Vibrant Indian Fusion Wedding: Rupal & Mitchel in Poughkeepsie, NY

Despite living an hour-and-a-half away from each other, Rupal Patel and Mitchel Ottinger's paths crossed during a work training course for recent graduates, and they were instantly smitten. Exactly three years later to the day, Mitchel popped the question during a girls-only trip to New Orleans (Rupal's friends were in on the surprise).

Sudz and Ink designed the couple's intricate laser-cut invitations featuring Lord Ganesh (the Hindu god).

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Despite living an hour-and-a-half away from each other, Rupal Patel and Mitchel Ottinger's paths crossed during a work training course for recent graduates, and they were instantly smitten. Exactly three years later to the day, Mitchel popped the question during a girls-only trip to New Orleans (Rupal's friends were in on the surprise).

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Rupal wore traditional Indian bridal attire on her big day, as well as a strapless lace wedding dress by Maggie Sottero.

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Rupal wore jewelry from India made of precious stones and gold for the Hindu ceremony. For the Christian ceremony, she wore elegant chandelier diamond earrings and a diamond bracelet. Later on, at the reception, she added a custom-made diamond necklace. The bride wore Badgley Mischka shoes throughout.

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Rupal wore a bedazzled tikka (forehead jewelry worn at South Asian weddings), which symbolizes the wisdom that a bride carries into her marriage and wards off negative energy.

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Mitchel and his groomsmen took a playful pre-wedding shot while wearing colorful T-shirt tuxedos.

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A major highlight from Rupal and Mitchel's big day was their first look — check out the anticipation on the bride's face!

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Mitch rode in on a horse for the traditional baraat (groom's procession), which includes music and dancing. "It was so much fun watching the crowd get into it, especially our guests who had never been to an Indian wedding before. Later on, the horse took a bite out of Mitch’s flower garland as they posed for a photo!" Rupal says.

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Rupal’s parents welcomed Mitch under the mandap (a covered structure with pillars used in Hindu wedding ceremonies). The bride's father offered Mahesh Madhuparka (a mixture of honey and fruits), symbolizing the sweetness of her family.

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