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Harrisonburg, Virginia Indian Wedding by Mirage Photography Studios

It was only after four short dates that Maharani Shweta knew that her Gaurav was the one. Even though their relationship was a bit long distance at a time, the love between this lovely couple only bloomed brighter. One of the most memorable moments of wedding planning was selecting all the food and decor for their series of events. And, the bride and groom’s guests couldn’t stop praising the selection of eats! However, when the bride decided to bring on Sumeet Bagai of Dream Shaadi, everything began to fall in place! Shweta’s series of events were flawlessly executed with the expertise of this stellar event design team. The sangeet ceremony took place at the Melrose Caverns which was decorated to match the inside of a genie’s lamp. A plethora of colors sprinkled the venue that was grooving to the eclectic sounds of Planet DJ Productions. Lighting from Planet DJ Event Lighting bathed the room in the luminous glow. The bride donned a pretty in pink anarkali with all the proper good trimming. The artistry of Bhavna’s Henna & Arts completed this bride’s look with stunning henna adorning her arms and legs. In the gallery shot by Mirage Photography Studios, you will find all the lovely images!

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We head back to a traditional and romantic Indian wedding coming right up!

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Planning & Design: Dream Shaadi | Mehndi Artists: Bhavna’s Henna and Arts | Lighting: Planet DJ Event Lighting | DJ: Planet DJ Productions | Baraat: Planet DJ Productions | Event Designer: Dream Shaadi | Live Music: Planet DJ Productions | Photo Booths: Planet DJ Productions | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: JMU Bhangra Team | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Megan Huffman | Cakes & Treats: Paris Cake Company | Catering: Bollywood Bistro | Cinematographer: Mari Harsan Studios | Floral & Décor: Yaadein Weddings | Hair & Makeup: Megan Huffman | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Indian Wedding Card | Photographer: Mirage Photography Studios | Transportation: Royal Cab | Sangeet Venue: Melrose Caverns | Ceremony & Reception Venue: On Sunny Slope Farms | Mehndi Venue: Port Republic Town Hall |


Alexandria, VA Indian Wedding by Akbar Sayed Photography

Welcome back to the final installment of Arjoo and Sharath’s amazingly gorgeous wedding celebration out of Virginia! We’ve reaching the grand finale reception soiree, and we’re jumping with joy at all the fun-filled shots! The glamorous bride switched sartorial gears into an angelic white gown, and we’re loving this mix of Eastern and Western fashions. Makeup by Ana B sparkled the bride up with glowing skin, glittery lips and of course, a bombshell ‘do! The groom looked dapper in a rock star worthy white tux. Talk about a gorg couple! Platinum Wedding and Decor transformed The Westin Alexandria venue into a violet wonderland, and we are obsessing over the lovely combo of candles, uplighting, and oodles of blooms. Pure romance! To amp up the wedding fun, Live Sound Entertainment brought in some turntables and blasted tunes until the wee hours of the morning! We loved witnessing the jam packed dance floor with elated guests celebrating the duo on their newlywed status. Akbar Sayed Photography captured every delightful shot, and all the images can be found in the complete gallery. Also, make sure to scroll below for all the inside scoop from Arjoo herself!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Sharath and I met in January 2009 while Sharath was in town for President Obama's inauguration. Sharath was staying at my best friend's (Jenny) house (he was friends with her brother) for the inauguration and I came over that day just to hang out at her place.  Prior to me going over, Jenny said to me "Jason's friend Sharath is here, you know what, I bet he is going to like you, you are definitely his type." As soon as I saw him, I instantly liked him and little did I know, he was attracted to me also :). Sharath then walked into the kitchen where Jenny's mom was cooking and he started talking about food and culture. Sharath told Jenny's mom who is also South Indian, "I've always wanted to go to Tibet and see the Himalayas." As soon as I heard him say that, I thought, I should tell him I'm from Nepal!!! So i popped out of the other room and yelled out , "I could be your sherpa." Sharath and I remained friends for the next couple of years as he lived in Atlanta and I liked in Maryland. Sharath came into town for Jason's wedding four years later and after the wedding is when we started chatting more on Facebook and then we decided to start dating. I always admired Sharath as Jenny's and her family has such great things to say about him and so once we started talking more on Facebook and I realized we have similar characteristics, I definitely knew he was the one then :).

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Since we both met at Obama's first inauguration and started dating at his second, Sharath knew proposing in front of the White House would be a great idea! So before Obama left office, Sharath proposed to me the day before my birthday and secretly we were hoping Michelle and Barack were watching!!!

Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
I have always loved weddings and grew up dreaming about my wedding! I planned the wedding in seven months with the help of our wedding planner.  I have been to and been in many weddings that I already knew what I wanted in terms of outfits and vendors. I let Sharath choose the colors and he wanted purple and gold (Kobe fan). I've always wanted to wear a wedding gown as I grew up wearing Nepali clothes since I was younger, so I knew that would be my reception outfit. I wanted my ceremony outfit to be a typical Nepali outfit but made sure to have a life size print out of me wearing a South Indian outfit and Sharath wearing a Nepali outfit, to incorporate both cultures. I only had one make up and hair trial and I decided to book Make up by Ana B right away. Not only was I so happy with my hair and make up looks, they made everyone in our bridal party and our cousins look phenomenal! I believe I was able to have a stress free day because I loved my hair and make up and because everything ran on time :).

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew I wanted a blush color for my wedding gown and was so happy with what I found!

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I think the most enjoyable part was having vendors who understood our vision and made me feel very special during the whole process.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
We had a 375 person wedding, so I was particularly scared it wouldn't be organized however all our guests have said everything was so organized and they loved the overall ambiance of the wedding. They also loved the skit that the bridesmaids, friends and family performed!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
During the ceremony, I loved that Sharath and I were just having fun at the Mandap! Nepali weddings are very long (2-3 hours), so I was nervous it would "drag out", however since we knew our priest and our families were on stage with us, we were able to laugh and smile the whole time. Another special moment was when our bridesmaids, friends and family choreographed a surprise 17 minute dance for us, it blew us away!! It was amazing!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6kh4s5PMX0&t=24s

For events other than your ceremony, please tell us as much as you would like about the decor, style, dances, and all the special details.
I always wanted a white dance floor and I got the biggest one, which I loved!! It went so well with the decor and the bridesmaids outfits :).

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Make sure you pick vendors who really love their job. I believe our wedding went so well because all the vendors were professional and had so much experience that they could solve their own issues without any of us knowing about it! Also, on the day of, give all your worries and tasks to your wedding planner and vendors. It is so important to just be in the moment and soak in all the love in the room.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
My Mehndi artist, Shazia, was so amazingly sweet and patient. She made me feel so calm during the whole mehndi day and did an amazing job with everyones Mehndi!
The Westin were very accommodating to all of our needs, they had a room available for whatever we needed, a whole hair and make up suite for 20 ppl in the morning, an after party room all set up, tea and break rooms throughout the day.

Thank you Arjoo! We'll be back with another incredible wedding feature tomorrow!

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Photography: Akbar Sayed Photography | Venues: The Westin Alexandria | Floral & Decor: Platinum Wedding and Decor | Cinematography: Akbar Sayed Photography | Planning & Design: Seven Ivory Brides | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Ana B | Baraat: Live Sound Entertainment | Catering: Bombay Tandoor | DJ: Live Sound Entertainment | Lighting: Live Sound Entertainment | Dance Floor: Live Sound Entertainment | Bridal Fashion | White Dress: Bridal Boutique of Columbia Maryland-Essence Of Australia | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Outfits: Cbazaar | Wedding Rings: Mervis Diamond Importers | Cake & Treats: Sonia’s Cakes | Mehndi: Henna by Shazia | Officiant: Ragu Aryal |


