Ansu and Karan’s gorgeous South Asian wedding celebration in New York was filled with fun, love, and lots of emotion, among the many tender and dramatic moments we were honored to commemorate in their film. The extravagant four-day celebration hosted in the heart of Manhattan was kicked off with a gorgeous Sangeet at Cipriani, bringing Bollywood dance, henna artists and a bangles bazaar to the buzz of the financial district. Ansu & Karan’s colorful Hindu wedding at the historic Waldorf Astoria was nothing short of spectacular. What better way for Karan to make an entrance into the New York marquee hotel then by turning heads and stopping traffic with a grand baraat down Park Avenue! With not only a horse drawn carriage, but a classic Shelby Cobra in tow. The moonlit-indigo themed hues rising up across the ultra high ceilings of Waldorf Astoria’s grand ballroom created the perfect setting to culminate Ansu & Karan’s beautiful events at their reception, and it was a pleasure taking part in this celebration for two wonderful famillies.

Shot with Canon HDSLRs and EOS L-Series lenses
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Coordination: Elizabeth Priya Kumar, Premini Events
Photography: Alain Martinez, Alain Martinez Photography
Decor: Vikram Panicker, Elegant Affairs
Venues: Waldorf Astoria, Cipriani
Makeup & Styling: Karuna Chani, KC Makeup

Married sports fans know that marriage and sports have a lot in common. Success in both requires hard work, dedication, and sacrifice. For engaged football fans Komal and Shalin, the first step in joining their families would come when Komal would reconsider her lifelong dedication to the New York Jet’s in favor of reluctant allegiance to Shalin’s Baltimore Ravens. A big step for Komal, as in the words of Komal’s older brother, “Everyone knows the Desai family is a Jet’s family!”

At their engagement extravaganza in Baltimore, Komal wanted to take it a step further; to show her undying love and support for Shalin in the biggest way possible. Always the one to pleasantly surprise his fiancé, Shalin would now become the unwitting subject of the surprise of a lifetime for any Ravens fan. Totally unbeknownst to Shalin, Komal had arranged to walk Shalin blindfolded onto the 50 yard line of M&T Bank Stadium, the home of the Baltimore Ravens. The big reveal would also include a full blown announcement of the starting lineup of the Parikh and Desai families in true primetime NFL fashion.

We were especially excited to take part in planning the big surprise, from convincing Shalin we just wanted to do a “casual video shoot” around town, to writing the script for the M&T Bank Stadium announcer!

Shot with Canon HDSLRs and EOS L-Series lenses
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Coordination & Decor: Marie Danielle Vil-Young, AVS Events
Photography: Cengiz Ozelsel, Adagion Photography
Entertainment: AATMA Performing Arts, AATMA
Venues: M&T Bank Stadium, The Hilton, The Hilton Baltimore
Makeup & Styling: Style By Susmita, Style By Susmita

Check out more big surprises captured by Pacific Pictures:
Pacific Pictures presents Tina & Pavin, A New Orleans Wedding Reception, featuring Jay Sean
Pacific Pictures presents Vish & Aalok’s South Asian wedding in Miami

“A paradise you have found, but it too has found you.”

The word paradise often evokes the distinct pastoral imagery of a lush earthly Eden that has been celebrated in pop culture by countless artists through time. The concept of such a place brings an immediate feeling of warmth and peace for those able to find it - but is paradise more than just a place?

The paradise found by Bansi and Edward would first take the form of Saint Lucia, a breathtaking tropical island in the Caribbean. Their decision to elope wasn’t an easy one. Bringing together all of their friends and family was a big reason they originally planned for a traditional wedding in Philadelphia. When a member of Edward’s family fell ill, postponement seemed indefinite. Amidst the uncertainty, the couple decided to escape on a short vacation in the Caribbean. The two arrived in Saint Lucia where they found a surreal natural beauty unlike any other. With the blessing of both their families, the couple realized there would be no better way to bring the sights and sounds of a dream wedding in paradise back home than capturing it all in a film that would premiere at a surprise reception a few short months later; to all their extended friends and family in attendance, Bansi and Edward would unveil their surprise elopement. The experience and memories they brought back would last a lifetime, as would the small piece of themselves they left behind. The journey helped them realize that the paradise they found wasn’t a place at all, it was the true love they share for one another.

The four day shoot with no assistants or second shooters was definitely a challenge. We’re especially grateful to Bansi and Edward, who gave us complete control over all aspects of the creation of this film - from the concept, to the locations, to the various looks created in collaboration with Susmita Patel of Style by Susmita; to the words spoken reverently by Mr. Michael Aubertin, which were scripted exclusively by Pacific Pictures.

