Natasha and Sumit beautifully melded their Marathi and Rajasthani traditions for a dazzling wedding weekend in Lake Lanier, GA. The sweet duo met in the Windy City and flash forward a few years, were engaged in equally sweet fashion! During a visit to an apple orchard, Sumit got down on one knee and proposed to his love with a dazzling ring nestled in an apple shaped ring box. Precious! It was important to this duo to honor their families and cultures, and their resultant wedding festivities captured in this film by Ineffable Photography was a rich testament to their upbringing. Maharani Natasha donned customized fashions with bombshell hair and makeup created by Gunn Glamour Hair, Makeup & Bridal and Erica Bogart Beauty. This beauty slayed every single one of her sensational bridal looks. At the newlyweds' reception at the Peachtree Pointe Amphitheater at Lanier Islands Resort, Jim White Designs festooned the luxurious quarters in lux blooms and flickering candles. The party really rocketed off to another level when the stellar DJ crew from Indaglow Productions whipped the joyous dance floor into a frenzy all night long! RAG Artistry captured all the action packed photos that you can peruse in our gallery. And scroll down for our interview with Natasha for all the behind the scenes deets!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Sumit and I met in Chicago at the wedding of a mutual long-time close family friend. My younger sister was actually sitting between the two of us at the reception when we first met. After the three of us talked for a bit, she conveniently removed herself from the situation. We quickly realized how much we had in common and that we both graduated from University of Michigan!
After a few months of getting to know each other and bridging long distance, I knew Sumit was "the one" during one of his visits to DC. I was pleasantly surprised that I could completely be myself around him and that we were really never at a loss for words or laughter while we were together.
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Our families had been spending more and more time together before Sumit proposed, and so we all flew to my childhood home in Michigan for a relaxing Fall weekend packed with some of my favorite things - including a visit to the cider mill. The day of the proposal was really just like any other day; we all woke up, enjoyed a brunch spread, and got ready to head over to Blake's Orchard. Before I knew it, Sumit was down on one knee with the ring in an apple-shaped box (we were at an apple orchard after all)! As soon as I said yes, we were surrounded by our families just like I had always imagined.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew I wanted to wear a lengha but it was important to me that my bridal look incorporated my Marathi traditions. Green and orange are common colors worn by Marathi brides but they are usually worn in the form of a paithani silk sari. I had my lengha custom designed to reflect paithani borders across the blouse and at the bottom of the lengha, and all of the embroidery included birds and peacocks in true Marathi fashion!
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was finding a way to blend our Marathi and Rajasthani traditions and to also reflect the traditional elements of weddings we had attended in India. Sumit and I put a lot of weight on each detail and it was so exciting to create our vision together! From our cabin Mehndi night, to an outdoor lakefront Sangeet, and the Amphitheater wedding day, we had so much fun adding elements of our personalities to each event. With the help of our parents and siblings, and the exceptional execution by our wedding team, it was our perfect dream wedding come true.
Thank you Natasha! We hope all you Maharanis have a sparkling weekend!