Daughter to Dulhan, ShaadiShop Mother’s Day Special Part 1

To celebrate Mother’s Day we connected with two South Asian mothers to share their perspectives on Indian weddings. We interviewed Rupal Shah mother extraordinaire and a popular mehndi and draping artist in Southern California. Inside: A Mother’s Perspective My daughter is … Continue reading Daughter to Dulhan, ShaadiShop Mother’s Day Special Part 1

#Bhatt No Matter What: Arti and Anand, Hyatt Regency Long Beach

Anand’s last name is Bhatt too, so I’m all set – no name change! Woohoo!  Arti and Anand Bride and Groom: Both are Gujarati, Hindu Mehndi: Bhima’s Restaurant Garba: Brookhurst Community Center Wedding and Reception: Hyatt Regency Long Beach Photography: … Continue reading #Bhatt No Matter What: Arti and Anand, Hyatt Regency Long Beach

Balcony Baraat: Rajvi and Rishi, San Mateo Marriott

{About Rajvi and Rishi} Rajvi was a student on the East Coast while planning her wedding. Rajvi and Rishi’s wedding was on a Saturday at The San Mateo Marriott in Northern California, and by Monday morning she was back on … Continue reading Balcony Baraat: Rajvi and Rishi, San Mateo Marriott

Shailee and Simran, Sheraton Cerritos, Cerritos, CA

Sikh Ceremony: Buena Park Gurdwara, Buena Park, CA Reception: Sheraton Cerritos, Cerritos, CA Bride and Groom: Gujarati Hindu-Punjabi Sikh Photography: Lin and Jirsa What advice would you give to couples that are planning their wedding? My advice is to relax … Continue reading Shailee and Simran, Sheraton Cerritos, Cerritos, CA

Proposing to the Girl of Your Dreams – a Man’s Perspective, Medha and Yash

{From the Groom} We added a twist to ShaadiShop’s proposal series! A proposal story from a groom’s perspective! From preparing to planning to proposing, Yash shares what it all! And what a difference it is! For me the proposal process … Continue reading Proposing to the Girl of Your Dreams – a Man’s Perspective, Medha and Yash

Romantic Restaurant Proposal! Megha and Kevin

{About Kevin & Megha} They dated for 9 years before getting engaged last year. Bringing together Megha’s Gujarati-Indian-Jain background and Kevin’s Iranian background, this is truly a union of two beautiful and ancient cultures. Enjoy Megha’s telling of how Kevin … Continue reading Romantic Restaurant Proposal! Megha and Kevin

Rustic, Bayfront Wedding Blending East and West, Ashmi and Suraj, San Diego CA

Ashmi and Suraj Marina Village San Diego Conference Center and Marina Bride and Groom: both are Gujarati Jain Photography & Videography: Gloria Gonzalez Fotografia What was your vision for your wedding? We wanted something intimate at a venue that had … Continue reading Rustic, Bayfront Wedding Blending East and West, Ashmi and Suraj, San Diego CA

Indian bride wearing her coral-pink reception gown, sitting on the sweetheart stage with her husband.

A Flutist During Cocktail Hour, High Heel Favors and Wedding Day Rain, Neena and Chintan, Hotel Irvine

Neena and Chintan Hotel Irvine Gujarati-Hindu wedding Photography: Greycard Photography Videography: Avec Lumiere Productions Why did you split your wedding and reception over two days? We got married on a Friday and had the reception on Saturday. We thought it … Continue reading A Flutist During Cocktail Hour, High Heel Favors and Wedding Day Rain, Neena and Chintan, Hotel Irvine

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Sipra and Kevin, Purple Orchid Wine Country Resort, Livermore, CA

Sipra and Kevin Purple Orchid Wine Country Resort & Spa Photography: Wedding Documentary Photo + Cinema Highlight Video First Dance Video What were your wedding events? Thursday Mehndi – in Pleasanton Friday: during the day was a rehearsal with our family and … Continue reading Sipra and Kevin, Purple Orchid Wine Country Resort, Livermore, CA

Indian groom carrying his Indian bride after their Hindu wedding ceremony.

