Hindu Indian Chicago Wedding by Simply by Suzy

The windy city is bringing us a gorgeous detailed filled wedding today. Simply by Suzy captured the beautiful wedding of Kav and Alpa who, on top of planning their amazing wedding, were also a 4th year medical student and 1st year resident! Their photographer, Simply by Suzy, really photographed this wedding to make sure every single detail was well documented. Between her eye for detail and the couple's meticulous planning, this wedding was perfection!

I could go on and on about everything I love about this wedding but the bride, Alpa, shared so many details that I will let her do the talking instead!

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"Kav and I met in a physical chemistry course at Loyola University Chicago back in our pre-med days (over eight years ago!). I was an over-eager front-row student and he was definitely the opposite. On the first day of this notoriously difficult course, I was running late and ended up taking the seat next to the quiet Indian boy in the back row. Kav is the soft-spoken, studious type so it took some time to get to know the person sitting next to me that semester. We started out as study buddies and eventually became the best of friends before deciding to make our relationship official in December of 2006! "

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"As we planned for the big day, I made it a point to focus on the details that would allow us to share our story with our guests without breaking the bank. I was going for elegant and modern with a touch of whimsy and, above all else, personal. We chose a deep purple and gold color palette with pops of red and maroon to blend our modern vision with the traditional Indian wedding colors. This was executed beautifully by our decorator, Poonam, who worked with us to design a stunning mandap that was ethereal and just perfect for the tented Lakeside Pavilion where our ceremony was held. Because we maintained the same color scheme for both the ceremony and reception, we were successfully able to reuse the beautiful floral arrangements from the ceremony as our centerpieces for the guest and sweetheart tables at the reception. To set a romantic tone for the evening, we had candlelight and rose petals on every table as well as a gold arch-shaped backdrop with hanging votive candles behind the sweetheart and cake tables. It was truly breathtaking."

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Make sure to head on over to the photo gallery to see all of the images from today!

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"When we started discussing our wedding, Kav and I agreed that we would have a fairly traditional ceremony as it was important to us to honor our parents and our heritage. However, I also wanted to infuse our own character into the wedding reception to give it a more personal feel."

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"Kav and I both come from large extended families with many children, we created a wedding activity book for our younger guests. This was a lot of fun to put together and, to this day, we continue to receive positive comments about the activity books from our guests. I truly feel that these little personal touches, which we injected into the day, were some of the most memorable features of the wedding." 

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"In the spirit of infusing our love and our story into the details of the day, each of our table numbers included a memory, story, or a fact associated with the number of the table. For example, "Table 6: The number of hours it would take to drive from K's family's village in India to A's family's village in India (Buhari to Unjha)." This was a fun way to reminisce about old memories and also share new things with all of our guests. "

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"For our cake, we asked the pastry chef to decorate each tier with memorable words that Kav and I came up with. These words ranged from our favorite restaurant to the place that we met, and everything in between. Not only was this a great opportunity for Kav and I to reflect on our relationship, the final result was beautiful, unique, and of course, delicious (it was a yellow and chocolate cake with a raspberry filling served a la mode with coconut gelato ... yum!."

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"I decided to surprise Kav by purchasing a really fun tea-length wedding dress to wear to our marriage license signing at the local courthouse. Our photographer, Suzy, graciously offered to document that milestone for us. My sister and two of my closest friends were also present, making it all the more special. "

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Thank you so much to Simply by Suzy, Kav and Alpa for submitting today's wedding!

To see more head on over to our photo gallery!

Illinois Indian Wedding Vendors: Photography - Simply by Suzy / Floral and Décor - Poonam Creations / Cinematography - HWu Studios / Catering - India House / DJ - DJ Prashant Shah / Hair & Make-up - Bridal Makeup by Nadia Tikki / Baraat - Maharaja Farm

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