Bhavarth aborted his plan to propose to Ami at the top of Maui’s Haleakala volcano due to a less than desirable sunrise…full of fog. Avoiding messages from family and friends asking about the proposal, Bhavarth searches for a plan b. Later that October day, Bhavarth explains the story to Ami and proposes as the sun sets on the beach. Even though Bhavarth’s plan didn’t go as desired, at the end of the day everything was perfect. Now it was time to share their big news, begin the celebrations….and the planning.
Between meeting at a wedding and attending many during their engagement, Bhavarth and Ami knew exactly what they wanted for their wedding. During their engagement session I asked them how their planning was coming along. Their response surprised me as they said it was great! They were nearly finished and were excited for how well everything was coming together. Blown away, I knew their had to be more to it than just knowing what you want to achieve such smooth wedding planning.
On Thursday, August 11, 2016 the wedding festivities and traditions officially begin with mehndi night. I’ve said it many times before, but I really do love the pre-events of Indian weddings. These are typically held at the family home and with just the closest members in attendance. Sisters, cousins and Aunties answered each call for help all throughout the night no matter who asked. Is this normal? Yes, I’ve seen it at nearly every wedding I’ve captured. But something was different here…I couldn’t put my finger on it that night and was anxious to discover what I was missing.
Friday morning I arrive at the Panara home and see more love, joy and grace in the family as they worked effortlessly together to ensure everything ran smoothly. With guests pouring in for morning prayers and pithi, the positive energy rose like the high tide. Laughter was every where and it was hard not to join in. Ami & Bhavarth’s celebration continued into Garba held at the Indian Cultural Center later that evening. With the ballroom filled with traditional decor done in a sophisticated way by Suhaag Garden, the candles are lite and the dancing begins. Live music filled the room as everyone spun around the dance floor into the night.
Now the day has come. It’s Saturday, August 13, 2016…Ami & Bhavarth’s wedding day. From getting ready, to their First Look…to baraat and their ceremony, it was a big day with a ton of details to come together. Without dismay, the families worked effortlessly together alongside Tracie Domino Events and the creative team to truly create a magical wedding for Ami & Bhavarth. What impressed me the most was Bhavarth’s brothers speech before dinner. As he stood on the dance floor and faced the stage that held the Bride and Groom, he spoke from his heart about the love that Bhavarth had given to him growing up. About how great of a man he could be by following Bhavarth’s footsteps. That he is forever grateful for everything Bhavarth has shown him, given him and taught him. It speaks volumes when a man pauses his own steps to show how far he has grown because of another. Vimarth, you had me in tears behind my lens. Your words were powerful and your actions throughout the day proved your words to be honest. The world needs more people like you. This speaks true about every member in attendance. The positive energy was captivating and motivating which created a perfect formula for such a successful wedding.
To Ami and Bhavarth,
There are no words for the gratitude I have for you and your families. The bond you have is powerful and such an incredible foundation for your marriage. I wish you both many adventures together, including marking off all the spots on your map.
Shout out to one incredible creative team that helped this dream wedding come to life!
Venue: Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
Wedding Planner: Tracie Domino Events
Event Designer: Suhaag Garden
Photography: Kimberly Photography
Cinematography: Ortiz Films
Hair and Make Up: Michele Renee the Studio
DJ and Dholi Player: Dudha Productions
Wedding Cake: Publix
Grooms Cake: Peninsula Grill – Charleston, SC
Dress Designer: Dulhanj Atirma – Iselin, NJ
Garba Venue: Indian Cultural Center
Garba Entertainment: Kotyark Entertainment
Garba Catering: Khasiyat Orlando
Reception Catering: Aashirwad Indian Restaurant
Henna Artist: Alpa Mandilia