Alisha & Ameet

October 19, 2013

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Alisha
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events
Thu
Oct 17
2013

7:00 pm

Hyatt Regency - Harborside Ballroom
2 West Bay Street
Savannah, GA 31401
United States

912-238-1234
Hyatt Regency Savannah - Harborside Ballroom
Dress Code

Festive Indian/Western Casual

Thu
Oct 17
2013

6:30 pm
Fri
Oct 18
2013

9:30 am

Savannah Intl Trade & Convention Center
One International Drive
Savannah, GA 31402
United States

912-447-4000
Notes

The vidhi consists of religious rituals held on the day before the actual wedding. Alisha is prepared for the wedding ceremony and the family pray to ward off evil spirits from the wedding and to protect the couple in their married life together.

Dress Code

Dress Code for the Vidhi is traditional Indian for women, and business casual for men.

Parking

Free parking at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center

Fri
Oct 18
2013

9:30 am

Hyatt Regency - Deluxe Suite
2 West Bay Street
Savannah, GA 31401
United States

912-238-1234
Hyatt Regency Savannah - Deluxe Suite (7th Floor)
Dress Code

Indian/Western Casual

Fri
Oct 18
2013

6:00 pm

Savannah Intl Trade & Convention Center
One International Drive
Savannah, GA 31402
United States

912-447-4000
Savannah Intl Trade & Convention Center
Notes

Garba is a night of energetic and playful dancing. Garba and Raas are typical Gujarati folk dances that everyone can participate in. The steps are easy to learn, and it's fun to watch even if you're not the dancing type! Garba is done solo and involves rhythmic steps in a circular form. There are simple versions that involve repeating a short sequence of steps, or more complex versions that require a little coordination. Different groups of people are doing different things simultaneously, so it is easy to jump in wherever you're comfortable. The music starts off slow, but speeds up as time goes on so things get fun and crazy at the end. Raas is done in pairs while holding sticks called dandia. The dance involves hitting your partner's dandia with your own while following the beat of the music.

Dress Code

At the Garba, we recommend wearing clothes that you'll feel comfortable moving around in. For the ladies, traditional Indian or a mid-length dress or skirt would work well, as long as it's not so tight that it restricts movement. For guys, traditional Indian or slacks and shirts are fine. Garba and Raas are generally done barefoot, so skip the stockings and hose and bring shoes you don't mind taking off and leaving in a corner somewhere.

Parking

Free parking is available at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center.

Ferries depart every 20 minutes from the Hyatt Regency.

Sat
Oct 19
2013

8:45 am

Hyatt Regency Savannah Riverfront
2 West Bay Street
Savannah, GA 31401
United States

(921) 238-1234
Hyatt Regency Savannah - Riverfront
Dress Code

Please meet on Riverfront by 8:45 am in your wedding attire.

Sat
Oct 19
2013

10:30 am

Savannah Intl Trade & Convention Center
One International Drive
Savannah, GA 31402
United States

912-447-4000
Savannah Intl Trade & Convention Center
Dress Code

Indian Formal or Western Semi-Formal

Parking

Ferries depart every 20 minutes from the Hyatt Regency.
Free parking is available at the convention center.

Marry Me - Train
Sat
Oct 19
2013

6:30 pm

Savannah Intl Trade & Convention Center
One International Drive
Savannah, GA 31402
United States

912-447-4000
Savannah Intl Trade & Convention Center
Dress Code

Indian/Western Formal

Parking

Ferries depart every 20 minutes from the Hyatt Regency.
Free parking is available at the convention center.

