Floating Mandap; Tejal + Yousouf’s Wedding at Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach

{How They Met} Yousouf and I met through mutual friends while we were both at St. George’s University. He was studying for medicine and I was working on my Masters in Public Health. We started to hang out more and became … Continue reading Floating Mandap; Tejal + Yousouf’s Wedding at Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach

Big Gujarati Wedding! Poonam + Jayson, Hilton Anaheim

{About Poonam and Jayson} Jayson proposed to Poonam the day she returned from a trip to Shanghai. When she arrived at LAX and neither he nor her family were there to pick her up she was disappointed…until a limo, stocked with … Continue reading Big Gujarati Wedding! Poonam + Jayson, Hilton Anaheim

Co-Choreographers Fall in Love; Girina + Vishal, Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove

{How They Met} This is a cute story you’d see in a Bollywood movie. Girina and Vishal were in college at the University of Arizona and there was an upcoming dance competition. Girina and Vishal are avid dancers and became co-choreographers. … Continue reading Co-Choreographers Fall in Love; Girina + Vishal, Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove

Konkani Wedding! Sucheta and Rohan, Sheraton Park at the Anaheim Resort

{About Sucheta and Rohan} Sucheta and Rohan are an adorable couple! Their smiles light up a room and they were all smiles on their wedding day at the Sheraton Park at the Anaheim Resort! Sucheta started a part-time MBA program while Rohan … Continue reading Konkani Wedding! Sucheta and Rohan, Sheraton Park at the Anaheim Resort

Nikita and Karthik’s Santa Barbara Beach Wedding

{Nikita and Karthik} Nikita and Karthik, SF Bay area residents, came to ShaadiShop interested in a wedding that would create a staycation feel. We helped them look from Napa to Santa Barbara. They had two weddings! A South Indian wedding … Continue reading Nikita and Karthik’s Santa Barbara Beach Wedding

Parade Float Baraat! Amy + Peter, San Diego Marriott Marquis

{Amy and Peter} Before we dive in to this feature, we HAVE to talk about their super unique baraat…with a parade float. Definitely a first from what we’ve seen! So cool! Amy shared: My husband, Peter loves everything unique and … Continue reading Parade Float Baraat! Amy + Peter, San Diego Marriott Marquis

Some Mazel Tov for that Mandap!, Hinal + Zach

{About Hinal and Zach} Hinal and Zach had back-to-back wedding weekends celebrating each of their cultures and traditions. The Hindu ceremony was first, followed by a Western ceremony, with Jewish aspects, the following weekend. How lucky is Hinal to get to walk … Continue reading Some Mazel Tov for that Mandap!, Hinal + Zach

We’re Tying the Knot So Take a Shot! Priyam and Amar, Hyatt Regency Long Beach

{Priyam + Amar} Sangeet: Diamond Bar Community Center Wedding and Reception: Hyatt Regency Long Beach Bride and Groom: both are Hindu Gujarati Photography and Cinematography: Samson Productions How did you decide on your venues? For the wedding and reception we … Continue reading We’re Tying the Knot So Take a Shot! Priyam and Amar, Hyatt Regency Long Beach

Romantic Summer Wedding, Bina and Neel, Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, Newport Beach, CA

{About Bina and Neel} Bina and Neel have known each other pretty much all of their lives. Their families are friends, though they themselves were not in touch with each other. Through some family events they reconnected and their friendship blossomed … Continue reading Romantic Summer Wedding, Bina and Neel, Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, Newport Beach, CA

Cocktail Parties Are The New Garba; Priyanka and Anuj, Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa, CA

{About Priyanka and Anuj} Priyanka and Anuj replaced a garba/sangeet with a fun cocktail party at a lovely Italian restaurant that they rented out. It was all Western attire and a nice way to add a Western flare to the wedding. Priyanka … Continue reading Cocktail Parties Are The New Garba; Priyanka and Anuj, Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa, CA

Suraj Hua Madhham, Karishma + Suraj’s Wedding, Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove

{Karishma + Suraj} Suraj proposed at Disneyland and they planned their wedding within 10 months. Relying mainly on their friends’ recommendations and experiences, they put together a fun celebration of their love.   {Suraj Hua Madham} Narrowing down a song … Continue reading Suraj Hua Madhham, Karishma + Suraj’s Wedding, Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove

Peacock Themed Reception; Divya and Raminda, Sheraton Park at the Anaheim Resort, CA

