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A Fabulously Festive Malibu Wedding

Are you ready to party?! Aarti & Sukrant didn’t let the fact that they’re both busy doctors doing their residences stop them from planning a fabulous wedding celebration for 300 of their friends and family. Held on a private Malibu estate, the couple’s wedding was a fusion of Indian tradition and modern elements. Family members danced in the aisle as Sukrant entered the ceremony on a white horse to the festive sounds of a baraat parade. Aarti wore two fabulous saris throughout the day, and we love that the shades of pink in the one she wore to the reception echo the vibrant color palette of the decor. Put on your dancing shoes and check out the stunning photos by Ian Grant Photography.













From Ian Grant Photography… “Aarti & Sukrant, both busy doctors in their residencies, wanted a unique wedding in the LA area. They brought me on right after they booked a private estate in Malibu and we started planning the intricate logistics of the day of having the ceremony & reception held in the same spot. Not an easy feat for a 300 person wedding where all rentals and catering are brought in and staged on the property!

The design for the Hindu ceremony maintained traditional Indian wedding colors (gold, red, and orange), but the mandap was more organic and fitting with the outdoor location than traditional wooden painted mandaps used in Indian weddings. Sukrant made his entrance in the colorful baraat parade on a large white horse with celebratory music, drums, and dancing family members. So festive!

After the ceremony and romantic photos on the beach, Aarti changed from her red ceremony sari to a beautiful coral sari as the ceremony site was transformed into the reception space. Rectangle tables were decorated with vivid fuschia and coral colored peonies and garden roses organically placed amongst twisted driftwood branches and candles. The guests enjoyed a delicious dinner and then had a fun dance party. After the last song was played for the evening, a beautiful same day edit was shown that included highlights from the parties that had taken place in the days leading up to the wedding.”

Image(s): Ian Grant Photography