A Personalized Cultural Wedding at Ovation Chicago in Illinois

For their wedding, Jacquie Pelusi (31 and a marketing account manager) and Chinar Desai (32 and a marketing VP) struggled with how to respect his pare

For their wedding, Jacquie Pelusi (31 and a marketing account manager) and Chinar Desai (32 and a marketing VP) struggled with how to respect his parents' Indian traditions while including their American friends and family. The two-hour Hindu ritual wasn't going to fly, so the couple created a hybrid ceremony with their sisters as officiants. "We performed the three most auspicious moments of the Hindu ceremony as well as American vows," Chinar says. "It was only 15 minutes, but we packed in a ton of love and cultural meaning." Gold pendant lights hung behind the ceremony mandap. Jacquie and Chinar served dishes that nodded to their respective Italian and Indian heritages, like samosas, lamb meatballs, Barolo-braised short ribs and chicken tikka masala on tables decorated with Italian ruscus and pillar candles. Jacquie's mom and her friends baked more than 1,000 cookies for dessert, while Chinar's mom provided Indian sweets. The newlyweds shared their first dance to "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green.

Wedding Party Wearing Blue Dresses and Suiting
Bride with Down Hairstyle and Black and White Wedding Dress
Elegant, Modern Couple in Rustic, Industrial Setting
Simple Ceremony Setup at Industrial Ovation Chicago
Hindu Groom Walking Parents Down the Aisle
Interfaith Ceremony Beneath Draped Mandap
Hindu Ceremony Items
Modern Bride and Classic Hindu Groom Recessing from Ceremony
Long Wood Tables Set with Industrial Bistro Chairs at Ovation Chicago Reception
Simple Table Numbers with Laurel Design Propped on Black Easel
Dessert Table Set with Homemade Cookies
Multicultural Guests on Dance Floor
Elegant Bride and Groom Sharing First Dance