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Grapevine, TX Indian Wedding by Lomesh Photography

Welcome to a another fantastic, South Asian wedding-filled week, Maharanis! We're getting things rolling with a bright and brilliant Indian bride in Grapevine, Texas! Meet Maharani Namrata, who's getting ready for the day of her dreams and posing for a few first look portraits with her hubby-to-be! Lomesh Photography captured these vibrant images which include a look at the bride's incredible, hot pink wedding lengha, and a close up shot of the breathtaking mehndi work by artist Henna by AfshanMakeup by Shilpa helped today's Princess primp and prepare for her walk down the aisle with a hair and makeup session that left her looking utterly picture perfect. Pretty soon, she'll be saying I do at the ceremony of a lifetime, which also features some fabulous Indian wedding decorations by Decor One! Before we dive into all of those heart-skipping details, take a quick peek into the gallery to check out highlights from the sangeet, plus a look at what's still in store. We hear DJ Riz Entertainment is coming to the party later today, so you know the reception will be poppin'!

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Stick around, dolls. You don't want to miss a single beat of this awe-inspiring event!

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DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Floral & Decor: Decor One | Photography: Lomesh Photography | Mehndi Artists: Henna By Afshan | Planning & Design: The One Event | Venue: Courtyard Marriott | Cinematography: Digital Shaadi Films | Cakes & Treats: Dallas Affaires Cake Co. | Catering: Bombay Sizzlers | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Shilpa | Baraat: Happy Trails Carriage | Ice Sculptures: Art/Design Ice Sculptures | Draping & Steaming: Elegant Saree Drapings | Catering (Gujarati Food): Pankaj Patel | Catering (Gujarati Food): Namaste Catering | Car Service: Exotic Skittles | On-Site Childcare: Black-Tie Babysitting | Cakes & Treats (Sangeet): Market Street United


Ahmedabad, India Wedding by Glimpse Cinematography

Our final film will take you on a journey to the place where Maharanis are aplenty. Family and friends of the groom quickly relay to us that, when it comes to this Raja, they're all left speechless! The anticipation builds as this heartfelt highlight reel gives you fleeting glimpses of the Indian bride as she gets ready. A bit of her makeup is revealed, her bangles, details of her red, green and gold bridal lengha, and finally at the 5:20 mark, you get your first real look at her complete wedding day ensemble — needless to say, it's worth the wait. Maharani Ishita is a breathtaking beauty, practically perfect in every way for her big day. From her tikka down to her toes, she'll leave you feeling a bit peechless too! Watch as the happy couple partake in the beautiful rituals of marriage and be dazzled by some of the most inspiring floral and decor work! This cinematic gem by Glimpse Cinematography captured the essence of a traditional Indian wedding vibrantly and in striking detail, so don't wait a second longer to hit that play button! 

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Greenville, SC Indian Wedding by Christopher Brock Photography

This second film of the day is short, but sweet, and right on time! Why you ask? It was just before 4th of July weekend of 2014, that our next Raja popped the question and the girl of his dreams said YES! Meet Sachin and Akta, the most adorable duo to come out of South Carolina! This energetic wedding trailer created by the phenomenal Christopher Brock Photography introduces us to the happy couple with some humorous words at the reception from one of the groom's longtime friends. Maharani Akta is glamorously aglow, thanks to the hair and makeup geniuses from Bridal Elements, and her sparkling gown is a knockout! You'll get an exclusive peek at some of the baraat moments and ceremony highlights, which feature our Indian bride in her traditional and magnificent wedding lengha. The party continues when Encore Event DJs delivers the beats that have partygoers rushing to the dance floor, and you'll definitely feel the urge to join in on the fun!

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

"We met through a mutual friend. I really wasn't at the point where I wanted to be blindly set up but it was a good change of pace from all the bio-datas that my parents kept sending my way. I knew he was "the one" or at least that this guy was different because it didn't feel like a task to meet up and converse and hang out. It just felt right. I went back to SC during Thanksgiving after we had started dating to visit my parents, I couldn't stand to be away from him. He was so supportive when I was helping my best friend recover after having a heart transplant. All these things occurred so early in the relationship and the fact that he stayed by my side the entire time made me realize that this guy was a keeper."

On her Raja's romantic proposal:

"It was right before 4th of July weekend, we had got the green light from both sets of parents to move in together. I however always wanted a long term commitment prior to moving in together. He knew that. So he proposed after we signed our lease. He said he forgot something in the apartment and distracted me by giving me ideas of pictures to take in the apartment (I love taking pics of everything). It worked. I turned around and he was on his knee. He asked and I said yes. Of course I found out later that he had a very romantic proposal planned but I ruined his plans by changing my days off at work. He was going to setup a camera and decorate the apartment with flowers. But in the end, he proposed at the right time with just us two around. Nothing public. He later told me he would've postponed it till later that night and got his friends to decorate the place, but he wanted me to have the full day to enjoy the engagement and call everyone and give them the good news."

