Real New England Weddings: Sapna Patel & Michael Nurick
April 15, 2011, Wentworth by the Seas, New Castle, New Hampshire.
AN EXHAUSTED INVESTMENT BANKER who hadn’t experienced life outside the office in far too long, Michael Nurick let a friend drag him to a birthday party in 2006 — and the rest is history.
Instantly smitten with Sapna Patel, the birthday girl, he engineered a few casual run-ins before eventually taking her to New York’s Museum of Modern Art. After several glasses of wine, he asked her for a second date. Sapna accepted, because, she says, “He was awkward, but he was a really nice guy. He talked about all sorts of geeky boy topics — but I found it endearing.”
Any awkwardness quickly evaporated, and four years later Michael proposed. Though the couple resides in New York City, they wanted a New England wedding, and the historical charm of Wentworth by the Sea, a 138-year-old hotel on the New Hampshire seacoast, immediately won them over.
The pair said “I do” in a ceremony that combined their Hindu and Jewish traditions.“We didn’t have any grand vision of what a wedding should be,” says Sapna. “Our goal was just to make sure everyone had an amazing time.”
(From left) Sapna’s intricate henna mehndi was created by an artist from Smita’s Boutique in Burlington.
The ceremony combined Hindu and Jewish rituals.
Sapna’s cousin, Shriya Amin, was the flower girl.
The eclectic reception playlist of Hindi pop, Top 40 hits, and ’80s favorites kept guests on their feet.
(From left) Instead of a traditional wedding cake, the couple opted for tiers of cupcakes topped by a small, intricately designed cake.
Jardiniere Flowers chose the blooms; Sapna loved the way the bright petals “popped” on the tables.
Sapna’s bridesmaids wore saris in coordinating shades.
Bride’s Attire: Atirma Collections
Menswear: Sheetal India and
Michael Andrews Bespoke
Hair and makeup: KC Makeup and Hair Design
Flowers: Jardiniere Flowers
Catering: Wentworth by the Sea
Cake and cupcakes: Jacques Fine European Pastries
Music: Rose Events Entertainment