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Tina & Rishi
Riki Altman | Photo: Donna Newman | January 6, 2014
The wedding story for this dynamic couple spans the globe, capped by a celebration that dives deep into the wells of creativity.
Fireworks shot from the centerpieces as Tina Jadhav and Rishi Parikh took their first dance as husband and wife, but that detail was just icing on the cake—which, by the way, hung suspended from the ceiling. “Everything was so different and innovative,” Tina says of the details, some of which were created by the professionals at The Breakers Palm Beach. “They had these amazing ideas.”
The couple met over the summer in 2010 through a mutual friend in Virginia, where Tina was working at a legal internship and Rishi was doing his residency. Soon Tina returned to Jacksonville to finish her schooling, and a long-distance romance began. In March 2011, he proposed to her on vacation at the former The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach. But that didn’t end the nature of their romance. “He moved to New Jersey a year before we were married,” she recalls. “He’s practicing medicine in Atlanta now, and I’m in Washington, D.C., getting my master’s. Our traveling story is not over yet, clearly.”
Hopping on a plane seemed second nature to the couple, so they decided to tie the knot in the same city where they got engaged.
For the sangeet, a pre-wedding ceremony held the night before the wedding, guests were bussed over to The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach (now Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa) so they could celebrate on the very spot where the couple got engaged. Attendees danced long past sunset and enjoyed IndoChinese food and fortune cookies in an Asian-themed soiree marked by lanterns and orchids.
Shortly after sunrise the next morning, the baraat (bridegroom’s procession, wherein both families meet) took place below the bride’s window. Grooms traditionally arrive by horse, but Rishi put a modern twist on it. “My husband came up in a Bentley convertible,” Tina says. “We wanted to get an elephant, but they wouldn’t allow animals.”
The next morning, the ceremony took place at The Breakers, which the couple chose for its Italian-Renaissance-meets-the-beach feel. “My mom said the guests gasped when they saw the altar in the Mediterranean room with the string quartet playing Indian music; it was very different from what everybody is used to,” Tina says.
Her color scheme was equally unique. “There was gold and white all over my wedding,” she says. “I’m a traditional Indian girl, but I wanted to get away from the traditional colors. I don’t like oranges and pinks — I wanted it more elegant.”
For the ceremony, Tina wore a red lengha which contrasted dramatically with her mandap (a pillared ceremony structure) covered in greenery and loads of fresh white flowers, including hydrangeas, roses and lilies. Afterward, guests were directed to the Circle Room where they feasted on global cuisine.
The reception was one for the books, Tina says. “I had a living red carpet: a woman with a red dress that flowed into a long red carpet welcoming guests to cocktails on the ocean lawn. My card table had a small tree and hanging lanterns. Instead of table numbers, we used names of destinations we’d traveled to. The tables were elegant and dramatic—they had either large silver candelabras or tall crystal vases, [and] both had suspended votives hanging from the full, lush flowers. I had a life-size elephant made of flowers on my gift table. And my reception dress weighed 25 or 30 pounds!”
Even after capping off months of planning, reviewing hundreds of photos and fielding dozens of compliments, the bride confesses her memory of it is a bit foggy. “It was a blur,” she says of the spectacular affair. “I can’t wait to see the DVD.”