Monday is a beautiful day full of brand new stories. And today, Maharanis, I want to share an extraordinary love story featuring Shail & Patrick's wedding. This young couple decided to say "I do" at a unique place, The Views at Mount Fuji. A place where the landscapes will take your breath away! Along with a memorable venue comes stunning decoration. Petals and Stems and Flowers by Banhu knew exactly what the couple needed to have the wedding of their dreams. I adore how elegant and cozy this celebration was! Thanks to an unbelievably professional wedding planner, Kim Caputo, every detail of this wedding went off perfectly! And we know that no celebration is complete without music! So big kudos to Tom Catucci Events for transforming Shail & Patrick's wedding celebration into a fantastic party with his endless repertoire! My beloved queens, the best part of today's love story is the beauty of our Maharani. Yaminimakeupstudio did a mesmerizing hair & makeup job, beautifully complementing Shail's fashion choices, making her look like Royalty! I think we all can agree that this couple is full of blessings, beauty, and love! Andrew Bisdale Photography captured beautiful moments for the bride and groom to relive forever! And you can get a boost of inspiration by checking out this fantastic gallery we have put together especially for you. You will be amazed!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Our story began unexpectedly in 2014. It was during the holidays season which at the time meant going out to the bar and have a good time with friends. We were those people that participated in Santa Con (regrettably). The silver lining of that evening was meeting each other.
We went out for our first date was at the Yard House after going to the movies. After that night we were in pretty much inseparable. Later that year we went on our first vacation to the Bahamas and that was the first time we said I Love You to each other.
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2019 while on a trip to Colorado Patrick had a plan to ask the big question. He had been planning this for weeks. Sneaking around to buy a ring and consulting with coworkers and friends on how he should do it. At last one night while at the Hotel we took a walk around the grounds together and stopped at the Alice in Wonderland themed mini golf course were a popped the question and I said YES!
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.
When picking our wedding venue both my husband and I wanted to maintain a certain budget, ( since we all know how pricy weddings can get). We kept throwing around the idea of getting married at a restaurant. We began doing our research when my husband threw out the ide of Mt. Fuji in hillburn NY. We did a quick google search and to our surprise they actually had an entire part of the restaurant that was dedicated to doing weddings called "The Views at Mt. Fuji". Soon after we took a tour and we both instantly knew we loved it. Kim Caputo, the head of catering was extremely helpful and was there every step of the way to help plan our big day.
For our theme I knew I wanted to do some sort of Indian and Western fusion wedding. Did some research on google for local florists near the venue and coincidently came across Petals and Stems. They had such beautiful pictures and reviews I immediately sent them an email. A few days later I get a call from Lenny the owner of the shop. We get to chatting about the wedding and he tells me that he use to be the house florist at Mt. Fuji years ago. After hearing that and meeting Lenny I knew it was the perfect fit. He did such an excellent job with all the center pieces and accent pieces. In addition to Petals and Stems I also wanted to reach out to an traditional Indian florist for the wedding Indian Wedding Garlands. I was able to use Flowers by Bahnu located in Jackson Heights Queens. She specializes in Indian Wedding flowers and did an amazing job.
When it came to hair and make up I went to one of my local Indian owned salons - AR Beauty Studio Inc. At the time I was looking for a Henna artist and saw they offered Henna services. I was able to talk to the ladies there and they indicated they also do hair and make up. Sana and her sisters have been doing bridal hair and make up for a few years and did an excellent job with my brides maids and family.
For my Bridal hair and make up I ended up using Yamini Patil. I ended up finding her on Facebook and DMing her after looking at her page. She responded so quickly and was kind enough to give me a quick call and run me through everything she provided and showed me pictures of her work. Later we were able to get together and do make up trial and it came out so AMAZING. I was so happy and impressed with her work. The day of the wedding Yamini made me look so beautiful and I got so many compliments. Her knowledge and experience really showed and was extremely helpful during the day of. She brought fresh flowers for my hair and even gave my photographer some excellent ideas for the getting ready shots.
When it came to getting a photographer we asked one of our friend Andrew Bisdale. We had both seen his pictures before and really liked them. Andy was super nice, professional and easy to work with and his photos came out beautiful! Some of my favorite pictures were the candid shots he took. He was able to capture essence of the night in photos
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was getting to really learn more about the Indian wedding traditions. I enjoyed being able to learn more about my culture and it was also sort of a bonding time between me and my mom as we planned the wedding.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
At our wedding everyone had wonderful things to say about our wedding ceremony. We went with a semi-tradition Indian Arya Samaj ceremony. We had wedding programs for the guests to follow along and the Pundit did an excellent job of explaining the significance behind each ritual while adding a little humor.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
If I had anything to say to Brides to Be it would be something one of my married friends told me. Go in with no expectation. You can try to plan everything down to the last detail but on the day of not one of your guests will notice. Everyone is there to celebrate you and your partner on the happiest day and will completely over look if the centerpieces are not just right or if the favors didn't exactly turn out as planned.
My beloved Maharanis that is all for today! Come back tomorrow for more love stories.