Pooja + Robert | Sep 14, 2019
Indian-fusion wedding with ivory and blush tones, soft florals and gold accents at The Sutherland in Wake Forest, North Carolina
Pooja and Rob first met as college freshmen, but it wasn't until nearly a decade later that they officially started dating. Fast forward to a dream vacation in Hawaii, where Rob popped the question as the two were marveling at the views at a cliffside restaurant.
“We walked over to the cliff area as the sun was setting,” said Pooja, “he got on one knee and I was speechless!”
Pooja and Rob decided to have an Indian-fusion wedding in order to incorporate both the Hindu and Christian ceremonies. The ceremony theme was "Garden Romance,” complete with soft ivory, blush and peach florals, followed by a glamorous reception accented by gold tones.
“We wanted to be able to represent both sides of our heritage,” said Pooja, “and create a wedding that celebrated and blended both cultures.”
For the ceremony, Pooja wore a traditional Indian saree in beautiful pastels, complete with intricate beading and embroidery details. Her soft peach veil featured a gold lace trim, which beautifully complemented her all-gold bangles, headpiece, collar necklace and statement earrings.
Her bridal party wore traditional Indian attire as well, popping in vibrant shades of watermelon and gold. The warm tones looked elegant paired with Rob and his groomsmen’s pastel blue and gold ensembles, with Rob’s including a gorgeous gold turban.
Not only did Pooja share an intimate first-look moment with Rob before the ceremony, but she also shared an unforgettable one with her father.
“There was one specific moment that will stick with me forever,” said Pooja, “and it was seeing my father’s reaction to seeing me for the first time before he walked me down the aisle.”
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“Romantic garden florals was our vision,” said Pooja. “I love florals so it was definitely an important element of the decor.”
Inside the estate’s walled garden, the altar was created beneath a tent of white drapery on a brick patio. It was adorned with multiple floral installations, all overflowing with ivory hydrangeas, blush roses and luscious greenery. There was a plush loveseat for the couple, as well as elegant throne seating for the parents.
Once guests were seated under ecru umbrellas, Rob arrived majestically on horseback, also outfitted in traditional red and gold tasseled attire. As Pooja walked down the rose petal-lined aisle on her father’s arm, their friends and families couldn’t take their eyes off of her.
The Hindu-Christian fusion ceremony commenced, full of beautiful traditions and emotions. When Pooja originally asked Rob if he wanted to do a separate Christian ceremony, he said something that stuck with her throughout the entire wedding planning process: “We're getting married and creating a life together, why not do the same for our ceremony.”
“That shaped the course for our entire wedding,” said Pooja, “taking the best of each culture and making it fun!”
Following the ceremony, Pooja and Rob kicked off the reception with a glamorous outfit change. She wore a traditional American white wedding gown, featuring an off-the-shoulder sweetheart neckline, delicate lace and beading details and a thin embellished belt. Her hair fell over her shoulders in loose waves with a lace cathedral veil, while Rob looked dashing in a dark navy-blue tux with black lapels.
They made their grand entrance to the hotel ballroom, where the vibrant reception was illuminated by abundant candlelight and glittering in gold decor. Guests found their seating arrangements at the boxwood wall, walking past gorgeous ice sculptures toward tables dressed in mixed metallic and glittery gold fabrics.
Each tablescape featured mixed candle votives and oversized floating glass candles, paired with large centerpieces, small vase arrangements and tiny single buds in gold geometric sculptures. Across the massive dance floor in the center of the room, a sweetheart lounge was set with chiffon drapery as the backdrop. They situated a loveseat under chandeliers, suspended from wooden structures framed with florals.
There were beautiful designs spotlighted onto the walls, as well as the couple’s monogram lit up in the middle of the dance floor. For the couple, one of the most special moments of the evening was seeing how many friends and family members had secretly practiced for weeks to perform a dance at the reception.
“We knew many of them had never done an Indian dance or were nervous,” said Pooja, “so seeing everyone out there was truly amazing!”
Following speeches and the huge, multi-family dance compilation, it was time for dessert. They served a tasteful three-tiered white cake by Once In a Blue Moon with paisley designs, floral garnishes and a gold “love” topper. Pooja even changed into a mint green Indian gown for the cake-cutting.
With every single detail from the personalized vows to their favorite foods, signature cocktails, newlywed games and choreographed first dance, Pooja and Rob truly made the day their own.
“My favorite part of our wedding was not only marrying my best friend, but being surrounded by so much love,” said Pooja. “It was amazing to celebrate and see so many of our loved ones share in our joy!”
Congratulations, Pooja and Rob!
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