (sister Alice).  My necklace and earrings were a rosary style of light coffee colour freshwater pearls with a handcarved silver heart pendant with white diamonds and my sisters were a light grey rosary pearl set with a handcarved rose and leaf pendant…”


“Sanjiv’s civil ceremony suit was a custom made to measure, including fabric and lining from Moss Bespoke in London, Liverpool Street . It was a gorgeous bright blue suit and crisp white shirt with a floral pink tie from Duchamp London.  He even had our names and wedding date (a service they provide) stitched on the inside pocket, arrrr 😉

 For the Hindu ceremony, his outfit was chosen from a shop in London called Venisons, even the sparkly shoes and hat! Right little Indian Prince!”








“During the day we had the lovely Mr. Miserable man (not so miserable!).  We saw him playing in Brighton and fell in love with his sound and voice. He plays covers with a ska feel on acoustic, and  tambourine. He was the perfect touch and entertainment in-between our ceremonies serenading our guests...”

44 48







74 78









“For the Hindu ceremony we had to hire a mandup, which is where the ceremony has to take place, under a covered canopy, traditionally set up outside. This was another reason why our venue was so perfect as the grounds accommodated for this.

The beautiful carved mandup came with an incredible 6ft wooden elephant ‘ganesh’ which many of our guests had photos beside and 6 x pedestals with smaller elephants ontop that lined my walkway into the ceremony, this all transformed the grounds into the most beautiful setting for our Hindu ceremony beside the lake…”




112 121


137 138



Hindu Wedding



“The henna on my hands and feet for the hindu ceremony took over 6 hours and was applied by my friend Jon….”





“We fell in love with this venue Grittenham Barn and its owners Sally and Paul within seconds, it had it all, gorgeous rustic barn and the most beautiful grounds lake and house, not forgetting the donkeys and pigs, we were given complete freedom to plan and decorate as we wanted with sally and paul on hand anytime we needed leading upto and during our day to help us make it just right….”


145 146


“We had Personalised Love Heart Sweets as our favors, with our names and wedding date printed on the wrapper, simple and sweet!”

148 147



“In the evening my new husband couldn’t wait to get on the decks and start DJ’ing, then taking in turns to get our guests dancing were three other friends and family members to DJ the night away…”




Words of Wedded Wisdom…

“Our only advice would be don’t over plan or over do it, the time seemed to go by so quickly ,so make sure your just ready to enjoy every moment…”


Congratulations Sanjiv and Natasha, and thanks too to  Photographer Lee Robbins

“We had seen work from lee in the past and always knew that we wanted him to be our photographer for our wedding. He seems to capture things that no one else would think about photographing. His attention to detail captured all the beautiful moments of our day. Lee kept us at ease throughout the day and made it fun to have pictures taken…”

Much love,

Annabel xXx



Photographer – Robbins Photographic
Venue – Grittenham Barn
Brides Hindu bridal wear – Utsav Sarees in India
Flowers – Angel like Flowers
Groom’s civil ceremony suit – Moss Bespoke in London + floral pink tie from Duchamp London
Groom’s Hindu ceremony outfit – Venisons
Covered Canopy/Mandup – Shenai Weddings


Annabel View all Annabel's articles

Founder of Love My Dress. Passionate Podcaster and Editor. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and business partner Philip, their two daughters and menagerie of furry hounds. She loves photography, meditation, walking, being outdoors and star gazing. She is fierce when it comes to championing talent within the wedding industry and when she's not working on Love My Dress, she supports her husband Philip in the running of the family's sustainable flower farm and floral design business, Moonwind Flowers. In 2013, she became a published author.

18 thoughts on “Henna Tattoos for a Joint Civil and Hindu Wedding Ceremony…

  1. I adore the colours! I am always drawn to Indian weddings, we got engaged in India shortly after we were guests at a friends Hindu wedding, it was an amazing experience and if I could do my wedding all over again I would definitely have more of an Indian feel to it, to honour our time spent there. I am going to bookmark this wedding so I can cheer myself up on rainy days
    Jenny x

  2. what an extraordinary set of photographs, they look like part of an art exhibition, amazing! gorgeous colours and love the tattoo, i’ve seen this before but hadn’t realised it was such an important part of the wedding ceremony (just googled quickly).

  3. Hindu weddings are so beautifully colourful – I can’t get enough of them! That and (from experience) they always end in a fabulous party 😉
    Great to see your work again Lee, fabulous as always!

  4. This wedding is just great and how lucky is Natasha having two wedding dresses. A Hindu wedding is a colourful and detailed ceremonial affair which is so interesting – thank you for letting us see this Annabel. Just also have to mention what an attractive couple the bride and groom are. x

  5. Beautiful photographs, beautiful wedding – i love the henna tattoo also. I’ve been to a wedding where the Bride had the same, it all added to her mesmerising beauty.
    Please blog more of the same weddings, as thay are really inspiring whether you are Indian or not.

  6. Thanks everyone, I’m definitely keen to broaden the type and style of wedding featured on these much loved pages. I adore how different cultures can provide some much inspiration to so many. I actually have several Hindu weddings lined up to share and can’t wait.
    And any Bride with 2 dresses on her wedding day deserves a look-in, in my book ;))
    Much love,
    Annabel xXx

  7. I love all of this wedding but am particularly drawn to the parasol image at the top surprisingly! Any one tell me where this is from? It’s so pretty!

  8. out of this world you can see how much you love each other tash im proud of you xxxxxxx Emmas mum xxxxxxxxxxxx

  9. The particular allure beans tend to be magical or rhodium or maybe rare metal plated by using http://www.pandorabeadssell.co.uk/ or maybe glass and can be found in no less than six hundred designs Pandora”>http://www.pandorabeadssell.co.uk/>Pandora Jewelry These kinds of beads depict your birthstones, astrology signs, dogs, alphabets, words, along with at any given time Pandora Charmshaving unique and interesting designs. Most of these large option be sure that there isn’t any repetition associated with design and style. The particular beads are designed in such a way that it complements existing bracelet and also necklace. In the event you choose to buy necklace rather than drops by yourself, the gathering is often extra personalized in order to elegance anyone cardiovascular system. The particular necklace around your neck put faitth on will come in inches wide plus the necklace around your neck period is normally inches wide. The particular styles plus facets can be interchanged to ensure that the option associated with toggle bracelet or maybe a necklace around your neck or perhaps the keychain is unique for your requirements and yes it can usually takes ages to find the duplicate these days.

  10. Awesome photographs..The foreign bride in the traditional Indian lehenga added double sweetness to the wedding party. I too have the same lehenga with this same pattern which I wored in my sister’s marriage.I bought it from an online store Cbazaar Canada and now I wish to have another one from there.

  11. Indian wedding have lots of Color Designs and Fun ,I found a great place to Buy Indian clothing at low prices .its called hijabgalore.com they have whole range of silk mens wear and sherwani at Discounted prices .

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *