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And The 6th Annual Mehndi Maharani Crown Goes To...!

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the Maharani Weddings 6th annual Mehndi Contest! We were blown away by the creativity, drive and talent of all the mehndi artists that entered! This was one of our toughest competitions by far! Thank you to all that voted alongside with Mr. Mehendi, Ash Kumar who chose the final winners! 

Without further adieu….

CONGRATULATIONS to our First place winner, Toko Mehndi. Using inspiration derived from her world travels, Josje Schuiling’s talent is apparent in her modern yet traditional approach to her mehndi designs. Ash was impressed with the unique creativity and presentation of Josje’s work, as well as, the innovate designs that implemented both clarity and neatness. These qualities have warranted the winner a AK Henna Gift Basket worth $200.00! View Toko Mehndi’s submission here!

Our Second place winner of a AK Henna Gift Basket worth $125.00, is Canadian artist, Sanaa’s Mehendi! We love Sanaa Merchant’s passion for the craft which is clearly reflected in her artwork. Click here to see her beautiful designs! 

Third place winner of a AK Henna Gift Basket worth $75.00 is Dipal’s Mehendi Art! Alongside her unrefined talent, we were impressed with Dipal’s ability to create her own organic henna paste. You can view more of her amazing work here

We know the importance of mehndi artists and their role in Indian weddings and although we had MANY favorites, the decision was ultimately based on talent, creativity and YOUR votes! Special thank you to Mr. Ash Kumar for his participation in this contest! Congrats to all the individuals that participated and we cannot wait to see your entries next year! 

Have a great Tuesday Maharanis!



Bretton Woods, NH Indian Wedding by Thuy Pham Photography

From the neverending photos taken by Thuy Pham Photography, I would have to say that Maharani Priyanka’s fairy tale wedding has us sad for the end. But, not before we spill the deets on the reception party concluding at the amazing venue of Omni Mount Washington Resort. Priyanka has definitely taken note of Indian bridal fashion while hand picking her outfits! For her wedding reception party the bride donned a lovely peach floor length, overflowing netted anarkali. Whimsical indeed, we cannot stop stammering how much the bride channeled her inner princess! Aside from the lovely bride, perhaps the most talked about feature of this blockbuster of an event must be the decor by Alankar. The spacious ballroom glowed with purple LED lighting with splashes of synchronized patterns on the wall. All footage of the week long events were captured by Premier Entertainment with Thuy Pham Photography helming the DSLR with the photos you can find the gallery.

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What a gorgeous affair! I am swooning over this larger than life Indian wedding affair out of Texas! Check it out and make a debut back tomorrow!

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Mehndi Artists: Henna Cafe | Floral & Decor: Alankar Event/Wedding Planners | Photography: Thuy Pham Photography | Barat: Premier Entertainment | DJ: Premier Entertainment | Lighting: Premier Entertainment | Cinematographer: Film Art Pictures | Hair & Makeup: Shrine Patel | Venue: Omni Mount Washington Resort


Bretton Woods, NH Indian Wedding by Thuy Pham Photography

I am quickly realizing that an avian based theme is apparent in this Indian wedding out of Bretton Woods! From the royal peacock festooned in blue flowers, to the bride being carried in a graceful swan palanquin, right down to the graceful nature of the picturesque Omni Mount Washington Resort; this wedding is a mixture of creative glam and beauty! We return to this spacious venue for Maharani Priyanka’s royal wedding affair! Our bride received the royal treatment and got glammed up by makeup artist Shreni Patel. Wearing yet another show stopping bridal outfit, Priyanka exchanged her royal lengha for a red and gold lengha choli with orange embroidery. I especially loved the splash of pink border towards the bottom of her dashing skirt! I quickly forgot that this wedding took place in the United States! The festive decor by Alankar channeled Bollywood flair with a treasure trove of garlands and a very royal gold and white decor setup. This bride made her wedding day look absolutely effortless from the images you can find in the gallery captured by Thuy Pham Photography.

