One of the most vibrant cultures in India, is from the state of Gujrat. And we know this because the founder of BSL is also Gujrati. There is no surprise why Boston Sound and Light Company dominates Gujrati weddings nationwide.
The "Meet The Patels" Wedding
Ravi and Mahaley Charlotte, NC
aka. The "Meet the patels" wedding!
If you haven't yet checked out the Hollywood hit, "Meet the Patels" (imdb), you have gots to! This movie is a real life documentary centered around the lead star Ravi Patel and his Indian / American influences on the concept of marriage. Not to spoil the ending, but Ravi doesn't end up with the same girl in real life, as we had the opportunity to ROCK his wedding to Mahaley in Charlotte, NC. This wedding featured a Gujrati garba night, a baraat, a fusioned ceremony, and a Top 40, Bollywood, Rock filled type of a party at the reception.
There is a clear reason why we travel the world and do so many fusion weddings; the fact is that we can play any genre of music and infused them to make sure the crowd is consistently rocking. It should then be no surprise that if celebrities like Sonny Ganguly and Ravi Patel trust their wedding with BSL, hundreds of other couples so will too!
Margi and Ojas had seen BSL at quite a few weddings. What made this couple unique was that in having attended so many weddings, they knew exactly what they wanted (popcorn at the ceremony, dry ice for there first dance, live video feed, pinspot lights on each centerpiece, purple uplighting and dot patterns to make you feel like you were in a purple champagne glass....and fortunately us at both their DJs and planners through Mint To Be events. Recently this wedding was featured in the Winter 2017 issue of The Knot Magazine.
You can find the wedding blog here.
The gallery from this wedding with beautiful photos from Thuy Pham, click here.
And the highlight film can be found here.
Source: The Knot Magazine 2017
No Speak Americano
When you envision a Patel family getting married to an Italian family, you can only imagine what the dance party is going to look like. If you can't imagine it, check out Pooja and Robert's gorgeous 2 day wedding in Newport, RI. As with most Gujrati traditions, the sangeet typically has a garba. Minutes before the garba DJ Yogz steps outside with Robert teaching him a couple of garba dance moves to make sure he doesn't miss a step on his special day. Fast forward to the reception and you will see how BSL engaged the young, the old, the Indian and not, all together, all in sync, all in a fusion.
When we think Gujrati weddings, we generally assume there will be a high probability of Garba. There are several DJs that can play garba, but with BSL we take Garba to the next level. Our MCs will hype garba with some sing-a-longs, our dhol player will plays drums, we can even show your crowd a few steps.
Story has it that while Yogz learned music from his father of whom was in a Punjabi band in England, he was raised by his grandfather of whom is still alive and 105 years old. This grandfather religiously watches Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy every day, but doesn't know a lick of English. The dialects, the language, the customs were necessities that Yogz had to learn. Check out DJ Yogz singing live Garba with Bollywood star, Queeny Harish in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Belle Mer Gujrati Wedding
Truth of the matter is, when we originally spoke with Pooja Shah regarding her wedding, we lost the booking to a bargain DJ. A few weeks before the wedding, her DJ decided to bait and switch and send some kid to DJ the wedding. Pooja desperately called us to help save her wedding, and of course we did. This wedding was held at the prestigious Belle Mer in Newport, RI. There were several delays for a variety of reasons, but nobody noticed as we simply covered it up with music. The baraat was nearly 2 hours long as the ceremony was still being set up. The reception was a fusion of everything you can think of. And in the end, we made two amazing friends who support us blindly now.
A Royal Wedding at the Crowne
During the planning process, Ruby was super nervous about creating the right flow for her events. While she respected her Indian (more specific her Gujrati) roots, she wanted to make sure that everything was done in a fusion. Darshan on the other hand was fully invested in making sure the wedding leveraged as much technology. During our final review of the agenda, Yogz invited them over to the house, and then took them with his family to an ice cream parlor. To note, we barely talked about the wedding (even though we wanted to). Ruby called Yogz the next day and simply claimed she is no longer nervous, and the keys to her wedding we in BSL's hands. From a packed garba, a crazy baraat, to onslaught of fun at the reception, this vid at the Crowne Plaza Warwick, RI is a must see!
A Patel Throwdown
Two years prior to their actual wedding day, Shyamal (from Tennessee) and Dhrupali (a Bostonian) made sure that they booked BSL even before booking their venue. And while this was humbling, it just made sure that BSL went above and beyond to rock their two day Gujrati Patel throwdown. For the most part this wedding had very little fusion in it, and we stuck to Gujrati and Bollywood hits. The garba featured Dholi Ravi on the drums and DJ Yogz on the mic to give the crowd an authentic Gujju vibe. The baraat was nearly an hour long. The ceremony featured two matli gobos, and the bride walking down the aisle on clouds with our dry ice effect (click here to see a vid of this). The reception featured our amazing LED dance floor, and about 5 hours of straight dancing.
