Happy Thursday, Maharanis! We hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy. As you already know, we are facing unprecedented times that initiated emergency protocols to support the fight against this unfortunate situation. And one of the first and foremost recommendations was social distancing, which has definitely helped to contain this pandemic but has also affected many brides and grooms around the world. So many couples were just a few days away from their big wedding celebration, and all of a sudden, things had to change. That was the case for today's lovely couple Susan & Pravdeep. These lovebirds were supposed to have a big wedding celebration with three functions at various venues in Chicago, right before having an epic reception party that would bring the wedding festivities to an end. However, due to the continually evolving situation, plans had to change. In a bold and romantic move, the couple decided to get married at their home! As you can imagine, planning and designing a wedding is already a task in itself, but it can get twice as hard during these times and conditions. Still, Vandana Walia - Vchilli was up for the challenge and took care of everything in such a perfect way that it all ran so smoothly! They coordinated a minimalist and intimate Sikh wedding ceremony following CDC guidelines to ensure the environment was safe for everyone. After the ceremony, Shan Photography immortalized the sweetest and tender moments of Susan & Pravdeep's big day in a romantic and fun-loving photoshoot that we can't stop seeing in today's full gallery! Right before the end of this wedding celebration, the newlyweds shared delicious plates from Shree Restaurants and a sweet cake baked by The Baking Institute, with their guests. All in all, and despite everything that is happening nowadays, Susan & Pravdeep demonstrated that love always prevails and fulfilled their dream of becoming husband and wife! After all, once you find the right person, anytime and anywhere can be the start of your unique and everlasting love story!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
The groom is in the IT feild for healthcare clients and I work in healthcare as well. So he had traveled from Connecticut to Chicago for a conference regarding healthcare and we met there.

I knew he was the one when I saw how understanding he was! We also had this connection which I can’t explain. However, I always say “you hear me when I don’t even speak”  He moved from Connecticut because I told him I want to be near my parents. His family is in India so it all worked out.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
After two dates I had introduced him to my family and my family loved him! So, he didn’t tell me but I found out later. He had expressed to my parents that he would like to marry me. Family was happy and he had there blessings. He Had planned a proposal in Chicago at the sky deck with my family surprising me there. It was so shocking ! I didn’t expect it at all.

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.
Due to the covid 19 I was unable to do the wedding that I had planned with about 300 guests, 4 different venues and 100 different types of foods. However, Even guests could not come. My family really wanted me to have all those rituals done properly that should happen for a bride. Therefore, I felt so blessed that my mehdi lady came and did all my mehdi which took about 8 hrs! My Sikh wedding  ended up happening at my parents mansion in IL with The guru granith sahib all set up and priests too. My favorite part of this whole process was that my family and my waheguru’s blessings were with us and I felt it.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I always knew I want a blood red color lengha for my wedding. I had no clue what design I wanted. I went to New York to one of our family friends store and found this peplum style lengha that I fell in love with then we brainstormed the style, color and design. I had Swarovski crystals and two heavy duppattas with my peplum lengha. I felt like a princess.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The special moment for me was when I entered the ceremony and my husband to be was sitting there surrounded my family. I felt like wow this day is actually here And “he’s the one”

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.
The decorator was able to decorate the room where my ceremony was being held and he did it beautifully ! I was amazed with the transformation he had done. He had bright colors draped with sparkly drapes as well and beautiful silk pillows with flowers as a back drop.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
You can plan for years and years, but whatever is meant to be , will be and all you should be concerned about is having your loved ones there. The decor, venue , food and entertainment are just the extras , but more importantly is your family and the happiness you feel of just finding your soulmate.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
My cake was the best I’d say I’ve had at a wedding! It was a unique combination of mango and cheesecake.

What a romantic and inspiring story, isn't it ladies? It is a breath of fresh air during these unprecedented times. If you love these types of stories, don't forget to join us tomorrow for more!

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Planning & Design: Vandana Walia - Vchilli | Catering: Shree Restaurants | Cake & Treats: The Baking Institute | Event Designer: Vchilli | Photography: Shan Photography