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Seattle, WA Fusion Wedding by Pacific Pictures

Welcome back, sweethearts! You'll need tons of napkins viewing Bindu and Daniel's tear-jerking nuptials. Cinematographers, from Pacific Pictures, captured a mecca of emotional visuals that we would love to share with our Maharanis today. The wedding guests were 'Sleepless in Seattle', moved by speeches, touching moments, and joyful celebration. We love when Daniel, from Texas, goes all out dancing during the Baraat and later yells out a passionate "YES" when he first puts his eyes on his silver-blemished bride. Arianna Scott Makeup Artist highlighted Bindu's striking features with luscious locks and a shimmery headpiece of gold. Fairmont Olympic Hotel hosted a modern luxury ceremony and reception for all the nearest and dearest. The first thing I noticed about the venue was the impeccable lighting by Crimson Haze that elevated the room in whimsical blue and pink. I'm absolutely swept away by the fantastic universe of majestic glass chandeliers and white roses hanging from the ceiling by Flora Nova Design. I believe the collaboration between the incredible event designers from Evolution Events and Elizabeth Priya Kumar and her team of planners from Premini Events, deserve 5 prominent stars! The thriving beats blasted by 3D Sounds kept everyone in a festive mood and the guests put their dancing shoes to the test. All the great moments were captured by photo pros from Jerome Tso Photography. It's time to marvel in the incredible wedding video by Pacific Pictures. Hit play and get lost!

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Photography: Jerome Tso Photography | Hair & Makeup: Arianna Scott Makeup Artist | DJ: 3D Sounds | Cinematographer: Pacific Pictures | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Fairmont Olympic Hotel | Planning & Design: Premini Events | Floral & Decor: Flora Nova Design | Event Designer: Evolution Events | Lighting: Crimson Haze |


Manassas, VA Wedding by Whiddon Productions

Welcome back, beautiful Maharanis! Priya and Mushhood's wedding was a tear-jerking Virginia affair. Their video by Whiddon Productions begins with a kiss and takes you through a flowerful, wondrous, and lovely wedding. The couple had been on a 12-year-journey before their big day finally arrived and the groom romantically shares that love is something we all share, a universal truth, and it's what we are doing right! The ceremony and reception were both held at the gorgeous Foxchase Manor in Manassas and we can tell how the guests loved the venue. The couple got married outdoors under a tall arch, beautifully decorated in lush green and decorated with flowers in light orange, baby pink, and summer yellow. A blue, heavenly drape was hanging unsymmetrically toward one side of the arch completing the enchanting style. The bride looked charming in a bright and fashionable multi-colored lengha and her handsome maharaja was dressed in navy blue from Knot Standard with a pink and purple boutonniere to finish the look. Priya's smitten smile shinned throughout the day highlighted with makeup from Glam by Noor and her lightly curled hair was on the loose, marvelously styled by Hair & Makeup Unveiled. The bride's entire person was embellished with sparkling Indian jewelry from Indiatrend and Glimour and decorated with novel henna tattoos created by Bhavna's Henna & ArtsAt the reception, the bride joined her bridesmaids in wearing a navy blue, two-piece, eye-catching gown that she showed off on the jammed dance floor. Both bride and groom had numerous bridesmaids and groomsmen celebrating them with remarkable speeches and lots of dancing! At the center of the venue was a prominent stage with modern, white furniture and fresh orange flowers placed simply everywhere to set the mood. Expert planners and florists from Tres Belle Beauty did the wedding industry proud and decorators from Sarah Khan Event Styling did a phenomenal job creatively prepping for this wedding venture. The lucky guests were able to marvel in a delicious cuisine catered by Bollywood Bistro. The entire experience was captured by Charlie Shin who made an effort in obtaining every important minute for the wedding album. Please enjoy Whiddon Productions' striking wedding video and get bridal-spired!

