Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Real Wedding: Erin & Teja

Happy February readers! I hope you are busy planning away for a wonderful 2017! If you're looking for some amazing fusion wedding inspiration, well you're in luck today because I'm happy to share the fabulous event shot by Tonic Studio Photography and planned by our friends (and vendor guide A-listers) 4ColorFusion

Erin and Teja's wedding was a perfect example of how gorgeous fusion weddings can be. Erin shared that when they consulted their horoscope to pick an auspicious ceremony date, they were presented with a bit of a conundrum. The ceremony was going to be held on a Monday, which is tricky for guests to attend, even more so when it turned out to be the same day as the Hindu holiday Dasara. That meant no temple ceremony, and fewer guests than they would have liked to be there to celebrate. 
To avoid losing out on having both a lucky and guest-filled celebration, the couple held their wedding ceremony on the 10th and the reception on the 15th. Both events were hosted at the Bear Creek Country Club in Woodinville, WA. 

When planning the event, Meera from 4ColorFusion said that Erin and Teja wanted a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony and a reception that highlighted many Indian elements. The couple knew what they wanted but still left room for the guidance and expertise that their planners brought to the project. 

Erin said that the hardest part of putting the event together was making sure they were following all of the Brahmin traditions to the best of their capability. "We had friends who were an excellent resource and helped purchase items from India." Teja said that finding a caterer who could prepare the traditional vegetarian Smartha Brahmin wedding dishes was also difficult, as was ordering the bandhgala suit. 

It can definitely be tough to plan an Indian wedding in Seattle, especially when you aren't familiar with the wedding vendors in the area and other resources available. But Erin and Teja did an amazing job and look so happy together. Their advice to other couples planning their wedding here in town was this: Give yourself lots of time to plan. They had 9-10 months and that was enough time for them to get everything they wanted in order. Erin said that if you don't have family around, find others to help with the planning. Their friends Komal and Anand were invaluable as were the wedding vendors they worked with. 

Here is a sneak peak at the event to inspire your own wedding planning. Enjoy!

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Photography: Tonic Studio Photography | Planning and Decor: 4ColorFusion | Catering: Charu Krishnan Venkat (Ceremony) and Aahaar (Reception) | Cake: Sweet Cakes | Desserts: Nothing Bundt Cakes | Hair and Makeup: Henal Patel with Tousled | Priest: Srinivasa Bhatter (Bothell Temple) | DJ: DJ Kapil | Ceiling Draping: Energia Events | Invitations: Lemon Leaf Prints | Reception Saree and Jewelry: Ramya Krishna at Art of Gifting | Ceremony Saree, Dhoti and Peta: India | Bandhgala suit: Custom ordered from Johdpur Tailor, Jaipur | Garlands and jasmine: Fancy Florist in New Jersey | Glass bangles: Beachcombers Bazaar | Mehndi: Henna by Eela 

For more gorgeous real wedding inspiration, check out all the past weddings we've featured on the blog here

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