One year later and still just as dreamy. On Saturday, December 9, 2017, Miss Archana Shingwani was wed to Mr. Aaron Chenevert in beautiful New Orleans, Louisiana, at The Marigny Opera House. On the Thursday prior, they began the celebration with a Sangeet: a highly anticipated occasion, where only close friends and family on both sides meet for the first time. The Sangeet is a pre-wedding, Hindu event that is always celebrated with food, music and dancing. Guests were treated to Mehndi, often known as Henna, which was painted onto their hands by Samira’s Henna Designs. It was a perfect way to begin the multi-cultural wedding weekend!
While both bride and groom were raised in southern Louisiana, Archana’s vision from the beginning stages of planning was to stay true her Indian roots. The dual ceremony, which combined the bride’s Indian culture and the groom’s southern American culture, incorporated both a Hindu priest (Pujari) and a Western wedding officiant. The halls of The Marigny Opera House were adorned with luscious blooms provided by Nola Flora and luminous lighting provided by Firefly Ambiance. Our team of vendors collaborated to construct the perfect Mandap, which is a canopy-like altar where our couple walked around holy fire (Agni) and took seven steps/vows (Saptapadi) to bind their marriage and become one.
Following the ceremony, guests joined our couple at their reception hosted by Maison Dupuy Hotel in the heart of the French Quarter. Entertainment was provided by The Voice star Ray Boudreaux while guests enjoyed New Orleans cuisine, signature craft cocktails, complete with wedding and king cake from Haydel’s Bakery.
Happy Anniversary, Aaron and Archana!
Rehearsal Dinner: Calcasieu
Ceremony: The Marigny Opera House
Reception and Catering: Hotel Maison Dupuy
Photographer: Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography
Bridal Lehenga: Payal Singhal
Bridal Gown: Samantha Sleeper Atelier
Bride’s Shoe’s: Christian Louboutin & Jimmy Choo
Mehndi Artwork: Samira’s Henna Designs
Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss
Groom’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Hair and Makeup: Makeup by Meggan & Cat Vo & Vanity by Vina
Florist: Nola Flora
Rentals: Event Rental New Orleans
Specialty Linen: Love Struck Linens
Lighting and Candle Decor: Firefly Ambiance
Bride’s Cake and King cake: Haydel’s Bakery
Entertainment: Ray Boudreaux
Transportation: Limousine Livery