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Toronto, ON Indian Wedding by L'Atelier Lumière International Photographie

In today’s last featured event, Biji Planners proves that you can flawlessly seam together multiple events and finish them off with a grand finale! When Anchal and Deepak began preparing for the wedding bash, it was imperative that they pull off a glamorous celebration in which they honored all the friends and family that supported them. What resulted was a fantasy wedding extravaganza and Diya Decor was summoned to ensure that the spacious ballroom at the Grand Empire Banquet and Convention was bathed in luxurious perfection. The decor was so outstanding that we’ve been gazing at photos of the custom designed dance floor and glittering sweetheart stage all morning long. Guests feasted on a towering cake by Fine Cakes by Zehra while rocking Bollywood beats brought the house down. Even after dancing the night away, the bride still looked picture perfect thanks to Beauty Concept by Shirley Wu and Lesonne Bridals who primed the gorgeous lady for the night. Head into the full gallery where the incredible artists from L'Atelier Lumière International Photographie have captured a treasure cove of pics for your perusal. And make sure to scroll below to read our interview with the lovely bride!

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

Our first meeting was very much like a 'Bollywood' story. I met my groom, Deepak, at a birthday party which I had no interest to go to, I made every single excuse not to go to a party. However, I was dragged to the party as I had to drive my drunk friends back home.

Deepak was sitting at our table at Boston Pizza in Vaughan but we were not introduced, and as soon we got introduced to each other, somebody got into a fight and we all had to leave Boston Pizza.  Once again, we met at Dave and Busters. I was sitting bored as others were busy drinking, and then one of my friends introduced me to Deepak as he was not drinking as well. He asked me if I want to play games, so we spent 4 hours playing and getting to know each other. It felt that we had known each other for so long. It was the best night I ever had. It felt like love at first sight. At the end of night, we bought each other a teddy bear. Even though we both had a great time and liked each other's company, he was too shy to ask me for my email or phone number. We smiled and said good bye to each other.

I was thinking about him all night, but I was not sure if we were going to meet again.

The next day, we both were looking for each other, I was looking for him at Humber College, whereas, he was doing a co-op in Downtown Toronto. And, he was searching for me on social media. In a few days, he sent me a request to add me as friend on a social media app at that time called “Orkut”

Finally we got in touch through "Orkut," and we started chatting and meeting at Humber College. After a few meetings, I started to realize that he was the one for me; in few months, we became so comfortable with each other and became good friends. Then on April 1st 2007, he asked me to be his girlfriend.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!

I had a hint that he was planning a proposal as he used to tell me random things like I should go for Mani-Pedi soon etc. On Friday, June 24, 2016, Deepak picked me up from my work and took me to our favorite restaurant 'Scaramouche'.

After we finished our main course, the server gave me an envelope with a beautiful card from Deepak. After the dinner, we rushed towards downtown and my heart was racing to find out what was next!

As Deepak was driving through the busy downtown streets like Vin Diesel in Fast and Furious, I was becoming more impatient and curious to know why he was acting so outrageous, as he never did so before. Soon before I could figure out anything, we reached at Thomson hotel.

Just like any Bollywood romantic movie, he hastily gave the keys to valet and one of the staff members luxuriously escorted us to the hotel’s rooftop. He held my hand and started leading the way. I followed along with the love of my life to unfold the mystery. Before I could figure out anything, I saw a corner of rooftop with the prettiest view was decorated with the flowers, balloons, and countless meaningful little sweet gestures all around me.

I was so overwhelmed with that surreal surprise and the next thing I knew that he was on his knees with the RING in his hands. Tears of joy, excitement, and happiness rolled down my eyes and I felt everything around us froze for a moment. Obviously, I said, “Yes!” because it was the day we both have been waiting for the past 9 years. It was one the best days of my life as I was blessed to begin the next chapter of my life with my best friend.

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 started the wedding planning process 6 months before our wedding. We did most of the wedding planning ourselves by using google and going to wedding shows such as Kismet Wedding and Lavish Dulhan.

The first step of our wedding plan was to set up a budget and divided it between most important things to least important things.

In our list, venue, photos and makeup was on the top, and then it was the décor, video and entertainment.

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

Even before I started planning my wedding, I fell in love with Shyamal & Bhumika’s graceful and classy designs. The more I became familiar with their works of art, the more I started to fall in love with their couture. It did not take me long enough to make my mind and decide that I wanted to be dressed in Shyamal & Bhumika Bride.

