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One more cross-cultural wedding that we did this year was for Alice and Mohit.  A Punjabi handsome dude, Mohit, fell in love with a cute and pretty Laos girl, Alice and we were so fortunate to be a part of this amazingly beautiful wedding which was in Sheraton Hotel, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

So we drove to NC, a long car journey but we were startled by the amazing welcome we had from this loving family.  Sheraton Hotel in Charlotte is one of the most beautiful place which is in uptown with variety of locations for pictures nearby.  Though there was some rain drizzle that day, we were lucky to do some amazing pictures with them on their Sangeet day.  We were stunned by so many emotional speeches from their friends and family along with a very different Laos traditional dance, which is something even we enjoyed.

The wedding day was very jam packed as there were 2 different but spectacular marriage ceremonies to be done.  Our day started early with the Indian Punjabi wedding which included getting ready pictures in the presidential suite, first look which was at Charlotte Convention Center, just 0.5 miles from the hotel, and then an exquisite wedding ceremony.

We quickly moved over for another getting ready pictures for their Laos traditional wedding in which they wore traditional Laos outfits and we could witness a completely different culture and setup for the wedding which included a whiskey bottle, eggs, lot of white threads and decoration with yellow flowers.  We feel so blessed to be a part of this culture and to be able to view so much love and laughter around us and capture the candid moments.

They then had the most spectacular reception with crowd surfing, party cannon gun, amazing dance performances by friends and family followed by late night dancing, drinking and of course ending it with an after-party pizza for everyone.  All in all, we had so much fun during this wedding that we just didn’t want it to end.  Hope you enjoy looking at these spectacular images.

 

 

Name | Alice & Mohit
Date | January 4, 2020
Location |  Four Points by Sheraton, Charlotte
Photography |Regal Palette Studio: Hershey, Ronak, Chari, Raj, Jay

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01: Hire a Planner / Coordinator

 

Ask any bride and most will say that having someone help coordinate your wedding day was one of the best decisions they've made. Family and friends are a great alternative, yet having someone that is laser focused on what you envisioned and planned can be lost with loved ones.

 

"People do not truly recognize the value of being surrounded by experienced, competent, kind, and adaptable individuals on a day that is bound to be chaotic, stressful, and unpredictable until they experience it themselves." ~~Shruti

02: Keep Your Normal Life Style

 

Do not change your daily habits just because your wedding is approaching, such as over working yourself, trying new beauty products and strenuous workouts for the weeks leading up to your wedding. The last thing you want is an allergic reaction or a sore body.

 

"If you're looking for flawless skin during your wedding, I would recommend beginning a proper skincare regimen at least 4-6 months before your wedding. I made the mistake of testing various products about 6 weeks in advance and didn't see much of a difference." ~~Khushabhu
Indian Wedding Photography - Red & Green Trisha & Neel's Reception

03: Take Lots of Photos

 

Make a list of photos you specifically want throughout the day and provide it to your photographer. Think about the combination of poses, locations and the people who are most important to you. These are some of the only tangible memories you'll take away from your dream wedding, so put some thought into this as you plan your day.

 

"Looking back, I wish we took time to take more photos...I realized I didn't have photos with some of my closest friends! It was hard to recall on the day of who I did and didn't take photos with, so letting the photographer know ahead of time would have been helpful." ~~Gina

04: Eat

 

Remember to step back from the drinking and dancing to take a few moments to enjoy your specially crafted dinner on your big day. You, more than probably, spent countless hours on at food tasting and money on the food that will be served to you and your guests. Last thing you want is to faint from lack of nutrition on your day of celebration.

 

"I got so caught up in greeting my guests and being on the dance floor that I didn't even have a second to sit down and have dinner!" ~~Henna

05: Be Different

 

Don't be afraid to break from small traditions and step outside the box. Your wedding day does not have to be cookie cutter so get creative and put your own magical touch into your wedding day.

 

"It's important to focus on what you want and not what others want. We have a big family and had a lot of differing opinions but we made sure to ultimately stay strong and steer towards the direction of doing things the way we wanted it done." ~~Shilpa
Indian Wedding Photography - Varsha & Sagar's Engagement Session

06: It's Not Always Perfect

 

There will be glitches during your big day and that's okay. Having 100-300+ guests, 7+ vendors, and 2 or more intricate events; there are chances things won't always go according to plan. More likely than not you're the only one who knows of the 'plan'. To everyone else, nothing would even seem to have gone wrong. So, breathe, don't let any minor mishap get under your skin during your big day.

 

"We had a few minor hiccups on the morning of my wedding day due to reasons beyond anyone's control. I let it bother me all morning and in retrospect I wish I had just been in the moment and enjoyed getting ready instead of fussing about minor details." ~~Nidhi
Engagement Session New Jersey Indian Wedding Photography

07: Soak It In

 

Step away with your lovely new husband for a second and watch your wedding from a distance. Take in all the love in that room..

 

"The best part was walking into the event spaces and being able to just take a moment and enjoy it." ~~Anjani

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