The second installment of Jenna & Tushar's grand fusion wedding, in complicity with Erika Greene Photography, has arrived, Maharanis! We are definitely in love with the special guest of the ceremony. The elegant burro was all things glamorous, posing with the newlyweds and bringing the fun to the photo shoots. Who says an animal can't share the joy? The Paseo in Arizona also housed the Christian ceremony and the reception, both of them saw the Maharani wear a classic white gown with intricate details. It was a beautiful dress that accurately combined the fusion nature of the wedding. A true knockout! We all know that Indian wedding parties are something else, good thing that our couple recruited In The Mix Entertainment for the sounds and songs that had everyone dancing and enjoying the bash. Even the burro was surely dancing! Want more? Go to the gallery for part two of Jenna & Tushar's nuptials, from the warm and inviting Arizona!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met on March 15, 2015, at a coffee shop in Portland, Oregon. (initially, we met on match.com and after chatting for a week or so we decided to meet up). I think I knew he was "the one" after our first meeting. I went home and sat on my bed and thought "I could see us growing old together"
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Tushar proposed at chokhi dhani resort in Jaipur...days before our actual engagement ceremony ;).
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.
We hired YourJubilee wedding planners as we were planning the wedding in Arizona from Houston Texas where we live. They were amazing and took care of all the details. The venue "The Paseo" was amazing, Hair was done by my best friend Casey Brough, Makeup was Summer Abdeh, Mehendi was "henna by Purvi". Outfits were from Gaurav Gupta online (India), Manavar (Houston), and Ventura's Bridal (Houston). The theme I was going for was just colorful, I let the planner design and take care of the rest from there. We were out in the desert, so I wanted it to be a desert fusion wedding atmosphere. We had a local burro (donkey) come dressed in our wedding colors who delivered beer and soda to the guests (this is a local southwestern tradition). The DJ (DJ Adhi) played the dhol, we had both Indian and American cuisine (India Palace and Atlasta Catering).
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Bridal Lengha was actually picked by my co-worker. lol. I couldn't decide between 3 lenghas so I showed them all to her and she picked! The fusion outfit was a version of a Gaurav Gupta dress that I had seen online, and the traditional wedding gown was made to look very simple and elegant in contrast to the other two dresses.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Dress shopping was my favorite part of the planning process. My mother was supposed to fly into Houston to dress shop with me but a close friend unexpectedly passed away and she had to stay back home. So instead, my husband came to all of the dress shops with me and created a WhatsApp group for all of my friends who were deciding at each store which were the favorite dresses. It was a really fun day!
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The guests loved the venue as we were out in the Desert with mountains and cactus and beautiful sunsets/weather. They also loved the wedding burro (donkey). We also received a lot of compliments on the great music!
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The moment we said "I Do" and kissed for the first time as a married couple!
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.
This was a fusion wedding so we did things a bit differently than a typical Indian Wedding and different from a typical American Wedding. We had a bridal shower at my best friends house with physic who did tarot card readings! We had a Mehndi night that was very low-key but all of our American friends loved getting a henna tattoo! We did two pre-wedding photoshoots to take the pressure off of all the photos on the wedding day. We went out to the desert near the venue and took photos which was really great! The main theme we tried to focus on for our wedding was for everyone to have a good time. The planners did an amazing job executing all of the small details so the day went perfect and everyone had a great time. I love paper/letters so we spent a great deal with the wedding paper designer who designed custom work for all of our invites, menus, food labels, etc. Everything turned out beautiful!
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Try to relax and soak in all the moments as much as possible. The time will go by very quickly, so remember to have fun and enjoy yourselves.