Divya and Jinesh’s happiness and radiance sure set the tone for the ceremony at The Westin Houston, Memorial City, which was simply out of this world. “I wanted a traditional South Indian bridal look for the ceremony”, said Divya, who effortlessly carried off a perfectly pleated Kanjeevaram sari in hues of white, green, and somber gold. Anita Barua of Blush and Glow styled Divya’s hair in a traditional braid with ornate rose and jasmine flowers, and topped it off with a jeweled matha patti. With DJ Yogi of Karma DJ's Baraat beats and Gurkaran Singh’s Dhol welcomed the groom and his party to the ceremony. Decor One created a floral marvel in the name of a mandap! We were totally in awe of the glorious arch mandap with rose lace and tulle drapery, and a floral ceiling with suspended chandeliers. If you ever have second thoughts about playing with gold tones at any event, you need to take a look at this meticulously planned reception via the gallery! The couple took center stage with Divya in a lovely pale pink beaded tulle gown, and Jinesh in a black tux paired with an elegant lavender tie. The floral ceiling from the ceremony well-deservedly found a place in the reception as well, right above the ivory and blush pink cake by Supreme Kakes, that had crystal drops between tiers. Food is an integral part of Indian weddings and never disappoints, but Marble Slab Creamery and Bombay Brasserie took it to the next level! We loved the sophisticated tea party-esque feel of the dessert corner. This self-orchestrated event was brimming with details, and Tomas Ramos Photography and Film Productions did a fantastic job covering it all through their impressive photography and cinematography. With so many stunning photos to choose from, we found it so challenging to curate the gallery for this one, so be sure to go browse through it!
So there you go, if you choose to orchestrate your own wedding, you know what to refer to! We'll bring you more wedding galore tomorrow, but until then, enjoy this tete-a-tete with this Maharani Divya, who shared all the intimate details of the days leading up to her wedding:
How did you meet your Raja and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met while we were in medical school at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. He came up to me to introduce himself on the very first day of orientation.
Do you have a super romantic proposal story or engagement memory?
The groom, our families, and friends really blew me away with the engagement. He planned a surprise proposal at the Japanese Gardens in Hermann Park in Houston. A few of our close friends were waiting in the bushes to surprise us after with a champagne toast. Our families surprised us at dinner shortly after the proposal. The next day, our friends threw us an engagement party. The day after that our families threw us a traditional Indian engagement ceremony with our closest family and friends. I had no idea that the entire weekend was already planned. I essentially just showed up.
Did family or friends help out with certain special details that really added to the event?
We did not have a wedding planner or day of planner so our family and friends really helped execute this event! Our family friend arranged the food--so we had special touches like a live sushi station at the reception cocktail hour, live paan station at the sangeet, marble slab for dessert at the reception. Another family friend came to every meeting with the decorator and picked amazing decor. We had a flower wall with chandeliers hanging from the ceiling to act as the centerpiece above the mandap and as for the focal point for the reception dance floor. So many family members and friends performed dances at the sangeet (we had at least 8 dances).