Ameet and Lainie are old friends from Kansas City who put together a completely do-it-with-your-friends-and-family, backyard wedding a few years ago. They had just bought their first house and decided having their wedding at home was a perfect way to make their wedding personal, to keep the cost down, and to show off their new digs to family and friends. Ameet is originally from Bombay and Lainie from Missouri so in order to honor both marriage traditions, they had two ceremonies. So fun!
Ameet is a designer at Hallmark, so obviously he designed the invitations himself. They used friends and family for the rest of their “vendors” whenever they could. A friend, Maria Brenny, took all of their photos and another friend, Sammy, played the guitar for their ceremonies. They bought liquor at cost through a favorite restaurant and martini bar, Velvet Dog, and even used their bartenders. Lainie’s mom’s friend made the bouquets with flowers from Costco, and Lainie’s mom tended orchids from Costco during the months leading up to the wedding so they were in perfect shape at the right time. She and her parents planned the arbor for the ceremony in the springtime, her dad built planter boxes and the trellis, and by fall the plants had filled out and it was beautiful.
Lainie said she took a lot of chances but it all worked out. Also, did you see Lainie rocking the crop top saree??? Piles of bonus points to her just for that. She looked amazing!
Venue: their backyard / Photograher: Maria Brenny / Food: Steven Ellenberg, Bagel Works / Drinks and bartenders: Velvet Dog / Flowers: Maui Goose and Costco / Dresses: Utsav Sarees and BCBG from Nordstrom