key people
Alisha's Family
Surendra Patel
Father of the Bride
Alisha's father is often times mistaken for the professional photographer at family events. Surendra always has his camera attached to his hip. His true passions include photography and playing golf. Alisha can always rely on Surendra to give his honest unfiltered opinion, eat her delicious meals no matter how good or bad, and lastly enjoy a dessert after a long tiring day. Surendra has taught Alisha many of life's lessons which she appreciates more and more as she gets older.
Shila Patel
Mother of the Bride
Words can not begin to describe Shila - beautiful, hardworking, loving, selfless, and an AMAZING cook! Family always comes first and Shila would bend over backwards to ensure everyone around her is happy. Always on the go, from maintaining the household, working, playing golf, and still managing to spend quality time with the family! Alisha would be lost without her!
Amar Patel
Brother of the Bride
Alisha is thankful for being able to spend more time with Amar the past year. Yes, Alisha does get angry when people mistake Amar for the older, wiser sibling, but deep down Amar does always give the best advice. Amar's ability to make friends anywhere is truly admirable. Amar is full of life and is always a joy to be around. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf with the family and is a competitive sailor.
Ameet's Family
Umesh Shah
Father of the Groom
Ameet's father is always the life of the party - he enjoys music and dancing. You can usually find him with his iPad attached at his hip - he never goes anywhere without it. Ameet's father has always been supportive of his son in all his endeavors. His first priority has always been family, including his large extended family of cousins. He always tries to find ways to bring them together. As an electrical engineer turned motel owner, he is always the person we turn to help fix things that are broken. Make sure you bring a lot of energy to keep up with him!
Harsha Shah
Mother of the Groom
Ameet's mother is one of the most selfless and caring individuals in the world. She goes out of her way to make sure things get taken care, whether it is for visiting guests or helping organize events for her family and friends. She is a deeply religious person who lives her life in a way that embodies those values. She is an amazing cook, enjoys shopping for others, and is looking forward to finally having her oldest son married!
Ankeet Shah
Brother of the Groom
Ankeet is Ameet's younger brother and Ameet's go-to guy for advice on a wide range of topics from tech to fashion. He is one of those people who is always there to provide a helping hand to family and friends. He is passionate about music and a tech/gadget aficionado.
Deepti Vanza
Sister of the Groom
Deepti is Ameet's sister and currently lives in Sydney, Australia with her husband Neil and cute daughter Nayana. She has always been a passionate person who has never shied from expressing her opinions. Although she misses her family and friends back home in the U.S., she is adjusting to life in Australia and making many new friends and even picking up a little bit of the Aussie accent. She is excited to return to celebrate her oldest brother's wedding!
Neil Vanza
Brother-In-Law of Groom
Neil is Ameet's brother-in-law. An Aussie native, he has been a wonderful addition to our family. He is super organized, intelligent, and most importantly takes amazing care of Ameet's sister. As most Aussies, he knows how to have a good time and looks forward to celebrating with everyone!
Nayana Vanza
Niece of Groom
Ameet's niece is just over a year old, but this cutie is ready to party! Her infectious smile can seduce anyone around her. She loves to dance and swim and can't wait to celebrate at her uncle's wedding.
Bridesmaids
Asmita Patel
"Stan"
Smita and Alisha's journey started 13 years ago and has over the years turned into much more than a friendship. Smita and Alisha are inseparable, two peas in a pod, BFFs 4 Life! Smita is married and currently living in Savannah with her husband Mitul and daughter Simryn. Beware Ameet - you may be marrying Alisha, but Smita comes as a package deal. There will be many visits to the Big Apple and Smita has already claimed the guest bedroom.
Ekta Patel
"Akata"
Ekta and Alisha have known each other since their good old days in Atlanta, GA. In the past Ekta has been seen running to the dance floor at the sound of Sean Paul. Ekta is known for her love for Mexican food, getting ready in 15 minutes, and her famous window washing dance. Ekta currently lives in Atlanta with her husband Amit and daughter Anjali.
Payal Shah
"Shasta"
Payal is Alisha's go-to person for anything beauty related. From our days of blonde highlights to gold nail polish we have tested it all. We may not always get in our 3 hour phone calls, but the best part about our friendship is that we always pick up right where we left off, no matter how long it has been. Can't wait to celebrate your wedding Labor Day Weekend!
Ini Shah
"The Jetsetter"
Alisha always looks forward to Ini's vacations because without fail she will get at least one postcard in the mail. Of course it's signed by both Ini and Rini, but Alisha knows to give Ini full credit! Please make sure you update my address after the wedding! Ini currently lives in Atlanta with her twin sister Rini.
Parul Patel
"Payroll"
Alisha and Parul's friendship started in Las Vegas at a mutual friend's bachelorette party. Alisha was immediately drawn to Parul's contagious laugh. If Alisha is every down and needs a pick me up, she I knows exactly who to call to bring her spirits up.
Rini Shah
"Twinsie"
Alisha met Rini thru Ekta in college. Alisha can safely say there is never a dull moment when hanging out with Rini. Alisha looks forward to many new adventures with Rini in the future. Rini and her twin sister currently live in Atlanta, GA.
Punam Dass
"Poopi"
Punam and Alisha have known each other since high school. From our teenage days at Savannah Christian Prep to our days at Emory I've seen Punam grow into a beautiful, smart, genuine woman. Punam lives in NYC with her husband Lalit.
