Pooja and Robert

Raleigh, North Carolina

 

 

Photography | Rebekah and Grace | @rebekahandgracephotography

Ceremony Venue | Raleigh City Center Marriott

Reception Venue | The Sutherland | @sutherlandevents

Event Planner | K Scott Weddings | @kscottweddings

Floral Designer | McAdams Farm | @mcadamsfarm

Hair | Hair by Anna Pham

Beauty | Silver Ceilings Beauty | @silverceilingbeauty

Beauty | Makeup by Jenny Le

Cake | Once in a Blue Moon Bakery

Other | Dead Broke Farm | @deadbrokefarm

DJ | DJ Rang | @djrang

From the Photographer

Pooja & Rob chose to have an Indian fusion wedding in order to incorporate both the Hindu and Christian ceremonies. The ceremony theme was “Garden Romance” and took place at The Sutherland Estate and Garden. Keisha Scott of K.Scott Weddings + Design Floral Team and Associate Planners made created a dream atmosphere with florals of colors of soft white, blush, peaches which complimented the wedding party’s wardrobe perfectly. For the ceremony Pooja, Rob and the wedding party wore traditional Indian wedding clothing. For the reception, Robert wore a dark navy blue tux while Pooja surprised him in a traditional white wedding gown for their reception” first look”.

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?

Fusion. We wanted to be able to represent both sides of our heritage and create a wedding that celebrated and blended both cultures. I had asked my husband if he wanted to do a separate Christian ceremony and he said something that stuck with me throughout the planning process, “We’re getting married and creating a life together, why not do the same for our ceremony”. That shaped the course for our entire wedding- taking the best of each culture and making it fun!

 

We had a Sangeet-Mehndi party with fresh local flowers, a traditional rehearsal dinner, a fusion Hindu-Christian ceremony, and a grand reception with speeches and a huge multifamily dance compilation. Our color palate was blush and gold. Our style was floral romantic for the ceremony and a little glam for the reception.

 

Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

Keisha Scott with K. Scott Weddings made our vision come true. We worked together on concepts and I did a little DIY with things like the menu cards or signs for the ceremony but everything else was her team who did a beyond amazing job!

 

What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

Romantic garden florals was our vision. We got married in a walled garden so the greenery was already there but K. Scott Weddings created the most beautiful romantic garden feel. I love florals so it was definitely an important element of the decor. One thing we tried to do to be more environmentally conscious was to reuse flowers from one event to the next. For example, our Mandap and isle-way florals were repurposed to the reception seamlessly.

 

Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

It was important to us to try and maintain a personal feel even with 350-500 guests in attendance. We used our favorite foods, signature cocktails, played newlywed games, personalized vows and choreographed our first dance. My favorite part of our wedding was not only marrying my best friend but being surrounded by so much love. It was amazing to celebrate and see so many of our loved ones share in our joy! There was one specific moment that will stick with me forever and it was seeing my fathers reaction of seeing me for the first time before he walked me down the aisle.

 

Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

We had so many events so each of our looks was tailored to the style of the event. For the Mehndi Night we went with bright Moroccan colors- our flowers were a mix of zinnias and sunflowers too from a local farm. For the ceremony, we both went with pastels. For the rehearsal dinner I wore a white sari to represent our blended cultures. For the reception, I wore a beaded lace American white wedding dress, Rob was looking dashing in a navy blue with black lapel tuxedo. I did however change into a light green one piece Indian gown for the cake cutting and dance floor.

 

How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

We actually met in 2006 as college freshmen at UNC through mutual friends. It wasn’t until 2016, with the help of a certain dating app that we recognized a each others familiar faces, and the rest is history. Rob’s proposed in Hawaii! It was a dream vacation nearing the end of my dental residency. We had gone snorkeling earlier that day and sailed past a restaurant overlooking a cliff and said to each other, “Wow that’s amazing!” Rob mentioned that at night they have bioluminescent manta rays dives that you can see while you enjoy dinner but that unfortunately it was totally booked. We got back from our snorkeling trip and he thought it would be nice to get freshened up and head out to dinner. We got to the resort on the cliff and he mentioned that we just walk around because he misjudged the time of our reservation. I knew something was up! We walked over to the cliff area as the sun was setting (clearly he had something planned out all along but I had no idea since I was rushing to get ready), got on one knee and I was speechless! He was so sweet and sincere in his words of course I said YES! The rest of our vacation was amazing and we can’t wait to go back one day.

 

What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

One of the most special moments of our wedding was seeing how many friends and family members had secretly practiced for weeks to perform a dance at our reception! We knew many of them had never done an Indian dance or were nervous so seeing everyone out there was truly amazing! We were stunned and still replay that video time and time again!

 

Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

If you’re going to have a big wedding, get a planner from day 1! Have a vision in mind and stick with it and don’t worry about the details on your day. If something goes wrong, no one will really notice and remember to focus on the reason for a wedding- to celebrate!