How we Met
This story begins on a warm fall day. My best friend, Dina, and a
mutual family friend thought it would be a great idea to set Abheeshek
and myself up together. Dina consistently bugged me to call him, but
me being a bit old-fashioned, I decided to wait on Abhee to call. He
finally called, and we talked everyday for about a month, at which
point we decided it was time to meet each other. Like the gentleman
that Abhee is, he offered to come visit me in Jackson Mississippi. I
will never forget that weekend, he came down those escalators and my
first words were “Don’t look at me”. I said it with the biggest smile
on my face. It was at that moment, we knew we were going to live the
rest of our lives together.
Abhee and I had both discussed a cruise/ destination wedding because
it was something my parents wanted. Abhee and his family agreed and
the process began! We searched many options from resorts to cruises
to even Disney! After searching and figuring prices, our best choice
was a cruise.
I have some very artistic sisters, Jigna and Tina, who both
volunteered to do the designs of the invites. My sisters spent a lot
of time individually tying each invite together.
I went to a local boutique store in Atlanta called Raneez Boutique.
Rani who runs the boutique won me over with all the amazing designs
she had and her enthusiasm towards bridal wear. She showed a passion
for what she did and knew exactly how to make my perfect wedding
outfit. Blue is one of my favorite colors, and I turned away from the
traditional red, green, and white colors. By the end of the day, she
had it all figured out and was also shooting out the idea to make
Abhee’s outfit to match mine. After some thought, we all agreed that
it would flow well and she quickly gave us an idea of what his outfit
would be like. Rani took care of all the accessories for me from my
necklace and earrings to my bangles and hand bracelets as well as my
After we chose the cruise option, we had to pick a destination of port
and from there we chose the cruise line. The best option was Royal
Caribbean – Grandeur of the Seas. It set sail on December 17, 2009
and went to Cozumel, Mexico and returned back to Tampa on December 21,
2009. We got the chance to actually go to Baltimore and check out the
actual cruise boat and see the locations where each event would take
place on board. It was amazing! We got to speak with the chefs and
other coordinators on board who helped out with the planning process.
The cruise line had a limited selection of flowers, so we decided to
make a bouquet using silk flowers. My favorite flower is a calla
lily. So that was the main flower theme for the wedding. The grooms’
side had calla lily boutonnieres. My main bouquet, along with Abhee’s
bouquet, and the “bridesmaids” were all created by my best friend
The main color theme was gold and turquoise blue. The mandap, done by
Mandap World Atlanta, matched perfectly with our setting. It was
definitely a last minute decision but a great one made by Abhee and
his mom! His mom and my sister did an amazing job picking out the
stage décor for the pre-wedding ceremony, the wedding, and reception.
Vasu Govan (Mandap World) was gracious enough to accommodate us on
board the ship and join in on our celebration!
The Photographers (saving the best for last)
Ever since I saw my cousins wedding album, I knew I wanted mine to be
just as amazing! As my best friend and wingman in life, Dina, went
straight to work helping me find the perfect photographer! I visited
many photographers websites but fell in love with Shandro Photography
immediately! Abhee and I looked over their portfolio along with other
albums they had and saw the amazing experience they had with Indian
weddings. It was definitely a plus for us! We talked over the phone
with Haley and Michael and they made it possible in no time! We
continued to talk with them over the year and they even went to check
out Cozumel while down in Cancun! They had the perfect plan and
setting for us.
I have to say Thank you much to Dina, who was there to pick up every
loose end I had and that she did! She helped from day one with the
photographer, actually doing my hair for the wedding, as well as the
flowers. The most amazing thing she did was a cake topper custom
painted to be a replica of Abhee and me. It somehow got lost in the
process of moving many boxes but it definitely was a great addition to
It was a great success for us all! Everyone enjoyed the venue of
choice and the included vacation that we all had as well!!! We
definitely loved the outcome and would definitely recommend this for
any couple who wants to get away and simply just have fun with family
and friends! We all bonded and got to spend time actually enjoying
the wedding and cutting out half the work of a typical Indian wedding
A lot of thanks go out to our family and friends for organizing most
of the arrangements! They did a great job of putting it all together!
Special thanks go to our parents, for without them we would be
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