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!
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.
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