Maria and Vishal blended Greek and Indian traditions for a fun Washington D.C. celebration that was all their own. The duo tied the knot at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, then shuttled to Midtown Center Plaza for formal photos, and ended the night at The Showroom DC!
Maria and Vishal have known each other for well over a decade. They met on the first day of 9th grade when Vishal asked to borrow a pencil. They dated for 11 years, however, they shared “it took 1.5 years of homework help and instant messaging to finally start going out ;)” The pair got engaged in Quebec City, Canada. Vishal told Maria that they had a breakfast date at the Chateau de Frontenac at 8 am. M+V stopped at a pavilion overlooking the hotel, which is where Vishal proposed! There was a photographer waiting to capture the moment, which was followed by a photoshoot in the old city area.
Their main goal was for their day to be a giant party. “Both of our cultures enjoy music and dance, and we wanted that experience to be at the focus. Culturally, we’ll have a greek band that will play traditional greek music and the dancing will incorporate a variety of Greek and Indian dances. Jewel tones and a bright, peachy tones incorporate our childhood favorite colors of blue and orange and is a nod to both the die-hard love of blue in Greece and the bright colors of Indian culture.” M+V faced many setbacks in bringing their vision to life, from covid pushbacks to a cancelled venue. Their vision had to shift many times, but the core of their day remained – finally getting married.
Want to see Day 1 of their wedding weekend? Click here to see their Sangeet! Congrats Maria and Vishal!
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These toasts had everyone in tears!
Such a precious mother & son dance!! Vishal’s mother cried into his chest for the first quarter of the song and everyone was emotional.
For the father/daughter dance, Maria and her father did a traditional Greek money dance. As they dance, guests offer the newlyweds money to show their spirit and appreciation. Many guests came all the way from Greece!
After parent dances, the party began with a greek band! All guests joined hands to participate in more traditional Greek dances, including the money dance and another called Kalamatiano.