After a spectacular first look photo shoot with Wedding Documentary Photo + Cinema, our Indian groom Darshan was as excited as can be to wed his Maharani Katie at The General's Residence! Before that, though, Raja Darshan danced his way to the ceremony in a fun baraat where he even played the dhol! Then, he awaited his Maharani under a mandap constructed and decorated by their family members, and was dazzled as blushing bride Katie made her way down the aisle in a stunning lengha from Sari Palace! Check out the highlights from the beautiful ceremony below, and make your way to the full gallery for the portraits!
Maharani Katie on her favorite part of wedding planning:
"We had a very hands on approach to the process of planning our wedding. We are very DIY when it comes to many aspects of our life, so our wedding was no different and it was so much fun to do it together as a couple. We designed and handmade our Save the Dates, invitations, favors, table numbers and placecards. We spent countless hours analyzing floor plans, timelines and logistics. We shopped together for picture frames, decor items and even our wedding clothes. We spent many hours planning and putting together our wedding, but the best part is that we did it together as a couple. That is what made the process so enjoyable and truly memorable."
On choosing her lengha:
"After spending so many hours browsing Maharani Weddings, I knew I wanted a traditional maroon red lenhga with gorgeous gold work. I was lucky enough to find it in the very first store we went to, Sari Palace in Berkeley. I knew it was the one as soon as I saw it! Not being Indian, I didn't really know much about Indian wedding fashion, but my mother and father in law came with me shopping and we chose my outfit together. I couldn't have imagined getting married in anything else. For my American style white gown, I wanted a very traditional, vintage style dress. I tried on so many with friends and by myself, but eventually, I decided to take my fiance shopping with me. I know he knows me the best and knows what looks the best. Luckily, I was right and we picked it out together! It had just the right amount of sparkle and elegance. I loved wearing it with my mehendi. I think that was just a perfect touch, unexpected and beautiful."
We're taking a look at the Christian ceremony next!