Friday, September 11, 2009

Kristin and Anand's Garden Wedding

Last Sunday, Fiona and I were the day-of coordinators for Kristin and Anand's wedding. The wedding with 230 guests, was held at the bride's family home in Norwell, with the ceremony situated among the lovely gardens. Chiavari chairs were lined up on three sides of the garden, with the center being a stage for one of the most interesting and beautiful ceremonies that I have ever seen. There were two officiants: one a Unitarian reverend, and the other a Hindu priest. The interfaith ceremony consisted of classical music from a flute and harp, and then an array of Indian music, with elements like the "Tying of the Thaali" and "Pradakshanam around the Sacred Fire" mixed in with "Exchange of Rings" and "Declaration of Marriage". It's not every day where you get to see the bride and groom walk around a fire in the middle of a ceremony!

Here are the only photo teasers that I got from the wedding photographer, Eric Limón. I am so excited to see the rest! The first is a photo of a framed drawing that Kristin had done when she was a young girl. The other two are of the picturesque wedding ceremony.

The bride wore a stunning Melissa Sweet strapless dress, and carried a simple bouquet of white mini calla lilies. The bridesmaids wore chocolate dresses, with bouquets of long-stemmed white calla lilies.

The color theme of the wedding was a mix of white, green, and chocolate. White organza linens draped the guest tables, which were topped with large topiaries and dozens of votive candles. A really nice personal touch on the wedding were rocks that were added on the soil of the topiaries. The rocks were picked from Duxbury Beach, where the couple got engaged, and had words written on them like love and strength. A birdcage lined with moss served as their card box, and a basket full of wrapped jordan almonds were the guest favors. Guests enjoyed swordfish piccata, garlic roasted spinach ravioli, and pan seared filet mignon with fig demi-glaze for their dinner. They were also treated to a cute car cake from Dessert Works along with a fabulous three flavor gelato station.

One thing about this wedding was that everyone there was ready to party, and it showed! Guests were on the dance floor even before bridal party introductions began. When dinner started and plated salads were being served, guests packed the dance floor and didn't even need to eat first before partying the night away. Everyone was having so much fun, that the newlyweds asked their 10-piece band, Soul City, to play for an extra 45 minutes until midnight because they didn't want their night to end. Here are some photos that I captured on the night of the wedding, with the first being a tree that guests walked under before reaching the reception tent.

Kristin and Andy, it was a pleasure working with you both, and such a honor to be part of your wedding. We wish you all the best in your future together!


1 comment:

Karl Swenson said...

From the Father of the Bride:

Thank you for your support during our wedding. My wife, Linda, and I pride ourselves in making our guests feel comfortable during holiday events.

This wedding was unique for us, and from the comments of friends and guests one of the very best they have ever attended.

Emotions can be stretched during the build up. We had a very smooth reception and wedding.

From my Wife's and I perspective it was professional and seamless. This is a tribute to many and you played a significant part.

Please have future "dreamers" call myself or my Wife for details and a recommendation.

Thank you for helping in one of the most important days of our lives.

Karl Swenson