Happy Monday, Maharanis! We hope your week has been off to a great start! We are excited to be back you back as having the pleasure of your company is what keeps us going, and today, we are more than excited to be back, sharing Lauren & Ruchir's fusion wedding with you! So, get ready to enjoy all the beauty surrounding this intimate event! For this installment, Studio KSD is taking us on a visual journey through these lovebirds' big day celebrated during Covid. And we have to say that we loved every single shot! The minimalist yet on-point decor crafted by Royal Charms Floral and Decor and the mixed emotions surrounding this moment created a marvelous scene that we loved so much. Still, nothing compared to our lovely Lauren's beauty after being glamorized by Bespoke Beauty & Bridal. In the fashion department, Lauren couldn't have found a better ally than Ritu Kumar, whose talent and expertise is out of the question! And let's not forget about the marvelous Mehndi outlined by Henna for All. Hands down a dreamy look for her long-awaited wedding day! If you don't want to miss any detail of this enchanting celebration, make sure to visit today's full gallery. You will love it!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I interviewed Ruchir to be a part of a pro bono trip to the Navajo Nation while we were both in law school in September 2014. Ruchir was selected to be a part of the trip and I gave the participants my phone number in case they had any questions. Ruchir made up a lot of questions to keep chatting with me, and we hit it off from there! I wasn't quite sure about Ruchir after he took me to get a flu shot for our second date, but we quickly were inseparable!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Ruchir and I took a road trip around Arizona and New Mexico to see some art galleries. He surprised me by taking a detour to Window Rock, AZ, which is the capital of the Navajo Nation. It is a gorgeous rock formation and the destination we went after that fateful interview, where our story began.

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.
We always knew we wanted a backyard wedding at Ruchir's parent's house on Long Island. However, all our meticulous planning went out of the window when COVID hit. Our August 300 guest event slowly became less than 50 as the spring and summer wore on. While we were sad our international guests could no longer join us, our amazing decorator (Hasina at Royal Charms) and photographer (Tina from KSD Studios) were quick to revamp all our original ideas and morph them to fit the smaller event. Without such a great team, I think it would have been much harder to change our plans. We were still able to have the flowery, dreamy, natural outdoor wedding we wanted. We also have a dog, Pistachio, who I wanted to be involved in the wedding. She wore a special red collar to match my lengha and even got to walk down the aisle!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
We took a trip to India last November. It was my first time, and I was nervous I was going to be overwhelmed with choices. I always knew I wanted a traditional red lengha, and my mother in law went a week early to scope out shops that had good styles. We ended up only going to two stores before I found my perfect lengha!

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I loved teaching my family the important traditions because it really felt like we were blending our families together into one.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The food from Moghul catering! They also loved that we provided fun masks, kept everything outside, and so it felt safe and easy to celebrate.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
All of the bas in India stayed up late to watch our wedding on Zoom. They even dressed up for the occasion!

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.
I ended up illustrating our programs with explanatory details so our guest knew each step of the ceremony. I also drew some fun welcome signs with cartoons of Ruchir, our puppy Pistachio, and I. It was nice to have my art around the wedding.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
As hard as it seems, it was so important for us to be flexible with the state of the world! Letting a few things go here and there allowed us to still have our dream wedding. At the start of the pandemic, we made a list of all of the things that could be altered, and that was helpful to use as we changed our plans.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
My mehndi was done by Monita at Henna for All NY, and it was gorgeous. We set up a mini mehndi party outside with casual food and fun, and Monita was excellent. My jewelry was all hand picked by my mother in law, and was extremely meaningful. She made my mangalsutra with the diamond stones from her own engagement ring and

What a great way to start the week! Remember to join us tomorrow for a new inspiring story. 

Floral & Decor: Royal Charms Floral and Decor | Photography: Studio KSD | Venue: Backyard Wedding at Home | Hair & Makeup: Bespoke Beauty & Bridal | Catering: Moghul Catering | Bridal Fashions: Ritu Kumar | Mehndi Artist: Henna for All | Groom's Attire: Jade Blue Lifestyle | Officiant: Jagdish Tripath