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Cancun, Mexico Destination Indian Wedding by Erick Pozos Photography

Happy Friday Maharanis! We love capping off the week with destination wedding videos, so get in relaxation mode as we travel to the golden sands of Mexico for Anisha and Tejas’ Indian wedding filmed by Erick Pozos Photography. This couple’s celebrations were a once in a lifetime experience for their loved ones and was filled with dazzle and style. To ensure that every detail went off splendidly for the couple and their guests, travel concierge Indian Destination Weddings was there every step of the way at the Hyatt Ziva Cancun resort. From the initial moments of the dashing couple’s first look alongside the crashing ocean, it was obvious how deeply in love Anisha and Tejas are. And we loved witnessing how excited the couple’s nearest and dearest were to witness this monumental matrimony. Everyone from the elated bridal party to the family members were jumping with joy during the proceedings! We’re blown away by all the beauty in the clip, and have to give props to Preeti Exclusive Creations. The design house made sure the outdoor space sparkled with chandeliers and cheerful pink blooms. Total paradise! The weekend ended with a literal bang as glittering fireworks lit the night sky in honor of the glowing newlyweds. For more from this gorg event, peruse the complete gallery where Erick Pozos Photography has captured the most breathtaking portraits.

Have the most wonderful weekend Maharanis!

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Planning & Design: Preeti Exclusive | Travel Concierge: Indian Destination Weddings | Event Designer: Preeti Exclusive | Venue: Hyatt Ziva Cancun | DJ: Premier Entertainment | Baraat: Premier Entertainment | Lighting: JSAV | Mehndi Artist: Mehndi by Veronica de la Paz | Photographer: Erick Pozos Photography | Cinematographer: Erick Pozos Photography |


Cancun, Mexico Destination Indian Wedding by Weddingnama

We’re thrilled to share Dipti and Rikin’s jubilant reception gala in sunny Cancun! We’re swooning over the breezy ceremony setup at the Grand Oasis Cancun Resort by the design aficionados from Dipti Munshi and Latin Asia Destination Wedding Decor. We so wish we’d gotten an invite to this lux, beachy gala. We’re obsessing over the red and orange parasols and red mandap dotting the white beach side ceremony space. The sweet and emotional ceremony featured sunny skies, splashing waves, and the most delightful Indian bridal fashions. So gorg! After the lovebirds were pronounced husband and wife, everyone was raring to get the bangin’ reception party started! Guests chowed down on tropical bites and creamy desserts by Taste of India Cancun as a majestic sunset drenched the evening. While planning an international getaway can be daunting, Dipti Munshi and Oweddings helped the couple every step of the way for this sensational bash. As darkness fell, DJ Omar Figueroa Bautista played the latest and greatest Bollywood hits and set the dance floor on fire! The grand finale included dazzling sparklers that were the perfect symbol of Dipti and Rikin’s fiery and beautiful love story. Hurry over to watch this wedding clip by WeddingNama to catch all the loving moments between this gorg duo at their tropical paradise wedding! And scroll below for all the inside scoop by the bride herself.

Welcome Party / Game Night:

Our wedding weekend kicked off with an informal “bienvenidos fiesta” or welcome party. This event took place on a terrace garden surrounded by a beautiful coy fish pond. Since most of our guests had just arrived that day, we wanted to give everyone a chance to meet and greet. That evening, we handed out personalized welcome bags. It consisted of a welcome packet - a thank you message, itinerary for the weekend, map of the resort highlighted with where the events are going to take place, and helpful spanish phrases. It also had a few essential items, a handy hangover kit, and customized ladkewale/ladkiwale tshirts. We asked all our guests to wear these t-shirts to the game night which took place later that night to represent their respective side. This was the perfect icebreaker between both sides as everyone got super competitive and super comfortable with each other. Obviously, the ladkiwale team won by a landslide.

Haldi / Pool Party:

The haldi was a cute little informal ceremony held on the infinity deck with a breathtaking view of the beach. We asked our guests to be dressed in yellow which made for incredibly vibrant pictures. After the haldi, all the aunties and uncles stripped down to their bathing suits and jumped in the pool and we all spent the afternoon getting wild at the pool party.

