Happy Friday, Maharanis! If you were seeking for bridal inspiration, you've come to the right place! Today, we are featuring Meena & Yogesh's big wedding celebration, and believe us, you are going to love every bit of it! The big day arrived, and these lovebirds were more than ready to unite their lives in marriage. They both attended the wedding ceremony hosted inside the Livermore Temple's halls, looking elegantly and fashionable in their traditional attires. Still, it was our gorgeous Maharani who captivated everyone's attention. But we are not surprised as she trusted her beauty needs to TM's Makeup Artistry, who step up and created exquisite makeup and hairstyle designs that made Meena look like a princess! And let's not forget about the marvelous Mehndi outlined by Henna by Ridz. Mindblowing! The wedding venue mirrored our lovely duo's glamorous look thanks to the fantastic decor crafted by none other than Avasar Mandap. After the wedding ceremony, it was time to celebrate the newlyweds with a fabulous reception! This event followed the line of elegance and style that characterized the entire wedding, and it was the best way to bring the festivities to an end. The halls of the Castlewood Country Club transformed into a cornucopia of beauty and flair thanks to the fantastic decoration by Sai Decor. Without any question, this winning combination took this reception to the next level and made this a night to remember. And no reception is complete without an epic DJ! Thankfully Absolute Vibez was there to set the dancefloor on fire while the guests enjoyed the mouth-melting cake baked by Cake Delight. If you want to take a closer look at this wedding, head into this gallery to enjoy the incredible shots captured by Michael's Wedding Group!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Meena's friend, Mamta and Yogesh's sister's friend, Mala, were chatting at work one day. Meena's friend had her facebook page open and Mala asked who that girl was. She thought they needed to introduce her to her friend's brother. Mala stated "This is the girl that he is going to marry, I'm sure!"
Mala then added Meena on facebook and introduced them both and the rest is history! Yogesh lived in Connecticut and Meena in San Francisco. Yogesh was drawn to Meena's warm personality, and her joy of life intertwined with her affectionate nature and a spontaneous and contagious ability to laugh.
Yogesh's refined demeanor, his closeness to his family, his willingness to accept and work on his weaknesses, and his calming sense of wit and humor are some of the things that attracted Meena to him.
They later discovered that they attended the same elementary boarding school between the ages of 4-7 years old!
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After Meena met with Yogesh's family in Chicago, Yogesh flew in from Connecticut that night. They met at Acadia's for dinner. As the courses were being served, suddenly, a cute little wooden box of dimsum arrived, and it had the ring and red roses in it! Yogesh was so nervous that he forgot to get down on one knee and also forgot his speech which all came later!
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.
Meena decided not to hire a wedding planner but rather, to do all the arrangements herself. It was something that brought together all of her strengths and she enjoyed it no matter how stressful it was at times. Everything came together beautifully in the end!
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I love pastel shades--favorite is pink. Since I could not make it to India for wedding shopping, I went to every single store in the Bay Area. I bought my lehengas from Grand Trunk in Pleasanton which has the best designer stuff! The designers were Ashwini Reddy for the reception and Astha Narang for the sangeet. My wedding saree was the traditional pink and gold South Indian silk from Chennai, India. My clothes matched the theme and color of each event--yellow lehenga for sangeet, dark pink and gold for the wedding morning in the temple and blush pink and white shades for the evening reception.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I love organizing things and multitasking. I also enjoyed sending pictures of everything from flowers to venues and clothes to a few friends and my then fiancé and having them help narrow down my choices. I enjoyed meeting various people and seeing the whole thing coming together.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
They enjoyed everything but they did mention that the reception was the best they had ever attended. Filled with beautiful decor and good food, drinking and dancing and most of all, so much love! We had people attend from all over the world and everyone enjoyed meeting each other!
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
We really enjoyed all the speeches given by people close to us. I still have goosebumps when I hear them. I have not really danced since the age of 16 so it was special to me to practice for and perform solo at my sangeet after so many years.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Wait for the right person rather than taking whatever comes--life is long and this is the most important decision you'll ever make. Communicate--this solves so much unnecessary headache! Marry someone you love talking to--as you grow older and can't do much else, conversations will play the most important role for the two of you.
That is all for this week, ladies. Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to join us on Monday for more.