A Chinese Bride, an Indian Groom, and One Gorgeous Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Indian Weddings are just so beautiful!  Doctors Patricia Shay and Snehal Bhoola were married in a rich, luxe wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Photo by Altf Photography.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  

When an Indian Groom marries a Chinese-American Bride in the city of Las Vegas, it's just pure over the top magic in terms of the beauty, the history, the pageantry and the tradition.  What made this wedding so much more than that, however, was the total and complete commitment that my bride and groom had towards their guests.  Together, we poured over every detail, changing and tweaking until the colors, the lighting, and - most importantly - the cultural aspects and the flow of the day were flawlessly laid out.

After a series of events including a Mendhi and Modern Day Sangeet, anticipation was high!  Throughout their time at the hotel, guests had enjoyed touches of both Indian and Chinese tradition, but in a very fashion forward and modern venue that truly merged the couple's sensibilities.

While guests readied themselves for the day and a team of over 50 people prepared the ballroom, our bride and groom were surrounded by family and friends as they prepared for their wedding.  The bride, who had selected three stunning looks for the day, and the groom, who also selected three looks, enjoyed food, drinks, and laughs with their bridal parties before meeting in The Bar for their first look.  The moment the came together, all tension just disappeared.  They were giddy to finally be together on their wedding day after so many years together. 

The bride wore three dresses throughout the day; a strapless lace dress from Allure and two Indian wedding dresses by Benzar.   Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf.  
Engagement Rings and Wedding Band.  Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf.  
An over abundance of groomsmen gifts included engraved flasks, shot glasses, socks, ties, business card holders, golf tees, and more. Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf.  
The first look at the Mandarin Oriental Bar.  Bouquet with roses, ranunculus, and anemones.  Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf.    
Large bridal party for a multicultural Western and Indian Wedding.  Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf.  
Couples portraits were taken before the ceremony. Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf.  

On April 4, 2015, after just 12 weeks of power-planning, Doctor Patricia Shay married Doctor Snehal Bhoola in a romantic Western ceremony in the ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas.  The bride walked up the aisle to the sounds of a Spanich Guitar in a strapless lace dress by Allure.  The aisle was full of hydrangea, pink roses, candles, and crystal goblets that lead up to a white lacquered stage topped with the most beautiful laser cut mandap I have ever seen.  White orchid trees surrounded the base, and the sides of the ceremony structure were accented with hand crafted white paper flower walls.

A luxury mandap made of gold laser cut wood, blush drapes, and roses in shades of cream and pink.  The aisle was lined with a gold aisle runner, and finished with crystal goblets filled with hydrangea, roses, and ranunculus.  Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf.  
 The aisle was lined with a gold aisle runner, and finished with crystal goblets filled with hydrangea, roses, and ranunculus.  Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf.  
Trees of white orchids surrounded the mandap.  Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf.  
A luxury mandap made of gold laser cut wood, blush drapes, and roses in shades of cream and pink.  The aisle was lined with a gold aisle rummer, and finished with crystal goblets filled with hydrangea, roses, and ranunculus.  The sides of the mandap were decorated with white paper flower walls.  Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf.  
Ring bearer and flower girl at an Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf.  
The recessional. Western and Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf.  
Bride being walked down the aisle by other of her parents. Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf.  
Exchanging vows in the western ceremony, which took place before the Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf.  

Once the bridal party exited the room, Pastor Doug Loman asked guests to remain in their seats for a special performance.  As the groom's family passed out boxes of treats branded with the Chinese Symbol for Double Happiness, a troupe of Chinese Lion Dancers burst into the room and entertained the guests, giving our bride and groom time to slip away and change for their Indian Wedding Ceremony.  The Hindu priest set up beneath the mandap, and our couple was presented to their guests with fanfare from their families.

The groom's cousins passed out boxes of snacks stamped with "double happiness" in honor of the bride's chinese heritage.  Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf.  
A Chinese Dragon Dance at an Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf.  
Chinese performers entertained guests between the Western and Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf.  
Preparing the bride for her Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf.  
Dressing the groom for his Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf.  
The groom's arrival at his Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf.  
The bride's entrance at her Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf.  

In Hindu weddings, the priest leads the ceremony, but it is the couple who marry each other - not the priest who marries them.  I love that!  And I love the level of involvement that the family takes, the ceremonial acts of giving thanks, making offerings, and sharing promises.  It truly is so moving.

Indian Wedding Ceremony at the Mandarin Oriental.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf.  
Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf.  
Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf.  
Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf.  

After the ceremony, guests were lead into the foyer for a cocktail hour which included a mix of Chinese and Indian delicacies.  The couples took over 80 formal family portraits while the teams from Mandarin Oriental and DBD Vegas removed the ceremony set up, transforming the room from a light creams and pale pinks into a darker, more dramatic color pallet of midnight blue, platinum, and white.  The paper flower walls were brought together to serve as a backdrop for their sweetheart table, and a massive gold and crystal chandelier was strung above them for added drama and romance.

Cocktail Reception in the foyer of the Mandarin Oriental.  Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf.  Florals, Decor, and Entertainment by DBD Vegas. 
Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf.  Florals, Decor, and Entertainment by DBD Vegas. 
Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf.  Florals, Decor, and Entertainment by DBD Vegas. 

Patricia and Snehal changed once agin, and were brought into their room so they could share a few moments alone before their guests arrived and they began a series of dances, toasts, and even another surprise performance!  Famed Indian Comedian Paul Varghese was flown in from the East Coast, along with DJ Jay Dabhi, to perform before the buffets were opened, serving 285 guests traditional Indian Dishes such as Paneer and Korma along side Chinese offerings such as roasted duck and sim sum. 

