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At Maharani Weddings, we believe that every bride deserves the fairytale wedding of her dreams! Here at MaharaniWeddings.com you will find glittering seeds of inspiration for every aspect of your upcoming wedding. In addition to profiling some of the most spectacular Indian weddings from around the globe through interviews, pictures, and videos, we also hand-pick and share a list of the best Indian wedding vendors in our Maharani Weddings Platinum Guide. From event planners to photographers, dj's, florists, cinematographers, makeup artists, mehndi artists, you name it... you’ll find connections to every resource you could ever need for all your wedding ceremonies and celebrations.

Somerset, NJ Indian fusion Wedding by Erum Rizvi Photography

Hello, ladies! We are so happy to be back with another romantic and inspiring story! If you are a wedding aficionado like we are, you will be thrilled to know that we are revisiting Elena & Rishi's wedding bash! Yes, you read right! Today's love story was featured in our Films Blog a couple of months ago thanks to the fantastic cinematography created by Joseph Minasi Studios. And, you loved it so much that we wanted to give you a second chance to enjoy it. This time around, you will be delighted by the visual masterpieces captured by Erum Rizvi Photography, and believe us, this is one spectacular event that you don't want to miss! We love how this photographic studio captured the most beautiful moments of these lovebirds' big day, allowing us to witness and enjoy every ceremony as if we were there! From the wedding ceremony to the grand reception party, both celebrated at The Palace at Somerset; everything was breathtaking. And in case you were wondering who orchestrated such a spectacular event, it was none other than Events By Ridhi P, who took care of everything down o the smallest detail. And the awesome decor that set the mood for the different wedding activities was crafted by the talented team from Rangoli Weddings. We particularly loved the sweet and charming wedding ceremonies. And we are almost sure there was not a single dry eye at this cornucopia of beauty and traditional flair, as the love and tenderness of Elena & Rishi will make you drop a couple of tears of happiness. So, you might want to have your tissue box handy before taking a look at today's awesome gallery. We are sure you will love it and will take tons of inspiring ideas!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
When I was visiting home during my freshman year of college, I really wanted to go to this party with my friends.  Luckily, one of Rishi's cousins introduced the both of us at this party.  It was an instant connection once we started to talk about a TV show we both like. Little did I know that at the age of 19 I was going to meet my soulmate and best friend.  After 8.5 years, I still think about that day when we first met and feel extremely blessed to have such an amazing relationship with him.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I have been planning for this day since I was a little girl, so of course I knew what I wanted (well at least for the Christian dress).  Luckily, I had a lot of support when I went shopping for my dresses.  For my Indian bridal lengha, I knew it was the one once I saw it in Nazranaa.  It was everything I wanted--a velvet and burgundy material.  When I went to Castle Couture for my Christian wedding dress, it was a bit more complicated because I was so overwhelmed with the dress selections.  But, I knew I wanted an off white, lace wedding dress with either 3/4th or long sleeves, so that helped narrow it down.  After trying on several dresses, I felt super indecisive between a few dresses and wanted to sleep on it.  So I went back a few weeks later and thank gosh Matthew Christopher was there for his trunk show! Once I tried on his dress, it was everything I ever dreamed of since I was a little girl. Lastly, for my reception wedding dress, I was able to get it customized.  I wanted it to be a very glamorous one piece dress that was a representation of both cultures (with of course a lot of sparkles). I think they were able to nail my vision because I could not wait to wear it once I saw what it looked like!
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part was definitely the end of the night on the dance floor! I finally felt all of the pre-wedding stress lifted off of my shoulders.  I was able to see all of our ideas come together and everyone having a great time.  I had a dream team of vendors and I honestly would not know what I would do without them through this whole wedding process.  I literally bugged them all the time whenever I had a concern or question.  They made my wedding day a dream and I could not thank them enough! I was actually upset at the end of the night because I did not want that to be the last time I ever saw them since we grew so close and truly considered them to be friends.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved the way we incorporated both of our cultures. For the Hindu ceremony, we had the traditional Baraat and Indian food, and then we transitioned to the Christian ceremony in the afternoon.  We also had a Mariachi band during cocktail hour, which everyone loved! Our venue (The Palace at Somerset Park) had amazing food and drinks as well.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Brides-to-be—It is super important to establish a connection with your vendors! Definitely do your research because some vendors may not have the same style or vision that you want for your wedding day.  Also, be patient and remain calm. Stuff that you are unable to control will happen, just go with it! On your wedding day, things may run late, your dupatta may keep falling off, guests who said they would attend do not show up, you slip during your first dance, you do not eat anything until the end of the night, but at the end of the day NONE of that matters. You literally do not care because you are too excited and happy to let it bother you, so have fun! All of the stress and planning will be worth it because at the end of the day, you are marrying your best friend in front of everyone you love.
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
We would like to thank all of our amazing vendors, family, and friends for being a part of our special day! We are so blessed to have such amazing people in our lives.


