Meet the Newest MIRA Team Member, Tesia!

After a bit of a hiatus, we are proud to be once again expanding our team of event professionals to better serve our clients. The past few weeks have been very exciting welcoming Tesia Tangonan into the MIRAwed family as our Fall 2017 intern. 

Tesia is a recent graduate of the University of Nevada Las Vegas where she earned her degree in Hospitality with a concentration in Event and Meetings Management. She recently moved to San Jose to pursue her career in the event industry. 

Tesia describes herself as a passionate individual with a positive attitude that allows her to overcome nearly every challenge she faces. She enjoys hiking, traveling, eating, reading, and dancing Hula/Tahitian dance during her free time. We already adore her and are so glad she is part of our team!

Welcome Tesia! 

 

Chandana + Imran Part 1

We love our clients. All of them. We adore each and every event that crosses our path. Every once in a while, we get to be a part of something just a little extra special. How so? Let’s check the numbers:

  • 3: The number of days this wedding spectacular spanned
  • 6: The number of different wedding related events that occurred in that time-frame
  • 5: Number of venues we worked at over the course of this weekend
  • 27: Number of vendors hired for all events
  • 1,000: Linear feet of marigolds used throughout the design
  • 9: Number of outfits worn by the bride

The result of these numbers, combined with the incredible amounts of time and energy spent by all invested parties, was SO spectacular, we couldn’t fit it all in one blog post.

Let’s start in the beginning…

Chandana and Imran come from two very different backgrounds. Chandana’s family are Hindu South Indian, and Imran’s family hails from Bengladesh. Together, they wanted to create a fusion wedding experience that would honor both of their cultures while allowing guests to bask in free-flowing opulence.

After a “low key” Mehendi on Friday evening, guests were invited to the first “party” of the weekend on Saturday afternoon. The groom’s parent’s house was decked to the nines to celebrate not just one but two important cultural events.

First, the Gaye Holud ceremony and rituals took place. After a short ceremony, 350 of the couple’s closest friends and family lined up for over an hour to paint the couple in yellow turmeric and feed them sweets.

For this event, we wanted to honor the traditional colors of the Holud by integrating lots of yellow with warm orange and red tones. Since the event was being held in the groom’s parent’s backyard, there was an inclination to pull a certain whimsical flair out with the design. We accomplished this by creating distinct vignettes with paper lanterns and marigold garlands all over the backyard. For the stage, we erected a four post mandap-type structure draped with an old saree, marigold garlands, and you guessed it- more paper lanterns. The effect was fun, whimsical, a touch of rustic, and most importantly, bright.

The amazing Chef Ranjan of New Delhi Restaurant  did an excellent job preparing a delicious traditional and fusion menu for guests to enjoy. Eclectic seating options and a sprawling floorplan allowed for guests to mingle naturally with each other before and after presenting their gifts and turmeric to the couple. MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0014 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0016 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0018 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0019 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0020 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0021 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0023 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0028 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0030 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0033 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0042

 

Later in the evening, guests were guided to the tennis court for the Sangeeth. which was lit like a rooftop club. With the SFO lights twinkling in the background, performers and guests alike danced their hearts out on a large LED dance floor provided by Gatsby Entertainment.

 

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Up next, the gorgeous ceremony!

Venue: Private Residence

Caterer: New Delhi Restaurant

Rentals: Stuart Rentals (stage, pipe and drape, chairs, tables, and Gaye Holud linens), Bright Event Rentals (lounge furniture), La Tavola Fine Linens (Sangeet linens)

Flowers, Event Design, Paper Lanterns: MIRA Events + Design

Photography: MP Singh Photography

Lighting, DJ, LED Dance Floor and Entertainment: Gatsby Entertainment

Videography: Filmtwist Productions

Exciting News for MIRA Events + Design!

For 8 long, beautiful years I have worked endlessly to see my little business grow and sustain in the San Francisco Bay Area. For the last 3 of those 8 years, I have enjoyed traveling all over Northern California in pursuit of our mission to create meaningful, inspiring, reverent, and generally awesome events for our clients. All in all, California has been not only MY birthplace, but the birthplace of MIRA Events and every other dream I’ve ever had.

Sometimes, our dreams don’t come true the way we envision them. Sometimes they don’t come true at all, unless you do something drastic. My dream of owning a house in my hometown of Los Gatos, for example, was simply NOT going to happen for a single mother running her own (mainly seasonal) business. My dream of raising my children close to family wasn’t going to happen with them all living hundreds of miles away. My dream of going back to school to finish my degree wasn’t going to happen living the lifestyle I was. I knew, after 8 long, beautiful years, that it was time to make a change.

Rather quickly, a series of events occurred that lead me to make one of the biggest decision I have ever made. I decided to move, for the first time ever, out of state to live closer to family in Cave Creek, Arizona.

The decision happened quickly, but the move did not. We were in the midst of wedding season, and every day it became harder and harder to say goodbye to the glorious weather, diverse geography, and thriving spirit of my beloved California. I just couldn’t imagine not being back in my home state on a regular basis. I began to think….

Why did I and my company have to choose? Why couldn’t we do both? Why couldn’t we offer comprehensive and personalized planning and design services to clients in both states? We couldn’t we use our dual location to bring our clients fresher ideas, cross culture inspiration, and even more vendor resources? Why couldn’t we dedicate our summer months to California clientele and escape the ghastly heat of the desert?

After climbing over the bulk of our biggest wedding season yet, I slowly began to put the pieces together for the relaunch of the new company. There is still much to be done, including a website revamp and a formal launch in Arizona, but I am so excited about the mountains of possibilities (pun intended) that this news simply could not wait any longer.

I am pleased to announce the expansion of MIRA Events + Design!

We now offer our distinct wedding and event planning services to clients in both California AND Arizona- and beyond! We are excited to continue our mission of creating unique beauty for our clients and producing seamless, stress-free events.

More news is still to come, so please stay tuned for more details about our new location and upcoming events!

Love,

Miranda