Happy Friday Maharanis! We hope that wherever you are, you are wrapping up the work week and ready to get the TGIF shenanigans started. For those of you still on the daily grind, we have a gorgeous Indian wedding that will surely put a smile on your face. Today we celebrate the auspicious wedding of Vidhi and Romell and their grand finale reception party. This event was out of this world incredible, featuring dazzling decor by Rangoli Weddings, planning by Studio Sheen Event Planning, a masterpiece cake by Chocol8Kiss, and first class entertainment! The series of events took place at The Marigold, where guests were in for a once in a lifetime Bollywood blast. Rangoli Weddings converted the grand quarters into a beautiful purple oasis reminiscent of the inside of a Genie’s lamp. Vidhi was a total goddess in her navy gown. Multiple dance performances (and a violinist performing inside a bubble!) set forth a lovely energy. We have all the inside scoop from Vidhi herself, so scroll below for all the inside scoop on this lavish affair. For all you brides to be, Vidhi advised, “ENJOY EVERY MOMENT! I can't say this enough but it will literally fly by! Take it all in and remember Murphy's Law: no matter how much you plan, if it has to go wrong it will. Roll with the punches and don't forget to count your blessings.” Wise words! Indulge in all the pretty details from this event with the full gallery shot by Lightyear Studio.
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met online and then what most would call a 'disastrous first date'. After which, we both decided we weren't interested! Several months later, there had been exciting long nights of talking, laughing and getting to know each other.
There was a bond that couldn't be ignored. Too afraid to try and fail (again) .....we stayed 'just friends.’
Eventually (and luckily), Romell asked me on a second first date. We fell in love. And long story short, we couldn't wait to spend the rest of our lives together.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
The parents decided to plan an engagement ceremony & party so it wasn't a surprise at all. Romell did get down on one knee though and asked me to marry him in front of all our family and friends. I said "yes" of course to which his mom yelled "no return policy on this one.”
Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
I'm not a girly girl or a 'bridesy' bride. Ironically, wedding planning was truly a horrific task for a program manager who plans and manages millions of dollars in complex IT projects everyday. Just the number of choices and options, even for simple things like the TABLE LINENS was overwhelming. Luckily, our family is full of alpha wolves and leaders (especially Romell's dad) who pulled it off immaculately!
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Another painful process. I couldn't travel to India due to work commitments so my mom (who lives in Dubai) would walk the streets and alleyways of Indian markets struggling to find options for me to choose from. The process entailed a 4am Skype/Video call with really bad service and me selecting from blurbs of color and sequins. I guess I prayed really hard that the outfits looked as good in person as they did in those blurry images; because luckily they all turned out PERFECT!
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
There was SO much feedback I received but to boil it down to some key highlights:
Baba Ramdev showed up at our wedding with Swami Chidananda and Chamunda Swamiji! Oh and singers Hans Raj Hans and Anup Jalota were there as guests but also sang and danced to their own music (haha).
The groom arrived in a slingshot and the bride was way too happy to cry during the vidai.
The bride's sisters all received Tiffany's necklaces as gifts/bribes for returning the groom's shoes.
At the reception, our moms made an entrance in matching inflatable T-Rex costumes (yes you read that right).
The father came in on the arms of a belly dancer.
Romell and me came riding into trap music in a rickshaw with an electric violinist playing some sick tunes.
Later the same violinist climbed into an inflatable clear balloon and continued to amaze everybody with her skills.
We had about 17 live stations at our reception with 6 different cuisines, caviar, lobsters on the grill and even a whole tuna being carved on site. We are a family who loves food and that was evident.
Romell and me wore matching red Buscemi’s for the ceremony. Prada and Fendis for the reception. Ferragamos for the Sangeet.....Yes, our shoe game was ON FLEEK.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Yes - when our wedding ceremony was over and we were OFFICIALLY announced as husband and wife. I can't forget the look in my groom's eyes as he grabbed my hand. I don't think either one of us has ever been that happy before.
For events other than your ceremony, please tell us as much as you would like about the decor, style, dances, and all the special details.
I think I've written most of it but a special detail was my mehndi that had skylines of New York and Dubai on each arm. I was raised in Dubai and came to the country for a graduate degree about 10 years ago. If I hadn't met Romell, I would've probably been in Japan or Hong Kong right now.
Oh and the wedding INVITATION! It was a video card invite which was basically a paper card with an LCD screen in it (think of it as an ipad). We created and produced a hilarious video that played automatically when our guests would open the card. Needless to say, everybody who received an invite was speechless.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
ENJOY EVERY MOMENT! I can't say this enough but it will literally FLY BY! Take it all in and remember Murphy's Law: no matter HOW much you plan, if it has to go wrong it will. Roll with the punches and don't forget to count your blessings.
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
The most beautiful 5 tier cake was by Chocol8Kiss bakery (THEY ARE AMAZING and HIGHLY recommended). Venue was the Marigold which is literally the most elegant place in Central Jersey. Our decor was done by Rangoli Weddings who are phenomenal at what they do! Our DJ and entertainer extraordinaire was DJ Raj. Modern Gypsies kept our guests entertained with their performances that are just out of this world! Our coordinator who pulled everything together in such an inspiring way was Harsheen Kaur. Of course all this was captured for all eternity by Lightyear Studios. I can't thank or recommend our vendors enough! They were the real MVPs!!
Thanks for all these amazing deets! Have a lovely weekend Maharanis! Don't forget to meet our newest Platinum Guide members!: