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Ojai, CA Indian Fusion Wedding by Matt and Jess

Good morning, ladies! It feels great to be back with a new real-life fairytale! Today, we are heading over to California to enjoy Julia & Anuj's big wedding celebration; and believe us, this is one you are going to love to the fullest and from which you will get tons of inspiring ideas! For this first installment, we'll be taking a look at the incredible shots captured by Matt and Jess featuring the most tender and intimate moments of our blushing Maharani getting ready for her big day! And right off the bat, we have to say Julia's bridal look was beautiful beyond words! She embraced her new culture and slipped into an exquisite champagne lengha with golden embroidery from The Grand Trunk right after being pampered by My Fair Bride, who designed a captivating makeup very well complemented with an elegant bun. To add an extra touch of sparkle to her look, she got dazzling pieces of jewelry from Sari Palace's collection, and we cannot stress how much we love every piece of jewelry she wore. And this head-turning look would not have been complete without the incredible Mehndi design outlined by Henna by Ridz! It added an extra touch of traditional flair to her overall look, and the final result: A dreamy look for this long-awaited wedding day, utter perfection! If you want to see more of this lovely Maharani during her wedding festivities, don't miss today's gallery!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met online on a website called Meet Mindful.  Both of us had never signed up for websites like this, but decided to take the plunge. Anuj has just moved to San Francisco a week before we met.  He asked me to meet him at pier 39, which is an incredibly crowded tourist spot.  I thought it would be hard to spot him, but then from the corner of my eye I saw an awkward and timid tall guy gazing at me.  But from the moment we said hi, we couldn’t stop taking all night, which was new for both of us.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I never expected the proposal when it happened.  We had been dating for over 2 years, and it had been hard to navigate the idea of marriage because of the cultural differences and his family obligations.  Anuj’s family was not on board until he decided to tell them he was planning to propose to me.  He even secretly asked my parents at the dinner table in front of me without my knowing, texting them under the table.  They became tearful and made up an excuse to leave because they were so happy.  I had no idea.  Later, Anuj took me to my favorite spa in Calistoga, for facials.  We lounged in the Buddha pond garden when he began talking to me about wine country weddings. I still didn’t get the hint.  I looked up at the sky and then back at him, when he was on his knee with a ring asking me to marry him. All that we had fought for and worked for together felt like a magical dream when he made this decision to marry me. 
 
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.
The first thing we had to figure out was the date, which in Hindi weddings was quite a task.  My mother in law had to speak with an Indian priest to settle dates according to astrology.  When we finally figured that out, I moved on to pick a venue, which was also a little stressful to find the right place.  Somehow it just landed in our laps.  From there I picked my dress, which I had limited options for Indian boutique wedding shops, but found a great one where I found my glorious golden lehenga.  Everything else just happened with ease. 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I wanted a nice quality lehenga, so I had to search for Indian boutique wedding shops in California.  I found one in Pleasanton, which had various designer dresses.  It was magnificent to look through all of the colorful and extravagant gowns.  I thought it would be hard to pick one, and it was hard to choose ones I really loved.  But when I tried them on it just suddenly clicked when the perfect one came along.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Well picking out the dress and the bridesmaid saris was so much fun! But also visiting the venue in Ojai was a blast.  Visualizing the space and the decorations got me so excited.  Cake and menu testing was also the yummiest part.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think that everyone really enjoyed the dancing.  It was present when Anuj made his baraat entrance, and again after the ceremony.  It’s hard to not have fun when Bollywood beats and high energies are blasting through the night. 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
When I was hiding in the tea house at the wedding venue, I could hear the baraat music and drums happening outside.  I realized in that moment that I was about to embark upon marrying my lovebird, my janu.  My heart pounded faster, and I couldn’t stop smiling, with subtle tears behind my eyes.  My music came on (Latina’s theme from the movie slumdog millionaire).  My eyes watered and my face smiled as I looked at Anuj watching me walk toward him.  Everything felt perfect and right and I couldn’t think of a more magical and special moment. 
 
There was a moment during our wedding planning where both our mothers were trying to figure out logistics pertaining to both cultures.  It wasn’t an ugly situation but it stressed both Anuj and I put.  Then I had a moment when I realized, I really don’t care when the family photos are taken, I just wanted to marry my man.  That moment was subtle but so special. 
 
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.
The decor was mostly just the gardens of the Ojai Ramch House.  But we embellished it with some Indian touches and masterful flower arrangements from the florist.  We wanted the decor to embody the fusion between India and California, and it was just perfect. The ceremony was still in daylight, but the reception led into the night, celebrating the twinkling lights and warmth of the cozy venue.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy the process.  The wedding is a magical moment, and the planning can be so much fun.  It passes in no time.  Savor it.

