REAL WEDDING: Amy and Nilay Part One-Traditional Indian Sangeet

Last November we were contacted by Amy and Nilay to help them plan a very exciting wedding weekend in St. Joseph. The couple wanted to blend a traditional American wedding with Nilay’s Indian heritage and we were more than up to the task! Since there were so many fun details and moments captured by Justin Hankins Photography, we’re going to break this amazing couple’s celebration into two parts! We’ll start with Friday’s traditional Indian Sangeet, held in the ballroom at the Inn at Harbor Shores.

The word Sangeet comes from Sanskrit and means “sung together”. The highlight of the Sangeet is a series of performances by family and friends for the couple. Guests dined on a sumptuous buffet of Indian cuisine before watching the performances and dancing the night away.

For the design, we really wanted to highlight Nilay’s culture and feature some more traditional Indian elements. We chose ornate gold lanterns, beautiful scroll vases, and bold, saturated colors. Naveen Productions provided beautiful uplighting around the perimeter of the ballroom, accenting the gorgeous fabric draping from The Rental Company. Linens in jewel tones of blues, purple and turquoise were accented by a patterned napkin. Brightly colored floral arrangements from Modern Day Floral featured phalaenopsis orchid, lush purple hydrangea, and a variety of roses, all highlighted by an array of candles.

For the couple’s table, we chose an ornate gold sequin linen overlay and decorated the table with components from the various centerpieces, adding beautiful amber glass pillar candle holders to further differentiate the table.

As the sun began to set and the lights around the room began changing color to the beat of the music, guests danced for hours and our team began preparing for the next day’s ceremony and reception.

To read part two of Amy and Nilay’s celebration blog, click here!


Planning and Design: Holden Michael Events / Venue: Inn at Harbor Shores / Photography: Justin Hankins Photography / DJ and Lighting: Naveen Productions / Floral: Modern Day Floral / Rentals: The Rental Company / Catering: Gaylord Fine Indian Cuisine / Videography: Heart and Soul Videography / Stationary: Gwyneth Paige Couture Letterpress



January 5, 2017




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