The excitement of waking up on your wedding day and getting all dolled up for the big ceremony is truly the most magical of moments and today's sparkling bride looks entirely charmed as she primps and prepares to walk down the aisle. BridalGal applies a bright pink lip and shimmery plum shadow that works brilliantly with our Maharani's spectacular fuchsia lengha. While the venue at The Grove NJ is filled with peach accents and white florals by Elegant Affairs Inc, Rose Events Wedding Planners & Coordinators caters to every detail of the day, ensuring an unforgettable soiree! I just know that this Indian event shot by Damion Edwards Photography is going to be a timeless one, so until the wedding bells chime, I'll be checking out all the beauty in the gallery!
From the bride:
Our proposal took place on Christmas morning, which happens to one of my most favorite holidays of the year, so that made it special for me. We both really care about our families and the nicest part was that both sets of familes were there when it happened.
More than that, one of my biggest dreams to have an event on a boat was fulfilled that following summer. The groom's family hosted a 2-day engagement out in San Francisco. Our families officially announced our engagement with a traditional Indian ritual and ceremony, giving the couple's extended family the opportunity to meet and greet one another. The day following this event was full of joy and celebration as the Jain and Shah family, along with their closest friends, boarded an elegant boat and cruised the San Francisco Bay!
On her bridal fashions:
I had my Engagement, Sangeet and bridal lengha customzie designed by Shyamal & Bhumika. I knew what I wanted when I got to India but now it was a matter of creating these visions I had in my head. Shyamal & Bhumika along with their teams spend hours with me drawing and creating the look I had in mind. It took a few months to create these outfits exact looks but when they were done they turned out perfectly as desired.
For my Engagement party on the boat I wanted an indo-american lengha, with a little vintage touch to it. The top was a corset and bottom skirt was really full.
For my Sangeet I wanted to wear a modern pakistani sharara. So they made me a bottom sharara out of velvet.
For the wedding ceremony I always wanted to wear a pink lengha. They used a dark pink with a light pink to create this princess lengha for me. I had asked them to put a bridal train on the back part of the lengha. I also asked for a 2nd duppta as my veil and especially requested a crochet border to sit on my head.
For the reception I wanted to try another designer and I was on a special hunt for English style ball-gown, I'm a huge fan of Kate Middleton hence my bridal shower was a High Tea Theme event. Well when I walked into AZA on Juhu Tara Rd. in Mumbai I saw the perfect red ball gown I had always envisioned. As soon as I put on this Anamika Khanna piece my mom was in tears, it fit perfectly like a glove and we knew this was the outfit! At the time I didn't know who Anamika Khanna was but later on I found out she is a famous stylist and designer for Bollywood actress.
On planning the wedding:
We chose the weekend of Thanksgiving in 2013 to have our wedding in NJ. I thought the fall would be the best season to get married as our clothes are so heavy and hard to wear in the hot weather in the summer time.
Our Wedding was at The Grove in Cedar Grove in NJ.
Our Sangeet was at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in NJ. I wanted to make the Sangeet all about our family, since the wedding day would be all about Asheesh and I. We created a mela like feel with different live food station and gave them personal names by using our parents along with our niece and nephew's name. We had a vendor come in to do live sugar cane juice. Another station was for the guest to get mehndi done I used Amreena from Dulhan Mehendi for mine and everyone else's mehndi. We had a live band come and sing the lead singer of the group was Suma Nair, she did a rendition of Lata Gee.
My wedding jewelry all could tell a story of their own. Over the years my mom had been collecting my wedding jewelry, as she knows I adore antique traditional jewelry pieces. So some sets were bought from Mumbai, Jaipur and Ahmedabad. The most precious jewelry I was given to wear for the reception was from my mother-in-law, they have the most beautiful family tradition in that everyone who got married wears our grandmother's jewelry which is about more then 60 years old but the most alluring and dazzling set I've worn. The sentiment of this family set had it's own charm and beauty attached to it."
Come right back, darlings, because the main event is about to begin!