Monica-Andrew Indian American Wedding-Historic Rice Mill, Charleston, SC, US
Rebecca Hicks Photography beautifully captured Monica-Andrew Indian American Wedding-Historic Rice Mill in Charleston, SC, US.
Event Date: April 27, 2018 – Monica-Andrew Indian American Wedding-Historic Rice Mill
From Rebecca Hicks Photography: Monica-Andrew Indian American Wedding-Historic Rice Mill
Monica and Andrew had two weddings in one weekend-an Indian wedding and an American wedding, both at the Historic Rice Mill in Downtown Charleston.
The Historic Rice Mill is an oceanfront event space right in the middle of Downtown. The amazing waterfront views and intimate ballrooms make any event perfect! Monica and Andrew truly had the destination wedding of their dreams!
On Thursday, the Groom arrived on a horse and carriage in a parade-like fashion with music and dancing. On Friday, the ceremony was held outside on the waterfront, on a sunny 75 degree day in beautiful downtown Charleston, SC. The two days offered a life changing experience not only for the bride and groom, but also for many of the attendees experiencing either their first Indian or American ceremony!
Q and A with the couple: Monica-Andrew Indian American Wedding-Historic Rice Mill
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 had a two-day ceremony celebrating both the Indian and American culture. While we did not have a specific theme, we utilized the color Red on Thursday for the Indian ceremony and Coral and Teal on Friday for the American ceremony.
Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
Our rustic venue did not require a lot of decoration as it was already a beautiful location on the harbor. We had vases on each dining table with a different flower in each vase and floating candles. We purchased wooden table setting with gold numbers to keep the rustic look. We also purchased a monogrammed wood board as our guest book to cherish in our house.
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?
For the Indian wedding, the bridal bouquet was full of white hydrangeas with ivory spray red roses lightly backed with greenery. The bride’s side of the family had red boutonnieres and the grooms side of the family had white boutonnieres. There were swags of white hydrangeas, red roses and ivory roses with greenery on the curtains for tie-backs for the mandap (alter).
For the American wedding, the bridal bouquet was coral roses with teal button mums and white hydrangeas. They were a perfect match to the bridesmaids’ dresses and groomsmen ties and pocket squares. We had aisle vases in the first, middle and last chairs with a small vase containing a bouquet of white hydrangeas and teal button mums. The vase was tied back with a coral ribbon.
The bridesmaids’ bouquets were white hydrangeas, coral spray roses and teal button mums. One flower girl was carrying a small nosegay of coral spray roses with babies breath and teal button mums and the other flower girl was carrying a sign that said “Uncle Drew, here comes your bride” that was handprinted by the bride’s best friend. The flowers were provided by Keepsakes Florist and were a great asset to our wedding.
Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
One of our favorite parts was a bit untraditional, as all of the attendees danced with the bride and groom as they were introduced onto the dance floor. It wasn’t your normal wedding announcement, but it added a lot of fun to already unique two days.
Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.
For Thursday’s outfits, the Bride and Groom made a special trip to Queens, NY to find authentic Indian attire. Both wearing outfits showcasing a beautiful shade of red and gold. On Friday, the Groom’s navy suit was nicely complimented by the obvious white dress of the bride, and the coral and teal color bridesmaids’ dresses. The gentlemen had personalized tie clips and cufflinks, and their ties and pocket squares matched the coral worn by the bridesmaids.
How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
We met in 2005, as Freshmen in college at Campbell University in North Carolina. But it wasn’t until sophomore year that we started a relationship. In 2017, Andrew’s mom, and one of our best friends went to The Masters in Augusta, GA which is known to be one of the most prestigious facilities in the world for golf. Andrew had been planning to propose on these historic grounds, but the weather was showing 100% of thunderstorms, and a good chance for tornadoes.
Somehow, the weather cleared up just long enough for us to be allowed on the property, find the landmark clubhouse, and have Andrew propose. Shortly after the proposal, the thunderstorms came and we were evacuated. To this day, Andrew says that it was his late father who cleared the skies from Heaven for 20 minutes allowing him to ask the big question. An incredible day.
What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
Without a doubt, being able to experience back-to-back wedding days celebrating both the Indian and American culture. In addition, allowing our closest friends and family to experience this with us added to the overall thrill. While planning a two-day ceremony certainly offered its own challenges, it offered a uniqueness that not many couples (if any) get to experience.
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
Always remember that while you will want to please all of your guests and make sure they have a great time, this is your day. They are coming to see you, and celebrate you and the love that you have for each other. Things will go wrong, and some things may not go according to plan, but at the end of all the planning you will be married to your best friend, and that is all that matters.
Monica-Andrew Indian American Wedding-Historic Rice Mill:
Associated Pros/Vendors: Monica-Andrew Indian American Wedding-Historic Rice Mill
Hair Stylist, Makeup Artist: Alter Image
Cake Designer: Publix
Transportation: Carolina Executive Limo
Officiant: From This Day Forward
Floral Designer: Keepsakes Florist
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groomsman Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Transportation: Old South Carriage Company
DJ: EPIC Charleston
Event Venue: Historic Rice Mill
Caterer, Event Designer: Good Food Catering/Historic Rice Mill
Photographer: Rebecca Hicks Photography – other examples of their work featured on AisleMemories – Hailey and Hunter Wedding at Conway Church of God, Conway, SC and Jessica and Gavin Wedding at The Loom at Cotton Mill Place, Simpsonville, SC, US and Alessandra and Josh Engagement at Bald Rock, Greenville, SC, US
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