Katharine Anne Zeman & Rajeev Dhupar

July 10-13, 2008


Richard and Barbara Zeman; Kailash and Shanti Dhupar


Kate and Raj set out not only to join two lives together, but two cultures, two religions and two families as well. They spread their mix of traditional Catholic and Hindu wedding festivities over four days in order to celebrate each wedding ritual as if it were the only one. A private Catholic ceremony took place in the bride’s hometown on Thursday. On Saturday, guests were invited to a festive Hindu celebration at J. Verno Studios (3030 Jane St., South Side; 412/381-5350). Taj Mahal (412/364-1760) catered a traditional Indian spread, making most of the meal fresh on-site. Kate participated in a traditional mehndi ceremony, performed by Dipali Shah (412/372-2701). The traditional Hindu painting of the female bridal party’s hands, arms and legs with henna prepares them for the joyous wedding celebration. Mike’s Carriage Service (724/745-1197, caustelotfarms.com) provided a horse for Raj’s baraat, a pre-wedding celebration of good wishes during which the groom rides as his family and friends dance in front of him.


Kathy Kutzavitchat at Reed and Petals (10339 Perry Highway, Wexford; 724/940-2200, reedandpetals.com) designed the Hindu wedding pavillion, called a mandap. She spent months locating materials and building the mandap structure, incorporating gold wire, vases, stones and vibrant flowers, including orange roses and red gerbera daisies.


Ryan Sigesmund (888/887-4686) photographed the Catholic ceremony and made albums while photojournalist John Schisler (412/400-9634, creativephotographie.com) captured the Hindu ceremony and reception.


For the Hindu ceremony, Kate wore a traditional red-silk sari and jewelry, all custom-made in India. For the reception and the Catholic ceremony earlier in the week, she wore a silk Maggie Sottero gown with pink accents purchased from MB Bride (123 S. Urania Ave., Greensburg; 724/836-6626, mbbride.com).


The groom and male family members wore traditional kurta custom-made in India.


The reception also was held at the Union Project. Chloe admired the building’s transformation and liked the idea of a spiritual place with no specific religious affiliation. Carolyn Thompson at big Burrito (412/361-3272, bigburrito.com) provided the catering.


Rather than finishing the meal with cake, Raj and Kate worked with Ethan Clay from Oh Yeah Ice Cream and Coffee Co. (232 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside; 412/253-0955, customswirl.com) to serve up custom ice-cream flavors, including a groom-pleasing peanut-butter flavor, mango and even a Shirley Temple sorbet for kids.


DJs John and Steve from Eventures Weddings (3030 Jane St., South Side; 412/481 3424, eventuresweddings.com) spent hours locating Indian dance music called bhangra-American hits with Indian bhangra drums mixed in to keep both cultures on their feet and dancing for joy.

Categories: Weddings