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Hotel Maya – Indian wedding

I really loved working with Sonia and Neerav on their wedding, fun and fun!

We had the baraat going alongside the waterway with our groom on the horse, followed by the milni and then the traditional ceremony officiated by my favorite India Priest Shukavek Dasa.  Then lunch at a different area of the hotel followed by the vidai, the farewell of the bride and groom as they head to the groom’s family home, which was done in a really fun way, they left in a yacht and went for a nice cruise, then came back and got in a limo and went to the groom’s family home.  Then back they came to get ready for the nights festivities

Cocktails were held in the area in front of the Pavilion where they ceremony had been earlier in the day.

Then into the Pavilion for the dinner/dance, where one whole side is windows and looks over to the city of Long Beach, at night it reminds me of looking at Manhattan!! love it


We had a great vendor team on board for this one: Greycard Photo, Robles Video, Drea for hair/makeup and dressing our bride, Amit/3D Sounds provided all the music and mceeing starting with the Baraat & the dohl player, through ceremony, lunch, cocktails, then dinner/dancing and the lighting, EBD Floral for the gorgeous florals & helping us with our unique idea for placecards!! BEL for the stage draping & décor, TMMPRO for the rental chairs and chargers, and of course to the team at Hotel Maya, we love working with you all at your unique property where we feel like we have gone out of town to do the wedding!!

Till next time



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Add a comment April 9, 2020

Hotel Maya Indian Wedding

My first wedding at Hotel Maya was years ago and i will always remember them because the groom was a fellow New Zealander and I loved the view they had from their ballroom balcony looking across to Long Beach at night, reminded me of looking at Manhattan.  For this wedding, i left a wedding at the Ritz Santa Barbara the night prior so i didn’t get to stay up there and enjoy which was my original plan, but once i got back to Hotel Maya and this couple and got things going, i was very happy to be there.  Do what you love and it will seem like you never work a day in your life, right!!!


I have done 3 Indian weddings here at Hotel Maya now, it really is the perfect layout and when you have multi day events you can have everything on site and the guests will never be bored, plus the room rates are great and there are other hotels next door and across in Long Beach, giving lots of rate options for your guest’s varying budget/styles.


So of course we started with the baraat and our groom was on a horse going along the waterfront, Milni was done at the entrance to the cere area where they have some great gates that frame it well and then the ceremony setup is fabulous (and we get the brides room in the block next to it, so for hair/makeup/sari changes we waste little time), cocktails are done at the back of the cere area and the hotel  staff take the ceremony chairs away and suddenly we have a huge area for cocktails, then into the fabulous Pavilion where 2 walls are windows (the main side looking across to that gorgeous Long Beach view at night) and the back wall is perfect for draping.  Great vendor team on board, Greycard Photo (who i have done a lot of Indian weddings with), Duc/Avec Luminaire for video, Lulu for hair/makeup, Amit/3D Sounds my fave guy/group of guys to work with for Indian weddings from baraat/milni/cere/dinner/dance mceeing/dohl player/lighting and music the guests love/good mix-he knows how to read an Indian crowd and based on where they come from in Indian is well versed with the types of Indian music they like – he knows his stuff. 3 Petals did the florals and draping behind the B&G stage and my TMMPRO guys did the dancefloor/stage cover/chairs as normal oxoxox.  Now we were not doing the canopies for the cere seating for the guests originally but about 4 days prior the bride’s dad panicked after hearing the weather report and said, get em.  So thanks to John/OCLA Rentals he stepped right up and made it happen, yayyyy.  And to Kristina and the team at Hotel Maya, love working with them.

Till next time



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Add a comment April 5, 2020

Hotel Maya, Long Beach, wedding

Well I had no idea this old hotel that was down from the Queen Mary had been taken over and rethemed/worked.  So when I was booked by a couple from that area who had seen the hotel and liked the vibe but wanted to see what else was out there, off we went.  From Temecula, South OC, back to Long Beach, and in the end Hotel Maya was the perfect fit for them and their celebration.

I loved the feel of the hotel, it has touches of old Mexico or South America all around and a bit funky too.  The cere site has Long Beach over the channel as a background, and the banquet room we had was upstairs with glass doors that disappeared into the walls so you were open to an awesome balcony that gave you views that went from glistening glass from the buildings in Long Beach during the sunlight, to reflections during sunset, to a fairyland of lights in the darkness of night.  It was really neat.

Now what made this wedding even more fun for me, the groom was from New Zealand and a lot of guests were coming from NZ (I am  a NZer in case you don’t know), both the bride and groom were travellers as am I, and they both play rugby in Long Beach (as I sure don’t!!!! LOL).  So there was really a cool connection to this whole celebration.  The color scheme chosen I loved, lemon yellow and bright greens, and we made use of 1/2 cut lemons for placecard holders, table name stands etc, and the hotel has funky banquet chairs in colors that normally would not work, but totally worked for this wedding.  Love it when it all comes together like that.

From the rehearsal where I started to hear the twangs of home through the rehearsal dinner, a lot of the guests staying at the hotel which puts them immediately in a more relaxed frame of mind (even local folks), and then the big day where the toast by the bestman who is totally a kiwi boy from  Chch cracked me and everyone else there who could understand him and what he was saying up (as he said when he started, if you don’t understand what I am saying, watch a kiwi if they are laughing laugh, and he was soooo right, even my assistant and the dj both looked at me afterwards while I was wiping my eyes from  crying with laughter, and they both said to me ‘we didn’t understand anything further than ‘hi”), to me getting the dj to play Land Downunder by Men at Work  (which he disclaimed before playing because he did not believe me when I said the kiwis present would fill that dancefloor up and sing really really loud) and of course the kiwis filled the dancefloor and sang really really loud.  It was a great celebration and the hotel with the firepits and view to Long Beach from  all private and public areas and relaxed vibe was a perfect fit.

Enjoy these pics courtesy of Furious Photography:.

Until next time


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