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Clearwater, FL Indian Wedding by Kimberly Photography

Hello, Maharanis! Ankita & Sunny's big wedding celebration continues, and we have all the details you want to know about it! This time, Kimberly Photography is taking us on a visual journey to the Hilton Clearwater Beach so that we can enjoy these lovebird's big wedding day, and all the traditions and emotions that surrounded it. We are starting with a vibrant Baraat where Sunny rode a white horse from St. Petersburg Carriages accompanied by his long side with merriment! After the Baraat, it was time to continue with the traditional ceremony that united Ankita & Sunny in marriage. This outdoor ceremony was so amazing that we are sure you are going to be speechless when taking a look at this fantastic gallery! Just take a peek at the heavenly decor put together by Ritti Couture, it is incredible! Not to mention, that it enhanced the beautiful backdrop featuring endless ocean views and a lovely sunset. And we also want to make a big shoutout to Apsara Events for the perfect planning of this unforgettable event. One of the most anticipated moments of the ceremony was Ankita's entrance, and she did not let anyone down, bursting into the room looking like a goddess dressed in a gorgeous red Saree from Ayush Kejriwal and fully glammed by Michele Renee The Studio. So much beauty and traditional flair! And there is still more waiting for you at the reception! 

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
The first time I met Sunny was actually on Twitter. He was doing a global health rotation in rural India, and came across an article I wrote when I was reporting in India (I'm a journalist, he's a doctor). But that tweet didn't go anywhere. About a year later, a mutual friend introduced us when Sunny was visiting New York. Shortly after we started spending time together I knew!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
During one of our first hangouts Sunny and I happened to stop by Jane's Carousel in Dumbo, Brooklyn, which is this beautiful labor of love perched right on the water and overlooking the New York skyline. For the proposal he surprised me by flying down to New York from Boston, where he lived at the time, and making up an elaborate excuse with our mutual friend to go down to Dumbo one evening. It was freezing so I didn't know why he wanted to walk by the water, but he eventually led us up to the carousel. The people working there informed us it was closed, so I thought all hope was lost, but then they agreed to let us take a spin. Once we climbed on our respective horses, however, I realized that this was all planned well in advance because our song (Frank Ocean's Moon River) started playing. As it all hit me he walked me off the carousel, which he had rented out for us, and proposed with a Neruda poem we both love, and a pretty amazing speech.
 
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.
Planning our wedding was a wild ride, but it happened because we have a lot of good friends with unique talents and businesses. We chose the Hilton on Clearwater Beach because it's the beach in my hometown, where I have a lot of great memories and Courtney, our coordinator was probably the person I spoke to the most that whole year outside of family.
 
For our decorator, we spoke to a few people but chose a close family friend, Lakshmi Sastry, who owns Rtti Couture and was able to provide the intricate details and personal touch that we wanted. I also commissioned art from my friend Kamardip Singh (@kakikasi on Instagram) that was a crowd favor. Kam and Lakshmi Auntie also helped formulate the theme colors for all of our events (mehendi, sangeet/garba, ceremony and reception) and we used those color palettes for everything which was very helpful in narrowing down the options. My design aesthetic, if you can even call it that, was just to have the whole weekend feel vibrant, fun, playful, beachy and personal.
 
We chose our good family friend Janardhan Uncle as our caterer, and he made a completely different menu to fit the tone of each event and to reflect both the Marathi and Gujarati traditions.
 
For outfits, we went with a mix of things we bought in India and things we found online/custom made. For my wedding sari I went with designer Ayush Kejriwal, who is kind of funky and indie. For my reception I choose a Seema Gujral design in person while visiting India. And for my garba/sangeet outfit a college friend Swetha Gautham custom made both our outfits (hyphenite.com). For hair and makeup, after a disastrous trial with someone else, I went with Michelle Renee for my entire bridal party, who runs a well known team in Tampa. And we chose Volcanik Entertainment for our DJs because they were incredibly fun and flexible. Castaldo did our video, and Kimberly Photography did our photo.
 
