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Atlanta, GA South Indian Wedding by Alternative Life Photography & Design

Alternative Life Photography & Design shares with us a sensational South Indian wedding at The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North, in Atlanta, Georgia! Here's our lovely bride getting her hair and makeup done by Mytypeofmakeup by Maha Karim. Sporting a traditional long braid, our Maharani looks radiant in bronze and chocolate brown eye shadows, topped off with a glossy rose lip! Gouri turned to Angadi Silks for her beautiful red sari, and Malabar Gold & Diamonds blinged her out in gorgeous jewels. Make sure to check back soon, because we've got lots more in store, but in the meantime, head to the gallery for more beauty tips!

From the bride, on how they met:

"We first met at a Hirshhorn After Hours Party (a Smithsonian Museum). I was there with a couple of my friends and he was there with his. He of course caught my eye. Our first date was the most planned first date I had been on and definitely the longest. We went on a mini golf bar crawl through DC and then had dinner and drinks at a great Thai place.  The day date was around 8 hours long. We went our separate ways as we each had evening plans with friends. By chance we met again that same night at a club with our friends. By far the best date I have ever been on. I knew he was the one after a white water rafting trip about 3-4 months in. I ended up being the only girl and he made sure to make me feel included. He was even willing to cut his trip short for me since I wasn't feeling well.  I got to see all the different sides of Rajesh and I loved them all!"

On the proposal:

"My friends all said that he had set the bar extremely high for all guys.  It was the single most exciting, thrilling and emotional day of my life. I’m not a crier, but I think I cried more in that one day than the rest of my life total. Rajesh had planned an extravagant scavenger hunt throughout the DC area. It was a complete surprise! It included friends flying in, shopping spree, hair blow out, limo filled with all my favorite snacks, a surprise engagement party and so much more!  I don’t think anything will ever come close to this proposal in my entire life. As soon as I get into the limo I hear one of my favorite songs from Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are. This made me very emotional. I get there right as the song was ending and the moment FINALLY arrives!  I’m so excited, nervous, and dying of anticipation. The driver opens up the car door and I see Rajesh in the shadow. And I finally can’t hold it in anymore and the tears don’t stop. The closer I get the more tears come. It was freezing…the wind was blowing like crazy and my hair kept sticking to my freshly glossed lips. He hugs me and I don’t want to let go but he says he has to ask me something. He gets down on one knee and proposes. I don’t remember what he was saying, or how long he spoke or even if I spoke…..but we can safely assume I said Yes. We hugged and kissed and I don’t think I had ever been so happy and emotional in my whole life! We take the limo to dinner at Ceiba, a Latin restaurant. It was really nice. They even made special menus for us, it was pretty cool. At dinner Rajesh said that there was still one more surprise…I couldn’t believe it. What more could he do?!  As we are leaving its start to flurry!! So perfect. We get in and Rajesh gives him directions. I still have no idea where we are going but he says for me to close my eyes as we get closer.  He said he wanted to have a blind fold but forgot to bring it with him. So I close my eyes. We start to go up all these stairs and he finally says I can look and what do I see?!... A HUGE PARTY!!!   It was a surprise engagement party!  I couldn’t believe it. Everyone from the day was there plus many more! It was just so unbelievable!  It was the perfect way to end the most perfect day!"

Ceremony shots are coming up!

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Venues: The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North | Photography: Alternative Life Photography & Design | Hair & Makeup: Mytypeofmakeup by Maha Karim | Ceremony Fashion: Angadi Silks | Bride's Reception Fashion: Samyakk | Groom Fashion: Ahmed's - Banglore India | Bridal Jewelry: Malabar Gold & Diamonds | Cakes & Treats: Publix | Catering: Chopaati | Cocktail Hour and Dinner: Madras Chettinaad


Jaipur Destination Indian Fusion Wedding by Kristin Speed Photography

Let's celebrate with Somya and Nick during their delightful reception at the royal Jai Mahal Palace in Jaipur, India, following their awesome Destination Indian Fusion wedding! Rich in opulence and history, this is a stunning venue— which is enlivened with fresh, white flowers, courtesy of the Diamond Florist. Our Maharani is a striking vision in a champagne-colored sari that glitters to perfection in the night. Kristin Speed Photography takes amazing portraits of our dashing duo as they get ready to embark on their new found adventure as husband and wife! Make sure to visit the gallery to see this international affair in its entirety!

