Happy Friday, Maharanis! Can you believe how quickly we've flown through July? Me neither! Let's check out the batch of Filmies this Friday is bringing us, starting with a phenomenal highlight reel filmed and edited by the uber talented team at Halaja Productions. It features an Indian bride and groom you may find a bit familiar, and that's because we recently shared the amazing pics from their event with you! If you haven't seen them yet, check them out here! Elegant Events planned and designed this Indian wedding at the BWI Airport Marriott in Baltimore, Maryland. The film starts off with the newlyweds-to-be strolling along, filling us in on their incredibly romantic love story — and wait until you hear it. Their first look portrait session with Photographick Studios at the 1:44 mark will have you grinning from ear-to-ear, not just from their sheer happiness and excitement, but also because our Maharani, Anisha's, red and gold bridal lengha, with hints of violet blue trim, is that stunning. The aisle, glowing with floating tea lights set at varying heights, was just one detail of the gorgeous decor from their romantic wedding ceremony. The bride will dazzle you with her pink and gold reception lengha at the after party too! Her jewels glittered brilliantly, and her hair and makeup were on point as she and her new hubby made their entrance at the reception. From there, it was a non-stop and unforgettable celebration. Watch it now!
The bride, on how she met her Raja:
"My raja, Nakul Vasudeva, and I met in third grade at Rockledge Elementary. It as definitely not love at first sight, as I was a geek and he was the popular kid in school. We met at a mutual friends party in college, about 10 years later. We took classes together, hung out during lunch, and we became best friends! Our friendship slowly turned into a relationship, and that relationship became a part of us, where we could not live without each other. I knew he was the one when we were talking about our life goals, family, friends, and we had such similar lives, but yet so different. He was exactly what I wanted in my life then, and in the future. I didn't ever want to leave him and always wanted to be by his side. We even fell asleep on the phone together every night. We knew that we were meant for each other!"
On the groom's super romantic proposal:
"It was our third year anniversary, and Nakul and I had made plans to go out for dinner to celebrate. He took a detour in the car, and I found myself at Rockledge Elemenetary School, where we had first met in third grade. We walked through the playground, and on to the blacktop, where the words "will you marry me" were outlined in red rose petals and candles. The song "Marry You" was playing by Bruno Mars, and Nakul got down one knee and proposed amongst it all. We were joined by sister, his brother, and my aunt and uncle, all of whom were able to capture this special moment in our lives."
On her wedding style:
"Fun. That was all I wanted my wedding to be. The theme, the colors, the music, it all had to reflect a fun wedding. I wanted my guests to come in knowing that they would have an amazing time, and leave thinking that they a lot of fun! We used our favorite colors (red was his, and blue was mine) as our central palette colors. We accentuated the colors with gold and cream. I knew that red would be our main color with a hint of blue in the morning for the shaadi, and I wanted blue as the main color for the reception, with a hint of red. Everything in our wedding, from the ceneter pieces, to the lighting, to the bridesmaid/groomsmen outfits would reflect our favorite colors. We wanted everything to reflect our personality as well. The baraat was filled with music that we both enjoyed, the ceremony highlighted our favorite songs, and the reception was filled with hindi songs, as well as hip-hop songs."
On what she enjoyed most about planning her dream wedding:
"The one thing I enjoyed most was picking out the decorations for the wedding and picking out the song selections for each of the main events. I absolutely loved our wedding mandap and I loved picking out the unique touches we had to emphasize our personality. Both our families also loved to dance, so we had a great time at his Sangeet and my garba. Both of our families had dance performances at each events, which made it so fun and entertaining."
On her most memorable wedding moment:
"Our photographer, Sunny Mathur of Photographick, was very keen on the idea of having a first look photoshoot. Nakul and I (separately) drove to a location off site from our wedding, and, in the midst of the cherry blossoms, we had our "first look." We saw each other for the first time that day. My stomach filled with butterflies. I was so excited to see him and just be in his arms, that all my nervousness and anxiety no longer existed. It was time for us to just have fun and enjoy the day, with eachother."
On her and her Raja's first dance song selection:
"We picked Pehli Nazar Mein as our first dance song. We both absolutely loved the song, and that it was a great depiction of our love story. My childhood friend, Milan Bhatt, was able to sing a retro rendition of the song while we had our first dance."
On her hair and makeup:
"I worked with Mala Amin (my hair and makeup artist) to define the perfect look for the day. I wanted a classy, and elegant look for the shaadi and a fun and flarey style for the reception. I had a soft bun, with a rose in my hair for the shaadi, and I had large curls in a half up do for the reception."
On the role family and friends played:
"Along with having my family friend sing our first dance song, we had so many other family/friends being part of our special day. My bua and masi were my matrons of honors, and my little cousins were able to be "ring barriers," and walked in playing dhols. Both of our fathers were able to give beautiful speeches at the reception. We also had an amazing and entertaining "interview" video that was showcased at the reception that featured our close friends and family."
Stay tuned for more Filmy fun!