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Pittsburgh, PA Indian Fusion Wedding by Jorge Santiago Photography

During Preethi and Ben’s charming reception event, guests were delighted by all the event’s personal touches! To honor Ben’s Japanese background, Preethi adorned the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.  Reception space with 1,000 paper cranes that she folded herself. This creative bride also laser cut the table numbers and had a friend illustrate the program booklets. These thoughtful touches made such an impact, and were a great way to reflect the couple's personality. For other planning and design duties, Divine Celebrations & Events were brought in to make sure no stone was left unturned. Preethi and Ben kicked off the reception with their lovely first dance performed to a mix of songs, including “Hymn for the Weekend” by Coldplay, “I Can’t Feel My Face” by the Weeknd, and “Kabar Nahi” from Dostana. We love it when Eastern and Western songs are fused - Always a crowd pleaser! Preethi and Ben left the reception in a shower of sparklers, photographed beautifully by Jorge Santiago Photography. This celebration was full of lots of adorable details and crafty inspiration, so hurry and peruse the full gallery!

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Have a wonderful Wednesday Maharanis!

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Planning & Design: Divine Celebrations & Events | Photography: Jorge Santiago Photography | Cinematography: Trillium Wedding Films | Venue (Sangeet): Smallman Galley | Ceremony Venue: Phipps Conservatory Outdoor Garden | Reception Venue: Phipps Conservatory Tropical Forest & Special Events Hall | Floral & Decor: Fragile Paradise Florist | Hair & Makeup: Angelina Mascarenhas at Flawless Bridal Beauty | Catering: The Taj Mahal Inc | Cake & Treats: The Taj Mahal Inc | DJ: DJ Nameless | Event Designer: Fragile Paradise Florist | Photo Booths: Fragile Paradise Florist | Linens: Lendable Linens | Lighting: EF Lighting | Mehndi Artists: Kadambari Arts | Rentals: Peacock Creations Event Design | Suits: Hugo Boss | Bride’s Sari & Bridesmaids’ Saris: Kumaran Silks |


Pittsburgh, PA Indian Fusion Wedding by Jorge Santiago Photography

Preethi and Ben’s love story began when they were graduate students at Carnegie Mellon University. Over the summer, they were assigned to the same capstone project group and spent eight hours a day working in close quarters. But it wasn’t all work for the twosome! Afterwards, they would relax by getting slurpees at 7-11, watching Game of Thrones, and exploring Pittsburgh. They had the time of the life that summer and knew they were a perfect match. After an epic proposal in San Francisco, Preethi and Ben were ready to begin their wedding planning. The duo envisioned a Pittsburgh locale, and wanted the aesthetic to be breezy and fresh. They found the ideal spot in the gorgeous Phipps Conservatory and enlisted the planning and design experts at Divine Celebrations & Events to help pull off their special day. For the ceremony, Preethi wore a sari as vibrant as her personality, while her hair and makeup was beautified by Angelina Mascarenhas of Flawless Bridal Beauty. The grounds at the Phipps Conservatory were radiantly sunny as Preethi walked down the aisle. Guests teared up as the duo recited loving vows, promising to support each other forever. You can peruse all the colorful photos by Jorge Santiago Photography in the complete gallery.

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We will return very soon with all of Preethi and Ben’s reception deets!

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Planning & Design: Divine Celebrations & Events | Photography: Jorge Santiago Photography | Cinematography: Trillium Wedding Films | Venue (Sangeet): Smallman Galley | Ceremony Venue: Phipps Conservatory Outdoor Garden | Reception Venue: Phipps Conservatory Tropical Forest & Special Events Hall | Floral & Decor: Fragile Paradise Florist | Hair & Makeup: Angelina Mascarenhas at Flawless Bridal Beauty | Catering: The Taj Mahal Inc | Cake & Treats: The Taj Mahal Inc | DJ: DJ Nameless | Event Designer: Fragile Paradise Florist | Photo Booths: Fragile Paradise Florist | Linens: Lendable Linens | Lighting: EF Lighting | Mehndi Artists: Kadambari Arts | Rentals: Peacock Creations Event Design | Suits: Hugo Boss | Bride’s Sari & Bridesmaids’ Saris: Kumaran Silks |


