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Long Beach, CA Ismaili Wedding by Global Photography

A fabulous soiree wrapped up the wedding of Nikhita and Amar, held at the grand Hyatt Regency Long Beach. For this special occasion, Nikhita knew exactly how she wanted to look for her big night! She chose a gorgeous dark plum color outfit, embellished with splendid golden heavy embroidery and accented her look with a delightful hairstyle thanks to Drea V Makeup. Now that the couple was in the dance floor, they kicked off their first few hours of marriage dancing with the beats of DJ Sandeep Kumar. Viral Booth OC helped the DJ upgrade the fun during the night with a fabulous photo cabin that caught all the funny and true spontaneous moments of all the guests. BEL Event Productions handled the wedding phenomenally and brought to life the couple’s vision with an alluring décor that displayed scattered lavender hues all over the place. A great sweet highlight of the night was thanks to DK Donuts who created a fabulous and delicious donut wall for all the dessert lovers! See all the greatness Global Photography captured in our full gallery!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Amar and I met at a summer camp known as Camp Mosaic. According to Amar, he fell in love with me when we sat down during a moment at camp exchanging jokes and laughing up a storm. For me, I fell in love with Amar during our 10 hour Facetime dates when we could talk about anything and everything and not get tired or bored with each other. That's when I realized this is the guy I want to spend the rest of my life with. 
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Amar proposed to me at Laguna Beach, where we had our first date. He had been planning the proposal for 6 months and I had no clue. I was at work early in the morning and got let out early because he called my boss to release me. Once I got home I got ready and my sisters, my best friend and I all got in a limo Amar had rented for the day for us. We were about 3 hours late to the proposal due to LA traffic, and once I got there he had a video set up for me to watch from all our friends with the sweetest messages ever. When he finally came out, he was wearing my dads favorite tie and he said, "your dad gave me his tie as his blessing and will only let me keep it if you say yes" That one line stole my heart and I couldn't be more excited to marry such an amazing and caring man. The best part was when my mom showed up because I had no idea she was there and the rooftop where we had our first date was filled with all our close friends and family cheering! 
 
Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
Hair and make up for my nikkah ceremony and reception was done by the amazing dreavmakeup. My reception themes were all different shades of purple and white! 
 
Hair and makeup for my sangeet was done by Nida Gazi, my theme for the sangeet was Indian street themed with umbrellas as centerpieces, a decked out bike as a backdrop for pictures and a bangles cart and Indian street food to top it off. 
 
My sangeet outfit was designed by me and made by Elan Atlanta courtesy of Salima Budhani.
My reception and Nikkah outfit was a custom outfit designed by me and came to life thanks to the owner of Yasmin Boutique, Kausar Aunty. 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew the colors I wanted for my reception since I was about 20 years old. Plum has always been a favorite color of mine so I decided to go along with that. It's a color not commonly seen worn at wedding receptions and I also wanted lavender to be incorporated somewhere in my decor and plum just matched it perfectly. I also loved the combination of peach and navy blue and Amar is a big fan of navy blue (chargers fan and all) so that is why we selected those colors for our sangeet. 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I think the most enjoyable part was spending time with Amar and going venue shopping all across southern California. We would have the best time at these meetings just laughing and imagining what our big day would be like. 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
If I had to pick one thing the guests enjoyed it would definitely be the food. I think we went above and beyond to make sure our food was amazing since Amar and I are both foodies! 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I think the most special moment for me personally during the wedding was right before our Nikkah ceremony. I was getting ready and taking a few bridal pictures alone before I had to meet Amar. One of his best men came to me with a cute little Tiffany's box in hand. Amar has known that since we met I always wanted to own a piece of jewelry from Tiffany's and what better day to give it than right before our official wedding ceremony. Inside the Tiffany's box was a cute heart-shaped pendant with my father's initials and a note that said even though he is not physically here with you today he is always in your heart. Amar is known for his sweet little gestures and seeing that right before the big ceremony just made me realize my dad would be so happy for us! 
 
