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Houston, TX Indian Wedding by Aventography

We can’t stop smiling after watching Nusrat and Daniel’s colorful wedding festivities filled with glitz and glamour at every turn. The weekend was bursting with some of the most elaborate flower power we’ve ever seen! Nusrat and Daniel’s wedding party entered through a swoon worthy floral arch and we're loving how every inch of the reception stage was accessorized with tropical blooms. The ceremony space was further beautified by Dream Decors, who added shimmering and bold decor that transformed the venue into a dream come true for Nusrat. Keeping up with the glittering wedding theme, the bride donned a treasure trove of ornate, fully embroidered gowns bedazzled with topaz stones and dabka work. Maharani Nusrat truly sparkled from every angle. Nothing sparkled brighter than the newlyweds’ love however, and the gorg duo were radiant as they vowed to love each other forever and cut their majestic six tiered cake by Cakes by Gina. The venue was lit in smoldering gold hues by Dream Decors, while DJ Tariq churned out all the infectious beats that kept loved ones grooving on the dance floor all night long. Bask in all the beauty while enjoying the stunning wedding film by Aventography. And make sure to scroll below for the behind the scenes details from Maharani Nusrat!

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

Daniel and I met at an Eid party, the day before he left for law school in Austin. We stayed in touch online, but it wasn't until he invited me to his law school prom that we started to develop feelings. We began a long distance relationship for the next few years, and I knew he was "the one" since we didn't let a 3-hour drive stop us from nurturing and growing our love. Long distance relationships are tough, but knowing that you have someone so special waiting for you and supporting you makes it all worth it.

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

I knew that I wanted to wear a red lehenga for my shaadi, but it was my gaye holud outfit that took me by surprise. I chose to wear a sari to stay close to my Bengali roots. I also knew I didn't want to look like the traditional bride on her holud day. We found this beautiful multicolored sari, and I was in love! The burnt orange, olive green, and jewel toned purple dazzled brilliantly in our gaye holud outfits.

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

The most enjoyable part of the process was spending time with my mom and planning out everything together. It brought us much closer together. I was able to see how everything was so meaningful and precious to her, and since I am the first and only daughter on her side of the family, it made this wedding very special for my family.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?

My guests really enjoyed the wedding decorations and the stage setup. I did not want any draping, and one of my guests even said she had never seen anything like my stage before. Dream Decors set up the perfect ambiance and truly made me feel like I stepped into a fairytale wedding.

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

Our first dance was a very memorable moment. I've never really been much of a dancer, but my husband loves to dance. I remember being so nervous standing in the middle of a room with over 300 people in it and having to slow dance. We had only practiced our dance a couple of times and didn't take into account how heavy the dress would be. I remember feeling a sense of calm as the song started playing since I knew that I could trust him to make us look uncoordinated and graceful.

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

Do not stress about the details and enjoy your day. Remind yourself that this is a once in a lifetime experience and don't let "little things" bother you. Remind yourself that you have the best big thing: the love of your husband.

Thank you Nusrat! Another day, another fab Indian wedding! We'll see you all bright and early tomorrow morning!

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Cinematographer: Aventography | Photographer: Aventography | Sangeet Venue: Shahnai Banquet Hall | Shaadi Venue: Chateau Crystale | Nikkah Venue: Embassy Suites Hotel | Hair & Makeup: Fashion Face Beauty | DJs: DJ Tariq | Bridal Fashions: Bridals N More | Bridal Jewelry: Damas | Cake & Treats: Cakes by Gina | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Minted | Lighting: Dream Decors | Mehndi Artists: Hennaology - Rafia | Floral & Decor: Dream Decors |


Dallas, TX South Asian Wedding by Inspired Effects

We’re loving Susan and Simon’s wedding film by Inspired Effects. This darling duo’s special day contained the perfect blend of touching ceremonial rites and energetic dance party moments! The film began with Susan and Simon’s ceremony, which was serene and touching. We noticed that the pews were bursting with loved ones elated to witness the duo take their matrimonial vows. Simon was a gentlemen in his navy tux, while Susan looked angelic in her beaded white gown and whimsical styling. Pam Lux Makeup created a doe eyed makeup look and ethereal, flowing waves that suited the romantic proceedings so well. The couple also dressed their beloved bridal party in sensational styles, with the gents in gray suits and the ladies in rosy pink dresses. Gray & pink are one of our absolute favorite color combos, so we give the fashions two thumbs up! Next, guests kicked back and relaxed at the newlyweds’ euphoric reception extravaganza! The Irving Convention Center venue was adorned from ceiling to floor in dreamy drapings, candles, and chandeliers by the artists at Bebe’s Decor. Our jaws dropped when we caught sight of the stage - Specifically the floral wall. It was such a lush cloud of prettiness. The night was a nonstop party with 1Amazing DJ Service taking over the beats and lighting. Such a blast!  Susan and Simon’s wedding had it all, and you should definitely hit play for all the special moments. Enjoy!

