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: Kursten 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

These colorful DIY ideas for a wedding are so much fun!

From colored pants to bright shoes and bold accessories, colors are everything, they represent fun, frolic and festivity. They can be loud and elegant all the same, So why not have a wedding filled with pops of color in the decor, food and the theme?

We have put together some ideas which can add that extra bling to your wedding celebrations!

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Colorful Paper Napkins.

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These small and colourful wall hangings with cute messages

Bright Colored shoes can be so much fun for your entire wedding wardrobe!

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Small colored candy stations placed on tables as centerpieces can be a great attraction.

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Little colored cream toppings on different flavoured cupcakes.

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This cake topper!

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These Neon lights can be great for a cocktail reception!

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These colorful glasses and table centerpieces can sync in well with the overall theme of a cocktail reception, but would not work well with an Indian Reception Dinner 🙂

 

These 3 colour selections can add a spunk to your big day!

Wedding decor is what trasforms your dream into reality, it is what represents the festivities that make your big day memorable.

How would it be to pick just one colour and use varying shades to create an interesting sea of colours, while maintaining a clean and crisp look to the overall theme?

There are many options one can choose from, in this post, we highlight three themes we think work best!

Check out the 3 hot wedding colors trending this wedding season:

Tangerine and Hot Pink

With tangerine being such a bold colour, pairing it with hot pink tones can find a happy balance between the two colours.

Emerald with Blush Pink or Gold

As a wedding color, emerald is subtle yet so elegant! Sub tones like mint can also be used, combining it with a touch of blush pink or gold.

Lilac and Margarita

This combination with purplish undertones and a subset of green make for a harmonious and casual color scheme.

Colours can be an amazing catalyst when planning your wedding, getting the combinations correct and matching them subtly is what can make all the difference.

Including these shades in your wedding’s theme in whichever way, possible can do wonders for what you expect – you can always experiment according to your taste in the colour palette.

10 Summer Refreshers to have at your Outdoor Wedding !

It’s that time of the year where the mercury soars, the beautiful sunny outdoors beckon and are the ambiance for an outdoor wedding soiree 🙂

Summer Refreshers and Coolers are the perfect way to get things started.

These delicious sips of goodness in a glass can do wonders to refresh your guests and help set the perfect pace for the celebration to follow.

In this post, we list down 10 ideas for chilled summer refreshers you can have at your wedding!

1.Ginger Lime Basil Spritzer

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Ginger Lemon Basel Mimosa at your wedding

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2.Strawberry Lemonade

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Strawberry Lemonade at weddings

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3.Lime Basil Watermelon Cooler

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Lime Basel Watermelon Cooler to beat the heat at your wedding

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4.Fresh Pineapple and Coconut water with Lime and Mint

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Coconut Water Pineapple Juice Cooler with a hint of lemon can be very refreshing for everyone at your wedding, add a dash of Vodka and make it a cocktail 🙂

Image Source: Camilla Rutherford

5.Aam Panna

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Chilled Aam Panna, the sweet and tangy flavour at any outdoor wedding 🙂

Source Credit: http://www.whatscookingmom.in

6.JalJeera

JalJeera is a great cooler for weddings!

Jal Jeera is an all time favorite, the spiciness and burst of flavours is liked by all wedding guests!

Source Credit: http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com

7.Khus Mocktail

Khus Sherbat

A desi recipe with a dash of mint.

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8.Nimbu Pani ( Lemonade )

Nimbu Pani at weddings.

Nimbu Pani is an eternal favorite for any outdoor celebration.

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9.Healthy Smoked Chilled Chaas

Chilled Smoked Masala Chaas for your Wedding.

Chilled Smoked Masala Chaas, the healthy way to beat the heat for your wedding guests !

10.Strawberry Mango Sangria

Strawberry Mango Sangria

An exotic and fruity mix to tickle the taste buds of your wedding guests

Source Credit: Pinterest

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Wedding Planning should be all about the experience and your journey should be as fantastic as the destination, we hope you enjoy this post and would love to hear your suggestions/feedback in our comments section!

Being The Next Host

Being The Next Host

We agree weddings do spell celebration especially when they are Indian weddings. Known for extravagant weddings spanning several days, Indians are also known for after parties that continue for a few days after the main celebrations are over. These are smaller parties hosted by extended family or close friends as a token of gratitude towards the bride and groom or simply as their way of congratulating and celebrating with the couple. After parties can be a fun idea or a great gesture but hosts of after parties must realize that such events usually take place after days of celebration coupled with stress and exhaustion therefore appropriate planning is required to get it right.

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Choose the right day

The biggest factor that contributes to the success of after parties is choosing the right day. Hosting an after party on the day right after the wedding ends up being quite exhausting for everyone therefore forcing people to attend the party in a rather unpleasant mood or with the feeling of wanting to get done with the party at the earliest. To avoid this situation, it is best to keep at least a day’s gap between the last wedding event and the first after party.

Shorten the guest list

How many times have you attended an after party that feels like the actual party itself? And we assure you that is not the best feeling. After parties are recognized as a continuation of the celebration but with near and dear ones therefore do not expect a successful after party with an extensive guest list. Keep it short and simple. Open the invitation to those that really matter and to those who will contribute to creating a great ambiance.

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Keep it casual

Wedding parties are usually a combination of rituals, dancing, dining and drinking. Once guests have experienced that over several days, they do reach a point where they are looking for something that requires less energy and perhaps not much dressing. To give guests that feeling, keep the party casual. Allow it to be an opportunity for guests to relax and unwind whilst having a good time.

Throw in an unusual element

To have the best after party, we strongly recommend throwing in a little something that guests least expect. For example, a resort wedding in the Far East could involve an after party with masseurs giving guests a foot massage. Similarly a wedding in warmer cities could involve a beach side after party for guests to enjoy a dip by the pool or simply take in some stunning views.

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Give it a detox angle

There’s no doubt that back to back parties are fun especially when you are with close family and friends but amidst the celebrations, people look forward to a normalcy in their routine. With people becoming increasingly conscious of their eating habits, there is a likelihood that your guests will either avoid a heavy meal or eat to their minimum capacity. If you want to avoid a scenario like that, cater to guests requirements with a refreshing and slightly detox menu. Alongside alcoholic beverages, include fresh fruit juices, sparkling water and a variety of dips and raw foods to enable guests to alternate binge drinking with healthy options.

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These simple pointers allow you to plan simple yet successful after parties through which guests can have fun yet take it easy after the hectic wedding celebrations.