I realized that I dislike dividing up the recap of this wedding in two parts like this with the Indian portion of it and the non-Indian portion. Unfortunately, because of the break in the afternoon on Saturday (when I took a nap), it made sense to split it up. However, what I saw this weekend wasn’t two separate families with different beliefs and traditions, but two families and friends coming together and to celebrate love.
After said nap, we boarded the shuttle buses to the Bridgeport Art Center about four miles out of the city. It’s an old warehouse that they’ve converted into usable space, often for art galleries and weddings. The view of the city was incredible.
The ceremony completely reflected the couple and had lots of personal and more casual touches, in particular their music choices (see program below), the second reading (also see program), and their vows (it was obvious they wrote them together).
For the cocktail hour, guests were transported back down to the first floor of the building into what used to be the loading dock. Being a converted warehouse, the elevators are massive and can hold ten thousand pounds. This classy joint even hung a chandelier in the elevator.
Brody and I enjoyed mingling with our friends, drinking (red wine for me), and sampling some of the incredible hors d’oeurves. On a large white backdrop that took up the entire height of the room, which was VERY high, Bollywood music videos played. This kept the mood light and joyful; I mean, how can you not smile when watching people dancing like that!
Cocktail hour finished and elevator-loads of people made their way back up to the room for dinner and dancing. I had taken a few pictures of the rooms before the ceremony in better light – isn’t it amazing? It could’ve easily been in a wedding magazine.
The groom had told us there would be a surprise coming up. The surprise arrived right before the couple was announced to their reception: pink and white glow sticks! Kids and adults had so much fun shaking the glow sticks around as the newly married (for the second time) couple arrived for dinner. These glow sticks were also SO much fun to dance with; it made dancing feel a lot more club-like.
No pictures of food were taken, and sadly, I only have this one picture of Brody and I from that night. Too bad it’s a little blurry, but you can see another angle of the room we were in and the pink glow stick by my left hand.
We had such a fun time dancing (which is likely why I have no pictures from here on out). The groom is really into music and electronics and has lots of “connections.” The DJ they hired was legit and not some run of the mill wedding DJ; he was positioned on a platform, blended the songs perfectly, and played a great mix of new and old music to keep the crowd going. I haven’t danced that much at a wedding for a long time.
Brody and I had such a fantastic time seeing more friends tie the knot, and it’s always great to have groups of friends who are now spread out get back together. Although we sometimes gripe about all of the weddings we have, I know we’ll be both sad when they stop.
If you are married, what do you remember most about your wedding day?
Do you have a lot of weddings this summer?