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Frisco, TX Indian Wedding by Epique Cinema

Welcome back, ladies! Today we have a filmy that we are certain you are just going to adore. Ashima & Shivam came up with this gala that is everything you want out of a Maharani bash. The talented team behind the planning and design of it? Electric Karma International, of course. We know how those guys operate so it is no surprise that this gala was just so stylish. Just take a look at this couple's fashion choices! So amazing! After the heartfelt ceremony, it was time to kick start the party and who better for that than DJ Riz Entertainment? You know your wedding will be beaming with those playlists! Also, ladies, don't forget to check the loving pictures we will have in a couple of days courtesy of Vek Photo! For now, let's get those ideas going with the visual wonder our friends from Epique Cinema have prepared! Are you ready?

 

More to come, stay around! 

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Planning & Design: Electric Karma International | DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Photography: Vek Photo | Cinematography: Epique Cinema | Reception Venue: Omni Frisco Hotel | Floral & Decor: Decor One by Nalini | Hair & Makeup: Ms Painted Lady | Sangeet Catering: Chef Gaurav Anand | Ceremony Catering: New Gopal Vegetarian Restaurant | Baraat Horse: Happy Trails Carriage | Lighting: Moderne Events | Reception Violinist: Dina Nesterenko Mckee | Mehndi Artist: Mehnaaz | Rentals: M & M Special Events MARQUEE EVENT RENTAL | Priest: Gopal | Reception Entertainment: Karmagraphy


Miami, FL Indian Wedding by Channa Photography

Welcome back to your Indian wedding inspiration site, ladies! Today, we take a voyage around the shores of Miami for Karishma & Preston's incredibly glamorous wedding gala and as you probably expect, it was absolutely to die for. Our film of the day thanks to the amazing team of Channa Photography showcases all the nerve-wracking moments prior to the ceremony, the nuptials, and the lavish party afterward! Just wait until you take a look at their first sight photo session on a yacht! So romantic! I am so loving the colors chosen by our bride Karishma. That tone of orange looked incredible on her, truly an Indian princess for the books! And what about the traditional Mehndi design that was done by Farahs Mehndi? We know that we can't have an Indian gala without them! So, dolls, time to get our daily dose of glam and charm! Are you ready? Hit play below for details.

 

 
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Preston and Karishma met in an anatomy dissection group their first month of medical school. It was love at first conversation for Karishma but it took Preston a little longer to catch the lovebug. Soon after meeting they could often be found chit-chatting in the corner of parties and sitting next to each other in lecture. While Karishma was smitten with his gentle nature, quick-witted humor and dashing good looks, Preston seemed hesitant to start something new. Right when Karishma was about to give up, Preston asked her out on a date. They started dating 2 months after meeting and have been together for almost 6 beautiful years.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Preston and Karishma got engaged on their first trip together. Karishma had spent months planning a dream trip to Olympic National Park near Seattle, Washington; a place with landscapes ranging from mossy green trees to coastal beaches. Karishma and Preston were both swept away by the beauty of the park, spending entire days wandering through the forests and searching the tide pools along the coast for urchins and anemones. On the day they visited Crescent Lake, Karishma was completely captivated by the still blue lake framed by tall evergreen capped mountains. They started a hike along the lake – eventually, Preston asked her to sit for a bit near a log with a perfect view of the sun peeking through the clouds casting a glimmer on the lake. He pulled out his Bluetooth speaker, started playing her favorite song, looked into her eyes, and asked her to marry him.
 
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.
We did hire a wedding planner. Actually, my mother and wedding planner essentially planned the whole event as Preston and I were knee-deep in starting our first year of residency. Hiring a wedding planner was crucial for us because my mom and dad lived in Vegas while the wedding was taking place in Miami. Harley (our wedding planner) would essentially have to arrange options in advance (site visits, cake testings, makeup artist testings). Then me and mom (or often just my mom and dad) would fly in on specific weekends to try things out and make a final decision. It was such a massive event too coordinate because half of it was taking place on a moving ship that having Harley and her team there of to keep track of all the vendors, entrances, guest flow, etc was absolutely essential!
 
