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A Summer Gujarati Indian Wedding at Sheraton Tysons in Virginia

With every wedding, we learn something new. Even though we have been planning Indian weddings in the Washington, DC area for years, last summer we learned that Gujarati Indians tend to be more conservative from our clients who got married in Virginia. While the wedding itself was no less spectacular, it meant that we had minimal dancing. I wanted to share with you the highlights from their wedding day.

All photos by Mariel Hannah

indian-wedding-virginia-sheraton-tysons-hotel-baraat-carA fancy Mustang takes the groom and his sister on a ride during the baraat.

indian-wedding-virginia-sheraton-tysons-hotel-baraat-dancingLove it when the groom and his guests get into the baraat with a lot of dancing.

indian-wedding-virginia-sheraton-tysons-hotel-sarah-khan-mandap-pink-mauve-ivoryA Gujarati wedding ceremony under a mavue, pinks, and white mandap by Sarah Khan Styling.


The bride’s family sends her off to be with her new husband in the vidaai after the ceremony, although I’m sure they did not travel in the Mustang back in the day.

indian-wedding-virginia-escort-card-table-modern-pink-mauve indian-wedding-virginia-sheraton-tysons-hotel-head-table-pink-mauve-ivory square-wedding-cake-textured-buttercream-custom-cake-design gujarati indian-wedding-virginia-newlywed-gamesNewlyweds game provided lots of laughter.

Event Partners
Venue: Sheraton Tysons Hotel, Vienna, VA
Wedding Coordination: Event Accomplished, Vicky Choy
Indian Caterer: Bombay Tandoor
Hair: Anna Fazio
Makeup: La’Sara Makeup Artistry
Decorator: Sarah Khan Event Styling
Cake: Custom Cake Design
Photographer: Mariel Hannah
DJ / Lighting / Mobile Music: SVP DJ
Chiavari Chairs: Sammy Rental
Garba Venue: Julia Bindeman Suburban Center

I hope you enjoyed the recap from this wedding. Check out our blog posts on Indian weddings.








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An Intimate Winter Wedding in Arlington, VA

I love when a client has everything for the wedding close by. Our client’s church and wedding reception venue were 2 blocks from each other; and both of those were only 3 block from their home. Most of our major event partners were in Arlington, Virginia or very close by. All photos by Cynthia Sambro-Rier.

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Event Partners
Wedding Planner: Vicky Choy, Event Accomplished
Ceremony Venue: Christ Church of Arlington, Arlington, VA
Reception Venue: Lyon Park Community Center, Arlington, VA
Caterer: Lyon Hall
Hair Stylist: Kirsten Eike
Makeup Artist: Leah Margosis
Floral Designer: Alisa Rabinovich of Galleria Florist
Photographer: Cynthia Sambro-Rier
DJ: Belt it Out Productions, Darin Pusker
Cake: Leonora Bakery
Lighting: 27 STUDIOS
Rentals: DC Rental





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An Elegant and Understated Wedding with a bit of preppy at Strong Mansion, MD

In honor of Kathleen and Joel’s first anniversary, please enjoy these happy images from their wedding day. Photos by Mary Kate McKenna Photography.

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A lush green setting for the ceremony. Photo: Mary Kate McKenna Photography

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Photogenic couple, captured in great lighting by Mary Kate McKenna

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Soft textures of peonies for the bridal bouquet. Floral Design: En Masse Flowers. Photo: Mary Kate McKenna

navy gold white blush wedding details

An elegant mix of navy, white and blush pink with gold accents. Photo: Mary Kate McKenna.

garland centerpiece kings table

We used the garlands extensively throughout the wedding, including this floor length garland used on all the kings tables. Photo: Vicky Choy/Event Accomplished

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The second table design uses a square table. Photo: Mary Kate McKenna

Fancy Cakes by Leslie textured buttercream wedding cake

Cake: Fancy Cakes by Leslie. Photo: Mary Kate McKenna

LBC Design wedding stationery

Carina Herman of LBC Design helped us create a consistent look for all the stationery used on wedding day. Photos: Mary Kate McKenna Photography

Wisconsin cheese and meat late night snacks wedding

Since the couple both lived in Wisconsin, they really wanted to serve Wisconsin cheese and sausages as a late night snack. Spilled Milk Catering helped us get the products for guests to enjoy. Photos: Mary Kate McKenna

