Every moment of this dreamy wedding film by Anza Foto + Film is jam packed with glitzy charm. Natasha and Asheesh's families hosted an opulent three day celebration that made all the darling couple’s wedding dreams come to life! From the haldi to the reception, every detail was carefully curated for maximum beauty and enjoyment. During the fun filled mehndi, guests enjoyed Mexican catering and ornate Indian decor. We love it when couples experiment with cuisines during their wedding festivities, and guests appreciate a variety of foods during multi day events. During the sangeet, the outside was brought indoors by Mandap Creations, and the ballroom at The Westin at the Woodlands was bursting with life-size trees and street lights. So gorgeous. A highlight of the weekend was the couple taking their traditional vows in a gorgeous outdoor ceremony at the Town Green Park at the Woodlands under a lush mandap. Mandap Creations, Events In Bloom, and Design Wedding Consultants outdid themselves with their dreamy floral and decor! The decadent reception at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott was fit for a Maharani bride, and included lounge areas, flower lined dining tables, and DJs (from Karma DJs) who knew exactly the best jams to get a party of 500 rocking on the dance floor. Hurry and hit play to witness all the glitz and glam of this opulent wedding celebration. We wish Natasha and Asheesh so much happiness on their new journey as husband and wife! For more behind the scenes deets, scroll below for our interview with Maharani Natasha!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met at college at Boston University around May 2011. We dated for about five years, before he proposed. He lived in New Jersey and I lived in Houston. When I decided to move back home after graduation, we decided to do long-distance. We had decided after two years of long distance that he would move to Texas. After a weekend where I was feeling especially down about the distance, I knew he was "the one" when he moved down early (by about a few weeks or so) to surprise me!
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Asheesh kept me guessing of when he was going to propose to me. He didn't give me a time, a day, much less a month. He kept it super vague! Finally, the Friday of my first week at a new job - he surprised me by taking me out to happy hour in Discovery Green. I was super skeptical of him and his sudden need to happy hour, but I followed along. We walked through Discovery Green, and all of a sudden he took my hand and started talking about us as a couple, and our relationship and our future. He told me how he knew I was the one and how excited he was for our future. I was in complete shock. He started to get down on one knee, when I noticed photographers around us and everything started to click. He asked me to marry him, and I couldn't help but cry/laugh. He had to ask me another time before I responded! But once I did, he took me in his arms and started cry/laughing with me.
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 started planning my wedding a couple months after getting engaged. I knew that there'd be a lot to plan, so we got started about a year ahead! I started out with going to the desi bridal expos to get an idea of what's out there and what we could expect. That's where I met my planner. Once I started working with my planner, she made it pretty easy in terms of getting us to focus on what we needed to plan out and book based on how far out we were. We ended up going to India to do all the major clothes shopping, which honestly was a life-saver. Me, my immediate family and now husband found all of our outfits in India in a week! So it saved us a lot of times. My mom and I bookmarked shopping areas we wanted to go to, and I found my bridal outfit on the first day. I was so lucky. The remaining details all fell into place really well. As far as decor theme, I knew I wanted the theme to feel royal from the beginning, so it was really easy for me to map out what I wanted in the end.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I went to Sabyasachi for my bridal lengha. It literally feels like a dream in there. All the beautiful gowns and lenghas in the Delhi location are eye-candy. It was so surreal being in there. I saw my lengha and I knew it was the one. I tried it on and I fell in love. I knew i wanted a deep maroon color, and luckily the lengha I found was in that color. Every detail of it was absolutely perfect and it made me feel like a queen. I knew the second I saw myself in the mirror.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
All the planning of the event details! Thinking about every little detail and how it will all come together was probably the best part! It was so much fun and really got me feeling creative. Also, planning our combined bachelorette/bachelor party was a lot of fun. My husband and I have a lot of mutual friends, so we combined our weekend in Miami. Planning that out and experiencing it with all of our best friends was amazing! They made us feel so special and we always treasure that.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I'm not sure! Hopefully enjoying the weekend with us and feeling the love like we did! One thing that really stuck out on our wedding weekend to us, was the amount of love and support we felt from everyone. The positivity and love from everyone is such a strong memory from that weekend. We also made it a point to circle the room and try to say hi to everyone at each event. It was really important to us that everyone feel like they at least got to see the bride and groom and exchange words with them, so hopefully everyone felt that from us.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Literally all of it. Everything moves so fast and you're trying to treasure each moment, while trying to remember it and enjoy the moment. Every moment is just so special and fills your heart with so much happiness. I think I have two really special moments though. One has to be my sisters' speech at our reception. The realization that my sisters are adults now and they are speaking to me at my wedding was just so surreal. I felt so much love and positive energy from them, it was so heartwarming. The second special moment was when I saw my husband for the first time at the ceremony. He couldn't see me walk down the aisle, as the groom's eyes are covered in Hindu traditional weddings. So, just that first look being at the ceremony and seeing him in his groom attire really made my stomach start doing cartwheels!
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.
The decor for my Mendhi and Sangeet was done by Dipti Shah, with Mandap Creations. That girl knows her way around an Indian wedding. She transformed my parents' house backyard! We were sad to break down the decorations the next week. It was a dream. For the Sangeet, she transformed the Westin Ballroom into an outdoor garden filled with Indian street foods! It was amazing! The program at the Sangeet was really nice, all of our family and friends performed dances and it was really sweet! All the special details came together beautifully and created a very memorable weekend! The ceremony and reception were a dream come true as well. Everything was perfect.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
That's a tough one. There's so much to say here. Stay grounded and communicate with your partner. There's so much happening with wedding planning, along with integrating families and making sure everyone is happy. As long as you and your partner are on the same page and you guys stay on the same wavelength, things should be smoother. Be upfront with your expectations. If you want somebody to do something for the wedding, tell them. They will not be able to come to the conclusion on their own. It sounds easy enough, but even with your family members, it goes a long way. Stay positive and don't get too wrapped up in tiny details. Everything will come together and as long as there's a lot of love in the room, a few tiny details missing here and there will not make an ounce of difference. Pinterest a lot ahead of time! Take mental pictures of things that make your heart flutter. These memories will be the best. Pick an awesome photographer + videographer! It'll be all you have after everything's done!
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
My outfits for each event had to be one of my favorite parts of the weekend! I felt like a queen in each outfit and that gave me the confidence to own it all night! My mendhi was beautiful. My cake was absolutely delicious, we got it from Cakes by Gina! My venue in the Woodlands felt like a little getaway, it was so nice! Everybody who stayed at the hotel partied together all weekend and it felt like a little mini-vacation! It was amazing and our wedding party brought so much energy to every event!
Thanks Natasha! We're so excited it's almost Friday. We'll see you bright and early tomorrow morning to cap off the week with another fantastic wedding film.