I wanted to take a look back to see how my visions of what my wedding would look like played out when push came to shove. Thanks to my AMAZING friends, I personally think that reality actually transcended my vision. I had some amazing vendors and in the end my wedding was everything it could be (if it couldn’t be in Kenya 🙂

I’ll start with the amazing work of Prabha Bhambhri, who did my mandap. When I showed most vendors an image of my dream mandap they said they could modify and cover and drape one of their existing (ornate) mandaps to create something like what I wanted. Prabha auntie was the first to say that not only would she give me exactly what I wanted, but that she was so excited to see a bride want this kind of style. Instead of judging me for my smaller budget, she said it was refreshing and on the day of when she came to personally oversee the construction of my mandap, she even complimented some other design choices I had made, and said she would use them in the future. This means a lot for someone who wanted an elegant wedding but didn’t think it should cost us our family savings.

Here is the mandap I wanted:

Outdoor Mandap

From Design 2 Decor Inc

And beyond my wildest dreams (after what all the other vendors told me) here is what I got:

my magical mandap

She actually managed to put in more flowers, they were real flowers, and she made it look so dreamy! Here’s an upclose image of the flowers: