minerva & jason ~ gaylord palms resort wedding ~ orlando, florida

Congratulations, Minerva and Jason. Your extravagant celebration at the Gaylord Palms was festive and joyful, and with my whole heart I thank you for including my team and I, and making us feel like part of your family. I dearly hope that our paths cross again soon and often. You’ve both enriched my life and it’s been an honor getting to know you and call you friends. Much love!

a few words from the bride:
“So, the theme seemed to be September……September 26th, 2008 we started going steady (as in Jason asked to exclusively date me,) Sept. 25, 2010 we got engaged at a fabulous restaurant in NYC called Daniels where we’ve spent all our three anniversaries.  And will be making it a tradition to go every year since we both love it so much. Sept 10, 2011 we got married…the date is 9/10/11 and that was entertaining to us since both of us are forgetful, so we thought that would help us remember!

We Live in NYC and we were dreaming of a destination wedding on an island with a small group of our fave people………. Well, that turned into the most amazing weekend in Kissimmee at the Gaylord Palms with 220 Guests…really small and on an island…ya right!!! Being Indian does not allow you to have a small affair and Jason and I have so many amazing friends it became increasingly hard to not include all of them.  Our inspiration for our wedding weekend was Florida. We both love Miami. Jason used to go all the time with his friends and I used to frequent Miami often also, at least three times a year. We love the energy there.

So, we had a wine and moonshine( to represent NYC and Virginia) evening on Friday night for all our guests on the patio of the old hickory steakhouse at the Gaylord! It looks like a treehouse and is in the atrium that represents the Everglades!  So much fun, the most memorable time that evening was watching all the people try the moonshine and the look of disgust on their faces after!

On Saturday, Jason got ready with his friends and I was with my girls. We had a very relaxed mood in our room that was memorable, my friends were all making fun of me and we were laughing and just enjoying each other. Also memorable was that my mom was with me for all that time!  I gifted my girls eternity bands with diamonds on it to show my appreciation and love for them.  My out fit was from India, a store called Asopalav, in my dads hometown of Ahmadabad, in the State of Gujarat, India. My parents and I had traveled there in January to do a little shopping and also to vacation.  We got Jason’s Nehru suit from there as well.  My jewelery was also from India.  I didn’t want the traditional red color, and since pink is my favorite color, I chose to wear it with fuchsia and emerald green, my two fav colors in the world.   The decor of the Mandap (ceremonial arch) was really inspired by the location of the atrium at the Gaylord and also the fact that we wanted to feel like we were outside on an island…we had the waterfall behind us and a very unusual mandap that looked like a wrought iron gazebo, strung with beautiful unobstructive flowers because we wanted the attention on us………Jason was very adamant about not getting married in a typical ballroom style Hindu ceremony, every Indian wedding he has attended has been in a ballroom and it seemed so generic to him, and he wanted our ceremony to be the most memorable of the events, not the reception.

The Gaylord Hotel has a beautiful fort in the atrium which is where our cocktail hour was and then we had dinner and dancing in the ballroom which was decorated to represent the Miami lounge style. Jason and I both have so many memories with our friends partying in Miami over the years!”

Event Coordinator: Cyndi Benzel, Signature Weddings
Wedding Venue: Gaylord Palms Resort
Florals & Decor: Paloo’s Flowers
DJ: Firoz, Dudha Productions
Caterer: Pam Becker, Gaylord Palms Resort
Photographer: Shipra Panosian Photography
Second Photographer: The oh-so-fabulous Michelle Guzman
Videographer: Steve Graham, Cinematic Wedding Stories
Hair & Make-up: Aisha Salon
Cake: Party Flavors

Facebook comments:

October 27, 2011 - 10:59 pm

dustin - so stunning shipra, amazed!

October 27, 2011 - 11:10 pm

Tenielle - Crazy crazy good. The colour, the movement, the vibrance of it all, absolutely stunning Shipra!

October 28, 2011 - 11:28 am

Heidi Fleming - Gorgeous and stunning! So lush and beautiful. Bravo!

October 30, 2011 - 9:13 am

Minerva Patel - OMG!!!!!As always you are amazing! These pictures have captured the emotions and feelings of the day to perfection! You are second to none. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for allowing us to re-live that day everyday. We are so blessed to have found you. xoxo

October 30, 2011 - 10:06 pm

Michelle Guzman - I was there, but I feel like I’m seeing this for the first time. The images are so beautiful. You have such an amazing way of capturing weddings!!!!!!

November 5, 2011 - 9:12 pm

Mimi - Wow…words can’t describe this gorgeous photography…all I can say is that I love, love, love Indian weddings…they are breathtakingly beautiful!

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