When a reception involves customized movie posters to outline the “how we met” story, we know it's going to be a one big Bollywood bash! Tulsi and Shreemad’s reception was hosted at The Doubletree Austin and G2 Entertainment lit it up in coral hues, which was accentuated with gathered drapes, metallic accents, and antique chandeliers. Tulsi’s opted for multiple flavors of Nothing Bundt Cakes over a traditional white one because she didn’t want a huge cake. The Doubletree Austin staff kindly cut and arranged the cake onto the dessert table, and Tulsi’s girl squad brought each flavor to her table! Speaking of our bride, Tulsi looked charming in a royal blue layered, floor-length anarkali, teamed with a fuchsia pink dupatta. Her beau donned a grey tuxedo featuring a cutesy checkered bow tie. DJs from G2 Entertainment were the perfect match in terms of energy levels, given that this dancing was cornerstone to this Bollywood-infused event! Epique Cinema was present to capture all the drama, romance, and action on film. Head to the gallery that features all the stellar and detailed photos by American Prestige Photography!
This wedding totally slayed the Bollywood theme, and we loved how they fused it with key aspects of traditional weddings! We wanted to know the whole story from Tulsi, so we sent a few questions her way:
Do you have a super romantic proposal story or engagement memory?
Shreemad organized a super elaborate proposal involving all of my close friends and family! He took me on a unique date to a recording studio because I LOVE Bollywood music and we recorded a song together. Little did I know, he had a whole series of songs he had been practicing which he sang/recorded during our session. He ended with "mujhse shaadi karogi" and got down on one knee as I burst in to tears when I realized what was happening. After the proposal, we went into the recording studio lobby to be surprised by about 50 of our family members and friends from all over the US! My favorite part of the day was that we fit everyone into the studio at the end and recorded "Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhna" from DDLJ! It was the PERFECT proposal!
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?
Ever since I began planning my wedding, I knew I wanted a mix of traditional and Bollywood. The color scheme for the wedding was red, coral and white because I chose a traditional outfit. I wanted our wedding party to be dressed in green which also went with our traditional theme so our décor theme was traditional with a lot of draping. We also had Bollywood dances throughout the 3 days at the mehdni, garba, baraat, and reception and played a Bollywood version of Cranium at the mehndi.
What did you enjoy most about the process of planning your dream Indian wedding?
My favorite part of the wedding planning process was just having my whole family come together in the months leading up to the wedding to help us out! We would make a party out of each meeting whether it was organizing and sending out invitations or getting together to assemble welcome bags and wedding favors..I loved that we were all together and just enjoyed the time I was able to spend with everyone.
Looking back, was there a really special moment that you remember from your wedding that stands out as the most magical?
One of my favorite memories is at the end of garba the DJ put on "meri pyaari baheniya banegi dulhania" and my brother and cousins started dancing. They got both mine and Shree's families involved and in no time, everyone was on the floor dancing together and lifting us up and it was just a blast! It was fun to see both families come together and have so much fun the night before our special day!
Did family or friends help out with certain special details that really added to the event?
Our wedding would NOT have been possible without the help of our entire family and my parent's friends! I did not have a planner and instead, did most of the planning myself with a small group of my parent's friends. We assigned specific roles to each family member/friend and I knew I wouldn't have to worry about anything the weekend of the wedding. Everything from the food to décor to transportation and hospitality was taken care of and executed beyond my expectations!
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
My mehndi was done by Nisha with Henna Arts. I found pictures of what I wanted on Pinterest and she copied them exactly! She was so fast and I loved the end result! The Doubletree is a great venue for Indian weddings! They have a lot of experience working with Indian brides which made the whole process much easier. They worked directly with our caterers and decorator which saved me a lot of extra work. Many of my vendors had done weddings at the same venue before and worked with my venue coordinator which helped in a smooth execution during the wedding weekend.
That's all from the bride! For more such inspiration, swing by the blog tomorrow!