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Multicultural Wedding at Edgewater Hotel

By: 
Kelly Skahan

Though native Seattleites, Reena Neogi and David Eitelbach actually met in California while both were attending college at Santa Clara University. They started dating after graduation, and David proposed at Place Pigalle restaurant in Pike Place Market a week before their fifth anniversary.

The big day turned out to be a blustery one, and outdoor photos became a bit of a challenge. “It felt like we were taking pictures in a wind tunnel,” the bride says. The windy photo shoot, however, ended up being a blessing in disguise as Ciccarelli Photography captured incredible shots of the windswept wedding party and ethereal photos of the bride’s veil floating in the wind.

The bride and groom worked together to blend the traditions of their two heritages, and the end result was a ceremony that mixed both western and Hindu elements. The couple incorporated several of Reena’s Hindu traditions—placing colorful garlands around each other’s necks, giving the mangalsutra (a necklace traditionally given to the bride by the groom) and walking hand in hand around a fire seven times—as the two families came together to give the couple a blessing during the ceremony.

To complement the lush, colorful floral design by Flora Nova Design, the couple added personal decor elements such as the stacked antique books on reception tables (the groom is an avid reader) and as well as photos of their families placed throughout the venue. Guests were served chai after dinner in honor of the bride, who is a tea aficionado. But that wasn’t the only personalized drink: The duo also proffered two signature cocktails, a bubbly Champagne-kissed drink for the bride, and a Guinness with a Frango on the side for David. The Bric-a-brac trio, a jazz band that regularly plays at one of the couple’s favorite restaurants, The Pink Door, capped off the night by serenading the lovebirds and their guests during the reception.

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