Indian Wedding

Jedel + Salil


This was such a magical, colorful, beautiful day to be a part of! I always love a cultural ceremony, and in this case, I got to see two. Jedel & Salil chose to hold their dual celebration at the gorgeous Barn Kestrel in West Linn.  Dylan Howell was on hand throughout the entire day to capture every exciting moment.

After being pampered by the talented artists at Blossom & Beauty, Jedel and the girls headed over to prepare for the Hindu ceremony. The beginning of these elaborate rituals is a Baraat, where the groom is escorted by his entire family to present himself to the bride’s family. We had Pedicabs on hand to bring the groom down in style. We then moved our way into the gorgeous tent provided by Peter Corvallis, for the catholic ceremony. The bride and her bridesmaids carried stunning bouquets created by New Seasons Market, who also provided the flowers for the entire event. The couple were married by Father Kevin Yell, under a beautiful mandap set by Bowerbird Events.

Once the ceremonies were finished, guests transitioned into the barn for cocktails provided by Heart & Honey. Vibrant Table Catering was busy to transform the tent into a beautiful reception space for dinner, provided by Swagat.  After an amazing series of toasts, guests headed back into the barn. They were treated to an amazing coconut/cardamom cake made by Papa Haydn.  Then, the party was ready to start! Precious Byrd came up from Bend, OR. to treat guests to a an evening filled with energetic dancing.  This couple was so amazing to get to know.  They have so much love for one another and the families that they’ve both gained. Jedel and Salil, I wish you nothing but a lifetime of happiness together!

Coordination: Cam | Bartender: Heart & Honey | Henna Artists: Blue Lotus | Officiant: Father Kevin Yell | Beauty: Blossom & Beauty | Rentals: Peter Corvallis + Luxury Restroom Trailers | Pedicab: Wedding Pedicab | Caterer: Vibrant Table | Florist: New Seasons | Photographer: Dylan M Howell | Transportation: SW Charter | Audio/Visual: Peter Corvallis | Band: Precious Byrd | Cake & Desserts: Papa Haydn


Niki + Amit


Niki and Amit love adventures and exploring, so when it came time to pick out a wedding venue they wanted to share this love with their guests. Niki and Amit landed on Sunriver, Oregon for their 3 day wedding. With all of their guests traveling from out of town and about 90% of them never having visited Oregon this wedding was going to be their best adventure yet! Niki and Amit being two of the sweetest people and knowing that all their guests are traveling for the weekend planned an unforgettable time for everyone. 

The weekend was planned to perfection and the weather could not have been better. The festivities kicked off on Friday night with a Garba and Mehndi party. Guests were treated to an amazing set up at Besson Commons with lounge furniture, food stations, henna, S'mores and dancing all night long. 

Saturday kicked off with a lunch followed by a Baraat. The Baraat filled the streets of Sunriver with colorful attire, dancing and Amit riding in his red convertible.  Guests made their way to the Great Hall where Niki's family greeted Amit's family which kicked off the wedding ceremony. The ceremony was held on the Bachelor Lawn where West Coast Event Productions and Heirloom Florals did an amazing job transforming the space. The lush florals on the Mandap and ombre floral runner were two details that made their ceremony spectacular. 

After a little break in the day guests were invited back to the Great Hall for the reception. Niki and Amit dreamed up a gorgeous vision for inside the Great Hall. The tables were adorned with lush florals and fresh fruit spilling over the centerpieces and onto the tables. Around the room Aspen Trees were glowing with hanging candles from the branches. The best part however, the room was filled up with all their guests ready to celebrate and dance the night away. From family performances to a packed dance floor it was clear guests were there to celebrate and shower Niki and Amit with all the love possible. 

Coordination: Elizabeth | Photography: Jos Studios | Cinematography: JAM | Beauty: Kate Tuma | Floral: Heirloom Floral Design |  DJ: Dj Adi - Adihikar Dhakal | Rentals: West Coast Event Productions | Henna: Allura Henna - Bend | Photo Booth: Bend Photo Both


Neha + Nanda


They say rain on your wedding day is good luck. And I would like to think this is true which then would mean Neha and Nanda have good luck for the entirety of their marriage! I began working with Neha and Nanda a year before their wedding. Both living in California they picked Oregon for their wedding to showcase the beautiful Northwest to all their guests who would be coming in from around the world. We landed on Resort at the Mountain for the wedding weekend and began planning what would unfold to be a truly beautiful wedding! 

Neha and Nanda hosted a Friday night Mehndi reception to welcome their guests which included Indian Street food, a photo booth, a henna station, lawn games and Salt & Straw. While the weather didn't exactly cooperate the way we had hopped, when the rain finally stopped the clouds and freshness it left behind made for a gorgeous evening. 

