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

Interesting budget friendly Wedding Favour ideas!

Floral Bangles

Ask your florist to make hath phools (floral bracelets). They look beautiful, delicate and are an unusual accessory that most girls love to wear and they can be easily created using artificial flowers to last longer!

Set of Attar

Available in beautiful fragrances, you will be spoilt for choices. You can buy great fragrances and pack in 2 – 6 miniature bottles per set. Budget Friendly and something which everyone appreciates. They can be packaged in customized boxes which can be made from cardboard.

Herb Garden Starter Kits

This is one favor that will find its own spot in each of your guest’s kitchen. These cute boxes can be great for people to set up indoor herb gardens and are lots of fun.

Lak Bangle Maker

Having a bangle maker at your Mehendi Ceremony can be so much fun! Your guests get to choose from different colors and designs and can take back an entire set. Great engagement idea and a great wedding favor!

Colorful Ghungrus, Mini  Jewellery & Hand Mirrors

 Easily available and yet exclusive in making. A lot of effort goes into making handcrafted favors and these come quite handy. From holding one’s earrings to taking a quick look at oneself before an important meeting, the boxes and the mirrors also have a charm to them.

These are some ideas which can be used as favors, we have many more coming your way 🙂

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Celebrities who weren’t afraid to be Happy and Gay!

We all heard of Jim Parsons tying the knot this May to Todd Spiewak, his long-time partner who he has been happy and celebrating life with since 2002.

We, of course, can not think of a better way to celebrate their love for each other than making it official.

As we congratulate Jim and Todd for being the men that they are, being an example for so many others to be themselves, we list down some others who have stepped out and inspired so many people.

ELLEN DEGENERES AND PORTIA DE ROSSI

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi reportedly first met through mutual friends back in 2001.After the California Supreme Court overthrew the ban on same-sex marriage on 16th May 2008, they married on 13th August 2008 at their Beverly Hills home and have been happily married since.

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS AND DAVID BURTKA

“How I Met Your Mother” star Harris fell for David Burtka, 36, eight years ago. After nearly 10 years together and adopting fraternal twins, the pair tied the knot in September 2014 in Italy. Neil says, “Yup, we put the ‘n’ and ‘d’ in ‘husband’.

SIR ELTON JOHN AND DAVID FURNISH

Five months after they got together, the smiles on their faces said it all at Sir Elton John’s AIDS Foundation party after the Oscars in LA way back in February 1994.Their son, Zachary, was born in December 2010, to a surrogate mother. In December 2014, following the legalization of gay marriage, the couple wed at their home at Old Windsor.Furnish told Attitude magazine: ‘As a high-profile couple, we feel it is our duty to do it to make sure that everyone knows this is something that many gay men living in this country never dreamed would happen.’ Take a bow!

CYNTHIA NIXON AND CHRISTINE MARINONI

The Sex and the City actress, 46, and the education activist, 45, have been together since 2004. Marinoni gave birth to their son, Max Ellington Nixon-Marinoni, in February 2011. The couple waited to marry until it was legal in New York State and finally got married on 27th May 2012.

LANCE BASS AND MICHAEL TURCHIN

Their journey towards the aisle actually began – or, rather, almost didn’t begin – in 2010 when the two started a friendship that neither thought would become anything more.The couple made history as the first-ever same-sex couple to be married on an American television network!The ceremony itself took place at the Park Plaza Hotel in 2014.

We know the struggle is real, and we respect them for standing together through thick and thin so that so many others have hope and can envision these days happening for them 🙂

Wedding Gifts – What ‘NOT’ to gift

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While the concept of gift registry is catching up fast even in India, it can still be difficult to decide on a good wedding gift for the lucky couple. If a registry does exist, it’s always safe to stick to the list to ensure you get the couple something they actually need, rather than something you thought would be good for them. However, if you still do feel you know the best, we’ve compiled a short list of things to stay away from while deciding their wedding gift.Fresh flowers / fruit baskets

Fresh flowers / fruit baskets

While it’s extremely common to gift bouquets at engagement or wedding ceremonies, do take a moment to step back and think about it. The couple themselves are too busy during the days of celebrations to sit back and appreciate the gift you got them, and by the time they actually do get some time to breathe, all they’ll be left with are rotting flowers from you. Or worse, fruits or food items that have gone bad. It’s a lot of money and prettiness that goes to waste without being appreciated, and more often than not ends up being left behind at the venue or given away quickly.

