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Priya & Rahul’s Unforgettable Two Day Traditional Indian Wedding

A Traditional Indian Wedding with Western Influence and Modern Inspiration

In the world of weddings, where every couple’s love story is unique, Priya and Rahul’s journey to “I do” stands out as a special representation of their love and cultural traditions. Our time working together was spent orchestrating a two-day extravaganza filled with vibrant colors, cultural richness, and the fusion of both Indian and Western influences. With just six months on the clock to plan this two day wedding, we worked around the clock to craft a Traditional Indian Wedding that would leave a lasting impression.



Event Planning & Design: Events by Pins and Petals

Florals: LC Floral

Photography: Aperina Studios

Rentals: Lux Event Rentals

Rentals: Pleasanton Rentals

Video: Amos Productions

Lighting: Amos Productions

Cake: Birdie Bakery

Balloons & Sign: Little Legged Affairs


A Whirlwind Romance Leading to Two Beautiful Days of a Traditional Indian Wedding

The story begins with Priya and Rahul, a couple so deeply in love that they couldn’t wait to say “I do.” Deciding on short notice that they wanted to tie the knot sooner rather than later, they handed us the magical task of planning their dream wedding. We had a mere six months to execute a grand, two-day traditional Indian wedding blended with Western influences and modern inspiration. The two days and wedding festivities were spread across two different homes just a few blocks apart and we knew this would be a journey filled with challenges and joys alike.

Day One: The Baraat and Vows Exchange

The festivities kicked off with day one, featuring the lively Baraat and the heartfelt exchange of vows. The venue for this joyous occasion was the bride’s parents’ home in Pleasanton, a picturesque backdrop for the traditional Indian wedding rituals and celebrations with a hint of Western and modern influences. The day started with Priya and her bridesmaids getting ready, a ritual filled with laughter, anticipation, and excitement. With the skilled hands of the Status Salon Agency taking care of hair and makeup, Priya looked every bit the radiant bride she had always dreamed of being.

As the sun painted the sky with shades of golden orange, Rahul made a memorable entrance on horseback. The groom, surrounded by his entourage of friends, family, and groomsmen, danced his way to the bride’s abode. The air was electric with cheers, music, and the infectious enthusiasm of the guests. Priya, from the window of the second floor, shared a heartfelt moment with her groom as he danced and celebrated on the street below.

The ceremony itself was a masterpiece of design, transforming the lush garden into a boho-chic wonderland. The color palette leaned towards soft blush, peach, and ivory which created a harmonious blend of tradition and modernity and was a different feel for what was to come on day two. The decor was a delicate dance of elegance and bohemian charm, with abundant pampas grass lending an air of romance – it was the perfect blend of the traditional Indian feel and western influences they were going for. Under a beautifully adorned pergola, Priya and Rahul exchanged their vows, witnessed by 120 of their nearest and dearest.

A beautiful fusion of Indian and Western elements marked this momentous occasion. The wedding party, adorned in traditional Indian wedding attire that complemented the wedding’s color palette, added a touch of authenticity. As the ceremony concluded, the guests moved on to enjoy a casual lunch, basking in the warm afterglow of a love-filled morning before the wedding party jetted off to San Francisco for photos at the Palace of Fine Arts.

Day Two: A Grand Celebration with Family and Friends

The excitement continued to build as day two of the wedding festivities dawned. Priya and Rahul, joined by 200 of their closest friends and family, prepared to celebrate their love on a grand scale. The venue for this leg of the journey was the bride’s godparents’ home in Pleasanton, and it was transformed into a vision of timeless elegance giving a more elevated and formal feel from the day before.

While the boho vibe that Priya adored remained intact, the decor took a more elegant turn, with gold accents adding a touch of luxury. It was a feast for the eyes as we skillfully arranged tables and chairs to accommodate all the guests. Every nook and cranny was utilized to its fullest potential, ensuring a seamless flow for the evening.

One of the highlights of the reception was the sweetheart table, set atop a custom wooden box covering a built-in spa. Covered in lush carpets and rugs, this focal point became the backdrop for Priya and Rahul’s evening. The wedding party, a sizable group, occupied long tables that radiated elegance, while additional guests found their seats at tables arranged on the lawn and under a second pergola.

The celebration featured not one, but two bars, where guests could savor signature cocktails throughout the night. The “party bar,” situated beside the dance floor, was a lively hub flanked by delightful balloon garlands, setting the tone for an evening of merriment. To create an inviting atmosphere as the night grew cooler, we transformed a built-in firepit into a cozy lounge area, complete with plush sofas and chairs, carpets, and pillows.

As the stars glittered above, Priya and Rahul opted to take dinner on the more traditional Indian wedding route with a sumptuous catered dinner of their favorite Indian dishes. The crowning jewel of the evening was a beautiful yet simple wedding cake from Birdie Bakery, which delighted all guests with its divine flavors.

The night was far from over as Priya, Rahul, and their friends danced to the rhythm of their favorite DJ, showcasing their choreographed moves with boundless energy and joy. It was a night of laughter, love, and endless celebrations, a fitting finale to a wedding that would be remembered for generations.

A Harmony of Cultures, A Symphony of Love

Priya and Rahul’s two-day Traditional Indian Wedding was not just a celebration of their love; it was a testament to the power of tradition, the beauty of blending cultures, and the art of modern wedding planning. At Events by Pins and Petals, we take pride in weaving dreams into reality, and this wedding was no exception. With meticulous planning, creativity, and the relentless pursuit of perfection, we crafted an experience that was truly unique, mirroring the couple’s individuality and love story.

From the lively Baraat and heartfelt vows exchange, to the boho-chic charm of day one to the opulent elegance of day two, this wedding was a harmonious fusion of cultures and traditions. It was a celebration that touched the hearts of everyone present, reminding us all of the enduring power of love.

Congratulations, Priya and Rahul on your endless love for one another – may your journey together be as rich and vibrant as your wedding, blending traditions, cultures, and dreams. Here’s to a lifetime of love, laughter, and unforgettable moments. Cheers, Priya and Rahul, and may your love story continue to inspire us all.

Erin Rugala, owner, creative, and designer of Events by Pins and Petals. Full service, luxury event and wedding planner in the Bay Area.

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