Shalini Shah + Kristofer Tupper

Vibrant spice colors of saffron and paprika; marigolds are a traditional Indian wedding flower representing sun, brightness, and positive energy.
The first look.
The couple’s hands are placed together by their parents.
The bride’s stunning, traditional Lehengas dress from India.
Family and friends joined the bride in wearing mehndi (henna) in intricate patterns.
Bridesmaids and guests harmonized in bright shades of orange, pink, and coral.
Kristofer and Shalini prepare to make the holy offerings.
Some of the offerings made alongside the mantras/vows.
A bonfire to ward off the chill.
The kalash was filled with water and topped with leaves and a coconut.
Ornate bridal jewelry, purchased in India.
Shalini’s cousins and their daughters.
Lily-embellished stationery.
Retreating from the rain.

June 24, 2023

Gray, ME

Almost 10 years to the day of them meeting in med school, Shalini and Kristofer were wed on a rainy June afternoon in the beautiful surroundings of Caswell Farm. “Our vendors did an amazing job of moving things to accommodate us because of the weather,” says Shalini. This included having the ceremony in their tent rather than under the property’s huge, 200-year-old catalpa tree as planned, then moving guests into the barn for cocktail hour while the tent was quickly restaged for the reception and meal.

Though the weather was gray, the guests and bridal party were anything but, in eye-popping shades of pink and coral. “I told my bridesmaids I wanted bright pinks and oranges, and that if they wanted an adventure with traditional Indian dress, I would help them shop for it.”

The day was a cultural feast, literally and figuratively. The farm-to-fork menu of Indian dishes like navratan korma, a vegan coconut-curry entrée, was specially crafted for the couple and served family style, “which was really fun,” says Shalini. Her intricate mehndi henna designs on her hands and feet took five-plus hours to complete and had Kristofer’s and her grandmother’s names worked into them. “It’s said that the darker the red color, the greater your partner’s love,” she explains.

Written by Pat Chaudoin

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Katelyn Mallett Photography

Traditional Lehengas:
Asopalav, Ashran Road, India

Hair, Makeup, Sari Draping & Mehndi:
Parul and Hetvi Patal (mother/daughter)

Caswell Farm & Wedding Barn, Gray, ME

Barn & Table Catering, Gray, ME

Bar Services:
The Bar Association, Gray, ME

Wedding Coordinator:
Nicole Hawkes of Caswell Farm

One Stop Event Rentals, South Portland, ME

Ice Cream Bar:
Bresca & The Honeybee, New Gloucester, ME

Groom’s Attire:
Gauri House, India

Bad Rabbit Flowers, Westbrook, ME

Maine Event Design & Décor, Topsham, ME

Rajentertainment, Waltham, MA

Dr. Ranjan Ravaliya, Leominster, MA