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December 3, 2016

Melanie + Daniel || Hindu Meets American

This wedding took place at the Celebration Farm in Iowa City, Iowa. The venue was decked out with splashes of color everywhere and the ceremonies took place in the outdoor amphitheater. Dan and Melanie wanted to take part in their favorite traditions from both a Hindu and American wedding style. They picked their favorite parts and created a program explaining the details and significance of each element. In a Hindu ceremony, the bride is escorted down the isle by her mother, but Melanie loved that in American weddings, it’s the father who gives the bride away. The Hindu traditions they included in their ceremony were, Ganesh Pooja, Kanya Azhaippu, Maalai Maathal, Agni Homum, Maangalya Dharanam, Saptha Padhi, Talambralu, and Aseervatham. After the Hindu traditions, the bride and groom exchanged vows and rings, just like an American wedding.

In Hinduism, one of the most revered Gods is Ganesh, a God of good luck, he is depicted as an elephant. To tie the God into their special day, they included elephants wherever they could in their decorations. The bride asked decor vendor, Covington and Company, if they could make custom floral decorative elephants for the ceremony entrance and they looked magnificent! They also had elephant straws for cocktail hour.

Another special detail was the wedding apparel, which was designed by bridesmaid Mira Bedi. She has her own Asian Indian boutique, Chrysalis Fashions, located just outside of Detroit, Michigan, where she custom designs wedding gowns and party wear. Melanie knew instantly she would love to have her bring to life the look she wanted for her wedding saree and jewelry. The bride’s reception outfit was a brainstorming mission where they looked at different styles and colors. Mira also designed the entire bridal party outfits (all 18 of them!), which included a trip to India to help them find the exact colors and styles they were looking for. She even designed Dan’s ceremony outfit, which was cream coloedr with red and gold embroidery. Dan also had a custom-made outfit for the reception where he changed into an Indian style tuxedo that Mira also design.

The couple wanted to make the wedding and reception an extension of their personalities. They wanted an explosion of color wherever their guests looked. Their day included exactly that, with beautiful flowers, drapery, lights and amazing colorful Indian outfits. Since this was a fusion wedding, they wanted a mix of American and Indian cuisines, so that guests could enjoy their favorites but, also try something new! The couple has a common love for dancing and music, so it was a must to incorporate that into their reception. Their planner, Kirstin Basch of Lola Events Production, gave them a great recommendation for DJ Monu Johal of Creative Sounds. DJ Monu created a perfect blend of songs and styles for the night that captured the fun and outgoing side of both of their personalities. Since Melanie and Daniel both share an interest for traveling, another fun detail was their globe guest book! It was a unique way to represent all of their family and friends who traveled to celebrate their big day. The globe would serve as a memento they could easily display in their home as a reminder for their love. Great details, great party, great fun!

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This wedding was made possible with the help of these incredible vendors:

Photographer:  Emily Crall Photography  ||  Caterer: A Touch of Class  ||  Dress Designer: Chrysalis Fashions  ||  Floral Designer: Covington & Company Floral  ||  DJ: Creative Sounds  ||  Bakery: DeLuxe Cakes and Pasteries  ||  Hair Stylist: Eden Salon  ||  Event Planner: LOLA Event Productions  ||  Cinema and Video: Nepo Productions  ||  Invitation Designer: Parekh Cards  ||  Caterer: Shree Indian Vegetarian Restaurant  ||  Ceremony Location: The Celebration Farm  ||  Reception Venue: The Celebration Farm

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