We had a lot of hiccups throughout the wedding planning process. Florida and a beach wedding can prove difficult at times, and there's lots of elements you have to account for.  But luckily Sunny was incredibly involved and supportive and has solid negotiation skills, so he and I figured things out step by step with the help of our parents, family and friends (should out to my friend Swati, my ad hoc wedding planner). It also helped that we hired Sokha at Apsara Events about six weeks out for wedding coordination. She helped us make a minute-to-minute schedule, and account for all the elements we had to track. A life saver.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I had originally bought my wedding sari on a trip to Hyderabad, where my Mom's family is from. It was a whirlwind day with my mom and cousin, who had set aside a bunch of red saris at different shops based on a photo I had sent them. I bought one, a rich kanchivaram sari. But for whatever reason, when I got home, I changed my mind. I'm not a super fashionable person, but it just felt too heavy and gold. After some Instagramming I came across Ayush Kejriwal, who runs a label out of the UK. He was approachable and helpful and he showed me a sari via WhatsApp that I bought on the spot, on my phone, while sitting in a taxi in the Dominican Republic. It turned out perfectly for what I wanted, which was classic and bright. Sunny is Gujarati and I'm marathi so I wore a sari to honor my family's tradition, and red to honor his.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The best part of the planning process was been enveloped by the support and love of my family and friends at every turn. I really capitalized on all my friends' talents, from Kam's art, to my friend Rohit's writing skills for our newspaper, to my friend Madhvi's dance choreography skills. I had all my musically talented friends created a song that we sang to Sunny at the reception. It's the one time you can be a little more demanding than usual.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The absolute best compliment I've gotten is that our wedding was well planned and the events were pretty seamless. Our guests loved all of our personal details (art, newspapers, program etc.) and the fact that they were on a beach for three days, which I also think helps cover up for any little mistakes we made! Everyone had a lot of fun, and I think my friends thought they were on spring break again.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
This would have to be the ceremony. I was expecting the ceremony to be emotional and meaningful, but I didn't realize it would be so fun. From dancing during our pheras, to Sunny's hilarious and touching vows, I just remember looking out at the crowd every now and then, seeing a face of someone I loved, and feeling so grateful and humbled.
 
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 sister planned my mehendi, and with the help of our neighbor and friends made it this bright and colorful affair in the backyard of the house where I grew up. It was the perfect start to the weekend.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Make your guest list before you do anything else, and stick to it as closely as possible. It's really hard to draw the line sometimes, but it helps with everything that comes after.
 
Keep the people you know keep you calm and centered around you during the wedding week. Stress is inevitable, but if you're lucky, all of that will subside when it's actually time to celebrate.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
I got my bridal set at a traditional Hyderabadi jeweler. For the rest of my jewelryand smaller decor details I relied on Etsy. Our cake was from Piece of Cake Florida.

More coming in a bit, ladies!
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DJ: Volcanik Entertainment | Hair & Makeup: Michele Renee The Studio | Venues: Hilton Clearwater Beach | Planning & Design: Apsara Events | Floral & Decor: Ritti Couture | Garlands: Vivek Flowers | Catering: Janardhan | Baraat: St. Petersburg Carriages | Cake & Treats: A Piece of Cake | Cinematography: Castaldo Studio | Draping/Styling: Bloom Salon & Spa | Bridal Fashion - Wedding Saree: Ayush Kejriwal | Bridal Fashion - Reception: Seema Gujral | Bridal Fashion - Sangeet: Hyphenite | Photo Booth: Be Social | Photography: Kimberly Photography


