Napa, California

In their 11 years together, Colin and Karteek have traveled extensively, including to Kenya, Tanzania and Australia, and they lived in Singapore for two years. From there they spent time exploring all over Southeast Asia. But when it came time to plan their wedding, they wanted to stay right at home.

Their colorful, lively ceremony and reception were held at their home in the Coombsville district of Napa. They surprised their guests by entering the ceremony along the road with two dhol players (drummers) and their family dancing alongside them. Karteek was born in San Jose, but his father is originally from the Gujarat state of India (and that’s also where his parents met). So they wove in many Indian traditions for their wedding, including a henna party the day before, and a traditional Indian wedding ceremony. Colin grew up in the U.K. but has lived in the Bay Area for 30 years.

The reception was an evening of celebration and even more traditions. Guests placed personal notes into a wooden box which contained a bottle of wine that Colin and Karteek will open on their 5th anniversary. This is a German tradition inspired by Colin’s sister who has lived in Munich for 40 years.



Authored by: Photographed by: MauricioCategory:  WeddingsDestination:  Napa, CaliforniaSetting:  Backyard WeddingType:  Same-Sex Wedding; Indian Wedding