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Keyport, NJ Indian Wedding by Art Varga

Happy Friday lovebirds! Today we return to one of my favorite wedding venues in New Jersey - the Addison Park. Lovebirds Neha and Vaibhav are masters in the art of medicine, however when it came to wedding planning they knew they had to bring on the experts. Aura Events and Entertainment spearheaded the task of executing the multiple wedding events flawlessly. KC Makeup by Karuna Chani was in charge of organizing the beauty squad to ensure that Neha looked and felt like a Queen for her big day. This stellar makeup artist did not disappoint; the bride looked immaculate! Having an outdoor venue was important to both the bride and groom and although it was a very hot day in Jersey, the bride ensured that guests remained cool with handmade paper fans. The baraat ceremony was one part of the wedding that the bride was sad not to be part of! Led by DJ Raj Entertainment & Event Lighting, the party started even before guests got into the venue! Abhisek Decorators envisioned the perfect decor and executed their creative visions into the venue. One of my favorite mandaps of the year has to be Neha’s purple and white, Ganesh inspired design. Guests were blown away by the traditional gujarati food served by Bukhara Grill and decadent treats by Chocal8kiss. The night ended with guests breaking loose on the dance floor with DJ Raj Entertainment and Event Lighting churning out the latest hits with Art Varga capturing all the live action that you can see for yourself simply by hitting play on the film below! After you are done, scroll down below for the deets from the bride herself.

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Vaibhav actually messaged me first on Match.com. However, he was slightly too shy and didn't ask me out right away. I found a mutual friend to find out what his deal was. My friend dropped what she was doing to call me right away just to tell me how amazing, nice, and smart he was. "He's a gujurati boy that works out and is one of the nicest and smartest guys I know...what more could you want?" That was enough for me to become more aggressive (which I always initially refused to do) and drop him my number. He called me the very next day and asked me out on our first date!
Actually, I think my friends knew he was "the one" before I did. My two best friends came down to visit me for a weekend a few months into us dating. Because of his call schedule, he couldn't meet us while they were around. But, on the day they were leaving, he decided to stay up after his 24 hour call and take us all out to brunch so he could meet them. I could tell he was so tired but he refused to show it. He was so great with my friends. After he left to go home and finally take a well-deserved nap, the first thing my girlfriends did was turn to me and say "So. Whens the wedding?" I don't think I stopped smiling that whole day.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
On July 3rd, I came home from a very difficult 30 hour trauma call at 10 AM. Vaibhav had made plans to enjoy the day outside at our favorite winery. I could barley keep my eyes open, so I decided to sleep for a couple hours before we left. 2 hours was definitely not enough when Vaibhav came over to wake me up to get ready to go. Luckily, the thought of being outside in the sun all day was enough for me to roll out of bed. Now looking back, I'm just thankful I had the energy to shower that day! We got to the winery in the afternoon and the weather was perfect. Vaibhav tried to walk through the vineyard but the area had just been sprayed for pesticide. I couldn't understand why something so little could upset him so much when he's usually the relaxed one. But resiliently, he found another quiet area of the vineyard to walk through. Five minutes later, I noticed he was breathing a little quick and starting to get fidgety. But I was still too much in a post-call lack-of-sleep haze to figure out what was going on. So when he, all of a sudden, got down onto one knee, with a BEAUTIFUL ring in hand, asking me to marry him, it took me all of two seconds to burst into tears and scream yes!! If that wasn't surprise enough, a few seconds later, a photographer popped out of nowhere who had captured every unforgettable tear-ridden moment.
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 actually used Maharani Weddings quite a bit to figure out some of the things I wanted on my own wedding day. I knew that I definitely wanted my wedding outside, which I knew was risky. So we had to design our primary outside ceremony, and a backup inside ceremony. We had heard about Addison Park because it was 10 minutes away from our house. When we saw their outside venue and their grand staircase and hall inside, we were all blown away. There was no contest there with what we had envisioned for our ceremony. We wanted to keep our theme simple but elegant. We didn't want anything too flashy, and wanted to highlight a romantic tone.
We went to multiple wedding decorators, but Abhishek Decor (specifically Mihir) was really the only one who pinpointed exactly what we wanted and remained in our budget. Other decorators were more intent on using their own vision rather than ours. Execution was absolutely on point the day of the wedding.
Music was also really important to me. I had to been a couple other weddings where everything was so beautiful but then when it came to the reception, the DJ was lackluster. I went through several DJs and felt that DJ Raj had not only the best mixes, but a strong reputation on keeping everybody on the dance floor all night. I wanted to make sure that after all the help that we had received from everyone during the planning of our wedding, they all got to enjoy it as much as we did. Their lighting was also so beautiful.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew I wanted a red bridal dress. It was so classic. When I went to the multiple stores throughout Mumbai, I quickly got overwhelmed with the number of dresses, and the number of different shades of red! We finally got to Raas, where the store owner knew my mom and my mom's sister. I think he noticed my face of confusion because the first thing he and the salesperson did was sit us all down, go right outside, pick us up chai and sandwiches and made us eat. Finally relaxing a little, he brought out a dress that he knew would be the most perfect red for me. He was right! The colors were absolutely stunning as was all the work, which had obviously been done by hand.
The more surprising part of my selection was the reception dress. I went to India knowing I wanted a stunning beaded gold gown. But at the same shop, the salesperson brought out a blue reception lengha. I was not looking for blue, but he said I had to absolutely try it on. After coming back out the dressing room, I swear I have never had an experience like that one. It felt like everyone that was shopping at the store stopped what they were doing to stare at me. Two other fathers came up to the salesperson saying they wanted the dress next for their daughters. Before I even said a word, my father said "Nope, we are taking this. This is the one." I loved my bridal dress, but I felt like complete royalty in my reception dress.

