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Dallas, TX South Asian Wedding by VEK Photo

For Maharani Asma and her hubby Aamir it was all about the glam! To ensure they had their dream come true celebration, this duo brought on planning mavens from Events by Hala and the decor masterminds from Décor One by Nalini to make theirs an event styled to perfection. Between the enormous blush centerpieces, artistic sweetheart stage, and oodles of draping, the The Ritz Carlton venue resembled a romantic oasis of breathtaking amor. Make sure to take note of the luscious tablescapes featuring twinkling candles, lush florals, golden accessories, and so many more inspiration touches! And of course, the most beautiful part of the celebration was Asma, who was beautified by Ms Painted Lady and chose a sweet white and pink lehenga accessorized by glamorous jewels by Signature Diamonds. Such a showstopping look! After the couple made their buoyant entrance, the night was a nonstop party of delicious bites, mouthwatering cake, and heartfelt speeches. The night soon descended into the dance party of our dreams as DJ Riz Entertainment started their pulsating beats. This wedding is chock full of inspirational details, so take a peek at the full gallery where VEK Photo has captured all the magic. And make sure to scroll below for our fab interview with the Main Maharani herself!

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

Aamir (the groom) and I met at a summer camp in 2012 when we were both counselors. We were just friends and didn't keep in touch too much until the next year when I visited Houston (where he lives). I'm from Dallas and didn't really know anyone in Houston so he showed me around and we really hit it off. There was one story where I was sitting on his kitchen counter in the apartment he lived in, and when I was trying to come down, I accidentally broke the drawer. Ah! So embarrassing! But guess what, he saved that drawer and knew that it would come in handy one day. On our reception day, he told the embarrassing story in a surprise speech to me and then he brought out the drawer! The ACTUAL drawer that I broke! The rest is history! :)

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!

Wow, I don't know if I can correctly express the amazingness of the proposal, but I'll give it a try. We also have a video that I'll link below.

It was a week before our two year anniversary. My sister-in-law had just started a new job so she said that we wanted to do a family dinner to celebrate. We had just bought a new dress a couple of weeks ago when we went shopping together so she told me to wear that one!  When we pulled up to the parking, and started walking to the "restaurant", I saw a videographer, and was a little confused. We walked into the door of a event space, apparently the restaurant was through the event space. But when I walked in, I saw a huge staircase and rose petals all over it! (Apparently there were more than 500 rose petals used to decorate the space!) My family pushed me up the stairs, with me stopping every few because I figured out what was going on and was freaking out! I finally get up the stairs and see my now husband, Aamir, on the piano with a big smile on his face. He starts playing the piano, singing our favorite Adnan Sami song, Tera Chera. This song is super special to us because every time he plays it in the car, he makes me listen to the words and tells me that's how he feels about me. It basically says that no matter what happens, if the earth stops, my face is what will keep him going. So he was playing the song on the piano, and then started singing it!! I was amazed! Then, I look over to the left and see all of our friends and family taking pictures, and just documenting the entire thing. One thing I always wanted is for my friends and family to be there during my proposal or at least after to share the moment with me. Once Aamir finished the song, the WHOLE song (LOL), he took me to another part of the room that had a heart made of rose petals, got down on one knee, and proposed. It was a night I will never forget!

See video here! My description definitely did not do justice.

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.

The best thing we did was to hire the best wedding planner, Events by Hala. She made the experience seamless for us! She picked out a few vendors for each based upon our style, and then we picked. She knew exactly how to make our stress level stay low, and always knew exactly what to say and do to make our wedding spectacular.

We were beyond happy with all of our vendors. Everyone made us feel so special, so welcome, and so calm. I have to say that I was so incredibly calm during the entire wedding because I knew everything in the back end was being taken care of by an amazing team of vendors.

Venues were very important to us - we chose Sambuca for the Mehndi, the Altitude at the W for the Pithi and Sangeet, and the Ritz Carlton Dallas for the Reception. All venues were close to each other in the heart of Dallas.

