We’re ending with a bang at Sharifa and Ravi’s destination Indian fusion reception! Here at Maharani Weddings we have such a soft spot for beach side Indian soirees, since they combine our favorite things: Indian weddings and tropical paradises! Sharifa and Ravi held their gorgeous wedding at the Four Seasons Maui and we are so excited to relive their special weekend. The couple brought the charm and flair of Bollywood to the Hawaiian waters and capped off the weekend with a reception party filled with cake, sparklers, and the memories of a lifetime! Sharifa slipped out of her Manolos into adorable All Stars to let loose as a beautiful sunset painted the sky. And we have the mention the lush florals and decor that festooned every inch of the venue by Country Bouquets Maui and Four Seasons Maui. No destination Indian wedding would be complete without the perfect wedding planner and Four Seasons Maui was there to spearhead each task with perfection. Anna Kim Photography captured all the magic in the full gallery, so hurry over and let the beach side beauty wash over you!
We’re in paradise after viewing Sharifa and Ravi’s one of a kind destination fusion Indian wedding. Our hearts were filled with joy as we basked in the beauty of Maui’s beaches while witnessing the deep love between this charming duo. With the gorgeous location of Maharani Sharifa and Raja Ravi’s royal wedding affair, we’re sure guests never wanted to leave. The celebrations took place at the Four Seasons Maui where guests were treated with immaculate hospitality. There’s no denying this venue is an oasis of luxury surrounded by the most picturesque ocean views imaginable. The ceremonies continued with Sharifa trading her lehenga for a breezy white gown from Sottero & Midgley and silver Manolo Blahniks. Their beach side portraits are so whimsical; We adore how playful this couple is! Every cheerful snap makes us want to grab our sunnies and bask in the sunshine. Head into the full gallery where Anna Kim Photography has captured the shindig in its entirety. We have so much more from Sharifa and Ravi’s reception ahead, so hurry back lovelies!
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Happy Friday Maharanis! We love capping off the week with sensational destination weddings since they put us in weekend relaxation mode. Sharifa and Ravi’s destination fusion weekend was a beachy yet lux treat that hit all the right notes! They chose the elegant Four Seasons Maui to celebrate their love, and the hotel’s staff pulled out all the stops to ensure this was a once in a lifetime event filled to the brim with otherworldly beauty. Beautiful bride Sharifa was fit for royalty as she walked up to her mandap in a radiant red lehenga and gorg Manolo Blahnik heels that she borrowed from her sister. Excuse us while we pick our jaws up from the ground! Country Bouquets Maui and the Four Seasons Maui created a tropical mandap comprised of fiery hues. This masterpiece was an eclectic blend of fresh florals and synchronized draping with the majestic backdrop of the Hawaiian waters. This Maharani's wedding definitely took the stunning factor up to full blast. Next up is the duo’s Christian ceremony! Take a dip into the charming full gallery captured by Anna Kim Photography. We’ll be back with all the glam reception deets, featuring non-stop fun under the Hawaiian sun!
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Today, we’re bringing you readers a visual treat with Aishwarya and Amit’s black tie reception gala. The duo brought on Suhaag Garden and Ayesha Mian to take care of all planning and design details for their gorgeous Indian wedding affair. The bride and groom made their triumphant entrance to The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, and the spacious quarters shined with elegance. The venue is absolutely stunning on its own but with the magical touch of Suhaag Garden, every image captured by A&A Photo & Video left us speechless. Each of fashionista Aishwarya’s ensembles reflected her deep-rooted Indian heritage intermixed with modern sophistication, and her glittering reception lehenga was the pinnacle of her bridal looks in our opinion! Amit Vasi ensured that the venue was bathed in euphoric beats and luminous lighting. Every reception detail was painstakingly executed, and shades of white and gold bathed the space (down to their gold dipped cake). One of the most treasured moments of the night was the cake cutting ceremony baked specially for the couple by Cake Expressions by Lisa. The duo had an absolute ball throughout every moment of the weekend. Aishwarya told us, “We ended the night as we usually do - last ones standing on the dance floor. It was the happiest weekend of my life, and I wouldn’t change a thing!” Sounds like a blast! We have all the action packed photos for you to enjoy in our full gallery.
