A California Family Ranch Was Transformed Into a Romantic Backdrop for This Indian-American Wedding


To represent both their cultures, the couple hosted a traditional Indian Hindu ceremony, followed by a “classic American black tie reception.” This choice meant the bride and groom would have to choose two separate outfits for the celebration, and the shopping trip was the perfect excuse for Jayni to introduce William to her extended family in India for the first time. “He survived the time change, Mumbai's notorious traffic and late nights with Jayni's high school friends and family to fall in love with a Sabyasachi sherwani,” the couple recalls. “He was sold when he noticed the buttons were tigers, the mascot of his alma mater, Princeton. We convinced the tailor to let us come out and see it in the sun, where a passerby stopped to ask for a photo. So he knew he looked ready for marriage! » For the black tie reception, William wore an elegant outfit Hugo Boss tuxedo.

As a long-time fan of the Indian designer Tarun Tahiliani's craftsmanship and ethereal style, it was a natural choice for Jayni's bridal lehenga. “Although red is the classic color for Indian brides, I chose a hand-embroidered golden beige chikankari lehenga with tones of green and pink on ivory,” she shares. “I come from several generations of jewelers and the outfit matched perfectly with my family's 'jadau' jewelry.” Jayni would later don a bustier Sarah Seven dress to dance all night long.

The celebrations began with a traditional Haldi ceremony at a family friend's home a few days before the wedding. “It was the first opportunity for our extended family and some closest friends to meet and get to know each other,” the couple explains. “Everyone also had the chance to apply turmeric paste to us for good luck (and glowing skin), which caused lots of laughs! » Once new guests arrived in town, the two hosted a welcome dinner on the picturesque grounds of Truett Hurst Winery in Healdsburg. “We set long tables and enjoyed delicious Mexican-inspired food from our wedding caterers,” William and Jayni explain. “During and after dinner, friends and family made toasts and roasts, and then many headed to downtown Healdsburg to continue the celebrations.”

On the day of the ceremony, guests arrived at the ranch and were greeted with drinks before the Baraat parade began. “William appeared in his sherwani with a select group of ‘Baraat boys’ to kick off the party,” says Jayni. “They loaded a large speaker into the back of a four-wheeler and played a mix of Indian party music, techno and hip-hop.” As the procession passed the barn, William mounted a family horse dressed for the occasion and rode to the ceremony venue, where Jayni's sister and her family greeted him with traditional blessings. The bride was then escorted by her family to the mandap.



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