If you love this type of content, make sure to join us on Monday for more!

DJ: D&S Event Solutions | Baraat: D&S Event Solutions | Lighting: D&S Event Solutions | Cinematographer: Joseph Minasi Studios | Photographer: Erum Rizvi Photography | Sangeet Venue: The Palace at Somerset | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Palace at Somerset | Planning & Design: Events By Ridhi P | Floral & Decor: Rangoli Weddings

Mumbai, India Indian Wedding by Essential Studios

Hello, ladies! Are you ready for a new love story filled with magic, romance, and charm? If so, you cannot miss today's wedding coming to us all the way from Mumbai, India. When Niyati & Chaitanya decided they wanted to tie the knot in India, they knew that their wedding celebration had to be extraordinary to keep up with the beauty that India has to offer. And just by taking a glance at the shots captured by Essential Studios, we can agree that this celebration exceeded all expectations! From the Sangeet ceremony held at the Aqaba, to the closing gala celebrated at the Nehru Centre, everything was amazing! All guests received an elegant and spectacular invite crafted by Customizing Creativity to attend this wedding bash. And we already know that this talented team is well-known for its colorful, delicate, and unique designs. And this time it was no exception! After the pre-wedding ceremonies, this lovely young couple took their love to the Jade Garden to tie the knot and start a lifetime of happiness and marriage. Each ceremony and celebration overflowed with so much beauty and flair that it was almost impossible to describe. Still, it was our gorgeous Maharani who stole the show! She looked like a goddess throughout the entire celebrations, thanks to Meera Mehta, who did a phenomenal work taking care of Niyati's beauty needs. She looked so ravishing that we cannot stress how much we loved her bridal look! If you want to keep enjoying today's lovely wedding, don't miss the gallery that we have prepared for today. We are sure you are going to love it!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Chaitanya and I studied in the same school but were never in the same group until we met again in class 12th tuitions and it all began from there.
We started dating in 2010. We used to meet almost everyday and for both of us it was our first relationship that we were ever in. He had even introduced me to his family almost in a week's time!
we have literally grown together, matured together, gone through ups and downs together, but we NEVER wanted to give up on each other! That is what made both of us realise that this was it. This is what keeps us going yet after so many years.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
So since we had been dating for quite a long time. it was time to make things official. So in 2017, Chaitanya and i with a few of our cousins took a trip to Dubai. I had no clue what was in store for me. The first night in Dubai, he took me to the Palazzo Versace hotel where he had booked a suite. This was it. As soon as i entered that suite, the whole floor read "WILL YOU MARRY ME?'  in rose petals. The next thing i see was Chaitanya on his knees with a ring in his hand asking me to marry him. To be honest, i froze for a moment until i heard someone say GO and after a big YES, we partied all night. Thats how he proposed 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.
Our wedding took place on 10th February,2019. We had good enough time to plan our wedding and give importance to details. We also didn't want too many functions. we mainly had 2 functions - Mehendi followed by a Sangeet and then the next day was the Wedding.
Since our wedding was in the month of February, we wanted open venues for our functions as the weather in Mumbai would have been really nice. We first went to Jade Garden, Worli, and all our family members loved it and we even finalised it in a weeks time!
As for the Mehendi & Sangeet venue, we closed in on Aqaba.

