Real Wedding: Backyard Indian-Inspired Fusion Wedding in Great Falls Virginia (Part 2)

27 07 2011

Go back to Part 1.

At home wedding Great Falls VA L&A Tent Fall

Can you spot me in the tent? Photo: Kate Hauschka.

Trailer Restrooms: Blue Ribbon Restroom Trailers. Vince and Val own this company and they make everything really easy. If you do a restroom trailer, best to have a dedicated generator just for the toilet.

Rental Equipment: DC Rental. Really accommodating since we had to have several visits to the showroom. We rented practically everything from them.

DJ: Amer Sultan. To prevent my client from having a disaster of a DJ, I told them to get out of the contract they had with the DJ they hired. I want to thank MyDeejay for referring Amer. He was so flexible, from dealing with providing sound for 2 outdoor areas, to coordinating with the dance instructor. He kept the dance floor hopping!

Flora Design: Helen Olivia. Marianne was a natural match for this couple and the mother of the bride, who was on task for the design. The flowers were so vibrant.

orange fuchsia wedding bouquets dahlias Helen Olivia

Photo: Kate Hauschka

orange fuchsia wedding flower arrangement Helen Olivia

Photo: Kate Hauschka

Cake: Hot Bakes n Cakes.

Photographer: Katharine Hauschka

Tent, Chairs, Tables: L&A Tent Rentals

Food: Masala Arts. One word of advice for using ethnic restaurant caterers – clarify exactly what the staff will be doing. The restaurants are typically not full service caterers. They don’t set up, clean up or break down or supply equipment. They bring the food. Period.

— Vicky


Featured in District Weddings!

14 07 2011

One of our May weddings is featured in District Weddings blog! The groom happens to be the brother of one of our previous clients from a few years back. Love it when the family call us again! Now we just need the bride’s brother to be married 🙂

A sneak peek at one of the great images by Michael Connor and his team at Connor Studios.


Real Wedding: Backyard Indian-Inspired Fusion Wedding in Great Falls Virginia (Part 1)

29 06 2011

Remember this Sneak Peek? Yeah I didn’t think so. Well no matter. Here is this wedding story.

With a wedding date like 10.10.10, I bet you will never forget your anniversary! I had to snap a photo of the clock of the microwave that morning. Look at what time it was!

Chelsea and Harish had glorious weather on their wedding day, with the event being held at her parents’ home. I really feel honored to be welcomed by the family into their home. Being there so often, I felt like I was imposing on them and their privacy. I just loved this family and wanted to share some of the highlights. Have I mentioned that I love fusion weddings?

They were an emotional family so that meant lots of crying.

At home Indian fusion wedding Great Falls VA

Chelsea and Harish rode in on a scooter for their introduction.

At home Indian fusion wedding bhangra dancing Sarina Jain

Sarina Jain, the Jane Fonda of India, taught the guests bhangra dancing. We got the largest dance floor that made sense and it was still not big enough.

at home Indian fusion wedding fuchsia orange tablescape

The color scheme of orange and fuchsia gave the wedding a happy vibe. DC Rental's linens played a big role in the overall look.

More next week — Vicky

Real Wedding: Bright Modern Indian Reception at Fairmont DC

4 08 2010

I had the privilege of partnering with the talent decorator, Prabha Bhambri, on a Hindu wedding reception at the lovely Fairmont Hotel in Washington, DC. The reception was the finale to several days of celebrations. While the sangeet and ceremonies focused on traditions, the reception had a more modern flair. We worked closely with the mother of the groom who had impeccable personal style.

The cocktail hour was held in the Colonnade Room and the courtyard, while dinner and dancing were held in the Ballroom. While the colors for cocktail hour of yellows and mauve were more soothing, the reception colors were bright and vibrant orange and hot pink.

Hindu Indian Wedding Reception Fairmont Hotel, Washington DC

Venue, Lighting, Cake: The Fairmont Hotel, Washington, DC (Mark Medrick)

Decor: Prabha Bhambri

Photographer: Regetis. See their blog for more beautiful photos.

Videographer: Suburban Video (Bill Bowen)

DJ: Magic Mike

— Vicky

Incorporating Cultural Traditions in Your Wedding

28 04 2010

We often work with brides and grooms that come from different cultural backgrounds and they want to incorporate their individual traditions into their wedding in some form. However, we have also seen the  challenges that this desire can create, sometimes resulting in undue stress and even friction between the families. Here are some tips and thoughts from what we have learned from our clients.

