Hello, beautiful Maharanis! We are so excited to share Melissa & Lucky's wedding reception with you! Just like we saw on the previous entries, this was an intimate event that had the presence of our lovebirds' family and closest friends! This reception party that was perfectly planned and executed by Lillian Rose Events took place at A New Leaf. And the crew from this cozy venue did not only host the event, but they also did a fantastic job with the decoration and floral arrangements that set the mood for this intimate celebration! And talking about setting the mood, we want to make a special shoutout to DJ Harsh as he played the most beautiful and harmonious melodies to enliven every moment of this evening! Melissa & Lucky had a great time, and we are pretty sure that this was the intimate reception party they always imagined! All of the guests had a night to remember, and they only stopped dancing to take a bite out of the delicious cake that Bjorn Cakes prepared for this event! We truly loved this entire wedding ceremony to the point that we can't get enough of it! Luckily, the good friends from Juancho SC Photography shared with us the fantastic photos captured during this event; and we put them all together in today's gallery. So, go check it out! 

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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.


That is all for today, but we hope to see you tomorrow! We are going to end the month of July with a flourish, so stay tuned! 

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