Since i am not too fond of make-up, I wanted my make up artist to be absolutely minimal on me and Meera Mehta executed it perfectly. i was very very happy with all my looks!.

For the outfits, i always wanted a traditional look for both my functions.
For me, jewellery also played a very important role. I did have something particular in mind. Once i entered the first store, i got exactly what i was looking for and went ahead with it

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Unlike most of the brides who choose red for the wedding day, I wanted something different.
I always wanted to wear an ivory or a gold lehenga.  After a lot of visits to many stores, I finally got the lehenga that i always wanted! The colour was what i had imagined and so i went ahead with it. It was my wedding lehenga and I continued to wear the same  with a different draping for my reception.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I always wanted be there in every step of the planning process because this time never comes back and i wanted to enjoy it to the fullest! A lot of people were helping me to make my special day even more memorable for me. We started planning a lot in advance so we could give special attention to every detail. And just planning your wedding is truly enjoyable in its own way!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
So on our wedding day, we did want to do something different, Something unique which not many would have witnessed often. So,we created this food concept  called "Bharat Bhraman" with the Chef which would take the guests through all of INdia's states and highlights each states' staple food! WE had a map of India drawn out with its staple dish! And, till date we still get a lot of praises for that menu.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There are a lot of moments that play in your head specially when you think about your wedding day.
For me, it was that moment when i was walking towards the mandap. He was sitting right there. All those  butterflies in your stomach come right back. All those 9 years of dating have finally come down to this ONE day that we both have ALWAYS waited for! It was just  overwhelming  and both of us were in tears when we just right there together in the mandap!

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.
For the decor of all my functions, I was blessed to have my sister-in-law Disha with me. She just went ahead with what she thought would look good and i absolutely trusted her judgement.
She alongwith Aditi Hamlai (Fireflies DEcor) at Aqaba came up with a royal theme. It was all about a combination of red and gold and vintage frames. Aditi understood exactly what we wanted and it was an absolute pleasure to work with her!

For the wedding day, it was again all Disha with the decorators GAurav and Priya (Saffron celebrations). This time they came up with an Enchanted Forest theme.
GAurav and Priya had a Fabulous job with my mandap and my reception backdrop. It was full of baby breaths and flowers! I was absolutely in love with the decor on that day. It all looked so pretty! 
With Saffron Celebrations, it all got decided so smoothly and the OUTCOME says it all! IN fact. the guests were in absolute awe of the decor too!!

also, for the house decor, I always wanted dream catchers to be a part of the decor. Trinketree by Ushvi Shah came to my rescue and made me some some really pretty dreamcatchers- just the way i wanted them!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Try to enjoy the whole process of planning your wedding but also try not to get stressed out.  Remove some time with your partner to do stuff - go on dinner dates, go for a movie etc. ENJOY each and every moment because this time will never come back!

That is all for today, darlings. Make sure to join us tomorrow for more!

Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Customizing Creativity | Sangeet Venue: Aqaba | Ceremony Venue: Jade Garden | Reception Venue: Nehru Centre | Hair & Makeup: Meera Mehta | Photography: Essential Studios

