Here are some details from the bride herself:
Sachin and I grew up in Houston, attended the University of Texas during the same years, yet we met in Los Angeles through some mutual friends. I so was relieved that I didn’t have to root for another college football team….this was true love! Since we have such strong Texas roots, we decided to hold the wedding in Houston. It was a summer wedding because there was no way we could get married during football season.
Being the eldest in our large families, we knew our parents’ desires were to have a very traditional wedding so we respected their wishes but also agreed to add special touches that were important and reflected us. We also faced the challenge of a guest list of 600 people as we both come from very large families and social circles since both parents have been in Houston for 30+ years. With this in mind, we made choices about what components of a wedding were important to us.
The wedding took place on Friday evening at the Meenakshi Temple of Pearland which has always had a special place in my heart. It has been in Houston since the 1970s when my dad first moved to the US and I have vivid memories of strolling through the temple as a child. With the humidity and Texas heat, it felt like we were in India. After the ceremony, guests freely roamed and viewed the beautiful grounds, followed by a traditional sit down Gujarati dinner. To keep a happy balance, we decided to have a modern reception on Saturday evening at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Houston with a cocktails, a photo booth, cabanas, and trendy lounge beats all night long thanks to my friend DJ Yogi-G.
There were so many favorite details and moments! We served Tex Mex and margaritas at our Sangeet from my favorite Mexican restaurant in Houston that I have been dining at since I was 12 years old. Watching guests load up on chips and queso is priceless! We made a grand entrance into the reception with my cousins blowing into Vuvuzelas as it was during the World Cup. Since we are die hard Longhorns, we had a University of Texas themed cake which we cut to our school song, “The Eyes of Texas”. I had the cake topper of Sachin and me in our superstitious game day attire specially made by Lily Tsai. We had Longhorn and football shaped cookies served with shots of milk! Shipley’s donuts were also served in the dessert bar. Anyone from the state of Texas knows about Shipley’s donuts…a little piece of heaven that melts in your mouth! Our friends loved the cabanas at the reception which gave the evening a lounge like feel. We want to thank our dear friend Matei Horvath for capturing every moment of this special day so beautifully.Vendors:
Photography: Matei Horvath
Decor: Affair to Remember
Makeup and Hair: Jennifer Pacheco/Renee Rae Makeup Studio/Conceptual Beauty
Cake: Susie's Cakes
Cake Topper: Wedding Cake Toppers Ideas
DJ: DJ Yogi-G
Photobooth: Photo Con Queso
Ceremony Venue: Meenakshi Temple, Houston, TX
Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Houston
Catering: Bombay Brasserie
Henna: The Original Henna Company