Jessica Huck & Darshan Sappal

wedding bouquet with orange roses and henna on her hands
traditional sikh wedding
traditional sikh wedding attire
purple tablecloth with orange daisy
unique wedding stationery
culturally inspired wedding cake design
traditional sikh bride dress
Traditional american wedding for jessica darshan

August 15th & 16th, 2014
Epping & Dover, NH

Jessica and Darshan’s two-day wedding celebration blended American and Sikh wedding traditions. The couple, who worked together for years before becoming engaged, has New Hampshire roots: Jessica attended the University of New Hampshire and lived in nearby Dover, while Darshan’s family lives in Epping. To honor both families, they had two wedding ceremonies: a traditional Sikh ceremony at Darshan’s family home on Friday, and a second ceremony on Saturday at the Rivermill at Dover Landing in Dover.

Family from all over the world, including England, Canada, California, and Maine, attended the ceremonies. In keeping with Sikh tradition, Jessica participated in a henna ceremony on Thursday. The Friday wedding, called Anad Karaj (meaning “blissful union”), was officiated by Sikh priests who took turns leading the ceremony as well as playing traditional music. Saturday’s celebration united the two families again at Rivermill at Dover Landing for a brief ceremony, then dinner and dancing. An enduring symbol of the ceremonies was an elephant – “It was on our cake as well as our invitations,” says Jessica – a good luck symbol in Indian culture, Jessica’s favorite animal, and a visible representation of the couple’s new union.


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Rivermill at Dover Landing
Dover, NH

Flavor Concepts
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Olivia – A Floral Design Studio
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Meghann Gregory Photography
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