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Houston, Texas Indian Wedding by Bella Lumi Photography

We arrive at the Arabia Shriners as Priya and Chintan sadly conclude their grand event. It was busy morning! After their Indian wedding ceremony, the bride had to transform to party mode with GlamTeam USA to help prep her for the big night. Long locks, glowing skin, and peachy lips was the glam of the night. The bride chose a peach and gold outfit that could be worked in with other outfits. This is such an excellent idea to revolutionize wedding outfits to be worn again! Guests couldn’t stop raving about this auspicious event! From the food, decor, to the dancing; the entry dance took center stage as one of the most memorable moments of the reception night! The bride and groom walked in through a different entrance that was expected to a medley of Hindi songs with a romantic choreographed dance filled with fog. Family friend DJ Nish curated the perfect playlist and lit up the venue in the most ambiance like environment. Guests dined on Indian cuisine catered from BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir and munched on wedding cake baked by Ooh La La Dessert Boutique. Amy Patel of The Storybook Event handled the planning and design of the multiple wedding celebrations admirably. Bella Lumi Photography has all the images waiting for you in the gallery!

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Another day, another dhula - join us tomorrow for another fab Indian wedding event!

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Bollywood Dance Performers: Roarin' Raas | Cakes & Treats: Ooh La La Dessert Boutique | Catering: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir | Cinematographer: Epique Cinema | Floral & Décor: Dream Decors Design House | Hair & Makeup: Glam Team USA | Lighting: DJ Nish | Dj and Entertainment: DJ Nish | Photographer: Bella Lumi Photography | Planning & Design: The Storybook Event - Amy Patel | Transportation: Jordan Limos | Venue (Sangeet): Arabia Shriners | Venue (Ceremony and Reception): Arabia Shriners


Houston, Texas Indian Wedding by Bella Lumi Photography

It is not uncommon that our brides make special trips to India just to pick out their wedding attire, jewelry, and decor. As a matter of fact, Maharani Priya did almost all her shopping in Mumbai and found that not only was she more  fond of the selection but budget wise it was a better choice. The bride went for statement pieces for her jewelry that paired well with its counterparts as well as standalone pieces. The bride knew she had to be selective and only had two weeks to find the perfect attire! The bride fell in love with a pastel pink and peach lengha that was lined with borders of green. Priya wanted a different approach to bridal wear and we loved the layering of jewellery that sat atop her ensemble. The wedding ceremony took place in the Arabia Shriners with an open mandap concept in mind. The venue’s 19th century chandelier was taken full advantage of and drapery and floral in pastel colors was the perfect compliment. I am loving the open mandap idea Maharanis! Such a clean and innovative approach to the times. After the ceremony ended, the bride and groom were whisked off in a vintage, ivory Rolls Royce - the perfect grand finale. Bella Lumi Photography captured all the action that you can find hanging out in the gallery.

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One last stop for the wedding reception is headed your way!

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Bollywood Dance Performers: Roarin' Raas | Cakes & Treats: Ooh La La Dessert Boutique | Catering: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir | Cinematographer: Epique Cinema | Floral & Décor: Dream Decors Design House | Hair & Makeup: Glam Team USA | Lighting: DJ Nish | Dj and Entertainment: DJ Nish | Photographer: Bella Lumi Photography | Planning & Design: The Storybook Event - Amy Patel | Transportation: Jordan Limos | Venue (Sangeet): Arabia Shriners | Venue (Ceremony and Reception): Arabia Shriners


Houston, Texas Indian Wedding by Bella Lumi Photography

Today’s whimsical wedding celebrates the union of colors, customary traditions, and a blooming love story for the ages. Priya and Chintan successfully proved that long distance relationships can and will work and finally made the big move to become husband and wife in Houston. The first series of events began with a festive garba night at the Arabia Shriners. Chintan loves Garba and his kediyus! (Gujarati outfit for men) The groom wanted a  modern version of the kediyu tailor made for him from Mumbai that would go well with Priya’s outfit. Well, they proved to pull off this look admirably! Chintan’s mint green ensemble paired with Priya’s multifaceted lengha choli was gorgeous! Dream Decors Design House bathed the venue with whimsical greenery in mind. Trees with hanging lanterns, a majestic Radha Krishna statue, and the endless supply of colorful garba sticks were the main decor attraction of the night. The entire night was a mixture of traditional customs mixed with a modernized approach. The gallery hosts more pics waiting for your perusal captured by Bella Lumi Photography. We chat with the bride down below! 

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?

We met in 2012 in Toronto, Canada when Chintan flew up there for the day to see a childhood friend of his and I happened to be there. We became friends and kept in touch with almost daily skype sessions. We became good friends, but had no romantic feelings for each other or had even brought it up as we just lived too far apart and in two completely different worlds and never did we spend any time together in person. However, as fate would have it Chintan spontaneously decided to fly down to India and I happened to be in Mumbai. We met up and spent some time just exploring the city. It was then, we both realized that our friendship had bloomed into something different altogether. We started dating and the bonus was he got along really well with my family, on top of being caring and supportive. That's when I knew he was "the one".

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!

I lived in Toronto and Chintan is from Houston. But he made it a point to come visit me in Toronto every two months or so. Each time he visited we would explore a different part of this city. This time we decided to explore High Park, which is a well-known spot in Toronto for those who enjoy the outdoors. We are strolling through the park taking pictures and making our way to the lake, when we come to a small grotto overlooking the lake. And in the grotto is a lady playing a violin – one of my favorite songs - A Thousand Years by Christina Perri. I had no idea Chintan has planned this and I as I was enjoying the song, turn around and Chintan is on his knee with a ring! It was completely unexpected and to top it off, he had gathered some friends and there was a group of tourists that just happen to be passing the spot. Everyone was cheering and I couldn’t contain my surprise, excitement, and tear of Joy.

