Anisha and Ashwin’s Good Samaritan Wedding
From eco-friendly decor to raising funds for charity, they did it all and more!
Weddings are about love but now and then, you see a wedding that radiates that love outward – back into the neighbourhood, community and society at large. It takes a very big heart to think about the less fortunate in the midst of your merriment and Anisha and Ashwin showed that they have love enough to spare.
They made the most important day of their lives even more significant when they decided to raise awareness, make a strong statement of compassion and gather up all their guests in solidarity.
To begin with, the couple, passionate about non-profit work, requested their guests to donate to any one of the charities they supported instead of giving them a wedding gift. “Giving back for the greater good is not just something we do half-heartedly. Giving back feeds our souls. We feel lucky and blessed to be able to spread happiness through our non-profit work,” they said.
Anisha chose to support the American Heart Association, both, in loving memory of her late grandmother and in support of Ashwin who finished his Cardiology Fellowship. Ashwin, on the other hand, stood for Pratham, a charitable organization in India that works toward providing primary education for underprivileged children. The gesture allowed the couple to raise more than $20,000 for charity.
The two didn’t just stop there.
Their attitude made itself apparent in many facets of their celebrations. Several decisions helped make their wedding less wasteful and more meaningful. The couple had a definite focus on conservation, using only recycled paper products for paper-based décor and stationery. Their wedding attire was picked keeping in mind a beneficent purpose. Anita Dongre, known for her green production methods and equal employment strategies, was chosen to create their wedding clothes. They wore shoes by TOMS due to the philanthropic nature of the company. The brand donates one pair of shoes to a child in need for each pair of shoes that is purchased.
The wedding looked every bit as wonderful, opulent and graceful as any other glitzy celebration. But that glow of goodness on everyone’s faces came from a truly special inner strength.
May their tribe increase.
Venues: Great American Ball Park for Sangeet (Cincinnati), Devou Park for Wedding (Covington), Hyatt Regency for Reception (Cincinnati)
Wedding Planner: Nidhi Bedi at A Bride’s Mafia
Décor: Entertainment Unlimited Evens
Florist: Glendale Florist (Cincinnati)
Lighting: Fresh Productions
Photo Booth: Framester (Cincinnati)
Bride’s Outfit: Anita Dongre (Wedding), Sabyasachi (Reception)
Groom’s Outfit: Anita Dongre (Wedding), Canali (Reception)
Hair: Heidi Rodgers with I Do Updo
Wedding Cake: Dessertworks Cakery & Brij Mohan
Stationery, Signage, Detailed Decor: Xylem Papercraft and Rickshaw Recycle (Delhi)
DJ: DJ Ice
Photographer: Michelle Jackson of Michael Bambino & Co.
Videographer: Robert G. Films