What's better than one handsome Maharaja? Two, of course! And today, we are featuring two incredible Princes and an Indian fusion wedding you won't soon forget. Lynds Photography is sharing Neil and Elias' special day with us, and I can't wait for you to see this dashing duo make their love official! Donning their champagne and burgundy sherwanis, our charming Rajas share in their ritual ceremony under a royal blue and gold mandap at the Wedgewood Wedding & Banquet Center in Brentwood, California. The fantastic decor by SB Arts played with bold, primary colors and some of the most stunning florals. Dr. Shukavak Dasa officiated the same sex ceremony in the presence of the couple's closest family and friends. Following the ring exchange, these two lovable beaus posed for captivating portraits against a breathtaking backdrop of beautiful blue skies. In just a bit, we'll be checking out some party details from our Rajas reception, where guests dined on delicious Indian delights catered by Madhuban Indian Cuisine. In the meantime, you should watch their highlight reel by Cinema and Images and take a peek into the full gallery for a preview of what's still ahead.
From the Rajas, on how they met:
"We met downtown. We were walking opposite directions and bumped into each other. I was a bit annoyed and gave Eli a dirty look. LOL. He waited outside for me while I shopped at a local shop. Once I came out of the store he apologized for bumping into me and wanted to make it up to me. Which confused me and I kept questioning him why he wanted to make it up to me. But I finally caught on and agreed to the date. That was seven years ago and here we are today."
Raja Neil, on the proposal:
"I proposed to Eli during his 25th birthday. I planned a nice dinner at Hope with friends and family and during dinner I surprised him by getting down on one knee and popping the question. I was nervous. Eli was surprised and cried a little bit. It was perfect."
On their wedding style:
"Eli was very fond of the song "Chilman" from the movie Kisna, and he always said he wanted a "Chilman" wedding. He loved the colors and contrast between the different colors. I know I always wanted a Bollywood themed wedding. So we blended the two ideas together and came up with our rendition for the two styles. We chose royal blue and platinum as our primary colors with a touch of Cranberry Red to bring in the pop of colors. We decided against wearing blue for the wedding, as we would blend in too much, so our sherwanis were creme with Cranberry Red designs.
While designing the decor and details with our vendors, we were very particular with the color combination and the right shade of blue. The wedding party outfits were all custom to color and design. The color palette was very important."
Stick around for more wedding fun with our delightful duo!"