Long Island, NY South Asian Wedding by Karim Photo

Welcome back to Amaira and Suleman’s wedding festivities! In this post, we’ll cover the newlyweds’ gorgeously designed reception at the Chateau at Coindre Hall. Maharani Amaira took on planning and design duties herself in coordination with Dee Weddings, and she hit it out of the ballpark! She also filled us in on her relationship with Suleman. She explained, “I often think of us (jokingly and also not so jokingly) of star crossed lovers, fighting to be together. It was a long road to the wedding, so when we finally got there, I wanted to make sure everything was perfect and reflective of us as a couple.” Well, her wish came true because the celebration was definitely 100% perfect. We’re awestruck over the floral arrangements courtesy of Wyld NYC. (We will never get enough of the floral wall trend since they provide such a lux touch to every event!) We were also inspired by Amaira and Suleman’s decision to donate to the Islamic Relief USA - Aid to Syria as part of their wedding celebration. Read more behind the scenes deets below in our complete interview with Amaira. We encourage all you brides to be to look through the full gallery for so much fashion, decor, and floral inspo. Sharif Karim of Karim Photo carefully captured every delightful moment, from the newlyweds’ joyous entrance to their departure in a mass of sparklers. A huge congrats to this darling couple from Maharani Weddings! 

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Suleman and I met online in the summer of 2014. I'd been on OKCupid for quite some time, and was ready to call it quits. I had logged on to deactivate my profile when I came across his message. It was a simple hello, but enough to catch my attention. I went onto his profile and the moment I got a look at his picture, I remember instantly thinking, "He looks like he could be my husband!" and promptly freaking myself out at the thought of that. I knew the moment I saw his photo that I was going to marry him, as absolutely insane as that sounds. We exchanged numbers and talked almost daily, but waited nearly a month and half to meet each other as it was Ramadan and we were trying to be respectful, hah. Even on our first date, I couldn't really get a good read on him and kept trying to keep my "secret" to myself and tried to act like I was totally cool and not positive that I was going to marry him. I found out later that he thought I was totally goofy, but sweet and figured my awkwardness was a part of my charm. In short, I knew immediately, and spent three months waiting for reality to catch up to him!

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

I got two bridal lenghas because I am the luckiest, most spoiled girl in the world! My in-laws gifted me a beautiful lengha choli, and my parents flew to India (!!!) to get me my other outfit from my favorite designer, Sabayasachi! I initially was dead set on a cream outfit with a red top, and gold detailing based off an outfit I had seen from Monika Jassal. But the more I shopped, the more hesitant I became, as it was so hard to find cream, or hard to envision what a piece might look like in cream. My ceremony outfit, the lengha choli, I bought in New York, from Sitara Boutique (shout out to Nitu!). I loved this outfit and chose it because it was a happy marriage of a Pakistani based style (as a nod to my new family), and my style. My reception outfit was a beautiful cherry red Sabayaschi number that made me feel like a queen! I felt incredible in that outfit, and my husband clearly thought so, too! His eyes lit up the moment he saw me. He looked dapper, too. His sherwani was from Ziggi Studios in the UK, and he was dead set on that shade of blue and I ended up choosing red to contrast his outfit. I know it's usually the other way around, haha, but his sherwani was incredible!

