Michelle & Anush's Milwaukee wedding

Michelle & Anush's Milwaukee Wedding


Michelle & Anush’s Milwaukee wedding

If people hear that Michelle and Anush met at Froedtert hospital, they may assume the worst. Luckily, both were in good health—in fact, it’s their job as medical professionals to make sure others are, too.

As the pair started planning their colorful Milwaukee wedding, the main goal was clear. “We were trying to fuse Indian traditions with a modern Catholic wedding,” says Michelle, who explains that St. Sebastian’s was the natural pick, because her parents and aunt and uncle wed there, too. “We chose the Hyatt for the reception because we wanted a downtown Milwaukee location that was unique, elegant and beautiful,” she says.

Both spaces offered a canvas ready to be peppered with Indian details, from bold blooms to auspicious elephants. “My favorite detail was probably the flower garlands that we exchanged with each other in a ceremony is called jaimala,” says the bride of this ritual which represents acceptance and a pledge to respect one another. Anush’s mother and sister-in-law made the garlands, which added extra meaning for the couple.

Though heritage played a big part in the day, the moment that stands out most for this bride, who now lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her new husband, crosses all cultures: “Walking down the aisle with my parents and seeing Anush standing there with such a huge smile on his face…We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day,” she says. “The weather was perfect and everything just seemed to fall into place.”

Location: Milwaukee
September 10, 2011
Photographs: Tangerine Studio

Church: St. Sebastian’s Catholic Church; Officiant: Fr. Richard Aiken; Ceremony musician: Michael Kamenski; Reception & catering: Hyatt Regency Milwaukee; DJ: Sound by Design; Gown: Amelishan Bridal; Bride’s shoes: Caparros; Bride’s hair & makeup: Harwood Hair Company, (414) 453-4672; Bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal; Tuxedos: Macy’s; Rings: Osterman Jewelers; Bride’s necklace: From India; Florist: Sendik’s; Baker: Simma’s Bakery; Stationer: An Indian designer

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By the end of high school, Ellie Martin Cliffe was completely enamored of journalism, so she chose the most logical college major possible: anthropology. Disappointed by the minimal emphasis on writing and editing, she changed tracks and earned a comm degree from Carroll College. Ellie has since tackled many facets of the field including books, magazines and the Web at places like The Knot and Reader's Digest. She now works full time in book publishing, and is thrilled to get her wedding fix with WedInMilwaukee.com. When she isn’t wielding her (red) pen, Ellie can be found in the garden, at any concert that showcases a fiddle, playing pub trivia or in the kitchen. She and her husband live in Riverwest with their hedgehog, Guinness, and grapefruit tree, Sprout.

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