Today’s real wedding feature couple has to be one of the happiest we’ve seen. As we flipped through photo after photo of their images, there isn’t hardly a single one that doesn’t have them in it, smiling from ear to ear! A family affair literally spanning the entire weekend, and so many beautiful pictures captured by Atlanta, GA wedding photographer Robin Gaucher Photography and it’s easy to see what all of the grinning was about. Their venue was the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway, a stunning hotel wedding venue! Congratulations Kaysha and Anand!
Can you give us an overview of the event? Our wedding was on October 15, 2011. We had a Hindu Indian wedding ceremony followed by a reception and had a couple of events (Welcome party, dinner at Thai restaurant, Vidthi ceremony) prior to the wedding to welcome our guests and celebrate our forthcoming marriage.
Was there a specific theme or style? The traditional Indian wedding ceremony colors are red and white, so I just went with that and added in gold. For the reception, I decided to go with pink, purple and orange. I designed a logo with our names and the wedding date and incorporated it into the favors and decor.
What inspired the theme or style? Not sure what inspired the theme…I just liked the color combination 🙂
What were your playful twists that made the event unique? My husband is a big car fanatic, so we had a Bentley Flying Spur to drive away in and he LOVED it!! 🙂
We also had a bhangra dance team perform at the reception, which made it a bit unique.
Did you DIY any of the details? Yes — Anand and I put together a slideshow for our guests to see at the reception. We even had videos from our childhood converted to DVD and included some videos in between the photos for lots of laughs. I also made our guest sign in book using photos from our engagement and proposal to create a photo book on Shutterfly.
What was the most memorable moment? There are so many memorable moments it’s difficult to just pick one!! At the beginning of the ceremony, a white sheet is held in front of the Groom so the Bride and Groom can not see each other. So, seeing Anand’s face for the first time was a special moment. At the end of the wedding ceremony when the Bride leaves her family and there are lots of tears and goodbyes, it’s very emotional and sweet — certainly a memorable moment for me. Also, during the reception, when the DJ announced “Dr and Mrs Anand Rajani” and we walked in together was lots of fun and memorable too!
Tell us about the food and desserts! After the wedding ceremony, we served a traditional vegetarian Indian lunch. During the reception, we had a variety of appetizers followed by an Indian dinner. Our wedding cake was delicious! It was five tiers and each tier was a different flavor, our guests loved the variety and enjoyed tasting each flavor.
What kind of energy did your entertainment give? Loud and lively!!! During the reception, we surprised our guests with a Bhangra dance team. They gave an awesome dance performance and got the party started off! Our DJ played a mix of Indian and American songs and the dance floor was never empty!
Tell us about your wedding gown, and what your wedding party wore: Our wedding outfits were both designed and custom made in India (by Purvi Doshi). She did an awesome job at matching our traditional red and white outfits and included many beautiful details. For the reception, Anand wore a tuxedo and I had another custom made outfit (by Surinder Bedi) which was pink and purple (our reception theme colors) adorned with lots of crystals.
If there was one thing you could change, what would it be? I had always wanted to have an outdoor wedding, but it was so difficult to find a place that would accommodate an outdoor Indian wedding for 250 guests and a bigger problem was having to worry about the weather and a back up plan just in case it rained. Our wedding was in October and fall weather can be quite unpredictable. So I decided to play it safe and have the wedding indoors. As luck would have it, October 15th was a gorgeous day, the sun was shining and the high was in the 70’s it would have been perfect for an outdoor wedding…
Tell us how you met! I had recently moved to the Bay Area and jokingly asked my friend Alisa (who was completing her residency at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital) if she knew of any cute doctors to set me up with. She replied she did know an Indian single guy who was a Neonatology fellow and whipped out her cell phone to show me Anand’s Facebook photo. She mentioned they were getting together at a wine bar in Palo Alto a couple of nights later and I should come along with her so I can meet him.
Coincidentally, the next day (without Alisa mentioning anything to Anand about me), Anand saw some photos on Facebook that Alisa tagged me in and asked her about me! She told him that I would be coming to the wine bar the following night to meet him 🙂 We totally hit it off the first time we met and chatted all night, so we went on our first official date a couple of nights later and have been inseparable since!
What were the honeymoon plans! We honeymooned in St Thomas, U.S Virgin Islands and stayed at the Ritz Carlton.