California Wine Country Indian Wedding Inspiration {The Meritage}

2017 May 30 - by Preeti
Ohh we have inspiration in store for you today! Working together with our Red Book Preferred Vendor Guide Members, we created a series of interviews, styled shoots and more.

Inspired by the saptapadi (the seven steps), our video series is The 7 Steps of South Asian {Wine Country} Wedding Planning. These interviews gives you a personal look at what vendors want you to know about looking for and hiring vendors, working in different venue environments, and do's and don'ts.

Since we wanted to give you fresh squeezed inspiration, we went to Napa wine country. Spending a beautiful spring day The Meritage Resort, we create two tablescapes, interviewed around the property, and recorded Live videos.

In the Cave, the team set up a dessert table, and on the gazebo deck (which overlooks the whole property), a styled tablescape adorned the layout.

It was a team effort to create all the videos, questions, and styles. Denise of d.Royal Engagements interviewed all the vendors while Jas of JSK Photography captured the day in photos. Mitasha Singh of MSutra Bride and Timsi Malhotra of TM's Makeup Artistry transformed Denise and I into wine country goddesses.

For the desserts, Mona of Bake Me Something and Reshmi of Jalsa created the delicious dessert tablescape. Moh of Prime Party Rental provided the rentals and style look.

And we can't forget that all these videos were done by the magical duo Mario and Fran from their namesake videography studio.

These Bay Area wedding vendors that made it happen are AH-MAZ-ING. You can catch all their video interviews with vendors along with more photos and throughout the week here on the blog, we'll have all the videos. Get started with a video from us, yours truly, Preeti, over here.

Grab your chai and let's begin with gorgeous Indian wedding style!

From the bright and spacious vineyards and pools, we enter the Estate Cave at The Meritage. It's dark, cool, and romantic. A former, real wine barrel cellar, the cave is today a place to transpire a wedding reception into a magical event.

Our dessert table features a colorful three tiered henna cake from Bake Me Something (based in Fremont, California).

Accompanying the cake is of course classic Indian mithai displayed in elegance. The fabulous Reshmi at Jalsa Catering (San Jose, CA) created the mango panna cotta, gulab jamman, rubdi, cannelloni, and chocolate cups. And you know, we got to eat them up after the photo shoot!

Heading outside, we climb to the top of the hotel property where the gazebo overlooks the gateway to wine country. It's a stunning place to setup a mandap and hold a Hindu wedding ceremony.

The sequined tablescape was styled by two of my favorite San Francisco vendors, d.Royal Engagements and Prime Party Rentals. They have done desi weddings big and bigger and they are talented people!

The concept behind the tablescape was ethereal; with silver candles and clear candle holders floating over the landscape. A touch of bold elegance paved way with a marsala velvet runner and pops of magenta tulips. Moh of Prime Party Rentals added a special touch with a sign that informed guests instead of wedding favors, the couple donated money to charity; a noble idea.

Stay tuned as we interview each vendor and learn more about the do's and don'ts of hiring wedding vendors.