Veena and Ryan’s Wedding at Keeneland, Part 1 of 3 | Lexington, KYApril 23, 2011
Veena and Ryan’s wedding weekend actually began before the night I’m about to recap – with a mehndi party at her parent’s home on Friday. I would be remiss if I didn’t at least mention it – it was such a fun evening, many thanks to the amazing staff at BD’s Mongolian Grill. In addition to their fabulous food, guests enjoyed mehndi applications by artists Manisha Bhavasar and Nidhi Talati, and delicious white, chocolate, and red velvet cupcakes from Martine’s. Sadly I only have a few iPhone photos for Friday evening, so we’ll have to move on to Saturday, where I have an abundance of gorgeous images from Wagner Photographics…
During the day on Saturday, many guests took a tour of some of Lexington’s bourbon distilleries, while others participated in a golf outing arranged by Veena’s brother, Sam. After a quick rehearsal of the next day’s ceremony, guests began to arrive at Keene Barn for the Rehearsal Dinner and Garba Raas, where they were greeted with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before being seated at gorgeous long tables that filled the entire Barn. Linens in alternating shades of bold pink, orange, and purple paired perfectly with Courtenay Lambert’s fresh and colorful floral arrangements and crisp white lanterns. MSI Productions strung lights and lanterns across the ceiling, and provided the hanging ferns and standing trees that lined both the Keene Barn and Entertainment Center, bringing a bit of the outdoors in and softening the edges of the rooms.
Escort cards designed by Poeme to look like postcards guided the guests to their tables (named after cities the bride and groom have visited together). During dinner they had their choice of two buffets – one featuring Southern Barbecue from Turf Catering and the other featuring South Indian cuisine from Banana Leaf. Throughout dinner, several family members and friends gave touching toasts, and soon thereafter everyone moved back into the Entertainment Center for dancing, dancing and more dancing! The Pandyas performed live and kept everyone dancing for hours, teaching those who were unfamiliar how to dance with the dandiya sticks. The statues and furniture elements in the room came from Natasha Decor, and were absolutely beautiful. At the end of the evening, our shuttles from Wombles transported the guests back to their hotels to get a good night’s rest for the rest of the festivities that would continue on Sunday!