Good morning, Maharanis! I hope you are ready to start this Thursday with the right foot because Komal & Prince's wedding celebration will brighten your day and will melt your heart with tenderness and joy. So, get ready to have a blast! We love Indian weddings as they are a cornucopia of beauty, elegance, colorful decors, and tons of emotions. So, you can imagine how happy we were when we laid our eyes on the marvelous shots captured by Pandya Photography, during Komal & Prince's wedding bash as every single shot was a perfect ode to extravaganza and traditional flair. Just everything we love to see at an Indian wedding, and so much more! But such level of perfection and beauty is no casualty, to make this dreamy celebration come to life, our lovebirds had a fantastic lineup of wedding vendors working tirelessly to design a wedding beyond spectacular. Studio Sheen - Event Planning, Styling, Management worked their magic to plan and execute this event to perfection and found the best ally in Exclusive Events, NY. Together, they crafted spectacular backdrops that set the mood for the different ceremonies and wedding events hosted at the striking South Gate Manor. And oh boy, this winning combination resulted in a magical and almost heavenly outdoor wedding ceremony which lead to a glamorous and luxurious reception party. For the closing gala, everyone celebrated along with the newlyweds this life milestone, dancing to the beats of Exclusive Events, NY, and tasting the delicious food prepared by Amiya Contemporary Indian Cuisine, who delighted everyone with a culinary experience like no other! Although we've talked about all the beauty, amazingness and elegance surrounding this wedding celebration, we haven't forgotten about the star of the night: our gorgeous Komal! She nailed the ultimate bridal look we all aspire to have on our big wedding day and ended up looking like a goddess throughout the entire wedding celebration. So, we want to give a big shoutout to Maliha Khan Makeup for doing such a fantastic job in praising this Maharani's innate beauty and making her look ravishing! And let's not forget about the superb Mehndi designed by Mehndikalogie, which added an extra touch to traditional flair to an already exquisite and delicate bridal look! If you want to take a closer look at this wedding, don't miss the jaw-dropping gallery that we have prepared for today. We are sure you are going to love it so much!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
A family friend had been trying to get us to meet for three years prior to us actually agreeing to it, until one day when we both gave in and finally agreed! The rest is history while the future is a "mistry."
As cliche as it sounds, we both knew from day one!
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It look place on our vacation in Dubai on the second to last day! I had been anticipating a ring the whole vacation and had finally decided to drop it because it was almost over. Well, it turns out that he anticipated my thought process and succeeded in surprising me for the first time ever!
Long story short- He arranged for a photoshoot prior to dinner that was "offered to us by the Burj Al Arab." We were walking towards our "restaurant" taking photos and posing along the pier, meanwhile I was starting to get hangry. At a certain point, we turned and entered upon a flower path, fully decorated cabana, and romantic music playing! I was in complete shock. The photographer didn't give me a chance to process yet because he continued making us pose... until the last "pre-engagement" photo where he had me face away from Prince. I turned around to find Prince on one knee barely able to get the words out!!
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.
The wedding planning was the biggest combination of stress and excitement that we had ever felt in our lives! I am not sure what we would have done without our wedding Planner, Sheen of Studio Sheen Events. She was the biggest blessing throughout everything.
The venue, South Gate Manor was incredible. The owner, Chris was flexible in allowing us to do so many things and was with us the entire day of our wedding- I mean from 4am with me starting my makeup until 1am after the reception was over! Great venue and even greater hospitality.
Hair & Makeup was completed by Maliha Khan. I worked with her multiple times throughout the wedding week ( and even prior ) and her work is absolute perfection. She understood exactly what I wanted every time I said "I want a natural look." I had such great confidence in her by wedding day that I actually let myself fall asleep getting my reception look done! She is so amazing and incredibly sweet.
Decor and DJ was done by Exclusive Events and they really worked hard to bring our vision to life. We met with them at various times throughout the planning and they executed everything to perfection. The decor for pre-events, wedding, and reception were absolutely stunning. The music and special effects done by DJ were to die for!
Photography and Videography was done by Abhi Pandya and Nayeem Vohra. We met the two of them at friend's wedding in Mexico and decided that we wanted to work with them! They both have amazing skills and knew how to work their audience, adapting constantly but also their personalities were solid. We had such a great time joking and having fun throughout the entire process because of them. Their work is phenomenal.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
We did all of our shopping within ten days in India (first time in Mumbai) all alone! Stressful is an understatement! We went to all the stores and figured out on the spot what color combinations we wanted for not only us, but the entire bridal/groomsmen party. I loved all the pastels and new things that brides are doing nowadays but I knew that I wanted to be in the traditional red for so many more reasons. Prince on the other hand, wanted to wear something a little different. We loved the combo with me in red and him in pastels, with the bridesmaids and groomsmen complementing us!
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I would have to say the most enjoyable part of the planning was all the actual planning and details of everything- as crazy as it sounds! We both had to coordinate our days many times so attend meetings and discuss changes. As stressful as it was, I feel very blessed that we were both able to work together through it all.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The guests love food and DJ the most from we heard! The food was catered from Amiya Restaurant and I still drool when I think about some of their foods! We also had Nitrogen Cooled Ice Cream and Cocktails by 321Chillz and the guests could not stop talking about it!
The music at our reception was so amazing that the entire dance floor was packed from the second we opened up the dance floor until the very end. We had multiple people ask us if we could give them a playlist from the reception!
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There were so many special moments, from the first look to being pronounced husband and wife but the one the sticks out the most for me is when I made my bridal entrance. It was a very surreal moment, that I can't even fully describe. In the blink of an eye, so many emotions went on in my head- I was so excited to be getting married but anxious at the same time, but also completely taken back by the fact that everyone was cheering me on. It sort of hit me in that second that all of these people came from all over just to be here for us. It was surreal to say the least.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Everyone says something along the lines of "don't stress, it will work out," but I say do what it takes to plan your dream wedding, stress all you want, but when you wake up the morning of your wedding- drop all of it. Whatever will happen, will happen. We stressed so much for a year planning our wedding but wedding day was the least stressful day of our lives. We rolled with the punches (and there were) and knew we were going to be married by the end of that day, being surrounded by the people closest to us!
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Mehndi- the one and only, incredibly talented Dhara with Mehndikalogie. Her work was exquisite and I received so many compliments on it. It was absolute perfection.
Pre-Wedding Event Photography- Hidden Gem Visuals with Geoff. He was so amazing in recognizing family relations and capturing all the special moments of both the Pithi/Grah Shanti and Sangeet. His work was really good and well received by the entire family.
ZM Gagra Re- I got custom fresh flower jewelry and garlands made ZM Gagra Re and is so incredibly amazing at her work. She did custom colors for my Pithi outfit and made these gorgeous (heavy) garlands for our wedding. I am still so in love with those garlands.
We are still sighing over this spectacular wedding, so we need a moment to catch our breath and to put ourselves together. But don't forget to join us tomorrow for more! We have new stories every day!