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San Mateo, CA Indian Wedding by Joseph Pascua Photography

Joseph Pascua Photography has delivered amazing detail after amazing detail from today's Indian wedding event at the San Mateo Marriott, and these post-ceremony highlights from Puja and Chetan's reception are the cherry on this Desi wedding sundae! Maharani Puja wowed in a bright pink lengha in her and Chetan's portraits as well as on the dance floor, and Thuy Dekor's decorative touch made the evening extra special! If you're still searching for more of this extraordinary affair, you can find everything your heart desires in the complete gallery!

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Maharani Puja, on her and Chetan's first dance song pick:

"Chetan and I slow danced to At Last by Etta James. We picked this song because of exactly what the lyrics say, " At last my love has come along and life is like a song.""

On the role family and friends played:

"There would have been no wedding without them! Our families were a part of everything from the proposal to the last song at the reception. For Chetan, because his dad passed away, his mom did everything for him. She was his biggest support system. And for me, I had my parents/siblings behind me in the US and my relatives in India who helped me with all the shopping, etc. They were my rock-they held me together. My mamaji from India also performed a traditional saant (prayer) on the day of my banaa/mendhi."

How lovely was today's featured wedding, my dears? We'll see you tomorrow for another fabulous affair!

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Photography: Joseph Pascua Photography | Venues: San Mateo Marriott | Venue (Pre-Wedding): Sneha South & North Indian Restaurant | Day-Of Coordinator: 2 Friends Events | Decor: Thuy Dekor | Hair & Makeup: Mishal Sahdev Beauty Studio | Catering: Sansar Indian Restaurant | DJ: Bol Punjab De | Wedding Cake: Cake Expressions | Mehndi Artist: Keyuri's | Transportation: Antique Limousine Service | Sitar Player: Joanna Mack


San Mateo, CA Indian Wedding by Joseph Pascua Photography

Today's Indian bride and groom tied the knot in a breathtaking, outdoor ceremony at the San Mateo Marriott, and the fabulous photographers from Joseph Pascua Photography have delivered up the most stunning highlights from the event! Maharani Puja called on Thuy Dekor to create an elegant setting with delightful floral and decor details and 2 Friends Events to make sure the day went off without a hitch! Sitar player, Joanna Mack, added to the elegant event with live music and today's adorable duo were the picture of perfection under their makeshift mandap as they exchanged jai malas and I dos. In just a bit, we'll dive right into the incredible post-ceremony details from Puja and Chetan's reception, but before we do, make sure to visit the complete gallery for more from this beautiful Indian wedding ceremony in San Mateo, California!

Maharani Puja, on what she loved most about planning her Desi dream wedding:

"I loved all of it. I am a perfectionist and I planned everything to the T. I even created the timeline my day of coordinators used in 5-10 minute increments to ensure everything I wanted/needed was done. Because I knew I planned it, it was the most stress-free event in my life and I got to enjoy every minute of the events. If you ask Chetan, it was probably the cake tasting."

On her ceremony style:

"Thuy Dekor did my decor and floral arrangements/bouquet. She carried out my vision exactly how I wanted her too. My biggest thing was I had to use real flowers for everything and she helped me stay in my budget while using real flowers. She also created a floral Ganesh ji for our ceremony, replicating the Ganesh ji on my wedding cards.

We had a live sitar player, Joanna Mack, who played during the ceremony. I always felt like sitar during a ceremony is so elegant and she did an amazing job."

On her most memorable wedding day moment:

"There is one picture after the ceremony is over, before the pandit is going to announce us as husband and wife. Chetan is smiling his usual smile and I have the biggest smile on my face and I'm looking directly at the camera. Thinking about it makes me tear up, but it was at that moment that I was the happiest. I had just married the most amazing man."

Don't miss out on the party perfect details from our newlyweds reception, next!

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Photography: Joseph Pascua Photography | Venues: San Mateo Marriott | Venue (Pre-Wedding): Sneha South & North Indian Restaurant | Day-Of Coordinator: 2 Friends Events | Decor: Thuy Dekor | Hair & Makeup: Mishal Sahdev Beauty Studio | Catering: Sansar Indian Restaurant | DJ: Bol Punjab De | Wedding Cake: Cake Expressions | Mehndi Artist: Keyuri's | Transportation: Antique Limousine Service | Sitar Player: Joanna Mack


San Mateo, CA Indian Wedding by Joseph Pascua Photography

Before tying the knot with a gorgeous outdoor ceremony at the San Mateo Marriott, today's blushing Indian bride got ready to meet up wit the Raja of her dreams and Joseph Pascua Photography for a fabulous first look photo shoot that was as sweet as can be! Maharani Puja enlisted beauty expert, Mishal Sahdev Beauty Studio, to deliver flawless hair and makeup on her big day, and dazzled in her bridal pick — a vibrant red and gold anarkali with aubergine and violet accents. Her hubby-to-be, Chetan, complemented her handsomely in an ivory sherwani and red pants, and in just a bit we'll be tikka deep in the happy couple's incredible Indian wedding ceremony highlights! Before we get to those though, head into the complete gallery for an exclusive look at Puja's bridal bouquet by Thuy Dekor!

Maharani Puja, on meeting the Raja of her dreams, Chetan:

"Chetan and I met on shaadi.com. He lived 20 minutes away from me and we both went to San Jose State, but I had never even heard of the guy. It took him about 2 weeks of emailing back and forth to finally call me and after our first conversation, he called me the next day, and then the next until we finally went on our first date.

