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Naina & Dan: A Garden Wedding in Aiken, SC

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Naina & Dan in Aiken, SC
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For the ceremonies, Dan wore a traditional Indian garment called a Sherwani, which was made from embroidered brocade. Later, he changed into a black suit for the reception.
Allstar Rents, Aiken
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Naina and Dan stood beneath a huppah set up beside a large oak tree outside the tent for the Jewish ceremony.
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Vivid orange and yellow orchid centerpieces topped the tables at the reception.
Cote Designs, Aiken
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Naina and Dan kept the party rolling at the reception with lots of northern Indian Bhangra music.
Allstar Rents, Aiken
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Naina and Dan cut a three-tiered white cake covered in cream cheese frosting.
Mrs. B's Bakery & Catering, Aiken
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The wedding day began with the Sikh ceremony, which was held in the gardens beneath a tent. "It was important to us to have clear walls for the tent so we preserved the feeling of being outside, but still kept everyone warm since it was February," Naina says.
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For the morning ceremonies, Naina wore gold, diamond, and tourmaline jewelry, and her hands had been painted with henna.tr
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"It was very important to us to capture both my husband’s Jewish heritage and my Sikh heritage," Naina says. During the Jewish ceremony, the couple had some of their closest family members read prayers from the Torah.
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Naina & Dan in Aiken, SC

Doctors-to-be Naina and Dan first met at a coffee shop on the campus of the Medical University of South Carolina when she was a first-year student and he was in his third year. Later, while on a sailing trip from Charleston to Edisto, Dan proposed to Naina. "It was the most perfect four-day trip," she says. The Bride Naina Khera, 28, obstetrics and gynecology resident The Groom Daniel McRackan, 28, urology resident The Date February 18 The couple soon began planning not one but two ceremonies in a South Carolina garden. "We loved how quaint and beautiful Aiken is and given its proximity to Augusta" -- the bride’s hometown -- "it was the perfect choice," Naina says. It was important to Naina and Dan to incorporate both of their backgrounds into their wedding day, so it began with a Sikh ceremony and continued with a Jewish ceremony before ending in a colorful reception.
- Kate Wood
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  • Allstar Rents, Aiken
  • Mrs. B's Bakery & Catering, Aiken

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