Guests have settled into the ceremony venue at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown, where today's unforgettable Indian wedding is about to take place. Maharani Sheetal is breathtaking in her red, white and gold bridal lengha, and her bridal party make the most beautiful bunch in their gorgeous sherbet-colored bridesmaids' saris. Raja Amit is an absolute Prince in his magnificent sherwani, and the groomsmen round out the wedding party perfectly in their light and airy ensembles. Perfect for a summer wedding! The mandap is dressed perfectly for the event in coordinating colors, and all of the floral and decor by Holliday Flowers have transformed the ritual space into a dreamy setting. Amy Hutchinson Photography captured some precious and candid moments from the ceremony, and to see them all you'll have to take a look at the entire, inspiration gallery.
The bride, on her wedding style:
"Our wedding was a fusion of modern and traditional elements. It was very important for us to stay local and choose vendors from around the area. Memphis has been my home for several years and we truly enjoy the rich culture and soulful history this city offers. We made every effort to showcase these details into our wedding. Our colors and styles for the events were very diverse. Our garba/rehearsal dinner was located at a manor near my parents house, it had very rustic tones and we incorporated many details along with this theme. We used the outdoor area for lawn games such as cornhole (which Amit and I used to play on campus all the time). The interior was wooden where we had lights strung inside for a barn feel, we also used many mason jars and earthy tones to bring out the rustic feel. For the wedding we went with a traditional Indian style, with rich golds, cremes, blushes, and corals to tie together the look. We loved our chandelier in our fabric draped mandap. All of our local vendors did a great job creating an Indian style. For our reception we decided on a modern lounge style. We found a beautiful location on the Mississippi River, the Canon Center had a wonderful lobby with large glass windows that demonstrated a beautiful view of the river and Memphis Bridge. The cocktail hour was held on the 3rd floor of the building with open views of the reception area below. The guests were able to enjoy the gorgeous sunset while having our signature cocktails (Lit Amit, a spin on Jack and Ginger Ale/Lemon, and 3 'Sheets' to the Wind, a blend of vodka, sparkling pink lemonade, and cucumbers) Our reception continued with the lounge feel with blue uplights, a white dance floor with our Gobo. We had a second floor balcony where our guests were able to see all the performances down below."
On what she enjoyed most about planning her dream wedding:
"The best part of the wedding was seeing all the small touches come together. I love planning, especially the small details, even Amit joined in on the fun and created bobbleheads of us in Indian clothes to place next to the guest book. Everything turned out beautifully and our friends and family had a great time."
It's almost time for today's Maharani to get down and celebrate. Don't miss out!