Indian weddings really are quite magical don’t you think? Consider then, combining the mystic of India with the charms of a Jewish ritual and you’ll discover something like this amazing Northern California fusion wedding. The couple are so adorable together and Bellalu Photography‘s images are so full of emotion, fun, and color, you almost can hear the music and feel the love bouncing off the screen. It’s a multicultural love-fest which is totally bewitching, so let’s just say you’ve been warned!
What was the vision &/or theme for your wedding?
Tell us about your Wedding Style
Indian brides traditionally wear red for good luck and prosperity. My incredible aunt, who lives in Hong Kong, had the red sari designed and made in India. I paired the outfit with flat sandals (to comfortably walk in the grass and easily take off my shoes for the ceremony) and family jewelry (It was so special to wear my mother’s diamond bangles, and my late grandmother’s gold, diamond-studded safety pin.) Seth wore a beautiful custom charcoal suit made by Duchess (based in Portland) with Vans shoes and black and red argyle socks (to complement my sari). Bouquets were put together by Blue House Farms using whatever flowers were fresh and beautiful at the time. Instead of carrying flowers, our wedding party carried candles.
Decorations & Flowers
We wanted to keep the focus on the beautiful rolling hills, tree groves, and ocean that surrounded us; decorations were minimal with strings of outdoor lights and white linens on the tables accented by bright bouquets of colorful flowers from a local organic farm (Blue House Farm: http://bluehouseorganicfarm.
Wedding Cake & Favors
Did you include any DIY or personalized details?
Was there anything that made your wedding unique?
What did you find challenging?
What were your favorite moments?
Too many to count! The first time we saw each other before the ceremony in a sweet little reveal orchestrated by Lindsey & Nathan; pausing during the ceremony to turn around and look at our guests (a moment we had written into the ceremony that turned out to be so powerful for us and fun for our guests); watching Seth dance with his grandmother; dancing with my father to ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ (unrehearsed but just a perfect reenactment of Saturday mornings at home growing up); and all of the down time around Costanoa. We invited our guests to come spend the weekend with us, and those little moments by the fire, walking around the grounds, or bumping into someone on a trail were so special; it really gave our friends and family an opportunity to get to know each other. Last but not least, Costanoa has a hot tub, and Seth and I were able to sneak away on both Friday and Saturday night for a quick dip – it was one more amazing way to unwind, relax, and take it all in, under the stars.
Your advice to Bride’s & Groom’s planning now?