We are just getting started over here, so make sure to stick around for all the upcoming beauty!
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Hair & Makeup: My Fair Bride | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Ranch House | Floral & Decor: Forage Ojai | Flower Garlands: Jasmine Indian Flowers | DJ: DJ Bobby | Dance Choreography: BollyNaach Dance Company | Bridal Lengha: The Grand Trunk | Bridal Jewelry: Sari Palace | Bridesmaid's Sarees: Sari Palace | Cake & Treats: Sugar Lab Bake Shop | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Parekh Cards India | Live Music (Sitar and Tabla): Leonice Shineman | Mehndi Artist: Henna by Ridz | Photography: Matt and Jess


Montego Bay, Jamaica Indian Wedding by Live Lime Records

Hello there, darlings! It is time to wrap Ambalika & Kevin's big wedding celebration up. But we are closing the wedding events with a flourish with a fabulous reception party held at the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa. Once again, the winning combination of Leanna Budrie - Grand Palladium Jamaica & Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa on the coordination and Karen Bussen - Weddings by Palladium on the design, resulted in a never-to-forget reception party that everyone loved to the fullest! For this closing gala, Ambalika & Kevin followed the line of elegance set in all other events, and burst into the room looking at their best! Still, it was Ambalika, who immediately captivated everyone! She looked like royalty dressed in her perfectly fit white dress from Amanda-Lina's Sposa Boutique! For her beauty needs, she trusted her hairstyle and makeup design to Divine Beauty By Sathi, who did an outstanding job praising this Maharani's beauty and endowing her with so much elegance and style that everyone was left speechless! Hands down, this reception party was the best way to bring the wedding festivities to an end! It is time for us to return from this trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica, so we can let these two follow their way into an everlasting love story! But in case you are not ready to let them go, and want to relive every moment of this celebration, make sure to take a look at the fabulous shots by Live Lime Records in today's gallery! It is absolutely amazing!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
My Groom, Kevin, and I have actually known each other our entire lives. Our families knew each other since they were in Guyana as they lived in the same village and even when they came over to Canada and the US, respectively, they remained very close. Because of that, Kevin and I basically grew up together. In our younger days, I had the BIGGEST crush on him! Any time I was around him I would always be shy or blush or nervous - and I'm a shy or nervous person by any means! Kevin has always lived in NYC and I have always lived in Toronto, so when we were younger I would only see him when my family drove down to NYC. Even though we had sparse time together, it was always a fun time either hanging out by my cousin or going to parties, etc.
 
We were both in my cousin's bridal party in July 2010. He was the best man and I was a bridesmaid, and though we hadn't really kept in touch before this wedding, when we reconnected at the wedding, it was like we never lost touch at all. We had a great time - we drank, we danced, we laughed - and after that, Kevin asked me for my phone number. Those childhood "crush" feelings began to stir inside of me and I knew this was the beginning of something special, so I willingly gave him my number ...and that sparked a 9-year long distance relationship!
 
Everyone said to me that long distance relationships would be hard and that they don't last. Because we didn't have the luxury of being with each other to establish our relationship, we had to use texts, phone calls, video calls and Facebook chats to establish the communication, trust, love and faith that was able to sustain us for 9 years. It became a bit easier when we were able to travel back and forth to see each other, but those airport goodbyes were truly the hardest. Though it was definitely hard not being able to see him when I wanted and spend time with him, we both knew that this was what we wanted and we did everything in our power to ensure that this relationship would last ...and now we're married! I firmly believe we're the poster children for a long distance relationship that has a happy ending!
 
I knew he was "the one" from the moment we began our relationship. He understands me, he makes me happy, he keeps me laughing and smiling, and whenever I'm with him, nothing else matters. Kevin always treats me with love, support and respect and I do the same for him. He is truly my heart, my soul, my everything. I can't remember my life before him and I can't imagine my life without him!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
My proposal was simple, romantic and full of love!
 
Kevin and I got engaged in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in September of 2017. He asked me to make the trip down to Florida to spend time with his family but also to celebrate his Uncle's 50th birthday. We had a fantastic time at the party and I was so happy to spend time with his Mom and the rest of his family. The day after the party, Kevin's uncle set up a projector in his backyard where Kevin, myself and his family spent the time playing old Hindi songs on YouTube, laughing, eating, drinking, and just enjoying each other's company. At one point, his Uncle shut everything off and told us all that Kevin has something he wants to say...
 
Kevin, looking as handsome as ever, declared his love for me, said that he wanted to close this long distance relationship gap, and move forward in life. He then got down on one knee and asked me to  marry him! It was the sweetest moment of my life! I started to cry but through those tears of joy, I was able to nod and say YES! It's a moment in my life which I will never ever forget! It was a dream come true!
 
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.
I can honestly say that I had a great experience with respect to the planning of our wedding! If I didn't have Leanna Budrie from the Weddings Department at Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort, as my wedding coordinator, I would be so lost! Leanna was so supportive, patient and accommodating throughout the entire planning process, even when I would email her or video call her freaking out about the littlest thing. She was absolutely amazing and was able to handle my level of "crazy" at that time! Leanna listened to what I wanted and even offered her suggestions and recommendations to help achieve the look that I wanted for our wedding. She was very open and honest about everything and did whatever she could to take the stress off of my shoulders. She was definitely my wedding fairy godmother! Kevin and I firmly believe that our wedding wouldn't have been as amazing as it was if she wasn't there to oversee everything and make sure it was exactly what we had envisioned.
 