Alexandria, VA Indian Wedding by Akbar Sayed Photography

All the matrimonial action of Arjoo and Sharath begins in this post! We were jazzed to witness all the excitement in these sweethearts’ smiles as the baraat kicked off and took over the streets of Alexandria. Sharath was a dapper Raja as he showed off his best bhangra moves surrounded by his posse of ladies and gents. Not to be left out the action, Maharani Arjoo giggled and sashayed as she oversaw the commotion from her bridal suite at The Westin Alexandria. As Sharath took his place at the coral, bedazzled mandap courtesy of the artists at Platinum Wedding and Decor, he eagerly awaited his bride. Stunning Arjoo certainly did not disappoint, and as she floated down the aisle surrounded by lavish floral arrangements, she resembled a fairy Princess. Her hair and makeup by Makeup by Ana B glowed in the candlelight, and her smile warmed the hearts of every guest. The duo were soon pronounced Mr. and Mrs., and the smiles on their faces when they sealed the deal are so swoon worthy! Join us reliving the beautiful moments by perusing the full gallery of snaps by Akbar Sayed Photography.

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The purple wonderland reception soiree coming right up!

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Photography: Akbar Sayed Photography | Venues: The Westin Alexandria | Floral & Decor: Platinum Wedding and Decor | Cinematography: Akbar Sayed Photography | Planning & Design: Seven Ivory Brides | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Ana B | Baraat: Live Sound Entertainment | Catering: Bombay Tandoor | DJ: Live Sound Entertainment | Lighting: Live Sound Entertainment | Dance Floor: Live Sound Entertainment | Bridal Fashion | White Dress: Bridal Boutique of Columbia Maryland-Essence Of Australia | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Outfits: Cbazaar | Wedding Rings: Mervis Diamond Importers | Cake & Treats: Sonia’s Cakes | Mehndi: Henna by Shazia | Officiant: Ragu Aryal |


Alexandria, VA Indian Wedding by Akbar Sayed Photography

We’re gallivanting off to Alexandria, VA today for the nuptials of darling Arjoo and Sharath. They had the epitome of a big, fat Indian bash at The Westin Alexandria and we are swooning over every pristine detail. Arjoo was a vision in her silky red sari. Our favorite detail was her full sleeved, silk blouse. It was such a unique touch that elevated her look to a whole new level of elegance. Her glam squad from Makeup by Ana B fluttered their magic brushes, and Arjoo’s resulting beauty look was 100% bombshell. We were cooing in delight over the couple’s first look photos on the streets of Alexandria. These lovebirds have such sparkling chemistry, and their strong connection is evident in each of these precious photos! While the couple took some pre-ceremony portraits, a buzz swirled in the air as family and friends filed into The Westin Alexandria for the ceremony. In our next post we’ll cover each lovely ceremonial moment and share the gorg decor by Platinum Wedding and Decor. In the meantime, Akbar Sayed Photography snapped the most stunning photos of the action, and you can find all the lovely stills in the full gallery.

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Hurry back! More beautiful moments coming up!

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Photography: Akbar Sayed Photography | Venues: The Westin Alexandria | Floral & Decor: Platinum Wedding and Decor | Cinematography: Akbar Sayed Photography | Planning & Design: Seven Ivory Brides | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Ana B | Baraat: Live Sound Entertainment | Catering: Bombay Tandoor | DJ: Live Sound Entertainment | Lighting: Live Sound Entertainment | Dance Floor: Live Sound Entertainment | Bridal Fashion | White Dress: Bridal Boutique of Columbia Maryland-Essence Of Australia | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Outfits: Cbazaar | Wedding Rings: Mervis Diamond Importers | Cake & Treats: Sonia’s Cakes | Mehndi: Henna by Shazia | Officiant: Ragu Aryal |


