What an amazing honor to photograph Sue & Steve’s Phoenix Indian wedding! A perfect blend of two cultures coming together, the day was special for everyone. Sue explains how they met, how she knew he was the one and a little about their big day:
I met Stevie on January 4th, 2018, following an introduction on the dating app Coffee Meets Bagel. Our first date was on the day that the Bomb Cyclone blanketed New York City in snow. We met for drinks at Bobby Van’s near Grand Central Station, because it was one of the few places that remained open. Time seemed to pause, along with the outside world, as we chatted for hours!
I was struck by Stevie’s quiet confidence, wit, and uncanny familiarity. I felt as though I already knew him — on our first date alone, there was an easy and natural balance between us. To my friends, I referred to him as “Steady Stevie,” and that last part has stuck. Within just a few weeks of dating, I told my mom (much to her alarm) that I knew I was going to marry him. We ultimately chose January 4th as our wedding day, as it is also the date we met!
We know we come from very different backgrounds, cultures, and religious traditions. So throughout the planning process, our North Star was the idea of “One True Fusion Ceremony,” which was a lot of fun to brainstorm!
We wanted the important elements of each of us represented. I wore a white dress as a nod to Stevie’s culture, and he wore an Indian suit for me. My bridesmaids represented my tradition in red lenghas, and the groomsmen represented his culture, in black tuxedos. Our ceremony featured both a western Officiant and a Hindu Pandit. We had Bible Readings and Hindu Mantras, recited our own Vows and even Broke the Glass. Our wedding had everything from the Henna to the Horah! Even our hashtag (#OneLesserMenon) combined both our last names and embraced the spirit of unity.
Before the wedding day we had a Mehendi, Rehearsal Dinner, and Sangeet — this rounded out all the traditions of our families. It was a wonderful, colorful, and authentic wedding for the two of us.
I think the thing that the guests appreciated the most was embracing a cultural element that they weren’t accustomed to! Many of my Indian family members had never experienced toasts at a Rehearsal dinner, never seen a bride in a white dress, and never danced to a Horah! Stevie’s side of the family loved picking out Indian outfits for the Sangeet, getting Henna done on their hands, and watching our “mystical” Hindu ceremony. Many of our friends loved practicing together for Sangeet performances, and donning bright kurtas, saris, and ornate jewelry. We hope every guest got to experience something unique, and authentic to our fusion wedding.