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Cancun, Mexico Destination Indian Wedding by Peter Nguyen Photography

Welcome back Maharanis! We hope you are having a fabulous last day of August. (Where did the summer go!?) We return with part two of Reepa and Shiv’s tropical destination wedding bash. When Reepa and Shiv were ready to tie the knot,  Envi Event Planning were both brought on to spearhead the very important task of ensuring that a blockbuster event was pulled together. And boy was this one banging, blockbuster event, featuring fire dancers, aerial artists, and non stop musical beats! Sharing their love of travel, Maharani Reepa and Raja Shiv treated their guests to a beach side celebration at the Hard Rock Hotel Cancun that their guests would never forget. For the outdoor, poolside reception, Reepa transformed herself to party mode with the help of her makeup artist extraordinaire Styling Trio. We’re swooning over her ombre, pearl encrusted lehenga that proved that this Maharani is one major fashionista diva. Shiv was also a style maven in his suave suit accessorized with embroidered pearls. Such a cool look! Latin Asia Destination Wedding Decor once again nailed the decor by brightening the gorgeous venue with bright lanterns and blooms. The night crescendoed with sparkling fireworks that Reepa pulled off as a surprise for her charming husband. So cute! Peter Nguyen Photography captured all the majestic images in the full gallery. And scroll below for all the behind the scenes scoop from Maharani Reepa.

Description of the Day

Shiv and I had everything but a conventional relationship. If you let him tell you the story of how we met, then he would say that he was a man with smooth moves and had me from the second he sent me a message on Facebook. However, if you let me tell you the truth, he was nothing short of a creepy guy on Facebook trying to sweet talk me. Nonetheless, he won. I married the guy! And I must say, it was the best decision I have ever made.

Shiv and I had one goal for our wedding, to make it epic! So we decided to go to Cancun and have a destination wedding! Why Cancun? Well, why not Cancun? It’s a short flight from Atlanta, it has breathtaking beaches and it’s CANCUN!

We wanted to pick the perfect place, an all-inclusive resort where guests would feel like they were truly pampered and to give them a once in a lifetime experience, but most importantly for them to feel like they weren’t at just another Indian wedding. Thus, we found Hard Rock Cancun!

The best part about a destination wedding is the relaxing environment.I can honestly say that our stress level was very minimal. Shiv and I would wake up and almost every morning we would go get a massage, walk the beach, and have breakfast with whatever friends and family were around. One of my favorite things about my wedding was that all of our guests were in one spot. Any and everywhere I looked I was surrounded by loved ones.

Our wedding weekend began with a private VIP check-in that was set up with food and drinks just for our guests to enjoy followed by a welcome dinner on the Breeze Terrace that evening. The next day we had our Garba night indoors, inside the ballroom. Yes. That’s right. A destination wedding and I had an event indoors. But trust me, the guests appreciated an event indoors. We had a little surprise planned for our guests. As they entered the ballroom they were greeted by aerialists that were suspended from the ceiling, serving them drinks. Towards the end of Garba, we had a water drums show where my guests were able to engage and come up to play with the drums after the show was over. This was fun for the kids and adults alike!

Friday was the official wedding ceremony which took place on the south side of the beach; it was simple but elegant. The biggest surprise for our guests at this event was when Shiv and his groomsmen made a grand entrance via Jet Skis! Yes, one of the scariest moments of my life… having the man I am about to marry jet ski through the waves trying to get to the mandap. But as he approached the shore, DJ Hiren had the music blasting. Raman and Sahib had the dhols beating and the guests were dancing and cheering Shiv on. After the wedding, all of the guests retired to change their clothes and met us at Ipanema which is the nightclub located inside of Hard Rock. We were able to get DJ Hiren on the turntables and we danced all night. It was basically the pre-reception to our reception the next day.

Now for the reception. This was the last official wedding event and we had to make it one to remember. We had a cocktail hour followed by a fire dancing show before our guests were seated for the reception. This fireshow was amazing! My last surprise was not only for my guests but also for my now husband. During our first dance I was able to coordinate with Hard Rock to have fireworks go off over the ocean at just the right time. Shiv was completely surprised and my plan was executed perfectly!

Once the reception was over, the dholis escorted us and the entire wedding party from the rooftop terrace to all throughout the hotel and back to Ipanema. We had the entire hotel dancing to the instrumental performance by Raman and Sahib.

Throughout our entire wedding weekend Nadira and Elvia ensured that nothing went wrong and if it did, I to this day have not heard about it. Peter Nguyen, Stephen Renney and their teams made sure they caught every single moment, even if that meant they had to jump into the ocean fully clothed with all of their equipment. DJ Hiren, Raman and Sahib along with Johnathan and his team with Drums of Paradise gave us that wow-factor we wanted to make our wedding epic. Saku and her team did an amazing job decorating all of my events,indoor and out! Last but not least, the entire team at Styling Trio came out to make me, my bridesmaids, my family and my groom and groomsmen beautified for the events and did an amazing job. Yes, the groom and groomsmen had their hair and makeup done too.