Shreta and Bharat, InterContinental Hotel, Dallas

Shreta and Bharat Bride and Groom: Gujarati-Punjabi InterContinental Dallas We got married on Thanksgiving weekend. One of our priorities was for our guests to have a really good time. A big part of that was how accommodating our venue was … Continue reading Shreta and Bharat, InterContinental Hotel, Dallas

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Decision Making for Better Planning, Reha and Vijay, Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa

Reha and Vijay Bride & Groom: Gujarati/North Indian; Hindu/Jain Wedding & Reception: Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa Photography & Videography: Aaron Eye Photo & Video For us, selecting the venue was the most important decision as everything else was … Continue reading Decision Making for Better Planning, Reha and Vijay, Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa

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Game of Thrones Theme-Song Baraat; Avni and Taylor, Oak Creek Golf Club

 Avni and Taylor Wedding and Reception: Oak Creek Golf Club Photography: Paul F. Gero Photography Videography: Watt Pak Studio Our theme was “Home is wherever I’m with you” which emphasized not only the love between Taylor and I but for … Continue reading Game of Thrones Theme-Song Baraat; Avni and Taylor, Oak Creek Golf Club

Shari and Prashanth, Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa

Shari and Prashanth Bride and Groom: Gujarati Jain-Tamilian Hindu Sangeet, Wedding, and Reception: Newport Beach Hotel & Spa Photography and Videography: Lin and Jirsa Shari and Prashanth planned their wedding with 130 guests within 6 months of getting engaged. They … Continue reading Shari and Prashanth, Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa

The Custom-Everything Wedding; Payal and Sahil, #Pahil, Hilton Long Beach

Payal and Sahil Bride and Groom: Hindu; Gujarati/Punjabi Wedding and Reception: Hilton Long Beach Photography and Videography: Payal Photo & Video Clothing Design: Dreams Collections What did you like about the Hilton Long Beach? How flexible they were and how … Continue reading The Custom-Everything Wedding; Payal and Sahil, #Pahil, Hilton Long Beach

Arrived by Helicopter! Tanvi and Deep, Marina del Rey Marriott

Tanvi and Deep Wedding: Marina del Rey Marriott Reception: Marina del Rey Marriott Bride and Groom: both are Gujarati Hindu Memorial Day Weekend Photography:Braja Mandala Videography: Avec Lumiere Productions Can you share what your main wedding events? Tanvi: Thursday: Mehndi at my … Continue reading Arrived by Helicopter! Tanvi and Deep, Marina del Rey Marriott

Yesha and Raj, Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove

Yesha and Raj Bride and Groom: Gujarati Hindu and North Indian/Filipino Hindu Wedding and Reception: Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove Photography: Samson Productions Jose Zakany Photography Shilpa of Shilpa Patel Events and I worked together quite a bit on the weddings … Continue reading Yesha and Raj, Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove

Wedding celebrations in two cities over two weeks, Mika and Neil

Mika and Neil Bride and Groom: Bengali Hindu – Gujarati Jain Photography and Videography: IQ Photo Mika and Neil celebrated their wedding over 10 days in Tucson, Arizona and SoCal (Orange County & Los Angeles) How did you incorporate Bengali … Continue reading Wedding celebrations in two cities over two weeks, Mika and Neil

A Celebrity MC, the bride’s dog was in the wedding…and their DJ cancelled last minute! Amie and Chirag, Laguna Cliffs Marriott

Amie and Chirag Bride and Groom: Gujarati and Marathi Wedding and Reception: Laguna Cliffs Marriott Photography and Videography: Lin and Jirsa   Were there any surprises or unexpected circumstances at or while planning your wedding? My grandmother fell the day … Continue reading A Celebrity MC, the bride’s dog was in the wedding…and their DJ cancelled last minute! Amie and Chirag, Laguna Cliffs Marriott

Beautiful Bhakta Wedding, Seema and Roshan, Costa Mesa, CA

Seema & Roshan Hilton Costa Mesa Orange County Bride and Groom: Hindu (Bhakta) Gujarati and Hindu (Shah) Gujarati What were your wedding week events? Roshan and I are both the youngest in our families so this was the last ‘hurrah’ … Continue reading Beautiful Bhakta Wedding, Seema and Roshan, Costa Mesa, CA

