We’ve finally arrived at the moment you’ve all been waiting for - The grand finale reception gala! Prashe Decor festooned the Hyatt Regency Houston to resemble a heavenly oasis, glittering with sparkling crystals chandeliers, lush blooms, and silky drapings. Once again, K.I. Weddings orchestrated every refined detail with perfect finesse. As beautiful as the ambiance was, nothing compared to the radiant couple. Anita dazzled the crowd with her Manish Malhotra designed reception outfit, featuring multifaceted floral embroidery and a billowing skirt that was perfect for twirling on the dance floor! Meanwhile, Gowtham was dapper in a blue, velvet blazer with Louboutin shoes. What a stylin’ pair. The newlyweds and their friends rocked the dance floor with some mind-blowing dance numbers that would have made Hrithik and Madhuri green with envy. Some numbers even included Telugu songs, which meant a lot to the South Indian crowd present. After decadent bites by Madras Pavilion, the night ended in another massive dance party as Gowtham and Anita showed off their sensational dance skills to the infectious tunes of DJ Insomnia. Guests left with a bounty of personalized favors, including beautiful Indian clutches, coasters, and chocolates. (with pictures of Anita and Gowtham on them!) This was a once in a lifetime wedding that every guest will remember forever. To gather more gorg wedding inspiration, peruse the full gallery by MnM Photography. And scroll below for all the behind the scenes scoop from Anita herself!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I knew Gowtham was the one almost immediately! The first time we met he came up to me with the most warm, amazing smile that made me feel like I had already known him for ages. As cliche as it sounds, it was love at first sight!
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We were in Austin, Texas and we invited our siblings to join us there for the weekend. We went up to the top of Mount Bonnell and in the presence of our loving family...my sister and brother-in-law and his brother and sister-in-law...he got down on one knee! The view from my perspective was breathtaking. My future husband on one knee and a spectacular landscape behind him...how could any girl not swoon :) As fate would have it…he received an amazing job offer to practice Retina in Austin at the Retina Consultants of Austin and we are excited to now start a home in Austin and live in the same city he proposed in!
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.
Lots of planning went into the process...we spent months planning an engagement ceremony, then a trip to India to shop, and then of course the wedding itself! The trip to india was definitely the most memorable part of the whole process. Gowtham's parents accompanied me and my parents to India and we really bonded while shopping for outfits. I particularly remember a moment where we were trying to find bridesmaid sarees and no store had 7 of any one saree! I decided to have my bridesmaid dresses made from scratch at that point. We went to a fabric store to buy the materials I wanted and sitting there with both sets of parents was such a special moment. We were all exhausted from a long day of shopping but really found the situation we were in hilarious. The store had no air conditioning and didn't even have any place to sit! Even to this day we laugh about the experience in that fabric store. The trip definitely brought me closer to Gowtham's parents and gave all our parents a chance to really get to know each other well.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Another special moment for me was when I found my reception outfit. We had spent all day going to different designer's stores and had almost lost hope when we finally ended up at the Manish Malhotra store in Mumbai. Everyone liked a dress placed on the mannequin and encouraged me to try it on. The moment I came out of the dressing room with it on, I could tell by everyone's reaction that this dress was the one!
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was definitely those moments i spent in India with Gowtham's parents and mine. Gowtham's parents are the most kind and generous people and that trip really proved how loving they would be towards me and my family and how well our two families would mesh.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I got the most compliments about our mandap decor. It was honestly spectacular! Prashe did such a great job!
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I replay so many moments from that weekend in my head! If I had to choose...that moment when Jignasa (my wedding planner) opened the doors to my wedding ceremony hall and I saw the most beautiful mandap with dim mood lighting and beautiful background music playing....and Gowtham standing with his back to me on the raised aisle waiting for me to meet him for our first look. That moment was unforgettable!
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.
One of my favorite things about my reception was that my beautiful bridesmaids danced to some Telugu songs that I had picked out! They took the time to learn the meaning behind the lyrics in order to come up with some cute steps that went with the words. The guests were mostly Telugu and therefore they were thrilled to hear Telugu music! I had several many guests tell me afterward how refreshing it was to come to a South Indian wedding and finally hearing some Telugu music! My bridesmaids are the best!
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy the planning process and every minute of every event! It goes by quickly but it's so much fun!
Have a great day Maharanis!