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Anna Patel & Brijesh P. Dave

August 8, 2015 | Ceremony & Reception: The Drake Hotel 

Anna and Brijesh made things official with a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony.

 

The Drake Hotel provided the perfect gilded backdrop to their festive ceremony.

 

Dream Occasions decorated The Drake Hotel with traditional Hindu touches, like this beautiful statue of Ganesha.

 

The couple’s four-tier hazelnut-butter cake was adorned in red and yellow cascading flowers.

 

Towering centerpieces of vibrant red and yellow roses, hydrangeas, orchids and lilies topped the tables. 

THE COUPLE
Following a yearlong, long-distance relationship, physician Anna Patel traveled from Chicago to meet her boyfriend, lawyer Brijesh P. Dave, for an afternoon date at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. In front of a mandir from Gujarat, India, where both of their families are from, Brijesh proposed.

THE DETAILS
The traditional Hindu wedding ceremony included an entrance by the groom on horseback, accompanied by tabla, traditional Indian drums. He was surrounded by friends and family, all of whom were dancing. At the ceremony, bridesmaids walked down the aisle holding diya lamps, and the bride wore the armlet her mother had worn for her own wedding.

THE PARTY
The celebration, of course, included many days of parties. Two nights before the wedding, a dinner was held at the bride’s parents’ house in a large tent in the backyard, where all of her aunts made fresh floral jewelry for her to wear for her vidhi, the pre-wedding ceremony, the following day. The vidhi, sangeet, and mehndi were all held at the bride’s parents’ house. In the tent, henna was applied to the hands of all of the women. Guests ate all day and enjoyed live instrumentals, singing and professional dancers.

WHAT WE LEARNED
“It’s hard not to get caught up in everything and every little detail and start to micromanage. We were very fortunate in that we had a lot of people, including our parents, helping us with wedding planning. I learned to be open to other people’s suggestions and advice, and to give people creative freedom,” says Anna.

WEDDING RESOURCES
Venue The Drake Hotel
Planner Kristina Taheri
Flowers & Decor Dream Occasions
Bride’s Reception Sari Seema Gujral, Studio Elite
Bridesmaids’ Saris Sahil
Groom’s Tux Hickey Freeman
Invites Yellow Bird
Cake Cake Sweet Food Chicago
Music Tabla Dhol Entertainment
Videographer Wedding Day Cinema
Hair, Makeup & Sari Pinning Harprit Saini