Namitha & Pranav's wedding was one of those enchanting events where dreams unfold into reality. Although they knew each other from their time at the University of Florida, it was until a fateful Christmas break that their hearts recognized each other as refuge and strength, a sanctuary where ambitions and dreams were not just nurtured but flourished.
The harmony in their spirits birthed a profound connection, sealed in on a crisp February morning in the poetic surroundings of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Pranav knelt before Namitha with a shimmering ring. Alli Gaiss from Coastal Coordinating was the wand-wielder who orchestrated the symphony of their nuptials. Every detail, from the sublime embrace of the Sawgrass Marriott to the divine artistry of Utopian Events, was a sonnet of seamless elegance.
The pre-wedding events were an artistic interlude where traditions met creativity. Namitha's mother, a visionary, transformed their backyard into a canvas of cultural homage. Every decor element, from origami parrots to intricate backdrops, was an expression of affection and effort, manifesting a reality where love was both the artist and the art.
In the kaleidoscope of celebrations, the nuanced artistry of Utopian Events' decor, the electrifying pulse of DJ Firoz from Dudha Productions LLC, and the immortalizing lens of Andrew Do Photography wove a narrative of enchantment, where each element was a verse in the ballad of Namitha and Pranav's love. Their celebration was a melody echoing the timeless dance of souls converging and destinies unfolding amidst the poetic embrace of Florida's sun-kissed shores.
Congratulations Namitha & Pranav!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Pranav and I knew of each other from college at the University of Florida, but we never actually met then. It wasn't until a very eventful Christmas break that we reconnected in my hometown of Jacksonville, Florida, where he is working at the time. What was supposed to be a chance meeting turned into a long-distance relationship while I completed medical school. The rest is history!
I knew Pranav was the one when he quickly became a part of my support system while I was in medical school. His support through all my board exams, countless moves, and rotations really cemented our relationship. I felt like we could do anything together!
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Every weekend, we look forward to winding down with a coffee from our favorite cafe and a walk in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It was one such weekend on a cold but sunny February morning that Pranav got down on one knee in Domino Park! It was simple, romantic, and beautiful. I couldn't have dreamed of a more perfect proposal.
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.
Since Pranav and I were based out of New York during our wedding planning process. It was important for us to find a planner who could help us navigate planning a wedding around our busy schedules. Allie from Costal Coordinating was incredible! From helping us find our vendors to helping us stay on track with all the deadlines to ironing out details with every vendor, she was with us every step of the way.
The Sawgrass Marriott was a perfect venue for us because it encompassed all the best parts of Florida. From the beautiful beaches to immaculate golf courses and the amazing southern hospitality, it was the experience we wanted to give our guests.
My MIL had some great ideas when it came to the decor for the ceremony and reception. We were lucky to find Utopian Events that helped bring our vision to life. They were incredibly patient with us and did a beautiful job putting together our dream wedding.
Pinterest and Instagram were my best friends in picking out hair and makeup ideas!
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew from the beginning that I wanted to wear a beautifully woven kanjeevaram saree to honor both of our South Indian roots. Due to my rotation schedule, I couldn't go to India for wedding shopping so my mom did the heavy lifting there. My mom and I sifted through countless images on Instagram, Pinterest, and Maharani weddings for inspiration. Picking the color was a tricky task. I loved the blush-toned gold tissue saree, but I wanted something unique. After a lot of back and forth and many 2 AM Facetime calls from countless stores, my mom and my Rama aunty found this fabulous light Peachy-gold tissue saree in Hyderabad. The inspiration for my bridesmaid outfits and the wedding decor came from this saree as well!
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The two things our guests loved about our wedding were the venue and the food!
We had guests flying in from all over the world for our big day, and the Sawgrass Marriott at Ponte Vedra Beach took care of them like family. Between events, our guests enjoyed the complimentary shuttle to the beach, rounds of golf on their stunning property, and time at the spa. They couldn't stop raving about the hospitality shown by the Sawgrass staff.
Fifth Element has been catering the events in our family for years, so when it came to picking a wedding caterer, it was an easy choice. Sridhar, Uncle of Fifth Element, took out all the stops to make sure the food at all our events was unforgettable! The food selection was appreciated by our Indian and non-Indian guests!
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The most special moment at our wedding was all our family flying in from all over the world to celebrate with us. After COVID, this was the first time all of our family gathered together. It was truly a blessing to meet and reconnect with family and friends who shaped our lives for years!
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.
My pre-wedding events were truly special! My mom had this vision of turning our backyard into a traditional Telugu wedding setting for years before my wedding. Our close friends and family came together to build a traditional Telugu Pelli pandri (wedding pandal) in our backyard! From the origami parrots to the backdrops, all the decor was my mom's brainchild. Family and friends came together to build the entire pandal from scratch. It was incredible to watch. The decor and the construction of the pandal were truly a labor of love that I will never forget! I felt truly blessed to have such wonderful family, and friends come together to give me the wedding of my dreams. It's one of the most priceless wedding gifts I have gotten.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Planning a wedding is a stressful process. It's overwhelming. But remember, the most beautiful part of life comes after the wedding when you get to build a dream life with your partner. Your wedding day will fly by, so enjoy every minute of it and look forward to adventures to come, and don't fret about the small stuff!
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Utopian did a phenomenal job with the decor of our entire wedding weekend. We wanted simple elegance, and that's exactly what we got. My MIL had some great ideas for adding textured lighting to the sangeet decor, which just made it next level. Thanks to DJ Firoz for elevating our events with the textured lights! DJ Firoz was also a phenomenal DJ who completely transformed our events with music and energy. I loved that he was able to get even those family members who would never be seen on the dance floor up and dancing!
Last but not least, Andrew Do, our photographer, was phenomenal! He was so patient with us and worked through any last-minute issues and delays. He captured some incredible moments. I couldn't recommend him enough!
Darlings, I hope you enjoyed reading about our Maharani brides and their inspiring weddings!