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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.


Rina weds Rikhil

It took a little time – high school years, college years, and then some, but Rina and Rikhil finally found love when they got in touch with each other after college. Despite going to the same high school, the friends lost touch during college. Their friendship eventually turned into something more. They dated for four years, and Rikhil proposed to Rina after Thanksgiving in 2019. The couple shared the night of their proposal with family friends at the City Winery on the Chicago River Walk. All of them celebrated the engagement of the loving couple the entire night. It was a happy and memorable event for the couple… and their loved ones!

Their planned wedding date of August 2020 was delayed due to the pandemic, but a year later on August 21, 2021, the big day finally arrived. Both Rina’s and Rikhil’s families live in the Chicago area, so they wanted a venue nearby. However, since many of Rina’s extended family members were supposed to travel, they also wanted a hotel for their stay. They finalized The Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca as their ideal venue.


BANQUET HALLS The Westin Chicago Northwest 630-773-4000 | BEAUTICIANS Nadia Hira Beauty 773-818-8283 | CAKE Lovin Oven Cakery 224-788-9558 | CATERING Annapurna Chicago 733-383-636 | Saffron Restaurant 847-278-1955 | DECORATOR Shukan Events + Designs 630-338-6221 | DISC JOCKEY DoItAll Entertainment 847-708-5113 | FLORIST Vivek Flowers 224-277-1223 | INVITATIONS Rolex Cards +91 90221-50157 | PHOTOGRAPHER Sapan Ahuja Photography 815-793-2032 | VIDEOGRAPHY Rush Productions 312-265-1911


The pre-wedding ceremonies were simple with a personal touch. The Mehndi was celebrated in the park district, with an indoor area that included a playground. The décor was simple featuring the couple’s hashtag and a colorful backdrop. A flower-studded white bench was there for Rina. There was also a live dosa counter at the playground. Rina’s Grah Shanti was at the Westin while Rikhil had his at his parent’s house.

The wedding ceremony was in the morning. It was an outdoor function with the couple’s color theme of peach, red, mint, and cream. The groomsmen were color coordinated with the bride while the bridesmaids coordinated with the groom. Rikhil arrived at the wedding in a Lamborghini Huracan. However, he had to walk halfway along a lake to reach the Mandap! Thankfully, when he got there, a perfect blend of Indian and American music at the wedding uplifted the festive spirit and entertained all 200 guests in attendance.

The reception was in the grand ballroom of the hotel. The color theme consisted of navy and gold with floating candles and flowers as centerpieces. Uplighting and sparklers set the party mood. There were beautiful dance performances by the parents of both the bride and the groom, their brothers, and touching speeches by friends and cousins.

The pandemic may have upset many of their plans, but both Rina and Rikhil were happy to finally celebrate their big day that was enjoyed by one and all.

wedding banquet hall The Westin Chicago Northwest

Bridal beautician Nadia Hira Beauty

Indian wedding cake by Lovin Oven Cakery

wedding caterer Annapurna Chicago

wedding caterer Saffron Restaurant

Indian wedding decorator Shukan Events + Designs

Disc Jockey for wedding DoItAll Entertainment

Wedding Flowers by Vivek Flowers

Indian wedding Invitation by Rolex Cards

Indian wedding photographer Sapan Ahuja Photography

Indian wedding videographer Rush Productions

Meera weds Sagar

They met as college students, but it was years later before true love blossomed. Meera Patel and Sagar Shah both studied at the University of Illinois at Chicago where they had a brief introduction. A decade later, they met again through the dating app Hinge and then began their love story on their first date in March 2018.

A couple of years went by and both were in love with each other. Sagar wanted to take their relationship to the next level and prepared to propose to his lady. He planned a road trip to Traverse City, Michigan, and popped the question to the wine-loving Meera at Bower’s Harbor Vineyards.


BANQUET HALLS Marriott Phoenix Resort Tempe at The Buttes 602-225-9000 | BEAUTICIANS Ieshia Make Up Artist ieshiamua@gmail.com | CATERING The Tasty Touch 480-499-2737 | DECORATOR Inner Space Design and Events 480-310-3075 | DISC JOCKEY M4U Events 732-771-9648 | EVENT PLANNER Epic Everlasting Events 505-401-8062 | INVITATIONS Metro Cards +91 98796-72333 | MEHNDI Jaan Henna 703-725-1932 | PHOTOGRAPHER Trevor Dayley 480-310-2196 | PRIEST Bhavenbhai Arizona | VIDEOGRAPHY Serendipity Cinema 602-699-5509


Then the wedding planning began! The date was set for March 26, 2022, four years after their first date.  The couple desired a destination wedding, away from their hometowns. They chose the Marriott Phoenix Resort Tempe at The Buttes located in Tempe, Arizona. Arizona was on their wish list because of its exquisite natural beauty.

The wedding festivities  spanned four days. Celebrations included a Sangeet, Vidhis, Grah Shanti, and Pithi. The Sangeet/Garba was an evening party and featured a Moroccan theme with lanterns and umbrellas, bright colors and bistro lights. They had their Grah Shantis separately. Meera had it on top of the rock while Sagar had it in the ballroom. A Pithi was also observed.

The wedding was indoors and began early in the morning. There was an acrylic Mandap with white hydrangeas along the top and down the raised aisle. The theme was simplistic, having neutral colors and flowers. Their grandmothers were their flower girls and their grandfather was the ring bearer, representing the deep family values they both hold. Further displaying their dedication to family was a memory table to commemorate their ancestors and a phone guest book.

Sagar led the Baraat in a red BMW M4, his favorite car. An abundance of music and dance made the wedding joyful. All the 300 guests enjoyed it to their hearts’ content. The reception in the evening, too, was a happy evening, as the music and dancing continued. For their first dances, Meera and Sagar chose the songs “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha” and “Raataan Lambiyan” while they saved “If I Lose Myself” by One Republic for their last dance.

