Happy Wednesday, Maharanis! If you were looking for colorful and inspirational ideas, you don't have to look anymore! Sonu & Akhil's two-day wedding celebration will give all you are looking for and a bit more! So, get your notebook and get yourself ready to enjoy this celebration of love! For this first installment, we will be joining our lovely couple in a beautiful photoshoot leading to a Sangeet ceremony. This sweet and fun-loving photoshoot carried out by the talented crew from Jerome Tso Photography captured the most lovely moments of this couple before having fun at the vibrant and colorful Sangeet ceremony held at the W Hotel Seattle. Whether if it is at an outdoor location surrounded by nature or at the halls of an exclusive and contemporary venue, the love of this young couple steals the scene! After the photoshoot was over, Sonu & Akhil were ready to move on with the Sangeet Ceremony! And my God, it was beautiful! This pre-wedding event caught our attention since the moment we took a glance at it! The incredible decoration that Universal Decor put together for this event, combined with the vivid and multicolored floral arrangements that Nalini's Flowers and Decor created for this ceremony, is fantastic! We were captivated and surprised by some much color and joy surrounding this event that we still can't get over it! If you want to take a closer look at this Sangeet Ceremony, head into our gallery for more!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Nowadays, online dating is the way most people meet. But, that’s not how we met. We took the more traditional route...paper dating (aka biodatas). His biodata was sent through a family friend. Little did I know, this would be the beginning of our love story. We slowly got to know each other via text and FaceTime, which our first FaceTime session lasted 6 hours! He was easy to talk to and we surprisingly had a lot in common (down to carrot cake being our favorite!). It was then, I knew he was a keeper! 
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
My groom, been born and raised on an island, we knew our engagement would take place at his home island, Saint Croix. Only after a short 6 months, we fell in love and took the dive into getting engaged. My entire family flew down to the US Virgin Islands to celebrate our engagement. Everyone knew about his proposal plans...except for me, of course. All this time, I thought the engagement ceremony would be his proposal. I was wrong. He proposed in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, next to Buck Island. With only crystal clear water surrounding us, he got down on one knee. He was smart...even if I had said “no”, I would have nowhere to go. Lucky for him, I said “yes”. 
 
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.
Our wedding took place in Seattle, WA. And lucky for me, my husband and I did everything together. Venue hunting was probably the most difficult task during the wedding planning process. A lot of the vendors we chose were recommendations from family and friends. Also, social media played a huge part in vendor hunting. 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I’m thankful for my mom, she spent hours around Mumbai shopping for my bridal clothing. That also included being woken up at 2-3am for 2 weeks to pick out clothes through WhatsApp video. I knew I wanted to wear something traditional for the wedding (red and white). And for my Sangeet, my husband and I decided to wear similar colors and that worked out perfectly. And for my reception, I wanted to wear something more western so I went with a formal gown. 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
One of the best parts about wedding planning was definitely all the hours we put into dance practice for the Sangeet. This brought all the immediate and extended family together to be part of the planning process and it was absolute joy! 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
We were so happy that everyone loved everything the vendors provided eg. the decorations, food, music, our photographer/videographer, and florist. We had a lot of family flying in from all over the country and even from India. Everyone had a blast during our Sangeet, as in literally everyone was on the dance floor for hours! 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
When I walked down the aisle to the mandap was my special moment. Seeing my future husband standing there waiting for me, all teary-eyed, made everything worth it. 
 
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 absolutely loved our decor for Sangeet and the reception. For the Sangeet, we went more towards Rajasthani style. Very vibrant colors, colorful camels as centerpieces on the tables, bright draping and beautiful Rajasthani umbrellas all around (the best part). For the reception, we went more fancy with blush pink draping and beautiful white flowers with gold columns. We had a dance floor for both Sangeet and Reception, and of course dhol players are a must! We had our special first dance with a fog machine. All the kiddos enjoyed the glow sticks during the dance party at the reception. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
I would say, just take your time and relax. The best advice I received during my planning process is that if anything goes wrong, your guests will never know. They won’t know what’s supposed to happen and what’s not. Keep that in mind the day of the wedding, because it definitely isn’t worth the stress. Delegating tasks as much as you can on the day of is super important. You can’t be everywhere so use your bridesmaids, family members, friends, etc. they’re to help! Also, truly enjoy yourself at your wedding, it’s YOUR big day. Lastly, sleep, sleep, sleep! 
 
 

There are still more details coming down the road, so stay close for more! 

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Photography: Jerome Tso Photography | Sangeet Venue: W Hotel Seattle | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Fairmont Olympic Hotel | Decor: Universal Decor | Florist: Nalini's Flowers and Decor | Catering: Sunanda Patel | DJ: Elation Events | Dhol Player: Rocky Virk | Tammy: Baraat Horse Lady | Cake & Treats: Butter Cupcakery | Cinematography: Bogle Productions