Maharani Sreeja is getting ready to marry the Raja of her dreams, Anil, and she's putting on her bridal best. Donning a sensational red, orange, olive and gold wedding sari and rocking the most stunning South Indian bridal hairstyle, she's set. She unveiled her amazing look to Anil in a fabulous first look portrait session with Derk's Works at the Hilton Polaris, where planners extraordinaire, Joie de Vivre Events, planned the wedding of her dreams. Later today, we'll show you just how unforgettable this exquisite affair was as we revel in the divine details from the ceremony and reception. From the breathtaking floral and decor by Weddings InStyle, to the romantic and candid highlights, you won't want to miss a single beat. For now, make your way into the complete gallery for more first look moments!
Maharani Sreeja, on Raja Anil's romantic proposal:
"Anil planned a surprise New Years Eve proposal at the Milwaukee Art Museum in Milwaukee, WI (where he was currently doing his residency training). I was visiting him from New Jersey to spend New Years with him and he had a wonderful evening planned for us. We had a great dinner and followed by cocktails at the Art Museum New Years Eve Gala. Just before midnight, he asked if I would accompany him to a private portion of the Museum. An "event photographer" that he actually hired took pictures of us for the event website. I asked if we could see the pictures she took on her camera, and the preview picture the photographer showed us was a picture of a heart around my initials that he drew in the sand from one of our prior beach trips that said will "Will you marry me?". At this point he dropped down on one knee and popped the BIG question! I immediately said "YES" and was shaking in excitement. The undercover photographer then took some great pictures of us throughout the night as we literally "ringed in" the New year!"
On shopping for her dream bridal fashions:
"I chose my lenghas based on colors and fabric. I used Pinterest for inspiration for my lenghas. I went to India to purchase all my wedding attire. I had my sangeet lengha custom designed by Mugdha Art Studio in Hyderabad, India. I wanted a fun and easy to move-in dress. Sashi Vangapalli (the designer) did a beautiful job creating a beautiful floral lengha with mirror work blouse. It was perfect and unique for my sangeet. I made a trip to the famous Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu to select my silk saris. Lastly, I found my reception lengha at Neeru's. I knew exactly what I wanted which made shopping much easier."
On her hair and makeup:
"I had a few styles in mind for hair and makeup. I worked with a hair and makeup artist few months before the wedding to come up with some looks for the big day and other events. I went with a bold eye makeup look with my hair down for the sangeet, a traditional south indian bridal look for the wedding with my hair in a long braid and adorned with flowers and hair pieces. I went with an up-do and a glamorous makeup look for the reception."
Stay tuned, Maharanis! The main event it coming right up!