Hindu/Christian Wedding & Reception (2015)

Hindu Wedding

I was set on wearing a white lehenga for our wedding ceremony. It was something that I really wanted for myself. I imagined myself in white. I tried on SO many white bridal lehengas in India, and it just didn’t feel right. My mom asked me to try this red lehenga on just to “see,” and I immediately fell in love. It’s so stunning in person, and it’s classic. I was afraid of buying something that I would regret 10 years later. This was something that was so beautiful in person and in pictures! The dupatta originally was red, but I had it changed to peach to keep it a little different than the regular red lehengas you see. It’s funny because i’m a monochrome girl, but for this styling I wanted something different.

We had found Patrick’s chikankari grooms outfit in Mumbai. Also, another difficult find. The only thing he asked was no BLING. If you look at any grooms outfits in India, they’re all blinged out at least back then lol. Finally, we found this GORGEOUS chikankari, and it was perfect!

Decor was my favorite part working with Jilna (Suhaag Garden). She was so sweet helping me plan out the day. We went with a white theme (again I was obsessed with white). She draped the full standing mandap and including a large floral chandelier. All of the pillars were also decorated with a floral ring. She had these ghungroo motifs that she hung around the mandap which were so darling! I loved them so much. I also asked for a ton of jasmines. I love the scent of jasmines, and i wanted that aroma on my wedding day. I had them in my hair, as a wrist bouqet, and around the mandap.

My mom was a huge part of the decor, she made that BEAUTIFUL aisle orchid runner along with the lotus lamps. The lamps were from World Market, and she turned them into standing pieces as a runner for the wedding. Suhaag garden now own these pieces, so if you are interested in renting them for your wedding please reach out to them!

Christian Ceremony

It took me FOREVER to find my white dress. I never imagined myself wearing one. Since, Patrick’s family is Christian, we decided to have two ceremonies. I was SO frustrated finding something because I never really thought about what I liked. I tried so many dresses on. The biggest advice I would give to brides to be, is find lots of inspiration photos. Know what might look good on YOUR body. I ended up finding the most perfect dress with a low back. My grandparents freaked out a bit when they saw the dress but it ended up being so perfect for that day. I also followed the American tradition of having something blue, something new, something old, and something borrowed. Every piece of my jewelry for the ceremony was borrowed from each of my aunts. They played a big role when I was growing up, so I wanted them to a part of my special day. My aunt had just got a sapphire ring for her 10 year anniversary, so that was my something blue! My other aunts pulled out things that they loved that were old. I kept my makeup soft and natural. My hair was my favorite hollywood glam with a large hair clip.

Reception Ceremony

The one thing I didn’t come back with from India was my reception dress. I had to get something done in the USA. We went to Sari Palace. We’ve been shopping for them for decades, so I knew they would design the perfect outfit for me. I wanted something classy but blingy for reception. We chose a lace anarkali with swavorski crystals over it. I paired my outfit with a bold burgundy lip and half updo with baby red roses. I chose to only wear oversized earrings because the outfit was A LOT in person. I loved this outfit!

Venue: San Mateo Marriott

Wedding Lehenga: Sabysachi

White Dress: Panache Bridal

Silver Gown: Sari Palace

Decor/Floral: Suhaag Garden

Jewelry: Evotique

Photo/Video: Wedding Documentary

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