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Beltsville, MD South Asian Wedding by Akbar Sayed Photography

Today we’re excited to dive into the wedding celebration of Sabreet and Arun. This feature is extra special because these lovebirds have been together since they were sixteen years old! Fast forward twelve years later and we have the most magical wedding weekend to share with you all. Sabreet told us, “This is going to sound cheesy but I knew I wanted to marry when we first started dating when I was 16. I remember falling for Arun because he always made me smile and laugh. I am looking forward to spending the rest of my life with him because I know one day we will be sitting on our front porch sipping on lemonade and reminiscing on how we lived a life full of laughter together.” Arun also gushed about his lady love, saying he knew he had to marry this special lady after she took care of him after a health scare! He told us, “Aside from being there for me every step of the way through my rehabilitation, when I saw the way my parents and her interacted, and the love and respect she treated them with, I knew right then and there this was the only girl I ever wanted to bring into my family." The couple had two sacred wedding ceremonies, and looked picture perfect for each in shimmering Bollywood fashions. Event Envy created the perfect ambiance and decor for each event, and we’re swooning over every pristine photograph by Akbar Sayed Photography. Peruse the full gallery for all the glorious moments. And make sure to scroll below for our interview with darling Maharani Sabreet.

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

I met the love of my life when I was in high school at the age of 16. Our story is an old tale about a Punjabi girl who meets a Malayalam boy, boy flirts with girl, and the girl falls hopelessly in love with him. Our journey is a remix of the West Side Story and the Indian movie Two States. We would both get in trouble with our parents for being young, stupid, and in love but I think it all worked out well :)

I asked Arun as well so he can share his story about how he knew I was the one. Below are our responses :)

Sabreet: This is going to sound cheesy but I knew I wanted to marry when we first started dating when I was 16. I remember falling for Arun because he always made me smile and laugh. We have been dating for how many years now? 12 years? There have been plenty of ups and downs but I knew I really wanted to marry Arun about 3 years ago when he was there for me and my family for one of the hardest times of our lives. I do not know what I would have done if he was not there by my side. Arun is my constant. He has been there for my highest highs.. high school/college/grad school graduations...even if you had to watch me graduate alone because my parents didn't know about you yet LOL...to getting my first job, getting into a doctoral program etc. to my lowest lows. He never gave up on me and always loved me even when I least deserved it.  He is the one constant thing in my life; I can always count on him to be there and to never change. I am looking forward to spending the rest of my life with him because I know one day we will be sitting on our front porch sipping on lemonade and reminiscing on how we lived a life full of laughter together.

Arun: We’ve been dating so long now that I can’t even remember who said it first. However, I’m pretty sure as 16 year olds, we had been talking for maybe a few weeks (at most) before one of us blurted out the words I love you. The thing is, I don’t think either of us really knew what love entitled until we got to our mid 20s. It’s commitment, it’s dedication, it’s consistency and above all else it’s a tireless work in progress from now until eternity. So, needless to say we’ve “loved” each other for some time now. As far as when I knew I wanted to marry her though? I would say for me that probably came about 3 or so years ago, when I had a fairly serious health scare that ironically enough finally forced my parents to meet Sabreet. Aside from being there for me every step of the way through my rehabilitation, when I saw the way my parents and her interacted, and the love and respect she treated them with, I knew right then and there this was the only girl I ever wanted to bring into my family.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!

Arun gathered his and Sabreet's closest friends and family to assist with his proposal. He handed everyone a Photograph, each one a significant memory in their relationship. As she made her way through the stations, she was handed a photograph and read the associated caption. Once she made her way to Arun, the rest was history.

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.

Arun & I planned everything together. Our overall experience planning was wonderful because we're a great team. As we looked around and researched all of our vendors, the most important thing to use was not the cost but the customer service that our vendor was providing us. We looked at how our vendor would communicate and talk to us above all. While all of our vendors were great, we  loved our videographers and photographers the most. We actually feel like we will be keeping in touch with them because they feel like a part of our family now.

