Good morning, ladies! Get ready to enjoy Ratna & Casey's wedding in today's Platinum Guide Blog!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met through my sister in law. I knew pretty early on! He was so kind, fun, funny and cute.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We were on a dream vacation in Italy and he proposed in a beautiful garden with live music and a photographer. I was completely surprised and it was an amazing day.

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 wanted to get married pretty quickly (engaged in February, married in August) so things moved quickly! We wanted to focus on our family, friends and having a fun and memorable weekend. We're both pretty simple and didn't want anything over the top. Great food, music and simple but beautiful decor with lots of fresh flowers. I'm South Indian and we had a mix of traditional and modern aspects to the ceremony: sannai melam to escort us both to the mandap but a shorter ceremony altogether.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Being South Indian, I always wanted to be married in a beautiful sari although we didn't go with a traditional pattu sari but a gorgeous cream silk sari embroidered heavily with gold thread. I wanted to coordinate with Casey so we matched the pattern and color of our wedding outfits as closely as we could. I love gold and gold jewelry so that was a big part of of the wedding look. For the reception, my parents had a beautiful and vibrant pinkish-purple flower in their yard and I loved the color so we used that as inspiration for my reception lengha. I also wanted to coordinate with Casey who was wearing a navy blue tux so my blouse was dark blue silk and skirt was pinkish-purple, both with gold embroidery.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Getting to plan with my mom and Casey--they both made the planning process so fun and really helped to alleviate the stress with a short engagement. It was especially fun picking our first dance song and our favorite songs for the DJ. We also loved the food tasting!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
That it was smaller so we could really spend time with everyone.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Walking to the mandap with the sannai melam playing and seeing Casey. We had seen each other already during our first look and pictures but walking to him then was very special and emotional.

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.
We wanted a simple color scheme for both events: wedding was creams, golds with a little pink. Reception was bolder pink-purple and blue with gold. Both had tons of beautiful fresh flowers (as did my hair for both events!)

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy the process and do what you and your husband to be want! One regret I have is that we didn't mingle with our guests during cocktail hour so we could have a more dramatic entrance. Most weddings I've gone to, the bride and groom don't enter the reception til later but I wish we would have been present during cocktail hour.

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Fusion
Romantic
Contemporary
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Summer
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Photography: Christopher Brock Photography | Cinematography: Christopher Brock Photography | Planning & Design: Crimson Bleu Events | Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Ami | Venue: The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North | Floral & Decor: Utopian Events | Catering: Westin Chef Dinesh | DJ: Prime DJs with Anis Ali | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Marigold Invites | Mehndi Artist: Beauty You Deserve