Hair and Makeup was done by Ms. Painted Lady. I would recommend her to everyone! She was so knowledgeable, so great to work with, and just made me feel and look like the most beautiful bride.

Decor was by Decor One - Nalini Kannan. The best thing about Nalini is that she literally took my Pinterest wedding board and brought it to life. I was a little confused on what I wanted the decor to look like but she could tell my style and made everything come to life; She even made my house look beautiful!

Photo was done by Vinnie at VEK Photo - his style is simply amazing and we got such great pictures, such great service, and were so happy with working with him. When we first met him, we knew that he would understand what we want, and get us the best shots, which is exactly what we got!

Beyond did our video and their service was amazing, their videographers were so welcoming and fun, and we are so happy with our 5 minute edit. Can't wait to see our full edit. See 5 min video here.

Lastly, our DJ. I wouldn't recommend anyone but DJ Riz Entertainment. He and him team definitely delivered. They went above and beyond on everything we wanted, giving us lighting, the best music, and even more entertainment for the guests. They were able to play every type of music we wanted and really got the crowd hyped on the dance floor until the very end of every night. Even though music was important and we were happy with it, it was the service and the heart that they put in that made them the best!

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

When thinking about my outfits, I had a lot in mind. There were so many different styles that were on Pinterest boards, throughout my photos on my phone, and floating through my head. I went around to places both in Dallas and Houston, but couldn't find what I was looking for. So my mom and I made the decision to go to Pakistan and see all the latest styles and hopefully find the perfect outfits. We had a total of 7 days in Pakistan, 1 day was Sunday so nothing opened until 2pm, and one day was a holiday and everything was closed. 5 days to get everything done was a tough task, but I found what I was looking for! I ordered all of my outfits for every event! The Mehndi and Sangeet outfit was from a designer named Layla Chatoor, and the reception outfit was from a designer named Sana Safinaz. I always knew I wanted something colorful for the Sangeet, but wasn't picky on colors. And for the reception, I wanted something light and pastel for my reception outfit and that's exactly what I got! Light pink and white - and pink just happens to be my favorite color! :)

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

I think being able to make all of our dreams into a reality was the best part. Working with Aamir and figuring out what we want, and showing that to Hala, and her making it happen was the best part! I know that if I didn't have a wedding planner, the process would have been a nightmare. I definitely recommend getting a wedding planner to all my friends that are planning a wedding!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?

I think what guests loved the most is that we tried to make everything different, while still sticking to our roots, tradition, and culture. I think they also liked that they could tell this was Asma & Aamir's wedding. The details had our style written all over it.

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

Although Aamir's speech was very special, what really replays in my mind is my dad's speech. One thing that my mom, dad and I did every night when I was unmarried and living with them was drink green tea. So in his speech, he ended it with, "Now, every night, we will have a new ingredient in our tea - our tears while we miss Asma".

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

Hire a wedding planner, and enjoy the process and your wedding! Don't let things bother you on the weekend of. People are constantly looking at you- and you should be genuinely having fun. One thing that I noticed in the 5 minute video edit is that both Aamir and I looked so happy the entire time.

Also, make sure you choose vendors that you get along with and are comfortable with. You want to be able to show them your vision and trust that they will make it come true.

So sweet! See you all bright and early with another fab wedding!

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DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Photography: Vek Photo | Lighting: DJ Riz Entertainment | Bridal Jewelry: Signature Diamonds by Mahsooma Aziz | Floral & Decor: Decor One | Sangeet Venue: Sambuca | Ceremony Venue: W Hotel Dallas | Reception Venue: The Ritz Carlton | Planning & Design: Events by Hala | Hair & Makeup: Ms Painted Lady | Catering: BBQ Tonite | Catering: Bombay Chopstix | Bridal Fashions: Layla Chatoor | Bridal Fashions: Sana Safinaz | Cake & Treats: Ritz Carlton | Cinematography: Beyond | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Nazia Morani Creativity | Mehndi Artist: Sultana | Photo Booth: Mr. Photobot | Rentals: Lawson Event Rentals | Transportation: RollsRoycedFW |


