The final post for Offbeat Bride's “Elephun Elephant Day” is some adorable wedding porn taken by Megan, the offbeat intern…

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I was on location in the Pacific Palisades taking photos of a fellow Offbeat Bride's wedding when we all heard this great commotion — yelling, cheering, tambourines, etc. — and when I checked it out I realized it was wedding parade for an Indian wedding!

After getting over the initial happy spurt of seeing this wonderful procession, I then noticed the huge elephant lumbering up the hill being ridden by an adorably freaked-out groom holding on for dear life!

Wedding cuteness overload I tell you.

Check out the slideshow below for more photos of a cute groom riding a cute elephant and I hope you enjoyed this first ever “Elephun Elephant Week.”

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  1. Seeing this sort of thing on this kind of website is very interesting.

    I mean, you can’t get any more offbeat than having an elephant at a wedding.

    Wait, I mean, you can’t get any more traditional than having an elephant at an (Indian) wedding.

    What’s offbeat? What’s traditional? Hmm. Something to ponder. 🙂

  2. There are very few things that are more offbeat than an elephant in the Pacific Palisades though! It was truly a sight to see.

    Plus, I’m not sure, but I don’t think the groom was Indian and so it was cool to see him obviously embracing his new family’s culture, even if it did seem to scare the heck out of him at times! That elephant was BIG. 🙂

  3. I’ve been a devotee of Ganesh for the better part of a decade now, and we’re working him into the wedding altar. I WISH we could wrangle one of his real-world counterparts into the ceremony…but it would be oddly out of context with everything else!
    Every time I’ve seen an Indian wedding that managed to pull this off I’ve always been joyfully envious! Congrats!!!

  4. My brother is getting married this summer in St. Louis. We are definitely not an Indian family, but he has traveled the world, including India, and wanted to arrive at his wedding by elephant. Sadly, it will not be happening.

    So I’m going to make him a stuffed elephant as a present and I’ve been looking for pictures of what an elephant dressed for a wedding would be wearing so I can dress his elephant appropriately. Thank you!

  5. Three elephant posts in one day? I never thought I’d live to see this amazing day!!!

    What’s next? 6 Nightmare Before Christmas Wedding Posts in a six hour period? A tortoise wedding post? A Las Vegas Wedding Post? Wait…

  6. I’ve seen a fair share of pictures of Indian weddings, and at least two out of 3 included elephants. Heheh. So maybe not that offbeat, except to Americans?

  7. Just a reminder to everyone that Offbeat Bride features all sorts of things that may not be considered “Offbeat” — church weddings, white dresses, Jewish marriage contracts, etc.

    The elephant is here not because it’s necessarily soooooo offbeat or wacky, but because it’s ELEPHUN DAY, and Megan was lucky enough to snap the shot a few days ago.

    So, I’m not sure there’s a need to debate the cultural offbeatedness of the elephant. It’s just part of the theme for the day.

  8. Roxie – you are SO welcome! I’m glad that I could help you out. And the phrase “an elephant dressed for a wedding” just made my day.

  9. Hi Ariel

    I love the site, and these pictures are adorable.

    I don’t think it’s inappropriate to feature pictures like these on OBB, but maybe you could consider adding more information or links to information about the tradition of having the groom arrive by elephant under the picture, to avoid the appearance of presenting this as ‘offbeat’.

    I’m sure most of your readers are aware that church weddings, white dresses and Jewish ceremonies are very meaningful and traditional for the people who choose to have them, but cultural traditions that are less commonly performed in the US might not be thought about in the same way.

    People draw inspiration from your website, and while it’s great to draw inspiration from other cultures, it shouldn’t be done lightly – i.e. without considering the history and meaning behind it.

    I’m sure you didn’t mean for this post to be controversial, and I appreciate your efforts in featuring non-white customs, trans-racial and poc couples on this blog. Just a few thoughts to consider for next time.

  10. Hee. I’m not Indian but my FH is, and I kind of want to get him an elephant to ride on. Grooms usually arrive by horse, but he had one cousin that came in by helicopter. I think the most important part is to make a big entrance. 😛

  11. Okay, I need to note that May 28 is now ELEPHUN DAY!! I am still working on keeping track of non-national holidays…
    (It’ll go on my yearly calendar along with TOWEL DAY, May 25, and DARWIN DAY, February 12.)

  12. I love this! This is too cute… 😀 It would totally be awesome if the bride would make sure a big entrance by riding an elephant… *grin*

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