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Tampa, FL South Indian Wedding by Since 1987 Films

Monday is here, ladies! And as you already know, it is time for another jaw-dropping celebration feature! When it comes to the planning and design of the most important day of your life, a lot needs to be taken into consideration, but this couple knew exactly what they wanted and how they wanted it. Raja Naresh's organizational and techy skills made the process even easier for Maharani Avani to chose all the details and glitter. What a team! Our friends from Since 1987 Films were at Tampa to document with their cameras everything that went on at the grand Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore. Our gallery of today totally screens accurately Avani & Naresh's grand vision. The spree was this beautiful ode to taste and of course, our couple was looking absolutely rocking. No less is expected when a Maharani ties the knot and our dear Michele Renee The Studio and her dolling up skills know about that! I am so excited for this, ladies, I am absolutely certain that you are just going to adore this pair. So enough with words and let us get to the images.     

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

Stick around for more, ladies! 
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Hair & Makeup: Michele Renee The Studio | Photography: Since 1987 Films | Sangeet Venue: Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore | Ceremony Venue: Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore | Reception Venue: Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore | Day-of: Abby Hamilton | Floral & Decor: Ritti Couture | Coordination: Ritti Couture | Planning & Design: Ritti Couture | Catering: Khasiyat Orlando | DJ: B & S Music Entertainment | Cake & Treats: Goldie's Goodies Bakery | Cinematography: Since 1987 Films | Live Music: Shaadi Ki Shehnai | Mehndi Artist: Alpa Mandaliya | Priests: Aacharya Ramesh Mehta / Guru Dutt | Catering: Flames Indian Cuisine | Audio / Visual: Nima Films | Afterparty: Cheap | Registry: Zola


San Jose, CA South Indian Wedding by Lin & Jirsa Photography

Remember Mona & Shashank's grand vision? Well, if you thought that our first installment showcased everything that went on at the San Jose Marriott, think twice because the incredible reception was as lavish and glamorous as the ceremony. Our amazingly talented friends from Lin & Jirsa Photography never disappoint and the pictures of today's gallery are the absolute proof of their artistry. A loving shout out to them! It is also no secret that we are totally loving Maharani Mona. After the ceremony, these two lovebirds changed attires and it was time for some serious celebration. The team from Desi Jammers Entertainment was delivering the most ravishing beats around to put everyone into the dancing state we all love so much and it is safe to say that the party was just beginning! The bride came out looking out of this world. A royal blue saree for a royal Indian princess, indeed! The attire was just so chic that I almost can't believe it! Seriously, ladies, you can't miss this feature and the wonderful gallery! Join us one more time and get those dreamy ideas going! 

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Shashank and I met 10 years ago at UC Irvine, at first I don't think either one of us realized where we would end up. Our relationship was long distance for the majority of the time after graduating from UC Irvine. I knew he was the one very early on in our relationship, but what solidified it was the support and encouragement he gave me while we were long distance. The last year before he proposed to me, I was out of state for the majority of the time on my rotations and Shashank came and helped me move into each place I went to, and came to visit me and made me feel like I had a piece of home with me. 
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
The proposal day was a day I will never forget! I thought Shashank and I were going out of town to celebrate his birthday. Shashank said he booked us a couple's massage however when we went to the spa the lady said it was only a massage for me and I was so confused, but I thought maybe he just surprised me with a massage, because I had recently finished up all my exams and submitted my information to get my board certification for Optometry. After my massage, I got back to our hotel room to see rose petals directing me to a dress, jewelry, purse, shoes laid out for me on the bed. There were notes throughout the room, one of them mentioned, "be ready by 6:15 pm, your special transportation crew will be here to pick you up". When I got ready I heard a knock on my door and it was my mom and sisters ready to pick me up. It was so meaningful and important for me to them being there with me. They drove me down to Pebble Beach where Shashank was waiting for me. He walked me down near the water and had hired photographers that looked like tourists to capture everything. Before Shashank was even done with his speech to ask me to be his wife I kept saying YES YES YES, I was so ready to be his fiance and eventually his wife!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think our guests loved our decorations by Raofactor, so many people were shocked when they saw our mandap, it was so neat that everyone danced under it during the reception. At the reception, we had mini donuts made by Swell Little Donuts and so many people loved those as well. 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
So ever since Shashank proposed to me, all I was determined to do was to have an entrance video that captured our humor and love for one another. I wanted the video to be Bollywood theme so I created a script and we brought it to life. The video came out better than expected and we had some bloopers. It was so hard for me to keep that entrance video as a secret, but it was totally worth it because all the guests were not expecting that and they were just laughing the entire time. We played the video before we came out of the reception and it was a hit!
 