On Saturday Neha and Nanda celebrated their marriage with a traditional southern Indian ceremony. During the ceremony guests enjoyed fresh huckleberry lemonade and Masala Pop, popcorn. The ceremony concluded with Nanda's classmates from the Naval Academy sending them off with a saber exit "The right of passage is a kiss". Such a fun ending to the ceremony.  

After a break during the day guests were treated to a full reception in the Resort at the Mountain's Ballroom transformed by Royce's Prop Shop and Zest Floral. The couple, their family and friends ended up dancing the night away. It was pure bliss for everyone and to top it all off - a sparkler exit. Congrats to these two truly amazing people! 

Coordination: Elizabeth Sheils | Photography: Lin + Jirsa | Beauty: Face Body Beauty | Rentals: Royce's Prop Shop + Sedera | Catering: East India Co + Salt + Straw | Cake: Dream Cakes | Cinematography: JAM | Floral: Zest | DJ: Dj Aanshul | Henna: Salon Amrapali | Photo Booth: The Original Photo Booth


Bianca + Varun


Planning a wedding from afar isn’t always easy, but Bianca and Varun made it effortless.  This gorgeous couple chose to be married in Portland to give their guests an ultimate vacation experience and boy did they deliver!  We started the morning in the back lot of Eastside Exchange where family and friends gathered for the celebratory Baraat featuring Pips Donuts and the groom atop a gorgeous white horse.  Guests continued the celebration inside to the Indian Ceremony where they were met with brightly colored floral from Blum and gorgeous programs from A Tie That Binds.  After the ceremony guests made their way via hosted shuttles to Cerulean for lunch. 

Bianca and Varun made a quick outfit change before spending their afternoon downtown shooting photos with Bryan Rupp and video with Couture Motion Pictures.  After photos guests gathered at The Old Church where a second ceremony was officiated by Father Larry and piano played by the bride's childhood piano teacher Ms. Kara.  After the ceremony ended the party headed back to Eastside Exchange where guests enjoyed cocktails and the gorgeous Portland views from the roof.  Downstairs in the ballroom the reception space took on anthropology feel with ivory on ivory linens, multicolor glassware from Classic Vintage Rentals, and the cutest wooden table numbers.  We repurposed the mandap from the Indian ceremony in to a lavish sweetheart table for two and jazzed up the cake table with a fun textured linen.   The couple pulled out all the stops for their guest including a fun photo booth, handmade s'mores from 1927 s'mores, late night pizza served from the back of a food truck courtesy of Tastebuds PDX, and a night of dancing thanks to the Essentials and Chad Dowling.  Bianca and Varun wanted their guests to fall in love with Portland as much as they had, and after this party I am positive they did!  Congrats Bianca & Varun.  It was truly a pleasure helping you plan this wedding and I can't wait for you to come back and visit!

Coordination: Miranda Scheitzach | Photography: Bryan Rupp | Cinematography: Couture Motion Pictures | Floral: Blum | Beauty: Powder Inc. + Makeup by Whit + Dallas Merkley + Jennifer Jones | Venues: Eastside Exchange & The Old Church | Band: The Essentials | Cake: Dream Cakes | Rentals: The Party Place + Classic Vintage Rentals | Lighting: Think AV | Catering: Vibrant Table  + Pips Donuts + 1927 s'mores + Tastebuds PDX | Henna: Blue Lotus Henna | Gift bags: Masala Pop


Sara + Rayan


If there is one thing I love more than a Persian wedding, it's an Indian & Persian wedding combined! Sara and I went to middle & high school together, but had lost touch throughout the years, so I was excited and honored to be able to reconnect and work with her and Rayan in planning their nuptials.  Wanting to honor their Persian, Indian and Western cultures, Sara and Rayan opted to have two ceremonies in the Sculpture Court of the Portland Art Museum.  The weather was definitely playing tricks on us, being sunny one moment and rainy the next, so we opted for a semi clear tent to ensure guests would stay dry.  The bridesmaids all wore colorful saris while the groom wore a traditional sharwani in golds and reds. Sara, escorted down the aisle by her father, wore a stunning green & red sari and held a red bouquet, honoring the traditional Hindu culture.  After the ceremony, guests were invited to tour the museum or hang out and enjoy Persian tea and a light appetizer by Art of Catering, until the second ceremony began.  

For the Persian/Western ceremony, we utilized the same mandap structure for the ceremony and laid down a traditional Persian Sofreh designed by Homa Behboodi, a family friend of Sara's father.  Sara changed into her beautiful Reem Acra gown and the bridesmaids changed into gorgeous one shoulder navy Monique Luhllier floor length gowns. Rayan also changed into a suit to match his groomsmen. A close friend to both Sara & Rayan performed the ceremony incorporating Persian elements and talking about how each item on the sofreh symbolizes a well wish for the bride and groom.  A mirror to represent the bright future for the couple, colorful and hand painted eggs to symbolize fertility, fresh baked pastries for sweetness in life, pomegranates and apples for a joyous future, candles for clarity and energy, and coins for prosperity. They then each share a taste of honey with one another to help share in the sweetness of their future together.  After the ceremony, a beautiful double rainbow appeared and guests were able to enjoy the Sculpture Court for cocktail hour.  

