We're bringing you a bit of southern charm today, in the form of the most spellbinding South Asian fusion wedding event to hit Georgia, like ever. Christopher Brock Photography captured the details of Saleena and Omar's celebration at the Atlanta History Center, where the adorable duo tied not one, but two knots with double the ceremony fun — and a reception which included a fantastic feast of fabulous fare catered by Cafe Bombay Restaurant and Catering and musical entertainment delivered by DJ Jaz! House of BASH planned and decorated these stunning, back-to-back Hindu and Muslim ceremonies, which showcased a mandap with a delicate floral design and rustic flare. The bride of the hour, Saleena, rocked a trio of terrific bridal fashions and took our breath away in each and every one of her and Raja Omar's captivating portraits. What could possibly live up to these two and their incredible wedding vows and post-ceremony celebration this morning, you ask? How about another spellbinding walk down the aisle and ring exchange? That's right my gorgeous group of wedding-lovin' friends! Maharani Saleena and her brand new hubby say I do once more when I get back! If you're curious to see what I'm talking about, head into the complete gallery for an exclusive peek!
Maharani Saleena, on how she met the Raja of her dreams, Omar:
"We met online! And I'm still alive! No, but really- I was moving to Washington, D.C. for a new job and I decided to preemptively start a dating profile. Little did I know, my moving was delayed by about month. So for the first month that I was talking to Omar- I was in a different state! When I finally met him, there were definite sparks. We had spent so much time talking until then that it gave us a great platform to start off on. I remember the moment that I knew he was the one. The first Christmas after we started dating, my parents invited him to spend the holiday with us. Only... it was THREE days before Christmas when they asked him. He spent a small fortune on a plane ticket and experienced the holidays with my mom, dad, two sisters, two masis, one masa, and three cousins. In the same house. I remember watching him from the other side of the table at dinner while my family member preceeded to feed him everything on the table at once and I thought- "this is it; it's really him". We were engaged five months later."
On her Raja's unforgettable marriage proposal:
"Omar really thought a lot about the proposal and I love him so much for it! Though... it didn't come without its mishaps. So, the day before he proposed- I guessed it was going to happen. I knew it was coming and I hadn't seen him all day and, well, I just had a feeling. So I told my best friend that I was going to get my eyebrows threaded because I thought Omar was going to propose the next day. She was in on the whole thing and warned Omar! So when Omar met me for dinner, he told me that he knew that I knew and that he wasn't going to propose that day anymore. I Cried So Much. Why was I going to be punished for being smart??? Anyways, the next day he suggested that we go on a hike. I was so dehydrated from all the crying that I really was not enjoying the hike. In fact, a park ranger came to me to tell me to re -hydrate and go home. It's quite amusing actually. Omar assured him that we would go home soon and then directed me up this small MOUNTAIN. I was not happy. But when I got to the top, it was so beautiful. I turned and there was my Omar on one knee. Suddenly- I had so much energy! After I said yes, he rushed me down the mountain and drove me to the nearest mall. He gave my his card and instructed me to buy a new outfit and then gave me a little time to get ready. We drove about an hour to this beautiful winery in Virginia and our friends were there waiting! He had set up a private wine tasting for us and made sure to include my favorite wines. Every detail was thought out. He asked all our friends to bring flowers so I had so many beautiful flowers and my best friend brought a cake. He also asked our friend who is photographer to come and stage a surprise photo-shoot! I still can't believe it all happened. He did so good. I love him so much!"
On shopping for her dream bridal fashions:
"Pinterest was my biggest ally in all of my wedding planning. I had pinned maybe a hundred deigns before we actually went to India. Every single piece I wore came from a different designer. We basically went boutique shopping on the first day and found my dream wedding lengha. I was very nervous about having things custom made, but my reception outfit was custom made and it turned out perfect!"
On what she enjoyed most about planning her dream wedding:
"My Mom and I flew to Bombay to get all my shopping. I basically was a princess for a week!"
On her most memorable wedding moment:
"The Wedding was about Omar and I, for sure, but it was also about our families. The father-daughter dance sticks out in my mind. We danced to "Daddy's Little Girl" by Michael Bubble and I cried instantly. Like zero to sobbing. It was a beautiful, moving and hilarious moment."
Don't miss out on Saleena and Neil's third wedding ceremony, coming up later today!