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Virginia Nepali/Indian Wedding by Akbar Sayed Photography

Welcome back to the final installment of Arjoo and Sharath’s amazingly gorgeous wedding celebration out of Virginia! We’ve reaching the grand finale reception soiree, and we’re jumping with joy at all the fun-filled shots! The glamorous bride switched sartorial gears into an angelic white gown, and we’re loving this mix of Eastern and Western fashions. Makeup by Ana B sparkled the bride up with glowing skin, glittery lips and of course, a bombshell ‘do! The groom looked dapper in a rock star worthy white tux. Talk about a gorg couple! Platinum Wedding and Decor transformed The Westin Alexandria venue into a violet wonderland, and we are obsessing over the lovely combo of candles, uplighting, and oodles of blooms. Pure romance! To amp up the wedding fun, Live Sound Entertainment brought in some turntables and blasted tunes until the wee hours of the morning! We loved witnessing the jam packed dance floor with elated guests celebrating the duo on their newlywed status. Akbar Sayed Photography captured every delightful shot, and all the images can be found in the complete gallery. Also, make sure to scroll below for all the inside scoop from Arjoo herself!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Sharath and I met in January 2009 while Sharath was in town for President Obama's inauguration. Sharath was staying at my best friend's (Jenny) house (he was friends with her brother) for the inauguration and I came over that day just to hang out at her place.  Prior to me going over, Jenny said to me "Jason's friend Sharath is here, you know what, I bet he is going to like you, you are definitely his type." As soon as I saw him, I instantly liked him and little did I know, he was attracted to me also :). Sharath then walked into the kitchen where Jenny's mom was cooking and he started talking about food and culture. Sharath told Jenny's mom who is also South Indian, "I've always wanted to go to Tibet and see the Himalayas." As soon as I heard him say that, I thought, I should tell him I'm from Nepal!!! So i popped out of the other room and yelled out , "I could be your sherpa." Sharath and I remained friends for the next couple of years as he lived in Atlanta and I liked in Maryland. Sharath came into town for Jason's wedding four years later and after the wedding is when we started chatting more on Facebook and then we decided to start dating. I always admired Sharath as Jenny's and her family has such great things to say about him and so once we started talking more on Facebook and I realized we have similar characteristics, I definitely knew he was the one then :).

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Since we both met at Obama's first inauguration and started dating at his second, Sharath knew proposing in front of the White House would be a great idea! So before Obama left office, Sharath proposed to me the day before my birthday and secretly we were hoping Michelle and Barack were watching!!!

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.
I have always loved weddings and grew up dreaming about my wedding! I planned the wedding in seven months with the help of our wedding planner.  I have been to and been in many weddings that I already knew what I wanted in terms of outfits and vendors. I let Sharath choose the colors and he wanted purple and gold (Kobe fan). I've always wanted to wear a wedding gown as I grew up wearing Nepali clothes since I was younger, so I knew that would be my reception outfit. I wanted my ceremony outfit to be a typical Nepali outfit but made sure to have a life size print out of me wearing a South Indian outfit and Sharath wearing a Nepali outfit, to incorporate both cultures. I only had one make up and hair trial and I decided to book Make up by Ana B right away. Not only was I so happy with my hair and make up looks, they made everyone in our bridal party and our cousins look phenomenal! I believe I was able to have a stress free day because I loved my hair and make up and because everything ran on time :).

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew I wanted a blush color for my wedding gown and was so happy with what I found!

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I think the most enjoyable part was having vendors who understood our vision and made me feel very special during the whole process.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
We had a 375 person wedding, so I was particularly scared it wouldn't be organized however all our guests have said everything was so organized and they loved the overall ambiance of the wedding. They also loved the skit that the bridesmaids, friends and family performed!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
During the ceremony, I loved that Sharath and I were just having fun at the Mandap! Nepali weddings are very long (2-3 hours), so I was nervous it would "drag out", however since we knew our priest and our families were on stage with us, we were able to laugh and smile the whole time. Another special moment was when our bridesmaids, friends and family choreographed a surprise 17 minute dance for us, it blew us away!! It was amazing!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6kh4s5PMX0&t=24s

For events other than your ceremony, please tell us as much as you would like about the decor, style, dances, and all the special details.
I always wanted a white dance floor and I got the biggest one, which I loved!! It went so well with the decor and the bridesmaids outfits :).

