A bride called off her wedding and ended up doing something amazing with the money spent…

An Indiana woman didn’t want her canceled $30,000 wedding to go to waste, so she threw a dinner party for the homeless.

The swanky event center on Saturday saw about a dozen veterans from a local organization joining guests from homeless shelter coming together to dine on Bourbon-glazed meatballs, roasted garlic bruschetta, chicken breast with artichokes and Chardonnay cream sauce and wedding cake.

Sarah Cummins told the Indianapolis Star that she and her fiance called off the wedding a week ago. She declined to give a reason, but she said they were left with a nonrefundable contract for the Ritz Charles in Carmel and a plated dinner for 170 guests.

“For me, it was an opportunity to let these people know they deserved to be at a place like this just as much as everyone else does,” Cummins said to The New York Post.

Cummins said she decided that rather than throw away the food she would bring some purpose to the event and contacted area homeless shelters. She cheerfully greeted and welcomed her guests when they arrived Saturday.

Several local businesses and residents donated suits, dresses and other items for the guests to wear.

Charlie Allen, who’s spent three months at a homeless mission, received a donated jacket.

“I didn’t have a sport coat,” he said, tugging gently at the lapels. “I think I look pretty nice in it.”

Like other guests, Allen said he was grateful for the invitation.

“For a lot of us, this is a good time to show us what we can have,” he said. “Or to remind us what we had.”

Three of Cummins’ seven bridesmaids, along with her mother and aunts, came to support her at the event.

Cummins, a 25-year-old Purdue University pharmacy student, said her ex-fiance, Logan Araujo, footed most of the bill for the wedding contract, with Cummins and her parents, along with one of Araujo’s family friends, paying the rest. Cummins said that when she approached Araujo about donating the dinner, he agreed to what he believed was a selfless way to handle the situation.

Cummins said she is not sure yet what she will do with the wedding dress.

“It’s too painful to think about.”

Source: New York Post

 

17 Yummy Finger Foods to have at your Wedding!

Indian weddings are all about the food. Families and close friends gather for days to celebrate and make merry!

When the festivities are in full swing, guests like to munch on tiny bites of deliciousness to satisfy hunger pangs or pair with their drinks. We are all aware of the kebabs and fish fingers which do not usually make it past the first 2 rows of the crowd, but what other fun and finger licking stuff can you have?

Read on to find out!

Mini Curried Egg Tacos

Canapes Chaat!

Fried Chicken on Mini Waffles:D

Black bean patties with chipotle sauce and diced tomatoes.

Crispy Tandoori Chicken Drumsticks with Mango Chutney

Bread Pinwheels with Pesto and Cheese!

Tomato soup shots with grilled cheese bites

Sweet Potato Bites

Spinach artichoke mushrooms

Meatballs with spaghetti tops

Pizza Rolls

Tiny Pancake Bites with assorted toppings

Mini Mac and Cheese Bites

Lamb Meatballs

Lemon Caper Parmesan Potato Salad Bites!

Dahi Papdi Chaat in Glasses

Jalapeno Cheese Poppers! ( Personal Favourite )

Maan! Don’t these look amazing? Which one is your favorite? and from how we see it, you don’t need to wait for a Wedding to eat these!

This couple handcrafted their entire wedding…Insane DIY ideas! Their cute dog was their Videographer.

When wedding photographers Cathy and Sebastian decided to tie the knot, they knew what they wanted. The couple got married in August last year and from the get go, the one thing that they focussed on was to enjoy the entire process and on making everything they needed by themselves!

Image Source

Says Cathy, their wedding was relaxed, DIY and focussed on their friends and themselves and their Pinterest mood board was their main source of inspiration.

Image Source

Cathy and Sebastian’s wedding ceremony was unique and was neither religious nor civil.It was guided by their friend Oscar who played a game with all guests singing an old song from their childhood called El Anillo (The Ring). Between each verse, their closest friends would read something to them and the song would continue.Then at the end, they exchanged Vows and Rings!

Image Source

The catering was from Roberto Galvez Banqueteria, but amazingly by the guests themselves. Guests brought along desserts, salads and other amazing dishes to create a potluck. After lunch, guests grabbed a blanket and created a massive picnic dessert area of sorts.

Image Source

If their wedding wasn’t already unique enough, the cherry on the cake was added by the bride’s homemade dress and the fact that their pet corgi, Leica was the videographer 😀

Image Source

“We made almost everything by our own hands. We silkscreened table cloths, made concrete chandeliers and did all the floral arrangements. Also, we hired and hung all the Tuscan light bulbs and the pendants at the venue. For my wedding dress, I had bought a dress from Modcloth, but it didn’t fit me so I redesigned it with my friend Natalia. In the end, we only kept the top of the dress and were very lucky to find the same colour in a fabric store in Santiago for the bottom. I also made my headpiece with some crin flowers (a technique that uses horse hair to make the flower shapes)” says Cathy

The couple saved money by picking a venue which had never hosted a wedding before. It was a risk but luckily it worked out!