We'll be back tomorrow morning with another fantastic video for you all. Have a lovely day!

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Cinematography: Inspired Effects | DJ: 1Amazing DJ | Floral & Decor: Bebes Decor | Lighting: 1Amazing DJ | Photography: Inspired Effects | Reception Venue: Irving Convention Center | Floral & Decor: My Designer by Jacqueline Padilla | Hair & Makeup: Pam Lux Makeup | Appetizers: Taj Mahal | Pianist: Lance Abraham | Photo Booths: YourGigRentals | Transportation: DallasLimoPartyBus |


Salida, CA South Asian Wedding by Paul Ortiz Films

When a film from Paul Ortiz Films crosses our desks, we perk up immediately and know we are in for some stunning escapism. This majestic clip showcased the love between Priya and Sterling and weaved such a rich tale of their romance. Our senses were overcome with the breathtaking scenes in the film, ranging from the couple frolicking on cliffs alongside the ocean, to hypnotizing performances by BollyNaach at the California Ballroom reception. Above all, the radiance of the couple shone brightly, and we loved witnessing the duo engage in ancient and meaningful traditions with so much poise. Kudos to the couple’s family who planned and designed the celebrations. Guests were utterly transported to India in the outdoor ceremony space that was carefully festooned with florals by Flowers By Alis. During the proceedings, rain began to fall, which is a sign of prosperity within Hindu customs. We’re so excited for Priya and Sterling and all the adventures that are to come for them in the future. They have a truly awe inspiring wedding film to remember their union, and we’re excited to share the clip with all of you. Hurry and hit play - We promise you’ll thank us!

We dont know about you, but we're off to watch that clip over and over. Have a lovely day Maharanis!

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Cinematography: Paul Ortiz Films | Photographer: Ravi Ram Q Studios International | Sangeet and Ceremony Venue: Family Home | Reception Venue: California Ballroom | Planning & Design: Family Members | Floral & Decor: Flowers By Alis | Hair: Minal Khatri at Bridal Henna Beauty | Catering: Sandy's Catering | DJs: DeeJay Dru - DJ Nikhil | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: BollyNaach | Bridal Fashions: Indian Wedding Sarees | Bridal Jewelry: Juzba Indian Jewelry | Cake & Treats: Elegant Cakes By Lida | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Minal Khatri | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Indian Wedding Card | Mehndi Artists: Minal Khatri | Tuxedos: Roopam Clothing |


Queens, NY Indo-Caribbean Wedding by NY PhotoVideo

Aminta and Rohan met through their local temple when they were children. As years went by, Aminta noticed that Rohan was becoming more profound, philosophical, and, handsome. Likewise, Rohan was struck by Aminta’s lovely singing voice, curls, and intellect. As they got to know each other, they realized they shared the same birthday of November 10th! Adorable. We’re sure they’ve had some incredible birthday celebrations together, but nothing could top their magnificent Hindu Guyanese wedding weekend. We wept throughout their touching wedding film. The artists at NY PhotoVideo have such a fantastic ability to capture emotional moments perfectly, and we were so moved by the love between the duo and their family members while watching this clip. We were dazzled by Aminta’s bridal look, with voluminous hair by Heena Das Beauty and a glittering lehenga. If you’re craving more info on this gorg couple’s celebrations, check out their recent feature on our site with photographs by the amazing Nidji Photography. You can also take a gander at their full gallery, and make sure to scroll below to read up on the all the behind the scenes scoop according to Maharani Aminta!

