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Atlanta, GA South Indian Wedding by Alternative Life Photography & Design

If you're in the mood to see beautiful bridal fashions, then take a look at these fabulous portraits of our dashing duo, courtesy of Alternative Life Photography & Design! In honor of their South Indian nuptials, Gouri and Tawady—along with their wedding party, look awesome in their traditional garb. Our bride's vibrant Angadi Silks sari complements her golden-tan skin tone to a T! For her reception ensemble, Gouri turns up the heat in a custom-made royal blue lengha choli, designed by Samyakk! She looks stunning in smoked out blue eye shadows and a side-swept hair style, all thanks to Mytypeofmakeup by Maha Karim! Her handsome hubby is her perfect match in his tailored black suit. Browse the gallery to see more eye-catching fashion!

Reception images are still ahead!

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Venues: The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North | Photography: Alternative Life Photography & Design | Hair & Makeup: Mytypeofmakeup by Maha Karim | Ceremony Fashion: Angadi Silks | Bride's Reception Fashion: Samyakk | Groom Fashion: Ahmed's - Banglore India | Bridal Jewelry: Malabar Gold & Diamonds | Cakes & Treats: Publix | Catering: Chopaati | Cocktail Hour and Dinner: Madras Chettinaad


Atlanta, GA South Indian Wedding by Alternative Life Photography & Design

It's time to see Gouri and Tawady get married in style at one of the most romantic wedding venues in Atlanta, Georgia, —The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North! The mandap is perfectly draped in bright, orange-white fabric and an elegant chandelier. Our South Indian bride looks confident and excited in her Angadi Silks sari, as she does her proverbial walk down the aisle to marry the Maharaja of her dreams. Alternative Life Photography & Design catches all the joy and laughter of our terrific twosome as they embark on their journey to everlasting bliss. Check out the gallery to see more prized moments from their sweet ceremony!

From the bride, on family and friends helping:

"I know people always say this but the wedding couldn’t have happened without all the help from family and friends. I had so much family that came all the way from India for the wedding, even my grandmother. They had been waiting for my wedding to make their trip out here. My family really wanted to help out so I put them to work :). They helped make the center pieces, cooking a special Karnataka sweet for over 300 guests (this took FOREVER), cutting out countries for the table names, ironing, printing out the invitations, coordination on the day of the wedding and cooking all the food for the haldi puja, which everyone LOVED. It wasn’t just family from India, but my parent’s local Atlanta friends, friends from far away, Rajesh’s family and his family’s friends. So many people were helping us, we felt very loved. They truly had their hand in every aspect of this wedding. I can unequivocally say we couldn’t have done this wedding without all their help."

On a special moment:

"There were a lot of magical moments; it will be hard to pick just one.  So I’ll pick one of the most memorable/ surprising/ “I love him so much moments.  It was during the wedding portion. It happened during the part where Rajesh and I finally see each other and I have to touch his feet after some of the puja. So I touch his feet, as the bride is expected, and get up and the next thing I know he is doing the same! Everyone was so surprised. Some of my girlfriends were cheering.  I can honestly say he thought it was part of the puja to also touch my feet (which I think might need to be added).  But it just shows you how much he thinks of me as equal and that I deserve the same respect. I will never forget that moment and the face he had when he looked at me after he did it."

Portaits are next!

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Venues: The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North | Photography: Alternative Life Photography & Design | Hair & Makeup: Mytypeofmakeup by Maha Karim | Ceremony Fashion: Angadi Silks | Bride's Reception Fashion: Samyakk | Groom Fashion: Ahmed's - Banglore India | Bridal Jewelry: Malabar Gold & Diamonds | Cakes & Treats: Publix | Catering: Chopaati | Cocktail Hour and Dinner: Madras Chettinaad


Atlanta, GA South Indian Wedding by Alternative Life Photography & Design

Alternative Life Photography & Design shares with us a sensational South Indian wedding at The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North, in Atlanta, Georgia! Here's our lovely bride getting her hair and makeup done by Mytypeofmakeup by Maha Karim. Sporting a traditional long braid, our Maharani looks radiant in bronze and chocolate brown eye shadows, topped off with a glossy rose lip! Gouri turned to Angadi Silks for her beautiful red sari, and Malabar Gold & Diamonds blinged her out in gorgeous jewels. Make sure to check back soon, because we've got lots more in store, but in the meantime, head to the gallery for more beauty tips!

