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Dallas bride and groom tie the knot in a colorful, multicultural mega-wedding

Dallas bride and groom tie knot in colorful multicultural wedding

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Kara Stoudt-Patel and Satyam Patel were married on July 14, 2018.  Photo by Anna Smith Photography
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Both physicians, Kara and Satyam met in residency.  Photo by Anna Smith Photography
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The couple celebrated with both Hindu and Christian ceremonies.  Photo by Anna Smith Photography
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A Christian marriage service took place at St. Andrew United Methodist Church.  Photo by Anna Smith Photography
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Details nodding to Kara and Satyam's respective cultures were incorporated throughout the day.  Photo by Anna Smith Photography
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An elephant theme was carried throughout the reception.  Photo by Anna Smith Photography
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The reception was held at Gleneagles Country Club.  Photo by Anna Smith Photography
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Five hundred guests were in attendance.  Photo by Anna Smith Photography
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Pop Parties helped bring the couple's vision to life.  Photo by Anna Smith Photography
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Guests were surprised with everything from Jell-O shot syringes to homemade cookies as party favors.  Photo by Anna Smith Photography
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Kara and Satyam got engaged while on a trip to Tuscany.  Photo by Anna Smith Photography
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The Garden Gate provided floral arrangements.  Photo by Anna Smith Photography
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The newly minted Mr. and Mrs. leave the party in style.   Photo by Anna Smith Photography
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Kara Stoudt-Patel and Satyam Patel’s wedding was not your average celebration. Of course, they are not your average couple. Both physicians, the pair met while in residency.

“You know, because when you work all the time, the guy next to you starts looking pretty good,” jokes Kara. 

In fact, Kara and Satyam hit it off, and in May 2017, during a trip to Europe, Satyam proposed on a picturesque pier overlooking the Tuscan countryside.

To celebrate, they ate lunch at a farmhouse, climbed a castle, and toured a winery. To this day, they agree it was one of the best days of their lives — engagement notwithstanding.

Such a special proposal should be followed up with a very special wedding. The busy doctors enlisted the help of Pop Parties in planning the big day. 

Above all, they sought to pay homage to their respective cultures. And so, on July 14, 2018, Kara and Satyam said I do — not once, but twice with a Hindu ceremony and a traditional Christian ceremony. 

“We very simply wanted a wedding where guests walked away saying, ‘Man, that was such a cool mixed wedding,’” says Kara. “We wanted both cultures infused from start to finish.” 

The day began with a Hindu ceremony — complete with traditional Hindu dress and a Baraat (a groom’s wedding procession) — and continued with a Christian ceremony at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano.

An extravagant reception followed at Gleneagles Country Club, where Kara, Satyam, and 500 guests wined, dined, and danced the night away. 

The nods to Kara and Satyam’s respective cultures continued with colorful decor featuring an elephant theme and globally-inspired food.

Guest were wowed all night long by surprises including Jell-O shot syringes, homemade cookies as gift favors, and Kara’s favorite detail, signature drinks named after the couple’s cat, Mason. 

“We called them Mason’s Mules and decked them out with sparkly, gold kitty-head Twizzle sticks,” says Kara. “Because … why not?”

From the colorful decorations to the amazing food and entertainment, it was truly a feast for the senses. But at the end of the day, what the couple enjoyed most was just spending time with their family and friends.

“We both agree that weddings are not about the couple,” says Kara. “They’re about the people who love them. We definitely felt that love.” 

Planning: Pop Parties

Ceremony: St. Andrew United Methodist Church

Reception: Gleneagles Country Club

Florist: The Garden Gate

Dress: A&BÉ Bridal Shop

Videography: Nice Shot Films

Photography: Anna Smith Photography

Hair and makeup: AW Wedding Hair

Catering: The Saffron House

Print Materials: Printing with Pizazz

Mandap, Ceremony & Decor: Prashe Decor

Rentals: BBJ Linen, DFW Dance Floors, Stellar Ice

Cake: Annie’s Culinary Creations

Ice Cream: Frost 321

Entertainment: IDT Band, Texas Boys Choir, Bollywood Strings

Lighting: LeForce Entertainment

Transportation: ECHO Transportation

Horse for Processional: Happy Trails Carriage Service