Vibrant Shades of Red and Orange Wowed at This Wedding at Overbrook House in Massachusetts
Niyati and Nick's at Overbrook House in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts was inspired by "Niyati's Indian heritage, Nick's Italian roots and our shared love for Cape Cod. Nestled in the woods of Buzzards Bay, Overbrook House offered the perfect rustic feel with multiple onsite locations and expansive green spaces to host a day-long wedding with multiple events. Orange, gold and red are auspicious colors in Indian culture, so we focused on those," shares the couple.
Niyati and Nick's loved ones were central to bringing the wedding of their dreams to fruition. "One of the most special aspects of our wedding was the way friends and family came together to make it happen," the couple shares. Even the couple's fashion, which involved a worldwide trip, was family-focused. "Niyati's aunt, Nandini Mehta, is a designer in India so we traveled across the world in July to introduce Nick to Niyati's extended family and have her design our outfits. We didn't see them until a week before the wedding, but they were absolutely perfect, one-of-a-kind pieces that we will treasure forever." Beyond fashion, the floral decor for the event was also a community effort. "We hired our friends at Abundance Family Farm to grow fields of marigolds for the first time. Marigolds symbolize the energy of the sun and represent vibrancy, passion and positive energy," shares the couple. "The flowers were hand-picked and transported by friends to the venue where their guests spent the night before the wedding stringing marigolds. They were hung on the altar the morning of the ceremony. We could feel the love infused into each strand that surrounded them during their marriage ceremony." Nick and Niyati also looked to their community when it came time for selecting wedding invitations and jewelry. "The special elements of the wedding can be attributed to the friends and family who made it so. The invitations and programs were designed by Alyson Zimmerman, one of Niyati's best friends. The morning of the ceremony, friends gathered and tied tassels to the program which walked guests through the ceremony and paid homage to Niyati's late mother. The rings were custom made by Colleen Matthews, who has known Niyati since they were only a few days old. They incorporated elements of Indian design, including ombre sapphires and her mom's solitaire. Our absolute favorite part was looking out during the ceremony and seeing a sea of colors as friends and family embraced wearing traditional Indian clothes for their special day," recalls the couple.
When it came to actually tying the knot, Nick and Niyati chose to keep the Hindu ceremony very traditional. "Our ceremony was quite traditional, the ceremony itself came together through the love and generosity of so many friends and family members. It started with the Baraat, or Nick's parade with guests dancing up the hill towards the ceremony and ultimately meeting up with Niyati's side for a dance-off! The pandit (Hindi priest), Jayant Sane, was incredible. He wove in elements of the natural world with the traditional ceremonial verses and translated each verse into English so our loved ones could follow along. The mandap (altar) was decorated with vibrant orange and yellow garlands of marigolds which surrounded elegant seating for the bride and groom and their parents."
Nods to Niyati's Indian heritage continued in the reception as well. "The reception was simple but fun. In lieu of table numbers, we used the names of special cities and towns in India," says the couple. "We walked into a roaring crowd and had our first dance to 'Shut Up and Dance' by Walk the Moon. It was sweet, playful and funny. Thanks to our incredible friends, we had a handpainted photobooth of the Taj Mahal which stole people away from the dance floor all night since it was that much fun!"
Looking back at their culture-filled wedding day at Overbrook House in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, Nick and Niyati encourage couples currently in the throes of wedding planning to not "sweat the small stuff. Let your loved ones contribute and let it come together organically. Eat the incredible food you selected for the menu. Take a moment with each other to step back and witness all your favorite people together. Have all the fun!"