A Weekend of Love and Tradition: Luz and Koushik's Wedding at The Retreat Sarasota

June 14, 2024
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Nestled amidst the serene beauty of The Retreat Sarasota located in Sarasota Florida, Luz and Koushik embarked on a three-day wedding celebration of love and union, blending their cultural traditions with elegance and charm. Their wedding weekend was a testament to their love story, marked by moments of joy, tradition, and heartfelt celebrations that left everyone in attendance with cherished memories.

Wedding couple smile on bridge after their wedding ceremony
Koushik and Luz after saying "I DO"

Day 1: A Traditional Catholic Ceremony

The wedding festivities kicked off with a traditional Catholic wedding on a beautiful Friday afternoon in Sarasota Florida at The Retreat Sarasota. The ceremony took place by the newly remodeled meditation pond of the property nestled among private oak lined area, with 50 wedding guests in attendance. The serene setting, with its tranquil waters and lush surroundings, provided a perfect backdrop for the sentimental ceremony occasion. Adding a touch of charm and delight to the ceremony was Thor, Luz and Koushik's French Bulldog, who played the role of the ring bearer. Adorned in a purple tie, Thor trotted down the aisle carrying the sacred wedding bands, bringing smiles to everyone's faces.

Luz was a vision of elegance in her lace and beaded wedding dress. The dress featured delicate lace shoulder swags and an intricately embroidered train, adding to her ethereal appearance with flawless wedding day makeup to top it all off. Koushik complemented her beautifully in a tailored tan suit, exuding sophistication and style. The couple's wedding vows, exchanged under the open sky with the serene pond in the background, were heartfelt and moving, capturing the essence of their love and commitment.

As the ceremony concluded, guests moved to the reception area where Luz and Koushik made a grand entrance. Their first dance was a highlight of the evening, a choreographed number that showcased their grace and connection. The dance floor came alive when TLS Entertainment Company took over with a blend of music from Colombia and India, reflecting the couple's diverse cultural backgrounds . The celebration continued well into the night, with guests dancing, laughing, and creating an atmosphere filled with joy and unity.

Bride dances the night away at her Wedding Reception at The Retreat Sarasota

Day 2: Embracing Indian Traditions

The second day of the celebration was dedicated to the vibrant and colorful traditions of India. The day began with a traditional Haldi ceremony, held outside the Retreat Center of The Retreat Sarasota. The Haldi ceremony is a pre-wedding ritual where a paste made of turmeric, sandalwood, and other ingredients is applied to the bride and groom's faces and feet. This ritual is believed to purify and bless the couple before their wedding. About 20 guests attended this intimate ceremony, each taking turns to apply the turmeric paste, symbolizing their blessings and well wishes.

Luz and Koushik glowed with happiness as their loved ones participated in this meaningful tradition. Following the Haldi ceremony, a fabulous brunch was served, featuring an array of delicious dishes that delighted the guests. The brunch provided an opportunity for everyone to relax, mingle, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of The Retreat Sarasota.

As the brunch concluded, the focus shifted to the Mendhi ceremony. Luz had her hands and arms adorned with intricate henna designs, each pattern telling a story and adding to the beauty of the occasion. The henna, or mendhi, is not only a form of body art but also a tradition that symbolizes joy, beauty, and spiritual awakening. The designs were intricate and beautiful, with each stroke of henna holding sentimental value for Luz. Guests admired the artistry and took part in the joyous atmosphere, celebrating this special tradition with the bride.

Haldi Ceremony being performed on couple with tumeric paste being applies to brides head

Day 3: A Spectacular Hindu Ceremony

The grand finale of the wedding weekend was the Hindu ceremony, set under the majestic Oak trees on the front lawn of The Retreat Sarasota. The day began with an hour-long Baraat, a lively and festive procession that marks the groom's arrival at the wedding venue. Koushik made a grand entrance in a red convertible, accompanied by music, dancing, and cheering from family and friends. The vibrant Baraat procession covered over half a mile, with Koushik celebrating with exuberance and joy.

As the Baraat concluded, guests were welcomed to the beautifully decorated mandap, the traditional stage where the Hindu wedding ceremony takes place. The mandap was adorned with orange and pink flowers, creating a stunning visual spectacle. Gold chivari chairs lined with bright colored rose petals formed the perfect aisle, adding to the elegance of the setting. The Hindu ceremony was rich with symbolism and rituals, each moment steeped in tradition and meaning.

Guests were treated to delicious Indian cuisine and a variety of drinks, enhancing the celebratory atmosphere. The ceremony was a blend of rituals that honored both families' traditions, making it a deeply meaningful experience for everyone involved. The beautiful surroundings of The Retreat Sarasota provided the perfect backdrop for this important and symbolic ceremony, making it a truly unforgettable event.

Couple dressed in traditional red and gold Indian attire for their Hindu Wedding ceremony smiling with foreheads touching
Couple dressed in traditional red and gold Indian attire for their Hindu Wedding

A Memorable Experience

Luz and Koushik's wedding weekend at The Retreat Sarasota was a beautiful fusion of cultures, traditions, and love. The couple's joy and happiness were palpable, and their celebration was a testament to the power of love and unity. They expressed their gratitude, stating, "We couldn't find a better venue for a beautiful wedding. This place is absolutely beautiful. The best part was working with Event Sales Manager, Brandy. The best coordinator, and we couldn't have done it without her."

Their wedding at The Retreat Sarasota will forever be remembered as a weekend filled with love, tradition, and unforgettable memories. From the serene Catholic ceremony by the meditation pond to the vibrant Haldi and Mendhi celebrations, and the grand Hindu ceremony under the Oak trees, every moment was meticulously planned and beautifully executed. The Retreat Sarasota was honored to host Luz and Koushik's special weekend, creating a magical experience that will be cherished for years to come.

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