We’re enchanted by Shivani and Anand’s reception setup at the White House Banquet and Event Center! The entire ceiling was draped in white fabric, giving the space such a dreamy feel. It was as if the event took place in a magical cloud of elegance and romance! We also couldn’t get over the incredible light up dance floor that incorporated natural greenery and floral elements. Definitely one of the most unique we’ve seen! The planning team from Black Pearl Events and the floral and decor crew from Linens By Celina did a spectacular job pulling off Shivani and Anand’s wedding vision! The newlyweds burst into the reception hall in more custom made fashions, and we are loving Shivani’s ethereal gown and bewitching hair and makeup look created by Dolled Up by Lulu. The reception program was straight out of your fave Bollywood flick, with both Shivani and Anand participating in large group numbers! The guests were blown away by the performances, and Shivani told us that she still hears about how incredible the dances were from her guests! After a rich meal from Natraj, 3D Sounds pumped up the energy with their infectious jams! The couple’s goal was to have guests dance the night away, and their wish definitely came true! You can see all the action go down in the full gallery by Kelly Waterman Photography. Make sure to scroll below for more behind the scenes deets in our interview with Shivani!
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved how simple, elegant, and efficient our wedding was. One of the biggest things for us was to make sure the food was good. We had catered half Indian food through Natraj Cuisine of India and half through the venue, which were tacos. Our guests loved our food, and enjoyed the different options they had. To this day, our guests still talk about the dances, saying they have never seen something so well put together and executed before.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I remember a couple special moments that I can never forget. I remember my walk down the aisle, and just seeing the look on Anand's face. I couldn't believe that our big day was finally here, after over a year and a half of being engaged. Another moment was the dances. I surprised Anand by joining the bridesmaids dance since he is a really good dancer. He also surprised me by joining in the groomsmen dance, and that was my all time favorite! I knew he would sneak in a dance somewhere! But one of the biggest things that I remember is just being able to spend time with my close family and friends, dancing, and having a great time!
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.
For our reception, we wanted to keep it very simple. Our main goal was to allow our guests to have fun, and dance the night away. We did do a choreographed dance which included both sides of the family. Although everyone was in different locations and/or parts of the country, the choreography was emailed out and everyone practiced on their own time. Both sides did NOT end up practicing together, however, the dance came out AMAZING! It was just as if it was straight from a Bollywood movie! We kept our program short and sweet, so we can get to the best part, the dancing!
Thank you so much for sharing Shivani! We'll see all you lovely people tomorrow!