Raj Shah

Editorial

Dear Readers,

It was 25 years ago that Desh-Videsh magazine first hit newsstands, and 12 years ago in May was when our first wedding special issue came out. So it is with great pleasure that we present our latest wedding special edition. Everything you need from the moment you say “yes” to “I do” or take your four mangal pheras to saying ”Qubool Hai” is right here at your fingertips.

If you pay attention to any of the advice shared by the brides and grooms in our real wedding stories, follow this: take time to enjoy your wedding planning process and do not stress about your BIG day. Also don’t forget those “annoying” parents and their wishes – they’ve been planning your wedding since the day you were born!

As Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” To make your wedding a success, you have to work together and divide the responsibilities.

This issue is full of ideas that will inspire you in every way! Real wedding stories that touch your heart, inspiration that makes you excited. We hope you find bright and colorful ideas on each page and for your wedding.

As usual, this issue is filled with real wedding stories, each of which is unique and heart warming. I would like to point out a couple of noteworthy items in two of this issue’s weddings. We’re sorry to have missed Richa and Shashank’s wedding, but from what I heard from friends and what I’ve seen in the pictures and video, it was a spectacular wedding. One of our good friends and community leaders mentioned that this was “the wedding of the year.”

And with Hitesh Mehta being an Eco-Landscape Architect, it was not surprising his wedding to Elizabeth was eco-friendly – no flowers were used at any event! None were needed as their picturesque wedding took place in Kenya against the backdrop of safari trails.

Recently on Facebook, I mentioned that Aruna and I had the pleasure of joining wedding planners from all over the United States on a wonderful destination FAM trip to Mexico arranged by Jack Benoff from Vacationeeze. It was a great fusion of business and pleasure – and the bonus was meeting so many nice people!

Ashley Carrion, a wedding planner at Events-by-C in Chicago, joined us and she wrote an article about this exciting FAM trip – with pictures provided by yours truly! Over the last few years, destination weddings have become very popular among South Asians, specifically Indians. The article will give readers an idea of the latest trends.

With this special issue, we extend a special thanks to each of our loyal advertisers who provide brides, grooms, and their families the best services and advice in the Southeast US!

To meet some of these incredible vendors in person, join us at our two upcoming MyShadi Bridal Expos, one in Fort Lauderdale on August 12 at the Bonaventure Resort & Spa, and the other in Orlando on September 16 at the Hilton Orlando.

See you there!

Raj Shah
Managing Editor