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Downers Grove, IL Indian Wedding by Aria Fine Art Films

Happy Friday, Maharanis! You know how we love ending our weeks with a few good Filmies, right? Well, kicking off today's impressive collection of videos is this incredibly captured and edited piece from Aria Fine Art Films. They documented a beautiful Indian wedding event in Illinois, that is sure to tickle your senses. The bride's makeup has been beautifully done up by artist, Makeup By Maryam, and she looks like a total knock out during her ceremony at the Ashyana Banquets. After she and the Raja of her dreams make it official, it's time for them to get the party started at the The Westin Lombard, where their reception awaits them and their eager guests. This entire celebration was expertly and gorgeously planned by Parita at Oliveaire, who helped the lucky bride realize the day of her dreams. All of the floral and decor work by Dream Occasions was simply sensational. You'll love every minute of this highlight reel from start to finish!

Check back in with me soon for another fabulous film!

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Floral & Decor: Oliveaire Artisan Events and Meetings | Cinematography: Aria Fine Art Films | Ceremony Venue: Ashyana Banquets | Reception Venue: The Westin Lombard | Makeup: Makeup By Maryam | Floral & Decor: Dream Occasions


Cedar Grove, New Jersey Indian Wedding by Pandya Photography

Pandya Photography now takes us to the elegant Indian reception which takes place inside the luxurious ballroom of The Grove NJ. I am loving the vast space, and those massive chandeliers leave me breathless! The fuchsia floral centerpieces by the one and only Rangoli Weddings are so dainty and elegant. The sweetheart stage looks gorgeous under the sea of cascading drapes that sparkle. Perhaps what shines most is Maharani Sweta, in bold makeup by Style by Susmitaas she dances the night away in her pink and fuchsia lengha. The lucky guests got to dine on scrumptious Indian cuisine by Bukhara Grill and for dessert, is the lovely wedding cake by Palermo Bakery. I hear DJ Sunny Entertainment brought the house down with bass-pumping party beats. See every amazing detail of this day in the gallery!

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From the bride, on the first dance:

"Our first dance was the moment I was most excited about during the day, as we had something up our sleeves that no one in the audience knew about. Instead of traditionally walking out after being introduced as husband & wife, we had prepared a live performance of a few favorite songs to share our love story with our closest family and friends. Dhruv entered first solo and joked about how he lost his wife already and needed to sing a song to help me meet him on the dance floor. As he started singing an a cappella love song, I entered atop of the venue’s tall staircase and felt 500 pairs of eyes staring up at me although I only had eyes for my new husband as he swooned me with his voice. After leading me down the staircase, we made our way onto the dance floor and picked up the beat with some fun, new Bollywood songs, incorporating a few of our closest friends to be backup dancers as any traditional Indian dance routine in the movies would have. We ended with a romantic slow song that we both loved and smiled big when it ended, both knowing that we weren’t even sure a month ago if this would’ve even been possible. What made the moment extra special was that four months prior to the wedding, Dhruv had torn his ACL while playing soccer. Not knowing if he would heal well enough to dance, we put our Bollywood-themed entrance on hold until three weeks before the wedding, when he finally had enough stability to give it a try. Although we had to simplify the steps, it meant a lot that we were able to stick to the theme we always wanted to do and both being big dance buffs and having done many performances for other events, it only felt natural to coordinate something unique on the dance floor for our own wedding.

What an awesome wedding! See ya next time, ladies!

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Venues: The Grove NJ | Floral & Decor: Rangoli Weddings | Photography: Pandya Photography | Sangeet Venue: Shree Swaminarayan | Cinematography: Daniel Ward Videography | Cakes & Treats: Palermo Bakery | Catering: Bukhara Grill | DJ & Entertainment: DJ Sunny Entertainment | Hair & Makeup: Style by Susmita


Cedar Grove, New Jersey Indian Wedding by Pandya Photography

The big moment has arrived for this twinkling twosome and we are lucky enough to see their Indian wedding, thanks to Pandya Photography. As the baraat rings in the groom on his gallant steed, we are off to The Grove NJ which has become Northern New Jersey's most prestigious wedding venue. How adorable is the bride in her red and gold lengha, as she walks towards the magical mandap by Rangoli Weddings, to marry the man of her dreams?! There's plenty more to come from these lovebirds, but for now, check out more great moments from the ceremony in the gallery!