My hair and makeup was done by a friend of mine who became like family during this trip, Sathi Ganpat! Sathi and I have been friends for years and she was my very first choice to do my hair and makeup for the wedding, and I can honestly say, that it looked AMAZING! I'm thrilled that Sathi and her husband, Ronnie, were able to make it to Jamaica and truly become part of our family!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My beautiful white wedding dress came from Amanda-Lina's Sposa Boutique in Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada and my beautiful Indian bridal lengha came from KJ Designers in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. I was fortunate enough to have my Mom and my Grandma with me when I selected my white wedding dress and to have my Mom and my Aunt with me when I selected my bridal lengha. With both dresses it was love at first sight!
 
My white wedding dress was the 5th one I tried on and that was the one that made my Mom and Grandma cry, so I knew that was the one. I felt like a Bride in that dress ....a feeling I didn't get with any of the other ones I tried on.
 
When I walked into KJ Designers, I spotted a stunning maroon bridal lengha with merlot colored accents on one of the mannequins. I was immediately drawn to it and knew right away that this was the one. I asked the owner, Dinesh, if I could try it on. He willingly took it off of the mannequin, even though he had JUST put it on before I got there, and allowed me to try it on. The minute I put that lengha on, I knew it was the one I had to get married in. I didn't want to take it off. I couldn't stop looking at myself in the mirror, and later on when my Dad and my Grandma got to see it and they teared up, it cemented the fact that it was MY lengha. That was 100% what I was going to wear to marry the man of my dreams. It was an amazing feeling!
 
KJ Designers is also where I got my beautiful, and surprisingly very light, green and beige Maticoor lengha. All of my outfits felt like they were made just for me. They fit amazingly and required little alterations. I couldn't be any happier with all of my outfit choices!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was it being over and just being able to enjoy it all. I was able to see my vision come to life and it really was satisfying. All of the little details that I was worried about when it came to the reception and the organization of the reception were all taken care of. I didn't have to worry about anything, and that was because I had an amazing coordinator in Leanna and also because I had amazing family members who lent a helping hand wherever possible.
 
The Weddings Department at Grand Palladium Jamaica are probably the most incredible and efficient people that I have ever had the pleasure of working with and I would recommend them to anyone who is considering having a destination wedding.
 
My Mom was my right-hand when it came to planning the wedding. She was there with me every step of the way and helped Kevin and I with our decisions. Our wedding wouldn't have been as exceptional and beautiful as it was if Mom wasn't right there guiding me and adding her own special little touches throughout. Things that I didn't even think of, Mom was on top of! She had her running list and made sure everything was bought and packed for the wedding (in 9 suitcases), she made sure that everything was laid out for each day of wedding celebrations, she made sure that our guests were happy ...basically she made sure that the wedding went off without a hitch, and her preparation and organization made sure that the wedding did just that! Kevin and I both love you Mom. Thank you for everything!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I would like to think that our guests loved every aspect of our wedding. We had amazing feedback about how everything was so organized and well thought out. We did our best to cater to our guests needs, whether it be a welcome drink at the reception or fruit skewers at the wedding itself or vegetarian appetizers at our mini after wedding reception. We made sure all of our guests were fed, had drinks, and taken care of.
 
Our wedding was also a time for my friends and family and Kevin's friends and family to come together and enjoy each other's company. Some family that hadn't seen each other in months reunited at the Grand Palladium Jamaica. Friendships were made over the course of the wedding, which are still going strong today. Those days where we didn't have any "wedding events" happening, our guests were hanging out in the pool together, relaxing by the Infinity Bar, dancing away in the disco, playing the slots at the casino, having dinner together, etc. It was amazing to see everyone together and amazing to see people who didn't really know each other having such a great time with everyone else. There was no shortage of "family spotting". Wherever Kevin and I went in the resort, we would be bumping into family. Our guests were all over the resort, so much so that the resort staff knew them all as being part of "that huge Hindu wedding group". It was very humbling to have so many friends and family members with us and I truly hope that our guests felt how much we appreciated them being there. We wouldn't have had such a great wedding if we didn't have our guests with us!
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Wedding planning is probably one of the hardest thing you will ever have to do in your life, especially when it comes to a destination wedding. Having to organize via email and video chat truly makes you nervous ...it made me very nervous but, truthfully, once you have a dedicated coordinator at the resort, I promise you things will turn out EXACTLY how you imagined. There were things that we were pleasantly surprised by when we had our wedding and reception. Kevin and I went in somewhat blind, not having done a food or cake tasting, but the outcome was better than we could've imagined. We had a mini-reception at the Infinity Bar after our wedding ceremony and the quality of the vegetarian appetizers and the way they setup the area was fantastic! The same applied for the dinner and cake during our actual reception night. We selected our menu and chose our cake flavors in advance but didn't get to do any tastings, yet we were thoroughly impressed by the taste and quality of the food and the deliciousness of the cake.
 
Try to relinquish some control if you can - yes, it is a hard thing to do because you want everything to be absolutely perfect, but the coordinators know what they're doing and they will make sure you're over the moon happy, just like Leanna did for us! :)
 
It is a stressful time for you as a Bride but take the time to soak it all in and enjoy it ...and remember, at the end of the day, you've just married the love of your life.
 
