{Real Wedding} Jenny & Rishi

April 24th, 2013 | Posted by skirsner in Uncategorized

When I first came across this gorgeous wedding, photographed by the talented Carlie Statsky, I knew that I had to have it! I love that they chose to do two ceremonies~ both insanely gorgeous.

Jenny and Rishi are two of the most heartfelt, joyful and dynamic people you’ll ever meet. Jenny became a doctor the week of her wedding and Rishi is the founder of a really cool start-up in SF called Sosh. Despite their crazy busy schedules these two managed to put so much of themselves into their wedding weekend, starting with their Baraat that included a surprise song from Jenny to Rishi an a flash mob bridal party dance, Bollywood style! They chose the Carneros Inn for their wedding for its natural beauty and laid back elegance, and Laurel and her team at Esla Events did such a great job with all of the details that complimented the space.

The day began with an intimate first look followed by family portraits in both their western and Indian attire. Then their Hindu ceremony began with Rishi riding in on a horse drawn carriage while his family danced their way down the promenade to meet Jenny’s family where they exchanged floral necklaces. The ceremony was full of symbolism and beautiful traditions, and it ended with guests throwing rose petals all over the couple. After a quick outfit change came their western ceremony, where Jenny and Rishi exchanged hand written vows that brought all of the guests to tears. The cocktail hour that followed was full of custom cocktails and food stations, including a station dedicated to fresh made risotto. After dinner and some amazing speeches Jenny and Rishi had their first dance that busted out into a surprise choreographed hip hop routine….no better way to get the party started.

Words from Jenny:  Our wedding day was everything we dreamed of and so much more. We are still basking in the glow of it! We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to our incredible vendors, first and foremost, to our truly spectacular wedding planner, Laurel Anderson of Esla Events. To say that Laurel went above-and-beyond for us would be a huge understatement… she truly made all our wedding dreams come true. We asked Laurel to help us create a fusion wedding that would honor both of our cultures and families, embrace the natural beauty of Napa yet still be modern and sophisticated, and highlight the amazing local food & wine. Most of all, we wanted our wedding to be filled with personal details and surprises for our guests – from individualized welcome baskets filled with our favorite Bay Area snacks, to handmade programs (designed by Laurel) explaining the meaning of our Hindu and Christian ceremonies, to our personal vows, to Rishi’s carefully chosen wine-and-hors d’oeuvres pairings, to a dessert display featuring all my favorite sweets. The logistics of designing and executing such a large and complex fusion wedding were daunting – but Laurel rose to the challenge with tireless dedication and enthusiasm, and she made every detail fall into place flawlessly. She designed most of our print pieces herself, personally arranged every welcome table and food display, coordinated the wedding schedule down to the minute, and did it all with grace and poise. The result was more beautiful than anything we ever could have hoped for.
The Carneros Inn was the perfect setting for our wedding – we fell in love as soon as we laid eyes on it. It embodies the rustic beauty of wine country, but with a clean and modern twist. Brooke Baglietto and the whole Carneros team were so enthusiastic and collaborated with us to make our vision of a gourmet Farmer’s Market-inspired meal come to life. The food was absolutely delicious, which was a huge priority for us. We were thrilled to get a gorgeous sunny day for our wedding, so our guests could enjoy the beauty of Carneros Inn and wine country in its full glory!
We are endlessly grateful to our incredibly photographer, Carlie Statsky – a true artist, and also one of the nicest people we’ve ever met. Her photos capture all of the love and joy of that amazing day with such poignancy and authenticity, and looking through her pictures is like re-living our wedding all over again. And Luke Goodman blew us away with the truly gorgeous highlight video he created for us – it makes me cry every time I watch it (and I’ve watched it at least 50 times already!) Rishi and I will cherish these photos and videos for our entire lives.

Its hard to put into words how blessed I feel to have married my best friend, and to have watched our dream wedding become a reality. What a wonderful way to start the rest of our lives together!

Vendors:
Photographer: Carlie Statsky Photography, www.carliestatsky.com
Event Planning and Design: Esla Events, www.eslaevents.com
Venue and Catering: The Carneros Inn, www.thecarnerosinn.com
Florist: Crimson Horticultural Rarities, http://crimsonhort.com/
Videographer: Luke Goodman Cinematography,http://lukegoodman.com/
* Luke has a beautiful and artistic highlights video that I can share with you too if you’re interested
Officiant, Western: Reverend Joslen of Ceremonies of the Heart,http://ceremoniesoftheheart.com/
Officiant, Hindu: Pandit Prabha Duneja (no website)
Quartet: Synchronicity Strings, www.synchrostrings.com
DJ: DJ Salim, http://www.djsalim.com/
Hair and Makeup: Eliza Desch, http://elizadesch.com/
Rentals and Lighting: Classic Party Rentals Napa,http://napasonoma.classicpartyrentals.com
Carriage: Vintage Carriage Company, www.vintagecarriage.com
Sari Dresser: Meghna Patel, meghna32988@gmail.com
Baraat Drummers, Lal Singh Bhatti, http://lalsinghbhatti.com/

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