This unique and colorful wedding held in the beautiful Texas Hill Country is really such a treat. Bride Lauren grew up in the charming town of Wimberley, so it was very special that they would celebrate their wedding there. Lauren and Chetan’s love for family and natural beauty shined bright throughout every moment of their cheerful wedding day. Their wedding planner, Gina from The Whitt Experience, stopped by to share some of the details of the day with us.
Photography by Q Weddings.
“Chetan and Lauren wanted to showcase their love for each other, and their thoughtful approach to life—and it showed in every detail,” shares Gina from The Whitt Experience, “At the same time, they have a simple aesthetic. They are laid-back and wanted their wedding to feel that way…not contrived, not overwrought.”
“Before the wedding, Lauren and Chetan did a vacation retreat at Esalen in California and created their own perfume, which they gave to guests as favors.”
“The day started off rainy, then turned a full 180 degrees as the sun came out right as the wedding guests were arriving under the giant oak trees at the farm. Blue school buses were waiting to take them up the hill to the ceremony site, an open air natural wood pavilion that overlooks the farm below and provided beautiful sky views throughout the ceremony. Topo Chico and Thums Up was served prior to the ceremony.”
Quartz crystals acted as whimsical paperweights to keep ceremony programs from flying away.
The mandap was decorated with a mix of vintage linen upholstered couches, tufted ottomans, hanging bells and traditional garlands of white carnations.
Lauren and Chetan had two ceremonies in one: a traditional Indian ceremony first, followed by a Western ceremony that was non-traditional, spiritual and personal.
“For the ceremony, Chetan wore a blue sherwani, while Lauren’s first outfit was a lengha in jewel tones of magenta, jade, deep blue and gold.”
“Lauren and Chetan made their getaway at the end of the ceremony in their vintage VW Bus. It’s lemon-colored with beautiful/hideous vintage plaid seats, wood panels on the interior and everything still in working order.”
Lauren carried a fern bouquet with pink peonies and Berzilla berries.
From Gina: “For their honeymoon, they drove the VW bus to the West Coast, an entire month of just hanging out, getting up with the sun, no aim or plan, just enjoying the landscape and each other.”
The couple’s signature cocktail was lavender lemonade and lavender infused lemonade with pear vodka and a splash of cranberry juice. They also served tequila and lime juice finished with roasted cumin powder.
Lauren and Chetan described their reception as “colorful, organic, and perfect”.
“Montesino Ranch has so much natural beauty,” says Gina. “Lauren and Chetan decided to enhance the long wooden tables for the reception with a hand gathered floral look. And, it being a working farm, there were chickens roaming around the reception tables.”
Menu: Passed Hors d’Oeuvres:Papadum with Avocado Relish and Cilantro Chutney / Tiny Tacos with Curried Buffalo and Pickled Red Onion Slaw on Crispy Corn Tortillas / Petite Potato and Sweet Pea Samosas with Spiced Tomato Chutney / Spinach and Paneer Naan Pizzas with Mango Chutney // Dinner Buffet: Baby Kale and Carrot Salad with Avocado and Sesame-Lime Dressing / Sprouting Mung Dhal with Fennel Seeds and Ginger / Tandoori Chicken with Melted Spring Onions and Roasted Shishito Peppers / Lamb Korma / Lamb Stewed in a Mild Cashew Curry / Paneer Tikka Masala Vegetables / Pilau Rice with Cashews, Pistachios and Golden Raisins / Steamed Basmati Rice / Sweet Potato and Spinach Saag / Curried Cauliflower with Currants and Pine Nuts / Grilled and Roasted Vegetables / Carrots, Zucchini and Summer Squash, Eggplant, Baby Beets, Fingerling Potatoes / Asparagus, Fennel, Red and Yellow Peppers and Portabello Mushrooms / Naan with Tamarind Chutney and Raita Veg
Catering by Kurant Events.
The dinner reception was held under a string light lit tent near the barn. The eclectic assortment of flowers, vases, vintage bottles, crystals and hand lettered place cards fit perfectly with the laid back and natural celebration. The farm tables were topped with gold and green glass goblets – we love the mismatched and perfectly worn french bistro and wooden chairs!
Floral Design by Merveille Events.
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? Kopra Paak Veg, Cherry Pecan Meringues, Chocolate Pistachio Madeleines, Almond Barfi Veg, Ginger Mascarpone Sandwich Cookies, Black Bottom Valencia Orange Macaroons, Fresh Berries. And Lucrecia Rodriguez made a chocolate free, sugar free, dairy free, gluten free wedding cake to cut!
From Gina: “The couple’s first dance was during a gorgeous sunset as a huge full moon rose. They were especially excited to have local legend James Hand and his band playing their classic Central Texas country western music. The first dance was Don Williams’s ‘I Believe in Love’. For the dance, Lauren changed from her ceremony lengha into a Modern Trousseau dress while Chetan changed into a suit jacket and cowboy boots.”
“As the evening continued, guests danced under the stars or listened while sitting around a bonfire. It was very important that the cuisine was of the highest quality, and everything served was organic and at one-time, happy. Then the party moved into the barn, with toasts, cake cut, a photo booth and everyone dancing.”