Happy Wednesday, Maharanis! If you were seeking inspiration to start planning your ultimate dream wedding, you've come to the right place! Today's romantic story features the lovely wedding festivities between Sonika & Yosh, and it packs so many beautiful and inspiring ideas that we cannot wait to share it with you. So, let's not wait any longer and get ready to dive into this magical celebration of love. The big day arrived, and these lovebirds were more than prepared to unite their lives in marriage. They both looked ravishing, but it was our gorgeous Maharani, who stole the show. She looked like a goddess throughout the entire wedding events thanks to Henna Dil Se, who took care of beauty needs, including her gorgeous Mehndi, and also to Bolly Couture, who became the best ally for all her fashion needs! And we cannot forget about the exquisite jewelry from Kirni Kaur and the bangles and handpieces from Sari Palace's collection! Hands down, Sonika achieved that dreamy bridal look, all Maharanis aspire for her big day. In case you were wondering who was in charge of planning and designing this cornucopia of beauty and traditional flair, it was none other than Nika Events! This fabulous team was the mastermind behind this wedding bash that had not one but two beautiful wedding ceremonies fully decored by the acclaimed team of Kismet Event Design. And you already know that whenever this experienced team is present, there is a unique and fabulous wedding affair waiting ahead, and this time was no exception! They crafted enchanting decors for all wedding events, creating the perfect backdrops for Sonika & Yosh to tie the knot in the company of their family and closest friends. After the wedding ceremonies, it was time to celebrate the newlyweds in a glamorous reception party enlivened to the fullest by Fusion Sounds. They owned the stage and took the reception party to the next level playing the latest Bollywood hits that put everyone to dance! If you want to relive every moment of this romantic wedding, make sure to check the remarkable photos captured by Global Photography. Every single shot is a visual masterpiece that you don't want to miss, so make sure to check them out in today's full gallery. It will blow your mind!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Yosh was a friend of our family for a very long time. He was at all of my family events and he spent a lot of time with my cousins and I. Eventually, we ended up together. We aren’t exactly sure how it happened, but we’re so thankful that it did.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Our proposal story is definitely not a typical, romantic one. It’s actually kind of funny. It was our anniversary. It was a Saturday and he told me to be ready at a certain time because he was taking me to Malibu, but I woke up not feeling well. I was thinking of cancelling our plans, but everyone including my mom wouldn’t let me. My mom also looked so stressed, she kept coming into my room checking to make sure my makeup looked good, and she made me change my jewelry 4 times. I still didn’t think anything of it. So I went on this anniversary date and I was so frustrated because my boyfriend was texting the entire time and he seemed so on edge. He took me to this random restaurant (I later found out he needed to stall) and the food was awful and I started throwing up. I asked him if we could go home because I didn’t feel well, but then I saw how disappointed he looked so I decided to tough it out. He pulled up at the beach and told me to take off my shoes because I was wearing heels. So we walked on the sand and it was really nice. I was kind of confused because we were aimlessly walking and I was wondering what the plan was, but he just kept walking. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw this guy take a picture of me with a camera and then he started hiding behind a rock and still kept taking pictures. I turned to my boyfriend and said “Babe, that guy is taking pictures of us!” And he just shrugged it off. I was so busy looking at the guy, I missed the whole set up. There was a blanket with roses, a basket, Champagne, and a ring!!
So he proposed and I was in shock for like 20 minutes. We drank some champagne. Some of my cousins were there and it was truly beautiful. After all of this, he told me that his family and mine were waiting for us at my house and there will be a little party. I was super excited and was ready to go home. We got in the car and his car broke down! Luckily, we were able to take one of my cousin’s car. We got to the party and it was such an amazing night! We felt so loved by everyone and it is a night I’ll never forget.
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.
Wedding planning was a lot for me. I typically love planning events! When it came to my own, I really struggled. I decided I did not want a wedding planner and I wanted to do it all myself. I’m kind of picky.
We had a 2 day wedding. Saturday was our Hindu wedding. And Sunday was our Buddhist ceremony and reception. We had 550 guests. Choosing my hair and makeup artist was hard for me. I am actually a makeup artist, so I was really particular. I found my makeup artist Nadia Ali and we did a trial. She let me choose exactly what I wanted, and fix things and I loved that she let me be so involved. On our wedding day, she came through and handled it all.
We did end up hiring a day of coordinator. Her name was Monika Patel and she was amazing.
My family really came through for me and took care of so many details. It truly was a group effort and I was so thankful so have such an amazing team on my side.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
So I had 3 outfits. I knew that I wanted my Hindu wedding outfit to be red and sparkly. I tried on so many outfits in LA. I even tried on what was in style at the time and it didn’t look right on me. We ended up going to New York. And my first appointment was with Sandy at Bolly Couture (I found her on Instagram.) I loved her outfits! There was one outfit on the mannequin and I was like “Whoa! That outfit is sparkly, but way too sparkly!” I actually didn’t like it. My cousins made me try it on as a joke since I didn’t like it. I put the outfit on and I looked up and my cousins were in tears. And I said “Oh no! Please don’t tell me this is the one.”
Sandy took me to the mirror and I saw it and fell in love. I was ready to buy it right then and there. To do myself justice, I continued with the rest of my appointments just to make sure that was it. No matter what I tried on, I kept thinking about that outfit. Nothing else would even excite me. So we bought that amazing outfit that weighed more than I did!
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part for me was getting responses to our invitations. Once someone talked about attending the events, their outfits, flight, or if they’re staying at the hotel; that really excited me and it made it feel real for me.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Everyone talked a lot about the food! Manohar’s Delhi Palace is the best! We go to their restaurant all the time and love their food! For the wedding, they came through and delivered.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There are too many to jot down! But we actually loved looking out and seeing our guests having a good time. We also had so many amazing moments with out bridal party and we loved having such an amazing team on our side!
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
My advice would be to give yourself a lot of time to plan, talk to other brides, and bargain!
On the day of, don’t stress (I know, easier said than done.) The reason I say this is because you’ve done absolutely everything you can already, now everyone else (including family) will help to figure it out.
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