Deepa and Brendan’s vibrant, fun-loving, Indian wedding was a beautiful image of two rich traditions colliding into one incredible story and celebration. The rich florals by Adore vendor Allium Floral Design, stunning images by Adore vendor Maggie J Photography, and overwhelming joy, makes this wedding one for the books!
How did you meet?
We met in college and instantly shared a connection. Brendan’s sister was my roommate in college and Brendan came to visit one weekend. We remained good friends for a long time before we started to date. We shared New Years 2012 together with friends and ended up sharing our first kiss together to ring in the New Year.
What was your proposal like?
Brendan took me on a long walk around Philadelphia with our dog Molly. He proposed in the middle of Washington Square Park.
What surprised you?
With all the different vendors and parts that went into the wedding day, I was most surprised at how well Kelsey (from Hotel Bethlehem) made everything fall into place so perfectly. Everything was taken care of the day of the wedding.
What was most helpful in the planning process?
As mentioned before, having Kelsey put all the pieces together made such a difference.
What was something unique that you did?
We wanted to incorporate as many traditions into our ceremony as possible. I decided to keep jasmine flowers in the front of the chapel for people to put in their hair the same way my grandmother would before stepping into church. It’s indian tradition to exchange a thali which happened to be a pendant from my great grandmother. In the center of the heart pendent is a small emerald which I thought was special since Brendan is Irish. Since several of our grandparents passed, we wanted to have their memory throughout the ceremony.
What made you cry?
Brendan sang and played the guitar “Hold You In My Arms” by Ray LaMontage with my brother (cello) and brother in law during our Indian ceremony the Thursday before the wedding. It was a surprise and so meaningful because he used to always sing this to me when we first started dating.
What would you do differently?
Personally, I wish I lived in the moment throughout the whole engagement and wedding process. Since there was so much to plan, I often got overwhelmed with the “To Do List” rather than just enjoy every moment of the process.
What was your favorite moment of the wedding day (if you had to pick just one)?
Our favorite part of the wedding was the ceremony itself. It was the first time we had a moment of silence to solely focus on each other.
What was going through your mind when you saw your significant other for the first time that day?
When I saw Brendan for the first time, it immediately brought tears to my eyes. All the anxiety and stress from planning the wedding instantly disappeared and I finally came back to the moment of why we were all here.
Leading up, what moment was most important to you?
Every moment that I had together with Brendan was meaningful. We had a large wedding with people coming in from 7 different countries and almost 25 different states.
Where did you go on your honeymoon? I am sure it was nice to relax after all your planning!
We went to Maui for 2 weeks. We did get hit by the hurricane and had to evacuate but it did make great memories. Within the first two weeks of marriage, we survived sugar cane fires, hurricanes and volcanoes.
What was your favorite design detail?
I absolutely loved all my centerpieces and floral designs from Allium. Sarah truly captured every detail that I had envisioned for the wedding.
What was something fun that you did with your wedding party?
Instead of having one bridesmaid and one groomsmen walk into the reception, I had all the bridesmaids come in together to a song and dance of their choice and same with the groomsmen.
What moment was most important for you to have captured by the photographer?
I loved all my pictures because Maggie captured every detail that I missed. My favorite pictures were the ones taken right before entering into the reception hall. Maggie captured all the fun and happiness among the family and bridal party.
What made you laugh? Did you have an unforgettable funny moment?
During the reception, my cousins and bridal party did a big dance to incorporate Indian and Irish traditions. It was so well planned out and entertaining to watch everyone come together to celebrate our union.
What advice would you give to couples who are currently in the planning process?
As everyone says, try to live in the moment.
What is something you wished someone would have told you in preparation for your wedding day?
Honestly, despite all the advice from family and friends, there is really nothing that will prepare you for all the emotions felt during the wedding.
Deepa and Brendan’s vibrant, fun-loving, Indian wedding is one of our favorites for the unique and special traditions it holds. We are so thankful to have been able to share something so personal and beautiful.
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|| Ceremony Venue: Central Moravian Chapel || Officiant: Lynnette Delbridge || Reception Venue: Hotel Bethlehem || DJ: Gruvin Enterprise || Caterer: Indian Ceremony-Biryani City; Reception-Hotel Bethlehem ||Cake: Piece A Cake || Wedding Gown: Indian Saree from India; Reception dress: J Crew || Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids in Philadelphia || Menswear: Macy’s Kenneth Cole || Guest Accommodations: Hotel Bethlehem and Hyatt ||