Friday, June 15, 2012

{Real Couple} Apurva & Adam: An Interfaith Hindu & Jewish Wedding

Happy Friday, Lovelies...oh joy joy, I am uber super thrilled to be sharing this Real Wedding from Shang Chen Photography with you today. To showcase celebrations like Apurva and Adam's Boston Indian-Jewish fusion wedding is exactly why I created de Lovely Affair in the first place. Love has no boundaries, national borders, or religious practice, no color, sex, or ethnicity preferences - it is simply the connection of souls and hearts between two people no matter who they are.  This just proves it. *Jumps off soap box* And now to the good stuff! 

I love this kind of story: Since the two met in middle school, Adam had been trying to ask Apurva out and each time, she said no. It wasn’t until after college that they started seeing each other more frequently as friends, despite her being in Chicago and he in New York. At some point, it finally occurred to Apiurva, “Why aren’t we dating?”  And on a very chilly autumn day in fall, Adam finally got his YES from the girl of his dreams.

Apurva is one lucky lady, not only is she marrying her best friend but she got to wear two stunning bridal outfits, not uncommon in multicultural celebrations. She donned a traditional red and gold Indian sari for the interfaith ceremony and a gorgeous strapless chiffon and lace gown for the reception. Not to worry, Adam got a two-fer as well, devilishly handsome in a Tom Ford suit for the ceremony and a Hugo Boss tuxedo for the reception.

I love the intricate embroidery and bejeweled accessories associated with an Indian wedding. Those earrings...hello gorgeous!

I have definitely come around to the idea of First Looks for couples prior to the ceremony. I think it takes away some of the pressure and anxiety created by the build up to the big day. A First Look is a 
private moment for just you two and allows you to relax into the day.

I absolutely love their use of creative and personal details, like the way they combined the Star of David with the Aum symbol. What a perfect way to symbolize the union of two faiths, Jewish and Hindu, giving each a place of honor and respect.

Surrounded by family and friends, Apurva and Adam's were married at the Boston Four Seasons, which, staying true to tradition, was stylishly decorated with flowing drapes, abundant flowers and a beautiful ornate stage for the newlyweds to sit.

Apurva's parents greet Adam and his folks as the beginning of the wedding in accordance with Hindu tradition. I love the fact that all the women wore saris, including Adam's mom.

The couple made sure to incorporate elements of both religious practices into the wedding ceremony, truly making it a fusion wedding. This is an important piece for ensuring that one culture does not appear dominant, each one as important as the other. I love the visual of Adam's Jewish prayer shawl and yarmulke and the vibrant tones and lushness of a traditional Indian wedding.

During the Hindu part of the ceremony, apparently Apurva’s brother gets up to twist Adam’s ear and remind him to take good care of Apurva.

From the Four Season ceremony, everyone made their way to the former Aujourd'Hui restaurant. Decorated with a crimson and yellow color palette, soft roses and lit with romantic candles, the setting was stunning, elegant and festive, a perfect fusion reception! 

The couple changed into their second set of wedding attire - Apurva's gorgeous white lace and chiffon layer gown is from Birnbaum and Bullock NYC - and then hit the dance floor for the first time as husband and wife.

And no Jewish wedding would be complete without a hora! I love the looks as they are hoisted!

Family and friends danced the night away in celebration of the beautiful newlyweds Apurva and Adam. The beauty of this wedding, for me, is the coming together of two groups, two cultures, two religions, to create a whole new life, perception and a brand new kind of family.  This wedding was filled with amazing examples of how to infuse a celebration with personality, incorporate culture, and honor heritage.

Congratulations to Apurva and Adam! May your lives be filled with love and kindness. Thank you so much to the amazing Shang Chen, Boston Wedding Photographer, for sharing this wedding with us; we are always giddy over her work!

Vendors who made this all happen:
Wedding photography provided by Shang Chen Photography, assisted by Briana Moore
Wedding venue and catering: Boston Four Seasons Hotel, Boston, MA
Cake: Cakes to Remember, Boston, MA
Wedding dress: Birnbaum and Bullock, New York City, NY
Sari: Custom
Rings: David S Diamonds, New York City, NY
Adam’s attire: Tom FordHugo BossFlorist: Winston FlowersChocolate favors: Jacques TorresHair and Makeup: Muntaha Sharique
DJ: DJ Yogz / Boston Sound and Light Company (Shang Chen Photography preferred vendor)
Save the Dates: Wedding Paper DivasInvitations: Lion in the Sun / Real Card StudioOfficiants: Rabbi Terry Greenstein, Dr. Jayant Sane

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  1. What a fusion.....she is incredibly stunning too!
    The whole shebang has been a joy to view
    Rani Xx

  2. I think so too Rani. I am so over the moon with multicultural fusion weddings! What a lucky couple. What do you think of her sari?

    1. Beautiful! I love that Apurva's sari is a toned down red (Some of the traditional reds are very bright) Hers looks like an elegant camellia-mid-magenta-red & it's very flattering on her. Just enough gold & silver embroidery & the Pallu (section across & over the shoulders) is draped in a classic West-Indian style. I'm wondering if the Bride is from Gujarat? Probably wrong, but either way it's a very sophisticated look & she wears it well.
      Happy Sunday
      Rani Xx

  3. What a lovely wedding...I like this gorgeous bride and handsome groom...Love this blog post....

    Thanks For Sharing with us..

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    1. Glad you liked it! We love featuring multicultural weddings. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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