Glen Cove, NY Sikh Wedding by Channa Photography

Happy Tuesday, Maharanis! We hope your week has been off to a great start. Today, we wanted to revisit one of your favorite wedding celebrations, and it is none other than Ronika & Amanpreet's Sikh wedding already featured in our Video Blog. This spectacular event had so much repercussion, and you all loved it so much! Therefore, we decided to make a double feature and show you the jaw-dropping shots captured by Channa Photography during the wedding extravaganza. And right from the start, we have to say that this is going to be one inspiring and fun-loving adventure, so let's check it out together! From the wedding ceremony officiated at the Gurdwara Mata Sahib Kaur - Glen Cove Gurdwara Sahib to the grand reception party hosted inside the halls of the Leonard's Palazzo, everything was impressive. This unique and unforgettable event overflows with so much beauty and traditional flair that it still has us sighing. But we are not impressed that everything turned out to be this amazing as the talented and highly experienced team from Exclusive Events NY took care of the decor that set the mood for this life milestone. And oh boy, they did a phenomenal work exceeding all expectations and delivering nothing but utter perfection. This perfection mirrored the ravishing look of our gorgeous Maharani Ronika, who amazed everyone after being fully glamorized by Ruhi Tabassum Khalique. And in case you were wondering who is the mastermind behind such spectacular Mehndi design, it is none other than Mehndikalogie. Perfection and artistry are their trademarks, and this time was no exception! They delivered a beautiful Mehndi, adding an extra touch of traditional flair to an already ravishing look. Darlings, if you want to check more of this beautiful wedding celebration, don't miss the gallery that we have prepared for today. It'll surely take your breath away!

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We hope you've enjoyed this wedding as much as we did! Remember to join us tomorrow for more, we have something special prepared just for you.

Cinematography: Channa Photography | Photography: Channa Photography | Mehndi Artists: Mehndikalogie | Floral & Decor: Exclusive Events NY | Sangeet & Vatna Venue: Hilton Iong Island Huntington | Ceremony Venue: Gurdwara Mata Sahib Kaur - Glen Cove Gurdwara Sahib | Reception Venue: Leonard's Palazzo | Hair & Makeup: Ruhi Tabassum Khalique | Catering: Lotus | Catering: Ice Gola Express | Catering: Tandoor & Co. Restaurant | Catering: Minar Indian Restaurant | DJ: Raj Minocha | Photo Booth: TheUbooth | Entertainer: Magic Singh | Entertainer: Fateh Singh | Entertainer: Pav Dharia | Live Wedding Painter: Erika Event Painting

Riviera Maya, Mexico Indian Wedding by Catch Motion Studio

Good morning, gorgeous Maharanis! We are excited to be back once again with a romantic love story that will take your breath away. This time, we are revisiting Swati & Anish's beach wedding bash already featured in our Video Blog thanks to the cinematographic delight captured by Majestic Films. There was so much beauty on this wedding, and you all loved it so much that we decided to bring you the marvelous shots captured by Catch Motion Studios. As you scroll down on the gallery below, you will be amazed by a cornucopia of beauty and flair that characterized this big wedding celebration coming to us from the paradisiacal landscapes of the Hard Rock Riviera Maya in Mexico. But I guess that's what happens when you manage to have top of the line wedding experts like Swati & Anish did. The entire wedding affair was orchestrated by Dream Shaadi, while Tulipania and Zúñiga Productions & Events took care of the floral and decor. The result of this winning combination was utter perfection! And talking about perfection, let's take a moment to admire the ravishing look of our gorgeous Maharani after being fully glamorized by Styles By Swati - Salon SBS. It was to die for! She looked like a princess throughout the entire festivities, and we adored her banging look at the reception party fully enlivened by DynastyAV. It was both elegant and mesmerizing! Ladies, if you want to make your dream wedding come to life and have peace of mind that everything is already taken care of, you need to have Indian Destination Wedding by your side! This fantastic team will walk with you every step of the way and will ensure that everything goes as seamless as possible!

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What a great way to start this week, isn't ladies? Make sure to join us tomorrow for more. We have new content every day!

