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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.

We hope you've loved this wedding as much as we did! Don't forget to join us tomorrow for more. You already know, same place, same time, so make sure to join us!

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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


Miami, FL Indian Fusion Wedding by Channa Photography

Hello, Maharanis! It is a pleasure to bring you an insight into Karishma & Preston's wedding ceremony. And we hope you are ready because this life-changing event is one for the books! It would be a great idea to have your notebook handy as we are sure you are going to take a lot of inspiring ideas from it. Romantic and charming are the best words to describe the dreamy ceremony that took place inside the halls of the exclusive Intercontinental Hotel Miami. And we are blown away with the beauty that surrounded this event. It is no secret that the big day calls for nothing but perfection, and we can firmly say that this wedding ceremony nailed the concept of perfection! But there is no surprise here, as it was the talented team from My Wedding My Style that took care of the planning and execution. The way they conceptualized and executed this wedding ceremony was fantastic! They completely transformed the room into a colorful and solemn setting for our lovebirds to say "I do" in front of their family and friends. However, it was the presence of our lovebirds that stole the show! Karishma looked flawless on her dual-tone Maharashtran Sari while Preston rocked a traditional Sherwani! And we cannot stop thinking of how lucky these two are for having each other as it is easy to tell that they are soulmates! We want to make a big shoutout to Channa Photography for the fantastic work they did immortalizing the most memorable moments of this event. Every single shot from this wedding ceremony was full of vibrant flair and magical scenes that make us feel just like if we were there. If you want to tale a closer look at this beautiful ceremony, don't hesitate to visit today's gallery. It is full of inspiring shots that we are sure you are going to love, so go check it out!

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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.

If you loved this ceremony as much as we did, you cannot miss the upcoming wedding reception! Word on the street says it is going to be amazing! 

STYLE
GUIDE
style
Fusion
Romantic
Contemporary
season
Spring
color
Cinematography: Channa Photography | Photography: Channa Photography | 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 | Mehndi Artist: Farah's Mehndi | Officiant/Priest/Pandit: Manikanda G Ramanatha


Miami, FL Indian Fusion Wedding by Channa Photography

Good morning, ladies! Today we bring you an insight into the blooming love story of Karishma & Preston. Celebrated during springtime, this fusion wedding is like no other you've seen in quite a while. It incorporates glam, fashion flair, and luxury, and we are sure you are going to love it! So without further due, let's get right into it! Before tying the knot, Karishma & Preston met up for an unforgettable first look photoshoot that will surely take your breath away! With the sea and the striking Miami buildings as the background, the Seafair Mega Yacht became the perfect place for Karishma & Preston to immortalize the most romantic and intimate moments before becoming husband and wife. Karishma attended this photo session looking like a princess on her traditional dual-tone Maharashtran Sari. The vibrant colors and the discreet hairstyle and makeup praised her natural beauty and made her have that dreamy look all Maharanis aspire for their big day. And let's not forget about the fantastic Mehndi design that Farah's Mehndi created for her, it added an extra touch of tradition to an already head-turning look. And Preston did not stay behind! He embraced his new culture and delivered some major Raja style in a champagne and burgundy Sherwani suit that made him look handsome. Without any question, this photo session is one to remember! And in case you were wondering, the talented crew from Channa Photography are the masterminds behind such amazing shots. And if you thought that the photos were amazing, you will be thrilled to know that they also created a film that featured in our Video Blog. It is the perfect complement for this top of the line session. So, get ready to continue enjoying this enjoy this colorful celebration by taking a look at the gallery that we have prepared for you. You are going to love 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. 
 
