A Vibrant Indian Wedding at Preston Barn in Upstate New York

When Samantha and Vishal came to us with visions of their vibrant Indian wedding at Preston Barn, we couldn’t have been more thrilled and honored to have been included in their wedding planning team. With a wedding day that included two ceremonies (a gorgeous Indian ceremony in the morning, and a Jewish ceremony in the afternoon), and a reception that would last late into the evening, we knew it would be hard work, but that it would be WELL worth the effort.

We have been waiting to share their incredible day on the blog ever since! If you are looking for an experienced wedding planner in Upstate New York for your own wedding, you can learn more about working with us here.

Does this wedding look familiar? You may have seen it featured on Preston Barn’s website. we couldn’t agree more when they said, “Double the ceremonies, double the fun!”

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Kind Words from Samantha and Vishal

Before we share all of the incredible details that went into Samantha and Vishal’s wedding day, we need to share their thoughtful review of our team! We care so much about each and every one of the couples we work with (whether it’s for month-of-coordination or full wedding planning and design), and leaving a review means the world to us!

Angela and team were incredibly helpful in making our (complex) wedding day happen without a hitch! Actually more impressive was the number of bumps caused by extenuating circumstances and other vendors that Angela and her team masterfully handled to keep our tight timeline on track without us having to be involved (or even aware)!

I can’t recommend hiring Angela enough for not only month-of coordination, but planning hours ahead to keep you on track. She brought up so many things we hadn’t thought of that made planning and the end result that much better – it was a massive help to have her expertise guide us throughout the process with tips on invitation layout, floor plans, vendor reco’s, etc.

Our wedding day with two ceremonies (both Indian and American), cocktail hour, and reception was no small feat to keep all vendors and timelines on track and Angela, Georgina, and team did an incredible job! And special shout out to Shaye (bridal attendant) who made sure we had everything we needed throughout the long day.

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A Thursday Mendhi

A feature on Samantha and Vishal’s wedding wouldn’t be complete without just a few photos from their Mendhi, which took place the Thursday before. In case you are unfamiliar, a Mendhi is a pre-wedding celebration deeply rooted in Indian tradition. It celebrates the union of two people through the application of beautiful, intricate henna designs on their hands and feet. On Samantha and Vishal’s Mendhi, close friends and family gathered for the intimate event, filled with laughter and joyous singing. An Indian wedding can take place over many days, and include many ceremonial events, but the Mendhi is typically what kicks off the celebration!

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A Vibrant Indian Wedding Ceremony

Samantha and Vishal’s Indian wedding was nothing short of spectacular; it was a beautiful celebration that left us in awe. The attention to detail was incredible, and if you’ve ever planned an Indian wedding before, you’ll know that it takes meticulous planning, coordinating, and curating to get everything just right.

The ceremony was filled with tradition, from the Graha Shanti ritual to the Baraat and Vara Agaman, and ending with the Vidaai ceremony where the bride’s family bid farewell. Throughout the ceremony, we felt enveloped in the rich cultural heritage of India, steeped in tradition and meaning.

The outdoor space at Preston Barn provided a picturesque setting for the ceremony, adding to the already perfect atmosphere.

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An Afternoon Ceremony and Wedding Reception at Preston Barn

After their Indian wedding ceremony, it was time for an outfit change, a second ceremony, and a reception. It was a FULL day, but every minute was filled with joy and intention. Their outdoor wedding ceremony took place on the lawns at Preston Barn, and then everyone headed inside the barn for a fun-filled evening reception with a first dance, wedding cake, and so much celebration.

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An Incredible Indian Wedding at Preston Barn

Samantha and Vishal’s wedding day was a truly memorable experience for us, and it was an honor to be a part of it. We take pride in incorporating various cultural elements into our clients’ weddings, as a wedding ceremony is an occasion to celebrate the coming together of two families. We can’t wait to spend 2023 celebrating even more incredible wedding days like this one! If you are looking for a wedding planner in Upstate New York, make sure to connect with us here or follow us on Instagram for more wedding planning tips and behind-the-scenes sneak peeks.

Planning & Design: Elite Wedding and Event Planning. | Venue & Reception Catering: Preston Barn | Photographer: Melanie Ruth Photography | Lunch Catering: Moghul Catering | Wedding Cake: Pastry Garden |  Makeup & Hair: Cinderella Bridez in the morning, One on One Salon in the afternoon | Ceremony Music: Neil Desai | Entertainment: Great Family Reunion | Photobooth: FunBooth | Mandap & Decor Rentals: Namaste Event Planning | Florals: Country Gardeners Florist  | Transportation: JTR Transportation