I traveled to India to shop for my wedding outfits. Our journey began in Delhi and we went all around Haryana and Punjab to find my dream lengha. It was such a struggle to find the perfect lengha as my dream lengha was not a typical ‘RED Lengha’. After 3 weeks of intense search, I found it. It was covered with intricate embroidery with fusion designs (all needle work of zardozi, pearls and Swarovski crystal). When I tried that lengha, my family and I fell in love with it.

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

Working with all the different vendors was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, as we not only found the best vendors in the industry but we also developed a great relationship/friendship along the way which we would cherish our whole life.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?

Our guests loved the fact how our wedding was perfectly organized from beginning to the end. They appreciated the fact that we went around from table to table to meet and greet our guests to show appreciation. They also loved the ambiance we created for our guests to experience from cocktail hour to the amazing performances by our friends and family members. Last but not least, they respected how everything happened in a timely manner as that we ensured there was a smooth transition from one thing to another.

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

A really special moment in my wedding that constantly replays in my mind was when I gave a surprise to my husband by singing one of our favorite songs “Soch Na Sake” along with the melodious flute played by none other than talented ‘Sahil Khan’ of ‘Flutehypnosia’.

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.

I decorated our house with the help of my family member for all of the other events. The home décor was kept very traditional as we used lots of flower garlands with fulkari backdrop and vibrant colours to make the space look classy yet not cluttered.

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

I would like to suggest all the Brides-To-Be to enjoy each and every moment of their special day, as this day flies by so quickly. I would also recommend hiring a wedding planner at least for the day of coordination services. And Simmi from Biji planner was amazing, I recommend her 100%. This will help you and your family to be relaxed and enjoy the events to the fullest without worrying about running around to make sure everything goes well in a timely manner.

Have a wonderful weekend lovelies! Don't forget to meet our newest Platinum Guide members!: 

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Photography: L'Atelier Lumière International Photographie | Reception and Ceremony Venue: Grand Empire Banquet and Convention Centre | Planning & Design: Biji Planners | Floral & Decor: Diya Decor | Hair & Makeup: Beauty Concept by Shirley Wu | Cake & Treats: Fine Cakes by Zehra | Transportation: Allure Limo | Additional Beauty: Lesonne Bridals |


Toronto, ON Indian Wedding by L'Atelier Lumière International Photographie

Welcome back! We are sure that when Biji Planners received their assignment of spearheading the planning of Anchal and Deepak’s wedding they were over the moon. This gorg couple met at a party and the rest is romantic history! The Indian wedding ceremony took place at the Grand Empire Banquet and Convention and was impeccably decorated by the experts at Diya Decor. It was a gorgeous, clear Toronto day with a lux, sherbert hued mandap front and center for the couple to take their sacred vows. The bride looked picture perfect for L'Atelier Lumière International Photographie with freshly applied makeup and a bombshell ‘do from Beauty Concept by Shirley Wu and Lesonne Bridals. Deepak’s dapper sherwani definitely showed that this Raja could hold his own in the fashion department! After the bride and groom performed the customary rituals, they were further blessed with rose petals and love from their elated friends and family. L'Atelier Lumière International Photographie got in on all the live action with the full gallery overflowing with all the joyous moments.

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The glittering reception coming up next!

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Photography: L'Atelier Lumière International Photographie | Reception and Ceremony Venue: Grand Empire Banquet and Convention Centre | Planning & Design: Biji Planners | Floral & Decor: Diya Decor | Hair & Makeup: Beauty Concept by Shirley Wu | Cake & Treats: Fine Cakes by Zehra | Transportation: Allure Limo | Additional Beauty: Lesonne Bridals |


Toronto, ON Indian Wedding by L'Atelier Lumière International Photographie

The morning of Maharani Anchal’s wedding celebration at the Grand Empire Banquet and Convention Centre was one for the books as evident by these lighthearted and loving images captured by L'Atelier Lumière International Photographie. One look at this bride told us all we needed to know - this was one excited and gorgeous Maharani! The morning was complete when Beauty Concept by Shirley Wu and Lesonne Bridals showed up and it was time for the fun to start! Anchal’s vision for the perfect wedding dress came to fruition when she laid her eyes on a stunning golden and red lengha. We can’t decide what we like more, the fully embellished fitted top or motif engulfed skirt with stunning trimming. Both pieces of this attire fit together perfectly. Her hair was swept in an elegant updo, and bold red lips and kajaal rimmed eyes took center stage. A stone studded necklace set a bold and captivating tone to the bride’s overall ensemble that was accompanied by a large maang tikka. The pre-ceremony portraits taken by L'Atelier Lumière International Photographie made our hearts flutter. This is one couple made for each other! We’ll return soon with all the ceremonial action, but, until then you can find all the images in our full gallery.