For events other than your ceremony, please tell us as much as you would like about the decor, style, dances, and all the special details.
For all our event we had decor done by BEL events. my favorite decor was for the reception with the best floral backdrop ever! we also an awesome donut wall inspired by our wedding coordinator Dana and Amar since they are both donut enthusiast and donuts catered from DK's donuts. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
My advice would be to make sure you get food at every event and to not stress during your wedding week. Don't worry about anything that goes wrong just live in the moment and enjoy the company of everyone. This moment only comes once! 

 

See you all on Friday!

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Hair & Makeup: Beauty By NG Nida Gazi | Photography: Global Photography | Photo Booths: Viral Booth OC | Sangeet Venue: Hyatt Regency Long Beach | Ceremony Venue: Santa Monica Jamatkhana | Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Long Beach | Planning & Design: BEL Event Productions | Floral & Decor: Gerardo Flowers | Hair & Makeup - Wedding: Drea V Makeup | Catering: Shahnawaz | DJ: Sandeep Kumar | Baraat: Sandeep Kumar | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Joya Kazi Unlimited | Cakes and Treats: Hyatt Regency Long Beach | Cakes and Treats: DK Donuts | Cinematography: Robles Video Production | Lightning: Sandeep Kumar | Rentals: BEL Event Productions | Transportation: G&A Limousine Service |


Long Beach, CA Ismaili Wedding by Global Photography

Welcome to the second chapter of Nikhita and Amar’s wedding! Right after a lovely first look, the bride and groom had a few moments of quietness together and then headed to Santa Monica Jamatkhana for their Nikkah ceremony, classically transported by G&A Limousine Service. I absolutely adore Nikhita’s extraordinaire lace white saree, while most brides purchase their own outfit, our smart bride designed her own wedding dress and looked stunning next to Amar who opted for an elegant tailored plaid suit. The result of both looks combined, as you will see in each of Global Photography’s creative images, is just amazing!  After the Nikkah ceremony, the bride and groom were surrounded by their closest ones and sat in front of each other to find the coin in a large bowl of brightly colored rice and rose petals! Sit back and dive into the magic images of this gorgeous Ismaili affair in our full gallery!  

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Amar and I met at a summer camp known as Camp Mosaic. According to Amar, he fell in love with me when we sat down during a moment at camp exchanging jokes and laughing up a storm. For me, I fell in love with Amar during our 10 hour Facetime dates when we could talk about anything and everything and not get tired or bored with each other. That's when I realized this is the guy I want to spend the rest of my life with. 
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Amar proposed to me at Laguna Beach, where we had our first date. He had been planning the proposal for 6 months and I had no clue. I was at work early in the morning and got let out early because he called my boss to release me. Once I got home I got ready and my sisters, my best friend and I all got in a limo Amar had rented for the day for us. We were about 3 hours late to the proposal due to LA traffic, and once I got there he had a video set up for me to watch from all our friends with the sweetest messages ever. When he finally came out, he was wearing my dads favorite tie and he said, "your dad gave me his tie as his blessing and will only let me keep it if you say yes" That one line stole my heart and I couldn't be more excited to marry such an amazing and caring man. The best part was when my mom showed up because I had no idea she was there and the rooftop where we had our first date was filled with all our close friends and family cheering! 
 
Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
Hair and make up for my nikkah ceremony and reception was done by the amazing dreavmakeup. My reception themes were all different shades of purple and white! 
 
Hair and makeup for my sangeet was done by Nida Gazi, my theme for the sangeet was Indian street themed with umbrellas as centerpieces, a decked out bike as a backdrop for pictures and a bangles cart and Indian street food to top it off. 
 
