What was it about the lehengas that made you say “Yes”?
I loved how eye-catching the design was for the Saanvi Lehenga — especially the neckline and the skirt. I could also just picture it in so many colors, but strongly felt that hot pink would make for stunning and eye-catching reception dress—and luckily, I think it turned out exactly the way I imagined!
The Nyra Lehenga was the perfect fusion piece: it had the classic American/Christian bride look, as it was largely white and lacey, but also had the Indian vibe I wanted since it was a lehenga with intricate detail. It was one of my absolute favorite looks at the wedding, as I felt it represented both sides of not just me (the American born desi girl), but also reflected the union that I was entering, given that I am Indian American and Hindu, and my husband is white, American, and Christian. My husband had also mentioned that it would mean a lot to him for me to wear a white dress to the Christian ceremony, and it was certainly very special to see the look in his eye during our first look before the ceremony that day.
If you had to choose one moment from your wedding day, what would it be?I’m not sure I could choose just one moment, but one of my favorites was entering the room for our reception. It was truly incredible to see all of my friends and family there cheering us on, and excited to celebrate our marriage and commitment that we made to each other.
What’s one piece of advice you have for other brides/brides-to-be?
I know everyone else says to not care about the details, but I think a wedding is all about the details! In truth, I think what others mean to say is don’t worry about the details that no one will remember—the color of tablecloths, for instance—but focus on the details that will make a difference, both for you and for the guests. For instance, we had placed dried rose petals on the seat of every guest at the Christian ceremony, so guests could throw them to bless us as we made our grand exit as an officially married couple. We also made sure to strike a healthy balance between the number of performances at the reception and the amount of time that guests had to dance and enjoy their time together. And after our reception, we planned a sparkler good-bye, so that we could go out with a bang, which I think both we and the guests really enjoyed!
Venue: Boathouse at Mercer Lake
Photography: Radhika Chalasani
Catering: Bhog Catering
HMUA: Cinderella Bridez