“The best thing about planning our wedding was being together, doing things for our friends and knowing that everybody was going to have such a good time that day”, she concluded. “The worst thing was not knowing who was going to be there or not, right up until the last minute we had guests confirming if they were coming or not!”

Image Source

They advise future brides and grooms to try to enjoy the whole process. Enjoy every single thing about the wedding day, even the things that go wrong.

The laughter you’ll have together about it, days or months after the wedding, is amazing.

In retrospect, there was nothing they could have done differently. It turned out better than all that they thought it could be!

Check out the video made by the very cute Leica!

Check out all the Photos here: Blancorios

Article Source: RocknRollBride

 

 

 

 

7 Fun Attractions to have at your Wedding!

The wedding landscape has evolved and with that has evolved a number of experiences that you can offer guests to make your wedding even more memorable than it already is!

Newlyweds focus their attention on all the major things of course, but also have these little titbits that they offer to their guests which go a long way in shaping the overall experience.

These 7 ideas can be fun and cost effective too and can go well with your wedding decor.

Popcorn Bar

You can offer different flavours for guests to munch on with their cocktails!

Candy Station

This is such a fun experience and it works wonders with kids and adults alike!

Chocolate Bar

Who doesn’t like Chocolate! These can be an amazing mood setter!

Fruit Bar

Make organic fruits interesting by setting them up attractively accompanied by fresh cream and toppings!

Chaat Bar

These are so much fun to just munch on!

Gola Counter – for the outdoor summer weddings!

I don’t think I need to mention what these can do! They work wonders in the summer heat and even otherwise can be a great attraction for your guests to enjoy!

Sushi Bar 

Sushi Bars are great fun, but experience and quality would need to be looked at very carefully. Once that is done, these can be great fun, A lot of clients are also experimenting with Fruit Sushi, a vegetarian dessert item.

 

 

 

 

 

18 Wedding Foods that are so perfect, we just can’t get enough of them!

When you have to attend a wedding, the first thought about an Indian Wedding at least definitely has to be food.

It does not matter whether it is a Muslim, Hindu, Christian wedding, the most important part of an Indian wedding is the catering, and it is definitely something which guests remember the occasion by.

These 21 foods will make you hungry, very hungry and take you back to all the weddings you have attended in the past!

Fried Papad

However hard you try, you can never say no to a fried papad

Boondi Raita

It is hard to not eat a bowl of this before dinner even begins

Image Source

Pani-Puri or Live Chaat Counter

Pani Puri are a meal in themselves, I am not sure why we treat them as an accompaniment

Image Source

Chicken Tikka!

Lol, the server usually doesn’t get past a certain point when these are on the tray

Image Source

Cocktail Samosas

Like Chicken Tikkas, it’s hard for these bad boys to get past a certain point.

Image Source

Paneer Reshmi Tikka

I think the chicken tikka samosas and the paneer come in a team!

Image Source

Hara Bhara Kebab

Crunchy and Crispy, they taste amazing with sauce

Image Source

Amritsari Fish Tikka

They are delectable with Chutney and Onions

Image Source

Mutton Rogan Josh

It is spicy, Tangy and Delicious. Tastes unbelievable with hot roti’s

Image Source

Butter Chicken

OMG, my mouth is watering!

Image Source

Maa ki Daal

Lol, I bet even Maa cant get enough of Maa ki Dal

Image Source

Malai Kofta

Piping hot Malai Kofta with Hot Rotis or Rice!

Image Source

Dum Aloo!

I am salivating!

Image Source

Tava Pulao

Tava Pulao with the Maa Ki Daal tastes amazing ( I rarely end up eating it)

Image Source

Chicken Biryani

Chicken Biryani, here is where it becomes a Man/Woman vs Food affair!

Image Source

Butter Naan and Rotis

When they are fresh and hot with a dollop of butter on top, there is no stopping us!

Image Source

Gulab Jamun

Gulab Jamun served hot, with vanilla ice cream!

Image Source

Jalebi and Rabri

Piping hot jalebis with Rabri can melt in your mouth

Image Source

As I am writing this post, I am salivating more and more, I am eating one of these tonight.

So which one of these are you definitely eating tonight!?

This delicious pastry makes for a great Wedding Favor and is an amazing dessert item for your wedding menu!

For those of you who have not tried it before, Baklava is a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts and sweetened and held together with syrup or honey. It is characteristic of the cuisines of the Levant, the Caucasus, Balkans, Maghreb, and of Central and West Asia.

