Nothing makes me happier than when I open our submissions box and it is busting at the seams with beautiful Indian weddings.  Well, this classic, Punjabi number by J. Cogliandro Photography caught my attention because not only is it filled with drop-dead gorgeous décor, and an enchanting outdoor ceremony, but it was the bride’s love for our rich culture that painted a huge smile on my face. Her passion leaps off of the screen, and I wished I could call her to chat about all the glorious details of her wedding.  I simply could not stop pouring over each and every word she sent us, so make sure that you don’t gloss over the bottom on your way to clicking refresh to see more of her Indian wedding wonderland!

From our Maharani, Anu :
The inspiration for our wedding designs and details came from our mutual love of contemporary, simple style as well as those symbolic wedding details that epitomize our Punjabi culture.   We wanted something different than the "typical Indian wedding" of which there are many in Houston!  We didn't want to outdo anyone but just wanted to make it our own.  We had an outdoor wedding (rare for Indian weddings in Houston) with a custom-built mandap in the middle of a forest full of tall oaks and birds of all kinds (including peacocks!) with a stream running through it behind Vargo's restaurant.   The baraat and guests even had to cross a bridge to get to the mandap!  Given the beauty of the outdoors, which we felt should stand out, we chose decor that was more simple, using only red and white flowers and gold statues along with simple Ganesh statues along the way. We both wore dark red hues and traditional ornaments: Manav wore a tied turban and sehra and I wore bindis above my eyebrows and kalire hanging from my wrists.  We both wore gaane tied to an arm and an ankle, we were told, for luck.
It’s quite a Monday here on Maharani Weddings, and with all the beauty we have in store, it’s going to feel like a very short week!