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{Gandy Photographers} wowed us with this unique Southern affair! This couple gracefully weaved their diverse backgrounds into one lovely and vibrant celebration. The color, culture, and traditions must have been such a treat for all the guests! I love the stunning rose arrangements which add a surprising punch of color when placed in the flower beds.  What a great idea!  More details to come in Part II…  ~Rachel


Tell us about your ceremony.. We had an Indian and Western Ceremony on the same day. We wanted to equally celebrate both of our traditions. Plus, it was more fun this way.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? It was challenging coordinating two very different types of ceremonies and having them flow seamlessly into one another.
Where there any special family traditions you included in the wedding? 
Deepak’s family is from southern India, and the style of Indian
ceremony we chose was very particular to them – simple, short and very
personal.
What colors did you choose for your wedding?  We chose largely jewel tones; red, yellow and gold.
How did the two of you meet?  We are both from Valdosta and had mutual friends. We instantly connected the first time we saw each other – years before we formally met.
Describe your engagement: It was a very special moment in my late mother’s flower garden.  
What attracted me to my husband was:  His smile, his wittiness, his creativity.
What attracted me to my wife was:  She’s the most charming person I’ve ever met.
A date we went on that we’ll always remember:  The first date when I moved to Atlanta, we ate at what became my favorite restaurant and then went to a tiny movie theater tucked away in a cute little neighborhood. We watched Amelie alone; the whole theater to ourselves.


Check back later for more from Susan +  Deepak…

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  1. avatar teo reply

    WOW! Those are gorgeous pictures. Well chosen for the variety, beauty and simplicity.Thanks

  2. avatar manjula kumar reply

    Beautiful bride and groom. You couldn’t ask anything more than what we all experienced that day.A dream come true.

  3. avatar Josh reply

    Great looking wedding. There’s definitely a lot of style there!

  4. avatar Julie Bhavnani reply

    One of the most beautiful and well arranged wedding I have attended, Susan and Deepak make a wonderful couple.

  5. avatar Missy Taylor reply

    It was the most amazing wedding I ever have seen, and I’m sure there will never be another one like it! It was storybook perfect. Every last detail was immpeccable.

  6. avatar Beena Vijaykumar reply

    Dream Wedding. Most precious couple and most precious moments for everyone. Breathtaking decor with wide varieties of floral arragements and fabrics!! Perfect table settings. Perfect wedding.

  7. avatar Molly reply

    The most beautiful wedding I have ever atteneded. The decor was amazing. Susan and Deepak make a wonderful couple. I don’t think I will ever attened a wedding like this again. Honored to be a part of it.

  8. avatar Courtney M. Reynolds reply

    This was one of the most enjoyable weddings I have ever attended! Everything seemed perfectly planned, yet everyone seemed so relaxed. I left the wedding with a wonderful feeling that this is one couple who deeply love each other and will be most happy together!

  9. avatar Reeta Patel reply

    Deepu and Susan’s wedding was amazing—-the decorations were breathtaking, the ceremony was meaningful. The couple looked so happy and perfect together. This wedding was unlike anything I had ever seen and we will remember it for a long time.

  10. avatar Rajalekshmi reply

    It was a spectacular wedding, one of of the best decorations I have ever seen. Everything was picture perfect and the wedding was outdoors and even nature was in agreement that this was a very auspicious moment. There were plenty of dragonflies and little flies dancing away.

  11. avatar Nirmala Padhiar reply

    We had a wonderful time at the wedding. Breathtaking deco., Deepu & Susan looked " Perfect Match"

  12. avatar Ruthanne Dahlheimer reply

    Susan and Deepu’s wedding was like that of a fairy tale. All around was happiness, beauty, love, and fun. The decor was breathtaking. The food was amazing, especially the wedding cake. My friends still make fun of me for being so obsessed with that wedding cake. It was the most delicious cake I’ve ever had. The wedding and reception were beautiful blends of Indian and western culture. It was definitely a wedding I will never forget!

  13. avatar Dhanraj Padhiar reply

    Wow !!! !Everything was so beautiful and grand . every thing was so well coordinated.