Montego Bay, Jamaica Indian Wedding by Live Lime Records

We are glad to have you back, ladies! We know you loved Ambalika & Kevin's big wedding ceremony so much that you were dying to get more details about the rest of their wedding festivities. So wait no more, and get ready to enjoy this fantastic outdoor photoshoot that will quench your thirst for wedding inspiration! Once again, the fabulous team from Live Lime Records showed all their talent, transforming the mesmerizing landscapes surrounding the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa into a perfect canvas to immortalize this intimate and romantic photoshoot! And who wouldn't want to keep a memory of this milestone? Besides, when you are in the company of your loved one, every moment is perfect for a photoshoot, and it is even more perfect if you found yourself surrounded by an endless sea and a mesmerizing sunset! Although there was so much beauty all over the place, it was our gorgeous Maharani who stole the show! She was a vision of elegance thanks to Divine Beauty By Sathi, who praised her innate beauty designing flawless makeup and a sleek hairstyle that we cannot stop seeing! Simply amazing! To complement this jaw-dropping look, she slipped into a maroon lengha with golden embroidery from KJ Designers, and all we have to say as that she absolutely nailed the ultimate bridal look! If you can't get enough of this lovely couple, make sure to take a look at the gallery that we have prepared for today! You will love every bit of it!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
My Groom, Kevin, and I have actually known each other our entire lives. Our families knew each other since they were in Guyana as they lived in the same village and even when they came over to Canada and the US, respectively, they remained very close. Because of that, Kevin and I basically grew up together. In our younger days, I had the BIGGEST crush on him! Any time I was around him I would always be shy or blush or nervous - and I'm a shy or nervous person by any means! Kevin has always lived in NYC and I have always lived in Toronto, so when we were younger I would only see him when my family drove down to NYC. Even though we had sparse time together, it was always a fun time either hanging out by my cousin or going to parties, etc.
 
We were both in my cousin's bridal party in July 2010. He was the best man and I was a bridesmaid, and though we hadn't really kept in touch before this wedding, when we reconnected at the wedding, it was like we never lost touch at all. We had a great time - we drank, we danced, we laughed - and after that, Kevin asked me for my phone number. Those childhood "crush" feelings began to stir inside of me and I knew this was the beginning of something special, so I willingly gave him my number ...and that sparked a 9-year long distance relationship!
 
Everyone said to me that long distance relationships would be hard and that they don't last. Because we didn't have the luxury of being with each other to establish our relationship, we had to use texts, phone calls, video calls and Facebook chats to establish the communication, trust, love and faith that was able to sustain us for 9 years. It became a bit easier when we were able to travel back and forth to see each other, but those airport goodbyes were truly the hardest. Though it was definitely hard not being able to see him when I wanted and spend time with him, we both knew that this was what we wanted and we did everything in our power to ensure that this relationship would last ...and now we're married! I firmly believe we're the poster children for a long distance relationship that has a happy ending!
 
I knew he was "the one" from the moment we began our relationship. He understands me, he makes me happy, he keeps me laughing and smiling, and whenever I'm with him, nothing else matters. Kevin always treats me with love, support and respect and I do the same for him. He is truly my heart, my soul, my everything. I can't remember my life before him and I can't imagine my life without him!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
My proposal was simple, romantic and full of love!
 
Kevin and I got engaged in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in September of 2017. He asked me to make the trip down to Florida to spend time with his family but also to celebrate his Uncle's 50th birthday. We had a fantastic time at the party and I was so happy to spend time with his Mom and the rest of his family. The day after the party, Kevin's uncle set up a projector in his backyard where Kevin, myself and his family spent the time playing old Hindi songs on YouTube, laughing, eating, drinking, and just enjoying each other's company. At one point, his Uncle shut everything off and told us all that Kevin has something he wants to say...
 
Kevin, looking as handsome as ever, declared his love for me, said that he wanted to close this long distance relationship gap, and move forward in life. He then got down on one knee and asked me to  marry him! It was the sweetest moment of my life! I started to cry but through those tears of joy, I was able to nod and say YES! It's a moment in my life which I will never ever forget! It was a dream come true!
 
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 can honestly say that I had a great experience with respect to the planning of our wedding! If I didn't have Leanna Budrie from the Weddings Department at Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort, as my wedding coordinator, I would be so lost! Leanna was so supportive, patient and accommodating throughout the entire planning process, even when I would email her or video call her freaking out about the littlest thing. She was absolutely amazing and was able to handle my level of "crazy" at that time! Leanna listened to what I wanted and even offered her suggestions and recommendations to help achieve the look that I wanted for our wedding. She was very open and honest about everything and did whatever she could to take the stress off of my shoulders. She was definitely my wedding fairy godmother! Kevin and I firmly believe that our wedding wouldn't have been as amazing as it was if she wasn't there to oversee everything and make sure it was exactly what we had envisioned.
 
