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Sai & Taylor: A Cultural Wedding in Tacoma, WA

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Sai wore a cream-colored, silk crepe gown custom made in the style of a sari by a tailor in India. “I was trying to go for something a little more modern-looking simple lines and color,” she says.
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Sai carried a bouquet of orchids and lilies, and the women in the bridal party carried bouquets in shades of pink and cream.
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The couple held their ceremony on the middle plaza in front of a reflecting pool, with views of the pool and the harbor beyond. Single dahlias floated in the water around them, and the bride and groom stood under a simple canopy made from bamboo and draped with gauzy fabric. The groom’s father, a Spokane County Superior Court judge, officiated, “wh ...
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Following the ceremony, the cocktail hour was held on the lowest plaza level, right beside the harbor. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and the water views while getting a chance to spend time with the bride and groom. “We intended the cocktail hour to replace the receiving line, and it gave us an opportunity to greet and talk with many of our guests, ...
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Instead of a cake, the couple served three kinds of cupcakes (lemon with lemon frosting, yellow cake with buttercream frosting, and chocolate with mint frosting) as well as sorbet (mango, raspberry, and lemon basil), which were passed around to guests on trays.

Sai & Taylor in Tacoma, WA

Sai and Taylor learned more than physics when they became lab partners at the University of Washington. Chemistry seemed to be the better subject. They lost touch after their class ended but reconnected during Sai’s last year of school, at which point she asked Taylor out to a Mariners game. Sai then had to cancel, but all was not lost: She made it up to him with dinner and a movie, and Taylor was smitten. When it came time for Sai to begin graduate school in Ann Arbor, a love-struck Taylor followed her across the country. The Bride Sai Samant, 26, PhD student The Groom Taylor Rielly, 27, law student The Date August 6 Because the couple had relocated far from home, they decided to make planning their wedding easier by hiring an event planner. They went with Jillian Nelson of Personal Events, a New England–based planner whose hometown is Seattle, making her familiar with all things wedding-related in the area. “She walked us through every aspect and left us to the fun stuff that we wanted to deal with,” Sai says. And the fun stuff included splashing the wedding with their signature colors of chocolate, pool, and coral, and infusing the day with cultural details from their respective backgrounds (she’s Indian, he’s Irish) and natural details from their Tacoma and Seattle surroundings.
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