A wedding is just one day but a marriage is a lifetime. Don't plan just for your wedding ...plan for your marriage too.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
I want to give a few special thank you's to some special people:
 
To Mom, Dad and Aatri for all your love and support throughout this entire wedding planning process and for all of the hard work you all put into making this wedding so special and memorable for Kevin and myself. We love you all!
 
To Nannie, Aunty Naina, Uncle Buggy and Aunty Abby for baking all of the blackcake, which people couldn't get enough of, and for all of your help leading up to and during the wedding.
 
To my sister-in-law, Rose, for designing my brooch bouquet for the reception and for being my Bougie during the wedding ceremony. I couldn't ask for anyone better to be by my side as I took this step in my life.
 
To Aunty Debra and Aunty Maltie for designing my wedding entrance shawl which ended up being beyond what I expected and added that beautiful and romantic touch to the ceremony.
 
We couldn't have done this without all of your helping hands!

That is all for today, darlings! We hope you have an awesome rest of the day and don't forget to join us tomorrow for more!
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Ceremony & Reception Venue: Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa | South Asian Wedding Coordinator: Leanna Budrie - Grand Palladium Jamaica & Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa | Design: Karen Bussen - Weddings by Palladium | Floral & Decor: Tai Flora Luxe | Hair & Makeup: Divine Beauty By Sathi | Photography: Live Lime Records | White Wedding Dress: Amanda-Lina's Sposa Boutique | Wedding Lengha: KJ Designers


Montego Bay, Jamaica Indian Wedding by Live Lime Records

We are glad to have you back, ladies! We know you loved Ambalika & Kevin's big wedding ceremony so much that you were dying to get more details about the rest of their wedding festivities. So wait no more, and get ready to enjoy this fantastic outdoor photoshoot that will quench your thirst for wedding inspiration! Once again, the fabulous team from Live Lime Records showed all their talent, transforming the mesmerizing landscapes surrounding the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa into a perfect canvas to immortalize this intimate and romantic photoshoot! And who wouldn't want to keep a memory of this milestone? Besides, when you are in the company of your loved one, every moment is perfect for a photoshoot, and it is even more perfect if you found yourself surrounded by an endless sea and a mesmerizing sunset! Although there was so much beauty all over the place, it was our gorgeous Maharani who stole the show! She was a vision of elegance thanks to Divine Beauty By Sathi, who praised her innate beauty designing flawless makeup and a sleek hairstyle that we cannot stop seeing! Simply amazing! To complement this jaw-dropping look, she slipped into a maroon lengha with golden embroidery from KJ Designers, and all we have to say as that she absolutely nailed the ultimate bridal look! If you can't get enough of this lovely couple, make sure to take a look at the gallery that we have prepared for today! You will love every bit of it!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
My Groom, Kevin, and I have actually known each other our entire lives. Our families knew each other since they were in Guyana as they lived in the same village and even when they came over to Canada and the US, respectively, they remained very close. Because of that, Kevin and I basically grew up together. In our younger days, I had the BIGGEST crush on him! Any time I was around him I would always be shy or blush or nervous - and I'm a shy or nervous person by any means! Kevin has always lived in NYC and I have always lived in Toronto, so when we were younger I would only see him when my family drove down to NYC. Even though we had sparse time together, it was always a fun time either hanging out by my cousin or going to parties, etc.
 
We were both in my cousin's bridal party in July 2010. He was the best man and I was a bridesmaid, and though we hadn't really kept in touch before this wedding, when we reconnected at the wedding, it was like we never lost touch at all. We had a great time - we drank, we danced, we laughed - and after that, Kevin asked me for my phone number. Those childhood "crush" feelings began to stir inside of me and I knew this was the beginning of something special, so I willingly gave him my number ...and that sparked a 9-year long distance relationship!
 
Everyone said to me that long distance relationships would be hard and that they don't last. Because we didn't have the luxury of being with each other to establish our relationship, we had to use texts, phone calls, video calls and Facebook chats to establish the communication, trust, love and faith that was able to sustain us for 9 years. It became a bit easier when we were able to travel back and forth to see each other, but those airport goodbyes were truly the hardest. Though it was definitely hard not being able to see him when I wanted and spend time with him, we both knew that this was what we wanted and we did everything in our power to ensure that this relationship would last ...and now we're married! I firmly believe we're the poster children for a long distance relationship that has a happy ending!
 
I knew he was "the one" from the moment we began our relationship. He understands me, he makes me happy, he keeps me laughing and smiling, and whenever I'm with him, nothing else matters. Kevin always treats me with love, support and respect and I do the same for him. He is truly my heart, my soul, my everything. I can't remember my life before him and I can't imagine my life without him!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
My proposal was simple, romantic and full of love!
 
Kevin and I got engaged in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in September of 2017. He asked me to make the trip down to Florida to spend time with his family but also to celebrate his Uncle's 50th birthday. We had a fantastic time at the party and I was so happy to spend time with his Mom and the rest of his family. The day after the party, Kevin's uncle set up a projector in his backyard where Kevin, myself and his family spent the time playing old Hindi songs on YouTube, laughing, eating, drinking, and just enjoying each other's company. At one point, his Uncle shut everything off and told us all that Kevin has something he wants to say...
 