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.
Planning the wedding was stressful to say the least, but I feel so incredibly fortunate to have such loving family and friends who went out of their way to make our wedding unforgettable. I think the most jarring and difficult part was figuring out how much things should cost versus how much vendors were asking. Weddings in the U.S. are expensive already, but then to accomplish an Indian style wedding, with multiple days, hundreds of people, and very often a different set of priorities, makes it that much harder. I talked to a lot of friends about their experiences throughout the year of planning, I took note of things I loved and didn't love about other weddings I attended, and most importantly I really prioritized the elements that were important to me while giving less stress to those that I didn't really care about. For example, I really cared about holding a ceremony that reflected Mushhood and I as a couple. His family is Muslim and from Pakistan, while mine is Hindu and from India; meanwhile we were both born in the U.S. and aren't very religious in general. So I fought tooth and nail for a ceremony that was non-denominational, in English, we read vows to each other that we wrote ourselves, and Mushhood's brother married us so his name (rather than a stranger's) would be on our marriage certificate forever. I cared far less about hair and makeup, so I didn't start selecting those vendors until the last month before our wedding (though I ended up loving both!).

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew between all of the events, I wanted my bridal lengha to be more on the traditional side, but I didn't want it to be so heavy that it consumed me. I love bright colors and red is already one of my favorites, so that was an easy choice in terms of color scheme. But then I just started searching online for pictures of bridal lenghas, found a couple for my designer in Delhi to look at, and based on her recommendations I made a final decision. She gave me advice about things I never considered, like how much the type of work you get on a lengha impacts the weight (and I wanted to be able to move!). I also very much let her be the expert. The picture I sent her wasn't exactly what she produced, but I gave her enough design liberties and trusted that she knew what she was doing, and it turned out beautifully. She's been doing this for years, so like with all of the vendors I hired, I leaned on their expertise to help guide me through the process.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I think the most enjoyable part of the planning process was something I never expected - it really brought a lot of people in our lives together. Like I said earlier, Mushhood and I are so so fortunate to have such a community of loving friends and family around us. All from different times and places, but all equally warm hearted and willing to do everything they can to lend a hand. So many different groups of our loved ones started working together to plan a surprise engagement party, bachelor and bachelorette parties, bridal shower, coordinate dance performances, go with me to site visits and meet with vendors, plan full skits and games while MCing our events, the girls were planning their outfits, the guys were planning how and where to drink, the list goes on and on. Watching our friends become closer to each other, and our families have such unifying moments was an incredible experience. My cousin even taught his son how to shave for the first time so he could look nice walking down the aisle!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
A couple things seemed to really resonate with our guests after the wedding. First, that they really liked all of the personal touches. We created a ceremony most of our guests had never seen before, we asked a few people to write original poetry to read during the ceremony, we named our signature cocktails after our dog ("The Albert Einstein" and his nickname "The Bobos"), our table seating chart was hand painted by a good friend of ours, we had movie posters as our table numbers, my brother played the piano for our first dance, just to name a few.

Secondly, and probably what I'm most proud of, is that many of our guests talked about all of the love in the air that weekend. I'm sure a lot of your readers can relate, Indian and Pakistani weddings aren't always centered on best wishes and support for the couple. Often people can get caught up in having fun, or the lavishness of it all. At once point I remember just looking around at all of our guests at the reception and thinking "there's not one person in here who doesn't want to be here and isn't wishing us the best. How did we get so lucky?" In the end, you hope every bride and groom experiences that feeling on their big day.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The entire ceremony. Walking down the aisle with my father, Mushhood walking down with his mother, our bridesmaids and junior bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower boys (who used bubble guns instead of rose petals), ring bearers ("ring security"), Mushhood's brother talking about the meaning of love, marriage, and family, the poetry our cousins read, our vows to each other, and the moment in which we were declared husband and wife. I still get all warm and fuzzy inside thinking about it.

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.
There's so much! I'm happy to answer any specific questions you may have.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
It's absolutely true what they say about making sure you enjoy the entire process. It's too easy to get caught up in the minutia and forget to look up. Also, I'm the type of person that wanted my wedding to be different than every one else's. However, I realized afterwards that some things are repeated at every wedding for a reason - they work and they're reliable. It's ok to have a few of the same elements as everyone else. People are going to tell you constantly what you want. You don't have to listen. You have a brain of your own, you've managed living life fairly successfully thus far, you don't need a stranger telling you what types of food you want, how you want to look at your wedding, or how you should act. Your guests have loved you the way you are, don't become a different person for 1 weekend.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
There's so much! 

 

Thanks for checking in, Maharanis!