My hair and makeup was done by a friend of mine who became like family during this trip, Sathi Ganpat! Sathi and I have been friends for years and she was my very first choice to do my hair and makeup for the wedding, and I can honestly say, that it looked AMAZING! I'm thrilled that Sathi and her husband, Ronnie, were able to make it to Jamaica and truly become part of our family!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My beautiful white wedding dress came from Amanda-Lina's Sposa Boutique in Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada and my beautiful Indian bridal lengha came from KJ Designers in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. I was fortunate enough to have my Mom and my Grandma with me when I selected my white wedding dress and to have my Mom and my Aunt with me when I selected my bridal lengha. With both dresses it was love at first sight!
 
My white wedding dress was the 5th one I tried on and that was the one that made my Mom and Grandma cry, so I knew that was the one. I felt like a Bride in that dress ....a feeling I didn't get with any of the other ones I tried on.
 
When I walked into KJ Designers, I spotted a stunning maroon bridal lengha with merlot colored accents on one of the mannequins. I was immediately drawn to it and knew right away that this was the one. I asked the owner, Dinesh, if I could try it on. He willingly took it off of the mannequin, even though he had JUST put it on before I got there, and allowed me to try it on. The minute I put that lengha on, I knew it was the one I had to get married in. I didn't want to take it off. I couldn't stop looking at myself in the mirror, and later on when my Dad and my Grandma got to see it and they teared up, it cemented the fact that it was MY lengha. That was 100% what I was going to wear to marry the man of my dreams. It was an amazing feeling!
 
KJ Designers is also where I got my beautiful, and surprisingly very light, green and beige Maticoor lengha. All of my outfits felt like they were made just for me. They fit amazingly and required little alterations. I couldn't be any happier with all of my outfit choices!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was it being over and just being able to enjoy it all. I was able to see my vision come to life and it really was satisfying. All of the little details that I was worried about when it came to the reception and the organization of the reception were all taken care of. I didn't have to worry about anything, and that was because I had an amazing coordinator in Leanna and also because I had amazing family members who lent a helping hand wherever possible.
 
The Weddings Department at Grand Palladium Jamaica are probably the most incredible and efficient people that I have ever had the pleasure of working with and I would recommend them to anyone who is considering having a destination wedding.
 
My Mom was my right-hand when it came to planning the wedding. She was there with me every step of the way and helped Kevin and I with our decisions. Our wedding wouldn't have been as exceptional and beautiful as it was if Mom wasn't right there guiding me and adding her own special little touches throughout. Things that I didn't even think of, Mom was on top of! She had her running list and made sure everything was bought and packed for the wedding (in 9 suitcases), she made sure that everything was laid out for each day of wedding celebrations, she made sure that our guests were happy ...basically she made sure that the wedding went off without a hitch, and her preparation and organization made sure that the wedding did just that! Kevin and I both love you Mom. Thank you for everything!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I would like to think that our guests loved every aspect of our wedding. We had amazing feedback about how everything was so organized and well thought out. We did our best to cater to our guests needs, whether it be a welcome drink at the reception or fruit skewers at the wedding itself or vegetarian appetizers at our mini after wedding reception. We made sure all of our guests were fed, had drinks, and taken care of.
 
Our wedding was also a time for my friends and family and Kevin's friends and family to come together and enjoy each other's company. Some family that hadn't seen each other in months reunited at the Grand Palladium Jamaica. Friendships were made over the course of the wedding, which are still going strong today. Those days where we didn't have any "wedding events" happening, our guests were hanging out in the pool together, relaxing by the Infinity Bar, dancing away in the disco, playing the slots at the casino, having dinner together, etc. It was amazing to see everyone together and amazing to see people who didn't really know each other having such a great time with everyone else. There was no shortage of "family spotting". Wherever Kevin and I went in the resort, we would be bumping into family. Our guests were all over the resort, so much so that the resort staff knew them all as being part of "that huge Hindu wedding group". It was very humbling to have so many friends and family members with us and I truly hope that our guests felt how much we appreciated them being there. We wouldn't have had such a great wedding if we didn't have our guests with us!
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Wedding planning is probably one of the hardest thing you will ever have to do in your life, especially when it comes to a destination wedding. Having to organize via email and video chat truly makes you nervous ...it made me very nervous but, truthfully, once you have a dedicated coordinator at the resort, I promise you things will turn out EXACTLY how you imagined. There were things that we were pleasantly surprised by when we had our wedding and reception. Kevin and I went in somewhat blind, not having done a food or cake tasting, but the outcome was better than we could've imagined. We had a mini-reception at the Infinity Bar after our wedding ceremony and the quality of the vegetarian appetizers and the way they setup the area was fantastic! The same applied for the dinner and cake during our actual reception night. We selected our menu and chose our cake flavors in advance but didn't get to do any tastings, yet we were thoroughly impressed by the taste and quality of the food and the deliciousness of the cake.
 
