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Huntington, California Indian Wedding by Greycard Photography

Sadly, I left my heart in Huntington Beach. At the Hyatt Huntington Beach to be exact where Maharani Amisha and Robin enjoyed their last grand finale. The bride was transformed into a Bollywood beauty as she was draped into a navy blue lengha that was accessorized with bold, gold jewelry. Adding the final touches was Farah Manekia of My Fair Bride who ensured this Indian bride was beautified to the max. The spacious quarters of the venue were ready for a rocking party and guests danced the night away to the beats of Riamu Entertainment. Blue Lotus Insights has again has wowed the masses with their impeccable work in the wedding planning industry and we cannot wait to see what they will be showcasing next! There are plenty more images to enjoy in the gallery by Greycard Photography so head on in there and be prepared to fall in love all over again! 

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DJ: Riamu Entertainment | Planning & Design: Blue Lotus Insights | Hair & Makeup: My Fair Bride | Catering: Delhi Palace | Cinematography: Robles Video | Photographer: Greycard Photography | Priest: Praful Joshi | Venue: Hyatt Huntington Beach |


Huntington, California Indian Wedding by Greycard Photography

What happens when you intermix the talents of Blue Lotus insights and Farah Manekia of My Fair Bride? Some sensational eye candy that just radiates off the screen! I bring you back to Amisha and Robin's second feature (because clearly, I can't cover this story in one editorial!) that just sizzles my senses. The floral and décor team brought in their best blooms transforming the Hyatt Huntington Beach into a luxurious oasis. The fully embellished mandap was a cornucopia of fresh blooms and easily one of my favorites to date! Amisha walked down her petal studded runway looking sensational from the hands of Farah Manekia of My Fair Bride. I have hand selected several of my favorites down below, but the gallery by Greycard Photography is where all the love is really at. 

I have so much Indian wedding fun right around the corner! 

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DJ: Riamu Entertainment | Planning & Design: Blue Lotus Insights | Hair & Makeup: My Fair Bride | Catering: Delhi Palace | Cinematography: Robles Video | Photographer: Greycard Photography | Priest: Praful Joshi | Venue: Hyatt Huntington Beach |


Huntington, California Indian Wedding by Greycard Photography

Now, this is how you do an extravagant outdoor Indian wedding. Amisha and Robin's opulent affair was full of all the details that I just adore about Indian weddings. The first step after being popped the big question is to make sure you hire a stellar Indian wedding planner. Blue Lotus Insights was brought on to beautify Amisa's wedding look with lux galore. The next step is to make sure your beauty squad is on point. Enter Farah Manekia of My Fair Bride to festoon the bride with some serious glam. Amisha looked stunning for all of her events and Farah most certainly brought her best tools to the table. Smoky eyes, bold lips, and rosy cheeks was the highlight to this bride’s multiple looks. In my mind, I can just hear the DJ beats of Riamu Entertainment in the distance! Head into the gallery for a sneak peak from Greycard Photography.

I return with more "steps" to help complete your very own Indian wedding! 

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DJ: Riamu Entertainment | Planning & Design: Blue Lotus Insights | Hair & Makeup: My Fair Bride | Catering: Delhi Palace | Cinematography: Robles Video | Photographer: Greycard Photography | Priest: Praful Joshi | Venue: Hyatt Huntington Beach |


The Beauty of Henna Art for Indian Weddings

Henna is one of the first things many westerners visualize when they think of Indian culture. The reason for it is simple - henna tattoos are beautiful creations that are ephemeral. After they darken, these works of art slowly fade away until only the natural skin tone remains.

The application of henna tattoos on the bride and her closest friends and relatives is one of the most popular ceremonies in traditional Indian weddings. Here is what you need to know if you have been invited to participate in a Mehndi ceremony.

What Does it Involve?

Henna tattoos are usually applied freehanded, though it is increasingly common for pre-drawn images to be used instead. Regardless, a special paste is applied to the skin and allowed to soak for a predetermined length of time.

The longer it is allowed to soak, the darker the resulting “tattoo.” It is considered a sign of good luck/fortune for the bride to have exceptionally dark henna tattoos on her wedding day, so expect this process to take some time!

Fixing Errors

Unlike permanent tattoos, it is very easy to fix mistakes before they impact the entire design. All you have to do is use a cotton swap and petroleum jelly to wipe away the mistake. Just make certain you do it quickly!

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Married Couple

It is customary in many parts of India for the bride to include both her and her groom’s images on her arms. This image includes a marvelous example of the final result when it is done right.

Sun-Bursts

Light is an important element of Indian marriage traditions. The “brighter” the events, the better the resulting marriage. This philosophy extends to the henna tattoos, with sunbursts being a common element of many designs. This image showcases two common threads inherent in many wedding patterns - the light, and symmetry on both arms.

Modern Versions

Non-Traditional Color

Traditional henna tattoos use dark ink. However, modern ceremonies often change this up by including a variety of colors in the designs. This woman, for example, chose to use white ink to complement her dress. Speak with your henna specialist or wedding planner to see which designs will work best on your special day.

The “Lacy” Glove

This fresh design utilizes traditional elements in a new way to create a truly unique work of art. Specifically, the tattoo is meant to be mistaken for a specially crafted glove and as such may only cover parts of the hands.

The Mehndi ceremony is a beautiful, woman-only event where the bride is covered with the most beautiful henna tattoos possible. It is believed that henna art for Indian weddings symbolizes spirituality, love, and dedication for the bride and all others that receive the tattoos. Beyond weddings, they are unique and easily applied fashion items that can be tied to a specific event, season, or even dress.

