Hello, Maharanis! We've got a special treat today: Pooja and Kunick's lively South Asian wedding! Held at Rasoi III, the celebration was filled with fun, quirky details we adored -- instead of having typical programs, this clever couple created a magazine filled with info on Indian weddings, games and fun facts about themselves! As far as fashion goes, our South Asian bride Pooja wore a unique white lengha with striking gold and red details! Her impeccable makeup, by Makeup By Mansi, incorporated the accent colors for a beautiful and perfectly coordinated look! Our Maharani's mehndi, meanwhile, was done by Bridal Henna Artist. Head to the full gallery to see the rest of the wonderful photos Fotobuddy Photography, including some fun portraits and bridal details!
Maharani Pooja on meeting her Raja:
"My husband and I met through our siblings and my cousin. They all had a mutual friend who first came up with the idea that the two of us should meet. Somehow I ended up meeting his brother first and it wasn't until several months later when my cousin finally met him that she insisted the two of us officially meet. From finding each other on Facebook to chatting via AOL Instant Messenger, we finally arranged to meet in Manhattan. We haven't stopped talking to each other ever since. I knew he was the one only after a week of knowing him."
On the romantic proposal:
"I had no idea the proposal was going to happen on the day that it did - a memorable 12/13/14. My husband Kunick asked me to meet him at a hotel in Hoboken as we were allegedly going to "meet his friends in Manhattan in the evening. When I arrived in the lobby, the concierge desk had a key waiting for me, yet I was still completely oblivious to what was going to happen next. Once I entered the room, I was met with a path of rose petals leading me from note to note around the room. One note took me to a plate of chocolate, cheese, and crackers, which is naturally, the way to my heart. The last note asked me to sit in a specific chair near the window and close my eyes. Kunick then popped out from his hiding place, and proceeded to pop the question. He chose that location because the window provided a spectacular view of the city where we met and what I didn't know was that we were being recorded the whole time! Since he knows how much I love video editing (even when I'm not doing it as a job), he decided to secretly film the proposal so I can creatively use the footage somewhere later. He also planned a surprise dinner with our family members right afterward, and I guess he assumed I would say yes."
On her wedding style:
"We wanted to keep things simple with a slight flair for bright colors to match our personalities. We focused on several other details before finally deciding on colors. I usually have trouble making decisions so it was hard to stick with one color palette, even with the plethora of inspirational choices we found on Pinterest. But after visiting a friend's parents' Indian clothing store in Edison, we were able to come up with three colors that looked great together."
On her favorite part of wedding planning:
"Watching everything come together was the most enjoyable part of planning the wedding for both of us. When we were able to check off each detail, such as finding the dress or choosing the perfect combination of flavors for the cake, it just felt like it was going to be worth it and with each task completed, we became more and more excited for the actual day of the event."
On choosing her bridal fashion:
"It took a while to find the perfect lenghas. We scoured the Internet, Pinterest, and even some print magazines to try to find something that could work. I didn't have an exact style in mind at first so researching online was very helpful. We also had the luxury of knowing the owners of an Indian clothing store in Edison, NJ so I made a few trips there to pick out my reception outfit. Both of my outfits were ones I liked after looking through the many, many websites."
On the three most magical wedding moments:
"For me, there were three moments that felt truly magical. The first was when I arrived to the venue site early in the morning to start on my hair and makeup. My car was one of the first in the parking lot and I remember looking around the nearly empty parking lot and inside the dark hallways of the venue. That's when it was sinking in that I was finally getting married that day.
The second was when the photographer snuck me into the ceremony room to get a few photos in while the bharaat was going on. There were a few guests present but I had a chance to look around at the finished mandap decorations and tables where our wedding magazines were neatly arranged at each place setting. It was breathtaking to see those details before the rest of the guests arrived inside.
And finally, when I was being carried by my uncles and other family members towards the mandap during the morning ceremony, I remember feeling absolutely elated that all of our planning and attention to detail came together so nicely and Kunick and I had nothing else to worry about. It felt like a magic carpet ride with no stress!"