For Maharani Prachi, she knew what love on first sight encompassed the minute she had laid her eyes on Shani. In the bride’s own words, “the rest was history.” Prachi knew that in order to have the wedding of her dreams she would have construct the ultimate dream team and with a stellar list of vendors, she most certainly achieved her vision. The bride’s pre-wedding ceremonies began with a colorful mehndi night with none other than Henna by Alpa gracing the bride and her guests with intricate henna designs. In just a couple of sleeps it was time for the bride to get ready for her big day with makeup artist Sarah Aasif by her side. Prachi’s wedding lengha was a multifaceted designer piece in shades of pink, yellow and gold. Donning an oversized nathni, this Princess was regal indeed. The wedding ceremony took place at the Magnolia where Prashe Decor went above and beyond bathing the venue with ornamentation that epitomized sultry and class. Planning and design wouldn't be completed without the perfect wedding planner and Navi Kaur of K.I. Weddings proved to once again amaze the masses with her groundwork skills. We have royal affair waiting for you in the gallery captured by 1 Cinema Productions that you won’t want to miss! Also, Prachi herself has spilled all the details on planning her big day that you can find at the bottom of tfhis post!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
He was my orientation leader and I met him on my first day of medical school. He was standing in front of 250 students so comfortably telling jokes and making everyone laugh. Suddenly, I had a thought cross my mind, "I wonder what our story will be..." At the time, I was really shocked why I even had that thought. I mean, I hadn't even spoken to him yet! And 4 years later, here we are...married, and doing residency together - luckily in the same city, same program. I couldn't have asked for more.
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It was my parent's anniversary and our family had come to visit us from India. Shani had told me that his friends from his college days had come into town that day and wanted me to go to lunch with them. He arrived and of course I was still getting ready upstairs so Shani spent some time meeting my family from India, none of whom had a clue of what was to come either. Unexpectedly, there was a knock at the door and I ran to answer it only to be shocked by the sheriff standing in front of me. He asked who the car outside belonged to while pointing to Shani's car. I didn't say a word and then he proceeded to ask me if anyone named "Shani" was in the house. My heart sank. He pulled out a warrant from his pocket with Shani's name it. He told me a horrific story of a hit-and-run accident that ended in a fatality that Shani was involved in and asked to come inside. Just then, I slowly started to close the door and contemplated telling Shani to run out the back door, but it was too late. Shani was already behind me and the Sheriff had let himself in. The Sheriff proceeded to tell us that Shani was being arrested and then things start to become a blur. I got a reality check when my mom asked me again to go with Shani as the Sheriff was walking him out of the house. The moment I got outside, I looked up and all our close friends and Shani's family were outside holding up a "Will You Marry Me?" sign. I looked back at Shani and he was down on one knee holding a ring. The rest is history.
Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
We started with picking a venue and wedding planner at the same time. I found Jignasa Patel of Ki Weddings, met with her and liked what she had to offer especially considering my fiancé (at the time) was 7 hours away and I would be traveling a lot for rotations during the last year of my medical school. Arranging meetings and coordinating small details was much easier after getting a wedding planner, Navi Kaur who became our planner from Ki Weddings. I ended up getting my sangeet outfit from an account on instagram and my reception outfit from online! I coordinated details of it over facetime, many times it was in the middle of the night since the website was based out of India. It was a big risk and a little scary no doubt but I was very happy with the final products! For makeup, my friend referred me to Sarah Asif. I saw her work on instagram and was impressed by it. She was one of the first people I booked, almost 10 months in advance!
Decor: I wanted something elegant and simple so I went with white and gold for the wedding ceremony and added purple to it for the reception for an added touch of royalty.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I got my wedding dress in Chicago. I liked the design on a lehnga I saw but I knew I wanted it with a non-traditional color scheme. How the idea of yellow, coral and pink tones together came to me, I can't say! I was very happy with the final result.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Almost all of it was enjoyable because I got to spend a lot of quality time with my mom and sister during the process. Luckily my mom stayed home from work almost the whole year before the wedding to help me plan it and my sister is a master at time management and made time to go with me despite full time college and 2 internships! One of my favorite times was coming up with the father-daughter dance with my dad while my mom would play music for us. We had so many moments of uncontrollable laughter as I tried to teach my dad simple dance steps that he would keep getting wrong over and over (although he did it perfectly on the day of the reception since he was practicing even the morning of the wedding.
Coming right up is the wedding reception and with G2 on the dancefloor, this is one party you won’t soon forget!