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The "I Dos" coming up next!

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Photography: L'Atelier Lumière International Photographie | Reception and Ceremony Venue: Grand Empire Banquet and Convention Centre | Planning & Design: Biji Planners | Floral & Decor: Diya Decor | Hair & Makeup: Beauty Concept by Shirley Wu | Cake & Treats: Fine Cakes by Zehra | Transportation: Allure Limo | Additional Beauty: Lesonne Bridals |


Virginia Nepali/Indian Wedding by Akbar Sayed Photography

Welcome back to the final installment of Arjoo and Sharath’s amazingly gorgeous wedding celebration out of Virginia! We’ve reaching the grand finale reception soiree, and we’re jumping with joy at all the fun-filled shots! The glamorous bride switched sartorial gears into an angelic white gown, and we’re loving this mix of Eastern and Western fashions. Makeup by Ana B sparkled the bride up with glowing skin, glittery lips and of course, a bombshell ‘do! The groom looked dapper in a rock star worthy white tux. Talk about a gorg couple! Platinum Wedding and Decor transformed The Westin Alexandria venue into a violet wonderland, and we are obsessing over the lovely combo of candles, uplighting, and oodles of blooms. Pure romance! To amp up the wedding fun, Live Sound Entertainment brought in some turntables and blasted tunes until the wee hours of the morning! We loved witnessing the jam packed dance floor with elated guests celebrating the duo on their newlywed status. Akbar Sayed Photography captured every delightful shot, and all the images can be found in the complete gallery. Also, make sure to scroll below for all the inside scoop from Arjoo herself!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Sharath and I met in January 2009 while Sharath was in town for President Obama's inauguration. Sharath was staying at my best friend's (Jenny) house (he was friends with her brother) for the inauguration and I came over that day just to hang out at her place.  Prior to me going over, Jenny said to me "Jason's friend Sharath is here, you know what, I bet he is going to like you, you are definitely his type." As soon as I saw him, I instantly liked him and little did I know, he was attracted to me also :). Sharath then walked into the kitchen where Jenny's mom was cooking and he started talking about food and culture. Sharath told Jenny's mom who is also South Indian, "I've always wanted to go to Tibet and see the Himalayas." As soon as I heard him say that, I thought, I should tell him I'm from Nepal!!! So i popped out of the other room and yelled out , "I could be your sherpa." Sharath and I remained friends for the next couple of years as he lived in Atlanta and I liked in Maryland. Sharath came into town for Jason's wedding four years later and after the wedding is when we started chatting more on Facebook and then we decided to start dating. I always admired Sharath as Jenny's and her family has such great things to say about him and so once we started talking more on Facebook and I realized we have similar characteristics, I definitely knew he was the one then :).

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Since we both met at Obama's first inauguration and started dating at his second, Sharath knew proposing in front of the White House would be a great idea! So before Obama left office, Sharath proposed to me the day before my birthday and secretly we were hoping Michelle and Barack were watching!!!

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 have always loved weddings and grew up dreaming about my wedding! I planned the wedding in seven months with the help of our wedding planner.  I have been to and been in many weddings that I already knew what I wanted in terms of outfits and vendors. I let Sharath choose the colors and he wanted purple and gold (Kobe fan). I've always wanted to wear a wedding gown as I grew up wearing Nepali clothes since I was younger, so I knew that would be my reception outfit. I wanted my ceremony outfit to be a typical Nepali outfit but made sure to have a life size print out of me wearing a South Indian outfit and Sharath wearing a Nepali outfit, to incorporate both cultures. I only had one make up and hair trial and I decided to book Make up by Ana B right away. Not only was I so happy with my hair and make up looks, they made everyone in our bridal party and our cousins look phenomenal! I believe I was able to have a stress free day because I loved my hair and make up and because everything ran on time :).

