In our Maharani Sessie's words, she felt like she stepped out of a storybook Bollywood wedding after her ceremony. We, on the other hand, felt like we stepped into a storybook royal reception when we saw the gallery! Just about everything was planned to perfection by Bridal and Event Lounge, and the guests were raving about the personalized bride and groom signature cocktails. The Regency Ballroom at Hyatt Regency Long Beach was bedecked in hues of lavender, with standout elements like the backdrop and drapes carried over from the ceremony decor. Flower Diva added lovely blooms in shades of pink, lavender, and white on the stage, in addition to scattered petals. This multifaceted Maharani quickly changed into a kurta and patiala set to join her former dance crew, Bhangra Regiment, and put up a stunt-ridden bit. Thanks to Beauty By Linda Chiriac and Beautified By Daisy, Sessie didn’t have to worry about her hair and makeup amidst all the dancing. Girish opted for a classic black tuxedo from Menguin and black bow tie look, gorgeously contrasting Sessie’s all gold embroidered cocktail gown. In addition to a customized menu, Rasraj set up a scrumptious looking dessert table. “Thanks to Rasraj for catering to our unique taste in food,” added Sessie. Orange County Chocolate Fountains set up a chocolate fountain next to the stunning cake, and post the indulging, DJs from Special Occasions LA took over. “The rest of the evening was, to use the technical term, “turnt””, added the bride jovially! Peruse through the gallery for all the stunning visuals from this blockbuster wedding!

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We have some amazing weddings coming up that we know you'd love to partake in! Join us right here on the blog same time tomorrow and until then, enjoy this lively conversation that we had with Sessie:

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
"Meant to be"- this is often something many of us hear but think of as a cliche. Like many people, I thought all of that talk was silly until I met Girish. My father became ill in February 2014 and he knew he did not have a lot of time left. He knew he wanted to see my wedding and, at the least, make sure I was with the right person before he passed. My dad introduced to me to his childhood friend's son with hopes that we would hit it off. We talked for a few months but being on opposite coasts did not make this realistic. Out of the blue, Girish was offered a job on the west coast and, on a whim, took it. After a few months on the job, he finally decided to come down to meet me in L.A. After one weekend, we just knew we were meant to be (we even were wearing matching gold rings with emerald stones - complete coincidence!). We vibed like we've known each other for years. The rest, is history!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I was visiting Girish in Seattle July 4th weekend. He had convinced me that we were going to his boss' house for dinner on July 3rd and would meet some of his friends for drinks prior to heading out. We finally left his place and headed into downtown. to meet his friends. We headed to the Four Seasons Hotel roof top and sat down at the glass balcony. We sat for a few seconds facing the shimmering Puget Sound and endless blue skies. Girish told me how special I was to him and, before I could even process what was happening, he got on one knee and asked me to marry him! We continued our special day with an Engagement Shoot followed by dinner at Palisades Restaurant with a waterfront view of Elliott Bay and the Seattle skyline. We ended our night at the Four Seasons Spa. It was truly head-to-toe bliss!

What did your guest particularly love about your Wedding?
We received rave reviews about our wedding. It was a blend of a western ceremony, with the bridal party, bride, and groom walking down the aisle, and a traditional Hindu ceremony. Our priest was engaging and kept the crowd involved; the ceremony flew by. The mood changed quickly for the reception, where everyone was ready to party! Our guests raved about the details -- personalized napkins ("Drunk in Love") to airplane-shaped placecards to capture our long-distance, on-the-go relationship to our unique take on Indian food (thanks Rasraj!) to, of course, the specialized bride and groom signature cocktails!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Your wedding day is going to be a hectic day-- there is no avoiding that. There is going to be a lot going on around you and plenty of people giving you last minute suggestions. Through all the madness, remember to take a step back and take in why the day is truly special: you're marrying your best friend and beginning a new life together. Don't forget to take that in!

Planning & Design: BEL Event Productions | Lighting: Bridal and Event Lounge | Draping/Styling: Bridal and Event Lounge | Bridal Fashions: Manshaa Collection | Event Designer: Danielle Evans | Venues: Hyatt Regency Long Beach | Floral & Decor: Flower Diva | Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Linda Chiriac | Hair & Makeup: Beautified by Daisy | Catering: Rasraj | Mehndi Artists: Henna by Dixita | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Bhangra Regiment | Photo Booths: Orange Box Photo Booth | Bridal Fashions: FM Concepts | Cake & Treats: Orange County Chocolate Fountains | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Shubhankar Wedding Invitations