Arthi-Franck Wedding-Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ, US
Kelly and Sergio Photography beautifully captured Arthi-Franck Wedding-Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, AZ, US. Submitted by Meant2Be Events.
Event Date: January 27, 2018 – Arthi-Franck Wedding-Desert Botanical Garden
From Meant2Be Events: Arthi-Franck Wedding-Desert Botanical Garden
This was a multi day wedding, with three ceremonies and a henna celebration. A Catholic Ceremony in a church, a Hindu Ceremony with a Baraat in a garden and a Western Ceremony in a ballroom really made the multiple cultures and blending of the families come together.
Q and A: Arthi-Franck Wedding-Desert Botanical Garden
Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
We wanted to bring both of our family heritages (his: French, hers: Indian) with a desert twist! Our theme was to celebrate international love in a way that expressed our quirky and colorful personalities. We also included our dog in as much of the wedding decor as possible because she is the center of our universe! We did have a color palette that was based on midnight blue, mustard, and rose gold, but considering how wild we, our friends, and family are, we had splashes of color throughout the weekend.
We had a traditional Catholic ceremony to honor his French heritage, a backyard Mehendi ceremony for her Indian family on the first night. The second night started off with a fusion, colorful Hindu wedding, that with nonstop dancing (the baraat), and ended with an amazing civil ceremony and absolutely CRAZY fun reception! Every guest was on the dance floor until the lights went up!
Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
For our first day, we wanted to start off with a more casual vibe to bring some of the French countryside for our international guests to our backyard Mehendi/welcome dinner. For our second day, we wanted to have vibrant colors to bring out the natural beauty of the Desert Botanical Garden. The engagement ring is rose gold, so we had rose gold as our metallic all throughout the weekend, and looked gorgeous in the Arizona sunset. Our amazing wedding planners did indeed perform some DIY – Regina, our lead planner, hand painted all of our cacti figurines in rose gold!
What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
We had an amazing florist, Kate Ryan Design, who we just let loose in bringing out our emotions that weekend into visible reality. We had vibrant bouquets for our bridesmaids at our Catholic ceremony, and a pool filled with gorgeous loose petals and flowers at our Mehendi night.
On our second day, we had our Mandap at our Hindu wedding draped with pops of wild, bizarre, and gorgeous flowers that really brought to life how exotic and fun our weekend was. The florals were a part of our wedding that brought to life what everyone was feeling, without taking away from the natural flora at the Desert Botanical Garden!
Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
Did we personalize?! YASSSSS. Our wedding hashtag was #marriedAF2018. If you can’t tell yet, this couple is PACKED with personality. Our entire wedding was “coordinated” by our dog, Ellie. We used a portrait of her made by Heidi Moore from idieh design for signage, and she was the flower girl for the whole weekend! We had a coffee cart come after our Mehendi dinner to keep the party going!
Speaking of party, the second day was nonstop dancing. Our DJ, Fusion Roadshow, performed a baraat that not only included remixes of some of our favorite Indian songs, but also 90’s hip hop, our favorite! The groom’s first baarat dance when he got on his horse was an Indian version of “Pony” by Ginuwine. Need we say more? All of our food was fusion Indian-French, thanks to our amazing chefs at Atlasta Catering.
When it came time for the reception, which was the bride and groom’s favorite event, every part of it was for them. Each guest got a compass with their name on it indicating where to sit for dinner, which seemed like an apt gift since most people traveled from across the country and world to get to Phoenix! From the crepe station (instead of cake!), to the photobooth station, there was not a moment where a guest looked and couldn’t tell this was Franck and Arthi’s wedding. Our DJ made sure everyone had sore feet the next day – we may or may not have had a guy vs girl dance off! (Obviously, girls won #whoruntheworld)
Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.
You mean our wedding day LEWK?! We honestly couldn’t have been more excited about dressing up – normally you can find these two in scrubs in the hospital, so this was a big deal! She wore a different outfit for each event to honor different aspects of tradition, but with a whole lotta sass. He picked out his own suits but left the colors to his betrothed.
For the Catholic ceremony, she wore a Marchesa gown from bhldn that was a high/low dress to show off a pair of lush green Jimmy Choos (which was a gift from the groom)! There were orange and pink flowers embroidered on the bodice as an homage to the wild desert blooms. Of course, all of this was matched with Kate Spade rose gold jewelry, and a Kate Spade clutch purse. The groom wore a slick light gray suit from Suit Supply with velvet midnight blue shoes and tie. His tie clip was rose gold with his initials (a gift the bride got him and his groomsmen!)
For the Mehendi, the groom didn’t feel like changing, so he rocked the same lewk. She changed into an Anushree Reddy lehenga covered with gold beading and a colorful blue floral skirt. For the Hindu ceremony, Mama and Papa S graciously brought our outfits from India. He wore a traditional cream-colored bedazzled suit and the shoes Aladdin wore, while she wore a red sari (traditional to South Indian brides), but not without her own twist – the sari had blue and green birds printed on them, matched with a pair of Kate Spade sandals with sparkly cacti! The jewelry were all diamond and gold family heirlooms from India.
And for the reception, we both wanted to wear something that reflected us: unique, free to dance in, and provided an opportunity to eat and drink a lot. He wore a sharp blue suit from Suit Supply with a knitted Burgundy tie that matched her Burgundy and gold beaded/sequined gown from none other than Anita Dongre. And since we were going to be dancing all night, that gorgeous gown was paired with a perfectly matched Burgundy glittered pair of Kate Spade x Keds slip on sneakers. Makiaj Beauty did an incredible job with hair and makeup. By letting them do what they do best, it resulted in a natural and beautiful look!
