Chini and Varun: A Festive Indian Wedding at the Washington Duke Inn

Over the years I have been fortunate to have so many incredible clients. But, sometimes, you have  couples that you just LOVE. And for me Chini and Varun were one of those couples. From  the very start we had so much fun putting together their big Indian wedding!

Chini and Varun’s love story began at Duke and it was only natural to come back to where it all started. So they selected the Washington Duke Inn to host the days and days of festivities!

The highlight of it all was Saturday. The afternoon started with a traditional Baraat (procession of the groom and his family and friends). The baraat was filled with lively Indian music provided by DJ Rang‘s team and Varun rode in a the traditional white horse. At the end of the baraat Varun was  ceremoniously greeted by Chini’s family and then guests moved inside for the Hindu ceremony. One thing I have learned over the years is that no Hindu wedding is the same. There are so many symbolic acts  and traditions that vary from region to region. Chini was my first Indian bride to be brought in on a palanquin. A little scary for her but, so fun for the rest of us to see! The Hindu ceremony involved two priests, representing each side’s faith from different regions in India. So, it was a long but, beautiful ceremony!

After the ceremony guests had some down time to relax, make outfit changes (another thing I love about Indian weddings, the multitude of outfit changes), and came back to the ballroom for the reception. This is where Chini and Varun let the colors really pop! There were stunning gold sequin linens from CE Rentals and flowers from Tre Bella in bold colors of orange, pink, purple, and even red. At each place setting guests received a small small wooden elephant as a favor. The guests feasted on amazing food by Raaga Catering and then danced to both Indian and American music for hours until it was time for the flower petal send off!

We hope you enjoy these fabulous images from Crystal Stokes Photography and get inspired for your own big day!

Wedding Planner-  A Swanky Affair

Venue and Bar- Washington Duke Inn

Caterer- Raaga

Horse- Southern Breezes Carriages

DJ and Lighting- DJ Rang

Rentals- CE  Rentals

Decor Rentals- Sharpe Pursuits

Photographer- Crystal Stokes Photography

Videographer- Wrinkled Blanket

Hair and make- Perfection by Patricia

Cake- Mad Hatter Cafe and Bake Shoppe

Flowers- Tre Bella Florals

Shelley and Nishant: A Multicultural American and Indian Wedding in Durham

It’s s so exciting to do a wedding that blends two cultures together! Shelley and Nishant’s American and Indian wedding day was long but wonderful. The festivities began with a  traditional American service at Duke Chapel, followed by an Indian luncheon at the JB Duke Hotel, followed by the Barat (parade) at the hotel entrance, followed by a Hindu ceremony inside, and then to top it off a traditional American evening reception at the Washington Duke Inn!

I hope you enjoy the images of this traditional and classic meets multicultural and fun wedding from Scobey Photography!


Wedding Planner-  A Swanky Affair

American Ceremony- Duke Chapel

Luncheon and Hindu Ceremony Location – JB Duke Hotel

Lunch Catering- Raaga

Evening Reception- Washington Duke Inn

Flowers- Tre Bella Floral

DJ and Barat Music- DJ Rang

Dholi- Jeetu

Wedding Cake- Milk Bar

Photography- Scobey Photography

Videography- Sky Point Productions

Transportation- Carolina Livery

Bride’s Hair- Megan Lane

Bride’s Make up- Ginger Mullins

Bridesmaids Hair and Makeup- 140 Salon

Cocktail Hour Music- Arioso Strings

Mandap and Stage- Sharpe Pursuits

Afternoon Dessert- Locopops

Stationary- Persnickety Invitation Studio

Reena & Shawn- Eclectic Indian wedding at the Washington Duke Inn

I am beyond excited to share Reena and Shawn’s Indian-American wedding! The day started off with the traditional baraat with lots of music, dancing, and of course, the groom riding in on a highly decorated horse. But, after that Reena and Shawn made the wedding their own. Reena wanted a dark romance theme (think Alice In Wonderland the Johnny Depp version). With the help of iron gates, trees, terrariums, and lots of eclectic touches we made it happen! It certainly was unlike any other wedding. But, most importantly is was very much a representation of Reena and Shawn. There so much to view in these amazing photos from Riley Maclean Photography . From the bohemian bridesmaids, to the fun photos downtown with their adorable dog Alfie, to the custom bangle tree, there are just so many details to enjoy!

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Planner- A Swanky Affair

Venue- The Washington Duke Inn

Rentals- CE Rentals

Ceremony Decor- The Catering Company of Chapel Hill, Get Lit Special Event Lighting, Party Tables

Flowers- Watered Garden

Photography- Riley Maclean Photography

Videography- Wrinkled Blanket Media

Transportation- Academy Bus

Officiant- Ms. Manu Dongre

Music- Bunn DJ Company

Dessert- The Cheesecake Factory

Hair- Meredith Flamion

Make up- Thuy Lawler

Reena & Shawn- Fun Summer Rehearsal Dinner at the Rickhouse

Reena and Shawn’s Labor day weekend started off with a Saturday party at the Rickhouse. In typical Indian tradition this party is the Sangeet and is filled with Indian food and choreographed dances. But, Reena and Shawn wanted the evening to be more of a welcome party that was relaxed, festive, and introduced their guests to the Durham. The Rickhouse was the perfect venue. It has an incredible view of the old Durham Bulls Stadium (as seen in the famous movie Bull Durham) and fresh seasonal flowers from Bluebird Meadows filled the room. For dinner guests enjoyed a menu of BBQ, corn fritter, mac n cheese, and fried okra provided by Durham Catering. And nothing cooled guests down on the warm summer evening better than an ice cream by bar the Freezing Pointe.

We hope  you enjoy these photos from the amazing Riley Maclean Photography!

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Planner- A Swanky Affair

Venue- The Rickhouse

Caterer- Durham Catering

Linens- Party Tables

Rentals- American Party Rentals

Flowers- Bluebird Meadows

Photography- Riley Maclean Photography

Video- Wrinkled Blanket Media

DJ- No Regret Productions

Ice cream bar- The Freezing Pointe

Lanterns- Table of Contents

Transportation- Academy 

Chalkboard- Marika Wendelken Calligraphy

Hair- Meredith Flamion

Make up- Thuy Lawler