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Our highlight video for our Hindu ceremony captured the essence of our love for each other and the sanctity of the entire day of our marriage. We got married on our birthdays (yes, we share the day) at the beautiful Jamaica Performing Arts Center in Queens, NY. We wanted to think outside of the box and get married in a place no Hindu wedding had taken place before, yet we wanted to stay close to the community we love to serve. JPAC, a hidden gem and landmarked space in New York City, was absolutely perfect. My parents, who hosted the ceremony and worked so hard to make sure every detail was perfect for the entire week, were in awe by its beauty. I remember the excitement in my mom's eyes when we walked in for the first time to see the space. She knew that is where she and my dad would walk me down the aisle to marry my soulmate.

Elegant Floral Design transformed the venue, which serves as a theater and performing arts space, into what looked like a palace for a King and Queen's wedding. Our wedding itself, officiated by our family priest Pandit Chunelall Narine, was the most magical ceremony. Every step was explained with such detail, and every act we took held so much meaning. I was crying practically the entire time - first in my yellow lehenga (before seeing Rohan) because I was reminiscing about childhood and it hit me that I was GETTING MARRIED, that my parents, who bathed me as a baby were about to wash the feet of Rohan and I, that I'd miss my two little sisters Kamelia and Hemma tremendously, etc. Then, I came out for the second time, this time in my grander red lehenga,  I caught Rohan's eye as I entered in a dholi, being carried by six of my dear male cousins. Rohan was over the moon with happiness - I could see it in his smile, and in the huge grin on his face. Tears of joy flowed from mine. We love each other so very much, and guests said that it showed through every moment of the ceremony. They are still talking about how touching and heartfelt our wedding was and also that they felt they were part of a royal court watching their King marry his Queen.

Rohan and I are always joking around with each other.  There were several moments of that during our ceremony - we even played footsie under the mandap!

One of the most memorable and barrier-breaking moments in our ceremony was when Rohan decided to break with tradition and bow at my feet after garlanding me. It is not something you ever see, but he has always viewed me with respect, with love, and with equality. He has done this in the past, but never in front of hundreds of people! He says I am his goddess and this was a demonstration of that feeling. I felt very blessed at that moment and it was as if we were the only two people in the room.  We deeply admire each other. After garlanding each other, we held hands really tightly. We were ready to be married, and to start our lives together.

Thanks for sharing Aminta! Have a wonderful Wednesday Maharanis! 

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Hair & Makeup: Heena Das Beauty | Photography: Nidji Photography | Baraat: Naturally Recklez Tassa Group | Bridal Fashion (Red Outfit): Frontier Bazar | Bridal Fashion (Yellow Outfit): Kamal Bhai Saree Sangam | Bridal Fashion (White Wedding Dress): Demetrios | Cakes & Treats: Francesco’s Bakery | Catering (Hindu Ceremony): Jay's Roti Hut | Cinematographer: NY Photo Video | Dj & Entertainment: DJ Fess of Elite Sounds | Floral & Décor: Elegant Floral Design | Hair & Makeup (Ceremony Makeup): Beauty by Tamanna | Lighting (Hindu wedding ceremony): Jamaica Performing Arts Center | Mehndi Artist: Henna for All | Photobooth: Red Nose Rentals | Venue (Ceremony): Jamaica Performing Arts Center | Venue (Reception): Leonard's Palazzo |


Michigan Indian Wedding by 3rd Street Films

This colorful Indian wedding film by 3rd Street Films features the lovely Bhavna and Alok. If you want to take a breather from your Tuesday workday and enjoy gorgeous fashions, masterful dances, and sentimental speeches, sit back and hit play! The adorable Alok and Bhavna met in college at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. When they started talking, they felt an instant connection and would talk for hours at a time, finding more and more similarities. Although Alok moved away for medical school, distance only made their hearts grow fonder, and they were eventually engaged in spectacular Hawaiian fashion. You can read more about their proposal below in our interview with Bhavna! We fell in love with so many aspects of this wedding, including the awe inspiring floral and design elements by Utsav Planners, Christopher & Company, and Colonial Events. During our talk with Maharani Bhavna, she had some advice for all you brides to be. She said, “Before our wedding, someone told Alok and me that at every event, we should take a second to step away, just the two of us, and look at everyone enjoying themselves and take in the decorations, venue, etc. It was definitely one of the best pieces of advice we got.” We’re so happy that the twosome enjoyed their spectacular events, and thrilled that we get to relive the festivities through this film by 3rd Street Films. If only we could reach into the screen and grab a slice of cake by Cakes by Stephanie and some tasty dishes by Krishna Catering and Ashoka. Hope you enjoy Maharanis!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!