Kevin, looking as handsome as ever, declared his love for me, said that he wanted to close this long distance relationship gap, and move forward in life. He then got down on one knee and asked me to  marry him! It was the sweetest moment of my life! I started to cry but through those tears of joy, I was able to nod and say YES! It's a moment in my life which I will never ever forget! It was a dream come true!
 
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.
I can honestly say that I had a great experience with respect to the planning of our wedding! If I didn't have Leanna Budrie from the Weddings Department at Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort, as my wedding coordinator, I would be so lost! Leanna was so supportive, patient and accommodating throughout the entire planning process, even when I would email her or video call her freaking out about the littlest thing. She was absolutely amazing and was able to handle my level of "crazy" at that time! Leanna listened to what I wanted and even offered her suggestions and recommendations to help achieve the look that I wanted for our wedding. She was very open and honest about everything and did whatever she could to take the stress off of my shoulders. She was definitely my wedding fairy godmother! Kevin and I firmly believe that our wedding wouldn't have been as amazing as it was if she wasn't there to oversee everything and make sure it was exactly what we had envisioned.
 
My hair and makeup was done by a friend of mine who became like family during this trip, Sathi Ganpat! Sathi and I have been friends for years and she was my very first choice to do my hair and makeup for the wedding, and I can honestly say, that it looked AMAZING! I'm thrilled that Sathi and her husband, Ronnie, were able to make it to Jamaica and truly become part of our family!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My beautiful white wedding dress came from Amanda-Lina's Sposa Boutique in Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada and my beautiful Indian bridal lengha came from KJ Designers in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. I was fortunate enough to have my Mom and my Grandma with me when I selected my white wedding dress and to have my Mom and my Aunt with me when I selected my bridal lengha. With both dresses it was love at first sight!
 
My white wedding dress was the 5th one I tried on and that was the one that made my Mom and Grandma cry, so I knew that was the one. I felt like a Bride in that dress ....a feeling I didn't get with any of the other ones I tried on.
 
When I walked into KJ Designers, I spotted a stunning maroon bridal lengha with merlot colored accents on one of the mannequins. I was immediately drawn to it and knew right away that this was the one. I asked the owner, Dinesh, if I could try it on. He willingly took it off of the mannequin, even though he had JUST put it on before I got there, and allowed me to try it on. The minute I put that lengha on, I knew it was the one I had to get married in. I didn't want to take it off. I couldn't stop looking at myself in the mirror, and later on when my Dad and my Grandma got to see it and they teared up, it cemented the fact that it was MY lengha. That was 100% what I was going to wear to marry the man of my dreams. It was an amazing feeling!
 
KJ Designers is also where I got my beautiful, and surprisingly very light, green and beige Maticoor lengha. All of my outfits felt like they were made just for me. They fit amazingly and required little alterations. I couldn't be any happier with all of my outfit choices!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was it being over and just being able to enjoy it all. I was able to see my vision come to life and it really was satisfying. All of the little details that I was worried about when it came to the reception and the organization of the reception were all taken care of. I didn't have to worry about anything, and that was because I had an amazing coordinator in Leanna and also because I had amazing family members who lent a helping hand wherever possible.
 
The Weddings Department at Grand Palladium Jamaica are probably the most incredible and efficient people that I have ever had the pleasure of working with and I would recommend them to anyone who is considering having a destination wedding.
 
My Mom was my right-hand when it came to planning the wedding. She was there with me every step of the way and helped Kevin and I with our decisions. Our wedding wouldn't have been as exceptional and beautiful as it was if Mom wasn't right there guiding me and adding her own special little touches throughout. Things that I didn't even think of, Mom was on top of! She had her running list and made sure everything was bought and packed for the wedding (in 9 suitcases), she made sure that everything was laid out for each day of wedding celebrations, she made sure that our guests were happy ...basically she made sure that the wedding went off without a hitch, and her preparation and organization made sure that the wedding did just that! Kevin and I both love you Mom. Thank you for everything!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I would like to think that our guests loved every aspect of our wedding. We had amazing feedback about how everything was so organized and well thought out. We did our best to cater to our guests needs, whether it be a welcome drink at the reception or fruit skewers at the wedding itself or vegetarian appetizers at our mini after wedding reception. We made sure all of our guests were fed, had drinks, and taken care of.
 
Our wedding was also a time for my friends and family and Kevin's friends and family to come together and enjoy each other's company. Some family that hadn't seen each other in months reunited at the Grand Palladium Jamaica. Friendships were made over the course of the wedding, which are still going strong today. Those days where we didn't have any "wedding events" happening, our guests were hanging out in the pool together, relaxing by the Infinity Bar, dancing away in the disco, playing the slots at the casino, having dinner together, etc. It was amazing to see everyone together and amazing to see people who didn't really know each other having such a great time with everyone else. There was no shortage of "family spotting". Wherever Kevin and I went in the resort, we would be bumping into family. Our guests were all over the resort, so much so that the resort staff knew them all as being part of "that huge Hindu wedding group". It was very humbling to have so many friends and family members with us and I truly hope that our guests felt how much we appreciated them being there. We wouldn't have had such a great wedding if we didn't have our guests with us!
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Wedding planning is probably one of the hardest thing you will ever have to do in your life, especially when it comes to a destination wedding. Having to organize via email and video chat truly makes you nervous ...it made me very nervous but, truthfully, once you have a dedicated coordinator at the resort, I promise you things will turn out EXACTLY how you imagined. There were things that we were pleasantly surprised by when we had our wedding and reception. Kevin and I went in somewhat blind, not having done a food or cake tasting, but the outcome was better than we could've imagined. We had a mini-reception at the Infinity Bar after our wedding ceremony and the quality of the vegetarian appetizers and the way they setup the area was fantastic! The same applied for the dinner and cake during our actual reception night. We selected our menu and chose our cake flavors in advance but didn't get to do any tastings, yet we were thoroughly impressed by the taste and quality of the food and the deliciousness of the cake.
 
