Indian Traditions

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Photo by Ayesha Khan Photography

Weddings are often not just celebrating a couple’s union but also the customs and traditions that are within that particular family and/or culture.  Such is the case for Harpreet and Gurjit and their beautiful Indian wedding.  Held at the lovely Fairlane Club in Dearborn, Harpreet and Gurjit designed a wedding filled with bold, vibrant colors and gold accents—popular in Indian weddings.  They also found a unique way to honor a tradition in Indian weddings.

The cool thing about wedding cakes is that they don’t just have to be “beautiful.”  Of course we want them to look stunning no matter what; but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun, or “different,” or tell a story.  How the couple met?  How or where he proposed?  Finding what is unique to you as a couple and sharing that in your cake is a great way to highlight who you are a couple.

Photo by Ayesha Khan Photography

Harpreet and Gurjit started off in their consult picking out our popular “harlequin” carved cake.  Often, and in the case of their cake, the bottom and top tiers have duplicate designs.  For this cake, that meant intricately piped paisleys.  The beautiful hourglass-shaped middle tier then becomes a wonderful backdrop for its own standout design.   It was within the design for this middle tier that Harpreet and Gurjit honored their Indian traditions.  The piped design reflects the Indian marriage procession called a barat where the groom first arrives to the wedding on horseback.  When leaving the wedding, the bride is carried in a carriage called a doli and the groom leads the procession still on horseback.  From what I’ve read, a barat can be very large with a band, dancers, and lots of finery.  In this piped drawing we featured a couple of people accompanying the procession, you can see one holding an umbrella behind the groom.

Photo by Ayesha Khan Photography

They also picked some delicious, rich flavors including buttermilk cake with raspberry buttercream, a hazelnut and almond meringue cake with espresso buttercream, and buttermilk chocolate cake with ganache filling.  Ultimately we ended up loving everything about this cake.  The vibrant colors, the shape, the intricacy of the design.  We were thrilled to help Harpreet and Gurjit share their vision and traditions with their family and friends.

Photo by Ayesha Khan Photography