Dallas, TX South Asian Wedding by VEK Photo

The city of Dallas, TX was bustling with the Bollywood beats of Asma and Aamir’s joyous Sangeet celebrations! This post covers the duo’s vibrant, rainbow bright sangeet kick off, followed by their serene ceremony. We’re obsessing over the striking photographs by VEK Photo of Asma and Aamir in their royal finery overlooking the twinkling city of Dallas. Such an incredible dichotomy between modern glitz and traditional fashions. We just love it when couples find ultra mod backgrounds for their wedding portraits! After sharing some tender alone time together, it was time for the dance party to begin. Décor One by Nalini brought their floral and decor mastery and glammed up the space with red and blue drapings and a flickering candle wall. The event was orchestrated expertly by the planning masters from Events by Hala, and every detail was seamlessly executed. We’re loving the infectious grins on each and every guest’s face in these banging photos! DJ Riz Entertainment was front and center, bringing their bombastic beats to the celebration. The next day, the couple wore soft, romantic fashions for their sentimental wedding ceremony. Asma was radiant with her dewy skin and glittering jewels by Signature Diamonds. The couple were pronounced Mr. and Mrs. in front of their nearest and dearest, and were whisked away in a shiny Rolls Royce. So luxurious! Get lost in all the pretty images in our full gallery by VEK Photo.

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We can't wait to share all the reception deets up next!

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DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Photography: Vek Photo | Lighting: DJ Riz Entertainment | Bridal Jewelry: Signature Diamonds by Mahsooma Aziz | Floral & Decor: Decor One | Sangeet Venue: Sambuca | Ceremony Venue: W Hotel Dallas | Reception Venue: The Ritz Carlton | Planning & Design: Events by Hala | Hair & Makeup: Ms Painted Lady | Catering: BBQ Tonite | Catering: Bombay Chopstix | Bridal Fashions: Layla Chatoor | Bridal Fashions: Sana Safinaz | Cake & Treats: Ritz Carlton | Cinematography: Beyond | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Nazia Morani Creativity | Mehndi Artist: Sultana | Photo Booth: Mr. Photobot | Rentals: Lawson Event Rentals | Transportation: RollsRoycedFW |


Birmingham, AL Indian Wedding by Peter Togel Photography

We finally arrive at Niki and Mayur’s wedding ceremony, and we’ve loving each and every special moment. The bride slipped into a velvet, red lehenga that was designed for a total queen. This bride looked like royalty with sparkling gold necklaces gracing her neck, bombshell makeup by Alexandria Knight, and a bouffant ‘do by Kimberly Pierce. The Embassy Suites Birmingham-Hoover venue had a fairytale violet and gold theme that was designed by the decor team at Crimson Bleu Events, while Mandap World spearheaded the series of events masterfully. We’re loving each and every meaningful ceremony detail, and had to ask Maharani Niki if she had any tips for brides-to-be. She told us, Start planning as early as possible. However, also remember that you are always going to have something to do, so be willing to let go sometimes. Stay as calm as possible. When things do not go your way, do not get too upset over it. Details are important, especially the personal ones. However, stay focused on actually getting married, rather than focusing on the small details that you won’t remember. Include your family and friends in planning and executing. This event is important for you, but they are also a big part of it. The wedding is your special day, and you want everyone to celebrate with you, not just show up.” Such helpful words of wisdom. Peter Togel Photography snapped some amazing captures, so immerse yourself in this beautiful Indian wedding celebration in our full gallery. And scroll down for our interview with Niki and Mayur!

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?

