These sweet lovebirds have been together for over 13 years, and they definitely had a wedding weekend worthy of their epic love tale! When Iva and Rahul planned their big bash, every detail was discussed in detail. With the help of Sachi Sood - Partyland Sajawat, they were able to pull off a dazzling event filled with style and romance. After their majestic ceremony at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, their reception took place at the chic Vie Philadelphia. Sohal Grewal - Blue Rose Artistry and Mehndi by Anuja made sure the bride looked like a star for her big day and Iva was absolutely divine in a baby pink gown with shimmering adornments. Meanwhile, Sachi Sood - Partyland Sajawat worked their decor magic and transformed the ballroom into a romantic oasis filled with bursting foliage, sparkling candlelight, and mesmerizing uplighting. Guests were treated to the ultimate in Indian cuisine with delectable eats from Chand Palace and Moghul Catering. Raj Minocha elevated the room with the euphoric sounds of the latest hits and guests danced the night away. Rahul surprised his bride by dedicating “God Must Have Spent A Little More Time On You” by NSYNC to close the night in an ultra romantic way. So sweet! Head into the full gallery where Ron Soliman Photojournalism has forever memorized Iva and Rahul’s big day. We hope to bring you all the live footage by Bliss Wedding Films - Nayeem Modan soon! And make sure to scroll below for all the behind the scenes scoop from the Main Maharani herself!

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Description of the Day from the Bride:

Our wedding day was a dream come true! Rahul and I met in high school and spent 13 years together before tying the knot. It’s safe to say that I had planned my wedding in my head for a LONG time, no need for a wedding planner here!

Our wedding weekend started with the Mehendi which was held at Positano Coast restaurant in Philadelphia. The setting was absolutely perfect! The gorgeous blue, yellow, and white decor was exactly what I had envisioned for an "Amalfi Coast" feel. The next morning was our favorite event of all, the Haldi! It was intimate with just a few of our closest friends and family. We went a bit untraditional and sat side by side while our friends and family covered us in turmeric...of course we spread it all over each other as well! We had a traditional dholki with music and dance, and even a little garba!

On Friday evening we held our combined Sangeet and Garba in the gorgeous Liberty Ballroom at the Marriott. We had dance performances from close friends and family. One of the sweetest moments was when Rahul surprised me by dancing to "Badri Ki Dulhaniya." What was so adorable was that Rahul actually spend countless hours changing the lyrics in the music to say "Rahul Ki Dulhaniya!" I was floored!! After performances we had a traditional Jaago as well as Garba. It was truly a nice of song and dance!

The wedding day was by far my favorite. My vision for our wedding was glamour and the color PINK, lots and lots of PINK! I created the wedding programs myself as well as the bridesmaids bouquets! The ceremony decor by Sachi Sood of Partyland was absolutely breathtaking! Sachi and I spent hours going back and forth on my idea of the perfect mandap, and what she came up with that morning was nothing short of perfection! Rahul and I were clad in shades of pink and peach, as was our bridal party. I chose contrasting green kundan jewelry and fresh jasmine garlands for my hair. Rahul's peach embroidered sherwani was elegant and understated. My goal was to mimic the "Sabyasachi" look, but on a major budget! We took pre-wedding pictures at City Hall which provided the most breathtaking backdrop. Our bridal party and close family joined us as well!  I walked down the aisle to the iconic "Chal Le Chal" by the Wedding Filmer. All I can say is that Rahul and I were all smiles through the absolutely perfect ceremony, a pink lovers dream come true! After a tearful bidai, Rahul and I returned to our (still separate!) suites to get ready for the reception.

We had another "first look" at the gorgeous Philadelphia Museum of Art. When I saw Rahul for the first time in that quintessential custom fitted navy tuxedo from Indochino, he took my breath away! We had an absolutely stunning reception at the Vie with ample food, music, dance, and lots of alcohol! We chose signature drinks that represented us and even came up with clever names! My absolutely perfect day was made even more perfect when Rahul surprised me by dedicating "God Must Have Spent" by *Nsync to me as our last song. With our friends and family circled around us, Rahul simply brought me to tears! We exited the venue in style with a sparkler send off and recommenced at the afterparty!

Have a wonderful evening Maharanis!

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Venues: Philadelphia Marriott Downtown | Catering: Chand Palace | Floral & Decor: Partyland Event Design Boutique | Mehndi Artists: mehndibyanuja | Photography: Ron Soliman Photojournalism | Cinematography: Bliss Wedding Films | Reception Venue: Cescaphe Event Group - Vie | Planning & Design: Bride | Hair & Makeup: Sohal Grewal - Blue Rose Artistry | Catering: Moghul Catering | DJ: Raj Minocha | Bridal Fashions: Frontier Bazar - Rajouri Garden | Bridal Jewelry: Mortantra - Ahmedabad | Cakes & Treats: Jen Roach Cakes | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Blue Rose Artistry | Invitations and Wedding Stationary: Universal Wedding Cards | Lighting: Raj Minocha (DJ) | Tuxedos: Indochino |