The Chavas


I've been dying to get this gallery back. I first met Cindy when I was days away from having Neil. She was steadfast in wanting to work with Southern Fete, which made my heart skip a beat, and waited patiently while we navigated the waters of maternity leave and got back into doing our thing. It was an incredible experience to be part of this multicultural wedding. I learned so much about the Indian culture and also how genuine attempts still don't translate into pronouncing things correctly. But, I also came away knowing something I have known all along. Wedding days are the most special when couples embrace all of their unique traits and are surrounded by family and friends who could not love them anymore. 

It goes without saying that the Marigny Opera House provided the most unreal setting for such an amazing ceremony and reception. We battled the forecast the whole week and decided to go to rain plan. While we danced with the clouds most of the day, Cindy and Pavan told me later that evening that the rain plan was even more perfect than they could have imagined. 

Cindy and Pavan made sure that every little detail reflected their story :: from the second line umbrellas that came from a remote village in India to drink stirrers guests picked depending on how they knew them to the mix of Indian food and poboy station to the special bottle of Whiskey passed around the dance floor among Cindy's Duke classmates. 

Cindy and Pavan - Thank you, thank you, thank you for being so trusting, sweet, and a pure joy to work with. I was just as excited to look through your gallery as I was to be there. I can honestly say I now know how to correctly pronounce Chava, mandap, and dohl and am the newest fan of Indian cuisine. My love for New Orleans grew even more with your wedding! I truly feel blessed to have been a part of it alongside all of your family and friends and honored to have been chosen "Wedding Day MVP."


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