Peacock Gardens hosts the Gaye Holud pre-wedding bash for the Bangladeshi bride and the Japanese groom to enjoy in Southern California. I am completely enchanted by the rich use of vibrant color that marks the celebratory occasion. Lin & Jirsa Photography beautifully captures all the magnificent decor that is covered in shades of fuchsia, orange, purple and yellow. Chez Rose drapes the magical mandap in sensational silk fabric and a floral masterpiece of a chandelier. There is so much more to come from this breathtaking Indian affair in which awesome vendors like, Deepti's Floral Designs & Mandaps, The Richard Nixon Library and Enchanted Carriages will each play a huge part. For now I'm keeping mum, but feel free to visit the gallery for even more pre-ceremony inspiration!
From the bride, on how they met:
"We met as seniors in high school over a decade ago. It was probably during college when we were separated by 500 miles from Irvine to Berkeley that we realized how much we loved each other. It was probably one of the most challenging times in our lives as we were growing into adulthood and working toward our careers, but we supported each other through it."
On the "prank" proposal:
"I wouldn't call his proposal romantic... more like an engagement prank. I go to Optometry school out of state and he was working in Orange County at the time. During my spring break home, he left work early to pick me up from the airport. I was in desperate need of a trip to the salon so he accompanied me and stayed with me the whole time (this was a first in our ten years of dating!). The trip took almost 4 hours because my hairdresser messed up my hair! By the time we were done I was very upset and taking my emotions out on him because he wanted to make another stop at his apartment (*to pick up the ring*) and we were already late to dinner with our friends. As we rush to dinner at the Orange Circle, we were walking past the fountain in the center of Old Towne Orange when he made me listen to a voice message from his boss who was angry because he left early from work and fired him over the phone! Little did I know that the message was prerecorded and FAKE so as I freak out and turn around to look at him, he was kneeling down on one knee in front of the fountain, with the ring in his hand! I asked "wait, I don't get it, are you fired?" and he said "No, I'm asking you to marry me!" Yup, he totally got me. I always said I would know when he proposed but I guess the joke was on me! And one of his friends got the whole thing on camera! Afterwards we met up at a nearby restaurant and celebrated with friends and champagne."
Stay tuned because ceremony shots are coming right up!