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Mumbai in Cali! Shailvi and Ankit’s Engagement Party

Ankit and Shailvi Mumbai-themed Engagement Party Photography: Greycard Photography Videography: Robles Video Productions Engagement slideshow I’m very excited to share this story, as I’ve known Shailvi for a long time. And she and Ankit were one of the very first users … Continue reading Mumbai in Cali! Shailvi and Ankit’s Engagement Party

#Kaanand: Kaanan and Anand, Hotel Irvine

Kaanan and Anand Wedding and Reception: Hotel Irvine Bride and Groom: Gujarati Jain and Marwari Jain Cinematography: Robles Video Productions Photography: GreyCard Photography What were your wedding week events? Anand’s family arrived Monday night. Tuesday night we had them over … Continue reading #Kaanand: Kaanan and Anand, Hotel Irvine

The Big Fat Relaxed Indian Wedding; Aakriti and Kartik, Pacific Palms Resort

Aakriti and Kartik Pacific Palms Resort Bride and Groom: Punjabi Sikh-Gujarati Hindu Photography: Greycard Photography Videography: Robles Video Productions Briefly share something about your wedding that could be helpful for future couples. We spread out our events over 2 weekends. We … Continue reading The Big Fat Relaxed Indian Wedding; Aakriti and Kartik, Pacific Palms Resort

We had a wedding orientation night; Kate and Saagar

Kate and Saagar Hindu ceremony + garba: Swaminarayan Mandir and Cultural Center Chicago Western ceremony + reception: Adler Planetarium, Chicago Saagar and Kate met in high school and knew each other for a very long time before they got married. … Continue reading We had a wedding orientation night; Kate and Saagar

Simple, stress-free, and fun! Jaimini and Mehul, Chino Hills, CA

Jaimini and Mehul Bride and Groom: both are Gujarati Swaminarayan Ceremony: BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir, Chino Hills What was your vision for your wedding? We were very relaxed about the whole thing. We wanted it to be really simple. We knew … Continue reading Simple, stress-free, and fun! Jaimini and Mehul, Chino Hills, CA

3 Venues, Google buses and more! Sheena and Sagar, SF Bay area wedding

Sheena and Sagar Bride and Groom: Sindhi Hindu and Gujarati Jain Sangeet: San Mateo Marriott Ceremony: San Jose Gurdwara Reception: Blackhawk Automotive Museum Videography: IQ Videography Photography: IQ Photo Grand Entances What were you looking for in the venues? I … Continue reading 3 Venues, Google buses and more! Sheena and Sagar, SF Bay area wedding

Gorgeous Golden Gown, Sonia and Ravi, Hilton Irvine

Sonia and Ravi Bride and Groom: Gujarati Hindu and Punjabi Hindu Garba, Wedding and Reception: Hilton Irvine Photography: Randery Imagery Did your families meld your two cultures together? Even though Ravi and I are both Hindu, I was surprised at … Continue reading Gorgeous Golden Gown, Sonia and Ravi, Hilton Irvine

Smooth Scheduling: Nick and Neelima, San Mateo Marriott

Neelima and Nick They had a Jain as well as a non-denominational ceremony San Mateo Marriott How many venues did you consider before finalizing the San Mateo Marriott? We reached out to 20 and visited about 8 venues. We loved … Continue reading Smooth Scheduling: Nick and Neelima, San Mateo Marriott

Kanika and Atman, Hilton Woodland Hills and Hyatt Regency Long Beach

Kanika and Atman Sangeet: Woodland Hills Reception: Hyatt Regency Long Beach Bride and Groom: Punjabi Jain-Gujarati Hindu Photography: Global Photography Cinematography: Robles Video Productions How did you select the Hilton Woodland Hills? It’s a beautiful venue and close to my … Continue reading Kanika and Atman, Hilton Woodland Hills and Hyatt Regency Long Beach

Purva and Dharmish, Radisson Newport Beach, CA

Hindu wedding and reception: Radisson Newport Beach Bride and Groom: Both are Gujarati-Hindu What were your venue selection criteria? ability to accommodate 400+ people nice area convenience – non-hotel venues don’t have changing rooms or some require you to arrange … Continue reading Purva and Dharmish, Radisson Newport Beach, CA