First bride of the year!
January is historically a slow month for weddings, at least in the Northern Hemisphere. But it is a little known secret, that here in the San Francisco Bay Area, many wedding venues offer deep discounts, and the weather can be positively Springlike. My first couple of 2014 came from St. Louis, where the Polar Vortex had temperatures dipping to -30F. The bride informed me that spending just 10 minutes outside in this kind of weather can cause frostbite on exposed skin surfaces. That isn't even enough time to shovel the driveway!
So, lucky for them, the weather in San Francisco was in the 70s and sunny, which meant that hands and feet can safely and pleasantly be exposed to show off the mehndi. The groom played an important role in selecting the mehndi design, and between the three of us, we settled on a combination of mandalas and peacocks to create a pattern which was symmetrical, but also had some flowing, more girly, elements. While the groom wasn't looking (and he was paying very close attention every minute that he was in the room!) I embedded his initials in the bride's hands and feet, which he must find on the wedding night.
What a great way to start off 2014, with this happy couple!