Traditional Indian weddings are full of bright colors, but Mimi wanted the color done in a subtle way. Alicia explained how they pulled it off: "Indian weddings are typically the furthest thing from subtle. They're just alive and vibrant. We chose to do colorful, but with a white base, which really helped us bring in that modern city vibe that they were looking for."
The groom's side was well represented with a scotch bar and lounge area — called Scotty's Pub after Stuart's family — filled with true scotch whiskeys that were actually brought in by his family, some that you couldn't even get here in the States.
Alicia and the stationery designer, Little Miss Press, worked together to create a Celtic-Scottish meets traditional Indian emblem that was incorporated throughout the wedding stationery, menus, and beyond. Combining the two major graphic elements of their cultures was a visual way to represent both families.
Since Mimi and Stuart knew there would be a lot of kids in attendence, it was important to the couple to embrace them and make them feel included while giving the parents a way to enjoy themselves. So Alicia's team created a very in-depth, detailed childrens' area. It had games, arts and crafts, toys, and even its own lounge furniture.
"It really was one of the most popular parts of the evening," Alicia said. "We have a picture of the before and after. In the before it's clearly this highly styled little area, and then afterwards you would think a tornado hit it. We've never seen such a thing, which was great because it just shows you how much everyone enjoyed it."
Alicia's advice to other couples planning a multicultural wedding?
"They don't have to bring in every single element for it to feel like they're being true to their culture. They just have to pick their favorites, the ones that they share with their partner.
"For Mimi and Stuart, Indian food is something that they love together, something that they do often. So the fact that it was part of their menu wasn't just a testament to her family, but a testament to something that they love to do together."
Photography: Chrisman Studios
Venue: City View at Metreon in San Francisco
Catering: McCalls Catering
Event and floral design: Alicia K Designs
Hair/makeup: Michelle Steehle/Makeup by Stacy
Invitations: Little Miss Press
Music: Rudolfi Artists
Bollywood dancers: Duniya Dance and Drum Company
Videography: Weddings on Film