An Elegant Indian Wedding in Newark, Delaware

For Arselie Miller (31 and a marketing manager) and Vikas Dudheker (32 and a sales manager) their wedding was an opportunity to honor the traditions of both of their families. “The biggest inspiration for our wedding was a combination of cultures,” says Arselie. “I had grown up in a Catholic family outside of Philadelphia and my husband grew up in a Jain family in Southern California. We knew we wanted our marriage to celebrate both cultures and sides of the family so we decided to do a two-day event to honor both traditions appropriately.”
First, the couple had a traditional ceremony at a Catholic church, followed the next day with a Hindu ceremony and celebration at the Deerfield Country Club—to which Vikas arrived via helicopter. “Our guests were stunned,” says Arselie. “From there he got into my late grandfather's convertible Mercedes for the procession and was driven by my cousin. It was an incredible touch to be able to involve my grandfather in our day.” At the peach, pink, and orange-hued reception, the 300 guests sat amongst romantic candlelight and enjoyed a photo booth, a cigar bar and plenty of food—up until the very end of the night. “We added extra appetizers to our hour-and-a-half cocktail hour and also had a Philly cheesesteak food truck at the end of the night to make sure that everyone stayed well fed and happy!” —Carolyn Meers