Intimate Backyard Wedding Celebration, Hindu-fusion Ceremony Details and Fiola Mare Caterers

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The small Hindu-fusion event featured only Aditi and Joshua’s most important guests, a total of 11 at their dinner table. Aditi’s sister and brother-in-law spent months landscaping their back lawn before the wedding. They hosted the wedding ceremony and reception in their intimate backyard.

Before the wedding, the couple met for their first look on the Healy Lawn at Georgetown University. They took portraits together all around campus and then had their family meet for formal photos at the top of the stairs near Riggs Library before heading to the Arlington home location for ceremony.

The bride wore an Indian saree and the groom a sherwani. During the ceremony, they included the traditional Saat fere, the seven vows made between husband and wife. The couple circled the mandap fire with each promise and completed the ceremony as Joshua placed the mangalsutra necklace on Aditi.

Following their intimate ceremony, the couple and their guests moved to the lower portion of the backyard space for cocktail hour. The full bar featured a few specialty drinks including a House Negroni, Old Fashioned, and a Pear Almond Citrus Martini. Seafood hour de vours like oysters on the half shell, king crab legs, and shrimp were served on the patio with drinks.

For dinner, the former ceremony space was transformed into an classy dining experience. Stringed lights illuminated the space with glowing orange orbs and music played in the background over speakers hidden in the scenery.

Delicious foods including, burrata, pastas, roasted chicken and a beef tenderloin from Fiola Mare were served buffet-style. As the night sky grew darker, the guests chattered and laughed, a few warm, tear-filled toasts were given to the new bride and groom, and a lovely cake was cut and served for dessert.

This wedding was originally planned to be a large ballroom event at the Omni Shoreham with many, many guests in attendance. Because of the pandemic and restrictions due to COVID, changes were made to their original wedding plans and the couple chose to downsize their guest count for this incredibly intimate and close-knit wedding celebration.

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