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

I am a sucker for traditional Punjabi bridal lenghas. The pressure was real when I went to India because I had to pick not just bridal outfits for myself but also for my groom and my younger brother who was getting married a month after me. I fell in love with my punjabi bridal lengha the first time I tried it on. I went to India with my Mom, Massi, and Naniji. As soon as I put the lengha (that I ultimately chose) their eyes started tearing up so I knew this was the one. As far as the bridal sari I wore for my Kerala Hindu Wedding. I left that completely up to my mother in law. I asked her to get my something blue. As a Punjabi woman, I had dreams of what my Punjabi bridal outfit would look like my whole life and I wanted to make sure I gave my mother in law the same opportunity to make her dreams come true for her only son’s wedding. I ultimately let my mother in law pick a sari from Kerala. Once I saw it, I fell in love with it.

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

Believe it or not the most enjoyable part of the planning process was actually the hard difficult tasks that we had. I work full time and am getting a doctoral at the same time. While we were planning our wedding, there were definitely moments that put us in overtime. When I was extremely stressed out, I saw how my new family, my parents, and my fiance helped and cared for me. What I learned while planning my wedding was how lucky I am to have the family I do and how fortunate I am to be able to listen and learn from my parents about why we do the different traditions we do during a wedding.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?

All of my guest told us that they loved the Doli from the guruwarda, the hindu wedding, and my father and daughter dance at the reception. From the gurdwara, I had a traditional doli where my brothers picked me up and took me to the car that Arun & I were leaving from. The hindu wedding was amazing because of the amount of flowers we had. Our guest were continuously throwing flowers at us throughout the duration of the wedding. As far as the reception, my father & I along with Arun and his mother danced to our favorite Disney song. Several of our guest were sobbing and it made both Arun & I giggle because we thought they were crying at our dance moves LOL.

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

Arun's smile. Every time I got nervous or felt overwhelmed, I looked at Arun and his smile always gave me peace and helped me relax. Weddings can be stressful! Especially indians wedding when you have two ceremonies but Arun never let that get to him. I am lucky to have him.

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

Planning sucks but enjoy every moment of planning your wedding... it will teach you how well you and your future partner work together. My biggest advice for the wedding dance is just relax, take a deep breath and realize how much you are loved by your future husband and both of the families that are coming together. You are loved more than you know, enjoy that love not only on your wedding day but every day after for the rest of your life.

Hurry back lovelies! Reception magic coming right up!

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Photography: Akbar Sayed Photography | Ceremony Venue: Silver Spring Gurudwara | Reception Venue: The Villa | Floral & Decor: Event Envy | Hair & Makeup: Glow By Herneet | Catering: Chutney Restaurant | Catering: Uptown Catering | DJ: DJ Jaynet | Bridal Fashions: Satguru Zari Arts | Bridal Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood | Engagement Ring: Blue Nile | Bridal Jewelry: Rajinder Jewellery | Cake & Treats: Flavor Cupcakery & Bake Shop | Cinematography: True Vines Film | Mehndi Artist: HennaInk | Rentals: Silk Rental | Priest: Guru at GNFA Hindu Priest - Pt Harishji |


San Jose, CA Fusion Wedding by Rama Photo

Hey, Maharanis! We are excited to share the continuation of Savreet and Chukwudi's beautiful fusion wedding. Did you read about their ceremonies already? A Catholic and an Indian ceremony along with multiple celebrations, and a wedding lasting no less than four days total! We are completely in love with this couple's wedlock! Now we would like to zoom in on the joyful reception. The first 1-2 hours of the event was Savreet's favorite time during the wedding. She tells us that their guests had gotten to know each other pretty well during the Sangeet at the Mirage Ballroom, the ceremony at San Jose Sikh Gurdwara, and the rest of the wedding-related happenings. When they reached the reception, language barriers were crossed, friends were made, and everyone had tons of fun! Our bride also loved all the touching speeches delivered by their international and dedicated crowd. Savreet had a passion for planning the decor and Saba Decor Rentals did a wondrous job decorating the Eagle Vines Golf Club for the reception, organizing rentals, and in general coordinating the entire wedding to perfection! Nikki Bana Flowers organized the remarkable flower arrangement at the Christian ceremony and DJ's from Desi Jammers Entertainment and Denon & Doyle made sure audio was on point. Rama photo and video have highlighted the best of the best flashes of love during this international, warm, and incomparable fusion wedding. We invite you to view the full gallery from their big day!

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Thanks for checking in, Maharanis. Come back and visit soon!

