Punya and Ravi, Orlando, USA
Punya and Ravi got married in Orlando, Florida and their celebrations were resplendent with beautiful floral décor and picture-perfect ethnic ensembles.
Both from the medical field, Punya and Ravi lead fast-paced lives. Their charming wedding in the US gave them the chance to slow down a little, enjoy some precious moments and transform those into memories forever.
Here, the bride shares some highlights of their journey together.
How we met
The couple met at Rice University, specifically at the tryouts for Rice’s bhangra team, Chowl Bhangra. They both made the team and as they started seeing more of each other, they began walking to and from their dorms, hanging out and over their freshman year, as they studied, they explored Houston, danced together and became best friends.
They were dating by the start of the next year. Over the next three years, they were inseparable – travelling for dance competitions, meeting friends and creating many college memories. When they both decided to attend medical school – Ravi stayed on in Houston but Punya went home to Florida. The long distance was a new challenge but it ended up strengthening their relationship even more.
“Our biggest challenge during the wedding planning process was definitely wading through the options! There are so many Indian wedding vendors that finding the perfect ones was our biggest challenge. And of course, coordinating with our vendors in India for clothing, invitations, favors, etc. was difficult, but so worth it! My mom, Ravi, and myself traveled to Delhi about six months before the wedding and did most of the shopping there with the help of my aunt, without whom we would never have been able to navigate all the stores!”
“We got married at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando near where I grew up in Central Florida. We got married between the end of medical school and the start of our residency, so we knew we would be having a summer wedding. We had to have a venue with a beautiful interior because it would be too hot and humid to have any functions outside!”
“The mehndi ceremony was held at my family home and was an intimate celebration with close family and friends. We wanted an informal, colorful, vibrant event full of laughter, music, and dance to kick off the wedding festivities. We had fresh dosas made for our guests (including chocolate dosas!) out by the pool overlooking the lakefront.”
The couple had a Moroccan marketplace theme for their sangeet, which was filled with performances – dances, songs, skits – from their family and friends as well as a “dance-off” between Punya and her bridesmaids and Ravi and his groomsmen. There was a surprise couples’ dance at the end of the program. Guests were serenaded with live musical performances and treated to delectable Indian food.
The beautiful setup at the wedding made the venue look like a picture straight out of a fairy tale. The couple exchanged vows in a traditional ceremony where candles and flowers set the tone for their romantic nuptials. Punya looked gorgeous in a crimson lehenga with intricate gold details and bespoke jewellery. Ravi looked every bit the royal groom in his sherwani.
“The final event to top off our wonderful wedding week was the reception. We had circular estate tables, a hanging wedding cake, a giant dessert display and of course amazing speeches and performances by our loved ones. We even DIY-ed our own marquee light sign that spelled “LOVE” and it was the focal point of our cocktail hour.”
Venue: Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek (Orlando) Waldorf Astoria Orlando (Orlando)
Wedding Planner: ShivPriya Events (Sanford)
Invitations: Neha Singh Bhatia Invitations (New Delhi)
Decor: Occasions by Shangri-La (Winter Garden)
Catering: Memories of India Inc II (Lake Mary), Saffron Indian Cuisine (Orlando), Dosa Corner (Orlando)
Entertainment: Dudha Productions (St. Petersburg)
Live Event Painting: Captured on Canvas (Baldwin)
Favors: Sancha Tea (Mumbai)
Mehndi: Tejal Henna (Altamonte Springs)
Hair and Makeup: Kristy’s Artistry Design Team (Ocoee )and Michele Renee The Studio (Tampa)
Photo booth: SNAP! Studio Booth (Orlando)
Photography: Caroline Studios (Austin)
Videography: Nathan Willis Wedding Films (Little Rock)