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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


Jaipur Destination Indian Fusion Wedding by Kristin Speed Photography

Feast your eyes on our lovely bride getting all primped and prodded for her big Destination Indian Fusion wedding in Jaipur, India! Kaya Jaipur gives our Maharani a classic updo—traditionally wrapped in beautiful jasmine flowers. And thanks to Kristin Speed Photography, we can sneak a peek at her gorgeous gold jewels, courtesy of Dwarkas, that go along with her pretty red-orange sari—which she found at WovenTree. Equally excited for the main event is the Maharaja of her dreams, who looks oh-so-dapper in his cream-colored sherwani, which he got from Benzer. I can't wait to see their wedding, but in the meantime, see more bridal looks in the gallery!

From the bride, on the fashion:

"Hours and days and weeks on the Internet, yes. But the reason for doing so is the opposite of what one would imagine. Whenever you look up Indian bridal outfits, you see one big flashy outfit after another. It took me weeks to figure out that I will not be buying anything off the 'bridal' shelf. Throughout my life, I have not been overtly consumed by physical appearance and labels. I wanted something that was me - an unbranded, unlabeled, graceful outfit. I worked endlessly with my mother to figure this out. I gave her ideas sitting in London and she got everything done in India. When I finally went home 20 days before the wedding, my mother had already lined up all the outfits for each day of the wedding week. She is really the best mom a girl can ever ask for! And on top of it, as an enviable bonus, she has impeccable taste in clothes. Most of my outfits were mix and match - we bought traditional things but then accessorised them with a twist. A heavy, 9-kilo aari skirt with a silk mandarin collar jacket for example. Adding the jacket meant no necklace and bangles required fitting in perfectly with my minimalist look. At the wedding too, it was a heavy Benaras red sari but we complemented it with a plain red dupatta to sober down the look."

Ceremony shots are right around the corner!

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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

Kristin Speed Photography shares with us a Destination Indian Fusion wedding from Jaipur, India! We start off with the sangeet celebration, which takes place at the majestic Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh. Our Maharani looks beguiling in her red, silk outfit! Somya is all about mixing traditional elements with a fashionable twist, so she accessorized her long skirt with a silk mandarin collar jacket. It goes together perfectly! Her hair is pulled back into a neat bun, letting her true beauty take center stage. And, she's all smiles standing alongside her handsome hubby-to-be, who looks suave in an all black ensemble. This pre-wedding celebration continued with great music, awesome dance numbers, and of course, lots of bright colors! To check out the mehndi party, go to the gallery!

From the bride, on how they met:

"In the oddest of circumstances, I had to relocate from London to Munich while I was working at IBM. At the time, it seemed like such an incoherent move because I had never been to Germany before nor did I speak any German! But now, when we look back on it, we understand how destiny works in sneaky, mysterious ways and how our love story fits in this grand scheme called life. We worked in the same office in Munich and became friends over time. After three months of the 'chase' (as he calls it!), one night I agreed to Nick's offer to take me out to dinner and like they say, the rest is history!"

On the proposal:

"The proposal was a surprise because I was certain that Nick would propose to me when we would go to attend the Oktoberfest in Munich last year. I was already living in London then and Nick was living in Sweden. As is prevalent in Indian culture, Nick first spoke to my dad and asked for his permission. It was romantic because he traveled all the way to India to spend a couple of days with the family. Upon our return from India, he took me to the Shard in London. It's the tallest building in the city and has amazing panoramic views. Overlooking the Tower Bridge, he found us a spectacular table with the most delicious food and after these varieties of bribery, he trapped me forever! <winks!> On one knee and everything in the middle of a restaurant; I was too surprised to remember anything he said after that - all I remember hearing is ..."will you marry me?" Apparently the speech was good!"

On a special moment:

"...The dance that my Mom and Nick did at the Sangeet. My parents visited me in Munich and Nick drove all of us around Europe. We used to listen to this song, Kabira, and my mom could tell that I had fallen hard for Nick. She told me privately then that she will dance to that song with Nick if we got married. It was really emotional, their dance together - my two best friends in celebration mode."

The bride gets ready to be wed, next!

