The Wedding of ...
Ankita Kulkarni & Deep Patel
Ceremony & Reception: The Westin Governor Morris Hotel, 973.539.7300, www.westingovernormorris.com
Gown: Vama Heritage (Pune, India) Seasons (Mumbai, India)
Bridesmaids: Vama Heritage (Pune, India)
Tux: ASOS and J. Hilburn
Groomsmen: Options (Gujurat, India)
Photographer: Lightyear Studio
Makeup & Hair: Cinderella Bridez
Florist: Abhishek Decorators
Cake: Palermo’s Custom Cakes & Bakery
DJ: DJ Vik Events
Wedding Coordinator: Royal Charms
Catering: Chand Palace
"Experienced & Reliable"
Ankita: My first date with Deep was in a small lounge in Morristown. We met for drinks and had a casual night with fun, easy conversation. It felt like we already knew each other. We were dating for about two years, had met each other’s family, and were going on a planned weekend getaway. Deep coordinated with a friend to decorate our hotel room with flowers, and to hide in the closet to take photos of the moment. When we walked in, I realized his friend was in the closet, looked around, and saw the flowers, a beautiful ring, and Deep, who had gotten down on one knee.
Deep: We loved the location of The Westin Governor Morris Hotel, since it was close to my family and to the airport for Ankita’s family. We loved the crisp feel and how clean and well-maintained the grounds and the building were. The Governor’s Ballroom was large enough to accommodate the traditional size of an Indian wedding and there were enough rooms to host our pre-wedding activities. We used the smaller ballroom for our mehndi night. Julie Olsen, the senior catering manager, was our go-to person. She was very helpful, always ready with solutions and suggestions, and worked splendidly with our day-of planner. We immediately had the impression that we were in reliable hands.
Ankita: Our ceremony was held in the Governor’s Ballroom in the morning, so there was a break between the ceremony and cocktail hour, which is typical of an Indian wedding. Our mandap was decorated with white flowers around the top and bright pink drapery. We had pink, white, and coral flowers spaced down our aisle and we sat in two beautiful white and gold chairs during the ceremony. My sari was a deep emerald green with gold, red, and blue accents, and Deep wore a kurta of gold material and red accents.
Deep: Our cocktail hour was in the balcony overlooking the lobby. We had rum punch as our signature drink to reflect Ankita’s Caribbean roots. Among our passed hors d’oeuvres were Mediterranean kurkuri, chicken dhaba, and a Mexican bhel basket. Our action stations were a pasta station, which was raved about, and a chicken and vegetable dish. There was also a hara bara kebab hors d’oeuvre, which was one of our favorites.
Ankita: The Governor’s Ballroom was completely transformed for our reception, which was even more impressive due to the size of the room. Contrasting the brightness of our ceremony, we chose demure lighting and décor. We had light blue lighting, blue orchids at our head table, and ivory, gold, and light pink accents through the linens and tableware. Our stage was just as beautiful as our mandap was, with a square white flower arch behind us, flanked by drapery of royal blue and a berry pink. For our reception, we changed into darker ensembles, Deep wore a black tux and I wore a dark blue lengha with gold embroidery.
Deep: We did a buffet-style dinner with various traditional Indian foods; Tandoori roti, Bhindi masala, chicken tikka masala, just to name a few. For dessert, we had rasmalai, guava and mango cups to again bring in Ankita’s Caribbean side, and gulab jamun as well as our custom chocolate mousse and strawberry filled vanilla wedding cake! Our DJ was fantastic at reading the crowd. After our bride and groom dance, our mother and son dance, and our father and daughter dance, we opened up the dance floor to everyone. The mix of people — Caribbean, Indian, American — all heard something to get them on their feet. At the end of the night we handed out token bags with mementos of our heritage; a Jamaican coffee, an American chocolate, and an Indian souvenir.
Ankita: Thank you to our parents, our family, and our friends, especially those who traveled from afar, for coming to celebrate our love with us. Thank you to all our vendors, especially our day-of wedding planner, and Julie, who both went above and beyond to keep us happy.
The Westin Governor Morris Hotel
Morristown, NJ, 973.539.7300, www.westingovernormorris.com