Our ceremony was held at 11:00am and our reception started at 6:00pm, so we had a bit of a gap before the reception started. This was necessary because everyone changed into a new outfit for the reception. One of our compromises when we were wedding planning was that we would wear Indian attire to the wedding and traditional American style attire to the reception, bridal party included.
Our wedding reception was whimsical and soft, decorated in ombre pinks, gold, white and black. I wanted to bring some of the outdoor ceremony space inside for the reception so we tied in a garden theme with glittering details like gilded gold vases and full white hydrangeas. Our table settings featured hand dyed pink ombre napkins (dyed by yours truly) and hand painted botanicals in lieu of table numbers. Our favors were soaps that my sister handmade and they were wrapped with a tiny gold flamingo. Every little bit of decor was a DIY project so it was really satisfying to see it come together to well.
Our bridal party surprised us with a dance sequence and a series of toasts. Almost everyone had a chance at the mic and the stories they told were incredibly touching.
We kept the theme of blending two cultures going and served both Indian and Italian food. Both were well liked by our guests and people still tell us how much they enjoyed the food at our wedding. We had a traditional wedding cake and a candy bar (a gift from my sister) but I wanted to surprise Matt with ice cream from his home state of Michigan. I had Kilwins deliver two large containers of ice cream in special flavors: his and hers. I think it was one of the best parts of the night!
Everyone LOVED the DJ! He played a mixed of American and Indian music. I danced the entire night and I think my DJ was most surprised when he ended the music and our friends began chanting “one more song!”. Naturally, he played two more songs.
Planning a wedding can be hard. It can be really stressful. It can make you want to pull your hair out and call the whole thing off. But I survived it! And I loved the way everything came together. It was the best end ever, to the best day ever.
I plan to end this peek into our wedding day with my favorite portraits of us, tomorrow. Thanks for reliving these moments with me!
Your turn: Whats your favorite part of a wedding: the ceremony or the reception?
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All photos by the amazing and talented June Cochran.