A Classic, Interfaith Wedding at Addison Park in Keyport, New Jersey
Dana Lerman (25 and a clinical coordinator) and Chinmay Samant (26 and a software developer) quickly bonded over music and wine at a party while both were attending Rutgers University. Chinmay shocked Dana with a kiss and, after that, she knew she had to see him again. After years togethers, Chinmay proposed to Dana. One day after work, Dana went back to their home and found Chinmay waiting for her surrounded by rose petals and candles with a beautiful princess-cut ring. Their wedding blended together their two cultures and religions. They decided to have two traditional ceremonies: a Hindu ceremony under a beautiful mandap and a Jewish ceremony under a huppah. "We come from very rich Jewish and Indian backgrounds so we decided to go for both modern and traditional elements as long as they were not too gaudy," Dana says. "We believe that less is more when it comes to elegance." Although both ceremonies were held on the same day, they used decor and different color palettes to make both unique. "For the Jewish ceremony and the reception, we incorporated purple accents against black-and-white decor with orchids going down the aisle, around the huppah and as centerpieces," Dana says. The couple's Hindu ceremony included a regal palette of red and gold. A beautiful ballroom venue called Addison Park in Keyport, New Jersey, provided the backdrop for the multicultural wedding day. "What sold us was the elegant and clean foyer with the two staircases winding up, beautiful chandeliers and black-and-white tile flooring. We both love a clean, modern look, so Addison Park was a no brainer," Dana says. The wedding took place indoors on a hot summer day.