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

Apart from the obvious, which is getting to plan a wedding with my husband, the most enjoyable part was all of the time I got to spend with my family, extended and immediate and the time I got to spend with my in-laws as well. I loved that there was always something on the calendar for me and that my whole family was around to help. We saw each other nearly every weekend and everyone made it known that their help was available to me in any way that they could.
I would say the other enjoyable part was my meeting Deepti Jotwani of Dee Weddings and getting to work with her on my wedding. I had managed to maintain my sanity through month four of the planning process, but with just six weeks left to go for my wedding, I told my husband I desperately needed a planner to tie everything together. I found myself obsessing over every last detail and wondering how I would manage so many vendors and guests, and also try to enjoy the day I'd planned for so long. We came across Deepti, who was just a breath of fresh air. She immediately put me at ease, and helped me finalize details for my wedding and ensure that everything ran smoothly. Not only that, but we are also close friends now, so certainly an unexpected, but welcome surprise.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I heard a lot of people say that it was the best wedding they'd ever been to. That comment really gets me every single time, because I know the level of intense and crazy planning and attention to detail that went into planning it. One comment though, that I hear more than anything, is how much people loved our ceremony. Muslim nikkahs often get treated as an afterthought, usually being done in private behind closed doors. People tend to come for the reception, eat, and leave. I knew I didn't want my wedding to be anything like that. I worked closely with my imam to ensure that he understood exactly what I wanted. We did an American style ceremony, if you could call it that, with a Muslim nikkah thrown into the mix. I got to walk down the aisle, I had our bridesmaids and groomsmen at our side, our imam gave a beautiful sermon on marriage and Islam, and I noticed many people tearing. Exactly what I hoped for, haha! I also remember people loving the actual songs I chose during the ceremony, it was pop themed, and true to us as a couple, haha. I walked down the aisle to Taylor Swift in violins, true to our proposal and myself. We walked out to "Teenage Dream" by Katy Perry. It was lighthearted and fun and I loved every moment of it.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I don't think I have one particular moment that stands out. That entire day feels like a beautifully curated movie, haha, just totally immortalized in my mind. I think though, that the most special part for me was my family and bridal party coming in early to help me and spend time with us as we got ready. Everyone was excited and happy, and it's something I will cherish for the rest of my life.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
GET A PLANNER! I can't stress this enough. I knew even when we started planning that I needed one, but Suleman insisted we could do it ourselves and save the money. To his point, I'm glad that I did so much myself, it was rewarding to be able to really produce this labor of love and see it come to life. BUT, I ended up getting Dee Weddings to coordinate my day anyway, I remember thinking if only I had hired her sooner, she would have saved me all the headache and probably saved me some money along the way, too. Even if you think you can't afford it, look into a Day-Of coordinator, or a partial planner. Most planners tend to do all three and would be more than willing to have the conversation with you, so don't hesitate to ask!
The other piece of advice I would give is that be prepared for things to go wrong and try to take it in stride. At the end of the day, you're getting to celebrate your marriage and that's what it is really about. It's a blessing, treat it like one and soak it all in!

Thank you Amaira! We hope you have a wonderful Monday Maharanis.

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Planning & Design: Dee Weddings | Holud/Mehendi Venue: World's Fair Marina | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Chateau at Coindre Hall | Day of Coordinator: Deepti of Dee Weddings | Decor: Amaira of Dee Weddings | Holud Decor: Tamanna's Decor | Floral: Wyld NYC | Hair & Makeup: Audrey Lea Curry | Catering: Greystone Catering from Chateau at Coindre Hall | DJ: Bollywood DJs | Bridal Fashion: Sitara NY | Bridal Fashion: Sabayasachi | Groom’s Fashion: Ziggi Studio Menswear | Reception Cake & Treats: Rolling Pin Bakery | Holud/Mehendi Cake & Treats: Moni's Kitchen | Cinematography: NST Pictures | Event Designer: Amaira of Dee Weddings | Favors: Moni's Kitchen | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Amaira of Dee Weddings | Lighting: Bollywood DJs | Mehndi Artist: Mehendi by Navi | Photo Booth: Say Cheese NYC | Registry: Zola Registry | Rentals: Patina Rentals | Tuxedos: Generation Tux | Photography: Sharif Karim of Stark Karim Photography |


Long Island, NY South Asian Wedding by Karim Photo

We are in such uplifted mood after viewing photos of Amaira and Suleman’s glam summer wedding celebration. These star crossed lovers perfectly melded their Pakistani and Bangladeshi heritages for their epic wedding weekend. Maharani Amaira explained, “It was a challenge mixing our [Bangaldeshi and Pakistani] cultural traditions together and also blending them with our Muslim customs and making sure it was reflective of our American nationalities too. We combined our Holud night (something that is pivotal for Bengalis), and our Mehendi night (something Pakistanis really focus on), into one event. Given the similar cultural traditions for both events, this was a no brainer.” The event turned out beautifully, and Amaira was stunning in her floral Holud accessories and orange lehenga. Next, the couple had their ceremony at the Chateau at Coindre Hall, which was planned and designed to perfection by the bride herself in conjunction with Dee Weddings. Here at Maharani Weddings, we come across some seriously gorgeous floral arrangements, but the ones at this wedding by Wyld NYC were really special. Sharif Karim of Karim Photo captured the vibrancy of the event perfectly, and we especially loved the photos of Amaira and Suleman beaming with joy throughout the ceremony. Peruse the beautiful complete gallery of photos for more inspo! 

