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Dallas, TX Indian Wedding by VEK Photo

Hey Maharanis, put on your cowgirl hats and travel with me to Dallas, Texas for this Indian wedding courtesy of Vek Photo - DallasRed Paisleys provides the beautiful bridal fashions. I can't wait to see how these stunning jewels look on the blushing bride! Stay with me as we uncover the faces of the happy couple and of all the lovely decor by Elegant Affairs Inc. See even more in the gallery!

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From the bride, on how they met:

"Meeting Parth was not something I had planned at all. I went to a swing dancing class my Freshman year. I was a bit late so I searched the room until I found this guy wearing a button down shirt with rolled up sleeves and a big smile on his face. Little did I know that he would be my dance partner for life. We kept in touch through the years but he was so involved in almost every organization on campus, pledging for a fraternity, exceling in his school work and having great rapport with his peers and his professors, we kind of got lost in our busy lives. However he definitely juggled it all. Even though we were officers in an Indian Cultural Association together, I didn’t see the true side of him until we both took a Hindi course together our Junior year. As he teased me incessantly, I caught onto his cultured and respectful side throughout conversation. I admired his ability to be so well-rounded and that is when the puzzle of my Raja became complete. Since then we have shared 6 years of beautiful memories; graduating college as he gave our class speech, getting accepted into medical school with 4 years of distance making us even closer, celebrating numerous birthdays, exploring delectable food and just being silly. I am so thankful for God, my family, friends and life’s journey for allowing me to meet such an admirable, respectable, intelligent and giving man. I truly am living my dream and can definitely say that where there is love, there is life."

On the proposal:

"The proposal was ever so thoughtful. I was definitely blind-sided as it was my birthday, and I had gone out the night before with friends. My beau at the time had irritated me as he could only make it for one night to see me because he had "made plans" with his friends in Houston the night before. I was a bit frustrated because we hardly saw each other monthly as we went to med schools 4 hours away. However, throughout it all he was actually in Dallas prepping for what I didn't know was going to be the most memorable time in my life. The day of the Proposal, 3/16/2014, we were celebrating my birthday as it was 2 days prior. He was "running late" as usual and came to my apt door dressed so fresh and was taking me to brunch at the Reata in Fort Worth. He is always extravagant with his birthday celebrations for me and we try to surprise each other yearly, so I knew it was going to be great. We went to the rooftop bar and we heard beautiful classical music playing around the corner. I wanted to listen to it as I have played the violin for 14 years. I was walking down these steps filled with flower petals and recognized the song, my favorite song of all time "Suraj Hua Madham" from the movie K3G! I saw pictures of us on this table and I was like omg this birthday is epic! Then he turned around and started speaking and he was shaking a bit but I didn't know why until he hugged me, and then I knew this was NOT for my birthday. He went on his knee and sayed words that were all a blur, pulled out a gorgeous ring from Robbin's Brothers and proposed. I was speechless, whispered yes which he didn't hear and asked if I liked the ring lol. At that point I was so excited but filled with so many emotions, I just kept tearing and thinking about everything. And to top it all off, some of our closest friends popped out from the rooftop bar with my sister and it was amazing! Afterwards we went to the temple, went to celebrate with our parents and then he had a surprise dinner planned in Fort Worth, TX with all our closest friends. I will never forget such a beautiful day."

On the hair & makeup:

 

"Hair and makeup was done by the wonderful Alex from Ms. Painted Lady. I had given her pictures of updos and downdos I loved on Pinterest and she created exactly what I wanted. She was a hoot to work with and just a great person to be around to calm my nerves prior to the ceremony."

On the lenghas:

"I knew that I wanted custom made outfits for my Wedding and Reception. I had searched for outfits and designs I loved and I worked with the amazing Neelam Mathrani from Red Paisley's, sat down with her to show her images of what I was aspiring my outfit to look like. She was able to draw out sketches, let me choose colors that complimented each other and continued to update me on my outfit as they were being made from the color dye process to the beading all the way down to the final product. She was a pleasure to work with, so patient, kind and creative. She even helped my mom create a gorgeous royal blue blouse for the reception sari that I know I will borrow in a heart beat."

Black & white portraits are up next!

