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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.


Avani weds Naresh Indian Wedding at Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore Photographed by Since 1987 Films

When technology meets medicine, the end product can be wonderful. Such was the case when Naresh, a technology entrepreneur and author, met Avani,a physician.

These days, is not uncommon for couples to meet through dating apps. Naresh and Avani met through one such app, Coffee Meets Bagel. The two went through a series of interesting dates and nearly two and a half years of a loving relationship before reaching the wedding mandap.

Avani weds Naresh Indian Wedding in Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore by Since 1987 Films and Nima Film Photography

The engagement proposal took place in Tampa after careful planning by Naresh. He led Avani to believe they were attending a friend’s birthday party at a hotel penthouse rooftop. She sat there alone (with a photographer snapping pictures) watching a special tribute video. She then followed a trail of chocolates and flowers to a balcony where Naresh was waiting in a heart of roses and candles to propose. She said yes!

The wedding festivities were also held in Tampa. Over the course of the wedding week, most guests came in from out of town, while approximately 100 guests were locals.

The sangeet, wedding, and reception all took place in the hotel ballroom. The wedding was celebrated with beautiful flowers and a decorated mandap. For the reception, Avani designed centerpieces made of trees and crystals for the tables. Naresh choreographed dances and coordinated with most of the vendors.

The South Indian and Gujarati priests narrated the series of vidhis perfectly, along with live shehnai, nadaswaram, and thavil musicians. This was the most surprising “wow!” element of the wedding!

Month and day coordinators helped tremendously, but the couple did their own long-term wedding planning. Naresh utilized his tech savvy background to digitize the wedding preparations and improve efficiency and execution. Therefore, Naresh and Avani recommend month-of and day-of coordinators for budget-conscious families.They do not advise any one attempt any decor on their own, as it is cheaper and easier to rent from professionals. Naresh and Avani believe couples should enjoy their weddings instead of being stressed! They also urge couples not to worry too much about little wedding details, for the future of a healthy marriage is what is most important!

Beauticians and Cosmetician by Michele Renee Hair & Makeup Artist Group


BANQUET HALLS Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore 813-877-6688 | BEAUTICIANS / COSMETICIAN Michele Renee Hair & Makeup Artist Group 813-531-7770 | CAKE Goldie’s Goodies Bakery 813-305-2253 | DECORATOR Ritti Couture Weddings & Events 813-728-6274 | DISC JOCKEY B & S Music Entertainment 407-922-6463 | EVENT PLANNER Abby Hamilton 813-817-1905 | MEHNDI Alpa Eyebrow Threading & Henna Art 813-298-9139 | MUSICIAN Shaadi Ki Shehnai 917-270-0537 | PHOTOGRAPHER / VIDEOGRAPHY Since 1987 Films 813-310-5616 | Nima Film Photography 813-885-5555 | PRIEST Acharya Ramesh Mehta 813-453-9334 | Hindu Temple of Tampa 813-962-6890 | RESTAURANT/CATERING Cheap Restaurant in Soho 813-258-5878 | FLAMES Indian Cuisine 813-252-8069 | Khasiyat Indian Restaurant 407-888-2147 |


Preferred Vendors

Michele Renee Hair & Makeup Artist Group

Michele Renee Hair & Makeup Artist Group

Khasiyat Indian Restaurant

Khasiyat Indian Restaurant

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Indian Bride Looking Gorgeous
Decorator by Ritti Couture Weddings & Events
Disc Jockey by B & S Music Entertainment
Event Planner by Abby Hamilton
Mehndi by Alpa Eyebrow Threading & Henna Art
Musician by Shaadi Ki Shehnai
Priest by Acharya Ramesh Mehta and Hindu Temple of Tampa
Restaurant and Catering by Cheap Restaurant in Soho Restaurant and Catering by FLAMES Indian Cuisine
Restaurant and Catering by Khasiyat Restaurant
Gorgeous Portrait capture of Indian Groom
Indian Couple posing for a photoshoot
Astonishing capture of Indian Couple
Adorable Dance by indian couple at the reception
Indian Groom Holding Bride in hands
Cake by Goldie’s Goodies Bakery
Indian Bride and groom looking amazing
Indian Groom dancing with Groomsmaids
Indian bride with her Bridesmaids
Astonishing Shot of indian couple
Indian Bride and groom smiling during photoshoot
Indian Bride Makeup
Indian Couple and guests having amazing time together

Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore

Michele Renee Hair & Makeup Artist Group

Goldie’s Goodies Bakery

Ritti Couture Weddings & Events

B & S Music Entertainment

Abby Hamilton

Alpa Eyebrow Threading & Henna Art

Shaadi Ki Shehnai

Since 1987 Films

Nima Film Photography

Acharya Ramesh Mehta

Hindu Temple of Tampa

Cheap Restaurant in Soho

FLAMES Indian Cuisine

Khasiyat Indian Restaurant

decorated mandap

centerpieces made of trees and crystals

choreographed

South Indian

shehnai

nadaswaram

thavil musicians

tech savvy background

wedding mandap

engagement proposal

wedding week

Jaina weds Umesh Indian Wedding at 5th Avenue Hall Photographed by Peter Togel Photography

Signature Ballroom in Suwanee

Indian wedding venue

Indian couple date

Millennium Park

Jaina Patel, a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, was introduced to Umesh Patel, an Aerospace Engineer, through a mutual friend in 2011. Little did the two know that a casual introduction will lead them down the aisle to their “happily ever after!” The couple’s first date was so special that Jaina and Umesh remember it as if the date was just yesterday.

Indian couple

planning the wedding

pre-wedding events

mehndi night

Umesh wanted to be sure he chose the right moment and place to propose to Jaina, so he planned a summer trip to Chicago. However, on the day he planned to pop the question, Jaina fell ill. Before their trip came to an end, they went to see Millennium Park, and it was there that Umesh asked Jaina to marry him.

Jaina weds Umesh Indian Wedding at Ashiana Restaurant & Banquet Halls Photographed by Peter Togel Photography

pithi

grah shanti ceremony

flower arrangements

Indian Wedding decoration

Jaina and Umesh chose the Signature Ballroom in Suwanee, Georgia, to be their wedding venue. The couple took on planning the entire wedding themselves, with the help of their family and friends.

Bhangra.

hip-hop music

Bollywood

Jaina’s pre-wedding events included a mehndi night, pithi, and grah shanti ceremony all at her home. Since she is from Zimbabwe, all these events had an African theme, and her family members handmade all the decorations themselves. Her cousin, Rajuben, made paper lantern centerpieces, with an African sunset and elephants painted on them. Her brothers-in-law made the stage backdrop, and her aunts and cousins made garlands and small flower arrangements for the decoration. Umesh’s family celebrated by doing a pithi and grah shanti ceremony at his home.

Wedding hall decoration

peacock theme

blue orchids

For the wedding, Jaina and Umesh chose a traditional color theme of red, white and gold. Umesh came to the venue in a Mercedes driven by his best friend. For the baraat and ceremony, their DJ played a mix of Bhangra, Bollywood and hip-hop music.

blue stones

Wedding cake

Indian Wedding reception

At the reception, the hall was decorated in a peacock theme, in colors of blue and turquoise. Two types of centerpieces adorned the tables – one was a vase with blue orchids and blue stones in them, and the other had blue and purple flowers with peacock feathers. The couple’s cake fit the theme with a peacock on top of it and edible feathers going down one side.

Mauja Hi Mauja

Elvis Presley

Can’t Help Falling in Love.

At the reception, their parents entered first, followed by their siblings and other close family members. Umesh and Jaina entered to “Mauja Hi Mauja” from their favorite movie Jab We Met. Their first dance was to the classic Elvis Presley song “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

Banquet Halls by 5th Avenue Hall and Ashiana Restaurant & Banquet Halls and Signature Ballroom


BANQUET HALLS 5th Avenue Hall 678-663-7281 / 678-999-6584 | Ashiana Restaurant & Banquet Halls 770-446-8081 | Signature Ballroom 678-765-7961 |BEAUTICIANS-COSMETICIAN Beauty By Ami 407-257-8646 | CAKE Jay’s Cakes 678-779-1489 | DECORATOR The Events Designer by S.A. 678-707-1467 | DISC JOCKEY We Go Disco 678-770-7216 | MEHNDI Bridal Allure by Aarti Amin 678-717-7303 | PHOTOGRAPHER/VIDEOGRAPHY Peter Togel Photography 404-647-6476 | PRIEST Pandit Keshav Joshi 404-386-3267 | RESTAURANT/CATERING Cafe Bombay 404-320-0229 | WEDDING INVITATIONS DP Portfolio 678-358-9068