This Mouth watering pastry tastes unbelievable when it is topped with Fresh Cream and Pistachio or (a personal favorite) when it is warmed up slightly and topped with Vanilla Ice Cream.

Nestled within an unassuming residential building in Mumbai, there exists a kitchen which dishes out authentic Baklava with all the original flavors passed down through time immemorial.

Not only that, Turkish Affaire, started by Neeta Talreja, offers only Pure Vegetarian Baklava which has a shelf life of a month without refrigeration!

Crushed Pistachio kernels are nestled between layers of hand stretched filo pastry, topped with rose, honey, and pure clarified butter.

They offer some great options too, in addition to the classic recipe, they have varieties of flavors such as Salted Caramel, Date and Walnut, Mixed Nuts etc.

Says Neeta,”We go to great lengths to make sure our clients have a fantastic overall experience. We meet them and understand exactly what they are looking for in terms of personalisation and packaging. Our goal is to offer a great product with great value and convenience. Once a client has placed an order with us for Favors, they no longer have anything to worry about”

“We are different from our competitors because we offer a taste of original Turkish Baklava which is impossible to find in Mumbai”, Says Neeta.

If you would like to try it, they are just a call away! at +919869134323, they cater not only to weddings but also any kind of gifting required. From a personal opinion, they are great to stock up at home too!

 

 

 

 

 

This amazing resort is perfect for a destination wedding even if you want to marry underwater!

Nestled on the beaches of Havelock Island in the Andamans, Munjoh Resort is truly a treat!

Munjoh has a literal meaning – “mine”. They are not part of a chain, mass-produced and standardized.They offer a handcrafted bouquet of personalized experiences.

They are an ecological and environment-friendly establishment who is passionate about providing their guests with the best in service and offering everything from Garden Cottages to Luxury Villas.

The Blue Beetle Cafe serves an assortment of Continental, Oriental and Indian cuisine.Sea food caught mere hours and a few hundred meters away is their specialty. They of course also have an extensive vegetarian menu prepared with the freshest local produce.

One of the most exotic locations in the world for stunning beach weddings, the beach weddings are customized according to the guests needs.

They have a ready roster of photographers and they can source the freshest flowers from the florist network daily! You can customize your menu to the minutest details for your big day.

A beach banquet under the stars with the best in Food and Drink would be an experience to remember which can be followed by retiring to a well-decorated suite for newlyweds!

The most unique feature is their ability to help do underwater weddings, they have their very own dive shop with state of the art equipment and experienced & friendly staff, certified and trained by the international ‘PADI’ & ‘SSI’ association.

Getting married under turquoise waters filled with beautiful coral gardens and its colorful residents- from starfish to giant clams and mysterious turtles to dugongs and angelic manta rays would be an experience in itself!

Says Simran, who married her beau Hiren at  Munjoh resort,” Right from the onset we were certain that we didn’t want a run of the mill wedding. We both have respect for traditions but both felt that Indian weddings tend to be an unnecessarily drawn out affair. Something that just didn’t appeal to us. Since our location was so stunning, a lot of our activities were centered on the beautiful beach where we got married”

Image Credits: Varun Suresh

Although Simran warns,”The islands are still fairly untouched by commercialization so there are actually no decorators available there!  I anyway dislike a lot of decoration and wanted the kind of more organic stuff that was around when my parents got married. Simple genda and mogra decoration, which the resort staff pulled off beautifully!”

Image Credit: Varun Suresh

She adds,”As a token of thanks, we took everyone scuba diving after the wedding. In fact one of my cousin’s proposed to his girlfriend under water, he had a ring and everything! And we arranged for champagne for them when they got out”

Image Credit: Varun Suresh

Image Credit : Varun Suresh

Image Credit: Varun Suresh

We thank Simran for sharing her experience and wish her a happily married life with Hiren.

Such hidden treasures are what make’s one thankful for nature and this beautiful resort is one which can offer you the wedding of your dreams and a lot more!

You can find them on Beach No.5 at Havelock Island and Mr.Ravi from Munjoh Resort will be more than happy to be of service. He can be reached on -+919474296200.

So if you are planning a destination wedding, give Munjoh a shout, we are sure you will be amazed!

You will not believe how this Indian bride blended her Indian tradition with her husbands Texas Charm!

When Priya Sambasivan met Ryan Foster through OkCupid, the first meeting lasted 7 hours! The connect was so strong, it seemed like a glove fitting over one’s hand. In Priya’s words,”The date felt like a long, slow exhale of breath I’d been holding for years”.

“We just fit together,” says Ryan. “We had similar values and philosophy of living but enough differences to help each other grow. She laughed at my stupid jokes, and my jaw dropped when I saw how beautiful she was.”