My parents live between Fort Lauderdale and Las Vegas. Both are such different but gorgeous cities that we knew we wanted our Indian wedding to be in one of those two places. We did try to look into having the wedding at a few of our favorite casinos in Las Vegas but the logistics of pulling off an Indian ceremony/reception there were proving difficult. That’s when we started looking in Miami. Actually, my friend’s mother was at a conference in Miami and saw a party on the Seafair yacht. She texted my best friend about it, who texted me about it. Thinking it was a pipe dream I sent the link to my mom and said “hey, this is crazy but maybe just look into it?” My mom and dad visited the Seafair and fell in love. They knew they wanted to have their daughter’s wedding there – and who were Preston and I to say no! Preston is from Indiana and we did have a lovely church wedding there as well, planned by his mother (my super star mother in law).
  
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My incredible parents went to India to shop for my dress. I wanted to wear a traditional Maharashtran color/sari for the wedding ceremony. For the reception, I wanted to wear a bright red dress. I sent my parents a few pictures of dresses I liked (found on Instagram mostly). After a few days of shopping my parents called me at 2 AM my time via WhatsApp video to show me two dresses, they thought fit the bill - I chose one with beautiful gold beading on a bright red background and it was perfect!!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I had a few WOW moments:
The first was when we were at the bow of the boat with the whole wedding party taking pictures and one of the waitresses on the yacht handed me my signature drink as the yacht began to depart from the dock. I looked at this perfect glass of champagne with this amazing hibiscus flower in it (I didn’t know they would actually be able to find the hibiscus flowers with syrup I had requested!), looked at my friends and family, looked at my husband and the Miami skyline and thought, “This is more amazing than anything I could’ve possibly imagined!”
 
The second was during the seven rounds we took around the fire during our wedding ceremony. I’d seen this scene so many times and movies and now it was me with my life partner performing these sacred rituals. It was awesome.
 
The third was during the dancing when the Bollywood songs were playing and I looked around and EVERYONE – my uncles, aunts, medical school friends, cousins, Preston's family, and co-residents, were all dancing, laughing and waiving around the lit-up foam wands we had ordered. I looked to the left and there was this gorgeous full, yellow moon and looked to the right with the Miami skyline and thought, “this is the best party of our lives!!”
 
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.
4/18 Thursday: We had a small welcome/get to know each other dinner for whichever friends and family were in town at Miami Masala. They served an incredible spread of appetizers followed by veg and non-veg thalis fit for kings! The service delivered by Matt, Alex and Prabhu was exceptional. Everyone loved the food
 
4/19 Friday: We had the Haldi ceremony in my parent’s Fort Lauderdale apartment with my close friends as well as all of Preston’s family and my family that were in town. It was such a blast!! After that, we had a lunch reception in our building’s social room with music and mehndi for the guests. The centerpieces were bundles of yellow flowers in clear glass vases and the plates, silverware, napkins and serving utensils were all gold. This event was decorated by our wedding planners. It was catered by 5th Element Indian Grill and they knocked it out of the park – the food was exceptional. Channa photography was there during the Haldi ceremony and lunch capturing all of our special moments.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
I was so lucky that my mother took on the whole responsibility of planning the wedding. This gave me and Preston the chance to just enjoy ourselves without having to worry about the details. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to fully thank her for that gift!
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
The baraat was almost all best hits of Daler Mehndi and it was such a hit! He has such awesome songs to dance to. For the ceremony, we did Shaadi Ki Shenai by Bismillah Khan for the guests to enter. We did not have music during the ceremony. 
The groom entered the baraat by appearing at the bow of the boat! He appeared to “mehndi laga ke rakhna” and people went nuts when they looked up to see him! He then ran down to exit the boat and start dancing. The bridal party entered with the rest of the baraat.
  1. Our family and us entered in grand style to 30-second clips of songs we had chosen prior. Preston’s mom and dad entered to a queen song, his sister and her partner entered to “Electric Love”, my brother entered to “Welcome to Miami,” my mom and dad entered to “tere gaar ke samne” and Preston and I entered to “Money Maker” by Ludacris. It was such a blast
  2. The dining room was called the “window room” of the yacht with views of the skyline as we sailed. It was uplit with purple and the top deck of the yacht where the dancing was had blue hues. The centerpieces were fuschia and orange flowers to carry our ceremony themes forward into the reception
  3. We had two incredible signature drinks served by the yacht crew
  4. Preston: "Set Sail Cocktail" - Whiskey sour
  5. Karishma: "Spirit of the Seas" - Sparkling hibiscus consisting of Prosecco, whole hibiscus flowers and a dollop of hibiscus syrup
We played about 40 minutes of Bollywood hits ranging from 2000 to now. Then we did a mix of more R&B and pop music. Toward the end of the night, we played some country hits like “Friends in Low Places” which was so much fun because all of Preston’s family from Kentucky and my family and friends formed a big circle to sing along!
 