On her wedding style:

"Like every girl, I had started thinking about certain details of my wedding and the overall feel of it for some time now. I already had a Pinterest board labeled "my happily every after" that had ideas ranging from the invitations all the way to the favors. The most important thing to me was to have a feel of sophisticated elegance for my wedding. Everything I planned revolved around that key phrase. I wanted to work with a palette of colors that would compliment my wedding and reception outfit in a way that everything wouldn't be the same color. I also looked on Maharani weddings for color theme inspirations and found myself to be drawn to the pinks, plums, and purples. So, we decided to go with hot pink and champagne/shimmery ivory for our mandap since my lengha was the traditional colors (red, white, and green). And for the reception, we decided on a purple and ivory/silver color palette. I chose ivory/silver instead of a lighter shade of purple along with darker purple to make it a bit more elegant and softer. The chivari chairs were also silver with ivory cushions to add to the whole decor of the reception hall."

On what she enjoyed most about planning her dream wedding:

"Honestly, majority of the process was pretty stressful since we were planning the wedding in South Carolina all the way from Pennsylvania. Most of our vendors were in Atlanta, GA too so it took a lot of trips back and forth to make sure all the vendors and the venue were on the same page as us. We drove down every time with our puppy so you can imagine it was pretty tiring after the third trip. But when we got to the point where we only had 3 weeks left go, we saw all of our hard work and stressing coming together so well. We were so happy that it all just fell in to place. We definitely did enjoy the tastings. We went through two cake tastings and a few tastings with the caterers. After we decided to go with Moksha, Mangesh Uncle would make sure we had dinner at the restaurant every time we were in Atlanta."

On choosing the perfect wedding lengha(s):

"Finding the wedding lengha wasn't as stressful as finding the reception outfit. For the wedding lengha, I had spent hours on Pinterest and various online clothing sites to get an idea of styles, colors, and material before I went to Edison, NJ to shop. I knew I wanted it to be simple and elegant yet would make me stand out. I didn't want the usual crystal work that is so flashy. I wanted the traditional colors red, white, and a little bit of green. I think we went to every store in Edison before I found the right one. It was then made from scratch in India with a matching chunri. The store manager even made a matching pouch for me. The matching jewelry came from India from my mama (mom's brother). I didn't even get to see it before they bought it but it matched perfectly!

As far as the reception outfit, I found a picture of this purple and silver chiffon gown on the internet and fell in love. We tried to locate it on the internet and it turned out to be an overseas site. We called the US number associated with it and after speaking to the person, it felt like such a big risk to get something for my big day from overseas so we had to back off that route. I then went to Edison to find an outfit but I was tired of seeing the same style, the same flashy work, and wasn't having any luck. I even went to American designer shops to find the right gown but no luck. My now husband saw how stressed and down I was about the purple gown; he did a picture search on bing and was able to locate a local (as in in the US) that had the same gown. We got in touch with her and everything seemed legit so we placed an order and received the gown. I wanted to wear a gown rather than a lengha to compliment the tux he was going to wear and to just be different from all the other Indian weddings I've been to."

On her most memorable wedding day moment:

"The whole three days were such a blur. Everything happened so fast. It's kind of frustrating that you spend all this time planning every little detail of your big day and it just goes away so fast. The two moments that will always be close to my heart were: (1) the way we did our first look; I had to come all the way down from the 5th floor (the elevators of course were taking forever that day) and walk outside with my whole get up on to our mandap (it was an outdoor wedding; the mandap was under a covered area), up the elevated isle to finally tap him on his right shoulder so he can turn around and we can finally see each other; We just stood there looking at each other, taking in that feeling and how perfect it felt to be there that day with the love of my life; that moment and the moment where I actually came down the isle officially to get married were the two that made this whole thing so real. It finally hit me that it's THE BIGGEST DAY OF MY LIFE!! The way my parents looked at me while i was walking down made my heart tear up. (2) our first dance was very special. He started lip singing the words to our song while we were on the dance floor. For a moment, I forgot I was being watched by the 280 people that were in the reception hall. For that moment, it was just me and him and nothing in the world could change how grateful I felt to find a guy that loves me so much."

