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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.

Shereen and Faaez

Both Faaez Khateeb and Shereen Hasan found their true soulmates—in each other. That was the reason there was no formal proposal. They dated for more than two years and decided to spend the rest of their lives holding each other’s hands.

The marriage date was fixed for December 11, 2021. Both Faaez and Shereen (having been brought up in Chicago) decided to have a destination wedding in Florida. They chose Hilton Oceanfront Resort at Daytona Beach, Florida as their wedding and reception venue.

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They had a Haldi ceremony in the presence of close family members and some dear friends. The number of guests was restricted due to COVID norms. However, it was a happy and intimate reunion with close friends and family. The marriage ceremony was a perfect blend of American and Islamic culture. It was a beach wedding, held during the daytime. Sun and sea created a magical ambience ideal for a perfect wedding.

Faaez walked down the aisle with his parents to the song “Marry You” by Bruno Mars. They were followed by the flower girl. Shereen walked down the aisle with her parents with the song “Nachdi Phira.” The Nikah ceremony took place under the aegis of the priest. He read the sermons in both Arabic and English. After the Nikah ceremony, the couple exchanged rings. Bollywood and English songs were played throughout the ceremony. Vidayi was marked by sparklers in the hands of the guests.

There was a mocktail hour before the reception for everyone to have some extra fun. The reception was inside a banquet which was exquisitely decorated with pink and white flowers and candles along with hand-made centerpieces made by the bride and groom. The dance floor featured the initials of the bride and groom; and it was highlighted by lights. The cake matched the color theme, and all the guests were served cookies with the initials of the couple on them.

In addition to the first dance and mother-son and father-daughter dances, there was a surprise performance by friends. Faeez and Shereen lit a sky lantern and it flew high to the heavens, signifying their celestially happy journey together. All 50 guests who witnessed this wonderful event cheered the happy couple and wished them well.

Akshay and Arushi

It was the veggie burger made by Arushi that played the role of Cupid in the love story of Arushi and Akshay. He had gone to her place during lunchtime to have burgers together. However, it was not just the burgers, but also the chef, that Akshay fell for—and they started dating in 2016. The lovebirds returned home to Atlanta, GA in 2020 due to the pandemic. Akshay received a blue blazer as a gift from Arushi’s parents. He also gifted Arushi a matching blue dress for her birthday. Finally, on October 23, 2020, the couple went to Piedmont Park to take photos in their matching outfits. The casual outing turned out to be a memorable event when Akshay proposed to Arushi. The beautiful fall weather and the pleasant surprise made Arushi ecstatic.

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The wedding date was fixed for October 23, 2021, exactly a year after the proposal. Since both of them had grown up in Atlanta, GA, they chose the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North venue both for the marriage and for the reception. The Hindu wedding rituals were celebrated in the morning; and the evening featured a reception party and banquet. The pre-wedding ceremonies were a perfect blend of homely celebrations and flashy festivities. Haldi and Mehndi were organised at Arushi’s house. These intimate events (with only the bride and groom’s closest friends and family present) were beautiful and lively.   The couple held the Sangeet ceremony at the Westin. The color theme was light pink and hot pink (tinged with magical golden light from lanterns), and dazzling white and blush pink flowers as centrepieces matching with a blush pink stage. The bride and the groom, both experts in Bollywood dance, put up an excellent dance performance together.   The stunning Mandap for the marriage was decorated with white and light pink flowers. Arushi was beautifully bedecked in red Lehenga and Akshay in traditional outfits. To make the sunny day look beautiful and to create a sharp contrast with the duo’s red dress and turban, the couple requested that their guests sport clothes of pastel shades. Instead of recorded songs, there was a violin player who serenaded them with tunes as the bride, bridesmaids, and groomsmen entered. Akshay came on a white horse with Punjabi Bollywood music. There was a Dhol player also. The reception was a grand party where they entered with their favorite Bollywood songs. There were games, and the music was a fusion of Bollywood and American pop songs. Instead of asking their invitees to sign a guest book, the couple gave Polaroid cameras for everyone to take a selfie or a picture. All 200 guests had a great time. After the reception, Arushi and Akshay revisited the site of their marriage and walked down the aisle together as a married couple. It was a magic moment for the perfect couple who danced slowly to the song “Love Story” by Taylor Swift—sung by their guests.

Daisy and Anup

They took their wedding vows beside the water, with a carpet of flowers strewn over their path. As man and wife, they welcomed their guests in a magical ambience. Creative and imaginative, Daisy Gandhi began her new journey of marital bliss with Anup Solsi with beauty, elegance, and style (from head to toe). Their martial journey began on the first day of 2022. Daisy and Anup met on the dating app Dil Mil. After dating her for a year, he proposed to her during a trip to Malibu. And then, the preparations for marriage began with great enthusiasm. Daisy had had a fascination with the idea of a wedding by the waterside. So, they chose Charlotte Harbor Conference Center at Punta Gorda, as it had a waterfront.

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They celebrated Pithi, Grah Shantak, and Sangeet among the pre-wedding rituals. Each ceremony had its own color theme and mood. Pithi had a color theme of pristine white, and it was followed by a splash of colors like the festival of Holi. Grah Shanti had the colors of marigold and fuchsia flowers. The happy couple celebrated Sangeet on New Year’s Eve. It was a totally fun fiesta, recreating an Indian street market. The following day, the wedding was held in the morning. It was a grand outdoor ceremony featuring a whole host of unique and innovative ideas by Daisy. She came to the wedding venue in a horse-drawn carriage, together with her two maternal uncles and aunts. The wedding Mandap was given a floating touch, with acrylic pillars and hanging flowers on top and flowers spread on the floor. The bride gave touches of creativity to the bridesmaids’ dresses. The bridesmaids wore Indian-style jumpsuits designed by none other than Daisy! Everyone in the family, including the women, wore turbans or safa. The bride’s side wore emerald green safa, and the groom’s side wore navy blue safa. Daisy looked ethereally beautiful in a spectacular red lehenga, and Anup looked dashingly handsome in a beautiful hand-worked white sherwani with an emerald green dupatta and matching necklace. He arrived in a blue Corvette. Daisy wore a 10-foot long red dupatta with the 7 vows (satapadi) embroidered around the edges. Baraat came with a flashy musical mix of dance numbers and party songs comparable to a blend of “Sajan Ji Ghar Aaye” and “Mehndi Laga Ke”. Other songs and mixes were played for the bride, groom, and others. The reception was a dreamy ceremony held at night. All the guests entered as two groups representing the bride and groom’s sides of the family. The centerpieces had white and blush flowers and a mix of candles. The head tables were canopy tables bedecked with hanging flowers and candles. The dance floor was overhung with leaves and wisteria flowers in white, pink, and purple colors. There was music, dancing, and a touch of romanticism and magic everywhere. All 500 guests thoroughly enjoyed the marriage ceremony of Daisy and Anup.