Determine which cultural wedding traditions you want to incorporate. If you are not familiar with the wedding traditions associated with your ethnic background, consult your relatives. While you can do some research on the internet to get an overview, it is best to ask your relatives because traditions can vary even amongst different regions of a country. For example, with Hindu weddings, there are subtle differences between northern and southern Indian ceremonies and even variations depending on the Hindu priest. When my husband and I got married, I was familiar with Chinese wedding traditions but did not know the details of each step. So, my Mom sent me a written translation of those steps, which really helped us decide which steps would be appropriate for us to incorporate.

Discuss with parents. This is one area that I feel can benefit from working in conjunction with your parents. Their input can be important. The cross generational understanding of what certain traditions are about and how they are to be perform may differ between you and your parents, especially if you and your fiance are of different ethnic or religious background and if you want to incorporate both sides, as well as some standard Western wedding elements. It’s best to talk about it openly in detail early on.  Is it acceptable to modify certain traditions? You might be surprised that it may not be acceptable to the families. After all, the wedding is suppose to be about the joining of families, so doing something that can be viewed as offensive to one side or the other because of religion or culture might not be a good way to start.

When and how will you incorporate the selected wedding traditions? Is it something that your guests would enjoy? Would it be better done in private or on another day? When my husband and I got married, we performed the Chinese tea ceremony after our Catholic ceremony – in private. We did it before all the guests arrived at the reception venue. I consulted with my Mom and she felt that it was more respectful to do it in private. On the other hand, my best friend from high school incorporated the tea ceremony into her reception so that all the guests may share in the experience [see photo below. I’m the bridesmaid on the right].

Chinese tea ceremony

Photo by Brett Matthews Photography

Will your guests understand what is happening? If not, you may consider having some written or have a MC describe what is happening. My husband and I attended an Afghani/Pakistani wedding not too long ago. The bride and groom performed wedding rituals which we had no idea what they were all about and it went on for a long time.  While it was interesting to observe, it would have been more enjoyable if we knew what was going on. A few weeks ago, our client had a Hindu ceremony. While a program was provided to the guests so they could follow along, for the first time, the Hindu priest actually explained each ceremonial step he performed, which made it so much more meaningful to the guests. Normally, the priest speaks in Hindi only.

How long with it take? How elaborate are the set up for the tradition?  One of our clients wanted to perform the traditional Korean Pae Bek ceremony during her reception. While we really enjoy having the guests participate and learn about the ritual, it took 30-45 minutes to set up all the items needed and for the bride and groom to change into their Korean outfits. The venue was also not ideal for such an elaborate set up, and would have worked out better if it could have been done in another larger room.

Korean pae bek ceremony

Photo by Love Life Images

Real Wedding: Soumya & Tejus Part 4

21 09 2008

Lastly, here are the photos I took from Soumya & Tejus’ wedding showing more of the details. Go back to Part 3 for professional photos and Part 1 and Part 2 for my event notes.

Fairview Park Marriott - Mandap for the ceremony

Fairview Park Marriott - Mandap for the ceremony. Note: the ceremony & reception were both in this same ballroom. Notice how the lighting changes the whole mood and feel of the space.

The Ganesha welcoming guests

The Ganesha welcoming guests
A traditional gate welcoming guests

A traditional gate welcoming guests

Photo Booth by PartyBooths

Photo Booth by PartyBooths

guests leaving a message for the couple with their photo booth photos

guests leaving a message for the couple with their photo booth photos

Cake by Creative Cakes

Cake by Creative Cakes

Real Wedding: Soumya & Tejus Part 3

18 09 2008

Go back and read Part 1 and Part 2 if you’ve missed them. What I love about South Asian weddings is that they are so rich and vibrant in color, often in such contrast with Western weddings. Here are the pictures from Regeti’s Photography.

Tejus & Soumya goofing around

Tejus & Soumya goofing around

Tejus & Soumya - a beautiful portrait

Tejus & Soumya - a beautiful portrait

Fairview Park Marriott bathed in blue lighting for reception

Fairview Park Marriott bathed in blue lighting for reception

Fairview Park Marriott - The sparkly stage for the sweetheart table

Fairview Park Marriott - The sparkly stage for the sweetheart table

Me & Jag Singh goofing around

Me & Jag Singh goofing around during setup! Who says we don't have fun?!