Monica & Vishal live and work in Washington, DC, where they have careers in science and medicine.
Monica & Vishal are a couple with tremendous respect for culture, tradition, and family. They wanted a traditional Indian wedding ceremony, with modern and contemporary elements incorporated throughout the reception, including a few twists on their professions as scientist.
The ceremony was held under a beautiful Mandap in deep shades of reds and gold. Vishal designed the program as a Playbill which introduced the members of the wedding party as cast members. The rituals of the Indian wedding ceremony were detailed as acts, allowing the non-indian guests, to follow along, and understand the beauty and meaning of all parts of the ceremony.
Guests ascended to the third floor gallery, where they were greeted by the music of a Sitar and Tabla player, while traditional Indian hors d’oeuvres were served.
To make a play on their interest in science, instead of table numbers, we used formulas like; H20, CH3 etc. We tied the escort cards to test tubes filled with cognac, and displayed them in metal test tube racks with a sign that read, “Cheers to Great Chemistry”.
Tables were set with deep plum linens, gold base plates and gold chivari chairs, with modern centerpieces of submerged orchids in glass cylinders. Individual handwritten notes from the bride and groom, served as a place card and a keepsake. The head table had a gold sequin overlay, and tall arrangements of orchids and curly willow, making a magnificent setting for 32 guests.
One of the best parts of being a wedding planner in Washington, DC is that I get to experience many different cultures. This was my first Indian wedding, and I hope it will not be my last. It was so rich in culture and beauty – from the Sangeet the evening before the wedding, to the last dance of the evening. The clothes, the colors, the traditions, and the warmth and pride of the families, touched me in a way that I will always remember as a very special day in my life.
Thank you Monica & Vishal, for putting your trust in me, and may your journey together be long and filled with happiness, harmony and growth.
Photography | Amanda Gilley
” Thank you for the plethora of behind-the-scenes work you spearheaded leading up to this day. We truly appreciate your unwavering commitment to making our wedding day special.”