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Krystal & Ajay
Ajay Mesuria, a CPA, and Krystal Patel, a pharmacist, met online. They became friends and gradually fell in love. The couple dated for a year before tying the knot in November 2017. The duo traveled to meet each other almost every alternate weekend from Washington, DC, to Houston.
Ajay popped the question to Krystal on a surprise trip. He told Krystal that they would be visiting his cousins. Early in the morning, the couple set out on a private hot-air balloon ride over Scottsdale. They had a freshly cooked southwestern breakfast with custom-made wine. In the background, Krystal’s favorite songs were playing.
The proposal was adventurous and romantic. They hiked to the Grand Canyon, went to one of the farthest rocks that had a panoramic view of the national park. The beautiful day coupled with the breathtaking view of the Grand Canyon was the backdrop of Ajay’s proposal. He went down on one knee and asked Krystal to marry him. Ajay arranged for a photographer to capture the moments.
After the trek, the couple told informed family and friends and celebrated with a special dinner at El Tovar inside the Grand Canyon.
The couple chose St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater in Florida as the venue for their wedding as Tampa is where Krystal grew up. The hotel has easy access to airports, and both Downtown Tampa and Downtown St. Petersburg, shuttle services, and a huge ballroom.
The couple invited 300 guests to their wedding. They didn’t hire a wedding planner. They managed their time, made trips to Tampa, and selected the venue. Their family helped them with the planning.
The wedding ceremony took place under a Jodha Akbhar style mandap in the Grand Ballroom with a coral, red and peach color theme. White and coral pink roses and two elephant statues adorned the aisle along with red rose petals and candles on both sides.
The bride wore a red and gold lehenga from Traditions by Kresha. Bollywood music played during the wedding. Meanwhile, the ballroom transformed into a palace with light pink, ivory, and gold theme with candlesticks and rose centerpieces for the reception. The bride wore a royal blue and gold lehenga by the same designer from Tampa.
Ajay and Krystal designed a customized guest book with photos of their special moments. “Don’t let the stress of planning get in the way, make sure to enjoy with your guests and let vendors and planners take care of the rest,” Krystal advises couples.
BEAUTICIANS / COSMETICIAN Destiny and Light – Hair and Makeup 813-476-8386 BOUTIQUES Traditions Boutique By Kresha Shah 813-334-9114 CATERING / RESTAURANT Khasiyat Indian Restaurant 407-310-1624 Tabla Bar and Grill 407-248-9400 DECORATOR Maharani Designs 813-569-9052 EVENT PLANNER InStyle Event 832-819-1427 MEHNDI Khairu Lalan 516-545-1361 PHOTOGRAPHER / VIDEOGRAPHY Riant Films 407-603-6955 Sona Photography 407-694-6032 PRIEST Om Vipra 813-900-0190 VENUE St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater 727-456-1348
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