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Floral & Decor: Saba Decor Rentals | Rentals: Saba Decor Rentals | Planning & Design: Saba Decor Rentals | Sangeet Venue: Mirage Ballroom | Ceremony Venue: San Jose Sikh Gurdwara | Reception Venue: Eagle Vines Golf Club | Florals Christian Ceremony: Nikki Bana Flowers | Hair & Makeup: Morsal Zarif | DJ: Desi Jammers Entertainment | Reception DJ: Denon & Doyle | Cinematography: Rama PhotoVideo | Photography: Rama PhotoVideo |


San Jose, CA Fusion Wedding by Rama Photo

Welcome back, Maharanis! This story is about one of our favorite fusion weddings. Savreet and Chukwudi met each other in medical school in the Caribbean. Chukwudi is from Nigeria and Savreet from India, but despite religious and cultural differences they kept believing in their love for each other. Eventually the families united through a Catholic and Indian ceremony and they became husband and wife on June 23, 2017. The entire wedding lasted no less than four days due to multiple rituals and celebrations! Both families were met with respect and got to perform all the traditions their heart desired. Savreet tells you all the lovely details in her interview below the pic’s, but let’s highlight a few romantic gems. Our bride was wearing a beautiful and unique peach colored lengha and had her hair pinned at the Indian ceremony. At the Catholic ceremony, she was wearing a breathtaking white John Alexander wedding dress along with a cathedral style veil. Morsal Zarif made sure both hair and makeup made her glow as a true maharani! The Sangeet took place at the divine Mirage Ballroom in San-Jose, California, the ceremony was held at the marvelous San Jose Sikh Gurdwara, and the reception at the gorgeous Eagle Vines Golf Club. The reception venue displayed peach linens, mint napkins, and rustic white, rouge, and red rose flower arrangement by Saba Decor Rentals. The very same company took care of rentals and succeeded in regards to flawless wedding planning. Nikki Bana Flowers organized the adorable florals for the Christian ceremony. DJ's from Desi Jammers Entertainment and Denon & Doyle took shift setting the atmosphere throughout celebrations. Cinematography and photography were captured by Rama photo and video. Please enjoy the full gallery filled with beauty, love, and memories!

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

We met during orientation at our medical school. We were 21-22 years of age and were on a Caribbean island for our education. We are both from California and bonded over that. We were neighbors in the dorms and being a small community of medical students we spent more and more time together. About 2 weeks into knowing each other, he told me in a drunken state that he liked me and thought I should be his girlfriend. I brushed it off as a pass and didn't think much of it. I genuinely thought he would be on to the next one before I could blink. He persisted and always maintained that he wanted more. I'm of Indian descent and he is of Nigerian descent. I was hesitant of the differences in our culture and background and didn't think my family would be accepting of that. For this reason we remained friends and I refused to move forward with the relationship for nearly a year. Eventually I found myself liking the person more and more and understanding that our core values and morals are the same. As I learned more about his family, I saw similarities with my family. Eventually I decided to at least date him and see where it goes. Throughout the relationship I remained open with him that I won't be telling my parents unless we are sure and ready to get married. I told him once I tell my parents, "there's no going back", until then let's take the time to see if we are fit for each other. I knew he was the one when stayed patient throughout all that time and when it did come time to share the news with my family, he remained strong with no sense of cold feet. In the discussions with my family that lasted just over a year, I became more and more sure everyday that he is "the one".

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!

We were supposed to go to a work event and we had worked at the same place so we had a lot of mutual friends. We were supposed to meet at the venue as we were coming from different places. He told me he was "almost there" when I said "I'm parking". Eventually when he didn't walk in to the room I texted him again and he said he was actually not feeling well and didn't want to tell me earlier because he thought that would make me go see him rather than attend the event. He urged me to stay and have fun and that he'll be at home and I can see him after. I did get a little suspicious but I didn't want to get ahead of myself. When I walked into the house after the event, I walked into a room full of rose petals on the floor. In front of me stood the man himself in a suit, a bright smile and took me by the hand. He took me outside to the patio where there was a small table set for two with champagne and two glasses. We had a gazebo in the backyard which he had spent the day decorating with string lights. As I looked around in awe, digesting how beautiful everything looked, he got down on one knee and said the most beautiful words.

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.

