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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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“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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Creative Wedding Invitation Ideas

2015 is showing to be a unique and colorful year for stationery! For many, couples are tired of perusing the repetitive formal invitations that end up looking boring and expensive. Depending on your style and the type of wedding you’re having, there’s lots of options to explore. A general trend we’re seeing is a combination of “old meets new”, but we dive in a bit further with a few of our favorite looks!


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  • Illustrations- this is probably directed towards the more whimsical couple, but a fast growing trend! It shows a fun way of providing all the wedding details to your guests. We notice that there’s typically some reference to a pair: people, animals etc. to bring in the romantic element.


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  • Rope/burlap- for a rustic themed wedding, it’s a great way to tie in the authenticity. There’s lots of ways to do this including using recycled materials as paper, incorporating leaves, branches and/or other nature references.

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  • Handwritten calligraphy- there’s just something about calligraphy. What we love about it is that it almost jumps off the page and always does so in such a romantic way. When invitations have a mix of text and calligraphy, you know that the most important details are the ones handwritten. There’s a sincerity to it, which makes it appealing to couples.


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  • Watercolors- we love the DIY aspect this has as well as incorporating beautiful colors in a messy, yet beautiful way. This trend is perfect for the spring and summer seasons!

Be sure to check out our Wedding Stationery Pinterest board for some other fun, creative ideas with any wedding type: destination, rustic, nautical and more! For South Asian specific ideas, be sure to check this out along with some inspiration from our friends at 3 Bees Paperie!



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Destination Winter Wedding/Engagement Locales

Don’t let the cold weather prevent you from planning the wedding of your dreams! While the temperatures may not be ideal, a winter wedding is absolutely breathtaking. The nature, landscapes and snow make for the perfect backdrop for your winter wedding wonderland! Whether you stay local or jet internationally to the other side of the world, here’s some of our favorite winter locales that will have you forgetting all about the cold and be warmed up by the amazing scenery! You’ll never think the same way after you see some of these stunning images..

Lake Tahoe, Nevada Photo: Emily & Brett Photo


Aspen, Colorado Photo: Clane Gessel Photography260

Minneapolis, Minnesota Photo: Shea Christine


Vancouver, Canada Photo: Nirvana Studios


Auckland, New Zealand Photo: DJ Richard


Edinburgh, Scotland Photo: David McNeil


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tanaRi events weddings: Andrea & Chad


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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Whisk Yourself Away With Our Winter (Non) Floral Guide!

If you’ve already viewed our Spring, Summer & Fall floral guides, then it’s almost time for our winter edition! While we may still be in fall, these cold temperatures we’re experiencing have inspired us to give you some of our recommendations for a successful winter wedding feel. There’s no reason to shy away from bold colors, but this is also a great time to explore combining beautiful florals with some out-of-the-box materials! We’ve scoured the net to find some of our favorite non-traditional winter bouquet ideas! [Let’s not forget to mention that some of the materials can be less expensive and give you a chance to do more DIY! Some of these materials can easily be found at a supermarket, arts & crafts stores or right in your backyard!]

  • Cotton Balls
  • Acorns/Branches and other foliage
  • Yarn
  • Paper flowers
  • Ornaments
  • Seasonal fruits & vegetables
  • Herbs
  • Buttons
  • Pearls/beads
  • Felt flowers
  • Burlap

If you’re looking to pair these materials with florals, try mixing them with roses, calla lillies, anemones, babys breath, succulents and/or ranunculus!

Thanks to Brit + Co, Pinterest and SHEfinds for some inspiration!

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