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.”
Date: 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