{About Divya and Raminda} Divya is Punjabi and Raminda is Sri Lankan. Divya is Hindu and Raminda, Buddhist and they incorporated both cultures/religions into their wedding. For instance Raminda had a baraat and wore a sehra. And they opened their wedding reception … Continue reading Peacock Themed Reception; Divya and Raminda, Sheraton Park at the Anaheim Resort, CA

Post-Ceremony Dove Release; Nina and Gautam, Avenue of the Arts Wyndham, Costa Mesa, Ca

{About Nina and Gautam} Nina and Gautam were amongst the first of their friends to get married. Not only were they new to wedding planning but Nina was in law school in the SF Bay area during most of it too. … Continue reading Post-Ceremony Dove Release; Nina and Gautam, Avenue of the Arts Wyndham, Costa Mesa, Ca

Indian bride and groom wearing funny sunglasses, happily posing for the camera at their Hindu wedding

Trojan Mehndi, DIY Decor, Life-Size Games and more! Amrish and Rakhee, Malibu, CA

Rakhee and Amrish Bhakta-Jain, Gujarati, Hindu wedding Saddlerock Ranch Malibu Photography: Greycard Photography Videography: AKI Visuals Why a USC Trojan mehndi design? I’m a die-hard USC Trojan and football fan. My sister, Uncle, and I all went there. I got … Continue reading Trojan Mehndi, DIY Decor, Life-Size Games and more! Amrish and Rakhee, Malibu, CA

Indian bride and groom chatting at their sangeet

When An Indian Fashion Designer/Reality Star Gets Married, Maneka and Mayur, Temecula/Costa Mesa, CA

{About Maneka and Mayur} Maneka and Mayur met at work. Mayur is the CEO of Keller Williams Newport Estates and Maneka is a realtor and the owner/designer for Officially Couture by Maneka in LA’s Little India. Their love blossomed and they … Continue reading When An Indian Fashion Designer/Reality Star Gets Married, Maneka and Mayur, Temecula/Costa Mesa, CA

When the Bride & Groom Fall For Each Other…Literally! Komal and Ankush

{About Komal and Ankush} So you might be wondering what the title of this wedding feature is all about. Scroll down. You’ll see the {cute} story behind the title of our latest feature – Komal and Ankush’s wedding. They got married … Continue reading When the Bride & Groom Fall For Each Other…Literally! Komal and Ankush

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

Surprise Celebrity Guest! Poonam and KJ, Phuket, Thailand

{About Poonam and KJ} Bhangra brought these two Bhangra Empire dancers together. Poonam and KJ, aka The Jolly Sidhus, met at a team practice. Poonam was immediately smitten as KJ rode in on a motorcycle in true Bollywood hero fashion. Hence the … Continue reading Surprise Celebrity Guest! Poonam and KJ, Phuket, Thailand

#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

A model wedding…literally. Shilpa and Sudhir, Pacific Palms Resort, CA

Telegu Hindu-North Indian Hindu Pacific Palms Resort, City of Industry, CA Learn more about the Pacific Palms Resort Photography: Greycard Photography Cinematography: Impressive Creations   Can you describe what wedding planning was like? It was like having a second full time job. With all the calls, personal visits, and emails back and forth – it was a lot of work and very time consuming with a lot of details to manage.  However, we were willing to do it to have the vision we wanted. In the end, we had our dream wedding! What do you recommend so brides can stay … Continue reading A model wedding…literally. Shilpa and Sudhir, Pacific Palms Resort, CA

Wedding With Originality; Mohini and Neel, San Mateo Marriott

{About Mohini and Neel’s Wedding} If I had to describe Mohini and Neel’s wedding in 1 word it would be original. From the baraat band to the centerpieces – everything was one-of-a-kind. {The Venue} The San Mateo Marriott is a … Continue reading Wedding With Originality; Mohini and Neel, San Mateo Marriott

Bhangra Regiment, Dholnation, and more! Sonia and Sunny, Turnip Rose Hilton Costa Mesa

Sonia and Sunny Punjabi Hindu and Punjabi Sikh Wedding: The Turnip Rose Reception: Hilton Costa Mesa Photography: Greycard Photography Videography: Robles Video Productions Did you have a sangeet? mehndi? Yes, and they were combined and held at my Aunt’s home. … Continue reading Bhangra Regiment, Dholnation, and more! Sonia and Sunny, Turnip Rose Hilton Costa Mesa