Try to relinquish some control if you can - yes, it is a hard thing to do because you want everything to be absolutely perfect, but the coordinators know what they're doing and they will make sure you're over the moon happy, just like Leanna did for us! :)
 
It is a stressful time for you as a Bride but take the time to soak it all in and enjoy it ...and remember, at the end of the day, you've just married the love of your life.
 
A wedding is just one day but a marriage is a lifetime. Don't plan just for your wedding ...plan for your marriage too.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
I want to give a few special thank you's to some special people:
 
To Mom, Dad and Aatri for all your love and support throughout this entire wedding planning process and for all of the hard work you all put into making this wedding so special and memorable for Kevin and myself. We love you all!
 
To Nannie, Aunty Naina, Uncle Buggy and Aunty Abby for baking all of the blackcake, which people couldn't get enough of, and for all of your help leading up to and during the wedding.
 
To my sister-in-law, Rose, for designing my brooch bouquet for the reception and for being my Bougie during the wedding ceremony. I couldn't ask for anyone better to be by my side as I took this step in my life.
 
To Aunty Debra and Aunty Maltie for designing my wedding entrance shawl which ended up being beyond what I expected and added that beautiful and romantic touch to the ceremony.
 
We couldn't have done this without all of your helping hands!

There is a fantastic reception party coming down the road, so make sure to stick around if you don't want to miss it!
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Ceremony & Reception Venue: Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa | South Asian Wedding Coordinator: Leanna Budrie - Grand Palladium Jamaica & Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa | Design: Karen Bussen - Weddings by Palladium | Floral & Decor: Tai Flora Luxe | Hair & Makeup: Divine Beauty By Sathi | Photography: Live Lime Records | White Wedding Dress: Amanda-Lina's Sposa Boutique | Wedding Lengha: KJ Designers


Montego Bay, Jamaica Indian Wedding by Live Lime Records

Happy Wednesday, ladies! We hope you are ready for an adventure because we are going international today! We are taking you to the paradisiacal lands of Montego Bay, Jamaica, for you to enjoy Ambalika & Kevin's wedding celebration! So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the visual masterpieces captured by Live Lime Records. For this first installment, we'll be taking a look at these lovebirds' outdoor wedding ceremony held at the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa. And, there is no denying that the luxurious architecture of this venue, combined with the paradisiacal views that surround it, created the perfect place for Ambalika & Kevin to tie the knot! Everything turned out to be amazing, and we want to make a big shoutout to Karen Bussen - Weddings by Palladium for the on-point design of this life-changing event! Without any question, a unique and custom-made ceremony that paid homage to these couple's traditions! And in case you were wondering who is the mastermind behind such perfect and colorful decor, it is none other than Tai Flora Luxe. The way they enhanced the beauty of the moment, with bright decor, is a talent available to just a handful of artists. So, big kudos to them! See more of this ceremony fully orchestrated by Leanna Budrie - Grand Palladium Jamaica & Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa, in today's gallery! It will take your breath away!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
My Groom, Kevin, and I have actually known each other our entire lives. Our families knew each other since they were in Guyana as they lived in the same village and even when they came over to Canada and the US, respectively, they remained very close. Because of that, Kevin and I basically grew up together. In our younger days, I had the BIGGEST crush on him! Any time I was around him I would always be shy or blush or nervous - and I'm a shy or nervous person by any means! Kevin has always lived in NYC and I have always lived in Toronto, so when we were younger I would only see him when my family drove down to NYC. Even though we had sparse time together, it was always a fun time either hanging out by my cousin or going to parties, etc.
 
We were both in my cousin's bridal party in July 2010. He was the best man and I was a bridesmaid, and though we hadn't really kept in touch before this wedding, when we reconnected at the wedding, it was like we never lost touch at all. We had a great time - we drank, we danced, we laughed - and after that, Kevin asked me for my phone number. Those childhood "crush" feelings began to stir inside of me and I knew this was the beginning of something special, so I willingly gave him my number ...and that sparked a 9-year long distance relationship!
 