From the bride, on how they met:

"We first met at a Hirshhorn After Hours Party (a Smithsonian Museum). I was there with a couple of my friends and he was there with his. He of course caught my eye. Our first date was the most planned first date I had been on and definitely the longest. We went on a mini golf bar crawl through DC and then had dinner and drinks at a great Thai place.  The day date was around 8 hours long. We went our separate ways as we each had evening plans with friends. By chance we met again that same night at a club with our friends. By far the best date I have ever been on. I knew he was the one after a white water rafting trip about 3-4 months in. I ended up being the only girl and he made sure to make me feel included. He was even willing to cut his trip short for me since I wasn't feeling well.  I got to see all the different sides of Rajesh and I loved them all!"

On the proposal:

"My friends all said that he had set the bar extremely high for all guys.  It was the single most exciting, thrilling and emotional day of my life. I’m not a crier, but I think I cried more in that one day than the rest of my life total. Rajesh had planned an extravagant scavenger hunt throughout the DC area. It was a complete surprise! It included friends flying in, shopping spree, hair blow out, limo filled with all my favorite snacks, a surprise engagement party and so much more!  I don’t think anything will ever come close to this proposal in my entire life. As soon as I get into the limo I hear one of my favorite songs from Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are. This made me very emotional. I get there right as the song was ending and the moment FINALLY arrives!  I’m so excited, nervous, and dying of anticipation. The driver opens up the car door and I see Rajesh in the shadow. And I finally can’t hold it in anymore and the tears don’t stop. The closer I get the more tears come. It was freezing…the wind was blowing like crazy and my hair kept sticking to my freshly glossed lips. He hugs me and I don’t want to let go but he says he has to ask me something. He gets down on one knee and proposes. I don’t remember what he was saying, or how long he spoke or even if I spoke…..but we can safely assume I said Yes. We hugged and kissed and I don’t think I had ever been so happy and emotional in my whole life! We take the limo to dinner at Ceiba, a Latin restaurant. It was really nice. They even made special menus for us, it was pretty cool. At dinner Rajesh said that there was still one more surprise…I couldn’t believe it. What more could he do?!  As we are leaving its start to flurry!! So perfect. We get in and Rajesh gives him directions. I still have no idea where we are going but he says for me to close my eyes as we get closer.  He said he wanted to have a blind fold but forgot to bring it with him. So I close my eyes. We start to go up all these stairs and he finally says I can look and what do I see?!... A HUGE PARTY!!!   It was a surprise engagement party!  I couldn’t believe it. Everyone from the day was there plus many more! It was just so unbelievable!  It was the perfect way to end the most perfect day!"

Ceremony shots are coming up!

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Venues: The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North | Photography: Alternative Life Photography & Design | Hair & Makeup: Mytypeofmakeup by Maha Karim | Ceremony Fashion: Angadi Silks | Bride's Reception Fashion: Samyakk | Groom Fashion: Ahmed's - Banglore India | Bridal Jewelry: Malabar Gold & Diamonds | Cakes & Treats: Publix | Catering: Chopaati | Cocktail Hour and Dinner: Madras Chettinaad


Jaipur Destination Indian Fusion Wedding by Kristin Speed Photography

Let's celebrate with Somya and Nick during their delightful reception at the royal Jai Mahal Palace in Jaipur, India, following their awesome Destination Indian Fusion wedding! Rich in opulence and history, this is a stunning venue— which is enlivened with fresh, white flowers, courtesy of the Diamond Florist. Our Maharani is a striking vision in a champagne-colored sari that glitters to perfection in the night. Kristin Speed Photography takes amazing portraits of our dashing duo as they get ready to embark on their new found adventure as husband and wife! Make sure to visit the gallery to see this international affair in its entirety!

