A Southern-Indian Wedding at Alhambra Hall in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Kelly Poulnot (27 and an operations analyst) and Karan Kumar (27 and a financial analyst) infused their Charleston wedding with Indian cultural elements and Southern charm. The venue, Alhambra Hall in Mount Pleasant, Charleston, is across from a park where Kelly played as a girl, and had a sentimental draw for the couple. “We ended up getting married under the big oak tree on the water under a gorgeous chandelier,” Kelly says. They decked out their celebration with a color scheme of gold, rose gold and pinks, along with decor to honor their heritage—vintage elephants as a nod to the groom and pineapples for Southern hospitality. “Our family spray-painted all the pineapples,” Kelly says. "We still have all 13 elephants around our home." Kelly’s uncle officiated the short but sweet ceremony, which included instrumental music from the Harry Potter movies, along with a processional to the Piano Guys's instrumental version of “A Thousand Years” and a celebratory recessional to Boston's “More Than a Feeling.” “We wanted the ceremony to be very simple and wanted the scenery surrounding it to really shine,” Kelly says. “We chose to have a nonreligious ceremony here and have a full Hindu ceremony in India in the future.” After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a cigar bar and cocktails made with rum and Firefly vodka. “The food was one of the most important aspects of the wedding,” Kelly says of the Indian-meets-Southern fusion spread. For appetizers the couple served chicken and waffles, veggie samosas and pulled pork on cheddar biscuits. In lieu of a sit-down dinner, they had a carving station, a pasta station, shrimp and grits, Indian butter chicken, sag paneer and naan. The couple’s favors also reflected their cultural backgrounds, as paper goody bags were filled with Charleston Southern sweet tea and Indian-spiced chai. The couple’s love for "Harry Potter" was seen throughout, from their ceremony music to their cake and grand exit, which included themed wands with gold streamers. —Marissa Hermanson