(Lisa & Tushar Indian Ceremony @ Renaissance Vinoy}

Lisa and Tushar combined both of their cultures with both an Indian and America ceremony.  It was literally not possible for me to contain all the gorgeousness in only 1 blog posting so this is part oneJ  Lisa looked absolutely breathtaking in the burgundy and gold sari Tushar’s mom brought her from India.  We did a first look with them in the tea garden before all the festivities began.  In Indian ceremonies the groom and his family are also busy getting ready and presenting gifts before the welcoming of them during the barat, Tushar actually entered on a horse with his niece led by singing and dancing.  The bride has not yet entered yet at this point, but Lisa could watch all the activites going on from her suite overlooking the tea garden.  After Lisa’s family welcomed him she was escorted in next by her 3 brothers.  The ceremony starts with the bride and groom draping a floral garland on each other that shows their mutual agreement to proceed with the ceremony.   They sat behind the sacred fire under draped and floral backdrop.  As the ceremony went on the sunlight backlight the light smoke from the fire and it was beautiful.  Just before the end of the ceremony, they take seven steps together that reiterate their aspirations as a married couple.  It was beautiful. Their families congratulated the new Mr & Mrs and then it was time for an outfit change and the American ceremony and reception, which you’ll get to see in the next blog post!    
Venue | Renaissance Vinoy | Coordination | Winsor Events | Hair and Makeup | Michele Renee The Studio | Florals | Events In Bloom | Videography | Trinity Wedding Cinema | Horse | St. Petersburg Carriages

{Katie & Vish Vidhi - Garba @Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay}

We got to spend an amazing 2 days with Katie and Vish for the Vidhi, Garba, Indian Ceremony, and a full Christian wedding.  Way too much to tell in one blog posting so there will be 3 in total:-) 

Friday morning was the Vidhi, which is traditional religious rituals held on the day before the actual wedding.  The bride and groom are prepared for the wedding ceremony and the family pray to ward off evil spirits from the wedding and to protect the couple in their married life together.  One of the preparations the families cover the bride and groom's face, hands, and feet in a thick yellow turmeric paste intended not only to keep the evil spirits away but to enhance his skin color for the wedding ceremony.   

Venue | Grant Hyatt Tampa Bay | Coordination | Table 6 Productions | Decor | Mandap World | Hair & Makeup | Michele Renee Hair & Makeup Group | Videography | VH Video

In the evening was the Garba, which is a celebration with beautiful colors and amazing dancing!  Katie and Vish wore bold deep blue, red, and purple.  Garba and raas are two types of traditional dance.  Garba is danced in circles, while raas is danced in lines with a partner typically.  Raas is also played with two sticks, known as dandiya.  And dance they did:-)  Our next set of sneaks will be the gorgeous Indian wedding ceremony. 

Anum + Eihab featured on The Big Fat Indian Wedding

Anum and Eihab's 2 day wedding is featured on The Big Fat Indian Wedding Blog today!  I aboslutely LOVE the story of Eihab's car and what we did with it so definitely check out the full story! 

Venue | Hyatt Regency Sarasota | Cuisine | Cedars | Florals and Event Design | The Perfect Settings | Hair | Tommy DaSilva Salon and Spa | DJ | DJ Spin | Cake | The Cake Zone

{Nadia + Adil: Shaadi@Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay}

The second day of celebration for Nadia and Adil's wedding or Shaddi, is thrown by the bride's family for the groom's family and guests.  Nadia and Adil saw each other for the first time in the gazebo overlooking the bay.  We had some great time with just the two of them for some creative photography before the celebration began.  Both families made a grand entrance into the ballroom that was decorated with pinks, golds, and crystals, and beautiful floral centerpieces.  Very different from the previous evening during the Mendhi.  They exchanged rings followed by some advice on marriage and blessings from their family members.  One of my favorite traditions was where Nadia's sister steals Adil's shoes and he had to bargain with the ladies to get it back.  At the very end of the evening the Rukshati is the exiting of the bride and groom with their families so the bride and groom can embark on a new life together.  So many beautiful colors, textures, and the attire was gorgeous!

Venue: Grand Hyatt Tampa, Coordination: Quickcare Events, Florals: Suhaag Garden, Attire: HSY Studio, Videography: Jose Ortiz Films, Cake: Mikey's Cafe & Bakery, DJ: Dudha Productions