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On special details:

"Our friends were the life of the party! They deserve a special mention - all of our dearest friends flew in from different parts of the world to be a part of our celebration - Duke, Avi & Bobby, Nika & Ollie, Tim, Davinder, Megan & Jake, Eva & Christian, Shirin, Ali, Tyler and Julian - they were the best Baraatis ever! My husband's family also flew in from Nebraska and enjoyed the wedding to the tee. They took genuine interest in the ceremonies, Indian culture and blessed up profusely with their smiles and hearty laughs. It just wouldn't be as much fun as it was without them; really, such a happy bunch! We are lucky to have them."

How incredibly sweet and thoughtful! Have a great rest of your day, girls!

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Photography: Kristin Speed Photography | Sangeet Venue: Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh | Reception Venue: Jai Mahal Palace | Ceremony Bridal Fashion: WovenTree | Ceremony Bridal Jewelry: Dwarkas | Mehndi Ceremony Bridal Jewelry: Amrapali | Reception Floral & Decor: Diamond Florist | Canopy: Lekhraj | Reception Lighting: Shekhawat | Bridal Shoes: Prada | Hair Stylist: Kaya Jaipur | Canopy / Decor for Sisodia Rani ka Bagh: Raja Tents | Sisodia Rani Bagh Lighting: Dhakad | Groom Fashion: Benzer | Groom Shoes: Manyavar Jaipur


Jaipur Destination Indian Fusion Wedding by Kristin Speed Photography

For today's bride, more than one dream comes true on the day of her Destination Indian Fusion wedding in Jaipur, India! Not only does she get to marry her soul mate, but also, she gets wed in the home she grew up in. This is all our Maharani ever wanted. Friends and family from all over the world flew over to see our lovebirds say their I do's at this quaint mandap, which is vibrant beyond words, draped in flowers of every shade! Kristin Speed Photography catches all the heartwarming moments, from the wedding rituals to Somya and Nick looking at each other with love and admiration. See more details from this sentimental lovefest in the gallery!

From the bride, on the wedding style:

"My parents wanted to throw us a big Indian wedding party. Since it was the first wedding in my family, my wish was to let my parents do it their way, their style because aside from our 40 or so guests, rest of the wedding party were their acquaintances. Indians love big parties - it's a come one, come all approach. For three generations now, my family has lived in Jaipur. Naturally, there were many family members and friends that were invited. The guest list was for about a 1000 people split over two days. All I ever wanted, to be honest, was to get married at home; in my childhood home, where I grew up and had all my big milestones and rites of passage. To me, that was enough."

On a special moment during the ceremony:

"I remember the time when my father walked me down the aisle, it was so special. And then, it got funny because I looked at Nick standing on the other side and he said WOW! Instead of hello or hey, he said WOW! It's amazing because Kristin has captured that precise moment and it will always remain so special to me. You got to marry a man that make you laugh!"

What she enjoyed most:

"At the risk of sounding cliché, I enjoyed the feeling of marrying Nick the most. Everyday, that thought excited me more than anything else."

Images from the reception are still ahead!

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Photography: Kristin Speed Photography | Sangeet Venue: Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh | Reception Venue: Jai Mahal Palace | Ceremony Bridal Fashion: WovenTree | Ceremony Bridal Jewelry: Dwarkas | Mehndi Ceremony Bridal Jewelry: Amrapali | Reception Floral & Decor: Diamond Florist | Canopy: Lekhraj | Reception Lighting: Shekhawat | Bridal Shoes: Prada | Hair Stylist: Kaya Jaipur | Canopy / Decor for Sisodia Rani ka Bagh: Raja Tents | Sisodia Rani Bagh Lighting: Dhakad | Groom Fashion: Benzer | Groom Shoes: Manyavar Jaipur


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