When Jaya Kirtane and Jordan Hathaway first met as coworkers in Los Angeles, the attraction was instant. And before Jaya returned to business school in Philadelphia, they decided to take a chance on long-distance love.
The couple's wedding plan was to blend Jaya's Indian culture with Jordanâ€™s American roots in an intimate backyard fete. On June 25, 2011, Jaya and Jordan began with a traditional Hindu service complete with verses sung by the bride's aunt.
Then, while guests enjoyed sweets and tea, Jaya swapped her sari for a gown and Jordan his sherwani for a suit. The couple exchanged Christian vows, and this time Jordanâ€™s mother recited a passage from Thomas a Kempis's "The Imitation of Christ."
See how the duo injected a good dose of their own personal style into both ceremonies.
In Hindu ceremonies the bride's maternal uncle walks her down the aisle. Jaya, in her Indian wedding sari, followed tradition by taking the arm of her motherâ€™s brother as she approached the altar.
While coming to the altar, she was hidden behind an antique pashmina held by her two brothers. Once she reached the altar, they "revealed" her to her groom.
"We wanted to end the meal with something light and refreshing," says Jaya. This vanilla cake layered with whipped cream and garnished with fresh cherries, apricots, and raspberries hit the spot. The three tiers are wrapped with colorful ribbons that match her sari's vibrant hue.
Photography: Meg Smith Photography
Event Planning and Design: Traci Steuteville of Napa Valley Celebrations
Catering: Elaine Bell Catering
Cake: Perfect Endings
Flowers: Kathy Hoffman Flowers
Bride's Gown: Carolina Herrera
Bride's Hair: Dominick Pucciarello of Mizu New York
Bride's Shoes: Prada
Bridesmaids' Necklaces: Amanda Keidan Jewelry
Rings: Neil Lane
Hair and Makeup: Sherrie Long
Music: Four Score; DJ Dave Tutton, 415-474-9283
Videography: Bliss Video Productions
Lighting: Twilight Design