On her and her Raja's first dance song selection:

"The song we danced to was "Ek Din Aap Yoon - Yes Boss". This song has been my designated first dance song since I was a senior in high school. We even talked my cousin out of using it for her wedding because I was so adamant that I wanted it to be my song. My cousin understood and picked another song. She knew how much it meant to me. Then when I met Sachin, I played this song for him waiting for his reaction. Midway through the song, he says I've always loved this song and want it to be our first dance song. At that moment, I knew we were meant to be together. Of all the indian songs out there, both of us had our heart set on the same one prior to meeting each other."

On her hair and makeup:

"The only thing I knew was that I wanted a hairstyle that sat higher on my head so that the chunri can rest on it well. Everything else fell into place with the help of my awesome hair & makeup specialist Roberto. He got me out of my comfort zone by using red lipstick and a middle part and yet managed to keep me happy with the way I looked. I did not feel like I had so much makeup caked on me. It looked very natural and sober. Bridal elements did a great job with my sister and my mother as well. We all got plenty of compliments. My mom who doesn't put on a lot of make up was happy with it at a first glance."

On the role family and friends played:

"My siblings and my cousins helped make the signs that my siblings held while walking down the isle. My brother's said "Last chance to run Sachin!" and my sister's said "Wait till you see her" - both ideas I found on Pinterest. Them plus my friends also helped break apart ~200 pink roses to fill 280 bags with flower petals. These bags were then hung on each chair during the wedding ceremony so that everyone had flower petals when it came time for the mangal pheras. Our friends also helped cut out all the table number cards and print the place cards for the reception. They helped set each table with the favors (elephant wine stopper)."

We still have one more amazing wedding film on the way, so make sure not to miss out!

 

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Atlanta, GA Indian Wedding by Zamana Lifestyles

July 4th is almost upon us, and for those of you who celebrate America's independence, that is cause for celebration! With all the excitement ahead this weekend, we couldn't think of a better way to end the work week than with a trio of the most inspiring wedding films to come our way! Starting off this brilliant bunch is a fantastic reel shot and edited by Zamana Lifestyles at The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North! It features a fun-tabulous Indian wedding event that will delight your hearts! From scenes of the bride, Maharani Priya, getting ready with the help of Belladev Hair and Makeup Artistry, to the unforgettable reception where her blue and lime green lengha steals the show, you'll love this amazing affair from start to finish. How could you not? With breathtaking floral and decor work by Occasions by Shangri-la, including a a brillaint, round mandap reminiscent of stunningly carved ivory, to the remarkable bridal fashions, this extraordinary wedding, planned by the talented team from Envi Event Planning, is one you won't want to miss! Our pastel Princess, who rocked a gorgeous coral, gold and sky blue bridal lengha for her ceremony, is absolutely spellbinding throughout this video. If only taste-o-vision were a thing of the present, we'd also be feasting on the delectable delights catered by Cafe Bombay and S3 Catering! Hopefully there'll be an app for that soon.

From the bride, on how she met the Raja of her dreams:

"I grew up in Atlanta, GA, and went to the University of Georgia for college. Naturally, I’m a southern gal, I moved to Chicago in 2010, for graduate school. To my surprise I met the love of my life in the summer of 2013. Kunal grew up in Charlotte, NC, and went to UNC Chapel Hill for undergraduate and graduate school. He moved to Chicago for a job offer and we met through a mutual friend.
When I first met Kunal I was blown away by his southern charm and smile. We got to know each other when he joined the run club in Chicago. Weekly, we would run a 5k every Tuesday on Lake Michigan. He continued to chase after me and now we are husband and wife."

On her Raja's romantic proposal:

"I thought I was meeting him for a normal date night at the Marriott Magnificent Mile in Chicago. The room door was cracked open with our favorite song playing “HAPPY” by Pharrell Williams. I walked in and the room was decorated with my favorite things: rose petals, chocolate covered strawberries and champagne. He was on one knee and immediately my eyes filled with tears and I said YES!!!!
Following the proposal, we went to dinner at my favorite restaurant, Alahambra Palace. We walked up the stairs to a private room filled with my closest friends and family yelling “SURPRISE!!!!”. I couldn’t believe it! Our family and friends surprised me from all over! They came from Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Washington DC! Kunal hired a photographer to capture all the special moments and he somehow was able to keep my family quiet about the surprise!
We spent the weekend with our loved ones in our favorite city and celebrated the start of our life together!"

