By Victor Zerga

Real Wedding: Pooja Yabannavar & Michael Fraser

TWO BECAME ONE | 6.23-24.2017 | PHOTOGRAPHS BY Victor Zerga

NAMES Pooja Yabannavar and Michael Fraser WEDDING DATES Indian wedding Friday, June 23., American wedding Saturday, June 24 LIVE IN New York, NY OCCUPATIONS Pooja is a consultant, and Michael is an associate director of corporate strategy. OW THEY MET Junior year at MIT MOST MEMORABLE DATE “To celebrate five years together, Michael created a video montage of what our close friends thought about us as a couple.” HOW HE PROPOSED In Madison Square Park in New York BACHELOR/BACHELORETTE PARTY Hers: Nashville; His: New Orleans WEDDING TIME Friday 4 p.m., Saturday 6 p.m. WEDDING DAY WEATHER Sunny NUMBER OF GUESTS
250 SPLURGED Splurged on venue, décor, entertainment, photographer, and videographer WEDDING THEME Friday: a modern take on an Indian wedding; Saturday: an elegant black-tie affair COLORS Friday: colorful, with red, purple, and ivory décor; Saturday: more subdued with blush, blues, and pops of gold FLOWERS Friday: wedding garlands, petals, and hanging floral; Saturday: greenery, floral, and succulents WEDDING CAKES Friday: vanilla with lemon and chocolate with raspberry cakes shaped like an Indian bride and groom; Saturday: ivory champagne cake with raspberry cream cheese filling and floral décor FAVORITE CEREMONY MOMENT “Michael’s cousins bargaining with my cousins to buy back his Indian wedding shoes held for ransom,” an Indian wedding tradition FAVORITE PART OF THE MENU Mumbai mule FIRST DANCE SONG “Latch” by Sam Smith DESSERTS Kulfi bar, mini dessert table FAVORS Friday: elephant candleholders with place cards; Saturday: marble tiles with each guest’s name THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Family, friends, cheer HONEYMOON Cannon Beach and India

Our planner, Maddy Ghosh, was amazing at presenting us with a short list of incredible vendors from which to choose.
—POOJA, THE BRIDE

LOCAL
VENDOR LIST
Wedding designer and planner Little
Wedding Blush
Flowers Friday: Nalini’s Flowers.
Saturday: Bahtoh
Decorator Friday: Universal Décor
Ceremony and reception Friday: The Golf
Club at Newcastle. Saturday: The Great Hall
at Union Station
Photographer Victor Zerga
Videographer First and Foremost Productions
Desserts Friday: Mike’s Amazing Cakes,
Sugar Bakery, Taste of India. Saturday: The
Cakewalk Shop, Jewel Hospitality
Ceremony and reception entertainment
Friday: Bollywood Dreams Entertainment,
Ritesh Singh (Dhol), Country Wagon
(Baraat Horse). Saturday: Lucky Devil’s
Band, Quartet Evolution
Transportation A & A Limo
Stationery and calligraphy Songbird Paperie
Hair and makeup Angela Rodriguez,
Seattle makeup artist
Formal wear for bride Crossover
Bollywood, Pronovias, Labelle Salon
Formal wear for groom Crossover Bollywood,
Combatant Gentleman, Nordstrom
Formal wear for bridal parties Azazie,
Vera Wang
Rentals Vintage Ambiance, Universal
Décor, Grand Event Rentals, Pedersen’s
Event Rentals
Registry Crate and Barrel, Amazon,
Bloomingdale’s