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Falls Church, Virginia Indian Wedding by M+A Photography

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


Los Angeles, CA Indian Wedding by Erin Shimazu Photography

It's a lovely day in L.A. and our happy couple are about to tie the knot, but first, the groom has to make his way in on horseback, courtesy of Enchanted Carriage, for the baraat procession. Check out the vibrant and amazing floral and decor details from this ceremony. The mandap is simple and breathtaking all at once and all of the floral elements are just out-of-this-world. Erin Shimazu Photography really snapped up some beautiful shots from this unforgettable event, and seriously though, how sweet is the final shot of our bride's beautifully mehndied hand (expertly done by Henna Dil Se) in her groom? There's plenty more to see in the gallery, so make sure you check it out. 

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On the wedding style:

"We began designing our wedding based on two ideas.


1. Vishal wanted to use Chicago Bears (blue & orange) colors because he's from Chicago


2. Eswari's favorite story is Alice in Wonderland so she wanted to incorporate some subtle whimsical hints of this classic storybook

For the wedding ceremony we kept with the Alice in Wonderland theme by doing an outdoor garden ceremony and creating a mandap made of vines and flowers. For the ceremony we went with the traditional orange, magenta, and red colors. We decided we could weave the orange into the evening to meet Vishal's requirements of using blue and orange. We did the reception indoors and used blue dyed orchids and orange tulips to create the blue and orange theme that vishal wanted. To weave in the Alice in Wonderland theme, we created signature cocktails (Aviation aka The Looking Glass & Old Fashioned aka the Oldhatter), Eat Me tags for the Donuts (in lieu of a cake to keep it whimsical), Drink Me tags for the champagne, and a whimsical set up for the escort cards. Each escort card was created out a playing card and then all of the escort cards were inserted into a bed of wheat grass accented with flowers."

Don't miss out on the amazing reception details coming up next, my dears!

 

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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


Los Angeles, CA Indian Wedding by Erin Shimazu Photography

Welcome back, dolls! Erin Shimazu Photography took some super amazing portraits of our bride and groom and their wedding party. Today's Maharani looks super in her bridal lengha, and the detailed shot showing off her mehndi by Henna Dil Se is just beautiful. The groom is striking in his clean, white suit, and his entourage of groomsmen are smokin' in their traditional sherwanis. I'm loving the magenta bridesmaid's saris with their delicate, silver accents. Looks like everything is coming together in the fashion department for this memorable event. In just a bit, we'll check out the baraat, and the groom's ride by Enchanted Carriage, plus some great floral and decor details from the ceremony. For now, head to the gallery

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The proposal story:

"Eswari headed out that morning to meet her friend, Tana, for brunch at John O'Groats. However, when she arrived at the restaurant she found Vishal standing there with a mischevious smile and a table for two. Eswari began to suspect that Vishal was going to propose, but Vishal insisted that he just wanted to suprise her and take her out since she had a stressful week. Eswari, confused yet intrigued, played along and decided to see where this day would go.

After a delicious brunch, Vishal did not propose.... Instead, he asked Eswari to get in her car and meet him at the restaurant where his parents first met her. Shortly after, they both met at Ugo's in Culver City and spent the afternoon chatting over cocktails. After they got the check, he asked Eswari to hop in her car and meet him on the corner of Westwood and Pico. Eswari, still confused, found herself at Guitar Center where Vishal bought her a keyboard stand that he had promised to get her over a year ago so she could play his keyboard. Touched by the gesture, Eswari decided that Vishal had set up this whole day just for the keyboard stand and wasn't going to propose after all.

However, the day wasn't quite done yet. Vishal had been telling Eswari all day that he was planning to cook a nice dinner at home later that night, and that it would be fun to grab dessert before hand. So they got in the car, but Vishal wouldn't tell Eswari where they were headed for dessert. They pulled up to Sarah the Wine Bar, one of Eswari's favorite restaurants, but the sign said it was closed. Eswari was fixated on the fact that the restaurant was closed and Vishal had to force her to go inside only to find a table all set with a beautiful arrangement of flowers. Before Eswari could comprehend what was going on, Vishal dropped on one knee and proposed!"

See you in just a bit ladies!

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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


Los Angeles, CA Indian Wedding by Erin Shimazu Photography

Hi there, gals! Let's start off the day with some gorgeous shots from this pre-wedding celebration captured by Erin Shimazu Photography. Today's bride is looking particularly colorful and absolutely adorable in her vibrant anarkaliHenna Dil Se worked the mehndi magic on our bride at this trendy soiree. I love the glitter-dipped wine glasses as votives and the playful shot of the happy couple with the cigars. For more details from this event, head to the gallery

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Our bride's love story:

"The night started off uneventfully. Vishal stopped off at a local bar, The Wellesbourne, on his way home after a long day. While waiting for his roommate, Darren, to meet him, Vishal tried to strike up a conversation with a beautiful Indian girl, who promptly did not notice. Eswari was seemingly too focused on her friends and getting her wine.


Even after Vishal's roommate got there, he kept trying to make eye contact with Eswari. However, she stubbornly continued to be clueless. Twenty minutes went by before Eswari finally noticed a guy with a charming smile sitting at the bar and checking her out. Her friend, Tana, promptly forced her to go on back up to the bar, order a drink, and see what would happen.


Vishal teased Eswari about getting another glass of wine so soon, and before they knew it two hours had passed and they were clearly hitting it off. The chemistry was instant! It took her about an hour to figure out he was Indian, but it took him about a month to figure out how to say her name right, so we’ll call that even. Like a gentleman, Vishal asked her to write down her number (and name, spelled phonetically) on a red napkin, and a week later they went on their first date."

I'll be back with some gorgeous wedding portraits, so don't be a stranger!

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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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