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Cinematography: Whiddon Productions | Photography: Charlie Shin | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Foxchase Manor | Catering: Bollywood Bistro | Mehndi Artists: Bhavna's Henna & Arts | Tuxedos: Knot Standard | Hair: Hair & Makeup Unveiled | Makeup: Glam by Noor | Planner & Florist: Tres Belle Beauty | Decor: Sarah Khan Event Styling | Jewelry: Indiatrend | Bridal Jewelry: Glimour |


Dearborn, MI Wedding by Complete Video Solutions

Welcome back, Maharanis! We have been super stoked to share the video of Raji & Surya wedding with you today! While the ceremony was held at the beautiful Bharatiya Temple, the lovely wedding video begins with a breathtaking bird's view over the reception venue at The Henry Hotel, which we believe resembles an enchanted castle out of any Disney movie! For the ceremony, majestic gold pillars were making it as an entrance to the delightful red-carpeted aisle framed by red and white flowers. The bride and groom looked dazzling in red, gold and silver and the bride's marvelous gold jewelry, unique henna tattoos, and french mani-pedi completed the look. Sweet Dreams had magically created an over-the-top, white wedding cake with intricate purple, light yellow, and white flowers circling their way down the side. The bride made her entrance to the reception in an extremely fashionable golden skirt and black shirt finished with gleaming, gold jewelry. It is obvious that the couple kept the dance floor going all night as they mastered coordinated dance routines along with their guests. This all happened to the danceable tunes of DJ Nimz shinning in the lights of an elegant wall gobo that displayed the wedding date and initials of the newlywed. We believe Hemsu Decorations & Rentals Inc. did a phenomenal job prepping this diamond of a venue and we hope the couple will share their wedding pic's by Ron Soliman Photography with us soon. But for now, we have a special surprise for you! We got the coolest video from the Slow-Motion Video/Photo Station at the reception and the couple's magnificent wedding video for you to enjoy. Both videos captured by pro's from Complete Video Solutions. We toast to S & R and your beautiful wedding day!

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Reston, VA Wedding by Mari Harsan

Maharanis, welcome back to another meet-cute! Puja & Raveen's was a beautiful one of its kind, escalating in a big wedding at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Reston. The two strangers went to the same school for five years exchanging looks before their romance finally kicked off in the computer lab. Their first look at the wedding was as special as the moment they first met. The photographer, Mari Harsan, surprised the couple by having their romantic first look session at the Wolf Trap in Fairfax, Virginia, to add a more scenic contrast. The groom looked handsome in brown and beige and arrived on a white horse to the baraat. The bride wore a two-piece red and maroon Sabyasachi lehenga covered with embroidery and tiny mirrors. Her style was finished with cute open-toe heels and heavy jewelry. The glittery bridal fashions were retrieved through the Bollywood Closet and the bride's hair and makeup were perfected by Makeup by Dina. The bouquet of red roses highlighted the love that was clearly in the air and Puja's bridesmaids shinned like diamonds in gold! At the reception, the bride looked stunning in a navy blue gown with pink and yellow embroidery and the groom in a hunky tux from Hugo Boss. Big kudos for planning and design by Preeti Exclusive, florals and decor by Da Vinci's Florist, and rentals by A Starlit Experience. For the ceremony, flowers and lush greenery filled the room with green, pink, orange, and white strokes: a true indoor garden experience. Rose petals were scattered on the floor next to stylish gold Chiavari chairs. On the dance floor, guests could later make their moves to Dynasty AV & Entertainment on an over-sized heart gobo under the shimmering chandeliers and starry night. The centerpieces looked gorgeous in baby pink and white. Jaipur and Diya Bistro served delicious food and Tyson's Cakes was responsible for the lovely cake. We are sure that there must have been a line outside The Main Event Selfie Booth throughout the night! Please enjoy this marvelous wedding video by photo and video expert Mari Harsan.

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

Raveen and I both went to the same undergraduate university, medical school, were a year apart at the same place and and never crossed paths until his last year of medical school, about 6 years later! It was the quintessential school romance that started in the computer lab of all places. During a span of two weeks, we exchanged short glances across the room, and endless conversations with time seeming to fly by effortlessly. We simply couldn’t sleep because reality was better than our dreams.  From an initial encounter, this quickly blossomed into a romance with the idea of each other once being a stranger almost inconceivable. Raveen recites 1/6/14 as specific the date he knew I was the one. For me, I always felt comfortable with him; we clicked instantly,  I can’t really pinpoint an exact moment when because he seemed to be the right one right from the start.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!