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On special details:

"Our friends were the life of the party! They deserve a special mention - all of our dearest friends flew in from different parts of the world to be a part of our celebration - Duke, Avi & Bobby, Nika & Ollie, Tim, Davinder, Megan & Jake, Eva & Christian, Shirin, Ali, Tyler and Julian - they were the best Baraatis ever! My husband's family also flew in from Nebraska and enjoyed the wedding to the tee. They took genuine interest in the ceremonies, Indian culture and blessed up profusely with their smiles and hearty laughs. It just wouldn't be as much fun as it was without them; really, such a happy bunch! We are lucky to have them."

How incredibly sweet and thoughtful! Have a great rest of your day, girls!

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Photography: Kristin Speed Photography | Sangeet Venue: Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh | Reception Venue: Jai Mahal Palace | Ceremony Bridal Fashion: WovenTree | Ceremony Bridal Jewelry: Dwarkas | Mehndi Ceremony Bridal Jewelry: Amrapali | Reception Floral & Decor: Diamond Florist | Canopy: Lekhraj | Reception Lighting: Shekhawat | Bridal Shoes: Prada | Hair Stylist: Kaya Jaipur | Canopy / Decor for Sisodia Rani ka Bagh: Raja Tents | Sisodia Rani Bagh Lighting: Dhakad | Groom Fashion: Benzer | Groom Shoes: Manyavar Jaipur


Jaipur Destination Indian Fusion Wedding by Kristin Speed Photography

For today's bride, more than one dream comes true on the day of her Destination Indian Fusion wedding in Jaipur, India! Not only does she get to marry her soul mate, but also, she gets wed in the home she grew up in. This is all our Maharani ever wanted. Friends and family from all over the world flew over to see our lovebirds say their I do's at this quaint mandap, which is vibrant beyond words, draped in flowers of every shade! Kristin Speed Photography catches all the heartwarming moments, from the wedding rituals to Somya and Nick looking at each other with love and admiration. See more details from this sentimental lovefest in the gallery!

From the bride, on the wedding style:

"My parents wanted to throw us a big Indian wedding party. Since it was the first wedding in my family, my wish was to let my parents do it their way, their style because aside from our 40 or so guests, rest of the wedding party were their acquaintances. Indians love big parties - it's a come one, come all approach. For three generations now, my family has lived in Jaipur. Naturally, there were many family members and friends that were invited. The guest list was for about a 1000 people split over two days. All I ever wanted, to be honest, was to get married at home; in my childhood home, where I grew up and had all my big milestones and rites of passage. To me, that was enough."

On a special moment during the ceremony:

"I remember the time when my father walked me down the aisle, it was so special. And then, it got funny because I looked at Nick standing on the other side and he said WOW! Instead of hello or hey, he said WOW! It's amazing because Kristin has captured that precise moment and it will always remain so special to me. You got to marry a man that make you laugh!"

What she enjoyed most:

"At the risk of sounding cliché, I enjoyed the feeling of marrying Nick the most. Everyday, that thought excited me more than anything else."

Images from the reception are still ahead!

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Photography: Kristin Speed Photography | Sangeet Venue: Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh | Reception Venue: Jai Mahal Palace | Ceremony Bridal Fashion: WovenTree | Ceremony Bridal Jewelry: Dwarkas | Mehndi Ceremony Bridal Jewelry: Amrapali | Reception Floral & Decor: Diamond Florist | Canopy: Lekhraj | Reception Lighting: Shekhawat | Bridal Shoes: Prada | Hair Stylist: Kaya Jaipur | Canopy / Decor for Sisodia Rani ka Bagh: Raja Tents | Sisodia Rani Bagh Lighting: Dhakad | Groom Fashion: Benzer | Groom Shoes: Manyavar Jaipur


Jaipur Destination Indian Fusion Wedding by Kristin Speed Photography

Feast your eyes on our lovely bride getting all primped and prodded for her big Destination Indian Fusion wedding in Jaipur, India! Kaya Jaipur gives our Maharani a classic updo—traditionally wrapped in beautiful jasmine flowers. And thanks to Kristin Speed Photography, we can sneak a peek at her gorgeous gold jewels, courtesy of Dwarkas, that go along with her pretty red-orange sari—which she found at WovenTree. Equally excited for the main event is the Maharaja of her dreams, who looks oh-so-dapper in his cream-colored sherwani, which he got from Benzer. I can't wait to see their wedding, but in the meantime, see more bridal looks in the gallery!

