Today’s gorgeously captured Indian wedding out of Northern California will have you dreaming of sunny skies and sandy beaches. We love getting to know our brides through our Q&A sessions with them and Maharani Neha has left a lasting impression in our hearts. We love all treasured moments of the bride getting ready, but for Neha, this part of her wedding process was extra special. “It was really important for me to wear my mother's antique naath for the wedding ceremony. My grandmother, who had passed away many years ago, had it made. My mother wore it for her wedding, and ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to wear it for my wedding. Wearing the naath that day made me feel as if my Nani was there by our side, showering her blessings upon us! I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to wear it.” Excuse me while I wipe away my tears and get ready for the upcoming ceremony. Paul Ortiz Films, known for creating visual masterpieces, filled in for the master cinematographer of the event. You can find the visual gem of this wedding in our feature here! Behind the lens capturing each sunny shot was Matei Horvath Photography with the images in full that you can find in our gallery.

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We sat down to ask Neha all about her big day, and here are excerpts from our talk: 

How did you meet your Raja and when did you know he was "the one"?

After I graduated law school and started working, I had a strong impulse to move to San Diego, CA. However, circumstances led me to choose staying in the Bay Area. In my late twenties, a desire to live life to the fullest lead me to follow my heart and make the move to beautiful San Diego. Nivek, on the other hand, left behind the rigours of residency and Manhattan winters for a one year regional anesthesia fellowship at UCSD. Never would we both have thought that we’d look back one day and say, “Thank you Match.com.”  A few weeks of exchanging messages and texts lead to a first date, which ended up being our “last first date” ever. When I met Nivek I realized that he was the reason that I was so drawn to move to San Diego. 

How did you choose your lengha or lenghas? Did you work with a certain designer? Did you spend hours on the internet first?
I wanted my wedding lengha and reception outfit to be different, and looked to Instagram to research the styles of different designers!  Thankfully, I found Well Groomed, Inc., who did a great job customizing both my outfits! My wedding lengha is inspired by the designer Tarun Tahiliani. I love how his designs blend a variety of colors together in such an intricate fashion. My reception saree-gown was inspired by the designer Gaurav Gupta. His designs caught my eye because they manage to fuse Indian intricacies with a western twist, while maintaining an overall elegant appeal.
Looking back, was there a really special moment that you remember from your wedding that stands out as the most magical?
It's hard to choose!! Definitely when we recited the vows we wrote for each other after we took our saat pheere are moments that Nivek and I will cherish.

Make sure you return for the impressive baraat ceremony led by Vintage Carriage Company that we have coming right up! See you in a twinkle.

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Photography: Matei Horvath Photography | Baraat: Vintage Carriage Company | Cinematography: Paul Ortiz Films | Bridal Fashion: Well Groomed Inc. | Cakes & Treats: Layers Sensational Cakes LLC | Catering: Turmeric | Dj & Entertainment: Nor-Cal Events Specialists | Floral & Décor (Garlands and Bouquets): SB Arts | Floral & Décor: Flor de Monterey | Lightning: Nor-Cal Events Specialists | DJ: Nor-Cal Events Specialists | Photobooth: Allure Event Rentals | Rentals (Reception Umbrellas): Allure Event Rentals | Planning & Design: Bobby & Daljeet Bhogal | Day of Coordinator | Hyatt Coordinator: Samantha Davis | Venue: Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on Del Monte Golf Course |