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I love night shots. It looks like there is a good party under tent. Photo: Mary Kate McKenna


Production Team
Wedding Planner: Vicky Choy, Event Accomplished
Venue: Strong Mansion, Dickerson, MD
Caterer: Spilled Milk Catering
Photographer: Mary Kate McKenna Photography
Floral Design: Enmasse Florals
Baker: Fancy Cakes by Leslie
Ceremony, Cocktail Musicians: Perfect Harmony String Quartet
Band: Bachelor Boys Band
Hair Stylist:  Remona Soleimani, Bridal Hair by Remona
Makeup Artist: Leah Margosis
Rentals: DC Rental
“Day of” Paper Products / Graphic Design: Carina Herman, LBC Design
Invitations: The Dandelion Patch
Rehearsal Dinner: Brewers Alley, Frederick, MD

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Romantic Summer Wedding for Georgetown Alum at Omni Shoreham Hotel

I loved this couple as they were the kindest people one could meet. This is the part of my job I love the most. Our associates Arielle Blinick, Jennifer Briley and Juanice Jenkins did an outstanding job managing the event, despite temperatures in the high 80s. When you are a teacher, the only time you have available to get married is in the summer. Photos by Documentary Associates

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Floral Design: Davincis. Photo: Documentary Associates

Dahlgren Chapel Georgetown University wedding ceremony

Ceremony at Dahlgren Chapel. Photo: Documentary Associates

Fluffy Thoughts textured buttercream wedding cake

Textured Buttercream wedding cake by Fluffy Thoughts. Photo: Documentary Associates

fried chicken wedding food station Omni Shoreham Hotel DC

The Omni Shoreham culinary team did an amazing job with the variety of food stations, including friend chicken and biscuits. Yes please! Photo: Documentary Associates

Lara Andrews belly dancer wedding Washington DC

Guests were entertained by Lara Adrienne, a belly dancer. Photo: Documentary Associates

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Photo: Documentary Associates

Omni Shoreham Hotel wedding Palladian Ballroom

The gorgeous Palladian Ballroom at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Photo: Documentary Associates

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A mix of high and low centerpieces is not only budget friendly but gives some movement to the room. Photo: Documentary Associates


Production Team
Wedding Planner: Event Accomplished
Ceremony Venue: Dahlgren Chapel, Georgetown University
Reception Venue: Omni Shoreham Hotel, Dominic Sanchez
Photography: Tom Van Veen, Documentary Associates
DJ: Mike Valenti
Wedding Cake: Fluffy Thoughts
Makeup and Hair: Perry Warren
Floral Design: Davincis Florist
Photobooth: Bialeks Music
Linens: Party Rental
Belly Dancer: Lara Adrienne
Transportation: Reston Limo


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A Romantic Spring Wedding in Middleburg, VA

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Photo: Vicki Grafton

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Photo: Vicki Grafton

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How talented is this bride? She painted all the escort cards with watercolor and used her calligraphy skills learned from classes with Meant to Be Calligraphy to address the cards. Photo: Vicki Grafton

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Photo: Vicki Grafton

salamander resort middleburg wedding cake

Photo: Vicki Grafton

salamander resort middleburg wedding father daugther dance

Photo: Vicki Grafton

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As a guestbook, the couple matted all the movie ticket stubs they’ve collected over the years for guests to sign. Photo: Vicky Choy

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Photo: Vicki Grafton

All photos by Vicki Grafton unless otherwise noted. Check out more of their wedding photos in Virginia Living Magazine, and  their engagement session which appeared in the Washingtonian Bride and Groom Blog.

Production Team
Venue & Catering: Salamander Resort & Spa
Wedding Planner: Vicky Choy, Event Accomplished
Photographer: Vicki Grafton Photography
Videographer: Angela Wu, Mustard Tights
DJ: Van Petty, MyDeejay
Lighting: Atmosphere Lighting
Florist: Blooms Reston Floral Design
Linens: DC Rental
Chiavari Chairs: Chiavari Chair Rentals
Hair Stylist: Don Dao
Makeup Artist: Brittany Watson
Cigar Roller: Cortez Cigars

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