The couple enjoyed every moment of their wedding ceremonies. However, the best moment was that of their marriage amidst the rising sun. It was the beginning of a new day, and a new beginning in the life of Meera and Sagar.

trip to Traverse City

Michigan

wine-loving

Bower’s Harbor Vineyards

wedding banquet hall Marriott Phoenix Resort Tempe at The Buttes

Wedding bridal beautician Ieshia Make Up Artist

Indian wedding caterer The Tasty Touch

Indian wedding Decorator Inner Space Design and Events

Indian wedding disc jockey M4U Events

wedding planner Epic Everlasting Events

Indian wedding invitation by Metro Cards

Bridal henna by Jaan Henna

Indian wedding photographer Trevor Dayley

Indian wedding priest Bhavenbhai Arizona

wedding videographer Serendipity Cinema

destination wedding

The Buttes located in Tempe

Arizona, Pre wedding ceremony Sangeet

Pre wedding ceremony Vidhis

Pre wedding ceremony Grah Shanti

Pre wedding ceremony Pithi

Moroccan theme with lanterns and umbrellas

song-Ek Ladki Ko Dekha

Song Raataan Lambiyan

Karishma weds Rushi

Dates arranged by friends and family don’t often work out, but sometimes… well, the chemistry just might be there. It was Bansry, the cousin of Rushi Shah, who played the matchmaker in pairing him with Karishma Kadakia. Bansry and Karishma were classmates in med school, and Bansry could envision Kadakia as a potential bride for Rushi, so she invited her to her birthday party on July 13, 2018. It was here that the eventual lovebirds would first meet, date for three years, and finally tie the knot. Rushi proposed to Karishma at a rooftop party during the Covid 19 Pandemic. He took her away from the party crowd and proposed to her at a specially decorated picturesque location on the pool deck floor. Entering a new level of the relationship, they decided to tie the marital knot in the presence of family and friends.


BANQUET HALLS Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana 809-687-0000 | BEAUTICIANS Laura Franco – Chicago 984-116-4514 | CATERING Pranama Restaurant 829-768-6262 | DECORATOR Creative Punta Cana-Mercaflor 829-712-9518 | ENTERTAINMENT desiBel Entertainment 847-873-5552 | EVENT PLANNER Xanath Banuelos +52 1 984-165-38-25 | INVITATIONS Pink Whistle Man +91 90048-97770 | MEHNDI Lemons and Mehndi 984-116-4514 | PHOTOGRAPHER Joseph Kang Photography 847-962-0054 | VIDEOGRAPHY Paraagon Films 847-800-2323


The duo wanted a destination wedding at a beautiful place far from the inquiring eyes of fans. They chose the beautiful Hard Rock – Punta Cana Resort on the shore of the Caribbean Sea in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Their choice was a gorgeous one, overlooking the beach, and the resort provided a comfortable stay for all 270 guests. The celebrations began on April 21 and 22, as the lucky couple engaged in the pre-wedding ceremonies of Mehndi, Pithi, and Sangeet before the big day on April 23, 2022. The Mehndi ceremony was combined with a welcome event for all the guests. The innovative celebration took place on a water canal at the resort, featuring a raised platform atop the pool, where guests could watch as Kadakia’s hands and feet were adorned with her special henna design. It was such a hit that the couple celebrated their Haldi ceremony in the same location with orange and yellow flowers. Finally, the Sangeet capped off the pre-wedding ceremonies with the families uniting on an outdoor terrace embellished with an Italian theme. The Big Day finally arrived! Rushi Shah and Karishma Kadakia became husband and wife on the beach with the beautiful ocean waters as the backdrop. The couple tied the knot under a mint-colored Mandap adorned with flowers and a white canopy. Much like a prince in a fairytale, Shah rode in on a horse. Contemporary Hindi songs and Bhangra dominated the music selection throughout the night. The groom entered with the bride’s parents to a Tere Bina “Girls Like You” mashup song by Jeffrey Iqbal, and the bride entered to Kaise Hua. The two enjoyed their special day before leaving the beach as husband and wife in an antique Bentley. The party was just beginning! The reception in the evening featured a Harry Potter theme. Tables boasted chocolate golden snitches for every guest. Beside each place setting lay a mini broom with a love quote from the Harry Potter books while the backdrop of the hall presented a candlelit decoration in “Hogwarts” style. Floating candles added an extra bit of romance to the Harry Potter theme. The theme, however, paled in comparison to the bride and groom’s dance performances. The couple and their families danced the night away to a melodious mix of Bollywood and Hip-Hop songs. The beautiful destination wedding at the Hard Rock – Punta Cana was the perfect beginning to what promises to be a wonderful life for the newlyweds.

Covid 19 Pandemic

pool deck floor

marital knot

wedding banquet hall Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana

Indian bridal beautician Laura Franco – Chicago

Indian wedding caterer Pranama Restaurant

Indian wedding mandap decorator Creative Punta Cana-Mercaflor

Wedding entertainment desiBel Entertainment

wedding planner Xanath Banuelos

Indian wedding invitation dealer Pink Whistle Man

Indian bridal mehndi artist Lemons and Mehndi

wedding photographer Joseph Kang Photography

wedding videographer Paraagon Films

Hard Rock – Punta Cana Resort

Caribbean Sea in Punta Cana

pre-wedding ceremonies of Mehndi

pre-wedding ceremonies of Pithi

pre-wedding ceremonies of sangeet

henna design, mint-colored Mandap adorned with flowers

prince in a fairytale

“Girls Like You” mashup song by Jeffrey Iqbal

Harry Potter theme, Bollywood and Hip-Hop songs

 

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