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Floral & Decor: Elegant Affairs Inc. | Bridal Fashions: Red Paisleys | Photography: Vek Photo - Dallas | Venue: The Westin Dallas Park Central | Cinematography: AMP Studio Houston | Catering: Saffron House | Planning & Design: Events by Hala | Hair & Makeup: Ms Painted Lady | Mehndi Artist: Sharmeen


Vancouver, Canada Sikh Wedding by Rosette Films

This final film is a real treat! Rosette Films brings us this energetic highlight reel filled with some phenomenal details from a pre-wedding celebration to a romantic portrait session. The baraat also features a lowrider and a Harley which is full of some super fun action. You'll also love this bride's reception look and all the major dance floor fun. Don't wait a second longer, click play and get the party started!

Hope you enjoyed this super energetic film! If you missed out on any of this weeks highlights, here are some of my favorites:

I'd also like to welcome our newest Platinum Guide members:

Distant Glamour
Joe Photo
G.P.S. Décors
Encore Event DJs
CandleLight Studio
Planet DJ Productions
Planet DJ Event Lighting
Madras Catering and Event Productions
Nadia D Photography



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Cinematography: Rosette Films | Venue/Catering: Royal King Palace | Floral & Decor: Asian Wedding Decor | Cakes & Treats: Jessicakes | DJs& Entertainment: Decibel Entertainment | Lighting: Frontline | Hair & Makeup: Pink Orchid Studio | Mehndi Artist: Fatma Mehendi Art & Salon | Bridal Fashion: Well Groomed Designs


Stamford, CT Indian Wedding by PhotosMadeEz

Welcome back, dolls! Next up we have a super adorable wedding event from Connecticut, by PhotosMadeEz. This unforgettable celebration was planned and designed by RSVP Events and features some beautiful floral and decor details by Abhishek Decorators. The bride is absolutely beautiful and picture perfect, thanks to hair and makeup by GlowZee. Things really get going at this couple's reception as family and guests start to get down to music and entertainment by Maxx Entertainment. Go ahead and check it all out!

We still have one more wedding film coming up, so make sure to stick around!

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Planning & Design: RSVP Events | Hair & Makeup: GlowZee | Cinematography: PhotosMadeEz | Floral & Decor: Abhishek Decorators | DJ: Maxx Entertainment | Venue: Hilton Stamford Hotel


Chicago, IL Indian Wedding by HWu Studios

Happy Filmy Friday, Maharanis! Today's first wedding film is from the Windy City and has all the sweetness you'll need to start your day right! This cinematic gem comes to us from HWu Studios and features great highlights from the baraat, ceremony and reception, plus some great floral and decor details by Poonam Creations. Check it out now!

The bride on how she met her Raja:

"Kav and I met in a physical chemistry course at Loyola University Chicago back in our pre-med days (over eight years ago!). I was an over-eager front-row student and he was definitely the opposite. On the first day of this notoriously difficult course, I was running late and ended up taking the seat next to the quiet Indian boy in the back row. Kav is the soft-spoken, studious type so it took some time to get to know the person sitting next to me that semester. We started out as study buddies and eventually became the best of friends before deciding to make our relationship official in December of 2006! It has truly been an amazing adventure ever since. Although we were long-distance while we both completed medical school in different states, we grew closer with each passing year."

On her wedding style:

"When we started discussing our wedding, Kav and I agreed that we would have a fairly traditional ceremony as it was important to us to honor our parents and our heritage. However, I also wanted to infuse our own character into the wedding reception to give it a more personal feel. Because we knew most of our budget would be going towards the venue and catering for the large South Asian wedding we were having, Kav and I were our own (amateur) wedding planners. It was quite the task for a 4th year medical student and 1st year resident with extremely busy schedules, but we were very pleasantly surprised with how everything turned out (thanks, in large part, to our amazing friends and family members, as well as our decorator!).

As we planned for the big day, I made it a point to focus on the details that would allow us to share our story with our guests without breaking the bank. I was going for elegant and modern with a touch of whimsy and, above all else, personal. We chose a deep purple and gold color palette with pops of red and maroon to blend our modern vision with the traditional Indian wedding colors. This was executed beautifully by our decorator, Poonam, who worked with us to design a stunning mandap that was ethereal and just perfect for the tented Lakeside Pavilion where our ceremony was held. Because we maintained the same color scheme for both the ceremony and reception, we were successfully able to reuse the beautiful floral arrangements from the ceremony as our centerpieces for the guest and sweetheart tables at the reception. To set a romantic tone for the evening, we had candlelight and rose petals on every table as well as a gold arch-shaped backdrop with hanging votive candles behind the sweetheart and cake tables. It was truly breathtaking.