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

Everybody said it to me but I didn't believe any of them, so I'm not sure if other Brides-to-be will. Everything really does work out on your wedding day. You're so caught up with marrying the love of your life that nothing else ends up mattering. And your family and friends will take care of the rest.
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
My mom found a local henna artist who actually face paints as her main art. She doesn't do much bridal henna mostly because of time, but when my mom saw her work, she knew right away we couldn't use anybody else. Neha Memon has a true gift for henna. I knew I wanted images done and she was able to draw exactly what I wanted just by looking at a picture of it on her phone. She did my entire bridal henna in a few hours and it looked like days of work was put into it. I have yet to find any other artist in the states that can do the type of beautiful work she can.

Ron Soliman Photojournalism captured all the wedding magic with our feature that you can read here! See you tomorrow lovebirds.

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Hair & Makeup: KC Makeup by Karuna Chani | DJ: DJ RAJ Entertainment & Event Lighting | Lighting: DJ RAJ Entertainment & Event Lighting | Floral & Decor: Abhishek Decorators | Planning & Design: Aura Events and Entertainment | Draping/Styling: KC Makeup by Karuna Chani | Baraat: DJ RAJ Entertainment & Event Lighting | Bollywood Dance Performers: Anakh E Gabroo Bhangra | Bridal Fashions: Raas | Cakes & Treats: Chocal8Kiss | Catering: Bukhara Grill | Cinematographer: Art Varga | Event Designer: Aura Events and Entertainment | Mehndi Artist: Neha Memon | Photographer: Ron Soliman | Transportation: Santos Limos | Tuxedos: Suit Supply | Venue: Addison Park


Lake Tahoe, CA Fusion Wedding by Wedding Documentary Photo + Cinema

The sporadic rainfall that occurred during Asha and Eric's wedding ceremony simply added to the mystical beauty of this Lake Tahoe wedding. Here at Maharani Weddings, we are huge fans of Lake Tahoe getaways so were thrilled when this film by the superb Wedding Documentary Photo + Cinema came across our desks. And the wedding, which took place at Squaw Valley Resortdefinitely did not disappoint! Sweeping aerial shots of magnificent, untouched NoCal nature juxtaposed against the bride and groom preparing for their big day captured the romantic, anticipatory energy of the event. This wedding was complete sophistication from beginning to end, and featured a rustic-chic theme that was overseen by the planning and design wizards at Once Upon a Time Events. Maharani Asha was the epitome of a poised, radiant bride in a lovely silk sari for her ceremony and a stunning reception lehenga from Neeta Lulla. Their fresh and airy mandap and florals were designed by Avasar Mandap and Thran's Flowers and seamlessly melded with the natural beauty of the surroundings. Their reception was a non-stop dance party - we couldn't stop smiling watching the glowing newlyweds and their guests rock out all night long to music by DJ Gagan with Bay Area Uplighting and enjoying sweets by Little Ladybug Bakery and Flour Girl Wedding Cakes! Check out the video below to witness more fun and glamour from the festivities!

That was simply stunning! We hope you enjoyed the film Maharanis!