Everyone said to me that long distance relationships would be hard and that they don't last. Because we didn't have the luxury of being with each other to establish our relationship, we had to use texts, phone calls, video calls and Facebook chats to establish the communication, trust, love and faith that was able to sustain us for 9 years. It became a bit easier when we were able to travel back and forth to see each other, but those airport goodbyes were truly the hardest. Though it was definitely hard not being able to see him when I wanted and spend time with him, we both knew that this was what we wanted and we did everything in our power to ensure that this relationship would last ...and now we're married! I firmly believe we're the poster children for a long distance relationship that has a happy ending!
 
I knew he was "the one" from the moment we began our relationship. He understands me, he makes me happy, he keeps me laughing and smiling, and whenever I'm with him, nothing else matters. Kevin always treats me with love, support and respect and I do the same for him. He is truly my heart, my soul, my everything. I can't remember my life before him and I can't imagine my life without him!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
My proposal was simple, romantic and full of love!
 
Kevin and I got engaged in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in September of 2017. He asked me to make the trip down to Florida to spend time with his family but also to celebrate his Uncle's 50th birthday. We had a fantastic time at the party and I was so happy to spend time with his Mom and the rest of his family. The day after the party, Kevin's uncle set up a projector in his backyard where Kevin, myself and his family spent the time playing old Hindi songs on YouTube, laughing, eating, drinking, and just enjoying each other's company. At one point, his Uncle shut everything off and told us all that Kevin has something he wants to say...
 
Kevin, looking as handsome as ever, declared his love for me, said that he wanted to close this long distance relationship gap, and move forward in life. He then got down on one knee and asked me to  marry him! It was the sweetest moment of my life! I started to cry but through those tears of joy, I was able to nod and say YES! It's a moment in my life which I will never ever forget! It was a dream come true!
 
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 can honestly say that I had a great experience with respect to the planning of our wedding! If I didn't have Leanna Budrie from the Weddings Department at Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort, as my wedding coordinator, I would be so lost! Leanna was so supportive, patient and accommodating throughout the entire planning process, even when I would email her or video call her freaking out about the littlest thing. She was absolutely amazing and was able to handle my level of "crazy" at that time! Leanna listened to what I wanted and even offered her suggestions and recommendations to help achieve the look that I wanted for our wedding. She was very open and honest about everything and did whatever she could to take the stress off of my shoulders. She was definitely my wedding fairy godmother! Kevin and I firmly believe that our wedding wouldn't have been as amazing as it was if she wasn't there to oversee everything and make sure it was exactly what we had envisioned.
 
My hair and makeup was done by a friend of mine who became like family during this trip, Sathi Ganpat! Sathi and I have been friends for years and she was my very first choice to do my hair and makeup for the wedding, and I can honestly say, that it looked AMAZING! I'm thrilled that Sathi and her husband, Ronnie, were able to make it to Jamaica and truly become part of our family!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My beautiful white wedding dress came from Amanda-Lina's Sposa Boutique in Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada and my beautiful Indian bridal lengha came from KJ Designers in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. I was fortunate enough to have my Mom and my Grandma with me when I selected my white wedding dress and to have my Mom and my Aunt with me when I selected my bridal lengha. With both dresses it was love at first sight!
 
My white wedding dress was the 5th one I tried on and that was the one that made my Mom and Grandma cry, so I knew that was the one. I felt like a Bride in that dress ....a feeling I didn't get with any of the other ones I tried on.
 
When I walked into KJ Designers, I spotted a stunning maroon bridal lengha with merlot colored accents on one of the mannequins. I was immediately drawn to it and knew right away that this was the one. I asked the owner, Dinesh, if I could try it on. He willingly took it off of the mannequin, even though he had JUST put it on before I got there, and allowed me to try it on. The minute I put that lengha on, I knew it was the one I had to get married in. I didn't want to take it off. I couldn't stop looking at myself in the mirror, and later on when my Dad and my Grandma got to see it and they teared up, it cemented the fact that it was MY lengha. That was 100% what I was going to wear to marry the man of my dreams. It was an amazing feeling!
 
