For college sweethearts Danielle and Raj, the name of the wedding game is romance. Many grooms buy a ring, get down on one knee and hope for the best, but Raj, a 26-year-old IT consultant, wanted Danielle, 27, an interior designer, to remember the day he proposed for the rest of her life. Raj planned a trip to St. John, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, for the two of them, and set up a surprise candlelit dinner on the beach at sunset.
The next year, in June 2013, the two tied the knot at Longview Mansion, a Spanish-style estate in Missouri with extra-lush gardens and grounds. Danielle and Raj are both travel lovers, and they infused their flower-filled tented reception with plenty of jet-setting details. Check out Sharaya Mauck's photos of their dreamy affair below!
Danielle picked her Enzoani Diana dress because it nailed every element she was looking for: it had a fit-and-flare shape, it was all lace, it had a long train, straps, and a sweetheart neckline. In other words, the very picture of romance.
Danielle's sister, a graphic designer, created the couple's invitations and paper goods.
Danielle's bridesmaids' gorgeous spring bouquets looked amazing against navy strapless gowns, to match her color palette of navy, blush, and gray (and the groomsmen's gray and navy outfits!). Her flower girls stole the show in pale pink tutu dresses from Etsy.
Danielle and Raj kept it short and sweet with a traditional ceremony infused with a few personalized elements, like a reading of "Blessing for a Marriage" by Janes Dillet Friedman. Because he helped both moms and the smallest flower girl down the aisle, Raj ended up making not one, but three trips to the altar!
Instead of a traditional seating chart or escort cards, Danielle and Raj used a map to highlight they've been or want to visit, and named their tables after each one. And instead of a guest book, they had guest sign vintage postcards.
After a ceremony outdoors near a fountain on the grounds, guests moved to a tented reception adjacent to the mansion. Tables were filled with three types of centerpieces, each including peach, pale pink and white flowers and gray foliage, and surrounded by votive candles and candleabras. Danielle and Raj took the dance floor with "Until You" by Shane Ward, and closed out the night with "Treasure" by Bruno Mars, before jetting off to a mini-moon in Miami. But their real honeymoon came three months earlier, when they had a Hindu wedding in India to honor Raj's heritage. A jet-setting couple, indeed!
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Longview Mansion || Bride's Wedding Dress: Enzoani || Shoes: Antonio Melani for Dillard's || Jewelry: Dillard's || Hair and Makeup: CaraSue Hall || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff || Groom's and Groomsmen's Attire: Baroni || Wedding Bands and Engagement Ring: Mazzarese Jewelers || Florist: Hitched Planning and Floral || Invitations & Paper Goods: DIY || Music: Ceremony - Sunflower String Quartet, Reception - Two Guys, a Girl, and Some Speakers || Cake: Classic Cakes || Videography: Creative Films || Photography: Sharaya Mauck Photography