Sonam and Divesh’s candy coated Indian wedding soiree is the perfect pick-me-up for this Wednesday morning! Every bride has visions of the perfect series of wedding events, and for Sonam, she decided to kick things off with her rainbow bright Sangeet. This Maharani enlisted the help of the decor visionaries from House of Dipali, and they created a fantasy ambiance, filled with sparkling crystal garlands, jewel toned umbrellas, and vibrant draping. With such uplifting surroundings, it’s no wonder the couple and their guests were tearing up the dance floor all night long. We can’t wait to relive all the stellar dance moves when we get ahold of the live footage captured by Unique Visions Studio. Channeling her inner princess, Sonam looked breathtaking in a burgundy, green, and coral lehenga infused with unique style elements. We’re loving the dreamy blend of colors that stood out so strikingly as she twirled on the dance floor. To add to Sonam’s glow, Makeup by Anita created a bombshell beauty look consisting of luscious lashes and bold lips. From beginning to end, this elaborate kick off event was bursting with pizzazz. With an opening night this fun, you know there’s plenty of excitement soon to come! We’ll cover all the ceremony action up next, and will bring you even more spectacular decor and design details. In the meantime, head into the full gallery for more glitz and glam photographed by Jashim Jalal Studios. Also, make sure to scroll below for our exclusive interview with Maharani Sonam!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Divesh on Match.com. It took us a while to meet since he was from MD and I was from NJ.
I didn't have a specific moment when I knew he was the one. I loved how caring and sensitive/genuine he was. He also has a sarcastic sense of humour.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Divesh proposed at Rio in Maryland (where we met for the first time). He knows I love everything cheesy, so he had a red carpet with personalized balloons, flowers/rose petals, and I love red velvet cake, so he had "will you marry me" written out on red velvet cupcakes. He had both the families meet us for dinner after he proposed.
I am a mushy, romantic while he is just the opposite. So it was sweet how he went all out.
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 put a lot of time in certain vendors, I think I spent maximum time picking a photographer. I wanted to have great wedding pictures. I also must have had 9 make up trials before finalizing one. The venue I was in love with, since I had attended a wedding there so it wasn't a hard pick.
I had envisioned a pastel pink and white decor for my wedding and that's exactly how my wedding looked like. I like glam with sophistication and I think everything went as planned. I wanted small details to stand out, so I got a personalized wedding box where the guests put their envelopes, etc.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I always knew I wanted to wear a hot pink wedding lehenga, and that's what I ended up wearing. I went to India for shopping and it was the first lehenga I had seen and I fell in love with it. It was a bright fuschia and I wanted to wear contrasting jewelry so I went for green kundan/emerald jewelry. This lehenga was not too heavy in weight and I am glad!
The dress I wore for my reception at night was a dream come true in the way it looked, but it weighed around 18 lbs so it was impossible to move/dance in it. So I wore it for two hours and then changed into a lighter dress.
I changed 4 times on my wedding day! But, it was all worth it!
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Food (We are Punjabis and food was the most important thing), music, venue and all the small details that went into the wedding.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
My husband did a surprise dance at the sangeet for just 2 mins, but I always laugh when I think of that!
The moment I walked to the mandap with my dad was very special! My dad's speech brought me tears!
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.
We had 5 events prior to the wedding day, each day was a different theme and different outfits. I don't think I could go into the details of each event, but the Mehendi at my house was my favorite pre wedding event. I am a big fan of colors and I made sure we had my parent's house all done up nicely, I got my Henna done that day as well, we had a live singer/DJ.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
PLEASE TRY TO NOT STRESS ON YOUR WEDDING DAY! I put too much stress on my mind that I wasn't able to enjoy wedding events to the fullest.
All the ceremony deets coming right up!