Good morning, ladies! Get ready to enjoy Xama & Neel's wedding in today's Platinum Guide Blog!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Neel and I met at Garba on a cold October night – Just your typical Guju way of meeting your soulmate –To start off the Garba season, I was dancing & swirling my way through a crowd full of people, while Neel was perfecting his Garba moves with his friends.
Neel decided to jump in the line but my smile instantly caught his eye! It was love at first sight and Neel couldn't keep his eyes off how beautiful I looked that night. Little did I know that I was ready to get introduced to the love of my life that night.
In typical Neel fashion, a Taco Bell run was the perfect way to end Garba that night, he knew he somehow had to get me to ‘Taco chance on him’ in life. After many attempts to ‘Burrito around the bush,’ I finally agreed to go on our first date.
Months and months passed as our feelings grew stronger, and Neel knew I was someone special in his life he could not let go of. On a hot summer day in July, he planned a special date at the Georgetown Waterfront. He asked me to be his girlfriend with a special heart necklace – I must have thought this guy was pretty special because I made an easy choice by saying yes. As Neel was walking me back to the train station, we got caught up in conversation.... Neel almost missed getting off the train – it was our own DDLJ moment!
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Neel knew he wanted to have a lifetime of memories with me and he knew he had to give me the Bollywood proposal of my dreams. Neel was a pro at surprising me- only this time around, it was the biggest surprise of my life. He knew he couldn’t mess this one up. So, what better way than using Works Fall Social to get me dressed and ready to impress? Using the help of both our siblings, family, and friends, he got me to the location. I was absolutely speechless to walk into my very own Bollywood proposal surrounded by family & friends! I immediately had tears in my eyes as I walked down to the red carpet that was decorated with flowers, candles, and photos of all our adventures in life. The camera was flashing & finally my Superman got down on one knee and asked the most important question of his life: “Will you marry me; I will even eat Khichdi for you” & of course, I said YES to my Prince Charming!
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.
Due to the pandemic, the planning process had became very stressful since we were re planning the whole wedding all over again. We contacted all the vendors again to see if they can accommodate to a smaller scale wedding. Our vendors worked with us in such a short period of time and made our wedding day possible.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew I wanted a floral outfit with non traditional color combination. I fell in love with the Asopalav floral lengha from the very first moment I saw it and it was exactly what I had in mind from the design to the color combination. I used Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration and ideas for all my outfits.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was designing all my outfits, jewelry, & looks for the different events. I also enjoyed planning all the details with our family and how we all worked hard to making our wedding so special with so many different ideas. It also brought all of us closer together.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved how intimidate our wedding ceremony was. All our guests who were not able to join in person, got the chance to watch it via our LiveStream and on Zoom and they complimented how amazing of a job we did in planning this wedding. Many said that they enjoyed this wedding more than the traditional wedding that we are all used to. They also loved how we were able to plan such a creative and beautiful wedding despite the situation of re planning just 4 weeks before the wedding.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There was many special moments from our wedding but the one that caught me off guard was the dance performance by Neel along with all his groomsman. After his performance, our friends had surprised the both of us a with flash mob right after the baraat. Our first look on our wedding day was also my special moment from the wedding. The very first time we saw each other on our wedding day and thought wow we did it and the most awaited day is finally here. We got to hug each other a little closer and enjoy the special moment alone while getting our portraits taken.
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.
Neel and my mehndi event were joined, and the color theme was green for both of our family. I love decorating and being creative, so I had a simple but such an elegant umbrella theme backdrop with lots of colorful drapes, pillows, cushions, and lanterns. Our 2nd event, Grah Shanti, was held separately at our own homes. I had a floral, greenery theme with white elephants displayed on wooden crates. The 3rd day was our beautiful backyard wedding. There was an arch in the front of the house that was decorated with pink and gold drapes with Ganesh on the side. As you walk down the pathway towards the backyard, there was another arch decorated with beautiful fresh flowers followed by the isle. The isle was made with drapes and flowers inside a glass stage that lead to the beautiful mandap which was decorated with lots and lots of beautiful fresh flowers that complimented both of our outfits. My side of the family had mint and gold color combination and Neels side had gold and red combination for the wedding outfits.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
The wisdom for Brides to be is to enjoy each moment when planning your wedding. Make your wedding about you and not others. Focus on what you, your partner and your family want without thinking about what others are going to think.