Try to relinquish some control if you can - yes, it is a hard thing to do because you want everything to be absolutely perfect, but the coordinators know what they're doing and they will make sure you're over the moon happy, just like Leanna did for us! :)
 
It is a stressful time for you as a Bride but take the time to soak it all in and enjoy it ...and remember, at the end of the day, you've just married the love of your life.
 
A wedding is just one day but a marriage is a lifetime. Don't plan just for your wedding ...plan for your marriage too.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
I want to give a few special thank you's to some special people:
 
To Mom, Dad and Aatri for all your love and support throughout this entire wedding planning process and for all of the hard work you all put into making this wedding so special and memorable for Kevin and myself. We love you all!
 
To Nannie, Aunty Naina, Uncle Buggy and Aunty Abby for baking all of the blackcake, which people couldn't get enough of, and for all of your help leading up to and during the wedding.
 
To my sister-in-law, Rose, for designing my brooch bouquet for the reception and for being my Bougie during the wedding ceremony. I couldn't ask for anyone better to be by my side as I took this step in my life.
 
To Aunty Debra and Aunty Maltie for designing my wedding entrance shawl which ended up being beyond what I expected and added that beautiful and romantic touch to the ceremony.
 
We couldn't have done this without all of your helping hands!

There is a fantastic reception party coming down the road, so make sure to stick around if you don't want to miss it!
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Ceremony & Reception Venue: Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa | South Asian Wedding Coordinator: Leanna Budrie - Grand Palladium Jamaica & Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa | Design: Karen Bussen - Weddings by Palladium | Floral & Decor: Tai Flora Luxe | Hair & Makeup: Divine Beauty By Sathi | Photography: Live Lime Records | White Wedding Dress: Amanda-Lina's Sposa Boutique | Wedding Lengha: KJ Designers


Montego Bay, Jamaica Indian Wedding by Live Lime Records

Happy Wednesday, ladies! We hope you are ready for an adventure because we are going international today! We are taking you to the paradisiacal lands of Montego Bay, Jamaica, for you to enjoy Ambalika & Kevin's wedding celebration! So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the visual masterpieces captured by Live Lime Records. For this first installment, we'll be taking a look at these lovebirds' outdoor wedding ceremony held at the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa. And, there is no denying that the luxurious architecture of this venue, combined with the paradisiacal views that surround it, created the perfect place for Ambalika & Kevin to tie the knot! Everything turned out to be amazing, and we want to make a big shoutout to Karen Bussen - Weddings by Palladium for the on-point design of this life-changing event! Without any question, a unique and custom-made ceremony that paid homage to these couple's traditions! And in case you were wondering who is the mastermind behind such perfect and colorful decor, it is none other than Tai Flora Luxe. The way they enhanced the beauty of the moment, with bright decor, is a talent available to just a handful of artists. So, big kudos to them! See more of this ceremony fully orchestrated by Leanna Budrie - Grand Palladium Jamaica & Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa, in today's gallery! It will take your breath away!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
My Groom, Kevin, and I have actually known each other our entire lives. Our families knew each other since they were in Guyana as they lived in the same village and even when they came over to Canada and the US, respectively, they remained very close. Because of that, Kevin and I basically grew up together. In our younger days, I had the BIGGEST crush on him! Any time I was around him I would always be shy or blush or nervous - and I'm a shy or nervous person by any means! Kevin has always lived in NYC and I have always lived in Toronto, so when we were younger I would only see him when my family drove down to NYC. Even though we had sparse time together, it was always a fun time either hanging out by my cousin or going to parties, etc.
 
We were both in my cousin's bridal party in July 2010. He was the best man and I was a bridesmaid, and though we hadn't really kept in touch before this wedding, when we reconnected at the wedding, it was like we never lost touch at all. We had a great time - we drank, we danced, we laughed - and after that, Kevin asked me for my phone number. Those childhood "crush" feelings began to stir inside of me and I knew this was the beginning of something special, so I willingly gave him my number ...and that sparked a 9-year long distance relationship!
 
Everyone said to me that long distance relationships would be hard and that they don't last. Because we didn't have the luxury of being with each other to establish our relationship, we had to use texts, phone calls, video calls and Facebook chats to establish the communication, trust, love and faith that was able to sustain us for 9 years. It became a bit easier when we were able to travel back and forth to see each other, but those airport goodbyes were truly the hardest. Though it was definitely hard not being able to see him when I wanted and spend time with him, we both knew that this was what we wanted and we did everything in our power to ensure that this relationship would last ...and now we're married! I firmly believe we're the poster children for a long distance relationship that has a happy ending!
 
