This Wedding at McDonald Mansion in Santa Rosa, California, Had a Vintage Tintype Photo Booth
John and Tanay threw a celebration with one foot in the past and the other decidedly in the present. “We wanted our wedding to be a fusion of both our traditions and cultures—Maharashtrian and Californian—but with every ritual, we added our own modern twist,” John says. Take Tanay’s arrival: As is tradition, John’s family greeted him, performed a puja, or Hindu blessing, then presented him with “ceremonial gifts,” which translated to cooking equipment since Tanay’s an avid at-home chef, and In-n-Out fries. The pair also worked together to give John’s parents’ garden an Indian- inspired makeover, honoring Tanay’s ties to Delhi, where he grew up. “We wanted the event to be two things: fun and enchanting,” John says. Many of the day’s details, including the cake, reflected the designs and colors found in Jaipur pottery and old Delhi architecture. “I study 19th-century art and literature, so the John's parents' home and gazebo resonates with me personally and aesthetically,” John says. Tanay walked with his mom to the altar to the tune of “You Make My Dreams” by Hall & Oates. Canopies “evoked the atmosphere of nighttime in Delhi’s historic gardens and helped guests feel like they were coming someplace new,” John says.