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B&K1 Nov, 2018
The story of our wedding
Our beautiful intimate wedding was held at Frank Sinatra's iconic Twin Palms Estate in Palm Springs. The mid-century home was completed in 1947, which Sinatra had architect E. Stewart Williams design for him, and is the one he shared with Ava Gardner during their passionate marriage. I (the bride) planned it all single-handedly within 3 months!
My husband popped the question in Las Vegas July 19th 2018, in the same hallway at the Sands Expo where we bumped into each other in 2015, which is when we started dating. We thought, "Why wait?", and got right on the wedding planning to make it happen before the year was out.
I didn't hire a florist - I found some inspiration on Pinterest and made simple centerpieces featuring large vintage clear glass bottles with Areca palm and monstera leaves, as well as a smaller bottle with chocolate dahlias, dusty rose carnations, other greenery and votive candles. My colors were emerald green, dusty rose, white and gold. Our flatware was an awesome vintage gold color, our table linens white, napkins dusty rose with brown fruitwood folding chairs.
My good friend and practically sister, Jyoti Nanra aka The Purple Cupcake, created our stunning wedding cake and dessert table featuring vanilla bean donuts, white chocolate berries, and vanilla cake/cupcakes filled with nutella and Ferrero Rocher butter cream. The colorful flowers, leaves, buttercream frostings and gold leaf designs brought the room to life.
My favorite part was the personal, emotional ceremony in Sinatra's driveway with breathtaking views, where we were married by my husband's older brother. All of us laughed and had moments we paused to cry happy tears. Also, the moment we put on some Bhangra music for my Indian family and everyone got down to it in Sinatra's living room!
The food was a hit - we had Westwood Catering make a custom BBQ inspired menu which included jerk rubbed chicken, a beef brisket carving station, mac n cheese, Mexican street corn and more. The reception was held in the backyard lawn area which features a piano shaped pool and our awesome gold tufted bar.
Our music included everything from soulful oldies to Bhangra music and hip hop. Our first dance was "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" by Amy Winehouse, we entered the reception to "Fly Me to the Moon" by Sinatra, and I walked down the aisle to "Once Upon a Dream" by Lana Del Rey, which was played by the wonderful violinist I hired.
My bouquet, the bridesmaid's bouquets and the boutonnieres were literally made by a couple of my bridesmaids and myself. I bought the leaves and flowers at the downtown Los Angeles flower market, which is luckily down the street from where I live, and we drove them down to Palm Springs ourselves in buckets of water.
My jewelry was by Dolce & Gabbana. I went for a bold look since my dress and veil were so clean. After a trip to the Heavenly Bodies exhibit at the Met in NYC, I was heavily inspired by Dolce & Gabbana as well as a few other designers featured in the exhibit when it came to my nails and accessories. I wanted to add an Indian element to my look, so I bought a handmade headpiece from an Australian jeweler on Etsy. Overall it was a wonderful and fun experience planning and enjoying our big day!
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