Inside Dr Meera Shah and Bart Consedine’s Charming Brooklyn Wedding

There is an old belief that when you meet your soul mate, you experience absolute calm… no anxiety, no restlessness, no weak knees, no pounding heart. This was the case for Dr Meera Shah and Bart Consedine, whose relationship felt easy from the first try. The duo share with us their love story and wedding album, from their first date in New York’s East Village to the charming Brooklyn wedding as an ode to the neighborhood they fell in love with.

Software developer Consedine had recently moved to the Big Apple in 2019, when he met Dr Shah, chief medical officer of Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic in New York, national medical spokesperson for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and author from the author of You’re the only one I’ve told: the stories behind abortion – on Bumble. “I had had so many dates over the years, but my first date with Bart was fun and refreshing. I remember trying to impress him with my knowledge of tequila,” laughs Dr. Shah. “My job is a big part of my life. Sometimes it made meeting difficult. With Bart, everything seemed easy. He was open, understanding, curious and totally attentive to everything that came with me as a activist. ”

The couple got engaged soon after the vaccine rolled out and had five months to plan their wedding in August. First of all, they chose Jove Meyer as their planner. “We needed an incredibly organized and efficient planner. My first call with Jove lasted over two hours. We talked about everything from flowers and DJs to social justice issues. Jove is keen to work with salespeople who are women, people of color or from the LGBTQIA + community, ”explains the bride.

The couple’s wedding stationery was designed by Adara by Badal, and the wedding program featured an excerpt from Kahlil Gibran’s poem “On Marriage”. They worked with Mili Ghosh for the photography, Modern Love Productions for the videography and CGA catering by chef Gaurav Anand for the food.

The celebrations began with an intimate haldi at the home of the bride’s parents, where the dress code was orange and yellow. The mehendi was housed in the bride’s apartment in Williamsburg, with Dhara Suvarnakar of Mehndikälogie applying the bride’s henna.

The couple wanted to organize an exciting experience for the welcome party. “It had been a long time since no one had met like this,” says Dr Shah. So they chose Liberty Warehouse as their venue, where sweeping views of the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan served as the backdrop for the sunset event. At the party, the bride surprised Consedine with performances by magician Ryan Oakes. “I had taken Bart to a magic show at the McKittrick Hotel for his birthday at the start of our yard, and he quickly fell in love with magic,” she explains. Desserts from the Malai ice cream brand added an Indian touch to the celebrations. Their red chili chocolate and toasted cinnamon almonds are the couple’s favorite flavors.

The multicultural couple’s wedding day was embellished with traditional touches to showcase the vibrant culture of the bride. For example, guests were greeted with chai, masala popcorn, paneer bhurji phyllo bites, and Bombay chutney sandwiches. Nihal Singh played the tabla and dilruba throughout the ceremony as Priestess Sushma Dwivedi performed the rituals. “We lead progressive and inclusive lives and wanted our ceremony to reflect that. We didn’t want to teach our opinions to a pundit, but we wanted someone who already shared them. After a long internet search for a “progressive priestess identified by a woman” (the exact search terms of the bride!), They discovered Dwivedi’s website. “She’s young, hip and has understood the value of equality in a relationship.”

The highlight of the wedding lunch was the live street food counters serving Indo-Mexican, Indo-Chinese and Asian fare with a side of Thumbs Up, Limca and ’90s Bollywood hits. The dance party later into the night lasted until the wee hours of the morning. Seth G played a violin set and Nihal Singh worked his magic on the dhol, after which DJ Natty Heavy took over with ’90s hip hop. “Bart and I love music, and we wanted it to be music. be particularly special and memorable. ” The event also featured a photo booth by Hollywood favorite MirMir (Kardashians, Biebers and Hadids love them), a live kathi roll station, and personalized haiku for all guests by the Haiku Guys. “Bart’s mom hand made all of the business cards with silk ribbon and calligraphy. These were put on the menus printed in watercolor, ”adds the bride.

The bride wore metallic gold gaucho pants, a cropped blouse and an Itrh pink dupatta for the mehendi. She chose a light blue lehenga for the welcome party and a pink rose creation for the wedding day, both by Tarun Tahiliani, who also made the groom’s pale green sherwani. “I chose to wear the dupatta on my shoulders like a cape, because I don’t resonate with the symbolism of wearing it on my head.” She combined the mangalsutra and wedding ring into a black and white diamond and a gold ring from Anna Sheffield, which she calls her mangalsutra ring.

Dr Shah transformed into a light green abla working lehenga by Mayyur Girotra for the wedding lunch as a tribute to her Gujarati heritage. The cocktail party called for a quick change in a Jade dress with Golden Goose high top sneakers. The bride worked with Susmita Patel on her wedding wardrobe, who also did her hair and makeup for the wedding and reception, with Heena Das in charge of beauty for the welcome party.

Traditional Indian elements mingled with contemporary accents throughout the decor – the seating plan for the welcome dinner designed by Julia Bez included individual marigolds with badges on a grass panel. Leatal Cohen of Pic and Petal designed the arch and the centerpieces. The latter featured papayas, oranges, dragon fruit arranged artistically alongside heaps of turmeric. The wedding day decor by Prashe Shah featured flowers and a Ganesha installation at the entrance. The mandap was dressed in hundreds of soft pink and orange roses to complement the couple’s outfits. For that night’s party, the space was transformed with a central ceiling installation of pink wisteria and mirror balls – prompting the crowd to hit the dance floor with enthusiasm.

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