My sangeet outfit was designed by me and made by Elan Atlanta courtesy of Salima Budhani.
My reception and Nikkah outfit was a custom outfit designed by me and came to life thanks to the owner of Yasmin Boutique, Kausar Aunty. 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew the colors I wanted for my reception since I was about 20 years old. Plum has always been a favorite color of mine so I decided to go along with that. It's a color not commonly seen worn at wedding receptions and I also wanted lavender to be incorporated somewhere in my decor and plum just matched it perfectly. I also loved the combination of peach and navy blue and Amar is a big fan of navy blue (chargers fan and all) so that is why we selected those colors for our sangeet. 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I think the most enjoyable part was spending time with Amar and going venue shopping all across southern California. We would have the best time at these meetings just laughing and imagining what our big day would be like. 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
If I had to pick one thing the guests enjoyed it would definitely be the food. I think we went above and beyond to make sure our food was amazing since Amar and I are both foodies! 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I think the most special moment for me personally during the wedding was right before our Nikkah ceremony. I was getting ready and taking a few bridal pictures alone before I had to meet Amar. One of his best men came to me with a cute little Tiffany's box in hand. Amar has known that since we met I always wanted to own a piece of jewelry from Tiffany's and what better day to give it than right before our official wedding ceremony. Inside the Tiffany's box was a cute heart-shaped pendant with my father's initials and a note that said even though he is not physically here with you today he is always in your heart. Amar is known for his sweet little gestures and seeing that right before the big ceremony just made me realize my dad would be so happy for us! 
 
For events other than your ceremony, please tell us as much as you would like about the decor, style, dances, and all the special details.
For all our event we had decor done by BEL events. my favorite decor was for the reception with the best floral backdrop ever! we also an awesome donut wall inspired by our wedding coordinator Dana and Amar since they are both donut enthusiast and donuts catered from DK's donuts. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
My advice would be to make sure you get food at every event and to not stress during your wedding week. Don't worry about anything that goes wrong just live in the moment and enjoy the company of everyone. This moment only comes once! 

 

Attend the wedding bash through the images in our next post!

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Hair & Makeup: Beauty By NG Nida Gazi | Photography: Global Photography | Photo Booths: Viral Booth OC | Sangeet Venue: Hyatt Regency Long Beach | Ceremony Venue: Santa Monica Jamatkhana | Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Long Beach | Planning & Design: BEL Event Productions | Floral & Decor: Gerardo Flowers | Hair & Makeup - Wedding: Drea V Makeup | Catering: Shahnawaz | DJ: Sandeep Kumar | Baraat: Sandeep Kumar | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Joya Kazi Unlimited | Cakes and Treats: Hyatt Regency Long Beach | Cakes and Treats: DK Donuts | Cinematography: Robles Video Production | Lightning: Sandeep Kumar | Rentals: BEL Event Productions | Transportation: G&A Limousine Service |


Long Beach, CA Ismaili Wedding by Global Photography

Good Morning, ladies! Today we have a beautiful Ismaili affair timeline, Nikhita and Amar’s wedding! The first celebrations were an outpouring of love, family, and traditions! Global Photography had the honor of capturing the lovely pair at the beginning of their journey. As the first step for the big day, the couple was blessed and beautified with fun and loving Pithi ceremonies. The celebrations continued at the exclusive Hyatt Regency Long Beach were the lovebirds held a memorable Sangeet night full of special touches that recalled to all the attendees the streets of India thanks to the great team décor of BEL Event Productions. Beauty By NG Nida Gazi made Nikhita look like a true princess for her first stellar night with a stunning side updo and a natural makeup that she combined with a dazzling beige floral lehenga choli set. Take a minute and check out the marvelous images we have prepared for you in our full gallery!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Amar and I met at a summer camp known as Camp Mosaic. According to Amar, he fell in love with me when we sat down during a moment at camp exchanging jokes and laughing up a storm. For me, I fell in love with Amar during our 10 hour Facetime dates when we could talk about anything and everything and not get tired or bored with each other. That's when I realized this is the guy I want to spend the rest of my life with. 
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Amar proposed to me at Laguna Beach, where we had our first date. He had been planning the proposal for 6 months and I had no clue. I was at work early in the morning and got let out early because he called my boss to release me. Once I got home I got ready and my sisters, my best friend and I all got in a limo Amar had rented for the day for us. We were about 3 hours late to the proposal due to LA traffic, and once I got there he had a video set up for me to watch from all our friends with the sweetest messages ever. When he finally came out, he was wearing my dads favorite tie and he said, "your dad gave me his tie as his blessing and will only let me keep it if you say yes" That one line stole my heart and I couldn't be more excited to marry such an amazing and caring man. The best part was when my mom showed up because I had no idea she was there and the rooftop where we had our first date was filled with all our close friends and family cheering! 
 
Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
Hair and make up for my nikkah ceremony and reception was done by the amazing dreavmakeup. My reception themes were all different shades of purple and white! 
 
Hair and makeup for my sangeet was done by Nida Gazi, my theme for the sangeet was Indian street themed with umbrellas as centerpieces, a decked out bike as a backdrop for pictures and a bangles cart and Indian street food to top it off. 
 
My sangeet outfit was designed by me and made by Elan Atlanta courtesy of Salima Budhani.
My reception and Nikkah outfit was a custom outfit designed by me and came to life thanks to the owner of Yasmin Boutique, Kausar Aunty. 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew the colors I wanted for my reception since I was about 20 years old. Plum has always been a favorite color of mine so I decided to go along with that. It's a color not commonly seen worn at wedding receptions and I also wanted lavender to be incorporated somewhere in my decor and plum just matched it perfectly. I also loved the combination of peach and navy blue and Amar is a big fan of navy blue (chargers fan and all) so that is why we selected those colors for our sangeet. 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I think the most enjoyable part was spending time with Amar and going venue shopping all across southern California. We would have the best time at these meetings just laughing and imagining what our big day would be like. 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
If I had to pick one thing the guests enjoyed it would definitely be the food. I think we went above and beyond to make sure our food was amazing since Amar and I are both foodies! 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I think the most special moment for me personally during the wedding was right before our Nikkah ceremony. I was getting ready and taking a few bridal pictures alone before I had to meet Amar. One of his best men came to me with a cute little Tiffany's box in hand. Amar has known that since we met I always wanted to own a piece of jewelry from Tiffany's and what better day to give it than right before our official wedding ceremony. Inside the Tiffany's box was a cute heart-shaped pendant with my father's initials and a note that said even though he is not physically here with you today he is always in your heart. Amar is known for his sweet little gestures and seeing that right before the big ceremony just made me realize my dad would be so happy for us! 
 
For events other than your ceremony, please tell us as much as you would like about the decor, style, dances, and all the special details.
For all our event we had decor done by BEL events. my favorite decor was for the reception with the best floral backdrop ever! we also an awesome donut wall inspired by our wedding coordinator Dana and Amar since they are both donut enthusiast and donuts catered from DK's donuts. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
My advice would be to make sure you get food at every event and to not stress during your wedding week. Don't worry about anything that goes wrong just live in the moment and enjoy the company of everyone. This moment only comes once! 
 

Nikhita and Amar signed their marriage contract and the images are coming your way!

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Hair & Makeup: Beauty By NG Nida Gazi | Photography: Global Photography | Photo Booths: Viral Booth OC | Sangeet Venue: Hyatt Regency Long Beach | Ceremony Venue: Santa Monica Jamatkhana | Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Long Beach | Planning & Design: BEL Event Productions | Floral & Decor: Gerardo Flowers | Hair & Makeup - Wedding: Drea V Makeup | Catering: Shahnawaz | DJ: Sandeep Kumar | Baraat: Sandeep Kumar | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Joya Kazi Unlimited | Cakes and Treats: Hyatt Regency Long Beach | Cakes and Treats: DK Donuts | Cinematography: Robles Video Production | Lightning: Sandeep Kumar | Rentals: BEL Event Productions | Transportation: G&A Limousine Service |


How Indian Weddings in America Became so Grand

The United States is a cultural melting pot. People come to this country from all over the world, bringing their customs and religious traditions with them. By simple exposure, all of these marvelous traditions turn into something that is both breath taking in its beauty and completely new to the human experience.