Two years later, the couple was tying the knot at the Hamilton Station Vineyards in North Virginia and it is just amazing how they blended each others culture and tradition within their wedding!

Everything from Priya’s dress to the wedding ceremony to the food was just fabulous as seen in the photos 🙂

The Bride getting ready! We love the color of the Lehenga!

Notice the Lehenga and the Boots to go with it! 🙂

The brides decorated hands and her Maang Tikka and Jhumkas

A closer look at the brides Texas Cowgirl Boots

The beautiful bride ready!

The Brides feet decorated with Mehendi 🙂

The set-up for the ceremony, a fusion between an altar and a mandap!

We love the floral decor leading up to the mandap!

The Priests altar replaced by a traditional looking Mandap.

The handsome groom with his parents 🙂

Priyas uncle from India was kind enough to chant the shlokas!

The Jaimala Ceremony

And also,”you may now kiss the bride!”

The buffet included a lavish spread of Indian foods and the globally famous Texas Barbecue! The wedding favours were cutely decorated boxes with Macaroons!

We love how the colour has been coordinated with Priya’s outfit 🙂

It’s the time to party!

The slipper-hooks are adorable!

The Lovely Wedding Cake!

Self Serving Water and Lemonade Station!

And the rest is history, Priya and Ryan are off to Scandinavia for their honeymoon and we can not get enough of the pictures from their beautiful wedding!

The Happily Married newlyweds!

We wish the newlyweds a great and prosperous married life together!

Photos by: Kurstin Roe Photography

Event Planning & Design: Bellwether Events

Flowers: LynnVale Studios Llc

Table Rentals: Barnes Handcrafted Farmhouse Tables  Chair & Rug Rentals:

Chair & Rug Rentals: Something Vintage Heirloom Rentals & Styling

Bride’s Gown: Maharani Fashions

Hair & Makeup: Lori Nansi

Henna: Henna Harmony

Groom’s Attire: Al’s Formal Wear

Music: Van Petty for MyDeeJay

Catering: Woodlands Restaurant and Hill Country BBQ

Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Cakes

Stationery: Invitations by Ajalon

Transportation: Dulles Limo

Source Credit: www.washingtonian.com

Inside Pippa Middleton’s wedding reception!

Yes!  Pippa Middleton, the world’s most famous bridesmaid is married to financier James Matthews and unlike what everyone imagined, this was not a royal wedding but the one Pippa envisioned and specifically designed. And we have some beautiful photographs thanks to her florist Drojde Verda.

“They said all along they wanted it to be a private family wedding at home in the beautiful countryside with their closest friends and family.”

British designer Giles Deacon created a custom masterpiece of a gown which was stunning, to say the least.  Little Prince George was the pageboy and Princess Charlotte was the bridesmaid.

Princess Kate recited the prayer during the ceremony at St.Marks Church in Englefield and the wedding program featured a drawing of the church sketched by Kate herself.

After the church ceremony, the 150 ceremony guests filed into the nearby Englefield House for a midday reception, where they dined on mini haggis, deer carpaccio with mushroom, fresh langoustine claws and asparagus with Hollandaise sauce.

An afternoon break preceded the evening celebrations which were held in a glass palace shipped all the way from Belgium. 350 guests including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were in attendance

Guests sipped champagne while watching a light show filled with projections of Middleton and Matthews’s love story on the side of the Middleton family home and tennis pro-Roger Federer took on William and Harry in a doubles game of Ping-Pong.

And what an evening it was!

What this Couple did for their wedding guests will make you smile…

With weddings, we hear stories, extraordinary stories of love which make us believe in life and have faith all over again.

Which constantly remind us, life is beautiful.

We all know how weddings work, after the I  DO we have the Dinner and Dance and loads of other customs which we enjoy a lot.

What this couple did for their wedding guests added a whole new meaning to love and showing how much they care…and a small step by them re-instills a pride in humanity!

Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu and Esra Polat got married in Kilis province which is near the Syrian border and invited 4000 Syrian refugees who have fled the country since the civil war, to come celebrate their wedding with them.

 

Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu and Esra Polat

 

“We thought that on such a happy day, we would share the wedding party with our Syrian brothers and sisters. We thought this was best done with Kimse Yok Mu who could provide a truck. God willing, this will lead to others doing the same and giving food to our Syrian brothers and sisters. For us, it was an interesting wedding dinner.”

 

Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu and Esra Polat feeding Syrian refugees

 

The father also said he was glad that the couple began a new life “with such a selfless action”. Wedding guests shared food using trucks and those providing meals included the bride and groom themselves.

All we can say is, we are left speechless. Nothing can express the kindness you have shown and may your new life be filled with Joy and Prosperity.