Our darling Maharani shares with us her spectacular Indian fusion wedding taking place at the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago in Illinois. Amazing hair and makeup extraordinaire, Sara from Kate Johnson Artistry, dolls up this beauty with a charming updo, dark eye liner and a fabulous fire engine red lipstick that brightens up her entire look to perfection. Dressed in an elegant silk sari, Katie is definitely sporting that bridal glow especially when she unveils herself to Utham! Life on Prints Photography beautifully captures all the key moments—from the bride getting ready to the first look to the traditional ceremony which you can see more of in the gallery!
From the bride, on hair and makeup:
"I knew I wanted to represent two very different looks on my wedding day. At the time we were planning our wedding out of town and relied on seeking online portfolios of hair and makeup artists. Kate Johnson Artistry impressed with such a beautiful and extensive portfolio. I felt very comfortable with Kate's team as they had plenty of experience with Indian and American hair and makeup customs. They were completely on board for helping me with two looks in one wedding day! Artist Sara worked her magic that day and I felt like a celebrity!"
On the wedding style:
"We knew from the start it could be challenging to incorporate traditional Indian wedding customs with contemporary American ones, but we pulled it off! Our ceremony was held at the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago on a Saturday morning to accommodate our traveling guests. Following a delicious Indian brunch buffet, we continued the party into the evening with a contemporary American style reception. We were most inspired by bright warm colors and I wished for an evening look emulating classic 1950's glamour. So happy to be able to incorporate many of my groom's family customs (like the Mehendi on my hands and feet), with the white bridal gown I dreamed of as a little girl!"
On a special moment:
"The morning Hindu ceremony was very familiar for the groom's side of the family and the American style hotel reception was most familiar to my side of the family. By the end of the night everyone came together to celebrate on the dance floor! Our DJ played a great mix of Tamil music and American pop to keep the dance floor packed all night!"
On special details:
"I am so thankful for Utham's family for helping me feel included in the traditional Indian wedding customs every step of the way. I am especially thankful for my mother-in-law and her family who flew in from Chennai for the wedding. At one point the morning of the wedding I had four women dressing me at once! What a fun experience!"
The reception celebration is coming up!