Vishnell and Benny Consiglio had three weddings to honor their Sikh and Catholic heritages.
Vishnell wore a custom Berta dress that cost $14,000 to the Catholic ceremony.
The fitted gown had a sheer, corset top and was completely covered in intricate lace.
A mutual love of brunch brought Vishnell and Benny Consiglio together.
Vishnell, 32, and Benny, 33, locked eyes when they were both attending separate brunches at the same restaurant in New York City in 2017.
“I was there for a Halloween party. He was there for a 30th birthday,” she said. “We just hit it off.”
They became a couple almost immediately.
Vishnell is a teacher and ABA therapist, while Benny works in real estate.
Benny proposed to Vishnell in 2019.
The Consiglios intended to get married in 2020, having two ceremonies, as Vishnell is Sikh and Benny is Catholic.
But like many couples, they had to delay their plans because of the pandemic.
Benny and Vishnell ended up having three wedding ceremonies: a small civil ceremony on July 11, 2020; a Sikh ceremony in October 2020; and a Catholic wedding on February 6, 2021.
Ash Fox photographed the engagement.
Vishnell wore a pink lehenga to her Sikh ceremony.
“I always knew I wanted pink,” she told Insider of the look. “The traditional color is red, but a lot of brides wear pink nowadays.”
A lehenga is typically composed of a top and matching skirt, as well as a coordinating headpiece. All of Vishnell’s pieces were a shade of pink.
Ravi Singh of Weddings by Jagat photographed the couple’s October wedding, as well as their legal ceremony in the Hamptons.
The garment was adorned with multicolored patterns and intricate detailing.
Benny wore traditional Indian garb for the ceremony as well. Their outfits complemented each other.
Vishnell’s mom and maid of honor went to India to get her lehenga for her, which made it extra meaningful.
Vishnell started looking for a wedding dress for her Catholic ceremony right after she got engaged.
Benny and Vishnell had their Catholic wedding at Oheka Castle in Long Island, because Vishnell had wanted to get married there since she was a little girl, as she told Insider.
And she wanted a dress that fit the grandeur of the venue.
“I definitely knew I wanted something tight and sparkly,” Vishnell said of the type of dress she imagined herself in before she went shopping. “Those were my two big priorities.”
Berta and Galia Lahav had the types of gowns she was hoping to try on. Vishnell didn’t set a budget for her dress.
Vishnell didn’t love that this gown was strapless.
The gown was sparkly and fitted, but Vishnell didn’t love that it was strapless. She was hoping to find a dress with more coverage on her arms.
The smaller sparkles also hid the corset bodice, which Vishnell would have preferred to accentuate.
She decided to keep trying on dresses.
Because of her castle venue, Vishnell decided to try on a few ball gowns.
She liked the long sleeves and low neckline of this gown, but it just didn’t feel like her.
Vishnell started to realize she wanted something more formfitting.
She didn’t love this dress either.
Again, Vishnell liked the top of this dress, but the tiered skirt wasn’t for her.
The gown also didn’t have any sparkles, so it didn’t have the dramatic effect she had been imagining.
When Vishnell tried on this floral gown, she knew it was perfect.
The formfitting Berta dress was made of lace and adorned with applique flowers.
A sheer, corset bodice brought modernity to the look, while the full skirt added drama.
“It had all the little things that I was looking for,” Vishnell said of the gown. “A little sexy, little classy, still not too much. It had the sparkle.”
She bought the gown for around $14,000 at L’Fay Bridal.
Vishnell had sleeves added to the gown.
Vishnell feels more confident having her arms covered, so she added lace cap sleeves to the dress.
The straps were adorned with flowers, while the sleeves featured embroidery that matched the rest of the gown.
The back of Vishnell’s dress was totally sheer.
The corset structure of the bodice continued on the back of the dress, but unlike the front of the gown, it was entirely transparent before flowing back into a trumpet-style skirt.
Vishnell told Insider she had tried on more revealing gowns, but she felt like her dress struck the balance between glamorous and sultry.
