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Milan + Susan's Kaleidoscopic Indian + Jewish Wedding

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Milan + Susan's Kaleidoscopic Indian + Jewish Wedding

You may have seen a glimpse of this wedding in our article about wedding party outfits (hint: it’s the photo of the bridesmaids wearing saris), but Susan and Milan’s colorful Indian wedding deserves a post all its own. Prepare your eyes for a magical ride of color and joy.

With an Indian groom and a Jewish bride, there were many traditions that Susan and Milan could choose from for their celebration. Milan opted to wear a traditional sherwani in a beautiful gold color over ruby red pants, with jutti shoes in gold and ivory (complete with those awesome curls on the toes). He also had a ton of groom swag/jewels/accessories, which we are Here. For. Susan picked a white gown and a chapel-length veil, plus bridal mehendi on her hands, arms, and feet (also omg can we talk about how great her eye makeup is?? Well done, Miriam!) plus a couple gold bangles.

These two had one of the most colorful (and biggest!) wedding parties we’ve ever worked with. Susan’s bridesmaids wore a combo of American-style dresses and saris, ranging in color from apricot to fuchsia; Milan’s groomsmen also wore sherwanis, but with American shoes.

After their first look, there was a raucous Baraat (sorry, no horse though) with drums and singing and shouting through the streets. Matt totally captured the joy and energy of that procession! After they made it over to the venue, the two families signed a ketubah (a traditional Jewish wedding document) and the ceremony began!

They got married under a dreamy, jewel-toned mandap that looked like it was straight out of a royal palace. We were also particularly fond of the candles along the sides of the aisles, which gave the whole room a warm, golden feel. The ceremony incorporated both Indian and Jewish traditions, and culminated with Milan stomping on a glass (Mavel Tov!) and the new couple leaving the ceremony draped in flowers.

Susan entered the reception with her own surprise: she had changed out of her white gown and into a crimson-and-gold sari. She and Milan shared a first dance. Toasts happened. Everyone cried. Dancing started. Everyone cheered. A few bridesmaids surprised Milan with a traditional Indian dance, and then there was the traditional Jewish wedding dance: the Hora!

Weddings are about community. Susan and Milan come from different backgrounds, so their community is a blend of those backgrounds, and so was their wedding. It was a joy to witness the ways they incorporated each of their backgrounds into one giant, opulent, whirlwind of love and celebration. Do you have plans to weave different traditions together? We’d love to hear your ideas!!

PLANNING: Jeannette Tavares, Evoke DC

FLORALS | DESIGN: Sarah Khan Event Styling

VENUE | CATERING: The Westin Annapolis

WHITE DRESS: Francesca’s Bridal

HAIR: Sara Elizabeth, Infinity Artistry

MAKEUP: Miriam Ault

DJ: DJ Ramzy

CEREMONY MUSIC: Iain Forrest, Eyeglasses String Music

LIGHTING | DRAPING | SOUND: Brian Wasser, Electric Entertainment

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Andrew + Ryan's New Year's Eve Soiree Wedding

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Andrew + Ryan's New Year's Eve Soiree Wedding

In an attempt to stave off the crushing dread of The News and The State of Our Country, I've been going back and looking at photos taken over the past year that never made it on the blog. Because when you feel hopeless and defeated, one good option is to spread love, loudly and proudly. Special shout-out to all y'all who are planning a wedding but this political climate is seriously putting a damper on your vibe. Stay strong. 

Andrew + Ryan married each other at a FREEZING private ceremony at one of the most beautiful monuments on the National Mall. They continued the celebration with a community ceremony and swanky soirée at a local restaurant, complete with rainbow-and-confetti dance party and traditional Latin American New Year's traditions (see if you can spot the photo of them, and Andrew's mom, with grapes stuffed in their mouths). It was sparkly and beautiful and perfect.

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mood board, radiant orchid

Pantone, “a world-renown authority on color and provider of color systems,” declared “radiant orchid” the color of the year for 2014, and we agree that it’s a color worthy of adoration. This shade is both playful and elegant, combining the traditional richness of purple with a happy-go-lucky pink undertones.

If you’re as taken with this color as we are, you’ll enjoy this inspiration + mood board we put together. Use it to spark your imagination and your creativity!

