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Emily & Pankaj: An Interfaith Wedding in Charleston, SC

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Two dresses were definitely in order for the two ceremonies. For the Hindu nuptials, Emily donned a bright red and gold, beaded, handmade, Indian langha. She later walked down the aisle in a simple yet elegant silk dupioni gown with a sweetheart neckline and ruched bodice by Pronovias. She carried a bouquet of white roses and sweet peas.
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The simple yet elegant bridesmaid bouquets, which featured three bright red, oversized garden roses, popped against each maid’s gold satin Vera Wang cocktail dress.
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Guests sat in wooden garden chairs beneath a magnolia tree strung with glass lanterns filled with ivory pillar candles and rose petals.
Heather Barrie, Gathering Floral + Event Design, Charleston, SC
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In the morning, Emily and Pankaj’s Hindu ceremony took place in the garden beneath a mandap, a traditional Indian canopy, made from rich red fabric strung with marigolds and orchids. Later that afternoon, the pair had a Christian ceremony before a pergola decorated with two large wreaths packed with bright red roses.
Heather Barrie, Gathering Floral + Event Design, Charleston, SC
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Both inside and outside the William Aiken House, tables were dressed in gold linens and topped with centerpieces of pillar candles, yellow and fuchsia orchids, red roses, and India-inspired votive candles.
Heather Barrie, Gathering Floral + Event Design, Charleston, SC
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The newlyweds shared their first dance to “By Your Side,” by Sade, which was performed by a local band called Heart & Soul.
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For a fashionable twist on their wedding cake, Emily’s baker re-created the look of her veil’s lace trim in white frosting on top of gold-tinted icing. On the middle tier, the couple’s monogram gave it another personal touch. Even the flavors coordinated with the wedding colors, as chocolate and buttercake alternated with fresh raspberry filling.
Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal, LLC, Charleston, SC

Emily & Pankaj in Charleston, SC

Emily and Pankaj decided to throw a wedding with this rule in mind: equal parts Indian culture and Southern hospitality. Once they got engaged (and returned from their surprise trip to Paris!), this New York City couple set their sights on Charleston, in the bride’s home state of South Carolina, and hired a local event planner to help coordinate not one, but two ceremonies and a reception for 300 guests. The Bride Emily Cannon, 28, jewelry business owner The Groom Pankaj Gupta, 32, works in private equity The Date April 21 The day began with a Hindu ceremony in honor of the groom’s heritage, which was complete with live, traditional Indian music. Afterward, Emily and Pankaj exchanged vows in a Christian ceremony beneath a hundred-year-old magnolia tree. What followed was a sophisticated party awash in a palette of red and gold accents.
- Christa Vagnozzi
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  • Heather Barrie, Gathering Floral + Event Design, Charleston, SC
  • Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal, LLC, Charleston, SC

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