Anjali & Glenn's Radiant Orchid Indian Fusion Wedding {Chicago, IL}

2014 Mar 22 - by Preeti
How do you not fall in love with a wedding that's full of smiles? Anjali and Glenn had a tradition Hindu wedding followed by a beautiful service at the waterfront in Chicago.

And they concluded with a spectacular reception at the planetarium!

We love Anjali's radiant orchid wedding lengha, followed by a fusion white sari dress. She mixed that up with teal blues and oranges for the reception theme. And in between, she and Glenn, along with their bridesmaids and groomsmen, took photos in downtown Chicago.

So much pretty, where to begin!

Anjali shares with us her wedding and story.

Tell us about the wedding!

We were a mix of Hindu and pretty standard American wedding. We tried really hard to incorporate elements of everything into all of the ceremonies. We had our weddings in Chicago, Illinois. The Hindu wedding was at the BAPS temple, and the American one was on Lake Michigan at The Adler Planetarium. The goal was for everything to be really fresh and visually amazing to capture the magic of the day!

As far as the colors go, I wanted a ""sunset on the lake"" theme for the flowers and the dresses for the bridesmaids.

What was the hardest part of the planning process?

Glenn wanted to get married 4 months after proposing!!!!! Once we had the venue secured, we were good!

Did you do any DIY at the wedding?

I found a beautiful quote regarding the meaning of Namaste. "My soul honors your soul. I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honor the light, love, beauty, truth, and peace within you, because it is also within me. In doing these things, we are the same, we are united, we are one."

We took the quote and turned it into magnets. We also brought back sindoor boxes from India and filled them with candies as favors for each guest.

My sister and cousins did a pretty amazing dance that incorporated Hindi music and even gangnam syle, lol!

And we had mango and guava themed mocktails and cocktails.

Tell us about the outfits!

All of our clothes were made in India. I chose fabric and then had the dresses custom made by a tailor in India. The lengha for the Indian ceremony was a traditional style, and for the reception was a more modern Indian style. The white dress was also made from scratch, loosely taken from a white lengha I had seen in the design book at the tailor. We made it into a dress, lol. We picked the fabric down to the embroidered pieces on the dress itself. It was really fun to have three different styles to play with!

I also chose the fabric for the bridesmaids dresses and had them made to represent a fusion of Indian and American. They had shorter blouses for the American wedding and wore their chunis as shawls. They had longer blouses for the Indian wedding worn traditionally. All of Glenn's stuff was also made in India, down to the shoes! There were no ready made shoes big enough, lol!

What advice do you have for brides planning their wedding?

You will get out of it what you put in to it! So, do everything with great love!

Hire other people to worry for you on the day of the wedding. Seriously.

Don't skimp on the pictures or the video guy!

Thanks so much for sharing your wedding Anjali and Glenn. We wish you the best!

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Photography - Glen Abog Photography