The wait is finally over, my mehndi lovers! We were so overwhelmed with this years' amazing turnout of submissions and reader votes that it took us an extra day to tally them all up! Today, we are thrilled to announce the winners of The 5th Annual Mehndi Maharani Contest with Ash Kumar! With help from the master of mehndi himself, Ash Kumar, and all the amazing readers and supporters who voted for their favorite artist, the official verdict is in and this year's Mehndi Maharani crown is going to, drum roll please...

Congratulations to our First place winner, Samira Elbekraoui Ali of Samira's Henna Designs! She was this year's fave pick, earning her the title of 2015's reigning Mehndi Maharani, along with an AK Henna Gift Basket worth $200, and a full page ad in Maharani Weddings' E-magazine!!! PLUS, a one hour one-to-one Skype session with Mr. Ash Kumar to help inspire her next creations! View Samira's submission here!

Second Place goes to talented mehndi artist, Mahdia, of Beautés d'Ailleurs Henné, who blew readers away with her unique and intricate designs! She's won herself an AK Henna Gift Basket worth $125! View more of her amazing work here!

Bridal fave, Neeta Sharma of Mehndi Designer, rounds out or top three in Third Place! She'll be receiving an AK Henna Gift Basket worth $75! Her incredible submission can bee seen here!

A HUGE thank you to all the artists who submitted their phenomenal designs in this year! We loved seeing each and every designer's personality through their art. Competition was fierce and we invite you to join us again next year! Thanks to everyone who voted and helped us crown this year's winners, and the most heartfelt appreciation goes out to Ash Kumar and his team for their collaboration and for furnishing the fabulous prizes.