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700 Guests + 2 Gorgeous Gowns Leave Us Speechless

I see a lot of weddings, there’s no denying it. But this one right here will be fresh in my mind for months to come; it’s simply too stunning for words, let alone to forget. When 700 guests gather at the gorgeous Castleton Farms, magic is bound to happen, and that’s exactly how I’d describe these pics from Finch Photo. Peerless Films captured the live action and I thank both artists for documenting it all for our Vault – my month has been made. So without further ado, let’s see it all here!


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From Finch Photo… From day one, we knew Heena and Ronak’s wedding day was going to be something incredibly special – we just never knew they would become so near and dear to our hearts (so much so that Ben, photographer, and Darla, wedding planner spent two weeks in India helping plan the wedding). Heena wanted a traditional Indian wedding and the multi-day celebrations that come with it, but being born and raised in the United States, she wanted to incorporate a few American wedding trends as well (first look, cocktail hour, late night snack and sparkler send-off). Knowing that most weddings in India take place outside, she stumbled upon Castleton Farms as the perfect outdoor wedding venue (it also didn’t hurt that the venue could accommodate their 700 guests, almost half of which traveled all the way from India). Also, instead of the vibrant colors most often associated with Indian weddings, Heena chose a more neutral color palette – blush and cream. Together, Heena and Castleton’s on-site event planner, Darla Walker, were able to dream big and bring her every wedding wish to life. From the stunning floral arrangements by Samuel Franklin to the draping and décor provided by All Occasions Party Rentals, no detail was forgotten. Each vendor was able to see Heena’s vision and execute it better than we could have ever imagined.

And let’s talk about the energy of their wedding day! Their 700 guests were entertained from sun up to sun down – starting with a traditional Indian breakfast and ending with a custom fireworks show. Even though we all suffered an early morning wake up call, things definitely livened up during the barat. Guests danced from the front gate of Castleton to the Manor, where Ronak (seated on a white horse decked out in Indian garb) greeted Heena’s family. From there, the curious guests roamed the 108-acre property during the ceremony, enjoyed an Indian lunch, and went back to their hotel rooms to freshen up. Once everyone was able to catch a quick cat nap, they joined us back at Castleton Farms for a cocktail hour in the Vineyard, a traditional Indian dinner (did we mention there were table assignments for everyone?!), dancing, late night pizza, a father-daughter dance that made us even tear up, a choreographed dance from the bridal party, fireworks, and so much more. Not only was it the most memorable day of Heena and Ronak’s lives, but it definitely goes down as of the most memorable experiences of our lives.

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Photography: Finch Photo | Cinematography: Peerless Films | Event Planning: Castleton Farms | Floral Design: Samuel Franklin | Cake: Cakery Bakery | Catering: All Occasion Catering | Hair + Makeup: Bangs And Blush | DJ: DJ Jaz And GTB Productions | Venue: Castleton Farms | Barat Horse: Sugar Creek Carriages | Decor: Purnima Patel | Fireworks: Pyro Shows, Inc. | Guest Chef: Pankaj Jariwala | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rentals

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Saying “I do” in the Outer Banks of North Carolina is EVERYTHING

Guys, I love ALL weddings… I really, truly do.  But, if I am being honest, it’s those seaside nuptials in paradise that really get my heart pumping. I’m talking miles of sandy beaches, crystal blue waters and, of course, a beautiful locale like the Sanderling Resort making every moment happen perfectly.  I mean, a vaca of a lifetime meets the ultimate wedding? Yes. Please.

Located in the oh-so-stunning Outer Banks of North Carolina, the Sanderling Resort is everything you’ve ever wanted (and more) for your Big Day. Think space for 15-180 guests, luxe accommodations and mesmerizing sunset views to add a little touch of romance to your festivities. From their ah-mazing venue options to their knowledgeable staff to their relaxing spa, the team at Sanderling Resort will turn your dreams into an absolute reality.  We promise you that.

Contact the Sanderling Resort TODAY to speak to one of their full-service event planners and begin planning your destination celebration.  We can’t wait to see you say “I do” in the Outer Banks, lovelies.

An Elegant + Modern Gown You’ve Got to See

A gown so gorgeous that it’ll makes your head spin? Don’t say we didn’t warn you because Bride has done just that. A modern celebration that’s chockfull of design details that you’re sure to love (like this chignon, that protea bouquet, and gorgeous greenery). It’s as chic as it is camera-ready and Austin Gros snapped the entire celebration share. See it all in The Vault!

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From The Bride…For the thousand of set ups that go wrong, there’s one that goes right.

A few mutual friends had thought Tim and Leland could make a great pair and decided to play matchmakers by setting up a happy hour at a cocktail bar in TriBeca.

The night turned into a spontaneous party on Tim’s rooftop and ended in his apartment where he impressed the whole crew (especially Leland) with his fully stocked bar, his ability to make muddled cocktails on the fly and his excessive order of late night pizza.

As the night wound down, Leland raced out to catch the elevator. Tim ran after her and they exchanged numbers. Five nights later, they went on their first date. Six weeks later they weathered the Sandy Storm together. Seven months later, they went on a two week trip to India and the Maldives. A year and a half later, they moved in together. And two and a half years later, they got engaged.

Despite having lived in NYC for almost 10 years, Leland still has a soft and special spot in heart for Nashville, where she went for business school. Tim and Leland wanted a destination wedding—a place where friends and family could be together for more than a few hours. Nashville was a no-brainer and 240 people descended on the city for a weekend full of festivities including a night at the honky-tonks, a Friday night BBQ with live music, a Saturday morning Kasspatrick Klassic tennis tournament (complete with t-shirts) and an elegant Saturday night Cheekwood wedding.

The vows took place in a picturesque perennial garden with the sun peeking out just in time for everyone to walk down the aisle. The couple danced out to “Islands in the Stream” and guests followed for cocktails inside the beautiful mansion. As night fell, everyone walked into a gorgeous, draped tent with long tables, white flowers and accents of gold. Tim and Leland kicked off the party with their first dance to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder, and the rest of the night was filled with Motown tunes, an abundance of food, lots of laughter and much love.

Highlights include:
When Tim started his vows with “I, Leland, take..” and the audience erupted in laughter…
An outfit change by bride and groom for the party
The rustic and delicious naked cake with three flavor tiers
Frozen Brandy Alexanders and fries served on the dance floor late night

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Photography: Austin Gros | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Cake: Dessert Designs | Catering: Kristen Winston | Makeup: Andrew Pentecost | Hair: Ashlea Mullins | Lighting: Bright Event Productions | Officiant: Ralph Griggs | Transportation: Grey Line | Venue: Cheekwood Botanical Gardens | Draping: Events Plus | Event Planning + Floral Design: Sage Nines Event Production | Glassware & Flatware Rentals: Liberty Party Rental | Linen Rentals: BBJ | Tent & Event Rentals: Music City Tents & Events