Bethany and Vivek’s double wedding was not only a blending of families, but also a blending of cultures. With traditional Indian elements mixed with modern ones, the duo celebrated their unique relationship in the only way they saw fit: a day jam-packed with two ceremonies, planned perfectly by Carmen Collins for Bird Dog Weddings!!
B+V share with us: We wanted to honor our families by incorporating elements from both of our cultures. In the morning, we had a traditional Hindu ceremony featuring fresh floral garlands and vibrant colors. In the evening, we paid homage to Bethany’s family with a Christian ceremony and live music from a bluegrass band. We also tried to inject elements of our own personality and style into the day, starting with the venue. As a designer, Vivek wanted a minimal and modern space while Bethany wanted an outdoor setting that reflected her rural Texas roots. Prospect House was the perfect blend of both and felt very “us”.
The two are design aficionados and chose distinctive color palettes for each wedding. The morning Indian wedding featured bright, punchy colors like marigold, hot pink, and orange — sooooo gorgeous with those hanging carnations!
Bethany and Vivek’s vision was brought to life by Carmen Collins of Bird Dog Wedding with the help of Rosehip Flora. They collaborated to incorporate carnation strands (flown in all the way from India!) and citrus fruits to go with the bright florals in the morning, with neutral blooms and trailing eucalyptus runners on dining tables in the evening.
Processional: Canon in D
Recessional: Mendelssohn's Wedding March
First Dance: Neither of them were looking forward to this, so they nixed it!
After the morning Indian ceremony, guests enjoyed a brunch featuring their favorite Indian foods served up by India Oven. The flavorful meal was perfectly complemented with mimosas and other brunch cocktails created by She + Him Bartending.
Hello gorgeous!! Bethany changed into the Sierra dress from Truvelle Bridal… And we simply cannot get over all the shimmering sequins on the bottom half!
After a midday break, guests returned to Prospect House in the evening to see the space completely transformed. The American wedding was based on a neutral color palette with a focus on wooden textures.
Vivek: The most memorable moment for me was seeing Bethany in her wedding dress for the first time. We were both a little stressed from making sure everything transitioned smoothly in the time between ceremonies. Turning around during our first look and seeing Bethany in her dress really solidified for me what was about to happen. The pure joy I felt in that moment washed away all the stress I’d been feeling.
Bethany: For me, the Hindu ceremony was a really special experience because of how involved both of our families were. The ceremony highlighted not only the commitment we were making to each other as bride and groom, but also symbolized our families opening their arms to one another and embracing our union.
We’re particularly fond of the floral ties all the guys are rocking!! Love this look too? Check out our GWS Collab with The Tie Bar!
Give yourself more planning time than you think you need and space out your logistical planning evenly. We found ourselves tackling a lot of critical things right before our wedding when we could have been doing a little bit each day in the months leading up. Set a schedule and stick to it so that you can just relax and enjoy the days leading up to the wedding.
Holy SMOKES. That wall covered in delicate florals + that pretty pink Walton’s Fancy & Staple cake. Talk about a match made in heaven!!
Wasn’t that GORGEOUS?!
Congratulations, Bethany and Vivek!!
photography: Feather & Twine // venue name: Prospect House, Austin, Texas, USA // event design: Carmen Collins for Bird Dog Weddings // planning: Carmen Collins for Bird Dog Weddings // florals: Rosehip Flora // wedding dress: Truvelle Bridal 'Sierra' // hair stylist: Pearl Hair & Makeup // makeup artist: Pearl Hair & Makeup // groom attire: GWS Tie // paper goods: Vivek Venkatraman // catering: Royal Fig // cake: Waltons Fancy & Staple // tabletop rentals: Whim Event Rentals // furniture rentals: Loot Vintage Rentals // dj: DJ Desi Junction // catering: India Oven // bartending: She + Him // band: The Lost Pines // transportation: Texas Hill Country Charter