Preston and I did a surprise duet to “L.O.V.E” by Nat King Cole when we entered the dinner hall – our performance completely surprised all of our guests, including Preston’s parents! Not many people knew we sang together!
  1. Our duet together was probably the most personal thing we did at the wedding; Preston and I love to sing together whether it be at karaoke or just in our kitchen. Anyone who knows Preston knows he’s an excellent singer but not many people knew I could carry a tune. It was very special for us to be able to share this thing we love to do together with our friends and family.
  2. My wedding planning team created a gobo of our “logo” that was cast onto the side of the ship once we were docked as well as onto the dance floor which was amazing
  3. We also had M&Ms with our initials on them in the goody bags given to guests who stayed at our preferred hotels!
  4. We had a slideshow of pictures from when we were kids, then pictures of us together, playing on all the screens near the elevators around the yacht. My sister-in-law had made it.
  5. We had an “entertainment” floor for people to escape to if they got tired of dancing with Bollywood songs playing on one TV as well as a photobooth. I thought that was pretty cool. 
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Cinematography: Channa Photography | Photography: Channa Photography | Mehndi Artists: Farahs Mehndi | Ceremony Venue: InterContinental Miami | Reception Venue: Seafair Miami | Planning & Design: MyWeddingMyStyle | Floral & Decor: MyWeddingMyStyle | DJ: Vision DJ | Cakes & Treats: Elite Cake Creations | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Praful Shah | Officiant: Manikanda G Ramanatha


Scottsdale, AZ Indian Fusion Wedding by Aria Cinema Films

We absolutely love the highlight reels of the gorgeous weddings we feature. There are always lots of details and ideas to get inspiration and that is what is all about. I am very excited about today's filmy for various reasons. One of them is the awe-inspiring fashion sense of today's lovebirds, Saaniya & Shawnjeet. I am absolutely certain that you, ladies, are just going to be blown by what our couple chose to wear for the most important day of their lives as well as the previous rituals. We also know that weddings can get a little hectic, but nothing to worry about. Urvashi Mishra, Wedding & Event Planner had everything under control at all times with her planning and design skills. So amazing! Don't forget also to take a look at the enchanting mehndi design our Maharani Saaniya rocked for the ceremonies thanks to Henna by Purvi and that you can enjoy in the amazing photo feature dedicated to these two! As artistic as it gets, I tell you that! So, dolls, time to hit play for more of this thanks to Aria Cinema Films.

 

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
While we had lived in 3 of the same cities at the same time, had been part of similar groups of friends and even grown up with each other's family members - somehow we had never met. My cousin and now husband were both medical residents together in Chicago at the time and he introduced us to each other. The connection was nearly instant between us. But also between our closest friends and cousins - the two groups became one in just a few weeks. We knew right away that we had created something special. 
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Shawn had an interview in New Orleans so I was going there to explore the city to see if it was somewhere I thought we could live. We had decided to have a date day on Friday since he has a couple of cousins there that I knew we would be spending the rest of the weekend with.  We went to City Park and walked around - it was such a cute park with a "Fairy tale area" and a playground and sculpture garden. We walked past a boat dock and there was a romantic  Gondola ride waiting for us. The hour-long ride showed us the entire park - including a bridge which had the initials of every couple that had been on the ride in the last 8 years. We happily chalked our name into the bridge. Shawn was very clearly nervous... Asking bizarre questions like "what was your favorite class in high school?". Finally, I figured out why he bent down on one knee on the bridge above the gondola and asked me to be his wife. After a quick photoshoot from the hidden photographer and many tears, Shawn led me a few steps away to a hidden private table adorned in beautiful décor and all my favorite foods, right on the river water. I heard all my favorite Hindi songs playing and fell to my knees. I assumed this was the conclusion of the proposal but boy was I wrong. After we returned to the hotel- a makeup artist, hairstylist and multiple handpicked dresses from my then fiance showed up to get me fully glammed up for the evening. Afterward, we arrived at the restaurant we were having dinner at and out jumped our siblings and cousins from all of the world, including as far as London. I was shocked and overjoyed knowing my husband had brought the people we cared about the most together for this special moment. The weekend continued with multiple planned events, including private tables at a club, festive group brunches, a private balcony to enjoy the Mardi Gras festivities, and an engagement party at the home of his cousin. It was the best weekend of my life and one I will never forget. 
 
