Each week, we feature a couple from our latest issue.
Why do a destination wedding to the tropics when you can bring the tropics to you? Julie and Manjul Bhusal Sharma—or Manjulie, as we call the former staffer of our sister publication, Columbus CEO, and her husband—had a tropical-themed wedding at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens that did just that. And who doesn’t like botanical beauty minus the bugs?
As if the exotic foliage of the Conservatory weren’t enough, the Bhusal Sharmas left no detail to the imagination. Their cake was pleasant on the eyes and taste buds alike, thanks to its palm leave decorations and passion fruit and mango fillings. And don’t even get us started on the lychee martinis.
Fruits and flora aside, the Bhusal Sharmas’ wedding possessed an underlying theme closer to heart: honoring late family members who couldn’t attend. The ceremony took place at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where both the bride’s great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother were married before her. Julie also paid tribute to her grandmother by playing her favorite song, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” at the wedding, which took place on what would have been her birthday.
Manjul’s family wasn’t left out of the picture, however. His father gave a Hindu reading in both Nepali and English at the ceremony, and the couple’s rehearsal dinner incorporated Nepali traditions. (You can read more about the Manjulie wedding here, in Julie’s first-person story on interfaith ceremonies.)
Wedding date: Aug. 27, 2016
Wedding colors: Green and coral
Attendants: Four bridesmaids and four groomsmen
Bride wore: Gown and veil from Alfred Angelo, shoes from Macy’s and jewelry from Etsy
Hair and makeup: Makeup by Erica Eigensee and hair by Salon Lofts
Groom wore: Men’s Wearhouse
Rings: Jeff Johnson & Co.
Rehearsal dinner: Himalayan Grille
Ceremony: St. Mary’s Catholic Church
Reception: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Cake: Scrumptious Crumbs
Florist: The Flowerman
Photographer: Kimberly Potterf Photography
Videographer: Columbus Wedding Videos
Invitations: OneSuiteDay on Etsy
Reception tunes: T.E.A.M. DJ
First dance: “All of Me,” by John Legend
Guest favors: Raffia fans
Registries: Macy’s and World Market
Favorite gift: A money tree plant and a painting of the Franklin Park Conservatory done by Julie’s sister, Ellen Gerhart
Transportation: Columbus Transportation & Tours
Guests stayed at: Hilton Columbus Downtown
Sunday brunch: Hilton Columbus Downtown