As featured on PeachesandBlush.com September 2013.
P&B Real Brides: Meet Vinita!
An effervescent Telegu bride from the US, whose first date with her Punjabi Husband lasted over 10 hours ! 2 years later , there was a proposal in Paris , a 4 day Bachelorette and a week long wedding celebration! The pot pourri of South meets North , is evident in all the fun photographs , the events and the brides outfits as well!
The first date, the proposal and more!
I met my now husband two years ago and to say we clicked instantly is an understatement. Our first date took us all around Washington DC from an afternoon coffee to a four hour dinner at a Moroccan restaurant (I still think he took me there to watch the belly dancers instead of wanting to impress me!) to walking around all of the national monuments in DC. The date lasted over 10 hours and after that, we knew we wanted to keep seeing each other and we did. Now, countless dates, an amazing proposal in Paris, and two years later we are happily married and ready to keep seeing each other until we are both old and gray.
The Wedding Events
We kicked off our wedding events with our bachelor and bachelorette parties – a four day trip to Vegas for the boys and a four day trip to Montreal for the girls. During the week of our wedding, our events included a mehendi, sangeet, wedding ceremony and reception. The mehendi was a fairly simple event held at my parent’s house with lots of singing and fun. For the Sangeet, we went with a Moroccan theme for the décor and we had our formal chunni ceremony followed by lots of dancing.
I am Telugu and my husband is Punjabi so our wedding ceremony was a mix of both Telugu and Punjabi rituals. Though I was dressed as a traditional Andhra bride, I love the look of chooda and kalirey and so I incorporated both into my outfit to give it a Punjabi touch. We had a loud and fun baraat followed by the milni and wedding ceremony. Since my husband and I both grew up in the States, we also incorporated some American wedding traditions into our wedding like having bridesmaids and groomsmen and we bid a short farewell to our guests after the vidaai by taking off in a 1950’s vintage Rolls Royce.
Tell us about your outfits..
From Delhi, we went to Visakhapatnam (aka Vizag) for a couple of days which is where my family is from. I wanted a pure Kanchipuram pattu silk saree and knew exactly where to find one – Kankatala Silk Stores in Vizag. I knew which saree I was going to get when I saw my grandmother’s and mother’s reactions once I put the saree on – their faces lit up when I wore it. We have a trusted tailor in Vizag that does amazing bridal blouses and I had my wedding saree blouse stitched by her. She did an amazing job with making the blouse stand out and look elegant.
I had one week to do ALL of my wedding shopping in India. My family is from Andhra Pradesh and I knew that I didn’t want to shop anywhere in the south for my Sangeet and Reception outfits . Our choices then were Mumbai, Delhi and Calcutta. After much research, we zeroed in on Delhi as our main shopping destination and spent a hectic four days shopping there going from South Ex to Chandni Chowk to Karol Bagh and everywhere in between. Thanks to my research I found Mehak’s awesome blog (which actually drove me to choose Delhi as my shopping destination) with tons of useful information on the best places to shop in Delhi for bridal outfits. I landed in Delhi, dropped my bags off at our hotel, and went straight to Frontier Raas in South Ex to begin my bridal shopping. I was looking for my reception outfit and fell in love with one of the first outfits that I saw there. Could it really be that easy?! I didn’t know whether it was the jet lag that was making me delirious or whether I had in fact found my reception outfit so quickly! Fickle-minded me decided that of course it couldn’t be that easy and so I decided I had to visit every single store on my list in every corner of Delhi before deciding on an outfit. We spent the next couple of days going to what felt like every shop in Delhi and dragged my poor father (god bless his patience) along. We even trekked through Chandni Chowk and Kinari Bazaar in the pouring rain (yucky!) and finally came to the realization that the lehenga at Frontier Raas was in fact my perfect reception outfit. Go figure!
Reception Outfit, Sangeet Outfit
I knew I wanted something colorful and fun for the Sangeet and I knew I wanted a mango-ish tone for my lehenga. This is where trekking through Chandni Chowk in the rain proved to be an awesome decision. We ended up at Om Prakash Jawaharlal and with much skepticism asked him to show us his collection. A few outfits in, out came this lehenga in a beautiful mango tone with an itty bitty border that I hated. The salesman agreed to customize my outfit with the border that I liked but said that he couldn’t get the outfit to us before we left Delhi. I decided to have some faith and let him ship it to me and when I finally got my outfit from them, it was perfect and exactly what I wanted.
I knew I couldn’t wear just any shoes for my wedding events. This was my excuse to splurge on a pair of Jimmy Choo bridal shoes! I found the perfect pair a few weeks before my wedding and am now thinking that maybe a few more pairs of Choos in my closet wouldn’t hurt? J
I came back to the US after a week in India with no outfit for my mehendi function. I contacted Mehak about having one made for me through her Bridal Shopping Service and she came to the rescue and had my outfit made and sent to me. It was a beautiful Mughal inspired outfit and I accessorized it with jewelry that my mother wore at her own wedding. Thanks to Mehak and Brides by P&B for my beautiful mehendi outfit! (This outfit is available in the Flash Sale Event we had at P&B with IFE – Read more here)
The Fun Performances!
The reception was by far my most favorite event. All the wedding events were over and I was a lot less stressed about what had to be done next and just wanted to enjoy the rest of the evening with all of our loved ones. My husband and I had a special first dance as we started off to Bruno Mars – Marry You and transitioned into a fun dance with Jumma Chumma De De. We had great performances from my husband’s side of the family, my bridesmaids and close friends, and a bhangra team from my alma mater. We had a dhol player play along to the DJ’s music and all of our family and friends partied late into the night with us. My best memory from all of the events was getting to dance with my adorable grandmother who danced for the first time at my wedding J
For Sangeet Ceremony
For Mehendi Ceremony
Who was your Makeup Artist & Photographer? Tell us about them..
My makeup artist was Suman Khosla who is well known in the DC area and did an absolutely amazing job with make-up and hair for all of my events. I was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to find someone who could give me different looks for each event and also dress me up as a traditional South Indian bride. She went above and beyond what I had imagined and I would highly recommend her.
Our Sangeet photographer was Chris from Baltazar Photography and our wedding and reception photographer was Sunny from Photographick Studios. They both captured really great shots of us during our wedding events and I would highly recommend both of them as well.