Priyanka & Karthik | Mehendi, Pellikuthuru, & Sangeet | Indian Wedding Photography

Priyanka and Karthik were wed in a spectacular Indian wedding that spanned four days and two states! I am happy to share the first three days of the wedding below, and the main ceremony and reception day will be in a second post to follow. We start at Priyanka’s family home in Indiana with the Mehendi and Pellikuthuru, or turmeric ceremony.

Such beautiful and elaborate henna! If you look really, really carefully, the groom’s name is hidden in the pattern somewhere on her palms.

The next day, the Pellikuthuru, or turmeric ceremony with the bride and her family.

Offerings and blessings.


Afterwards, a rose water ceremony.


Then after a shower and outfit change, more blessings were granted.

On Friday night, it was time to head in to Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier, Chicago for the Sangeet, or the big reception and party complete with dance and musical performances the night before the main wedding day.



More henna artists were on hand to provide henna for all the guests.

Then it was time to settle in for the performances of the night.

This little girl’s expression cracks me up, haha.

The bride and her brother performed a little piece together.

And then Priyanka performed a compilation piece of her past dance performances.

And that was just the beginning! Stay tuned for part two of Priyanka & Karthik’s wedding celebrations.

Wedding Vendors:

Photographer: Anna Wu Photography
Mehendi & Pellikuthuru Venue: Family Home, Dyer, Indiana
Sangeet Venue: Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois
Bride’s Henna: Henna By Jas
Hair: Hair By Juan Jose
Makeup: Hala Beauty
Florist: Kehoe Designs
Catering: Gaylord Catering
DJ: DJ Jeet
Videographer: EVP Films
Planner: Ali Phillips


Anna Wu is a wedding and portrait photographer based in San Francisco, California but often jetsetting around the world. She combines a “fine art” aesthetic, with a photojournalistic approach to beautifully capture the moments of a wedding day. Follow her daily adventures on instagram and view more of her work at