Melanie & Neeraj’s incredible destination wedding in Turks & Caicos was a spectacular four-day celebration that joined friends and family from around the world to take part in the joining of their families at one of the most beautiful island destinations on the planet. The culmination of the couple’s near decade-long romance brought plenty of emotion, smiles, laughter and fond memories to the picturesque island oasis that became the ultimate setting for an unforgettable wedding, which was named one of “The Knot’s” best cultural weddings of the year!

With the sun setting at Amanyara’s reflecting pool, Melanie and her mom recalled touching memories as Melanie’s mehndi was applied. The couple’s welcome party was a colorful, bohemian inspired event held at a private villa dotted with candles, torches and lanterns. Melanie and Neeraj welcomed guests and reminisced with friends as the sun set over the crystal clear Caribbean waters. After a morning boat excursion, the couple hosted a glittering “Bollywood Soire” themed sangeet night, with choreographed dances and speeches, MCed by the couples close friend and stand-up comedian Rajiv Satyal, with a performance by the bridal party and friends from SA Dance Company. The next morning, a storm quickly rolled in as Melanie and Neeraj were getting ready for their ceremony, and with all the romance of a Bollywood love scene, they saw each other in their wedding attire for the very first time as the rain fell around them. Luckily the clouds parted just in time for a gorgeous traditional South Indian ceremony at Amanyara’s reflecting pool. The couple’s evening reception started with a sunset cocktail hour by the beach, followed by a romantic candle and moonlit evening of dinner and speeches both romantic and chic, with a party kicked off by a spectacular fireworks show.

We’re honored Melanie and Neeraj chose us to capture such a special moment in their lives and we’re excited to share this spectacular event hosted by such an amazing couple and family. We couldn’t be more pleased and thank the fantastic team that helped pull off their events, which were beautifully planned and coordinated by Sonal J. Shah and her team at Sonal J. Shah events. Mohini Boparai & Sunjay Gularia of Exclusively.in assisted Melanie in meeting with India’s top fashion designers; she wore Manish Arora at her welcome party, Manish Malhotra at her sangeet and wedding, and Sabyasachi at her reception. Each look was meticulously created by Melanie and Susmita Patel of Style by Susmita, who also designed one-of-a-kind accessories and served as Melanie’s exclusive makeup artist and stylist in Turks & Caicos.

Shot with Canon HDSLRs and EOS L-Series lenses
Additional support gear by KesslerCrane.com, Cinevate.com, & Glidecam.com

Venue: Amanyara Resort, Turks & Caicos
Planning & Coordination: Sonal Shah, Sonal J Shah Events
Makeup & Styling: Susmita Patel, Style By Susmita
Photography: Whitney Chamberlain, Our Labor Of Love
DJ: Vaarij Kadakia, Premiere DJs USA
Entertainment: Rajiv Satyal; SA Dance Company
Florals: The Peloton Group

Check out more incredible destination wedding films created by Pacific Pictures:
Pacific Pictures presents Avni & Abhishek’s Same-Day-Edit/Concept E-Session
Pacific Pictures presents Bansi & Edward’s Elopement in Saint Lucia

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
Additional support gear by KesslerCrane.com, Cinevate.com, & Glidecam.com

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

Check out more epic South Asian wedding films produced by Pacific Pictures:
Pacific Pictures presents Avni & Abhishek’s Same-Day-Edit/Concept E-Session
Pacific Pictures presents Bansi & Edward’s Elopement in Saint Lucia

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
Additional support gear by KesslerCrane.com, Cinevate.com, & Glidecam.com

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
Additional support gear by KesslerCrane.com & Glidecam.com

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
Additional support gear by KesslerCrane.com, Cinevate.com, & Glidecam.com

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