Hayes Mansion in San Jose is the PERFECT place for a beautiful Indian wedding celebration. A storybook San Jose wedding venue blending the grace of bygone eras with the grandeur of lush landscapes and lavish ballrooms, Hayes Mansion has everything a couple needs to make their wedding one for the history books.
This winter, we were lucky enough to head back to the gorgeous mansion to shoot another bright and electric Indian wedding - this time for Aditi and Ankit. Our Indian couples love to work with Hayes’ staff because they do a phenomenal job of preparing for the bright events and ceremonies that are filled with ritual and celebration. From rowdy Baraat’s (a groom’s traditional wedding procession) and immaculate ballroom receptions to quiet and intimate Haldi’s, you need a versatile venue to pull off an Indian wedding. Plus, Indian weddings are true community affairs, so they are normally HUGE. Having 450+ people in attendance is not an uncommon thing, so Hayes Mansion’s status as one of San Jose’s largest and most opulent venues makes it perfect for large, multi-faceted weddings.
When wedding weekend arrived, both Aditi and Ankit’s families were abuzz with excitement, ready to celebrate HARD all weekend long. (Did we mention we love Indian weddings?) The weekend kicked off with a high energy Sangeet, which means “musical night”, where tradition says that each family puts their most talented dancers together for an unforgettable show. Both Aditi and Ankit have incredible dancers in their family, so they didn’t disappoint. You can see some of those photos below.
The next morning, the couple made use of the lavish landscape of Hayes’ mansion, with even more dancing and celebration, preparation, and Ankit’s Baraat led by a beautiful Mercedes Benz convertible and followed by a multitude of family, friends, and community members. (Can you see now why it takes a large, versatile venue to host an Indian wedding?)
The large ballroom provided an exceptional space for the traditional Indian ceremonial rituals, and Aditi looked spectacular in her deep purple saree laced with elegant gold patterns. As the ceremony came to a close, we captured a shot of Aditi throwing her rice in the air, solidifying their union.
But the night was just getting started. We headed out for some couple photos against the extravagance of the mansion before heading into one of their magnificent ballrooms for the reception.
Aditi and Ankit decided to celebrate their reception in a more modern way and quickly changed into the traditional white dress and tuxedo. The staff at Hayes Mansion did an incredible job decorating the room and adorning it with exquisite white, deep purple, and soft pink roses offset by bright red draping flowers. The reception was a blast, capping off the weekend with another round of great food and dance. (And no, we don’t think Ankit was hurt goin’ low for that last photo.)
Looking for a great venue to host a large Indian wedding weekend? We highly recommend Hayes Mansion’s Wedding Venue in San Jose.