This includes Indian weddings and all of the marvelous ceremonies attached to them. As Indian nationals settle in this country, they bring the best of these marital traditions with them. All the glamour and beauty have combined with the liberal-minded approach to celebrations inherent in the American ethos to create something that you have to see to believe. Here are some of the ways this delightful evolution had changed what an Indian wedding means for witnesses, the newlyweds, and their families.

Increased Cost Over Time

It is no secret that Indian weddings are typically more expensive than Western ceremonies. The numerous events, large crowds, and focus on extravagant ceremonies all lead to a hefty bill.

The increased number of Indian expatriates in the United States, both those who settle down and those who wish to eventually return, bring with them the same expectations for their weddings regardless of where they occur. This has resulted in increased pressure to “one up” every other couple by doing something different. Thus - increased expenses.

Changes in Ceremonies

Indian couples getting married in the United States face the simple fact that a large number of attendees are not from India. They have no experience with Indian culture or traditions, thus the need to either incorporate western elements or to include education.

Thus, for traditionalists a new “ceremony” has been created - the explanation. Like many things involved in Indian weddings, explaining what is going to happen can be an elegant and fun process. It also helps in introducing Americans to Indian culture in a way that Indian food or Bollywood cannot match!

The ceremonies themselves have changed to incorporate the fact that American culture is less nature-focused. For instance, instead of using a horse or elephant for the Baraat ceremony an older car may be used instead.

Additionally, the limited number of venues capable of holding hundreds of people at any given time has resulted in the number of attendees to shrink somewhat. This is a good thing, in a way, when you consider how many relatives may have to travel clear across the world to attend!

Possible Future Changes

The single greatest likely change to Indian weddings held in the United States over the next several years is the increased emphasis on technology. Specifically, any tools that will make it easier for people to participate without being physically present.

For instance, live streaming services can enable elderly relatives to attend without having to undertake an arduous plane ride. Or it could make it easier for that sister busy with her medical internship to send her well-wishes between taking care of patients on the other side of the country.

Beyond that - who knows? Who could have expected to see older cars take off in popularity, or even helicopters dropping down on the ceremony (as seen in a couple recent weddings!)

How did Indian weddings in America become so amazing? The simple answer is that they were always extravagant affairs that highlighted the most beautiful aspects of Indian culture. The more nuanced answer is that it changed because we all changed. Indians came to this country for a chance at building an amazing life, and brought this optimism with them. This desire to create a beautiful life has permanently changed the traditional wedding ceremony, making it something that will stand the test of time as the epitome of beauty, love, and dedication.

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San Francisco, CA South Indian Wedding by Sameer Soorma Studios

Welcome back, ladies! I hope you are ready for all the splendor of the grand finale of the multi-event wedding of Prajakta and Avinash! The incredibly beautiful wedding reception deserves a moment in the spotlight. The elegant evening was planned with the expert advice of Vermilion Weddings and Events and was held at one of the best venues in the city of San Francisco, Alexandra’s ballroom at the Westin St. Francis! The marvelous hall has a magnificent view of the city’s skyline and for this special day, it was brilliantly decorated with a Gatsby-style! Sophisticated centerpieces and a terrific five-tier art deco wedding cake design that was the cherry on top of a fabulous reception. Sameer Soorma Studios snapped the glamorous couple wearing their best party outfits as they danced to the rhythm of Jhakaas Entertainment! Maharani Prajakta opted for a full white lehenga that flawlessly harmonized with Raja Prajakta’s classic black tuxedo suit! See all the glitz and glam of the formal soiree in our full gallery!

See you ladies tomorrow!

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Photography: Sameer Soorma Studios | Cinematography: Sameer Soorma Studios | DJ: Jhakaas Entertainment | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Westin St. Francis | Lanning & Design: Vermilion Weddings and Events |


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