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Dearborn, MI Indian Wedding by Capturing Arts

Good Morning, ladies! They say that all good things are worth waiting for, and today's featured film is no exception! Navya & Nikhil's wedding video is one we were dying to share with you as it includes all the things we love - and so much more! Many delightful details surrounded this life-changing event that the jaw-dropping shots by Strokes Photography previously featured in this gallery were not enough to show it all! That is why we have decided to give you more insights into this lovely wedding through this visual masterpiece captured by the talented and highly experienced team from Capturing Arts. Through this visual journey, we'll feel the same suspense Nikhil felt when he first saw Navya in her gorgeous bridal attire. We will explore how emotions grow, and the suspense transforms into joy and excitement during the Baraat animated by DJ Ice & Fresh Productions. We will take part in the traditional and colorful wedding celebration held at The Henry Autograph Dearborn. Our eyes will glow in amazement over the mesmerizing decor crafted by Marigold Wedding Planners. Not to mention that we will enjoy the closing gala enlivened by Naveen Productions - DJ, Lighting, Entertainment and Photo Booth, definitely a reception that will forever be recalled in the memory of all the guests that witnessed it. So, wait no more, hit the play icon below, and enjoy today's film!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Nikhil and I met 10 years before we got married, at Wayne State University, in the heart of Detroit. We were neighbors in the dorm and first met on the elevator. I noticed Nikhil was carrying a biology lab book and mentioned that I need to buy one of those too, and he immediately offered me his, and said that he had an extra one. I stepped in his room to grab the book and was so impressed with how clean he kept his room, and that's when I knew he was the one! Haha just kidding! We quickly became best friends and spent so much time together between our classes, studying, and doing homework. We danced together on the Wayne State Raas team, ate countless meals together at the dining halls, and ignited a passion for traveling during our long walks around the city.
 
Nikhil has been my personal hype man and always encouraged and supported me throughout my years of medical training. He stands by my side and empowers me to be the absolute best version of myself. Whenever I'm with Nikhil, we laugh until our bellies hurt, I forget all of my worries, and seeing him makes my soul light up.
 
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We went to Thailand in June 2018. It was a medical school graduation gift to me from Nikhil. He told me we had to go to Thailand and nowhere else because there were elephants there and of course how could I say anything but yes to that! After all, elephants are my favorite animal and it has always been a dream of mine to meet one of these majestic beasts.
 
It was exactly halfway through our trip. June 6th, 2018. We woke up super early and got ready just like every other day so far on the trip. But this day was different. This was the day I would get to spend the day playing with elephants and taking care of them! I was ecstatic to say the least.
 
I couldn't figure out the perfect outfit to wear, so he gave me one of his sweaters to wear. Luckily I got my nails done the night before because I insisted that my nails needed to look cute for the elephants! We got to the elephant sanctuary and I didn't realize a group of wild animals could make me this happy. Little did I know, I was about to become exponentially happier.
 
I was playing with two baby elephants when I heard "hey Navya..." I turned around and saw Nikhil down on one knee. I didn't really hear anything else he said after that (don't worry we have it captured on video). Of course I said yes and we shared the rest of our day with those glorious beasts that were part of the proposal.
 
We called our family that evening and I found out that Nikhil went to my parents house before our trip to ask their permission to marry me! He made sure I was out of the house by asking me to go shopping for our trip and he knew this would keep me out of the house for a few hours. Haha he knows me so well!
 
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 wanted a very simple and elegant wedding ceremony so we could keep the focus on the main event of the day- getting married! We designed a custom monogram/logo together and had a custom vinyl runner made with it. We also had take away bags printed with this monogram.
 
We all know Indian wedding ceremonies can be long, so we made a fun wedding program with a crossword puzzle on it. The clues were questions about Nikhil and I and all of our guests had so much fun figuring out the answers!
 
Nikhil and I collect ornaments from each new place we visit, so we wanted to give our wedding guests a Detroit ornament to commemorate the beginning of our journey! City Bird had the best wooden ornaments custom made for us and they were the perfect take away gift!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Nikhil and I went to India and went to countless stores to try on all the dresses! Each dress I wore, Nikhil would ask me how I felt in it and then he would tell me if he liked the dress or not. I had no idea what color dress I wanted, but I was definitely leaning towards a lighter color- because I love all things light, bright and airy! However, every time I tried on a light colored lengha, I was not impressed and did not feel special. I realized that I loved the way jewel tones looked on me and shifted my entire focus for the dress search. After several days of not finding "the one," I finally found a store that had the fabric types and dress styles that I loved. I tried on THE dress and immediately fell in love with it, and so did Nikhil!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Right after we got engaged, I moved across the country and started my medical residency. Busy with work and living in another state made wedding planning a bit of a challenge but my sweet husband made the entire process a breeze for me. Although we were only able to see each other a handful of times over that year, we became closer than ever!
 
