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Friday Faves: Watercolors in the Garden

Today we are switching up the Friday Faves just a bit since we can’t be more excited about a recent feature of a styled/inspiration shoot my mom did last year and we wanted to give you a little sneak peek of what went on before and during.  Be sure to check back on Monday though, because we are super excited to show you guys the final product next week and it is uh-mazing!

A year ago, my mom put together this amazing multicultural inspiration shoot – South-Asian glamour meets American Vintage. So many super talented people were involved, and the process of getting this shoot the attention it deserved is what ultimately led to the creation of New Generation Bride. That story will be shared next week!

And the exciting part is that this week Watercolors in the Garden was featured in Grace Ormonde Wedding Style and we are thrilled that they accepted it!  And instead of just capturing everything on the day of via still camera, Maria, of Maria Thacker Events, who coordinated and helped plan the entire day, thought it would be fun to capture a “Behind the Scenes” video to show you all what happens during a shoot and so she had a  very talented videographer come hang out with us that day and he showcased all of the work and fun that went on during the shoot.  So here you get the “from scratch” to “gorgeous final product” which I know you will love!

We will give the full story next week, but in the meantime check out his gorgeous video shot and put together by Aubrey of Timepiece Videography!

Indian Bridal Shoot from Aubrey Gall on Vimeo.

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venue: Meadowlark Gardens // photography & inspiration by Rupa Kapoor: Love Captured Simply // coordination, planning & styling: Maria Thacker Events // floral/decor (including mandap) & styling: Boukates // vintage furniture and props:  Four Inch Fold // makeup: Amy Elizabeth Makeup Designs // hair styles: Brushworx // stationery & placecards:  Shivani Kapoor Designs // desserts: Sift Atlanta // high tops & table linens: Event Rentals Unlimited // jewelry: Texas sSari, Atlanta, Georgia // signage: Motley Fool  // mehndi: DC's Nail & Beauty; Decatur, Georgia // female model: Nabilah Islam // male model: David Snell // behind the scenes videography: Timepiece Videography

A note to my dad.

Dear Dad,

On this Father’s Day, I wanted to write you a little note that no card off the shelf at Publix really does justice to.  I have done posts about Shivani & Neil, Colin, and even mom but I guess because you have always been the “silent man” in the background, I have kept it that way on my side as well.  But this in no way means that I don’t know and see what you do and what you have done for us for all of these many years!   I figure you became the “man in the background” considering you raised three (pretty outspoken and social) daughters and in a houseful of women who were always talking, laughing and arguing — can’t say I blame you! :)

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But I want you to know that I remember many of the small, wonderful moments and have so much respect for what you have done and given our family.  I remember when we lived in Maryland and we’d see you come home after a long day of work, just to go back off to night school while you earned your Master’s degree.  I was just little but I remember how hard you worked and even then, would have time on the weekends to spend with the family!   I remember when we moved to the country into our first house and you got us that ping-pong table for the basement so we could have a proper play space.  I remember how you took me out for my birthday to go shopping for my first “fancy outfit” that included an oh-so-cool skirt & sweater and some gorgeous, furry/leather boots that I really wanted and I remember you saying then how I had expensive taste and you did it with a laugh and a smile!

I remember you driving us to Chicago each summer and trips to Canada and playing with my sisters in the back of the Volare’ station wagon and even how you would tell mom “Usha, why did you pack all that food?  We are on vacation and we can spend a little money!”  But we’d still pull over at a rest area and have mom’s beautifully packed Indian food! :)   But you’d make sure we stopped for ice cream somewhere along the way afterwards!  When we moved to Georgia years later, I remember being really angry about the move at the time but the anger doesn’t stick in my memory, what sticks in my memory is that I couldn’t believe that you actually sat at the table with the family to ask us what we thought and really listened.

You taught us responsibility & accountability by trusting us with our decisions and quietly giving us your opinions along the way.  I remember the year you lost your job and how I decided that I wouldn’t ask for anything – I couldn’t, it was not fair to add to your stress and so I wore a pair of tennis shoes for an entire year and a half and tried to save up by babysitting and even then, you still took us shopping to buy school clothes and not once did you allow us to feel your stress.

