"The best love is the kind that awakens the soul; that makes us reach for more, that plants the fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. That’s what I hope to give you forever." One of the most infamous love stories is that between Noah and Allie in the Notebook. All young girls dream of that magical getaway, celebrating the union of that and her future husband alongside her friends and family. I could just feel the love radiating off the soft sands of the Mexican beaches at the spectacular beachside venue of Villa del Palmar Cancun. Being in the industry, I have seen many wonderful sangeet’s kicking off the wedding festivities. However, having both your sangeet and mehndi beachside while sipping on a tropical drink is my idea of a great party! Mehndi artist Veronica de la Paz has been featured numerous times on Maharani Weddings and has added yet another Indian commemoration celebrating an Indian bride to her portfolio. Planner extraordinaire, Sonal J. Shah helmed the designing reigns with her keen eye to detail and creativity with her infamous motto of “It’s all in the details!” This statement served true as the intricate design of the sangeet ceremony was picture perfect! House of Talent Studio had the pleasure of capturing the wedding of Maharani Sarayu, who spills the details on her wedding below, with all our favorite images shining bright in the gallery!
Planning on a wedding out of Mexico? Ponder these details on her love tale told by Maharani Sarayu!
How did you meet your Raja and when did you know he was "the one"?
Manthan and I have been best friends for over 10 years and dated for 7 years before we got married. I suspected that it would be hard for him to surprise me with a proposal, but he definitely pulled it off!
How did you choose your lengha or lenghas? Did you work with a certain designer? Did you spend hours on the internet first?
I am South Indian and my husband is Gujarati, so I wanted my wedding style to be a mix of both elements. My family is Brahmin and brides usually wear a white sari with a red border on their wedding day. I also wanted something that would be appropriate for a beach wedding in Mexico. I did all of our shopping in Bangalore and was initially worried that I would only be able to find silk sari’s since bridal lenghas are not as common in South India. I was relieved to find plenty of options when I got there and found a white lengha with a red border! For my reception look I decided to go with a gown because I wanted to be able to dance and didn't want anything super heavy.
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?
I cannot say enough good things about Adrian, Suzie, Gamaliel and the entire makeup team from Styling Trio. I had my initial trial during our planning trip and hadn't gone to India yet so all of my looks completely changed between then and my wedding day. The team was so professional and talented that I was able to completely trust them in creating the perfect look. I am very picky about my hair and makeup but really did not need to give them any guidance at all for any of my events. They always had me ready early as well! The styling trio team also did hair and makeup for my entire bridal party and everyone was very satisfied with their looks! We all got tons of compliments from everyone!
Did family or friends help out with certain special details that really added to the event?
I have a very big family and we have tons of family friends but neither of us enjoy the spotlight. We picked a destination wedding because we wanted an intimate celebration with our closest friends and family. We had 120 guests attend the wedding and it was a dream come true for both us. Although our wedding was in Mexico, we still had a ton of homemade touches to make everything very personal. My mom and I picked out all the centerpieces for our welcome party at an arts and crafts fair in Bangalore and worked together with our decorator on how to arrange them for all the tables. My cousin in India helped me design personalized wedding totes for all of our guests. Another one of my cousins made 200 ladoos to handout after the ceremony and my bridesmaid Amy illustrated the cover of our wedding programs.
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
One of my favorite little touches was our cake topper. We are obsessed with our dog Poe who obviously couldn't make it to Mexico for the wedding. Our cake maker, Zaida Marcos, suggested getting a personalized cake topper made of the 3 of us so he could still be included in our big day. We were blown away by the details when we saw it on our wedding day! She perfectly captured us in our reception outfits (even though she'd never seen them and did it based off of a description) and even put Poe in a bow-tie. We have it on display in our house now!
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