I spent my evenings planning and designing each event, and then I would convey my thoughts to Nikhil over a phone call. I would find a list of vendors that I thought would be suitable for us, and Nikhil would set up meetings and go to visit each one of them, and facetime me each time. He coordinated with both of our families, arranged all the taste testings, vendor meetings, and went to every meeting prepared with a document with all of the details I asked for.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
To this day, over one year later, our guests continue to talk about the food at our wedding. We couldn't be happier because food is what makes both of us the happiest, so we are so pleased that our family and friends thought that the food at our wedding was as great as we hoped it would be.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Although we planned to do a first look, we didn't have the chance to do one. The first time we saw each other was at the mandap, and I will never forget the look on Nikhil's face when he saw me. That was the moment that we both realized that we finally get to marry each other and we were so excited.
 
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 mehendi was an intimate event with close friends and family hosted in our parents backyard. My decor inspiration came from the handwritten notes that Nikhil would fold into origami paper cranes and give to me back in college. I showed him my vision and he and his family hand made hundreds of paper cranes to make it come to life!
 
We wanted the sangeet to be all about dancing and food, so we had a very colorful and dance oriented street fair themed event. We really wanted authentic Indian street vendor style food and Taste of India Suvai made our wishes come true with live food stations. Our guests spent the entire night dancing away and snuck away to the outdoor food stations whenever they had the chance.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Have fun planning and enjoy the whole process, it'll be over before you know it! Don't stress about the little things and keep your eye on the big picture because no one will know about those little details except for you! Pick vendors that you can get along with and communication is key!
 
It can be hard with Indian weddings to plan everything the way you want it, because traditions, culture, and family is such a big part of it. But, find a way to make your vision work while keeping those things in mind. Work with your family to see how you can incorporate your flair while keeping in mind some of the more traditional elements.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Thank you to all of our vendors who made our wedding weekend so special and memorable!

We hope you've loved this story as much as we did! Don't forget to join us tomorrow for more.
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Photography: Strokes Photography | DJ: Naveen Productions - DJ, Lighting, Entertainment and Photo Booth | Planning & Design: Marigold Wedding Planners | Baraat: DJ Ice & Fresh Productions | Floral & Decor: Marigold Wedding Planners | Ceremony Venue: The Henry Autograph Dearborn | Cinematography: Capturing Arts | Outfits & Jewelry: Custom made in India | Mehendi & Sangeet HMUA: Jennifer Martin | Ceremony Makeup: Bianca Sandiha | Ceremony Hair & Draping: Aysha Riaz | Mehendi: Henna Beauty by Krupa | Mehendi Venue: Groom's House | Mehendi Decor: Handmade by Groom and His Family | Sangeet Venue: Bharatiya Temple | Sangeet Food: Taste of India Suvai | Sangeet Food: Ann Arbor + Desi Indian Kulfi | Ceremony Aisle Runner: The Original Runner Company | Ceremony Food: Ashoka Indian Cuisine | Wedding Favors: Detroit Ornaments From City Bird


New York, NY Contemporary Fusion Wedding by Peter Nguyen Studio

Happy Wednesday, ladies! The filmy time of the day is here, so get ready to be amazed by all the beauty surrounding Christine & Sanjay's fusion wedding extravaganza. If the name of this lovely couple sounds familiar, that's because their wedding already featured in this beautiful gallery thanks to the fantastic shots captured by Peter Nguyen Studio. And you all loved it so much that we couldn't wait to share the cinematographic delight also captured by Peter Nguyen Studio. So without further ado, let's jump right into it! Thoroughly planned and executed by Bells N Rings Events, this life-changing event seemed like taken out from a fairytale. From the Catholic wedding ceremony hosted at the Holy Name of Jesus-St Gregory the Great Parish to the grand reception party celebrated at the Conrad New York, this entire event was a cornucopia of beauty, mixed emotions, and flair. And you already know how much we love fusion weddings, and this one had everything we love and so much more! Although there was so much beauty to admire, it was our lovely Christine who stole all the looks donning gorgeous and fashionable attires from Calla Blanche, Jacky Tai, Shree Designer Saree, and Harleen Kaur. But that is not all! She crowned her ravishing look, trusting her beauty needs to Aleetha Clanton and The Glass Slipper Wedding, who glamorized her in full, making her look like a goddess! If you don't want to miss any detail of this lovely event, wait no more, hit the play icon below, and get ready to dive into this real-life fairytale. We are sure you are going to love it so much!