Coming from a strong traditional background, we wanted a wedding that reflected our culture as well as our interests. We wanted the vibe to be both elegant and homey at the same time. For this reason, we chose to do many of the decorations and catering ourselves. We let everyone be a part of it, giving tasks to everyone we felt close to. We had an overall traditional Indian wedding theme, but we tried to make each event unique in its own way.

o For the mehndi event, we wanted to portray a Bollywood style event with lots of colors and activities happening simultaneously. In addition to the traditional event of henna artists applying mehndi to guests, we had guests pick out favors in a “going to the bazaar” type fashion, couple and family games, and a live food station.

o For the vidhi events, we wanted the overwhelming feel to be that of the Swaminarayan Hindu religion, with many rituals and ceremonial necessities.

o We used the garba/raas event as a way to welcome Mayur’s side to my side, giving all the family and friends a chance to talk and mingle amongst each other before the wedding day. Our theme for this event was inspired by different cultures in India – specifically Gujarat and Rajasthan – which can be seen in all the beautiful colors used in the decorations. We had a live Indian band, Jashn, that performed with traditional songs as well as contemporary Bollywood fusion songs.

o As the main event, the wedding incorporated a lot of our culture as well as our values. We sought out guidance from our religious leaders as well as our family in order to create the perfect wedding for us. Our theme colors were gold, maroon, and lavender. Our outfits were the traditional colors of gold and red.

Let's talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?

For the mehndi, vidhi, and garba, everything was DIY! Our family and friends put in so much love and effort in trying to help us create the most beautiful events for one of the most important weekends of our lives.

Everything was meticulously planned out several months in advance. All of the decorations we used were from India and customized to our liking. For the wedding, we hired Mandap World.

What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

Garlands are an important part of traditional Indian weddings, especially during the actual wedding ceremony. All of the garlands for our events were custom made by a local vendor, Suman Patel. Additionally, she provided us with the bouquets. The florals for the aisle to the altar were set up and provided by Mandap World.

Let's talk fashion. How did you choose your wedding day look? How did the groom? Describe both looks in detail.

I had a traditional Indian outfit. The outfit itself was made out of red velvet material with all designs stitched in gold thread. The designs covered the entirety of the top and skirt with floral patterns. Mayur’s outfit was custom made based on my outfit. The outfit was gold, and the designer incorporated the red velvet into his outfit to match the bridal outfit. Both outfits had a red and gold royal theme.

How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

We met through a mutual friend. Niki first talked to me through his Facebook account and asked me a bunch of awkward questions as a joke and our friend later revealed to me that it was Niki on his account. I thought it was hilarious that she did that and I sent her a friend request. She apologized to me and we started talking from there.

The proposal was a real surprise. Our first date was supposed to be at the Georgia Aquarium but because of timing we didn’t get to go. Ever since then Niki never failed to remind me that we never went to the aquarium. When I was planning on proposing I couldn’t think of a more perfect place to do it. I called the aquarium and they set everything up for me. Her sister & her friends convinced her to go to the aquarium even though she was waiting to go with me I also told her to go. At the aquarium she got a private tour and at the end of the tour she was asked to open one of the sea-shells and inside the shell it read “Will you marry me?” She was thinking it was meant for someone else at first until she saw me walking towards her. She was so surprised and shocked. After that we went around the aquarium and celebrated.

What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

FIRST LOOK.

Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you'd like to share with other couples planning their day?

Start planning as early as possible. We started a year in advance, but we were still doing things last minute. However, also remember that you are always going to have something to do, so be willing to let go sometimes. Stay as calm as possible. When things do no go your way, do not get too upset over it. It’s always nice to have at least one person in the relationship calm – like Mayur. Details are important, especially the personal ones. However, stay focused on actually getting married, rather than focusing on the small details that you won’t remember. Include your family and friends in planning and executing. They are more than willing to help, but you have to be able to let go. This event is important for you, but they are also a big part of it. The wedding is your special day, and you want everyone to celebrate with you, not just show up.

See you lovely Maharanis tomorrow!