KJ Designers is also where I got my beautiful, and surprisingly very light, green and beige Maticoor lengha. All of my outfits felt like they were made just for me. They fit amazingly and required little alterations. I couldn't be any happier with all of my outfit choices!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was it being over and just being able to enjoy it all. I was able to see my vision come to life and it really was satisfying. All of the little details that I was worried about when it came to the reception and the organization of the reception were all taken care of. I didn't have to worry about anything, and that was because I had an amazing coordinator in Leanna and also because I had amazing family members who lent a helping hand wherever possible.
 
The Weddings Department at Grand Palladium Jamaica are probably the most incredible and efficient people that I have ever had the pleasure of working with and I would recommend them to anyone who is considering having a destination wedding.
 
My Mom was my right-hand when it came to planning the wedding. She was there with me every step of the way and helped Kevin and I with our decisions. Our wedding wouldn't have been as exceptional and beautiful as it was if Mom wasn't right there guiding me and adding her own special little touches throughout. Things that I didn't even think of, Mom was on top of! She had her running list and made sure everything was bought and packed for the wedding (in 9 suitcases), she made sure that everything was laid out for each day of wedding celebrations, she made sure that our guests were happy ...basically she made sure that the wedding went off without a hitch, and her preparation and organization made sure that the wedding did just that! Kevin and I both love you Mom. Thank you for everything!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I would like to think that our guests loved every aspect of our wedding. We had amazing feedback about how everything was so organized and well thought out. We did our best to cater to our guests needs, whether it be a welcome drink at the reception or fruit skewers at the wedding itself or vegetarian appetizers at our mini after wedding reception. We made sure all of our guests were fed, had drinks, and taken care of.
 
Our wedding was also a time for my friends and family and Kevin's friends and family to come together and enjoy each other's company. Some family that hadn't seen each other in months reunited at the Grand Palladium Jamaica. Friendships were made over the course of the wedding, which are still going strong today. Those days where we didn't have any "wedding events" happening, our guests were hanging out in the pool together, relaxing by the Infinity Bar, dancing away in the disco, playing the slots at the casino, having dinner together, etc. It was amazing to see everyone together and amazing to see people who didn't really know each other having such a great time with everyone else. There was no shortage of "family spotting". Wherever Kevin and I went in the resort, we would be bumping into family. Our guests were all over the resort, so much so that the resort staff knew them all as being part of "that huge Hindu wedding group". It was very humbling to have so many friends and family members with us and I truly hope that our guests felt how much we appreciated them being there. We wouldn't have had such a great wedding if we didn't have our guests with us!
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Wedding planning is probably one of the hardest thing you will ever have to do in your life, especially when it comes to a destination wedding. Having to organize via email and video chat truly makes you nervous ...it made me very nervous but, truthfully, once you have a dedicated coordinator at the resort, I promise you things will turn out EXACTLY how you imagined. There were things that we were pleasantly surprised by when we had our wedding and reception. Kevin and I went in somewhat blind, not having done a food or cake tasting, but the outcome was better than we could've imagined. We had a mini-reception at the Infinity Bar after our wedding ceremony and the quality of the vegetarian appetizers and the way they setup the area was fantastic! The same applied for the dinner and cake during our actual reception night. We selected our menu and chose our cake flavors in advance but didn't get to do any tastings, yet we were thoroughly impressed by the taste and quality of the food and the deliciousness of the cake.
 
Try to relinquish some control if you can - yes, it is a hard thing to do because you want everything to be absolutely perfect, but the coordinators know what they're doing and they will make sure you're over the moon happy, just like Leanna did for us! :)
 
It is a stressful time for you as a Bride but take the time to soak it all in and enjoy it ...and remember, at the end of the day, you've just married the love of your life.
 
A wedding is just one day but a marriage is a lifetime. Don't plan just for your wedding ...plan for your marriage too.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
I want to give a few special thank you's to some special people:
 
To Mom, Dad and Aatri for all your love and support throughout this entire wedding planning process and for all of the hard work you all put into making this wedding so special and memorable for Kevin and myself. We love you all!
 
To Nannie, Aunty Naina, Uncle Buggy and Aunty Abby for baking all of the blackcake, which people couldn't get enough of, and for all of your help leading up to and during the wedding.
 
