Pinks & purples…gold & diamond! This reception has all the above and more, which is what makes it so very Maharani. From the glamorous hairstyle with the huge curls to the sparkling diamonds dripping down her lengha-gown, Maharani Preeya looks dazzling on the dancefloor with her new hubby and IQ Photo was there to capture the magic. I love the hot pink lighting, hot pink drapery, hot pink splashed reception stage and last, but not least…the hot pink flowers cascading down the wedding cake! Can you tell, I love me some hot pink! Amazingly, enough with just a few switches, hot pink turns blue and I fall in love with it all again. With such stunning photography by IQ Photo and a vibrant dancefloor by Special Occasions, it’s no wonder I am crazy about this reception!
From Maharani Preeya:
When Pramod and I got engaged in the romantic islands of Hawaii, we knew right away that we wanted to plan our wedding there. An Indian destination wedding was quite the feat to plan and we travelled to Maui often over the year to organize all the details and logistics. We had 4 days of events with 250 people and tried to combine both the traditional elements of a Hindu ceremony with the more modern Indian-American styles.
Our first event was a Menhdi event where traditional henna patterns were drawn intricately on both the bride and guests. Following this was a Sangeet show where families and friends performed skits, dances, songs, and other items for us. The show itself was two hours and had performers from age 4 to age 64. My husband-to-be and I also performed a couple different Indian dances at the end of show. That night we held a late night party at Tsunami Club at the Grand Wailea and kept dancing til past 2 am.
The next morning was a boat cruise, “Mimosas and Samosas” for all the youth. The theme for this event was “White Party.” We had school buses pick up our guests and take them to the harbor where they awaited a delicious lunch spread and cocktails (and samosas and mimosas, of course). That night we had a traditional Garba-Raas which is a stick dance generally danced in the northern parts of India. With the help of my bridesmaids and husband-to-be we taught all the guests the dance and once again, danced the night away.
The next day was the Hindu ceremony held out on the sprawling lawns of the Four Seasons Hotel in Maui. During the Baarat, my groom came out in a spectacularly decorated white horse, surrounded by music and the dhol drums. After the Baarat and the ceremony under the Mandaap, we had a lunch served at the Spago restaurant. That evening we had a cocktail hour on the lawns t o watch the sunset, followed by a
reception in the Four Seasons ballroom. The ballroom was lit up in a bright magenta color which changed to a deep blue during our First Dance. Our First Dance was a combination of a more traditional waltz to “Time of my life” to a very modern, fun, hip hop dance to “Dynamite.” Pramod and I love to dance and have fun and thus we wanted our wedding to reflect these same sentiments and provide a truly unforgettable experience.
During every event we had a different color scheme and flower choices, from low balled glasses filled with Beta fish to very tall glowing arrangements with fresh flowers and crystals. Joseph and his team at IQ photo were able to perfectly capture every moment from tiny details of décor, cherished family time, and the beautiful romance between Pramod and I. Maui provided the incredible background to allow Joseph to use his creativity and take over 4000 photos over the four days. We loved his artistic sty le the moment we met him and were truly blessed to have his team at our wedding.
And that’s a wrap! Good night Maharanis!
DJ: Special Occasions / Florist: Bella Grace / Lighting : Swank Audio Visual / Wedding Band and Rings: Saxons Jewelers/ Shoes: Female Bridal Shoes / Men’s Indian shoes : Sari Palace / Bride’s Reception Shoes : Badgly Mischka / Groom’s Reception shoes : Tuxedo Fashions / Clothing: Frontier Heritage / Groom’s Tuxedo : Tuxedo Fashions / Rentals : Pacific Event Group / Photography: IQ Photo / Videography: Marrone Video Productions / Bridal jewelry: Sari palace / Bride’s Reception Jewelry : Frontier Heritage / Hair and Make-up: Julie Morgan / Henna: Catana Padilla / Wedding Cake: Four Seasons / Caterer: The Grand Wailea, The Four Seasons, Monsoon Indian restaurant