In the spirit of infusing our love and our story into the details of the day, each of our table numbers included a memory, story, or a fact associated with the number of the table. For example, "Table 6: The number of hours it would take to drive from K's family's village in India to A's family's village in India (Buhari to Unjha)." This was a fun way to reminisce about old memories and also share new things with all of our guests. For our cake, we asked the pastry chef to decorate each tier with memorable words that Kav and I came up with. These words ranged from our favorite restaurant to the place that we met, and everything in between. Not only was this a great opportunity for Kav and I to reflect on our relationship, the final result was beautiful, unique, and of course, delicious (it was a yellow and chocolate cake with a raspberry filling served a la mode with coconut gelato ... yum!). We also included a "Rx for Happy Married Life" guestbook and "Just What the Doctors Ordered" signature cocktails to tie in our careers in medicine. Finally, because Kav and I both come from large extended families with many children, we created a wedding activity book for our younger guests. This was a lot of fun to put together and, to this day, we continue to receive positive comments about the activity books from our guests. I truly feel that the personal touches that we injected into the day were some of the most memorable features of the wedding."

On selecting her lengha:

"I am absolutely in love with my wedding ceremony lengha! It is actually a combination of two different lenghas that I discovered while shopping at the Indian bridal boutiques in Chicago. All I really knew when starting to browse for bridal wear was that I wanted a deeper red color with primarily gold and champagne tones as opposed to bright red and white. My sister was the one who noticed the original lengha in the store while pre-shopping with my parents while I was focused on medical school graduation and residency. She put it on a list of top contenders and, after shopping for what felt like a million hours and trying on what felt like 50+ lenghas, I went right back to her pick. The final product was custom-made in India and came out perfectly!"

On her most memorable wedding day moment:

"I have so many favorite moments from our wedding day and for that I am truly blessed! One of these moments was our first dance as husband and wife. We danced to a live, acoustic version of "The Best Thing" performed by my bridesmaid Jessie and Kav's groomsman, Chris. Jessie actually introduced me to the song in college, saying that it reminded her of me and Kav. The original is a fast-paced rock song by Relient K, but Jessie's amazing vocals and Chris at the guitar made it the soft and sweet first dance song I had always imagined. It was amazing to be able to incorporate our friends into the wedding in such an incredible way and we are so honored that they were both willing to perform in front of over 400 people for us!

Another one of my favorite moments was leading up to the wedding-- I was always on the lookout for an opportunity to wear a white wedding dress but I knew I would not be able to for the official Indian wedding festivities since we wanted to maintain the traditional colors and dresses for those events. I decided to surprise Kav by purchasing a really fun tea-length wedding dress to wear to our marriage license signing at the local courthouse. Our photographer, Suzy, graciously offered to document that milestone for us and my sister and two of my closest friends were also present, making it all the more special."

Check back soon for more wedding film fun!

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Floral & Decor: Poonam Creations | Cinematography: HWu Studios | Venue/Cakes & Treats: The Stonegate | Catering: India House | DJs & Entertainment: DJ Prashant Shah | Hair & Makeup: Bridal Makeup by Nadia Tikki | Baraat: Maharaja Farm


Los Angeles, CA Indian Wedding by Erin Shimazu Photography

It's time for our newlyweds to show off their reception looks in these beautiful portraits by Erin Shimazu Photography. Our bride is dazzling in her baby blue gown and everything from her mehndi by Henna Dil Se to her complementing bangles are just icing on this fabulous cake. Love is in the air, guests (big and small) are getting down and this magical day isn't over until they're all seeing fireworks! Make your way to the full gallery for even more details from this great celebration.  

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See you gals tomorrow for some Filmy Friday fun!

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Hair & Makeup: Henna Dil Se | Baraat: Enchanted Carriages | Venue: Intercontinental Hotel | Floral & Decor: Parties & Petals | DJs & Entertainment: DJ Jedi | Planning & Design: Silver Charm Events | Hair Dresser: Strand Appeal | Makeup Artist: Makeup and Hair by Caren Elle


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