 

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met when I moved from California to NYC to go to pharmacy school and Sanjay was in medical school. We started off as friends and study partners before we began dating but both focused on our career and life goals. I’m a bit of a wild card... but I knew he was the one when I realized that he would never try to change me or expect me to fit the mold of what a wife is supposed to be. Sanjay lets me be exactly who I am and doesn’t allow any perceived gender roles, the expectations of society or the patriarchy, or what anyone else thinks to influence who I am or who I want to be. It’s a priceless thing to be loved, wanted and accepted for exactly who you are and nothing less. I never thought of myself as the marrying kind... but Sanjay’s the kinda guy you wanna marry. 
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Planning to propose to Christine was the easy part, but executing the surprise while avoiding Christine’s nosy ability to sniff out secrets was the hard part. With the help of family, friends, and Christine’s best doggo, Zipper, Sanjay set up a fake engagement photo shoot for Caroline and Chan using Christine’s role as Caroline’s bridesmaid as the perfect excuse. It worked! The girls spent the previous day getting dolled up and bonding and Christine suspected nothing. On the day of the photo shoot, everyone arrived in his or her preplanned places and the photo shoot got underway. Several shots in, the photographer poses Christine with Sanjay, who suddenly gets down on one knee… and with perfect timing, Zipper trots over with a sign reading “Mom, we love the big guy, can we keep him?” Christine says “YES!” and the couple finishes off a stunning sunset proposal photo shoot. Afterwards, they arrive home to a surprise backyard BBQ engagement party with family and friends and catering from Christine's favorite Taco Lady.
 
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.
It was important for us to incorporate both our cultures (Indian and Vietnamese) and religions (Hindu and Catholic) into our wedding. We also have a very diverse group of family and friends, so we wanted to be able to partake in and feel included in our ceremonies, events, food, and music. We hired an amazing wedding planner (Meghna from Bells N Rings) who helped us hand pick each vendor, our venue, and our caterer. The food was beyond amazing (with enough delicious variety to satisfy our every diet) and the music had everyone on the dance floor. We were the first wedding at The Conrad to close down a small street in NYC for a Baraat and LeighAnne, our coordinator helped make every single detail a dream come true. I had four outfit changes for each event (Calle Blanche - white wedding dress for the Catholic ceremony, Jacky Tai - Vietnamese ao dai for the Tea ceremony, ShreeDesignerSaree - lengha for Hindu ceremony, and Harleen Kaur - reception dress). Meghna did an amazing job helping to coordinate all the bride’s side of the family flying in from California and made it work with the groom’s side of the family, who is originally from New York. It was a lot of work but worth every bit of planning to have all our family and friends share our day with us. 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I used Instagram and word of mouth recommendation from friends to help narrow down the style and look for the Hindu ceremony lengha and Catholic ceremony white wedding dress. I knew the Catholic ceremony dress would be traditional white and I went with Calle Blanche because I love their aesthetic (graceful, smooth lines with intricate beadwork and illusion lace). I selected ShreeDesignerSaree because they worked closely with me to customize my style preferences and bring the dress I imagined to life.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was combining all our cultures and traditions and creating a four day wedding weekend that we shared with our family and friends... and most importantly, learning more about each other and our cultures and religions while creating a space where all our guests could learn about our backgrounds and each feel included throughout our union and celebration.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Hands down, the food and the music. Everyone (regardless of diet: vegetarians, omnivores, religious restrictions, etc)  raved about the food. The music reflected our diverse tastes: from Bollywood to Bachata to old school hip hop to current pop singles, everyone hit the dance floor and stayed there. We still have guests who can’t stop talking about both. We have already recommended both our caterer and our music/media team to several friends for their current engagement planning.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our first looks. We were lucky enough to have three, one prior to the Catholic ceremony, another prior to the Vietnamese Tea ceremony, and the last one prior to the Hindu ceremony. Each time was emotional and unique. We were married three times in three different ceremonies over the weekend... I think we are probably the most married couple of all time!
 