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From the bride, on planning:

"The best part about planning was how involved Dhruv was. From vendor meetings to budgeting to color & song selection, he was by my side helping with all the small and big decisions. It made our relationship stronger as we learned even more about each other and survived some key stressful moments by relying on each others’ support and creating some fun memories. We also balanced each other out, whereas he was good with budgeting and numbers, I took lead on developing ideas and creative concepts. When the big day arrived, it really helped it feel like our wedding. The other great part was reuniting with so many friends and family throughout the process. From our families in India who made us feel at home during our visit to immediate family here who took on daily tasks to help with the planning to our amazing friends who ran around and played a key role in organizing events, we consider ourselves lucky to have this great network of people around us."

Reception images are still ahead!

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Venues: The Grove NJ | Floral & Decor: Rangoli Weddings | Photography: Pandya Photography | Sangeet Venue: Shree Swaminarayan | Cinematography: Daniel Ward Videography | Cakes & Treats: Palermo Bakery | Catering: Bukhara Grill | DJ & Entertainment: DJ Sunny Entertainment | Hair & Makeup: Style by Susmita


Cedar Grove, New Jersey Indian Wedding by Pandya Photography

Pandya Photography bring us a beautiful collection of outdoor pre-wedding portraits of Sweta and Dhruv, a couple who started off as friends. The bride looks radiant in her long and flowing red lengha as she poses with the groom in his sherwani. They truly look like a Bollywood couple! The bridesmaids look cute as can be in their matching white, red and gold saris, while the groomsmen look handsome in their purple and gold ensembles. See even more perfect portraits of the happy couple in the gallery!

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From the bride, on how she met her groom:

"As the saying goes, "love is friendship set on fire." We first met at Rutgers University through mutual friends and then coincidentally wound up living in the same apartment building in Jersey City after graduating college. Spending much more time together with dinners after work,outings on weekends and movie nights w/ our respective roommates, our friends started to see a chemistry forming and took bets that we’d wind up dating and getting married, which we both laughed off, as neither had romantic feelings for the other. A year later, Dhruv relocated to San Francisco for work and we continued to stay in touch via email and phone. The conversations grew longer and we each put in effort to stay good friends despite the long distance. After two years filled with some cross-country visits and daily BBM conversations, Dhruv eventually moved back to New Jersey and during a catch-up dinner, we both admitted we were starting to have feelings for each other beyond friendship and then began our happily ever after."

On the proposal:

"A normal dinner date turned into a walk down memory lane as the night started by revisiting Lover’s Lane, a special section within Melting Pot in Hoboken (the spot we had our first date).  Dhruv had requested the exact booth we sat in and had decorated it beforehand with rose petals, candles and a bottle of wine. While waiting for the main course to arrive, Dhruv gave me a card filled with fun coupon vouchers for some of my favorite things (weekend getaway, home-cooked meal from him, etc.) and at the end, he said the night would be a fun memory scavenger hunt. At the end of dinner, as I went to order fondue for dessert, he abruptly stopped me saying dessert would actually be off the menu -literally. He had actually arranged to ship my favorite dessert from across the country in San Francisco, but the order was delayed due to a snow storm and he picked up a variety of desserts from our favorite date spots around NJ to surprise me with instead. After leaving dinner, we headed to the Jersey City boardwalk where Dhruv directed me to a bench where the next clue for the scavenger hunt was hidden. While I was searching for the clue, Dhruv got situated with a bouquet of two dozen red roses and as I looked up, I thought red roses were odd as that was the first time he opted for such a traditional bouquet. He mentioned the clue must’ve blown away, but the roses actually held another clue. In the cold, brisk 10 degree weather, Dhruv kept on teasing me to smell the roses and discover the surprise. I kept on looking through the bouquet but couldn’t find any clues. As I kept hunting, Dhruv started discussing some of our key moments in Jersey City and how we used to spend time on the boardwalk talking about all sorts of things and how our friendship grew into what it is today. Soon I gave up (mainly because my fingers were numb J) and Dhruv reached in to pull out a fake rose, which ended up being a box that held the ring. As soon as he opened it and I saw the ring inside, I started tearing and screaming. I then heard some clicks and saw flashes and noticed Dhruv had asked his best friend to come capture the moment for us to remember. As Dhruv kneeled down on his knee, I continued to shriek (thank goodness the boardwalk was empty due to the cold weather!). After a few minutes, Dhruv joked that his knee may give out if I don’t allow him to actually propose. He then shared some nice thoughts that I couldn’t repeat even if I wanted to – I was still overwhelmed and in shock that I don’t even remember the words he said and neither does he! I managed to squeeze out a yes when he asked the question and we then spent the rest of the night going to some memorable spots in the area. We didn’t even share the news with anyone except our parents until the next day as we wanted to enjoy living in our little cloud 9 bubble for one night – one of the best decisions we could’ve made as things never slowed down from that night onwards!"

