rina + anup // sarasota, fl
Here it is….our first Indian wedding! If you’ve never had the pleasure of attending an Indian wedding, please know that it’s nothing short of epic. They are amazing 3-day events that include bright jewel tones colors, awesome music, beautiful culture and lots of parties, each one better than the last!
We were blessed that our first chance to document such a fantastic event was for an equally fantastic couple! Rina & Anup are truly amazing people. They are like those people you know who are the same age as you, yet they’ve accomplished so much more that almost you feel inadequate!
Anup is a Yale Medical & Business school grad (though he’s a Florida Gator at heart), while Rina studied Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. They use their spare time to run a charity called Cents of Relief that is dedicated to providing educational opportunities, improving healthcare and stopping human trafficking in vulnerable populations. Despite having accomplished so much in their short lives, they are a sweet, down to earth couple with a loving and supportive family on both sides.
Rina and Anup’s bridal party, who live in various places across the world, put together a choreographed Bollywood-style dance to be performed at their reception. They each practiced on their own, using a YouTube video to rehearse until they were all able to finally meet on the day before the wedding and go over it together. The result of their practice was awesome!
We were also lucky to have an amazing group of vendors working with us. Their crazy-talented photographer Apresh, was able to Skype with us ahead of the event and gave us insight and advice on all of the ceremonies and traditions in Hindu weddings. Jennifer J Events was responsible for designing a jaw-dropping event, from the decor to the flawless execution of a wedding weekend with over 300 guests.
It was an amazing experience for us and we’re so grateful to the Patel families for their constant support. Rina & Anup, we wish you lots of love, happiness and success with all your amazing endeavors!