Avni + Pratik
The Hyatt and Westin, Jersey City, NJBook STAK Studios
When I first met Avni + Pratik, I knew that this was going to be a spectacular 2-day celebration. With 5 hours of Garba dancing the first night, and then an 18 hour wedding celebration the next day, I knew there would be a lot of photos taken :) On their wedding day, I started shooting at 6AM, which is a new record for my earliest wedding start time.
Avni + Pratik started the festivity the evening before their wedding day. We met with them for the Garba + Raas at the Sheraton Meadowlands Plaza. It was a night filled with performances and non-stop traditional Gujarati dancing. The next morning started with drums and dancing for the Baarat and ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Jersey City. It was a beautiful setting with an amazing NYC skyline view. One of the coolest surprises during their ceremony was a plane flying across the sky with their banner. The day got emotional during the Vidai, as Avni had to say goodbye to her family before entering Pratik's. It was a very special moment to witness her family's love. They ended their celebration with a glamorous reception at the Westin Jersey City. During the toasts, it was cool how the kids were offered cookies + milk in place of the champagne toasts. And one of the biggest hit that night was the Waffles + Dinges station with a never ending line for more!
Avni + Pratik: Thank you for letting us into your lives and trusting us to capture the amazing events which you both so clearly poured your hearts into! We can't wait to see you guys and rock your world with the rest of your photos! :)
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Ceremony location: Hyatt Jersey City
Reception location: Westin Jersey City
Florist: Elegant Affairs
Dress: Aishwarya India + Benzer
Cake: Palermo Bakery
Caterer: Amiya Restaurant
Rentals: Almar Rentals
DJ: Bollywood DJs
Hair/Makeup: Shaili Shah
Officiant: Prabhakar Sharma