Sylvie and Aaron bring wedding rites and rituals in vogue. A wedding rich with cultural heritage and classicism, the 3-day affair defines the simple style of working art. The amalgamation of the local elements with their personal style was a match made in heaven. Sylvie, with her Indian roots; and Aaron, with his American origin, hoped for a wedding to be a fusion for their families. And rest assured, it was every bit as real as a picture perfect painting.
Kumarakom, Kerala was the case in point. It was an extension of the couple’s personality- pristine, idyllic, calm, scintillating with every color and shade.
The Indo-American wedding was all in the details. All things made the festivity indelible not only for the bride and groom, but each of the guests too.
The welcome kit reunited Sylvie’s childhood with her grandma. With a bag of ikat carrying some handpicked local spices, a bit of 90’s kids’ favorite snacks, a lungi for men with guidelines, a shawl for women with a reminder of the chilly nights spent with her grandmother, and custom-made ethnic vintage posters amongst other things, left a saccharine piquancy. The couple also had tailor styled cards for donation to the animal shelter in fond memory of their dog, Darwin.
Kumarakom Lake Resort and Spa takes away the wedding distinction with the pastoral union. It was a commemoration to lakes, houseboats, fishermen and the epicure of birds sharing space around the little tributaries.
The Claire Pettibone Dress
Sylvie knew her fashion drift to be captured well by Claire Pettibone’s selection. A couple of shows and hunt later, she donned Pettibone’s Notre Dame dress. A dress that seemed to be designed to fit Sylvie. The delicacy of the art on the back and the colorful beading married with lace, brought out Sylvie in absolute royal light.
Day 1- The American White Night
Embracing their American tone, the rehearsal dinner night was all beats of white. In the overhead canopy of bulbs over where the West sat with the East, one could spot an array of saris, dresses, bandhgalas, lungis and lehengas.
Giving in to Kerala’s divinity, the guests proceeded from a cruise over the backwaters, to the formal sit-down dinner. From the elegance of the rustic dinner arrangements with gold mats of laser cut elephant figurines to banana leaf holders, Sylvie and Aaron had given it all a thought.
Every moment left a relishing after taste. So, to match the relaxing accents of Day 1, they declared open the giant Kerala boat with a bar and movie night.
Day 2- The Bollywood Night
One can’t not have one of those musical dancy mehndi nights being in India. This is where the kerosene lanterns, the smell of henna, the rustic wooden swings, and marigold decor takes over.
The evening saw a classic traditional Sandhya lunch, followed by a Kathakali dance which slowly merged into dancing cousins and friends- and oh!- the DJ, who made certain no one stepped off the floor until 4 am.
That’s just what hot Bollywood numbers do to a gathering! They make you party.
Day 3- The Big Day
The Kerala wedding saw a lot of flavour to it. Sylvie and Aaron had an aura so mystical, it was hard to not catch on to it. It was the force fueling the whole of the ceremony which had colour, zest, and a spur of conduct.
The day was placid with time for a little pre-wedding tempering. Sylvie and Aaron enjoyed a sunny day with friends taking snaps, with the elders enjoying their masala chai while the younger lot took a leap into the pool.
Sylvie shined in her vintage designer Sabyasachi lehenga, synchronizing with her delicate tiara. Aaron, standing right by the love of his life, looked dashing in his Raghavendra Rathore blue bandhgala and the very Indian mojris.
Clasping the Indian inheritance, the wedding ceremony was a time-honored South-Indian one. Panchavadhyam and chendas – the Kerala locale, added the spice required for Aaron’s baarat on the elephant. It was heart-warming and breathtaking to see Aaron’s friend officiate the ceremony proceeded by Sylvie’s ammamma (grandma) blessing the newly-wed couple.
The Wedding Dinner
All said and done, the (now) husband and wife led the attendees to the Ninja Bar. Trending a chic boho look, the tables at the venue were laid out in ikat shades of the state, with the chandeliers and ferns in marquee.
“A single touch greets,
tiny shivers respond.”
Lead Photographer | Sephi Bergerson
2nd Photographer | Puja Kedia
Other Photo Credits | Devika Narain Mathur
Cinematography | Chai Productions
Venue | Kumarakom Lake Resort
Decor | Devika Narain Mathur
Groom’s Couture | Raghavendra Rathore