Planning & Design: Dream Shaadi | Hair & Makeup: Styles By Swati - Salon SBS | DJ: DynastyAV | Travel Concierge: Indian Destination Wedding | Venues: Hard Rock Riviera Maya | Catering: Hard Rock Riviera Maya | Cake & Treats: Hard Rock Riviera Maya | Floral: Tulipania | Decor: Zúñiga Productions & Events | Cinematography: Majestic Films | Lighting: PSAV mexico | Photography: Catch Motion Studios

Austin, TX Pakistani Wedding by A&A Video Productions

Good morning, Maharanis! We know it's Friday and probably you are tired and need to catch your breath, that is why we are bringing this incredible love story that will help you relax and prepare for a full inspiring weekend. This time, we will join Mariam & Faisal at their big wedding celebration, and we are sure that you will love every detail of it. In fact, you will not only love it, but you will also be captivated by it as this event will make your imagination and inspiration flow! To make this their dreamed wedding, Mariam & Faisal selected top of the line wedding venues to host all the events. The halls of the Austin Creekside hosted the colorful and fun-loving Mehndi; the JW Marriott Austin became the main witness of the ceremony that united these lovebirds in marriage. And finally, all wedding events concluded with a fantastic reception party hosted inside the Sheraton McKinney's halls, where DJ Riz Entertainment set the dancefloor on fire and put everyone to dance! And all we have to say is that this wedding celebration turned out to be just perfect! So, kudos to Weddings By Vara as they were the masterminds behind the planning and execution of such marvelous and enchanting celebration. If you want to take a closer look at this incredible event, don't miss today's gallery for more awesome details! We have compiled the best shots captured by A&A Video Productions, and we are sure that you are going to be amazed! Wait no more and get ready to enjoy!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
During the summer of 2015, I was invited to a friend's work party as her plus one and she introduced me to Faisal, her co-worker. We instantly connected and bonded over our love for food, traveling and sarcastic and flirtatious humor. There was an undeniable attraction that we couldn't ignore.
At the time, I was working at the Texas Capitol and Faisal's office was 4 blocks away so we started having lunch together and went on coffee dates. Eventually, those mid-day dates turned into post-work dates and we became best friends. We did everything together - cooking, going to UT football games, Sunday brunches, Austin City Limits. The similarity in our personalities was indescribable and that's how I knew he was "the one".
During that summer and months after, Faisal became my best friend and I knew he was the one I wanted to explore all of life's adventures with. He brings out the best in me, has the ability to make me laugh and truly is my other (and better!) half.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Faisal and I have never celebrated Valentine's Day in the traditional sense - we find it somewhat cliche and typically do a date night at home with some great food and a good movie. Last year - on the day AFTER Valentine's Day - he planned for us to meet up in downtown Austin for a live show and dinner. I was told to meet him at his office and instead, my 22 year old niece shows up. I then got a text from Faisal, with a coded Google map and instructions for a surprise love-themed mural tour.
At each stop, I found a red balloon nearby with a clue to the next stop, which eventually brought me to the Long Center right at sunset. Faisal was there, bouquet of red balloons in hand, standing against a backdrop of Austin's skyline and I was blown away. It was the most romantic thing Faisal had ever done and I was not at all surprised that he incorporated his software engineering skills to create such a unique and thrilling proposal. The next chapter in our everlasting relationship unfolded that night and I will cherish it forever.
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.
Like any girl recently (or about to be) engaged, I had my Pinterest boards ready to go by the time wedding planning officially kicked in. They were organized by decor, outfits, hair and makeup, and miscellaneous details. I cannot be more thankful for having these boards set up - they were handy and served as great examples to show my vendors (my decorators especially!) of what I was envisioning.
Our wedding consisted of six events, spanning a week and across Austin and Dallas. It was overwhelming to think about at first but with the help of my wedding planner, Vara (Weddings by Vara), I was able to prioritize and make decisions a lot easier than I imagined. Additionally, I introduced my parents and in-laws to Vara a month before the wedding. This was another great idea because they knew who to turn to if Faisal and I were busy during the actual events. She walked through the timeline and listened to their suggestions. It was great because they became comfortable working with Vara and Faisal and I were no longer the middle men between our families. I highly recommend this because it eliminated unnecessary stress that Faisal and I would be prone to during the events.
