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Another beautiful Destination Indian Wedding at the Gaylord Palms Resort

Posted on July 25, 2010

To cool down for the summer, we are posting this fabulous Indian wedding we shot last December at the most unique Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando. This was a big, extremely colorful wedding with many interesting aspects – but one of the most unusual elements had to be the presence of an “ice house” display that was at the Gaylord Palms for the holidays. We decided to go through this sub zero display to see if we could catch a few “cool” shots there. We had to move quickly, as the bride and groom were literally freezing every time they took their jackets off to take a picture! We’ve included a few shots from this festive and icy experience here.

The wedding celebration, which began Friday night with the sangeet at the groom’s family home nearby, was truly perfect – they recreated an outdoor Bombay Street Bazaar. It was set up under the starry Orlando sky with lots of stalls with hot food made fresh, street signs of major roads in Bombay, and lively Bollywood performances

The bride’s outfits were custom made in India. Her sangeet outfit was Ritu Kumar, her wedding ceremony outfit was designed by Chintan and her reception outfit was designed by Neeta Lulla

The Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando is an enormous complex with a unique outdoors feel indoors – the center of the hotel is like a huge solarium, with plants and event alligators! Given the time we had, we roamed as much of the venue as we could, getting some amazing shots along the way.

Inside the ICE Experience, All the displays were made of colored ICE! It was very COLD. The bride and groom took off their heavy jackets, then posed for a few quick photos.

The traditional Indian wedding ceremony was held in the spectacular Orange Blossom Ballroom at the Gaylord Palms. The décor for the ceremony was simply breathtaking, featuring peach, pink and orange hues that nicely coordinated with the existing colors of the room. The bride and groom wanted their guests to have as intimate a feeling possible and they felt this room was perfect. They thought the gorgeous chandeliers and the warm orange and amber tones that gave a very romantic undertone.

The reception featured plum and pink tones and lots of candles to create a romantic and elegant ambiance. The evening was both festive and fun with guests dancing the night away, enjoying Indian cuisine and savoring a magnificent and very ornate cake. At the end of the evening, guests were invited to enjoy a lavish candy buffet stationed right outside the ballroom doors.

The wedding festivities were magnificently coordinated by Vaishali Sawant of Rose Events, based in New Jersey. Vaishali and her team made sure that everything ran smoothly and were especially helpful in gathering the numerous family members for the family photo session after the ceremony. Everyone wanted to have their photo taken with this stunning bride and groom it seemed!

What a truly sweet end to a splendid affair! I'm grateful to have the opportunity to photograph one of the most amazing Indian weddings we’ve ever seen!

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