Happy Friday, Maharanis. There is so much wedding inspiration today to wrap up the week! We are beyond excited to present the beautiful wedding album of Kinjal and Shilp. Lightyear Studio kindly shared their same-day edit film, a heartfelt cinematic production we had the honor to feature not long ago, and you can watch the reel here. But this time, Lightyear Studio gave us the opportunity to showcase the stunning shots of this unforgettable union with all of you. The launched of the wedding spree was a fabulous Sangeet at Aashirwad Palace that helped spread the excitement of the upcoming events with joyful choreographies and bold color outfits. Despite all the chaos of Covid, this lovely pair put together along with their families a spectacular spring Indian wedding at the Brooklake Country Club & Events. This exclusive venue harbored an outdoor ceremony out of a fairytale. The open floral mandap, the sacred rituals, and the bliss of a happy couple were a true feast for the eyes. The magenta blooms all over the mandap are my personal favorite! Kinjal was a real trendsetter flaunting equally regal outfits for her ceremony and reception. Our princess bride mesmerized the crowd with a bronzed-hued makeup look created by Rita Suthar, which complemented her red velvet lehenga just right. She later slipped into a mint green-colored lehenga with rich golden embellishments that made her glow during her reception party. DJ Gaurav from Luxe Event Entertainment performed and incorporated the bride and groom’s favorite songs and music that made everyone up and hurry onto the dance floor. What a great crowd pleaser! Great food and drinks were also essential parts of this once-in-a-lifetime day that will remain in the hearts of Kinjal and Shilp forever. Get a glimpse of the glory of this wedding journey visiting our complete gallery. Happy peruse!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We were walking past each other and I tripped. He caught me at the perfect time and we landed in a dip. Time slowed down and the music started serenading. We knew it was love at first sight.

Just kidding! We met the traditional way...on a dating app! After a few dates and a lot of pizza, I knew he was the one when he could out-quote The Office to me. (But he knew sooner!)

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Since we started dating, we had been dreaming about a trip to Ireland together. I had been obsessing over Ireland since my last 3 trips and had wanted to show Shilp the magic. We took an epic trip with our 4 friends driving around the countryside, stopping by tiny pubs and ended at the Cliffs of Moher overlooking the castle on the hill. In that moment, Shilp made my favorite spot in the world even more special by getting down on one knee!

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.
To be honest, we credit Dr Rina Desai, my mom, for planning and re-planning our wedding once it was rescheduled because of Covid! Both our families really chipped in and made this as stress-free as possible. We knew we wanted old-school maharani-style wedding outfits and an organic/rustic, simple feel for the decor. Nirali made our decor vision come to life! Brooklake Country Club and all of the people who work there made it extraordinarily easy to put this together. Rita Suthar my make-up artist (who I've known for 15 years), read my mind for my makeup/hair styling. DJ Gaurav played phenomenal sets that make even dance-challenged people get out on the dance floor. Nathan and his team at Lightyear Studio captured every bit of magic that weekend. This wedding was thanks to our family and all of these people! We know how much they worked to bring this dream to life!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I always knew I wanted an all red wedding lengha. I went wedding dress shopping with my parents, Shilp and his parents, to try on different fabrics and lengha styles. I landed on a bright red, velvet style based on the richness of the look and the depth of the color. My mom then went to India to for all my wedding outfit shopping as I was unable to go myself.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Since we were forced to scale the event down, the guests who attended were our closest family and friends. We were able to have one on one time with our guests dancing, eating, taking pictures. I think our guests enjoyed the ease and the personal touch we were able to have at each event. Great food and drinks always helps!!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our first look was one of our most special moments. When we saw each other for the first time we both just burst out laughing, so happy and excited at the same time, followed by a big warm embrace. We took a breath to fully take in the moment and realize we had made it. We will never forget that.

I also shared a moment with my dad earlier in the morning when he saw me for the first time in my bridal outfit. It was full of emotion and so incredibly special.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
The planning can be long and stressful no matter what size or style of wedding you are having. The one most important piece of advice from us to you is to enjoy the day (or days!). Enjoy the small moments with your family and friends, be present, laugh, take a picture in that photobooth, cheers with your signature cocktail, tear it up on the dance floor (even if your hair gets ruined). The time goes by so fast and the most cherished memories we have are from the times we spent together with our family and friends. Also unlike us, don't forget to eat something more than dessert at the reception!

See you next week. More inspiration to come!

Cinematography: Lightyear Studio | Photography: Lightyear Studio | Sangeet Venue: Aashirwad Palace | Ceremony Venue: Brooklake Country Club & Events | Reception Venue: Brooklake Country Club & Events | DJs: Luxe Event Entertainment | Hair and Makeup: Rita Suthar