About the Couple
Amit is a 2nd year internal medicine resident in New
Brunswick, NJ, and Deepika is an IT Consultant working in Fairfax, VA. They met through
mutual friends first in 1999 and again in fall 2002. Deepika is originally from
Springfield, Va and Amit is from Kingsville, MD.
We were married on a beautiful fall day Saturday, November 27, 2004 at the
Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, Virginia. Amit rode on a traditional decorated white
horse. He was wearing a traditional cream sherwani with a red stole (from Study by Janak
in New Delhi) and a red pagdi. Excitement filled the air as the barat danced their
way to the entrance of the hotel. The Mittal family greeted the groom and the barat,
Amits aarti was done by Deepikas bhabhiji, after which the brides father
Surinder Mittal and the grooms father Ashok Narula exchanged garlands. The guests
then moved upstairs to the Grand Dominion Ballroom on the second floor of the hotel where
the ceremony was held as per the customs and traditions of a North Indian Hindu wedding.
The wedding ceremony mandap and
other decorations were grandiose and stunning. The mandap was oval shaped, with white
ceiling swags creating a canopy effect. There were lights, candles and fresh flowers
everywhere and the aisle leading to the mandap was littered with rose petals. Prior to the
commencement of the ceremony the bridesmaids handed out wedding programs that matched
Deepikas wedding cards.
Deepika wore a traditional
cherry red colored lengha (from Pooja Sari in Ambala) with antique work. She had mendhi on
her hands and was dolled up in ornate Indian jewelry and bangles. There were smiles
everywhere as the couple exchanged jaimalas in the beautiful mandap. As the bride and
groom exited the mandap, the guests showered them with rose petals placed on rose cones on
The Groom Arrives
The evening began with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the
Upper Rotunda of the hotel. We relied on Bombay Tandoor in Vienna, Virginia for all
our wedding catering needs. The hor doeuvres consisted of Chicken Tikka, Vegetable
Wrappers, Vegetable Platter, Aloo Tikki and Channa. There was an ice sculpture with two
interlocking hearts engraved with our names decorating the area.
reception, Deepika wore an orange and fuschia fish-cut lengha, also purchased from Ambala.
Amit wore a tuxedo with a fuschia tie matching Deepikas lengha. The groomsmen wore
dark suits and orange ties that matched Deepikas lengha.
We personalized many
aspects of the function. Each table was named after an Indian or Amercian quality or
sentiment. We had sweetheart tables for the head table, where the bride and groom and
their parents sat. They were named Pyar, Ishq and Mohabbat. Orange and fuschia lighting on
the walls complimented the Brides lengha. Each guest table was decorated with light
orange and fuschia toned table overlays, with floral arrangement centerpieces at each
table. We also had wedding favors and the dinner menu cards on each table.
The reception began with a
speech from the father of the bride, Surinder Mittal, followed by toasts by the
brides sister, Sonia Mittal and the grooms brother, Rahul Narula. The bride
and grooms cousins Nitika Mittal, Nupur Gupta and Priyanka Khosla then made dance
performances. After cutting a beautiful raspberry fondant cake adorned with flowers
matching the decor, the couple headed to the dance floor to fox trot to It Had to
You by Harry Connick Jr. and Frank Sinatra. The night ended with a midnight birthday
greeting to Deepikas sister, Sonia (her birthday is on November 28th). Vidaii tikkas
were then put on Amit and Deepika as they departed the hotel.