Happy Monday, beauty queens! Can you believe how fast this January slipped through our fingers? It seems that it went by in the blink of an eye. Unbelievable! Being this the first feature of February, we wanted to make it special. So get ready to join us while we unveil all the beautiful details surrounding Jasmin & Vivek's wedding. These lovebirds imagined a gorgeous and vibrant summer wedding bash. But, when COVID hit, their plans were thrown into flux. After a lot of thinking, they decided to shift and hold a smaller September wedding instead of pushing the wedding date back to the winter or 2021. As physicians, their priority was the attendees' health and safety, and with The Resort at Pelican Hill having strict COVID policies in place, they knew this was the ideal place for them. Not to mention that this was Jasmin's dream venue. Once they selected the venue, everything started to fall in place. And the final result was beyond amazing! Flower Allie and Synx Events took care of the floral and decor, creating the perfect backdrop for Jasmin & Vivek to tie the knot. The soft pastel colors, combined with the exquisite floral arrangements, became a heavenly setting, more than perfect for the occasion. Still, nothing compared to the beauty of our gorgeous Maharani Jasmin. She left everyone speechless when she burst into the room looking like royalty, thanks to the exquisite makeup and hairstyle by Dolled up by Lulu. In the fashion department, she trusted in House of Neeta Lulla, and oh boy, her wedding Lengha was something out of this world! Thankfully for us, Greycard Photography was there to capture every moment for our enjoyment. So don't think twice and take a look at today's full gallery for a full reveal. You will get tons of inspiring ideas from this lovely event!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Vivek at a chance encounter through a friend’s birthday in Chicago in 2012. There was an instant connection! We both spent the weekend talking to each other and just finding comfort in each other‘s company and common California upbringing. We continued our friendship with daily conversations, and slowly that friendship became much more. I knew he was “the one” when I realized that no matter what the ups and downs my day may have had, he was the first person I wanted to tell. When I realized he was truly my best friend, I knew I didn’t want to let him go!
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Vivek planned a surprise sunset proposal the day before my birthday at Vista Hermosa Natural Park where we would often go for walks. With friends and family members on both sides watching secretly from a distance, Vivek proposed at the same park bench we would watch the LA skyline. He decorated with red roses, candles, and pictures of us throughout our relationship. He truly made my birthday memorable for every year to come!
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 imagined a gorgeous and vibrant summer wedding for 300 guests, and thought we were smart to plan ahead. We had successfully secured a venue and had planned our wedding for 300 people over 9 months in advance. But, when COVID hit our plans were thrown into complete flux. Reluctantly, we decided the best bet would be to shift and hold a smaller September wedding of no more than 50 guests instead of pushing the wedding date back into 2021 or beyond. Thankfully, our vendors worked with us and were willing to accommodate the changing regulations and safety protocols. They were willing to adjust without making it difficult on us. Thanks to them we got the wedding of our dreams!
We were beyond thrilled that the incredibly stunning Resort at Pelican Hill could accommodate us. As members of the medical field, our priority was the health and safety of the attendees, and with the Resort at Pelican Hill having strict COVID policies, our dream wedding could take place. Claire, our wedding and event manager at Pelican Hill, was a dream to work with. She knew how important our vision and guest safety was to us and made sure all the accommodations went smoothly.
All outfits, designs and decor were exactly how I pictured them! My family went to India right before the pandemic hit and were able to do our wedding shopping. They went to quite a few places but I loved the bridal lengha at the House of Neeta Lulla. They were amazing to work with and were beyond accommodating about making sure my vision was brought to life. Even with the lockdown in India, they made sure that my wedding lengha arrived to California on time. Seema Gujral designed the customized lengha I wore at the mehndi. For the mehndi I wanted brighter and bolder colors and tones which is why I chose hot pink and mirror work. They were able to match the shine and energy I imagined for the event.
Drea did the makeup at the Mehndi for me, my sister, and my mom, and she was such a pleasure to work with! She knew exactly the look I wanted. She was so easy to talk to that time just flew by! Her calm and confidence is enough to put anyone at ease. She even helped with some wardrobe malfunctions that could have been a disaster!
Lulu did an amazing job with my makeup for our wedding and even did a touch up right after the wedding and before pictures. She was so kind and worked well with us to adjust to all the dates and venue changes.
Flower Allie and Synx worked well to make our vision a reality. Allie knew the venue well and provided really great suggestions without disrupting the overall vision and theme. Synx created a beautiful umbrella from scratch that we used for walking down the aisle. They were both true professionals.
Our planner Purvee was truly a life-saver. She was meticulous with our timeline and regularly kept all our vendors abreast of any changes. COVID put so many of our plans into almost a continuous flux and Purvee was always on top of it.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Of course the role of the color theme was so important to us in the wedding planning. For the Mehndi, our color theme was meant for energy and excitement with vibrant colors of hot pink and orange. Tables were set up for each family with everyone at each table considered a close contact. Matching masks and hand sanitizers were provided to each guest. The wedding itself, while small with 50 guests, was broadcast live on YouTube so that friends and family could watch and comment from the comfort of their own home, while the Bharat was broadcast on Instagram Live. The goal was to make everyone feel a part of the experience even if they were not there. The color theme was meant for elegance and beauty with light pink and beige, with the festivities held completely outdoors. I’ve always wanted a vibrant summer wedding, so the different color palettes I was looking at were all ones I thought would give that look and feel.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was working with such a dynamic group of vendors and planners and the support of our family and friends. I believe it was these people that worked so hard to make our wedding intimate and unique without losing any of the grandiosity, and I am so thankful! When we had to change dates, downsize our guest list, and even change venues they were all so accommodating and gracious in their support, if they were ever upset they never let us know it! Our friends and family completely understood the situation and were always willing to lend a helping hand. We couldn’t be happier with the way everyone stepped up during this difficult time.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Even though we had to downsize our guest list, it did not mean downsizing our wedding. In fact, a smaller guest list gave us the opportunity to focus on the details and individualize the experience for each guest. Our guests told us on multiple occasions that they loved how personal everything was, from the snack boxes with their names on them, to the place settings, to the photo group lists. Even the champagne glasses, hand sanitizer and masks all had our monogramed labels to commemorate the event.
As physicians our priority was the health and safety of the attendees. The part that we loved the most was how the Resort at Pelican Hill had strict COVID policies in place to protect us and our guests. That definitely put us and our guests at ease.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
It has to be the First Look for me. To me, it was the culmination of all the hard work we had all done prior to the wedding and the beginning of the wedding festivities. After getting ready, Vivek and I were individually whisked away to Pelican Hill’s Secret Garden where we would see each other for the first time. The secret garden is so beautiful! A gorgeous pathway surrounded my elegantly symmetric hedges. Seeing Vivek for the first time there felt truly magical. I really felt like a princess in a fairytale.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Our advice for anyone planning to get married during COVID is to keep safety as the utmost priority. Distancing, masks, sanitizers, and strict outdoor-only guidelines are all important things to keep in mind. A small and intimate wedding can be just as grand and memorable as a larger 300 person wedding. While it wasn’t what we initially imagined, it was everything we wanted and more.
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
The mendhi was done by Henna by Tulsi and I am so excited by the work she did! She incorporated our proposal site into the Mehndi design and she also even incorporated our monogram
What a great way to start this week and the month of February! Remember that we have new stories every day, so join us tomorrow for more.