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My Officer & My Gentleman: Mark & Kiran

My Officer & My Gentleman: Mark & Kiran

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Weddings are, at their core, a joining of two lives. Two histories, two families, two everlasting streams of memory, and when two people undertake this task with as much thought and fine execution as Mark & Kiran, we find ourselves in the presence of something truly special indeed! 

A word from photographer, Manda Weaver

“Kiran and Mark honored her culture and his Naval service at their Maryland Bayside Wedding. 

Kiran honored her Indian heritage in subtle yet powerful and beautiful ways through the henna on her feet, elephant decor/gifts that were at each place setting, and by serving traditional Indian food.

Mark highlighted his service as a Naval officer by wearing his dress whites, holding their ceremony at the Naval Academy Chapel, exiting the ceremony with the traditional sword arch and having his wife cut the cake with a sword as well. 

The couple also featured Maryland culture by serving min Natural Bohemian mugs of beer (the quintessential Maryland beer) and wings, as well as mini Maryland blue crab cakes during the coctail hour.”

Love notes for the couple, Mark & Kiran:

How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another?

Kiran: “Mark and I met in San Diego, CA, while he was stationed there for the Navy and I was there in graduate school. I actually have known his family for years, as his sister has been one of my best friends and roommates throughout undergrad. I never met him though because he was always away. I finally met him in California through a best friend of ours and we hit if off right away!”

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Any special ways you incorporated your family or family history into your wedding day?

Kiran: “A special part in our wedding was incorporating my Indian culture throughout the day. My father was born in India and it meant a lot to our family to be able to reflect our culture in the wedding. We had some of our favorite Indian food for dinner, gave out elephant bottle openers as a guest gift, as elephants are a sign of good luck, and my mother and I got henna done on our feet, as part of the Indian tradition.”

What part of your wedding day was most important to you?

“The most important part of our wedding day was simply watching our family and friends come together and connect so effortlessly. There was an overwhelming amount of love and joy the entire day.”

If you had one piece of advice for other couples, what would it be?

“One piece of advice we would give is to make sure you both are staying in the moment throughout the day. Take a step back alone with your person to take it all in!” 

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photographer: Manda Weaver Photography / venue: United States Naval Academy and The Chesapeake Bay Beach Club / floral designer: Floral Expressions By Jennifer / dress boutique: Love Couture Bridal / dress designer: Hayley Paige / cake designer: Yia Yia’s Bakery / hair and makeup artist: Vintage Veils / rentals: Chesapeake Bay Beach Club / film lab: The Find Lab / DJ: Mixing Maryland DJs/ Trolley: Town Transport


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