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.
I used Instagram quite a bit for finding all my vendors - whether it was perusing all the weddings on the Maharani Weddings Instagram or going through every possible photographer and videographers content for hours and hours - it was definitely a great platform for me to find everything I needed. I found the entire process of finding vendors pretty overwhelming as I think the options only continue to increase in the market which further makes platforms like Maharani Weddings even more important. However, once the vendors were selected - everything felt much more seamless. 
 
Our venue was very important to us as all of the family and friends were from the Midwest and it was the middle of winter. We had just moved to Scottsdale and wanted to give our guests a true Outdoor Winter Scottsdale experience with views of all the mountains and outdoor events. Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey ranch had all of that in an inviting resort-style feel which we could imagine our fun families having a great time at even between events and truly feeling like they were on vacation. For the Mendhi, I knew I wanted the old-school home Mendhi but still with the feel of Scottsdale. We rented a beautiful home on top of a mountain in Paradise Valley with breathtaking views, food trucks and the homestyle feel with a dholi and Punjabi folk songs from all the family and friends. 
 
One thing that was very, very important to us was the ceremony. We are a Sikh & Hindu family and wanted both religions represented in one combined ceremony without having to have two separate ceremonies - something we realized was much more difficult to create than we originally thought. Each religion has a set of very specific rules that in many ways can conflict with the others in how the ceremony should be done. Up until the week of the wedding, we didn't think it would all come together and considered just doing the Sikh ceremony. Finally, in the last few days, it all came together. The Hindu Pandit and Sikh BhaiSaab beautifully took the ceremony stage together and performed the joint ceremony of our dreams - putting aside any differences in traditions and bringing us together in one union under both Gods. It was the first of its' kind for our family and friends and was the perfect start to our married lives together as one. 
 
For the decor, we knew we wanted three very distinct and different feels to each event and Prashe blew us away by giving us just that - from the Punjabi Pind Chandni Chowk style marketplace to the serene outdoor sanctuary for the sangeet,  to the elegant lush style glam of our reception. She transported us and our guests to a different world with each event. 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
We knew we wanted 4 very distinct looks that brought out different facets of who we are from the childlike fun side to the traditional Bollywood classic lovers, and the American born kids raised with the idealized Disney fairy tale. For the actual bridal lengha - I knew from day one I wanted something that we hadn't seen before - that had the traditional bridal components with a twist. We went in search of a green emerald velvet lengha, and Shyamal & Bhumika made that vision a reality with my custom lengha. 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Shopping for outfits in India was definitely a highlight for us, as Shyamal & Bhumika, Tarun Tahiliani & Sabyasachi were all fantastic designers to work with that went above and beyond to make our experience and outfits exactly we envisioned. Next to that was the bridal trial with Makiaj Beauty and the tasting experience with Chef Kaushik  -- both vendors made us feel so trusting and comforted in their skills that we knew we had nothing to worry about. 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The décor and food were definitely the two things we heard people rave about the most at the wedding; as well as the hyped energy brought by DJ Gaurav and Dhol Nation. But more than any of that - what we loved hearing was that everyone could truly palpitate the love in the room and it felt like the genuine celebration of one family, not two. 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
It was definitely the walk down the aisle. While it is a moment I have dreamt of since I was young, nothing prepared me for the gravity of the actual moment. From seeing Prashe's incredible décor perfectly compliment the natural AZ scenery, to seeing all the bridal party outfits come together so beautifully but the first time, to hearing the songs that we meticulously picked for each walk-in, to seeing each reaction from the people we cared about most in the audience as each person walked down, and last but not least to seeing my groom at the end look so regal and filled with love - it is truly a breathtaking moment I will never forget. 
 