The one aspect that helped tremendously was booking some of the same vendors for the events in Austin and Dallas. This included my hair and makeup artist, our photographer and cinematographer, and DJ. Having one point of contact for each of these vendors was so convenient in organizing and planning the multiple events they were a part of. Since they were aware of the different atmospheres/styles of each event, I was also able to work with them in ensuring that each event and bridal look was unique and different than the other. I didn't want to overlap my ideas and have it repeated across multiple events.
With the help of my family, we were able to secure wedding venues almost immediately after our engagement. I built a very honest and open line of communication with my parents, Vara and venue coordinators to ensure we were all on the same page with event timeline, vendor responsibilities, and expectations of the coordinators. About three months before the wedding, I scheduled on-site meetings with my wedding planner, venue coordinators, caterer, and decorator. These meetings served as a walk through and gave the vendors the opportunity to discuss the layout and logistics of getting set up. Also, having the vendors meet prior to the wedding makes it all the more easier -- they're familiar with who they're working with and feel far more comfortable asking questions.
My decorator - god bless her and her patience with me changing up ideas between our meetings. Yara (Unique Design and Events) and her team are fantastic at what they do. Her inventory of South Asian decorations is unbelievable and every time we met, we added more to the decor. At the same time, I would change up the color scheme or tablescape. However, through these changes, we created distinct and unique atmospheres for each event. I envisioned the mehndi to be a mix of a mela and club vibes - all brought to life with the street food stalls, dhol wala and LED foam lights on the dance floor. Yara transformed the venue with bright and beautiful food stalls with signage in Hindi-like font, gold lanterns, and jula on the stage. In comparison, our wedding reception was an elegant affair with ivories, golds, blush and maroon accents. It was very romantic, soft and highlighted all the little details we incorporated. I loved every aspect our decor and the thought that Yara put into bringing my vision to life.
I'll be honest - I dropped the ball on my hair and makeup trial. I was so overwhelmed with work and wedding planning and wasn't able to drive to Dallas for my trial until a week before the wedding. But I wasn't panicking because I trusted Alex (Ms. Painted Lady) and within four hours, we had knocked out three unique bridal looks. It was incredible to see our ideas come to life and were able to make changes before the big day. One of the looks we planned was for my mehndi - a voluminous side braid with my polki jhoomar. On the day of the event, moments before she was getting ready to braid it up, we changed the look with an all-down, side part hairdo. We were SHOOK at how we didn't come up with this idea during the trial and it turned out amazing -- by far, my favorite style of the week!
As overwhelming as all this sounds, I loved planning our wedding. It was a collaborative effort with my family, Faisal and his family, Vara, our vendors. I couldn't have survived it without their input and support throughout the eight months of planning. In comparison to other weddings I've seen, ours went incredibly smooth and it couldn't have gone that way without the open communication, trust and dedication of my vendors. Openly discussing concerns about cost, ideas, or technical execution helped to alleviate any problems that may arise the week of. I jokingly tell Faisal we should throw another wedding for our five year anniversary because I miss the planning aspect so much - I was met with an eye roll instead.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Before we got engaged, I was absolutely set on having Farah Talib Aziz design my mehndi and wedding dress. Her style is elegant, traditional with a mix of modernization and the colors are so vibrant. I had found some of her work on Instagram and Pinterest and added it to my collection of designs. Soon after we set a wedding date, I set an appointment with her studio for 4 a.m. (thank you, time difference). It was impossible for me to go Karachi at the time so virtual appointments were the only option. Thankfully, Farah and her team were understanding and showcased options similar to the designs I had saved. Ultimately, I ended up choosing my first choice and Farah suggested I have a deep red dress with gold work, Swarovski crystals and a gold farshi gharara. I was sold!
About three months before the wedding, I was able to visit Karachi and meet Farah at her studio. Although close to the wedding, she could confirm my measurements, show the progress on my outfit and make any last minute changes if any. Since my mehndi dress wasn't as intricate as my reception, I chose the design at this time, mix-matching top and bottoms from different designs to create a unique look.