  14. avatar J Rema reply

    This was one of those "WOW" weddings, everyone who attended will remember it for a long……. time.

  15. avatar Prenita Alimchandani reply

    A well planned wedding,. executed flawlessly. A beautiful blend of two cultures

  16. avatar Prenita Alimchandani reply

    A well planned wedding,. executed flawlessly. A beautiful blend of two cultures

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    A well planned wedding,. executed flawlessly. A beautiful blend of two cultures

  23. avatar Prenita Alimchandani reply

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  24. avatar Prenita Alimchandani reply

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  25. avatar Prenita Alimchandani reply

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    A well planned wedding,. executed flawlessly. A beautiful blend of two cultures

  27. avatar Prenita Alimchandani reply

    A well planned wedding,. executed flawlessly. A beautiful blend of two cultures

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    A well planned wedding,. executed flawlessly. A beautiful blend of two cultures

  36. avatar Maya reply

    It was an awe-inspiring, fairytale wedding on a beautiful southern summer day. The grand invitation gave us a hint of the meticulous attention to detail with comprehensive maps to the venue and suggestions for convenient places to stay overnight for the out of town guests. As we approached the wedding location, we could see the flowers, the decorations, and the enormous pavilion that was built for this purpose. It was evident that this was going to be an unforgettable evening! The bride looked like an Indian princess, with her natural beauty, incredible attire and with an expression of serenity on her face. The bridegroom looked handsome and together they made a fantastic couple to behold. It was heartwarming to observe the two different ceremonies that wove together two fantastic cultures into the tapestry of life by the love of two people for each other and their families.The wedding vows were exchanged amidst the incredible splendor, surrounded by an enchanted audience. As the ceremonies ended, it was with an expectation of more to come, that we moved to the pavilion where the reception and dinner were arranged. What met our eyes were breathtaking flower arrangements and exquisite, skillfully pleated awnings that gave an aura of magnificence. The delicious appetizers were followed by a sumptuous feast and an array of desserts that left us spellbound. Of course, the party had only begun! All eyes turned to the couple as they took their first steps together to perform their wedding dance. As each of the friends and relatives started to share their experiences with the bride of the groom, it was evident that they were a very unique and extraordinary couple indeed.And the party went on… and on… past midnight and into the early morning hours… as the enthralled guests continued to enjoy the most captivating and memorable wedding we have been witness to.

  37. avatar Sathi Nagarajan reply

    The intimate ceremony was lovingly organized and all details were given careful attention from the mandap to food to the rocking reception. The flower arrangements were beautiful and elegant second only to the blushing bride and groom’s elated smile was the icing on the cake.

  38. avatar Amy reply

    The wedding day couldn’t have been more perfect for a couple so deeply in love. As I stood with Susan moments before she walked down the aisle, she was struck by the magnitude of what lay ahead of her, and some happy tears were shed. Deepu, always in control, couldn’t hide his emotions as he saw Susan approaching him to become his bride, and every person in attendance could surely feel their love.The blend of cultures was seamless, and a celebration like no other followed the ceremonies. Every aspect of the reception was carefully laid out – from the awe inspiring flowers, to the delicious food & drink..there was even a children’s corner so parents could relax while the kids played. Even after the guests left, we stayed until the wee hours of the morning – almost until dawn!- because no one wanted the experience to end.It was a wonderful day and I was honored to be a part of it. No other couple deserves more happiness than Deepu and Susan!

  39. avatar Usha Nair reply

    It was a breathtaking ceremony showcasing how two traditions can come together to create something simply beautiful. Impeccably organized celebration of the love of a wonderful couple, shared by family and friends.

  40. avatar Vijaylakshmi shetty reply

    The wedding pics. were so stunning wish I were there in person.

  41. avatar Gayatri Shetty reply

    Beautiful wedding. Congratulations to the newly weds.

  42. avatar Sangita Gupta reply

    The colors, the arrangements, the weather, the people, and the whole atmosphere was heartwarming. The bride and groom looked wonderful. The whole event from beginning to end was very enjoyable. Things could not have gone better.

