We return to Rima and Sundeep’s glittering reception celebration. The couple’s reception party was one for the books, and the darling duo dressed accordingly in black tie finery. The bride slipped into a stunning golden lehenga featuring plenty of mesmerizing embroidery. We love when brides play with their sartorial choices, and Rima’s multifaceted outfits throughout her special weekend are a perfect example of this concept. Rima brought in talented makeup and hair artists from Amber Lee who transformed this Maharani’s timeless beauty into a bombshell look. Dapper Sundeep also was styling in his perfectly fitted black tux. With a couple this gorg, Matei Horvath Photography made sure to capture them in plenty of adorable reception snaps. Meanwhile, Sadhna's Floral Studio transformed the Hyatt Huntington Beach venue with gorgeous white, pink, and gold Indian decor. A pristine sweetheart stage was drenched in fragrant blooms, while the tablescapes were bursting with lavish centerpieces and shimmering candelabras. As the bride and groom finally made their grand reception arrival, guests cheered with delight, and were swept away in an evening filled with elaborate choreographed performances, melodious music, and delish catering by Manohar's Delhi Palace. Matei Horvath Photography has captured all the beautiful moments, so head into the full gallery to relive every detail! And head below for our exclusive interview with the Main Maharani herself.
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Sundeep my freshman year through my best friend from Boston University, Shanti. Shanti and Sundeep grew up together. Sundeep and I kept in touch as friends for 15 years (!!!) before we finally started dating. There was no "moment" I knew he was the one. It was a gradual process that felt right.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We were visiting Portland, OR and decided to hike Multnomah Falls on Sundeep's birthday, October 7th. It was raining, I had on no makeup, my nails were not done, and we were simply enjoying nature - let's just say I was very surprised at the proposal (and that made it all the better). A random hiker passing by photographed the moment, and it's still one of our favorite pictures and moments to date.
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.
We wanted a short engagement, so we knew we had only a few months to pool in all of our energy and creative ideas efficiently. My mom is an incredible, talented florist, and I absolutely love her style. Together, we went through magazines, pictures, websites, etc. to find a style that fit our vision. We went to India to look for outfits and decor ideas. I used various platforms and recommendations to lock down vendors.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I had envisioned myself in a white bridal lengha. Out of our multiple events, the ceremony outfit was the only one where I had a strong vision of what type of bride I wanted to be - and it was in the color white. However, when shopping in India, I could not seem to find a white outfit that worked. My mom and I came across this mustard yellow outfit - completely different - and although initially skeptical, it ended up being my most favorite, unique outfit.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
From the reviews we received, the warmth from our family, decor, and the food :)
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Nope. It all felt special but went by so quickly. Too quickly. Thankfully having a videographer allowed us to relive the moments that we were too overwhelmed to soak in. We love having our photos and videos.
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.
For the Sangeet, we wanted a festive, loud, fun-filled event. My mom had these gorgeous panels made in India with large birds and a colorful theme involved. There were performances from family and friends that we loved, and the dancing and energy were constant.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
The arduous planning will all be worth it on the day of your event.
So lovely! We hope you enjoyed this gorg wedding!