It's another outfit change for our beautiful bride as she steps into a gorgeous champagne-gold and violet reception lengha. Her evening look is polished and complete when hair and makeup, by Bella Faccia, adds a coordinating eyeshadow and a side-swept do for the perfect, playful party time details. Anmol Kismet Weddings has planned and designed an unforgettable event, and this post-ceremony soirée is a glittering wonderland with an abundance of pretty little elements. I love the centerpieces, which keep with the style of the bridal bouquet, but with the addition of hydrangeas — one of my favs. The sweetheart stage is all aglow in violet up lights, and the stunning wedding cake by KM Cake Design is the perfect party centerpiece. Kudos to Jamie Howell Photography for capturing all of the day's special moments so we can share them with you gals and continue to inspire your inner Maharani. For even more amazing details from this wedding reception, like the groom's R2-D2 cake (a little something the boy's can appreciate — and some of you gals too), make your way into the full gallery.
The bride reflects on her wedding day:
"Monuj and I really desired a wedding that showcased who we are individually, and who we will become as a married couple. The Mackey House, an old plantation home in Savannah, Georgia, was the perfect location, as we preferred an intimate affair with an element of charm and coziness. The Hindu wedding, complete with a Baraat and Sarbala, was every bit a pure Punjabi-style celebration. Between the two ceremonies, guests enjoyed samosas and shrimp and grits, an homage to Monuj's Indian heritage as well as our new life together in the south. Our Christian wedding was intimate and picturesque, taking place at sunset while we recited our own vows. The reception was an absolute rocking party with plenty of food, drinks, dancing, and Bollywood hits.
My favorite part of the day was having my hair, makeup, and wardrobe changed three different times! Despite my fair skin, I felt every part the quintessential maharani! Monuj's favorite aspect of the affair was the R2D2 groom's cake, as he has been an avid Star Wars fan since he was a small child. A final personal touch was the lace bible cover that was wrapped around my bouquet. My mother carried a bible with that lace cover when she got married to my father, and I wrapped the lace cover around my bouquet.
While we had many wonderful vendors contributing to our wedding, Monuj and I did some of our own DIY projects as well. For instance, we made our wedding programs from premium wrapping paper purchased at HomeGoods and adhered it to cardstock with adhesive spray. It took many many hours, but the end result was flawless and well worth the effort. Other projects that we took on include the seating chart, made from our computer and printed at Kinkos, and the table signs. We actually decided to forego traditional table numbers, and instead, named them after cities that are important to us. Those signs were all constructed and printed at home by us.
The entire wedding was beautiful and enriching. Aunties came together to dress my girlfriends in suits and saris, and my girlfriends explained the rituals of the Christian wedding. Despite minor hiccups, such as the hole that I burned in my veil the morning of the wedding, the entire event unfolded wonderfully. It was everything that Monuj and I had ever dreamed it would be, seamlessly fusing our two cultures into one."
Have a spectacular day, Maharanis!