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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


Guanacaste, Costa Rica Indian Destination Wedding by Jonathan Yonkers

Get ready to have your hearts warmed and your eyes water as this final film introduces you to a father, whose beautiful words, will make you laugh and shed a tear — or two. Jonathan Yonkers captured and edited our final, breathtaking film, and this destination sensation is sure to leave you feeling more than inspired. It features the most gorgeous couple, Maharani Saloni and Raja Shaneen, and their unforgettable wedding event at the Reserva Conchal, in Playa Conchal, Costa Rica. Aimee Monihan, of Tropical Occasions, planned and designed this spectacular event, from the pre-wedding celebrations to the romantic beach ceremony and incredible reception. You're heart will melt when you see the groom holding back tears during a charming first look — which also gives you your first look at the violet-blue bridesmaids' sarisPooja Mehta helped the Princess bride channel her inner Hema Malini with a glamorous updo, dark, retro-lined eyes and a bold red lip. Her entire look, was pure perfection from head-to-toe. After she and her Prince tie the proverbial knot, DJ Yogi-G of Karmadjs helps them and their guests celebrate in true tropical style with a party that is sure to go down in history. See if all for yourself!

The bride, on how she met the Prince of her dreams:

"I met Shaneen, my "Raja", when I moved to Utah for residency. Our first date involved yoga and a sunset hike overlooking the valley of Salt Lake City. There have been many moments that reiterate that he was "the one", but the first such moment occurred while he was teaching me to ski at Snowbird, on a black diamond no less. I was terrified, so he told me to hold onto him, with my skis between his, and he skied me down the rest of the mountain. It was so loving and sweet."

On the super romantic proposal:

"Our proposal story is very personal. First of all, Shaneen organized a private partners' yoga class with one of our favorite teachers. At the end of this, while we were in savasana together, he slipped a ring onto my finger and asked me to spend the rest of this lifetime and many more together. After we went home, he surprised me with a made-from-scratch cake, and he usually NEVER bakes! I usually bake for him and our friends, and baking is very important in my family, so this was a very cute gesture."

On her wedding style:

"Our theme was the natural beauty of Costa Rica, along with it's pura vida way of living. We wanted the look to be natural, and to be eco-friendly, using sustainable and "found" materials such as driftwood. We really wanted the wonder of Costa Rica to be the main background (the beach, the ocean, the lush and verdant flora)."

On what she enjoyed most about planning the wedding of her dreams:

"We truly enjoyed the way in which our families came together. We became one big family, planning an amazing celebration of love and life. We also enjoyed planning the celebration from the point of view of the guests. We wanted to give them an experience they would never forget!"

On choosing her wedding lengha:

"I did spend a lot of time researching on the Internet first. We had a very limited timeline when we went to India for wedding shopping, so I wanted to be prepared. We went to Bombay and Ahmedabad, where we also visited family. I wanted an antique/baroque look for the wedding lengha. For the sangeet, I wanted bright pops of primary colors. We worked with a tailor for the sangeet outfit, and went to the fabric store to find the specific colors and materials we wanted."

On her most memorable wedding day moment:

"There were many wonderful moments. The most magical is the moment I walked down the aisle with my parents on either side of me. Our friends and family were all around us, and we walked toward Shaneen and his family and the insanely beautiful mandap."

On their first dance song selection:

"We danced to "Pehla nasha." We did a Latin ballroom dance to this song. We chose this song because it is one of the older classics, and because we love the lyrics."

On her hair and makeup:

"I love the classic, retro Bollywood look a la Hema Malini. I wanted big hair piled on top of my head in a sophisticiated rather than messy way, and thick black retro eyeliner accompanied by red lips. My childhood friend who is an incredibly talented hair and makeup artist in Arizona, Pooja Mehta, did my wedding day hair and makeup."

On the role family and friends played:

"Our wedding definitely could not have happened without the help of family and friends. In planning an Indian destination wedding in a place that is not heavily populated with Indians, we had to pack a lot of things and transport them there, including Indian snack foods, the ingredients for chai, cones of mehndi, Indian gifts such as bindi's and bangles and scarves, etc. A lot of people pitched in and packed these items in their bags. The most incredible thing was that family and friends woke up early each morning and used the hotel kitchen to make chai and Indian breakfast foods for all of our guests."

Here's a look at some of the most memorable wedding highlights from this past week:

Let's also give a warm welcome to our newest Platinum Guide Members:

 

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Hair & Makeup: Pooja Mehta Hair & Makeup Artist | DJ: Karmadjs | Planning & Design: Tropical Occasions | Cinematography: Jonathan Yonkers | Venue: Reserva Conchal | Venue (Sangeet): Hotel Tamarindo Dirio | Floral & Decor: Floristeria Cristal | Catering: Taj Mahal Restaurant | DJs & Entertainment: Yogi-G | Lighting: Cabo Luna Event Rentals & Decor | Photography: Phil Chester Photography


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