Let’s face it, the Saint Regis Hotel is what wedding dreams are made of. Case in point? This stunner of a celebration captured by Justin & Mary and Tweed Video. Overflowing with classic details and cultural influence, this is one celebration that you’ll want to bookmark pronto. See it all in The Vault!
From the Bride… Matthew and Asha were married March 19, 2016. Asha has mixed heritage and is half Indian, so the couple decided to fuse traditions and invite guests to a two day celebration in New York City where they reside.The first event was Friday March 18, an Indian Sangeet at Ph-d rooftop lounge at the Dream Downtown. The location was significant to them as three years prior, they had met and were stuck in an elevator in that very hotel! The couple wanted to return to the ‘scene of the crime’ to celebrate with friends and family.
The couple opted for minimal decor – just vibrant petals and colorful votive candles to contrast the sweeping skyline views and amazing lighting at the venue. Guests feasted on Indian food and then the festivities began. Accompanied by a dhol player (traditional Indian drum) the bridal party performed dances choreographed by the bride and her friend (both former dancers, the bride a former Radio City Rockette.) The night ended with a raucous dance party.
The color palette inspiration was shades of rosé and gold. The bride’s dress was Marchesa with intricate crystal and pearl detail on the décolletage. The bridesmaids dresses were sequins in alternating shades, each dress with a unique detail to make it their own. The florals were in the same palette, roses, hydrangeas, vintage yet modern. The bouquets were all studded with crystals for an extra sparkle.The groom opted for a navy blue tux and his groomsmen wore black. The groom loves to wear red socks, so he incorporated touches of red into his custom suit supply tux – embroidery on the shirt and under jacket collar, and lining of the jacket. The bride’s nephews also wore red socks to match the groom during the ceremony.The girls got ready in the glamorous Tiffany suite. The matron of honor (bride’s sister) conducted a ‘burn ceremony’ in which each bridesmaid made a wish for the couple and threw it in the fire.
The ceremony was interfaith, drawing on Christian & Indian traditions, designed by the couple and officiant Lisa Traina. In addition to Christian readings, there was the hindu ‘7 steps’ and a rose ceremony for the bride’s late mother. The rose ceremony was conceived by the bride and a tribute to their shared love of the ballet, and when the ballerina pulls a rose out of her bouquet for her partner. During the ceremony, the bride pulled a rose from her bouquet in honor of her mother.During the reception, the couple continued the themes of ‘old New York’ and travel through their first dance to Frank Sinatra’s ‘Come Fly with Me.’ The dip and groom’s moves surprised guests! The couple and guests dance the night away…
Guests left with a luxury scented candle designed by the bride who works for a global fragrance house. She worked with a perfumer to make a custom scent that reflected Matthew & herself – Indian sandalwood, American Cedarwood, to represent their roots, and a touch of coconut as a nod to their family name. Named Wanderlove, the candle represented two individuals coming together, filled with wanderlust and love.
Photography: Justin & Mary | Videography: Tweed Video | Wedding Coordinator: Kristina Camia | Floral Design: Dieter Van Beneden of Vert de Gris | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Wedding Cake: Archana Rao of Love Street Cakes | Invitations: Shine Wedding | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Synderela | Makeup: Emily Amick | Hair: Glamsquad Weddings | Calligraphy: Handrawndesign | Tuxedo: Suit Supply Made to Measure | Officiant: Lisa Traina | Wedding Venue: Saint Regis Hotel | Bride's Rings: Monique Pean | Calligraphy Globe: Simply Gypsy Designs | Chief Advisor: Emily Reifel | Groom's Ring: Cartier | Henna: Sandy Patangay | Sangeet Catering: Guarav Anand | Sangeet Lighting: Scott, in-house at PH-D | Sangeet Music: DJ Suhel | Sangeet Photography: Jason Weston | Sangeet Venue: PH-D Rooftop | Straight Razor Shaves for the Groom: Hubert Guy for Priv | Wedding Music: Steve Delisi Band