If ever there was a prince and princess, it was Raksha and Nick. This beautiful and adoring pair caught our hearts from the beginning of the planning process, when they threw budgetary caution to the wind and decided they absolutely had to be married on top of the mountain at Chalk Hill Estate. Fortunately the stars aligned. The site had the perfect orientation for the Hindu ceremony and we adjusted other elements of the day to make it work!
Although both bride and groom came from families with strong ethnic traditions, this couple was the epitome of a modern couple. Both were raised in U.S. cities, are well-educated and tech-saavy with a wide circle of friends from every culture imaginable. Despite the pull of family expectations, it was clear from the beginning that these two were united in their vision to have a wedding that merged tradition with contemporary wedding trends.
For the ceremony, bride and groom donned traditional wedding garb and had a Hindu priest, but their mandap was contemporary and elegant in style, Raksha choosing cream colored draping and blush florals. The effect was stunning! The creamy white mandap created an ethereal glow over the ceremony, and it offset the gorgeous attire of the bride and groom while elegantly framing the spectacular mountain scenery.
At the height of the equinox, temperatures hovered around 100 degrees, but fortunately guests had parasols and refreshing cool cocktails and our hors d'oeuvres hour took place on Chalk Hill's massive lawn under the trees. Park Ave. Catering provided ample appetizers and worked hard to keep guests hydrated!
After cocktail hour, guests were whisked down to the reception area at the estate house. If they thought the ceremony area was over-the-top gorgeous, the dinner reception space offered even more "wow." Raksha's vision for soft, romantic pinks, gentle candlelight, fluffy chair ties, a bit of bling on the tabletop and dramatic florals was realized. Dinner was Californian in preparation, but celebrated the flavors of Indian cuisine with a gentle hint of curry to the leg of lamb and with luscious vegan options for those observing traditional religious practices.
Dinner was tightly choreographed so as to leave as much time as possible for dancing and celebrating under the stars. The music may have been all the latest hits, but the spirit of the celebration was that of a traditional Indian wedding... unbridled fun, with everyone out on the dance floor!