Kiran & Aaron
August 31, 2014 · Atlanta, GA
About The Wedding
Kiran and Aaron are both busy doctors studying at Emory. This was a somewhat complicated, non-traditional wedding: Kiran is Indian Muslim and Aaron is American Jewish; one of the most interesting mixes of families and traditions I have had yet! The theme was blending - of families, traditions, beliefs, and love. I worked with Kiran and both moms, and one of the things I noticed and really appreciated was that everyone involved really got it - a wedding is about love and bringing everyone together, focusing on similarities, not about judging and focusing on our differences. I stepped in to help Aaron's mom with the rehearsal dinner, which was a traditional Indian Pithi and included many interesting cultural traditions. The wedding day dawned hot and humid (oh, our famous Atlanta summer weather!), so Kiran quickly decided to spare her guests and move the ceremony indoors to the Garden Overlook. Everyone was thrilled to be in the air conditioning so they could concentrate on the ceremony, which was jointly officiated by Rabbi Boxt and Kiran's uncle, who read from the Koran; and which was preceded by a traditional Jewish Ketubah signing. I later overheard some guests discussing the similarities between a traditional Jewish and Indian ceremony, which is something I have always found fascinating (the use of a canopy (chuppah or mandap), the bride circling the groom, the reading of the blessings, etc.). Afterwards, guests made their way upstairs for cocktails in main lobby by the great hearth, and later to the reception in the Silverbell Pavilion, which was beautifully decorated in shades of coral and peach. A highlight was a stunning tall branch arrangement with hanging candles that was the centerpiece of the escort card table. After a few Indian welcome traditions (narrated by Kiran's uncle), guests enjoyed a seated dinner and wedding cake, and absolutely destroyed the candy bar. Kiran and Aaron departed tired but happy as guests lit sparklers.
My Favorite Detail
One of my favorite things about weddings is when different traditions are honored. I loved that Kiran and Aaron took every possible opportunity to merge their two cultures and include details from each one. The other wonderful thing was that each side took pains to explain what was happening and what the traditions meant, so everyone could understand and no one felt left out.
My Favorite Moment
The Indian guests eagerly awaited the Hora dance, which they had never seen. The bride and groom went up in the chairs, and then the moms. Kiran and her mom had the identical expression of excitement mixed with terror!
Photographer Javon Longieliere Photographers
Officiants Rabbi Erin Boxt and Sarfaraz Abdullah
Hair and Makeup The Moore Agency
Caterer Emory Conference Center Hotel
Baker Eileen Carter Creations
Florist Unique Floral Expressions
Band Atlanta Beat
Ceremony DJ Amp'd
Host Hotel Emory Conference Center Hotel
Rehearsal Dinner Caterer Cafe Bombay
Rehearsal Dinner Transportation Atlantic Limousine
Paper Goods DecoMarj
Comments From The Couple
"I had a wonderful experience working with Daria to plan my wedding this past August! From our first meeting, it was apparent that Daria is incredibly professional & organized. She sat down with my fiance and I to discuss the vision we had for our wedding (it was somewhat non-traditional) and over the next year, helped us make it into a reality. She sent us helpful checklists to make sure we were on track & offered her valuable advice and suggestions when we came to a crossroads. She has worked with numerous vendors in the Atlanta area and we were thrilled with the individuals she recommended to us. Daria went out of her way to make herself available to us and we were always able to reach her by phone, e-mail, or text. Most importantly, my entire family was thrilled with how smoothly our wedding day flowed because of her detailed scheduling & flawless direction. We loved working with Daria and we would highly recommend her to our friends and family!!" ~ Kiran (bride)
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