The truly talented team from Elegant Affairs has created an outdoor Desi dream with rustically elegant floral and decor details for Mili and Prakhar's Indian wedding ceremony at the Oheka Castle, and every element has stolen our hearts! The photo pros from STAK Studios captured these highlights from the Indian bride and groom's vow exchange, where they stood under a romantic mandap decked in white fabric, purple flowers and of course, a chandelier! The venue's sprawling and perfectly manicured grounds made for the most luxurious backdrop as the happy couple said their I dos, and we can't wait for you to see the post-ceremony soirée that followed, because Dhoom Events promises one simply unforgettable celebration. For now, head into the complete gallery for even more memorable moments from Mili and Prakhar's ceremony!
Maharani Mili, on her wedding style:
"Our wedding style was a little difficult to figure out. Our parents wanted an opulent and lavish Indian wedding, but Prakhar and I wanted something that was more rustic (farm tables, wine barrels, etc.). Oheka served as the perfect venue for us to get the opulence, while still being able to carry through the rustic vibe we wanted. Additionally, we decided to do two looks to make everyone's vision come through. The Sangeet was a more traditional look since we had the Sangeet in a banquet hall at Hilton Long Island, and the wedding day had a rustic flair. I wanted to find a look that complemented Oheka, and Oheka was so beautiful on it's on that we didn't need to go crazy with decor. We decided on a floral mandap rather than fabric to complement the gardens, but I wanted the mandap look to be a little messy. We worked with Elegant Affairs, and each time we went in to see them I would say "let's go a bit messier." I wanted something that looked natural, yet still beautiful. Purple is my favorite color, so we asked them to do purple and white flowers for the mandap and entrance archway, and then for the evening we asked them to mix in other pops of color (greens, hot pink, etc) to carry over the garden theme to the ballroom. One of my favorite design elements was the outdoor cocktail hour area. We brought in farmers tables to set up wine tasting & craft beer tasting stations and then scattered wine barrels around the lawn for people to use as cocktail tables. For seating, Elegant Affairs created these white fabric benches that added a laid back/comfortable, yet sophisticated element to the whole look. I was so worried that it would rain and we would have to scratch this whole idea, but it turned out to be a beautiful area where our guests could enjoy a drink while watching the sunset over the Long Island Sound."
On what she enjoyed most about planning her dream wedding:
"I'm not going to lie, wedding planning is exhausting, and planning an Indian wedding with an endless number of events is even more exhausting. I was in Boston for the first year of my MBA program, and my husband was in New York in his first year of residency. The most enjoyable moments of planning the wedding were just being together and working together as a team to make sure our most important wants and needs came through on the wedding day."
On one of her most memorable wedding day moments:
"One moment that I loved was during our vidaai, Prakhar and I got into the car and blasted the radio as we drove away, while I totally rocked out in the passenger seats. The song that was playing was "Bitch Better Have My Money," by Rihanna. Needless to say, the aunties were not enthused, but we had a blast."
Meet me back here for a sensational reception!