Speak with an experienced Indian wedding planner today to see which Henna tattoos will work best with the ceremony you are planning. You may be amazed to see how one design can bring together every other element of your ceremony!

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Long Beach, CA Ismaili Wedding by Global Photography

A fabulous soiree wrapped up the wedding of Nikhita and Amar, held at the grand Hyatt Regency Long Beach. For this special occasion, Nikhita knew exactly how she wanted to look for her big night! She chose a gorgeous dark plum color outfit, embellished with splendid golden heavy embroidery and accented her look with a delightful hairstyle thanks to Drea V Makeup. Now that the couple was in the dance floor, they kicked off their first few hours of marriage dancing with the beats of DJ Sandeep Kumar. Viral Booth OC helped the DJ upgrade the fun during the night with a fabulous photo cabin that caught all the funny and true spontaneous moments of all the guests. BEL Event Productions handled the wedding phenomenally and brought to life the couple’s vision with an alluring décor that displayed scattered lavender hues all over the place. A great sweet highlight of the night was thanks to DK Donuts who created a fabulous and delicious donut wall for all the dessert lovers! See all the greatness Global Photography captured in our full gallery!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Amar and I met at a summer camp known as Camp Mosaic. According to Amar, he fell in love with me when we sat down during a moment at camp exchanging jokes and laughing up a storm. For me, I fell in love with Amar during our 10 hour Facetime dates when we could talk about anything and everything and not get tired or bored with each other. That's when I realized this is the guy I want to spend the rest of my life with. 
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Amar proposed to me at Laguna Beach, where we had our first date. He had been planning the proposal for 6 months and I had no clue. I was at work early in the morning and got let out early because he called my boss to release me. Once I got home I got ready and my sisters, my best friend and I all got in a limo Amar had rented for the day for us. We were about 3 hours late to the proposal due to LA traffic, and once I got there he had a video set up for me to watch from all our friends with the sweetest messages ever. When he finally came out, he was wearing my dads favorite tie and he said, "your dad gave me his tie as his blessing and will only let me keep it if you say yes" That one line stole my heart and I couldn't be more excited to marry such an amazing and caring man. The best part was when my mom showed up because I had no idea she was there and the rooftop where we had our first date was filled with all our close friends and family cheering! 
 
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.
Hair and make up for my nikkah ceremony and reception was done by the amazing dreavmakeup. My reception themes were all different shades of purple and white! 
 
Hair and makeup for my sangeet was done by Nida Gazi, my theme for the sangeet was Indian street themed with umbrellas as centerpieces, a decked out bike as a backdrop for pictures and a bangles cart and Indian street food to top it off. 
 
My sangeet outfit was designed by me and made by Elan Atlanta courtesy of Salima Budhani.
My reception and Nikkah outfit was a custom outfit designed by me and came to life thanks to the owner of Yasmin Boutique, Kausar Aunty. 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew the colors I wanted for my reception since I was about 20 years old. Plum has always been a favorite color of mine so I decided to go along with that. It's a color not commonly seen worn at wedding receptions and I also wanted lavender to be incorporated somewhere in my decor and plum just matched it perfectly. I also loved the combination of peach and navy blue and Amar is a big fan of navy blue (chargers fan and all) so that is why we selected those colors for our sangeet. 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I think the most enjoyable part was spending time with Amar and going venue shopping all across southern California. We would have the best time at these meetings just laughing and imagining what our big day would be like. 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
If I had to pick one thing the guests enjoyed it would definitely be the food. I think we went above and beyond to make sure our food was amazing since Amar and I are both foodies! 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I think the most special moment for me personally during the wedding was right before our Nikkah ceremony. I was getting ready and taking a few bridal pictures alone before I had to meet Amar. One of his best men came to me with a cute little Tiffany's box in hand. Amar has known that since we met I always wanted to own a piece of jewelry from Tiffany's and what better day to give it than right before our official wedding ceremony. Inside the Tiffany's box was a cute heart-shaped pendant with my father's initials and a note that said even though he is not physically here with you today he is always in your heart. Amar is known for his sweet little gestures and seeing that right before the big ceremony just made me realize my dad would be so happy for us! 
 
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.
For all our event we had decor done by BEL events. my favorite decor was for the reception with the best floral backdrop ever! we also an awesome donut wall inspired by our wedding coordinator Dana and Amar since they are both donut enthusiast and donuts catered from DK's donuts. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
My advice would be to make sure you get food at every event and to not stress during your wedding week. Don't worry about anything that goes wrong just live in the moment and enjoy the company of everyone. This moment only comes once! 

 

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Hair & Makeup: Beauty By NG Nida Gazi | Photography: Global Photography | Photo Booths: Viral Booth OC | Sangeet Venue: Hyatt Regency Long Beach | Ceremony Venue: Santa Monica Jamatkhana | Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Long Beach | Planning & Design: BEL Event Productions | Floral & Decor: Gerardo Flowers | Hair & Makeup - Wedding: Drea V Makeup | Catering: Shahnawaz | DJ: Sandeep Kumar | Baraat: Sandeep Kumar | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Joya Kazi Unlimited | Cakes and Treats: Hyatt Regency Long Beach | Cakes and Treats: DK Donuts | Cinematography: Robles Video Production | Lightning: Sandeep Kumar | Rentals: BEL Event Productions | Transportation: G&A Limousine Service |


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