The fabulous folks from Ambiance AV recently had the mighty pleasure of DJ'ing and lighting one of the most spellbinding South Indian fusion weddings to hit Southern California all year, and they (along with the blushing bride, Mala) were gracious enough to give us an exclusive on all the divine details to share with you today, my wedding-lovin' dolls! AJ Studios Photography was behind the lens capturing all these incredible images from the ceremony, where Mala wed the Raja of her dreams, Christopher, at the Malibu Hindu Temple. The gorgeous couple donned traditional wedding attire, and were all smiles as they exchanged vows and later posed for a few stunning wedding portraits! You have to visit the gallery for all the details from their first look, plus see the bride's other fabulous wedding sari!
Maharani Mala, on how she met the Raja of her dreams, Christopher:
"We went to the same medical school, though we were in different classes. A mutual friend introduced us at a party and the rest is history!"
On her Raja's super romantic proposal:
"Christopher planned a weekend in Sonoma County for the two of us. We rented a house in the redwood forest. While there, we went for a walk in a park called the Grove of the Old Trees. It started raining and we ran inside of a huge hollowed out redwood tree to take cover. While inside the tree, with rain pouring outside, he got down on one knee and proposed. When we drove back to the house, our families were waiting outside - he had arranged for them to come while we were out to surprise me. We spent the rest of the weekend celebrating with our loved ones. The whole thing was beautiful and a memory I'll never forget!"
On her wedding style:
"We knew we wanted a traditional Tamil ceremony. Most of my family members in California got married at the Malibu Hindu Temple, and I've had really fond memories of events there. We both love California and wanted to celebrate the beautiful landscape so we chose to have an outdoor reception. Once we chose our location (Hummingbird Nest Ranch), we chose a color palette of ivory and red - we wanted it to be simple and romantic, so that the natural beauty of the Santa Susana hills would shine through."
On shopping for her bridal saris:
"For the ceremony I wore traditional South Indian silk saris in various colors. For my reception outfit, I Pinterested obsessively to figure out a style that I want. Christopher is half German and half Mexican, so I knew I wanted a cream colored dress to get a more Western look. I looked at a few local designers in the Bay Area and found one named Vama - she has the most beautiful dresses and the first one that I tried on was the one I ultimately chose!"
On her hair and makeup:
"I wanted a soft updo with a somewhat smoky eye to go with my ivory lehnga. Jazmin, my makeup artist, was phenomenal! We did a couple of trials to find a look that was perfect."
On her most memorable wedding moment:
"It's sappy, but the moment where Christopher tied the mangalyam onto my neck with our families around us was a moment I'll always treasure."
Join me later today when we unveil one of the most spellbinding receptions ever!