Happy Monday Maharanis! We’re going to start your week off with a bang with the styling Indian wedding bash of Anu and Sushain. Love Decor orchestrated splendid purple power decor at the Westin Waltham Boston venue, and the result was pure regal and romantic bliss. After all, violet is the color of royalty! This reception stole our hearts with the creative use of gold structures holding flickering glass candles. Add in a cloudlike wall of white blooms and a purple chaise, and this venue was a total visual treat. The tablescapes featured magnificent golden vases and creamy blooms, paired with oodles of lavender luminescence. What decadence! The glowing newlyweds burst into the venue in their dreamy black tie finery, and were total couple goals! Konditor Meister baked a scrumptious gold and white cake topped with the cutest Bollywood topper. We so wish we could reach into the screen and grab a slice! Silk Events DJ + Lighting ensured a jam packed dance floor with delirious beats, and we cannot wait to catch the live action in the film by ByDesign Films. Lefebvre Photography photographed all the key moments from Anu and Sushain’s soiree, so bask in the beautiful moments in the full gallery. And make sure to scroll below for our full interview with Anu!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
It was love at first sight for us! We met while I was in LA with my best friend and our family friend invited him when we all went out one night. We had an instant connection and continued talking even after I came back from Boston. After that we started visiting each other as often we could and he even met my aunt the first time I came to visit! Reflecting back, it was just a gut feeling, all of a sudden, we couldn't remember a life without each other and there has been no looking back since that night.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I had come to LA for the weekend and he took me to this beautiful and romantic Italian restaurant, Il Cielo. There we were led to this private area cornered off and decorated with twinkle lights and roses. He popped the question here and it could not have been more intimate and perfect. This place will always hold a special place in my heart.
Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
We were planned to get married in Jodhpur, India, where our families are from but had to change the location last minute to Boston. In just a 2 months, we rushed to find all of our vendors and imagine a new wedding. I think we got extremely lucky with our vendors who were beyond helpful and flexible, recommending other great vendors to us. I really wanted to incorporate all of our Jodhpur traditions but with chic and classy decor which I think Shruti from LoveDecor nailed. I was very specific about hair and makeup because I like minimal makeup, nothing too fancy which is out of my comfort zone but Makeup by Marium made me feel like the most beautiful person in the world during all events. I still cannot believe we pulled off a 3 day event with family and friends from all over in just 2 months. I guess it's not impossible when you have a village!
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew that I wanted a traditional red lengha but nothing too heavy in work, preferably embroidery work. My dress was actually selected by my husband and was by Sabyasachi. We were on such a tight timeline while in Mumbai that we must have gone to 6-7 boutiques in a day that were all over Mumbai. Nothing compared to the first lengha he picked up and nothing lit his eyes up more than seeing me in the Sabyaschi one. I knew that was the one and despite being HIGHLY indecisive, he went with the first and I think it was absolutely the perfect choice.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
You get to spend more time with your family and close friends during the process than the actual day. Moving across the country made me cherish those moments more when it was 2AM and we are still packing favors with our family friends. My bridesmaids came over almost every day to help me with everything from decor to mental breakdowns ;) I also had the best support in my in-laws who were coming from India and made sure they brought everything and anything that we potentially would not have here. I just enjoyed time spent with everyone!
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
FOOD! I cannot count the amount of people who told me how much they loved the food and got to eat! Usually in family weddings you find yourself ordering pizza at 2am when it is all over but not here! Nothing made us happier knowing that everyone ate well - after all we are from Jodhpur! Also I had a running theme of DDLJ in our wedding because a) I am a superfan and b) Sushain is the Raj to my Simran, also helps that he is a talented singer and musician so all my friends and family always joke that I finally found my Raj ;)
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Sitting in the doli and being lifted by my brothers - I still cannot put my emotions into words but there is something about that moment where everything feels real and it suddenly hits you that you are getting married
Another very special moment was a certain tradition in our culture where the maternal uncle will remove your bangles and put on bridal bangles symbolizing that you are now a married woman. Since my uncle could not come from India, my brother stepped in on this ritual and if not my Mamaji, I would not anyone else other than my elder brother to give me this blessing.
For events other than your ceremony, please tell us as much as you would like about the decor, style, dances, and all the special details.
Mehndi - floral pastels and intimate with family friends and bridesmaids + groom's side. We had a group of aunties who sang and played the dholak, they even roped Sushain into singing!
Sangeet - very intimate, this was the day a lot of my family flew in and were meeting Sushain and his family for the first time so we kept the guest list tight
There were dances by my cousin, his brother (aka Michael Jackson ;) ), his parents, me and my bridesmaids, and us. He even jumped in with his brother at the end of his performance to our surprise and they might have had the best performance but I am biased ;)
Reception - We danced even when they started cleaning up - nothing stops us and I could not thank my cousins from Toronto enough for keeping the party going with high energy.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Everyone told me it will fly by and it truly does, just enjoy the moment. No matter how much planning and organization you have, something will happen. Don't worry, no one really notices, just enjoy your time with family, friends, and your groom.
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
We are bollywood lovers so I always wanted to incorporate that but with the DDLJ twist so we named each event. These event names matched our wedding cards and website as well!
Mehndi - Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhna (DDLJ)
Sangeet - Aaja Nachle
Wedding - Chhangani Dulhania Le Jayenge
Reception - Sushain ki Dulhania
These posters are now proudly displayed in our home!
I also ordered a cake topper from Etsy and asked if they could use the infamous DDLJ pose where I am held over his shoulder. It is the cutest thing ever and so us! I did a lot of little details to tie in the team from the favors, cake toppers, to our names. Anything more was borderline too cheesy and got vetoed ;)
I didn't opt for the traditional Rajasthani Jewelry (think of Jodha Akbar) because I really love Polki/Kundan and honestly that much gold is a) heavy and b) doesn't suit me much. I wanted minimal but left that department to my mother and mother in law. I wore what I was told to and like they saw, mothers know best!
Have a lovely Monday Maharanis!