Megan and Satish, Atlanta, US
From pizzas at a dinner to picture-perfect decor, Megan and Satish's wedding was marked by nuances that reflected their desires.
Megan and Satish hosted a beautiful cross-cultural wedding that was conceptualized and planned by the bride. The festivities weaved in colors, decor elements and customs of Indian and American cultures. Take a look at the highlights below.
How They Met
Megan and Satish met through a dating app in Saint Louis in August 2015, where Satish was finishing his medical residency and Megan was an administrator at a local private school. Satish “liked” Megan’s profile and a bit of online searching led to discover that he worked at the hospital with her friend’s husband. She instantly ‘liked’ him back and there has been no looking back for the couple since then!
With the help of a few close friends, Satish proposed to Megan at the same ice-cream parlor which the couple had visited on their first date. He set up a surprise proposal over mid-day ice cream in November, surprising an unsuspecting Megan with a waffle cone fortune cookie on her sundae that promised a lifetime of scoops to be eaten together.
The mehendi was hosted at the Ritz Carlton on Friday, and it mimicked a high tea party with tiered stands, scones, macaroons, and tea sandwiches. The decor included hues of deep purple, gold and a rich navy blue velvet to complement the hotel’s classic navy and gold chinaware.
A dinner party was hosted in the evening before the wedding by the parents of the couple for their friends and family at the hotel. Meanwhile, Megan and Satish rented a Neapolitan pizzeria to spend time with their friends who travelled from all over to celebrate with them. The evening was all about baking wood fired pizzas together – an activity Megan and Satish both enjoy!
For the evening, Megan wore a customised BZAI by Natasha Arora bridal couture lace outfit, an off-shoulder blouse with ruffles, paired with a navy velvet skirt with black Swarovski crystals woven all over. She completed her look with Gianvito Rossi black, suede, slide buckle sandals and a diamond and sapphire drop earrings and necklace set. Satish’s custom made tuxedo by Indochino matched well with Megan’s navy blue, velvet skirt.
For their wedding, Megan wanted to blend Satish’s South Indian traditions with her own. They incorporated a south Indian tradition called Talambralu, the showering of blessings from Heaven, where the bride and groom took turns showering each other with rice mixed with saffron and turmeric. They also followed the ‘something borrowed, something blue tradition’, where all of Megan’s jewellery was borrowed from Satish’s mother’s collection and the blue element added to the ceremony was the blue accents on her footwear.
She chose a colour scheme that balanced Hindu and Western wedding traditions. To incorporate bright Indian colours while still keeping things light and romantic, Megan selected tones of pink, ivory, white, and gold. The bride designed a custom gold mandap with large pillars and florals for the pheras. Her outfits too were beautifully designed keeping in mind the theme of the wedding. Megan opted for a custom pastel pink lehenga from BZAI by Natasha Arora for the wedding ceremony. The hand-dyed lehenga featured flowers and was embellished all over with pearls. The blouse had beautiful pearls in a scaled pattern that took over three months and nine different types of beads to complete. She walked down the aisle in a pair of pink crystal-embellished satin sandals by Sophia Webster while flaunting a diamond and yellow gold earrings and necklace set. Satish matched his outfit with Megan by pairing his white sherwani with a custom pink headwrap with pearl accents from the same designer.
The reception followed the same colour scheme as the wedding. The bride handpicked linens from La Tavola for every table that was decorated with pink and white blooms, and had macaroons as favors for the guests. A chrome gold dance floor was a perfect fit for the party with a Bollywood theme. The lace 5-tier wedding cake that had both red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting and citrus pound cake with lemon curd and fresh blackberries was a highlight of the party.
For the reception, Megan wore a custom BZAI by Natasha Arora, feather-embellished, lace off-white gown. The heavy embroidery crafted using traditional Indian techniques used thousands of pearls, beads, and feathers for the reception. She matched her outfit with Jimmy Choo glitter, strappy sandals with mirrored gold heels. For her jewellery, she picked a traditional south Indian style diamond earrings with a white, gold and diamond pendant. She completed her look by adding his mother’s diamond bangles. Satish went with a classic black tuxedo custom made by Indochino and added a satin bow to his outfit, giving us major James Bond vibes.
The Wedding Makers
Venues: The Ritz Carlton Atlanta (Mehendi), Whitehall, Southern Exchange Ballroom, Atlanta (Wedding)
Wedding Planner: Laura Potts – Sugar Event and Design
Decor: Crush Event Design, Indaglow Productions, Mylestone Paper
Florist: Julie Coffin – Unique Floral Expressions
Caterers: The Ritz Carlton Atlanta
Groom’s Outfits: BZAI by Natasha Arora, Indochino (Reception)
Bride’s Outfits: BZAI by Natasha Arora
Bride’s Shoes: Gianvito Rossi, Sophia Webster, Jimmy Choo
Jewellery: King Jewelers, Nashville (Groom’s wedding ring), Klim Jewelry, New York (Bride’s wedding ring)
Makeup and Hair: Jacqueline Pearce for Beauty Asylum
Mehendi: Manisha’s Mehendi Designs
Entertainment: Lethal Rhythms – Joel Rabe
Officiant: Dr. Veer Bista Ji
Invitations: Cheree Berry Paper
Cake: The Ritz Carlton
Favors: The Macaron Queen
Tailoring: Only One Tailoring
Linen: La Tavola
Photography: Derek Wintermute
Videographer: Chris Brock