Last summer, among beautiful wide-windowed halls and lush garden vistas, we had the pleasure of servicing one of the most intricate, elaborate and personalized Indian weddings in Milwaukee. On July 1, hundreds of guests stepped into Boerner Botanical Gardens to take part in Halak and Ankit’s Indian wedding. Flawless execution of the Mehtas’ ornate wedding vision gave guests an experience they will never forget.
Take a look at how an expansive Indian wedding menu and custom décor facilitated a full day of celebration at this premier Milwaukee venue.
A Beautiful Indian Celebration of Love and Commitment
Welcome to a Summer Wedding Paradise in Milwaukee
At 9:00am, when guests arrived to Boerner Botanical Gardens, they found a stunning scene filled with green grass accented by fresh blooms. Whisked away by the beauty and gentle breeze, they enjoyed equally refreshing beverages. The Mehtas’ choice of water infused with lemon and mint was the perfect drink to welcome guests to their summer wedding ceremony.
Inside the Garden Room, we treated guests to a wonderful breakfast buffet. Light yet satisfying, the menu items offered just a taste of the wonderful flavors that would run throughout the Mehtas’ custom wedding menu. While sipping a coffee or masala chai, guests savored our pea and potato samosa with a palak paneer filling and date chutney as well as our cilantro nut chutney and fresh fruit.
A Personalized Outdoor Wedding Ceremony
Once Halak entered the outdoor ceremony space, our professionals offered guests mango lassis. Prepared to be a bit thicker consistency, per the couple’s request, this creamy fruit drink made with yogurt, mango pulp, sugar and water was a hit. It was the perfect lead into the Mehtas’ Indian wedding ceremony that was rich in tradition and bold beauty. From their wedding attire to décor and proceedings, every aspect of their ceremony was exactly as they imagined. And we are so glad that Aria Fine Films and photographer Tres Jolie were on site to capture their joyous moments.
A Satisfying Indian Lunch Buffet
By noon, it was time to head into Boerner Hall for a delicious lunch. With a full beverage service that included ginger beer as well as house wines, soft beverages, juices and lemonade by the gallon, guests set out to explore an amazing lunch buffet filled with Indian cuisine. The Mehtas’ selection included, but by no means was limited to, the following flavorful dishes:
- Shrikhand: strained yogurt sweetened with sugar and spice
- Puri: puffed Indian flatbread
- Chole: gravy-type dish made with garbanzo beans, potatoes and spices
- Panch patti kachumber: carrots, cucumbers and sweet onions in a light yogurt dressing
- Gulab jamun: a brown spongy soft ball in sugar syrup
Flipping to Party Mode
After lunch the Mehtas’ wedding guests left the venue, giving our team three hours to transform Boerner Hall into the ideal reception space. When guests arrived at 6:30pm, every detail from the florals provided and handled by Impressions by Esther Fleming to the photo booth by Milwaukee Uplighting by Bill Wondrachek and entertainment by DJ Sujal was set. And our friendly staff had incredible appetizers in hand. We circulated with these tasty tray-passed hors d’oeuvres:
- Aloo samosa: small pockets filled with peas, potatoes and hot spices. Deep fried until golden brown and served with tamarind chutney
- Bhel mix: blend of puffed rice, Indian noodles “sev,” fried flat bread, potatoes, onions and chutneys
- Palak chat: spinach fritters sprinkled with yogurt, tamarind date chutney and spices
- Dal vada: traditional South Indian fritters prepared to be crunchy and soft at the same time.
- Pani puri: served with whole mung, garbanzo bean, potatoes, sweet chutney and hot chili chutney
A Versatile Indian Dinner Buffet
At 7:30pm, guests took a seat at beautifully set tables in Boerner Hall. With aloo vada, tamarind chutney and naan meticulously arranged on each table, dinner service would soon commence. But first came introductions, the first dance and the cake cutting ceremony—quite an experience, complete with ras malai served as the elegant cake by Simma’s Bakery was sliced. During the six speeches and dances that followed these memorable moments, our talented team sent individual tables to the elaborate dinner buffet.
All the dishes were prepared with mild/medium spice, per the Mehtas’ request, allowing them to appeal to all guests. They were also sure to include plenty of options for the many guests who do not eat meat or fish. The following selection of Indian foods delighted guests:
- Butter chicken: cubed chicken in a rich, creamy and delicately flavored gravy
- Rogan josh: boneless lamb cooked with its own juices in light gravy
- Dal makhani: a blend of whole urad, kidney beans and spices that brings out a distinct aroma
- Palak paner: cheese and spinach creamy curry
- Saffron pulav: saffron basmati with cashews, almonds, cardamom and golden raisins
- Kheera raita: cucumber in a yogurt sauce
- Kachumber: light vegetable salad of cucumber, onion and tomato, olive oil and vinegar
Wrapping Up Memories of a Lifetime
As guests mixed and mingled, sharing stories and joy, a slideshow played in the background. Throughout the evening, guests had the opportunity to enjoy more special moments as well as plenty of sweet treats and warm beverages. Each person left with unique memories, but all were beautiful ones filled with the Mehtas’ vision of a personalized Indian wedding in Milwaukee.
Bringing Indian wedding dreams to life is only one of our Milwaukee catering team’s many passions. For five decades, we have put our heart into executing each client’s wedding vision in memorable ways.
If you would like creative and meticulous event planners to elevate your wedding plans, contact us online or give us a call at 262.547.9447.
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Always upbeat and sporting a smile, Paula is responsible for much of our social business and specializes in galas and fundraisers. She has an immense knowledge of cuisine allowing her to help clients choose the perfect menu.