A Blissful 'All Floral & Plant Wedding' With a Heart-Pleasing Decor
Divya & Tejas
A serene and heart-warming soiree with happy celebrations, love filled vibes, and an eye-pleasing and enchanting decor, this floral and soft-toned wedding is purely soul soothing. Being passionate plant lovers with an aesthetic taste for light and neutral palette and design, Tejas and Divya’s wedding weekend was an all floral, foliage and pastel affair with every single element in perfect harmony with each other.
One look at the photos and believe us, you won’t be able to take your eyes off this wedding that is an absolute reflection of the couple in the truest sense giving us major personalization goals. See for yourself!
About The Couple
How They Met
Divya & Tejas have known each other since their days at Claremont McKenna College when she was a freshman and he was a junior. After that, Tejas moved to New York to be an Investment banker on Wall Street and Divya moved to San Francisco to be a marketer at Google. The spark that had started between them at Claremont did not disappear even after they moved to different cities and they kept in close touch over the years. They kept meeting each other, took trips here and there until they finally realized and admitted that there was something more. Tejas then moved to San Francisco for both of them in 2013 and the couple has been inseparable ever since.
How They are as a Couple
“If we had to describe ourselves concisely, it would probably come down to the following: we are two individuals who are passionate about our careers and interests, have the utmost respect for each other as individual partners, and who love nothing more than surrounding ourselves with our family and friends,'' says Divya.
While encouraging each other to pursue their individual interests, they prioritize shared time as well. After over 6 years of being together and 11 years of knowing each other, they still make sure to take a weekend away, travel, visit their families, and host friends for dinner!
The Proposal Story
One Spring weekend in April, they both decided to drive up to their old San Francisco neighborhood, Noe Valley. Tejas then took her to their old tucked away spot that overlooks the city skyline and asked her to marry him. Then he took her to their old favorite neighborhood restaurant for food where he had arranged for their families and best friends to surprise her by joining the two of them.
Afterward, Divya suggested that they all head next door to their favorite bar where the surprise for her continued and they were greeted by more friends from all walks of life. Basically, Tejas knew that Divya would suggest visiting that bar and hence, he had already prepared for the surprise there too.
They later ended their day with just the two of them visiting their yet another favorite place for pasta tasting and reflect on the wonderful day they’d had.
Divya's Engagement Ring
Tejas’ family in India owns a jewellery business, Antara, and that is where her ring came from. Set in a very thin yellow pave gold band is a special round solitaire that Tejas’ grandfather found once and decided that it would be for Tejas to give to his fiancee someday.
As for the wedding ring, Divya herself designed it along with Tejas’ cousin & family. Keeping the band same like that of the engagement ring’s she included petal-like marquise stones to fit around the solitaire ring like puzzle pieces (making it look like a flower).
The theme of the wedding was centered around a perfect blend of garden rustic and modernity. Being huge plant lovers, the couple made sure to have loads of lush greens, flowers, and plants incorporated in their wedding. Warm neutrals, monochromatic & airy design, blush pink & gold accents marked the entire soiree as it all felt ‘so us’ to the couple.
Honoring both their Indian heritage & American upbringing, they chose to marry their cultures & their personal design by having Indian decor, elements, and dresses but, in their neutral and natural color palette.
To bring their vision of personalized and an absolute joyous celebration to life, incredible wedding planner Stephanie Cole of Cole Drake Events played a major role. They spent about a year and a half to curate the wedding along with the florist Meredith Law from Meredith Law Design, their rentals ENCORE Events Rentals, La Tavola Linen, Twilight Design, and Peak Productions.
Tejas and Divya’s wedding weekend kick-started with a light and airy cocktail-cum-appetizer evening Mehndi party at a private home in Sonoma, California. It was super fun and chilled out affair where the couple gave presents and handwritten thank-you notes to all the guests.
Divya’s intricately done mehndi design made by Henna Tradition included personalized elements like the Golden Gate Bridge skyline, Tejas’ initials hidden in leaves and their eucalyptus logo.
Tejas, on the other hand, also didn’t shy away from getting his hands etched with henna. His minimal mehndi design was basically a bride and groom portrait, Divya’s initials and a little Stag design (their college mascot).
Hosted at the Cornerstone Vineyards, Sonoma, the evening sangeet ceremony was a lush garden cocktail party with a varied food spread, a huge bar and everybody dancing their hearts out. With toasts and speeches and some Dandiya time, the evening began on a pretty vivacious and joyful note continuing into late hours of the night.
Couple's Sangeet Looks
For the Sangeet, Divya suited herself with a pretty blush pink Shyamal and Bhumika ensemble in intricate sequined embroideries. She left her tresses open, wore subtle makeup and completed her looks with dainty bangles, a minimal maang tikka, and her mommy’s delicate earrings.
Tejas, on the other hand, wore a simplistic kurta and nehru jacket outfit in off white and blush pink hues from Devotie, Mumbai.
Tejas and Divya’s wedding was hosted at The Barn at Tyge William Cellars which was right next to their Sangeet venue. Encompassing everything that one could hope for like the pond, different lawn spaces, a barn, and lush greens, the venue was love at first sight for both of them. Keeping up with the theme, their all rustic mandap made up of wooden logs and decked up with foliage and flowers was a sight to behold.
While the aisle was marked with potted plants, the beautiful tablescapes were adorned with different centerpieces done in antique terrariums, candle holders, goblets, etc., beautifully decorated with varied flowers and greens. Stringed lights and chandeliers lit up the entire place splendidly completing the look of the wedding impeccably. Coconut bar, donut, and gulab jamun cutting ceremony and personalized escort cards with a packet of seeds attached as favors were the added highlights.
Couple's Wedding Looks
For the wedding, Divya donned an ivory Sabyasachi lehenga done in pastel thread and sequined embroideries which she paired up with polki choker set and a matching dainty maang tikka. Like her Sangeet, hairstylist Glamour by D kept Divya's hair open in loose waves and makeup artist Megan Naik kept her makeup minimal.
Tejas perfectly complemented Divya in a Benzer golden ivory sherwani with elegantly embroidered thread motifs all over.
Bridal Party Look
Divya’s bridesmaids gorgeously coordinated in ivory and gold raw silk sarees teamed up with blush raw silk blouses done in light thread embroideries. Not just that but, they wore matching gold and pink bangles and carried olive trees potted in gold votive jars instead of the bouquets.
The boy gang wore ivory kurtas paired with blush dupattas and kohlapuris from JJ & Sons.
The Bridal Entry
Divya walked down the aisle with her mommy and daddy to the flute version of the song ‘Sunshine on my shoulders’ originally by John Denver.
After dancing his heart out in the baraat, Tejas too walked the aisle with his parents but, to the flute version of 'Lukka chuppi' originally by A.R Rahman and Lata Mangeshkar.
The First Dance
The couple’s first dance was to the tunes of ‘Fly me to the Moon’ by Frank Sinatra and it meant a lot to both of them, especially, the entire moon part. Tejas had once texted Divya late at night asking if she’d like to watch the waves and the stars with him. They also happen to say “love you to the moon and back” to each other a lot and they both describe their engagement feelings as “over the moon.” Hence, they incorporated this entire joyful theme into their wedding through their vows, signages and of course, their first dance.