Happy Fri-yay, Maharanis! I hope you are having an incredible day. To kick off the weekend, I am about to tell you all the details about Rubina & Anuragh's celebration of love. Their journey began on a sunny morning in October of 2013 on the gorgeous and romantic Caribbean island of Antigua & Barbuda. They both woke up determined to change the world and headed to volunteer at a community health fair as passionate medical students who had never met before. Rubina's innocence and cuteness made Anuragh fall in love almost immediately! He introduced himself, and they ended up conversing for hours to get to know each other. They made memories that will last a lifetime, from adorable lunch meetings in between sessions to romantic excursions on the island! The handsome groom proposed, and our Maharani said "Yes!" to a life full of happiness, adventures, and infinite love! To celebrate their new chapter, they chose to have a lovely ceremony and an elegant reception at The Addison Park. Gladly, Abhishek Decorator made sure to create an ambiance to make every guest feel like they were on a fairytale. I am pretty sure everyone loved it. My dears, you know how much I love to dance! That is why I want to tell you who put every guest on their feet. Raj Minocha played the best hits and brought vibrant energies to the room! Prime House Productions made sure to record every sweet moment during the wedding for the bride and groom to treasure forever! You know that a good banquet is always an excellent way to make your guests feel special. Our couple knew this and made sure to call Bukhara Grill for a new dining experience featuring the flavors of the long-forgotten Northwest frontiers of India. Maharanis, let me tell you all about our Maharani's look. Rubina made sure to get her traditional and classy attire at Ashu Kapoor- Centushti by Ashu. They sure know how to pamper a lovely Maharani. Prime House Productions teamed up with Catch Motion Studio to immortalize every moment of this gorgeous wedding. The first team recorded a film for the newlyweds' delight! The second crew made sure to photograph these lovebirds' most emotional moments and turn them into a jaw-dropping gallery brimming with love, luxury, and pure joy. So, make sure to check it out down below!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
This is our "Jab we Met" story from the Groom's perspective that was used for our wedding website: Our story begins on a sunny morning on October 5th, 2013 at the beautiful and romantic Caribbean island in Antigua & Barbuda.As passionate medical students who never met each other, we both woke up at a crack of dawn, ready to save the world, and headed to volunteer at a community health fair. It almost felt like our stars had aligned and we were assigned for our tasks at a quiet corner of a library in medical school. I approached Rubina to introduce myself, and we ended up talking for hours to get to know each other, Rubina’s innocence and cuteness swept me off my feet. It was almost love at first sight. Our stories unfolded and our bond and friendship grew as years passed as we finished medical school. From our cute lunch dates in between classes to romantic getaways on the island, we created memories that we will carry with us forever. Our endless facetimes during our time apart and my surprise visits to come see my Rubina made us realize that even distance could not keep us apart. I proposed her to be my girlfriend on July 2017 in the midst of festivities at Rubina's sisters' wedding. Our happiness and relationship grew from there, and we haven’t looked back since.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
In the midst of the pandemic, I was visiting Anuragh for Memorial Day Weekend in NYC. On the last day of my trip, he convinced me to get all dolled up for a date. We drove up to the Brooklyn Bridge where he had the most beautiful set up ready for me. He proposed to me on May 24th, 2020 on a breathtaking backdrop of Manhattan and Brooklyn bridge. Anuragh had already contacted all my closest friends and family to send video messages to help curate a beautiful memory for me to watch during the proposal while still being safe during the pandemic. It was one of the happiest days of our lives.
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.
Over the years of being in the relationship, I had imagined what I would want our wedding to look like. So I had a good idea going into it and decided to start looking at venues right away after the proposal due to the COVID weddings being postponed to 2021. As soon as I found my beautiful venue in NJ, the rest all fell into place. I was able to book all my top choice vendors smoothly. Due to living in Tennessee for my medical residency, I was unable to do a makeup/hair trial so I trusted my gut and went with my MUA and I'm glad I did because she was absolutely amazing to work with. Fortunately, my mother is a Indian fashion designer who was able to fly to India and put together my beautiful wedding wardrobe. For decor, I wanted a breathtaking floral mandap with wisteria and fresh flowers surrounding us. Luckily, my decorator was able to customize everything I had in mind with perfection.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Red has always been my favorite color growing up so choosing that color for the bridal lehanga was a no-brainer for me. I knew I wanted it to be unique and also incorporate Anuragh's name in it. So for the design I went for a lehanga that showed the Baraat embroidery throughout it. I also incorporated my groom by having "Anuragh ki Dulhania" as my Latkan. And this was possible thanks to my mother, Centushti by Ashu.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Putting together everything I dreamt about and having it all come into place especially during the pandemic was the best part of it all. I honestly did not think this wedding would have been possible due to COVID-19 but I was truly blessed with the best vendors who help me make my dream into a reality.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Guests loved our outfits and decor at the wedding and the Viennese buffet at the reception.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Walking down the aisle, I saw Anuragh standing there just staring at me under the most beautiful mandap I could have imagined. Nothing else mattered around me at that moment, I had the biggest smile walking down the aisle to marry my husband.
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 started off our wedding festivities with a Chowki the weekend at my parent's house in Maryland. We had my Mehendi at a banquet hall in Maryland a couple of days later, where we partied and danced the night away. Next morning, was my haldi and chooda ceremony where my sister and brother-in-law put the chooda on me. Everyone color coordinated their outfits and wore shade of yellow in honor of the haldi ceremony. For Sangeet, we wanted a more traditional setting so we had the decorator do a beautiful background with colorful umbrellas while we sat on the Jhoola. We had lovely performances by my cousin, our families, bridesmaids and a surprise performance by me and my groom.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Just enjoy the process. It is time consuming but everything does fall into place. During our first look of the reception hall, I was able to take time out and have a private first dance with my husband. It was amazing to be alone and live in the moment without everyone's eyes on you on your special moment.
Maharanis, keep coming back for more love and romantic stories!