A Modern, St. Patrick's Day Wedding at the Hartford Society Room in Hartford, Connecticut

Neeti Dhillon (29 and an optometrist) and Derek McDermott’s (28 and an account executive) wedding was a festive St. Patrick’s Day affair with a subtle modern edge. Coming from different cultural backgrounds, the couple fused Indian and Irish traditions to give the day a personal touch. The day kicked off with a ceremony at Hartford City Hall, an architectural gem with striking Beaux Arts features, including bronze doors, ornate stonework, Corinthian columns and impressively high ceilings. The couple used Indian and Irish music to speak to their heritage, with a bagpiper leading the processional through the dramatic, historic halls, followed by a string quartet playing songs like “Jashn-E-Bahara.” Dinner and dancing followed at the Hartford Society Room in Hartford, Connecticut, where Neeti and Derek let the historic bank’s grandeur take center stage, choosing a simple navy and white palette with understated pops of purple and green. Trios of hurricane vases filled with tulips, bells of Ireland and floating candles topped the tables, with the couple distinguishing their spot from the rest with a traditional square of tartan fabric. “We didn’t want the centerpieces to be distracting, allowing people to mingle with ease at the tables,” Neeti says. From the menu to the music, elements speaking to Neeti and Derek’s Indian and Irish cultures were incorporated throughout. Guests toasted the newlyweds with mini glasses of Guinness and nibbled on appetizers like mini fish and chips and Guinness- braised beef satay during cocktail hour. Dinner highlighted traditional Indian flavors and the DJ churned out a festive mix of Top 40 hits and Indian dance music, with the bagpiper occasionally joining in. “The night finished with two of Derek’s favorite Dropkick Murphys songs,” Neeti says. “Derek and his brother, both huge fans, danced arm in arm and sang along as the entire crowed formed a circle around them. It was a great way to end the party. ”A tip from Neeti: “Don’t be afraid of a longer engagement. We originally thought two years was a long time, but it made the process so smooth and stress-free and gave us time to enjoy being engaged.”