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 Catholic ceremony theme was moody jewel tones. I had 10 bridesmaids (BriMas) and allowed them each to pick their own dresses and shoes in whatever style and material was most flattering to each. All of my BriMas were a rainbow of different backgrounds, skin color, sizes and all held a unique place in my heart. I wanted their outfits to reflect that. Some wore velvet or lace or sequins but each stood out. The color theme fit well as we were married at The Parish of the Holy Name of Jesus-St Gregory the Great and it had a very beautiful dark Gothic Revival/Medieval architecture to it. This theme carried into all our events which allowed our wedding party their choice of outfit style. Our entire wedding theme embraced the darker, moodier colors of autumn which we felt were more representative of the taste of the bride and groom. Our wedding party choreographed dances that wowed us and all our guests.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Stay true to yourselves. Planning a wedding is stressful enough as it is, and trying to blend and balance two different and uniquely special cultures and religions made it even more so (especially with family expectations!) It’s fine to listen to everyone but at the end of the day, it’s YOUR (bride and groom) choice, so do what feels right for you. Also, it really helped having an amazing wedding planner who volunteered to be our buffer for times when we had to say no (sorry mom, the wedding planner says that’s just not logistically possible!)
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Wedding jewelry was gifted to the bride from her family... with the exception of the mangal sutra, which the groom designed and created with a jeweler into something simple yet elegant to suit the bride’s tastes so that his bride could wear it everyday. It is a gold lotus flower suspended between the mangal sutra beads (detail pictures available). The bridal mehndi was done on Wednesday night to allow full color maturation while the mehndi night was open to friends of the bride and groom so everyone (all ages, male/female, etc) could share in the unique custom. And so the bride could spend time with friends and family instead of tied to one place getting the bridal henna done. The food was deigned with the bride and groom and the caterer, Chef Anand, from scratch and included both Indian and Vietnamese cuisine as well as others (ie: a taco bar because the bride grew up eating lots of Mexican food in California). Make up and hair choices as well as outfits of each bridesmaid and groomsmen were unique to each person’s preferences to further embrace and emphasize our diversity and shared appreciation for each other. We carefully selected our officiants to further this goal. Both the Catholic and Hindu ceremony made the effort to explain every step of the ceremony by the pandit and priest to help our guests understand and learn a little bit about the background of the bride and groom.
 

Stick around for part two!

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Planning & Design: Bells N Rings Events | Photography: Peter Nguyen Studio | Cinematography: Peter Nguyen Studio | Catholic Ceremony Venue: Holy Name of Jesus-St Gregory the Great Parish | Hindu / Reception Venue: Conrad New York | Hair & Makeup: Aleetha Clanton | Hair & Makeup: The Glass Slipper Wedding | Catering: Chef Gaurav Anand | DJ: 07 Event Group | Catholic Ceremony Bridal Fashion: Calla Blanche | Vietnamese Bridal Fashion: Jacky Tai | Hindu Bridal Fashion: Shree Designer Saree | Reception Dress: Harleen Kaur


Berlin, NJ Indian Fusion Wedding by Lightyear Studio

Happy Wednesday, Maharanis! I can't think of a better way to start the day than taking a look at Diane & Jerin fusion wedding! Thanks to Lightyear Studio, we can enjoy the elegance and gorgeousness of this lovebirds' special day. The lens of this talented and highly experienced team, which already amazed us with this gallery compiling the spectacular photos they snapped during this lovely couple's wedding, is back to share with us the most amazing and playful moments of this breathtaking and colorful celebration. Every single detail surrounding this wedding is beautiful beyond words. From the ceremony officiated at the Resurrection of Our Lord Church to the grand closing gala hosted at the Lucien's Manor, we were amazed over so much perfection! So big kudos to Divine Events for the outstanding coordination and execution of this wedding! And we cannot forget about the spectacular decor crafted by Mandap Milap, and the swoon-worthy floral arrangements from Riehs Florist. It was a winning combination that got us sighing! Hands down, this was the wedding celebration Diane & Jerin always wanted, and just by taking a look at this cinematographic delight, you can tell how happy these two were. If you want to take a look at the insights of this nuptial celebration, wait no more and hot the play icon below. We're sure you are going to enjoy it!

 

What a great way to start this Wednesday, isn't it ladies? Make sure to join us tomorrow for more!

