Elegant Indian Wedding At The Barclay Intercontinental NYC

elegant multicultural wedding at the Intercontinental Hotel NYC

With Elegant Multicultural Wedding Invitations and stationery by Azure

We loved creating customized paper designs to set the tone as well as full service design services for illustrated wedding program for this amazing Indian-Korean multicultural wedding in New York City! Even from our design studio in los angeles, ca, we got to collaborate with the bride, in NYC and her mother in Connecticut on this custom design that was elegant yet fit all cultures and styles involved. Shibani shared the details of her wedding & the process of planning this gorgeous multicultural wedding with us.



How did you and Jeffrey meet? Tell us your love story.

It’s a funny story of crossing paths and missing each other for years! We were both born in the Syracuse NY area (a few years apart). We also both attended Duke University for undergrad but didn’t get the chance to meet (I was a freshman when he was a senior).

Then we also overlapped in Washington DC when Jeff was at Georgetown Law and I was working for Microsoft. We finally met through Duke friends here in Seattle!

Tell us a bit about your proposal.

My sister and her boyfriend came to Seattle to visit us for a weekend in August. We went to have a picnic in Gas Works Park that overlooks the entire city. While we were eating cheese and drinking wine, Jeff stepped away for a phone call, and a few minutes in, asked me to come over and join the call as well. Once i got there, he got down on one knee, and our photographer appeared from behind a fence, rest is history!

How did you envision your wedding to be ( style, feel, vibe) ?

We wanted a metropolitan style wedding that equally blended two cultures and two religions. It was important for us that our guests experience both cultures that we come from, and since we both love NYC and our families were in the area, we thought it would be the right place.

How did that vision come together?

Was there an element of culture (local,international, diaspora/immigrant, artistic, multi-generational) in your wedding? Tell us about it.

We had a culturally indian wedding and hindu ceremony, followed by christian ceremony. We dedicated our reception to a more western theme (white dress and tux), which helped us balance both cultures.

Were there multiple events with different styles and venues?

Rehearsal event: Toro NYC

Wedding and reception: Intercontinental NYC Barclay

Tell us about a few of your favorite decor or design elements from your wedding?

We chose pastel colors for our outfits and our bridal party outfits. My lehenga was a light pink while jeff’s was off white with a light green scarf and turban. We had the bridesmaids match jeff with light green and gold saris, and the groomsmen matched my outfit with light pink scarves.

Tell us a few of your favorite moments from the big day?

My favorite moment was our “first look”. We had both gotten ready, and Jeff was turned around so that I was able to tap him from behind and have our first look. Our families were standing right on the side and already getting emotional 🙂

I also loved our first dance, even though we took lessons, we felt it was more natural to do our own thing, so we got up there and improvised.

How did your guests respond to your wedding experience from Invites to the farewell? What was the guest experience like? Share any quotes or comments you may have received.

Our guests all said they had an amazing time – that there was so much attention to detail and the guest experience. They especially loved our ceremony programs! So many guests wanted the same thing for future hindu fusion weddings in their families.

Tell us about the idea, inspiration and what you loved about your invitations and stationery design?

i loved that our invitations had indian elements without being too traditional. We loved the gold accents and the folio style was really helpful for our guests. For the wedding programs, we loved that the colors matched what we and our bridal party was wearing, and matched the blush flowers for the ceremony as well.

What was the experience of working with Azure Invitations like?

Phenomenal! We had such a great experience and got everything we needed on time, and Andaleeb was incredibly flexible when we didn’t like something or had an issue. The wedding programs were consistently one of the most popular features of our wedding!


elegant multicultural wedding invitations: Azure Invitations

Wedding clothing for the couple (designer, silhouette, fabric, detailing etc.) – for each event:

Lehenga: Sushma Creations in Mumbai

Groom’s outfit: Telon Mumbai

Reception dress: Olvi’s

Groom tux: Burberry

Shoes / accessories brand for each event:

Wedding court clothing ( Parents, bridesmaids, groomsmen ) (for each event or your main event):

Colors / Themes / Look and feel / Inspiration (for each event or your main event):

Flowers / decor (orchids, roses, peonies, calla lilies etc.) (for each event or your main event):

Calla lilies for my bouquet down the aisle

blush pink and white roses with green leaves for the aisle and mandap

Cake / cake alternative and flavors:

Magnolia bakery

Menu options (unique foods, specialty drinks etc.) (for each event or your main event):

Catering by Moghul –

lunch: Indian street food: chaat, kaati rolls, dosa, kebabs, etc.

cocktail hour included interesting fusion appetizers like indian tacos and lamb chops in gold foil

dinner: more formal indian: daal, chicken, fish, lamb, etc.

Special traditions (cultural, religious, multigenerational etc.)(for each event or your main event):

Korean ceremony called Paebaek where we wore traditional Korean clothing (hanbok), bowed to our elders, etc.

Unique details (sentimental details, decor, favors, entertainment etc.)(for each event or your main event):

Number one tip to planning couples: Always communicate and try to stay organized!

Honeymoon (if applicable): Dubai, Maldives, Singapore

VENDORS/Credits: planner, decorator, cake, others…

Planner: Tara M Events

Photo/Video: Maggie Marguerite Studio

Food: Moghul

Cake: Magnolia

Flowers: Elegant Affairs

Last but not least we’d love a testimonial on what it was like working with us:

Had a fantastic experience working with Andaleeb. She was really helpful in 1) helping us plan out what we wanted, 2) giving us tips along the way, and 3) making sure we got what we needed at the right time. We also really appreciated her flexibility if we wanted to change something. We had such amazing feedback about our invitations and stationary.


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