On her wedding style:

"After a short 9 month engagement, Kunal and I began to plan the wedding. We got married on Thanksgiving weekend, November 29, 2014. It was definitely challenging to plan a wedding so soon after our engagement, but thanks to our amazing vendors my dream wedding really came to life. 
I wanted a classy and elegant wedding. I love pastels, especially coral and sky blue. The colors I used for my wedding were coral, gold and a hint of sky blue for my husband as he is a huge UNC TAR HEEL FAN! The bridal party colors were champagne gold and sky blue!
My decorator was Occasions by Shangrila. Remmal was able to deliver my dream wedding. He executed my vision perfectly. For my garba I wanted an Indian mela type of environment with lots of vibrant tones of pink and purple. He created a beautiful lotus centerpiece to create a focal flower with a Ganesh in the center of the lotus. Surrounding the lotus were paisley rose rangoli patterns. The renovated ballrooms at the WESTIN Perimeter in Atlanta were absolutely stunning! With crystal modern chandeliers hanging from the ceiling I wanted a mandap to sync with crystals and beautiful drapery. I chose a beautiful palazzo round mandap with an acrylic roof for rose petals and candels. I wanted a raised aisle to flow to the stage.The aisle décor was a candle river that led to the mandap.
For our sweetheart table we used a glass “glow” table with our PK monogram engraved. Our table was decorated with various heights of floating candles. The back drop was 3 crystal columns with crystal floating candles. For our center pieces we used orchids and candles. Orchids are my favorite flower!"

On what she enjoyed most about planning her dream wedding:

"It was fun to see all of the moving pieces come together at the very end. I truly enjoyed working with all of our vendors. The food and dessert tastings were absolutely amazing. Ricky, with Cafe Bombay in Atlanta, was able to deliver a truly unique experience to catering an indian wedding. I still have guests that remind me of the savory kati rolls, paneer tacos and chili spring shots that were served during our cocktail hour!"

On her hair and makeup:

"Neeta Patel with Belladev Studio is truly an artist. She designed my entire look from the drapery of my outfits, dupatta and hair and make up. She was able to create the perfect look for me based off of my vision, and of course my Pinterest board! She is incredibly talented and dedicated to creating a look any Maharani would love!"

We're just getting started, gals, so make sure to check back for even more Filmy fun!

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Planning & Design: Envi Event Planning | Floral & Decor: Occasions by Shangri-la | Hair & Makeup: Belladev Hair and Makeup Artistry | Catering: S3 Catering | Catering: Cafe Bombay Restaurant and Catering | Venues: The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North | Cinematography/Photography: Zamana Lifestyles | Cakes & Treats: Buckhead Bake House | DJs & Entertainment: DCs Dynasty | Mehndi Artist: Manisha's Mehndhi Designs | Bridal Fashion: Binari Art | Bridal Fashion: Anokhi Ada | Bridal Jewerly: Sushma Patel


River Vale, NJ Walima by Laaj Studios

Like myself, I knew you couldn't get enough of this spectacular South Asian wedding planned and designed by the talented expert team from Nobility Events. You're about to have your mind blown yet again with some of the most inspiring floral and decor work by Abhishek Decorators at this Walima and reception at The Estate at Florentine Gardens in River Vale, New Jersey. These mesmerizing details, captured by Laaj Studios, are what we like to refer to as Pin-worthy, so get your Pin fingers ready, Maharanis! Every single element of this luxurious celebration is simply sublime, and our newlyweds take home the trophy for most gorgeous couple, hands down. Rocking her aqua and champagne anarkali, our bride is nothing less than an extraordinary sight to behold. We couldn't possibly fit all of the brilliant details from this spellbinding wedding event all in one day's worth of posts, so to see it all, you'll have to pay a visit to the complete gallery — you'll be glad you did!

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The bride, on her Walima style:

"We went for a modern look to compliment the wedding venue which had a modern look of its own."

On making their first dance song selection:

"Tarek and I usually have different tastes in music, so I was afraid that choosing a song wasn't going to be easy. Ironically, around the time that we got engaged, we both fell in love with the song Bloodstream by Stateless. It's about a guy who falls so hard for a girl that he feels "addicted" to her. The artist's choice of words are so captivating that we knew this was going to be the one."

How fabulous was today's featured wedding, Maharanis?! We're so glad you joined us for it! Have a perfect rest of your day, and we'll see you gals back here tomorrow!

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Floral & Decor: Abhishek Decorators | Planning & Design: Nobility Events | Photography: Laaj Studios | Venue (Mehndi Night): Royal Albert's Palace | Venue (Ceremony): South Gate Manor | Venue (Walima): The Estate at Florentine Gardens | DJs & Entertainment: DJ Gaurav | Photo Booth: Scott Roth Events & Photography | Makeup (Mehndi Night/Walima): Beauty by Warda | Makeup (Ceremony): Saima's Bridal


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