All in all with the help of our family, friends and vendors, Shiv and I successfully executed our epic destination wedding!

Spectacular! Have a wonderful evening Maharanis!

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Planning & Design: Envi Event Planning | Photography: Peter Nguyen Photography | Floral & Decor: Latin Asia Destination Wedding Decor | Hair & Makeup: Styling Trio | Catering: Taj Mahal Cancun | DJ: Drums of Paradise | DJ: DJ Hiren | Baraat Dhol Player: Raman Singh | Baraat Dhol Player: Sahib Chahal | Bridal Fashions: Image Boutique Shop by Surinder Bedi | Cinematography: Elevate Creations | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Marigold Invitations Mehndi Artist: Mehndi by Veronica de la Paz


Cancun, Mexico Destination Indian Wedding by Peter Nguyen Photography

Here at Maharani Weddings we love a good outdoor wedding. And when the wedding takes place in a tropical locale featuring white sands, crashing waves, and playful palm trees, we feel a whole new level of excitement! It was a gorgeous day in Cancun, Mexico where Reepa and Shiv decided to seal the deal. The duo brought on planning extraordinaire Envi Event Planning to ensure each and every detail was executed to perfection! Arriving bright and early, Styling Trio was ready to doll the bride up who slipped into a gorgeous red lengha hand plucked from the Image Boutique Shop by Surinder Bedi. The ceremony began outdoors with the serene backdrop of the ocean, where Latin Asia Destination Wedding Decor designed the most fitting decor featuring striking red touches that popped against the picturesque outdoors. At sunset, the bride walked down the aisle in her wedding finery to her handsome beau. If you are a fan of refined elegance, sparkling waves, and warm sands then this setup is right up your alley! The photographers from Peter Nguyen Photography shot some stellar images that we’re so excited to share with you all. Head into the full gallery where you will find a treasure cove of pics to get through the day!

The sensational beachside reception gala coming right up!

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Planning & Design: Envi Event Planning | Photography: Peter Nguyen Photography | Floral & Decor: Latin Asia Destination Wedding Decor | Hair & Makeup: Styling Trio | Catering: Taj Mahal Cancun | DJ: Drums of Paradise | DJ: DJ Hiren | Baraat Dhol Player: Raman Singh | Baraat Dhol Player: Sahib Chahal | Bridal Fashions: Image Boutique Shop by Surinder Bedi | Cinematography: Elevate Creations | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Marigold Invitations Mehndi Artist: Mehndi by Veronica de la Paz


Atlanta, GA Fusion Indian Wedding by Dylan York

After a lovely sangeet/mehndi event, Karishma and Graham’s festivities were in full swing! The couple and their guests were ready for the sophisticated Eastern meets Western ceremonies followed by a sophisticated reception at Park Tavern. Maharani Karishma started the ceremonial proceedings in a pristine white gown that made her look positively angelic! For her South Asian ceremony, she switched sartorial gears, and wore a glitzy lehenga to celebrate her newlywed status. Karishma embodied the picture perfect bride in her ruby red lehenga accessorized with a variety of bling and an asymmetrically pinned dupatta that we are drooling over! Maharanis, this wedding contains so many delectable fashion moments, so check out the full gallery for so much inspo. We are huge fans of mixing Eastern and Western bridal looks throughout wedding celebrations; the more varied the fashions, the more memorable the events and the photos turn out. Adding to Karishma’s glow was her ravishing hair and makeup by Gunn Glamour and swirling henna designs by Beauty You Deserve. Raja Graham looked dapper as well as he gazed at his gorgeous bride with pride and amor! The love between the two seems to emanate from each and every pic by Dylan York. As the sun set, the pulsing beats of DJ Jaz took center stage, and an infectious reception dance party broke out until the wee hours of the morning. Check out the full gallery by Dylan York for all the fun action shots!

Maharanis, we'll see you all tomorrow with another lovely wedding feature!