To my sister-in-law, Rose, for designing my brooch bouquet for the reception and for being my Bougie during the wedding ceremony. I couldn't ask for anyone better to be by my side as I took this step in my life.
 
To Aunty Debra and Aunty Maltie for designing my wedding entrance shawl which ended up being beyond what I expected and added that beautiful and romantic touch to the ceremony.
 
We couldn't have done this without all of your helping hands!

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Ceremony & Reception Venue: Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa | South Asian Wedding Coordinator: Leanna Budrie - Grand Palladium Jamaica & Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa | Design: Karen Bussen - Weddings by Palladium | Floral & Decor: Tai Flora Luxe | Hair & Makeup: Divine Beauty By Sathi | Photography: Live Lime Records | White Wedding Dress: Amanda-Lina's Sposa Boutique | Wedding Lengha: KJ Designers


Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Indian Wedding by Amarjot Chana

We are so glad we meet again, beauty queens! The plethora of charm and traditional flair surrounding Preeti & Vijay's big wedding festivities continues, and we still have much more to share with you, so get ready to enjoy! When we mentioned earlier that this wedding was going to get better, we really meant it! Just take a look at the heavenly decor designed by MERCAFLOR, it is fantastic! The soft colored hues on the Mandap, combined with the mesmerizing landscapes, created the perfect backdrop for Preeti & Vijay to join their lives in marriage. There are no words to describe so much beauty! Thankfully Amarjot Chana Photography was present at the Hard Rock Punta Cana to immortalize this life-changing event! And a big shoutout to Firgun Events for the precise orchestration of this event, as it was a grand demonstration of what a dream wedding looks like! We also want to take a moment to appreciate the beauty of our lovely Maharani, who stole the show dressed in a champagne lengha draped and tied by Asopalav India after being glamorized by Makeup by Anita. And we loved the final result! Check more of this lovely ceremony in today's gallery. And if that is not enough, you can glide between the pages our Best of 2019 Magazine for more details! 

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Get ready to enjoy the upcoming reception party! You'll love it!

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Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Customizing Creativity | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Anita | Travel Concierge: VIP Vacations | Venues: Hard Rock Punta Cana | Catering: Hard Rock Punta Cana | Planning & Design: Firgun Events | Floral & Decor: MERCAFLOR | Catering: Pranama Restaurant | DJ: DJ Sunny Entertainment | Bridal Fashions: Asopalav India | Cinematography: Cineture | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Asopalav India | Event Designer: Firgun Events | Lighting: Caribbean Celebrations | Rentals: Creative Punta Cana | Photography: Amarjot Chana Photography


Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Indian Wedding by Amarjot Chana

Happy Monday, ladies! We hope you are ready to venture on a trip to the beach because we are taking you to the mesmerizing shores of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, to enjoy all the bliss surrounding Preeti & Vijay's big wedding festivities! So, get your luggage and your travel documents with you, and get ready to be amazed! For this installment, Amarjot Chana Photography, we'll be taking us on a visual odyssey through a joyful Sangeet held at the Hard Rock Punta Cana. And we would have loved to be there as it seems like everyone had a great time. But how could they not to, if Firgun Events designed this event! Our two lovebirds found the best ally in VIP Vacations whose services as travel concierge were remarkable! They removed all the burden from Preeti & Vijay, for them to be only focused on having a great time and enjoy their wedding festivities! Hands down, this Sangeet was a huge success! And this wedding is just going to get better! No wonder why it featured in our Best of 2019 Magazine! For a sneak peek of what is about to come, make sure to visit today's gallery! It is the perfect preamble for the upcoming wedding ceremony! And don't forget to take the beautiful invite crafted by Customizing Creativity with you. You'll need it to access this lovely event!

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More coming in a bit! So make sure to stay close if you don't want to miss it!

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Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Customizing Creativity | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Anita | Travel Concierge: VIP Vacations | Venues: Hard Rock Punta Cana | Catering: Hard Rock Punta Cana | Planning & Design: Firgun Events | Floral & Decor: MERCAFLOR | Catering: Pranama Restaurant | DJ: DJ Sunny Entertainment | Bridal Fashions: Asopalav India | Cinematography: Cineture | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Asopalav India | Event Designer: Firgun Events | Lighting: Caribbean Celebrations | Rentals: Creative Punta Cana | Photography: Amarjot Chana Photography


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