 Re-gifting your own gifts

Yes, I know it’s tempting. You ended up with a pretty ugly vase or dinner set, or a china-doll that feels a little too creepy to display, or maybe you just don’t have any space in your cramped house in Mumbai. But before you re-wrap that gift and decide to pass it on, just think about how you felt opening it to begin with. Gifts are a blessing from you to the happy couple, an indication of your wishes to them, do you really want that to be a hand-me-down? Nobody likes to receive unwanted gifts, or gifts showing traces of re-packing or use. Be original, and put in a bit of thought into your wedding gift!

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Religious gifts

Religion is a very personal belief, and just because religious idols or Pooja thalis seem pretty and acceptable to give, they might not be the best gifts unless you are very sure of the couple’s beliefs. Moreover, religious gifts become difficult to refuse or pack away keeping in mind people’s sentimentalities. Best to steer clear of this area to ensure no awkwardness when the gifts are opened.

Art work

Art again is a personal choice, one that can vary significantly from person-to-person. What is beautiful to you, may not be as meaningful to another, and may end up as an item to store away somewhere. Unless you know about the couple’s choice in art, or know of their favourite artist and manage to get your hands on an original / replica, it might be safe to stay away from gifting any paintings on their wedding.

A gift requiring space in the house

This is something we can’t stress enough. Be aware of the couple’s expected lifestyle post marriage. Are they moving to another city? Will they be staying in a big house, or a small apartment? Is it already furnished? A big gift at the end of the day requires space and is difficult to transport, so make sure the couple has the requirement and the ability to use that gift. If the house is already fully furnished, appliances may end up duplicated. Huge show pieces for a small apartment will end up as a huge headache for the couple. And nobody manages to take big gifts with them while moving out of the country.

So the next time you’re invited to a wedding, be a little considerate and put yourself in the couple-to-be’s shoes before you decide what to gift them. After all, your gift is supposed to be something they cherish, not something they have nightmares about!

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What’s in the box?

We all know gifts are objects given to express positive emotions towards someone and when you have an Indian wedding in the family expect it to include lots of gifts. While traditional Indian weddings involve gifts in the form of cash, gold and clothes being exchanged either between the families or being given by guests, modern day weddings are a tad bit different. These days wedding gifts cover a broad spectrum of objects that are not just gifted to the couple but also by the couple.

Wedding gifts for the couple

Personalized items – Bring in the personal touch to wedding gifts with accessories or household items that have the couple’s name engraved on it. If the couple is extremely close to you, you may opt for personalized jewelry or wallets. If you would like the gift to be more generic, there are several other options like champagne flutes, cutlery and silverware that can be personalized.

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Household items – Nuclear families are on the rise these days and post their marriage, couples move into their new homes. Setting up from scratch can be an expensive task therefore many couples do appreciate the idea of receiving household items as wedding gifts. These could include a range of items like showpieces, lamps, artistic frames and dinner sets.

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Gift registry – Very popular with modern day couples, registries are the easiest way of ensuring you will receive wedding gifts that you require. Couples make a wish list of items they require and this is made public. Family and friends then choose which item they would like to gift the couple and once they have purchased that item, it is deleted off the list. This ensures that two guests do not gift the couple the same item. These days’ registries are listed with department stores to facilitate the process.

Vouchers – Quite similar to registries, vouchers are very popular wedding gifts for young couples these days. They are similar because they leave the couples with the option of selecting what they personally like and are most likely to use. Vouchers can be store based or shopping mall based.

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Wedding Favors for Guests

Sweets – These can be placed for guests at the dinner tables if the wedding set-up is a sit-down dinner style. If the set-up is a buffet style one, then the sweets can be placed at various cocktail tables or at the exit of the venue. Popular sweets as wedding favors for guests are lollipops wrapped with personalized wrappers of the couple’s initials and chocolate lollipops and bars imprinted with the couple’s picture or names.

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Souvenirs – These can be a range of articles that are given to guests as memorabilia from the wedding. Available in stores that stock wedding supplies, these can be theme based or something generic. Popular favors are mini photo frames, card holders and candles.

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The key to gifting right is to keep it simple and practical. Gifts do not need to be big or expensive to be appreciated. Use the ideas as a guideline and we ensure you it will be easy gifting!