Check out our radiant orchid board on pinterest!

What do you think?

How would you use “radiant orchid” in your wedding? Do you think it deserves the color of the year award? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

photo credits (top to bottom, left to right): modern purple room (Hunter Douglas Decor View); blackberry white chocolate cupcake (Culinary Covers); flower cupcakes (Radiant Orchid); radiant orchid ribbon dress (Davia Lee); peaches and cream wedding balloons (The Wedding Scoop); silver bars (Monex); orchid accents (Sephora); radiant orchid in modern decor (212Concept); color of the year for 2014 (Pantone); orchid + henna (Joy Marie Photography); purple ombre mini cakes (Glorious Treats); l'auberge del mar wedding (The Youngrens)

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if music be the food of love, a playlist

If you’re anything like us at Two Spoons, you know one of the best parts of a wedding is the food--and especially the cake! We've taken the opportunity to round up 13 food-lovin’ love songs to celebrate the delicious side of le amour, and for extra sweetness, we’re mixing in foodie photos we've taken from past events.

Grab a bite of your favorite treat and play on!

  1. Tupelo Honey” by Van Morrison She’s an angel of the first degree / She’s as sweet as tupelo honey

  2. Green Apples” by Chantal Kreviazuk You’re toast and jam / And you are cotton candy / You’re double rainbows / Beside a settin’ sun

  3. Morning Song” by Jewel Leave the dishes in the sink / Do not answer the door / It’s you that I adore

  4. Breakfast in Bed” by Train You’re the fastest race I ever led / You’re the finest bride I’ll ever wed

  5. Ice Cream” by Sarah McLachlan Your love is better than ice cream / Better than anything else that I’ve tried

  6. Strawberry Wine” by Deana Carter Year after year I come back to this place / Just to remember the taste / Of strawberry wine and seventeen

  7. Sugar, Sugar” by The Archies You are my candy girl / And you got me wanting you.

  8. Build Me Up Buttercup” by The Foundations I need you more than anyone, darlin’ / You know that I have from the start

  9. Wild Mountain Thyme” by Ed Sheeran Where the wild mountain thyme / Grows around the blooming heather / Would you go, lassie, go?

  10. Lay Lady Lay” by Magnet Why wait any longer for the world to begin / You can have your cake and eat it too

  11. A Woman’s Love” by Alan Jackson I have tasted / And I have wasted / A woman’s love

  12. Lilac Wine” by Jeff Buckley Lilac wine / Is sweet and heavy / Like my love

  13. Banana Pancakes” by Jack Johnson Maybe we can sleep in / I’ll make you banana pancakes / Pretend like it’s the weekend now

What did you think? Let us know if we left out a must-have food-lovers love song in the comments below!

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sarah & reid // suffolk, va. wedding

Remember Sarah & Reid from their Charlottesville engagement photos? The lovely couple tied the knot December 29, 2013 in a beautiful ceremony at the First Lady of Suffolk, in Suffolk, Va, and we're excited to share a few photos from the wedding.

Together since high school, Sarah and Reid’s wedding was an elegant affair with touches of Christmas lingering like warm cheer. The nuptials were officiated by the groom’s father, Pastor Dan Kerly of Crosswater Presbyterian Church.

We snapped the photos with the couple's interests in mind: Enjoy the warm, whimsical palette inspired by Wes Anderson and nods to the classic film era.

But most importantly, CONGRATULATIONS to the couple!

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keri & jason // roanoke va wedding

Keri and Jason's celebration of their marriage was just as funky and awesome as the two of them. Even though they're busy raising two little ones, they somehow had time to plan an event that was lush and detailed and thoughtful and just plain amazing! There were pudding cups, a DJ spinning classic soul music, an incredible coconut cake, and postcards, all within a great off-the-beaten-path venue: the O. Winston Link Museum in Roanoke, VA! 

The event was part wedding, part reception, and part dance party--but totally and completely all about Keri and Jason's love and their lovely family! 

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Congrats, Mike & Renae!

So I've been MIA on the blog lately because of so many amazing and fun things going on last week, but I just wanted to say CONGRATS to Mike & Renae! Had such a great time at your wedding this weekend and I know you're bound for some fantastic stuff.

More soon I promise!

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