by Planner/Designer Amber Sooter
Archana & Pradeep’s wedding was one of a few firsts for me. For starters, it was the first wedding I planned from start to finish in three months. Archana came to us in early December, without her venue or any vendors, worried that she was too late to make her March 26th dream wedding happen. Over coffee, we discussed her wedding vision and set out a plan to make her vision come to life.
We paired Archana’s elegant and romantic style with her hopes for a rustic venue in the city. With most of the guests coming to Seattle from out of town, the couple didn’t want guests to have to travel much. Within minutes of touring the Cedarbrook Lodge in the city of Sea-Tac, Archana and Pradeep knew it was the perfect venue for their intimate Spring wedding.
Being my first Hindu wedding, I quickly sharpened my knowledge of Hindu wedding traditions, verbiage and customs, which vary slightly from Northern India (where Bride Archana is from) and Southern India (where Groom Pradeep calls home). The two aerospace engineers met in college at Embry-Riddle University in Daytona Beach. Before moving to Seattle with their Chow Chow dog Peaches, the couple also lived in Kansas, New York and Georgia.
The couple wanted to highlight their Indian and American cultures. For the ceremony, we used bolder colors: reds, bright pinks and brass. The mandap, provided by PJ Hummel & Co., featured bright pink blooms hanging from crystals. Playing to Archana’s softer side, we paired classic hues of blush pink, gold and champagne for the reception. Fena Flowers designed the romantic garden style flowers and Honey Crumb Cake Studio added sugar flowers to the cake that were so believably real-looking, everyone was fooled. Seen above, Henna artist Sara Henna meticulously applied mehndi to Archana’s hands and feet. The uber talented hair and make-up artist Yessie Libby made Archana and her bridesmaids look flawless.
Photographer Luma Weddings beautifully captured Archana & Pradeep’s Big Day, alongside videographer team Pollock Pictures.
Guests were invited to have “dessert before dinner” with French macaron favors at their place settings.
Creative Coverings supplied the gorgeous champagne and blush sequin linens. DJ Aanshul Gulati kept guests dancing with energetic Bollywood dance hits. Chalkboard artist extraordinaire Chalk Boss adorably pointed guests to their tables with her chalk inked seating chart.
After the ceremony, Archana and Pradeep changed into their reception attire. For him: a dapper navy Burberry suit. For her: a stunning Sabyasachi floral & striped lehenga. These two could be models! Congratulations Archana & Pradeep!