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Real Weddings: Karisa + Arvind

Arvind and Karisa have such a sweet story, and their wedding was a total handmade community affair! I adore the photography by Ellie Grover – she captured the love between the couple and the sweet details of the day perfectly.

Karisa and Arvind met while volunteering in India. Ellie says: It wasn’t until Karisa’s last day that Arvind made his feelings known, and today they’ve made it past the hurdle of a long distance relationship all the way to their marriage vows!

Karisa’s beautiful gown was handmade by a friend with silk from India.

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All of the flowers were created by a friend of the couple with flowers purchased at the LA Flower District Market. The peach, orange, and yellow flowers coordinate perfectly with the bridesmaids’ vibrant green J Crew gowns!

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A bridesmaid created the fresh and fun fabric boutonnieres for Arvind and his groomsmen.

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Arvind and Karisa’s love is so palpable, I love how it shines through in Ellie’s portraits!

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I’m in awe that Karisa’s bouquet is DIY – it’s phenomenal!

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The ceremony was held at the Grace EV Free church in La Mirada, CA with the reception just outside on the lawn.

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On to my favorite part… the tablescapes! All of the vases and jars were collected by Karisa and her family in preparation for the wedding and were set on tablecloths and table runners hand cut and sewn by friends out of sari fabric. The result was so colorful and warm and completely beautiful!

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A photo booth was set up using a chartreuse couch, perfectly in theme.

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A tree motif drawn by Ellie was incorporated into several elements, including the linens that lined the altar during the ceremony and the graphic for the children’s table’s coloring books!

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Scrabble games were set out for guests to enjoy.

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Love…

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Have a look at their lovely video by Curtis Nemetz!


Arvind and Karisa from curtis nemetz on Vimeo.

Ellie and Karisa thank you for sharing this beautiful and heartfelt event with us! More photos from Karisa and Arvind’s wedding can be seen on the Ellie Grover Photography blog.

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19 comments on “Real Weddings: Karisa + Arvind

  1. LOVE these pics…the green is PERFECTION and I’m swooning over the couch and the India flair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great job Ellie!

  2. What a beautiful wedding! I think it looks so cute & fun when brides wear colored shoes with their dress.

  3. cathleen writes...

    where can i find those ties?!!? they are EXACTLY what i’ve been searching for! for my friend’s wedding! can you please direct me to the source???

  4. Karisa writes...

    Cathleen,

    I got the ties through Etsy seller “rabbitstop” in her shop “Tie Obsessed”. I just checked and she is still in business and selling great ties! When I gave my custom order, the description she gave them was: kiwi stripe silk ties. They also came with a little matching pocket square, though I didn’t use those. She eve made a tiny one for the ring bearer… so helpful!

    Hope that helps!
    Karisa

  5. KMarie writes...

    PLEASE let me know where you found those amazing shoes…I want my bridesmaids in Chartruese / green shoes and can’t find them anywhere.

    • Ami writes...

      Hi KMarie! I believe those are the nine west juju shoes in chartreuse – they were very popular in 2009. Not sure if you can still find them, but hopefully you can!

  6. Suzanne writes...

    I’m in the midst of planning a wedding with my indian fiance. We have almost all the details, but I love the bangles the bride is wearing! We’re trying to piece together my outfit so that we have some eastern and western elements. What a lovely wedding to look at!

  7. I have a friend looking for groomsmen ties and these would be perfect. Any idea where they are from?! Love ur blog!!

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