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Double Duty: A Saratoga Wedding Story Featuring One Bride, Two Ceremonies And One Perfect Day

Meet Bonita Banerjee and her husband, Alex, who pulled off both a Hindu and traditional American wedding ceremony in the same epic day.

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Bonita Banerjee, M.D. and her husband, Alex, at Saratoga National Golf Course, the venue for the second ceremony of their jam-packed wedding day. (Matt Ramos)
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Double Duty: A Saratoga Wedding Story Featuring One Bride, Two Ceremonies And One Perfect Day

Meet Bonita Banerjee and her husband, Alex, who pulled off both a Hindu and traditional American wedding ceremony in the same epic day.

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"Most of these fine gentlemen traveled across the country to be by Alex’s side." (Matt Ramos)

Double Duty: A Saratoga Wedding Story Featuring One Bride, Two Ceremonies And One Perfect Day

Meet Bonita Banerjee and her husband, Alex, who pulled off both a Hindu and traditional American wedding ceremony in the same epic day.

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"This was the moment when my dad just wouldn’t stop talking during his speech. This surprised zero people who knew him! Although I was mortified, the guests later said they really enjoyed it. That’s my dad—always the character." (Matt Ramos)

Double Duty: A Saratoga Wedding Story Featuring One Bride, Two Ceremonies And One Perfect Day

Meet Bonita Banerjee and her husband, Alex, who pulled off both a Hindu and traditional American wedding ceremony in the same epic day.

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"Alex had his custom wedding suit made by his friends at Clements and Church in Oxford, UK. On it, we found many fun, embroidered surprises." (Matt Ramos)

Double Duty: A Saratoga Wedding Story Featuring One Bride, Two Ceremonies And One Perfect Day

Meet Bonita Banerjee and her husband, Alex, who pulled off both a Hindu and traditional American wedding ceremony in the same epic day.

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"There’s my mom and dad! My mom had been battling some serious health issues the past two years, but she gathered her strength for the wedding and was able to walk by herself! Better yet, her health has continued to improve, and she’s doing so much better!" (Matt Ramos)

Double Duty: A Saratoga Wedding Story Featuring One Bride, Two Ceremonies And One Perfect Day

Meet Bonita Banerjee and her husband, Alex, who pulled off both a Hindu and traditional American wedding ceremony in the same epic day.

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"We wanted the evening wedding to be elegant and romantic. Samantha Nass made it all happen with her gorgeous flowers and decor, which included these ginormous, beautiful candelabras." (Matt Ramos)

Double Duty: A Saratoga Wedding Story Featuring One Bride, Two Ceremonies And One Perfect Day

Meet Bonita Banerjee and her husband, Alex, who pulled off both a Hindu and traditional American wedding ceremony in the same epic day.

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"Bright pink set against navy blue was the color theme of our traditional American wedding. We couldn’t have been happier with the flower bouquets." (Matt Ramos)

Double Duty: A Saratoga Wedding Story Featuring One Bride, Two Ceremonies And One Perfect Day

Meet Bonita Banerjee and her husband, Alex, who pulled off both a Hindu and traditional American wedding ceremony in the same epic day.

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"It was a magical evening at Saratoga National Golf Course with amazing entertainment from Silver Arrow Band." (Matt Ramos)

Double Duty: A Saratoga Wedding Story Featuring One Bride, Two Ceremonies And One Perfect Day

Meet Bonita Banerjee and her husband, Alex, who pulled off both a Hindu and traditional American wedding ceremony in the same epic day.

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"Lemon cake with raspberry and mocha filling for the guests, carrot cake for us." (Matt Ramos)

Double Duty: A Saratoga Wedding Story Featuring One Bride, Two Ceremonies And One Perfect Day

Meet Bonita Banerjee and her husband, Alex, who pulled off both a Hindu and traditional American wedding ceremony in the same epic day.

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"The term for 'aunt' in Bengali is 'masi,' and growing up, I used it to refer to any one of my mom’s girlfriends from Bengal. Here, two of my masis are helping me get ready for the Hindu ceremony by applying special wedding makeup." (Matt Ramos)

Double Duty: A Saratoga Wedding Story Featuring One Bride, Two Ceremonies And One Perfect Day

Meet Bonita Banerjee and her husband, Alex, who pulled off both a Hindu and traditional American wedding ceremony in the same epic day.

