Today’s Fusion love story has been captured so magically by Jay Seth Photography that it was only appropriate that we split Amanda and Amid’s celebration into three separate features detailing the special series of events. If you are a bride trying to figure out to merge the culture upbringing of you and your future husband, the attributes detailed here are for you! Amanda kicked off her wedding with the pre ceremony where she donned a gorgeous mustard engulfed sari. This piece of silk was most certainly a nod to the Rajasthani empire and I loved how Jay Seth Photography portrayed it in this light. Celebrating both Amanda and Amid’s background was an important factor. One that planner and designer Urvashi Mishra of Electric Karma East Coast knows well! For her Hindu ceremony held at The Inn at New Hyde Park the bride was festooned by the magical hands of Heena Das Beauty. Bold red lips, glowing skin, and a killer smile was this bride’s forte as she was carried out on a palanquin led by her loved ones. Along the lines of a Rajasthani theme, House of Dipali adorned the venue with a Bollywood theme in mind. Gold pillars with motif architecture designs complete with red drapery sealed the deal. This wedding was just part one of this trifold event and you can find a sneak peek of things to come brimming in the gallery.
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!
Another day, another dhula - join us tomorrow for another fab Indian wedding event!
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.
One last stop for the wedding reception is headed your way!
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!
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!
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!