The wedding of Kim and Jay was picture perfect! Held at Phipps Conservatory, it was a gorgeous setting for the Indian/American wedding. The wedding began outdoors in the garden with a Christian ceremony officiated by Sandra Monahan. It was a lovely ceremony with accompanying string quartet, Crystal Strings and bridal processional performed by the bride’s friend on guitar with vocals. The bride wore a traditional white gown, bridesmaids wore burgundy dresses and groom and groomsmen were in tuxedos.
The guests enjoyed not only two ceremonies, but two cocktail receptions. One following each ceremony. The first being held in the garden following the Christian ceremony, while the second moved inside to the tropical forest following the Hindu ceremony.
During the first cocktail reception, the bridal party changed from the traditional American wedding attire, into traditional Hindu ceremony attire. The bride wore a beautifully embellished red wedding sari, the bridesmaids were in varying shades of saris and the men wore formal traditional Hindu male wedding attire. The mandap was created by Gray Phoenix Design and detailed by Allison Mcgeary Floral Design. It included multiple layers of semi sheer fabric swags in burgundy and gold, tied at the front corners with fresh flower arrangements and floral garlands draping within the front swags. The ceremony took place under a tent which was draped with similar burgundy and gold fabric and hanging morrocan style lanterns.
While the reception was being prepared, guests were welcomed into Phipps’ Indian Tropical Forest for the second cocktail reception of the evening– it was so perfect to have the Indian aspect of their wedding tie into Phipps’s current forest theme. Look at this fabulous elephant topiary on the escort card table created by Allison Mcgeary Floral Design! We seemlessy incorporated Indian wedding decor with the existing Indian designs at Phipps.
While Kim changed into her third gown of the day, her blue and purple reception sari, the guests then moved into the special events hall for dinner and dancing.
DJ Kelli Burns introduced the wedding party by giving a little background on each individual based upon the sweet things the bride and groom had said about them. For dinner, guest enjoyed their pre-selected entree options which included traditional Indian Cuisine and American fare. Let’s not forget about the children who were involved. The bride had many nieces in the wedding and children in attendance so all the kids received a fun activity book and pinwheel to play with for the evening.
The delicious and chic dessert station as well as the cakes were provided by Bella Christie. The wedding cake featured intricate hand piping in henna designs with two gold elephants on the top. One of the highpoints for the couple was when Kim presented Jay with a surprise Groom’s Cake. The cake depicted Jay, wearing his scrubs, sitting on the couch with his laptop and two dogs – what a thoughtful surprise!
The wedding was a strong reflection of both Kim and Jay’s personality and what a thoughtful, caring and warm pair they are. Congratulations to the happy couple!
Please enjoy viewing some of our photos. We can’t wait to see the photos by Araujo Photography, we know they will be amazing.