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colony club wedding: anjali & aaron

4.19.17 - weddings by Courtney

Anjali and Aaron had seriously one of the most unique weddings I've ever seen en masse with a beautiful syncretism of Jewish and Hindu elements. The day started at the lovely Book Cadillac where the ladies were being dressed in the most beautiful green saris. Anjali was then dressed and looked amazing in a gorgeous pink sari, and was adorned with the most spectacular heirloom jewelry. She looked absolutely incredible and when Aaron saw her for their first look there were happy tears in his eyes. He looked pretty great himself in a very fashionable blue suit.
Now that they had seen each other it was portrait time and we made some great stops around Detroit. First, we walked around the Book Cadillac to one of my favorite street views and the Golden door. Then we spread out the entire bridal party at the DIA (the perfect spot for larger group shots) and the last stop before the Colony Club was the Illuminated Mural.
We took some family formals before Anjali and Aaron were surrounded by close family and friends as they signed the Ketubah. There was not a dry eye in the room at this couple signed the Jewish marriage contract.
The more public ceremony was held down on the 2nd floor where guests were seated in gold chiavari chairs, with gorgeous pink and white flowers by Parsonage , filling the ceremony room. As you walked into the ceremony room you saw a beautiful structure that was a combination of a chuppah and a mandap. The officiants took turns leading the couple through a beautiful ceremony where traditions from both Jewish and Hindu cultures were celebrated. Flower garlands, blessings over wine, the sacred fire, the seven blessings, the saptapadi and the breaking of a glass were just a few of the honored traditions. Words cannot describe this ceremony. Incredible!
Immediately after the ceremony the guests ventured to the 4th floor for cocktail hour while the 3rd floor went through an amazing flip and became the reception hall. After first dances, the Horah and a few moments of a packed dance floor we had to say good night. But, I'm positive the party kept going strong long after we left.
Congratulations to the happy couple.

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