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Columbus, Ohio Fusion Wedding by Greybird Galleries

We are back at the Wedgewood Golf Course for the wonderful wedding celebration of Nisha and Corey spearheaded and designed by Joie De Vivre Events. It was important to the bride to ensure that gold hues were a part of her grand finale. The bride donned a beautiful, flowing anarkali with heavy embroidery work completed with zari, thread, and lace designed from Shyamal & Bhumika. A touch of pink was added to the bottom of the gown as an offsetting touch. I love how the bride had personalized touches here and there to really make her stand out!  The reception party was moved indoors to the ballroom area of the quarters and was sprinkled with fabulous floral by Flowerheads. The Cake Studio whipped up an uber classy wedding cake that was served after dinner handcrafted in house. Guests danced into the wee hours of the morning from entertainment by Columbus Pros DJs with Greybird Galleries snapping away with all the photos that you can find in the gallery of this splendid couple! 

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That’s all folks! We hope you are having a great Friday and we will see you all next week!

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Planning & Design: Joie de Vivre Events | Bridal Fashion (Wedding): Seasons | Bridal Fashion (Reception): Shyamal & Bhumika | Cakes & Treats: The Cake Studio | Catering: Wedgewood Golf & Country Club | Cinematographer: Prodigy Cinema | Dj & Entertainment: Columbus Pros DJs | Floral & Décor: Flowerheads | Rentals (Mandap): Events 2NV | Hair & Makeup: Formality Onsite Hair & Makeup by Tiffany | Invitations & Stationary (Invitations): Shubh Cards | Invitations & Stationary (Place Cards - Map - Stationary): You're Invited | Lighting (Uplighting at Reception): Columbus Pro DJs | Mehndi Artist: Radhika | Photobooth: Greybird Galleries | Photographer: Greybird Galleries | Transportation: Cardinal Transportation | Venue: Wedgewood Golf Course |


Columbus, Ohio Fusion Wedding by Greybird Galleries

Hello Maharanis! We hope that you are getting loads and loads of inspiration for your big day! Today we highlight the fusion wedding of Nisha and Corey and their wonderful wedding at the Wedgewood Golf Course. Their love tale began when the couple met at work and before she knew it, this Maharani had butterflies in her stomach at the mere thought of her Maharaja. Once Corey popped the question (read all the details from the bride below!), it was time to contemplate the dream team. Naturally, only a stellar team would do and Nisha decided that Joie De Vivre Events would the planning and design team to create her fairy tale wedding. The morning of her wedding ceremony, Formality Onsite Hair & Makeup by Tiffany was ushered into the venue to handle glam control. Nisha knew she wanted to incorporate gold into her bridal gear and a hint of a soft pink dupatta was the perfect contrast to her outfit from Seasons. The bride and groom opted to soak in the gorgeous day with an Indian ceremony held outdoors. Events 2NV designed a seussian mandap in shades of whites and pinks that sat in the gorgeous gardens of the venue. Greybird Galleries has captured all the whimsical moments that you can find in our gallery.

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

Corey and I met at work. He was shadowing me one day so he could help with a training class. We got along really well and were close friends for a while before we dated.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!

I received a text from him one night when he was supposed to be working. He told me he had the rest of the evening off and that I should come over. I was at home and my mom had mentioned that she wanted me to go to the mall with her first. I later realized she was trying to get me to wear something nicer than the jeans and t-shirt I had on for the proposal she knew was happening later!

I left the mall without new clothes. I was headed to see Corey and my parents were headed back home. Before I left, my mom had given me a big hug. I thought it was odd at the time because I was going to come back home after seeing Corey!

I pulled up to his place and reached for my key to open his door. As soon as I started trying to open the door, I heard him moving around a lot, then from the other side of the door- "Wait!" I said I would but instantly got frustrated that I was just standing outside his door for no reason! When he opened the door there were lit white candles everywhere! Rose petals covered the floor. In tea light candles on the floor was written "Marry me?" As soon as I read the message, he was on one knee asking me to marry him! I was completely floored! And to top it off he even got me my dream ring I mentioned months ago! Everything was perfect! 

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.

