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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 Wedding by Fine Art Productions

Good morning, Maharanis! We hope you've had a good rest during this long weekend and that you have recharged your batteries to start this week with the right foot. Today, we are so excited to bring you another lovely and romantic story that will take your breath away and will make your inspiration fly. So, sit back, relax, pour yourself a glass of your favorite beverage, and get ready to enjoy Niva & Milap's love story! Like if this wedding affair would have been taken out of the pages of a fairytale story, it overflowed with merriment, colorfulness, elegance, and above all, lots of love! The big day started with a traditional ceremony held inside the halls of The Marigold, which was the venue of choice to host all wedding events. Still, it seemed like every ceremony took place at a different location as every background and scenery was way different from each other. And that is the result of having a fantastic decorator like Nirali Decor by your side, who did an outstanding job enhancing the beauty of the venue. They showcased why they are the go-to-guys when looking for a talented team capable of creating a unique and unforgettable wedding decor! The soft-colored floral arrangements, combined with the ideal placement of all the ornaments, created a romantic and traditional atmosphere that could only be overtaken by our gorgeous Maharani, who looked astonishing thanks to the delicate makeup and hairstyle designed by Makeup by Anita. And if you look a little closer, you'll find yourself amazed by the fabulous Mehndi outlined by Mehndikalogie, truly a work of art! After the solemn and magical wedding ceremony, the celebration transitioned into a full flair party filled with emotions, elegance, and dancing, so much dancing! But we are not surprised that this party was so epic, as Luxe Event Entertainment enlivened every moment of it, with the best Bollywood hits that set the dancefloor on fire. After the dancing and the emotional speeches, Chand Palace delighted all guests with a full culinary experienced right before having the first cut at the delicious cake baked by Palermo Bakery. Hands down, a sweet ending, for a sweet and charming couple! If you want to take a closer look at this wedding, don't miss today's full gallery. We've compiled the shots captured by Fine Art Productions, for your enjoyment, so go check them all out!

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We hope you have enjoyed today's featured wedding as much as we did! Don't forget to join us tomorrow for your daily dose of inspiration. Same place, same time! 

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Catering: Chand Palace | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Anita | Mehndi Artists: Mehndikalogie | Venues: The Marigold | Floral & Decor: Nirali Decor | DJ: Luxe Event Entertainment | Cake & Treats: Palermo Bakery | Cinematography: Fine Art Productions | Photography: Fine Art Productions


Alpharetta, GA Pakistani Wedding by MNK PRO

Good morning, beautiful ladies! Can you believe it is Friday again? This week went by so fast that it feels like we went from Monday to Friday in just the blink of an eye. But I guess that's what happens when you are having so much fun enjoying the romantic and inspiring love stories that we have for you every day! And this Friday is no exception. Let's prepare for the weekend by taking a look at Shoheera & Mohammad's love story, and believe us; this is one you don't want to miss. The 3-day long wedding bash started with a series of pre-wedding events filled with traditional flair, colorfulness, and lots of love. So you can imagine how excited we were when we received this wedding on our editorial desk! The exclusive Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta was the venue of choice to host all wedding events, and we can't think of a better place to have hosted this celebration of love as the versatility and accommodations offered by this venue is like no other! Royal Dekors enhanced the beauty of the entire festivities thanks to the marvelous decor they created. Each setting was completely different from each other but equally mesmerizing and impressive, and all we have to say is that they did a fantastic job! And before we go any further, we want to take a moment to admire the ravishing look of our gorgeous Maharani whose presence during the entire festivities marveled and amazed all guests! Hands down, Shoheera showcased her exquisite fashion sense, donning classy attires and rocking a glamorous makeup designed by Color Impressions by Saba. The cherry on top of this dreamy look was the artistic and elaborate Mehndi designed by Beauty You Deserve! After the wedding ceremony concluded, a luxurious wedding reception started, and oh boy, the backdrop of this closing gala was reminiscent of an ancient Indian palace! Elegance and traditional flair at its best! DJ Vibes enlivened every moment of this party and put everyone to dance. For dinner time, all guests enjoyed delicious plates prepared by Asmas Cuisine, right before having a bite of the sweet cake baked by Inspirations Unlimited. If you want to check more of this couple, make sure to visit today's full gallery. And if that is not enough, don't miss this Video Blog. Both are visual masterpieces created by MNK Pro, so you already know that amazingness and inspiring ideas are guaranteed! 

