// YOUR FAN­TASY WED­DING

WITH THE RIGHT TEAM, A QUIRKY THEME CAN STILL BE TURNED INTO AN EL­E­GANT AF­FAIR.

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With the right team, a quirky theme can still be turned into a swanky af­fair.

Fol­low­ing a tra­di­tional cer­e­mony in In­dia, Kavita Pal­lod and Vib­hav Sekhsarias switched gears for their re­cep­tion. “We were both born and raised in the States and al­ways had this idea of a more Amer­i­can wed­ding, so we wanted to in­cor­po­rate those el­e­ments into our re­cep­tion,” says Pal­lod. For this cou­ple, that meant get­ting the­matic.

“Vib­hav is a huge Star Wars nerd, I love Harry Pot­ter, and we love that about each other,” says Pal­lod. The pair turned to wed­ding plan­ner Sumeet Ba­gai of Dream Shaadi (571-4771605; dreamshaadi.com) and opted for the Gay­lord Na­tional Re­sort & Con­ven­tion Cen­ter (201 Wa­ter­front St., Na­tional Har­bor, 301-965-2300; gay­lord­na­tion­al­riverview­ball­room.com). They were among the first to use the venue’s 16,000-square-foot RiverView Ball­room.

To­gether, they made sure the theme per­me­ated all as­pects of the event with­out over­shad­ow­ing it. “That’s one thing we were all on the same page about,” says Ba­gai. Dec­o­ra­tor and florist Priti Verma of L’Am­biance, Inc. (703-584-7039, my­wed­dingdec­o­ra­tor .com) trans­formed the ball­room into an en­chanted for­est rem­i­nis­cent of the Hog­warts cam­pus, while a Mil­len­nium Fal­con-shaped ice sculp­ture served as a drinks luge. “It looked re­ally classy,” says Pal­lod. Fi­nally, the Honey­dukes dessert ta­ble, named for the wizards’ con­fec­tionery, boasted about 17 dif­fer­ent sweets, from Harry Pot­terin­spired cho­co­late frogs to Star Wars-themed cook­ies. “Even those who weren’t com­pletely in tune with the theme picked up on it,” says Ba­gai. “That’s a pretty spe­cial thing to do with 600-plus peo­ple.”—C.C.

ƜƥƨƜƤưƢƬƞ ƟƫƨƦ ƭƨƩ: This Harry Pot­ter and Star Wars-themed wed­ding had a mag­i­cal, wooded feel; the bride putting on her Tony Ward gown from Kle­in­feld; friends and fam­ily wished the cou­ple well through this Owl Post sta­tion.

Fo­liage in the cen­ter­pieces helped trans­form the ball­room into the For­bid­den For­est. ƛƞƥƨư: The groom sneaks a kiss.

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