cHill Weddings had the pleasure of planning S and S's wedding in June! It was an elegant Indian affair held in Center City. But it didn't just start with a wedding, but with a mehendi party days prior to the wedding, and an elaborate Sangeet celebration at the Marriott, which was hosted by the bride's brother and sister-in-law.
We concentrated more on the wedding day events. The beautiful Hindu ceremony took place at the Marriott. The mandap and its decor and the gate were provided by Elegant Affairs. We rolled out a delicate ivory aisle runner and sprinkled rose petals along the edge.
After the ceremony, guests were shuttled to the National Constitutional Center for the beautiful reception.
Since the ceremony was more elaborate, the reception was designed to be more simple, but elegant. No tall centerpieces, but low bowls with floating orchids (in gold and red) with floating candles. The orchids were purchased through http://www.theflowerexchange.com/ and the colors went perfectly with the reception colors. We put together all the centerpieces on-site, by my wonderful assistants, Duyen and Lauren.
For cards, the couple borrowed our cute bird cage.
The couple designed their own seating chart. Seating charts are a great way to be "green." You eliminate the need for escort cards, which guests misplace all the time during cocktail hour. With a seating chart, guests can always return to check their table assignments. Also, they can be saved and displayed in your home to remember always who attended your fabulous wedding! Their seating chart was placed in a framed provided by cHill Weddings.
My favorite part of the wedding was the orchid strand on the stair rails. This was the first thing guests saw once they entered the venue. All guests had to walk up the staircase, so adding a bit of flair was definitely called for to add a bit of pop.
We had a lot of orchids left over from the floating bowls (a box of orchids easily provided enough for bowls and for other decor). I premade strings of orchids by stringing clear fishing line through the base of the orchid bud, then we tied them to the stair rails. It was a bit time consuming, but definitely worth it if you ask me!
The overall night was a huge success. Guests danced all night to banghra music and other music selected by the couple. It was an electic set, but it worked, and everyone loved the music. Even I couldn't help bobbing along.
Congratulations to the wonderful couple!
Special thanks to Jordan Cassway for providing images for this blog. It was a pleasure working with Jordan, and Jess and Jess (of Paired Images) during their wedding weekend. They are all so talented and I can't wait to work with them again!
Full Service Planning: cHill Weddings, LLC
Photographer: Jordan Cassway and Paired Images
Video: East Coast Productions
Ceremony: Philadelphia Downtown Marriott
Reception: National Constitutional Center
Sangeet Caterer: Palace at the Ben
Reception Caterer: Moghul
Mandap and Sangeet Decor: Elegant Affairs
Flowers at Reception: cHill Weddings, LLC
DJ: EBE- Matt Ostroff
Lighting: Synergetic Sounds and Lighting
Transportation: Dave Thomas Tours
Carriage for Baarat: 76 Carriage
Hair and Makeup: Calista Brides
Cake: Brown Betty Dessert Boutique