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Michelle & Gandhi

Michelle and Gandhi — what a couple! Not only is Michelle the owner of Michelle’s Patisserie, one of our favorite bakers in town, but she is also one of the loveliest people you’ll ever meet. We were incredibly honored when she asked us to coordinate and design her special day. She and Gandhi are over the moon for each other, and it was such a pleasure to create a celebration of their love.

Michelle wanted their wedding to be full of color and life, and of course, sweets! We chose a Day of the Dead theme to honor Michelle’s heritage, but the bright pinks and reds were also a nod to Gandhi’s Indian roots. The orange, hot pink, purple, red, turquoise, orange and yellow palette contributed to the fun, celebratory feeling of the day. Bridesmaids wore black dresses, lace tights, and had monochromatic bouquets of bright blooms. We decked out Star Hill Ranch’s schoolhouse for the reception with papel picado, colorful tissue pom poms and flowers and bright satin linens. Michelle asked her stationer to design custom Day of the Dead-themed silhouettes that were used on her invitations, and she had them blown up and framed in the reception space as well. One of our favorite parts! We chose black linens for dinner to really let the colors of the centerpieces and multi-colored napkins pop. Michelle incorporated some of her personal Day of the Dead collection of brightly painted skulls, skeleton figurines and milagros into the décor.

Besides the cheerful palette, there were two things that made this wedding so amazing — the dancing and the dessert display. Michelle and Gandhi met at dance class, so we knew there would be some amazing dancing, but we were blown away with what they planned. Gandhi entered the ceremony with the most wonderful dance to Bruno Mars’ “Treasure.” Our faces hurt from smiling. After the ceremony, Michelle changed added a black satin belt to her dress, a black beaded choker and black heels for a more dramatic look. Then, for the couple’s first dance, they choreographed a dance to a mash-up of three songs — one by Coldplay, a salsa number and an Indian song. It was beyond jubilant. Michelle followed that performance with a dance with her dad. This time, we were treated to a montage of “What a Wonderful World,” “Tequila,” and MC Hammer’s “2Legit2Quit.” It was as amazing as it sounds!

The dessert display was as all dessert displays should be. There were six cakes (no, that’s not a typo), cupcakes, chocolates, cake balls, Mexican wedding cookies, mousse cups, petit fours, and more! Michelle also created colorful cookies to set at each place setting as a favor for her guests. Gandhi’s cake was shaped like the Taj Mahal, and featured figurines in the likeness of Michelle and Gandhi. Everything was absolutely gorgeous!

The guests enjoyed a buffet dinner with both Indian and American-inspired dishes, heart-felt toasts were given, then they danced all night long. As we mentioned, Michelle and Gandhi met at dance class, so this was a group who knew how to shake their stuff. It was a delightful celebration, filled with love, gratitude and joy. We were absolutely thrilled to be a part of it!

Photography by Studio Uma

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