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One more stop as step into party mode for the bountiful wedding reception!

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Mehndi Artists: Henna Cafe | Floral & Decor: Alankar Event/Wedding Planners | Photography: Thuy Pham Photography | Barat: Premier Entertainment | DJ: Premier Entertainment | Lighting: Premier Entertainment | Cinematographer: Film Art Pictures | Hair & Makeup: Shrine Patel | Venue: Omni Mount Washington Resort


Bretton Woods, NH Indian Wedding by Thuy Pham Photography

Showstopping. Mesmerizing. Luxurious. We have all the details of this gorgeous Indian wedding out of the ever so charming Bretton Woods and we just can't wait to share them with you! We were enchanted by this Maharani so much, that she was our Editor's Choice for the last full week of November! You know that you are in for a spectacular treat when you mistake a bride's sangeet lengha for her wedding lengha! Can we have a moment of silence for this gorgeous piece of designer wear? In a gorgeous hue of rich eggplant with midas inspired gold embroidery, Maharani Priyanka was just churning out royalty with each dainty step. Before making their grand entrance to their sangeet at the Omni Mount Washington Resort, the couple took to the opulent grounds for an awe inspiring photo shoot with Thuy Pham Photography. With a natural backdrop of the high mountain peaks in the picturesque White Mountain National Forest, every image caught on camera was absolutely glittering. Some of my favorite images from this photo shoot was of Priyanka's mehndi work by Henna Cafe. You couldn't possibly miss the Maharani and Maharaj design! The interior venue was just as mesmerizing and I couldn't keep my eyes off the blue peacock handcrafted with fresh flowers by decorating guru Alankar. This is a must see Maharanis! Head into the gallery for a plethora of pics! We caught up with the bride on details for her big day below. 

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Mikesh at a "Young Jains of America" youth convention, in an elevator! I knew he was "the one" when I heard his memorizing British accent and saw his stellar dance moves!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
He proposed to me on the Boston harbor on Mother's day, a very special day for the both of us. My dad was in on the surprise and told my mom and I he was taking us out for a Mother's day brunch in the city. Mikesh conveniently "couldn't make it for brunch." We reached this beautiful harbor park and my dad decided to blind-fold my mom and I as he walked us to the "surprise brunch" he planned for us. My dad held my hand as we walked into this park, and then I suddenly no longer heard his voice speaking to me, but somebody was still holding my hand! I freaked out, took off the blind fold, and low and behold, there was Mikesh - holding my hand, all dressed up and looking dashing as usual. He led me to the gazebo that was beautifully decorated with our pictures, flowers, and candle-lit dinner. He first read me a speech that he hand-wrote - I was an emotional mess! He got down on one knee and proposed - it was the happiest day ever, all such a blur. The surprise didn't end there - my best friend and brother flew in from across the country to be with us that day! We celebrated that night at a hotel lounge with all of our friends!

Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
The venue, Omni Mount Washington Resort at Bretton Woods, was stunning to say the least. Nestled in the mountains of New Hampshire - the gorgeous views of the hills and greenery from any view was memorizing. My family and I grew up visiting New Hampshire from Boston several times a year for hiking, skiing, day-trips. I took Mikesh on his first ski trip in Bretton Woods and that was when we fell in love with the venue.
Hair & Makeup was by Shreni & Tip! They are extremely talented, easy-going, very patient vendors. Shreni is awesome at draping also - which came in handy with all my intricate lehenga outfits! I especially loved the hair/makeup look she gave me for my Sangeet.
Photography was done by Thuy Pham Photography. Thuy is the best! Photo was very important to me and Thuy made sure my dream shots came true. She was great with both candid and portrait shots. The best part about Thuy was she did her work very gracefully without disrupting the event or distracting us and the audience.
Videography was by Film Art Pictures Cinema - they flew in all the way from United Kingdom! Zohaib & Fes are very talented with both cinematography and editing. I loved their work and Mikesh and I were very excited about the highlights trailer they made of our wedding.
Decor was by Alankar (Shobha Shastry). Shobha is a very well experienced decorator in our community. She met with my mom and I multiple times to discuss our dream Rajasthani look and how to make it work in our budget. My favorite decor piece was the gorgeous floral peacock at my Sangeet. This was actually specially made by my mom's friends - they are so creative!
My favorite outfit was my purple Sangeet lehenga. The funny story about this was that Mikesh actually found his outfit first (usually it's the other way around!). I was challenged to find something to match his outfit, called a "male anarkali." I ended up custom designing the outfit in India so I could match the purple velvet on his dupatta - I received the lehenga just a few weeks before the wedding, in the nick of time!
Mehendi was by Manisha Trivedi's Henna Cafe - I loved the way it turned out! Manisha and her assistant were able to use inspiration from images I had Pinterested to create the regal design I wanted.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew I wanted a traditional, Rajasthani red lehenga. We traveled all the way to Jaipur, India to find just the perfect one. It was a lot of hard work, and definitely the toughest part of wedding planning - but all worth it in the end.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part was finding the right vendors and venue. Most people would say this is the most stressful part, but I enjoyed learning about different industries involved in event planning as this is a hobby of mine. I also loved preparing for the classical Bollywood dance I did with my bridesmaids at the Sangeet, oh, and practicing the first dance with Mikesh.

 

We will be back in a bit for more wedding details, see you then! 

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Mehndi Artists: Henna Cafe | Floral & Decor: Alankar Event/Wedding Planners | Photography: Thuy Pham Photography | Barat: Premier Entertainment | DJ: Premier Entertainment | Lighting: Premier Entertainment | Cinematographer: Film Art Pictures | Hair & Makeup: Shrine Patel | Venue: Omni Mount Washington Resort


Fremont, CA Sikh Wedding by JSK Photography

We have reached the end of this love affair but, not until we divulge in all the party details. Maharani Rajwinder and her beau Gurmeet hosted guests at one of Sacramento’s premier ballrooms for an Indian wedding reception (speaking from personal experience here!) at the White Lotus Banquet Hall. With hues of pink and purple dancing throughout this spacious ballroom, this amazing venue was played up by stunning white and gold decor jazzed up by decor and design experts R&R Event Rentals. Before she made her grand entrance, Rajwinder was bedecked to perfection by Roop Bridal and slipped into a gorgeous champagne floor length anarkali with gold sequin embellishments. Surrounded by a sea of smoke, this grand couple elegantly made their way into the White Lotus to a standing ovation with the spacious quarters filled to the brim with their guests. DJ Kirk returned to yet another Indian wedding event and with an impressive DJ setup, it is no wonder why he is quickly becoming popular in the community! White Lotus has an in house catering service that provides succulent Indian cuisine (fan here!). While some guests got down to bhangra on the dance floor, other guests opted to utilize the photo booth courtesy of DJ Kirk. To top it all off the wedding planners for the week long affair was none other than the bride and groom! Bravo! We end this affair with images in the gallery captured by our friends at JSK Photography

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One event down, plenty more to go! Head on back tomorrow for another over the top Indian extravaganza! But, in the meantime, hit play to watch this Indian wedding film in Cancun, MX by Mike Cantarell Films

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Photography: JSK Photography | Floral & Decor: R&R Event Rentals | Catering: White Lotus Banquet Hall | Cinematographer: Bhandal Focus Production | Dj & Entertainment: DJ Kirk | Hair & Makeup: Roop Bridal | Mehndi: Neeta Sharma | Photobooth: DJ Kirk | Venue (Sangeet): Raja Sweets | Venue (Ceremony): Gurdwara Sahib | Venue (Reception): White Lotus Banquet Hall | Catering: Kabila


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