From the Bride... Our Indian - American fusion wedding ended up being the best day of our entire lives and we are so very thankful that we decided to have a wedding celebration. It was quite the challenge trying to incorporate multiple cultures while still making it personal and meaningful to the both of us. Taking the advice of many brides past, we compiled a list of what was really important to us: honoring our families and bringing them together, incorporating our cultures, being in nature and having a laid-back & fun atmosphere. On top of that, we were really trying very hard to maintain a budget in the crazed Bay Area bridal industry. After visiting quite a few venues, we stumbled across Nestldown and it was hands down unlike anything we had seen before. This venue was a private residence in the Santa Cruz Mountains, an area where we love to hike, and the staff were the most helpful and positive people we had ever met. This place hardly needed any dressing up, it was beautiful as is.
We took your average American "spiritual" ceremony and made it our own, adding advice from my Uncle (the officiant) and other family members, along with poems and a Unity Tree. I grew up in the Midwest and Jimmy in Northern California; we both brought soil from the yards of our childhood homes and combined them together as we planted our unity tree during the ceremony to symbolize the coming together of our lives. After the ceremony, we went out to the property's orchards for some photos where we were greeted with the most red fall leaves we had ever seen! It was truly magical.
We really wanted a laid-back environment where everyone felt comfortable and at home. We didn't want everything to be matchy-matchy, yet wanted everything to go together. The bridesmaids picked out different cream colored, eclectic dresses from ModCloth and ASOS. We tied their look together with bright orange shoes, sweaters, and Indian bangles. Jimmy's groomsmen had cufflinks featuring vintage maps of the towns where they were from, orange paisley ties, and orange socks.
Our wedding came together because of two reasons: We had the best vendors, they were genuine people & fun to work with; and our family & friends helped out big time. Everyone chipped in and offered to play quite significant roles leading up to the big day. A few pieces of advice, TAKE IT ALL IN on the wedding day (thats the biggest one), make sure to have moments alone with your hubby. During the planning process, take advice from everyone, internalize it, then make it your own. Don't forget.. while it is an action packed, totally awesome day, it is just one day, put everything in perspective and have a blast!
Wedding Photography: Tyler Branch Photo | Wedding Venue: Nestldown in Los Gatos, California | Wedding Cinematography: Matt Moresco Productions | Floral Design: Lisa Jack Giudicelli (firstname.lastname@example.org) | Event Planning: The Bride | Food Catering: The Mynt | Event Catering: Thomas John Events | Favors: Maritess Bandoy | Ceremony Violinists: Kieran & Lincoln Arora (Bride's Cousins) | DJ: Woody from Big Fun DJ | Wedding Invitations + Stationery: Bride's Sister | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham via Nouvelle Vogue | Bride's Sari: Artesia | Bride's Jewelry: Amrita Singh | Henna: Henna Lounge | Bride's Hairpiece: BLHDN | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Attire: ModCloth + ASOS | Hair: Amanda from Trio Salon