Good morning Maharanis! We are heading to Dallas, Texas where The Joule Hotel was getting ready to host a fabulous Indian Fusion wedding for Maharani Surbhi. Our darling bride glistened in a traditional red lengha all the way from India! Her lengha was truly one of a kind and covered in peacock designs that we have never seen before. I am a fan of large jewelry; this Maharani’s choker was fit for royalty! William Bichara Photography captured this love journey, snapping every moment and K.I. Weddings was devoted to making this Maharani’s dreams turn to reality and planned the perfect wedding ceremony. I had to stop and smell the roses by RAOFACTOR, because this ceremony was just covered with some beautiful décor! Head on to the gallery for more fusion fun and read on below as our Maharani dishes the details on her special day!
How did you meet your Raja and when did you know he was "the one"?
John and I met at the gym. We talked casually for a while and then he very sneakily asked for number using sending me a discount code as an excuse. One thing led to another and we were going on first date to Kylde Warren Park and the DMA. I knew he was the one when he took care of me for days after my wisdom tooth removal, the recovery was terrible and he even fed me when I couldn't eat myself. That’s when I knew that he was someone who would care for me forever.
Do you have a super romantic proposal story or engagement memory?
For our proposal, he took me back to Klyde Warren Park but instead of eating at food trucks we ate at savor (a restaurant I had always wanted to eat at). He kept saying its "date night". After dinner we start walking around the park and he stops in the middle of the park and gets down on one knee. It was so special because that was the place where it all started and we had completed a full circle.
Tell us about your wedding style. When you sat down to really figure out how your dream wedding would look, did you start with one central color, a palette of colors, or a theme that served as your inspiration?
When we started planning the wedding we knew we wanted both the cultures to be brought in to the weekend. Our theme we started out with was 20s classic Gatsby theme mixed with art deco for American wedding and reception and for Indian ceremony I wanted traditional mixed with modern. When we were visiting venues we knew The Joule was the perfect place for what we wanted, it was modern classy and artistic. I knew my colors had to be black and gold based on the classic theme. It also helped to a great extent that I love everything gold.
What did you enjoy most about the process of planning your dream Indian wedding?
The best part of the process was just seeing all the pieces slowly come together from ideas to reality. It was the part of connecting with vendors who understood my vision. Also it was the excitement of the day coming closer.
How did you choose your lengha or lenghas? Did you work with a certain designer? Did you spend hours on the internet first?
I did spend a lot of hours on pinterest and online but had no idea what I wanted. Everything looked so good. I did know that I wanted red as the color of my lehenga because that's traditionally the color. I found my perfect lehenga in Delhi when I went for a week just to shop for the wedding. After trying over 15 lehengas, I found the one. What drew me to it was it had peacocks on it and it was so different and unique.
Looking back, was there a really special moment that you remember from your wedding that stands out as the most magical?
I think the most magical moment was seeing John's face when he saw me walk down the aisle. His expression made my heart melt.
Did you and your Raja have a special song that you danced to as your first dance? How did you choose it?
We danced to "I do" by Mark Willis as our first dance song. We also switched into Laung da Lashkara after the song "I do." Both the songs were special because John is not a dancer but he tried to learn Bollywood dance for me and did a tremendous job. I do song was something that just clicked to us and it felt special. For the Bollywood song we wanted something really fun!!
How about hair and makeup? Did you already have a style in mind or did you work with a specialist to find your perfect look?
I did have a certain look in mind from the beginning, I had to go through 4 different trials to find the perfect artist. Ishnae & co was who I chose in the end and they were able to give me everything I wanted in both the looks, I was truly very happy about my looks.
Did family or friends help out with certain special details that really added to the event?
My family and friends were involved in several parts of the details like picking out my dresses, I wanted my mom really involved in picking my jewelry so she helped a lot there. One of the big things I loved my family and friends for picking my Something Borrowed, Something Old and Something New.
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details!
Jewelry - I have always loved kundan, and I knew my jewelry had to be kundan style it went great with my style of traditional wedding.
Mehndi - I wanted a symmetrical design, I chose Afshan from Henna by Afshan, and she did an amazing job with symmetrical design which stained with a beautiful dark shade.
Bouquets/Flowers - My flowers was something I cared about a lot, I didnt think I would but I did. Even though we had mockups but that was something I was most nervous about, I wasnt sure if it would turn out the way I exactly wanted but it did. When I saw the room where got married and my vision had perfectly come to life, I was over joyed.
Be sure to return for the wedding reception!