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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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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 |


Old Bridge, NJ South Asian Wedding by Zak Photo Video

Happy Wednesday lovelies! Today we’re stoked to bring you all the delightful details of this South Asian wedding hailing out of Old Bridge, NJ. The festivities began with a Mehndi night that was rich in color and cultural flair at  The Royal Manor. Maharani Sana made her grand entrance on a doli carried by some dapper gents. With a graceful pep in her step, this twinkling bride’s excitement is clearly visible! Donning a multifaceted plum lehenga with embroidered foliage designs, this lovely lady was simply glowing. The night was full of performances, laughter and timeless memories caught on camera by Zak Photo Video. The venue itself was festooned with a tapestry of vibrant drapings, decorative umbrellas, and sparkling lanterns by the dream team from Partyland and Sajawat, and the resulting ambiance was nothing short of mesmerizing. Adding to the fabulous atmosphere were the DJs from AmpliFIRE Entertainment who jazzed up the space with their melodic beats. This mehndi looked like an absolute blast, and this is just the beginning of Sana and Shazad’s magical wedding weekend. Next up: Their ceremony and reception! In the meantime, head on into the full gallery where more images from this celebration await!

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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 |


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 |


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