Each week, we feature a couple from our latest issue.
In any wedding, there are traditions that each side of the family may want to incorporate. For Reena and Martin Tam’s wedding, this meant a combination of Indian and Chinese customs that led to a massive, unforgettable event.
Two days before the big night, family and friends gathered for a haldi ceremony, an Indian pre-wedding ritual where friends and family smear yellow turmeric paste on the couple’s faces. Then, the night before the ceremony, the couple took part in a garba ceremony to honor the Hindu goddess Durga.
For the Gujarati-themed wedding itself, the couple walked down the aisle in front of an astonishing 450 guests at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Afterward, before reception festivities began, Reena and Martin carried out an intimate Chinese ritual in which they served their parents tea as a sign of respect.
“It was a wonderful moment together,” Reena says. “We also loved our first dance; the commitment to doing a choreographed dance, practicing and then having so much fun with it on the dance floor. So many wonderful memories that bring so much joy in our lives!”
Wedding date: Sept. 3, 2017
Wedding colors: Red and gold
Attendants: Eight bridesmaids and four groomsmen
Bride wore: Lehenga from FairyWorld in Gujarat, India; shoes from Macy’s; accessories from Abhushan Jewellers
Hair and makeup: Glamour Beauty Care
Groom wore: Sherwani from FairyWorld
Engagement Ring: Wasserman Jewel Galleries
Wedding Bands: SaraHideko
Bridesmaids wore: Gowns from FairyWorld
Groomsmen wore: Kurtas from FairyWorld
Rehearsal dinner: Garba event
Ceremony: Greater Columbus Convention Center
Reception: Greater Columbus Convention Center
Reception décor: B3 Event Management and Ohio Lighted Dance Floors
Caterer: Saffron Indian Grill
Cake: Karen’s Custom Cakes
Photographer: Style & Story
Photo booth: Style & Story
Videographer: Swatch Studios
Invitations: Sudarshan Cards
Reception tunes: Crown Entertainment
First dance: “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur
Newlywed accommodations: Hilton Columbus Downtown, presidential suite
Guest accommodations: Hilton Columbus Downtown
Sunday brunch: Homemade food at Greater Columbus Convention Center