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When Traditions meet Modernity

 A surprise proposal led to gala Indian-style traditional festivities for Deepti Gupta and Shiyong Park. We get the details.

How did you meet?

It’s a classic but not-so-classic business school love story. Before you start your MBA at Kellogg Northwestern University, there’s a trip that takes place. They pair up 25 strangers who go to a strange location for a week. We’re not supposed to share our educational, professional or family backgrounds till the last day. Shiyong and I were paired on the trip to Morocco, and I met him the night before we left for the trip. During the holiday, sparks flew. Sparks turned into friendship, which turned into dating. The rest is history.

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More on the proposal…

To be honest, I had a hunch it was coming. For my birthday, he took me to Chicago’s most amazing restaurant, Alinea. It has amazing food, but is known for its theatrical presentations of food. Towards the end, our server put a giant plant on our table which I assumed had a hidden dessert inside. In a few seconds, the leaves of the plant started shedding on their own, and behind those shed leaves was the ring. I cried for 90 seconds before saying YES.

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How was the function leading up to the main day? Any anecdotes?

Clarification: we had FUNCTIONS. There was a 10-day lead up to the main day, including small home events, barbecues, poojas, a glow party, and the classic sangeet, cocktail, haldi. It was such a humbling experience to see all my family and friends come together from all over the world to celebrate our love. I was aware of the fact that this is a once-in-a-lifetime moment, so I was fully alert and cherished every bit of it.

The best lead up of the events were the glow party, put together by my awesome sister and cousins, everyone wearing black, white and neon outfits and accessories, playing crazy games and dancing the night away. The haldi was one event where each person was able to participate and subsequently jump into the pool. It helped that the weather was amazing, warm and sunny.

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What was the wedding style?

It had a classic, historic feel to it, which is what we wanted. But it wasn’t royal because we kept it small and simple. The best way to describe it is traditional with a sprinkle of modern tastes. The venue was charming and truly old-school, but we knew the chef can cook any dish in the world to perfection!

What about the wedding ensembles?

Bride’s outfits were from Sabyasachi (wedding/reception), Abhinav Mishra (mehendi), FabIndia (haldi), Mrunalini Rao (sangeet) mainly. Groom’s outfits were from Manyavar (wedding/reception), FabIndia (mehendi and haldi), Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna (sangeet).

The sangeet theme was floral (phoolwadi), mehendi theme was Rajasthani (leheriyo mela), and the wedding theme was traditional. For the haldi, we asked people to come in their casuals or poolwear since it was a morning event. Bridal make-up artist was Natasha Gupta. I found her on WedMeGood and she’s the nicest human being I’ve met. And an excellent artist!

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Colour Pallete:

For the sangeet, the hues were gold and light pink, with a touch of white. 

For the mehendi, the colours were bright and traditional pinks, yellows, bright blues etc. which looked amazing with everyone’s outfits and cloudy skies. The reception had a purple hue, but the dominant colour was gold.

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