Today’s beautiful, vintage-inspired wedding is a triple-threat! It features an absolutely stunning couple; a darling photo shoot in vintage-inspired settings; and an intimate, personal ceremony. Sonali and Jatin wanted to celebrate the milestone of marriage in a quiet, reflective setting, and spend time with just their closest family and friends before the larger reception that followed. We are so lucky to get a peek at all of the special moments that Sarah Culver captured!
The Couple: Sonali and Jatin
The Wedding: 02.07.12; District Courthouse, Annapolis, Maryland
What were your most important priorities for your wedding? What made you choose such a small, intimate ceremony? We wanted to have our court ceremony in a setting that best represented our personalities and style, and Annapolis has the charm and history that we were looking for. Its quaintness was perfect for our pre-wedding photo shoot which had a vintage theme. The peace and relative quietness of the courthouse allowed for us to have a leisurely arrangement and accommodate our personal touches.
For a long time we have valued the intimacy of milestones and significant moments between us. Even our engagement was private in its setting on an isolated Hawaiian beach. Since we knew the future traditional component to our marriage ceremony would involve our large families and friends, we wanted to keep the moment of our officiation true to its meaning before facing the distractions of our other ceremonies to come.
How did you make your courthouse ceremony personal? What personal touches or traditions did you weave in? Our pre-wedding photo shoot had a vintage theme which set the tone for the rest of the day. Starting with our wardrobe which reflected an earlier time, to the antique locations that our photographer chose such as the old post office and an antique shop; to the high tea in Annapolis after the ceremony; and the post dinner at the old colonial Ambassador restaurant (which is one of my favorite Indian restaurants), we tried to include a personal touch.
My mother wove in the “something new/something old/something blue” European tradition by giving me a new purse, a vintage ring from her youth, etc. Jatin’s mom brought Indian sweets for all to share in celebration after the ceremony.
Looking back what is your favorite memory of the day? Having tea at 49 west (coffee shop) during our photo shoot…throughout our relationship, we had spent countless, seemingly mundane, moments drinking tea together at cafes all over the world. On our wedding day, it felt just felt natural to have go have tea together, and romantic as always; but yet this time we had the giddy thrill and anticipation of our big event to follow!
The Wedding Team:
Photographer: Sarah Culver Photography
Sonali and Jatin, thank you for sharing your very personal and romantic day with us! We are so happy for you!
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