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Make sure you pick vendors who really love their job. I believe our wedding went so well because all the vendors were professional and had so much experience that they could solve their own issues without any of us knowing about it! Also, on the day of, give all your worries and tasks to your wedding planner and vendors. It is so important to just be in the moment and soak in all the love in the room.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
My Mehndi artist, Shazia, was so amazingly sweet and patient. She made me feel so calm during the whole mehndi day and did an amazing job with everyones Mehndi!
The Westin were very accommodating to all of our needs, they had a room available for whatever we needed, a whole hair and make up suite for 20 ppl in the morning, an after party room all set up, tea and break rooms throughout the day.

Thank you Arjoo! We'll be back with another incredible wedding feature tomorrow!

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Photography: Akbar Sayed Photography | Venues: The Westin Alexandria | Floral & Decor: Platinum Wedding and Decor | Cinematography: Akbar Sayed Photography | Planning & Design: Seven Ivory Brides | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Ana B | Baraat: Live Sound Entertainment | Catering: Bombay Tandoor | DJ: Live Sound Entertainment | Lighting: Live Sound Entertainment | Dance Floor: Live Sound Entertainment | Bridal Fashion | White Dress: Bridal Boutique of Columbia Maryland-Essence Of Australia | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Outfits: Cbazaar | Wedding Rings: Mervis Diamond Importers | Cake & Treats: Sonia’s Cakes | Mehndi: Henna by Shazia | Officiant: Ragu Aryal |


Virginia Nepali/Indian Wedding by Akbar Sayed Photography

All the matrimonial action of Arjoo and Sharath begins in this post! We were jazzed to witness all the excitement in these sweethearts’ smiles as the baraat kicked off and took over the streets of Alexandria. Sharath was a dapper Raja as he showed off his best bhangra moves surrounded by his posse of ladies and gents. Not to be left out the action, Maharani Arjoo giggled and sashayed as she oversaw the commotion from her bridal suite at The Westin Alexandria. As Sharath took his place at the coral, bedazzled mandap courtesy of the artists at Platinum Wedding and Decor, he eagerly awaited his bride. Stunning Arjoo certainly did not disappoint, and as she floated down the aisle surrounded by lavish floral arrangements, she resembled a fairy Princess. Her hair and makeup by Makeup by Ana B glowed in the candlelight, and her smile warmed the hearts of every guest. The duo were soon pronounced Mr. and Mrs., and the smiles on their faces when they sealed the deal are so swoon worthy! Join us reliving the beautiful moments by perusing the full gallery of snaps by Akbar Sayed Photography.

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The purple wonderland reception soiree coming right up!

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Photography: Akbar Sayed Photography | Venues: The Westin Alexandria | Floral & Decor: Platinum Wedding and Decor | Cinematography: Akbar Sayed Photography | Planning & Design: Seven Ivory Brides | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Ana B | Baraat: Live Sound Entertainment | Catering: Bombay Tandoor | DJ: Live Sound Entertainment | Lighting: Live Sound Entertainment | Dance Floor: Live Sound Entertainment | Bridal Fashion | White Dress: Bridal Boutique of Columbia Maryland-Essence Of Australia | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Outfits: Cbazaar | Wedding Rings: Mervis Diamond Importers | Cake & Treats: Sonia’s Cakes | Mehndi: Henna by Shazia | Officiant: Ragu Aryal |


Virginia Nepali/Indian Wedding by Akbar Sayed Photography

We’re gallivanting off to Alexandria, VA today for the nuptials of darling Arjoo and Sharath. They had the epitome of a big, fat Indian bash at The Westin Alexandria and we are swooning over every pristine detail. Arjoo was a vision in her silky red sari. Our favorite detail was her full sleeved, silk blouse. It was such a unique touch that elevated her look to a whole new level of elegance. Her glam squad from Makeup by Ana B fluttered their magic brushes, and Arjoo’s resulting beauty look was 100% bombshell. We were cooing in delight over the couple’s first look photos on the streets of Alexandria. These lovebirds have such sparkling chemistry, and their strong connection is evident in each of these precious photos! While the couple took some pre-ceremony portraits, a buzz swirled in the air as family and friends filed into The Westin Alexandria for the ceremony. In our next post we’ll cover each lovely ceremonial moment and share the gorg decor by Platinum Wedding and Decor. In the meantime, Akbar Sayed Photography snapped the most stunning photos of the action, and you can find all the lovely stills in the full gallery.

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Hurry back! More beautiful moments coming up!

