Hey dolls, I am absolutely thrilled to bring you a real wedding gem! Parihan and Kevin are a beautiful New York twosome that pulled off a gorgeous fusion wedding captured by the talented modern wedding photographer Susan Shek Photography! Among the wonderful wedding album captures, the getting ready images especially caught our attention due to the beauty of the couple´s wardrobe selection. Maharani Parihan had her charming bridal party by her side during the prep time with the wonderful Bridal Rang by Samiha who gave her an impeccably polished look that amplified her natural beauty! A stunning lehenga embellished with an intricate design made our Maharani a modern day diva and carried a bold gorgeous earthy tone flower bouquet created by Designs by Ahn. On the other hand, her dapper fiancee Kevin prepared his own wedding look with the help of his groomsmen party and selected an elegant The Knot Standard tux and paired it with the perfect pair of Hugo Boss shoes! Don´t miss the adorable first look of these two in their stylish ceremony outfits in our complete gallery!
Tarrytown, NY Indian Fusion Wedding by Susan Shek Photography
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met at a local bar on the Upper West Side and 6 months into dating I had this gut feeling that I was probably dating my future husband. It was instinctual and no matter what came our way we were resilient through it all.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
My now husband proposed to me on a trip to the Catskills where we were spending the weekend away from the city. We go up to the Hudson Valley a few times a year so I was caught by surprise when he proposed to me as the sun set over the stream of water behind the lodge where we were staying. I could not stop crying enough to say yes so I shook my head nodding yes profusely!
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.
I wanted each event to exude elegance and thus wanted the colors, outfits, makeup, venue to exemplify that. I worked with my wedding planner and vendors to ensure they understood my vision which, of course, they did! We had a fall wedding so we also wanted to incorporate deep color hues to match the weather and based upon the color scheme we chose our bridal party outfits as well as the groom and bride outfits.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I wore lehengas for both ceremony and reception. I wanted a lighter color for the ceremony and darker for the ceremony. I wanted the feel of class and elegance as I entered the rooms so I went for gold for the ceremony and dark maroon for the reception.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Practicing our first dance. We hired a choreographer who worked with us for 2 months to plan our fusion first dance and it was so much fun to spend quality time with my now husband learning something new. We were pros by the end of it!
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
They loved the energy, the music, the food and how the events ran smoothly. People were doing something different every hour and were constantly entertained.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The ceremony is the most memorable part of my wedding weekend. My husband and I wrote our own vows and our ceremony was officiated by one of our close friends. It was very personal, touching and even while standing in front of a huge audience it felt like it was only my husband and I in that moment.
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.
We had a Gaye Holud ceremony which is a traditional Bengali ceremony where the Bride and Groom is showered with sweets and friends and family put turmeric on the couple. Our colors for that ceremony was green and pink with accents or orange and yellow. The flowers we chose were marigolds and they were incorporated on the table centerpieces, the stage where we sat and I was carried into the room by my uncles on a marigold palki. Our DJ fused Bollywood with Spanish songs (to incorporate both cultures) and everyone tore up the dance floor that night!
We opted for an elegant rehearsal dinner with tall white cala lily as the centerpieces. We had baby breath and greenery hanging from the chandeliers with hurricane candles on the tables and throughout the room to incorporate a feeling of romance and class. We also had speeches given by the Groom's parents, one of the bridesmaids and the groomswoman to get everyone excited for the Bid Day the next day!
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Try to enjoy the process as much as you can because after the wedding you'll wonder where the time went! Make the quality moments with your fiance count whether it is dance lessons, cake tasting, touring venues...because these moments will lead to your "I do" day and you want to remember them fondly. The journey to marriage is an adventure so make it a fun one!!
We will be back with the amazing autumnal ceremony!
DJ: Shilpa Entertainment | Planning & Design: Touch of Elegance Events | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill Mansion | Sangeeet Venue: Swan Club Long Island | Floral & Decor: Designs by Ahn - Bouquet and Floral Arrangements | Hair & Makeup: Bridal Rang by Samiha | Catering: Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill Mansion | Bridal Shoes: Valentino | Bridal Fashion: Vedam (Calcutta) | Cakes & Treats: Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill Mansion | Groom Tuxedo: The Knot Standard | Groom Shoes: Hugo Boss