The planning process was strenuous! I am a total laid back personality, so it was tough for me to get started! I started by sending inquiries about pricing and my budget to vendors. If I liked their work and the info I was given, we met face to face. The great thing about all of the vendors is that we all seemed to get along very well. Everyone was on the same page. It made everything much easier on me!

Once I got all the contracts in order, I had my Planner/Coordinator set to start at the last 2 months with getting everything organized. It was nice to be able to pass off that responsibility & just enjoy myself during our wedding festivities!

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

I knew I wanted gold! And because I have an unhealthy obsession with coral pink, I knew I wanted that tied in somehow. I went through a lengthy process to find my wedding outfit. I bought a beautiful Sabyasachi saree originally. It was fully gold in the photos, but when I received it, I realized it wasn't formal enough for a bride. My mother ended up wearing that saree for our reception. And my aunt from India helped me get my bridal outfit from Mumbai.

For the reception outfit, I was able to reach out to Shyamal & Bhumika. The process was super easy, and I ended up with an elegant custom lengha!

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

Probably when Corey and his mom broke out into a choreographed dance after the bride/father and groom/mother dance we planned. I had no idea he was doing this! I stood there in complete shock during the whole dance! It was amazing!

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

Enjoy your wedding festivities! Either designate someone else to handle the tough stuff during your festivities, or get a coordinator! Enjoy every moment- it will fly by!

We have the reception party coming right up! See you in a flash.

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Planning & Design: Joie de Vivre Events | Bridal Fashion (Wedding): Seasons | Bridal Fashion (Reception): Shyamal & Bhumika | Cakes & Treats: The Cake Studio | Catering: Wedgewood Golf & Country Club | Cinematographer: Prodigy Cinema | Dj & Entertainment: Columbus Pros DJs | Floral & Décor: Flowerheads | Rentals (Mandap): Events 2NV | Hair & Makeup: Formality Onsite Hair & Makeup by Tiffany | Invitations & Stationary (Invitations): Shubh Cards | Invitations & Stationary (Place Cards - Map - Stationary): You're Invited | Lighting (Uplighting at Reception): Columbus Pro DJs | Mehndi Artist: Radhika | Photobooth: Greybird Galleries | Photographer: Greybird Galleries | Transportation: Cardinal Transportation | Venue: Wedgewood Golf Course |


Mansfield, TX Pashtun Fusion Wedding by Jeremy Minnerick Photography

We return to the Pashtun Fusion wedding celebration of Maharani Shereen and her beloved Don at the Aristide | Mansfield. This venue is absolutely perfect for weddings! With the rich, historic 18th century Italian Villa design and the amazing architectural motifs scattered throughout the grand staircase and ballroom; it truly is the details that sets this venue apart. Makeup by Shilpa gave the bride the royal treatment. Channelling her inner Queen, the bride wore a breathtaking long sleeve gown with a semi sheer hem and corded lace applique from Belier Design. A sweeping veil was topped off to complete the look. The ceremony took place inside the gorgeous ballroom designed by Suman Pai of Elegant Affairs Blush pinks and luxurious silks brought on a whimsical and carefree vibe that was idyllic to say the least. Lush floral arrangements set the tone for a fabulous event. The entire venue was bathed in illuminated lighting by LeForce Entertainment. Asad of Outspoken Visions Entertainment curated the perfect music list that appealed to the newlyweds as they dined on authentic Afghan cuisine from Nora. The bride and groom exited the venue amid a fistful of sparklers, cheered on by their guests. Jeremy Minnerick Photography was behind the lens the whole night to ensure that no tender moment was missed and you can view the rest of this wedding in our gallery.

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Hopefully, we have inspired and rejuvenated you to plan your big day! See you tomorrow!

