We are swooning with delight over Silpa and Tony’s reception soiree out of Dallas, TX. Silpa was dolled up in a pristine white gown and sparkling jewels, and looked like a total Queen! As she entered the Hilton Dallas Lincoln Center venue with her handsome new hubby Tony, they were surrounded by the most decadent decor dreamed up the visionaries at Weddings by Farah. This wedding had us dreaming of a paradise oasis with its fuschia blooms, golden pillars and plum drapings. During the reception fun, Silpa switched ensembles into a purple, silky sari, with styling by JJ Saree Draping, that provided a gorgeous new sartorial flavor to the evening. The bride was a Bollywood goddess as she tossed her bouquet to her lovely ladies who were so excited for the chance to catch the blooms. Silpa told us, "We got lot of compliments on how energetic and crunk the reception was, thanks to the DJ Riz team and Emcee Freddy Mac!” Sounds like an absolute blast. We’re loving the vibrancy of the dance party pics and can feel the excitement radiating out of each and every guest. Please peruse the full gallery for more amazing Indian wedding fun by William Bichara Photography. And scroll below for some behind the scenes deets from Silpa herself!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Tony through mutual friends when I visited Dallas in 2009. We were invited to a family party where Tony’s family was invited too. At that moment, Tony fell in love with me at first sight... and the rest is history - just kidding! However, we became good facebook friends and continued to keep in touch. Sharing the same background such as being born and raised in Abu Dhabi till the age of 14 and then migrating to the US, interest in medicine etc were plenty of things in common and gave us a platform to start our conversations. Tony & I became facebook friends and continued to keep in touch. Through the years, Tony finally worked up the courage to tell me he had a crush on me in June of 2012 although I had known it all along and was just playing hard to get. He then made a trip to Bakersfield, California (my hometown) in July 2012 and we drove to Las Vegas from Bakersfield and while there, at the Caesar’s Palace under the skywalk, Tony popped the question – if I would go out with him and the rest is history…
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Tony, along with my family had flown out to San Francisco for my Medical School Graduation. The next day after my graduation my sister told me that we were going to a fancy place for lunch to celebrate my graduation. We drove towards the Palace of Fine Arts where my brother said he could conveniently not find parking and told me to get out at the entrance and since I was wearing heels I immediately took up on that offer and then realized something was up. Tony & I took a lap through that beautiful monument and came to a spot where flowers, our photos, and a bottle of wine was assembled and when I turned around Tony was on his knee and asked me if I would spend the rest of my life with him. And then after the proposal, as Tony and I were sipping on our wine, I noticed two people hiding behind a tree and peeping, and then realized it was none other than my future in-laws!!! I felt so happy and honored Tony had his family fly out to San Francisco from Dallas for the weekend! Then, Tony & I along with our families went out and enjoyed lunch and rest of the evening. I had always wanted my proposal to be very personal and private with the presence & blessings of both our families.
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 enjoyed the planning process a lot. Tony & I being in residency, we were not able to make the trip to India to do all our wedding shopping but our parents went to India for us and with the help of skype and whats-app, we were able to be very involved from miles away. Being from California, and having the wedding held in Dallas, I will admit it was not the easiest task picking the right vendors and planning everything from so far. But with the help of tips and reviews from Maharani Weddings, we were able to pick the top notch vendors for our wedding and we are happy to say we have no regrets. All our vendors were very accommodating with our schedules and scheduled meetings and food tastings after hours and weekends, including Sundays.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Yes, my favorite color is Purple and I always wanted a purple/majenta Bridal sari as my "manthrakodi." My mom picked it out from Jayalakshmi Silks in Cochin and it was absolutely gorgeous!
My engagement session Lehenga was bought from Sona Chaandhi in Los Angeles.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part for me was having to make the numerous trips to Dallas from San Francisco without feeling guilty of spending so much money on airfare. I reasoned it was necessary!!! Although, Tony and I hung out most of the time doing our thing and our wedding planner Hala had to hold us to our deadlines and tasks!
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
We got a lot of positive feedback about how organized the reception was and how everything was run so smoothly. Also, got a lot of compliments on how energetic and crunk the reception was, thanks to DJ Riz team and Emcee Freddy Mac who kept the guests entertained and engaged. We had the idea of playing games engaging the guests while I went to change from my wedding gown into the "manthrakodi" sari so the guests would not get bored. We played the Scavenger Hunt game by dividing the guests into the Bride’s side and the Groom’s side, which was a great hit and the winner was advertised to get a Gift card to Macy's so the contest was heated!
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.
The night before the wedding, we had a kerala Christian tradition called the "madhuram veppu" where close family gets together and joins in getting the bride & groom ready for their next chapter of their lives.
Since I was from California and since we had a lot of mutual friends, our families decided to host the "madhuram veppu" together which was one of the best decisions and it was so much fun that way (rather than having two separate own ceremonies at their respective houses). My bridesmaids performed a dance and Tony even did a guest appearance in the dance as a surprise for me. It was absolutely cute.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Just keep calm and enjoy the process and be married! :)
Have a wonderful evening Maharanis!