Guests made their way up to the Kridel Ballroom for dinner and sat amongst a variety of round and long tables.  Each table was covered in navy linens, with glass gold-beaded chargers, gold flatware and a menu card on each place setting with ivory napkins.  Lisa at Crave Design had created a monogram for the couple that we had incorporated into the invitations which we also used as a gobo on screen above the stage and even had Papa Haydn use as part of the cake design.  Tables were covered in candles and lush floral arrangements containing white hydrangeas, a variety of purple blooms and touches of greenery throughout.   Shawn with Event Team Entertainment played a great mix of music containing songs popular in all three cultures which kept the dance floor packed all night.  To top off the evening, Sara & Rayan exited the museum with the torches lit and a sparkler send off that had us all reviling from the night.  Loved everything about this wedding, and so did Oregon Bride Magazine!

Coordination: Katy | Photography: Mosca Gallery | Catering: Art of Catering | Hair Stylist: Jessica B | Paper Items: Crave Design | Rentals: Party Place | Ceremony Music: Duo Con Brio | Floral: Zest | Cake: Papa Haydn | DJ: Event Team Entertainment | Sofreh Design: Homa Behboodi 


Tara + Web | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Jos Studios

Tara & Web are the kind of couple that you instantly become friends with and their coordinator, Meghan, had so much fun getting to know them as they planned their wedding. To celebrate Tara and Web invited their friends and family from all over the world to Plaza Del Toro for a cocktail-style reception. Guests were greeted upon arrival with sparkling Rose and oysters before gathering for the ceremony. Their guests surrounded them in an intimate ceremony officiated by two of their very best friends. Plaza Del Toro's Chef, John Gorham, started off dinner with inventive small plates and gradually worked into an impressive and delicious selection of meat dishes that had been slow cooking all day.  Their guests even got to experience a true Portland experience, their out of town guests, the naked bike ride happened to end just blocks away- the guests loved it, adding to an the evening one that won’t be forgotten! | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Jos Studios

Photography: Jos Studios | Photo Booth: HappyMatic | Floral: Botanica | Ceremony Music: Jordan Harris | Reception Music: DJ Waffle


Poorni + Akash | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Powers Studio Photography | Geranium Lake Florals

Indian weddings are not only incredibly fun to attend, they are a thrill to plan! KATY had the best time working with Poorni, Akash and their parents to plan the perfect Indian wedding weekend. With over 400 guests in attendance, the PORTLAND ART MUSEUM could not have been more fitting for such an affair. The Fields Ballroom set the tone for the elaborate ceremony, with a white horse leading the groom during the Baarat, a traditional processional, throughout the park blocks literally shutting down the streets of downtown Portland. GERANIUM LAKE FLOWERS created a beautiful aisle with alternating red and white petals in a pattern leading up to the mandap, a traditional Hindu structure used for wedding ceremonies. Upstairs in the Grand Ballroom, East India Company along with the amazing service of DEVIL’S FOOD CATERING provided food and drink for the guests as they dined on traditional Indian cuisine. Each guest was gifted a hand painted elephant candle holder as a favor, symbolizing strength and wisdom. Uplighting and paisley print lighting against the walls gave the room an even more glamorous vibe where guests danced the night away by music provided by DJ PRASHANT. This wedding is featured in the newest issue of PORTLAND BRIDE & GROOM!

Coordination by KATY HALEY, Photography by POWERS STUDIOS, Hair/Makeup by FACE BODY BEAUTY, Cake by DREAM CAKES, Video by Moving Picture Weddings, Rentals by SOMETHING BORROWED, Paper Items by CRAVE DESIGN


Jighna + Sarthak


Jighna and Sarthak met online and could not have been more perfect for one another. When they met, Jighna lived in Portland and Sarthak lived in Seattle- but both had a love and appreciation for the beautiful NW. So when it came time for them to plan their wedding, they wanted their guests to experience all their favorite things from the Pacific NW. Jighna and Sarthak absolutely fell in love with RESORT AT THE MOUNTAIN after seeing the beautiful outdoor spaces. Being surrounded by all the natural elements created a perfect foundation for the overall design and theme. Jighna and Sarthak were an amazing couple from start to finish. The Indian wedding weekend was a 4 day celebration with family and friends flying in from all over the world coordinated by ELIZABETH. They did a wonderful job honoring their family history and traditions while incorporating fun details of their own.

Jighna and Sarthak invited all their family and friends over to help kick off the wedding weekend celebration with a Mehndi Night. The girls enjoyed receiving henna drawings on their hands and feet. It is believed that the darker and deeper the henna stains the more the husband and the in-laws will love her bride. As you can see – Jighna’s henna was very dark and so she is clearly in for a long & happy life.