Angier, NC Indian Fusion Wedding by In His Image Photography

The party blasted off to a whole new stratosphere of fun when Jessica and Adhitya’s spectacular reception shindig at the Barclay Villa began! The couple descended a grand staircase to cheers from their adoring guests. The venue was an elegant masterpiece, filled with earthy yet lux touches by Jennifer V. Event Design and Planning that made the ambiance warm and romantic. This talented couple immediately put on their dancing shoes and performed a lovely first dance that had the crowd going wild. After a champagne toast, the cutting of the chic white cake, and savory bites by Catering Works Inc., the couple was raring to let loose! Jessica and Adhitya told us their favorite combination of their diverse backgrounds was in the fusion of reception music. DJ Rang led the charge with euphoric beats, with the couple requesting an eclectic mix of tunes included Jason Mraz, Kishore Kumar hits from the ‘60's, ‘70's and ‘80's era, and fun, Bollywood and Tamil hits. This list makes us want to get up and sashay out of our chair! The newlyweds told us that the dance floor was filled to the brim from the second the first song played. Readers take note: An Eastern meets Western playlist incorporating a multitide of genres and eras will always be a bona fide hit on the dance floor! Relive the action in the full gallery by In His Image Photography. And make sure to scroll below for all the behind the scenes scoop from this lovely duo!

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Tell us about your proposal:
Adhi proposed on September 15, 2016. He told me we were going on a date to a really nice place. I was really tired after a long day at work, but was excited for some quality time with Adhi. We arrived at The Fearrington House Restaurant in Pittsboro, NC. Adhi ordered two champagnes and asked me to go outside and watch the cows in the field while we waited to be seated. While sitting outside and talking, Adhi got down on one knee and proposed to me. I said yes and began to cry. Shortly after the proposal, I realized all of the planning that had gone into it. The date Adhi proposed was approved by his mother and the Hindu calendar, and all of Adhi and my close friends and family were involved with planning the surprise. Adhi had even taken my parents out to dinner to ask for my hand in marriage. After some Facetimes, phone calls, and text messages of congratulations we went inside to celebrate and enjoy their wonderfully delicious food.
 
Was there any particular theme or style for your wedding:
The overall theme we were going for at our wedding was the blending of two cultures (Indian and American)
 
Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? If yes, tell us more.
Yes! As an Indian and American couple we wanted to pull elements from both cultures into our wedding. We had a full Tamil Brahmin wedding in India, so we wanted to stay true to a traditional Christian wedding but add in some Indian touches as well.
Our bridesmaids and groomsmen wore traditional Indian wear. The bridesmaids wore cobalt blue sarees with orange embroidered tops. The groomsmen wore matching embroidered orange kurtas with blue dupattas. The outfits were ordered and designed by Adhi's Aunt, Uma Murlidhar. The flower girls wore matching blue indian dresses and the ring bearer was dressed in a gold kurta. Two days before the wedding we held a small mehendi night at our house. The bridesmaids, flower girls, ring bearer, and a few others got henna done for the wedding.
We also incorporated Indian food into our wedding. We had chole (a chickpea dish), a dosa station where guests could choose their fillings and chutney, samosas, and papri chaat. I think our favorite incorporation of culture was the music and dancing. We had a great DJ (DJ Rang) who plays a fusion of music including bollywood music. The dance floor was filled from the moment the music was played. In fact we decided to forgo our grand exit to fit in a few more minutes of dancing with our guests before the night was over. Our wedding displayed important aspects of both our cultures and the beauty of bringing two cultures and families together.
 
Thanks Jessica! Have a lovely day Maharanis!
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Venue: Barclay Villa | Planning & Design: Jennifer V. Event Design and Planning | Floral & Decor: Eco Flower | Hair & Makeup: Champney & Company Hair Salon | Chrissie Owenby | Catering: Catering Works Inc. | DJ: DJ Rang | Bridal Fashions: David's Bridal | Cake & Treats: Catering Works Inc. | Favors: Etsy | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Vista Print | Photographer: In His Image Photography |


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