Today we are presenting you with a Sikh wedding that has us just green with envy. Maharani Akanksha flipped the script and brought us a wedding that is most certainly fashion forward and we are loving every single image captured by Manish & Sung Photography. For her bridal attire, Akanksha wanted a designer piece that was in direct parallel to her Maharaja. Akanksha’s emerald green and gold lengha was the epitome of green perfection handcrafted by Nauman Piyarji. Pair that with Parandeep’s matching brocade sherwani and you have couple that epitomizes the matchy matchy look. Makeup artist Maliha Khan was on board for all the beauty rituals while ensuring that not a safety or bobby pin was out of place on the bride during her Sikh wedding at the Glenrock Gurdwara. The euphoric sounds of the groom’s procession was led by a dhol from the Dholboyz Entertainment of DJ Sunny Entertainment. After the ceremony ended, the bride and groom took it to nature to pose for a series of wedding portraits that are most certainly Pinterest worthy. BBZ Limo provided an antique classic car that added the perfect amount of pizazz for the photo shoot. Head into the gallery for the flora and fauna images captured beautifully by Manish & Sung Photography. P.S. - Head down below for a Q&A with the Maharani herself!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Deep and I met through mutual friends during a random night out in NYC. I barely ever used to go out, but I am SO glad I went out that night. I wouldn’t exactly call it love at first sight, but it was this strong feeling of certainty. I just had this gut instinct from our very first conversation that he was going to be a very important person in my life - that he was, well, "the one.” We exchanged numbers that night, and almost 6 years later, here we are as husband and wife!
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
In October 2015 we took a trip with close friends to Thailand. After a few days in Bangkok, we had flown to Phi Phi Island, where we were enjoying the afternoon on the most beautiful secluded beach. While laying out on the sand I was being goofy and going on about how hungry I was (I was literally naming different pies I wanted to eat). I looked over at Deep and he popped out the ring from his backpack! I was so surprised that the first thing I said was "Have you seriously been carrying that around in your backpack this entire trip?!" He had meant to propose later in the trip during a planned dinner but he said he could not wait any longer, which made the moment even more special to me.
Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
After we set the wedding date, I went into a planning frenzy because I only had 7 months to do it all! We did not have a wedding planner because I am super detailed oriented and wanted to personally take care of everything. Checklists and spreadsheets were lifesavers for planning the wedding and all events, and for prioritizing and budgeting. I managed to book the Gurdwara for the Sikh ceremony right away and the rest fell into place slowly after. Once we narrowed down our top vendors, we set up meetings with venues, decorators, photographers, caterers, and DJs to decide who was the best fit for bringing our royal themed wedding to life.
For outfits I was super lucky: one of my dearest friends, Nauman Piyarji, is a designer. I always knew I wanted him to dress me for my wedding day. He also designed my Sangeet and reception outfits, Deep's ceremony outfit, and even picked out my wedding jewelry. Everything was beyond perfect and I cannot thank him enough!
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
When Nauman and I started discussing ideas for the Sikh ceremony, I already knew I wanted the look to be royal yet unconventional. Emerald green has always been one of my favorite colors and we thought it would not only look unique and regal, but it would also be perfect for the Autumn season. We added a pop of red to the sleeves and dupatta to incorporate the traditional red bridal color. We designed Deep's outfit to match.
Since my wedding ceremony color was bold, I wanted to do something completely different for the Sangeet and reception but stay within the royal theme. For the Sangeet we designed a vibrant multi-colored lengha with a contrasting dupatta, and for the reception I decided to stick to the elegant gold theme with a multi-toned gold gown.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Looking back at it, I loved spending countless hours with my parents and Deep going over details. I wouldn't trade those crazy times for anything.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
We received compliments on everything from the food, to the music, to the stunning decor, to the outfits. We still have people commenting on how beautiful the wedding and events were, and how much fun they had dancing the nights away. It really makes all the stress of planning worthwhile to know that everyone enjoyed themselves so much.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Most definitely when my parents walked me down the "aisle" to where Deep was sitting, and we looked at each other for the first time.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Just have fun! Some things may be beyond your control, but don’t forget that at the end of the day everyone is there to celebrate you and your love.
We have the wedding reception details coming right up! You won’t want to miss the amazing decor designed specially for the bride by Partyland Event Design Boutique.