We’ve just covered Maharani Sireesha’s sangeet night and wedding ceremony, and now it is time to head into the dazzling reception party back at the Omni Houston. Sireesha walked out of her beauty chambers adorned in a flowing, hot pink anarkali covered in mirrored details. She chose the perfect ensemble to twirl around on the dance floor! Blush and Glow gave the bride the full royal treatment and we’re loving her bouncy waves and smoky eyes. Combine these beauty elements with dainty jewelry and swirling henna, and you get one stunning bride! Mandap Creations decked out the venue to resemble a pink paradise, complete with a candle wall, glimmering drapings, and oodles of red roses. To ensure not a detail was overlooked, Sireesha and Siddharth brought on Electric Karma to make all their wedding visions came to life. As evident in these stunning photos by Biyani Photography, the spacious quarters were decked out with pure royalty in mind. To make sure the party whizzed on all night long, DBI - BJ rocked out the venue with their fabulous beats and kept guests on the dance floor all night. Fabulous cinematography was captured by Tall Productions, and Biyani Photography documented sensational snaps that you can find in our gorgeous full gallery. And make sure to scroll below for all the behind the scenes scoop from the bride herself!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Sid and I met in college through a mutual friend. We hit it off immediately and have been together for the past ten years. Even though most of our relationship has been long-distance, our lives have woven together as we navigated school, new careers, different cities, and everything in between. We have grown to complement and support each other as life-partners. I can't pinpoint a specific moment where I knew that Sid was "the one," but I knew, fairly early on, that what Sid and I had was unique.
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 found some checklists on theknot.com as well as a timeline for Indian weddings online. I combined these two resources and was able to get a running start on booking my venues and some other smaller details before I got my wedding planner.
As far as vendors, I selected folks that friends had used and companies that my amazing wedding planner, Electric Karma, recommended. My overall experience with my vendors and venues was fantastic. I felt very supported by everyone and like we were all a part of the same team. The venues, the Omni Houston Hotel at Westside and Noah's Event Venue, were very accommodating of our cultural requirements and preferences. Madras Pavilion's food was delicious and their service was impeccable. I loved the Blush and Glow hair and make-up team and cannot recommend them highly enough. Mandap Creations, our decorator, was just superb and, together with our wedding planner, they really worked with us on creating a sense of warmth and classiness for our wedding events. Our DJ, DBI, was also great and played a fun mix of songs. Our photographer, Biyani, was amazing and had a knack for making Sid and me feel at ease in front of the camera. His demeanor and his photographic eye are outstanding. The Tall Productions team captured everything on video with professionalism and an attention to all the details. And on the days of the actual events, the Electric Karma team kept everything running smoothly and timely.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Because we were unable to travel to India to shop, we methodically visited all of the clothing stores in the Hillcroft neighborhood of Houston, Texas (and some in Sugar Land, Texas as well). I was looking for jewel-toned dresses, lenghas, and saris with gold work, but I didn't have a specific color in mind. I wanted to keep my bridal looks traditional and timeless and found a great variety in the Houston area.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The best part of the planning process, and the motivation that kept us going through the stresses of wedding-planning, was the idea of bringing together all of the most important people in our lives. It meant so much to have our immediate and extended families as well as our dearest friends come from all over the country and the world to be a part of our special day.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests really enjoyed the feeling of family that was present throughout each day of our wedding weekend. Even though there were over 350 guests, our wedding still felt very intimate and warm. Our friends and families merged, the speeches and performances were heartfelt and sincere, and everyone could tell that Sid and I were having a blast at our wedding. It was such a great day!
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Part of the wedding ceremony involved us sitting on a swing surrounded by all of our family. They sang songs and gave their blessings to us as a newly married couple. I remember sitting next to Sid and smiling, and then looking out into a sea of familiar and loving faces. It was such a meaningful moment.
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.
Our Mehendi party was at the home of my brother and sister-in-law. I wanted the night to be different from the next two Indian events, so the party had sort of a Moroccan-theme to it and we had lamps and fabric draped all over the house. It was a really special night because Sid and his family met of a lot of our family for the first time, and vice versa.
The Sangeet night was a really great time. This was the night with all the performances and it had a smaller guest list than the wedding day. The highlights of that evening for me were the speeches, the song I sang with my best friend, April, accompanying me on her harp, and the surprise duet that Sid and I sang together for our guests. His family was so excited to hear him sing for the first time! This was probably my favorite event.
Our reception was incredibly special because of the speeches that Sid's parents and my brother made. They were incredibly moving and sincere and every guest felt closer to us as a couple and to our sweet families.
See you lovely Maharanis bright and early tomorrow!