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So, what happens when you have not one, but two, wedding ceremonies in a single day? If you’re anything like bride Aimee Yates, you feel like a princess—times two.

So, what happens when you have not one, but two, wedding ceremonies in a single day? If you’re anything like bride Aimee Yates, you feel like a princess—times two. “I had so many amazing dresses and jewelry it was amazing,” gushes Aimee. “And I still got to wear the white dress that all little girls dream about.”

The double-time Big Day came about because Aimee’s then-fiancé, Gokul Gondi, is a Telugu Indian and she was raised Christian, and the Lexington, South Carolina, pair wanted to celebrate both familial wedding traditions. To pull it off, they worked with Blue Moon Event’s Calder Clark, who created a lavish day at the 18th-century William Aiken House, where the piazzas, gardens, and patios lend themselves to a collage of outdoor events.

One of the bride’s favorite memories? “My favorite part of the Indian wedding was when the rings are put in pot of water that is colored with Indian spices,” says Aimee. “The bride and the groom reach in and try to grab the ring. The one who grabs it first is suppose to be in charge of the marriage. My husband had it but gave it to me in the water. I knew I had made the right decision.” Sounds like a keeper!

Stay tuned for part two!

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Bridal gown: Anne Barge
Cake: Elaine’s Events—Cakes of Distinction
Catering: Fish Restaurant
Ceremony & reception location: William Aiken House
Florals: Blossoms Events
Wedding designer & coordinator: Calder Clark Designs

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