Pair a gorgeous location like 63rd Street Farm with vibrant cultural touches and one fabulous DIY detail after another and the result is this: a day that is dripping in beauty, from the very first image captured by Stone Crandall to the very last kiss between a bride and groom who are sooo cute, you won’t be able to stop staring at them (seriously). Start your weekend off in style right here.
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From The Bride…Wade and I met the first day of orientation at the University of Colorado at Boulder when we were only 18-years-old. Together we finished college, traveled the world, and ended up moving to New Hampshire to both start medical school. Eight years after we met, Wade took me back to Colorado and proposed in the Rocky Mountains where we met and fell in love.
When we started planning our wedding we knew we needed to create an event that would fit a medical school budget (which is actually negative money), but would still start out married life in style. I knew I wanted a wedding that would honor my Indian heritage (my Mom is from India and my Dad is a homegrown guy from Kansas), but that also wouldn’t be overtaken by tradition. The Colorado backdrop that we love exploring was an absolute must. The final result was a DIY casual outdoor wedding with lots of Indian touches and tons of vibrant color.
My crazy wonderful friends and family tolerated my DIY tendencies, and helped pitch in by spending a year collecting vases for me from garage sales, preparing parts of the ceremony, baking homemade delicious wedding cakes (HUGE thanks to the groom’s cousin!!), and even staying up the night before the big day making bouquets and boutineers. We hand-sewed the table runners from Indian silk saris, and my father built the arbor we said our vows under himself. Perhaps most importantly Wade and I decided to brew all the beer for the event, and our friends helped out making six specialty brews for the occasion!!! I even made Wade’s wedding band, casting it myself and etching the outside with my fingerprint.
To include the Indian components that are such a big part of who I am I had the border of a wedding sari sewn to the bottom of my wedding dress. My aunt selected a stunning “chunni” that I used as a veil (a tradition that comes with her blessings) and sent it from India for wedding. My bridesmaids and I had the traditional wedding mehndi (henna) on our hands and feet, and my aunt gave me the stunning jewelry that she wore at her own wedding.
Our photographer, the wonderful Stone Crandall, was blessed with a baby boy the week before our wedding. Despite the big changes in his own life, he was there on my wedding day to capture these lovely images for us. The vendors we worked with were kind and wonderful people, and all deserve special appreciation. My amazing seamstress Rachel helped me create this lovely fusion dress, and the most wonderful make-up artist in the world, Sally Walker, calmed my nerves on the day and made me feel beautiful. She was truly a god send. I hope you all enjoy this colorful ball of Indian Colorado wedding fun!!
Photography: Stone Crandall | Wedding Dress: Sophie, Priscilla Of Boston | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Savory Cuisines | Groom's Attire: H&M | Makeup: Sally Walker Of Alchemy Minerals | Seamstress: Rachel Kirkland, Foxglove Custom Bridal Gowns | Wedding Venue: 63rd Street Farm