Ceremony and Reception Site
Weddings on Film, weddingsonfilm.com
Jesse Leake, jesseleake.com
Most brides don't marry twice in one day. But when Carina and Manesh tied the knot in a September wedding, dual I Dos just made sense. The Virginia-based pair, who began dating after reconnecting at their 10-year high-school reunion, has different backgrounds: She's Catholic, he's Hindu. They held two ceremonies to honor both heritages, and celebrated with autumn-inspired party elements.
At their afternoon Catholic ceremony, nearly 100 guests watched as Carina and Manesh married amid burgundy roses and yellow calla lilies. Next, at the nearby Auberge du Soleil hotel, guests took part in a mini reception, snacking on tiny croquet monsieur and curried-chicken-salad hors d'oeuvres as Indian tabla (drums) played in the background, before the couple was married once again in a traditional Hindu ceremony.
The party continued in a reception room full of flowers in merlot, burnt orange, rust and mustard hues. The food spotlighted fall flavors, too: truffle-infused mushroom soup, endive salad with pears and a trio of petite desserts that included apple tarts with Calvados caramel. Just as they'd married twice, the bride and groom doubled their dessert—supplementing that sampling of sweets with a small chocolate-and-raspberry wedding cake they cut privately before dancing with guests to the soulful tunes of a jazz band. —Ann Clark
Learn from Carina and Manesh
Marry Your Families: Getting their relatives and close friends to click was a priority for Carina and Manesh. To encourage bonding, they came up with some icebreaker activities for their extended wedding weekend, such as tours of nearby wineries (plus wine-tasting) and a few rounds of golf.
Find a Way to Fit It All in: Carina wanted a groom's cake for Manesh, but the one she had in mind—a replica of a New York Yankees cap—didn't match their reception's style. So it was served at their rehearsal dinner instead.
Connect with Guests Visually: To give their crowd a glimpse into their lives, the bride and groom set out pictures of themselves at different stages, from baby photographs to more recent shots depicting their relationship.
The Holy Family Mission Church, a small venue that overlooks Wine Country, was the site of the couple’s Catholic ceremony where Carina’s uncle served as the officiant.