Hello, Maharanis! We are so happy you could make it to Nisha & Avi's wedding reception party. I'm pretty sure we can all agree that this love story has exceeded all expectations, and the reception party is no exception! So let's jump right into it! This time, it was one of the elegant ballrooms of The Westin Alexandria Old Town that hosted this gala. And we are impressed by the excellent planning and execution of Kundan Events. The overall theme of this reception party was captivating, and it became a major contributor to take this event to the next level! And talking about taking it to the next level, what about the incredible DJ from M4U Events that played the most vibrant Bollywood hits to set the dance floor on fire! One of the most anticipated moments of the evening was Nisha & Avi's first dance as husband and wife. And they surprised everyone when they came up to the dance floor from behind a cloud of dusk to showcase a well-choreographed dance that left everyone speechless. We want to make a special shoutout to Lightyear Studio for the fantastic shots captured, not only on this event but throughout the entire wedding celebration. And it is thanks to those shots that we get to relive this charming love story. If you want to get more details of this celebration, don't miss the gallery that we have prepared for today!
Alexandria, VA Indian Wedding by Lightyear Studio
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Avi in Philadelphia, while I was finishing up school and he was working. I knew he was “the one” when he bought me tickets to a Chris Brown concert only two weeks after meeting me (or, in all seriousness, the first time he met all of my family during Christmas because he felt right at home, as if he was family already, and the whole reunion just felt complete!)
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
After years of fantasizing about traveling to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world’s tallest building, Avi surprised me into traveling there together, wrote me a note to meet him at a restaurant near the rooftop, read me a poem (as he had done when he first asked me to be his girlfriend), and sang my favorite Chris Brown song. The night ended with phone calls to our families, dinner, and a surprise yacht ride across the Dubai Marina with an incredible photographer and panoramic views of the entire city. The proposal incorporated parts of both of us and to say it was a dream would be an understatement!
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
When I went shopping for my bridal lengha in India, I knew I didn’t want red and gold - I wanted something different. When I reached the Aso Palav store in Ahmedabad, I saw a stunning wine purple maroon velvet dress that I couldn’t take my eyes off of. I also saw a stunning light pink dress with the most beautiful and intricate gold embroidery. I was able to combine both dresses and ‘work’ with a designer to customize my dream outfit.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
A special moment of our weekend that constant replays in our minds is our first dance to a cover of “Dusk till Dawn.” We took dance classes to learn different styles of ballroom dancing to showcase our passion for dance, and we incorporated Rumba and Bacchata into it. Although we had practiced for months, the actual moment felt like pure bliss. We weren’t thinking about the moves, the next steps, or if we would mess up the order of our dance styles. We just felt so connected, so royal, and so happy, flowing from one move to the next. Although there were many special moments throughout the weekend, this one was definitely a highlight for both of us!
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
My main advice for future brides would be to never let the stress of wedding planning, family differences, or the hectic schedule of the wedding weekend take you away from the purpose or compromise your happiness. Take pauses to enjoy it, relish every moment, and realize that no matter what happens, by the end of it, you will have married the love of your life. And at the end of the day, that is truly all that matters.
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
We would love to thank our incredible vendors! Liz Walters for the phenomenal decorations and for making our every vision and theme come to life, M4U Events (DJ Ravi, MC Ashish) for the most hype and incredible DJ and MC, Kundan Events for event coordination who went above and beyond to assist with every detail of the wedding, Bhavna’s Henna for the most intricate and personalized henna, Lightyear Studio for capturing our engagement and wedding photos with their most beautiful and creative visions, all of our caterers (Taj Caterers, Moghul, Rupa Vira the Signature) who had the most flavorful and variety of food all weekend, The Westin management, The Fiddle Diva for the most talented violinist, Buttercream Bakery DC for the most stunning floral cake, DJ FM for the most creative Selfie Mirror photo booth, Makeup by Adiba, Ramzah Khan, and Nabila Nayyar.
Mehndi Artists: Bhavna’s Henna and Arts | DJ: M4U Events | Cinematography: Lightyear Studio | Photography: Lightyear Studio | Sangeet Venue: The Westin Alexandria Old Town | Ceremony Venue: The Westin Alexandria Old Town | Reception Venue: The Westin Alexandria Old Town | Planning & Design: Kundan Events | Catering: Moghul Caterers | Violinist: The Fiddle Diva | Floral & Decor: Liz Decorations | Cake: Buttercream Bakery DC | Photobooth: FM Entertainment LI | Makeup: Nabila Nayyar | Makeup: Makeup by Adiba | Makeup: Ramzah Khan