Warning: Anar + Dale’s Alabama celebration at the Renaissance Ross Bridge Resort and Spa is not your grandmother’s Southern wedding. But it is all kinds of awesome, in large part due to Karen Wise’s brilliant images from the three-day event. The stunning – literally can’t-take-my-eyes-away stunning – bride wore a custom sari from Ensemble Mumbai in India and carried a lush bouquet of pink lilies. As a professed sugar addict, I’m a little hung-up on the couple’s gilded, too-many-tiered to count confection from Olexa Bakery. Other office loves? The groom’s dramatic entrance atop a white steed and the authentic Scottish bagpiper who serenaded the newlyweds. This (Indian/Scottish) Southern wedding planned and produced by SJS Events may well be one of the most vibrants blends of culture we’ve seen yet!
Describe the proposal. Dale surprised me with a trip to Paris. I was so enamored with the hotel and the city. I thought for sure he would propose later that night, but I never could have expected what was to come. We had a driver waiting to take us to a historic chateau in the French countryside, where we rode in a hot air balloon and Dale proposed – in Hindi! Although we’ve both have been to Paris, the city seemed romantic in a way I’d never experienced. We spent the rest of the weekend celebrating in Paris and going to a fabulous dinner at the Alain Ducasse Restaurant.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Triumphant, passionate and hilarious.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: There really wasn’t just one detail that stood out, but the fact that all our family and friends were there celebrating and mixing cultures is what we appreciated most. Everyone was dancing, whether the DJ was playing Indian music or American music. The party went on well past midnight and we were so happy to see everyone having a great time.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: My mom, aunt and sister spent a week shopping with me in Mumbai. We had little information and a million stores to visit. Thank god for my friend who worked at India Vogue. She guided me to a few stores and on the very last day of our trip, I found what I was looking for. It was a custom-made piece that they altered in the color and style I wanted. I was supposed to go back for a fitting several weeks later, but the terrorist attacks in Mumbai disrupted our plans. I had to trust on the designer, but was so happy that it turned out exactly as I had hoped, especially in such a short period of time.