Hindu Ceremony at the ISKCON of DC in Washington DC & Wedding at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia

Bride

“UK”

Emergency Medicine Physician

Groom

John

IT Consultant

Wedding Date

Fri Oct 04 2019

Venue

ISKCON of DC (Potomac, MD)

Penn Museum (Philadelphia, PA)

How You Met

We met on U St in DC at a friend's house.

How did you know they were the one?

(UK): Just a feeling that built over time to the point where I couldn't picture life without him.

John: Just a feeling that built over time to the point where I couldn't picture life without her.

Proposal

San Juan, PR - On the beach as the sun was setting

Wedding Shopping

UK: It was really fun because I did most of it in Nepal. I had both of our wedding outfits custom made and was able to choose/design every aspect of it, including picking out the fabric and sketching out my vision.

Advice for Engaged Couples

Set aside dedicated time each week so you can make progress without being all consumed by wedding planning

Describe Your Wedding

We focused on aspects that we thought would make for a memorable day/night. The Venue(s), the food, and the music.

First Dance Song

Alicia Keys - If I Ain't Got You

Favorite Memory

UK: Getting down on the dance floor with all my favorite people.

John: Seeing all my friends and family together in one place to celebrate our love.

Favorite Menu Item

Utsha (UK): Diver Scallops Hors d'oeuvre on Saturday at the Penn Museum

John (JM): Chana Masala on Friday at the ISKCON of DC

Photog's Story

After a wonderful engagement session in DC, UK and John had us for their 2 day love-filled wedding weekend.

The first day was at the ISKON of DC for the Hindu Ceremony. It was bright, vibrant and full of colors. The temple priest was very open to teaching not only the couple, but us and the guests as well about the meanings behind each ceremony. Photographing the Hindu Ceremony was a new experience for us and we definitely enjoyed all of it. John had a henna tattoo on his hand which was UK's name and UK had the full henna design. She told us that the entire process took about 4 hours the day before! Her henna also had a homage to John in the form of a pineapple (an inside joke between John and his friends).

The second day had us travel up to the beautiful city of Philadelphia where our couple had their more traditional ceremony at the famous Penn Museum. The Penn Museum is sentimental to UK because during her residency, she would pass by it every day when walking to work and absolutely fell in love with it. The whole museum was open for the wedding which allowed the wedding guests to view all of the exhibits and enjoy cocktail hour out by the koi fish garden. During the reception the two put on quite the show with 2 individual, choreographed dance routines followed by a surprise mob dance from all of their friends. The party went late into the night until the glow stick batteries died and the guests were singing on the steps--trumpet and all. We thoroughly enjoyed working with John and UK and wish them nothing but the best in their marriage! Congratulations again!

Vendors

DJ - DJ Dean,

deanstabile@gmail.com

Catering - CxRA Catering, JAleckna@restaurantassociates.com,

https://www.cxra.com/

Bridal Makeup - Fresh Beauty Lounge,

https://freshbeautylounge.com/

Bridal Hair - Fresh Beauty Lounge,

https://freshbeautylounge.com

Bridal Boutique - Sajja Wear,

https://sajjawear.com/

Wedding Officiants - Eric Ffitch and Duncan Bowling

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