The Mehndi (henna) ceremony was held at the home of the bride to be on the eve before the wedding. Only Ellora’s female relatives and friends joined in on this day and anyone could get beautiful designs applied to their hands! A professional mehndi artist (mehndiwali) did Ellora’s designs while some other relatives graciously offered to do anyone else’s hands who wanted it (Magda even got hers done!).
Everyone needed to wait for at least an hour (but it’s suggested to wait as long as possible, even overnight!) for it to dry for it to stain the skin properly. Ellora had to be fed food and drinks…aaah…what a life! ;) In the end everyone’s designs looked beautiful, and they only get more vibrant next day.
Here are some of the highlights of the evening…
Ellora’s hands, ready for some Mehndi action!
Isn’t that beautiful? The artist did that in about two seconds! Well, maybe not two, but you get the idea. ;)
Esben wasn’t fortunate enough to get anything pretty designed…just a big blob on his pinky and a circle! Poor guy…
Look at all the beautiful work! Everyone had so much fun, now Magda wants to do some Mehndi at home!
Then we all headed down to the decorated basement to join in on some amazing singing and dancing!