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MyShadi.com, a member of Desh Videsh Media Group, is an online wedding portal that offers newly engaged couples and their families the tools needed to plan a modern South Asian wedding. From real wedding stories to a preferred vendor directory, MyShadi.com is the premier online resource for wedding and event planning. Since 2000, MyShadi.com has reached thousands of South Asian and Indo-Caribbean brides worldwide.

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It is our pleasure to present inspiring and unique Indian wedding decorations using fresh flowers by Nikun Events. Flowers are symbols of a new beginning, beauty, joy, prosperity and auspicious blessings of love. Since flowers represent the natural within us, they are central to any Indian wedding defining the mood, sensibility, and theme of the wedding.  According to Indian traditions, each flower has its significance. Red roses are very auspicious and signify purity, protection and valour. Marigolds, widely used in Hindu rituals, represent the Sun, the source of energy and are also the flowers of prayer for Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi, the perfect couple. The Mandap, four-pillar structure with a canopy, is the most sacred, fascinating, enthralling and attractive site of a wedding. This is where the wedding rituals take place. Both the pillars and canopy are intricately decorated with fresh flowers, and the reigning colors are red, orange and yellow.  The reception is another event at Indian weddings where floral decor plays a significant role, specifically for the centerpieces and stage. The centerpiece can make a bold statement and define the overall theme of the wedding, while a stage decorated by fresh flowers makes the entire event come to life. Another widely used flower at Indian weddings is fragrant rose petals. From a design or sprinkling down the aisle or as decor on a table or stage, rose petals add to the splendour and majesty of the event.    About Nikun Events Founder Pinky Patel used her artistic knowledge and passion to create something amazingly unique when she started Nikun Events. She brings her inspirations from India, England and East Africa. She brings events to life weaving traditional and contemporary styles together using floral, fabrics, textures, colors, and other materials. Nikun Events’ objective is to create a distinctively unique occasion that demonstrates your inspiration, which evokes enchantment, enjoyment, and happiness for you and your guests. Nikun’s artistic experience spans from small to extravagant events over the years and has  helped designs come to life in a beautiful, enchanting, and inspiring event for the bride and groom to cherish for a long time!

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Shivani and Kunal

    Shivani and Kunal discovered their compatibility from the beginning. The two met each other virtually through dating app, Dil Mil, and theirs was a long-distance relationship where the couple would connect further by vacationing together. Kunal’s love for dogs and the outdoors attracted Shivani so much that within a year she decided to move from South Carolina to Florida to be closer to Kunal and truly get to know him.  Kunal proposed to Shivani in August 2019. Though his original plan was to propose during a weekend trip to visit his parents, Kunal came home from work one day and decided he could not wait. He got down on one knee ready to propose to the love of his life. Funnily, in his haste he forgot the ring! He ran to the other room to get the ring, returned, and proposed again with the ring. Shivani thought he might be joking, but he was not. Already deeply in love, Shivani had only one answer: “Yes.”

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The couple decided to get married January 31, 2021, but though Shivani, Kunal, and their families always dreamed of a big, fat Indian wedding, but the Covid pandemic and restrictions meant a change in plans. Instead, they planned a simple wedding with only 15 guests and no reception. Given the two were nature lovers and lived on a preserve, Shivani and Kunal chose to host their wedding in their home’s backyard in Mims, Florida. The couple did their own wedding planning with the help of their families and the bride’s sister.  The wedding ceremony was full of personal touches by Shivani’s parents, who made sure every little detail was perfect. Her parents made customized chairs for the bride and groom and bought elephant statues and decorated them with jewels. These touches of affection and love from the parents made the wedding that much more special. Shivani and Kunal’s love for Indian traditions showed throughout the wedding. The groom entered to the beat of a dhol. They chose to play instrumental versions of their favorite 90s Bollywood hits during the ceremony. To ensure everyone could be a part of the wedding rituals and hear the meaningful words, the music was kept to a low volume. The mandap was decorated in burgundy, green, and white with touches of gold and elephants placed all around. Not to be forgotten, the couple’s dog was even part of the first look photos looking dashing in custom Indian clothing!   There were some lighthearted moments, like when the guests kept hitting their heads on the chandeliers. Shivani was worried about having a wedding during a pandemic, and she was worried that the guests or even herself might get Covid. Despite the challenges, the couple enjoyed planning their own wedding.   The couple’s advice is to get personally involved in each stage of planning to make the moments special. For those live streaming their wedding, don’t forget that the video will catch everything that is said! Since there were just a few guests in attendance, it was important to the couple to focus on the photographs and videography to capture every beautiful moment. Shivani and Kunal’s wedding was a ceremony that beautifully captured the couple’s love and sense of belonging.


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Puja a Physician and Raj a Tech Consultant Wedding Story

 For Puja Solanki and Raj Gone, the airport is a magical place. Their story begins with a chance encounter at Chicago O’Hare Airport (ORD), where the two were flying through on the way back to Florida from India. Raj noticed Puja was wearing a USF sweatshirt, the university both attended at the time. They struck up a conversation that lasted the entire layover, and as they say, the rest is history! In honor of their first meeting, Raj decided to propose to Puja in the spot where they met – at Chicago O’Hare! Despite Puja’s questions as to where they were going, and Raj’s nervousness about the weather delays, it all worked out in the end and Puja said yes! The couple flew back to Tampa, where they were able to celebrate with family and friends. Flying high in colors of love, Puja Solanki, a Physician and Raj Gona, a Tech Consultant decided to tie the knot on 27 December 2020. Puja and Raj really wanted to hold a destination wedding, but Covid changed their plans. Due to the pandemic, the couple decided to host a wedding and reception at the Hyatt Place in their hometown, Wesley Chapel, Florida. The couple planned many details of their wedding but relied on wedding coordinator Big Guava Events to organize logistics and details during the wedding.   

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As part of the pre-wedding ceremonies, Raj had Mangal Snanam and Puja had a Mehndi, Ganesh Puja and Pithi/Haldi. Both ceremonies were attended by only close family members and friends. The night before the wedding featured traditional Garba dancing with colorful floral decorations, a traditional swing and Radha-Krishna idols. The decor theme at the wedding included blush and pastel shades of fresh flowers with floating candles down the aisle to the Mandap. The baraat included festive Hindi and Telugu dance numbers. Raj arrived in a vintage Chevy convertible and was accompanied by his parents down the aisle. Puja, accompanied by her male cousins and uncle, walked down the aisle to the song “Duniya” from Luka Chupi.  The reception theme featured a classic and elegant look with white and gold. Florals complemented the ambiance perfectly and were in the centerpieces as well as part of the backdrop wall. The backdrop also included candles with a custom, homemade P and R in light up marquee letters. One unique touch was a caricature painting of Puja and Raj posing as the iconic Raj and Simran from a famous Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge poster.  The reception had the guests dancing to a mix of top hits as well as Hindi and Telugu songs. The first dance song was a blend of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” from Frankie Vallie and “Enna Sona” from OK Jaanu. The couple was touched by a surprise video of friends and family in India and around the United States who were not able to attend the wedding due to Covid restrictions.  Given that the couple is easy going, they just went with the flow during the planning process. Puja had the usual bride nightmares of not being ready on time, but none actually came true. The couple advises those planning to be sure to spend some time with their partner not discussing the wedding! Enjoy this time together.  Despite the pandemic, Puja and Raj’s wedding was a beautiful event shared by friends and family. Their love for each other overcame all even a pandemic.


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Duniya from Luka Chupi

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Beautiful Indian Wedding Event