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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 | Mehndi Artist: Farah's Mehndi | Officiant/Priest/Pandit: Manikanda G Ramanatha


Dearborn, MI Indian Fusion Wedding by Mike Staff Productions

Hello, gorgeous Maharanis! We are back to unveil the moment we have all been waiting: Nivi & Alexander's wedding ceremony! Held in the gardens of the exclusive Dearborn Inn, this event caught our attention and managed to amaze us from the get-go. We love the Mandap set up by Top That! Event, featuring fuchsia, champagne, and pink linens that set the mood for this life-changing event. But before we dive into the ceremonial action, let’s talk about the radiant bride! Nivi did a fantastic choice bringing Vivid Beauty Salon and Chandan Fashions onboard to take care of her hair, makeup, and fashion needs; respectively. The traditional hairstyle was perfect for an outdoor ceremony as it allowed the hair to have delicate movements without losing the style. And this look was very well complemented with a nude and trendy makeup incorporating a beautiful pink color on the lipstick, that praised the adorable and captivating smile of our beautiful Maharani. She was pure royalty in a pink and golden Lengha. Her shimmering jewels from Indian Wedding Saree were the perfect finishing touches for this breathtaking look. Meanwhile, Alexander was as dapper as could be in a golden and ruby Sherwani suit that matched his glowing bride. And we love how these two lovebirds look together. There is no denying that they are soulmates! Without any question, this was an intimate and minimalist ceremony that everyone loved, and that got beautifully captured thanks to the lens of Mike Staff Productions. The way they managed to portray every single moment of this life-changing event is impressive. We can almost feel the sunshine and cool breeze while perusing these photos! If you want to relive this entire wedding celebration, don't hesitate to visit today's gallery. We are sure that you will love every bit of it!

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Another journey through a love story is getting to an end, but there is no need to be sorry as we still have more stories coming down the road. So, make sure to join us tomorrow for a new one! 

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Venues: Dearborn Inn | Floral & Decor: Top That! Event | Hair & Makeup: Vivid Beauty Salon | Catering: Shalimar | DJ: Sky Entertainmtopent | Baraat: Sky Entertainment | Bridal Fashions: Chandan Fashions | Bridal Jewelry: Indian Wedding Saree | Cinematography: Kadence Films | Draping/Styling: Top That! Event | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Indian Wedding Card | Lighting: Top That! Event | Mehndi Artist: Hetal Shah | Rentals: Top That! Event | Photography: Mike Staff Productions


Dearborn, MI Indian Fusion Wedding by Mike Staff Productions

Hi there, darlings! We are back with more details into Nivi & Alexander's wedding celebration. This time we will be taking a look at our two lovebirds getting ready to for an outdoor photoshoot captured right before the big wedding ceremony. So get ready to be amazed! On the morning of her wedding day, Nivi was radiant and ready to prepare for her big day. The day brimmed with beautiful moments and we are starting with a closer look at the blushing Nivi being pampered in her "getting ready" suite. Vivid Beauty Salon took care of the makeup and hairstyle while Chandan Fashions took care of this Maharani's fashion needs. This elegant bride, dressed in an exquisite dual-tone Lengha with the help of draping experts from Top That! Event. And this head-turning look would not have been complete without the incredible pieces of jewelry that this Maharani rocked. Just in case you were wondering, this dazzling jewelry came from the fantastic collection that Indian Wedding Saree has to offer. The final result: A dreamy look for this long-awaited wedding day! And Alexander did not stay behind! He followed the line of style set by his wife to be and rocked an elegant and traditional Sherwani suit embellished with golden and burgundy details. We love how Alexander embraced his new culture! He made his inner Raja come out and ended up looking handsome and imposing. Once they were ready, it was time to carry on with the outdoor photoshoot that immortalized the most intimate moment of these two before becoming husband and wife. The talented crew from Mike Staff Productions took care of this photoshoot and once again managed to amaze us with incredible shots. Their work is so fantastic that even Nivi & Alexander's friends couldn't resist it and they ended up taking part in the photoshoot! For more exclusive highlights of this lovebirds head into our gallery! It gathers incredible shots that are definitely worth the while, so go check them out!

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Venues: Dearborn Inn | Floral & Decor: Top That! Event | Hair & Makeup: Vivid Beauty Salon | Catering: Shalimar | DJ: Sky Entertainmtopent | Baraat: Sky Entertainment | Bridal Fashions: Chandan Fashions | Bridal Jewelry: Indian Wedding Saree | Cinematography: Kadence Films | Draping/Styling: Top That! Event | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Indian Wedding Card | Lighting: Top That! Event | Mehndi Artist: Hetal Shah | Rentals: Top That! Event | Photography: Mike Staff Productions


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