I knew he was "the one" from the moment we began our relationship. He understands me, he makes me happy, he keeps me laughing and smiling, and whenever I'm with him, nothing else matters. Kevin always treats me with love, support and respect and I do the same for him. He is truly my heart, my soul, my everything. I can't remember my life before him and I can't imagine my life without him!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
My proposal was simple, romantic and full of love!
 
Kevin and I got engaged in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in September of 2017. He asked me to make the trip down to Florida to spend time with his family but also to celebrate his Uncle's 50th birthday. We had a fantastic time at the party and I was so happy to spend time with his Mom and the rest of his family. The day after the party, Kevin's uncle set up a projector in his backyard where Kevin, myself and his family spent the time playing old Hindi songs on YouTube, laughing, eating, drinking, and just enjoying each other's company. At one point, his Uncle shut everything off and told us all that Kevin has something he wants to say...
 
Kevin, looking as handsome as ever, declared his love for me, said that he wanted to close this long distance relationship gap, and move forward in life. He then got down on one knee and asked me to  marry him! It was the sweetest moment of my life! I started to cry but through those tears of joy, I was able to nod and say YES! It's a moment in my life which I will never ever forget! It was a dream come true!
 
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.
I can honestly say that I had a great experience with respect to the planning of our wedding! If I didn't have Leanna Budrie from the Weddings Department at Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort, as my wedding coordinator, I would be so lost! Leanna was so supportive, patient and accommodating throughout the entire planning process, even when I would email her or video call her freaking out about the littlest thing. She was absolutely amazing and was able to handle my level of "crazy" at that time! Leanna listened to what I wanted and even offered her suggestions and recommendations to help achieve the look that I wanted for our wedding. She was very open and honest about everything and did whatever she could to take the stress off of my shoulders. She was definitely my wedding fairy godmother! Kevin and I firmly believe that our wedding wouldn't have been as amazing as it was if she wasn't there to oversee everything and make sure it was exactly what we had envisioned.
 
My hair and makeup was done by a friend of mine who became like family during this trip, Sathi Ganpat! Sathi and I have been friends for years and she was my very first choice to do my hair and makeup for the wedding, and I can honestly say, that it looked AMAZING! I'm thrilled that Sathi and her husband, Ronnie, were able to make it to Jamaica and truly become part of our family!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My beautiful white wedding dress came from Amanda-Lina's Sposa Boutique in Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada and my beautiful Indian bridal lengha came from KJ Designers in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. I was fortunate enough to have my Mom and my Grandma with me when I selected my white wedding dress and to have my Mom and my Aunt with me when I selected my bridal lengha. With both dresses it was love at first sight!
 
My white wedding dress was the 5th one I tried on and that was the one that made my Mom and Grandma cry, so I knew that was the one. I felt like a Bride in that dress ....a feeling I didn't get with any of the other ones I tried on.
 
When I walked into KJ Designers, I spotted a stunning maroon bridal lengha with merlot colored accents on one of the mannequins. I was immediately drawn to it and knew right away that this was the one. I asked the owner, Dinesh, if I could try it on. He willingly took it off of the mannequin, even though he had JUST put it on before I got there, and allowed me to try it on. The minute I put that lengha on, I knew it was the one I had to get married in. I didn't want to take it off. I couldn't stop looking at myself in the mirror, and later on when my Dad and my Grandma got to see it and they teared up, it cemented the fact that it was MY lengha. That was 100% what I was going to wear to marry the man of my dreams. It was an amazing feeling!
 
KJ Designers is also where I got my beautiful, and surprisingly very light, green and beige Maticoor lengha. All of my outfits felt like they were made just for me. They fit amazingly and required little alterations. I couldn't be any happier with all of my outfit choices!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was it being over and just being able to enjoy it all. I was able to see my vision come to life and it really was satisfying. All of the little details that I was worried about when it came to the reception and the organization of the reception were all taken care of. I didn't have to worry about anything, and that was because I had an amazing coordinator in Leanna and also because I had amazing family members who lent a helping hand wherever possible.
 
The Weddings Department at Grand Palladium Jamaica are probably the most incredible and efficient people that I have ever had the pleasure of working with and I would recommend them to anyone who is considering having a destination wedding.
 
My Mom was my right-hand when it came to planning the wedding. She was there with me every step of the way and helped Kevin and I with our decisions. Our wedding wouldn't have been as exceptional and beautiful as it was if Mom wasn't right there guiding me and adding her own special little touches throughout. Things that I didn't even think of, Mom was on top of! She had her running list and made sure everything was bought and packed for the wedding (in 9 suitcases), she made sure that everything was laid out for each day of wedding celebrations, she made sure that our guests were happy ...basically she made sure that the wedding went off without a hitch, and her preparation and organization made sure that the wedding did just that! Kevin and I both love you Mom. Thank you for everything!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I would like to think that our guests loved every aspect of our wedding. We had amazing feedback about how everything was so organized and well thought out. We did our best to cater to our guests needs, whether it be a welcome drink at the reception or fruit skewers at the wedding itself or vegetarian appetizers at our mini after wedding reception. We made sure all of our guests were fed, had drinks, and taken care of.
 