  43. avatar Reeta Patel reply

    It was a true international wedding of the decade. The bride looked beautiful and gorgeous, the bridegroom looked immaculate. Some guests were dressed in traditional colorful Indian dresses and other guests were dressed in formal western dresses. The flower arrangements were awesome. The atmosphere was festive and heart warming. There were variety of drinks and the food was mouth watering. It was a classic " east meets west " wedding that will be remembered for ages and it will never be replicated.

  44. avatar Aanchal Gupta reply

    One of the most spectacular and lavish weddings. The floral arrangements, table settings, food and the atmosphere set the mood for a wonderful evening.

  45. avatar Renu Gupta reply

    A truly unbelievable experience for me. The flower arrangements were breathtaking and the bride and groom looked amazing. It was one of the best weddings i’ve ever attended.

  46. avatar Priya Kurup reply

    All the meticulous planning has paid off, kudos to the family and friends who played their part in making this possible. The sweet couple deserves no less!A wedding par excellence!

  47. avatar RITA reply

    SUSAN’S AND DEEPU’S WEDDING WAS ONE OF THE BEST WE HAVE ATTENDED.BREATHTAKING FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS,BEAUTIFUL CLOTHES ,EXCELLENT FOOD AND WONDERFUL ENTERTAINMENT!!!!DEEPU AND SUSAN MADE A GREAT COUPLE

  48. avatar Aneesha reply

    Susan and Deepu made a gorgeous couple. The wedding was wonderfully planned and the flower arrangements were wonderful. The food was excellent. Susan looked very stunning in all of her outfits. I liked the outdoor theme. It was a memorable evening.

  49. avatar Lilam Seth reply

    Susan and Deepu make an excellent couple. I liked the outdoor setting with the beautiful flower arrangements.The wedding combined both Indian and American traditions very gracefully. It was the most elegant and well-organized wedding I have ever attended. I applaud Manju and Dr. Kumar for a arranging such a perfect evening for Susan and Deepu.

  50. avatar Lilam Seth, Aneesha, Prem reply

    CLASSY!

  51. avatar Nishita reply

    Wonderful flower arrangements & Beautiful decor, a Perfect wedding…………..

  52. avatar Anil Gupta reply

    Fantastic Wedding

  53. avatar Lavina reply

    Georgeous and very well planned Wedding, we had a great time.

  54. avatar Trupti reply

    It was very well planned and nicely done. Susan and Deepu make an excellent couple

  55. avatar Amit Padhiar reply

    A wonderfully symbolic ceremony that beautifully bridged two cultures and two people; a ceremony for all to remember. Congrats!

  56. avatar ranjitha padhiar reply

    A perfect amalgamation of two cultures making it an impeccable event. Every aspect of the wedding was taken care of with such love and good taste making it an absolute dream wedding.The bride and groom looked utterly elegant in person which was so well captured by the photographer.The parents of the bride and groom were such gracious hosts and made the wedding extremely pleasurable for all the guests.The food was delicious to say the least, flowers were pretty and the signature drink which was custom created for the wedding was incredible. At the risk of reiterating I would like to say this was a beautiful wedding and I was elated to be a part of it.

  57. avatar hemen padhiar reply

    This was a wonderful wedding. It was well very organized and catered which made it a enjoyable and memorable event!

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Brooke + Tim’s wedding is the epitome of beach chic.  This couple did things their own way, proving that shoes and socks are not necessary for a stunning event.  Jennifer from {It’s a Shore Thing}, created this easy, breezy event with some unique details (I will always be a sucker for flowing ribbons!).  The cheery bouquets of orchids, roses, and sweet peas were done by {Celestine’s}. The ceremony was held on the beach with reception on the {Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort}{Rae Leytham Photography} was kind enough to share these images with us.  Thanks, Rae and Wes!  For more of Brooke + Tim’s big day, visit Leytham’s beautiful {BLOG}.  Wishing you fun in the sun~ Rachel 

PS…  Lara and I are off to Asheville tonight…  be back late tomorrow!  Follow our trip on Twitter.