 
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Ceremony Venue: Resurrection of Our Lord Church | Reception Venue: Lucien’s Manor | Wedding Coordinator: Divine Events | Florist: Riehs Florist | Decor: Mandap Milap | Hair & Makeup: Salon Moda | DJ: Silver Lining Sounds | Cinematography: Lightyear Studio | Photo Booth: Silver Lining Sounds | Photography: Lightyear Studio | Dhol/Chenda Players: Kochuveettil Beats


Scottsdale, AZ Indian Fusion Wedding by SkyPoint Productions

Hello, beautiful Maharanis! We are glad you could join us today because we were dying to share Khushma & Austin's fusion wedding bash with all of you. This celebration packs all the things we love, so you definitely want to check it out! We are starting this Wednesday by taking you on a visual trip to The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch thanks to the cinematographic delight captured by SkyPoint Productions. And oh boy, this cinematographic studio did such a fantastic job that we almost feel as if we were there enjoying every moment of this spectacular celebration thoroughly planned by Apropos Creations! The jaw-dropping decor crafted by Festive Rents mirrored the ravishing look of our gorgeous Maharani Khushma, who looked like a goddess after being pampered by Makiaj Beauty. But that is not all! She took her bridal look to the next level with a fabulous Mehndi designed by Henna by Purvi, and we loved it so much that we were rendered speechless! Ladies, if you love wedding celebrations as much as we do, wait no more and hit the play icon below. After seeing this marvelous celebration, you will want to start planning your ultimate dream wedding and start sending invites to all your family and closest friends. So, make sure to remember this name: Customizing Creativity. They are the masterminds behind Khushma & Austin's Wedding Invitations & Wedding Stationery, and they did such a fantastic job that we are sure you'll want to count on them!

After seeing this spectacular film, we need a moment to catch our breath! But make sure to join us tomorrow for more.

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Mehndi Artists: Henna by Purvi | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Customizing Creativity | Planning & Design: Apropos Creations | Venue: The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch | Floral & Decor: Festive Rents | Hair & Makeup: Makiaj Beauty | Catering: The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch | DJ: Hyper Productions DJ's | Baraat: Hyper Productions DJ's | Cake & Treats: The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch | Cinematography: SkyPoint Productions | Lighting: Hyper Productions DJ's | Photo Booth: Pix'd Me | Rentals: Inner Space Design Group | Rentals: AZ Retro Rentals | Photography: Ushna Khan Photography


Miami, FL Indian Fusion Wedding by Channa Photography

Welcome back, sweethearts! We’re so excited to dive into all the fab details of Karishma & Preston's twinkling reception gala planned and designed by the talented folks at My Wedding My Style. We were lost in a mesmerizing haze of delight as we looked through the photos of this grand event. The luxurious accommodations of the Seafair Mega Yacht were the perfect setting for this elegant and vibrant reception party. A lovely ocean view, striking buildings in the backdrop and a clear blue sky created a scene so perfect that we can't get enough. Add in a stunning couple irradiating happiness and glam fashion, and you have one delectable visual treat! The newlyweds burst into the deck of the Seafair Mega Yacht elegantly and fashionably while their guests cheered in delight. For her reception, the bride knew that she wanted to go ultra-sleek, so she chose a super chic dual-tone lengha that made her look like a goddess. And Preston looked equally handsome in his black tux! Soon after the sun went down, the guests descended to the lower deck, where the room became a party thanks to Vision DJ. All the guests had a great time dancing the night away and tasting the lip-smacking treats and cake that Elite Cake Creations prepared for this evening. Without any question, this was a night to remember! And we want to take a moment to thank Channa Photography for sharing the incredible shots captured during the entire wedding festivities. The way they managed to immortalize every moment is impressive, not just because of the photo itself, but because of the emotions they transmit, so kudos to them! For more exclusive highlights of Karishma & Preston's wedding festivities head into our gallery! You are not going to regret it!

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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
- No Decoration
 
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.
- No specific lighting or decoration. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
I was so lucky in 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. They 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 dinner 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 centrepieces 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 Hotel Miami | Reception Venue: Seafair Mega Yacht | Planning & Design: My Wedding My Style | Floral & Decor: My Wedding My Style | DJ: Vision DJ | Cake & Treats: Elite Cake Creations | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Praful Shah | Officiant/Priest/Pandit: Manikanda G Ramanatha


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