A modern, maximalist wedding at Castle Green. Jane and Vikram threw an inspiring and bright wedding that highlighted both of their cultures. Their celebration was a modern fusion of southern Indian and Australian cultures. With it’s breathtaking architecture, colorful interior details, and lush greenery throughout, hosting their wedding at Castle Green was such a beautiful location and fit for the vision for their day.
What were some inspirations for your wedding?
A modern fusion of southern Indian & Australian cultures. Our venue, Castle Green was a huge inspiration for the whole thing. We walk past every day walking our dog and it’s so mysterious looking from the outside, we always joked how we wanted to get an invite to a party there someday.
What are some adjectives that describe your wedding decorations and style?
Juxtaposition of aesthetics. Bright & maximal. We started with some of the traditional Hindu wedding elements with a focus on saturated colors and gave it a modern twist.
What did you love about having your wedding at Castle Green?
We loved the space, the rich history of the castle was a huge drawing point. The Moorish décor & original styling was such an incredible backdrop for a wedding. We loved the change of aesthetic each space gave as the day continued, for the ceremony the gardens felt so tropical and lush, then the guests could explore the different sitting rooms during cocktail hour and then the ballroom was another different vibe all together.
Where there any important cultural traditions that you incorporated that felt really meaningful to you?
We wanted to bring together elements of a traditional Hindu ceremony with a laid back and casual Aussie wedding. The Baraat (grooms arrival) was a really fun way for Vikram to enter dancing with his friends and family to the beat of a dhol player. The Hindu ceremony under the Mandap was an important part of the day, bringing the two families together.
Anything nontraditional you incorporated into the day that made the celebration more unique to you?
Something that wasn’t planned but happened later in the night was a ‘shoey’ which is a very Australian tradition where you drink a beer out of your shoe.
Best decision during wedding planning?
Staying local and sleeping in our own bed! It was so easy to build all our events leading up to the wedding in Pasadena, even using our apartment clubhouse for the Mehendi party. Waking up the day of the wedding in our own place was so nice. We loved that all our friends and family could visit us here as many have never visited this part of California.
Something you would do differently if you had to do it over?
Get seconds! – we heard rave reviews on the food but didn’t really get a chance to indulge as we were so busy.
Most memorable part of the day?
The ceremony, it was so fun which is surprising because that was the part that we didn’t have planned and were most nervous about, we didn’t even do a rehearsal! Indian weddings are chaotic and imperfect, which is exactly what it was – just like life should be. The priest made it so fun for the guests by explaining all the different rituals and prayers throughout and kept it lighthearted while we fumbled our way through.
Photographed by Nate on both film and digital.
Planning & Design: Blossom Events // Venue: Castle Green // Photographer: The Shalom Imaginative // Floral Design: Bride & Maya Miller // Hair: Nikki Corral // Makeup: Lexi Rios // Dress designer: Sarah Seven // SARI: From India // Suit designer: Suit Supply // Jane’s Rings: Everett Fine Jewelry // Second look earrings: Real Fine Studio // Vikram’s Ring: Real Fine Studio // Vikram Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Catering: Romanesque Catering // DJ: DJ Villa // Officiant: Shastri Santosh Sharma, United Hindu Temple Covina // Video: Lenson Productions // Dhol Player: Raj From Ocdamia Music
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