From elementary schoolmates to everlasting soulmates, today's lovebirds met in the third grade and are now getting married! Photographick Studios catches up with Anisha and Nakul for a first look photo shoot moments before their Indian wedding at the lavish BWI Airport Marriott in Maryland! Our Maharani is ravishing in her red lengha! Hair and makeup artist, Make Up By Mala, gives her fire engine red lips and a bronze glow! Her ruby encrusted double mang tikka frames her flawless face beautifully! And, I'd be remiss to overlook the dashing man of her dreams riding in on his gallant horse—courtesy of Marriage, Carriage and More! These two look like a couple of Bollywood stars! In a romantic ceremony planned by Elegant Events, these two say their heartfelt I do's at a stunning mandap, courtesy of Dharma Events! What a lovely couple, which you can see lots more of in the gallery!
From the bride, on how they met:
"Nakul and I met were school mates, whom eventually became soul mates. We met in third grade, at Rockledge Elementary School. We lived about 15 houses down from each other for about four years. We later met up again at a mutual friend's party in college, and started becoming friends. Our friendship grew into a relationship, and I knew I had fallen in love when we stayed up for hours talking in the night (after talking all day at school), and fell asleep with our phones glued to our ears. We talked about our lives, our goals, our passions. And I knew that I wanted to spend the rest of my life sharing all of that with him."
On the proposal:
"On our third anniversary as a couple, Nakul decided to take me out to dinner. He pulled into the parking lot of our elementary school, where we had attended together, years ago. We walked around to the back, and got on the swings. He took me out farther to the blacktop, where my family was waiting, and in candles and rose petals, spelled the words, "will you marry me?"
On the hair and makeup:
"My makeup and hair styles were awesome! My makeup artist, Mala Amin, was extremely fun to work with, and I let her go crazy with whatever she wanted to do. My idea of hair was either bun or half -up half down. Nothing too crazy. She was able to make both hair styles beautiful and elegant."
On the lenghas:
"I spent hours on the Internet before I went to India, looking at outfits on websites, Facebook, Designer pages, and Instagram. I brought a booklet of all these cutouts I had accumulated over a year. When I got to India, there were so many options and choices. However, when I saw my wedding lengha, I knew that was the one I was going to wear when I married the man of my dreams. My mother, and sister started to tear up, and I smiled with huge smile when I tried it on."
On a special moment:
"The most magical moment was our first look. After hours and hours of getting ready in the morning, and everything being so crazy in our bridal suite, it was so nice to drive outside the hotel and experience a sense of peace that day. When I saw Nakul for the first time, all my nerves left me, and as I looked at him, I thought to myself that this is the day I have been thinking about ever since I knew he was the one. And i was going to have FUN!"
On the wedding style:
"Our wedding style was simple- Fun. We knew all we wanted to do was fun, and we wanted our guests to have just as much fun as we did. We focused our wedding and reception around "Our Favorites." The wedding colors we chose were our favorite colors: blue and red. We focused our unique ideas around our favorite things, and we all wanted it to connect with our guests at some point."
"We had an assortment of details and items that made our wedding unique to ourselves. Our table signs were "our favorite places." For example, our favorite restaurants, cities, and bars. We had glowsticks at all the bars for people to wear (either as bracelets or necklaces). For our cake, we had had a 5 tiered cake of our favorite flavors. Our cake topper was bought and I was able to paint the figurines to match our outfits of the night. Instead of the traditional bridal party bouquets, I had my bridesmaid carry diyas with candles. It added a touch of elegance, and a pop of light. We even had the bridesmaids carry a huge contract when the barratt arrived, for Nakul to sign before he stepped foot into our wedding area. We had an amazing wedding, full of details, music, dancing, and of course, lots and lots of fun!"
The reception celebration is coming up!