Katie and Gautam traveled from Washington DC to Twin Peaks, California for a destination wedding in the mountains (AND planned it all sight-unseen!). This pair successfully combined his Indian wedding traditions with her American traditions, including gorgeous saris, a flower crown, a candle-lighting ceremony, a tearful father/daughter dance (just try not to choke up!), and a rockin' dance party with an iPod DJ!
This is Offbeat Bride's archive of sari posts.
This Canadian couple brought together the best of Western and Indian cultures for this fusion wedding. Add that to the mad crafting skills, fabulous yellow saris, talent-filled cabaret performances, and really fun guest book idea, and you've got a fabulous party for all involved. Plus, you'll definitely want to check out the groom's boy band performance!
George and Emily created an intimate afternoon wedding in Texas for their friends and family. Emily surprised everyone by wearing a white sari flown in from India to honor George's heritage. They also had Indian catering, vintage book decor, and the movie Up playing in the background (since that was the inspiration for their proposal!).
Karissa and Jonas were married in Santa Barbara among rich colors and gorgeous murals. Karissa designed her own dress after a Coco Chanel design and coupled it with a 20-foot silk cape for her train. Other details included gold-dipped bird skull boutonnieres, a travel book where guests wrote well-wishes on their favorite locations, and a 1950s Chevy getaway car.
These two were born and raised in two completely different parts of the world, don't belong to the same race, speak the same languages, or share the same culture. France-meets-India by way of New York all the way to Montreal where these two ladies marry in garden with a lounge-style reception and a menu that would give other menus a run for their money.
This is a wedding in two parts celebrating two cultures combining. You don't want to miss the ultra-colorful saris, the fluffy red reception dress, the henna (that took 11 hours!), the giant pillow cake, and the sweet first look. So much to see, it's like sensory overload in the best way possible.
Natalie is the Bay Area photographer with the awesome name: Funny Bunny Photography. Funny Bunny is all about photojournalistic images full of fun, and vivid colors. A lot of her work has been documenting Punjabi, Indian, or Muslim weddings (wait until you see the wedding saris and henna, omg.)
But what's really going to tickle you about Funny Bunny is her straight-forward pricing and her two special deals for Offbeat Bride readers.
Two heritages, two weddings, two times the swanky wedding! Lauren and Ben chose to host the ceremonies over two days to honor the families involved. They decided to use the color red to add some cohesion to the ceremonies and into the reception. All of the events were held at a vinyard in Braselton, Georgia called Chateau Elan, which looks gorgeously swanky.
While these two ladies had only expected a tiny ceremony, their friends and neighbors hijacked the day with the local media and well-wishers, a giant balloon arch, and a champagne lunch. Their son added some major adorable points with his violin, and one of their witnesses had me in tears with her infectious sobbing. Guh. I've never seen so many huge, permanent smiles.
When we were sent this San Francisco wedding, I was gobsmacked first by its amazingness and second by its enormity! There is so much to absorb here. It was lovingly dubbed by the party as the "HinJew" wedding since bride Ruchira is Indian and groom Dave is Jewish! You have to see all the facets of the multi-day celebration including the performances, the decor, and the insanely huge hora!