Jesleen and James

Jesleen and James

Jesleen and James

Jesleen and James
Jesleen and James Photographer:
Sona Photography

James (Jim) and Jesleen meet in 2015 via e-Harmony online dating while both lived in New York City. When they finally agreed to meet, they almost didn’t have their first date as Jim got food poisoning in the morning and ended up in the emergency room. He did recover in time to get to the date that evening—and they’ve been together ever since.

The proposal came during a long weekend in Bermuda. The couple’s rooms were not ready when they arrived, and the hotel kept their bags while they spend a few hours exploring. Unbeknownst to Jesleen, Jim had the engagement ring in his bag, which meant he was unwilling to let the hotel keep his bags, which Jesleen thought was odd. Once the couple was on the beach, the mood was romantic, and Jim chose this moment to propose.

Jesleen and her mom loved spending time researching wedding ideas, taking advantage of all the good suggestions on Pinterest, and soon they had a very clear idea of what they wanted.

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Jesleen’s parents moved to Orlando recently, so the couple chose that as the location for the March 2017 ceremony. The Mehndi event was held at the parents’ home, with classical bright Indian colors, lots of music and food. The Sangeet was held at the Omni hotel. The bride was set on having a Rajastani street fair theme, with bold colorful umbrellas, street food, market lights—and a decorated rickshaw as the backdrop for the photo booth.

The Sikh wedding ceremony was held outdoors, and the decorations were pale colors creating a peaceful ambiance.

Jesleen and James
Jesleen and James
Vendors
BEAUTICIANS/COSMETICIAN
Laura Reynolds
407-962-5114
CAKE
Party Flavors
407-578-2082
DÉCOR
Occasions By Shangri-La
407-614-2977
FLORIST
Occasions By Shangri-La
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INVITATIONS
A Royal Impression
512-722-6024
MEHNDI
Henna By Pria
727-459-6448
PHOTOGRAPHER
Sona Photography
407-694-6032
PRIEST/WORSHIP SERVICES
Gurdwhara Orlando
RECEPTION SITES
Omni Hotels & Resorts
407-238-6520
RESTAURANT/CATERING
New Punjab Indian Restaurant
407-352-7887
VIDEOGRAPHY
Riant Films
407-603-6955
WEDDING PLANNER
Signature Weddings & Events, Inc.
352-267-5345

The groom arrived astride a horse with Punjabi music and bhangra setting the mood. The flower girls and ring bearer held the bride’s heavy lehenga as she arrived at the ceremony, followed by her bridesmaids. The theme was bright colors with orchids, purples and hot pinks. Two nearly life-size elephant structures covered in moss marked the entrance into the reception. At the reception we had several choreographed dances, including one with the bride and groom to “Hal Kaisa Jaanab.”

The couple’s advice to others planning their wedding: Have fun with it!

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