September 2019

Desh Videsh September 2019

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Pooja weds Mahul Indian Wedding at The Plaza Resort and Spa Photographed by Fine Art Productions

In August 2017, mutual family friends introduced Pooja Patel and Mahul Amin, and their love for food, movies, and college football helped them bond instantly. In November 2018, Mahul proposed Pooja. At a gazebo near a pond in Piedmont Park in Atlanta, with the Atlanta skyline providing a perfect romantic backdrop, Mahul got down on one knee and proposed Pooja, …


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Vaishali Weds Shivraj Indian Wedding at Sheraton Orlando North Photographed Fine Art Productions

When Vaishali Thakkar and Shivraj Patel connected through the dating app Dil Mil, little did they know that this connection would turn into a lifelong bond. After texting for a couple of hours, Shivraj, who was in New York, decided to call Vaishali, in Chicago. Their first call lasted for over three hours. After this, neither the distance nor their …

Real Wedding

Gopita weds Ruby Indian Wedding at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa Photographed by Rob Hurth Photography

A right swipe on a dating app Coffee Meets Bagel led Gopita Patel to her life partner Ruby Patel. When Gopita saw Ruby’s profile on the app, she almost did not swipe right as she thought he was too good looking. But fate had different things in mind, and Gopita and Ruby hit it off instantly. After dating for 10 …

Wedding Planning

Design & Décor Spotlight: Occasions by Shangri-la By Chris Vander Kaay

Design & Décor Spotlight: Occasions by Shangri-la By Chris Vander Kaay

There are many skilled wedding décor and design companies throughout the United States, but when Smita Patel founded Occasions by Shangri-la back in 2005, it was because she recognized a void in the décor market during the weddings of two of her children (and Occasions co-founders), Remmal Karamsadkar and Rena Popat. REMMAL: Back then, there weren’t any design firms that …

Bridal Expo

2019 MyShadi Bridal Expos: Year in Review

For over 10 years, MyShadi Bridal Expo has been a community event not to be missed by those planning a South Asian wedding. What began as a small bridal show twice a year in Florida, has now grown into a platform for over 85 event vendors taking place in over six different cities across the Southeast US. Hosted by Desh …

Wedding Planning

Tips to Choose the Perfect Wedding Venue

Tips to Choose the Perfect Wedding Venue

You’re excited that he proposed, and a date has been set! Now what? The last thing you want is unnecessary stress during this exciting time with the hassle and confusion of logistics and accommodations. Trust us when we say, “Work with Professionals!” On your wedding day, you don’t want to be worrying about anything besides walking down the aisle. Here …

Indian Wedding Rituals

Two Most Important, Essential Rituals in Hindu Weddings By Raj Shah

Two Most Important, Essential Rituals in Hindu Weddings By Raj Shah

In earlier wedding special issues of Desh-Videsh, I have discussed the importance of wedding rituals in Hindu weddings. A wedding for a Hindu family is not just a party and celebration, but it also fulfills one of the nine sanskars of life. In other words, Marriage, for every Hindu, is not merely pleasure, or romantic love, but an act of …

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Eco-Friendly Wedding Favors for Your Guests

Many of us have become more environmentally conscious and aware of the resources we use and couples planning their weddings are no different. Eco-friendly weddings are on the rise, and if you are a green couple, then you are likely making conscious choices to incorporate your values and love for the environment into your wedding planning. One way to share …

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Tiger Zinda Hai Swag Se Swagat

Best Bollywood Songs for Groom’s Entrance

Indian wedding entrances are often grand, festive, and fun! More often than not, though, the bride is the first to come to mind when thinking of entrance songs. How she enters the venue, who will accompany her, and most importantly, what song will play as she walks down the aisle are all important details to plan. Well, dear grooms, you …


Must Have Photo Moments by Infinite Loop Photography

Bursting with vivid and bold hues, opulent décor and intricate but elegant designs very well describe Indian weddings. Also known as Shaadi or Shadi, Indian weddings are best known for their grandeur, traditions, grace, colors and almost carnival-type celebration. Unique photographs taken at an Indian weddings are made up of warm glances, shared laughter, loving stares, bold colors, elegant mandaps, …

Community News

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Community News September 2019

Florida Jacksonville Talent Show When: 09/14/2019, 1:00 PM Where: Hindu Temple of Jacksonville 4968 Greenland Rd, Jacksonville,32258 Contact: 904-770-5127 Host: Indian Cultural Society of Jacksonville Health Awareness When: 09/15/2019, 9:00 AM Where: Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort 12205 S Apopka Vineland Rd, Orlando,32836 Contact: Sejal Patel 407-921-3303 Host: Gujarati Society Central Florida Orlando Grand Parents Day When: 09/08/2019, 12:30 PM …


Raj Shah Managing Editor of Desh Videsh Media Group


 Dear Readers, It is my pleasure to present our third Wedding Resources special edition of the year. Before I tell you more about this issue, let me first thank several readers and especially brides to be for making suggestions to include more wedding related articles, trends and tips. As they say, “Your wish is our command.” So, this issue includes …