Date: February 1, 2020
Sana and Shanel Chand put a contemporary spin on their traditional Indian wedding at Fête the Venue in Costa Mesa. The two were college sweethearts, having met when they were students at the University of California–Riverside. Years later, Shanel was on one knee at the incredible Royal Botanic Gardens in Madrid, asking Sana to marry him. She said “yes”—and the rest is history. As with most Indian weddings, the guest list was not small, running to more than 400. Fête the Venue’s spacious reception room allowed for all of the couple’s friends and family to join in the merriment. When the couple first saw their reception space, they were stunned by the plethora of candles and flowers, which suited the cozy yet sophisticated atmosphere perfectly. Wanting to avoid anything too formal or traditional, Sana opted for a sleek, modern look for their nuptials. A hexagon altar, draped with peach and white flowers, stood behind the couple during their ceremony. The bride and groom wore intricately embroidered matching outfits, which were in the same color family as the flowers that were featured throughout the celebration. The elegantly minimalist décor carried through into the reception. The couple’s cake mimicked their altar’s hexagonal shape and was meticulously decorated to resemble marble. Guests enjoyed Time After Time Events’ boba station between their spins on the dance floor, as well as delicious bites from Manohar’s Delhi Palace.