Chicago Indian Wedding

  • Anu + Andy's Indian-American Wedding at Artifact Events

    This day was perfect and due to the volume of talent, photographs, and vendors, and endless amounts of fun - we have broken this blog post up into two segments. We're also doing a double post on our blog to keep all of you inside and happy during these trying times! We hope you are social distancing and enjoying the community that a wedding creates, even if you can only enjoy it from your couch right now. :) 

    Anu and Andy had a wedding so big and beautiful that it had two ceremonies: a Hindu ceremony in the morning, a break for lunch, a complete outfit change, portraits around the city, followed by an intimate American ceremony where they exchanged vows right before their reception party kick off! Typically an Indian wedding lasts several days, but these two did it all in one! They had their Sangeet (pre-party) and Mendhi (henna painting of feet and hands) leading up to the wedding day.

    It is custom tradition in a Hindu wedding for both the Groom and Bride to have separate processions. The Baraat is when a groom travels to the wedding ceremony typically by horse, but in the city of Chicago, that isn't an option. Andy loves the finer things in life, so he rented a Lamborghini and drove into his procession in style. Accompanied by family and friends, the guests dance their way to the doors of the venue.

    The ceremony begins without the bride, while Anu was in the bridal room upstairs doing her bride's ceremony. The bride is ushered down the aisle by her family to the Mandap and the bridesmaids follow. The Mandap is where the ceremony takes place. It holds the traditions, customs, and colors, and everything needed for the full ceremony. Roses and carnations, marigolds and orchids are often used to create the garlands. The flowers represent happiness and beauty. The two exchange garlands, representing vows. They are blessed with fertility by both their family and friends, they shower them with rice and well wishes.  The tying of the Mangalsutra symbolizes lifelong protection, you'll notice in the second segment that the bride and groom are still wearing their gold string. It is custom to wear it until they fall off.

    They then take the Seven Steps, each is a prayer for the couple: food and nourishment, strength, prosperity, family, progeny, health, and lifelong friendship. The ceremony was spoken in Sanskrit with an interpreter. Even without knowing the language, it was one of the most thoughtful, beautiful, and meaningful ceremonies - and the day was just beginning!

    Vendors:

    C&A Photographers: Jade Hull(lead) + Gina Garbero(assistant)

    C&A DJs: Michael Rodriquez (ceremony) + Justin Ferranti (reception)

    Venue: Artifact Events

    Wedding Planners: The Simply Elegant GroupAshley Carpenter + Emily Davis

    Florist: Trablume Floral Studio  –  Melissa Owen 

    Design/Lighting: Art of Imagination

    Mandap Furniture: Bandhan Rentals

    Linens: F&S Linens

    Baraat Lamborghini : DS Luxury Chicago 

    Bridal Braid: Circle SalonCrystal

    Hair + Makeup: Kate Johnson Artistry (Bride) + Be Glammed (Bridesmaids)

    Bridal Jewelry: Glimour

    Bride + Bridesmaid Saree: Nalli

    Henna: Henna Moments

    Henna Makeup/Hair: Arch Apothecary

    Henna Outfit: Viva Luxe

    Caterer: Mantra

    Videographer: Our Wedding Movie

     

     

  • Anu + Andy's Indian-American Wedding at Artifact Events - Part II

    As promised, this is part II of Anu + Andy's wedding day, but trust us you still want to see part I if you missed it!

    They had a Hindu ceremony the morning of May 25, 2019. Afterward, they served lunch for their family and friends at the venue. The groomsmen then traveled to the Renaissance Hotel to get ready, while the girls got glammed up in their second outfits in the bridal room at Artifact Events. Andy and the guys proceeded to Milton Lee Olive Park for some groomsmen portraits. When Anu arrived, and they shared their *second* first look on the bridge over the water. After giving them their special moment, we photographed the wedding party in their new attire! 

    The Honeycomb Structure at Lincoln Park Zoo was Anu and Andy's second stop for location portraits, and their wedding party loved it. They started climbing all over it and it made some really fun portraits! The last stop was at the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond - a hidden oasis near Lincoln Park Zoo that is sooo romantic. When we arrived at the venue after all the locations, they had a friend bring their dog, Sprout, to the venue. Sprout is the prettiest girl and has ice blue eyes, she's an angel, and we couldn't get enough puppy kisses! 

    Artifact Events is located in the Ravenswood neighborhood in Chicago. It's a four-floor industrial antique space and has a beautiful courtyard. The antiques often change, making it totally unique for each and every wedding. Several floors allow for very creative wedding party introductions, as well as tons of different perspectives for your photographers! You can pick and choose which spaces you will use for your wedding, so no ceremony or reception is the same! We adore working at Artifact Events and they did such a great job setting up multiple ceremony and reception spaces for this lovely couple.

    After their cocktail hour and wedding party introductions, Anu and Andy were welcomed into their reception. The groomsmen and bridesmaids lined the stairs. When Anu and Andy reached the bottom of the grand staircase, they shared their personal, handwritten vows in front of all of their guests and sealed it with a kiss and a tender hug. It was the perfect way to kick off their party! Dinner was served and many speeches were given, these two are so so loved.

    Andy danced with his mom first to Never Grow Up by Taylor Swift. Anu's brother stood in for all the fatherly duties, after they lost their father a couple years prior. They danced with together to You've Got a Friend in Me from Toy Story. It was the cutest thing in the whole world!

    Andy and Anu choreographed their first dance. They took the floor underneath the all the twinkly lights and danced to Rewrite the Stars from The Greatest ShowmansoundtrackIt was so perfect that their guests flooded the dance floor immediately afterward. Guests enjoyed cocktails, dessert, tunes from the DJ, and the photo booth until everyone gathered in the middle of the dance floor for a "good night" portrait. A must-have wedding photo if your venue allows for it!

    Right now we wish we could relive this day for all it's beauty and togetherness. We are so thankful for all the vendors that made this day possible, and to one of our favorite couples - Anu and Andy. Stay safe, stay healthy, and check back in next week for a new blog post!

    VENDORS:

    Cage & Aquarium Photographers: Jade Hull + Gina Garbero

    Wedding Planner: The Simply Elegant Group - Ashley Carpenter

    Venue: Artifact Events

    Hotel: Renaissance Hotel

    Hair + Makeup: Kate Johnson Artistry + Be Glammed

    Bride's Dress: BHDLN - The Sanders Dress

    Bride's Shoes: Rebecca Simpson (Mimosa Heels) - BHDLN

    Bride's Jewelry: Olive + Piper

    Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie

    Groom's Suit: Indochino

    Wedding Rings: Cartier + Rebecca Zemans

    Florist: Trablume Floral Studio

    Transportation: Windy City Limo

    Linens: F&S Linens

    Stationary: Etsy + Minted + Zazzle

    Decor/Lighting: Art of Imagination

    Caterer: Mantra

    Cake + Desserts: Sweet Mandy B's

    Cage & Aquarium DJ: Justin Ferranti

    Photo Booth: Concept One

    Videographer: Our Wedding Movie

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