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Real Wedding: Jedel Benson & Salil Apte

Bollywood via the PNW | June 10, 2017 | Photographs by Dylan M. Howell

NAMES Jedel Benson & Salil Apte LIVE IN Northeast Portland OCCUPATIONS She’s an HR consultant; he’s a software engineer. HOW THEY MET While working at a San Francisco start-up HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED He proposed on-stage after a performance of the Nutcracker, which they attend together every year. BACHELORETTE PARTY Games and a surprise garden party with friends in Los Angeles BACHELOR PARTY A weekend in Vancouver, BC
REHEARSAL DINNER In the afternoon, the women were invited to attend the mehndi, a traditional Hindu pre-wedding ceremony where henna designs are applied to the bride’s hands and feet. Afterwards, all wedding guests were invited to The Wayback for cocktails and appetizers. NUMBER OF GUESTS 225 COLORS Red, orange, and cream THEME Traditional Indian wedding, with a nod to the Pacific Northwest FLOWERS Peonies and marigolds in bright oranges and reds MENU Lunch before their first ceremony consisted of sausage, hummus, and roti, crudité and charcuterie platters, as well as coconut and chai caramel corn from Masala Pop. Following the second ceremony, guests savored a traditional Indian dinner. DRINKS Steven Smith teas, Nossa Familia coffee, plus two signature cocktails: a lemon rhubarb fizz and a twist on the classic old-fashioned DESSERT A four-tiered cake with etched piping accompanied by an array of mini desserts FIRST DANCE SONG “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons FAVORITE DETAIL Honoring both families by having two ceremonies: a Catholic ceremony and a Hindu ceremony officiated by the groom’s aunt IF THEY HAD IT TO DO OVER Have a better plan in place for rain THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Magical, lively, fun

LOCAL VENDOR LIST
CEREMONY & RECEPTION Barn Kestrel
CATERING Vibrant Table, Swagat Indian Cuisine, Heart & Honey Bartending
RENTALS Bowerbird Events, Peter Corvallis, Vibrant Table
WEDDING PLANNER Bridal Bliss
OFFICIANT Father Kevin Yell
PHOTOGRAPHY Dylan M. Howell
FLOWERS New Seasons
DESSERTS Papa Haydn
DJ Precious Byrd
GOWN Rue de Seine
ALTERATIONS Valentina European Alteration
GROOM’S FORMAL WEAR Hall Madden custom suit
BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES Jenny Yoo and Monique Lhuillier, Vow to be Chic
RINGS Alchemy Jeweler (his), Kassab Jewelers (hers)
HAIR & MAKEUP Blossom & Beauty
TRANSPORTATION First Student Charter Bus Rental
REHEARSAL DINNER The Wayback
HOTEL FOR GUESTS Crowne Plaza Hotel
PAPER GOODS Nina Kulick, Gooseberry Press
REGISTRY Zola Registry