Real Wedding: Rina & Nate

Posted November 17, 2015

It’s not often that we get to be part of a double wedding for the same couple on the same day, but when it does happen, we are overjoyed! Rina and Nate hosted not one, but two wedding ceremonies last May in a lavish cultural fusion of their Indian and Southern cultures. Decor, cuisine, fashion, and tradition all came together like a perfectly planned, beautiful puzzle (and we love when that happens). Uniting threads, like the bold color palate of deep red to white ombre and golds ran through both ceremonies, seamlessly blending them into one cohesive experience. Fun fact: the traditional Indian wedding color is red, and Rina loves pink. The ombré was an effortless way to make an standing tradition feel current and modern, perfectly aligning with her desires!

The morning began with a traditional Indian ceremony. The wedding party looked absolutely stunning in their traditional Indian wedding attire. Vibrant, saturated colors, intricate henna and lavish jewelry covered the bridal party from head to toe. Even the men looked like royalty in the elaborate metallic embroidered ensembles. The ceremony space was decorated with luxe details, like the aisle lined with lush ombré-toned petals and chairs draped with sashes tied into a romantic bow. A decadent traditional Indian altar (mandap) featured loose, elegant florals and satin linens. Traditional Indian ceremonies begin without the bride present, and can last up to seven hours. According to tradition, Nate rode in on a white horse (baraat) as the bride’s family waited outside the venue to welcome him. A Dohl (Indian drummer) played the drum for the huge dance party that followed. Rina did not get presented until over an hour into the ceremony, making for a highly anticipated grand entrance! 

For the American ceremony later that afternoon, the couple moved outside on Zen’s garden space. The decor was an understated version of the morning ceremony, with flowers lining the aisle and a simple—yet gorgeous!—birch altar with cascading asymmetrical florals. Rina, who would be gorgeous in anything, from sweats to formal attire, looked like a page straight out of a wedding magazine in her delicate, fitted whisper of a gown with an illusion back, light layered chiffon skirt and belted waist. The reception was full of thoughtful personalized touches of their blended heritage, like the “Love is the Spice of Life” packaged spice pair (Garam Masala for her, and BBQ rub for him) which guests took home as favors. A custom 3×3 grid of watercolor art pieces adorned the wall above the cake table, and similar styled art depicted the signature drink on signage at the bars; guests absolutely loved the Charleston Light Punch Dragoon (sweet tea, brandy and rum with a hint of lemon and a sparkle of soda). We loved how the drink and the art both tied in the wedding colors, and modern designs of the venue, yet each making for fabulous stand alone focal points. A metallic print with tiny heart cutouts located over their respective hometowns served as the guest book. The couple and their guests proved that “fun” is universal in any culture: the morning ceremony was a grand production, and the evening celebration completely lived up to the bar that had been already set that morning. The dance floor was one of the most packed we have seen. 

The bride and groom kept joking after the morning ceremony, “Well, once you’ve been married the first time, the second one is easy.” Each family did such a beautiful job of honoring one another’s culture. Their deep respect and open armed acceptance of eachother’s traditions were apparent in their efforts to make each ceremony perfect for the couple and their families. Nate’s brother (the best man) and Rina’s sister (the maid of honor) gave deeply moving speeches honoring the couple and verbalizing how happy each family was to welcome the bride and groom into their lives. It was beautiful, and the I Do Crew was delighted to be part of the seamless fusion of Indian, Southern, love and marriage. Even these stunning photos below do not do not do this event justice!

Florist: ModFete  :|:  Hair + Makeup: Cotton Rouge  :|:  Henna: Family friend
Ceremony Musicians: Sharon Gerber  :|:  Ceremony + Reception Venue: Zen
Photographer + Videographer: 509 Photo  :|:  Rentals: Professional Party Rentals | Industry Event Rentals
Cake: Bakery Off Augusta  :|:  Officiants: brother of the Groom  :|:  Baraat: Carolina Carriage Company 
Horse & Carriage: Hilly Hole Carriages  :|:  Guest Transportation: Jean’s Bus Service
DJ + Indian Ceremony Music: WegoDisco  :|:  Southern Fare: Saffron’s Catering
Traditional Indian Fare: Provided by local Indian restaurant  :|:  I Do Crew: Alexandra | Sibylle | Maggie