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Hemali + Shiv // Quack Quack

There was so much uncertainly after the pandemic year as to what version of a celebration would be allowed, state restrictions, how to manage the guest list, and so forth. One thing Hemali and Shiv knew for sure, regardless of the situation, they were getting married. Hemali and Shiv reached out to Mint To Be Events with the desire to get married, but given the covid situation sought our help to plan nearly all aspects of their celebration. Initially, after nearly securing the venue, and even brainstorming the idea of an elephant for the baraat, our original plan fell apart due to covid restrictions. The team wouldn't give up however, and buckled down to give these two a luxury wedding of their dreams. Enjoy the story of these two ducks (continue reading...)

The Cambridge Hyatt provided several beautiful areas for amazing photos, but none more beautiful than our gorgeous bride.

Our friends from PTaufiq Photography snuck them out to the Charles River before the sangeet for some amazing pics.

Once they made their way inside, the couple was graciously overwhelmed by O'Luxe Decor's sangeet setup. Mint To Be Events worked closely with our amazing decorator to maintain the key elements of what a sangeet is, a vibrant, colorful, interactive extravaganza. From a custom floor wrap, to a free standing structure, and a ceiling of umbrellas, Hemali and Shiv's sangeet setup was simply breathtaking.

There are bangle stations and carts, then there is O'Luxe Decor's bangle bar. Combine the right type of lighting thanks to the help of our sister company, Boston Sound and Light Company, this feature was a huge hit for all the guests.

From bangle bar to the actual bar, every element was customized. Our founder, Tanvi Rana couldn't resist posing in front of the custom signs.

Dance performances are a must at a sangeet, especially of this stature.

And when at least one side is Gujarati, of course you have to have a little bit of Garba. Dholi Ravi from Boston Sound and Light Company rocking the 2 tali beat.

The groom took over the Dhol, and with the tunes DJ Dee and DJ Yogz from Boston Sound and Light Company were throwing down, the sangeet was an absolute party.

The following morning, the bride and groom got up early for their ceremony. The groom meanwhile had no clue what we had planned for him.

No words to describe our jaw dropping bride.

The photo crew snuck out the bride and groom for their first look photos

The Cambridge Hyatt and the Cambridge side of the Charles River provide the most scenic panoramic view of Boston.

For nearly three months, our team was working with the couple in brainstorming the most EPIC baraat. The wedding was originally planned at the grandest casinos in Boston and we nearly booked an elephant for Shiv's grand entrance. When the casino was a no-go,, we realized that the path for the baraat at the Cambridge Hyatt, while elegant would not suffice the grand entry that Shiv wanted. We promised him that his baraat will be nothing less than "epic" and all of Boston will be talking about it.

In working with the Hyatt and the city of Cambridge we explored the opportunity of an elephant on Memorial Drive. We also looked at landing a helicopter on the roof. But then came up with the following:

Tanvi, our founder of Mint To Be Events used a megaphone to announce our mega idea. While we couldn't pull off an animal, what better way then to surprise the Groom's family with four massive Duck boats. Boston Sound and Light Company equipped each both with its own DJ station and added a Dhol player, ensuring the Groom and his family let Boston know that Shiv's about to get married.

For the first 5 minutes, Shiv was in total shock of this surprise. Once he came to his senses, he had his hands up letting the bride know that he is just warming up for the ceremony.

The Bride and the bridesmaids enjoying the baraat from the balcony view of the Cambridge Hyatt.

On land and on water, we celebrated Hemali and Shiv's baraat.

Meanwhile, the final prep for the ceremony was happening in the grand ballroom

Real red roses flowered this gorgeous mandap.

Pandit Dr. Jayant Sane officially help tie the knot.

After the ceremony, we went all the way to the top floor to get reception ready.

Sidd, one of our wedding coordinators making sure we have utensils ready to cut the cake.

Aren't these two just absolutely gorgeous?

The reception festivities continued.

And Dee, Ravi and Yogz from Boston Sound and Light Company took over the reception.

A huge shout out to our bestie, Pervez Taufiq for these amazing photographs. Check out the gallery below for the full spread.

And a special shoutout to all the vendors that made this wedding happen:

STUNNING BRIDE, Hemali Sharma, @hemalissharma

HANDSOME GROOM, Shiv Sharma, @sharmajikabeta

VENUE: Hyatt Cambridge, @hyattregencycambridgebos

CATERING: Gourmet India, @tashanbedford

PHOTO/VIDEO: PTaufiq Photography, @ptaufiqphotography

PRIEST: Dr. Jayant Sane

DÉCOR/FLORALS: OLuxe Designs, @oluxedesign

CAKE: Konditor Meister, @konditormeister

HMU (BRIDAL): Glam by Hitesha, @glambyhitesha

MAKEUP STYLIST: Nelse Karini, @beautybynelse

HAIR STYLIST: Sambo Beauty,

HMU (BRIDAL PRE CEREMONIES): Flawless Creations, @flawlesscreationsbyvidhi

SARI DRAPING: Rita Patel, @rita.patel.3517

VIDAII CAR: Black Tie Limo, @blacktielimousineinc


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