Good morning my beautiful Maharanis! We missed you over the weekend, but we are so excited to give you a glimpse into our wonderful couple, Divya & Aakash's enthralling wedding celebration. So, without further ado, let's get started! With the magnificent photos that are about to fill your screen with brilliant ideas, we can remember every moment of this unique and romantic celebration thanks to the incredibly creative Jerome Tso Photography. And believe us when we say that every picture is more spectacular than the one before it! Maharanis, I promise, the photographer has experienced a lot through his camera lens, and he will be excited to capture the laughter and the most tender moments of your wedding for you to enjoy in the years to come. Divya & Aakash chose the exceptional Hilton Portland Downtown as the location for the sacred union, which was decorated romantically by Royce's Prop Shop. The entire decor was stunning. They also were in charge of the whole wedding lighting. Their crew worked smoothly as real specialists to guarantee that the event looked brighter than the sun! Nothing, however, could compare to our bride's traditional and classy dresses for her big day! Our gorgeous Maharani was pampered by the amazing Legendary Makeup and Hair. Divya's delicate and natural beauty was accentuated by the nude colors and the sophisticated hairstyle, making her look like a goddess. Visit the complete gallery we've prepared for you to see more photos from this magical event. It's brimming with stunning imagery and fascinating ideas that you don't want to miss. So wait no more, and get ready to enjoy this celebration of love!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Aakash and I met on in February of 2019. After almost 3 months of chatting online, we decided to meet and have our first date.

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.
Wedding planning during the pandemic was quite a challenge. There were employee shortages, closed venues/vendors, material shortages, last-minute back-outs, and many other unforeseen challenges. I grew up in Portland, Oregon, and have always been appreciative of the community of friends my family has established there. For our wedding, our Portland community came together to give their unwavering support, manpower, and teamwork to help plan, coordinate and execute the most perfect wedding weekend. Our coordinator, Nikhil Patel, and his team worked behind the scenes with vendors to make sure all of the events were well organized and ran smoothly. We truly had a dream team of vendors. Each vendor we had from the venue, DJ, MC, Photo, Video, Decor/light/sound, hair/makeup, food caterers, etc worked flawlessly together to help us have the fun, beautiful, elegant wedding weekend we wanted.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Because of the pandemic, I did most of my wedding shopping online with stores in India. From the very beginning, I knew I wanted to go with nontraditional colors. I love pastel colors and that's what I went with for my wedding lengha. My 22-pound raw silk lengha embodied the most beautiful pastel colors with the most intricate hand beading to create the perfect lengha.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests showered us with so much love and appreciation for all the work we went through to have such an elegant, beautiful, well-organized wedding. I think our guests would all agree that the food at each of our events was phenomenal. This couldn’t have been accomplished without Nikhil Uncle and my parents meeting with caterers and working meticulously to not only create perfect menus for each event, but to make sure that the food was fresh, warm, and served appropriately. Picking one thing the guests enjoyed is so hard, so I also want to share that the guests also enjoyed the beautiful Portland skyline Friday night, the live harp player, the beautiful ceremony, the music at the reception, and the décor for all our events.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
During the planning process, you plan EVERYTHING. You even have backup plans that are just as detailed as the main plan. Going into the wedding week, the one thing we were 100% unsure of was what our reception was going to look like. Royce’s Prop shop did 2 mock-ups with Aakash and me, but we still had a hard time figuring out what we really wanted. They did a 3rd mock-up with Nikhil Uncle and my parents, and we got to see bits and pieces of the table décor and some of the stage décor that was inspired by photos we sent them. This was about 2 weeks before the wedding and this was the last time we would ever see any of the décors until the actual events. When Aakash and I walked into the reception ballroom for our pre-reception photo shoot, we were speechless. The décor and lighting were pure perfections!

My sweet Maharanis, come back tomorrow for a new love story!

Photography: Jerome Tso Photography | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hilton Portland Downtown | Floral & Decor: Royce’s Prop Shop | Hair & Makeup: Legendary Makeup and Hair | DJ: DJ Jitu | Cake & Treats: Helen Bernhard Bakery | Cinematography: Russell John Films | Lighting: Royce’s Prop Shop | Mehndi Artist: Henna By Rashmi | Sound: Royce’s Prop Shop | MC/Dhol: Rocky Virk | Pujari: Janak Pandya | Haars: Flowers by Rjay | Meals at Home: Nisha Patel | Friday Night Dinner: Chettinad Restaurant | Saturday Wedding Lunch and Breakfast: BAPS | Saturday Cocktail Hour & Reception: India Connection | Event Coordinator: Nikhil Patel