Sangeet:

The sangeet was held poolside and was Bollywood themed. It had a laid back set up with white lounge furniture but very pop-art, colorful, and kitsch décor. We included the poolside cabanas as part of the seating arrangement so our guests could laze whilst watching the performances. The décor included vibrant pillows, kites, pinwheels, Chinese lanterns, neon parrots that Rikin and I spent countless hours cutting and gluing together (he still hates me for that). We lit up the surrounding palm trees with bright and multicolored up-lights and fairy lights. The highlight was the Bollywood photobooth backdrop that we created ourselves. Our guests really enjoyed posing in front of the unique backdrop with fun props that included lots of Bollywood dialogues. On one of our first dates, we watched the Bollywood movie Andaaz Apna Apna and since then it’s been a staple in our relationship. We pretty much watch the movie every month and frequently talk to each other in dialogues from the movie. Because of our obsession with the movie, we knew it had to be a part of our wedding. We created props with dialogues from the movie and used them as fun centerpieces and photobooth props as well. “Gogo ji, aapka ghagra” was my favorite! The evening comprised of jaw-dropping surprise performances by our guests. More than half of the guests that attended, put up a choreographed performance. Instead of doing speeches, our friends and cousins gave a “roast” of the bride and groom, sharing hilarious mishaps and jokes about us. My sister and bridesmaids put together an amazing skit about the couple that was made solely from Bollywood dialogues that had all the guests in splits. The performances were followed by countless tequila shots and an open dance floor. Our playlist that night was all bollywood with mostly our favorite 90s dhinchak music.

Wedding:

As the 1.2km of Cancun’s ocean and white sand beach have a magnificent beauty of its own, it was important for us to keep the wedding décor simple yet elegant. Our color theme was pink, peach and red with white flowers which looked striking against the turquoise water in the background. We knew it was going to be a hot day so we had to think of creative ways to keep our guests cool. We gave everyone bright parasol umbrellas that matched our color scheme. In addition to providing kulfis, ice slushies, and coconut water, we also gave personal fans that attached to your phone - these were quite a hit.

The groom entered in style on a jet ski and then danced down the beach with his baraat. The bridesmaids and groomsmen entered the mandap to a choreographed performance of “abhi toh party shuru hui hai”. We had a hindu wedding ceremony which was perfectly condensed to under an hour.

Reception:

Our reception was on the beach as well. There was a storm coming that night so the calm before the storm brought by an incredible breeze and you could tell the weather gods were smiling down on us. Our decor was an all white dream. Our goal was the create a classy and romantic setting. We choose white tiffany chairs, white chair sashes, white linens, white backdrop, white victorian sweetheart sofa, white bird cages, and white flowers with some peach and blush pink accents. We lit up the place with hundreds of candles and had multiple ornate free standing chandeliers marking the isle and surrounding the periphery of the venue. Our table placement cards were very unique. The evening started on a fun note as we put all our guests pictures with their table numbers in a tequila shot so they had to ‘take a shot, and take a seat’.

Words from the Bride: 

Right after Rikin and I danced down the aisle as we entered the reception, my dad came up to us, gave us a hug and said “Look at what you have created, it’s incredible”. I couldn’t help hold back my tears. Seeing how beautiful the reception looked and how our years worth of hard work had culminated to this one, perfect night, was the highlight of the whole weekend.

Our first dance was choreographed by one of our best friends. It was quite a production as she had the task to teach us how to dance with our two left feet! We started with a waltz to “Aaj jaane ki zid na karo” which is easily my all time favorite song and paired it perfectly with fireworks. It went on to “Rukmini Rukmini” at the groom’s insistence which was rather scandalous but hilarious. We ended it with the Friends theme song “I’ll be there for you”, which is a daily staple in our life. This was followed by very emotional speeches by our parents, sisters and best friends that brought both of us to tears. After that each and every one of our guest got up and performed in a surprise flash mob to “Tujhko banakar ke le jayenge, badri ki dulhaniya” which was so amazing! Right towards the end of the night, we had a few minutes of rain which was such a blessing. The music stopped for a few minutes and all the guests embraced the drizzle and continued to sing in tandem and danced along till the music restarted. After the reception was over, everyone migrated to the nightclub in the resort and continued the party till five in the morning. After a while the night club DJ and the local crowd embraced our craziness and started playing Bollywood music. It was simply incredible - from what the two sober people remember since everyone else was entirely wasted.

