As we all like to dream to be a princess bride, I start you off with lyrics to an amazing song yet romantic filmy song:  Raja Ko Raani se Pyaar Ho Gaya, pehli  naazar mein pehla pyaar hogaya  This translates to the king is in love with the queen in his first glance and it only took one glance for this to be true for the two.  This bring us to the story of Vijay and Sapna met who July 17th,  2009 at a mutual friend’s event.  The two were destined to be together  as their paths had  crossed many times to the point that they even have 153 mutual Facebook friends.    Upon reconnecting the two immediately drew an attraction to each other only to realize they were so alike and shared mutual interest and family values.  All this led to them growing their dating relationship further.

Nine months later Vijay planned a trip to South Beach during the weekend of May 7th, 2010.  Between Sapna running out of gas in her car, Vijay locking them out of his house, and a crazy taxi cab driver who almost killed them, they managed to make it to their destination, The Tides Hotel!  Located in the heart of South Beach with hospitality and scenery that words cannot describe, the couple was ready for an amazing candid weekend of togetherness.

After arriving in South Beach and settling in Vijay & Sapna had dinner reservations at the famous South Beach hotspot WISH.  Over dinner they enjoyed intimate conversations about how happy they were to find each other and how fast their relationship had flourished, both felt as if they had known each other for years.  After dinner Vijay kept insisting that they go hang out at the hotel pool or go do something.  Sapna was all for it as her plan was to end up going to sleep, but little did she know Vijay had a major surprise in store for her.  As they arrived back to The Tides Hotel Sapna was very impressed by the hotel staff who came to personally greet them and ask them about their evening out.  The two enjoyed a few luscious libations at the hotel bar before calling it a night, or at least that’s what Sapna thought.  As they got off the elevator and Vijay opened the door to the room, much to Sapna’s amazement she was adorned by a blanket of rose petals accompanied by an ambiance of glittering candles all over from the floor to the furniture to the bed and balcony.

Clearly Sapna’s reaction was: “Oh my god, what are you doing,”  at  which  point Vijay took  her by the window, got down on  one  knee and expressed what she meant to him along with the famous words every girl wants to hear, “Will you marry me?”    As  Sapna jumped up and down in circles with glee she accepted  his proposal with a big “YES, and I am going to be the future Mrs. Vijay Vanmali!!!!”    The two enjoyed the rest of their evening with some champagne to begin the celebration of starting their  journey together.

After getting engaged Sapna and Vijay really brainstormed on what was important to them and how they wanted their wedding to be.  First of all Sapna is no ordinary Maharani, she comes with a great sense of simplicity, sophistication and modern style.  So of course a wedding outside of her home state of Georgia was the way to go.  Both Vijay and Sapna dreamt of having an intimate small wedding on an island with close family and friends.  Most of all they wanted to make sure that the guest got to enjoy the wedding and take advantage of being on vacation at the same time.  So the planning began…their canvas was the beautiful Dutch Caribbean Island of Aruba where not a lot of their guest have explored and it was small enough but large enough to accommodate what their 200 guest would enjoy.  The Westin Aruba Resort was the host hotel where all guest stayed and the platform for Vijay’s Vidhi, Welcome Dinner, Wedding and Reception.   Approximately 4 miles down the road Sapna and her family occupied an amazing Tuscan Villa situated in the hills of Aruba overlooking the ocean.  The home was a true entertaining stage for all of their guest during the week of the wedding where the Patel  family showed their hospitality with extravagant dinners throughout the week, and also hosted Sapna’s Vidhi, Mendhi, and Sangeet Night Dinner.

Their ceremony took place on May 21, 2011 on the amazing beach adjacent to the Westin Aruba Resort & Casino, the view was impeccable and working with Sapna to bring her vision to life was just breathtaking.  It truly made the wedding ceremony that much more special to incorporate components of the earth, wind and fire in the joining of two souls with the beautiful blue waters and white sand of Aruba!.    This couple definitely knew how to keep it simply, sophisticated with style…

The couple flew in some of the best vendors from the US to help execute their expectations and vision, which is very important when planning a destination wedding on such a large scale.

This truly was a destination wedding fit for the royally stylish..Congratulations Sapna & Vijay!

Stay tuned for the amazing Same Day Edit Video Feature in our next post.

Vendors// Event Planning: KIS (cubed) Events/Photography: 6ofFOUR/Venue: Westin Aruba/Dhol Player: Anoop Bhandari/Guitarist: Ashok Hirdaramani/Decor: Groom’s Vidhi A Perfect Team, Floral for Sangeet,Wedding & Reception Weddings InStyle by Ragini Patel, Props & Staging Mosaic Events & Koolman Flowers/Draping: Komal Patel/Cinematography: Pacific Pictures/Catering: Tandoor Taj Mahal Aruba, Amita Patel/AV & Lighting: Elite Productions/Priest: Rajan Bhatt/Hair & Make-up: for groom’s family: Bridal Elements by Nirjary Desai, for bride: Sushmita Patel/Henna: for bride:Sushmita Patel, for guest: Simran Mirchandani/Rentals: E2 Events & EAE/Transportation: DePalm Tours/DJ: Jay Dabhi/Entertainment: Vidur Kapur & Desi Chuckles

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