I have been waiting all week to show off this wedding. Not only are the wedding details stunning and the couple adorable, the bride happens to be one of the sweetest people I know. She is the type of lady who would do anything for her friends, and someone I would have fought hard to have as my little sis in my sorority!
Anar and Dan, known playfully as Danar amongst their friends, got married last July in a Bollywood meets wine country extravaganza that was truly a one of a kind experience.
From the lovely bride : Wedding took place in a venue that just opened up to private events called Richard's Grove in Saralee Vineyards. They usually do corporate wine events, but now focus on weddings. It is basically a big grassy grove filled with flowers and trees, surrounded by vineyards in Sonoma County. Dan is very outdoorsy and fell in love with the place. It was also perfect because we got engaged in wine country. The best part, is with venues like this, it is a blank canvas that you can design. We rented EVERYTHING... lots of work but each detail was our very own.
Even though Dan isn’t Indian, I convinced him to arrive to the ceremony in style, on a white horse of course! Him and his groomsmen had a small baraat that made its way through the vineyard to the ceremony aisle entrance. Everyone got out of their seats to get a view of Dan galloping in on a horse with dhol beats! It was classic.
The mandap was bright, simple, and elegant. We didn't want to take away from the beautiful giant tree and vineyard views we were getting married under. We found an amazing reverend "Reverend Blaine" who was able to mix Christian and Hindu ceremony aspects into one ceremony. He was lively and worked in the garlands, seven steps, and pheras well! We didn't want our guests to sit through two ceremonies, so we got creative and blended them together! (We found him online, he was on TLC's a Wedding Story")
I especially love these jai malas. They are so festive and bright. Anar is guest blogging over at R A N I S this morning talking about her DIY project that you won't wanna miss. Make sure you go over there and check out some more great details from this bride.
SO, SO, SO, much more to come, so stay put, it's Friday after all!