I knew Beth and Ajit’s wedding was going to be a bright, cheerful day. What I wasn’t prepared for was to witness a wedding that combined not only two families, but two cultures. It was so fun to arrive at the church and see guests standing outside in their colorful saris waiting for the ceremony to begin. Not noticeable unless you were in the back, one side of the church was filled with bold, beautiful colors and the other side was filled with traditional American wedding attire. Such a neat representation of their two families as they witnessed Beth and Ajit become one and connect everyone that came to celebrate with them!
While this was Beth and Ajit’s western Catholic wedding (they traveled to Indian for the Hindu ceremony!) they were still sure to incorporate the Indian culture for their guests. A sari wrap decorated the cake, jewel tones adorned the decor and florals – complete with Marigolds (an Indian tradition!), delicious Indian food catered in, even Beth’s shoes had a mandala pattern (not sure if that was intentional or not, but noticed!). So much color and culture!
And perhaps the most touching part of the day, was when Ajit’s father made a heartfelt toast and speech to the couple. As an immigrant family, he talked about how proud he was of his son (and his family!) for the success he has achieved and the man he has become. Not too keen on Ajit meeting a “non-Hindu, American girl”, he was quick to change his mind once Beth was officially introduced to the family. He even quoted Beth and told the story of how when they sat down to have a serious conversation about their dating intentions she said, “Mr. Iyer, you cannot help you fall in love with…”. Cue the tears and roaring applause from the guests during dinner at that part of the toast. Goosebumps just writing that out over here, holy moly!
See Mr and Mrs Iyer below! And if you’ve never seen a wedding hosted at a children’s museum (yes, really!), you are in for a treat!
Ceremony: St Peter’s Catholic Church | Reception: Madison Children’s Museum | Florals: Daffodil Parker | Hair and Make Up: ANiU Salon, Lexi and Zach | Menswear: Jos A Bank | Bridal Gown: Maggie Sottero | Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal, Macy’s | Rings: Lewis Jewelers, Luxuria Jewelers | Catering: Upstairs Downstairs Catering, Amber Indian Restaurant | Baked Goods: Carl’s Cakes | Paper Goods: VineWeddings | Entertainment: Sound Mindset DJ & Bucky Badger | Second Photographer: Carlee Secor
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