What is the journey that lead to this fateful day and their beautiful Philadelphia City Hall Wedding you might wonderful? Here is a bit of this couples story.
Josh and Harshal met in the summer of 2016 in Philadelphia via Bumble. On their first date, they spent the whole day together at a beer and food truck festival and ended with Harshal’s favorite food…ice cream. From then on, the two saw each other nearly every weekend and split their time between Philadelphia and Phoenixville. When they weren’t spending their time around Philly they were traveling to Boston, New York, Washington DC, Austin, Chincoteague, Portland, and of course the Dear home in Mullica Hill, NJ. After moving in together they adopted a wonderful dog named Teddy! Now the three of them spend the weekends around Manayunk where they have a townhouse and wonderful main street loaded with excellent restaurants for humans and dogs alike. While the time has flown by over the past two years, Harshal and Josh have found happiness and love together. This year they plan to buy a house with a big backyard for Teddy to run around in. Wishing them a lifetime of love and adventure together!
Harshal was stunning on her wedding day! Her henna was gorgeous and she wore a gold necklace which is a family heirloom her mother had gifted her for the wedding. She also wore a lucky Irish six-pence in her shoe that has been passed down in her mother-in-law’s family for 3 generations. Harshal and Josh incorporated elements from both of their cultures in their wedding ceremony. They tied in the Saptapadi (seven steps) and Sindoor from Harshal’s Hindu culture while walking down the aisle. They also exchanged rings and wrote their own vows to honor Josh’s Italian and Irish upbringing. They planned their wedding in only 3 months and with a limited budget. They were able to organize their wedding given constrains because they thought creatively and their day came together beautifully!
This Interfaith Philadelphia City Hall Wedding was just the day Harshal and Josh had envisioned. They wanted a simple and beautiful venue and The Mayor’s Reception Room in the iconic Philadelphia City Hall is definitely an elegant space for a ceremony. Since Josh and Harshal come from different cultures, they wanted a nondenominational wedding. In March, when they took a tour of City Hall, they both fell in love with the idea and immediately knew they had found the perfect venue.
For the reception, since they had a varied set of guests from different cultures and with multiple food restrictions, Veda was the perfect choice. This modern Indian bistro has something to satisfy everyone’s palette and the modern industrial with a touch of traditional vibe really matched their wedding style. Harshal added some of her own touches, hand painting the guest book and the seating chart and name cards were also handmade made by Harshal and Josh’s siblings. I love these DIY touches!
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