Last Summer, Big City Bride had the pleasure of working with Sonya and Silas to plan their dream wedding. Union Station transformed within hours into a spectacular space. Every person walking by stopped and asked, “What is going on here?!” The Big City Bride team would simply smile and respond, “A wedding.” People were amazed…and so were we! The transformation of an everyday space, such as a train station, into an incredible fairytale vision is an amazing process.
Today, we are so excited to share that Sonya and Silas Indian Fusion wedding is featured on Style Me Pretty!
“From the stunning bride… We are so excited to share our very unique wedding day with you, complete with blending of very unique cultures (Indian, Southern with a twist of Chicago history), surprise daddy/daughter and groom dances, fun food and lots of sentiment. We hope you enjoy our pictures!
My husband Silas and I wanted a day that really captured the blending of our cultures… I am of Asian Indian ethnicity, however, was born and raised in the South (Georgia). Silas was born in the midwest and raised in Chicago so we wanted a venue full of Chicago culture and history. Since we fell in love and met in Chicago, we wanted our wedding set in the city. Union Station Train station was the perfect fit in downtown Chicago. I wore an Enzoani gown with a traditional Indian tikka pinned in my hair and draped on my forehead. My hands and feet were also adorned with traditional Indian bridal mehndi. We chose purples and blues as our colors with the hint of a peacock theme. We had our first look at the Conrad Hotel, downtown Chicago, on an open balcony which overlooked the city. We then took pictures on the bridge that Silas proposed to me on, Kinsey bridge, with our dog Oliver. Silas and I were married under a modern day Indian mandap with a wall of cascading orchids. We had a traditional american processional for the wedding party and my Dad and I, and walked down an aisle lined with floating orchids. We then were married by a Hindu priestess with a 30 minute ceremony. The string quartet during our ceremony were fantastic, playing more traditional American processional music (such as Cannon D for the daddy/daughter walk), and Elvis, “Can’t help falling in love” for the bridal party. The favorite part of the ceremony for both of us when when the quartet played Bittersweet Symphony just as we were pronounced husband and wife and for our recessional. During the recessional, guests threw rose petals on us as I threw rice over my shoulder for my mom to catch (Called Vidaai in the traditional Indian ceremony-signifies the bride leaving the house). Next, our cocktail hour had special touches including food that incorporated all of our cultures (i.e. fried chicken quesadillas and fried green tomatoes, tandoori chicken lollipops). Our reception table decor consisted of vases of alternating sizes with floating orchids with the smaller tables having tall branched trees. My dad and I did a surprise Georgia medley first dance, starting with the fox trot to Georgia on my mind, then breaking into a rap dance after a record scratch (to Welcome to Atlanta, Ludacris) and line dancing (Way down yonder on the Chattahoochee, Alan Jackson-I changed into FRYE cowboy boots for the dance). My husband also surpised me with a traditional Indian bhangra dance that he had practiced the week before the wedding. The night ended with a great DJ mix, a huge dance party and even an after party at on of our favorite local bar. All in all, it was a day full of surprises, laughter and most of all, love as we celebrated the blending of many distinctly different, but equally important cultures” (Style Me Pretty).
Find the full story at: http://www.stylemepretty.com/illinois-weddings/chicago/2014/03/24/indian-fusion-wedding-at-chicacgos-union-station/