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tanaRi events weddings: Cathy & Rajeev

From Cathy and Raj's wedding in Long Island City. Photos by STAK Studios | www.getstak.com

First off: we want to apologize. We realize we have not been as proactive on sharing as we had previously been and continuing to work on that. We’re happy to report that we’re back in action and want to keep you up to speed on all of the beautiful weddings that took place in our social absence! There’s so much to fill you in on and we can’t wait for you to read more about them!

The first one we want to share with you all is a beautiful multicultural fall wedding in Long Island City, NY. Rajeev (the bald) and Cathy (the beautiful) got married on October 24, 2015 in the Vista Sky Ballroom at the Four Points Sheraton with beautiful Manhattan skyscraper views. They made sure to emphasize the little details, which vividly describe the unique couple they are. Personalized “Bald” and “Beautiful” cocktails, candles and specialized wine bottle giveaways were some of the decor items to bring this day to life.

With Rajeev’s Hindi background, the wedding celebrations commenced with a fun Mehndi party at The Paper Factory. We love the multicultural elements incorporated into the wedding day to bring traditions from both individuals!

We hope you enjoy the beautiful photos below by Stak Photography. Also, we want to give a big shoutout to Floresta NYC for the gorgeous floral arrangements in the fall color theme, Lassen & Hennig’s for their delicious red velvet, chocolate and lemon buttercream desserts, (and a favorite of the bride when living in Brooklyn)!

For any questions about Long Island City and/or New York wedding venues and planning, please contact us for a consultation!

 

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Multicultural Weddings – A Wedding Planner’s Guide

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We know how tough it can be to plan a wedding – that’s why we are here to help! But in all seriousness, we know that multicultural weddings are more prevalent now and can take on a whole new set of challenges when faced with the task of deciding what parts of each culture should be incorporated, how they should be incorporated and successfully executing the process.

We have worked with many couples who have taken on the feat of creating their dream wedding, while making sure to include significant elements of each other’s respective traditions. From our experiences, here are a few tips to take with you on the road to a fun, stress-free multicultural wedding celebration!

  • Educate one another on specific religious traditions. In order to assess the lay of the land with your wedding celebrations, it’s important as a couple to openly communicate with one another about your background/traditions, allowing you to make more informed decisions when the time comes.
  • Discuss & decide together what are the most important parts of each respective culture. The time will come when you’re planning the wedding and you need to decide which elements of your culture will make the ceremony. Once deciding what they should be, then you can map it out to what order everything should go.
  • Be sensitive to each other’s feelings. This can be a tough process and weigh on the couple mentally and emotionally. Typically, these situations have added fuel by their respective families and outside influences, so make sure to trust in one another that you are willing to sacrifice certain things to make the wedding the best it can be.
  • Confirm with the wedding venue that they can accommodate several ceremonies. Depending on the venue location, you should check that they have the space to include multiple ceremonies, if you so choose. Multiple ceremonies will require different types of decor and will need the space to design accordingly.
  • Provide guests with less-known cultural definitions/references. Multicultural weddings to a guest can be confusing. In order to help educate your guests, a fun idea can be creating a DIY glossary or table of contents and provide with the wedding invitations OR leave on the chairs of the ceremony for gusts to read ahead before the ceremony.
  • Allow for creativity with the food, drinks, fashion, stationery and other wedding details. Don’t let yourselves get caught up in finding the perfect balance. Enjoy it by using the cultural differences as an opportunity to be creative with your wedding attire, food & drink choices, unique wedding design and other decor details!

Most importantly, we tell our couples that planning should be a fun time. There will be challenges along the way in all relationships, but working together in this capacity is a true sign of character and commitment to a successful marriage!

tanaRi events focuses on all weddings, with a specific niche in multicultural and destination weddings. Please contact us for a free consultation and if you have any other questions!

Photos: Third Element Studios, Karen Wise Photography

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tanaRi events weddings: Adrienne & Gaurav Pt. 2

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We’re so excited to finally share with you all the STUNNING wedding ceremony & reception that took place as the weekend progressed for Adrienne and Gaurav! Thanks to our friends at Third Element Studios for capturing the full essence of this wedding day.

When we spoke with the couple during the planning stages, there were a few main important details: being surrounded by nature, having DIY elements & incorporating both cultures into the festivities. The result was a wedding filled with bright colors, natural beauty and lots of love.

