A Beautiful Blend: An Indian/Mexican wedding

BRIDE & GROOM: Brenda & Girish
WEDDING DATE: Oct. 10, 2009
WEDDING LOCATION: Sheraton Hacienda del Mar
GUEST COUNT: 188 guests

I first met this couple over a year and a half ago. After a postponement due to the swine flu outbreak, Brenda & Girish were finally able to spend the week-end celebrating their special day with friends & family from all over the globe. (Guests came from India, the Mexican mainland, Europe and the US.) And they celebrated it in style...in fact, this wedding was featured in a November feature in In Touch magazine in an article appropriately titled, "I Want To Have A Wedding Like A Celebrity."
Brenda & Girish were truly living out their wedding dreams with all of the fun & romance of their Cabo wedding week-end. Aren't these the cutest flower girls ever?

To access over a 100 photos (taken by the wonderful Cabo photographer, Manuel Burgoin, http://www.weddingsinloscabos.com/), please access these 2 websites & browse the slideshows.



Also, here is a run-down of Brenda & Girish's events...hopefully this will provide other brides with some great information on how to plan a spectacular event.

Thursday - Sangheet:

Brenda & Girish started their wedding celebrations off with a fun & beautiful Indian Sangheet. As part of the 3-night Indian wedding celebration, this is the night to really have fun, to party, to eat & drink, to celebrate with performances and dancing. Most of the guests came in traditional Indian dress, and the decor was bright and fabulous. They utilized their theme colors of orange & fuchsia but also brought in modern brown to emphasize that this was more of a lounge party than a wedding celebration. Lounge furniture and lighted tables surrounded the dance floor, and the couple had their own love seat where they sat to watch their friends and family as they performed dances for them in a Bollywood fashion. The couple used lots of amber uplighting and a spotlight over the dance floor to set the mood for this lavish party. What a way to welcome their guests!

Friday - Rehearsal Dinner:

Because Brenda is Mexican-American (and because the wedding was in Cabo!) the couple decided that their next event would have a Mexican theme. They invited all of their guests on Friday night for a casual but fun Mexican fiesta buffet. The bar was set up under the palapa, Mexican serapes decorated the tables & the buffet, and a Mexican Trio serenaded guests as they ate & drank under the globe lighting. Guests could come & go as they pleased and Girish & Brenda actually had a chance to really chat & visit with their guests. The Fiesta ended at 9:30pm but that was not the end of the celebrations for the evening. The couple and 125 of their "younger" guests than boarded buses and headed for the Baja Cantina on the Beach. There they had what is called a "Youngster Party" directly on the sand, feet from the surf, with DJ music, late night cocktails & hor d'ouevres.

Saturday - Wedding Ceremony & Reception:

After 2 nights of fantastic parties, it was time for the actual wedding celebration. The ceremony was at the gorgeous DeCortez Beach, where guests walked on coco mats to the private ceremony location, looking out at crashing waves, as the sun set behind them. The bridesmaids, junior bridesmaids & flowers girls were so pretty in their very colorful Indian sundresses, perfect for a Cabo wedding. The bride was gorgeous in an ivory gown which she had specially enhanced with Indian accents. The Mandap (a version of the chuppah) was decorated in the theme colors of orange, fuchsia & yellow. A Classical Trio played traditional Mexican music for the ceremony.

Guests adjourned to the DeCortez terrace for drinks, while the couple and their bridal party of 23 continued to take photos on the beach and in the midst of some of the beautiful Sheraton gardens & architecture.

The reception was held in the Sheraton Ballroom, which had been transformed into a wonderland with the help of expert draping & lighting from PSAV on the Sheraton property. Tables were draped in camel/gold linens with orange crush runners, accented with gold chargers, orange napkins, and table arrangements that included three vases of lilies, roses, and mums, all tied with gold ribbon. With a fabulous DJ and 2 witty MCs, the guests were enthralled with toasts, a funny DVD production (from some of Girish's groomsmen who are in film school) and lastly with dancing & wonderful food & desserts that lasted until 2 in the morning.

Congratulations to this lovely couple...best wishes always!


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