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Cinematography: Wedding Documentary Photo + Cinema | Planning & Design: Once Upon a Time Events | Ceremony Venue: Lake Tahoe at Squaw Valley Resort | Reception Venue: Lake Tahoe at Squaw Valley Resort | Mandap: Avasar Mandap | Floral: Thran's Flowers | Hair & Makeup: Alexis Gamboa | Makeup Artistry: Grace Avila at Edin Carpenter | DJ and Dhol: DJ Gagan with Bay Area Uplighting | Bridal Fashion: Neeta Lulla | Cookies: Little Ladybug Bakery | Cake: Flour Girl Wedding Cakes | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: The Stylish Scribe | Custom Program: Muse Group | Lighting: DJ Gagan with Bay Area Uplighting | Mehndi Artist: Henna Lounge | Rentals: Camelot Party Rentals | Rentals: Holy Chic Rentals | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen | Rentals: Creative Coverings | Groom Wedding Fashion: Manyavar | Reception Suit: Indochino | Wedding shoes: Manyavar | Priest Name: Naga Venkata Sastri Marepalli | Mirror Signage: Holy Chic Rentals


Queens, NY Indian Fusion Wedding by Events Capture

Wow - we have a beautiful whirlwind of a wedding film for you today, created by Events Capture! This feisty couple planned their wedding over a two year period, brainstorming creative details together, and assembling an all-star team of vendors - the final results are unbelievable! The video shows that Melinee and Karmvir's wedding was a sumptuous feast for the eyes. Every detail was designed and planned to utter perfection by Exclusive Events NY. The quick-on-their-feet couple (who organized their reception to ensure they had at least three solid three hours of dance time to music by DJUSA) were so playful and adorable with each other during the weekend - We were utterly swept up in their love story while watching the film! Maharani Melinee was such a radiant bride, adorned in fashions by Armaans Bridal and Lotus Bazaar, with superstar glam makeup by Beauty by TamannaMelinee has some incredible words of wisdom that's we'll close with: "Always remember how you felt the day of your wedding. Take that feeling and always bring joy and laughter into your home. A happy marriage is a balancing act of meeting your own needs and each other’s needs. Learn to listen, be present in the moment, and think before you speak, but don’t lose your sense of self in the process of giving." So well said! For more from Melinee, scroll down to read our interview with her! For even more wedding deets, click here for our previous coverage of Melinee and Karmvir's dazzling wedding photos!

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

I met my husband while I was in college. I was sitting around with a group of friends and he boldly came over and introduced himself to me. We started laughing and talking and eventually our 3 year friendship bloomed into something much more. The moment I knew he was the one was when I took him home to meet my family and they instantly were attached. It felt so natural and it was as if they'd known each other for years. The light he brings into my life, with never ending support and love, is something I can hold onto forever and I know, without a doubt, that he is truly the one.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!

Every proposal is magical, however our proposal is my favorite. We went weeks without a date and I asked him many times to see Central Park with me. One day he randomly called me and said "let's go to Central Park, I have an event for my job later on that evening and we can hang out beforehand." Excited, I sprung up and got ready and he picked me up an hour later. We explored Central Park and ended up going to a restaurant named The Boat House. He told me he had a surprise for me, and walked me outside, to the back of the restaurant.

There was a Gondola waiting for us and the gondolier was ready to take us for a ride. The lake was beautiful and empty. I was enjoying the ride and pointing out landmarks I used to study near during my college years. Soon, ahead of us was this gorgeous marble bridge. As we passed underneath, my husband began to move and got on one knee and asked "Would you marry me?" I had absolutely no idea what was happening. I was in complete and utter shock until a lady on the bridge was screaming "OH MY GOD, HE IS PROPOSING!! JUST SAY 'YES' JUST SAY 'YES'" Frantically waking up from shock, I shook my head "Yes" and began to tear up. Amazingly, all of this was caught on camera. He hired a professional to capture all of our moments leading up to the proposal.

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.

We had a two year engagement. We took our time and steadily paced booking all of our vendors. Three of the main key vendors we booked right away were the venues, the DJ, and the makeup artist. We liked that it was spaced, we did not feel rushed at any moment. Everyone we worked with were extremely professional and great at what they do. We had complete faith in them and everything came out great.

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

Everyone I loved and held dear to my heart chose the outfits I wore. I am naturally not a picky person so I left it up to faith. It felt more special that way knowing my loved ones were involved and each outfit holds a amazing memory and story.

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

The most enjoyable part of the planning process was the "do it yourself" projects. It was a way to reflect our own personalities into our wedding in a crafty way. Seeing every idea come together at the end made all of the effort involved worth it!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?