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Planning & Design: Envi Event Planning | DJ: DJ Jaz- GTB Productions | Hair & Makeup: Gunn Glamour Hair, Makeup, & Bridal | Mehndi Artists: Beauty You Deserve | Baraat: DJ Jaz- GTB Productions | Lighting: DJ Jaz- GTB Productions | Sangeet Venue: Little Gardens | Ceremony Venue: Dockside at Piedmont Park | Reception Venue: Park Tavern | Floral & Decor: Utopian Events | Catering: Mirza | Bridal Fashions: Image Boutique Shop By Surinder Bedi | Bridal Jewelry: Kiaan Jewelers | Bridal Jewelry: Malani Jewelers | Cake & Treats: Picasso Cakes | Cinematography: Chucky Kang | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: XHD Invites | Live Music: Prisca | Live Music: Jungol | Live Music: The Disapyramids | Photo Booth: Dylan York | Transportation: Mitul Arefin | Photographer: Dylan York |


Atlanta, GA Fusion Indian Wedding by Dylan York

Karishma and Graham had a bold and beautiful fusion South Asian wedding in lovely Atlanta. The celebrations kicked off with their vibrant mehndi event at Little Gardens, followed by tons of nonstop wedding fun! Sparkling sunshine drenched their picture perfect events, while lush foliage, chic decor by Utopian Events, and planning expertise by Envi Event Planning surrounded the festivities. We are obsessed with Maharani Karishma’s sophisticated fashions throughout the celebrations. She looked positively breathtaking in her fresh and breezy purple lehenga and flower headpiece. She glammed up the look with ornate jewelry, bombshell hair and makeup by Gunn Glamour (check out that fishtail braid!) and henna by Beauty You Deserve. In our next post, Karishma cranked up the color in a ruby red ceremony lehenga. For a sneak peek of the rest of Karishma and Graham's wedding celebrations, hop over to the full gallery by Dylan York. When we return, we’ll give you all the inside scoop on their wedding ceremony and banging reception bash with entertainment by DJ Jaz!

Hurry back lovelies!

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Planning & Design: Envi Event Planning | DJ: DJ Jaz- GTB Productions | Hair & Makeup: Gunn Glamour Hair, Makeup, & Bridal | Mehndi Artists: Beauty You Deserve | Baraat: DJ Jaz- GTB Productions | Lighting: DJ Jaz- GTB Productions | Sangeet Venue: Little Gardens | Ceremony Venue: Dockside at Piedmont Park | Reception Venue: Park Tavern | Floral & Decor: Utopian Events | Catering: Mirza | Bridal Fashions: Image Boutique Shop By Surinder Bedi | Bridal Jewelry: Kiaan Jewelers | Bridal Jewelry: Malani Jewelers | Cake & Treats: Picasso Cakes | Cinematography: Chucky Kang | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: XHD Invites | Live Music: Prisca | Live Music: Jungol | Live Music: The Disapyramids | Photo Booth: Dylan York | Transportation: Mitul Arefin | Photographer: Dylan York |


Parsippany, NJ Indian Wedding by House of Talent

Welcome back Maharanis! After Neelja and Debkumar's opulent and chic Indian wedding ceremony at the Sheraton Parsippany, Elegant Affairs transformed the ballroom into a blush hued wonderland adorned in crystals, candles, and oodles of blooms. Following the couple's sentimental ceremony, the newlyweds and their loved ones were ready to get the party raging! Guests noshed on delightfully fragrant catering by Moghul Catering, and the presentation of these dishes were stunning! The coordinators at RB Event Design made sure each event transitioned seamlessly, leading up to the grand finale reception that epitomized pure romance. We are obsessing over Neelja’s hot pink lehenga bedazzled with artistic embroidery and stonework. She looked like a princess! This final event was a visual feast of glittering chicness, and House of Talent was there to capture each sophisticated second. For all the eye candy, mosey over to the full gallery. Such a gorg celebration. And make sure to scroll below for all the bring the scenes scoop from Maharani Neelja!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?

We met while Debkumar was finishing his fellowship training and I had recently moved back to NY after completing my training in Connecticut.  I quickly realized that he was a very caring guy with a loving soul.  He is a genuinely nice guy who not only loves me unconditionally but also loves and cares for everyone in my family.  He is very close to his own family as well.  We both grew up with the same values and morals instilled by our loving parents.  It didn't take long to realize we were soul mates.  Also, he has a great sense of humor and he joined me on my quest to find the best lamb-burger in the world. We have many shared interests including sports, wine tasting, fine dining and traveling.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!

It was my birthday weekend and he said he had planned a birthday date night.  He came to pick me up at my apartment and told me "the Uber" was downstairs. As we reached the lobby of my building, I heard "Tujhe Dekha" from DDJ had started to play which was from a speaker he was hiding in his jacket.  With a photographer hiding in the corner, he got down on one knee and proposed.  A stretch white limo arrived with complete with champagne and flowers - and he joked "our Uber is here".  We then went to dinner in the Chrysler Building and one by one all the people I loved came out of the restaurant to surprise me.  It was a magical night filled with love and excitement.

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.