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.
The sangeet dances were huge and so special for us - both of us have grown up Indian dancing since we were children and knew our Punjabi families wouldn't skip a beat in going all out for the dances. But nothing prepared us for how amazing and full of energy each of the dances was. We had almost two hours of nonstop energetic dances in our program. We could not be more grateful for all of the hard work they put into thoughtful and talented performances. 
 
Our sangeet dance floor had "Yaar Tera Lit" written on it - an ode to one of our favorite artists, Mickey Singh and the coming together of all our "yaars". 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Find vendors you trust and that feel like an extension of your family - those are the ones that will ensure you are not stressed on your big day and go above and beyond to make your vision a reality. There are multiple of our vendors we still talk to on a regular basis months after our wedding including our dhol player Malinder, our photographer Zaheer, and our decor vendor Prashe - and we love it. It truly makes all the difference when you have vendors you can trust, be honest with and know that no matter what they have your back. Use your instinct more than anything else on those initial meetings - if you use that more than proposals and Instagram pages - you'll quickly be able to determine who should be a part of your dream team. 
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
I wore my mother's actual bridal jewelry for the sangeet - something that was very important and special for me to do. One of the necklaces I wore for the ceremony has been passed down in my father's family for over 5 generations. 
 
The day before our wedding kicked out, we went to Sedona (2 hours away) with our brilliant photographer Zaheer (zmoluphotography) - it was one of our favorite parts of the whole week. Taking a moment to breathe before it all starts with just your significant other and allow yourself to soak in that incredible moment of your life that is about to occur made all the difference for us. Plus it didn't hurt to have a super funny photographer who felt like a best friend and made us forget all the other stresses of the planning process. 
While we got engaged in New Orleans, we took our engagement pictures in Positano, Italy. 
Our Save the Data was a picture of us imitating the DDLJ cover - in full identical outfits as the original actors. An ode to my love for all things Bollywood.
 

There is more coming down the road, so stay tuned for all the upcoming details! 

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Mehndi Artists: Henna by Purvi | Planning & Design: Urvashi Mishra, Wedding & Event Planner | Venues: Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa At Gainey Ranch | Floral & Decor: Prashe Decor | Hair & Makeup: Makiaj Beauty | Catering: Crafted Cuisine | DJ: Luxe Event Entertainment | Baraat: Dhol Nation | Bridal Fashion: Sabyasachi | Bridal Fashion: Tarun Tahiliani | Bridal Fashion: Shyamal & Bhumika | Bridal Fashion: Shantanu & Nikhil | Bridal Fashion: Manish Arora | Bridal Fashion: Valentino | Bridal Fashion: Jimmy Choo | Bridal Fashion: Christian Louboutin | Bridal Jewelry: Family Heirlooms | Cinematography: Aria Films | Lighting: D. S. Entertainment | Live Music: Adrienne Bridgewater | Photo Booth: Pixster Photo Booths | Photography: Z Molu Photography


Tampa, FL South Indian Wedding by Since 1987 Films

Welcome back, dolls! Some months ago, we had the pleasure to have Avani & Naresh's gorgeous wedding vision. In case you missed it, you can relive all the glam here. Today, it is time to get those sarees on, grab a drink, and enjoy the cinematic experience that our friends from Since 1987 Films have for us from that unforgettable day of magic! The Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore was looking at its very best for the gala and it had to be like that! We know that when a Maharani ties the knot, mountains tremble! Just look at that gorgeous fashion choices our bride Avani made for her big day! So magnetic! I also loved her makeup, and guess who was involved in it? You got that, right! Michele Renee The Studio of course! Such a grand bash needed the pros! So, ladies, there is no time to waste, let us get to the filmy we have been waiting for, only here, at Maharani Weddings!

