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

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

Sticking with tradition, Anjali’s arms and legs were adorned with mehndi. The bride opted for understated yet traditional gold jewelry to complete the look so her dress's eye-catching mirrored embellishments and motifs could take center stage.
When it came to her “I do” attire, Anjali took the traditional route, donning a red and gold panetar sari in red and gold. The lengha featured subtle pleating and a gold motif for a modern look, which she paired with a gold blouse embellished with mirrored details.
Anjali’s seven bridesmaids wore slate blue and gold saris and matching gold statement earrings for their walk down the aisle. “I thought the color would complement the other colors in the wedding and continue with the overall look,” Anjali says. “The blue theme matched Christophe’s ceremony outfit, and the gold borders matched mine.”
Christophe arrived to the ceremony on horseback in traditional fashion, surrounded by his friends and family, who danced alongside him as he made his way toward Vie in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. “It’s called a baraat, and it is the traditional way for the groom to make his entrance and formally greet the bride’s family,” Anjali says.
Anjali found Christophe’s blue Indo-American Sherwani during a trip to India. While a departure from traditional red, gold and white styles, the dramatic hue fit in perfectly with the couple’s contemporary-meets-rustic theme. “I also gave him a decorated sword that many Punjabi grooms typically wear, since he was obsessed with having one," Anjali says. "It was a hit.”
To help their non-Indian guests understand how the ceremony would unfold, Anjali and Christophe created illustrated ceremony programs that explained the different traditions and their symbolism. “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.”
Anjali and Christophe included a traditional puja thali into their ceremony, a lavish gold, red and green platter equipped with all the necessary elements used to pray for the bride and groom to welcome each other into their new life together.
Following tradition, Anjali and Christophe incorporated a mandaap into their ceremony but with a twist. “I wanted a rustic and minimalistic look, which is different from most Hindu weddings,” Anjali says. “I wanted a simple wooden structure with simple flowers and greenery at the top. It turned out to be a little more elaborate than expected, but it was beautiful.”
After cocktail hour, Anjali and Christophe ushered their guests into the ballroom for dinner and dancing. Warm candlelight, a dramatic black-and-white palette and gold accents gave the evening a romantic yet contemporary vibe, heightened by the addition of amber uplighting.
Playing off the elegant gold accents and bold black linens, the fanciful table numbers were done up in black and gold and featured flourishes and whimsical script that reflected the evening’s rustic, contemporary feel.
The menu reflected the couple’s respective roots, with dishes such as chicken tikka masala and chaat speaking to Anjali’s Indian heritage, while fresh sushi, miso-glazed sea bass and a crepe station paying tribute to Christophe’s Japanese and French background.
Layers of classic vanilla cake with fresh lemon filling were dressed to the nines with glamorous gilded fondant, hand-painted henna detailing and an elephant cake topper that added a touch of playfulness to the four-tier confection.
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For the reception at Vie in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the couple changed into formal attire that mirrored the evening’s glamorous black and gold theme. Christophe donned a classic black J.Crew tuxedo, while Anjali opted for a custom black and gold panetar.