After honoring Prasad's faith and culture, the lovebirds held an American ceremony in the dreamy outdoor lawn space of The Westin Baltimore Washington Airport. Before the "I do’s", the couple grabbed the leash of their beloved pooch who joined the wedding fun posing for a picture-perfect moment. The bride and groom’s jaw-dropping style was also captured by Mari Harsan Studios, this time our lovely bride Beverly slipped into a spectacular white gown, while Prasad changed his traditional Sherwani for a classic suit and finished off the look with a lovely white bow tie. The genius behind the coordination and planning of all the festivities was the renowned Drew Vanlandingham, who executed a wonderful job paying attention to each detail and helping the newlyweds enjoy their special day. The western ceremony took place under a steel arch that Sheila Smith and her team decorated following the first ceremony theme, pink hues, and florals! How adorable! Go straight ahead to our gallery for more inspiring images.
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met through our mutual hobby: sports cars
I knew he was the one because he's exactly like my baby brother, so patient, calm and respectful. He helped me through a tough time and I couldn't have done it without him. As a friend, he was so supportive-- I knew I needed to snag him up!!! :)
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He set up this elaborate plan to go visit all the museums in DC together. It was a beautiful day and I went to get dressed that morning with a baseball cap, sneakers, and a t-shirt-- full tourist mode. He dressed up in a button down shirt and dress shoes-- odd......
He persuaded me to change into something a little fancier so we can go to dinner somewhere nice. My suspicions were up!
We went to the botanical gardens and he popped the question in the rose garden :)
By the time I called all my close friends and family, they had already known and they were waiting to meet us for lunch and dinner. They're all a bunch of tricksters!!!
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.
Wedding planning was an experience! I'd say the hardest part was creating a fusion wedding between our expectations for an American wedding (white dress, officiant, etc), Chinese wedding (my background), and Hindu ceremony (Husband's parents). Balancing the parents' expectations with what we ultimately wanted was the biggest challenge. A challenge which was greatly reduced with the help of our wedding planner. He was the perfect balance because there is a lot of pressure on me to make a good impression on my husband's parents and make them happy. But at the same time, my husband and I were raised in America, so we always picture the white dress and a big fancy wedding cake. Our wedding planner was able to tastefully incorporate everything and break the tension.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My mother in law made my saree in India for me. I told her my favorite colors and she did a great job picking it out. It was beautiful!!!
My white wedding dress was selected by my maid of honor and mom. It was very fairytale which is what I wanted because I wanted it to be drastically different from the Indian attire.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The best part was that I found out that I'm extremely lucky to have my husband. I mean, I knew he was awesome, but omg he is SO STINKING AWESOME! He had my back 100% of the time. He didn't make a single decision without talking to me and we were an awesome team. He is always looking out for my best interest and no one else's, it's such an amazing feeling to know there is someone on this earth who cares so much about how I feel and what I want. What are the chances that we found each other, right?!?!
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Many of our American friends have never been to a Hindu ceremony before, they had a lot of fun! They all took turns throwing rice and flowers at us, so it was very interactive and there is no way I would have allowed that in any other setting!
I also think all the guests got to experience two different settings. We had our Hindu ceremony inside on the mandap, and then our American ceremony outside on the lawn. It gave it two very dynamic experiences.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Seeing Prasad in his Indian get up! He looks like a sparkling Aladdin! (sorry is politically incorrect?) But he was all fancy and looked so handsome!
For events other than your ceremony, please tell us as much as you would like about the decor, style, dances, and all the special details.
I loved the mandap, the flowers were beautiful, and the cake was DELICIOUS!
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
JUST BE HAPPY! The day is about you and your husband, you can't control everything.
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
My knock out vendors were my planner, cake, makeup artist and photographer, they nailed it!