My parents were a huge help in the planning of the wedding. I was living in Michigan during the year before the wedding and had to do a lot of work remotely. The wedding took place in northern California which is where my family is from. The groom's family is from southern California and so they would have to plan trips to come up north to discuss and see venues, etc. My in-laws were extremely supportive of whatever I wanted to do and always asked me what my wishes were. They also made frequent trips to go see the venues, taste food, etc. My parents were local to where the venues were and so were very helpful in going and talking to the venues in person and working out deals and bargaining, etc. Once we picked all the venues, I made a trip to California in hopes of finding a decorator and after a couple of meetings I found the perfect partner in doing this job. I loved that she was young, had many fresh ideas and she already had a lot of knowledge of how to do it all but she took the time to understand what I wanted. This led to both of us being happy with our visions and the execution that followed. My hair and makeup artist was actually suggested by my decorator and I was in love after the trial itself. She did a tremendous job for me and my family; everyone was very satisfied with her work.

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

I had to have both, a lehnga and a catholic wedding dress, since we did the rituals for both sides of the family. I went to India for my lehnga and designed it with a local designer that my family has done previous business with. Going into it I knew I wanted to go for a peach color. When it comes to Indian clothes and jewelry, I'm not as flashy as generally expected of women. I had to repeatedly assert that i wanted to scale back on the amount of fabric, or embroidery or the dupatta, etc. Everyone was very surprised at how "simple" I was going but when it all came together it was as amazing as I had envisioned it to be. I shopped for a wedding dress in Michigan where I was living at the time. I went to one salon which was out of my price range and alot of online research later I found another salon which had the style of dresses i liked and the price range I could afford. I picked a John Alexander white wedding dress with a long train that was a strapless sweetheart neckline and silver embroidery along the waist line. I added a lace to the neck and converted it to a high neck and I added sheer sleeves with some of the same lace that was on the neck added on to the wrist end of the sheer sleeves. I had a cathedral style veil that was as long as the train on my dress and it looked breathtaking.

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

My favorite part of the planning process was definitely planning the decor. While the outfits were easy to do as I designed my own, all the ladies of the family tend to have plenty of knowledge on that to share. The venues were stressful to find and once they were done it was a relief. But the decor was a process that evolved over 6-7 months and was fun to design. I had 3 meetings with my decorator over the year and I saw the events come together little by little during this time and these meetings. She was also so stress-free to work with that I enjoyed it that much more. I could change my mind anytime, ask her as many questions as I wanted and send her an email which she always replied to within 24 hours.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?

The most common feedback I have received is that the the union of both the cultures was very evident. We are often told that the events were very balanced and both sides of the family got a chance to display their rituals, outfits, music, etc. This means alot to me because that was priority number one.
Both sides of the family believe that marriage is an affair between two families and not just two people so it was very important to my husband and I that we start this marriage by respecting both sides of the family during the wedding itself.

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

That is such a hard question to answer because of two reasons. One, the wedding was 4 days long for us and every function and everyday was so special that its hard to choose one moment. Two, its all also one big blur. I would say, the first 1-2 hours of my time at my reception were probably my favorite time during the wedding and I think back to that day often. The coming together of two different families that speak a different language and are trying to find that common ground is a difficult task. I would say by the day of the reception, everyone had blended well, made friends and it got so comfortable that it was probably the most fun everyone had. I remember the relaxed feel of that day in the crowd. It was also the day I was the most relaxed because everything had went well. I think fondly back to all the speeches because while the love was evident, it was special to hear in words how everyone felt.

For events other than your ceremony, please tell us as much as you would like about the decor, style, dances, and all the special details.

The sangeet night was probably the most eventful of the 4 days of the wedding. It was the night to kick off the wedding and punjabi sangeet tends to be full of loud colors, larger than world outfits and ofcourse lots of singing and dancing. We had the customary jaago and boliyan which were very special. The groom prepared a solo dance for me on the punjabi song "suit suit karda" which was priceless since no one expected a nigerian groom to do anything like that. Then my beautiful cousin surprised us with a beautiful dance performance sung on all the songs that she thought apply to us. Half way through the night we changed into nigerian outfits and did the nigerian ritual of getting blessings from parents on both sides. We made sure that the DJs on every night had a list of Punjabi and Nigerian songs that they can play to equally represent both cultures. The decor on this day matched the enthusiasm of both cultures. We used alot of bright green, blue, silver and red. On the contrary, the reception was at a vineyard and golf club in the Napa valley. On that day we went for wine barrels, soft peach/gold decor with peach and white flowers and a white dance floor.

