Happy Tuesday, my darlings! I have to share these beautiful wedding images by Pandya Photography! These high school sweethearts are too cute for words as they're getting ready for their big day which is organized by Sonal J. Shah Event Consultants! Maharani Jayasree looks flawless! Her hair & makeup is done by BridalGal. I'm loving her gold bridal jewelry as well! Her handsome groom, Akash, is no slouch himself, looking quite dapper in his traditional garb. I wish I was a guest at their wedding so I could show off my moves to the beats of DJ Manan who served as DJ! Looks like the whole day was a blast! See for yourselves and check out the gallery!

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From the bride, on how she met the groom:

"Akash and I met when we were both in high school. (We were only 15 when we first started dating!) He and I shared the same group of friends, and slowly our friendship blossomed into something more. We dated for about a year in high school before teenage drama got in the way. We broke up, our circle of friends divided, and for two years we went our separate ways. It was only after we had both started college that Akash reached out to me again via Facebook. In his message, he said, 'You may choose not to respond, but I had to send you this message so that you know I'm sorry.' My response to him was, 'What took you so long?' The following weekend, we both met up in our hometown. It was as if no time had passed between us. He and I both felt that the time we spent together was too special to have ended the way it did, and we both decided to give it another shot. In my heart, I knew that if we found our way back to each other, it was meant to be. We had spent enough time apart to know that life was much better together."

On the romantic porposal:

"Every fall, Akash and I go see a Broadway play. Last year, we decided to go to our annual show the week after I had taken my medical board exam and had my first residency interview. Needless to say, I had a lot on my mind that week! When we got into the city, I noticed that our cab was not going towards the theater district. Akash said that he had given the tickets away to a coworker, and that we were instead going to lunch with friends at the Boat House in Central Park. I was a little annoyed, and more perplexed-- he's really very good at sticking to plans. When we got to the park, he asked that we sit and wait by the fountain. Again, I was confused and annoyed. (Really, how would our friends know that we were already there? We had to walk past the Boat House to get to the fountain... the nagging went on and on.) Somehow after we got to the fountain, he got me to stop nagging him, and started reminiscing about where we first met, our early years of dating, and how far we had come. A switch went off in my brain that this afternoon was more than just lunch in the park. We slowly walked hand in hand from the fountain to a quiet spot overlooking the Central Park bridge. It was the most beautiful fall day in the city, and the leaves had just started changing colors. As I was looking out across the water to the bridge, I noticed he had stopped talking and was no longer beside me. I turned to find him down on one knee holding the most beautiful ring I had ever seen! I obviously said yes, and next, as any other girl would do, I tried to call my family and friends. No one was picking up! Akash convinced me that we could try again after we got back to his apartment, so we headed home. When we entered, we were greeted by our closest friends and family members. I was completely shocked! Not only did I get a really intimate proposal from Akash in the park, but I later got to celebrate the wonderful news with all the people who mattered most to the two of us!"

On her wedding and reception outfits:

"For the ceremony, I knew I wanted to look like an old-school Bollywood actress. I knew I wanted the traditional red silk sari, the jasmine flowers, the works! For the reception, however, I had more of a "fusion" of cultures in mind. I love western lace wedding dresses, and wanted to incorporate lace into my lengha. I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Ritu Batra, the owner of Ritu mall in Edison, who custom designed my dress. The bottom was all hand sewn lace, while the top maintained a more jeweled Indian look-- and all in my favorite color: lavender."

Ceremony and reception gallery up next!

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Planning & Design: Sonal J. Shah Event Consultants | Hair & Makeup: BridalGal | DJ: DJ Manan | Photography: Pandya Photography | Cinematography: Palindrome Productions | Venue: Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson | Floral & Decor: Jeannie at Atlas Floral Decorators Inc. | Catering: Bukhara Grill | Cakes & Treats: Carlo's Bakery | Panditji: Kailasam Sastrigal | Transportation: Cornucopia Destiny | Bridal Fashions: Ritu Batra |