How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
We met sometime in July 2011 in medical school at the University of Arizona in Tucson (Bear Down Cats!) Depending on who you ask, Franck saw Arthi and was enamored, though he repeatedly forgot her name. Arthi saw Franck, and decided to trap him. Somehow, a few weeks into class, we ended up going on a date, and both realized our love for TV shows, sweatpants, and breakfast burritos. We spent the next four years laughing, partying with some of the best friends we could ever have, studying, crying, and working nonstop to reach our goal to match into residency!
To celebrate, the two went on a trip to Europe. The first half of the trip was SOOOO awkward. Both of us knew we were coming home engaged, but we didn’t know when or how! Franck was constantly sweating (more so than usual), and Arthi was getting waaaay too dressed up for every possible outing. Eventually, we got to Nice, France. Franck had an idea to propose on top of a castle, but when they got there, the castle was demolished into a playground.
We both again, very awkwardly sat on a bench, and just as Franck took a deep breath to do it, a gaggle of Russian tourists grabbed him to take their photos. Fuming, and now legitimately hangry, we both took a very long walk back to our hotel. The next day, sore from our failed adventure, we sat at our favorite blue bench outside of Hotel Le Negresco on Nice Beach, eating Nutella crepes. Franck got on one knee, and said some nice stuff (we think….none of us remember), and it happened. Nobody else was there but us, and it was perfect.
What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
It was definitely our civil ceremony at our reception. One of our best friends got ordained and married us! It’s a really special feeling to see his name on our marriage license. We also wrote our own vows and performed a choreographed samba to a cover of Sia’s “Cheap Thrills” by Boyce Avenue. For those who know us, public display of affection is not something we routinely do but during that period of time, it felt like we were the only two people in the room.
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
Since we are both doctors and love making checklists, why yes we do!
1) During the planning process, let your vendors/planners do their job. Don’t micromanage them!
2) Buuuut…if you are getting a feeling that a vendor/planner/coordinator is stressing you out, honestly they probably are. You know yourself better, and don’t second guess a bad gut feeling. We did that. It made the process difficult for a period of time, but thankfully in the end it worked out. Get rid of them, or delegate the job to someone else.
3) Literally no matter what you do (I anticipated disaster plans A-L, not even kidding), there is going to be something the week of the wedding that does not go right. An annoying guest. A dramatic family member. Forgotten items. The key is to make sure you put faith in people who are trustworthy, especially your wedding planners and vendors! We wouldn’t have made it without them.
4) The phrase “it’s your day, enjoy it!” may sound cliche, but really believe in it. The rest is noise.
5) For life after the wedding, don’t go to bed angry, and there’s never a time when a good meal can’t stop you from being mad or upset at each other. Love each other hard, and laugh harder, because at the end of the day, you’re #marriedAF!
Arthi-Franck Wedding-Desert Botanical Garden:
Associated Pros/Vendors: Arthi-Franck Wedding-Desert Botanical Garden
Venue: Desert Botanical Garden
Ring Designer: Brillant Earth
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Suit Supply
Groomsman Attire: The Black Tux
Shoes, Jewelry: Kate Spade
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Photo Booth Equipment: Pixster Photo Booth
DJ: Fusion Roadshow
Design and Decor: Idieh Design
Dress Designer: Marchesa Notte – BHLDN
Dress Designer: Anita Dongre
Linens and Coverings: La Tavola Fine Linen
Bakery: A Bake Shop
Caterer: Atlasta Catering and Event Concepts
Other: KC’s Classic Carriage Company
Beauty: Henna By Purvi LLC
Cinema and Video: Serendipity Cinema
Transportation: Ollie the Trolley/ Dunn Transportation
Floral Designer: Kate Ryan Design
Equipment Rentals: Cre8ive Event Rentals
Equipment Rentals: Glamour and Woods
Beauty: Pooja Mehta Makeup Artistry
Hair Stylist: Makiaj Beauty
Photographer: Kelly and Sergio Photography – https://www.sergiophotographer.com and https://www.kellyrashka.com
Event Designer, Planner: Meant2Be Events – other examples of their work featured on AisleMemories – Annie and Devon Wedding at Sanctuary on Camelback, Paradise Valley, AZ, US and Kelly and Dan Wedding at Wrigley Mansion, Phoenix, AZ, US and Jacque and Dan Wedding at Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ, US
Submitted via Two Bright Lights
Kelly and Sergio Photography: Arthi-Franck Wedding-Desert Botanical Garden
Meant2Be Events: Arthi-Franck Wedding-Desert Botanical Garden
In case you are interested, here are some of the similar products you can buy if you click on the product pictures below via our affiliate links through Amazon.
(Disclosure: Purchases made via these links help support and make our blog possible. We earn a small commission on items purchased via our affiliate links, but it won’t cost you anything extra so it is a really great way to support AisleMemories. Thank you so much for your support!).
Similar Items (if available)
In Conclusion: Arthi-Franck Wedding-Desert Botanical Garden
So our hope is that you enjoyed looking at all of these beautiful photos of Arthi-Franck Wedding-Desert Botanical Garden and found some inspiration. In addition, please let us know in the comments below what was your favorite part from this real couple’s feature.
Thank you so much for reading and visiting our wedding blog!
Additionally, have a wonderful day and night!
Info. So this section has some useful links on our wedding blog.
Congratulations and Best Wishes to the happy couple! Arthi-Franck Wedding-Desert Botanical Garden
Let’s be friends! Please follow AisleMemories on social media – Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and more…