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.

Being new to Houston, I decided to do some research first. I checked many blogs including Maharani Weddings to get a list of vendors and then set up meetings with each of them to get an idea of their pricing as well as working style. Instagram and Pinterest were my best buddies to narrow down my hair & makeup styles, decor theme and outfit colors. We wanted to play with pastels, floral and candles along with an open mandap setting. Staying within budget was very essential and once I knew which vendors I would go for, I decided to hire an event planner for the day of the event who would make sure everything went by smoothly without having my family or friends run around. This was the best decision I made which made our wedding day so perfect and hassle free.

Two more stops for the wedding and reception are coming right up!

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Bollywood Dance Performers: Roarin' Raas | Cakes & Treats: Ooh La La Dessert Boutique | Catering: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir | Cinematographer: Epique Cinema | Floral & Décor: Dream Decors Design House | Hair & Makeup: Glam Team USA | Lighting: DJ Nish | Dj and Entertainment: DJ Nish | Photographer: Bella Lumi Photography | Planning & Design: The Storybook Event - Amy Patel | Transportation: Jordan Limos | Venue (Sangeet): Arabia Shriners | Venue (Ceremony and Reception): Arabia Shriners


Bristow, Virginia Indian Wedding by Subhankar Barai

The Bristow Manor is a venue that is undoubtedly one of the most gorgeous estates to get married on. However, Danisa Flowers added the dazzling addition of vibrant blooms that really set the tone for a whimsical wonderland. Holding their wedding outdoors was a no brainer for Maharani Natasha and Imran! The luscious estate was just brimming with Indian wedding delight as Imran’s horse led baraat came bustling to the venue. The bride was a pure knockout! Donning a mint green, customized lace Sabysachi original, it is no wonder that this bride turned heads as she walked down the aisle. Oversized jewelry designed in house at Sanzany Jewels gleamed against the gorgeous blue skies. The wedding ceremony took place on a pink and white mandap setup in the gardens of the Bristow. Next to the ceremony housed the party tent where guests flocked to after the vows were exchanged to celebrate the night away. As you can see from these images captured by Subhankar Barai Photography, not a single guest was left without a smile on their faces; clearly a sign that that night concluded beautifully! Head into the gallery where a lot more pics await you!

Thank you for joining us today! We will see you bright and early tomorrow for another gorgeous event!

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Kolkata (Mehndi): Mukhtar Sarees | Bridal Fashions (Sangeet): Ritu Kumar | Bridal Fashions (Wedding): Sabyasachi | Bridal Jewelry (Wedding): Sanzany Jewellery | Bridal Jewelry (Mehndi): Purab Paschim by Ankit Khullar | Favors: Custom Made by Family Gold and Silver Smith - Dilip Khettry - Kolkata | Catering: Paul - Shailendra Dumra | Catering (Sangeet Dessert): Jerusulem | Cinematographer: Municipal Media Services | Dj & Entertainment: DJ Ranjan | Floral & Décor: Danisa Flowers | Hair & Makeup (Sangeet & Wedding): Bride - Baljit Kaur Saghu | Invitations & Stationery: Amrita Icons - Gaurav | Mehndi Artist: Mehndi With Heena - Heena Shah | Photographer: Subhankar Barai Photography | Transportation: Ma at Malong International | Baraat (Horse): Old Towne Carriage-Christine | Venue (Sangeet): Babalu's | Venue: Bristow Manor


Bristow, Virginia Indian Wedding by Subhankar Barai

Welcome back! There is just something so royal and sultry of brides wearing eggplant purple for any one of their ceremonies. For Natasha’s lavish sangeet held at Babalu’s, this bride knew she had to wear an ensemble that set her off from the crowd. The velvet lengha  was purchased from Ritu Kumar. Imran donned a black and gold anarkali with patch border trim that was an excellent contrast to the shades of purple that rivaled his wife’s ensemble. Guests were treated from dessert crafted at Jerusalem that satisfied everyone’s sweet tooth. The night was full of dancing and celebratory action as both the bride and groom’s family got a chance to mingle and get to know each other. The next day, the bride’s family held a bangle ceremony where Natasha chose to wear a multifaceted salwaar that just pops from the screen! If you missed the pics from the mehndi night, head into the gallery for the perfect set of images curated by Subhankar Barai Photography.

One more stop for the reception coming right up!

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Kolkata (Mehndi): Mukhtar Sarees | Bridal Fashions (Sangeet): Ritu Kumar | Bridal Fashions (Wedding): Sabyasachi | Bridal Jewelry (Wedding): Sanzany Jewellery | Bridal Jewelry (Mehndi): Purab Paschim by Ankit Khullar | Favors: Custom Made by Family Gold and Silver Smith - Dilip Khettry - Kolkata | Catering: Paul - Shailendra Dumra | Catering (Sangeet Dessert): Jerusulem | Cinematographer: Municipal Media Services | Dj & Entertainment: DJ Ranjan | Floral & Décor: Danisa Flowers | Hair & Makeup (Sangeet & Wedding): Bride - Baljit Kaur Saghu | Invitations & Stationery: Amrita Icons - Gaurav | Mehndi Artist: Mehndi With Heena - Heena Shah | Photographer: Subhankar Barai Photography | Transportation: Ma at Malong International | Baraat (Horse): Old Towne Carriage-Christine | Venue (Sangeet): Babalu's | Venue: Bristow Manor


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