The Palmer House Hilton
The Couple: Lisa and Vinay
Lisa and Vinay’s wedding weekend was full of multiple events and ceremonies throughout the course of 4 days at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel. The guest size at each event ranged from intimate settings with immediate family only up to the full guest list of 350 guests. This Palmer House Hilton wedding was beautiful and unique.
The day of the main event – with a parade permit in hand, the baraat continued 6 blocks, primarily down Wabash Avenue, concluding in front of the main Monroe entrance of the Palmer House. The fun could be heard blocks away, with the drumming of a traditional Indian dhol group, rolling DJ and hundreds of guests adding with singing, dancing and percussion. Rickshaws were on hand to transport guests who were not up for the walk.
The formal Hindu wedding Ceremony took place in the Red Lacquer Room. Guests were treated to refreshments and Indian mango shakes as they entered the ceremony space, and the mandap was a custom round structure that featured an interior ring for family to sit either on the ground with pillows or in chairs. The round ceremony shape created a sense of intimacy among the 350 guests.
Following the Hindu ceremony, a formal western ceremony took place in the Empire Room. The bride’s vibrant bouquet popped off of the ivory and gold ceremony décor, and the stems of the bouquet were accented with touches representing Lisa’s grandmothers.
The reception took place in the majestic Grand Ballroom…
The primary focus of the room centered on the band stage and dance floor. The backdrop for the band stage featured wide alternating purple and orange vertical stripes, which flowed onto the sage itself, which then continued onto the dance floor. This vibrant focal point anchored the room and added the wow factor that the bride and groom were looking for. Two 9-foot tall white elephant statues flanked the band stage.
The tables were covered with textured purple linen and adorned with a collection of lanterns that created texture and interest. One of the lanterns that repeated on many of the tables even had an elephant to play off of the larger elephants near the sage.
The cake was situated on the dance floor and echoed the reception and stationery décor.
The dance floor rocked throughout the night and guests took fun photos in the photo booth where LIVE tropical birds were an added “prop!” After this one, LOLA’s very talented and exhausted team went home and slept for a week!
Palmer House Hilton Wedding Details
PHOTOGRAPHY: Jen Lynne Photography
SOUTH ASIAN DÉCOR: Ravi’s Mandaps and Shaadi Creations
VIDEOGRAPHY: Epic Motion
BARAAT/HINDU CEREMONY MUSIC: Tabla Dhol
HORSE: Maharaja Farms
RICKSHAWS: Rickshaw Rick
WESTERN CEREMONY & RECEPTION MUSIC: Rendezvous