Shivanth & Kamana's Wedding in Chantilly, USA
Social & Style Blogger, Kamana tied the knot with Shivanth in USA, and it was all about cute personalized touches like DIY hanging frames and their grandparents’ century-old pictures at the entrance!
How we met:
We met online during the end of December. When Shivanth first came to visit me in DC, the first thing I noticed about him was his smile. We met for brunch and ended up spending the day together, talking and laughing, while getting to know each other. He was sweet and funny and our first date lasted for 10 hours! The weekend that he came, the weather was amazing even though it was a really cold winter season; we walked around to explore the city and realized that everything feels so much better when we are together.
On a January afternoon in DC, I walked up to Kamana’s apartment to take her out on our first date. I buzzed her apartment and waited for her patiently, while a number of other residents walked in and out. Suddenly, I see this beautiful girl walking towards me from one end of a really long hallway. I couldn’t see clearly who it was but her smile, presence and grace captivated me in that instant. I had to pinch myself to make sure I was not dreaming. I was praying that this person was Kamana. As she got closer, all I could think of was what did I do to be so lucky in life!
For our first date, we had brunch at MASA 14, went to the Spy Museum, walked around the National Mall and had dinner at Birch & Barley. We dated for seven months before we got engaged, after nine months of which, we tied the knot.
Every girl has vision for their wedding day and I knew I wanted mine to be elegant, traditional, and fun! While we knew there could be a chance of rain, we decided to hope for the best. In wedding planning and in life, I’ve learned that not everything happens exactly how you wish. You have to trust that whatever happens, happens for the best – including rain on the morning of our wedding. Thankfully our friends and family were amazing and still danced in our baraat! Our wedding planner Sagina saved the day by making sure our wedding ceremony was still as beautiful as we envisioned.
We wanted our ceremony to be a reflection of our love for each other, our family and our loved ones. Shiv and I are both were very close to our grandparents. Hence, we decided to add century-old photos of our grandparents from their wedding day to our entrance so that we could feel their blessings with us.
Also, we both love desserts and wanted the cake to be a highlight of our wedding. We designed a 5-tier cake with our baker, Fluffy Thoughts, and loved how the cake looked and tasted. Our caterers also made sure all our dishes were delicious along with our Indian dessert buffet.
When planning our wedding, I loved the idea of hanging hollow photo frames. After pricing the frames with a few vendors, I decided to go the DIY route. I found frames from Home Goods, hollowed, sandpapered, and spray painted them myself. I added details such as flowers and ribbons to make the frames pop and our guests loved taking photos with our custom props!
The theme of the wedding was mint, coral and gold.
While Indian weddings ceremonies run longer than most (over an hour!), we wanted our guests to have fun. The Baraat – accompanied by a horse, DJ, and Dhol (Drum) player set the tone for a festive mood. The bride’s side wanted to make sure we had our own fun with “Jutti Chupai’, a tradition where the bride’s sisters and bridesmaids stealthily take away and hide the shoes of the bridegroom. Our ceremony lasted over half an hour with intense negotiations from the groom’s side on how to get the shoes back!
When picturing my wedding, I always knew I wanted an outdoor ceremony. We selected the Westfields Marriott for its beautiful terrace and colonial look and feel.
Performers and Performances:
We performed our first dance as a married couple on Jodha Akbar – Mulumathy (Tamil) AR Rahman. For the guests, we had arranged a mind-blowing performance by Rhythmaya.
Wedding Planner: Sagina Wahi
Make-up Artist/Hair Stylist: Bridal Elegance by Suman Khosla
Caterer: Silk Restaurant & Banquet Services
Wedding Cake: Fluffy Thoughts
Transportation: BBC Express
DJ: DJ Ravi Dynasty Entertainment
Venue: Westfields Marriott, Chantilly, Virginia, USA