I love everything about this unique wedding captured by Ricky Stern Photography! Diana and Arun wanted a wedding that stood out from the crowd, so they combined their love for color, travel, and eclectic design to create a gorgeous wedding that was totally and completely unique to them. Diana is here with us today to explain more about how they designed their lovely wedding…
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
Because I was in New York City and the wedding was in Miami, I relied on my mom to be my eyes and ears during the venue scouting process. She visited countless places, sent me dozens of photos and asked relentless questions to narrow down the perfect location. Without her, the wedding would have been an ad hoc affair at the courthouse. The days before the wedding were stress-free thanks to my sister, Chelsea. She handled her maid-of-honor duties seamlessly — including texting my wedding planner when my hands were dripping with wet nail polish.
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
It was very important for me to work with people who were responsive and professional. In addition to a speedy e-mail response time, I relied heavily on: good reviews, recommendations and real-world examples of the vendors’ work.
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
There was no official theme. Instead, my husband and I chose eclectic elements that reminded us of our travels, our childhoods and our life together in Manhattan. The cake-toppers were elephants, a nod to Arun’s favorite animal and Indian heritage. The flowers were inspired by my family vacations in North Carolina and my dad’s Scottish ancestry. The hand-painted escort cards were inspired by the many, MANY art museums I have dragged Arun to see around the world. And the cake was a croquembouche, a French dessert that reminded us of Paris, where we got engaged.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
The ceremony. It was so personal, loving and speedy. (We were done in less than 15 minutes.) My longtime friend Melinda presided, and our friends and family were sitting in a circle around us. You could feel the loving, happy energy reverberating in that room. I hate to sound corny, but — it was magical.
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
Keep your perspective: the wedding is just one day. It doesn’t matter if you can’t get the right place settings. The marriage is all that matters. (And if you feel like you’re about to snap, ask for help.)
That is some truly perfect advice, don’t you think? I really love how Diana and Arun made sure that their wedding details and design were unique to them and in a way, told the story of their life together. That’s always my favorite thing to see- a perfectly unique wedding is the best!
So tell me- do you have anything in particular that you’re planning on doing to tell the story of your life together? I’d love to hear!