Happy Monday Maharanis! Hope your weekend was filled with cocktails, fun Indian weddings and good times! Today you are in for a royal treat, so log in to your Pinterest account and pin away as we present an Indian fusion wedding with a Maharani that is out of this world! Maharani Khansa celebrated a week long wedding journey with her Maharaja Jawad in both New Jersey and New York. The last three nights of her blockbuster event started with a vibrant Mehndi night with a gorgeous satin draped stage crafted by Ruban Events at the World Fair Marina. Khansa looked elegantly stunning in a multicolored Farshi Gharara (Pakistani wedding dress) with a distinct ethnic print. Both families from the bride and groom’s side celebrated the mehndi ceremony with Mehndi by Navi putting her creative charm to work on the bride and her guests. You are going to want to know the intricate details of this wedding, so head down below the photographic images by MaxPhoto NY and into the gallery and read all about Khansa’s fabulous wedding event!
How did you meet your Raja and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met my husband (Jawad) through a family friend. It was an arranged marriage, but at first we thought it wouldn't happen not knowing that we will be engaged in a matter of a week! I am really happy that we are together, I couldn't be happier!
Tell us about your wedding style. When you sat down to really figure out how your dream wedding would look, did you start with one central color, a palette of colors, or a theme that served as your inspiration?
I had many events for my wedding, but the main ones were the last three 3 for my Mehendi event, I wanted it to be really colorful and bright. My concept of my outfit was lucknowi with colorful work and a farshi gharara with 2 dupattas and a jewel belt. For my husband, I wanted a nice jamawar waist coat or vest in a yellowish gold tone to match with the theme and my outfit, it was more like a Muslim outfit from Maharanis and Rajas from old Indian history. For the second event, the theme was regal. It was kept in a gold and red palette with some green (royal colors). My jewelry was inspired by Sabyasachi as well as the outfit and the nose ring. My husbands sherwani was from Bombay Bridals in Jackson heights. The decor for my event was done by Urban Events with flowers and regal candelabras. I wanted a very regal theme. My entrance was in a doli rented from Indus events in Richmond Hill, NY. Last but not the least, walima. For this event I wanted a very modern dress with a touch of black. My dress was from HSY Designer Pakistan. All my gold jewelry was bought from Amba Jewelers in Jackson Heights.
What did you enjoy most about the process of planning your dream Indian wedding?
I really enjoyed picking out 3 separate themes such as bright, then regal and modern. I wanted 3 different events so they don't look the same!!
How did you choose your lengha or lenghas? Did you work with a certain designer? Did you spend hours on the internet first?
I did hours of searching online and saving pictures ideas. I came across Indian designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee and was really inspired by his outfits, jewelry overall the way he presented his brides. I wish I could be one of those brides that had an experience being groomed by him.
Looking back, was there a really special moment that you remember from your wedding that stands out as the most magical?
The magical moment was when I entered the venue at The Inn at New Hyde Park. As soon as I parked my car at their lot I was greeted by the staff who carried my stuff and treated me like a princess throughout my entire event. My bridal suite was to die for with chandeliers, it was truly amazing!
Did you and your Raja have a special song that you danced to as your first dance? How did you choose it?
Yes we did, our first dance song was Sab Tera from the movie Baaghi.
How about hair and makeup? Did you already have a style in mind or did you work with a specialist to find your perfect look?
Beauty by Tamanna. I just LOVE her. She's the best, not only as a makeup and hair stylist, but as a person, she's a gem. She listens to your needs and does her magic. I am so glad that I had picked her as my makeup artist. I told her how I wanted a different look such a regal and for the last event a modern look. She listened and satisfied me.
Did family or friends help out with certain special details that really added to the event?
My Sisters really helped me out as well as my mother. We wanted to be very creative for my first event we added lighting to the umbrellas with flowers for my entrance. For the Second event we used a doli.
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (Jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
My jewelry was from Amba Jewelers in Jackson’s height. My venues were World Fair Marina, The Inn at New Hyde Park and Royal Alberts NJ. We also had performers from NYU there were 2 groups of ladies, one was NYU Nasha second was NYU Dillagi. They performed 10 to 12 minutes each!
Maharanis! Make sure you return for the wedding and reception which is coming right up and get those notepads ready, you are going to want to take a lot of notes!