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Floral & Decor: Elegant Affair | DJ: Outspoken Visions Entertainment | Bridal Fashions: Belier Design | Cakes & Treats: Frosted Art | Catering: Istanbul Grill (Mehndi/Traditional Pashtun Celebrations) | Catering: Nora (Reception) | Favors: FK Creations | Floral & Décor: Floranthropy (Floral Donations) | Hair & Makeup: Annie's Salon (Hair) | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Shilpa (Makeup) | Invitations & Stationary: Art by Ellie | Lighting: LeForce Entertainment | Live Music: Qais Essar | Photobooth: LeForce Entertainment | Photography: Jeremy Minnerick | Planning & Design: Meredith Commender | Significant Events of Texas | Rentals: May I Serve U | Rentals: Alexander Tent Rentals | Transportation: Romantic Remembrances | Venue: Aristide - Mansfield |


Mansfield, TX Pashtun Fusion Wedding by Jeremy Minnerick Photography

Shereen and Don are one of the cutest couples to cross our screen. We absolutely love how the couple incorporated multiple cultures in their gorgeous wedding celebration for an ultimate Pashtun Fusion wedding. The series of events began with a festive pre-ceremony party. Suman Pai of Elegant Affairs outfitted the outdoor area of a gallant home with pops of colors and drapery. The pastel hues of the decor transformed the spacious quarters to mimic the inside of a genie’s lamp. It’s right about lunchtime here at Maharani Weddings and we are craving some authentic cuisine! Shereen brought on Istanbul Grill to dish out eats to her guests. With specialties such as red lentil soup and izgara kofte, we are looking for the nearest Mediterranean restaurant. Guests danced the night away against the dark skies as they began the preparation for the grand wedding and reception. Head into the gallery where Jeremy Minnerick Photography has captured all the moments of this special event. Customary Pashtun events are a sight to behold and bride Shereen unveils all the details on her event with a special overview on this unique celebration that you can read all about after you peruse through these images.

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I was introduced to Don through a mutual friend. In 2013, I moved to Shanghai and didn't know anyone. A friend whom I had worked with at the University of Texas noticed on Facebook that I was now living in Shanghai. He sent me a message and said he could connect me with one of his friends whom he had worked with in Cambodia and was now living in Shanghai. That friend was Don. I said, "Sure, why not," and Don and I met up for a hot pot dinner. I think Don would agree that when we started traveling together that it was clear that we were perfect for each other. Little did we know back then that after several times hanging out at parties and grabbing dinner in Shanghai that we would end up madly in love, moving to Hong Kong and spending the rest of our lives together.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I didn't want anything dramatic because our actual relationship is more important to me than how he would propose, which I knew he eventually would because we had talk a lot about marriage. The weekend after I had officially submitted my master's thesis in the late summer of 2015, we went on a mini vacation to another island in Hong Kong and relaxed in a cute home on top of a hill. We were having drinks on the roof of house, soaking in the sun and the warm weather, when Don asked. It was intimate and casual and exactly how I would've wanted it.
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 started off planning without a wedding planner. I had booked the venue (Aristide Events Center), caterer (Nora), florist/decorator (Elegant Affairs) and cake (Frosted Art) before I realized that this would be a major project that we would need help with. Thankfully, I found wedding planner Meredith Commender of Significant Events of Texas and she was the reason why our wedding was perfect and so much fun. Meredith was extremely professional from the time I met her to even days after the wedding. Meredith helped provide professional and realistic suggestions for services I would definitely need or could definitely go without. Unfortunately, a few of the vendors (namely Nora and Elegant Affairs) became unreliable and difficult to communicate with, especially just within the week of the wedding, which was very frustrating, but Meredith was a total pro and handled everything to make sure all went well. She was even able to help me find and book a rabab player to perform during the wedding ceremony. This was extremely difficult, as we found only 2 professional rabab players in the entire United States.
The day before the wedding, we had a smaller party at my parent's home in Mansfield and called it a mehndi to signify that we also wanted to uphold more traditional Pashtun traditions. Don, whose ancestors came from Ireland/Germany, was and has always been amazing at embracing everything that I teach him about my culture. His family was no different. I wore a fuchsia Pashtun dress that I had custom-made in Islamabad, Pakistan. Don's shalwar kameez was made in Peshawar, Pakistan, and his turban was custom-made for him in Parachinar, which is the village my family comes from. The turban is very special to us, as the design is unique in that region and was hand delivered from the village all the way to Islamabad so that my mom could pick it up and take it back to the US. The jewelry I wore, which included the headpiece, necklace, and earrings, are family heirlooms-they were my great grandmother's. For the event, Elegant Affairs set up an area on my parent's back porch where we had the ceremony and the DJ, Outspoken Entertainment, was set up for dancing later in the night. A large tent was also set up in the backyard for dinner. We had Istanbul Grill cater, who was very professional and would definitely contact for any future catering. The only issue we had with a vendor was with Alexander Tent Rental, who forgot to bring flooring for the tent even though it had been in our contract. But, all in all, the night was a lot of fun and a big success, and I say that because we had the police shut us down at 10 pm.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Working with my planner Meredith-her confidence and ability to handle so much made me feel a lot less stressed!
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Dancing with my friends to specific songs that we used to dance to all the time. The private last dance with Don was equally memorable. The song we danced to, Somebody to Love Me by Mark Ronson, was a song Don introduced me to in Shanghai and that we listened to a lot thereafter.
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.
Mehndi colors were mint green and pink. We had lanterns line the walkways and jasmine garlands for guests as they entered the backyard.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Plan your wedding however you and your fiance want, not how others want it. There are no rules to what you should or should not do for your wedding. Let your personalities and your bond be what shines the most during the wedding.
Coming right up we have the fabulous wedding and reception with Asad of Outspoken Visions Entertainment on the turntables!