  

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met on the dating app Coffee Meets Bagel. Our first date consisted of a shared, vegetarian Thai dinner at Thai Prime next to the hotel where their wedding took place. They then enjoyed a really fun night out in Tampa Bay’s SoHo district (where the wedding after-party was) that lasted into the wee hours of the morning. In total, we ended up visiting seven or eight different places on that first night. Our second date was the very next day at the Laxmi Narayan Mandir, where Naresh has been visiting every Sunday for yoga, meditation, and prayers. Our third date was the next day after that, at P.F. Chang's for dinner. While Naresh felt like I was his "One," after the first date, I knew a few weeks into our relationship.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Weeks before the proposal day, Naresh’s friend Santosh Govindaraju sent an email invitation for his birthday party at the top of the Aloft hotel in downtown Tampa Bay. Coincidentally, on the same day as the party, a different friend of our, Michele Renee - who runs a hair and makeup studio - invited me to participate as an "Indian model" during training for her new artists. We decided to meet at the Aloft hotel for the birthday after my beauty session.  On my way to the hotel, I received a call from Naresh telling me he had just gotten to the birthday and that a guy at the entrance would lead her to a special location for the occasion. When I arrived at the front, I found it odd to be met by a photographer. I followed the photographer up to the top floor of the hotel. As soon as I opened the door to the penthouse, I knew there was no birthday party. The room was filled with red balloons, hearts, roses, candles, and my favorite Ferrero Rocher chocolates. The photographer had me sit down to watch a video on the TV filled with sweet messages recorded by our families and photos of us together. Halfway through the video, I was confused about why I was watching this alone while the photographer was snapping pictures of my reactions. I legitimately thought Naresh was late to his own proposal. I couldn't even concentrate on the video because I kept gazing around the penthouse for him... but at the end of the video, there was Naresh, telling me to come out to the balcony. I followed a trail of roses from the TV couch to the balcony. Another pathway outside led me to Naresh, who was on one knee in a heart-shaped bed of petals bordered by candles. He said a few words about how it had been exactly 364 days from the day we first met and how his life had completely changed for the better. It was such a sweet and thoughtful proposal, and of course, I said YES! But it didn't end there... After an immediate photo session with the photographer around Tampa's Riverwalk, we returned to the penthouse, where about 30 of our close family and friends secretly gathered for a surprise engagement celebration! This was actually more of a surprise than the proposal!!! Some of our family drove or flew in from out of town. Other friends FaceTimed into the event. It was an eventful night of dinner, drinks, dessert, and love. Everyone celebrated the night and ended up at the hotel bar downstairs, which was blocked off for the group's party. Naresh, his parents, and I then spent the rest of the weekend in Orlando at a resort near Disney to keep the festivities going. 
 
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.
We hired a month-of coordinator and separate day-of coordinator. We recommend hiring both even if you’re looking to save a few bucks. It’s important to feel as relaxed as possible the week of the wedding and during all the festivities.
 
Naresh handled a bulk of the long-term planning, event coordination, negotiations, and programming (of course, with the consultation of me :-). Naresh owns an online and digital agency, and one of the services they offer is online special events like webinars and virtual conferences. They know what’s entertaining, what’s boring, what’s expensive, how to negotiate, etc. His company has generated more than $10 million dollars for clients over the past few years, so planning an actual physical event like a wedding was much smoother than the horror stories he was led to believe. Naresh treated our wedding #Narvani2018 just like he does his tech work. He quantified prospective vendors, digitized processes, and outsourced the labor to speed up efficiency and effectiveness.
 
Naresh identified the three cheapest venues (through an Excel spreadsheet model he created, since each venue has different variable costs) in the Tampa-St. Pete area that could accommodate more than 350 people. I visited all three and picked my favorite.
 
About 100 locals attended at least one of the events. The rest of the folks (about 250 folks) drove in from Ocala or flew in from around the world.
 
The wedding ceremony took place inside our hotel venue’s ballroom. It was on a Friday late morning. The mandap was beautiful with fresh flowers, candles, votives, entry ramp, etc.
 
The baraat got rained out, so we did the baraat inside the hotel. They had an area where we could do it. We were very fortunate that our DJ Inderjeet is a dhol player, so we were able to do a truly mobile baraat inside.
 