Preferred Vendors

Cafe Bombay

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Beauticians and Cosmetician by Beauty By Ami
Cake by Jay’s Cakes
Decorator by The Events Designer by S.A.
Disc Jockey by We Go Disco
Mehndi by Bridal Allure by Aarti Amin
Priest by Pandit Keshav Joshi
Restaurant and Catering by Cafe Bombay
Wedding Invitations by DP Portfolio
Indian Bride and Groom Looking Spectacular
Indian Couple Having Tender Moment
Detailed Decor for the wedding
Indian Bride Looking Gorgeous
Indian Wedding Rituals
Astonishing Shot of indian couple
Indian Wedding Decor Details
Details of pre-wedding celebration
Indian Wedding Decoration
Indian Bride Makeup
Indian Bride and Groom posing for the photoshoot
Making her grand Enterance
Chaab (Gift for Bride from Groom's Family) Indian Wedding Ritual
Pre-wedding Photoshoot by Peter Togel Photography Indian Couple After Garland Exchange Ceremony
Indian Bride and groom smiling during photoshoot
Charming Indian Couple at the reception
Indian Love birds posing for the photoshoot
Creative indian Wedding Reception Decor
Indian Bride and groom First Dance capture
Indian Bride at the Vidaay Ceremony Indian God and godess RADHE AND KRISHNA
Beautiful Indian Couple's Photosession
Indian Couple Posing with bridesmaids and groomsmen
Indian Wedding Ceremony Mandap Decor
Marvelous Indian Wedding Ceremony Mandap Decor
Last touchups of indian bride makeup
Stunning Capture of indian Bridal Jewelry
Indian Wedding Decoration Ideas
Dazzling Indian Bride showing her mehendi
Enchanting Capture of Indian Lovebirds
Indian Bride and groom having romantic moment
Indian Bride and groom during reception Ceremony
Incredible Indian Bridal jaina Photo
See this Elegant Wedding Cards Of the Indian Couple
Glamorous Indian Bride and groom just married
Majestic Indian Wedding Table setup
Beautiful Bride Hair Style by
Stunning Capture of indian Bridal Jewelry
Indian Wedding Photoshoot
indian wedding dress
Indian Wedding Garba
Indian Bride and Groom Dance Performance Indian Bride and Groom Under wedding Mandap
Wedding Album
Wedding Photography
Indain wedding Merriage
Signature Ballroom in Suwanee
baraat and ceremony
grah shanti ceremony
pre-wedding events
Wedding Planning
Indian Wedding Decoration
Indian Bride and Groom Holding hands to each other Indian Groom Possing for outdoor photoshoot
Great Entrance of Indian Groom for wedding Newly Weds Couple under Wedding Mandap
Wedding Vedio Graphy
Wedding Sangit Ceremony
Wedding Sharnai
Indian Wedding Dholi
Indian Wedding Priest
Indian wedding dance
Indain Wedding Tabla
Indian Bride's Family Welcomed Indian Groom
Indian Wedding Saris
Horse Carriage
Wedding Photography and Videography
Indian Wedding Invitation
Wedding RSVP
Wedding Bride & Groom
Wedding Bride Ring
Wedding Decoration Style
Indian Wedding Couple Dance
Wedding Hastmelap
Fabulous Indian Couple portrait
Creative Reception Decor
Indian Wedding Grooms and Bride Ring
Indian Wedding Elegant Card
Mandap Decorator

Roshan weds Peter Fusion Indian Wedding at Historic Walton House Photographed by Catalina Ayubi Photography

multicultural wedding

Wedding festivities

Sindhi, American, and English traditions

When Roshan Nebhrajani, a Sindhi medical student, and Peter Bransden, a British VP at a insurance company, met at a bar, little did they know they would be bringing together families and cultures in the name of love!

haldi ceremony,

mehndi ceremony

sangeet

After dating for a year, Peter began searching for engagement rings. Peter organized a surprise party for Roshan’s 28th birthday on a rooftop bar, where he projected a video on an adjacent building. He dropped to one knee, Roshan said yes, and the planning began!

