Cultural Three-Day Wedding Celebration: Sarah + Ruch

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Sarah’s dad is Thai, her mom is American, and Ruch’s parents are Indian. So, when they started planning for their wedding, they knew they had a lot of cultures + traditions to honor, and they decided to throw the celebration of a lifetime…which lasted three incredible days + was filled with enlightening customs and inspirational details. It was important to the couple to have lots of time to spend with family + friends and to honor much of what makes them who they are together. I’d say they did all that + more! Here’s a bit more about the day from the bride:

Thursday was the Thai ceremony at a Thai temple that my Dad has been involved in for over 30 years. Friday was a Hindu ceremony that honored all the main traditions, including a Hindu priest and white horse. Saturday was an “American” ceremony that was officiated by our dear friends. The main theme was that each ceremony was personal and honored the rich diversity of our parents backgrounds. Beyond that, we wanted the three days to be a carefree vacation for and with the people we love most in the world. And it was! The energy and love was overwhelming, and everyone laughed and partied the whole time, regardless of age and culture.

Thanks so much to Paige Jones for sharing Sarah + Ruch’s gorgeous day with us + big congrats to the happy couple! :)

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illustrated invitation

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Totally adore Sarah’s gorgeous henna!

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groom entrance

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Their indian ceremony looks like it was filled with so much love + beautiful tradition…

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bride and groom

hanging flowers

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And I’m in major love with the floral + ribbon ceremony backdrop they created for their American celebration!

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Processional: VCR – The XX

Recessional: Send Me On My Way – Rusted Root

First Dance: Dreamlover – Mariah Carey

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Sarah chose a super pretty Ivy and Aster gown + Ruch kept it dapper in a gray Hugo Boss suit…

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So many to count! There were 3 days worth. For Friday, the karaoke after-party was epic. Almost everyone got involved, and much spontaneous dancing occurred. For Saturday, hearing our best friends tell stories about life and marriage while they officiated our wedding is something we'll never forget. And then dancing that night to Indian, Thai, and American pop music brought everyone together. And I will always remember dancing to Frank Sinatra with my Dad.

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We really, really, really, want to give a special shout out to Paige, our photographer. She and her husband Keith added so much warmth and joy to our wedding, and they were always going above and beyond their call of duty to get the best pictures and mesh with our family and friends. We absolutely love our pictures, and the level of fun and professionalism they brought to our weekend cannot be overstated.

Umm, be organized. :) Send lots of email updates to family and friends. Let them get excited for you if you're freaking out about money!

photography: Paige Jones // venue: Dawn Ranch Lodge Guerneville, California // event planner: Elizabeth Clayton at Lowe House Creative // florals: Natalie Marvin at Belle Flower // wedding dress: Ivy and Aster // groom’s suit: Hugo Boss // hair + makeup: Marisa Perel

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Comments

  1. Wow! Those custom timeline cards are fantastic. It’s the little thoughtful details like that which tie the entire day together!

  2. This was wonderful to see featured! I am marrying a fabulous guy three times this year — once to get legaled, once in India, and once back here with friends. Loved seeing all the play with traditions — it’s inspiring!

  3. Gorgeous wedding! Love the hanging flowers!

  4. The couple did a wonderful job of blending everything to create something wonderful and uniquely theirs. Great job!

  5. A beautiful and spectacular cultural wedding! Each and every detail is just so unique, fun and colorful. Loved the pretty hanging floral twigs.

  6. A very beautiful and cultural wedding. Those custom cards are just fantastic. Loved the hanging flowers.

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