Have a wonderful Thursday Maharanis!

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Cinematographer: WeddingNama | Photographer: WeddingNama | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Grand Oasis Cancun Resort | On The Beach | Sangeet Venue: Grand Oasis Cancun Resort | Poolside Garden | Planning & Design: Dipti Munshi | Bride | Floral & Decor: Latin Asia Destination Wedding Decor | Hair & Makeup: Styling Trio Riviera Maya | Catering: Taste of India Cancun | DJs: DJ Omar Figueroa Bautista | Baraat: Drums in Paradise | Jonathan D. Katz | Lighting: Oweddings by Oasis | Mehndi Artists: Mehndi by Veronica de la Paz | Transportation: Oweddings | Travel Concierge: Oweddings |


Miramar Beach, FL Destination Indian Wedding by Sameer Soorma Studios

The toes in the sand feeling will always remain classic in our books! And, today’s cinematic reel captured with sheer pizzazz and romance will leave you absolutely breathless. It didn’t come as much of a surprise to learn that Sameer Soorma Studios is behind this masterpiece remembering Maharani Hetal and Mitul’s special day. My favorite outfit of all had to be the wedding lengha. With the bright hues of red and the twinkle of kundan jewelry; what a sight to behold against the clear waters serving as your backdrop! Hetal definitely was a knockout in her one of a kind designer masterpiece that was both traditional and sophisticated. No Indian wedding would be complete without some serious dance offs, nostalgic beats, and a packed dance floor! With DJ Vik Events on the turntables, the festivities were taken up a notch. Planning and design of this insanely gorgeous wedding was spearheaded by Urvashi Mishra of Electric Karma - East Coast. So, sit back and relax as you hit play and are transformed to the magical sands of Florida.

 

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?

I was introduced to my husband by my brother in law, Jignesh. My brother in law and my husband are second cousins. When my brother in law met me for the first time, he thought I would be perfect for Mitul (my husband). We were introduced to each other at my sister and brother in law's engagement party and the rest is history. We began talking and getting to know each other for about 5 months. We both then ended up going to India that December for family weddings and got a chance to spend a lot of time together. I got horribly sick while in India where I was not able to get out of bed for 3 days and had to get an IV. Instead of attending the family wedding, Mitul stayed by my bed side (and comforted me while I threw up) the entire time and gave me company while my family attended the wedding. That's when I knew he was "THE ONE!"

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!

Mitul and I took a trip to Hawaii in March 2015 with his family. Mitul somehow convinced me that we should skydive while we are in Hawaii. The morning after we landed in Hawaii, we took a shuttle to the location for skydiving. He had already called the skydiving location and spoke to them a few weeks beforehand and informed them about his plans to propose. It turned out that 2015 was the worst year till date in terms of getting clearance to skydive due to the weather. (There needs to be a 3 mile radius of no cloud cover in order for the plane to go up). We ended up having to play the waiting game. They informed us that we would wait for the clouds to roll through for the next hour. 1 hour turned in to 3.5 hours and they informed us that there would be no skydiving taking place that day. I was ecstatic that I didn't have to skydive because I REALLY didn't want to. I was only doing it for Mitul.

Once we got back to the Hotel, Mitul secretly snuck away and planned a helicopter tour for the following day. He told me that we'd be getting a tour of the island in the helicopter because neither one of us had been on one. He informed me that since the skydiving didn't work out, the helicopter would nice and it'd be cool to see the island from an aerial perspective I still had NO CLUE. I was just happy I didn't have to jump out of a plane.

The following day once we got to the helicopter tour, we had to sit through a 10 minute safety lesson. After that, he made an excuse to go use the restroom. Instead of using the restroom he managed to track down the pilot of our helicopter and informed her of his plans to propose. She told him that the tour includes a beautiful waterfall called "The Sacred Falls" which is tucked between two huge mountains. He loved the idea and proposed to me on the helicopter at the Sacred Falls.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?

When I initially went to India for wedding shopping, I had told myself to be open to different ideas. We all see many bridal lenghas that are red and gold. I wanted to be a little non traditional and opt with something close to a red but not completely red for my bridal outfit. I saw many whites, pinks, lavenders, and light oranges but none stood out to me. I had a mini meltdown because I really thought I wasn't going to find "the one" and I was on a time crunch. After my meltdown we decided to go to one more shop for that day. There, I saw the one that I ended up choosing hanging on the racks and decided to try it on. As soon as I put it on, I knew that I felt like a bride in it.

Coincidentally, it ended up being ALL red and gold! 

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?

When I first began wedding planning, I was a bit overwhelmed. I've seen my two older sisters go through it and have been there first hand to experience the craziness. I think one of the best parts about the planning for me was how well both of our families communicated and hashed out the details. Mitul's parents and my parents never hesitated with one another when they had a question. Our wedding went as well as it did because of how well we all communicated with each other. Our parents were the best throughout it all, they helped us tremendously and made sure Mitul and I got the wedding we envisioned! Another BIG part of our wedding planning process was our wonderful wedding planner Urvashi Mishra! She never felt like a wedding planner to me, she always made it feel more like family. She was ALWAYS available whenever we needed her and was on top of every aspect throughout our wedding weekend.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?

The guests absolutely loved the idea of having a Destination wedding. We knew when we first began wedding planning that we wanted to do a warm area/beach wedding. We had our wedding in Destin, Florida. Neither Mitul or I live any where near Destin. Mitul is from Mississippi and I'm from Oregon. We were able to narrow our searches down to Destin and found the perfect location at the Hilton Sandestin. The guests were not only able to enjoy all of the events for both Mitul and I, but they all told us that it felt like a vacation because they were able to enjoy the beach and surrounding locations. We tried to space out the events so our guests could make the most of the location/resort as well as enjoy the events. I think Destin was the perfect place, because none of the guests felt that they were exhausted from all of the wedding festivities.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?

I think we sometimes put too much pressure on ourselves as brides. We think every thing needs to be perfect. You hear many people tell you to "take it all in" during your wedding and I couldn't agree more. I think it's important to take the pressure off of yourself and enjoy the moment(s) with the people closest to you. They all have traveled far to be there for you during the most important time of your life. I really enjoyed my weekend. Even though I was running on veryyyy little sleep, I had a blast! As soon as the first day event rolled around, I didn't let myself stress out or think about the planning process. I let it flow and it turned out absolutely beautiful!

Thanks for sharing Hetal! We'll see you all tomorrow for another stunning Indian wedding celebration.

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Photography: Sameer Soorma Studios | DJ: DJ Vik Events | Planning & Design: Electric karma - east coast | Cinematography: Sameer Soorma Studios | Sangeet Venue: Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa | Floral & Decor: Prashe Decor | Hair & Makeup: Glitter & Gloss Creations | Catering: Pankaj | Baraat | Transportation: 654LIMO Inc | Cake & Treats: Holy Cakes | Live Music: Rhythm of Dreams | Mehndi Artist: Hello Henna Artistry by Emily | Priest: Harendrabhai |


Costa Rica Indian Wedding by Jonathan Yonkers

We instantly felt refreshed after watching the beautiful Costa Rican wedding film of Shivani and Nikesh by Jonathan Yonkers! The festivities were jam packed and totally creative, beginning with a Lip Sync battle between Shivani and Nikesh. It was so much fun to see the couple rock out to their favorite songs and a perfect way for guests to let loose and get to know each other! Four Nineteen Weddings did a fantastic job helping to plan the wedding, and all events flowed seamlessly! Though the beachside vibe was relaxed, the couple went full glam with their bridal looks! We’re such a fan of Maharani Shivani’s half up bouffant and dewy makeup by Kashish by Hina, and loved how her red and green lehenga popped so beautifully against the crystal clear water! Shivani then slipped into an angelic white gown for her reception extravaganza decorated by Eventos Boadicea, and guests had the time of their lives dancing (and participating in an perfectly executed Mannequin challenge) to music by WDJCR while waves crashed in the background. Hit play to watch this epic film, and if you want more beachy goodness, head into the full gallery by Jonathan Yonkers! And make sure to scroll below for our full interview with Shivani! We loved learning all about this jet setting duo and the behind the scenes action from the main Maharani herself!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!

