The horse looked great, too.
"This is just a wonderful ceremony,"
Sunday's marriage between Pathak and
The happy couple wanted the wedding to be a symbolic combination of Western and Indian cultures in a way that captures the spirit of multicultural
It was left to Police Chief
"My job is to apply the law, so I don't get to pick and choose how we follow the code," Younis said. "But fortunately, I knew that the council could make an exception. I knew this is a very important part of their culture, and they really wanted a horse to be part of their ceremony."
Pathak's parents, Saroj and Jagdish, wrote to the council, explaining how they have lived in the Los Altos area for 30 years, raising three children, and that the community had helped shape their family.
Anupam is a
In February, Pathak and Bruketta, a Concord native who is the director of student services at
Impressed, the council approved the request with a unanimous vote. Councilwoman
So while there are 52 couples getting married this year at the history museum -- providing a vital revenue stream for a facility that opened in 2001 -- this wedding stood out.
"We've been calling it 'the one with the horse,' " said
On Sunday, Dora, the sweet-natured mare, took center stage. Dora is the ultimate wedding crasher. She already has been part of 20 ceremonies this year in other
"She's such a docile horse, and she loves people and the music," said
Wearing ornate blankets and a mask of red, gold and silver, Dora stood patiently as Pathak climbed aboard, dressed in traditional garb. He was joined by a little boy, 6-year-old Shalin Taksali, who later doubled as the ring-bearer.
Then, to the joyous beat of two drummers, members of the procession danced their way from a nearby parking lot to the museum. In the middle was Pathak, with Vintage Carriage employee
Once Dora had delivered Pathak to Bruketta's family, the mare's job was done. A few minutes later, Bruketta would make her grand entrance, descending down stairs for the ceremony, which was held in the museum courtyard.
"There are so many, many different cultures here," Pathak said. "That's what makes this such a special place. There's such a respect here for all of them, and this is an example of that."
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