Thursday, January 23, 2014

An Indian-American Love Story {Lianne + Vishal}

We love planning "fusion" weddings! The blending of two cultures into one day (or several) of celebrations always creates twice the beautiful moments and truly gives couples the best of both worlds. We loved the vivid colors and joyful music of Lianne and Vishal's Hindu ceremony and then the romantic sweetness of their Western ceremony PLUS they were held at two stunning D.C. venues (both of them Engaging Affairs favorites).

First, the bride got ready at The Willard for the Hindu ceremony.

And then the groom arrived on horseback. The Barat is one of our favorite parts of Indian weddings!

The ceremony took place in The Willard's Crystal Room. What a gorgeous setting!

Then Michael Connor from Connor Studios did some beautiful portraits of the couple. Amazingly, these outdoor photos are in downtown D.C.!

Then it was off to get ready for the second part of the day at The Meridian House with hair by the lovely Remona and make-up by the fabulous Nikki Fraser!

The gardens at The Meridian House are such a breathtaking backdrop for a ceremony!

Then portraits in the historic house . . .

And gardens . . .

And on to the reception where guests found their names written by Michele from Meant to Be Calligraphy on a window panes hanging between the trees!

Lush flowers by the supremely talented Holly Chapple topped the guest tables along with vintage-style china.

What a gorgeous ruffled cake by Maggie Austin!

After a romantic first dance, DJ Jag from Event EQ (an Engaging Affairs favorite!) kept the dance floor packed!

Thank you to my fabulous team of vendors who made this day amazing! Michael Connor, as always, captured such spectacular images and was a dream to work with. 

Hindu Ceremony Venue - Willard
Western Ceremony and Reception: Meridian House
Florist: Holly Chapple
Window Pane Calligraphy: Meant To Be Calligraphy
Caterer: Occasions
Cake: Maggie Austin
DJ: Jag, Event EQ
Ceremony Musicians (for western ceremony): Sage Strings
Photographer: Connor Studios
Videographer: Belvedere Films
Hair: Bridal Hair by Remona
Makeup: Nikki Fraser
Henna Artist: Mala Amin

And a huge congratulations to the beautiful couple. It was such an honor to be a part of their day!