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This breathtaking Indian wedding at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards was a feast for the eyes. Tanvi and Ernest chose this beautiful Wine Country venue for its beautiful vineyards and grounds and the indoor reception space big enough for their rockin’ reception. I loved how they incorporated Tanvi’s Indian heritage as well as a Western style later that day.We were all thrilled that the San Francisco Chronicle feautred the wedding in their Style section as well! I’ve included the great article the paper published. Congratulations to Tanvi and Ernest! Wedding Coordination: Holliday Events Florals:Daily Rose Designs Cake: The Cake Maker Music: Music Mantra – Devin Maharaj, Make-up: Penney Doh, Gown: Ramona Keveza

Tanvi Amin jokes that she met her “old-fashioned” husband the “old-fashioned way.”

It was in 2008 on a random Thursday night that Tanvi and some friends wandered into the Lion Pub in Pacific Heights for an early-evening drink. A recent transplant from Southern California, where she’d grown up, Tanvi, a dental hygienist, now 34, was fairly new to the city but already wary of Northern California men, many of whom she found a tad arrogant.

So she was immediately charmed by the bartender, Ernest Obrock, also 34, who came across as confident but not cocky. The two struck up an easy conversation, and by the end of the evening, Ernest suggested they meet the following Friday at a movie.

“I’m going anyway, so if you’d like to join me I’ll have a ticket there for you,” he’d said.

Absolutely no numbers or e-mail addresses were exchanged. Tanvi was impressed. This was a guy who was very comfortable to be out in the world by himself – plus he’d put absolutely no pressure on her to say yea or nay. The following week she found him in front of the theater – yes, holding two tickets for the James Bond film.

The two started a relationship slowly. Ernest, who’d grown up in a military family, had lived many places, including Germany and Italy; he had put in five years as an infantry sergeant in the Army. He was considering several career options, and though he found Tanvi intriguing, he was in no hurry for a serious relationship. (He later returned to school for a degree in hospitality and now works in finance for the Starwood Group.)

At one point, Tanvi, who’d never started a relationship that slowly, asked if “things were going anywhere.” Ernest told her he was interested, but if she wanted someone who moved quickly, he wasn’t her guy.

Tanvi’s previous relationships had always started with a bang, yet despite her confusion about her suitor’s hesitancy, she was also smitten. Ernest was a true gentleman: Not only did he always open doors for her, she was impressed by his thoughtfulness and consideration of both her and others. Coming from a traditional Indian family, Tanvi also appreciated his respect for elders. He routinely called people sir and ma’am.

As for Ernest, he was surprised by Tanvi’s depth – and pleased that their quirky senses of humor seemed to match up.

“I’d never met anyone like Tanvi before; she’s intelligent and mature,” he said. “But I have a thespian side, and she always thinks my antics are cute.”

At nine months in, Ernest returned from a holiday with his parents a changed man: He’d spent the entire vacation talking about Tanvi.

“I sent her a postcard every day,” he admitted. He was in deeper than he thought. From that moment on, the couple started seeing each other every day.

In May 2013, at a frequent Wine Country getaway weekend, Ernest proposed on one knee, smack in the middle of the Sonoma town square. “It was simple, romantic and really about us,” Ernest said. From then on the two began planning their Sonoma nuptials, held at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards on May 3.

With 150 guests, the ceremony was traditionally Indian (though with far fewer guests than a traditional Indian wedding), but the reception was flavored from the West. After the ceremony, Tanvi changed from a custom coral chaniya choli/lengha-style dress into a white silk one-shoulder gown designed by Romona Keveza. The groom wore an Indo-Western sherwani suit in royal blue and later a suit by Hugo Boss.

Following traditional Indian vows, the couple broke into dance and were joined by friends in a choreographed Bollywood flash mob. Their guests were mesmerized.

“It was entirely out of character for us,” said Tanvi, who said they’d taken dance classes to prepare. “But it was so much fun.”

“People were screaming,” Ernest said of the flash mob, adding: “But I liked the symbolism in the Indian traditions.” He noted that there was even a fire that the couple circled while saying prayers.

“My parents had never seen anything like it,” he said. “Even my father, originally from Cleveland, wore traditional Indian dress.”

