Tiffany and Andres didn’t have the most conventional journey to their wedding weekend. After dating for five years, they eloped in 2015. They decided to have a multicultural celebration for their families and friends in 2022, the same year their baby girl was born. Andres’ family is Colombian, and Tiffany’s is Indian. Their Indian and Colombian wedding included three days full of traditions that took place across New Orleans.
Andres and Tiffany wanted their Indian and Colombian wedding to reflect both of their cultures as well as their love for New Orleans. Events took place Thursday through Saturday, and I was lucky enough to document the whole weekend. I loved working with Andres and Tiffany for three days because it gave me a chance to tell their story holistically from start to finish.
The long weekend started with the Mehndi party. In this Indian tradition, women from both couples’ families come and celebrate the bride. Artists come and decorate people with elaborate henna designs that represent luck and fortune. The artists who attended this Mehndi party worked for over 12 hours! Tiffany’s family shared that Andres’ name would be hidden somewhere in the design as well.
Tiffany’s Mehndi party took place at Mazant. Mazant was a fabulous property to host this event. It’s airy and spacious, and the large yard includes a beautiful pool. Guests spent time together and ate delicious food from Nirvana, a New Orleans Indian restaurant. While everyone was enjoying themselves, I took some solo portraits of Tiffany.
On Friday, Andres and Tiffany’s Indian and Colombian wedding continued with the Posh Puja at Capulet. Friends and family gathered for an evening ceremony on the rooftop overlooking the Bywater. The Posh Puja was an event for the senses. Warm, bright colors were everywhere along with incredible smells from the food provided by La Cocinita and Tava.
My House Events did an incredible job honoring the different cultural components of this Indian and Colombian wedding. They knew exactly where to source the perfect food. My House Events works with unique New Orleans vendors. They often highlight LGBTQ and BIPOC creators as well. Whenever I photograph a wedding where the food is sourced by My House Events, I know I’ll eat well!
At the Posh Puja ceremony, wedding guests wished the couple well by sprinkling flower petals over them. The couple sat under a veil while guests came up to share their blessings in the form of rose petals. Each petal represented a blessing. Tiffany was radiant in a crimson sari. Andres and she couldn’t have looked happier.
For the final day of Andres and Tiffany’s Indian and Colombian wedding, they had a ceremony in City Park at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters. The Mehndi party and Posh Puja were traditional but had more relaxed party atmospheres. Saturday’s ceremony very much felt like the main event that everything else was leading up to.
We took some getting ready photos at Mazant. Tiffany looked stunning in a multi-colored sari. The floral pattern of her skirt fit so well with the setting at City park. Duia and Jean matched her florals perfectly too! Lush, vibrant flowers filled their bouquet and decorated the ceremony arch.
Tiffany and Andres decided that they wanted to do an impromptu first look before their Indian and Colombian wedding ceremony. The light shone beautifully at this time at the Pavilion of Two Sisters. It lit everyone with a warm glow that matched everyone’s mood.
In line with tradition, Andres entered the ceremony on a horse outfitted with a decorative bridle and harness. Family and friends paraded with him to the ceremony location. The wedding guests danced around him as he entered.
The wedding ceremony melded the couple’s cultures so well. Both of their mothers officiated, and they were very intentional about incorporating the garland exchange and other pieces of their cultures that meant so much to them. As the sun set behind them, the trees and statue behind them seemed to glow.
After the ceremony, Tiffany and Andres celebrated their wedding in true New Orleans style with a second line and Louisiana cuisine. Kinfolk Brass Band kicked off the party with some irresistible music that got everyone on their feet. The whole reception honored the city they love.
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Thank you to all the vendors who made Andres and Tiffany’s wedding possible:
Venue: The Mazant
Food: Nirvana NOLA
Posh Puja (Friday)
Coordination: My House Events
Hair and Makeup: Bleu Blowdry Bar
Horse for the groom to arrive on: Mid-City Carriages
Food and Venue: Pavilion of Two Sisters
Florist: Aimee Murrah at Duia and Jean
DJ: DJ Prashant
Second Line Band: Kinfolk
Cake: Haydel’s Bakery