From all the compliments we received from our wedding, I have to say the words that stood out most is "I loved to see the different cultural traditions involved, I loved how happy and fun you two were during the ceremonies, and I absolutely loved the music!" My husband and I love to dance and had a great time. On our reception day, we made sure that we could get at least three full hours of solid dance time.

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

I remember walking up the aisle towards the Mandap of the Hindu wedding and seeing my husband looking at me when he suddenly winked. I was so shy and excited to commence the ceremony. During the ceremony, he flirted with me the entire time and we ended up laughing so much.

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

Plan and organize well for your upcoming day and do not stress the little things. Enjoy your day and smile knowing you'll be marrying your soulmate. Always remember how you felt the day of your wedding. Take that feeling and always bring joy and laughter into your home. A happy marriage is a balancing act of meeting your own needs and each other’s needs. Learn to listen, be present in the moment, and think before you speak, but don’t lose your sense of self in the process of giving.

We seriously think that's some of the best advice we've ever heard! All the best to Melinee & Karmvir - We're so happy for them!

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Floral & Decor: Exclusive Events NY | Photo Booths: Exclusive Events NY | Planning & Design: Exclusive Events NY | Baarat: Jarnail Dholi from Punjabi Dholi | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: City Chaahat | Bridal Fashions: Armaans Bridal | Bridal Fashion (Sangeet): UtsavFashion | Bridal Jewelry: Lotus Bazaar | Cakes & Treats: Jericho Terrace | Catering: Jericho Terrace | Cinematographer: Events Capture | Dj & Entertainment: DJUSA | Draping & Styling: Beauty by Tamanna | Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Tamanna | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Parekh Cards | Lighting: Jericho Terrace | Mehndi Artist: Henna for All - Monita | Photographer: Events Capture | Transportation: Tran-Star Limo | Venue (Sangeet): Five Star Banquet | Venue (Sikh Ceremony): Gurdwara Mata Sahib Kaur | Venue (Hindu Ceremony): Ganesh Temple | Venue (Reception): Jericho Terrace | Baraat (Horse): Liz Dougal | Groom's Fashion (Sangeet): Chandigarh Fashion


Itasca, IL Wedding by Old North Film Company

Happy Monday Maharanis! Today's video by Old North Film Company instantly lifted our spirits, because it featured such a happy couple and non-stop dancing! We were immediately struck by how much fun everyone was having, from the excited bridal party to the numerous reception performers! Angela and Chirag's wedding took place in Itasca, IL, at the grand Westin Chicago Northwest Hotel. While dapper Chirag and his smiling groomsmen led a spirited baraat on the grounds of the hotel, Maharani Angela was adorning herself in pristine hair and makeup by Nicki Hala and a beautifully hued seafoam and magenta lehenga. Planning and design by Dream Occasions was impeccably done, with the ceremony hall completely decked out in soft lavender and champagne draping and floral arrangements. After the emotional ceremony, the couple took gorgeous portraits with Rastall Photography - they looked stunning and so in love! Next, they entered their lit-up reception hall - we love the idea of LED tree decor and a flashing LED dance floor! It added so much exciting energy to the already elated atmosphere, and resulted in such cool footage! Angela and Chirag's reception program was incredible, featuring so many hilarious and touching videos, dancing, and speeches. This film ends with slow-mo shots of guests raging on the dance floor to music by DJ Kollision. Check out the full video below!

Description of Day from Old North Film Company:

Angela and Chirag’s wedding was definitely one to remember! We followed them for literally an entire day and the culture, family and love that I witnessed left me in awe.

The day blasted off with some awesome fun as Chirag prepared with his many groomsmen, all of who never stopped smiling, which lead them to a fun-packed traditional baraat as Angela got her make-up and hair done. The baraat was followed by a beautiful Indian ceremony that was full of vibrant colors and enthusiastic family. After the early morning ceremony, Angela and Chirag participated in a meeting of the families where they played traditional games followed by gorgeous bridal party portraits. We worked alongside the wonderful Michael Rastall Photo for a beautiful session outdoors at the Westin Chicago Northwest.

We then got ready again for the reception where Chirag and Angela changed into their awesome outfits for the night to come. The night was filled with hilarious videos and skits done by their bridal party as well as entertaining, smooth choreographed dance numbers with sweet and emotional speeches from family and friends. The night was topped off with some fantastic dancing on an incredible light-up dance floor! I’d never seen anything like it and it made for some great footage.