It was Labor Day and I was working over at the hospital. It was pretty slow day and I knew I was going to get out early. Raveen texted me and asked if I wanted to go out to dinner. Instead of our usual classic, casual date night spots he suggested Lemaire, a high end restaurant at the Jefferson Hotel. I didn’t really anticipate that there was something more to this evening aside from the fancy dinner and was essentially clueless. Later that evening as we walked towards his car to head out to the restaurant, Raveen suddenly said he forgot his wallet and ran back to his apartment. Again, this did not bring any further suspicion, given this is a usual occurrence at least every two weeks. Little did I know, while I was waiting in the car, he was decorating his apartment for the proposal! During dinner Raveen had this infectious smile, the one where his eyes squint and his half dimples show, the left one greater than the right, and he was staring at me like when we initially first met in the computer lab. He even made me his favorite paper roses out of our straw wrappers, an act he only reserves for special occasions.  At the end of the dinner the waitress brought two glasses of champagne and simply stated it was on the house. I was shocked. We never get that kind of treatment. That’s when I started to feel like there was more to this night. We left the restaurant and I insisted on Raveen twirling me around like a princess in front of the nearby water fountain before we walked to the car as per my usual when I see fountains and such magical things.  We drove back, and before we got to his apartment door, Raveen suddenly said he had to take this random phone call from a friend he hasn’t talked to in months and walked away back towards the elevators. So he left me alone, a little annoyed, and I opened the apartment door by myself only to find the whole apartment decorated and a ring box waiting for me. Raveen quickly came back from his staged phone call and got down on one knee and proposed. It was beautiful, simple, sweet, and such a perfect special moment that I’ll always remember.


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.

Finding a venue was probably one of the most difficult parts of the planning process. I must have visited at least 10 venues because availability for a June wedding was sparse! I finally decided on Hyatt Regency in Reston, VA because I thought it was a modern venue with plenty of small shops and boutiques for my out of town guests.

I went very classic with my hair and makeup for the wedding ceremony because I wanted a timeless look.  For reception, I decided to change things up and wanted to do something fun and bold with my hair with the fancy ponytail and a dramatic smokey eye.

Decor Theme: Romantic, Secret Garden

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

Unfortunately I did not have time to go to India and shop, so to be on the safe side, I looked into Indian designers and came across this gorgeous Sabyasachi red and maroon wedding lehenga that I knew I had to have.  Barkha, at the Bollywood Closet based in Georgia helped me order the lenga all through phone conversations and email. When I finally received my lenga in the mail it was everything I imagined and fit like a glove. For my reception outfit, I knew I wanted to do a gown.  I fell in love with this dark blue, floral Shyamal and Bhumika gown that perfectly matched my secret garden theme.  Prior to my reception, I had never worn a gown with an underlying net skirt to give that Princess ballgown feel and decided that my wedding reception would be the night!  The gown was surprising comfortable and easy to dance the night away.

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

Decor and deciding on a theme was probably one of the most enjoyable parts of the planning process for me because it was one of the more creative aspects

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?

I think the Starlit dance floor by far.  Everyone remained on the floor until the night was over.

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

Our first look was very special to me.  We went to a Wolf Trap, a nearby outdoor performance center.  It was such a beautiful morning and a private moment we had in the midst of such a busy, chaotic day.

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.

Decor: A couple of weeks after we got engaged, I became obsessed with Pinterest and Maharani weddings to find inspiration for my wedding.  There are so many ideas out there that it’s hard to narrow down one definitive theme.  I decided to go with the florals and secret garden theme for the wedding and reception because I wanted to bring the outdoors inside!

Petal Toss: I am obsessed with DIY projects but as the bride it’s hard to plan and carry these out properly because there are so many elements in the planning process.  I decided at the last minute to do a petal toss at the conclusion of our wedding ceremony. With the help of my planner Preeti and her team,  a mix of peach, pink, and white petals were placed them into organza bags the night before and tied to the aisle chivari chairs.  I printed tags for the bags using Minted with a Rumi quote “ This love is the rose that blooms forever.”

