The big time has come for Christina and Scott to have their dream wedding ceremony at the beautiful Prem Bhakti Mandir! Studio KSD takes us through the solemn rites and traditions that started with a big loud wedding procession led by an army of dhol drummers and Raja Scott, and continued with the big arrival of Maharani Christina carried like a princess in a beautifully embellished Palankin! House of Dipali’s team of designers created a masterpiece following the couple’s vision, decorating the temple with a royal mandap and a stunning aisle of Lord Ganesh deities! After the bride and groom recited their long-awaited "I do’s", the ceremony ended in a spectacular way, the dashing duo danced during their big exit and got everyone in the party mood and made this ceremony extra special! Relive every detail of this fusion affair in the full gallery by Studio KSD!
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We had been together for over 5 years, and my 30th birthday was approaching. My family planned a 30th birthday party for me and was scheming with Scott on his proposal. On the night of my party, my mom called Scott to the podium to make a speech and also welcomed him into the family. Even though she technically "blew the surprise", I didn't realize what she was saying. I just thought it was just strange that she would welcome him into the family when he wasn't part of the family! All eyes on Scott, he made a beautiful speech about me and our relationship and then recited a poem that he wrote. His poem had lots of foreshadowing about spending our lives together and all things wedding-related. Lots of thoughts went through my head as he spoke with passion--could this be it? was he going to propose? it this actually happening? Scott then walked in front of me, I hear my family and friends gasping, and he drops down on one knee. I was in shock and still not sure if I officially said "yes" but I was happier than ever. We were approached by family and friends and my 30th birthday became an engagement celebration!
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 essentially project planned my wedding, ensuring that I had a start and end dates assigned to tasks as well as a way to track progress/take notes on next steps (let's just say I've project planned a few system implementations in my professional life). This was really helpful for keeping me and Scott on track as to what we needed to accomplish in a reasonable timeframe and my project plan also made sure that I had just enough on my plate without being too overwhelmed. My experience with the Surf Club on the Sound in New Rochelle, NY was phenomenal. Sandro was great to work with, he made wedding planning seamless and helped me to understand what I wanted and set a vision with expectations for my wedding day. His staff at the Surf Club was amazing and ensured my special day was as perfect as possible. The food at the Surf Club was beyond superb and I would absolutely hold another event there in the future. My makeup artist, Usha (@ushamakeup) was spectacular! She worked with me to pick out looks that I liked and spent time understanding my makeup needs. I don't wear makeup often and she did such a great job giving me a natural, soft look. I had complete faith and trust in her! She explained different types of looks and demonstrated them on my face to see how I wanted to flex my style on my wedding day. She was a true professional in understanding my needs and customizing my look to exactly what I wanted. I remember looking in the mirror and being amazed at how she glammed me up on my wedding day! I am still enamored! My photographer/cinematographer was Studio KSD (@studioKSD), and it was such a pleasure working with Tina and her staff. It's really important to have a photographer that you trust, and Tina quickly gained my trust from our first encounter. I knew she was passionate about her work and it definitely showed. She worked diligently with Scott and me to learn styles/preferences and the types of poses we liked. As a result, our photos and video came out natural, showed true emotions and was overall perfect!
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The best part of wedding planning was going to dance lessons for our choreographed first dance! We combined three songs that had different styles, and each song had sentimental value to both of us. We signed up for 10 lessons with NY Wedding Dance (http://www.nyweddingdance.com), not realizing how much work had to go into this moment. I truly believe each dance lesson brought Scott and me closer together and was such a huge relief during all the stressful wedding planning. To ensure we were progressing, we met up during lunch breaks at Madison Square Park to practice dancing for 10 minutes before heading back to work. We knew we were getting better when there were crowds of people staring at us and videotaping us on our phones. NY Wedding Dance was great at crafting a dance that was aligned with our skills and personality. Dance classes made wedding planning extra fun!
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
My guests raved about how they had a great time at my wedding, saying how our families were welcoming, loving, and most importantly, knew how to party! They particularly loved the seating cards which served as a dual seating card and gift. I bought multi-color hand painted elephants and attached a seating card to each elephant's trunk. The signage indicated: Welcome to our beginning. An elephant never forgets, so take one, and go where your card directs. My guests loved this idea, thought it was especially unique, and cherished their elephants!
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
There's going to be a lot happening on your wedding day but try your best not to sweat the small stuff and enjoy your day to the fullest. You've done all the planning you can possibly do for your special day, and if something goes wrong, then don't worry about it (assign someone else to deal with it!). Keep smiling and remember, this day is about you and your loved one!
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Fun fact, Scott and I decided to merge our last names for love and equality. His last name was Wiedemeier and mine was Baksh - our new last name is Wiedebaksh!