In on a white horse: An Indian wedding tradition makes quite a spectacle

Photo: Tom Daly Photo: Tom Daly

As an intercultural couple, Lindsey Wilson and Anoop Shah wanted to incorporate elements of both Christian and Indian weddings, without having two separate ceremonies. Their solution? A traditional baraat—a groom’s procession to meet his bride—leading to the Christian wedding ceremony.

You might have seen pictures of it on Facebook: Shah rode a white horse from the east end of the Downtown Mall to the west end, accompanied by a DJ and a dhol player, plus a whole crowd of family and friends contributing to the fanfare.

Photo: Tom Daly
Photo: Tom Daly

“It was an absolutely incredible feeling,” Wilson says. “Not to mention all the spectators on the Downtown Mall that day who joined in the fun!”

As is tradition, Wilson waited for her groom out of sight (though, from the Main Street Arena, she could see the crowd approaching).

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