You don't see many Indian weddings in Charlottesville (or elephants for that matter!), but when you do, they are spectacular.
When Evelyn Keyes from Castle Hill Cider invited me to come take a peek at the gorgeous wedding they had there last Saturday, I was thrilled. I arrived at the barn to see the space had been completely transformed with jasmine flowers, drapery, and embellishments in every corner. Working Brides Wedding Planner did such an amazing job of helping to organize and coordinate this lavish bash. Then there were the brides and her bridesmaids. Imagine the most beautiful henna designs, gold jewelry, flowers woven into hair, and vibrant fabrics you have ever seen; these were the ladies to grace the grounds on this special day.
Then there was the elephant. I first caught wind of this elephant months ago and have been picturing the beautiful creature roaming the fields in Keswick ever since. She was lovely herself draped in cloth, and her own jewelry for the special occasion. The bride and groom had a moment to themselves riding on her back before the real festivities began, it was truly a moment of calm amongst all the activity. As tradition dictates, the groom rode the elephant during the baraat followed by a processional of friends and families, occasionally stopping for people to dance. What an experience!
Castle Hill Cider is such a wonderful venue as it has so much versatility and space. I have seen many Charlottesville weddings there now, and they are all so unique to that couple, the venue really never looks quite the same. It is also perfect for larger weddings, because it has room for seating in it's ample downstairs, and also upstairs in the loft. We would recommend it in a heartbeat for any couple looking to have breathtaking scenery, combined with the flexibility to make it totally their own. We so hope you enjoy this gorgeous wedding, congrats to the lovely couple, Ms.Rupa Ranga Puttagunta and Mr. Shivaparsad Nagaraj!!
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Editor's note: All photography by Christin Healey
Correction: In a previous version of this post, we mentioned that there were 500 guests at this wedding - that was a mistake on our part.