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We were dazzled as we entered The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge venue, and are swooning over every single sparkling part of Aishwarya and Amit’s wedding event. After all, we’re in the wedding business and drooling over wedding lenghas, jewelry sets and gorgeous mandaps are all in a day’s work! Aishwarya and Amit’s love story was brimming with all sorts of sweetness and when the bride gushed about all the details our hearts were overflowing with joy. After the duo’s first date, sparks were flying, and here we are unveiling all the details of their lavish wedding! There’s not a moment to miss, and luckily A&A Photo & Video was there to capture every magical detail. The masterful floral and decor team from Suhaag Garden created a blush mandap and stage set up that was the stuff of fairytale dreams. The bride was a ray of light in a sunny, yellow sari and golden accessories (including a lux, bejeweled belt). Her natural bridal look was the height of chicness. After the palla was pinned in place, it was time for Aishwarya to wow her guests. She floated down the candle and petal strewn aisle under a floral canopy to her elated Raja. We have all the ceremony snaps in our full gallery for your perusal. As a bonus treat the bride reveals all to Maharani Weddings down below.
Behind the Scenes Scoop From The Bride:
After graduating medical school in 2013, I moved to Charlotte to start my residency training. One night, I went out with my new friends, and someone behind me in line struck up a conversation with me. I turned around and asked “Are you talking to me?” And he was! Amit and I chatted that night about all sorts of things - his love of old vinyl records, my love for books, his Punjabi heritage, his grandpa, etc., and I felt like I was meeting someone I already knew.
The next day, my phone chimed around noon: “Hey Aishwarya, this is Amit. If you’re free tonight, I’d love to take you to dinner.” That night, I went on my very first date in Charlotte. Before we were seated, Amit told me about another place that he wanted to take me to for brunch (my favorite weekend activity). I was so excited that he was already thinking about the next time we would be together.
During the next few years, I realized how lucky I was that my first date in this new city would also be my last one. Amit proposed to me on an autumn evening during my third year of residency.
During my chief year of residency, we began to plan our wedding. My team of planners - event coordination by Ayesha Mian, decoration and design by Suhaag Garden, and our wedding planner at Ballantyne Hotel - were instrumental in making our wedding weekend absolutely perfect.
Our wedding weekend commenced with my mehndi ceremony. This was attended by close friends and family. We had a cool front moving in that April evening, but everyone soon forgot about the weather as we started the celebration. My decor team arranged a beautiful jula for Amit and me to be seated, and this was also the perfect place for us to enjoy our Haldi ceremony the next day. Under a Carolina blue sky, our family and friends anointed us with the turmeric paste which is integral to this ceremony.
That night, the celebration really got underway with the Sangeet. My sister organized the performances for the evening, which included dances by both of our mother and fathers, as well as group dances choreographed by the bridal and groom’s parties. My sister is actually quite shy about public performances, and we had discussed her stage fright months before the wedding weekend. I know I will always remember how her dancing captivated the audience, and how much she loved me to be able to put her fears behind her and head to the dance floor.
The next day, I watched the sun rise while getting ready for my wedding ceremony. We were married during another beautiful, sunny day. I walked down the aisle under a hand-made flower canopy that my aunt and mother had created for me. I wore a gold sari and was escorted by my father and my four closest male relatives. My mother joined us as we walked to the mandap, which was all pale blush, ivory, and roses. It was even more than I had ever imagined.
The wedding festivities concluded with a black tie reception later that evening. Amit and I love to dance, and I will always remember our entrance into the wedding reception to our favorite song by K. Flay. My wedding gagra was embroidered with thousands of Swarovski crystals, and these shone and flashed as Amit twirled me and dipped me on the dance floor. The highlight of the evening was a movie that my sister and my brother-in-law produced to tell our story. My sister ended the evening with a slideshow she had put together with memories from our baby pictures to our engagement photos, so that guests from both sides could truly know us as a couple.
We ended the night as we usually do - last ones standing on the dance floor. It was the happiest weekend of my life, and I wouldn’t change a thing.
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