Celebration in the City.
Story by: Starlight Williams
They met in high school on a party bus at their post ring dance. While it took them a few years to start seriously dating, Praveen and Katie knew they found the “one” in each other.
Once Praveen got the ring, he couldn’t wait to propose. Praveen had asked Katie for a favor at his job. On their way to his car, Praveen unexpectedly dropped down to one knee and proposed. Of course, Katie said, “Yes!”
Strongly in touch with Praveen’s Indian heritage, the couple chose a Hindu Ceremony and a traditional New Orleans celebration for the reception.
“I mainly just wanted everyone to have a great time,” Katie says. “Even though there was a lot of traditional Indian influence involved, I wanted to make sure the spirit of New Orleans still coursed throughout the entire event, because our city is the best in the world.”
A true representation of their love for each other and where they come from, Praveen and Katie ended the night in wedded bliss. Katie says her favorite part of the day was at the end of the ceremony, when she and Praveen stood at the edge of the Orpheum stage, holding hands and looking out at everyone.
See Katie + Praveen’s feature in our 2016 Fall+Winter Edition and their video by Dyle Films below and click through the gallery above to see more photos!
PHOTOGRAPHER: Oscar Rajo | VIDEOGRAPHER: Dyle Films | FLORALS: Bella Blooms Florals | SANGEET: Rooftop of the Four Winds Building | CEREMONY: The Orpheum Theater | OFFICIANT: Sridha Periyanambi | GETTING READY LOCATION, RECEPTION + CAKE: The Roosevelt Hotel | CATERER: The Roosevelt Hotel and Anila Keswani | PLANNER: Kelly Sherlock | BRIDE’S GOWN: Yvonne La Fleur | BRIDESMAIDS’ GOWNS: Indianweddingsari.com, JJ’s House | MENSWEAR: Tuxedos to Geaux | CEREMONY MUSIC: Andrew McLean Orchestra | RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: Mojeaux | HAIR: Shelley Brown & Paige Klumpp | MAKEUP: Katie Malone | DECOR RENTALS: CHL Linens | FAVORS: United Gift New Orleans + Laura’s Candies | INVITATIONS: Scriptura + Printers Wholesale Group
Katie and Praveen on the night of the Sangeet. "The Sangeet is an Indian dance party that takes place the night before the ceremony; it acts as the Indian reception," explains Katie.
"Once we were engaged, the date just popped into my mind. In Indian culture, you have to check with the pujari (priest) to make sure the ceremony is performed during an auspicious time frame when the planets are aligned in your favor. It turns out that February 13 was the perfect day for us to get married!" -Katie
"The Orpheum stage was so beautiful, as was the ballroom at the Roosevelt. Its also super neat to see a fusion wedding that goes from traditional Hindu into traditional New Orleans decor and wardrobes."
Katie and Praveen's ceremony was a shortened version of the traditional Hindu ceremony (which can take up to 4 days). Theirs was only and hour and a half!
"My favorite part of the day was at the end of the ceremony, when we stood at the edge of the Orpheum stage, holding hands and looking out at everyone. We have been through so much together and to get to that moment in our life was amazing."
"...we had wardrobe change out of the traditional Indian clothes into black tie for the evening reception. I wanted a lot of jewel tones and bold colors," says Katie.