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Shikha Jain & Shakthi Dharan Kumar

September 4, 2011 | The Drake

Shakthi and Shikha after their Hindu wedding ceremony at The Drake. The bride donned a traditional lehenga from New Delhi, India, and mehndi markings. Her dupatta (scarf) was laced with Swarovski crystals.

The roaring reception in the Gold Coast Ballroom.

Floating tiers of red velvet and caramel pecan cake.

Kehoe Designs created an afterglow lounge in the French Room.

The ornate detailing on Shikha’s reception sari.

Shakthi during the baraat down Oak Street.

The Couple
After love blossomed in medical school, Shakthi proposed to Shikha at a villa outside of Lake Como in Lenno, Italy.

The Details
Simply Perfect by Melissa catered to the couple’s coordination wishes. “I wanted to create a modern version of the many beautiful weddings I attended in India as a child,” says Shikha. India House and The Drake catered the feast.

The Party
During the reception, friends of the bride and groom surprised them with a flash mob dance to the song “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz.