Fourth of July weekend may be the ultimate red, white and blue holiday, but for Archana and Vijay, it was the perfect opportunity to join together with friends and family for a colorful celebration of love. From the moment they arrived at the Trentadue Winery in Sonoma County, California, the 350 invited guests (plus a few dozen extra—Indian brides always count on many more to show up!) knew that this was no ordinary wedding. Following Sikh tradition, the couple exchanged vows among loved ones clad in "ethnic chic" dress. Says Archana, "Having the friends and family we love so dearly gather for a long weekend in our very favorite place was amazing." —Hillary Quinn
Our Favorite Things
One Cool Dessert: Archana and Vijay aren't fans of big cakes, so they bypassed the traditional tiered confection and served sugar cones filled with lime and mango sorbet.
Birds of a Feather: The peacock, an important symbol in Indian culture, was featured on the invitation; peacock feathers were woven with flowers on the wedding canopy.
Port of Call: Archana made sure her favorite spirit—Trentadue's Chocolate Amore Port—was incorporated into the menu. Each year on their dating anniversary, she and Vijay break out a new bottle of the sweet wine and toast their togetherness.
An International Beat: The couple wanted a multicultural sound at their ceremony, so they flew in the Australia-based, Grammy-nominated spiritual band Dya Singh.
Ceremony and Reception Site
Trentadue Winery, trentadue.com
Djy Singh, dyasinghworldmusicgroup.com
Angie Silvy, angiesilvyphotography.com