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

Planning a wedding is so overwhelming, try to start as early as you can with deciding on vendors, venues, and outfits so that nothing is rushed and most things are planned the way that you’ve envisioned. Depending on your budget and especially if it is one of the first weddings in your immediate family, I would highly recommend investing in a wedding planner. There are so many components and facets of wedding planning that we just didn't realize or anticipate even after independently planning our own engagement party. A wedding and all of the prewedding events is a completely different planning experience and we were so fortunate to have Preeti and her team holding our hands, walking us through the process, and keeping us organized on a timeline.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)

Cake: Raveen and I picked out a special flavor combination for the top tier of our cake as pink champagne with white chocolate frosting.  We arranged for the top layer to be sent to our room and definitely had a fourth meal at the end of the night in our suite!

Bridesmaids Outfits:  With the help of HoliChic by Megha, a New York based company I designed a shimmery pale gold blouse with net sleeves for my bridesmaids. I wanted to give them a blouse they could easily wear again for any other future events.

Lovely, lovely! This is why we love weddings!

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Planning & Design: Preeti Exclusive | DJ: DynastyAV | Baraat: DynastyAV | Photographer: Mari Harsan | Cinematographer: Mari Harsan | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Reston | Floral & Decor: Da Vinci's Florist | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Dina | Catering: Diya Bistro | Catering: Jaipur | Bridal Fashions: Sabyasachi | Bridal Fashions: Shyamal & Bhumika | Cake & Treats: Tyson's Cakes | Photo Booths: The Main Event Selfie Booth | Rentals: A Starlit Experience | Tuxedos: Hugo Boss |


Whippany, NJ Indian Wedding by Christopher Brock

Welcome back, wedding enthusiasts! Sonal and Pratik's marriage was a rather luxurious New Jersey affair. In the vibrant wedding video created by Christopher Brock Photography, we are spotting a couple of hot, white 007 - style cars, stylishly attired wedding guests, and we wonder if any Insta celebs participated in this high-end celebration! The sangeet was appropriately held at the unique Ukrainian Cultural Center of Parsippany and the ceremony and reception took place at the hip and glamorous Hanover MarriottWedding Design did beyond wondrous when it comes to decorating and draping the venue and if you are looking for an over-the-top decorator, we encourage you to pay extra attention to the stunning red and white flowerful wall and classy pink and white drapes. Elite Events was the pro designer and planner behind this cool wedding venture and KV carriage contributed with lovely rentals. The dance floor resembled a posh nightclub and was packed to the max under the flashing lights delivered to the crowd by Jay Dabhi. We are certain that the DJ's from Jay Dabhi must have played some danceable hits at both baraat and reception for the crowd to look that joyful! The couple had further hired singer Ritesh Rathod to set the mood on their big day. The event was catered with delicious food by Rasoi Catering and the to-die-for wedding cake in white with pink and orange details was creatively baked by Palermo's Bakery. Flawless beauty by Pauline made the already adorable bride and groom shine and gloom in bridal fashion from Kalki Fashions Mumbai. At the ceremony, the couple looked enchanted in rose red and glittery gold and at the reception, the bride was wearing a beautiful baby pink gown with black embroidery. Experts from prettyneatbeauty did a heavenly job on the henna tattoos as well! We would love to have seen the invites made by Anmol Cards - Priyanka Das and photos captured by Christopher Brock Photography. We are positive there must be some memorable shots from the What the Flip Book photo booth as well! For now, lean back, enjoy this capturing wedding video, and get lost!

Do you feel like dancing? We do!

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Photography: Christopher Brock Photography | Cinematography: Christopher Brock Photography | Live Music: Medley Entertainment | Draping/Styling: Flawless Beauty by Pauline | Planning & Design: Elite Events Management | Event Designer: Elite Events Management | Sangeet: Ukrainian American Cultural Center of New Jersey | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hanover Marriott | Floral & Decor: Wedding Design | Catering: Rasoi Catering | DJ: Jay Dabhi Entertainment | Baraat: Jay Dabhi Entertainment | Bridal Fashions: Kalki Fashions Mumbai | Bridal Fashions: Raas - Mumbai | Cake & Treats: Palermos Bakery | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Anmol Cards - Priyanka Das | Lighting: Jay Dabhi Entertainment | Mehndi Artists: Manjeet Kaur - prettyneatbeauty | Photo Booth: What the Flip Book | Baraat: KV carriage |


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