We recently featured this amazing Indian wedding at the illustrious InterContinental Dallas last month, and now we're bringing you the unforgettable highlight reel captured and edited by Digital Shaadi Films! Get an exclusive look at some of the memorable pre-wedding moments, featuring Maharani Neha in a vibrant blue anarkali with bright yellow, violet and gold accents, and even more floral and decor details by Weddings by Farah at this incredible affair planned by The One Event. At 2:31, check out the bride as she gets ready for her wedding ceremony with the help of beauty guru Makeup by Shilpa. Her shimmery look is out-of-this-world and her red and purple wedding lengha and blinging bridal bouquet will dazzle you to pieces! Talented mehndi artist, Henna by Afshan, decorated the bride's hands and feet in exquisite detail and completed her Princess perfect look fabulously. The gorgeous mandap with pillars of crystal beads, wrapped in floral garlands, is an inspiring Indian wedding decoration idea that will have you Pinning to your dream wedding boards! For the reception, Maharani Neha swaps her ceremony look for a glammed up, glittering green party lengha that will knock your saris off! We love the Friends-themed groom's cake and the high-energy action — and you will too!
The bride, on how she met the Raja of her dreams:
"Anand and I are actually high school sweethearts! We first met at the Hindu Temple for a charity event at the age of 15. I saw him rehearsing his dance on the stage and asked a mutual friend about his details -- but the catch, I was actually asking about him for a friend of mine. Fortunately, they didn't have many common interests, but meanwhile Anand and I started to develop a very close friendship. We dated for two years, but went our separate ways for college. Lets fast forward six years to a random weekday night. It was about 3 AM and I get a phone call from a number I don't recognize. Angrily, I pick up and it was Anand and our mutual friend. They were celebrating Anand's new promotion and with some liquid courage, Anand decided to call me and ask me on a date. I was apprehensive given the time of the night, but I told him I would love to catch up with him, but not call it a date. It had been six years since I had spoken to him so I was bit apprehensive. When we met up the next week, he told me he never stopped thinking about me for the past six years and that he knew one day he would marry me. I obviously thought he was crazy and smooth talking me, but our date went so well that I decided to give this relationship another chance because I could hear the genuine truth in his voice when he told me he never stopped loving me. He makes me feel like I'm a princess and the most important person in his life."
On her wedding style:
"Since we had our wedding during Thanksgiving weekend, I knew I wanted to make sure our guests still got that Thanksgiving feel. I wanted my predominant colors throughout the wedding to be orange, green, and brown with decor such as leaves, orange roses, and willow branches. Turkey Day is all about sharing: sharing stories, sharing food, and sharing your house and heart with your loved ones. Therefore, my mehndi took place on Thanksgiving day at my parents house. We decorated our entire house with orange/red colored leaves, pumpkins, and cornucopias. My outfit also resembled these colors.
For the Sangeet, I wanted to change it up so that our guests get the feeling they're in a completely different environment. We had the Sangeet at the hotel in a theater style room, with a Moroccan bazaar vibe. I told my decorator one thing: Colorful with paisleys and lanterns and she delivered. Her husband custom made two, six foot sized wooden paisleys that we showcased on the stage. To add a personal touch, we had signs for every table with fun facts about Anand and I so that our guests get a little more insight into our story. For the theme of our food, we went with bazaar/street food. We had four stations: Chawla's Chaat House serving live chaat and rajkachori, Anand's IndoChinese serving noodles, chinese bhel, and sizzling manchurian, Patel's Pav Bhaji serving fresh pav bhaji on a tawa, and Neha's Sweet Somethings serving kulfi, rasmalai, and live jalebi. To top it all off we had a live paan station with plentiful options.
For the Ceremony, I wanted it to be very girly with pinks, reds, and whites. I gave my decorator free reign to the design, but had one specific request: a floating floral Ganeshji made out of rose petals. This was actually something I saw on another Maharani's wedding that I knew was a must have for me. She did an amazing job with my mandap and my Ganeshji. It was by far my favorite piece of decor.
For the Reception, we tied back the Thanksgiving theme. Anand and I both wore green. Our tablecloths were we chose a Thanksgiving orange and our center pieces were tall and short vases with thanksgiving floral. Our stage had green moss with beautiful golds, white roses, and gorgeous crystal chandeliers. For the personal touch, we had sings on all the tables to get our guests to play an "I Spy Game." Also, we had a culinary fruit carver carve beautiful fruit bouquets, with watermelons with our names on them."
On her most memorable wedding moment:
"My favorite moment of the entire wedding was our pre-ceremony pictures in the park. After several sleepless nights being surrounded by family and friends, all I really wanted was a moment alone with the love of my life. We only had about 30 minutes to take pictures and my wedding planners discouraged us from leaving the hotel grounds because of the time crunch. My photographers really wanted to go to a park because they knew they would get some really nice shots with nice breeze and the changing colors of the trees. We all crammed in my car, and went to a nearby park. It was so nice to just be in our element, just Anand and I. Those 30 minutes we had to be alone were so precious because we got to tell each other our vows in a more personal space. Away from the craziness and stress that a marriage brings, we got to really feel the the love we had between one another and our photographers and videographer did an amazing job capturing this moment."
On their first dance song selection:
"When we were in high school, our song was KC and JoJo "All My Life." This song encompasses how we feel about each other and our relationship. Because both of us wanted our first dance to be more intimate, we actually had our first dance in the bridal suite right before we walked into the ballroom. It was just Anand and me and a few of our closest friends. It was magical. When we did our first dance in front of our guests, we only did about 45 seconds and wanted to have a wow factor so we had silver fountains go off at the end. The crowd LOVED it."
On other wedding day details:
"I had most of my jewelry custom made from a designer in New York. I sent her a picture of my outfits and she designed the most gorgeous pieces for me. However, the more notable jewelry was my wedding jewelry. It was handed down to me from my closest family friend whom I consider to be my sister. It was so meaningful and every time I look back at the pictures, I think of her. Now, I get to pass down the jewelry to another close family friend. It's nice to be able to keep it within our family.
As you can tell, our grooms cake was a Friends Themed cake. Anand and I love the Friends TV Show and somehow it comes up in our daily conversation. I surprised Anand with this Friends Themed cake. Not only did it look good, but it tasted heavenly. For my bridal cake, I wanted something more contemporary with gold and black. Thanks to pinterest, I got the idea of the square shaped black/gold/white cake. I ordered the topper of off Etsy.com which I think added a nice touch to finish off an already beautiful cake. Our flavors were Red Velvet and Italian Creme Cake.
My favorite part of the whole wedding was my bouquet. I chose to do a jeweled bouquet because I wanted it to be something I can keep to be an heirloom to hand down to my daughter. My close friend, and florist for my wedding, made this bouquet for me as a present. She completely outdid herself. She added in the colors of my outfit, red and purple, with my birth stone - Pearl. But the best part of all of this was the picture of my deceased grandfathers on the bouquet. It was as if they were with me all along. The bouquet was so meaningful and thoughtful."
Don't miss out on the final film of the day, coming up next!