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Kate + Luke had a perfect summer wedding. The talented {Megan W} took these wonderful photos. From Megan: “I just loved the simplicity of the whole day. There were plenty of well thought-out details in this wedding, but they were more like lovely, subtle touches that
just kept the emphasis on the real importance of the day. The ceremony and
reception were held on the hillside of a family friend’s land that overlooked a
breathtaking valley of Wisconsin countryside. Simply put, Kate and Luke’s
wedding was laid back, comfortable, and inviting, filled with laughter and love.
To note a couple favorite details of the day, I’d choose the handpicked
wildflowers from the fields that were used for center pieces, and the
modern/vintage style of the bridal party wardrobe.”

Thank you so much, Megan, for sharing this wedding with us! (And a very special thanks to {Cathy + David Photography} for introducing us to Megan!) To see more of Kate + Luke’s sweet summer fete, check out Megan’s {BLOG}. Enjoy~ Rachel

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  1. avatar Amanda @ Bliss Weddings reply

    I am obsessing over this wedding. The colors are beautiful and everything seems so calming and fresh. The bride looks divine and the simplicity of her dress really completes the look perfectly. When I see the photo of the first kiss, I get that "take a deep breath and take it all in" feeling. Great feature!

  2. avatar Julie Gandy reply

    I love it when photographs make you wish you were there! I wish I could hold that bride’s bouquet to inspect it closer and smell it. I can also almost taste that cake. YUM- ME!!

  3. avatar holly hatam reply

    that cake looks scrumptious!

  4. avatar Lynsey reply

    I love this wedding! Love the blazers, love the setting, love it all! This is what my dream wedding would look like.

  5. avatar Cathy and David – Photographers reply

    YAAAAAAAAAAAY!!! :-D We LOVE seeing Megan’s stuff on here! Go Indiana!! :)

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Wanwisa, of the soon-to-be-launched Bliss NY, introduced us to the newly engaged Michelle from Texas last week. Welcome back to Part II of Wanwisa Wednesday! Enjoy~

One of my fondest girl-bonding memories is catching Sophia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette with Michelle a couple years ago. We knew the movie, more than anything, would be two plus hours of pure aesthetic heaven – scene after scene of the most sensational visual design from costumes to the magnificent Hall of Mirrors of Versailles (not to mention a couple shots of gorgeous Parisian pastries and desserts).

Inspired by our outing, I designed Michelle’s second inspiration board to have a very Marie Antoinette – Cosmopolitan – Parisian feel. Michelle has Houston’s Petroleum Club in mind as one of her reception venue options and I thought it would be a great location for this theme. The ballroom has a grand feel with large chandeliers and long golden curtains.

Remembering a lovely wedding design by Ceci New York, a dusty pink and gold palette seems a perfect fit. Ceci New York created a “grand vision of lavish Versailles” using fans as a motif for favor tags as well as escort cards. Golden menus, rolled up and tied in blush satin ribbons were placed on each place setting to match golden rimmed stemware and gold utensils. The wedding cake is perhaps my favorite element in this inspiration board– a classic Macaron Croquembouche designed by Ladurée. (SW Editor-in-Chief Lara’s favorite!)

Keeping in mind that Michelle is not a frilly, pink gal, I chose simple and elegant pink and gold stationery from Martha Weddings. Sophisticated gowns from Lazaro for both the bride and wedding party add sophistication and a modern cosmopolitan touch. Delicious! More to come next week~ Wanwisa

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  1. avatar Annette @ TripleCord reply

    Hello SW. Love this post! Thanks for enriching our industry with so much beauty and class!! We appreciate you! From everyone at TripleCord.

  2. avatar Annette @ TripleCord reply

    Hello SW. Love this post! Thanks for enriching our industry with so much beauty and class!! We appreciate you! From everyone at TripleCord.

  3. avatar Annette @ TripleCord reply

    Hello SW. Love this post! Thanks for enriching our industry with so much beauty and class!! We appreciate you! From everyone at TripleCord.

  4. avatar holly hatam reply

    I love the colors, so romantic!