Well, this may be obvious due to the decision to have a destination wedding but the both of us LOVE to travel. The summer after our college graduation we both decided that it would be the perfect time to go backpacking through Europe before we joined the adult/working world. We spent our time falling in love with places like Venice, Berne, London, Cinque Terre, Dublin, and more but it was Paris that Nikesh decided to propose in! On the 6th day in Paris after spending days falling in love with the city we decided to go back to the Eiffel tower one last night. At exactly 1 AM (when the Eiffel tower lights up at night) he turned to me and told me that the last few days had been the most amazing adventure and the best time ever. He had hoped that we could live the rest of our lives with that sense of adventure and love – and of course, I completed lost it and said YES!!!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?

I actually traveled to Mumbai in December of 2015 with my parents, little brother, and grandfather to go shopping for the wedding! I knew that I wanted two things with the outfit that I chose for the wedding day: I wanted it to simple (not too heavy since it was going to be an outdoor beach wedding) and I wanted it to be something that would fit my “Costa Rica/Nature” theme! I have the most amazing family in the whole world – they literally spent three weeks going around Mumbai and looking for the outfits of my dream! At the end we stumbled upon a small boutique and that is where I found the outfit. I instantly loved the colors – I knew I wanted to have red on the outfit but I thought that the bottle green color was super perfect for Costa Rica! The minute I tried on the outfit I knew it was what I had been looking for!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?

I think that they loved how intimate it was. Over the entire three day wedding, we actually had the time to hang out and talk to our family and friends that made it out to Costa Rica. Not to mention, I think many of them were able to take advantage of being in Costa Rica and traveling around the country both before and after the event! What Nikesh and I didn’t want was a three day wedding that was super hectic and went by in a blur. Having our wedding in a country whose motto is “Pura Vida” really helped everyone be on a sort of “Island time” and just overall relaxed!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?

On the weekend of our wedding a hurricane was actually expected to touch down in Costa Rica! However, literally every day/event was perfect and the rain never bothered us at all. The most perfect moment was on Saturday morning before the wedding ceremony. It was pouring rain ALL early morning and we really thought that we might have to move everything indoors. However, my dad and his best friend refused and said we were going to have the wedding outside rain or shine because that is what Nikesh and I had wanted (tents and all!). An hour before the ceremony started, the skies literally cleared up, the sun came out, and everything seemed like it had never been touched by rain.

As I walked down the aisle with my mama (and then my dad) the waves, the beach, my future husband waiting for me at the mandap, and everything surrounding us literally looked like a dream and it was the most perfect ceremony that Nikesh and I could have asked for. At that moment, I knew I was the luckiest girl! 

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?

My biggest piece of advice is to TRY to go with the flow on the weekend of the wedding. I learned that having a wedding (and especially) a destination wedding means that things will not always go the way you planned – and this should be totally 100% okay. At the end of the weekend, it wasn’t the flowers that were selected for the centerpieces or the lights hanging on the trees that I was looking at/appreciating. It was the 120 family & friends that had flown all the way to Costa Rica to be with us and my future husband that I wanted to spend all my time & energy focusing on!! In a way, having a destination wedding can really help you achieve this!

So gorgeous right? We're ready for a beach vacay! See you all tomorrow!

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Cakes & Treats: Victoria Zoch | Cinematographer: Jonathan Yonkers | Dj & Entertainment: WDJCR | Floral & Décor: Eventos Boadicea | Photographer: Jonathan Yonkers | Planning & Design: Four Nineteen Weddings | Venue: Tamarindo Diria


New Delhi Indian Wedding by Magica

Today, we share a special Indian wedding out of beloved India that will have you believing in love over and over. The story of Chandni and Chinmay brought tears to my eyes and is the epitome of true love that is indeed grand. As childhood friends, Chandni could never have imagined that she would be spending the early years of her life with her soulmate. Interestingly enough, their journey in life began when they were seated together because they wouldn’t talk to each other. Well, the rest is history. Rish Agarwal of Magica has presented Maharani Weddings with the film highlight of their gorgeous union in India. What we enjoyed most about this film is that the main focus intermingles both the bride and groom’s own story while chiseling in moments of their big day. After viewing this highlight, there is no doubt in my mind that both Chandndi and Chinmay are destined soul mates. We are sure you will agree too. Hit play!

Thanks for joining us in this beautiful union out of India. Tomorrow we showcase yet another Indian wedding affair. 

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Cinematographer: Magica - Rishabh Agarwal |


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