We're in Northern California today for an exquisite Indian fusion wedding event featuring one of the most captivating couples you'll ever see. Wedding Documentary Photo + Cinema brings us a collection of stunningly phenomenal images from their two-day, two-ceremony event, which features gorgeous decor from SB Arts (you have to check out the extraordinary mandap in the gallery!) and a fine feast catered by the aficionados of Indian fare, Milan Catering. Today's Indian bride has been beautified beyond any Maharani's expectations by hair and makeup artist, Artistry by Christal for her Hindu ceremony at the Shannon Community Center. Before she marries her Prince Charming in the first of two rituals, she poses for a few breathtaking portraits with him as they get their first looks in. There is so much more to see from this event. For a complete look at the ceremony and a peek into the rest of this spectacular affair, visit the gallery.
The bride, on how she met her Prince Charming:
"Chris and I met in college at UC Irvine. We lived in the same dorm, however we actually never really even talked one on one until our 2nd year of college when we were neighbors. We went on our first date on May 5, 2007. He took me to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner and then we went on a ferris wheel. Our 3rd year of college was spent apart as I studied abroad in England for the whole year (only a few months after we started dating) and he stayed at UC Irvine. We were going to break up then, but once I got to England, we knew we wanted to stay together and were together ever since. We dated for about 6 years before he proposed. I think I knew while I was abroad, but kept thinking it was too early to tell...as soon as I came back and we went back to dating normally, I was pretty sure we would stay together."
On the romantic proposal:
"In October 2013, Chris and I went to Europe to visit my best friend. We planned a trip to London, Amsterdam, Paris and Bristol (where I studied abroad). We traveled with our friends for most of the trip, except for Paris. We took the train in from London and got in around 3pm. We quickly made our way to Sacre Cour to get there by sunset. We walked up to the top and found a spot with the view of the Eiffel Tower at the perfect time because the sun was setting. Chris started rambling a bit and I could tell he was getting nervous and the next thing I know, he was on one knee proposing! I don't think it even hit me until he told me he had asked my parents months ago and told my sister/best friends right before we left for the trip. We celebrated with some champagne and an amazing steak dinner. It was perfect."
On choosing the perfect wedding lengha:
"I actually had my aunt and cousin who live in India make my outfit. I found a few pictures on Pinterest of outfits I liked and the colors I wanted and sent them over. I tried to not be involved too much actually, but I fully trusted them and it ended up being better than I expected. I'm not really a shopper so this was perfect for me."
On her wedding style:
"For the Hindu wedding, I definitely wanted to incorporate red and some mustard yellow, but for the flowers, I kept it to soft blush pink, ivory and some red."
On her hair and makeup:
"I actually worked with the same specialist that did my sister's wedding and loved her so I didn't look any further. I worked with Christal Caladiao (Artistry by Christal) for my hair and makeup. She is amazing! All I had to do was give her an overall idea of what I was looking for (i.e. nothing too flashy and more natural for makeup and for hair I wanted my hair with some sort of braids as my Garba followed the ceremony and I wanted something half up with flowy curls for the Christian ceremony). She nailed it all! I couldn't have asked for better make-up and hair styles and it all came out so great in the pictures/video too. It really does make a big difference. The makeup and hair lasted all day and night!"
This bride will wow you with her next wedding look, so don't miss out!