Fantastic Fusion of Indian Tradition and Cincinnati Cool {Kentucky}

2017 Oct 4 - by Preeti
Anisha and Ashwin had a fairly tale wedding. And it's a fairly tale not just for them, but for the many people they raised money for. Opting out of traditional gifts, this sweet couple donated to Pratham and the American Heart Association. Together with family and friends they raised more than $20,000!

They had a gorgeous wedding at the Drees Pavilion at Devou Park and The Hyatt Regency Hotel full of glam and laughs.

Anisha tells us about the wedding and why they opted for charity fundraising.

We are so fortunate to have the family and friends that we do and we very quickly learned we have enough love and support to last us a lifetime. So, in lieu of receiving gifts or gifting tokens to our guests, we asked our guests to donate to one of two charities (Ashwin's choice - Pratham or Anisha's choice - the American Heart Association).

Furthermore, we had some fun at the Reception and asked guests to place a token into a frame at the back of the room to place their vote for either of the charities. The "winner" would receive all the additional gifts and a contribution from us. We raised over $20,000 for charity!! We are bound in humility and enjoy giving back, we hope other brides would be inspired to do similar.

Another cool thing is we are very supportive of conservation so our wedding stationary and paper based decor was all made from hand recycled paper from Xylem Papercraft.

We chose Anita Dongre for our wedding attire because she supports conservation and utilizes green methods including equal and fair employment in designing and producing her clothing. TOMS is a brand Anisha loves so getting 1 (more) to give 1 to a child in need was a no-brainer for us.

WE ALSO HAD AN ICE CREAM TRUCK! :)

{Wedding Credits}

Stationary, Signage, Detailed Decor - Xylem Papercraft and Rickshaw Recycle in Delhi

Venues - Great American Ball Park (sangeet), Drees Pavilion at Devou Park (wedding), and The Hyatt Regency Hotel (reception) // Wedding Planner - Nidhi Bedi at A Bride's Mafia // Caterer - Amar India Restaurant (we also had Mango Tree at an event and Gomez Salsa at the after party!) // Photographer - Michael Bambino & Co. (Michelle Jackson was the lead) // Videographer - Robert G. Films // DJ & Lighting - DJ Ice & Fresh Productions // Baker - Dessertworks Cakery & Brij Mohan // Florist - Glendale Florist // Furniture & Decor - Entertainment Unlimited // Photo Booth - Framester

Transportation - Queen City Transportation (although we drove away in my grandmother's Maserati!) // Other - Ice Cream Truck (Mister Softee), Late Night Snacks (Gomez Salsa), Mehendi Dinner Caterer (Mango Tree) // Jewelry - Surana Jewelers of Jaipur, my mother & both grandmother's jewelry (her), & JKJ Jewelers of Jaipur, Rolex (him) // Sangeet Attire - Anita Dongre (her) and Vivek Narang (him)

Wedding Attire - Anita Dongre & Toms shoes (both) // Reception Attire - Sabyasachi and Stuart Weiztman shoes (her) & Canali suit and Salvatore Ferragamo shoes (him)

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