What do you do when cultures collide when planning your wedding? Well, do what Mackenzie and Niral did and have TWO blowout ceremonies. Incorporating each other’s cultures into their nuptials, this couple exchanged vows not only in a traditional Indian ceremony but also a traditional Christian ceremony. Enjoy this extravagant and beautiful display of this couple’s love courtesy of Daniel J Photography.
Tell us how you met…
We met in the operating room. I was a surgery fellow and she was a medical student. We were both behind masks and she came up and said, “What are you stuck in here for?” I did not know who this random girl was and urged her to really pay attention to the surgery at hand. We met further during her rotation and saw each other at the gym, before I had the courage to ask her out.
We want to know about all the wedding details, was it small and intimate or big and traditional?
It was a fusion wedding of Indian and Western cultures–two people, two families, and two cultures coming together.
What were your playful twists that made the event unique?
Both sides had to learn a little bit about the other side’s traditions/values when planning the wedding because we needed to incorporate both cultures. It was fun to see people get involved in different traditions (e.g. finding the coins in the milk bath, etc.).
What was the most memorable moment?
The entire family (i.e. 60 people) doing a “flash mob” dance that they had prepared at the last moment. There were people that were so inspired, they joined the mob and just followed the moves!
What kind of energy did your entertainment give the guests?
The DJs were great in getting people involved and keeping a pulse on how the crowd was doing (e.g. quieting down during the dinner, or starting back up with a group dance, etc.).
If there was one thing you could change, what would it be?
Not worry so much about the details (they ended up working out). For example, we fought and fought over the menu and no one even remembered or cared what we had! We certainly did not eat any!
What was the best wedding advice you received?
We were in a long distance relationship for three years during some of our worst years of life in residency–think about what the other person is going through when you get into an argument.
Venue: Hyatt Regency Princeton | Photographer: Daniel J Photography | Caterer: Moghul Catering | Floral & Decor: Rangoli Weddings | DJ: Bad Boyz Entertainment | Cake: Cramer Bakery