Real Weddings: Celebrating Indian Culture With a Contemporary Spin

Hetal Patel and Nisha Choksi’s wedding was all about celebrating Indian culture in an aesthetically modern way. The bride tells us how they translated their vision into a reality.

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    THE BRIDE : I wore an Anita Dongre lehenga for the mehendi, a Kanakavali sari with a blouse by the same designer for the graha shaanti pooja and a salwar kameez by her for the Pithi. I switched to western for the other functions with gowns all the way—an Oscar de la Renta two-piece for the sangeet, a red, white and turquoise custom-made one by Cucculelli Shaheen for the wedding and a vintage Lanvin gown at the reception.
    THE GROOM : Hetal wore a Fabindia kurta pyjama for the graha shaanti pooja and pithi and chose
    a Shyamal Bhumika sherwani for the sangeet. He donned a Brunello Cucinelli suit with a custom
    embroidered dupatta at the wedding and for the reception, opted for a Giorgio Armani blazer and
    Tom Ford shirt and jeans.

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    The ‘real deal’ I have been friends with a cousin of Hetal’s for years. And in 2015, after much prodding from her, he reached out to me on social media. I was drawn to his creativity and charm and we began dating long-distance —I was in Chicago and he was in Atlanta. After my Masters, I moved to Atlanta where we set up our real estate development firm. Hetal proposed in 2018—on one knee, in the courtyard of a large villa, candles all around, and Bollywood videos playing on a projector!

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    Ours was an indoor wedding at the Hotel at Avalon in Alpharetta, so we wanted to bring ‘outside’ elements like plants and trees inside. The mandap, designed by Hetal, didn’t have any pillars—made of luscious greens, it literally floated above us! The wedding lunch was held in a formalflower garden created within a draped tent,while trees, string lights and custom-built  food trucks brought a chic, whimsical vibe to the reception.

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    A diverse palette from live musicians performing Carnatic music to Indian classical and Bollywood choreography, our wedding celebrations showcased Indian artistry in many forms.

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    “CHOTEL is a combination of(Nisha) Choksi + (Hetal) Patel. It’s not just a hashtag, it symbolises our partnership in every facet of life.”

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    A piece of advice: Stay organized throughout the process and have conviction in the choices you are making.

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