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Planning & Design: Crimson Bleu Events | Photography: Peter Togel Photography | Venue: Embassy Suites Birmingham-Hoover | Floral & Decor: Mandap World | Makeup: Alexandria Knight | Hair: Kimberly Pierce | Vince Camuto: Bride’s Shoes | Katy Perry: Bride’s Shoes | Kiian of Atlanta: Bride’s Jewelry | Jai Gopala: Bride’s Jewelry | Catering: BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir – Birmingham | Cake & Treats: Louise's Cakes & Things | Event Designer: Mandap World | Live Music: Jashn ATL | Mehndi Artist: Bindu Patel | Photo Booth: Robot Booth | Transportation: Helena Exotic Car Rental "LLC" Limousine Service | Tuxedos: Asopalav USA | Cinematographer: One Entertainment | Floral Bouquets & Garlands: Suman Patel | Priest: Shastri Krushnavyas |


Birmingham, AL Indian Wedding by Peter Togel Photography

Niki and Mayur’s Indian wedding celebration was a super personalized, family oriented celebration, and we’re swooning over every detail. It’s obvious that this duo put a ton of creativity and hard work into making this weekend like no other. We start with Niki’s cheery mendi, in which the gorg bride glowed in shades of blue and tangerine and was adorned with swirling henna designs by Bindu Patel. Next up was the vivacious garba soiree, in which guests boogied all night long! What a fantastic way to kick off the wedding weekend. We’re loving the bright smiles of all the lovebirds’ family and friends in each and every pic. Next up, we’ll dive into the magical ceremony deets, festooned by the talented planning mavens of Crimson Bleu Events and decor team from Mandap World with a one of the kind aisle and mandap. Such a masterpiece. You don’t want to miss on all the amazingly inspirational moments, so while you wait, get lost in all the jaw dropping snaps in our full gallery captured by Peter Togel Photography.

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Hurry back lovelies!

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Planning & Design: Crimson Bleu Events | Photography: Peter Togel Photography | Venue: Embassy Suites Birmingham-Hoover | Floral & Decor: Mandap World | Makeup: Alexandria Knight | Hair: Kimberly Pierce | Vince Camuto: Bride’s Shoes | Katy Perry: Bride’s Shoes | Kiian of Atlanta: Bride’s Jewelry | Jai Gopala: Bride’s Jewelry | Catering: BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir – Birmingham | Cake & Treats: Louise's Cakes & Things | Event Designer: Mandap World | Live Music: Jashn ATL | Mehndi Artist: Bindu Patel | Photo Booth: Robot Booth | Transportation: Helena Exotic Car Rental "LLC" Limousine Service | Tuxedos: Asopalav USA | Cinematographer: One Entertainment | Floral Bouquets & Garlands: Suman Patel | Priest: Shastri Krushnavyas |


Old Bridge, NJ South Asian Wedding by Zak Photo Video

We return back to Old Bridge, NJ for the concluding events of Sana and Shazad’s Nikah celebration and reception party. The morning started with the bride getting dolled up for her big day with a perfect ruby lip stain and smoky eyes that paired fantastically with her bridal garb: a royal red lehenga with heavily embellished stone work. As guests trickled into The Grand Marquis venue for the ceremony, they were awestruck by the chic sweetheart stage and oodles of candles designed by Partyland and Sajawat. Kudos to the floral and decor team for transforming the space into a total fantasy. Our favorite part of the ceremony was witnessing the precious way this couple gazes at each other. Such true love! After the Nikah, which is the sacred contract between the bride and groom, Maharani Sana and her Raja Shazad cut their luscious white cake while DJs from AmpliFIRE Entertainment played their harmonious tunes. There are many more images shot by Zak Photo Video that can be found in the full gallery, so take a gander and peruse to your heart’s content! A huge congrats to Sana and Shazad. We wish them a lifetime of laughter and adventure!

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Have a wonderful evening Maharanis!

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Floral & Decor: Partyland Event Design Boutique | DJ: Amplifire Entertainment | Mehndi Venue: The Royal Manor | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Grand Marquis | Photographer: Zak Photo Video |


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