Here at Maharani Weddings, we adore observing an Indian bride get ready for her ceremony. After all, it is the most important walk she’ll ever take, so the beauty and fashion stakes are extra high! For Rachna and Benjamin’s Indian fusion ceremony, this Maharani was an utter bombshell in hair and makeup by Kelly Russo, Gina Tarbell Makeup, and Jessica Lafata. These artists have mastered their craft, and Rachna was one happy bride is flowing waves and rosy cheeks. The bride donned a sweeping white gown that was the perfect contrast to her ruby red mehndi and twinkling maang tikka. What a perfect blend of the best of Eastern and Western traditions. Also, we are loving Rachna’s adorable bridesmaids, who provided her with plenty of laughs and positive vibes during the pre-ceremony festivities. And their navy and gold sari lehengas from Nazranaa were simply sensational. Such a gorg bridal party. We’re tearing up over Rachna and Benjamin’s first look photos on the rustic grounds of the Gilbertsville Farmhouse. These lovebirds are truly a match made in heaven. These snaps are just the sneak peeks, but take a gander at the full gallery by Andrew Henderson Photography for more wedding fun! And scroll below for our interview with Maharani Rachna.

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!

We went hiking upstate for my birthday weekend. We were at a cliff’s edge with a beautiful waterfall. My husband asked a group of friends to take our picture and he got down on one knee and proposed!!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?

I know that I wanted to wear a traditional American gown with lace, off white, for the wedding and reception. Even though l would have loved to wear an Indian outfit as well, it didn’t work out that way. So, I asked my bridesmaids to wear a lengha sari instead to incorporate my culture into the mix.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?

The best part of planning was being able to see our vision come to life on the day of the wedding. We went for a rustic chic look and it came out perfect. It was a lot of planning and hard work since it was basically a DIY wedding, but it was worth it in the end.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?

They loved the relaxed atmosphere of the wedding and the venue. They stated that the ceremony was in particular one of the best they have been a part of. My husband and I incorporated parts of both our cultures (Hindu/Jain & American/Native American) into the 30 min ceremony and it was perfect. They said that our wedding was one of, if not, the best weddings they have ever attended.

Ceremony deets coming right up!

Ceremony and Reception: Gilbertsville Farmhouse | Planning & Design: Rachna Patel | Floral & Decor: A Rose is a Rose Florist | Hair: Kelly Russo | Makeup: Gina Tarbell Makeup | Makeup: Jessica Lafata | Catering: L.M. Townsend Catering | DJ: Raaz Entertainment | Bridal Fashions: Kleinfeld Bridal | Cakes & Treats: Lona Cakes | Mehndi Artist: Farzana Fatema | Henna Party Photographer: Nilay Shah | Registry: Bed Bath and Beyond | Wedding Officiant: Patricia Bunnelle | Day Of Wedding Coordinator: Cassie Shaver Lovebirds Wedding Co. | Photographer: Andrew Henderson Photography