Over the years, as a family, we have gone through so many wonderful, crazy, sad, loving moments and I just want you to know that I remember them all.  And although, you have been the ‘silent man’ through out much of it, I do know that it is not because you discount them any less – I think it is actually the absolute opposite – you have so much love and heart and strength that you have given us and without it, I would not be the woman that I am and I thank you for that every day.

Here’s a photo I pulled from an album you put together and I specifically included the bottom since I love how you were so detailed and wrote down the year and location of every photo!

Happy Father’s Day dad, I love you!

xo
Rupa

Erica + Robert | A business lunch turned forever-bond!

“They call me ‘Jewmaican’!”  — our favorite line from the interview with the bride! Erica and Robert celebrated with their family and beautiful son as they took their vows on a gorgeous summer day in 2012! Photographer, Kristin Griffin of Kristin Griffin Photography captured this couple and their love for one another beautifully!

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Erica and Robert met during a business luncheon “date” and from what Erica tells us, Robert had all of the intentions of it being a date versus a business luncheon!  And 10 years later, there was no pivotal ah ha moment that they knew they wanted to marry, they knew they had built a resilient bond that was going to last forever.  They purchased a home and moved in together and had a beautiful baby boy!  Their actions spoke louder than  words and they both knew they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together.

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Rob made that clear when he proposed to Erica during a vacation in Puerto Rico.  He surprised her (oh yeah, he had spoken to Erica’s mom and worked with her to buy the ring through their jeweler!) with a gorgeous solitaire – Erica’s favorite!  And yes she was shocked and surprised and said ‘YES!’.

Organization was key in the planning process and together with her mother, Meryl, Erica took her time to make the right decisions and create the priorities that they wanted for their special day.  They found the perfect venue, vendors and didn’t feel pressured to do it all!  Erica tells us that it was through this planning and by process of elimination, she was able to secure the perfect dress!  She knew the style she wanted and when she found it, her dress had just the right sophistication coupled with the chic-ness, bling, and sexiness she was looking for!

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Erica told us, “Sometimes words have a hard time explaining feelings and emotions. Those five hours exude so many different emotions all wrapped up into one that it’s an incredible journey to be a part of. We were fortunate to have almost everybody that we invited there with us. Getting ready in the bridal quarters is so much fun.  We were taken care of with beverages (yes alcoholic ones!) food, music, friends, family, and the glam team.  I kept it simple with my four bridesmaids, mother, and step mother.  It was perfect!  Rob was with his boys in the grooms’ quarters and every so often we would get an update of what they were doing versus what we were doing and I’m pretty sure we were having loads more fun!!  You wouldn’t think that my now husband would have been so nervous! I’m not wrecking my makeup for anything or anybody!  We were jamming in our suite with only happy times!”

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Erica and Robert incorporated two very distinct cultural traditions into their ceremony.  Rob broke the glass and they both jumped the broom. They had a blessing over the wine and a candle ceremony. Their officiant, Norm Katz, was phenomenal at putting together a heart-felt, culturally sensitive, ceremony that a number of their guests not only cried during, but remember to this today.  It was a perfect mix for both Erica and Rob and for everyone they invited.

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Erica tells us that her wedding day had several unforgettable moments. From getting ready with her bridesmaids and glam team (shout out to Sarah and Lindsey), to putting her dress on. When her then fiancé laid eyes on her as she walked down the aisle, helped me up to the podium, and said, “I wish I could kiss you right now” – that was very special.

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Their first dance was amazing, and really absolutely everything that encompassed the entire day was totally unforgettable! Erica and Rober’s first dance song was a slow reggae song “Deeper” by Alaine.  They knew three years in advance that this was going to be their wedding song since it had just the right tempo and meaningful words with a sassy, sexy twist. These two love to dance and danced both close to and away from each other, really demanding the dance floor and having fun as newlyweds.  Isn’t that awesome?!

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Our favorite tip from Erica to brides on their wedding day:  “Ensure that you eat, drink a little, and remember to have fun and enjoy every minute…you plan for a year (or maybe more) and it’s over in five hours.  Make every moment last.”

And stay tuned because we’re going to do a post with some more great tips that Erica shared with us and we know they will help future brides as well!