On the photographer:

"Abhi from Pandya Photography was actually a childhood friend of my now husband’s and when we were hunting for a photographer, we went to check out his work and see if his style would fit in with what we were envisioning for our engagement pre-shoot and wedding day. During the first meeting, we spent hours bouncing around ideas and he completely understood our vision and creative angle we were going for. Abhi and his team helped us coordinate a full photo shoot to re-create some iconic Bollywood posters to use for our grand movie-themed reception as well as worked alongside us leading up to the big day to listen to our ideas for the types of pictures we wanted to capture. During the day of, Abhi and his team moved quickly during a hectic day to ensure they got all the shots and were such professionals in getting all the shots done proficiently given the amount of guests we had."

Ceremony shots are coming up!

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Venues: The Grove NJ | Floral & Decor: Rangoli Weddings | Photography: Pandya Photography | Sangeet Venue: Shree Swaminarayan | Cinematography: Daniel Ward Videography | Cakes & Treats: Palermo Bakery | Catering: Bukhara Grill | DJ & Entertainment: DJ Sunny Entertainment | Hair & Makeup: Style by Susmita


Cedar Grove, New Jersey Indian Wedding by Pandya Photography

Greetings, girlies! The photographically-gifted Pandya Photography along with Daniel Ward Videography share with us a joyous Indian wedding that takes place at The Grove NJ. Before we uncover the ceremony, let's first focus on the Maharani of the moment. Days after celebrating at her sangeet at the Shree Swaminarayan, here is the blushing bride, Sweta, getting ready for her big day. I am enchanted by the smokey eye makeup and the bright rose lip by Style by Susmita. Sweta is positively glowing as she's blinged-out in gold bridal jewelry. The gold tikka beautifully frames her radiant face. And, you can't go wrong with that classic pair of peep-toe shoes. Stay with us because there's a lot more to come including fabulous floral and decor by the talented Rangoli Weddings! Until then, see more of the bride getting all dolled-up in the gallery!

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From the bride, on the hair and makeup:

"I knew from past weddings I attended that I would want Susmita Patel to style me as her looks are simply flawless – creating stunning looks while allowing the bride to still look and feel like herself. After showing her my outfits, she immediately told me my vision without me saying much of anything. With so many factors to think about on the day of, worrying about my hair and makeup was one of the things I didn’t want to have on my list. On the day of, she helped me remain calm and created the perfect looks without taking too much time, allowing me to spend more time out of the makeup chair and with my guests as well as taking pictures."

Pre-wedding portraits are coming up!

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Venues: The Grove NJ | Floral & Decor: Rangoli Weddings | Photography: Pandya Photography | Sangeet Venue: Shree Swaminarayan | Cinematography: Daniel Ward Videography | Cakes & Treats: Palermo Bakery | Catering: Bukhara Grill | DJ & Entertainment: DJ Sunny Entertainment | Hair & Makeup: Style by Susmita


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