I met Meghna & Quentin nine months before their May 5th wedding. A very busy couple from Philadelphia (she is a doctor doing her residency, he works in finance and commutes to NYC), they were looking for a wedding that brought them away from the hustle and bustle of their busy lives. The groom’s parents, also from outside the area, have a vacation home up at Bear Creek Lake Estates in Jim Thorpe and since the couple visit the area often, they felt it the perfect location for their nuptials. I was happy that they chose the Ballroom for their reception.
As I got to know the couple, I knew that this wedding would be special because not only were they joining two wonderful families together, but they were joining cultures; an east meets west. Meghna is Hindu and Quentin is from a Christian American family. I was happy to hear that the couple wanted to incorporate both cultures in their day. As a wedding planner, that is very exciting! Even better yet, they planned on having the ceremony in the backyard of the vacation house on their private lakeside beach. They hired me and my staff to coordinate and plan their lakeside ceremony; a three hour affair that incorporated rentals for chairs, champagne glasses and a staff to serve refreshments. Bus arrangements were made for the guests to be picked up at the Jim Thorpe train station to the ceremony.
The bride choose coral and hot pink for her color palette, fitting for their Cinco de Mayo nuptials . The weather, thankfully, cooperated and it was a beautiful sunny day with temps in the mid 70’s. Of course, I had a back up plan should the weather not behave, but I’m always grateful when mother nature is in tune with the plan. As I was there with my staff setting up, it was fun to watch the Grooms parents get dressed in traditional Indian clothes and accessories. It warmed my heart to see the two families so lovingly embrace each others cultures and they clearly were enjoying themselves. The wedding photographer, ICarus Images, captured this so beautifully in pictures and one of my favorite photos is of the two fathers clearly laughing and smiling in each others presence.
Quentin’s father , whose hobbies include making stain glass , created a beautiful piece that hung at the entrance to the beach. He also created the Mandap, a traditional structure in which the couple wed under in a traditional Indian Ceremony. The Bride & Grooms names were carved in wood and painted in their wedding color pallete. The bride provided a program for her American wedding guests that explained the various aspects of the Hindu ceremony and all the intrictate movements and exchanges that take place between the Bride’s parents, Grooms parents and the couple.
The Hindu ceremony lasted about an hour followed by an intermission in which they drank champagne and sparkling lemonade and noshed on some cheese and crackers. Once the Bride & Groom were dressed in their traditional Tux and Bridal gown, they had the american ceremony that was presided over by the Groom’s uncle. This ceremony was shorter and once it concluded the family packed into the chartered bus to head to the beautiful Mauch Chunk Ballroom for the reception. And, what a beautiful reception it was. The theme of an Indian and American blend continued with American cuisine by Dorie Perdie, the Ballroom chef, and authentic Indian Cuisine from Spice of India of Whitehall. Of course, there were some beautiful speeches as the family continued to show their appreciation for each other and the couple that joined their families together in a beautiful celebration. Everyone danced and had an amazing evening. It was a wedding I won’t soon forget and I am so grateful to have been their planner. I wish Quentin & Meghna many years of married bliss together and may they continue to share in their blended family cultures.
All the photos in this blog were provided courtesy of Icarusimage.com