Everything took place in the hotel.
 
I made centerpieces for the reception. They were trees with crystals.
 
Naresh choreographed multiple jaw-dropping dances. I made a slideshow that was running throughout the reception backdrop. Naresh also gave a speech with supporting slideshow that one person called “the greatest wedding speech given by a groom in the history of weddings.” Multiple people have requested access to this video of the speech. It will release next month. All attendees under 50 years kept in touch via a private WhatsApp group. The group chat got very wild and crazy, which made the memories and new friendships even more lasting.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I went to India. I tried on a bunch of outfits and picked the dresses I liked the most. I wanted a wedding outfit to be traditional red. I wanted blush and gold as the colors for the wedding theme because those are popular colors for Indian weddings. They are pretty and "in."
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Food and cake tasting were the most enjoyable parts of the planning process. They were fun activities to do together as a family.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
We were surprised at the feedback we got regarding the joint priests (Telugu and Gujurati). The two priests worked amazingly with their teams (we had an additional three or four priests reading the Shastras), the DJ, and the thavil, shehnai, and nadaswaram musicians. You could truly feel holy vibrations during the auspicious muhurtham. "I've never been to a wedding with such talented and wonderful Vedic priests. It was a privilege to witness the divine merging of two cultures, traditions, people."
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
It was very nice to see everyone - friends and family - coming from all around the world to celebrate under one roof.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
I tried to do some of my own décor items, and we ended up not using them. We recommend not doing your own decorations. Spend the money to get a professional company to do it all. Don’t do anything yourself. Estimate that the liquor tab will cover your entire food and beverage minimum (assuming you’ll have liquor at your Sangeet and wedding).
Don’t get stressed out over this event. Get a good project manager and event coordinator to take on the workload and stress. The future of your marriage is far more important than your wedding weekend.

More to come, don't miss it! 
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Hair & Makeup: Michele Renee The Studio | Photography: Since 1987 Films | Sangeet Venue: Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore | Ceremony Venue: Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore | Reception Venue: Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore | Day-of: Abby Hamilton | Floral & Decor: Ritti Couture | Coordination: Ritti Couture | Planning & Design: Ritti Couture | Catering: Khasiyat Orlando | DJ: B & S Music Entertainment | Cake & Treats: Goldie's Goodies Bakery | Cinematography: Since 1987 Films | Live Music: Shaadi Ki Shehnai | Mehndi Artist: Alpa Mandaliya | Priests: Aacharya Ramesh Mehta / Guru Dutt | Catering: Flames Indian Cuisine | Audio / Visual: Nima Films | Afterparty: Cheap | Registry: Zola


Cancun, MX Indian Wedding by Dreams Gate Films

What happens when you have a stunning Indian princess, a handsome Raja and a paradisiac venue in Cancun? Magic! And that is what we have for you today, ladies, thanks to the amazing cinematic talent of Dreams Gate Films. A beachfront wedding is the ultimate dream of many of our brides. There is a lot of logistics to work on but as soon as the day arrives, everything just falls into place. If there is a venue that is gorgeous enough so the word "magical" can be used to describe it, that would have to be the Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun. The place was looking beautiful thanks also to the noble taste of our friends from Alquimia Events who assisted with the floral and decoration of the gala. As we will see, when wedding pros are working in their element, the sky is the limit. What about the princess of the night? Maharani Shrina, without a doubt left everyone completely stunned with her striking beauty! Seriously, this bride was just glowing and we are loving every single detail of her fashion choices. So, ladies, time to get those sarees on a press play because today's filmy is an ode to love and style, don't miss it!

 

If you haven't checked the previous feature, go and have a look here! Inspo assured! 

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Venues: Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun | Floral & Decor: Alquimia Events | Planning & Design: JC Castillo Weddings | Hair & Makeup: Sara Tamargo | Catering: Taste of India Cancun | DJ: MVP DJs | DJ: DJ PARTY ROD Cancun's wedding Professional DJ's | Dhol & Vintage Car: Drums in Paradise | Bridal Fashions: Sabyasachi Mukherjee | Cinematography: Dreams Gate Films | Mehndi Artist: Henna by Anki | Photography: Jorge Rodriguez Photography


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