As many brides, I had been planning my wedding ever since I was a little girl but never did I imagine all the details that went into it. For the sangeet we wanted a very colorful theme and had moroccan lamps with candles as center pieces and peacock colored mirrored decorative drapes with accents of pink as the stage decor.  As Sangeet favors we had elephant wine stoppers. For the wedding, I had envisioned a grand Cinderella-like theme so we decided to get married in a hotel venue that actually looked like a castle.  During the ceremony we had scrolls printed with details of the wedding ceremony.  For the Baraat, the groom rode in on a beautiful white horse.  The DJ had a baraat van that kept all the groom's family dancing.  The photographers used a drone to capture breathtaking views from above. For the vidai we had a horse drawn carriage. For the reception I wanted a very soft romantic theme. The colors were pink and white for the flowers with a lot of crystals.  The center pieces were were big beautiful floral arrangements with roses that were white and shades of pink and each was adorned with tons of crystals. This was going to match my pink crystal reception lengha. The favors were wine glasses. The groom wore traditional indian wedding outfits at both the sangeet and wedding which were also custom designed in India. At the reception he wore a custom tuxedo.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?

The only thing I knew regarding my outfits was that I wanted a maroon lengha for the wedding ceremony as this was one of the only things I had spoken to my mom about before she passed away. My outfits were custom made from New Delhi, India. For the wedding lengha I tried on dozens of lenghas but it was not until i tried this one that i truly felt like a bride. They say they brides that have moment when they know and it was exactly that - I looked in the mirror and at that moment I knew this was the one when I started crying. It was traditional with a modern flare. The reception lengha was more modern with a lot of bling - the crystals really shined vibrantly and I felt very beautiful in it.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?

The most enjoyable process was seeing my vision come to life with the help of our vendors. I enjoyed meeting with my vendors and discussing my ideas and seeing them transform those ideas into reality was truly an amazing experience.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?

The guests loved the Kati-Roll Truck at the sangeet, the horse drawn carriage at the Wedding, the ladoo tree with hanging deserts. They also loved the performance that Debkumar did with his friends as well as the surprise dance that I did with Debkumar at the reception. We had a huge bridal party which was also really fun. Guests loved the monogrammed sunglasses that we gave out at the reception as well as had a lot of fun at the photo booth with customized signs. Both the sangeet and reception was filled with fun upbeat music and guests dances all night - the dance floor was filled with excitement.  The guests also commented that they loved that there was plentiful and very tasty food not only at each event but also between each event. The also liked the customized welcome bags they received when they checked in to the hotel including personalized water and wine bottles and personalized chocolate bars and other snacks.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?

The most special moment was when we had our first look.  It was the first moment that I realized that everything I had dreamed of was coming true as I was about to marry my best friend and love of my life.  The second was when we entered the reception hall as husband and wife - the love and excitement was palpable.  It was so overwhelming to know that everyone we loved was in that room and there to celebrate our union.  Having my dad walk me down the aisle was also very special. The vidai in the horse drawn carriage was very emotional but definitely a once in a lifetime experience as well. One of the things that really stands out is the memory candle that we had in honor of the my Mom which was walked down the aisle prior to me and my father - her presence was deeply felt that day.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?

I think the biggest thing is to stay organized and start early. I would highly recommend getting a wedding coordinator as it was very helpful and made the events run smoothly. Reema and her team were one of the main reasons that we were able to enjoy our wedding. She made sure everything was organized and on time. Her team not only made the bride and groom feel special and loved but also were very attentive to the family and ensured that everyone was having a great time and enjoying the events. Brides should remember to be in the moment- try to take some time to just reflect and feel all that is happening around you.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)

The jewelry was custom designed from India - for the wedding was a Kundan Set as well as matching hand jewelry and payaal.  My Mehndi design by Henna for all was exactly how I had discussed with the artist Monita and she hid Deb's name in it which he was able to find rather quickly. The custom cake was red-velvet cake with coconut frosting which was not only beautiful but delicious.  The bridal bouquet was dark red roses with crystals. The bridesmaids has white and blush pink roses to match the decor. Bhargavi from Cinderella Bridez created completely different looks for the bride at all events to match the themes as well - sangeet was colorful and playful, wedding makeup was more traditional and reception was soft and romantic. She was very attentive and really made the bride feel special. "Mr. Boozer" our family dog was also a groomsman and was an integral part of the baraat and he was present at all the events.

 Have a fabulous weekend Maharanis!

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Floral & Decor: Elegant Affairs Inc. | Photography: House of Talent Studio | Planning & Design: RB Event Design | Cinematography: House of Talent Studio | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Sheraton Parsippany | Hair & Makeup: Cinderella Bridez | Catering: Moghul | DJ: DJ USA | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Cinderella Bridez |


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