Wedding: Swaicha + Ankit

Meet Swaicha & Ankit.
Words cannot express how much I enjoyed working with this stunning bride, handsome groom, and their wonderful families!
When I first spoke with Swaicha on the phone, I knew she was going to ask me one very important question: "Have you planned an Indian wedding before?"  To answer honestly (of course), I said, "No.  But every wedding I plan has a new element that I learn about and I find that exciting."  I am so thankful for Swaicha's trust, allowing me to coordinate her big, gorgeous wedding to Ankit.
Swaicha is a very organized person, which is only one of the many reasons I like her so.  What is truly lovely about Swaicha is her warm personality and good heart.  She is happy, kind, and genuine… the best traits one could have!  Yes, Ankit is a lucky man, but truth be told, he is just as awesome.  He’s funny and sweet and adoring.  They are a perfect match, as anyone who meets them can see.
As previously mentioned, this was my first time coordinating an Indian wedding and a traditional Hindu ceremony.  So there were just a couple rituals I needed to study, learn, and plan accordingly... for example: Gowry Pooja, Barat and Milani, Kaasi Yaatra, Sri Ganesh Puja, Raksha Bandhan, Yagnopavitam, Antha Patam, Madhu Parkam, Pravara Chanting, Mahasankalpam, Kanyavaram, Sumuhurtum, Mangalasutra Dharan, Sindhoora Dharan, Talambralu, Chunni, Brahma Mudi, Saptapadi, Pani Grahana, Laja Homa and Phere, Arundhati Darsana, Appagintalu, and Asirvachanam.  Did you catch all that?
 
The ceremony space was an explosion of color.  The mandap featured swags of floral garlands hanging in front and surrounding the pillars.  Marigolds, orchids, and carnations were arranged in vibrant shades of red, purple, yellow, and ivory.  The space shone with saturated jewel tones.
Between ceremony and cocktail hour, the bride and groom posed for extended family photos, then changed into their reception outfits while guests relaxed, gearing up for the big party! (On a personal and grateful note, I was extremely honored to receive a magnificent traditional Indian outfit as a gift from the Mother-of-the-Bride to wear at the reception. I felt so beautiful wearing it!)
The cocktail hour and reception featured florals and decor with pops of violet, gold, and ruby red.  The 400+ guests were welcomed into the ballroom with beautiful music and ambiance.  The guests' tables featured candle favors for the women, customized playing cards for the men, and candy treats for the children.  Friends of the bride and groom also received personalized notes, thanking them for their love and friendship.
Mmm... the cake featured four different flavors to delight every tastebud! Its design reflected the ornate details in the bride's henna and the colors were plucked from her exquisite, bejeweled reception dress.  The two gold elephants that topped the cake had the bride and groom's initials and wedding date stamped into them for a personal touch.
I must say, I have heard so many beautiful, heartfelt toasts and speeches over my career in the wedding industry.  And I always tear up at one point or another during a wedding.  But the Father-of-the-Bride gave such a moving toast during the reception that there couldn't possibly be anyone in that room who didn't feel his pride in his daughter.  It was such a special moment to witness.
This amazing couple is filled with so much love and joy that after the Mehndi, the Sangeet, and the wedding, I felt like part of the family! Their happiness and warmth is such a pleasure to witness and I thank them for welcoming me on their journey. I've said it many times before, but I'll say it again... I adore this couple and their lovely families! Congratulations and much love to you, Swaicha and Ankit!

{ VENDOR CREDITS }
Wedding Coordination: KGM Weddings
(a special thanks to my assistants, Stacie and Kate!)
Venue: Pacific Palms Resort (City of Industry, CA)
Photography: Picotte Photography
Catering: Diamond Palace
Additional Catering: Vasantha Bhavan
DJ/Barat Musicians: Dhamaka Productions
Florals & Decor: Irises Designs
Photobooth: Photobooth Mania
Officiant: Sharma Samavedula
Videography: Buckley Videography
Horse Services: Enchanted Carriages
Hair & Make-Up: Shear Artistry Salon

To read the Q&A with Swaicha and Ankit, click here.