Our wedding was also a time for my friends and family and Kevin's friends and family to come together and enjoy each other's company. Some family that hadn't seen each other in months reunited at the Grand Palladium Jamaica. Friendships were made over the course of the wedding, which are still going strong today. Those days where we didn't have any "wedding events" happening, our guests were hanging out in the pool together, relaxing by the Infinity Bar, dancing away in the disco, playing the slots at the casino, having dinner together, etc. It was amazing to see everyone together and amazing to see people who didn't really know each other having such a great time with everyone else. There was no shortage of "family spotting". Wherever Kevin and I went in the resort, we would be bumping into family. Our guests were all over the resort, so much so that the resort staff knew them all as being part of "that huge Hindu wedding group". It was very humbling to have so many friends and family members with us and I truly hope that our guests felt how much we appreciated them being there. We wouldn't have had such a great wedding if we didn't have our guests with us!
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Wedding planning is probably one of the hardest thing you will ever have to do in your life, especially when it comes to a destination wedding. Having to organize via email and video chat truly makes you nervous ...it made me very nervous but, truthfully, once you have a dedicated coordinator at the resort, I promise you things will turn out EXACTLY how you imagined. There were things that we were pleasantly surprised by when we had our wedding and reception. Kevin and I went in somewhat blind, not having done a food or cake tasting, but the outcome was better than we could've imagined. We had a mini-reception at the Infinity Bar after our wedding ceremony and the quality of the vegetarian appetizers and the way they setup the area was fantastic! The same applied for the dinner and cake during our actual reception night. We selected our menu and chose our cake flavors in advance but didn't get to do any tastings, yet we were thoroughly impressed by the taste and quality of the food and the deliciousness of the cake.
 
Try to relinquish some control if you can - yes, it is a hard thing to do because you want everything to be absolutely perfect, but the coordinators know what they're doing and they will make sure you're over the moon happy, just like Leanna did for us! :)
 
It is a stressful time for you as a Bride but take the time to soak it all in and enjoy it ...and remember, at the end of the day, you've just married the love of your life.
 
A wedding is just one day but a marriage is a lifetime. Don't plan just for your wedding ...plan for your marriage too.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
I want to give a few special thank you's to some special people:
 
To Mom, Dad and Aatri for all your love and support throughout this entire wedding planning process and for all of the hard work you all put into making this wedding so special and memorable for Kevin and myself. We love you all!
 
To Nannie, Aunty Naina, Uncle Buggy and Aunty Abby for baking all of the blackcake, which people couldn't get enough of, and for all of your help leading up to and during the wedding.
 
To my sister-in-law, Rose, for designing my brooch bouquet for the reception and for being my Bougie during the wedding ceremony. I couldn't ask for anyone better to be by my side as I took this step in my life.
 
To Aunty Debra and Aunty Maltie for designing my wedding entrance shawl which ended up being beyond what I expected and added that beautiful and romantic touch to the ceremony.
 
We couldn't have done this without all of your helping hands!

Don't go too far, ladies! We still have many more details for you to enjoy!
STYLE
GUIDE
style
Traditional
Beach
Destination
season
Autumn
color
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa | South Asian Wedding Coordinator: Leanna Budrie - Grand Palladium Jamaica & Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa | Design: Karen Bussen - Weddings by Palladium | Floral & Decor: Tai Flora Luxe | Hair & Makeup: Divine Beauty By Sathi | Photography: Live Lime Records | White Wedding Dress: Amanda-Lina's Sposa Boutique | Wedding Lengha: KJ Designers


Morristown, NJ Indian Fusion Wedding by Samantha Cald Photography

Hello there, darlings! We have arrived at the third and final episode of Dipinder & David's wedding festivities! This time, we'll be taking you inside the halls of The Madison Hotel so we can join these two lovebirds at the big reception party that marked the end of their wedding festivities! So get ready to have some fun! For this closing event, Conroy's Florist & Tuxedo showed all their talent and expertise, transforming the halls of this striking venue into a mesmerizing scene! And the final result is impressive! The multicolored floral arrangements and white linens surrounding the room made this entire event not just classy but enchanting! No wonder why they are the go-to-guys when looking for exceptional decor! Hands down, this was a fantastic reception party that everyone loved! From the delicious plates prepared by The Madison Hotel's catering team to the perfect tunes and melodies played by Shilpa Entertainment, this entire gala was a huge success and an unforgettable moment! There was so much beauty and so many details to admire that it is really challenging to describe it! Luckily, the talented team from Samantha Cald Photography was there to captured every single detail of this reception party, and they were kind enough to share their visual masterpieces with us. If you want to check them out, don't miss today's gallery! We're sure you're going to love it!

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That is all for today, darlings! See you tomorrow for more!

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DJ: Shilpa Entertainment | Hair & Makeup: Looks by Jassi | Sangeet Venue: Aashirwad Palace | Ceremony Venue: Bridgewater Gurudwara | Reception Venue: The Madison Hotel | Floral & Decor: Conroy's Florist & Tuxedo | Catering: The Madison Hotel | Bridal Fashions: Akriti By Ritika and Shakun | Bridal Jewelry: Tyaani | Wedding Ring: Ken & Dana Design | Photography: Samantha Cald Photography


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