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We'll be back in a flash Maharanis!

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Planning & Design: Dee Weddings | Holud/Mehendi Venue: World's Fair Marina | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Chateau at Coindre Hall | Day of Coordinator: Deepti of Dee Weddings | Decor: Amaira of Dee Weddings | Holud Decor: Tamanna's Decor | Floral: Wyld NYC | Hair & Makeup: Audrey Lea Curry | Catering: Greystone Catering from Chateau at Coindre Hall | DJ: Bollywood DJs | Bridal Fashion: Sitara NY | Bridal Fashion: Sabayasachi | Groom’s Fashion: Ziggi Studio Menswear | Reception Cake & Treats: Rolling Pin Bakery | Holud/Mehendi Cake & Treats: Moni's Kitchen | Cinematography: NST Pictures | Event Designer: Amaira of Dee Weddings | Favors: Moni's Kitchen | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Amaira of Dee Weddings | Lighting: Bollywood DJs | Mehndi Artist: Mehendi by Navi | Photo Booth: Say Cheese NYC | Registry: Zola Registry | Rentals: Patina Rentals | Tuxedos: Generation Tux | Photography: Sharif Karim of Stark Karim Photography |


Boston, MA Indian Fusion Wedding by Melissa Robotti Photography

We're back with more exciting details from Lisa and Vamsee's festivities. After an emotional, tear filled Christian ceremony, Lisa slipped into a bedazzling red and green lehenga fit for a princess! Guests gasped as she floated down the aisle, glittering under the sunlight streaming into the State Room Boston venue. Vamsee couldn’t take his eyes off his ravishing bride, and they solidified their union with traditional Hindu vows under their fired hued mandap. After two beautiful ceremonies, the newlyweds and their guests were ready to get the party started! Lisa and Vamsee enlisted the incredible DJs from Murray Hill Talent to get the crowd amped up with their bouncing beats. As guests entered the ballroom, they were transported to a decadent wonderland with rich florals and decor created by Madison Floral and a mouthwatering cake whipped up by I Dream of Jeanne. We can’t get enough of Lisa and Vamsee's modern and chic celebrations captured by Melissa Robotti Photography. Each pic shows such beauty and joy and we can’t wait for you to look through the full gallery!

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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.

We wanted to get married in the city we fell in love, and after looking at venues that would accommodate our complex wedding day details. When we saw the State Room we knew immediately that it was perfect. The view of the city was so impressive, that we were sure it would give our guests from out of the state and country a memory they would never forget.

I chose the Hair and Make-up artists that my sister-in-law had used in her wedding just a year and a half before. It was great to have some familiar vendors around during the morning of, and I love their work. They were so pleasant and fun to chat to!

I chose my wedding photographer, DJ, and florist from the list of recommended vendors provided by the State Room - and I'm so glad I did. All of them were amazing, flexible, and so talented.

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

The most enjoyable part of the planning process was getting to bring my families together. It was wonderful to see everyone learning about each other's culture, traditions, and religions. It brought us closer together and made our wedding day that much more special.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?

My guests said they loved how unique our wedding felt. They noticed how many personal touches we incorporated and how we closely intertwined the two cultures within our wedding ceremonies.

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

The vows were emotional! I didn't expect to cry, but hearing Vamsee recite the traditional American vows were so special. Then to follow up the vows with the saptapadi during the Indian ceremony was special as well.

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

Enjoy every minute of the planning process and your wedding day. Stressful moments will happen, but this time in your life will come and go, so enjoy it as much as you can!

So lovely! Have a wonderful Monday Maharanis!

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DJ: Murray Hill Talent | Venue: State Room Boston | Floral & Decor: Madison Floral | Hair: Vow to Style | Make-up: Danielle Gasbarro | Bridal Fashions: Hayley Paige | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Cake & Treats: I Dream of Jeanne | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Invitations by Ajalon | Tuxedos: Ralph Lauren | Photographer: Melissa Robotti Photography |


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