Good morning, everyone. I hope your morning is as beautiful as you are! How about we start the day with a dose of romance with today's love story, courtesy of Shantha & Aneesh. These lovebirds started their forever in the best way possible. With a grand bash surrounded by all their loved ones! There are so many details that made this celebration stand out, but one that cannot go unnoticed is the sensational work of Harmony Weddings & Events with the planning and design. This one was a gorgeous wedding, ladies, and our Maharani got to enjoy every moment thanks to the professional team behind the scenes, keeping every aspect in check. Of course, a magnificent event deserves magnificent invites, and our couple trusted Customizing Creativity's capable hands to make and design their invitations. I am sure all the guests will keep their invites as a small token of a grand day! The newlyweds were confident that the most important thing for them was serenity. By choosing Pavilion at Carriage Farm, they ensured that everyone had an intimate instant while celebrating their union. Wild Flora Farm's gorgeous decor complemented the lovely open space. These are some of the most beautiful bouquets I have ever seen! Darlings, but nothing was as beautiful as Shantha. Our Maharani was undeniably divine with the gorgeous hair and makeup by Bella FacciaThe delicate Mehdi Henna by NeenaJain did was as magnificent as her clothing and combined perfectly with Kushal's Fashion Jewellery's elegant touch. Our couple delighted everyone not only with their style but also with delicious cuisine. Even the pickiest palate was pleased with delicacies, from a tasty Italian dinner at The Laurelbrook to a mouthwatering crepe tower from The Crepe Cakerie. Shantha & Aneesh were incredibly thoughtful. Even the live music from Udeshi Hargett and The Lost Strings was excellent to accompany each moment of their journey to marriage. The precious memories created during this charming wedding were perfectly photographed by the brilliant Perry Vaile Photography and are available for you in this gallery. Maharanis, you'll love it! 

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Aneesh through my very close family friend who happens to be Aneesh's first cousin. After spending time with Aneesh, I quickly understood that I had never met someone as kind, grounded and respectful as him and knew wedding bells were in our future. Our meeting will always remain so special because we were joined by someone very close to both of us.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Aneesh and I had made plans to spend a few days in Lake Tahoe with his parents around Christmas. At least, that's what I thought... As we drove from San Francisco to the Tahoe airport to pick up his parents, they texted that their flight was delayed. Aneesh rerouted us to a restaurant that we visited on our first trip together a year prior. After a lovely lunch, we walked out on the pier listening to a medley of our favorite songs before Aneesh got down on one knee. Afterwards, I walked into an airbnb filled with close friends, family and most importantly, both sets of parents. It was a night to remember.

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.
Aneesh and I are planners! We love attention to detail and wanted our wedding weekend to be an incredible experience for all our guests. After putting a lot of thought into the location and venue style of our events, we decided on Raleigh, NC and The Pavilion at Carriage Farm for the ceremony. It was important that we incorporate indoor and outdoor space for all of our events. The pandemic hit soon after we started planning and we were forced to plan our wedding during the pandemic from across the country. The best decision we ever made was hiring our wedding planner, Aneesa Glines. She was able to take care of everything we could not due to distance. She encouraged our creative minds to come up with everything we desired and executed every idea seamlessly. Instead of hiring a decor company, we worked together to design each and every event and relied on excellent vendors to bring our designs to life.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I am a huge fan of neutrals and wanted to look and feel as much of myself as possible. My mom helped me find a beautiful deep cream silk saree that suited me, and a designer that I love in Bangalore, India helped create a stunning blouse to complement it.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The details and working with our vendors! We had a LONG list of amazing vendors that fostered our creativity. We loved creating our wedding stationery, specifically the ceremony program filled with games! We enjoyed handwriting our reception seating cards and coming up with fun clues for our guests. Even helping our caterers come up with unique ways of serving food was enjoyable. I could go on and on about the details!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I can't speak on behalf of our guests, but I think everyone loved the close-knit family feeling we maintained across the weekend. The hotel was the perfect size and made everyone feel like they were staying at a large home. The event venues were the large enough to accommodate our guests while still giving that intimate feel.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Walking into the reception hall before our guests arrived and seeing our decor ideas come to life was so exciting. Aneesh and I practiced our first dance alone in the venue and we felt a sense of joy and peace that I can't describe. We were married and all that was left was to have fun and spend time with our guests.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
The more prep work you do ahead of time, the more you can truly be present and enjoy your weekend! Hire a reliable wedding planner!

I hope you loved this entry, dears. I'll see for the next love story!

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Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Customizing Creativity | Planning & Design: Harmony Weddings & Events | Sangeet Venue: The Stateview Hotel | Ceremony Venue: Pavilion at Carriage Farm | Reception Venue: Pavilion at Carriage Farm | Floral & Decor: Wild Flora Farm | Hair & Makeup: Bella Faccia | Catering: Zayka | DJ: DJ Sunny Entertainment | Baraat: G2 Singh Music | Bridal Fashions: Sithara Kudige | Bridal Jewelry: Kushal's Fashion Jewellery | Cake & Treats: Cupcakes D'Amour | Cinematography: Light Cannon Films | Lighting: Get Lit Event Lighting | Live Music: The Lost Strings | Mehndi Artist: Henna by NeenaJain | Photo Booth: Raleigh Photobooth Pros | Rentals: CE Rentals Capital Party Rentals | Transportation: The Great Raleigh Trolley | Rentals: Cottage Luxe | Rentals: Katen Shah Events | Specialty Rentals: Greenhouse Picker Sisters | Sangeet Ice Cream Bar: Andia's Ice Cream | Sangeet Tent: Capital Events | Live Music: Udeshi Hargett | Calligrapher: Meriwether Designs | Dinner Venue: The Laurelbrook | Dinner Catering: Catering Works Inc | Baraat: Dead Broke Farm | Cake & Treats: The Crepe Cakerie | Getaway Car: Wedding & Event Cars | Hot Dog: Father and Son | Photography: Perry Vaile Photography