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Greensboro, NC, Indian Wedding by CB Art Photography

We love receptions that look like an extension of the ceremony, because is there a better way to make everything look put-together? K.I. Weddings chose to retain some key elements from the ceremony, like the floral dome, the gold frames behind the mandap, and all the blush pink accents. Prashe Decor further primped up Meridian Convention and Event Center by placing a gazillion floating candles within individual crystal candelabras on the stage, and a whole lot of lavender lighting to bring out the glint in the crystal tablescapes. Four lovely white and gold tiers of cake sat on a square rosette-adorned blush pink base, a marvel in the name of a cake by Edible Artistry. Payal gleamed in an all-white ensemble with tulle embellished overlays, and twirled with her sweetheart who donned a black tuxedo paired with casual suede loafers. The soiree turned into a musical fest with singer Hemang Thakkar from Rhythm of Dreams, and Anis Chandani on the flute, and DJ Prashant Poudyal coaxed the guests into putting on their dancing shoes with his fab beats! The reception also featured an aerialist from Triad Aerial Artists, who performed during the cocktail hour, and a caricature artist created amusing drawings for the guests. “It was so much fun to come up with these particulars and watching them come to life on the day of,” gushed Payal! Browse through the gallery showcasing the incredibly talented work of CB Art Photography

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That concludes Payal and Viral’s wedding extravaganza, one that left us speechless to say the least. We caught up with Payal to get the inside scoop of her wedding planning and the entire experience. Here's what she had to say:

 

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I was lucky enough to be able to go to India twice last year in order to shop for the wedding. Unfortunately, I did not have any luck finding my "dream" lengha at any shop with ready made clothing. My cousin recommended a design studio that she had used for her own wedding and I decided to give it a shot. It worked out perfectly because I was able to choose the fabric, color, pattern, and dupatta to my exact specifications.

 

For events other than your ceremony, tell us as much as you would like about the decor, style, dances, and all the special details.
I have done a lot of bollywood dances growing up, and one in particular that I performed at a competition was Saath Samundar. I still have the outfit I wore and my niece actually wore that outfit and did the exact same dance as me. The thing that made it even more special was the actual dance i performed was playing in the screen behind her.

We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
For the ceremony, I knew I always wanted to use a blush pink color scheme. Pink was my late maternal grandmother's favorite color(her name was also Gulab!). I also wore some of her jewelry on the wedding day and incorporated photos of her and my paternal grandparents into my bouquet. It was so important to me to be able to honor them and include them in one of the biggest days of my life.

 

Same place, same time, different wedding - come back tomorrow to be visually inspired! 

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Planning & Design: K.I. Weddings | Hair & Makeup: Belladev Hair and Makeup Artistry | Floral & Decor: Prashe Decor | Cinematography: Memories Films | Venue: Meridian Convention and Event Center | Photography: CB Art Photography & Cinematography | Catering: Om Foods Catering and Nasta | Cake & Treats: Edible Artistry | DJ: DJ Prashant


Greensboro, NC, Indian Wedding by CB Art Photography

If you confused Payal and Viral’s Welcome Night and Vidhi/ Satak for their ceremony, we won’t blame you - it was just that elaborate! But it was the Mehndi and the ceremony that turned things up a notch. Bringing in a whiff of ghazal and Sufi, Prashe Decor alternated a rich sea green with ochre yellow for the drapes, and the area dedicated to the bride featured yellow seating and embroidered pink bolsters. The indoor ceremony was a total sea change in terms of overall look, and K.I. Weddings perfectly carried out Payal’s vision of a blush pink color scheme. Pink was Payal’s late maternal grandmother's favorite color (her name was also Gulab!), so naturally, it was central to the ceremony. The entrance, aisle, and mandap, were all doused in roses and bouquets, with floating candles inside crystal vases adorning the aisle. Minimalistic chic gold frames with candles placed on the rim constituted the backdrop of the mandap, one that glowed owing to the overhead white floral dome with an accompanying chandelier. Just when we were barely done swooning over all the decor gorgeousness, Maharani Payal stole the show in an intricately embroidered blush pink blouse and red lehenga, topped off with a gold tulle dupatta. You could from one glance that the Kundan jewelry was no ordinary set, and Payal confirmed that they belonged to her grandmother. Payal’s girl squad coordinated in gold blouses and organza lehengas, also in blush pink, and the men were equally glamorous in their beige kurtas and baby pink vests. Meridian Convention and Event Center hosted this ball of a wedding, where Om Foods Catering & Nasta served authentic Gujarati delicacies to the guests. To be fascinated for the fourth consecutive event, check out the photos from their gallery featuring stunning stills by CB Art Photography.

