When you're one of the most sought-after beauty experts among brides and it's your turn to tie the knot, you can be sure you're leaving your hair and makeup details trusted to no one other than yourself and your skilled team, so it's no surprise that Pooja Mehta of Makiaj Beauty took charge and styled herself to Princess perfection! Rocking an ultra-chic updo made for her dupatta, and looking stunning in a coral-colored lip that's just the right shade to go with her red-orange Anita Dongre wedding lengha, Maharani Pooja made the most breathtaking bride. She drew on inspiration from the Moghul period and emphasized the ceremony theme by donning a set of jewels with an amazing, ancient design. When we return, it's off to the mandap with today's Indian bride for a fabulously designed ceremony featuring luxurious floral and decor details by Occasions By Shangri-La! While you're waiting to revel in those romantic highlights, check out the complete gallery for more spellbinding photos from Pooja and Shimon's Hindu-Jewish fusion fairy tale captured by Portraits By Andra!

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Maharani Pooja, on wearing her dream wedding lengha:

"My favorite designer, Anita Dongre, whose style is reflective of mine with the modern day bride getting married in Agra and Dehli, designed my red bridal wear. I have always been such a huge fan of her work because her fabric and design speaks for itself. Its simple, elegant and yet traditionally modern!! I decided to wear one of her most recognized pieces, the Red Gota Patti Embroidered Lengha that had a simple gold modern blouse and a red skirt. I never saw myself wearing anything with crystal work or anything too flashy; I wanted my hair and makeup to stand out afterall!"

On her bridal jewelry:

"For the Hindu ceremony I wore some traditional elegant kundan jewelry which is what the queens would wear during the Moghul times. I also wore a traditional satlerie in emerald green and ruby which is another significant piece worn by the queens in palaces during the era that inspired my wedding style."

On her bridal party's outfits:

"My two beautiful sisters/bridesmaids wore white gota patti lenghas inspired by Anita Dongre, and my mom wore a beautiful indigo hand designed piece, from Ritu Kumar Panchvastra’s collection, which was inspired by the ancient technique of hand woven technique used years ago in India."

Don't move a muscle, my dears! It's ceremony time in Scottsdale, Arizona, when I get back!

Floral & Decor: Occasions by Shangri-la | Hair & Makeup: Makiaj Beauty | Photography: Portraits By Andra | Venue (Sangeet): The Venue | Cinematography: Idan Barazani | Event Design & Lighting: Occasions By Shangri-La | Cakes & Treats: Piece of Cake | Catering: Mel Oza | DJ & Baraat: Sound Nation LA | Planning: DB Bridal Expos | Mehndi Artist: Ekta Kansara | Bridal Fashion: Anita Dongre | Event Branding: Bloom & Blueprint