The day started as the bride got ready at Adrienne’s parents house, (and where the ceremony was later held in the backyard). Gaurav set the tone for tradition as he rode in style on a white horse for the Indian Baraat, surrounded by family & close friends. He was met by both sets of parents as they exchanged garlands during the Milni ceremony, which is the ultimate symbol of uniting the two families. Following this, the bride and groom said their vows under a handmade wooden mandap, (created by Adrienne’s father with tall Redwood trees). Beautiful orange saris draped the top of the mandap, along with orange and pink marigold flowers hanging down – decorated by both Adrienne and Gaurav’s mothers. The natural light through the Redwood trees made for the most gorgeous wedding backdrop!

The celebrations continued to the reception, where the party was filled with lots of singing & dancing. Centerpieces were simple, with low centerpieces and an array of flowers finished with a burlap lining.

This wedding was so amazing that our friends at Rustic Chic rated it one of their top weddings from 2014! We’re so happy we could be a part of this special day for an amazing couple – there’s so many pictures we love that we had such a hard time choosing for the slideshow below!

For more information on this wedding or any wedding/destination wedding planning, please contact us.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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Image via Maloman Studios

“Our mothers give us so many gifts. They give us the precious gift of life, of course, but they also leave treasured lessons that can guide us along our journeys even when they are no longer with us.” Maria Shriver

This post is dedicated to all of the women who have made such an impact on our lives. Thank you for being you and for everything that you do. Happy Mother’s Day!

 

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tanaRi events weddings: Adrienne & Gaurav Pt. 1

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When it comes to Indian weddings, there’s no shortage of celebrations! You know things we’re starting in the right direction when you’re playing tug of war on the beach..!

When we met Adrienne and Gaurav, we knew immediately that this was a fun loving couple. There were a few things that we knew right away were important: they wanted to have an Indian fusion ceremony, be surrounded by nature in the tall redwood trees and that their families & friends played a big role in the creation of the wedding theme.

The wedding took place in Aptos, CA so many of their friends flew in for what would be a high energy and unforgettable wedding weekend. It started with their friends getting together on the beach to play some games. Girls against boys. They all wore capes, (boys in red & girls in blue). It was a great way to put everyone in good spirits to later enjoy the sangeet and officially launch the wedding celebrations

Bright colors and love filled the room for the sangeet as each of their parents spoke beautiful words. Adrienne’s father and friends, (who are musicians), played music and got all the guests to their feet singing and dancing! Most importantly, their dog Rusty was sitting right by their side through the entire night and wedding weekend. Adrienne and Gaurav made sure that he played an important role in the celebrations!

It was a beautiful way to start the weekend and the ceremony/reception is one to remember! Be sure to check out Part 2 in the next couple of weeks..

In the meantime, check out some of these gorgeous photos by Third Element Studios who captured the entire wedding weekend so beautifully.

 

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tanaRi events weddings: Andrea & Chad

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It’s always a pleasure for us here at tanaRi events to be able to participate in our friends’ wedding! The wonderful couple, Andrea & Chad, got married last June at a beautiful outdoor ceremony at the Chauncey Hotel in Princeton, New Jersey. The couple said their vows in a white gazebo lined with a simple chuppah. The reception included colorful, yet simple decoration – bright pink and beige flowers, cacti and other natural greenery in small vases on top of rustic table liners. It was a fun wedding filled with love & romance!

We caught up with the bride Andrea recently to talk about her life with Chad – from the beginning & what they hope for the future! We hope you all enjoy and that it will inspire you for your own love story.. Be sure to check out some of the gorgeous photos from their wedding day after the Q&A! George Street Photography did an amazing job capturing this special occasion!

tanaRi events (TE): When did you first meet? 

Andrea: We met when we were working together. I was in sales and (my husband) Chad was in IT. This was about seven years ago.. We dated for about five years before the proposal!

TE: What is a fond memory that you have from your first date? Where was your first date?

Andrea: Our first date was on Valentine’s Day – not on purpose! It just worked out that way.. We both tried to ignore the fact that it was Valentine’s Day and kept it casual. We started out at a bar near the office we worked at. We hit it off and continued the date on to dinner at a restaurant nearby. The fondest memory I have from our first date is that he was very interesting, and I just wanted to get to know him better. It was so easy to talk to him.. and he was cute! Also, the fact that our first date was on Valentine’s Day made things more exciting.

