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Weekend Long Multicultural Wedding
Jennifer Laster and Aditya Baradwaj had the best of both worlds during their weekend-long celebration of love, with an intimate ceremony on Thursday, followed by a splendid Indian reception on Saturday. The couple exchanged vows surrounded by sweeping views of the Columbia River Gorge with Mount Hood peeking out beyond. Jenny wore jewelry from both her grandmother and Aditya’s grandmother as she shone in a sweetheart-neckline gown with an embellished bodice. With just their immediate family present, the couple drew the small audience into the ceremony by passing the rings to everyone present and having them say a wish or prayer. Once it was all said and done, Jennifer and Aditya enjoyed a catered brunch with their families before making their way back to Portland. Come Saturday, everyone was ready to party at the reception. The couple wanted to integrate Aditya’s Indian heritage into the celebration, with Jennifer wearing a hand-beaded sari—a gift from India, courtesy of her newly minted parents-in-law—and Aditya looking dapper in a traditional sherwani. Florals in bright, bold purples and oranges kept the atmosphere light and fun. After a cocktail hour, guests were treated to a variety of food stations that featured Indian food from a local restaurant and Northwest fare. To close out the evening, Jenny changed back into her wedding dress for a night of dancing under the stars.