minute dance. After her dance, the cousins
on both sides of the family took part in a
“cousin dance-off,” a surprise to the couple. Their own first dance was to Adele’s
version of “Lovesong,” which was written
by The Cure. He’s a big Cure fan and she
likes Adele, so to use this cover song was
“awesome,” Ashish says.
EARTHY TONES: The theme of the
celebration was “earthy colors” to
acknowledge how grounded Neha feels
when dancing or hiking. Due to the large
number of guests, the wedding had to take
place inside, but the couple incorporated
the outdoors. The stage had a gardenlike
feel with a trellis adorned with hanging
greenery and leaves. The walkway into the
ceremony was elevated and included two
large plant arrangements at the entry.
FAMILY MATTERS: Ashish says one
of the most memorable touches of the
wedding was a portrait of his father, who
passed away in 2013, positioned on
the mandap, the equivalent to an altar.
“In memory of him, instead of having a
picture, we had a painting of him that was
right in front on an easel,” Ashish says.
THE HONEYMOON: The couple went on
a “mini-moon” for five days to Bermuda
right after the wedding. Last December,
they went on a honeymoon for three and a
half weeks to South Africa, Zimbabwe and
Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean.
VENDORS: Bride’s gown, India Couture
at The Mall at Oak Tree in Edison, New
Jersey; cake and dessert, Fluffy Thoughts
Cakes; catering, Bollywood Bistro; hair and
makeup, SBS Styles by Swati; music, DJ
Vibez; photographer, StoryMotion Studios;
video, Shutter and Sound; wedding plan-
ner, Trisha Cranor of Working Brides. n P H
THE HENNA: For almost eight
hours on the Tuesday before the
wedding, a henna artist decorated
Neha’s arms in her apartment.
“We wanted to make it more
personal,” Neha says, so one arm
had an image of Neha dancing
and the other arm included an
image of Ashish reading a book,
one of his favorite pastimes.
Intricate designs surrounded
the images. The next afternoon,
nearly 50 family members and
friends gathered in Ashish’s
mom’s backyard for a henna
party, where two henna artists
painted designs on the guests.