TE: Was there a specific day/moment that you thought that this was the person you want to spend the rest of your life with?

Andrea: I think when we went on our first trip together, about 6 months after we started dating, I realized that this could be something real. We both knew we wanted to take things slow though. Also, after he had met my family and I saw how well he treated my parents, I knew he was a keeper!

TE: How did he propose?

Andrea: Chad and I had been on a trip to France together and we visited the Monet gardens outside of Paris, (which he knows I love!) We had been to this sculpture garden a couple years later in New Jersey that had a re-creation of my favorite Monet painting of the garden we visited in France. So, he took me to that bridge, (very romantic setting!), where it was a very sunny & hot day. When we get to the bridge, he asks me for some sunscreen and I go to look in my purse. When I turned back, he had taken the ring out of his pocket and proposed!

TE: Let’s flash forward to the wedding.. What was your favorite part of planning the wedding? Where did some of the inspiration for the decor come from?

Andrea: My favorite part of the wedding planning was picking the band. We really wanted to make sure we picked the right band for us that would get the party going! Our band 45 Riots did an amazing job. 

The inspiration for the décor came from seeing a lot of terrariums used in decorations around restaurants, stores or magazines. We both like things a little out of the ordinary, so this seemed like a great way to bring something unique to the reception and put our own stamp on it. Our florist (Petal Pushers) heard our idea and totally went with it and created these little mini ‘clusters’ for each table. They did a great job and we were really happy with how our vision turned out.

TE: What was your favorite memory from the wedding?

Andrea: My favorite memory would probably be dancing and having a good time with everyone at the reception. At this point, all the formalities were over and we could just kick back and enjoy all the time and effort we had put into planning everything. We wanted the wedding to be a fun party and a time to celebrate with our good friends & family!

TE: What was some advice you were given about your wedding day from friends/family that was helpful for you?

Andrea: The one piece of advice that was the most helpful from a friend was to get a ‘day of’ wedding coordinator. I hadn’t thought about it at first. But as I started planning, I realized there would be so much going on the day of and I would need someone I could count on to take care of the little things. It was the best thing I could have done.

TE: What do you feel is the most important thing in keeping a successful relationship/marriage?

Andrea: The most important thing in keeping a successful relationship/marriage is being able to communicate well together. Communication is everything; If you can talk to your partner about issues or whatever is on your mind, nothing will ever escalate unnecessarily. Also, a little romance every now and then never hurts!

TE: What has been the happiest memory of you have of your time together so far in your relationship?

Andrea: It’s so hard to choose, but we both love to travel together. It’s always fun to go away because we can focus on each other and have a good time.

TE: Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?

Andrea: In five years, I could see us still living in Manhattan – possibly with children if we are ready. We both want to travel together as much as possible before we have kids. We also want to enjoy our time being married with just the two of us!

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tanaRi events wedding: Payal & Nishant

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This wedding was too amazing NOT to post the unforgettable photos captured by Stephan & Stella for Maloman Studios! We had such a great time working on this wedding not only because of the venue and amazing vendors, but the fact that the bride & groom, Payal and Nishant, were such a pleasure to work with. Their love for one another is evident and through these photos, you can truly tell how happy they are and having the best time with their family & friends on this special day.

What we truly love about these photos is how absolutely gorgeous Payal looks in her dark green lengha choli with a beautiful white skirt to match. The colors blend beautifully in front of the gorgeous greenery that surrounded the venue. Even the natural lighting during the day was able to pick up some beautiful shadow as the bride and groom took their pictures. As we move through the course of the day, their change in outfits post-ceremony blend beautifully with the purples and fuchsia lighting and floral arrangements of the reception decor.

We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we did planning the wedding! Thanks to all the other vendors who helped make this wedding possible.. Venue: The Villa at Mountain Lakes, Catering: Chand Palace, Flowers: Elegant Affairs, Bride’s Attire: Benzer, Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo, Groom’s Tux: Ralph Lauren, DJ: DJ Milin, Cake: The Villa’s Baker, Hair & Makeup: Michelle Stern & Tamara Saffioti

Be sure to check out the amazing Maharani Weddings feature of Payal & Nishant! Thanks for the wonderful spread.. Also, be sure to check out our Maharani Weddings vendor page  to find out more information about us!

 

 

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