Newport Beach Marriott Indian Wedding

Kavin and Shikha’s Newport Beach Marriott Indian Wedding was 3 days of festivities filled with tradition, culture, love and laughs. The elaborate decor, bright colors and the magnificent setting provided by the Newport Beach Marriot Hotel & Spa, made for a spectacular celebration.

On day one, the celebration started with Kavin’s family where they welcomed me into their home as Kavin was surrounded by his closest friends and family for his Pithi and religious preparations. For day number two,  I met up with Kavin and Shikha for their Garba celebration at the Newport Beach Marriott where the extended families came together while celebrating over food, drink and dance. Sometimes, ceremonies such as the Garba, are the first interactions extended families from both sides have with one another. Prior to the Garba starting, I walked around the campus with the couple for a portrait session before the formalities began.

On day three, we arrived back at the hotel before the sun came up.  Preparations for the main event were already under way. The morning of the wedding was filled with excitement and anticipation. Shikha and Kavin chose a gorgeous yellow color palette which was really striking with the white pillars and architecture of the venue. Their bold choice in color was so refreshing and welcomed. Once Shikha and Kavin were ready for the day, they saw each for a first look and portraits with family and bridal party before heading out to the first main event of the day, the Barraat

A popular practice for most modern day Barraat’s is for the groom to make his entrance on a large animal such as horse or elephant or in an elegant, high-end sports car. Kavin had a big surprise for everyone for his Barraat. Kavin works for the Orange County Fire Authority and through his connections he was able to secure a vintage fire truck for his big parade (which is also how he got us on the run way of John Wayne airport for their engagement photos). The entire cohort of people stood with smiles and amazement on their faces as he pulled into the hotel riding shotgun in the fire engine. This entrance was so true to Kavin’s personality and to his passion for his work. I am so glad he was able to pull this off.  The music began and the crowd followed and danced to the beat of the drum where Kavin was welcomed by Shikha’s family and given their blessing to take her as his wife.

As the ceremony began, Shikha amazed her guests when she walked in with her Sari adorned in yellow and gold colors. She looked flawless! The smile on Kavin’s face as he saw Shikha walking down the aisle with her family was the perfect reaction. As the guests looked on, the traditional Indian Wedding Ceremony commenced and a short time later Skikha and Kavin were officially husband and wife. In the end, guests showered them with yellow rose petals as they walked out hand and hand.

After hair and wardrobe changes, they were ready to celebrate with family and friends. We walked around the hotel grounds one last time for some portraits before entering the ballroom where they saw their vision of a wedding reception brought to life by Dana and the BEL event productions team. The room was gorgeous and every detail was taken care of.  Shortly after that, the reception began. Toasts, speeches, performances and of course lots of dancing into late hours of the evening.

Thank you to Kavin and Shikha for inviting me into your wedding celebration and allowing me to spend 3 incredible days with you and your families. The both of you are kind, humble and gracious humans. Watching you thoughtfully interact with family, friends and even your wedding vendors for the 3 days was refreshing and speaks to your fantastic characters. Making sure everyone was taken care of and had everything they needed even when this celebration was about you guys and not about others. That was unbelievable about you guys.  It’s a rare quality that I admire about the both of you. From our very first meeting up through when we met for your photo reveal last week, you guys have always been such a joy to be around. You are lighthearted, fun and have great sense of humors. It has been such a pleasure and an honor to help document this special time in your lives together. Looking forward to a long friendship with you both.

A special shout out has to go to Dana and her team from BEL Event Productions. Dana, Selina and the entire team were fantastic in every way possible. Making Kavin and Shika feel like royalty while managing what can only be imaged to be a logistical massive undertaking.  Dana and team, you guys are amazing. Thank you for doing what you do.

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Venue: Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa – Samantha

Coordination and Event Production: BEL Event Productions – Dana

Florals/Decor: BEL Event Productions

Photography: Gary Coelho Photography

Video: Avec Limere Productions – Duc

Makeup/Hair: Beauty by Lishma – Lishma

DJ/Entertainment: 3D Sounds

Henna: Henna Trendz –  Wardah

Food: Mantra Indian Cuisine