Last Saturday, April 21st, Arti and Amar had their wedding reception at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. A few months ago, they had their wedding ceremony in India, and I highlighted a few of the photos that they shared with me here. They contacted me in May of 2011 and over the course of the year and especially the last few months, I really cannot believe how well I've gotten to know the couple, especially the beautiful bride, Arti!
I designed all of the wedding reception stationery, which included the monogram for the gobo to shine on the dance floor and on the draping, donation cards, table numbers, and escort cards. On top of the decor and flowers already provided by their amazing decorator from NY, The Design House, they also asked that I create small centerpieces for their 24 cocktail tables as well as Arti's bridal bouquet to use during portraits.
I've dabbled a little bit with flowers for some of the non-profit events that I've been a part of, but never for a wedding before, so I was a honestly a little nervous about how everything would turn out, especially the bouquet. But, Arti is my kind of girl and wanted the majority of everything to be pink, and once you have fresh pink flowers, it's really no effort to make them look good! I created 17 small centerpieces with pink cymbidium orchids in glass cube vases for the high top cocktail tables, and 7 low pink and white hydrangea centerpieces in white matte cubes for the low cocktail tables. For the bouquet, I used pink cymbidium orchids and pink calla lilies and wrapped everything together with white satin ribbon and a crystal band at the top for a little bit of added sparkle. Here are a few photos of my first wedding floral creations, all boxed up and ready to go :)
The bride started her morning by getting her hair done at Blue in Lexington. Then, she got her makeup done on-site at the hotel by the amazing Melissa DiCecca. The bride's makeup was absolutely flawless even at the very end of the party at 1:30am. I highly recommend Melissa, especially if you're looking for dramatic eye makeup! Arti's pink, gold, and silver saree was gorgeous, and she paired it with dozens of crystal and diamond bangles as well as sparkly gold Badgely Mischka heels. Amar wore a tailored grey suit by Ted Baker paired with a light pink tie and dark pink patterned pocket square.
The couple met for a "first look" in a private hallway in the hotel, and the moment was captured by their photographer, Susan Stripling, and videographer, Michael & Tricia Films. Following the first look, they continued their portraits at the Christian Science Plaza across the street from the hotel, along with family portraits as well.
Cocktail hour for over 400 guests was held in the Republic Ballroom, and they received their escort cards next to a beautiful display of crystals, hanging glass, mirrors, calla lilies, and candles. Along with an open bar, guests enjoyed the following food catered by Gourmet India: Dahi Poori, Cheese Crostini, Chicken Chili Kabobs, Hara Bhara Kabobs, Onion Bhaji, Lamb Seekha Kabobs, Chili Paneer, Samosa Chaat, and Bhel Poori.
The reception was held in the Grand Ballroom and guests absolutely loved this room! Tables were covered in silver silk and pintuck linens, and were topped with a variety of centerpieces using tons of candles, pink roses, white hydrangea, calla lilies, and white dendrobium orchids. All of the vases were wrapped with crystals, and large manzanita branches with orchids were placed on pedestals along the perimeter of the room. The reception stage for the couple was spectacular, and included a canopy of white fabric draping, two mountain laurel trees with hanging floral balls, plush white seating, and more flowers and candles along the front of the stage. This amazing decor as well as all of the draping in the room was all put together by The Design House. Azizan and Nauman, thank you so much for all of your incredible work!
To complement the decor, white chiavari chairs were brought in from Tommy Wholesale, along with a white dance floor from Rentals Unlimited. Room lighting, the plasma screens, and the music for the night were provided by DJs Unlimited South Asia, also based out of NY.
After two dance performances and six speeches, some guests started dancing a others started eating! They enjoyed a buffet of Indian food from Gourmet India which included items like Dhaba Chicken, Malai Kofta Curry, Mutton Curry, Daal Tarka, Saag Makki, Bhindi Masala, along with a bread station. For dessert, there was a stunning five tiered wedding cake provided by Jenny's Wedding Cakes. The cake was covered in fondant with little edible crystals, a detailed paisley design, and fresh pink cymbidium orchids.
There were also many other desserts offered like mini chocolate eclairs, cheesecake, macarons, brownies, sugar cookies, and mini pastries. Some Indian desserts were also available like Ras Malai, Kulfi Falooda, and Gajjar Halwa. Along with the three flavors of wedding cake, that's a total of 12 desserts to try! Here are some detail photos that I took of the night.
Arti and Amar, it was so great getting to know you during the planning process! Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your special day :)