Today’s wedding feature will have you speaking in Shakespearean quotes and dreaming of a fairytale outdoor wedding. When Jennie and Umang decided to take their relationship to the next step, it was inevitable that not just one wedding ceremony would do. Kat Creech Events was brought on to help Jennie plan her big day and as we relive these magical moments captured by Morgan Lynn Photography, we can’t help but shed a tear or two on how seamless the fusion events were cohesively planned. The bride chose a stunning red and gold wedding lengha from Kalki Fashions and you just have to take a moment to admire all the various headpieces adorning Jennie’s head secured by a heavy dupatta. The one and only Riz Moosa of DJ Riz Entertainment led Umang’s baraat ceremony into the indoors venue at the Houston Oaks. For her Indian wedding ceremony, the bride decided on a simple yet effective modern day setup. Weaving in both of these elements and deciding not to have a mandap is a sophisticated approach that we see many brides utilizing into their wedding day. Jennie and Umang’s guide to what is going on was an awesomely creative way to educated her guests that weren’t familiar with Indian wedding ceremonies. After the wedding ceremony, guests were treated to a royal Indian cuisine with Narin’s Bombay Brasserie dishing out some delectable eats. The gallery full to the brim with fusion fun is captured by Morgan Lynn Photography.
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Umang and I met through mutual friends. We started dating after he needed a date to his work Christmas party. Since I love Christmas, I was more than happy to join him! Soon after that, we were officially together.
On one of earlier dates, we were hanging out until really late talking and getting to know each other. Before, I knew it it was 4am and I needed to head home. At the time, we lived 30 miles apart and it was about a 45 minute drive home. Umang, gentleman that he is, insisted on driving me back home in my own car and taking a cab all the way back to his own place. This was the moment when I knew he was "the one"... Also, that time he read all 7 Harry Potter books, just because I told him that I could only date people who have read them.
Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
For my Indian Wedding, I wanted a Moroccan theme with a lot of personality and fun. Noah's Event Venue was perfect for the Indian Wedding Day because it allowed for customization and offered a clean backdrop. My planner and I worked together to create a canopy topped mandap with no draped walls, to create a more open feel. We added tons of candles and Moroccan lanterns to light up the space, along with rich jewel tones. My favorite parts were the little details, like our customized Indian ceremony program. Because this was a mixed wedding, most of my family had never attended a Hindu Ceremony before so we wanted to include explanations of what we were doing during the ceremony.
I also loved the Marble Slab Bar! Umang and I bonded over our love of Marble Slab early on so we had to have an ice cream station at the Sangeet. We included signage that displayed our signature ice cream combos for extra personality.
One thing I was really particular about was my DJ. DJ Riz and his team was so professional and really listened to what I wanted. We worked together to time my entrance to "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai" when I walked down the aisle to the mandap.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The cake tasting! Umang would agree with me here. The idea that you can make an appointment with a bakery and try out 5+ flavors with various icing combinations really blew his mind. And cake is so important to me because it's an iconic part of a wedding, so it has to be delicious.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our First Dance. Umang and I chose Florence + The Machine's "Stand by Me", which is from my favorite video game series. We loved the lyrics and the ethereal feel that went perfectly with our American wedding theme. The dance happened right after we were announced into the reception and despite the lights and audience, I felt like we were alone for those two minutes. We actually took lessons the month before and were only semi-comfortable with the dance. But on the day of, everything flowed so naturally. It was one of my favorite moments.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
On your wedding day, forget everything else and just enjoy the moment. At this point, you have done so much work and preparation, so whatever happens will happen. If anything needs to be done, that's what bridesmaids are for! There is nothing worse than seeing a stressed out, angry or frazzled bride. It's your wedding day so hold on to your happy bridal glow.
We have a whimsical fairy tale wedding coming right up! See you in a bit.