“Andrew stopped, pulled me aside and gave his proposal speech,” said Nisha. He got down on one knee and proposed. They celebrated with family and friends at The Independent, their first date venue.
Nisha and Andrew had a Hindu wedding followed by a Jewish ceremony and reception. The mehndi and grah shanti were held at her parent’s home in Tampa, Florida.
The couple didn’t hire a wedding planner, but sought help from professional vendors. The wedding ceremonies and reception were organized at the Rusty Pelican in Tampa. Nisha and Andrew chose the tropical hideaway as it stands on the waters of Tampa Bay providing an intimate setting. It was a destination wedding for the couple’s 128 guests.
The theme for the Hindu wedding was traditional red, gold and white with a hint of royal blue. The Grand Ballroom with its views of the bay, built-in dance floor, chandeliers, and flowers in tall vases was perfect for the wedding.
Nisha’s Prince Charming arrived on a white horse for the baraat, and for the Jewish ceremony, the bridal party came in a black limo. The Jewish ceremony was hosted on the lush green lawn overlooking the ocean with lavender, purple, white and gold. Nisha and Andrew took their vows under the traditional Jewish huppah, while the setting sun lit their faces.
The reception was an elegant affair in purple, lavender, gold with white tulle drapes and lights hanging from the ceiling. The ballroom came to life with white roses, hydrangeas and white/purple calla and lilies.
Nisha and Andrew advise couples to prioritize what is important and enjoy private moments together during the wedding.