The front of the dress was also sheer.
The corset top was made of sheer fabric, though a built-in bra provided some modesty.
The transparent design drew attention to the intricate sparkle details.
Vishnell wore a crown with the gown to add to the regal look.
The headpiece was designed by Maria Elena.
Vishnell paired the crown with an affordable floor-length veil for the ceremony, elevating the bridal feel of the look.
Nella was Vishnell’s hairstylist for the wedding, and therealqueen.tash did her makeup. Lauren B designed her engagement ring.
Bedazzled shoes completed the look.
Vishnell splurged on $1,895 Jimmy Choo Viola heels for the wedding.
The combination of crystal embellishments and ostrich feathering on the shoes created a decadent vibe, matching the rest of Vishnell’s look.
Vishnell told Insider she felt like a princess in her wedding dress.
“I never felt more beautiful than both of those days,” Vishnell said of her mindset at both her October and February wedding celebrations.
Vishnell and Benny shared a first look on the day of the Catholic ceremony.
Vishnell said Benny was excited about her dress, as he was a fan of the way it hugged her body.
The Consiglios worked out together in the months before the wedding, so Vishnell said they were “proud” of how they looked on their wedding day.
Vishnell advised brides to “go with your heart” when searching for their wedding outfits.
“Whether it be an Indian look or a Western look, definitely go with your heart and your instinct,” she said. “I’m a firm believer in you don’t have to be looking around.”
“It’s just like with my husband,” she said. “We both always say that when we saw each other, we knew this was it. That’s how I felt about my dress, too.”
“I feel like everything that happened, including COVID, the dress, meeting him, everything was just inevitable, and it was just meant to happen,” Vishnell added.
Benny and Vishnell still had to downsize their Catholic wedding.
Benny and Vishnell initially planned for 350 people to attend the celebration, but they downsized the guest list to just 50 people.
“I think I was meant to have a more intimate wedding,” Vishnell said. “I got to appreciate the little things more, and it was more about my husband and me.”
Oheka Castle was everything Vishnell had been hoping for.
Rafal Ostrowski photographed the event, and Knotty Art Studio filmed it.
Vishnell told Insider her favorite part of the wedding was watching Benny share a dance with his sister at their reception.
Benny’s father died before the wedding, and he has been supporting his mother and sister in the wake of the loss.
The dance between Benny and his sister felt like a way to honor their father, and it highlighted some of the reasons Vishnell loves him.
“My husband is a very stand-up guy. He takes care of his sister. He takes care of his mother,” she said. “They lost their father, and the dance was just a testament to him.”
“We felt like his dad was there at the moment to see what a great man he is, and now what a great husband,” Vishnell went on to say.
“He raised him to be this amazing person,” she added.
“One of the main reasons why I love him is because he’s just an overall great man,” she said. “Not only to me, but to his mom and sister as well.”
Vishnell’s love for Benny’s caring nature has become even stronger since the couple found out they are expecting their first child.
“I know what a great father he is going to be,” Vishnell said of Benny. “We’ve always said, even when we were dating, one of the things that we always wanted was to be parents.”
“We were so blessed that as soon as we tried we got pregnant, so we’re very happy,” she added. They recently announced they are having a daughter on Instagram.
“He’s definitely my best friend,” Vishnell said of her husband.
Vishnell told Insider that Benny loves her for exactly who she is.
“I get really bad anxiety. I was diagnosed with it at a very young age. And prior to meeting Benny, I thought it was something that didn’t allow my relationships to work,” she told Insider.
“And then we were just dating for a few months, I got really anxious,” Vishnell said. “And I said something along the lines of ‘I’m crazy.’ And he said, ‘No, you just have a lot of passion. It’s not crazy. I love you because you’re very passionate.'”
“He sees my flaws as positives, and he spins them and he sees the good in me,” she went on to say. “He lifts me up a lot. I feel like he knows how to make me better.”
You can follow Vishnell on Instagram, and you can see more of Ostrowski’s work here.
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