For the evening ceremony, we created a warm, romantic ambiance by hanging crystals from the top of the mandap, using clusters of candles to line the aisle and populate the backdrop of our mandap, and draping the stage with soft tones of beige and muted gold with just a touch of red. It was exactly how I imagined it would be since I was a little girl. As I walked down the aisle, Rochan and I looked into each other’s eyes and I felt butterflies in my stomach – it was like falling in love with him all over again. It felt so romantic. We held the reception the next evening at the historic Bently Reserve in downtown San Francisco. Our cocktail hour was themed after our favorite television show, “Mad Men”. We used gray velvet draping, cranberry colored loveseats, mirrored coffee tables and end tables, and black deco bar tables to create a lavish 50s feel, and piped in our favorite classic 50s and 60s songs which played in the background. We wanted to personally welcome our guests with a hip, warm, and memorable cocktail hour – Rochan dressed in a black Nehru suit with red trim and myself draped with an original Shyamal & Bhumika Anarkali design – and it was such a joyous experience to unwind and celebrate the occasion with our dearest friends and family. The location of our reception was especially meaningful to us because it was the very same area in San Francisco’s financial district where our relationship began and blossomed. The Bently Reserve Banking Hall was
opulent, timeless, and beautifully decorated – reflecting our own aspirations for the backdrop of our married life. As we waited to enter the hall, a video honoring our families and capturing the highlights of the previous day’s ceremonies was shown to the crowd. I will never forget the moment when Rochan and I walked down the staircase as we were first introduced as Mr. and Mrs. Rochan Sankar and all our family and friends welcomed us with applause and cheers. I felt so proud to have married the man of my dreams and celebrate our love with all the people who have meant so much to us. It was like a fairytale come true. Rochan and I are incredibly blessed to be surrounded by the profound love of our family and friends. Our parents and siblings were instrumental in planning the religious ceremonies, but no less important were my four best friends and our wedding coordinator who worked tirelessly to implement every last detail of our vision for the wedding and reception. We delegated tasks to each of them to handle during the events. In my experience, it was very helpful to write everything down in a notebook so that no relevant detail is forgotten – I would encourage you and your parents to do the same. In the end, when you see everything and everyone come together, all the design meetings, Pinterest boards, and the late night emails to your wedding planner will all be worth it. Just remember to plan the type of wedding that feels absolutely true to your personalities, and to have fun along the way!