From the bride, on the fashion:

"Hours and days and weeks on the Internet, yes. But the reason for doing so is the opposite of what one would imagine. Whenever you look up Indian bridal outfits, you see one big flashy outfit after another. It took me weeks to figure out that I will not be buying anything off the 'bridal' shelf. Throughout my life, I have not been overtly consumed by physical appearance and labels. I wanted something that was me - an unbranded, unlabeled, graceful outfit. I worked endlessly with my mother to figure this out. I gave her ideas sitting in London and she got everything done in India. When I finally went home 20 days before the wedding, my mother had already lined up all the outfits for each day of the wedding week. She is really the best mom a girl can ever ask for! And on top of it, as an enviable bonus, she has impeccable taste in clothes. Most of my outfits were mix and match - we bought traditional things but then accessorised them with a twist. A heavy, 9-kilo aari skirt with a silk mandarin collar jacket for example. Adding the jacket meant no necklace and bangles required fitting in perfectly with my minimalist look. At the wedding too, it was a heavy Benaras red sari but we complemented it with a plain red dupatta to sober down the look."

Ceremony shots are right around the corner!

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Photography: Kristin Speed Photography | Sangeet Venue: Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh | Reception Venue: Jai Mahal Palace | Ceremony Bridal Fashion: WovenTree | Ceremony Bridal Jewelry: Dwarkas | Mehndi Ceremony Bridal Jewelry: Amrapali | Reception Floral & Decor: Diamond Florist | Canopy: Lekhraj | Reception Lighting: Shekhawat | Bridal Shoes: Prada | Hair Stylist: Kaya Jaipur | Canopy / Decor for Sisodia Rani ka Bagh: Raja Tents | Sisodia Rani Bagh Lighting: Dhakad | Groom Fashion: Benzer | Groom Shoes: Manyavar Jaipur


Jaipur Destination Indian Fusion Wedding by Kristin Speed Photography

Kristin Speed Photography shares with us a Destination Indian Fusion wedding from Jaipur, India! We start off with the sangeet celebration, which takes place at the majestic Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh. Our Maharani looks beguiling in her red, silk outfit! Somya is all about mixing traditional elements with a fashionable twist, so she accessorized her long skirt with a silk mandarin collar jacket. It goes together perfectly! Her hair is pulled back into a neat bun, letting her true beauty take center stage. And, she's all smiles standing alongside her handsome hubby-to-be, who looks suave in an all black ensemble. This pre-wedding celebration continued with great music, awesome dance numbers, and of course, lots of bright colors! To check out the mehndi party, go to the gallery!

From the bride, on how they met:

"In the oddest of circumstances, I had to relocate from London to Munich while I was working at IBM. At the time, it seemed like such an incoherent move because I had never been to Germany before nor did I speak any German! But now, when we look back on it, we understand how destiny works in sneaky, mysterious ways and how our love story fits in this grand scheme called life. We worked in the same office in Munich and became friends over time. After three months of the 'chase' (as he calls it!), one night I agreed to Nick's offer to take me out to dinner and like they say, the rest is history!"

On the proposal:

"The proposal was a surprise because I was certain that Nick would propose to me when we would go to attend the Oktoberfest in Munich last year. I was already living in London then and Nick was living in Sweden. As is prevalent in Indian culture, Nick first spoke to my dad and asked for his permission. It was romantic because he traveled all the way to India to spend a couple of days with the family. Upon our return from India, he took me to the Shard in London. It's the tallest building in the city and has amazing panoramic views. Overlooking the Tower Bridge, he found us a spectacular table with the most delicious food and after these varieties of bribery, he trapped me forever! <winks!> On one knee and everything in the middle of a restaurant; I was too surprised to remember anything he said after that - all I remember hearing is ..."will you marry me?" Apparently the speech was good!"

On a special moment:

"...The dance that my Mom and Nick did at the Sangeet. My parents visited me in Munich and Nick drove all of us around Europe. We used to listen to this song, Kabira, and my mom could tell that I had fallen hard for Nick. She told me privately then that she will dance to that song with Nick if we got married. It was really emotional, their dance together - my two best friends in celebration mode."

The bride gets ready to be wed, next!

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Photography: Kristin Speed Photography | Sangeet Venue: Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh | Reception Venue: Jai Mahal Palace | Ceremony Bridal Fashion: WovenTree | Ceremony Bridal Jewelry: Dwarkas | Mehndi Ceremony Bridal Jewelry: Amrapali | Reception Floral & Decor: Diamond Florist | Canopy: Lekhraj | Reception Lighting: Shekhawat | Bridal Shoes: Prada | Hair Stylist: Kaya Jaipur | Canopy / Decor for Sisodia Rani ka Bagh: Raja Tents | Sisodia Rani Bagh Lighting: Dhakad | Groom Fashion: Benzer | Groom Shoes: Manyavar Jaipur


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