Kalpana and Matt’s favorite part about their wedding at Villa Verano was that it was actually two weddings in one day! First, a vibrant Hindu ceremony and brunch complete with cultural tradition, henna, parasols and a gorgeous pink palette. Second, a romantic Christian ceremony in the villa courtyard followed by a dinner filled with pared back metallic details. We’re loving the way Trina Schmidt Weddings totally transformed the lush venue into two different celebrations with the help of Coco Rose Flowers. The couple enlisted Elizabeth Burgi Photography to capture their celebration and you can see all the beautiful images here!
What made the wedding special and unique?
That it was two weddings in one day! For the Hindu ceremony we wanted people to have fun, so we had bright colors on our mandap, brought some fun colored parasols which were great since it was so hot and of course started the day with a horse ride and party which I think was a great way to kick off the day. For the Christian ceremony we wanted low key, romantic which I think we got from not bringing in too many flowers but using the beautiful landscape already there and then getting married in a little courtyard made it more intimate.
Tell us about the second gown and where/how you found it!
I had been planning this wedding in my head for a while (thanks Pinterest) so I knew I wanted a long sleeve, low back dress. I found Dreamers and Lovers and they designed the kind of dresses I wanted and after trying on maybe 5 dresses I knew the “Kristen” was it.
How did you find your FIRST wedding dress?
Matt and I had been dating for about 6 years and I knew that he’d eventually pop the question, so when my mom and I traveled to India, I figured I’d go ahead and do some shopping. Four months later I got the ring!
What was the most memorable part of the day?
Bride (Kalpana)- My favorite part was in the morning at the Baraat, I sneaked into the kitchen and watched the festivities, hidden in the corner. It was fun to see both families having so much fun and seeing Matt on the horse. Groom (Matt)- Marrying Kalpana. Or riding in on the horse at the Baraat.
Tell us how you met.
We met on Match. I was on the site for maybe 2 days before Matt emailed me. We set up a date at a bar a week later. I showed up about 10 min late and when I got there he was nowhere to be seen. I was on my way out when I saw him on the phone. After that date it was happily ever after.
How did you get engaged?
We were on a Christmas trip to Sedona and on the last day there we went on a hike. When we got to the top, Matt sort of dropped to one knee (it was super muddy from the rain) and popped the question!
What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?
Since my dad passed away 20+ years ago, I wanted to make sure to remember him as I was walking down the aisle, so I attached a photo of him on my bouquet and sewed a piece of his shirt onto my white dress. Matt is the last of his siblings to get married, so I wanted everyone to know there’s a new “Mrs. Hull” in town and got a jacket embroidered with my new name on the back of it.
Photography: Elizabeth Burgi Photography // Wedding Planner and Design: Trina Schmidt Weddings // Florist: Coco Rose Flowers // Venue: Villa Verano // Hair and Make-up: Unveiled Make-up & Hair // Lunch Caterer: Chennai Tippin // Dinner Caterer: Pure Joy Catering // Videographer: TSI Video Productions // Rentals: Town and Country Rentals // Baraat White Horse: Enchanted Carriages // Shuttle Service: EOS Santa Barbara // Hindu Ceremony Priest: Ramesh Hebbala // Christian Ceremony Priest: Father Kearney // Luncheon linens: La Tavola Linens // Henna: Henna Me Beautiful