A Traditional Hindu Wedding at Lahr Atrium in Lafayette, Indiana
Nikhil Bajaj (28 and a graduate student) and Andrea Pluckebaum (26 and a reporting analyst) began a casual, friendly relationship in the spring of 2009 unaware of the future they had together. After an "enchanting" first date, the pair realized how much they had in common including spicy food, a taste for adventure and shared passions and values. Nikhil proposed to Andrea at the end of the summer of 2013 in downtown Lafayette, IN where friends were there to take pictures to remember the moment. With its grand marble staircase and atrium-style ceilings, Nikhil and Andrea chose to get married at the historic Lahr Atrium in Lafayette . The couple wore three different outfits for the day -- one for the pre-ceremony lunch, another for the ceremony and a final outfit for the reception. While many of the choices were traditional Indian wedding attire, Andrea wore a caledon green, lace gown. The gown perfectly matched their wedding color palette of gold, caledon green, cobalt blue and silver blending the "bold colors inherent in Indian culture with the elegance typical for Western American weddings." The day was a mix of Indian and American traditions with a modern take on the Saat Phere (Seven Vows) where even colors of glass were used to mix for a glass sculpture (Unity in Glass) and the American tradition of ring exchanges and readings. Fusing Nikhil and Andrea's diverse cultural backgrounds made for the perfect day representing their coming together as husband and wife.