Roshan weds Peter Indian Wedding at Historic Walton House Photographed by Catalina Ayubi Photography

wedding ceremony

Indian reception

Historic Walton House in Homestead

Their incredible multicultural wedding weaved Sindhi, American, and English traditions and took place in south Florida. Wedding festivities began with a haldi ceremony, mehndi, and sangeet. The haldi ceremony was a new experience for Peter’s family as they had never seen someone’s bare body rubbed with tumeric paste. The sangeet and mehndi party were celebrated at the Microtheater Miami, an outdoor venue featuring performances in shipping containers.

Indian wedding

mandap decoration

wedding location

The wedding ceremony and reception were held at the Historic Walton House in Homestead, Florida. The outdoor afternoon wedding took place under a mandap decorated to enhance the natural lush greenery. Red and orange flowers and foliage made the wedding location picturesque.

baraat

Indian wedding planner

hassle free wedding

One special moment at the festivities was the baraat. In a unique touch, the baraat was lead by Peter along with his high school marching band! Though the couple originally thought to host their wedding in the United Kingdom, it didn’t work out. So, the effect of the English marching band was quite appreciated by the couple and the guests. A wow moment for Peter was when he saw Roshan in her wedding outfit. It simply blew his mind away.

Beauty by Z

Anand Event Services

Wedding Decorator

As most couples who plan their wedding on their own, Roshan and Peter recommend that not hiring a wedding planner adds a touch of personalization. This is provided you have the time for it? They also recommend that you have good relations with vendors in the wedding for a smooth and hassle free wedding.

Farah’s Mehendi

Indian Wedding PHOTOGRAPHER

Catalina Ayubi Photography

Beauticians and Cosmetician by Beauty by Z


BANQUET HALLS Historic Walton House 786-356-9435 | BEAUTICIANS / COSMETICIAN Beauty by Z 786-473-7806 | CAKE Knaus Berry Farm 305-247-0668 | CATERING Dade County Food Group 305-965-7764 | DECORATOR Anand Event Services 954-214-5807 | DISC JOCKEY Sweat Records 305-342-0953 | EVENT PLANNER The Ministry of Decor 305-771-2828 | MEHNDI Farah’s Mehendi 786-208-2277 | PHOTOGRAPHER Catalina Ayubi Photography 305-305-7359 | PRIEST Dharmasetu Das Adhikari 619-300-6542 | VIDEOGRAPHY Anand Event Services 954-214-5807 |


Preferred Vendors

Anand Event Services

Anand Event Services

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Cake by Knaus Berry Farm
Catering by Dade County Food Group
Decorator by Anand Event Services Disc Jockey by Sweat Records
Event Planner by The Ministry of Decor Groom Ready for Indian Wedding
Groom with Groomsman Capture
Indian Groomsman showing America and United Kingdom flag
Beautiful Indian Bride's Wedding Wear
Indian Bride's Zumkha (Earing)
Indian Bride Sandle
Indian groom enjyoing with indian groomsman Indian Bride and Groom Holding eachother's hand
Indian Bride showing her Mehndi by Farah’s Mehendi
Indian Bride showing her Mahendi Design
Indian Bride wearing Pocha (Ornaments for Hand)
Indian Bride going to meet indian groom for first look
Tender Movement for Indian Lovebirds

Indian Bride and Groom Possing for outdoor Photoshoot Indian Bride and Groom in Wedding Attire
Indian Bride and Groom Looking Terrific
Indian Bride and Groom Looking Amazing
Indian Bride and Groom Having Great Photoshoot

Indian Bride and Groom ready for Reception Ceremony
Indian Bride with her Sister and Bridesmaid Capture
Gorgeous Photo of Indian Couple Amazing Photoshoot by Catalina Ayubi Photography
Indian Wedding Videography by Anand Event Services Indian Groom Photo During Baraat Procession
Stunning Bride Looking Amazing
Priest by Dharmasetu Das Adhikari
Supari decoration for Indian wedding ceremony
Indian Groom Enjoying with Groomsman Capture
Indian Groom with Groomsman Outdoor shoot
Great Enterance of Indian Bride for her Wedding Wedding Mandap Decorated By Anand Event Services
Newly weds Couple looking each other with love United Kindom and American Indian Wedding
Beautiful Table Decoration
Indian Couple Performing Dance
Indian Bride and Groom During Wedding Ritual Capture
Indian Bride Throughing her Bouque to the guest
Excellent Photography by Catalina Ayubi Photography and Videography by Anand Event Services