From a gorgeous outdoor wedding at The Grand American hotel, to a vidai in a hot air balloon, the marriage of Avni and Abhishek is known as the most expensive wedding in Utah history. With an estimated 550 people attending the wedding, and 800 people at the reception, guests flew in from around the globe to be a part of this event.
How They Met
Abhishek and I met about 2.5 years ago in Austin, Texas while visiting some of our closest friends. During our first meeting we didn’t exchange many words, but Abhishek did manage, by the end of the night, to ask the most important question: “Can I get your phone number?”.
After the weekend we went our separate ways as I was living in New York City and Abhishek was in Pittsburgh. Despite being in separate cities, our conversation continued through long texts and quickly progressed into nightlong phone calls, video calls, and visits.
Sangeet & Garba
“Before man finds love, he is lost.” What reads like part of an ancient Hindu proverb spoken beautifully by Pandit Satish Kumar, was in fact part of Avni and Abhishek’s original concept created exclusively by Pacific Pictures for their stunning same-day-edit, featuring a pre-wedding concept shoot at the awe-inspiring Bonneville salt flats and a one-of-a-kind vidaai in a hot air balloon.
Avni and Abhishek’s gorgeous Hindu wedding in Salt Lake City, Utah was nearly one year in the making. Their wedding festivities appeared not once but twice on the cover of the Salt Lake Tribune, which called their celebration “a wedding for the ages” and “a fairy tale event, involving hundreds of people from all over the globe.”
With the vibrant color and beautiful splendor of Avni and Abhishek’s opulent Indian wedding also came deep spiritual meaning, strong bonds of family, and tender emotion, felt throughout the couples’ grah shanti, mehndi, sangeet, wedding ceremony and reception.
The events brought Abhishek’s Houston native Dhingra family to the Grand America Hotel, which played host to the festivities after several transformations by Remmal Kamsadkar‘s Orlando based Occasions by Shangri-La, under the coordination of the team at Kis Cubed Events.
Utah Governor Gary Herbert proclaimed Avni and Abhishek’s wedding day, “a day of celebration across the state of Utah,” and it’s no surprise, since their wedding was said to be “one of Utah’s most elaborate and expensive wedding celebrations ever.”
The elaborate celebration was not the sole motivation for all the attention. The generosity and care exuded by the Patel family can be felt in their presence immediately. Their newly extended Dhingra family also exudes unparalleled warmth and kindness.