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Monona Terrace Nuptials Perfectly Combine Two Cultures

It was important to the couple that the groom's Indian heritage was celebrated, so he arrived at the wedding venue in style—with a traditional baraat.
By: 
Claire Swinarski
Molly Stiffler and Bobby Syal pose with their wedding parties. The groom and groomsmen wear traditional Indian dress.

Wedding: September 1, 2018

Ceremony & Reception: Monona Terrace, Madison

Honeymoon: Door County

Molly Stiffler and Bobby Syal’s big day was the perfect combination of their two cultures. After meeting at work—the groom actually interviewed the bride for a job!—they eventually progressed from co-workers to best friends to husband and wife. Their wedding took place the weekend after a record rainfall, but happily, the weather behaved for the couple, who realized their dream of an outdoor ceremony. Molly and her bridesmaids began the day with a personal yoga session—the perfect start to a perfect day. It was important to the couple that Bobby’s Indian heritage was celebrated, so he arrived at the wedding venue in style—with a traditional baraat, in which the groom, accompanied by friends and relatives, rides a mare to the location where he’ll say “I do” and greets the bride’s family and friends. One of Molly’s favorite parts of the day? Reading the vows she wrote herself to her new husband. From the wonderful weather to being surrounded by friends and family, the day will go down as Molly and Bobby’s all-time favorite.

Molly Stifler rests her hand, tattooed with henna, on Bobby Syal's arm.
Bobby Syal prepare for his baraat, a tradition in Indian weddings.
The ceremony at Monona Terrace.
Molly Stiffler and Bobby Syal pose for a photo.
A details photo featuring the bride's jewelry, shoes and the wedding invitation.
Molly Stiffler and Bobby Syal walk down the aisle at Monona Terrace.

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