I’m not exaggerating when I say that Asha and Vinay are two of the kindest, genuinely loving people you’ll ever meet. You could feel it in their joy of being with their loved ones during their Indian Wedding Pittsburgh Wyndham Grand.
Puja and Mehndi
Asha and her family hosted the Puja and the Mehndi at the home of a close family friend in Monroeville.
Asha greets the priest.
The bride-to-be received blessings and well-wishes from family and friends.
Before the Sangeet Asha and Vinay we met Asha and Vinay up on Mt. Washington for some portraits. Soft spring sunlight and high clouds helped to make the photo session that much better. Aren’t their outfits wonderful? Their color choices were perfect for the occasion.
Asha and Vinay with downtown Pittsburgh in the background. There aren’t too many views that equal this one!
So I said “we” earlier. Helping me for this wedding was my friend Katie Hyslop (this photo is hers). I am grateful to have had such a hard-working teammate who was also a blast to be around!
After Mt. Washington we headed back down to the Wyndham Grand. We took advantage of the spring flowers in Gateway Center for a few photos before heading inside for the Sangeet.
I love this one of Asha and Vinay!
The couple greeted their guests in the King’s Garden Ballroom.
Guests provided an evening of entertainment. It’s a lovely tradition that ranges from heartfelt speeches, to singing and choreographed dance numbers.
And since this is Pittsburgh you know there will be something to do with the Steelers 😄
The night ended with a big old dance party. Love it!
We were back at it early the next morning. After starting coverage on Thursday I was excited for the big day to finally arrive!
I had some fun with reflections while Asha got some help from her mom and auntie.
Vinay was in a suite upstairs getting ready.
I’m always happy when I see that my clients are working with Allison Roth. She’s a real pro who made sure that all of the ladies looked great. Here she applies Asha’s bindi.
There was one important guy for Asha to see before heading down to meet Vinay – her dad, Ram. He was delighted to see Asha in her wedding garb.
Asha snuck up on Vinay during the first look. They were so excited for the day!
It was still early but there were a ton of people in Point State Park for the 5K during Pittsburgh Marathon weekend. I like how the crowds added to the silhouette of the couple.
The Ceremonies Begin
Getting started so early in the day meant that the light was beautiful as we walked down by the fountain. I kind of wish that all wedding days started at 6am. I’m kidding! Sort of 😉
Asha, her parents and sister Vaidehi gathered in a conference space for her Gauri Puja.
Vinay arrived on horseback for the Baraat (Katie’s photo).
Vinay got off of the horse to dance with his guests. He has the best laugh!
Vinay’s buddies picked him up and carried him on their shoulders.
Asha arrives in style to the ceremony (Katie’s photo).
Vinay was already there, hidden behind a curtain.
After seeing each other Asha makes her second entrance. This time carrying a tray of candles. Very dramatic, isn’t it?
So this started out nice. Asha and Vinay each took a turn dropping a few grains of rice on each other. It got out of hand pretty quickly 😅
Afterwards, the couple exited as guests threw rose petals.
Here are a couple of photos of what the setup for the ceremony in the Grand Ballroom looked like. The staff at the Wyndham Grand wasted no time flipping the room for the reception.
Same room as above, but with a completely different feel. The decor and lighting made the Grand Ballroom into an elegant dinner space.
After washing off all of the rice they spilled on each other, Asha and Vinay changed into formal evening wear. Ever the classy guy, Vinay toasts his beautiful bride.
The couple made a grand entrance as their guests cheered!
Their first dance was followed by dinner, speeches and an evening of dancing. Logistics and scheduling can be a real challenge when you plan an event over the span of several days in different locations. Hats off to Events by Nisar for their flawless execution. Nisar and his team made life easy for everyone. There are so many great photos from this Indian Wedding Pittsburgh Wyndham that I couldn’t fit them into one post. To see more check out the slideshow below.