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Virginia Wedding Inspiration- Cultural Wedding

Styled shoots are a creative way for photographers, stylists, and other wedding pros, to show off their talent and visions to inspire readers for their own wedding planning.

Today’s featured shoot is the second version of an Indian styled shoot featured several weeks ago and was the vision of a group of talented wedding pros led by Exceptional Events by Elisa and Butterfly Photography. 

This version showcases the vibrant colors and fashion aspect of the wedding celebration.

A word from Elisa about the shoot:

For this design, I decided to go with a non-traditional minimalist design for the modern Indian bride in mind. I decided to use blue, blushes and pinks as our primary colors with silver accent.

Indian weddings are 4-5 day affairs

Brides wear a lehenga, or wedding sari (according to the region)

Diana is wearing a Ghagra (full ankle length skirt) Choli (a shirt or short bodice leaving the midriff area bare). Diana is also wearing a Dupatta (a shawl-like scarf). This outfit is normally used for the actual ceremony

Traditionally bridal outfits are red and gold. However, modern brides now using all different colors.

Indian brides are required to wear 16 adornments or embellishments (Solah Shringar) to compliment her bridal attire. These 16 adornments are:

  1. Bindi: color dot on forehead between eyebrows (traditionally only married women wear bindis)
  2. Sindoor: Bright red powder that groom applies on bride (down the center of the hair)
  3. Mangtikka: big jewelry on the hair and forehead
  4. Keshapasharachana: Indian hairdo
  5. Kohl: thick dark eyeliner
  6. Nath: Nose ring
  7. Haar: Necklace(s)
  8. Kam Phool: Earrings
  9. Henna on hands
  10. Choodiyan: Bangles
  11. Baajuband: Armlets
  12. Hair accessories
  13. Kamarband: Waistbands
  14. Paayal and BichusAnklets / Ankle Bells
  15. Toe rings
  16. Itar: Perfume

FLORALS:

MODERN MAN DAB: Italian ruscus

ARRANGEMENTS:

Eryngium

Hydrangea

Peach Roses

Pink roses

Chrysanthemum

Plumosa

Eucalyptus

What we love:

Indian weddings have such a flavor of beautiful cultural and traditional elements.

The model’s gown is a stunning example of the cultural celebration.

Happily ever after begins here!

Sources:

VENUE

Tysons Corner Marriott

Contact: Mandar Shetye

Phone: (703) 734-3200

Email: Mandar.Shetye@marriott.com    

Website: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/wastc-tysons-corner-marriott/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TysonsCornerMarriott

Instagram:  

BRIDAL ATELIER

Ekaa Couture / Mohar by Ekaa Couture

Contact: Meenal

Phone: (571) 426-8183

Email: ekaacouture@gmail.com 

Website: https://www.moharbyec.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MoharByEC

Instagram: www.instagram.com/ekaacouture/

DESIGN & DÉCOR  

All for You Events & Designs

Contact: Tasha Wells

Phone: (202) 550-2166

Email: tasha@allforyoued.com

Website: www.allforyoued.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/All-For-You-Events-and-Designs

Instagram:  www.instagram.com/allforyoueventsanddesigns

DESIGN & DÉCOR  

True Love Designs

Contact: Darlene Williams

Phone: (301) 531-4688

Email: truelovedesigns21@gmail.com

Website: www.truelovedesigns.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Truelovedesigns21

Instagram:  www.instagram.com/truelovedesigns21/

EVENT PLANNER & DESIGNER

Exceptional Events by Elisa

Contact: Elisa Yu-Shan Lion

Phone: (703) 752-6287

Email: eyushan@exceptionaleventsbyelisa.com

Website: www.exceptionaleventsbyelisa.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/exceptionaleventsbyelisa.com

Instagram:  www.instagram.com/exceptionaleventsbyelisayushan

FLORAL DESIGNER

Solevents Floral

Contact: Soledad Soto

Phone: (571) 221-5761

Email: soleventsfloral@gmail.com

Website: 

Facebook: 

Instagram: www.instagram.com/soleventsfloral

HAIR & MAKEUP

Chic Technique

Contact: Brandi

Phone: (703) 300-2699

Email: chictechniquebridal@gmail.com

Website: www.chictechniquebridal.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/chictechnique

Instagram: www.instagram.com/chictechniquebridal/

PHOTOGRAPHER

Butterfly Photography

Contact: Sanaz Fahimi

Phone: (571) 274-7107

Email: photographycenter@yahoo.com

Website: www.butterflyphotographycenter.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/butterflyphotographycenter

Instagram: www.instagram.com/sanazbutterflyphoto

RENTALS (Chiavari Chairs)

Sammy’s Rentals

Contact: Sammy Pineda / Christine

Phone: (703) 361-6216

Email: info@sammysrental.com

Website: www.sammy’srental.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Sammys-Rental-Inc

Instagram: www.instagram.com/sammysrental

RENTALS (Cercle Chairs, Chargers, Linens, & Napkins)

Select Event Group

Contact: Haley Durbin

Phone: (301) 812-3414

Email: hdurbin@selecteventgroup.com

Website: www.selecteventgroup.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/selecteventgroup

Instagram: www.instagram.com/selecteventgroup

RENTALS (Serpentine Table, Velvet Chairs, Lux Backdrop & Tables)

Nostalgia Events Rentals

Contact: Susan

Phone: (240) 381-0426

Email: nostalgiaerentals@gmail.com

Website:  

Facebook:  

Instagram: www.instagram.com/nostalgia_event_rentals/

STATIONERY

Via Paper Boutique

Contact: Toya Hodnett

Phone: (240) 244-7407

Email: thodnett@viapaperboutique.com

Website: www.viapaperboutique.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/viapaperboutique

Instagram: www.instagram.com/viapaperboutique

TUXEDO

Abbi Tuxedos LLC

Contact: Abbi

Phone: (703) 684-1764

Email: alexandriava@tuxedobysarno.com

Website: www.tuxedobysarno.com

Facebook:

Instagram: www.instagram.com/_old_town_tuxedos

If you are planning a wedding in Roanoke Virginia, Richmond VirginiaFredericksburg/Northern Virginia, The  Shenandoah ValleyCoastal Virginia or in Charlottesville/ Lynchburg Va. we can help with your wedding planning and ideas.

The author: Angeline Frame

Angeline is the owner/publisher of Virginia Bride Magazine and the show producer for The Greater Virginia Bridal Shows. She has a degree in Public Administration and Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. A former model and wedding venue owner- she loves all things wedding , fashion and decorating. In her spare time she likes to write, travel and get new ideas to share with brides.
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