Eden and Gunjan’s Lanikuhonua Cultural Institute wedding was a beautiful interfaith celebration stretched over several days. The two brides wedding experience was centered on coming together in love. But also focused on the blending of family, friends, faith, and tradition. The beautiful island of Honolulu hosts many couples who join in marriage. But Eden and Gunjan’s story is one of our favorites.
Having chosen Lanikuhonua Cultural Institute to host their wedding events, Eden and Gunjan’s celebrations paid homage to Gunjan’s South Asian lineage as well as Eden’s Jewish faith. Events that were commemorated with their guests included a Baraat, Hindu Ceremony, Jewish Ceremony, the signing of the Ketubah and Bedeken, a Sangeet, and a cocktail hour with a reception to follow. Each and every event was beautifully steeped in tradition. But above all, the love in the air was palpable.
South Asian weddings are known for their beautifully vibrant colors and ornate details. In addition to their polished elements, South Asian wedding ceremonies are focused on the physical and spiritual coming together of the couple, as well as their families. During Eden and Gunjan’s Hindu ceremony, each of the brides parents sat under the mandap, taking part in the parental blessing.
Gunjan wore an exquisitely detailed red lehenga with finely stitched gold detailing and rows of bangles adorning each of her wrists. Eden selected a white lehenga which was also detailed with beautiful gold stitching. Additionally, the wedding party was adorned in matching lehengas with purple-pink skirts, and ivory tops. To complete their wedding day look, both Eden and Gunjan received bridal henna, that came together like two pieces of a puzzle. When the brides laid their hands side by side, the design of their henna created a heart. A seemingly small but nonetheless incredible detail that was uniquely theirs.
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With the beautifully manicured grounds of the Lanikuhonua Cultural Institute, each wedding ceremony and event overlooked the glittering waters of the Pacific. Lush florals in deep tones of pink and red were used to accent their Mandap and Chuppah. With tropical monstera leaves carefully placed in each arrangement. Conversely, this floral motif can be seen throughout their reception. Bountiful, long floral arrangements were carefully stretched across each table. All in all, creating a wedding day experience that was immersed in the spirit of the island.
Friends and family attending Eden and Gunjan’s wedding were gifted kaleidoscope-colored parasols. Whether to shade themselves during the Baraat or each of the ceremonies, the multi-colored parasols were undoubtedly a work of art. During the reception, Eden’s parents came forth for the traditional blessing of the Challah. This Jewish wedding tradition is typically done at the beginning of the reception before the party begins.
It wasn’t long before Eden and Gunjan were on the dance floor, enjoying their first dance as a newly married couple. But, there was one last moment for Eden and Gunjan to experience together before their guests hit the dance floor. Eden and Gunjan worked with their wedding photographer on a collection of sunset portraits on the nearby shores of their venue. Walking through the sand as newlyweds, Eden and Gunjan soaked in every moment of their dream wedding at the Lanikuhonua Cultural Institute.
To see the magnificent details of Eden and Gunjan’s wedding, scroll through the photos below.
Planning // Maui Love Weddings
Venue // Lanikuhonua Cultural Institute
Photography // Sarah Jual Photography
Florals // Passion Roots
Videography // Joseph Esser
Catering // Island Fusion Catering
Bar // Stir Beverage
DJ // Next Level Entertainment
Rentals // Aloha Artisans
Stationery // Minted
Hair & Makeup Artist // Reveal Hair & Makeup