Alright, here it is…Priya and Rohit’s Wedding Day! This is surely a wedding that won’t be forgotten!!
Venue: Bloomington Monroe Convention Center
Colors: Orange, Teal
The wedding day started off nice and early. By 8am, festivities were underway. Priya and the bridemaids were getting ready, while Rohit, his groomsmen, family and friends joined together in the Baraat. Rohit made his grand entrance to the Convention Center by horse! Once the Baraat arrived, the Milni ceremony began (one of my favorite parts of the day!). Family members welcomed each other into their new family and exchanged garlands. Following the Milni was breakfast for the family, then everyone headed upstairs to start the wedding ceremonies!
Ceremony 1: Sikh Ceremony
After the Sikh Priest blessed the room, guests entered without shoes and covered heads with Saris or the provided scarves. The Upstairs Ballroom at the Convention Center was beautifully decorated. The couple chose a white Mandap, complete with a chandelier, white draping, floral tiebacks, and gold elephants in front.
Ceremony 2: Hindu Ceremony
Following the Sikh Ceremony, the bride and groom each changed into new outfits; Rohit shaved his beard and Priya changed into another beautiful gown, and wore beautiful Kalira bracelets. Guests helped themselves to a mixture of drinks and mingled between ceremonies. The Hindu ceremony started with the parents seated under the Mandap. It was a beautiful ceremony!
After the ceremonies, guests were given a break to go back to their rooms, change clothes, and prepare for a night of fun! Priya and Ro had yet, another, outfit change (thats 3 for the day!).
During this transition, the room was transformed from the ceremony site to the reception site. Tables were brought out, sapphire irredecent linens were placed on the tables, chairs were rearranged, centerpeices were added to tables, lighting was added to all of the walls, draping was added to the ceiling with beautifully lit fabric columns, and the dancefloor was illumniated with their custom monogram. The room looked A-MAZING!
The reception was unbelievably fun. The bride and groom came out to a Dholi drum player and danced their way to the stage! They had 6 speeches from family and friends and they even said a personal (heartfelt) thank you speech to all of the guests. You could really feel the love in the room. The guests literally danced the night away and had a ton of fun in the photo booth all night! For favors, Priya brought back windchimes from India in the shaped of elephants and suns – SO adorable!
I had such a great time! I can barely sum up this wedding in 2 blog posts. Thank you to ALL of the vendors involved for being so wonderful to work with. And Priya, Rohit, and your family – Thank you for letting me be a part of this wonderful day. I wish you all the best!
Lauren & the Social Butterfly Team
Vendors: Wedding Planning: Social Butterfly | Decor: Variations Events | Photography: J Scott Photography | Lighting: Markeys | Venue: Bloomington Monroe Convention Center | Catering: Clay Oven | Baraat Horse: Yellow Rose Carriages | Dholi: Benny Singh | DJ: Tejinder Singh | Hair/Makeup: Aaina Salon | Video: Eyenamics | Cake/cupcakes: Angel B’s | Linens: Chair Covers and Linens