We loved creating customized paper designs to set the tone as well as full service design services for illustrated wedding program for this amazing Indian-Korean multicultural wedding in New York City! Even from our design studio in Los Angeles, ca, we got to collaborate with the bride, Shibani, and her mother, Kavita (based in The Hudson Valley) on this custom design that was elegant yet fit all cultures and styles involved. Shibani shared the details of her wedding & the process of planning this gorgeous multicultural wedding with us.
Elegant Indian Wedding At The Barclay Intercontinental NYC
With Elegant Multicultural Wedding Invitations and stationery by Azure
Photo/Video: Maggie Marguerite Studio • Planner: Tara M Events • Invites & Programs: @atelierazure • Food: Moghul • Cake: Magnolia • Flowers: Elegant Affairs
Q&A with the Bride
It’s a funny story of crossing paths and missing each other for years! We were both born in the Syracuse NY area (a few years apart). We also both attended Duke University for undergrad but didn’t get the chance to meet (I was a freshman when he was a senior). Then we also overlapped in Washington DC when Jeff was at Georgetown Law and I was working for Microsoft. We finally met through Duke friends here in Seattle!
My sister and her boyfriend came to Seattle to visit us for a weekend in August. We went to have a picnic in Gas Works Park that overlooks the entire city. While we were eating cheese and drinking wine, Jeff stepped away for a phone call, and a few minutes in, asked me to come over and join the call as well. Once i got there, he got down on one knee, and our photographer appeared from behind a fence, rest is history!
How did you and Jeffrey meet? Let's start with your love story!
Tell us a bit about your proposal.
Was there an element of culture in your wedding?
We had a culturally Indian wedding and Hindu ceremony, followed by christian ceremony. We dedicated our reception to a more western theme (white dress and tux), which helped us balance both cultures.
How did you envision your wedding style? How did that vision come together?
We wanted a metropolitan style wedding that equally blended two cultures and two religions. It was important for us that our guests experience both cultures that we come from, and since we both love NYC and our families were in the area, we thought it would be the right place. We chose pastel colors for our outfits and our bridal party outfits. My lehenga was a light pink while Jeff’s was off white with a light green scarf and turban. We had the bridesmaids match jeff with light green and gold saris, and the groomsmen matched my outfit with light pink scarves.
Were there multiple events with different styles and venues?
We had a welcome dinner/rehearsal hosted by Jefferey’s family at Toro NYC on Friday Night. The actual wedding and reception was at the Intercontinental Barclay Hotel in New York City.
Tell us a few of your favorite moments from the big day?
My favorite moment was our “first look”. We had both gotten ready, and Jeff was turned around so that I was able to tap him from behind and have our first look. Our families were standing right on the side and already getting emotional I also loved our first dance, even though we took lessons, we felt it was more natural to do our own thing, so we got up there and improvised.
From the Bride
"Had a fantastic experience working with Andaleeb. She was really helpful in 1) helping us plan out what we wanted, 2) giving us tips along the way, and 3) making sure we got what we needed at the right time. We also really appreciated her flexibility if we wanted to change something. We had such amazing feedback about our invitations and stationary." – Shibani
Tell us about the idea, inspiration and what you loved about your invitations and stationery design?
I loved that our invitations had Indian elements without being too traditional. We loved the gold accents and the folio style was really helpful for our guests. For the wedding programs, we loved that the colors matched what we and our bridal party was wearing, and matched the blush flowers for the ceremony as well.
Our guests all said they had an amazing time – that there was so much attention to detail and the guest experience. They especially loved our ceremony programs! So many guests wanted the same thing for future hindu fusion weddings in their families.
Phenomenal! We had such a great experience and got everything we needed on time, and Andaleeb (from Azure Invitations) was incredibly flexible. The wedding programs were consistently one of the most popular features of our wedding!
Always communicate and try to stay organized!