Maharanis, prepare to be swept away by the enchanting tale of love and celebration at Shani & Vishal's breathtaking wedding. Joseph Kang Photography captured every magical moment with their expert lens, freezing time and immortalizing the love and joy that filled the air. Their artistic vision and attention to detail ensured that Shani & Vishal's love story would be forever etched in the hearts of all who witnessed their union. Set amidst the opulent halls of Palmer House Hilton, this South Asian extravaganza was a sight to behold. Yanni Design Studio had transformed the space into a floral paradise, cascades of fragrant blossoms tumbling down from every corner. The meticulous planning and design by JD Eventz ensured that every detail reflected the couple's unique love story. The Face Pro worked its magic, enhancing Shani's natural beauty and creating a stunning bridal look that took everyone's breath away. The talented Henna Craze skillfully crafted the intricate henna patterns on Shani. As the guests gathered for the sumptuous feast prepared by India House, the aromas of delectable Indian cuisine filled the air, tantalizing taste buds and inviting everyone to indulge in the culinary delights. The night was young, and DJ Jeet had the dance floor pulsating with energy, ensuring that no one could resist the urge to sway and twirl to the beats of the music. Relive the moments browsing through the fantastic gallery we have prepared. I'm sure you'll enjoy them.
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Vishal and I met at a pre-college summer camp for nerds the summer before our senior year of high school. We somehow stayed connected despite not going to the same high school, college, med school or residency, dating for 12 years before Vishal proposed. I knew Vishal was the "one" very early on (which is probably why still hung on to each other despite the distance!). I'm really grateful we stayed connected and made it to this point in our lives.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Vishal spent the better part of his 20's in Boston, so I would frequently fly there to visit for weekend trips. On one of these occasions, he planned a trip for us to go to Maine to visit Portland and Acadia National Park. The coast lines were beautiful and the seafood was amazing! Near the end of our trip, Vishal planned one last hike for us at the North Bubble at Acadia. He arranged a secret photographer who was disguised as another hiker at the top of the mountain who was able to capture the moment when he asked the question. I was completely surprised! We then flew back to the Midwest (where we are both from) to celebrate with our families.
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 choosing a venue, we wanted an area in a big city that would be easy for our guests to fly into. We ultimately decided on Chicago as that is the closest big city for both our families. The Palmer House was a very easy decision -- we loved that it had multiple distinct, elegant ballrooms that we could use for each of our events. We also felt it would be very central for our guests and easy for them to stay at the Palmer while attending our events at the hotel.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I really wanted to go to India for my bridal shopping, but unfortunately couldn't with my residency schedule. I was very fortunate that my mom and other family members were able to travel and pick out my outfits on my behalf. There were multiple face time phone calls between my mom and I the two weeks she was there to pick out my outfits for the event. I knew I wanted to wear a bright red lengha for our Hindu ceremony (drawing inspo from Priyanka Chopra ;) ) and was really excited when my mom showed me the option we ended up purchasing.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Definitely the food and cake tasting!
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The food and the DJ! Our vendors did an amazing job.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our first look right before the Sikh Ceremony. I think that's when it really hit me that all the planning and hard work we had put into our wedding weekend was finally unfolding. It was a serene and calming moment for both of us.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy the moment as much as you can. It is so rare and special to have all your closest friends and family member in one area celebrating you
Thanks for reading, loves! Hope to see you tomorrow. We will unfold more inspiring wedding stories.