Oh I’m so excited to share this Jewish Hindu fusion wedding with you. Stephanie and Rikin live in NY but are originally from Arizona Texas. They met through a mutual friend in 2006 in Los Angeles, California. Years later, that same friend reconnected them in while they were both in New York and it was history from there! Over the bride and groom:
We both have a deep love for travel, food, culture and social activities. We both love being surrounded by good people, laughter and good vibes. We are both laid-back New Yorkers in the media industry/production – Stephanie at the TODAY Show (NBC) and Rikin at ABC.
Rikin has lived all over the world, but grew up in Dallas to 1st generation Indian parents (from Bombay) and Stephanie grew up in Arizona to an Israeli mother and pilot father- both appreciate their roots and other approaches to life – and have a zest for life!
Always spontaneous and willing to travel at the drop of a hat, Rikin surprised Stephanie with a ‘last-minute’ trip to St. Kitts/Nevis over Thanksgiving. It was a surprise indeed and since Stephanie’s favorite holiday is Thanksgiving (friends, family and food, what’s better) she was a little annoyed that we were skipping for a surprise ‘flight deal’ Rikin found.
We went to the island for 4 days and on the very last night he planned a beachside romantic dinner and got down on one knee! After that, we danced the night away and headed back to New York the very next morning… engaged!
Stephanie and Rikin’s wedding was a beautiful, colorful and fun cultural bohemian Tulum Mexico Wedding. Stephanie and Rikin are two fun and laid back New Yorkers, who chose Tulum to celebrate their love and the fusion of their roots, cultures and religons: Hindu-Jewish.
A lively baarat on the beach preceded the traditional Marathi Hindu Ceremony. Followed by a quick outfit charge, the signing of the Ketubah and an emotional traditional Jewish ceremony.
The entire group enjoyed a live Mariachi band, amazing food, a few tequila shots and the good vibes and energy of Tulum during the rest of the evening.
Our favourite part of the day was dancing in the rain with all our dear family and friends! The easiest part of our wedding planning was picking a destination wedding in Tulum. However, the hardest part of wedding was planning a destination wedding – a mix between acting as travel agency and event!
Is it harder to plan a wedding when the couples are from different faiths/culture etc?
We picked the top and most important things that mean a lot to us from each culture and made that a part of our wedding. It was hard to squeeze it all in but we weren’t willing to budge… it’s harder in the sense that it requires more organization, more time for guests, outfit changes and sacrificed other things along the way because of timing.
I would say we were very lucky to have supportive, open family and friends who were accepting of both aspects and even excited to experience all the different elements. Our dads even said words in both Hindi and Hebrew in their reception speeches!
Advice to give to other multicultural couples
Don’t try to do too much! Pick 1 or 2 things from each culture or religion that is most important and incorporate those… trying to find a connective tissue to tie in the values and views on marriage for both!
Photographer: Quetzal Wedding Photo
Venue: Akiin Beach Club, Tulum
The dress: Wtoo brides
Custom lengha: Roopman
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
The groom’s outfit: J.Crew tux
Groomsmen & bridesmaids outfit and accessory details: Custom bangles from India, Necklace/earrings custom from Gigi Clozeau
Wedding theme or colours if any: Bohemian chic/multicultural
Food and catering (including drinks): Akiin Beach Club
Entertainment: Dohl/barrat (Drummers in Paradise)
DJ Fermix (reception)
Sitar player/drummers: Music Tempo Consulting
Mariachi Band (Destination Weddings Tulum)
Henna//Mehndi Artist: Henna Lounge
Hair and make up: Sarah Garnier
The flowers: Single King Protea flower (Destination Weddings Tulum)
Planning and Production: Destination Weddings Tulum