Real Wedding Indian After a large traditional wedding in India, Jess and Chintan returned home for a small and simple, low-key wedding with good friends that took place on April Fool's day. The day began with a civil ceremony at their local Courthouse.

"There's always been something sweet and romantic about the notion of getting married at the courthouse," says Jessica, "the day was informal, fun, and simple, which is just what we needed after spending a month in India."

1. The Proposal

Wedding ring table decor

It was nearly Valentine's Day and Chintan organised with his brother to send a package of ingredients to make Jessica's favourite Indian food, street-style pizza. 

"In India you often have to offer bribes to get what you want, so Chintan asked his brother to deliver the ingredients for my favourite Indian Street Pizza as my "bribe" to marry him. So technically, I suppose this means I was proposed to with bread and Amul cheese!"

2. The Gown

Wedding Dress Lace Gold

The choice to have a couture gown custom made was a process of elimination. "I'm a big fan of Zuhair Murad's designs, so going with a custom gown was the only way to get what I wanted and stick within budget."

Her dream wedding dress was created by a local designer from her hometown in Portland - Embellish Designs that matched beautifully with Jessica's shimmering gold Christian Loubotin's.

3. Two Pairs of Wedding Shoes

Gold Sparkle Wedding Shoes

For a litte fun...and comfort...Jessica put on a pair of gold sequin Converse sneakers at the low-key reception. 

4. The Bouquet

Sparkle Wedding Bouquet

Jessica payed homage to Chintan's ancestry with a non-traditional bouquetfilled with glimmering peacock jeweled broaches, the Peacock is the national bird of India.

5. The Reception

Wedding Cake Toppers

After taking a romantic rickshaw tour around the city where they first met, the couple returned home to their newly built house with their friends and family for a selection of treats from their favourite eateries and take away donuts and Poplandia popcorn following a dinner of sweet and savory grilled sandwiches from local food trucks, PBJ's Grilled and Koi Fusion.

5. The Decor

Wedding Decor Gold Box

I am not a DIYer, so many of the details were from Etsy designers and shops.

6. The Wedding Invitation

Wedding Invitation Etsy

Jessica and Chintan's gold wedding invitations from Giant Invitations were hard to decline. Set in a beautiful, shimmering laser cut design resembling the Peacock...the traditional bird of India - honouring her husbands heritage. 

7. Any Advice for Fellow Brides to Be?

Prioritize making time to spend with just your husband on your wedding day. After all, that's what it's really about.

Mark the occasion ; 

8. Favourite Moment of the Day...

Wedding Rickshaw Tour

For an hour in between the ceremony and reception, we took a rickshaw tour around downtown Portland.

It was time where we could just spend it together before hosting the wedding reception at home.

We also managed to squeeze in another wedding ceremony (our third time after India and the courthouse) at Voodoo Doughnuts where legal ceremonies are performed with blessings from the "Voodoo gods."

9. Your Favourite Photo

Couple Indian Wedding Fun

I love this photo, we met seven years ago at a nightclub in Portland and had our photo taken the night we met so, for something fun we decided to re-create the same pose and photo from seven years prior.

10. Surprise your spouse

Jessica surprised her husband by having a brick placed in downtown Portland's Pioneer Square. You can purchase a permanent brick in what's dubbed Portland's livingroom. It read "J+C 4.1.16."

This wedding was made possible by:
Photographer: Powers Photography Studio 
Stationery: Adorn Invitations 
Wedding dress: Custom couture from Embellish Designs
Makeup: Melanie Lindsey of Picasso Artistic Salon
Hair: Melanie Lindsey of Picasso Artistic Salon 
Shoes: Christian Louboutin for the ceremony, gold sequin Converse for the reception
Accessories: Custom 24k necklace/earring set from Mumbai, the gold bracelet was my "something borrowed and something old" and was lent from my best friend Erin Smith (it was her mother's, and her mother wore it at her own wedding 40 years ago)
Grooms Suit: Custom made in Mumbai
Cake: Dream Cakes 
Wedding Catering: Food Trucks 
Bridal Bouquet: Brooch Bouquet custom made
Ceremony Venue: Multnomah County Courthouse (Portland, Ore. USA)
Reception Venue: Our home

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