Traditional Hindu Opulence in Boston: Gabriel and Pavana
Sept. 6, 2015
Five years after their initial meeting, Pavana and Gabriel tied the knot in a traditional Hindu ceremony at Taj Boston, which faces the beautiful gardens of Boston Commons. Based in California, the couple spent their courtship jetting all over the world. The day their state’s Prop 8 was reversed, Gabriel proposed to Pavana in Quebec City. Of course, he accepted.
Both grooms were on board for a Hindu wedding, albeit for different reasons. Pavana was born in South India and immersed in the culture until he moved to the United States at 12. He enjoyed the classic South Indian dance, Bharatanatyam, and had an interest in Vedanta philosophy. Gabriel was raised in Vermont, but appreciated Indian culture and loved the vibrancy and gaiety of Indian weddings.
The Taj Hotel was the ideal location for Pavana and Gabriel’s wedding because, in addition to it being one of Boston’s most luxurious hotels, it’s perfectly equipped to accommodate Indian traditions. For example, the hotel allows open fire, which is an integral part of a traditional ceremony.
Venue in place, Pavana and Gabriel’s wedding planning was not without hiccups. Even with the help of Mint To Be Events, a New England-based planning service adept at Indian ceremonies, it was a challenge to find an Indian priest willing to perform a Hindu ceremony for a gay couple. After facing six rejections, a priest was secured.
Ultimately, Pavana and Gabriel realized the beautiful, traditional wedding of their dreams. Joined by family and friends—including extended family from India—the couple enjoyed a professional dancer performing Bharatanatyam during the dinner reception, a blend of western Jazz and Indian Classical music, performed by Phil Scarf of Natraj Entertainment, during cocktail hour and nightclub-like scene for the dance reception. The dinner reception featured a three-foot Taj Mahal cake and a three-course plated Indian dinner while the rooftop dance reception offered an ice cream sundae station, a crêpe station and a French fries station.
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Wedding Planners: Mint To Be Events//Photographer: Thuy Pham Photography//Decorator: Alankar//Hotel/Catering: TAJ Hotel//Music/lighting: Boston Sound & Light//Floral: Dogwood Floral//Stationary: Allure Invitations//Live Music: Phil Scarff (Nataraj)//Live Performance: Jyothi Khawani//Makeup/Hair: DeMiche Beaute