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Photography: Akbar Sayed Photography | Venues: The Westin Alexandria | Floral & Decor: Platinum Wedding and Decor | Cinematography: Akbar Sayed Photography | Planning & Design: Seven Ivory Brides | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Ana B | Baraat: Live Sound Entertainment | Catering: Bombay Tandoor | DJ: Live Sound Entertainment | Lighting: Live Sound Entertainment | Dance Floor: Live Sound Entertainment | Bridal Fashion | White Dress: Bridal Boutique of Columbia Maryland-Essence Of Australia | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Outfits: Cbazaar | Wedding Rings: Mervis Diamond Importers | Cake & Treats: Sonia’s Cakes | Mehndi: Henna by Shazia | Officiant: Ragu Aryal |


Miami, FL Styled Indian Wedding Shoot by Alain Martinez Photography

In our last post, we featured a styled Indian ceremony shoot featuring some of the most gorgeous florals we’ve ever seen. We truly didn’t think they could be topped since they were so lush and fabulous! Imagine our amazement when we witnessed these va-va-voom reception editorial photos planned by the talents at Sonal J. Shah Event Consultants. Featuring a life size peacock installation and dangling crystals topped with blooms, these centerpieces take the cake for the most beautiful we’ve ever seen! We guarantee that if you take inspiration from these pics, your own reception celebrations will end your wedding festivities with a bang. The Loews Miami Beach Hotel venue had a whimsical meets glam theme designed by the artists of Xquisite Event Productions. Each table featured enormous floral masterpieces, with the crowning glory of the space being the magnificent table length peacock constructed entirely from fresh buds. This creative avian concept is sure to delight every single guest! The bride was as gorgeous as ever in bombshell makeup and hair by BridalGal  - they’re truly masters at their craft. This Maharani indeed looked like royalty with shiny jewelry and an elegant pink lehenga by Le Trend Boutique. Of course no reception party would be complete without a delectable wedding cake, and Ana Paz Cakes knocked it out of the park with their white, crystal studded creation. We’ve been staring at these photos all morning and we can’t pick just one favorite! Alain Martinez Photography has managed to leave our jaws hanging with the amazing captures. Immerse yourself in this beautiful Indian wedding celebration shoot in our full gallery.

So much luscious inspiration! We hope you all enjoyed this beautiful shoot!

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Planning & Design: Sonal J. Shah Event Consultants | Hair & Makeup: BridalGal | Venue: Loews Miami Beach Hotel | Floral & Decor: Xquisite Event Productions | DJ: DJ Suhel | Bridal Fashions: Le Trend Boutique | Bridal Jewelry: Le Trend Boutique | Cake & Treats: Ana Paz Cakes | Cinematography: Ray Roman Films | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Ceci New York | Lighting and Staging: Evoga Event Productions | Rentals: Events on the Loose | Photographer: Alain Martinez Photography |


Miami, FL Styled Indian Wedding Shoot by Alain Martinez Photography

Today we’re sharing a styled ceremony shoot planned by Sonal J. Shah Event Consultants that’s every designer’s dream come true! We can’t stop swooning over every single detail in this whimsical, feminine event captured by Alain Martinez Photography. Xquisite Event Productions dazzled our senses with their sensational floral and decor stylings: oodles of lush roses, art deco chairs, and cascading orchids were only the tip of the iceberg when it came to the exquisite details found in this outdoor ceremony ambiance. The setup truly had a glamorous Midas touch intermixed with Bollywood flair, and our hearts are fluttering over all the beauty! The towering mandap reigned supreme, and appeared to have fallen out the pages of a fairytale. Once again, the lovely Maharani shined in her petal pink lehenga, and the makeup and hair artistry by BridalGal shimmered under the Miami sunshine. We are obsessing over each and every photo of this lovely bride surrounded by fluffy clouds of pale florals and sparkling details. Peruse the full gallery of snaps by Alain Martinez Photography to bask in the gorgeousness.

Coming right up: a reception setup that will take your breath away!

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Planning & Design: Sonal J. Shah Event Consultants | Hair & Makeup: BridalGal | Venue: Loews Miami Beach Hotel | Floral & Decor: Xquisite Event Productions | DJ: DJ Suhel | Bridal Fashions: Le Trend Boutique | Bridal Jewelry: Le Trend Boutique | Cake & Treats: Ana Paz Cakes | Cinematography: Ray Roman Films | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Ceci New York | Lighting and Staging: Evoga Event Productions | Rentals: Events on the Loose | Photographer: Alain Martinez Photography |


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