Desi mehndi ceremony Photo by Shaun Menary

Confetti: Wedded to Color--Significant Events of Texas Designs a Delightful Desi Wedding

Significant Events of Texas merges traditional and modern styles in a two-day desi wedding

Songs and solemnity, trends and traditions, today's desi weddings are a vibrant mix of cultures. And for one couple of Pakistani and Bengali descent, Dallas-based Significant Events of Texas created a two-day event that mixed Eastern and Western styles with drama and flair.

The weekend kicked off with the mehndi party for 250 guests, held at the historic Art Deco Texas and Pacific Station in Fort Worth. A rich palette of gold, fuchsia, yellow and orange made a bold statement, as did the dramatic lighting from Beyond Lighting Design that washed over the ornate ceiling. Guests sat at tables covered in gold linens topped with eclectic centerpieces that mixed floral, Moroccan-style lanterns and cube vases embellished with Sufi poetry and artwork. The bride and groom sat atop a canopied stage where they received gifts from friends and family. Guests took the floor for traditional dances, then rocked out once the DJ got to work.

The next day brought the wedding ceremony at the historic Belo Mansion in Dallas for 380 guests. The ceremony room featured a stage for the bridal couple backed with a chiffon drape illuminated with lighting in an ombre pattern. Hors d'oeuvre were served in the foyer as guests picked up their ombre escort cards, designed by Significantly Said, the graphics division of Significant Events of Texas.

The doors opened to reveal a ballroom gleaming with metallic, including gold chairs placed at tables covered with silver shantung linens and gold chargers. Centerpieces mixed ivory, fuchsia and coral floral in both gold and silver vases. The head table was resplendent with candles and elaborate patterned gold and silver chargers.

Even the wedding cake got the metallic treatment. Created by Frosted Art in ivories, golds and silvers, the tiers incorporated elements from the bride's wedding gown.--Lisa Hurley

Significant Events of Texas 17618 Davenport Road Suite 1, Dallas, TX 75252; 214/783-7310;

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