Happy Monday, Maharanis! Welcome to the first full week of wedding lovin' in 2016! We're so thrilled you're joining us! Today we're at the The Westin Jersey City Newport, where bride-to-be, Anajali, is celebrating some pre-wedding festivities to kick off her and her Raja, Jay's, wedding weekend! Lightyear Studio caught up with the happy couple for some portraits that showcase their pre-wedding fashions and excitement. Maharani Anjali is rocking a vibrant marigold lengha that dazzles in the light of the setting sun, and Jay brought in a pop of chartreuse to the party with his handsome sherwani. The Pro Beauty Academy perfected our stunning Indian bride's hair and makeup, and we can't get enough of the candid moments she and her hubby-to-be shared while partying the night away with family and friends against a backdrop of incredible decor work by the talented team from Elegant Affairs. You can catch even more details from this spectacular evening in the complete gallery!

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Maharani Anjali on how she met the Raja of her dreams, Jay:

"Jay and I had a mutual friend (Lakshmi) - he went to high school with her and I went to college with her. After we graduated from college, we all ended up in New York, and Lakshmi and I were roommates. Through her, Jay and I were at the same dinners and bars every once in a while, and I always thought he was super sweet. When Lakshmi's birthday was coming up, I reached out to a few of her friends (including Jay), to help me orchestrate a surprise party. He showed up early to help (with pineapples in hand as I requested), and that was the night it all started! Looking back, it's hard to identify the exact day or moment where I knew he was the one - I must've known all along."

Meet me back here later today from more from this amazing affair, Maharanis!

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Traditional
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Summer
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Floral & Decor: Elegant Affairs Inc. | Venues: The Westin Jersey City Newport | Photography: Lightyear Studio | DJs & Entertainment/Lighting/Chair Rental: DJUSA | Catering: Bukhara Grill | Live Painter: Captured on Canvas | Hair & Makeup: The Pro Beauty Academy | Baraat: Equishare Baraat Horses | Cakes & Treats: Palermo's Bakery