On Sunday morning, guests were transported from the Hyatt Regency Lexington to the lawn of the Keeneland Library, just outside of Keene Barn and the Entertainment Center. Set in front of the library was a simple white mandap, custom made by MSI Productions, decorated with furniture from Natasha Decor, and flowers from Courtenay Lambert Florals. Upon the guests’ arrival, Turf Catering passed mint and sweet iced tea, with mini scones and muffins, while Joss Jaffe and Montino Bourbon played the tabla and sarod.
The guests’ chairs were rented from Bryant’s Rent-All, and on each seat we placed a beautiful red and gold program (designed and printed by Poeme). White paper parasols were scattered throughout to shield guests from the (soon to be very bright!) sun. As the sun grew warmer, we were thankful we had saved the paper fans from the prior evening’s decor, and we distributed them to the guests as they awaited the start of the ceremony. The ceremony was co-officiated by Veena’s brother, Sam, and Chaman Lal Gupta and included both modern traditions (poetry readings by family members) and Arya Simaj wedding rituals (Arya Simaj is a social reform sect of modern Hinduism). Following the ceremony, guests grabbed a light lunch from Turf Catering’s passing trays before being shuttled back to the hotel for a few hours rest before the evening’s reception.