Dolci & Sunny: An Indian Wedding in Washington, DC

When 23-year-old Dolci Bhatia's mom set her up on a blind date, Dolci was skeptical. Her parents raved about Sunny all the time, so Dolci decided to a

When 23-year-old Dolci Bhatia's mom set her up on a blind date, Dolci was skeptical. Her parents raved about Sunny all the time, so Dolci decided to at least meet him. She quickly learned her parents were right. He was perfect! says Dolci. Dinner flew by, and the pair never ran out of things to talk about. The Bride Dolci Bhatia, 23 The Groom Sunny Bjaj, 32, CEO of a technology company The Date October 11 They kept in touch, even while Dolci was away at college in California. When Dolci returned home, Sunny got Dolci's parents' blessing. After attending a black-tie event, Sunny whisked Dolci away to a Georgetown bar for a surprise dessert: a proposal spelled out in chocolate sauce. It worked! says Sunny. I could tell by the tears in her eyes.

All eyes were on Dolci and Sunny as they glided across the ballroom floor to Frankie Valli's Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You, a show-stopping tune that worked in the grand space.
A mixture of round and rectangular tables featured tightly-packed spheres of saffron, burgundy and fuchsia blooms. The fragrant globes sat atop regal candelabras with beads draping down for extra glamour.
In addition to traditional mehndi (henna tattoos), Dolci wore sparkling bangles on her wrists.
Bursts of color filled every corner of the tent. A cozy lounge area with a bed and pillows helped set the laid-back vibe at the Sangeet, a celebration they had two nights before the ceremony.
The tables were topped with arrangements of fruit and flowers in bold oranges, greens, pinks and yellows. Indian-style lanterns added warm candlelight to the tables.
The ceremony took place beneath a tent over a fountain in the bride's parents' yard. To inject romance into the space, pink roses covered the fountain and the bridal canopy.
The outdoor tented areas were given a festive look with multicolored spheres created from flowers and hung with decorative ribbons.
Dolci's bridesmaids wore traditional Salwar Kameez gowns and sheer dupatta, long scarves, during the ceremony. The peach, gold and red trimmed fabric complemented the pink shades in Dolci's gown and the ceremony décor.
Garlands and a wreath of flowers decorated the gate to the groom's parents' home where the Sangeet was held.
The regal, seven-tier cake was made to match Dolci’s fabulous, red reception gown. Scarlet, white, gold and purple sugar flowers trailed down the cake, and little gold accents echoed the design of the bride’s jewelry.
The Quince Orchard High School marching band led the horse and carriage, playing the entire mile to the groom's home. Part of the street was shut down to make way for the small parade.