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Young Love

By Blake Miller | Photography by Crystal Stokes Photography, Wedding Design by Favor Me Events

Posted: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014

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It was a classic case of young love. Priya Bose was just 15 when she met her soon-to-be husband, Chris White, then 16. Both members of their high school’s debate team, the two freshmen became fast friends. But it wasn’t until nearly three years later, when Chris asked Priya to be his date to their junior prom, that a romance blossomed.

Fast-forward to the couples’ junior year at UNC Chapel Hill, and Chris, an education major, surprised Priya, who was studying to become a zookeeper, with a trip to Amelia Island, Fla. After a day of horseback riding, boat tours, and relaxing together, Chris popped the question on the beach. “We were both shivering!” laughs Priya of the abnormally cold April weather that day.

Together the couple opted to wait until they finished school before planning their nuptials, which they’d decided would represent both of their cultures and religions via a traditional Christian ceremony followed by a traditional Hindu Bengali wedding. “We both really value our cultural traditions,” says Chris, now a sixth-grade math teacher who plans to go to law school in 2014. “We didn’t feel comfortable doing a hybrid of the two.”

In lieu of a combined Christian and Indian ceremony and wedding, the couple chose to have their Christian ceremony at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. In a stunning strapless Vera Wang gown, Priya carried a bouquet of sunflowers by The Place for Flowers and was escorted by her father down the aisle to her waiting groom. During the open-air ceremony, the couple exchanged traditional vows and rings. With the help of wedding planner Anne Markey of Favor Me Events, Daniel Stowe’s Great Hall was transformed into an ethereal setting boasting an earthy color palette of yellow, purple, and brown. Guests noshed on pulled pork, mac and cheese, and sweet iced tea by Something Classic, and afterward danced the night away to a contra-dance band, which played various line dances and folk songs.

The next day, though, was devoted to the Hindu Bengali wedding. Priya and Chris spent the morning partaking in Indian traditions such as a puja ceremony, a religious ritual performed on the eve of the wedding. Later, with the help of her bridesmaids, Priya slid into her traditional Indian wedding attire and was lifted on a platform, carried by family members, to Chris. During the informal, five-hour Hindu ceremony held at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, guests sampled mango ice cream and citrus water.

Later, guests dined on Asian-fusion and Indian-inspired dishes designed by the culinary staff at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge before diving into cake by Cake Lady Jill. Following the formal, sit-down dinner, Chris surprised his new wife with a flash mob dance that he and one of her bridesmaids choreographed to the couple’s junior prom song, “Everytime We Touch.” “I was crying and was so surprised,” says Priya. “Having Chris there, sharing the day, and seeing how happy he was to be there with me was by far the best thing I could have ever hoped for.”

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Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
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Wedding Design
Favor Me Events
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Photography
Crystal Stokes Photography
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Entertainment
Split Second Sound
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Makeup
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Catering
Best Impressions Caterers
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Hindu Bengali Ceremony and Reception Venue and Catering
The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge
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www.theballantynehotel.com

Vendors Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden event
Hair: Hair by Rebekah McMann
Programs: Pink Toast Ink
Videography: Caravan
Tuxes: Joseph A. Bank
Officiant: Rebecca Nagy
Dress Designer: Vera Wang
Assistant Photographer: Jessica Malone

Vendors The Ballantyne Hotel event
Mandap: Rajdeep Mandap
Draping: Sterling by Design
Hair: Deanna Christine @ Who's the Fairest
Cake: Cake Lady Jill
Programs: Pink Toast Ink
Candy Buffet: All You Can Treat
Assistant Photographer: Jessica Malone

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