Shot with Canon HDSLRs and EOS L-Series lenses
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Check out more destination wedding films created by Pacific Pictures:
Pacific Pictures presents Sapna & Vijay’s Same-Day-Edit/Concept E-Session
Pacific Pictures presents Depeka & Robin’s Same-Day-Edit/Concept E-Session

“Before man finds love, he is lost…”

What reads like part of an ancient Hindu proverb spoken beautifully by Pandit Satish Kumar, was in fact part of Avni and Abhishek’s original concept film created exclusively by Pacific Pictures for their stunning four day wedding same-day-edit, featuring a concept shoot at the awe-inspiring Bonneville salt flats and a one-of-a-kind vidai in a hot air balloon. Avni and Abhishek’s gorgeous Hindu wedding in Salt Lake City, Utah was nearly one year in the making. Their wedding festivities appeared not once but twice on the cover of the Salt Lake Tribune, which called their celebration “a wedding for the ages” and “a fairy tale event, involving hundreds of people from all over the globe.” With the vibrant color and beautiful splendor of Avni and Abhishek’s opulent Hindu wedding also came deep spiritual meaning, strong bonds of family, and tender emotion, felt throughout the couples’ grah shanti, mehndi, sangeet, wedding ceremony and reception.

The events brought Abhishek’s Houston native Dhingra family to the Patel family’s local Salt Lake City; to the Grand America Hotel, which played host to the festivities after several transformations by Remmal Kamsadkar‘s Orlando based Occasions by Shangri-La, under the coordination of the team at Kiscubed Events. Utah Governor Gary Herbert proclaimed Avni and Abhishek’s wedding day, “a day of celebration across the state of Utah,” and it’s no surprise, since their wedding was said to be “one of Utah’s most elaborate and expensive wedding celebrations ever.” But the elaborate celebration was not the sole motivation for all the attention: the kindness, generosity and care exuded by the Patel family patriarch, Mr. Dinesh Patel, along with his entire family, including Avni, can be felt in their presence immediately; it’s no surprise they’re as well liked and respected. Their new extended Dhingra family also exudes unparalleled warmth, and the rare affection and soft-hearted nature of Abhishek’s personality was one we became infected by. We’re lucky to have shared such a special moment in their lives and honored to have captured all the incredible moments of the joining of these two amazing families!

Shot with Canon HDSLRs and EOS L-Series lenses
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Décor: Remmal Karamsadkar, Occasions by Shangri-La
Occasions by Shangri-La
Coordination: Nirjary Desai, KisCubed Events
KisCubed Events
Photography: Nadia Dziskavetz, Nadia D Photo
Nadia D Photo
Venue: The Grand America Hotel, Salt Lake City, UT
Grand America Hotel

Check out more Same-Day-Edit/Concept E-Sessions created by Pacific Pictures:
Pacific Pictures presents Sapna & Vijay’s Same-Day-Edit/Concept E-Session
Pacific Pictures presents Depeka & Robin’s Same-Day-Edit/Concept E-Session

Kinnari & Pawan first met when Kinnari’s best friend from college persuaded her to venture out to Lillie’s, a Victorian-style bar in Union Square during a snowstorm. Kinnari had little desire to brave the cold, but eventually she relented. At the bar, Kinnari’s friend was the first to spot Pawan. Swinging into matchmaking mode, she dramatically knocked a menu off the table asking Pawan to pick it up as he walked by. Noticing another woman in Pawan’s company, Kinnari was at first discouraged. But when the groups mingled, Kinnari learned that the other woman was Pawan’s cousin. Hours of enchanting conversation later, Pawan offered to drive the girls home. Before saying goodnight, the two exchanged numbers and began what would eventually blossom into a whirlwind romance. Joined by family and friends, Kinnari & Pawan were married in a Hindu wedding ceremony at the Rockleigh Country Club, after dancing the night away at their beautiful sangeet, held at The Tides Estate. We had a blast producing this same-day-edit, which included a fun concept shoot at the site of their first meeting, Lillie’s Bar in Union Square, and Times Square in the heart of New York City. We couldn’t be happier for this amazing couple and their newly joined family!

Read more about Kinnari & Pawan’s love story in the New York Times, “A Dropped Menu Got It Started”

Shot with Canon HDSLRs and EOS L-Series lenses
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Coordination: Rose Events
Photography: Salwa Photography
Entertainment: DJ Suhel
Venues: The Tides Estate, Rockleigh Country Club, Lillie’s Bar NYC
Makeup & Styling: Style By Susmita

Check out more same-day-edits by Pacific Pictures:
Pacific Pictures presents Avni & Abhishek’s Same-Day-Edit/Concept E-Session, Salt Lake City, UT
Pacific Pictures presents Depeka & Robin’s Same-Day-Edit/Concept E-Session, The Breakers Palm Beach