Monday, November 28, 2011

An Elegant Union at Union Station {Premal + Chris}

The fun Hotel Monaco in Chinatown served as the getting ready location for both the bride and groom of this wedding.   Makeup artist, Pattie Martin and hairstylist Giselle of Hair by Giselle spent the morning with the bride and her close friends and family getting them all ready for the special day.
Sari wrapper, Yogita Devani, worked with the ladies to make sure their beautiful saris were put on correctly and looking perfect.
The bride and groom chose to see each other before the ceremony.  The talented Greg Gibson shot some amazing photos of their first meeting and pictures around the Hotel Monaco.  Their families then joined them to take pictures around the hotel and in and around Union Station, the site of their ceremony and reception.  
For the Groom’s baraat, the Groom rode in on a white horse (thanks to Harmon’s Carriages) and the crowd was led by both a drummer, Dholi Sorabh and pre-recorded music played by DJ Ross of Chris Laich Entertainment.  

Guests were then led through the ornate main hall of Union Station to the ceremony in Columbus Club.  Sachi Sood of Partyland created the colorful mandap and aisle d├ęcor for the ceremony.  Chaitanya Bhagavan Dasa did a great job leading the ceremony.  He took the time to explain, in English, what was happening throughout the entire ceremony for those guests who do not speak Hindi.  
The ceremony ended and guests entered the Palm Court for cocktails and hors d’eourves.  Guests found their escort cards under a stunning peacock statue the florist designed.

During cocktails and dinner, guests were encouraged to stop by the photobooth, provided by Booth-O-Rama, that also served as the couple’s guestbook. Guests could take pictures with fun props, keep a photo strip for themselves or glue a photo strip into the couple’s guestbook.  

After the bride and groom’s costume change, it was time for the dinner reception, that took place in the East Hall.   Amber lighting lit the room and bright pink, blue and purple linen covered the tables.  The couple was led into the reception by Dholi Sorabh.  What a great way to start a party!

Dinner was a team effort, Design Cuisine provided the American fare while IndAroma handled all Indian dishes.  One of the highlights was the delicious dessert buffet provided by Design Cuisine.  The based Alaska’s on a stick are to die for!!
DJ Michael Valenti did a great job of keeping the guests dancing the night away. The bride and groom made donations to the Susan G Komen Foundation in each guest’s name.

The bride and groom ended the night by having their guests hold sparklers outside of Union Station as they walked through it and headed off into the night.

Thank you to my assistant, Sarah Obenour, for all of your help!
Congratulations Premal and Chris!  The couple is now off to their 3 week honeymoon in Africa.  So jealous!