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Ashley & Mirag ~ Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain Resort & Spa Wedding ~ Marana, Arizona

What other way to start a wedding than by having several fun-filled parties before the big day?  Ashley & Mirag and their families did just that in June 2014 with a grand wedding celebration at the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain located in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains in Marana, Arizona.  Ashley, a modern girl, envisioned a wedding day honoring her cultural heritage yet filled with today’s elements.  The festivities began at her family home with the traditional henna party or mehndi, where guests sang songs and the ladies were adorned with wedding henna.  The next evening, a culturally enriched party called the sangeet welcomed more than 300 guests to experience traditional Indian dancing, food and drink at an airplane hangar that was converted to a Moroccan themed party led by a traditional dhol drummer who pumped it up for the guests.  The wedding day, despite the 104 degree heat, started with the groom’s barat, the official gathering of the groom’s family and friend’s (and Nellie the horse, of course) who danced him right to the ceremony.  Unlike any other Indian wedding ceremony we’ve ever witnessed, the clean, cool and luxe decor in it’s gold and fuchsia tones set the stage for a deeply moving exchange of vows between Ashley and Mirag.  The party continued to the ballroom, where room elements  such as staggered candlelight, custom menu cards and lounge settings, joined together to form a scene out of a New York magazine and surely made newlyweds and New Yorkers Ashley and Mirag feel right at home.  Images by Sameer Soorma

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Author: Suzanne Taussig

Scottsdale, Arizona based destination wedding planner and designer

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