Anurita Dass
"Anu"
Anu and Alisha reconnected just in the past couple of years. Anu is the type of friend who will drop anything for her friends. Whether Alisha needs quick medical advice, a sholder to lean on, or sushi dinner - Anu is just a phone call away.
Sapna Patel
"Sap"
Sapna is Alisha's first cousin and is the perfect mesh between beauty and brains. Sapna is the sister Alisha never had. Even though she is younger Alisha turns to her for advice. Alisha and Sapna have shared countless memories growing up from trips to the Fruit and Spice Garden, Wellington FL shenanigans, and lastly late nights curled up on the couch watching Unsolved Mysteries. Sapna currently lives in Seattle, Washington but Alisha is hoping she moves to NYC for fellowship!
Avani Patel
"Avni"
Avani is Alisha's youngest first cousin. Alisha's fondest memory of Avani is her Savannah visits during her summer holidays. Alisha is proud of Avani's accomplishments including recently graduating from Nursing School. Guess I have one more person to call when I need medical advice!
Angeli Patel
"Angie"
Angie is Alisha's first cousin. Alisha's fondest memory with Angie is their Christmas vacations spent in Homestead, FL. From visits to the Wendy's buffet, late night runs to Walmart, to spending quality time together. Alisha is looking forward to future trips to sunny Miami!
Groomsmen
Rajiv Swamy
"Swamy" - Duke Friend
Rajiv, also known as "Swamy," was Ameet's roommate at Duke for 3 years. Swamy is one of those unique individuals who is able to effectively balance both working and partying hard. Now a respected cardiologist in Pittsburgh, he is married to a wonderful wife named Richa and a beautiful son named Sohan. Rajiv led the planning for Ameet's bachelor party in Cancun.
Rajesh Swaminathan
"DW" - Duke Friend
Ameet has known Rajesh since high school at the North Carolina School of Science & Math. They met the first week of boarding school in Chemistry class and continued to share many of the same classes together. They were roommates for two years at Duke where they shared many memorable times. Rajesh serves as an interventional cardiologist at Cornell and lives in New York with his beautiful wife Susan and two children Neil and Sona.
Rajeev Pandarinath
"Panda" - Duke Friend
Rajeev and Ameet have known each other since high school at NCSSM. They were roommates in college during freshman year along with Rajesh a.k.a. DW. They lived in LA together where Rajeev met his lovely wife Shelpa. Rajeev and Shelpa now live in Washington, DC and have a two-year old son named Rishi. Rajeev is an orthopedic surgeon, so you'll know who to find if you break a leg while dancing in the baraat or reception!
Vivek Kumar
"Teddy Bear" - Duke Friend
Vivek and Ameet have been friends since their college days at Duke. It was at his wedding to his charming wife, Supernita, that Ameet met Alisha. Vivek lives in Atlanta and works as management consultant. He is a master at giving bear hugs and will be happy to provide them to whoever asks at the wedding.
Anand Shah
"Ultimate Guju" - Duke Friend
Anand and Ameet, good friends from Duke, have continued to be close in New York. Anand is currently training in radiation oncology at Columbia. He is married to Deepika, currently in her ophthalmology fellowship at Harvard. If you're into saving money, Anand can provide the best tips on what credit cards to get and where to find the best deals.
Mark Narain
"Laid Back Mark" - HBS Friend
Mark and Ameet attended HBS together, but met in LA prior to starting school. They randomly ran into each other on several occasions while out and about in LA. They remained close in business school and the year after when both returned to LA. Mark is one of the most easy-going guys that Ameet knows and always knows how to have a good time. He is an entertainment executive at Fox Filmed Entertainment and lives in LA with his beautiful wife, Kimberly, and precious daughter, Abri.
Oscar Mak
"O-Mak" - HBS Friend
Oscar and Ameet have been good friends since HBS. When not busy babysitting or working long hours, Oscar enjoys taking a breather to explore NYC restaurants/nightlife and enjoys guy's trips to Vegas. Oscar lives in NYC working at an energy startup with his wonderful wife Sharon and beautiful daughter Emily.
Yaoshiang Ho
"The Ho" - HBS Friend
Yaosh has been a good friend to Ameet over the years since meeting at HBS. Their relationship spans from debating the latest developments in the media industry to making The Hangover look like a Disney movie. Yaosh recently moved to NYC to head business development for The Huffington Post. He also has a passion for foreign affairs and international development, being a private pilot, and yoga. If you're looking for a passionate conversation on almost any topic, be sure to find Yaosh at the wedding.
Sanjay Rao
"The Jetsetter" - HBS Friend
Sanjay has been one of Ameet's closest friends since HBS. Currently a venture capitalist in San Franscisco, Sanjay is one of the humblest, yet smartest guys that Ameet knows. One of his most endearing qualities is being a dependable friend who is always there for others. He lives for the moment and loves to live in spontaneity that makes life interesting.
Shaival Patel
"The Entertainer" - NYC Friend
Shaival is one of Ameet's close friends in NYC. He is always ready to go out and his gregarious personality has helped him make numerous friends all over. He is always ready to make sure everyone has a good time in grand fashion. If you want to know the best places to go out anywhere in the world or know the owners of top clubs, Shaival is the go-to guy at the wedding - he's probably scoped out the best places to go out in Savannah.
Pav Dharwarkar
"The Investor" - LA Friend
Pav, a good friend from LA, knows Ameet initially through his wife Maya, who was friends with Ameet at HBS while she was at HLS. Pav and Ameet become good friends a few years later and have enjoyed hanging out on trips to NYC and Las Vegas for conferences. He runs his own investment fund in LA where he lives with his beautiful wife Maya and daughter Pari.
Savannah, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia
Location Pics
Flights

