A Colorful Indian Fusion Wedding at the Emory University Conference Center and Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia

Sudipta Chakraborty (27 and a neuroscientist) and Chris Muller (30 and also a neuroscientist) met in graduate school at Vanderbilt University during t

Sudipta Chakraborty (27 and a neuroscientist) and Chris Muller (30 and also a neuroscientist) met in graduate school at Vanderbilt University during their rotations to find a thesis laboratory, where they immediately hit if off. "Sudipta impressed Chris by knowing every word to every Rick Astley song out there, and we bonded over our shared love of Atlanta Braves baseball and lazy, hazy summer days," they say. The went on a friendly dinner outing, but it ended up turning into a date when the cashier checked them out together. They made the most of the situation and continued the night with a movie, but they didn't officially start dating until a few months later. After three and a half years together, Chris proposed on a hike to one of their favorite spots on Radnor Lake. Sudipta and Chris held their wedding at the Emory University Conference Center and Hotel in the bride's hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. They had an Indian wedding ceremony in traditional red and gold attire before Chris changed into a suit and Sudipta into a two-piece purple and green Lehenga choli for the reception. Since many of their guests were unfamiliar with Indian wedding ceremonies, the couple explained all of the traditions in the program. The reception had a cool color scheme inspired by the bride's love of the ocean, and the decor aimed at merging Indian culture with some souther charm. Centerpieces incorporated simple arrangements of white hydrangeas in vintage blue mason jars, and the catering included some of Indian food from one of Sudipta's favorite restaurants along with fish and pasta from the university's caterers. "We mainly strived to have our day reflect the fusion of two cultures coming together and did our best to show that through the food and decor," Sudipta says.

Traditional Indian Bridal Sari and Jewelry
Sudipta carried a blue and white rose bouquet accented with baby's breath and small rhinestones. The soft blue flowers perfectly complemented her purple and green wedding outfit to complete the cool color scheme.
Bridesmaids with Indian Henna
Gold Vince Camuto Bridal Sandals
Sudipta wore traditional henna on her hands and feet for the Indian wedding ceremony. She accessorized with traditional gold jewelry to match her red and gold sari.
Sudipta's bridesmaids wore bright green saris for both the ceremony and reception. The groomsmen did not wear traditional Indian wedding attire, dressing instead in black suits with blue ties to complement the girls' saris.
Groomsmen in Suits with Groom in Traditional Indian Wedding Attire
Bride and Groom in Red Traditional Indian Wedding Attire
The classic wedding programs featured red text on creamy paper. since many of the wedding guests had never been to an Indian wedding, Sudipta and Chris made sure to explain all of the ceremony traditions in the programs.
Indian Wedding Ceremony at Emory University Conference Center and Hotel
Chris wore a traditional Bengali topor, or headgear, at his Indian wedding ceremony. He also wore a classic red and gold kurta.
Bride and Groom at Traditional Indian Wedding Ceremony
Chris and Sudipta held a traditional ballroom reception at Emory University Conference Center and Hotel in Atlanta with navy and white linens and a regal-looking sweetheart throne overlooking the dance floor. The cocktail hour had a traditional Indian menu from the bride's favorite local restaurant, Zyka, but dinner was catered by the university and had both fish and pasta options.
The centerpieces incorporated white hydrangeas in vintage blue 1920's mason jars as a nod to the couple's southern upbringing. The blue color scheme reflected Sudipta's love of the ocean.
Blue and White Reception Lounge Chairs
Two girls, who were family friends of the bride from the local Bengali community, performed a choreographed dance at the reception. Sudipta and Chris also played a slideshow and a short video to showcase their love story.
Sudipta and Chris bought their four-tiers white wedding cake at Publix because they both love the store's fruit-filled cakes. It was decorated with subtle polka dots and rosettes along with a colorful owl cake topper.
Indian Fusion Wedding Reception at Emory University Conference Center and Hotel