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Yep, you guessed it right, in the next post, we’ll be featuring the final bash of this fete, the reception! Stay glued to Maharani Weddings to savor this beautiful event until the very end, and hear all about the planning journey from the bride herself! 

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Planning & Design: K.I. Weddings | Hair & Makeup: Belladev Hair and Makeup Artistry | Floral & Decor: Prashe Decor | Cinematography: Memories Films | Venue: Meridian Convention and Event Center | Photography: CB Art Photography & Cinematography | Catering: Om Foods Catering and Nasta | Cake & Treats: Edible Artistry | DJ: DJ Prashant


Greensboro, NC, Indian Wedding by CB Art Photography

Some of the most splendid, lively, and opulent celebrations we’ve come across are Gujarati weddings. They brim with vibrancy and details, and we love how age-old customs are held up, albeit in a modern setting. In recent times, a standout Gujarati wedding that we got to witness was Payal and Viral’s, brought to life by the dream team - the planners, K.I. Weddings, cinematography by Memories Films, and CB Art Photography. In addition to the ceremony and reception, they hosted a Mehndi night, a Welcome Dinner, and in keeping with the rituals, a Vidhi & Saatak event. Each event was more glorious than the previous one, resulting in what Payal described as a “labor of love.” The Welcome Night at the Meridian Convention and Event Center was a Bollywood themed spectacle - musical, melodramatic, and zesty. Bollywood magic was replicated, with the faces of Payal and Viral’s families photoshopped onto movie posters, and the groom's table had a custom Bollywood movie linen with bottles of Thumbs Up, Limca and fresh sugarcane juice. Prashe Decor did such a thorough job with details - upturned ethnic umbrellas were suspended from the ceiling, antique lamps and lanterns with colorful lights were placed around display setups, and iconic Bollywood movie posters in postcard sizes were hung along with string lights. Om Foods Catering & Nasta set up interesting stalls that sounded very scrumptious, like a Thirst Aid Station and Indian Street Food! Payal made for the most chic and comfortable-looking bride we’ve seen, in a tangerine lehenga paired with what seemed like a crop top, in bright blue. Her beau matched in a thread-embroidered floral vest worn over a light grey kurta. The next event was the traditional Vidhi and Saatak, which featured many rituals, a Haldi ceremony, and close-knit festivities. Yellow reigned supreme over the decor, and both Payal and her family wore coordinated outfits with a pop of jade green. Belladev Studio Hair and Makeup outdid themselves by giving Payal a distinctive, suitable look for every event, sometimes even two a day - kudos to their styling expertise! Check out all the wonderful photos through their gallery

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No one does festive like the Gujaratis, and you need to take a look at the Mehndi and ceremony to believe it. Swing by the blog soon because the next post will have all the details! 

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Planning & Design: K.I. Weddings | Hair & Makeup: Belladev Hair and Makeup Artistry | Floral & Decor: Prashe Decor | Cinematography: Memories Films | Venue: Meridian Convention and Event Center | Photography: CB Art Photography & Cinematography | Catering: Om Foods Catering and Nasta | Cake & Treats: Edible Artistry | DJ: DJ Prashant


Houston, TX, Indian Wedding by A&A Video Productions

Three words: Oh. So. Glam! We fully resonated with Sruthy when she said “this was very different from anything we had seen before”, about her reception. You’d think black and white are boring and passé, but only Electric Karma could make black and white look like the ultimate wow factor! While the main backdrop were essentially just pleated black and white panels, Rao Factor incorporated hints of deep aubergine through the lighting, a personalized dance floor decal, and the centerpieces. The white and blush blooms were in perfect sync with the five tiered cake from Supreme Kakes, and the rosy macaron tower. Each tier was separated using crystal drops, and while the designs were symmetric based on the tier, the middlemost was adorned with pale pink rosettes. Sruthy’s cream ensemble with intricate champagne beading was the right pick for the occasion and the color scheme, and Ankur contrasted in a spiffy cobalt blue tuxedo accentuated with a satin black bow tie. DJ Yogi from Karma DJ’s really brought the house down with his upbeat spinning, ending this extravagant bash on a note of fun and frolic! You know you want to devour this gorgeousness, and we’re here to enable that - head to the gallery to go over every detail by A&A Video Productions, bit by bit!