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"'Mala' is the term for a flower garland worn in Hindu weddings. It represents happiness, excitement and beauty, all tied together on one string that symbolizes the marital union. Alex and I exchanged these malas as part of our ceremony." (Matt Ramos)

Double Duty: A Saratoga Wedding Story Featuring One Bride, Two Ceremonies And One Perfect Day

Meet Bonita Banerjee and her husband, Alex, who pulled off both a Hindu and traditional American wedding ceremony in the same epic day.

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"One Hindu/Bengali wedding tradition is the bride’s grand entrance. I was carried in by my cousin, brother-in-law and two of my best friends on a wooden stool called a 'piri' with my face covered with lotus leaves. (A bride isn’t supposed to see the groom until she meets him up at the altar, which is called a 'mandap.') Once we got up to the mandap, we had to circle around the groom seven times. Luckily, they didn’t drop me!" (Matt Ramos)

Double Duty: A Saratoga Wedding Story Featuring One Bride, Two Ceremonies And One Perfect Day

Meet Bonita Banerjee and her husband, Alex, who pulled off both a Hindu and traditional American wedding ceremony in the same epic day.

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"Every Indian wedding incorporates some kind or amount of gold. Growing up, I remember seeing my mom with these gorgeous pieces that looked like they belonged in a museum and she’d say, “This is for your wedding day!” Then she’d roll her eyes when I’d proceed to tell her that “I’m not really a gold person.” But it was pretty awesome finally wearing them on our wedding day." (Matt Ramos)

Double Duty: A Saratoga Wedding Story Featuring One Bride, Two Ceremonies And One Perfect Day

Meet Bonita Banerjee and her husband, Alex, who pulled off both a Hindu and traditional American wedding ceremony in the same epic day.

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"Typically, the night before her wedding, an Indian bride and her girlfriends have 'Mehndi,' or henna, applied to their hands, which symbolizes prosperity and good luck. The designs end up looking amazing, and your hands are stained a black/deep-red color for weeks. I opted out for two reasons. One was because, as an emergency room doctor, I wasn’t sure how my patients would feel about something that looked like blood on my hands. The second reason? I’m the least patient person I know, and these designs would’ve required me to sit still for hours. So…you can never have too much gold!" (Matt Ramos)

I’ve been to three weddings in my life: one when I was ten, one that served pudding instead of dinner and one that was my grandfather’s (weird, I know). All were within an hour and a half of my house, and none were in Saratoga Springs. So when the saratoga living team decided to name Saratoga one of the world’s greatest destination wedding locations and needed some amazing wedding stories to support that claim, I had to call for backup. Enter Tonya Pellegrini-Lawrence: Downtown Business Association powerhouse, event-planner extraordinaire and one of the coolest women I’ve met in Saratoga (who, by the way, has one of the greatest stories of how she met her husband I’ve ever heard—ask her about it).

Tonya came into our offices with fantastical tales of weddings gone wrong, weddings gone so, so right and one destination wedding so amazing, it made me want to literally get up and propose to my boyfriend right then and there. (Luckily, I know that he doesn’t actually read any of the stories I write, so he won’t see this little tidbit.) The couple was Bonita Banerjee and her husband to be, Alex, and instead of traveling to Saratoga from Washington, DC to have one unforgettable wedding ceremony, they decided to have two—a Hindu ceremony in the morning at the National Museum of Dance and a traditional, Western-style, white-dress wedding in the afternoon at Saratoga National Golf Club. And to top it all off, Bonita, whose parents live in Scotia, was coming up to the Capital Region just a week after Tonya told me her wedding story and bringing with her 1600 unbelievable wedding photos, shot by the talented Guilderland-based photographer Matt Ramos.

The photos in the above gallery, featuring text written by the bride herself, give a behind-the-scenes look at that unforgettable, totally exhausting, totally worth-it day. Sure, I may not have actually been there in person, but this wedding totally trumps the three I’ve been to. By far.

Natalie Moore
Natalie Moore

Natalie Moore is the managing editor at saratoga living.

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