One of main reasons Rashna & Sean chose to get married at the Bronx Zoo was because it offered new and exciting experiences through out the course of their wedding. After an unforgettable ceremony, guests gathered in the Madagascar Exhibition for the first of many toasts to the newlyweds. Then it was off to Schiff Hall for a night of celebration.
Part 4: Reception, Centerpieces, and Sweetheart Table
The interior of Schiff Hall welcomed with a magical atmosphere, bringing to mind a secret garden that only exists in fairytales. Reception décor featured an array of various centerpieces with dramatic jewel tone flowers. Some tables were decorated with high centerpieces featuring a sandblasted manazanita tree adorned with hydrangea, roses, cosmos, amaranthus, passion vine, moss, and greenery in shades of plum, burgundy, red, fuchsia, caramel, and peach. A second style featured a lush, flowing arrangement of roses, hydrangea, ranunculus, privet berries, smokebush, and greenery.
The collective mood was spirited with a packed dance floor through out the night. However, Rashna & Sean did find some alone time together at their intimate sweetheart table. Set before a wild jungle painted backdrop, it featured a charming “Mr. & Mrs.” sign complemented by glowing gold lanterns and pillar candles.
All eyes were on the couple as they took front and center for their first dance as husband and wife. Rashna then joined her father for their father-daughter dance. Everyone was in agreement that it was one of the most touching moments of the evening.
While most of the bride’s culture was expressed during for the ceremony, Rashna did incorporate some aspects of her Indian heritage. She recalls, “we had a musician play a dohl drum when we made our entrance and through out the reception.”
A sophisticated take on the animal theme was ever present through out the day. The menu was marked with a gorgeous gilded peacock design. But the couple made sure to show their fun side with dessert. Rashna looks back and says with a laugh, “Sean is obsessed with sloths. There are two sloths at the zoo – Calisto and Hans Slowmo. He was really disappointed that they couldn’t be out because it was too cold. But he still wanted to incorporate sloths in some way. I’m thinking ‘How do we do this without looking silly?’ But then I found these wonderful sloth cake toppers on Etsy.”
From the ceremony and traditional customs to venue and decor, this wedding was a sincere reflection of the couple’s love and respect for each other (and animals!) Congratulations, Rashna & Sean! Thank you for sharing your wedding story with us!
Couple’s Vendor List:
Venue: Bronx Zoo
Photographer: Dideo Films Photography
Bride’s Attire: Traditonal Kanjeevaram silk saree (ceremony) and reception lehenga by Tarun Tahiliani
Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin (ceremony) and Tamara Mellon (reception)
Groom’s Tux: Allen David (reception)
Cake: Butterfly Bakeshop
Caterer: Moghul Caterers and Bronx Zoo
Hair: Liz Lazo
Makeup: Patricia Longo
Music: 74 Events
Lighting: Frost Productions