Louise Rafkin is an Oakland freelance writer and frequent contributor to Union Squared and the New York Times‘ Vows columns. E-mail: style@sfchronicle.com

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Indian Wedding at  Jacuzzi Family Vineyards in the California Wine Country

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We are proud to share Rajan and Pavan’s Wedding Film from their luxurious Ritz-CarltonHalf-Moon Bay wedding.I love when we are commissioned for both the wedding video and still photography as it allows us to their our couples’ stories in the richest possible way.  This Indian wedding at the Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay was an extraordinary celebration of joy, affection, beauty and family. We were especially excited that the couple invested in a Nightingale Wedding Film (below) to capture all the beauty of this day. Raj-Ann and Pavan started the event off right with the Friday night celebration called a Sanjeet. This welcome party heightens the excitement of wedding festivities, with song, food and hours of dancing. The Sangeet is a time for celebrating, singing, dancing and joking. It can include some good-natured ribbing of the couple’s soon-to-be in-laws and it’s also a perfect time for wedding guests to meet and get to know each other. Traditional Indian instruments, like a dholki (a two-sided drum), are often used in the ceremony as well. The morning of the wedding, the male guests were treated to professional turban tying. The yards of fabric was a rich berry, imported directly from India for the occasion. Next came the baraat. The baraat is a bridegroom’s wedding procession in North India and Pakistan.In North Indian communities, it is customary for the bridegroom to travel to the wedding venue (often the bride‘s house) on a mare, accompanied by his family members.This baraat included a white horse and a fabulous view along the Pacific Coast. The groom and his horse are covered in finery and do not usually take part in the dancing and singing; that is left to the “baraatis” or people accompanying the procession. The groom usually carries a sword. The term baraati is also more generically used to describe any invitee from the groom’s side. Traditionally, baraatis are attended to as guests of the bride’s family. The baraat, accompanied by the rhythm of the dhol, reaches the meeting point, where the elders of both the families meet.  The Sikh ceremony then took place in the grand ballroom, with an elaborate canopy. The musicians sang low and rhythmically while the couple completed their wedding rituals. Before the reception, Raj-Ann changed into a gorgeous aqua gown. Their portraits took place on the stunning grounds of the property and local beach. The reception was epic thanks to Anaise Events. Congratulations to Raj-Ann and Pavan on your new life together.
Venue: Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay  Event producer: Anaise Events Hair/Make-up: Laenka by Myrium Bridal Gown: Varun and Nidhika   Reception Gown: Gaurav Gupta Live music and DJ: DJ Wicked Cake: Studio Cake

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Ruben and Wayne decided that they were going to have a Ritz-Carlton wedding, and the location in Half Moon Bay would do just fine.  After spending so many wonderful moments there over the years, it was an easy choice when they thought of a perfect venue. After being together for decades, this dynamic couple decided they wanted to commit their lives to each other in front of their family and friends. The day began for Ruben and Wayne on the white sandy shores of the Pacific in Half Moon Bay. The skies were bright blue and they had the beach nearly all to themselves. They had previously had a commitment ceremony in Hawaii and wanted to capture that aloha vibe in the morning with shorts and flip flops. There are some funny images which show how our California waters are not quite as warm as Hawaii’s. It was a great way to start the day. They went on to get dressed in custom tuxedos and designer shoes and gave each other gifts of silver engraved cufflinks from Tiffany’s. These two are huge fans of that Tiffany’s and Co. and even flew me to New York City so we could portraits in the NY location! The ceremony took place outside the beautiful Ritz, with the elegant building on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. Ruben’s sister walked him down the aisle in tears while Wayne’s parents were honored to do the same for him. There was not a dry eye in the audience. This wedding was a long time coming and friends and family were truly ready to celebrate. The reception was elegant and sophisticated with hundreds of white orchids and candles. Their cake even had a Tiffany blue ribbon. I told you they loved that store! Speeches were given and dancing went on for hours. What an incredible day. Congratulations Reuben and Wayne!

Venue: Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay. Floral design: DeYoung Flowers Cake: Mary Micheler Entertainment: Denon & Doyle Custom tuxedos: Hickey Freeman

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