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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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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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VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: Elegant Affairs

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We are thrilled that our friends at Elegant Affairs have agreed to be part of our monthly vendor spotlight series! We can attest to their beautiful work with some of the gorgeous weddings we’ve collaborated on here & here. BUT, with years of expertise under their belts with mandaps and event design, we thought getting their insight on colors & styles of mandaps, flower arrangements/designs and out-of-the-box event design ideas would help inspire our brides-to-be on their path to the wedding day!

tanaRi events (TE): Sharda & Shohba, thank you ladies for taking the time to answer some of our questions! It’s a pleasure for us to be speaking with some of the best in our business! For the non-Maharani brides out there, what is a mandap? And for our Maharani brides, what is a traditional mandap size?

Elegant Affairs (EA): A wedding mandap  is a covered structure with pillars temporarily erected for the purpose of Hindu and/or Jain wedding ceremonies. The incorporation of a wedding mandap is an ancient custom and has been described in various Sanskrit texts. It is traditionally made of wood, although in modern weddings, other unique materials can be used (such as delicate fabrics, flowers, crystals & lights). The wedding mandap often comes as a set that will include pillars, royal chairs for the bridal couple, side chairs for the parents and a pedestal for the sacred fire ritual. 

Traditional Mandaps were enclosed mandaps which used four banana trees and bamboo. They were decorated with marigolds & mango leaf torans.  Today’s traditional mandaps are also done with four poles.  These can either be decorative pillars or poles covered in fabric.  The size of these enclosed mandaps can vary from a 10’ x 10’ Square to a large 16’ x 40’ Rectangle.

TE: We love hearing about the history of a mandap and how it compares/contrasts to what we see today. How do the styles & shapes vary based on the religious ceremony? Do you find that there’s a “favorite” color and/or style by your clients?

EA: One popular design style for mandap called “Dilwara Style” is based on the designs found in Jain Dilwara temples of India.  These temples are world famous for their stunning pillar designs. Although more couples are using modern materials for their mandaps, it’s important to insuring all religious aspects of a mandap are present, including a “Havankunda” structure used for  fire worship & oblations.

As for our clients recently, a favorite has been the more modern-day style with all fabric.  The romantic, draping fabric has become very popular since 2012, usually in lighter colors such as champagne or blush.  These colors, along with matching soft-colored flowers create such a beautiful ambiance especially for outdoor weddings!”

TE: Based on the location of the wedding, there must be different preferred mandap styles or ones that stand better to different weather conditions What do you recommend as mandap styles for unique weddings (ie. beach weddings or destination weddings?)

EA: We recommend simple Mandaps for destination or beach weddings.  Our favorite would have four simple poles with soft, sheer, flowing fabric.

TE: What I find people notice the most is the fabric and its vibrant textures and colors. Is there a certain type of fabric you recommend for a mandap? Where does the fabric come from?

EA: Sheer fabrics such as Chiffon or Georgette always flow very nicely on mandaps.  We usually recommend that or a Sateen depending on the design.  The backdrops and fabrics that have traditional work on them (beaded/sequined/embroidered/Jaddossi) are from India.  Otherwise, we get our fabrics locally in New York City.

TE: Wow! With all those complex fabrics, we can see how bringing the idea all together can take some time! How long does it typically take to come up with the initial idea for the mandap (with clients’ opinions considered) and present it to them? How early on before the wedding should they be approaching you with brainstorming ideas?

EA: Mandap designs are based on the size and shape of the ballroom or area where the ceremony is being held.  We recommend that a couple should see us at least six months prior to the wedding to begin design planning.

TE: What is the most frequently questions asked by a bride when considering the event design?

EA: There are a couple of common questions.  One is “what are the new design trends?”  Our brides are becoming more and more modern and they like to keep up with the trends.  Another frequent question regards budget and how the client can fit all the décor they love into their specific budget.  Bride’s like to take our advice while figuring out which other vendors to use and often ask who is the best.

TE: Speaking of budget, how many weddings do you do per year on average?  What is the average budget you’re asked to work with for your clients?

EA: We do approximately 250 events per year.  Because there are so many events, the budget range is HUGE.  But, the average amount spent is usually around $10,000.

TE: It seems like one area that couples’ try to find some budget flexibility with is the floral arrangements. What are some tips/ideas that you provide to bride & groom for saving on flowers?  We always get brides who ask us how you can achieve their look without blowing their budget or compromising on the quality. Can you elaborate a bit on that?