  5. avatar Wanwisa reply

    I’m so thrilled to be a guest blogger here at SW – even the most beautiful things have such a way of looking more beautiful and ethereal on SW – it’s such an honor to be a part of such a gorgeous site!

  6. avatar chicopea reply

    How romantic and feminine! What a great post, I can’t wait for the launch of Bliss NY!

  7. avatar Krista reply

    Oh, the second I saw that movie I turned around and bought another ticket (this was the first movie I saw with my fiance). It is the inspiration for how I want everything in my life to look so I knew when I got engaged that that would be the direction I would go. I’ve been planning for a year and a half and our wedding is in two months. I’ve been collecting the most exquistie pink and gold and vintage finds for so long now that you can’t even walk in my guest bedroom. The anticipation of walking into the reception and seeing all of my hard work put together is almost more than I can bear. I think this board is beautiful and it is exactly perfect fo us frilly, over-the-top types. Stunning.

  8. avatar KTEvents reply

    The pictures from the Petroleum Club are actually from a wedding that I did there this past April…if you would like to see more to get more ideas of how to work off of this theme please visit http://www.keelythorne.com, click on "Gallery" and then the wedding of Melissa Holman & Brad Juneau. Enjoy!

  9. avatar Southern Weddings reply

    Hi Keely! Thanks so much for letting us know that this is your work. It is FABULOUS!!!!!!!!

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Welcome back for Part II!  Be sure to check out Kelly’s {BLOG} for more of Kelly + Justin’s big day.

What was the design inspiration for your wedding? The
beautiful mountain setting and the surrounding architecture from the
Eseeola Lodge inspired a refined style. We let our flowers add the
color to the brown and green palette accented with silver.
Describe your wedding flowers: I
chose lush arrangements of pink peonies, white peonies, coral and pink
roses, pops of yellow and white hydrangea. The Bridesmaids bouquets
were very colorful and featured fiddle-head ferns to incorporate
chocolate brown. My bouquet was all pink and white peonies – my
favorite flower. The men’s boutonnières were pink orchids and green
berries. The table arrangements featured a mixture of high and low and
silver and glass bases.
Describe your wedding cake: Our
wedding cake was a 4 layer cake alternating vanilla bean and lemon
layers. The butter cream icing was to die for and I ate it by the
spoonful at the tasting! It was a simple design – white with swiss dots
at the bottom of each layer and a custom designed monogram on the
middle layer. I chose a large pink peony to top off the cake. For
Justin’s grooms cake I had his favorite bottle of wine re-created.

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Having two sets of opinions.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The first dance, Jamie McLean covered “Two” by Ryan Adams.

Three adjectives that describe the day are: perfect, beautiful, and FUN!
What advice would you give to someone planning their wedding? Don’t
feel overwhelmed, take everything one step at a time, remember that you
are planning you wedding and don’t forget about the Marriage side of it
and the real meaning behind the day – two people coming together and
committing their lives to one another.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We
are looking forward to settling in to the married life and buying a
home together. We love adventure and surviving our honeymoon was the
first step towards a very bright future!

Congratulations, Kelly + Justin!

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  1. avatar holly hatam reply

    These pictures are hilarious!

  2. avatar Casey reply

    What a beautiful wedding! I’m from the North Carolina foothills, and I can’t imagine marrying anywhere except in the mountains. Would you mind sharing the name of your venue?

  3. avatar Casey reply

    ok just saw the name, Eseeola Lodge, in the post. sorry!

  4. avatar Julie Gandy reply

    Peonies are one of my favorite flowers because of their delicate color and texture. What a beautiful idea for a cake topper.

  5. avatar Wedding Stationery Guy reply

    I was a florist once so I’ve had my share of wedding set-up experience. It always seemed that the people who should be having the most fun were the most stressed. With that in mind, we concentrated on FUN as well. Love the floral work! I nice mix of traditional colors with country garden styling…nice touch!

  6. avatar White Wedding Flowers reply

    A simple and elegant wedding bouquet is the perfect accessory to compliment your gorgeous gown and smiling face… Wedding Flowers

  7. avatar montreal florist reply

    It’s really fantastic wedding!! Great and Gorgeours!!

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