Greetings, my wedding-lovin' friends! Are you ready to set off on the most captivating Indian wedding journey with me today? Good, because Tim Halberg Photography has captured the most exquisite celebration in Northern California in stunning style, and we are already feeling a bit breathless just from these getting ready moments and first look portraits! Indian bride and groom, Ankita and Sunil, got hitched in a wondrous winery wedding at the Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery in Pleasanton, and these spellbinding pics will seriously steal your hearts. Makeup by Quis helped today's blushing bride perfect her look with flawlessly styled hair and makeup, and Ankita is looking radiant as can be in her traditional red wedding lengha and silver jewelry set. When I get back, we'll be getting an exclusive peek into some of the most stunning ceremony decor by the talented team from Floramor! Until then, head into the complete gallery for more getting ready and first look moments, including a close-up of Maharani Ankita's magnificent mehndi work by Keyuri's!
Maharani Ankita and Raja Sunil, on how they met:
"On one cold New Year’s Eve night, Ankita managed to get her parent’s permission to go out to a New Year’s Eve party with her uncle and aunt. As she was dancing the night away, she saw a handsome man dancing closer to her. Yes, he was slightly intoxicated, but she was instantly drawn to his amazing sense of humor. I knew Sunil was the one when 8 years later; I still could not go a day without speaking to him, hearing his voice, and being with him. Sunil made himself part of the family and there was a void every second he wasn’t around. We are true believers in love at first sight and hopeless romantics. We grew up and matured together. We laugh at each other without even saying a word and we just fill each other’s souls completely."
On her Raja's romantic proposal:
"Two days before my birthday, Sunil planned a trip to Napa with our best friends. We just had an amazing wine tasting tour at the beautiful Castillo di Amorosa. We just did a three hour tour but Sunil kept insisting that we go back to the top of the castle to get a better view. I missed all the cues. I didn’t get my nails done, I didn’t hear my best friends whispering, and didn’t question wanting to see the castle AGAIN. As I was looking out the ledge, I turned around to find Sunil on his knees and our best friends in tears. I brought on the ugliest cry possible but gladly accepted."
On shopping for her dream wedding lengha:
"Many brides start thinking about their wedding outfits since they were little girls. Since I was a little girl, I’ve always wanted a traditional red lengha. I would always look back at my mother’s red and gold outfit and thought she was the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen in my life. I just wanted to look half as beautiful as she did. We started by watching Indian movies and shows to see what the trends were. It was pretty difficult finding a solely red lengha. Most of the trends were multi colored. We were fortunate enough to get beautiful outfits designed directly in India. These outfits were so heavy, but so detailed and elegant."
On her hair and makeup:
"I know I wanted a very classy look. I wanted to be able to look back at my pictures 50 years from now and have a neutral look without too many trendy colors. I knew my hair would be covered, so for the day time I chose a very elegant side bun. I wanted bold, dramatic lips that could be seen from across the hall."
Stay with me today as I unveil even more magnificent details from Ankita and Sunil's sensational Indian wedding!