This afternoon we are back with our regular feature ‘Advice from the Married Side,‘ real life wedding planning...
I have been using the word Epic a lot lately to describe a lot of the weddings I have been posting, I really have been spoilt with the submissions I am getting in. Today I am going to be using that word again, and I mean it in its truest form. This is a 2 day wedding, that crosses a mixture of cultures, Chinese, Indian and Catholic!…….and every bit of it is utterly beautiful! It was sent into me by New York City Photographer Max Flatow and I’m completely honoured to have his work on my blog.
It’s the wedding of Mingzhang Zeng and Nicholas Doray who were married on the 9th and 10th of December 9 and 10 at St Peter’s Church and the Zuri resort, both on Lake Vembanadu in Kumarakom, Kerala, India. With 75 guests. Mingzhang and Nicholas describe their day as ‘It was a 2-day Indian, Chinese and Catholic affair.’
I have to say truly I am in love with everything about this wedding, and I’m sure you can understand why, the colours, the outfits, the decoration, the scenery……………oh my what an array of beauty! Max has done a fabulous job of pulling together the full on 2 day celebration starting with the traditional Indian ceremony, with the Chinese tea ceremony the next day, followed by the church wedding and then the evening reception, with some rather awesome fireworks!
I hope you love it as much as I do!
How they met
We met at university 8 years go, I was Nick’s mentor in this student organization called Aiesec.
Nick took me on a walk early Saturday morning in the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens in New York, near where we live. The cherries trees in the esplanade were in full bloom. He got on his knee and tried to remember his speech. I said yes. There were Japanese tourists all around us taking photos. We’re hoping to see one on someone’s Facebook.
We love India and wanted to share our experiences with friends and family. Nick wanted to ride an elephant and his father wanted a beautiful resort in scenic Kerala.
The Chinese cheongsam was made by a seamstress in Holland Village in Singapore, the Indian Lehenga and sari from stores in Little India in Singapore, I can’t remember their names. The blue reception dress was by Marchesa. Shoes from Jcrew and Madam H (a Singaporean designer).
The Suite and bridesmaids
Nicks tux was from Jack Silver Formal Wear. Bridesmaids dresses from Love, Yu, a designer in Singapore.
Our wedding planner picked the colors. We just let her run the show. I think the ceremony was white and burnt orange/yellow. Sangeet was saffron and blue. Chinese tea ceremony was red with a little bit of yellow.
All traditional Keralan cuisine consisting of seafood curry, lamb and chicken.
Red and yellow marigolds, roses, calla lilies and jasmines.
The bridal party did a bollywood dance to the tune of Chammak Challo by Akon. We also had local dancers and martial artists from Kumarakom perform. Our brother-in-law played the guitar and sang for us. The groom’s party danced to LMFAO’s “Sexy and I know it”. Our lady guests got Mehendi done. There was a short fireworks display.
Over-the-top Indian. But I think by true Indian standards it was rather minimalist.
Because we planned the wedding from the other side of the globe our wedding planner did all the work on the ground. We just designed our own save the dates, wedding invites and website.
The elephant ride accompanied by a Kerala drums and horn band, dancing to the tune of Surfin’ USA on the platform boat on our way to the church, taking a dip in our pool between the tea and church ceremonies to escape the midday heat, having the best seafood curry by the lake under the stars.
Plan well, but on the day itself just relax and have fun.
A lunar eclipse took place during our reception dinner. Since dinner was on the lawn the view was spectacular.
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