Welcome to Chapter Two of Tina and Rajaâ€™s wedding weekend!
We had a great time documenting their Mehndi Party at the Adolphus, and the next day, we witnessed their wedding ceremony at Cityplace. The ceremony and reception were filled with so much goodness, we have seriously been dying to share it all with you!
When we first met Tina and Raja were struck by how well they matched. Raja is a physician and Tina is a yoga instructor, and even though they come from different states, and have different backgrounds, they somehow met in Dallas and fell in love. If you ask Tina about their story, sheâ€™ll say Raja pursued her until she gave in and went on a date with him. If you ask Raja, heâ€™ll probably agree with Tina, and say thatâ€™s exactly how it happened.Â We think that in itself is a sign that theyâ€™ll be happy for a long long time!Â ; )
The wedding morning started with the ladies getting ready at the Hotel Adolphus. Matt and I got to hang out together for a little while, and that was just awesome. He grabbed some outdoor shots while I got some details.
Look at Tina’s shoooooes!!!!!!!
The gorgeous dress by Demetrios.
We love all the DIY details Tina incorporated into her day. One of our favorites are these table topper photo boxes! We think it’s awesome when our brides use their engagement photos in creative ways, and this one is just one of the cutest. Tina explained more about her day and how to make these boxes, at the end of this post, so be sure to check that out!
Aren’t these Donna Morgan bridesmaids dresses cute? I love the color choice and the silver heels the girls paired them with!
Tina was just glowing all day!
Jimmy Choo! Aren’t they pretty?
When the ladies were ready, we attempted to go outside for some photos, but the wind scared us back inside (more on that crazy wind later…!). Photographers would always rather shoot outside, so I knew Matt would venture outside with the guys, but I think the ladies rocked their indoor portraits! I love all the different looks and fun we had : )
The florals were done byÂ Rockstar Florals- and the colors were perfect!
A new favorite! It looked just like this in camera…no editing – the light and the bride are just so naturally pretty!
Matt got to hang out with the guys for a little while.
Raja looked great in his Pal Zileri suit.
Matt always has a bunch of photos of the guys trying to pin on the boutonnieres from every wedding. I’m guessing they’re not the easiest things to get on ; )
The guys, looking very GQ…
…with sweet socks!
The ceremony started with some special touches that had significance to the bride and groom.
The bride’s brother brought in flowers that were placed on their mom’s honorary chair in memory of her life… it was truly a beautiful tribute!
The ring bearers and flower girl melted everyone…and the emotions when Tina was given to Raja almost melted me!
The groom’s and bride’s families, immediately following the beautiful ceremony…their emotions say it all!
We didn’t get to do a first look with the couple, so after the ceremony, the bride and groom wanted to squeeze in a small portrait session, and we thought that would be a great time to head outside. We just had no idea that it would be windy. I mean really really windy. Â Have you ever been picked up by the wind and moved? Yes. We have….and our bride and groom seriously almost blew away, too!
So, on to plan B! We got a few photos of the couple indoors, where the wind wasn’t so crazy and we could all relax a little : )
Favorite photo of the day. Tina and Raja, you guys are a stunning couple!
The reception was held on the 42nd floor, and the view was spectacular.
I’m obsessed with all of the purple reception details! Here are the completed photo boxes, and the decor by the bride and Shag Carpet.
DJ’s are really important to photographers.Â So we have a special thank you to the DJ, Blair, who was super helpful throughout the evening. He set the pace and communicated with us through the night, so it was a great little partnership. ; ) Most of all, Blair and his team were awesome at making sure everyone had a good time…I’m sure you’ll be able to tell he did a great job from the photos!
This adorable little lady was super tired out from all the festivities and we caught her taking a little siesta : )
Tina and her brother, singing the night away…with their family in the background. I love this!
The last dance….just the bride and groom.
Look at these streamers! Matt and I somehow got tangled in them as well (really really tangled, and you should have seen us try to get free and keep our cameras above the madness!), so we can attest to the effort Tina and Raja were making to get free of the web. They were amazing, unbreakable streamers that definitely made for a fun exit!!!
We’ll end with this sweet shot of the bride and groom.
Tina and Raja, we wish you all the best, and we hope you have a fabulous life together!
-Matt and Ivy
Some words from Tina about her special day, and the details and touches she incorporated to make it unique for her and Raja…plus, her instructions on how to make vellum photo boxes!
I built the picture boxes out of photo mats I ordered in bulk. I used 3 mats for each box. I cut the sides off one mat and glued them to the other two mats with tacky craft glue to make the box. Before gluing them though, I painted the pieces with metallic stone texturized spray paint. I ordered black and white vellum prints of my favorite engagement and bridal shots and taped them in the frames. The tulle at the top added a pop of color to finish it off. We lit them with changeable led lights provided by Shag Carpet. I had intended to use the white light, but they chose the red color, and it turned out great.
The Reception Venue…
I designed the room layout, with different sized tables and diamond dance floor set up. It gave the room a depth and interesting look. It also made the seating arrangement more flexible! I made the table numbers out of scrap book paper- a task I completely underestimated btw!
I bought the candle chandeliers first, not knowing exactly how I wanted to decorate the blank canvas of a room, but certain it involved chandeliers! Shag Carpet hung and lit them and did the table candelabras and orchid lamps to coordinate with the glam theme. They also did the big urns with orchids, the lounge (which Raja refers to as Club Verma, lol!) and the photo booth backdrop. My brother Nick set up his Mac to take the pics.
Rockstar Florals did all the other flowers, so basically anything not orchids. She also comp’d the small bouquet my brother placed in my mom’s honorary chair. Sweet, huh?
The DJ lit the room with changeable perimeter uplights, and spotted the cakes.
Kate and James (sister and brother-in-law) brought their flat screen and laptop to run the engagement sideshow pre ceremony, and a mix of bridals and engagement photo sideshow during cocktail hour.
The food by Cityplace was Italian themed to honor my background and contrast the Indian theme the night before.
|Photographer|Â Ivy Weddings |Venue|Â Cityplace |Brideâ€™s Dress| Demetrios |Brideâ€™s Shoes|Â Jimmy Choo |Bridesmaids’ Dresses| Nordstrom by Donna Morgan |Groomâ€™s Suit| Pal Zileri at Ken’s Man’s Shop |DJ| Blair Sparkman of PartyAlltheTime Productions |Florist| Rockstar Floral |Decor| Shag Carpet and the bride |Bride’s Cake|Â Romano’s Bakery |Groom’s Cake| La Duni |Officiant| Robbie Conover |Videographer| Rudy Cassol