Ganga Palecanda Chengappa and Sebastian Roberto Astrada

May 23, 2009


Drs. Palecanda and Nirmala Chengappa; Dr. Carlos Astrada and the late Maria Cristina Astrada


A bride with Indian heritage and a groom with Argentine roots were joined during a Hindu ceremony performed by Vinod Pandeyji from the Hindu Jain Temple (615 Illini Drive, Monroeville; 724/325-2054,


At the Westin Convention Center Hotel (1000 Penn Ave., downtown; 412/281-3700,, more than 400 guests gathered to dine on Indian main dishes, side dishes and desserts catered by Taj Mahal (7795 McKnight Road, McCandless; 412/364-1760, Kat Shaw of Trends to Traditions (417 Quarter Horse Lane, Adams Township; 412/267-2108, coordinated logistics and even provided beautiful fuchsia and gold linens. Argentine Malbec wine, a nod to the groom’s heritage, doubled as table assignment cards and favors for guests.


Jim Price from Cuttings Flower and Garden Mart (524 Locust Place, Sewickley; 412/741-7227, used dark-pink tulips for dramatic and striking floral arrangements.

Photography & Videography

Araujo Photography (99 Sunset Drive, Robinson Township; 412/787-2711, Videography by David Meek (


Honoring the groom’s Latin heritage, the couple invited tango band Tangueros de Ley (represented by Entertainment Unlimited, 1701 Banksville Road, Pittsburgh; 412/343-7700,

On the Bride

Ganga wore a red-silk Ritu Kumar sari ( from India.

On the Groom

Sebastian wore a custom-made three-piece Indian wedding suit provided by the bride’s aunt for the ceremony, and changed into a traditional suit from his own wardrobe for the reception.


Fenoglietto’s (2955 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell; 724/335-5359, created a tiered vanilla cake with strawberry-cream filling.

Categories: Weddings