Hello, Maharanis! Today we're off to New Jersey to check out a magnificent Indian wedding held at Liberty House Restaurant! Our lovely Indian bride Reena wore a dazzling red lengha for the occasion, which was styled by Kalpana Beauty! Kalpana Beauty also did the Maharani's hair and makeup, giving her a flawless, neutral look. The fabulous Bridal Henna Artist added to the blushing bride's stunning appearance with spectacular mehndi! Once she and her handsome Raja arrived at the marvelous venue, they were in awe at the incredible decor by Rangoli Weddings! We especially adored the gorgeous mandap! Check out the highlights from the wonderful shaadi below, and see more of the fantastic decor pics Pandya Photography captured in the full gallery!
Maharani Reena on the romantic proposal:
"Yatrik knows that one of my biggest passions is improving on my photography. With the demands that every day life calls for, I had really fallen back on practicing my photography. I hadn't held a camera in 3 years! He had seen my previous albums from when I was practicing and was always encouraging me to get back into it, but I could never seem to find the time. Knowing that I also love botanical gardens (especially orchid, lotus and rose gardens), he took me to Longwood Gardens in PA. He was acting quite unusual that day. He was overly excited and springy. I was looking at him like 'What is going on?.' He also got a few phone calls on our 2 hour drive down and instead of keeping it on the car bluetooth, he used a headset to speak. I was getting really suspicious now. We get to the gardens and walk around and I'm taking pictures of all my favorite flowers. Finally he leads me onto this 'forest trail' and we're walking until we see a couple in front of us who was in the midst of a proposal. Yatrik turned us around abruptly and stated it was time for dinner. 'Oh-kay.....?' We have dinner and after set our seats up for the fireworks show. The show was so beautiful and I couldn't take my eyes out of the camera's viewpoint. I feel Yatrik nudging me and I'm swatting him away because I don't want to miss any of the shots. After a few swats, I see him in front of my camera blocking my view and down on one knee in front of me asking me to marry him!"
On her wedding style:
"I knew from the start I wanted a peacock theme. I wanted golds and sapphires, amythyst, emerald colors. The plan was to have a simply draped mandap outside as to not obscure views of Manhattan. Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side and it had rained all weekend and the ground was too soggy. We had to have the wedding up in the ballroom and it still turned out beautiful. I wanted teals and purples with anything blingy on the mandap. I also knew that I wanted to incorporate my beach hometown as we had Yatrik's city scape in the background. I was able to work with our caterers (5ive Chefs) to have a funnel cake table as one of our desserts. Next to the funnel cakes, I had designed a table to hold some beach trinkets (pictures of us from the beach, boardwalk signs, shells, etc). With the 2 tables next to each other, I was able to create a Jersey Shore boardwalk scene!"
On choosing her bridal lengha:
"I had a HUGE Pinterest board that I was constantly pinning ideas to. When we went to India though, those ideas kind of flew out of my mind when I entered the designer store in Surat. My dress was custom designed for me. I wanted the ceremony dress to be a traditional red and gold lengha but have a western flare to it with a ballgown look. I also did not want the typical jewel 'booti' embroidery on the dress. After looking at a dozen dresses, the salesman finally pulled out a dress concept that blew my mind away. It was unique and exactly what I would want. My mother in law had my reception lengha designed in Jaipur. It had hundreds of mirrors on it to ensure I was the center of attention and shined brightly!"
Come back to see the amazing reception!