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

The biggest advice I can give Brides-to-be is enjoy the planning. The planning is so much work and there comes a point you just want to enjoy the day already because you are so sick of planning. However, when the day comes its over before you know it and all that work you put in seems to fly past you. The misconception with weddings is that there's this perfect romantic day devoted to you and you'll remember it forever. While it is an awesome romantic day devoted to you, most likely what you'll remember the most is planning it.

A lovely story! Come back and visit us again soon!

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Floral & Decor: Saba Decor Rentals | Rentals: Saba Decor Rentals | Planning & Design: Saba Decor Rentals | Sangeet Venue: Mirage Ballroom | Ceremony Venue: San Jose Sikh Gurdwara | Reception Venue: Eagle Vines Golf Club | Florals Christian Ceremony: Nikki Bana Flowers | Hair & Makeup: Morsal Zarif | DJ: Desi Jammers Entertainment | DJ'd at Reception: Denon & Doyle | Cinematography: Rama PhotoVideo | Photography: Rama PhotoVideo |


New York Fusion Wedding by Jashim Jalal Studios

Lisa’s wedding to her very own Raja has us completely breathless! Every element of this Touch of Elegance Event Planners designed wedding is classic to the core and blends in all the elements of a lavish Sikh affair with Lisa’s American upbringing. Every bride should feel like a princess, but this bride took up to full Maharani style. For her American soiree, the bride slipped into a gorgeous ball gown that was both timeless and elegant. After the American ceremony, guests flocked to the Glen Island Harbour where Stylish Events transformed the spacious quarters with decor that was both modern, eclectic and one of a kind. Much like our lovely couple! DJ USA ensured that a packed dance floor was a must and by the looks of it, this was one happening party! Swat Films was there each step of the way to capture all the live action. But, you can get lost in all the lovely in our gallery right now shot and edited by Jashim Jalal Studios.

That’s all for today! See you tomorrow for more inspirational fun.

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Photography: Jashim Jalal Studios | Floral & Decor: Stylish Events | Planning & Design: Touch of Elegance Event Planners | Catering: Akbar Restaurant | Venues: Akbar Restaurant | Cinematography: SWAT Films | Cakes & Treats: Glen Island Harbour Club | Reception Catering: Glen Island Harbour Club | Dj & Entertainment: DJ USA | Draping & Styling: Heenaben | Floral & Décor: Arcadia Floral Company | Mehndi Artist: Rimpy | Baraat: Jaskaran | Ceremony Venue: Glen Cove Gurdwara | Reception Venue: Glen Island Harbour Club |


New York Fusion Wedding by Jashim Jalal Studios

Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo and a Bentley? Can we say that Maharani Lisa had the most amazing bridal fashion jam packed in her fusion wedding to her Maha-Raja and we are glossing over every single palatial detail! This bride knew that in order for her fairy tale wedding to come true a dream team vendor list was a must. Touch of Elegance Event Planners was brought on to curate such a list and boy did they deliver! The festivities started off at the Akbar Restaurant where a multifaceted celebration was in full spring. The venue was outfitted in gracious Bollywood glam by Stylish Events.  One can only wonder how everybody got up to go to early morning Sikh ceremony at the Glen Cove Gurdwara! The bride slipped into a deep red wedding lengha and looked absolutely stunning. After the ceremony, the bride and groom took to an ivory white Bentley for some stellar portraits. We can’t wait to share the cinematic experience captured by Swat Films so until then enjoy all these photos in the gallery by Jashim Jalal Studios.

Coming right up we have the grand finale! See you in a bit.

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Photography: Jashim Jalal Studios | Floral & Decor: Stylish Events | Planning & Design: Touch of Elegance Event Planners | Catering: Akbar Restaurant | Venues: Akbar Restaurant | Cinematography: SWAT Films | Cakes & Treats: Glen Island Harbour Club | Reception Catering: Glen Island Harbour Club | Dj & Entertainment: DJ USA | Draping & Styling: Heenaben | Floral & Décor: Arcadia Floral Company | Mehndi Artist: Rimpy | Baraat: Jaskaran | Ceremony Venue: Glen Cove Gurdwara | Reception Venue: Glen Island Harbour Club |


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