We decided to venture away from the traditional Indian party and experiment with something a little different. As children of South Asian parents but born and brought up in the South, we both have a strong taste for American cuisine but love our Indian spices. We wanted to incorporate the best of both, so we chose Maggiano’s Little Italy in Buckhead as our venue. We were able to negotiate a deal with the restaurant that allowed us to bring in an outside caterer for our Indian food as well as order off of their traditional Italian menu as well. It seemed crazy when we posed the idea to them but we were fortunate that they were so accommodating.
We chose a few select Indian items as our passed hors d’oeuvres while our guests were arriving, grabbing a cocktail, and finding a seat. Our amazing friend and cinematographer, Ravi Makadia, crafted a beautiful video of our proposal for our guests to enjoy and shortly after the video, Anuj & I were blessed by our elders in a short traditional Indian ceremony (tilak). A scrumptious 3-course Italian meal served family style followed.
Photography: Jeffrey Franks Photography & Nawal Taoussi
Traditionally, in India, it is important to have your elder’s blessings. This is often achieved through a ’tilak ceremony’. Tilak is a mark of auspiciousness. It is put on the forehead with sandal paste, sacred ashes or kumkum (red tumeric powder mixed with water).
We were fortunate enough to celebrate our engagement with our closest family and friends, who traveled from Alabama, Washington, Illinois, California, and even India to be with us.
It was a perfect way to celebrate two families now becoming one!