When Nisha and Brendan met at the beginning of their freshman year at Brown University, Brendan knew right away the easiest way to capture Nisha's attention: by complimenting her shoes, of course. Years later, their shared sense of style came to life at their beautiful New Jersey wedding, where the couple transplanted both their California color palette and their strong cultural heritages — Nisha is Indian-American, and Brendan is half Japanese-American — to an elegant New Jersey estate. The result? A unique dinner party that's every bit as vibrant as it is beautiful. Click through for Julia Robbs' photos of their gorgeous wedding!
Nisha wore a sari to her wedding in traditional red and gold, but with a non-traditional cut to make it feel more modern. She accessorized with plenty of jewelry, including her mother's nose ring and diamond necklace, and a henna tattoo in keeping with Indian wedding tradition.
Her beautiful bouquet was filled with foliage, succulents, white lilies and a pincushion protea.
Nisha and Brendon incorporated many traditional Hindu elements in their outdoor ceremony, but kept it short and sweet — 45 minutes, instead of the customary two to three hours. The ceremony was conducted in both Sanskrit and English, but the couple wrote their own vows. "We really liked that the Hindu ceremony includes both sets of parents," Nisha says. "Our wedding really was a union between families, not just individuals."
Nisha and Brendan live in California, but they loved the tucked-away feeling and white brick walls of the Stone House at Stirling Ridge in New Jersey so much, they planned their entire wedding from 3,000 miles away so they could celebrate there!
To play up the venue's bright white backdrop, Nisha and Brendan filled the room with plants and flowers in mint green, red-orange, and gold. "Indian weddings are traditionally colorful, but we wanted to make sure the colors and design reflected our tastes," Nisha says. Plus, Brendan is an expert in plant biology, so he got a major say in their exotic florals.
Nisha and Brendan served a completely vegetarian menu, filled with traditional Indian dishes inspired by seasonal ingredients. To keep the wedding feeling intimate, they switched out round tables for a few long ones.
Around their almond cake with chocolate buttercream frosting, Brendan and his family folded dozens of golden paper cranes, a Japanese symbol for good luck. And the couple needed it: Right after the wedding, Nisha started a challenging graduate design program, but Brendan's support helped her excel. As soon as they finally have some time off, they plan to jet to Europe for their honeymoon.
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Stone House at Stirling Ridge || Bride's Wedding Dress: Sari from Shagun in Edison, NJ, reception dress from Topshop Topshop || Shoes: Louis Vuitton || Makeup: Make Me Lovely by Melissa|| Henna: Prachi Pattnyak || Groom's Attire: Ceremony sari from Om the Origin, reception suit from Zara || Florist: Michelle Edgemont || Invitations: Minted || Catering: Tulsi || Music: Dhoom Events || Cake: The Hudson Cakery || Photography: Our Labor of Love
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