EA: We often recommend to break up the centerpiece styles.  For example, a bride can use some candelabras with candles & cylinders with floating candles for most of their centerpieces and then have a floral style for the remaining ones.  This way, you are saving on floral items but not compromising the overall look of the room. Another way to save on flowers is to re-use some items.  Sometimes a few Mandap bouquets are reused on the reception coffee table or centerpieces can be also used in the clients’ aisle.  This helps a lot!

TE: We never want couples to feel like they’re overspending, but as vendors we will recommend that some wedding details may require a bit of extra money to achieve a most successful result. Where are areas in the event design planning that are better to save money VS what’s worth the splurge to spend money on?

EA: We recommend that a bride saves money on the ceremony, aisle and cocktail.  There are so many simple yet beautifully done ways a ceremony can be handled.  The splurge is definitely recommended for the reception stage, centerpieces and lighting.  All these components set the mood for the rest of the night.

TE:  From a creative perspective, what are some out of the box ideas that you have heard of from a bride? How did you bring that vision come to life?

EA: One time a bride really wanted her and the groom to enter the ballroom in a special way.  They wanted to be sitting on a moon and be lowered from the ceiling.  We created a moon that was able to be rigged up to a swing/bench and lowered just like they wanted! 

The first time we try to base our décor on a certain theme, it becomes an out-of-the-box idea.  Vintage became a huge trend, but we nailed it the first time a bride wanted that look.  We pride ourselves on being able to take any vision a client has and help to shape it in a classy way, without letting it get too overwhelming.

Learn more about Elegant Affairs on their Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest pages!

 

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tanaRi events weddings: Oheka Castle

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One of our favorite wedding venues in Long Island has to be Oheka Castle. Its’ elaborate structure and decadence make this one beautiful wedding location.

These photos don’t do this wedding full justice, but it hopefully gives you a taste to the gorgeous ceremony & reception. On a gorgeous summer day, cute wooden umbrellas sat on the white chairs at the outdoor ceremony to help control the heat for the guests! We loved the simple mandap decor by Elegant Affairs with white draping and flower pompoms lining the aisle. For the indoor reception, there were lots of pale pink and white roses & hydrangeas filling the beautiful glass centerpieces. Floating candles surrounded both the small and large table centerpieces with a hint of romance. Each table was named after terms of love. For example, one table was called “lovebirds” and another table called “hearts”.

It was a beautiful day and we thank all of the other vendors for helping make this an unforgettable occasion!

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World Cup Wedding Ideas!

What a shame it was to see the US lose to Belgium last night! Even while we sit on this loss, at least we have Twitter to give us Tim Howard’s #bestsaves! While we may all be cheering for different countries & teams, the few things that are consistent regardless of your flag: great wedding ideas!

You don’t need to be an athlete to appreciate the fun opportunities to bring to your wedding celebrations inspired by the World Cup! Small details to save the dates, wedding invitations, reception decor, centerpieces, & pre/post-wedding activities will make you wish your wedding was all year round!

  • Wedding theme: pick your favorite flag colors and stick to an overall theme for all wedding planning/decorations! Some of our favorites? Argentina (light blue & white), Canada (red & white), Spain (blue, yellow & red)
  • Save the dates/invitations: A fun way to incorporate the sport.. Create the save the date or invitations in the style of a sporting game ticket! This way, you can also include the flag colors of your preference..

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  • Wedding photos/ceremony: Whatever you choose as your flag colors, use that as the inspiration for the aisle decor (ie. flowers, leaves, shells), the wedding canopy (deep color fabrics, colored tents) and wedding programs to leave on the guests’ seats! Go bold and have your ceremony on a soccer field or take pre-wedding photos with a soccer ball. The groom can wear soccer socks and/or cleats! Lastly, how about adding some soccer jerseys in different colors for the processional information (ie. bridal party in white & groomsmen in red!)

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  • Wedding reception: Have some fun with the details! How about a soccer ball cake or adding pictures of the bride and groom playing soccer as additions to the centerpieces? Also, the giveaways at the end of the night can be cookies shaped as soccer balls and/or goal posts & net. Lastly, the menus at each table/chair can have alternating colors based on the World Cup color theme you chose!

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Save The Date / Invitations Picture Credits: Photo1 & Photo 2 via Pinterest

Wedding Photos/Ceremony Picture Credits: Photo 1, Photo 2

Wedding Reception Picture Credits: Photo 1; Photo 2 

See more inspiration below for wedding pictures, decor, giveaways and more!