Here are the attachments of our entrance videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccxDf6m4oG4&t=11s
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Please enjoy all aspects of your wedding. I feel like with our wedding although we had condensed it down to cut out some events I was still overwhelmed and stressed out until the reception. Then, before I knew it, the whole weekend was over, I am so thankful that our wedding highlight video came out, it's so great that I can relive that weekend, but in retrospect I wish I just let go and enjoyed every aspect from the beginning because the reality is, there is only so much you do, so just sit back and soak in every moment because the wedding will fly by so fast. Highlight Video:  https://vimeo.com/299893710

 

Stick around, ladies, more to come! 

 

Join us tomorrow for another memorable traditional wedding story!

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Gujarati
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Summer
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Venues: San Jose Marriott | DJ: Desi Jammers Entertainment | Photography: Lin & Jirsa Photography | Sangeet Venue: India Community Center (ICC) | Planning & Design: Nirali Shah Events | Florist: Raofactor | Hair & Makeup: Rosheen Ahmadi | Catering: Peacock Indian Restaurant | Baraat Horse: Prince Horse Rental - Bay Area Baraat Horse | Desserts: Swell Little Donuts | Cinematography: Lin & Jirsa Photography


San Jose, CA South Indian Wedding by Lin & Jirsa Photography

Hey there, glam seeking dolls! Today we have a very special feature that is the perfect example of what a real Maharani is all about. This Indian beauty truly was one stylish bride and we are so loving her chic and elegant vibe. Rosheen Ahmadi was recruited by Maharani Mona to assist with bridal hair & makeup and the result was absolutely to die for! The classic red and gold bridal outfit looked heavenly on her as she patiently waited for the main moment of the day to arrive. So romantic! Raja Shashank, on the other hand, rocked this champagne sherwani with details in gold and burgundy that turned him into the South Indian prince our lovely bride had dreamed of. The San Jose Marriott was the perfect place for these two lovebirds to unite their lives and families to celebrate their big time, just like only real Rajas and Maharanis do! So, looking for a real Indian wedding treat? Well, look no more because our featured gallery of today, thanks to Lin and Jirsa Photography, will leave you absolutely stunned. Let's get going!  

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Shashank and I met 10 years ago at UC Irvine, at first I don't think either one of us realized where we would end up. Our relationship was long distance for the majority of the time after graduating from UC Irvine. I knew he was the one very early on in our relationship, but what solidified it was the support and encouragement he gave me while we were long distance. The last year before he proposed to me, I was out of state for the majority of the time on my rotations and Shashank came and helped me move into each place I went to, and came to visit me and made me feel like I had a piece of home with me. 
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
The proposal day was a day I will never forget! I thought Shashank and I were going out of town to celebrate his birthday. Shashank said he booked us a couple's massage however when we went to the spa the lady said it was only a massage for me and I was so confused, but I thought maybe he just surprised me with a massage, because I had recently finished up all my exams and submitted my information to get my board certification for Optometry. After my massage, I got back to our hotel room to see rose petals directing me to a dress, jewelry, purse, shoes laid out for me on the bed. There were notes throughout the room, one of them mentioned, "be ready by 6:15 pm, your special transportation crew will be here to pick you up". When I got ready I heard a knock on my door and it was my mom and sisters ready to pick me up. It was so meaningful and important for me to them being there with me. They drove me down to Pebble Beach where Shashank was waiting for me. He walked me down near the water and had hired photographers that looked like tourists to capture everything. Before Shashank was even done with his speech to ask me to be his wife I kept saying YES YES YES, I was so ready to be his fiance and eventually his wife!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think our guests loved our decorations by Raofactor, so many people were shocked when they saw our mandap, it was so neat that everyone danced under it during the reception. At the reception, we had mini donuts made by Swell Little Donuts and so many people loved those as well. 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
So ever since Shashank proposed to me, all I was determined to do was to have an entrance video that captured our humor and love for one another. I wanted the video to be Bollywood theme so I created a script and we brought it to life. The video came out better than expected and we had some bloopers. It was so hard for me to keep that entrance video as a secret, but it was totally worth it because all the guests were not expecting that and they were just laughing the entire time. We played the video before we came out of the reception and it was a hit!
 