Wedding-related events will be from Thursday, October 17-Sunday, October 20. For those flying to Savannah, the airport code is SAV. Ideally, try to find flights that arrive Thursday afternoon and leave anytime on Sunday. More information on the airport can be found at www.savannahairport.com.


Savannah is served by 4 major airlines: American, Delta, United and USAirways. American has nonstop flights from Dallas/Ft. Worth, Delta from Atlanta, New York (LGA), and Detroit, United from Newark, Chicago, Houston, and Washington, DC (Dulles), and USAirways from Charlotte, Washington, DC (Reagan), and Philadelphia.

Transportation

Taxi from Airport

A taxi to the Savannah Historic District is a flat fee of $28 based on one passenger - each additional passenger is $5 per person extra.


See link for rental car options and contact numbers for taxi cab companies.

Accommodations

Ameet's Family and Friends - Link to Hyatt (Click Here)

Accommodations for Ameet's side of the family have been made at the Hyatt Regency Savannah in Savannah's beautiful Historic District. Friends can click on the link above to reserve a room.


The preferred rates are $189/night or $239/night for riverview rooms from Thursday-Sunday.

Cut-off date is September 17, 2013.


Hyatt Regency Savannah

2 W. Bay Street

Savannah, Georgia 31401

Tel: (912) 238-1234

Location Pics
Accommodations

Alisha's Family

Please refer to the Wedding Invitation for details.



For your convenience a block of rooms is being held at the following hotels:


The Inn at Ellis Square

201 West Bay Street

Savannah, GA 31401

912-236-4440

$149 per night Thursday-Saturday

“Patel Wedding”


Springhill Suites- Savannah Historic District

150 Montgomery Street

Savannah, GA 31401

912-629-5300

$169.00 Thursday

$194.00 Friday-Saturday

“Patel Wedding”


DoubleTree Hotel- Savannah Historic District

411 West Bay Street

Savannah, GA 31401

912-721-2305

$169.00 Thursday

$199.00 Friday-Saturday

“Patel Wedding”


Cutoff Date- September 17th, 2013

Location Pics
Parking Info

Street Parking in downtown Savannah is free on weekends and after 5pm on weekdays.


Valet parking available at all downtown hotels-

Hyatt- $18 per day

Springhill Suites- $12 per day

Doubletree- $12 per day

Inn at Ellis Square- $13 per day (self parking)


The following garages are also available-

Bryan Street Parking Garage (closest to the Hyatt)

Maximum Daily Rate:

Monday-Thursday - $12.00

Friday- $15.00

Saturday-Sunday- $5.00


Robinson Parking Garage (closest to the York Street Condo Building and the Springhill Suites)

Maximum Daily Rate

Saturday-Sunday- $3.00

Things to Do

Old Town Trolley Tours

Old Town Trolley Tours is rated as one of the best Savannah city tours in the area. From delightful day tours that highlight popular Savannah attractions to spooky nighttime tours that stir up Savannah’s haunted past. The Savannah Day tour is a fully narrated 90 minute tour of historic Savannah that will

City Market

The Art & Soul of Savannah. Savannah’s City Market comprises a four-block area of restored warehouses and shop fronts adjacent to Ellis Square. This charming, open air-marketplace has a wealth of things to do in Savannah whether you come for the entertainment, to shop, dine or just rest your weary feet. Be sure to check out Bryd Cookie Company.

Restaurants & Bars

22 Square Bar at the Andaz

22 Square Bar at Andaz's Savannah hotel is a chic and cozy neighborhood spot open until the late evening with the resident mixologist mixing, pouring and playing perfect southern host.

Leopold's Ice Cream

A Savannah favorite, swing by and cool down with a scoop of ice cream at Ameet's favorite dessert spot. Rose Petal is his favorite but only available 2 months out of the year. Alisha's favorite is a toss up between Red Raspberry Sorbet and Caramel Swirl.

Location Pics
Restaurants & Bars

Rocks on the Roof- Bohemian Hotel

Relax and unwind while enjoying fantastic views of Savannah River and the historic district from this rooftop lounge. Rocks on the Roof also offers a small tapas style. Alisha recommends the Rose Gimlet, while Ameet always plays is safe with an American Mule.

Vinnie Van GoGo's Pizza

Vinnie's is known for their thin hearty crust pizza called "Neapolitan". Open until midnight, Vinnie's is great spot for a late night snack. Alisha usually sticks to plain cheese while Ameet goes for the classic green pepper/onion.

registry
Registry Note

We have registered at Macy's for our wedding.

No boxed gifts please at the functions (we have no space in our luggage to take anything back to NYC!)

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