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tanaRi events weddings: Racheal & Rochan Pt. 1

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We were so thrilled to be able to help plan & celebrate our friends Racheal & Rochan Sankar back in November 2012! They had such an extravagant wedding that it took an entire weekend of events to celebrate! From the two beautiful ceremonies at the Double Tree Hotel & the Mad Men themed reception at the Bently Reserve in Sacramento, CA, we’re dedicating TWO posts to this wonderful occasion! This first post is dedicated to the wedding ceremonies. Yes, you read that correctly!

Having met through mutual friends, Racheal & Rochan were able to overcome the long distance concerns through phone calls getting to know one another until they met and uncovered their special connection. It was then that they knew they were meant to be, with Rochan later proposing at the place where they first met!

Fast forward to their wedding! As both Racheal & Rochan come from their respective Hindu religious sects, it was important to them and their families that they have ceremonies to honor each of their traditions. (Racheal comes from an Indo-Fijian background; Rochan comes from a South Indian Brahmin background.)

Sacramento Indian Wedding Photographer 025First came the South Indian ceremony, which was designed with red drapes and traditional red & white flowers hanging from the mandapam. Our favorite part of the ceremony is when they sit on the Oonjal, which symbolizes the couple facing life’s challenges together. After this, each family offers their blessings as they take their steps around one another to show their first “steps” together as husband and wife. [Also known as the Saptapadi (Seven Steps) and Ammi Midithal (Stepping on the Stone).]

 

 

Indian Wedding Photographer 031Later that evening, the Indo-Fijian wedding was filled with romance; Crystals hanging down from the mandap, red rose petals circling around the aisle, which was also lined with floating candles & rose petals in glassware. This service was a bit more elaborate, with a more pronounced entrance of the bride and groom. [Rochan arrived on a horse, which is a typical Indian tradition.] Once both arrived and sat in the beautiful mandap with their families, they spoke their vows as they  walk around in circles. The first four circles signify four goals of life: Dharma (moral duty), Artha (wealth), Kama (love), and Moksha (salvation). The final three symbolize their union of Mind, Body and Soul. The ceremony concludes with the Sindoor and Mangalsutra (Red Vermillion and Sacred Thread). They are tied together as Rochan places the Mangalsutra around Racheal’s neck, which symbolizes their commitment.

See below for some additional images captured by The Memory Journalists. They did an amazing job conveying the love & emotions that were present with this amazing couple and their family & friends! Also, a big thanks to all of the other amazing vendors!

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Off To The Races – Equestrian Inspired Wedding Ideas!

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In anticipation for this weekend’s Belmont Stakes & possibly seeing California Chrome take the Grand Prix (!), we give you our list of must-haves for any derby/equestrian/rustic wedding!

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Horses & horse-themed decor. Nothing says derby better than horses! Known as adventurous and high energy creatures, this theme suits beautifully for the couple that is full of life, vitality and free spirits! Horses are commonly integrated into many religious ceremonies but also serve as a beautiful sidekick for non-secular wedding ceremonies. Outside of the mammal itself, incorporating horse images and/horseshoes is a common wedding theme – including the wedding invitations, place card holders, coaster or centerpieces!

 

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Barn and/or other rustic details. Horses need a place to stay. So does a beautiful wedding! Barns are a great way to create ‘understated beauty’ for a wedding reception.. It could be as minimalist or elaborate as one couple prefers, but we find a barn-type wedding makes for some of the most beautiful wedding photos! The ideas are endless: draping fabric along the barn roof, candelabras, mason jars and/or wooden/nature oriented centerpieces, sparse lighting by hanging floating lamps from the ceiling or buying mini LED lights and wiring them around the outer perimeter of the barn!

 

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Hats. One cannot forget the hats. The hat plays an integral role in derby fashion, but can also be a fun addition to the derby-inspired wedding! Brides and bridesmaids – take note! Here’s your perfect bridal shower theme! Incorporate the hats into a fun shower game or have a photo booth with funky hats that people can wear in the photos. Also, get creative with the shower table centerpieces and desserts by adding a sugar hat on top!

 

More ideas? How about using TROPHIES for table decor/centerpieces to hold the floral arrangements! What about chalkboards to direct people through the venue or use mini chalkboards to write the table seating! For more visual inspiration, check out our Derby Wedding & Rustic Wedding Chic Pinterest boards!

 

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