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew I wanted a blush color for my wedding gown and was so happy with what I found!

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I think the most enjoyable part was having vendors who understood our vision and made me feel very special during the whole process.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
We had a 375 person wedding, so I was particularly scared it wouldn't be organized however all our guests have said everything was so organized and they loved the overall ambiance of the wedding. They also loved the skit that the bridesmaids, friends and family performed!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
During the ceremony, I loved that Sharath and I were just having fun at the Mandap! Nepali weddings are very long (2-3 hours), so I was nervous it would "drag out", however since we knew our priest and our families were on stage with us, we were able to laugh and smile the whole time. Another special moment was when our bridesmaids, friends and family choreographed a surprise 17 minute dance for us, it blew us away!! It was amazing!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6kh4s5PMX0&t=24s

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.
I always wanted a white dance floor and I got the biggest one, which I loved!! It went so well with the decor and the bridesmaids outfits :).

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Make sure you pick vendors who really love their job. I believe our wedding went so well because all the vendors were professional and had so much experience that they could solve their own issues without any of us knowing about it! Also, on the day of, give all your worries and tasks to your wedding planner and vendors. It is so important to just be in the moment and soak in all the love in the room.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
My Mehndi artist, Shazia, was so amazingly sweet and patient. She made me feel so calm during the whole mehndi day and did an amazing job with everyones Mehndi!
The Westin were very accommodating to all of our needs, they had a room available for whatever we needed, a whole hair and make up suite for 20 ppl in the morning, an after party room all set up, tea and break rooms throughout the day.

Thank you Arjoo! We'll be back with another incredible wedding feature tomorrow!

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Photography: Akbar Sayed Photography | Venues: The Westin Alexandria | Floral & Decor: Platinum Wedding and Decor | Cinematography: Akbar Sayed Photography | Planning & Design: Seven Ivory Brides | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Ana B | Baraat: Live Sound Entertainment | Catering: Bombay Tandoor | DJ: Live Sound Entertainment | Lighting: Live Sound Entertainment | Dance Floor: Live Sound Entertainment | Bridal Fashion | White Dress: Bridal Boutique of Columbia Maryland-Essence Of Australia | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Outfits: Cbazaar | Wedding Rings: Mervis Diamond Importers | Cake & Treats: Sonia’s Cakes | Mehndi: Henna by Shazia | Officiant: Ragu Aryal |


Virginia Nepali/Indian Wedding by Akbar Sayed Photography

All the matrimonial action of Arjoo and Sharath begins in this post! We were jazzed to witness all the excitement in these sweethearts’ smiles as the baraat kicked off and took over the streets of Alexandria. Sharath was a dapper Raja as he showed off his best bhangra moves surrounded by his posse of ladies and gents. Not to be left out the action, Maharani Arjoo giggled and sashayed as she oversaw the commotion from her bridal suite at The Westin Alexandria. As Sharath took his place at the coral, bedazzled mandap courtesy of the artists at Platinum Wedding and Decor, he eagerly awaited his bride. Stunning Arjoo certainly did not disappoint, and as she floated down the aisle surrounded by lavish floral arrangements, she resembled a fairy Princess. Her hair and makeup by Makeup by Ana B glowed in the candlelight, and her smile warmed the hearts of every guest. The duo were soon pronounced Mr. and Mrs., and the smiles on their faces when they sealed the deal are so swoon worthy! Join us reliving the beautiful moments by perusing the full gallery of snaps by Akbar Sayed Photography.

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The purple wonderland reception soiree coming right up!

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Photography: Akbar Sayed Photography | Venues: The Westin Alexandria | Floral & Decor: Platinum Wedding and Decor | Cinematography: Akbar Sayed Photography | Planning & Design: Seven Ivory Brides | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Ana B | Baraat: Live Sound Entertainment | Catering: Bombay Tandoor | DJ: Live Sound Entertainment | Lighting: Live Sound Entertainment | Dance Floor: Live Sound Entertainment | Bridal Fashion | White Dress: Bridal Boutique of Columbia Maryland-Essence Of Australia | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Outfits: Cbazaar | Wedding Rings: Mervis Diamond Importers | Cake & Treats: Sonia’s Cakes | Mehndi: Henna by Shazia | Officiant: Ragu Aryal |


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