Wedding Inspiration

Real Wedding: Channah Rubin & Shikha Goel

Draw inspiration from their stylish celebration.


May 13, 2017
Taj Boston
Boston, Massachusetts

“Brides in my family always wear red or green,” says Shikha of her traditional Indian dress, though she changed into a gold two-piece number before the reception “for ease of dancing.” / Photograph by Person + Killian

THE STORY

On their first date, Shikha Goel and Channah Rubin discovered they had much in common: Both loved reading, being near the water, and dessert—especially the cannolis they shared that night while strolling through the North End. But when it came time to plan their wedding six years later, the couple decided to celebrate their differences instead. “We wanted the event to be a blend of our two cultures and religions,” Shikha explains. That meant searching for a chef well versed in both Indian and kosher cuisine, not to mention an interfaith officiant. Thankfully, the Taj Boston was easily able to fuse the pair’s culinary traditions, and Rabbi Jillian Cameron was happy to accommodate their cultural ones. The Taj’s stunning roof deck was just, well, icing on the wedding cake.

Once they’d settled on the venue, the only thing left to do was hash out the details. Since Shikha, who was in medical school at the time, was busy applying for ob-gyn residencies, Channah, who works for a software company, took the lead in planning—but in the end, it was truly a family affair. “We had the idea to enlist [our parents] in planning because it was helpful, of course, but also so they could get to know each other and learn what was important to the other side,” Shikha says. Both families, after all, were compromising a bit on their traditions. “By the end, everyone appreciated that we were doing something untraditional, because it best fit who we are,” she explains. “We certainly didn’t follow any playbook.”

THE DETAILS

Photograph by Person + Killian

Shikha gets some help from her sister putting on earrings the family had custom-made in India.

Photograph by Person + Killian

Both women wore lenghas for a cocktail party held the evening before at the Park Plaza.

Photograph by Person + Killian

An only child, Channah wanted both her parents to walk her down the aisle.

Photograph by Person + Killian

A friend of Shikha’s decorated guests’ hands with henna the night before the wedding.

Photograph by Person + Killian

Rabbi Jillian Cameron led an interfaith ceremony that included both Hebrew and Hindu readings. The reception featured Indian music and the Jewish hora chair dance, which Shikha called “hilarious and sweet and mildly terrifying.”

Photograph by Person + Killian

Created by one of Channah’s family friends, the centerpieces and bouquets showcased “organic, loose, wild-looking flowers,” Channah says, including hydrangeas, ranunculus, peonies, and eucalyptus.

THE FILE

Brides’ Dresses Shikha: Nazranaa; Channah: Justin Alexander, Vows
Cake Flowers and Chuppah Flowers Madison Floral
Favors Maca
Flowers Rittners School of Floral Design
Hair and Makeup Shikha and bridal party: Michelle DeVoe, Demiche Beauté; Channah and bridal party: Blushing Brides Boston
Ketubah Calligraphy Woodland Papercuts
Lighting DesignLight
Music DJ Deja
Stationery Minted; Raul Lopez, Electronic Intermedia
Rentals Peak Event Services
Rings Shikha: Long’s Jewelers; Channah: Silverscape Designs

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