Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A Catholic/Hindu wedding: Libby and Dipanjan

I LOVE fusion weddings! Fancy favors, darling details, and pretty paper don't turn me on like multi-cultural weddings do. When Libby and Dipanjan contacted me about their Catholic/Hindu wedding I was so excited to begin working with them! Both of them are Doctors (Libby in Internal Medicine and Dipanjan in Cardiology) at Stanford up in Northern California and they both had very, very little time to put together wedding.

The Catholic ceremony was to be held at Libby's childhood church in downtown Los Angeles, and the Hindu ceremony was to be held under a Mandap on the lawn of the Athenaeum at Caltech in Pasadena with the reception immediately following. For those of you not familiar with Los Angeles: these two locations are 12 miles apart through some of the craziest freeways. Add traffic, a cocktail hour, and multiple dresses changes into that Timeline and hello, potential logistical problems! Thankfully, I had the wonderful Jen of B & G Photography on our team to help keep everything flowing. Not only in Jen a dynamite photographer and a wonderful woman, she can roll with the toughest logistics grace and class. I love her.

Libby and Dipajan fused their two cultures together in such a great way: at the Catholic ceremony the ladies wore bridesmaid dresses and the groomsmen wore tuxedos. At the Hindu ceremony, everyone dressed in traditional Indian outfits. Libby's sister Margaret folded 1,000 Origami cranes to hang from the Mandap and decorate the table settings and cake. After the wedding, the cranes were sent to Japan the Hiroshima Children's Peace Memorial and in lieu of favors, donations were made to charities that they both feel strongly about: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief and Homeboy Industries.

The day could not have happened without the amazing team of:

Photography: B & G Photography
Planning and Coordination: Amber Events (with special thanks to my girls Nira, Michelle & Anie!)
Getting Ready: The Langham Pasadena
Dress: Lea Ann Belter
Catholic Ceremony: Japanese Catholic Center
Hindu ceremony and Reception: The Athenaeum at Caltech
Mandap: Krushna Mandap Decorations
DJ: Ian from Redshoe
Florist: Susan Marchant
Hair and Make up: Kelly Zhang
Cake: Euro Pane Bakery
Limo: Crown Limo

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