Janki and Zach’s multi-day celebration was actually our first ever Indian wedding! Learning about the Indian culture and wedding traditions was so much fun, and we had a blast celebrating the joy and exuberance of guests at each of the events! Janki and Zach put their own spin on the traditions and made something unique.
On Thursday, they did a rehearsal dinner at Cooper’s Tavern in Downtown Madison, followed by a Mehndi Ceremony at the Tinsmith on Friday, and the real deal on Saturday!
We’ll break down the days throughout the post, but a few things we wanted to highlight are the gorgeous, vivid colors and many looks of Janki and Zach’s 3-day wedding celebration. These detail shots and moments captured are really, truly stunning and are so thankful we got to work with this lovely couple!
Janki and Zach met at a wedding – his sister’s, in fact! Janki and Zach’s sister went to college together and as fate would have it, they met while walking down the aisle (as bridal party members). What a full circle moment for this couple as they made it down the aisle as husband and wife!
I actually met Janki in Phoenix, Arizona for the first time while I was on vacation (where they live). As we shared wedding details and ate the best tacos and queso I’ve ever had, I just knew that their wedding would be special and unique. Not only because it was a multi-day celebration, but every single day had its own theme and purpose, and although I admit I was a bit intimidated by it at the time, I was up for the challenge.
Little did I know that Janki was the most organized bride! Janki started her own planning business and it is evident she has a knack for the details, because taking Janki’s plans and bringing them to life was seamless and BEAUTIFUL!
Thursday – Cooper’s Tavern
Located on the Capitol Square in downtown Madison, J + Z kicked off festivities with amazing food and drinks and henna!
Friday – Mehndi Ceremony at The Tinsmith
Because UW-Madison is their alma mater, they made a pitstop for photos at the iconic Memorial Union Terrace.
The Tinsmith hosted the Mehndi ceremony, which is always held a day before the actual wedding day and is in a way like a “Welcome Party” where all guests are invited to spend time with the soon-to-be bride and groom to eat, drink, laugh, play games and have fun! It is intended to be more casual and laid-back! Janki and Zach hired a gelato cart, caricature artist and magician, and guests were able to enjoy henna and a bindi bar!
Saturday – Wedding Day at Lake Windsor Country Club
By this point, I honestly don’t know how J + Z weren’t EXHAUSTED! From the beginning, Janki wanted a BRUNCH wedding and although we did not anticipate it to be the hottest day in Wisconsin all year (we’re talking 100+ degrees here y’all), we enjoyed the cool breeze in the late afternoon, got the beautiful couple down the aisle underneath the gazebo, and transitioned over to cocktail hour.
Festivities for the weekend really began underneath the sailcloth tent with dueling pianos, Felix and Fingers (which was incredible!), a choice between quiche, chicken and waffles or chola! And then came donuts. Their day was full of abundance and SO MUCH FOOD!
Although we had to wrap things up by 6pm, the guests and bride and groom went on to enjoy an after party in downtown Madison, and then I think they finally slept! 🙂
Thank you so much for choosing us to be your planners, Janki and Zach. You did embarrass me a bit when the wedding was over and you made your party bus give me a round of applause (although we should be applauding YOU!). Thank you for how much you made me feel appreciated. Your weekend was an absolute blast!
Venue: Cooper’s Tavern
Venue: The Tinsmith
Gelato: Fun Factory Sweet Shoppe
Magician: James the Magician
Catering: Blue Plate Catering
Florals: Garden Laurels
Venue + Catering: Lake Windsor Country Club
Live Band: Felix and Fingers
Florals: Garden Laurels
Rentals: Event Essentials
Donuts: Greenbush Donuts
Photography all 3 days: Ray and Kelly (rockstars!)