I don't know if there was an exact thing that said "Puja, its's HIM!" We said our first I love you's about two months in and ever since that day, Chetan made me feel like he was "the one" with every thing he did. He is the most humble, gentle, and caring man I'd met. He makes me smile the hardest and makes me feel like the luckiest woman out there and I knew I had to marry him. We had this thing where I'd always ask, "Are we getting married yet" and he'd say, "In less than 10 years.""

On Chetan's proposal:

"Chetan got my siblings involved and they pretended we were going to have a slumber party at his house. Because it was a long weekend, he said we'd go get sandwiches at a deli I've been wanting to go to for MONTHS and tell my siblings when we were on the way home to meet us. He came to my house in a rented convertible "for the nice drive" and I told him to wait because I was making pancake mix for the morning after our slumber party. He told me to put the directions in for the Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay so we could go on a scenic drive to the deli. We're driving along Highway 1, and he said "change of plans-we're going to the Ritz." I got so mad because I was starving but said ok-because who says no to the Ritz! We park and walk in and he tells me to wait. He goes to the counter and checks in. We walk towards the room and he lets me in first. On the bed is the word "love" spelled out in flowers and I'm just like oh, you're so romantic. Then there's a card on the desk from the Ritz-Carlton reading "Mr & Future Mrs. Kotak." Everything is just so fast that I'm still thinking WHAT and then see him on his knee. I cried, Facetimed my family, and then asked if we could go eat!"

On her customized shoes:

"I LOVED my shoes! My sister and I went shopping in San Francisco and stumbled upon Shoes of Prey which is located inside Nordstrom's. They 100% customize your shoes to exactly how you want — color, style, heel size. They even let you customize the inside soles. Mine had "Mrs. Kotak" and our wedding date."

Meet me back here in a bit for all of our favorite ceremony highlights from Puja and Chetan's Indian wedding in Northern California!

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Photography: Joseph Pascua Photography | Venues: San Mateo Marriott | Venue (Pre-Wedding): Sneha South & North Indian Restaurant | Day-Of Coordinator: 2 Friends Events | Floral & Decor: Thuy Dekor | Hair & Makeup: Mishal Sahdev Beauty Studio | Catering: Sansar Indian Restaurant | DJ: Bol Punjab De | Wedding Cake: Cake Expressions | Mehndi Artist: Keyuri's | Transportation: Antique Limousine Service | Sitar Player: Joanna Mack


San Mateo, CA Indian Wedding by Joseph Pascua Photography

Bay Area Indian bride, Puja, shared some of the most memorable moments from her wedding celebration captured by the talented Joseph Pascua Photography, and today we're giving you an exclusive look at her unforgettable event starting with some vibrant pre-wedding festivities! Maharani Puja kicked her Desi dream wedding off with a collection of pre-wedding celebrations and ceremonies, including a mehndi party where she sat with artist, Ravi Kattura of Keyuri's, and a sangeet at the Sneha South & North Indian Restaurant where she rocked a fabulous turquoise and cream lengha! Later today, we'll meet the Raja of Puja's dreams, Chetan, and revel in the happy couple's Indian wedding highlights from the San Mateo Marriott! In the meantime, head into the complete gallery for a sneak peek at some charming getting ready shots and first look moments!

See you back here in a bit for Puja's big day, my dears!

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Photography: Joseph Pascua Photography | Venues: San Mateo Marriott | Venue (Pre-Wedding): Sneha South & North Indian Restaurant | Day-Of Coordinator: 2 Friends Events | Decor: Thuy Dekor | Hair & Makeup: Mishal Sahdev Beauty Studio | Catering: Sansar Indian Restaurant | DJ: Bol Punjab De | Wedding Cake: Cake Expressions | Mehndi Artist: Keyuri's | Transportation: Antique Limousine Service | Sitar Player: Joanna Mack


Pittsburgh, PA Hindu-Jewish Fusion Wedding by Joey Kennedy Photography

Joey Kennedy Photography is delivering a sensational look into some of today's newlyweds' reception details at the Fox Chapel Golf Club, where TK Event Studio planned the most elegant evening in celebration of their interfaith festivities! Maharani Katherine was the picture of perfection in a vintage-inspired white wedding gown, complete with ostrich feather details plucked straight off of one of Jay Gatsby's fabulous party guests. The team from Mocha Rose Floral and Event Design left an elegant touch on the night with floral and decor elements that were as beautiful as can be, and Katherine flexed her Maharani style muscles with the perfect touch of gold throughout. If you want to see more exclusive highlights from this Hindu-Jewish fusion fairy tale, head into the complete gallery for all the amazing inspiration you can handle!

See you tomorrow, Maharanis! You won't want to miss what's in store!

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DJ: DJ Desi Soundz | Photography: Joey Kennedy Photography | Venue (Hindu Wedding): Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens | Venue (Jewish Wedding): Fox Chapel Golf Club | Planning (Hindu Wedding): Pearl Celebrations | Planning (Jewish Wedding): TK Event Studio | Floral & Decor (Jewish Wedding): Mocha Rose Floral and Event Design | Makeup: Ginger Papp | Hair: Igor Vavilov | Catering (Hindu Wedding): Taj Mahal | DJ (Jewish Wedding): Rock The House | Baraat: Carriage Limousine Service | Wedding Cake (Jewish Wedding): La Gourmandine Bakery | Cinematography: ShoFilms | Transportation: Elite Coach Limousine & Transportation Service | Liquid Nitrogen Bar: Bella Christie and Lil' Z's Sweet Boutique | Officiant (Hindu Wedding): Joshiji | Officiant (Jewish Wedding): Rabbi Sion David


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