Real Weddings: High School Sweethearts

Niti Sheth and Rachit Patel have their nuptials on the Hudson in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Diya J Verma
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    Niti Sheth, a consultant and Rachit Patel, working in risk management, met in high school. 

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    The colours used for Niti and Rachit's vibrant Indian wedding, transitioned from bright shades of pink for the traditional ceremony to deep purples for the festive dance party that followed. 

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    The reception music included a blend of genres, from Bollywood and EDM to reggae and hip-hop, all the guests danced throughout the night. There were even surprise performances by Niti's cousins who spent hours practicing a medley of Niti's favourite numbers. 

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    “I’m a very proud New Yorker, and my wedding venue had to embody that sentiment”. When we toured the outdoor space at The Hyatt for the first time, I remember freezing for a moment and thinking, ‘Wow, I really don’t need to decorate anything. I’ve got the Manhattan skyline as my backdrop,’” said Niti. 

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    For the first part of the day—the couple’s Hindu and Jain fusion wedding ceremony — Niti donned a raw silk, custom red and white lehenga created in Mumbai. Later for the reception, she changed into a more modern Indian outfit consisting of a crop top with tassels and skirt.

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    Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson, Jersey City 
    PHOTOGRAPHY Joseph Lin Photography
    VIDEOGRAPHY Joseph Minasi Weddings 
    DAY-OF COORDINATOR Reema Butala/RB Event Design 
    FLOWERS House of Dipali 
    OFFICIANT Nikhil Trivedi 
    GOWN Ceremony: custom, Mumbai, India; reception: Payal Singhal 
    HAIR & MAKEUP Style by Susmita 
    SHOES Salvatore Ferragamo
    ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Designs by Kamni 
    MENSWEAR Ceremony: AsoPalav, Gujarat, India; reception: Stephen Geoffrey, Jim’s Formal Wear 
    RENTALS DJUSA; House of Dipali 
    CATERING Bukhara Grill
    CAKE Carlo’s Bakery 
    DESSERTS Bukhara Grill 
    TRANSPORTATION Caliber Farms; Exotic Baraats 
    ACCOMMODATIONS Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson 
    REGISTRIES Crate & Barrel; Macy’s 
    HONEYMOON Cambodia; Thailand 

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