A Glam Indian and French Fusion Wedding at Vie in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Anjali Gupta (27 and a water resources engineer) and Christophe Locussol (27 and a geotechnical engineer) pulled off a glamorous fusion fete that paid tribute to their Indian and French roots and modern style. “We had a bright, colorful Hindu ceremony, followed by a jazzy, French-themed cocktail hour and a classic black and gold reception,” Anjali says. Vie in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, offered an ideal setting for the soiree with its intimate urban courtyard and chic ballroom. “We fell in love with it the minute we saw it," Anjali says. "We wanted a wedding in the city, and this was the perfect spot.” The ceremony borrowed from Hindu tradition, complete with a mandap, a baraat, and a kanya aagaman. Wanting to create a rustic, minimalist look for the ceremony, Anjali and Christophe had a simple wooden structure built for the affair, which Beautiful Blooms adorned with a vibrant rose and hydrangea garland. “Our wedding ceremony programs were really cool,” Anjali says. “We had each Hindu ritual explained in English with a fun graphic. They were our favorite items of the whole wedding.” After the “I dos,” the newlyweds joined their guests for live jazz music, signature sips and inspired hors d’oeuvres such as freshly made sushi and an Indian chaat station. Anjali and Christophe then ushered their guests into the ballroom for the reception, where dramatic black linens, classic white chiavari chairs, warm candlelight and glam gold accents set a chic contemporary tone for the evening. Dinner—a fusion of Indian, Japanese and French flavors—was followed by a lively dance party, where a mix of current hits and classic French and Indian tunes had guests on the dance floor all night. A tip from Anjali: “Once you pick a date and a venue, everything else will fall into place. Have fun planning, especially with your partner—drink cocktails and figure out the details together.” —Libby MacCarthy