JESAL AND SAMIT - Malaga, Spain
Along with my friends from Binita Patel Photography and Cinematography, BSL was only one of two vendors from Boston who traveled to Spain for this exotic 3 day wedding. Jesal and Samit, both New Yorkers wanted their wedding to be different! Well, renting out a villa on a cliff in Malaga, Spain, overlooking the Medditeranean Sea, seeing Morocco from a distance was certainly different. The first night was a welcome party, where even the bride's grandfather jumped into the swimming pool as we played old school Hip Hop music. The mendhi night was a mix of arabic and Hindi music. And the grand finale.. well you just watch and see!
NISHA AND NICK - Barcelo | Cancun, Mexico
We met our beautiful bride Nisha at a Boston wedding. She wasn't from New England, but she knew that wherever in the world she would get married, BSL would be right there rocking the festivities. This 3 day wedding of Nick and Nisha was hosted at the gorgeous Barcelo resorts in Cancun, Mexico. As this was a mixed wedding, Gujrati and American, so were the festivities. Day 1 consisted of a "pithi" or a haldi ceremony, which quickly turned into a holi party where everybody jumped into the beach. Day 2 was the garba under the starry skies of the Carribean, but even though they wanted to refrain from dancing, we turnt up into an all out party. BSL got things so heated, the last move was for everybody to strip to their under garments and jump into the pool. INSANE! Day 3 started with a baraat beachside and the party didn't stop until the last song of the reception. Check out the amazing pics from #NICKANDNISH below.
BHAVIK AND KAVITA - Vancouver, B.C. Canada
Dj Yogz from the BSL team had known Bhavik from his college days, but it wasn't until BSL performed at another wedding (Matt and Davina's) where Bhavik had made up his mind to get BSL to rock his wedding in Vancouver, Canada to his beautiful bride, Kavita. This two day wedding was a fairytale from the get go. The sangeet night quickly turned into garba, where the BSL crew went from playing garba music to singing it live. The wedding day featured a baraat, where the locals (banquet halls, other djs, dholis, even the bride side) had never seen live music being played through the trunk of a vehicle! The reception featured a white dance floor and rocking music all night long.
PAROOL AND DAVID - Hard Rock Resorts | Punta Cana, Dominican
If somebody doesn't confuse our gorgeous bride, Parool as a princess, we are not sure what to tell you. Parool came to the BSL office inquiring about entertainment services for her wedding in Newport, Rhode Island. She also wanted to meet Mint To Be Events for the potential of helping plan her wedding. At the meeting we quickly realized that DJ Yogz and she had gone to the same school together, in the same classes at the same time but never spurned a conversation. So it was a friendship bound to happen, regardless of time, so much so that within 40 minutes of meeting with us she moved her entire wedding from Newport, RI to the Dominican Republic.
Mint To Be Events sketched the entire wedding within 4 month from the ground up. Tanvi was the lead designer and planner of the event, from the garba string lighting layout, to the color schema and drapery of the reception. She even finagled remotely to get various upgrades for Parool. Shruti and Aarati were our on-day lead planners who made sure no page was unturned. They even kept everybody at peace as DJ Yogz' plane was late and he arrived just minutes before the start of the sangeet.
There wasn't much to worry as DJ Jay T was holding down the fort at the Welcome party, which featured an LED Starlit dancefloor under lanterns, and the family danced the first night away to reggae vibes. The second night was a garba, where Tanvi and Parool designed an alley like feel like weddings in India. The ceremony was held beach side, and guests hid from the beaming sun with fancy umbrellas. The reception was an all out masterpiece that Parool and Tanvi designed around the clock. And for us at Boston Sound and Light Company, we were just in awe to be part of such a beautiful celebration.
Check out the documentary style highlight reel below from our friends at The Wedding Story USA
SUSHMA AND ASHISH - Moon Palace | Cancun, Mexico
Boston Sound and Light Company was hired for Ashish and Sushma's engagement party in Springfield, Massachusetts. The engagement party was supposed to end at 11pm, but we rocked it until 4am in the morning. And so it was no surprise that when they decided to host their wedding in Cancun at the gorgeous Moon Palace, that we were even signed up before we knew it. DJ Dee, DJ Krups and Dholi Ravi flew down for this 2 day extravaganza. From mixing it up at the sangeet garba, to the baraat, ceremony and reception, nobody wanted us to stop. Check out the highlight below.
HIREN AND GRISHMA, The Reception - Punta Cana, Dominican
It is not everyday a girl from London fancies a Southern Boy and his moonshine - but if you know our bride - She's not a shy one! Our beautiful bride, originally from UK and now living in NJ was marrying our handsome groom from Tennessee. For them, giving their family and friends a tropical destination, somewhere that would force minimal stress, and give them an opportunity to enjoy the wedding was essential. DJ Yogz and DJ D-Xtreme along with sister planning company, planned this entire 4 day festivity. Lifestream Pictures, amazing video!