Krystalyn & Mayank's Elaborate Indian Wedding at the Renaissance Hotel

February 21, 2020

Planning, Design and Coordination by Vicki Hlousek of Kirkbrides

Ceremony and Reception Location: Renaissance Cleveland Downtown

Baraat Horse: Carriage Limousine
Baraat Security: Harry Gant
Cake & Dessert: Luna Bakery
Caterer: Rangoli Catering
Food Canopies: Bindiya Decor
Hair/Makeup and Henna Artist: Meghna Parikh
Floral/Décor: Rami’s Mandap
Officiants: Christian Ceremony - Alex Robertson; Hindu Ceremony - Ananthbhai Dixit
Parking for guests: Shaia’s Parking
Photography/Videographer: Making the Moment
Stationery: Rose Gold Studio
Transportation: A1 Mr. Limo
Where to begin with this one... The first time I met Krystalyn & Mayank it was very clear they wanted to incorporate both American and Indian traditions for their wedding. Being an only child, Mayank’s family was very excited to be a part of the planning process. His mom even went to India ahead of them to find the perfect places to find their wedding attire, invitations, etc. It was so much fun working with everyone, I will always cherish my time with them. 

We brought in vendors from Illinois, Michigan, and many here in Cleveland to bring this multi day event together.
The events started on Wednesday at the parents' home with close family and friends. On Thursday, they had the Mendhi, which my daughter and I were able to participate in as guests. The couple had a Mexican food truck, which was amazing, and henna was being done on all the ladies. It was a true honor to have been able to participate in the Mendhi. The next day everything started bright and early for the Christian ceremony. The couple stood in front of a floral backdrop, while the aisle was decorated with rose petals. It was a beautiful, intimate ceremony. The evening was the Garba, or in other words, the dance party. While it’s a fun party, it is also a celebration of the union of both families. The colors were bright blue, purple and gold. It was a peacock theme, including two (2) six foot peacocks surrounding the swing, and feathers were incorporated into the centerpieces to complete the theme. There were five wonderful food stations and a beautifully adorned Ganesh table. The couple had been practicing their special dance for months and it showed! It really got the party started! The night was full of laughing, dancing, but most of all, love and tradition. 

The following morning was the big day. It started with the Baraat for Mayank. We closed off part of the street by the hotel and had a procesional of nearly 100 people. Mayank was on his white horse while his family danced and sang around him. There were many bystanders cheering everyone on. From above, you could see a sea of bright color.  DJ Samir, of Crown Entertainment, kept the crowd going and played great music along with the dhol drummer. The Baraat is one of my favorite traditions for Indian weddings. How could you not be happy with fun music, with people dancing and singing?!

As you entered the ballroom for the Hindu ceremony, you walked through an arch made of hanging floral garlands and trees all the way down the aisle. The lights were dimmed low with uplighting at the mandap and along the aisle. There was an ornate floral petal pattern on the aisle for our bride to be processed in on the Doli.The mandap was an open concept to allow for the large bridal party. The morning colors were burgundy, blush, gold and silver with deep red and cream floral. The mixed metals looked stunning in the room with low draping to make it feel like an intimate space (which is hard to do for 500ppl).  It was a beautiful ceremony!

The reception- the final event of the weekend, and of course the show stopper for decor. The sweetheart table had a large navy blue and silver backdrop. Their table was a custom made acrylic table with flowers within it. As you walked into the room, it looked like a starry night with the candles all lit and lights dimmed. The linens were silver and gold, and alternated throughout the ballroom. There were five types of centerpieces, all of which gave the room great dimension. The parents of the groom surprised the couple with a white LED dance floor from Crown Entertainment. As the couple had their first dance, they danced “in the clouds”. It was truly spectacular. 

The caterers provided a vast spread of food for all palettes. They served wonderful traditional Indian foods, but also included American entrees, one being chicken parmesan. Everything was delicious, and the night was capped with cake and macarons from Luna Bakery. 

Not a detail was missed for this wedding weekend. From coordinating invitations to matching outfits for every event, the colors, and more.