Real Wedding: Smita Shukla & Kellee Edwards

East Meets West | May 14, 2016 | Photographs by Kim and Adam Bamberg

NAMES Smita Shukla and Kellee Edwards LIVE IN Seattle OCCUPATIONS Smita is a lead content producer for; Kellee is a special education teacher HOW THEY MET Kellee would say it was a chance encounter at a local watering hole, but Smita would say it was when she gave Kellee a billion stars on a dating website (to no response). HOW SHE PROPOSED Their closest friends and family gathered in front of the infamous Pike Place Farmers Market sign along with 200 random strangers. Kellee’s always said that she loves Smita like Seattle loves rain; so having umbrellas during the proposal was necessary. With friends holding big red umbrellas and Kellee holding a question mark, everyone lifted their umbrellas to reveal large white letters reading, “Marry Me”. WEDDING TIME 5 p.m. WEDDING DAY WEATHER Overcast, a little drizzly NUMBER OF GUESTS 130 APPROACH TO WEDDING PLANNING Enjoy it as much as you can; the day goes by so quickly. WEDDING THEME A traditional Hindu ceremony complete with Vedic rituals and pops of color. The reception was a balance of rustic and elegant elements centered around the scenery of the Gorge. COLORS All the colors of the rainbow including ivory FLOWERS Red ombré rose garlands, eucalyptus, tulips, hydrangea, and peonies WEDDING CAKE White funfetti topped with live flowers FAVORITE CEREMONY MOMENT Taking the seven steps of marriage during the Hindu ceremony FAVORS Brass Ganesh statues from India FIRST DANCE SONG “The Book of Love” by Gavin James THE DAY IN 3 WORDS Love, laughter, happiness HONEYMOON Maui, Hawaii

The colors, cultural influences, and incredible amount of love brought everyone to the happiest of tears. The amount of love and light that was shared could have filled the entire Gorge. – ASHLEY MINNIE, MAID OF HONOR

Wedding Design and Flowers Something Blue Floristry
Ceremony and Reception Cave B Winery
Catering Cave B Catering
Desserts Corynn’s Cakes
Hair and Makeup Tiffany Lowry
Photographer La Vie Photography
Ceremony and Reception Entertainment DJ Ricki Leigh
Formal Wear for Smita Traditional sari
Formal Wear for Kellee I Do Bridal
Formal Wear for Bridal Party Vintage saris
Rehearsal Dinner Location Cave B Poolhouse
Registry Crate and Barrel, Macy’