Elite Banquet Hall
I have been counting down the days to Nav and Darryl’s Roka Ceremony. It was this weekend at the Elite Banquet Hall and was nothing short of stunning. With Southasian Weddings, the decor is always a sight to be seen. I do anticipate the wedding day itself over the top, while Roka’s are more down to earth. But this was not the case today.
The decor team who decked out this venue did an amazing job. There was no sweetheart table for the couple. Instead they had an ornate love seat. And with the larger than life backdrop, it was the perfect setting for this king/queen thrown. To anyone walking into Elite Banquet Hall, this would look like any traditional Indian Wedding. They had crystal chandeliers, mobile spotlights, and floral centerpieces. If this is how they’re doing one of their pre-wedding events, I can only imagine what the actual wedding day will look like.
A Roka Ceremony is a traditional function where the families of the bride and groom meet each other. They discuss the engagement, wedding, and reception. In short, the Roka marks the beginning of the wedding festivities which are to follow. Think of a Roka Ceremony as an engagement ceremony. This ceremony is the first to occur in a series of festive events. It signals the bride and groom’s acceptance of each other. Traditionally this ceremony was small and included families meeting. It was to celebrate that the arranged marriage was good to go. However, the Roka as we know it today is an elaborate affair.
Both families gather together for the first time. They exchange sweets and gifts with each other. They also bless the couple who will soon be getting married. Normally holy priests would perform a Puja as well. However this couple utilized this event more as a way to celebrate with any family members who traveled to attend their wedding. To make their trip worth it. So most of the night was spent simply greeting guests and enjoying each other’s company.
The bride’s uncle also hired me to photograph corporate headshots for his law firm later this summer.