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Floral & Decor: Elegant Affair | DJ: Outspoken Visions Entertainment | Bridal Fashions: Belier Design | Cakes & Treats: Frosted Art | Catering: Istanbul Grill (Mehndi/Traditional Pashtun Celebrations) | Catering: Nora (Reception) | Favors: FK Creations | Floral & Décor: Floranthropy (Floral Donations) | Hair & Makeup: Annie's Salon (Hair) | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Shilpa (Makeup) | Invitations & Stationary: Art by Ellie | Lighting: LeForce Entertainment | Live Music: Qais Essar | Photobooth: LeForce Entertainment | Photography: Jeremy Minnerick | Planning & Design: Meredith Commender | Significant Events of Texas | Rentals: May I Serve U | Rentals: Alexander Tent Rentals | Transportation: Romantic Remembrances | Venue: Aristide - Mansfield |


Ohio Fusion Wedding by Grand Lubell Photography

We’re back with all of Max and Maya’s inspiring reception deets! The newlyweds met in college at Case Western Reserve University, where they sang "A Whole New World" together! Their spark, as well as Max’s bleached orange hair at the time, lit up the night! This fun loving couple threw a reception to remember, incorporating elements they both loved. Maharani Maya positively took Max’s breath away in a red lehenga with rich layers of gold embroidery. The skirt twirled oh-so-beautifully in the playful wedding portraits of the newlyweds dancing outdoors before the reception began! Meanwhile, the planners from Purple Clover Events, and the floral and decor crew from Hemsu Decorations & Rentals, Mager Designs, Meredith Party Rental, Chiavari Chair Toledo, and Hafner Florist were busy transforming The Pinnacle with chic, crisp designs. The table settings were pristine, with white linens and gold accoutrements, such as vases, china, and candles. Chandeliers and fairy lights were strung throughout the draped tent, creating an ethereal effect! The most incredible food by Krishna Catering and Pinnacle Catering was served, followed by a magnificent cake by Eston's Gourmet Creations. Max and Maya had an emotional first dance, followed by live music by Pop Rocks Cleveland and Millenius Strings, and jams by DJ Nelish Barot. Guests celebrated Maya and Max well into the night, surrounded by twinkling lights and incredible melodies. Maharanis, please peruse the full gallery for all the lovely moments captured beautifully by Grand Lubell Photography!

See you all bright and early tomorrow!

 

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Catering: Krishna Catering and Restaurant | Photography: Grand Lubell Photography | Venues: The Pinnacle | Ceremony Venue: The Toledo Botanical Gardens | Planner: Purple Clover Events | Floral & Decor: Hemsu Decorations & Rentals | Floral & Decor: Mager Designs | Rentals: Meredith Party Rental | Rentals: Chiavari Chair Toledo | Floral & Decor: Hafner Florist | Hair & Makeup: Makeup By Natalie | Hair & Makeup: Danielle Wheeler | Catering: Pinnacle Catering | DJ: Nelish Barot | Live Music: Pop Rocks Cleveland | Live Music: Millenius Strings | Cake & Treats: Eston's Gourmet Creations | Cinematography: Fairytale Productions | Photo Booth: Photoboothlive | Transportation: Childer's Limo | Transportation: Extreme Class Limo |


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