Welcome back, ladies! This love story continues its journey into Melissa & Lucky's happily ever after, and we are here to bring you all the details you want to know! This time we will take you to A New Leaf for you to take part in this lovebirds' wedding ceremony, but we are heading off in style! We are joining Raja Lucky in a vibrant and harmonious Baraat procession carried out by Maharaja Farm. This traditional ceremony had all the things we love: smoke color bombs, loud music, a white horse and of course lots of dancing. After the Baraat procession, Melissa & Lucky were ready to move on with the wedding ceremony that united their lives in marriage! The decoration that A New Leaf put together for this event was minimalist but captivating, and it was just perfect for this intimate event! The lovely Melissa she stole all the looks while she was walking down the petal covered aisle to meet her Raja! She looked so ravishing that it was almost impossible not to look at her! This abbreviated Hindu ceremony was so charming and sweet that everyone loved it! And thanks to the talented crew from Juancho SC Photographywe get to take a look at it from inside. If you can't get enough of this lovely event, don't hesitate to visit our gallery for more incredible details. You are going to love it! 

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
From our place, we could see the helicopter tours that go over Chicago.  I shared that I would never want to go on one because I am extremely afraid of heights. Fast forward a few months, Lucky has a date planned for us, I figure we are going to dinner like normal. As we are heading out he shares with me that we are going on a helicopter ride. He's serious, not joking. I started crying and really thought this was a nightmare come to life. I felt bad because I knew he was trying to make a nice date for us so I conceded and went. The helicopter ride was better than I imagined. When we were exiting the helicopter the staff told me that our pictures before we got on did not turn out okay and if we could retake them. We agreed and as they began taking the pictures Lucky knelled down and proposed! The experience was really nerve-wracking but it was a proposal I would always remember. It turns out Lucky only hear heard me mention helicopter tour and not the part that I never want to go on it! 

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.
Planning the wedding turned into a second full-time job. Typically in Indian weddings, it's out of the couple's hands but since ours was non-traditional we wanted to plan our wedding. We began planning a little over a year out, securing the venue first. We knew we did not want a banquet hall venue so we chose a loft-style venue with an outdoor garden space.
We chose a sunset color theme (oranges, yellows, pinks)  to bring in the vibrant Indian color scheme.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Due to work constraints, we were unable to travel to India. Fortunately, my mother-in-law lives in India and traveled to Jaipur, Rajasthan to look for a lengha for me. I knew that I wanted traditional Rajasthani, heavy handwork in fuchsia. My mother-in-law and brother-in-law visited many showrooms in Jaipur and shortlisted lenghas. Through grainy, 3 am video calls, and their recommendations we were able to pick out my wedding lengha. I am so fortunate to have family that would spend many, many hours to find the perfect dress for me! 

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the wedding was incorporating both of our creativity to make an event that was completely our own and seeing it actually look nice and come together on the wedding.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
When I was walking down the aisle.  I made sure that I was completely present in that moment so that I would remember it. I remember hearing the music (Din Shagna Da, by Jasleen Royal), seeing everyone's faces, feeling really beautiful, and seeing my husband. 

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Don't leave anything to the last minute. You either think you will have time and you won't, it will take longer than you think or you will have decision fatigue by then and if will go in the forget it bucket.


The wedding reception coming down the road, so stay close if you don't want to miss any detail! 

Ceremony & Reception Venue: A New Leaf | Planning & Design: Lillian Rose Events | Floral & Decor: A New Leaf | Hair & Makeup: Agnieszka Bielaczyc | Hair & Makeup: Brittney Carpenter | Catering: Blue Plate Catering | Catering: Gaylord Fine Indian Cuisine | DJ: DJ Harsh | Baraat: Maharaja Farm | Bridal Jewelry: Made in India | Cake & Treats: Bjorn Cakes | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: LittleIndiaStore - Etsy | Lighting: AEG Production | Photo Booth: I Love Photobooth | Photography: Juancho SC Photography