When you typically think of Indian weddings in the DC area, you think of large family affairs filled with color, tradition and utter beauty. And while Sonali and Jatin plan to have all of the above, it was important to them that they had an intimate ceremony prior to the lavish event to come. They spent a day with Sarah Culver Photography in Annapolis, creating memories amidst a vintage feel that is truly divine. Her accessories, his bow tie, every detail takes you back to another time. They then headed to the Annapolis Courthouse where they said their vows and celebrated with the closest of their family. If you have ever considered a DC area courthouse wedding, this one is sure to convince you to say “I do” to the idea.

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From Sonali: We wanted to have our court ceremony in a setting that best represented our personalities and style, and Annapolis had the charm and history that we were looking for. Its quaintness was perfect for our pre-wedding photo shoot which had a vintage theme. Starting from our wardrobe which reflected an earlier time, to the antique locations that our photographer chose (such as the old post office and an antique shop), to the high tea in Annapolis after the ceremony and the post dinner at the old colonial Ambassador restaurant (which is one of my favorite Indian restaurants) we tried to include a lot of personal touches. My mother weaved in the “something new/something old/something blue” European tradition by giving me a new purse and a vintage ring from her youth.

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A favorite memory was having tea at 49 west during our photo shoot-. Throughout our relationship we had spent countless, seemingly mundane, moments drinking tea together at cafes all over the world, and this felt just as natural to us and romantic as always, but yet this time we had the giddy thrill and anticipation of our big event to follow! 

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The pace and relative quietness of the courthouse allowed for us to have a leisurely arrangment and accomodate our personal touches. For a long time we have valued the intimacy and milestone of the significant moments between us. Since we knew the future traditional component to our marriage ceremony would involve our large families and friends, we wanted to keep the moment of our officiation true to its meaning before facing the distractions of our ceremonies to come.

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Jatin’s mom brought Indian sweets for all to share in celebration after the ceremony.

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 To see more, Sonali and Jatin’s wedding was first featured on Junebug Weddings here. The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Sonali and Jatin’s wedding:

Ceremony Venue: Annapolis Courthouse
Photographer: Sarah Culver Photography
Wedding Dress: ABS
Jewelry and Hair Accessories: Icing
Groom’s Jacket: Theory
Bow Tie: Burberry

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Photo Credits: Sarah Culver Photography

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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