Knowing that they wanted the epitome of New York City luxe for their Hindu-Christian wedding celebration, Amit and Martin didn't hold back on making their dreams come true at the iconic Cipriani Wall Street in downtown Manhattan, even going as far as to shut down Wall Street (the first time it's ever been done for a private event in New York City history!) for the baraat. And lucky for us, the talented Clane Gessel was there to capture all of the love, glam and style that filled the day.
As per tradition, the handsome grooms arrived on white horses wearing custom garb by Indian couture designer Tarun Tahiliani. With the street shut down, they had the rare opportunity to go full throttle in the middle of New York City, as the DJ played tunes from the bed of a truck and friends and family danced in the streets. “Sitting on the giant horse, looking out over a sea of people who love us and are so happy for us was the most incredible feeling. Everybody was euphoric and just so happy,” says Martin. “We both teared up multiple times during the baraat because you could just feel the love.”
Afterwards the grooms headed into the venue space, walking through luxurious draping flanked by cascading hydrangeas, and the pièce de résistance were the two 14-foot tall floral installations of hanging wisteria that anchored the scene. They were each walked down the aisle by their parents and Amit's cousin led them in the Hindu-portion of the ceremony, incorporating traditions like the Jai Mala and Raksha Bandhan. The grooms changed into custom Tom Ford tuxedos for the Christian part of the ceremony, orchestrated by Martin's great aunt. “We included lots of elements of family throughout the whole day,” explains Martin. “My parents sang my dearly departed grandfather's favorite hymn. Some of my cousins, aunts and uncles got up to share stories about me when I was growing up. It was a beautiful moment.”
They opened up the room for the reception, with the grooms' sweetheart table on the stage, adorned in masculine flowers, looking out at their 290 guests, and a beautifully designed room with lush, jewel-toned florals and candelabras casting a romantic glow. “It was ethereal and unlike anything I've ever seen before. It was truly the most gorgeous wedding I have ever seen.”
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