As soon as we met Shefali + Dinesh, we knew their wedding weekend was going to be spectacular. Their traditional Indian wedding ceremony did not disappoint — it was full of color, emotion, elegance, and special traditions that we don’t get to see at most weddings! When we asked the bride to describe the inspiration behind the big day, she said:“We wanted a grand Indian wedding mixed with a classic Boston backdrop. I wanted a lot of glamour, so we had lots of elements of gold and sequins!”
The wedding weekend began on Friday evening, at a Sangeet celebration at the Hyatt Regency Boston. The Grand Ballroom was transformed for this beautiful pre-wedding dinner, complete with food, drinks, music, and dancing. Members of Shefali + Dinesh’s family performed dances, skits, and speeches in honor of the bride and groom, and a special group of Bhangra dancers was brought in for an exciting performance.
The celebration continued on Saturday morning, when we arrived at the Boston Park Plaza to capture the bride and groom getting ready for the big day. It was a beautiful spring day in Boston, so we took Shefali and Dinesh out to the Boston Common to have their first look! Shefali was beautifully dressed in a traditional wedding Sari, in stunning bright colors of fuschia, red, and gold. She carried a bouquet of red and pink roses wrapped in gold ribbon, and was adorned with several gold necklaces and bright pink bangle bracelets. We were soon joined by the rest of the wedding party for some outdoor formal photos in the Boston Common, before heading back to the Park Plaza to begin the afternoon ceremony.
The ceremony began with the Bharaat, in which Dinesh and his procession arrives at the ballroom and are greeted and welcomed by Shefali’s family. The Georgian Ballroom at the Park Plaza was transformed into a beautiful ceremony space with gold and white chiavari ballroom chairs, a candle-lit center aisle, and six dramatically lit golden trees atop the mandap. The bride enters the mandap through a white cloth, which represents the end of their separate lives together and the start of their married life as husband and wife. This traditional Indian wedding ceremony was full of special significance and important moments for Shefali, Dinesh, and their families. The bride and groom complete several traditional rituals to become husband and wife, including the placing of colorful garlands around each other’s necks, a walk together around the fire, and the married women of the family whispering blessings to the new bride. As well as the traditional exchanging of wedding bands, the bride is also wrapped in a traditional red Sari by her husband’s mother, Dinesh ties a necklace around her neck to remain close to her heart, and a sacred red powder is applied to the bride’s forehead to complete their union. The newlyweds eventually leave in an emotional “Vidai”, where the bride must bid farewell to her family in order to join her husband in their new life together!
Following the ceremony, we joined Shefali in her bridal suite where she changed out of her wedding outfit and into an elegant green and gold reception dress to enjoy the rest of of the night. While the guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, we spent some time alone with the happy newlyweds, capturing some photos in their beautiful wedding suite. Before opening the doors to begin the reception, we brought the bride and groom into the Park Plaza Imperial Ballroom to get a sneak peek of their wedding decor and take some special photos of the two of them alone. The Imperial Ballroom was elegantly transformed with a mix of white and shimmery gold linens, topped with bright fuschia and red floral centerpieces and ornate golden spheres. A custom “Shefali and Dinesh” light illuminated the middle of the dance floor and the whole room had a warm and elegant glow.
Following the energetic introduction of the bride, groom, and their families into the ballroom, Shefali + Dinesh were toasted by their parents and friends to kick off the night. The bride and groom cut three different flavored cakes before their traditional father/daughter and mother/son dances, and fantastic music from DJ Yogz kept guests on the dance floor all night!
We were so thrilled to be a part of this very special day with Shefali + Dinesh, special thanks to all of their friends and family for including us and to Alexis of Unique Weddings by Alexis for such a fabulous event!
Vendors | Wedding Planner: Unique Weddings by Alexis; Invitations/Paper Products: Shantilal & Sons; Calligraphy: How Lovely Calligraphy; Caterer: Minerva Indian Cuisine; Videography: Waves Media; Florist: Flou(-e)r; 2nd Photographer: Ken Marcou ; Entertainment and Lighting: DJ Yogz & Boston Sound and Lighting; Cake: Flour Bakery & Cafe; Rentals: Rentals Unlimited; Linens: I Do Linens; Indian Decor and Rentals: Alankar Decors; Photo Booth: Harbor City Photo Booths; Hair & Makeup: Demiche Beaute; Bridesmaid Hair & Makeup: Beauty by May Chin; Dresses: Sangeet Dress – Sheetal Designs; Wedding Dress – Saffron by Nidhi Tholia; Reception Dress – Sabyasachi