Best Wishes to Angela & Chirag, it was a pleasure!

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Venues: Westin Chicago Northwest | Cinematography: Old North Film Company | Photographer: Rastall Photography | Planning & Design: Dream Occasions | Hair & Makeup: Hala Beauty - Nicki Hala | Catering: Sai Saffron | DJs: DJ Kollision | Photo Booths: The Photobooth Group | Event Consultant: SKY Event Consultants - Sayira Khokhar | Dance Floor: Chicago LED Dance Floor


Parsippany, NJ Indian Wedding by Studio Nine Photography

Maharanis, we have an adorable video by Studio Nine Photography to share with you today! Juvie and Kushal were married in an absolutely stunning New Jersey ceremony at the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel and we have a behind-the-scenes clip highlighting the cute couple! In the video, you can witness the lovebirds wandering their favorite NYC/NJ haunts. The short film features picturesque locations and magical cinematography, and we adore the idea of creating a preview trailer that naturally captures the couple in some of their most beloved places. Since weddings can be hectic, we believe relaxed footage taken outside of the formal functions in locales that have sentimental, private meaning for a couple, is very special. We are sure this trailer will be enjoyed by the couple and their loved ones for years to come! We've featured Juvie and Kushal's wedding photos by Studio Nine Photography recently, and you can check out more breathtaking details and photos from their wedding here. All you brides-to-be will definitely want to take a peek, since Juvie and Kushal's wedding features the most beautifully lush decor by Rangoli Weddings, world-class entertainment by DJ Raj Entertainment, and stellar makeup/hair/styling by Ayesha Khan. Check out the trailer below and you can read more detail from Juvie herself if you scroll down!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!

Kush and I met January of 2011; I was living in Brooklyn, as I was finishing up my degree. Kush was living in Pennsylvania finishing up his master's degree, and was commuting back and forth into Jersey. Soon after we met, I graduated and moved back to Massachusetts, and Kush moved back home to New Jersey. Within our years of dating, I often traveled to New Jersey on my weekends off, and he traveled to Massachusetts. We made sure we maintained our tradition of yearly vacations. After three and a half years of dating we decided that our travel destination that year would be Mexico!

Kush already had an idea of how he wanted to propose to me. After months of me being my usual indecisive, picky self, I finally picked a ring! On September 5th, 2014, he popped the question on a rooftop in New York City. What started off as what I thought was a casual girls day out turned out to be the biggest surprise of my life! After the proposal, to make the day more memorable, he surprised me by inviting my parents and brother from Massachusetts to join us and his family for a celebratory dinner.

After the dinner, Kush presented me an iPad with a video compilation of all our family and friends congratulating us in advance. The icing on the cake was definitely clips of my grandparents and family from London. After the dinner, we concluded our perfect day by celebrating all night with family and friends in NYC. Finally, the next day, we caught a flight to Mexico as we celebrated our first vacation as an engaged couple!

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.

Like every other girl, I had my dream wedding planned out in my head before I got engaged. I knew exactly what I wanted and that is exactly how I went along with it. Picking a venue was the hardest to us, as I initially wanted the wedding to be in Boston. After months of visiting different sites, we had a wedding to attend at The Sheraton Parsippany and we instantly fell in love with it. We actually ended up meeting the director during the wedding lunch break, and booking a few days later. We picked our vendors from many weddings we had attended prior to ours which made things a lot easier. We both had a vision and went along with it.

So fun to hear the behind-the-scenes details from Juvie! And their proposal was too adorable - Props to Kush for pulling off such a great surprise! Have a great weekend everyone!

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Hair & Makeup: Singhar by Ayesha | DJ: DJ RAJ Entertainment & Event Lighting | Cinematography: Studio Nine Photography + Cinema | Lighting: DJ RAJ Entertainment & Event Lighting | Floral & Decor: Rangoli Weddings | Photography: Studio Nine Photography + Cinema | Draping/Styling: Singhar by Ayesha | Sangeet Venue: Aashirwad Palace | Ceremony Venue: Sheraton Parsippany Hotel | Reception Venue: Sheraton Parsippany Hotel | Catering: Moghul Catering | Sangeet Bridal Fashion: Deepak Golani | Wedding Bridal Fashion: Asopalav | Reception Bridal Fashion: Gaurav Gupta | Bridal Jewelry: Hand made by Heena Patel (Gujarat) | Cake & Treats: Moghul Catering | Sangeet Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Liz Giselle | Mehndi Artist: Ruchi's Mehndi | Transportation: Broadway Super Cars


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