When an Indian Groom marries a Chinese-American Bride in the city of Las Vegas, it's just pure over the top magic in terms of the beauty, the history, the pageantry and the tradition. What made this wedding so much more than that, however, was the total and complete commitment that my bride and groom had towards their guests. Together, we poured over every detail, changing and tweaking until the colors, the lighting, and - most importantly - the cultural aspects and the flow of the day were flawlessly laid out.
After a series of events including a Mendhi and Modern Day Sangeet, anticipation was high! Throughout their time at the hotel, guests had enjoyed touches of both Indian and Chinese tradition, but in a very fashion forward and modern venue that truly merged the couple's sensibilities.
While guests readied themselves for the day and a team of over 50 people prepared the ballroom, our bride and groom were surrounded by family and friends as they prepared for their wedding. The bride, who had selected three stunning looks for the day, and the groom, who also selected three looks, enjoyed food, drinks, and laughs with their bridal parties before meeting in The Bar for their first look. The moment the came together, all tension just disappeared. They were giddy to finally be together on their wedding day after so many years together.
On April 4, 2015, after just 12 weeks of power-planning, Doctor Patricia Shay married Doctor Snehal Bhoola in a romantic Western ceremony in the ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas. The bride walked up the aisle to the sounds of a Spanich Guitar in a strapless lace dress by Allure. The aisle was full of hydrangea, pink roses, candles, and crystal goblets that lead up to a white lacquered stage topped with the most beautiful laser cut mandap I have ever seen. White orchid trees surrounded the base, and the sides of the ceremony structure were accented with hand crafted white paper flower walls.
Once the bridal party exited the room, Pastor Doug Loman asked guests to remain in their seats for a special performance. As the groom's family passed out boxes of treats branded with the Chinese Symbol for Double Happiness, a troupe of Chinese Lion Dancers burst into the room and entertained the guests, giving our bride and groom time to slip away and change for their Indian Wedding Ceremony. The Hindu priest set up beneath the mandap, and our couple was presented to their guests with fanfare from their families.
In Hindu weddings, the priest leads the ceremony, but it is the couple who marry each other - not the priest who marries them. I love that! And I love the level of involvement that the family takes, the ceremonial acts of giving thanks, making offerings, and sharing promises. It truly is so moving.
After the ceremony, guests were lead into the foyer for a cocktail hour which included a mix of Chinese and Indian delicacies. The couples took over 80 formal family portraits while the teams from Mandarin Oriental and DBD Vegas removed the ceremony set up, transforming the room from a light creams and pale pinks into a darker, more dramatic color pallet of midnight blue, platinum, and white. The paper flower walls were brought together to serve as a backdrop for their sweetheart table, and a massive gold and crystal chandelier was strung above them for added drama and romance.
Patricia and Snehal changed once agin, and were brought into their room so they could share a few moments alone before their guests arrived and they began a series of dances, toasts, and even another surprise performance! Famed Indian Comedian Paul Varghese was flown in from the East Coast, along with DJ Jay Dabhi, to perform before the buffets were opened, serving 285 guests traditional Indian Dishes such as Paneer and Korma along side Chinese offerings such as roasted duck and sim sum.
Of all of the stunning elements of this wedding, one of the most eye catching pieces in the room was the couple's multi-tier, five foot wedding cake. The cake was wrapped in a hand painted, white shimmering fondant. Lifts were set up and covered in sugar roses, and the tiers of cake were further embellished with large crystals set to look like the bride's diamond jewelry. Gold bands were wrapped around the bases, and the top of the cake was finished with live roses. The cake was set atop a glass base filled with rose petals, on a table of midnight blue eyelash linens.
Patricia, Snehal, and their guests parties way into the early morning hours, dancing to the sounds of DJ Jay Dabhi, enjoying a series of late night treats from the kitchen, and even stealing the dhol drum and passing it throughout the crowd before piling onto the dance floor for a group photo.
As the night came to a close, Patricia and Snehal were whisked off the balcony overlooking the strip for a few moments alone. After all of the planning and decisions, the tastings and mock ups, the travels and anticipation, the wedding had come and gone. It was a gorgeous, once-in-a-lifetime night for the bride, the groom, their guests, and this wedding planner!
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Thank You to our Partners Who Brought This MultiCultural Indian Wedding To Life!
Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas
Catering Coordinated by Ali Murray
Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito
Floral, Decor, and Entertainment Produced by Destinations by Design Las Vegas
Paper Flower Walls by Paper Flower Girls
Photography by Altf Photography
Videography by Something New Films
Beauty by Make Up in the 702
Strapless Lace Wedding Dress by Allure
Indian Wedding Gowns by Benzar
Bridal Shoes by Jimmy Choo
Grooms Grey and Midnight Blue Tuxedo by Stitched
Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito is often published, with works featured by the likes of BRIDES, Style Me Pretty, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, The NY Times, LA Times, Junebug Weddings, and more. With an eye catching style that shares not only the story, but the soul, of a wedding, Andrea's clients praise her for being their wedding planner, event designer, advocate, and friend.
An internationally acclaimed speaker, Andrea appears and speaks at events for the Engage! Luxury Wedding Summit, NACE, The Knot, the Wedding MBA, and more. Named the Best Wedding Planner in Las Vegas (2013, 2015, 2016), Wedding Professional of the Year (2011) and ranked as one of the top 50 wedding planners world-wide, Andrea works with celebrities, athletes, executives, and all people in love!
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