Luxury wedding reception featuring orchid trees, roses, silver table cloths, and chiavari chairs.  Blue lighting.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf.  Florals, Decor, and Entertainment by DBD Vegas. 
Orchid and Rose Center piece with a mirrored base.  Luxury wedding reception featuring orchid trees, roses, silver table cloths, and chiavari chairs.  Blue lighting.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf.  Florals, Decor, and Entertainment by DBD Vegas. 
Luxury wedding reception featuring orchid trees, roses, silver table cloths, and chiavari chairs with blue and purple lighting in the ballroom at the Mandarin Oriental.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf.  Florals, Decor, and Entertainment by DBD Vegas. 

Luxury wedding reception featuring orchid trees, roses, silver table cloths, and chiavari chairs with blue and purple lighting in the ballroom at the Mandarin Oriental.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf.  Florals, Decor, and Entertainment by DBD Vegas. 

The bride and groom pose for portraits in the ballroom at the Mandarin Oriental.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf.  Florals, Decor, and Entertainment by DBD Vegas. 
Bridal portraits in front of their paper flower wall at the Mandarin Oriental.  Luxury Indian Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf.  Florals, Decor, and Entertainment by DBD Vegas. 
The first dance on their white monogrammed dance floor.  Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Luxury Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf Photography.  Floral, Decor, and Entertainment by DBD Las Vegas.  
Black and white photos of the couple's first dance.   Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Luxury Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf Photography.  Floral, Decor, and Entertainment by DBD Las Vegas.  
Black and White Photos of the couple's first dance.   Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Luxury Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf Photography.  Floral, Decor, and Entertainment by DBD Las Vegas.  

Of all of the stunning elements of this wedding, one of the most eye catching pieces in the room was the couple's multi-tier, five foot wedding cake.  The cake was wrapped in a hand painted, white shimmering fondant.  Lifts were set up and covered in sugar roses, and the tiers of cake were further embellished with large crystals set to look like the bride's diamond jewelry.  Gold bands were wrapped around the bases, and the top of the cake was finished with live roses.  The cake was set atop a glass base filled with rose petals, on a table of midnight blue eyelash linens.

This 12 tiered wedding cake included 6 layers of cake and six lifts.  Decorated with white iridescent fondant and finished with jewels and gold bands, this was the showpiece of the wedding.   Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Luxury Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf Photography.  Floral, Decor, and Entertainment by DBD Las Vegas.  
The jewels on the wedding cake were set to mimic the bride's necklace.  Decorated with white iridescent fondant and finished with jewels and gold bands, this was the showpiece of the wedding.   Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Luxury Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf Photography.  Floral, Decor, and Entertainment by DBD Las Vegas.  
Alternating layers featured gold pearls, carved fondant, and sugar rose petals. Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Luxury Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf Photography.  Floral, Decor, and Entertainment by DBD Las Vegas.  

Patricia, Snehal, and their guests parties way into the early morning hours, dancing to the sounds of DJ Jay Dabhi, enjoying a series of late night treats from the kitchen, and even stealing the dhol drum and passing it throughout the crowd before piling onto the dance floor for a group photo.

Famed, modern American Indian DJ Jay Dabhi was flown in from New York to entertain the crowd with a mix of traditional and modern music.  Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Luxury Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf Photography.  
The bride wore a gold and green Indian wedding dress, while the groom donned a custom made midnight blue velvet smoking jacket.  Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Luxury Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf Photography.  
The groom was hoisted in the air on the dance floor.  Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Luxury Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf Photography.  
Guests stole the dhol drum and passed it around, playing joyously on the dance floor.  Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Luxury Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf Photography.  

As the night came to a close, Patricia and Snehal were whisked off the balcony overlooking the strip for a few moments alone.  After all of the planning and decisions, the tastings and mock ups, the travels and anticipation, the wedding had come and gone. It was a gorgeous, once-in-a-lifetime night for the bride, the groom, their guests, and this wedding planner!  

Portrait of the newly married Dr. and Dr. Patricia Shay and Snehal Bhoola taken on the balcony of the Mandarin Oriental Ballroom.  Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Luxury Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf Photography.  
Portrait of the newly married Dr. and Dr. Patricia Shay and Snehal Bhoola taken on the balcony of the Mandarin Oriental Ballroom.  Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental.  Luxury Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Photo by Altf Photography.  

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Thank You to our Partners Who Brought This MultiCultural Indian Wedding To Life!

Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas

Catering Coordinated by Ali Murray

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito

Floral, Decor, and Entertainment Produced by Destinations by Design Las Vegas

Paper Flower Walls by Paper Flower Girls

Photography by Altf Photography

Videography by Something New Films

Beauty by Make Up in the 702

Strapless Lace Wedding Dress by Allure

Indian Wedding Gowns by Benzar

Bridal Shoes by Jimmy Choo

Grooms Grey and Midnight Blue Tuxedo by Stitched

 

 

 

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito is often published, with works featured by the likes of BRIDES, Style Me Pretty, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, The NY Times, LA Times, Junebug Weddings, and more. With an eye catching style that shares not only the story, but the soul, of a wedding, Andrea's clients praise her for being their wedding planner, event designer, advocate, and friend.

An internationally acclaimed speaker, Andrea appears and speaks at events for the Engage! Luxury Wedding Summit, NACE, The Knot, the Wedding MBA, and more.  Named the Best Wedding Planner in Las Vegas (2013, 2015, 2016), Wedding Professional of the Year (2011) and ranked as one of the top 50 wedding planners world-wide, Andrea works with celebrities, athletes, executives, and all people in love!

Based in Las Vegas, and working as a destination wedding planner world wide, you can learn more at www.AndreaEppolitoEvents.com.