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Honestly, this wedding was so festive, it totally put us in weekend mode! But don't you worry because we’ll sure make you go TGIF with the wedding we have in store for tomorrow - come back soon! Until then, here's an excerpt from our conversation with Sruthy: 

 

Do you have a super romantic proposal story or engagement memory?
Three days before my birthday, Ankur told me he had a surprise for me but I had to be up and ready by 5:00am on a Saturday. Of course I was curious, but didn't ask too many questions. I probably guessed about 100 locations he was taking me to, none of which were correct. We finally arrived at an open field where I learned we'd be going on a Hot Air Balloon ride! We soared over beautiful greenery in Houston area in the Hot Air Balloon, and once we were high up in the air, he popped the question and I said "YES!"


Tell us about your wedding style. When you sat down to really figure out how your dream wedding would look, did you start with one central color, a palette of colors, or a theme that served as your inspiration?

We wanted a different feel for each of our three big events. For the Sangeet & Garba, we wanted rich and vibrant colors. For our ceremony, we wanted something soft and elegant.  For the wedding, we went with a soft coral color accented with whites, golds, and beiges. For our reception, we wanted something chic and evening elegant. This was very different from anything we had seen before.I had a general vision of what I wanted, but the specifics were fine tuned throughout the planning process with major help from my decorator and sister. For the Sangeet, we ended up going with blues, greens, and fuschias.


How did you choose your lengha or lenghas? Did you work with a certain designer? Did you spend hours on the internet first?
I went to Almas Tejani Desi Couture for all of my outfits. I had great experiences with her before for my sister's wedding, so I knew she was just the person to go to. I picked out my Sangeet and Ceremony outfits off the rack. I fell in love with both of them the moment I tried them on. I spent some time on the internet looking for how I wanted my custom reception outfit to look. I found the perfect gown design and worked with Almas to get it made. It came out better than I imagined!


Looking back, was there a really special moment that you remember from your wedding that stands out as the most magical?
My favorite moment from the wedding was at the Muhurtham time during the ceremony. This is the moment when the sheet between us came down and we finally saw one another. It was highly anticipated and incredibly special.

 

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Planning & Design: Electric Karma International | DJ: Karmadjs | Floral & Decor: RAOFACTOR | Cinematography: A&A Video Productions | Photography: A&A Video Productions | Venues: Royal Sonesta | Hair & Makeup: Blush and Glow | Catering: Bombay Brasserie | Catering: Madras Pavilion | Cake & Treats: Supreme Kakes | Mehndi Artists: Hina Khan Mehndi | Bridal Fashion: Almas Tejani Desi Couture


Houston, TX, Indian Wedding by A&A Video Productions

We knew we were in for a treat when Sruthy used the words “chic and elegant” to describe her ceremony! Challenge us to walk away from such a setup without gasping, and we’d probably fail miserably; for good reason though, because soft hues work every single time! More so when Electric Karma orchestrates the event, and teams up with Rao Factor for floral and decor work. A dreamy, glossy white aisle with coral petals all over, and antique gold flower vases alongside, made for the perfect entryway to a blush pink mandap that was divided into three panels. All three had minimal floral arches, and featured heavy pleats on the drapes. The monochromatic look really made Sruthy and Ankur stand out, who were decked up in ornate cream, red, and gold ensembles. “Blush & Glow perfected the subtle and sophisticated hair and makeup look I had in my mind”, said the very pleased Sruthy. Their respective squads looked adorable with the girls in turquoise saris and the groomsmen in cream kurtas and teal raw silk vests. Not only did this ceremony look super cohesive and organized, it also set the tone for the equally sophisticated reception later that night. You’re going to find a ton of inspiration, especially for creative portraits, thanks to the imaginative talents from A&A Video Productions. Be sure to swing by Sruthy & Ankur’s gallery!

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Did you notice how each event at this wedding stole the show in its unique way? Well, the reception was no exception! More on the tasteful soirée and a convo with the bride herself in the next post! 

 

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Planning & Design: Electric Karma International | DJ: Karmadjs | Floral & Decor: RAOFACTOR | Cinematography: A&A Video Productions | Photography: A&A Video Productions | Venues: Royal Sonesta | Hair & Makeup: Blush and Glow | Catering: Bombay Brasserie | Catering: Madras Pavilion | Cake & Treats: Supreme Kakes | Mehndi Artists: Hina Khan Mehndi | Bridal Fashion: Almas Tejani Desi Couture


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