Tropical Elegance: Divya and Vicente’s Real Wedding (Colombia)

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When co-workers fall in love, anything can happen. The blurry space between colleagues and something more is an often unpredictable one, but when Divya and Vicente met in 2007, they couldn’t help but give it a try. They were both consultants at Monitor (now part of Deloitte) and the hours spent together in the office sparked a friendship that blossomed into love. Their shared passion for travel and appreciation of one another’s culture helped to solidify their bond and also helped to make their destination wedding a memorable affair.

Since both Divya and Vicente came from large, close-knit families, they wanted to honor both of their backgrounds in their wedding was a multi-day, multi-event. The celebration was held at the Sofitel Santa Clara in Cartagena, Colombia, a city where Vicente spent summers as a child, and was the perfect blend of Indo-Colombian customs. In addition to her mother’s wedding sari that Divya wore for the welcome cocktail, the couple included the tying of the minna after the exchange of rings (chain with a cross that the groom fastens around the bride’s neck in Syrian Christian ceremonies), had paisley pattern across all our print materials, and said their vows under a “huppa” made of pink and orange saris.

They brought to life their “tropical elegance” theme with lots of vibrant colors, guayaberas instead of suits for men, print materials in a bright salmon hue, and a mix of Western and Indian décor throughout.

I have to admit, this cultural fusion wedding had we falling in love with Latin America and reminded me why I created this blog in the first place! Love is a beautiful thing that is made even sweeter when we get to bring our cultures, backgrounds and personalities into our special day!

What a memorable wedding for a wonderful couple! Wishing them nothing but the best!

– Blissfully wed, Native and Posh
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“Pick the 3-5 details you’re genuinely excited about and invest in making those your own.  For example, we liked the idea of a “party favors” that guests could actually use during the wedding (and potentially after) – hats and scarves were easy to put an “Indo-Colombian” topspin on.” 

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What part or detail of your wedding are you most proud of?

“The new and deepened friendships created as guests from different parts of our and our families’ lives spent multiple days together in a small, very walkable city.  It made the blessing of bringing our lives together so much more vivid and meaningful!”

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“Vicente grew up in Colombia and spent many a holiday in Cartagena, while I spent most of my summers as a child visiting family in India.  Since we couldn’t hold the wedding in both places, we wanted to incorporate bits of both throughout.”

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“The wedding is amazing, but the best is yet to come!” 

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Location: Cartagena, Colombia

Venue: Sofitel Santa Clara

Photographer: Ikonos

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