Alok planned such an elaborate proposal that I'm still shocked he pulled it off. He knew long before he proposed that it was very important to me to have my parents nearby when he proposed. I didn't want to call them up and tell them I was engaged, but I wanted to be able to share that special and emotional moment with them in person. This is the main reason I had no idea it was coming. He asked me to go on a 10-day vacation with him and his family to Hawaii at the end of 2014/beginning of 2015. Knowing that my parents were not coming on this trip, I knew a proposal couldn't be happening. About 4 days into our trip, Alok and I escaped for a romantic evening by ourselves where we watched the sunset on the beach and went to dinner. Watching the sunrise and brunch afterwards were also planned for the next morning. At that dinner, I told him how a small part of me was hoping that he would somehow surprise me by bringing my parents to Hawaii and proposing, but how I knew that couldn't happen since I had just talked to my mom and she was at home getting ready for bed. He laughed it off so convincingly. The next morning, as we were watching the sunrise on the beach after a 3.5 hour drive, I was in disbelief as he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. A few minutes later, he asked me to turn around, and I saw my entire family getting out of a van. They had flown in the night before and Alok took me on that date to get me out of the hotel while they arrived. The planning and dedication that was put into the proposal by Alok and both of our families was amazing. They all hid it from me for over 6 months!

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 always had a vision in my head of how I pictured my wedding. Once I found my wedding planner Rupali Bedi, I knew she would make it come to life. There was a lot of pinning on Pinterest and texting Rupali my ideas. I think she figured out how to make my vision come to life for just about everything and even took some to the next level. I fell in love with the Eagle Crest Resort in Ypsilanti, Michigan as soon as I saw it. It was gorgeous. They, however, had several staffing and logistical issues throughout the planning process, which made things somewhat stressful, even up until after the ceremony, which was very unfortunate. All of our vendors were amazing and very professional. My mom and I have been going to the Hair Forum in Riverview, MI for our hair needs for years and they did an impeccable job with my hair. For makeup, we went to Todd's Room, Jamie in particular. He had done makeup for two of my cousins and I knew then that I wanted him as well. We didn't have much of a theme to our wedding weekend, but I always had colors in mind. For the Sangeet, I knew I wanted everything to be colorful and bright, including my outfit. For the ceremony, I wanted it to look traditional with some modern elements. The color scheme was burgundy and gold. And for the reception, I had my heart set on purple and silver.

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

I did all of my wedding shopping in India with my mom. I knew I wanted a traditional and classy burgundy and gold lengha. We had a few options, and in the end I chose a velvet red and gold lengha with a white dupatta. It wasn't quite as dark as I wanted it to be though, so I chose the color of a different lengha and they remade the one I wanted with that darker material.

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

I loved everything about it! I don't know if I can pick just one part. I'm a planner when it comes to anything in my life and I just loved planning such a big event. I loved seeing the excitement and energy it was bringing to everyone in our family the closer we got to the wedding.

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

ENJOY EVERYTHING. Before our wedding, someone told Alok and me that at every event, we should take a second to step away, just the two of us, and look at everyone enjoying themselves and take in the decorations, venue, etc. It was definitely one of the best pieces of advice we got and I like to share it with any engaged couple I know. It's so easy to get caught up in the excitement and not really take the time to take in all of the time and effort that was spent putting everything together. It's crazy how quickly the wedding comes and goes. Our wedding was over 8 months ago now and I still miss it everyday!

Have a lovely Tuesday Maharanis! See you back tomorrow!

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Planning & Design: Utsav Planners,Inc. | Floral & Decor: Utsav Planners,Inc. | Catering: Krishna Catering and Restaurant | Photography: Colin Lyons Photography | Cakes & Treats: Cakes by Stephanie | Catering (Sangeet and Reception): Ashoka | Cinematographer: 3rd Street Films | Dj & Entertainment: DJ Ice and Fresh Productions | Floral & Décor: Christopher & Company | Floral & Décor (Sangeet & Reception): Colonial Events | Hair (Family): Hair Forum | Makeup (Family): Todd's Room | Hair & Makeup (Bridesmaids): Salon Vox | Lighting (Uplghting/Pinspots): DJ Ice and Fresh Productions | Priest: Doobay | Rentals (Linens & Napkins): Fabulous Events | Rentals (Backdrops and Draping): Colonial Events | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest |


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