GSS Featured Wedding :: Akata & Avaneesh’s Lavish Indian Wedding :: Sassani Photography :: Part 1

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!! Today’s featured wedding comes from Ben Sassani of Sassani Photography.  He is a Houston, Texas based wedding photographer. Ben has been so accommodating to GSS on this feature. Thank you!  We also want to give a shout out to the AH-Mazing Amber Strickler of Zasey Photography for second shooting on this gorgeous wedding!  This wedding is so awesome and so full of details that we decided to break this feature up into two posts.  Today we will cover all of the pre-ceremony images.  Next week, we’ll cover all of the ceremony and the reception images.

Akata and Avaneesh were married at The Hilton Post Oak in Houston, Texas on May 28, 2011. Akata and Avanessh were kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

How did y’all meet? Avaneesh and I had met 2.5 years before we started dating at my cousin’s husband’s birthday party. His sister and my cousin are best friends! 

How long have you been together? A little over 2 years.

 How did Avaneesh propose? Avaneesh surprised me with a trip to Nassau, Bahamas. He rented a private boat and had the captain take us to the uninhabited Rose Island (named for the color of its sand-pink, aka my favorite color!). As the sun was setting, he got down on one knee and proposed!

Akata, your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”? Well we were having a traditional Indian wedding with all the pre-wedding events and the wedding and reception. I needed to buy 5 Indian outfits. My family and I traveled to India for 2 weeks and purchase all of my outfits in Mumbai. I knew my wedding outfit was the “one” because when I saw it, I immediately pictured myself walking down the aisle in it. I hadn’t felt that way about any other outfit I had seen.

Akata, what was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”?  Because I had so many events for my wedding, I spread them out throughout the 3 days. My something old was a necklace my grandmother left me; I wore it to my first event, the Mehndi. For my something new, I had all my new outfits from India. My something borrowed was the necklace my grandmother gave to my mother to wear at her wedding. I wore the same necklace for my wedding. My something blue was Avaneesh! His outfit for our reception was an elegant blue Indian outfit.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this gorgeous wedding!  It will be featured on Wednesday, August 31st!!!

Thank you so much, Ben, for sharing this amazing wedding with us! Please stop by his website and blog and show him some love! And thank you, Akata & Avaneesh, for taking your time to answer our questions! We wish you both a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!! May every day be better than the last!

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