Anjali Joshi and Gopi Kumar | August 27, 2016
Planning an Indian wedding, Anjali and Gopi knew, meant incorporating certain traditions when it came to attire, décor and even food. But the couple made their special day their own thanks to a few key details.
“The months leading up to the wedding were a little bit of DIY-mania,” says Anjali. “We tried to make and do as many things as we possibly could ourselves.”
To start, Gopi had recalled a great weekend the couple spent together in New York—attending the U.S. Open, seeing a play and meeting up with some friends. The visit included a special memory of playing with pinwheels while walking around the city, so Anjali suggested translating that memory into escort cards.
At the ceremony, guests walked to their seat through an aisle decorated with vintage photos of the couple’s family members at their own weddings; at the reception, they were given cocktail napkins with five facts about the bride and groom.
Of course, for all of their careful planning, there was one detail that almost went unnoticed: the first dance.
“In the week leading up to the wedding, we soon figured out that we weren’t the best dancers,” says Anjali. They worked with her cousin to cook up a goofy dance, which they executed flawlessly. Not surprisingly, it was one of their favorite moments of the night. You know what they say about the best laid plans…
THE DETAILS Event planner: Evelyn Keyes of Icing the Cake Ceremony and reception venue: Castle Hill Cider Officiant: Sri Satyanarayan Marathe Catering: Bollywood Bistro (Fairfax, Virginia), Carpe Donut Flowers: Ken Ward of Couture Design Cake: Anita Gupta of Maliha Creations Music: DJ Ravi Jackson (Philadelphia) Dresses: Traditional sari from India (ceremony); Studio East6 (reception) Shoes: Kate Spade Rings: Max Color, LLC Hair and makeup: The Beautique by Sapna Henna artist: Henna Harmony Videographer: Ian’s Creations Invitations: Avani Bhansali of A Royal Impression Rentals: MS Events, Real Southern Accents, Stonegate Rentals, Occasion Caterers Transportation: Sunshine Tours