Karishma weds Rushi
Dates arranged by friends and family don’t often work out, but sometimes… well, the chemistry just might be there. It was Bansry, the cousin of Rushi Shah, who played the matchmaker in pairing him with Karishma Kadakia. Bansry and Karishma were classmates in med school, and Bansry could envision Kadakia as a potential bride for Rushi, so she invited her to her birthday party on July 13, 2018. It was here that the eventual lovebirds would first meet, date for three years, and finally tie the knot.
Rushi proposed to Karishma at a rooftop party during the Covid 19 Pandemic. He took her away from the party crowd and proposed to her at a specially decorated picturesque location on the pool deck floor. Entering a new level of the relationship, they decided to tie the marital knot in the presence of family and friends.
BANQUET HALLS Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana 809-687-0000 | BEAUTICIANS Laura Franco – Chicago 984-116-4514 | CATERING Pranama Restaurant 829-768-6262 | DECORATOR Creative Punta Cana-Mercaflor 829-712-9518 | ENTERTAINMENT desiBel Entertainment 847-873-5552 | EVENT PLANNER Xanath Banuelos +52 1 984-165-38-25 | INVITATIONS Pink Whistle Man +91 90048-97770 | MEHNDI Lemons and Mehndi 984-116-4514 | PHOTOGRAPHER Joseph Kang Photography 847-962-0054 | VIDEOGRAPHY
Paraagon Films 847-800-2323
The duo wanted a destination wedding at a beautiful place far from the inquiring eyes of fans. They chose the beautiful Hard Rock – Punta Cana Resort on the shore of the Caribbean Sea in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Their choice was a gorgeous one, overlooking the beach, and the resort provided a comfortable stay for all 270 guests.
The celebrations began on April 21 and 22, as the lucky couple engaged in the pre-wedding ceremonies of Mehndi, Pithi, and Sangeet before the big day on April 23, 2022.
The Mehndi ceremony was combined with a welcome event for all the guests. The innovative celebration took place on a water canal at the resort, featuring a raised platform atop the pool, where guests could watch as Kadakia’s hands and feet were adorned with her special henna design. It was such a hit that the couple celebrated their Haldi ceremony in the same location with orange and yellow flowers. Finally, the Sangeet capped off the pre-wedding ceremonies with the families uniting on an outdoor terrace embellished with an Italian theme.
The Big Day finally arrived! Rushi Shah and Karishma Kadakia became husband and wife on the beach with the beautiful ocean waters as the backdrop. The couple tied the knot under a mint-colored Mandap adorned with flowers and a white canopy. Much like a prince in a fairytale, Shah rode in on a horse.
Contemporary Hindi songs and Bhangra dominated the music selection throughout the night. The groom entered with the bride’s parents to a Tere Bina “Girls Like You” mashup song by Jeffrey Iqbal, and the bride entered to Kaise Hua. The two enjoyed their special day before leaving the beach as husband and wife in an antique Bentley.
The party was just beginning! The reception in the evening featured a Harry Potter theme. Tables boasted chocolate golden snitches for every guest. Beside each place setting lay a mini broom with a love quote from the Harry Potter books while the backdrop of the hall presented a candlelit decoration in “Hogwarts” style. Floating candles added an extra bit of romance to the Harry Potter theme. The theme, however, paled in comparison to the bride and groom’s dance performances. The couple and their families danced the night away to a melodious mix of Bollywood and Hip-Hop songs.
The beautiful destination wedding at the Hard Rock – Punta Cana was the perfect beginning to what promises to be a wonderful life for the newlyweds.
Covid 19 Pandemic
pool deck floor
wedding banquet hall Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana
Indian bridal beautician Laura Franco – Chicago
Indian wedding caterer Pranama Restaurant
Indian wedding mandap decorator Creative Punta Cana-Mercaflor
Wedding entertainment desiBel Entertainment
wedding planner Xanath Banuelos
Indian wedding invitation dealer Pink Whistle Man
Indian bridal mehndi artist Lemons and Mehndi
wedding photographer Joseph Kang Photography
wedding videographer Paraagon Films
Hard Rock – Punta Cana Resort
Caribbean Sea in Punta Cana
pre-wedding ceremonies of Mehndi
pre-wedding ceremonies of Pithi
pre-wedding ceremonies of sangeet
henna design, mint-colored Mandap adorned with flowers
prince in a fairytale
“Girls Like You” mashup song by Jeffrey Iqbal
Harry Potter theme, Bollywood and Hip-Hop songs