My mother-in-law and I chose my valima outfit together. I was certain I wanted a lighter color, like blush or nude. We chose this beautiful nude dress by Nimrah Khokar. It had delicate flower buds and hummingbirds embroidered in silver. It was absolutely perfect!
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I'm thankful for the help I got from my family, Vara and vendors but I loved planning the wedding with Faisal. It was important to me that the wedding showcased both of our visions and he was a part of the planning from day one. From figuring out invitations to working on the logistics of the timeline, he was my soundboard and I was his. This collaboration made us enjoy the wedding even more because we saw our shared vision come to life. Additionally, we were excited to share this moment with our family and see our guests enjoy the details and hardwork we put into the events.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
If there's one word I heard from our guests it was unique. Going into the planning process, I wanted to stray away from the traditional and overdone concepts and piece ideas together to create an unforgettable experience for our guests. From the street food stalls at the mehndi, to the sparkler send off at our reception, our guests were wowed. T
o this day, guests come up to my parents to talk about how much they loved the vibe at the mehndi - I want to say that was everyone's favorite event! I wanted it to be very interactive and make sure everyone had a fun time. We were already doing a buffet style dinner at the wedding reception and valima so I wanted a twist on dining for the mehndi. The food stalls were so different -- pani puri shots, bun kabob, Indo-Chinese cuisine - there was something for everyone to try.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There are two. The first one was at our mehndi, when I made my entrance on a dholi. I was carried by my four cousins and all I could see straight ahead was Faisal on the stage. I could not stop smiling and was so happy. When I got to the stage, he and I rushed to the dance floor with our family and friends and danced to one of our favorite songs - London Thumakda. We danced the entire night away and were enveloped in so much love.
The second is our first look on the wedding day. I am terrible with surprises and wanted to show Faisal my bridal dress so badly prior to the wedding. Thankfully he didn't let me and I'm glad I didn't because our first look was an incredible moment. I was so nervous walking up behind him but at the same time, I had a huge smile on my face. When he turned around, his face lit up and I will never forget that moment. Faisal is very attentive to details and he noticed all the small things on my wedding dress, jewelry, makeup -- everything. He loved my look and made me feel like the most beautiful bride in the world. Even during the event, he kept sneaking glances at me and me at him - we were unbelievably happy and oblivious to everything around us.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Plan - use Pinterest and Instagram to your advantage but have your expectations in check. Sometimes our ideas don't pan out exactly how we envision them and have to switch to Plan B and that's okay! Everything can't go smoothly 100% - it's unheard of during a wedding, especially a South Asian wedding. Be flexible especially during the day of and focus on you and your fiance. This time is about you guys and take the time to enjoy that!! You planned as much as you could, now it's the time to enjoy all of that.
Also, have faith and trust your wedding planner and vendors. They have extensive experience with weddings and will guide you towards the best decisions. Be honest with them if you don't like a certain idea and work collaboratively. It will only result in a smooth and beautiful event! Respect them, their profession and treat them with kindness.

That is all for today, darlings! Enjoy your weekend, and make sure to join us on Mondy for more!
DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Lighting: DJ Riz Entertainment | Venues: Sheraton McKinney | Mehndi Venue: Austin Creekside | Ceremony Venue: JW Marriott Austin | Planning & Design: Weddings By Vara | Floral & Decor (Ceremony/Mehndi): Unique Designs & Events | Hair & Makeup: Ms Painted Lady | Catering (Mehndi/Ceremony): Tempura Halal Indo-Pak Grill | Catering (Reception): MaiColachi | Bridal Fashions (Mehndi): Farah Talib Aziz | Bridal Fashions (Ceremony/ Reception): Nimrah Khokhar | Cake & Treats: Sweet Treatz Bakery | Cinematography: A&A Video Productions | Mehndi Artist: Nisha Henna Art | Photo Booth: Complete Wedding and Events | Entertainment: Jupmasterg | Groom Fashion (Nikkah Outfit): Amir Adnan | Groom Fashion (Mehndi): SFK | Groom Fashion (Ceremony): Mishal Boutique | Groom Fashion (Reception): J. Crew | Wedding Rings: Privosa Fine Jewlery | Photography: A&A Video Productions


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