Here are the attachments of our entrance videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccxDf6m4oG4&t=11s
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Please enjoy all aspects of your wedding. I feel like with our wedding although we had condensed it down to cut out some events I was still overwhelmed and stressed out until the reception. Then, before I knew it, the whole weekend was over, I am so thankful that our wedding highlight video came out, it's so great that I can relive that weekend, but in retrospect I wish I just let go and enjoyed every aspect from the beginning because the reality is, there is only so much you do, so just sit back and soak in every moment because the wedding will fly by so fast. Highlight Video:  https://vimeo.com/299893710

 

Stick around, ladies, more to come! 

STYLE
GUIDE
style
South Indian
Gujarati
season
Summer
color
Venues: San Jose Marriott | DJ: Desi Jammers Entertainment | Photography: Lin & Jirsa Photography | Sangeet Venue: India Community Center (ICC) | Planning & Design: Nirali Shah Events | Florist: Raofactor | Hair & Makeup: Rosheen Ahmadi | Catering: Peacock Indian Restaurant | Baraat Horse: Prince Horse Rental - Bay Area Baraat Horse | Desserts: Swell Little Donuts | Cinematography: Lin & Jirsa Photography


Loveland, OH Indian Wedding by Image N Motion Studio

Today, we’re bringing you wonderful readers a treat with Roshni and Bhavesh’s black tie, Gujarati reception gala. The duo brought on Elegance Decor to take care of all the decor duties for their gorgeous Indian wedding affair. The bride and groom made their triumphant entrance to the Oasis Golf Club & Conference Center, and the spacious quarters shined with elegance. The venue is absolutely stunning on its own but with the magical touch of Elegance Decor, every image captured by Image N Motion Studio left us speechless. Each of fashionista Roshni’s ensembles reflected her deep-rooted Indian heritage intermixed with modern sophistication, and her glittering, white reception gown was the pinnacle of Eastern meets Western bridal looks in our opinion! She glowed after a dazzling beauty treatment from the artists at Looks by Jassi - we love her dramatic eye makeup and glossy waves. DJs from JP Entertainment and live performances from Sky Vision Events ensured that the venue was bathed in euphoric beats and luminous lighting. One of the most treasured moments of the night was the cake cutting ceremony baked specially for the couple by MariBelle Cakery. The duo had an absolute ball throughout every moment of the weekend. Such a blast! We have all the action packed photos by Image N Motion Studio in our full gallery.

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See you lovelies tomorrow!

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Hair & Makeup: Looks by Jassi | Draping/Styling: Looks by Jassi | DJ: Sky Vision Events | Venue: Oasis Golf Club & Conference Center | Floral & Decor: Elegance Decor | Catering: Pakwaan Fine Indian Cuisine | DJ: JP Entertainment | Bridal Fashions: Asopalav | Cakes & Treats: MariBelle Cakery | Cinematography: Image N Motion Studio | Photographer: Image N Motion Studio


Loveland, OH Indian Wedding by Image N Motion Studio

We were dazzled as we entered the Oasis Golf Club & Conference Center venue, and are so excited to share every single joyous part of Roshni and Bhavesh’s Indian wedding event. Some highlights from this special weekend were the decadent wedding lenghas, jewelry sets and gorgeous mandap! Roshni and Bhavesh’s love story was brimming with all sorts of sweetness and after the duo’s first date, sparks were flying, and here we are unveiling all the details of their lavish wedding! There’s not a moment to miss, and luckily Image N Motion Studio was there to capture every magical detail. The masterful floral and decor team from Elegance Decor created a blush mandap and stage set up that was the stuff of fairy tale dreams. The bride was a ray of light in a raspberry lehenga and golden accessories that had us swooning. Her bridal beauty look by Looks by Jassi was the height of chicness. After the palla was pinned in place by Looks by Jassi, it was time for Roshni to wow her guests. She floated down the candle and petal strewn aisle under an intricately draped canopy to her elated Raja. We have all the ceremony snaps by Image N Motion Studio in our full gallery for your perusal. Coming up next is the lovely reception gala with entertainment by Sky Vision Events and music by JP Entertainment.

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You don't want to the miss all the reception deets coming right up!

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Hair & Makeup: Looks by Jassi | Draping/Styling: Looks by Jassi | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Sky Vision Events | Venue: Oasis Golf Club & Conference Center | Floral & Decor: Elegance Decor | Catering: Pakwaan Fine Indian Cuisine | DJ: JP Entertainment | Bridal Fashions: Asopalav | Cakes & Treats: MariBelle Cakery | Cinematography: Image N Motion Studio | Photographer: Image N Motion Studio


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