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Mohammad ("Mo") while I was doing my Master's program in Boston. He moved there for work. I was trying to be more social at the mosque, so I decided to go out with a group of people for bowling. Mo was working late that night, but one of his friends (who planned the bowling night) convinced Mo take a break and join us. That's the first night we met and hung out together.

When we met, it was an instant spark. As I got to know Mo as friends, I saw a lot of signs that pointed towards him being "the one". We got along really well, shared many of the same values and ideals in life, which for me was a rare find, and we supported each other with our goals and ambitions. There wasn't really one specific moment where I knew - I think there were lots of mini moments that confirmed that we were meant to be together through the course of our relationship.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We both come from a traditional family! So there was no proposal. We had a very traditional engagement ceremony with our family and friends, complete with the ring exchange, dinner, and dancing.

He did surprise me with the most amazing date night, with dinner at the same place as our very first date, a walk through our favorite neighborhood, and dropping down on one knee to ask me to marry him.....A MONTH BEFORE our wedding. I guess all the hints I dropped about wanting to be proposed to post-engagement really worked.

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.
Wedding planning was stressful because I was planning a 3 day wedding in Atlanta from Boston, but I started very early. I secured the venue, decorator, photo/videographer and caterer 10-11 months before the date. I relied mostly on word of mouth - vendors I knew have done an exceptional job in the past. I looked through Instagram and Facebook to see their work as well. I had a list of priorities where I knew I couldn't compromise on: food was a big one. At a desi wedding, the only thing that your guests care about is food. Photo/video was another priority because that's all that would be left to look at once the big day was over.

I will say, if I had to plan my wedding all over again, I would not change a single vendor. They were all so amazing to work with and they were truly amazing people that I got to know during that year of planning.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Most girls have a vision of how they want their dress to look like years and years in advance. I just knew I wanted my dress to be the traditional red. I had a few ideas (long top, skirt) but I was very open to other ideas. I traveled to Pakistan for my wedding shopping and relied on word of mouth about which designer would be the best one for me. The first (and only) place we went to was PLK (they're super well known in Pakistan), and that's where I got every single outfit designed (from scratch) for myself. Because I didn't have any specific idea or vision for the dress, I was able to mix and match designs, fabrics, shades of color, and styles for every inch of my wedding dress.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
THE FOOD. To this day, we have family and friends talk about how AMAZING food was at our wedding. I'm so glad I went with Asma's Cuisine. They catered my engagement dinner and I knew that day that they would be the only ones that would cater my wedding.

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.
We had a very traditional 3 day desi wedding. The first day was mehndi, second was pithi/haldi + sangeet, and the third day was Nikkah in the morning with a reception in the evening.

I didn't have too many ideas for my decor, with the exception of the backdrop for sangeet and reception. Yasmin Khan of RoyalDekors really helped bring out my creative and visionary side and added her own experience and input to come up with decor that would look unique and beautiful for each event.

The dances at the sangeet were another favorite moment. Mo and my friends and our cousins did a 45 minute sequence of dances and a skit that portrayed our love story. We had a cousins/siblings dance for both sides, a girls dance, a guys dance, and a ShoMo dance followed by the skit.

Reception was quick because I really wanted to have a large amount of time dedicated to open dance floor. After our entrance, we had our first dance, cake cutting, speeches, and then we played the shoe game - you know, the one where we sit back to back holding one of each other's shoes as we get asked questions about each other - followed by dinner and dancing.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Start planning early. Us girls have a very specific vision of how we want our wedding to be for years and years. And if that is the case with you, it is best to start planning well in advance to secure your vendors who can make your dream wedding a reality. Come up with a list of things that you do not want to compromise on (for me, it was food and photo/video) and set your budget accordingly. I also think it's so important to try and take your wedding day one moment at a time. The day really flies by fast so enjoy it as much as you can!

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
My makeup and hair was done by Saba Jawed of Color Impressions by Saba. She was so great to work with. Because I didn't have a clear vision for each look, she really worked with me to figure out how to make each look for every event beautiful and unique. She made me look and feel like a Maharani bride.

My mehndi was done by Nikki Karimi from Beauty you Deserve and I LOVED her work. I really wanted mehndi that was very intricate and that's exactly what she did.

I also decided to get fresh flower gajray bracelets made for my sangeet night. Gardlands by Yasmin did that and I think she also did an amazing job. I showed her the color of my outfit and she made beautiful bracelets to match my outfit.

My cake was made by Nausheen Amir of Inspirations Unlimited. I asked her to incorporate my bridal lengha designs into the cake and she did just that. The cake looked spectacular and really complimented by bridal lengha.

Have an awesome weekend, ladies! Remember to wash your hands, share time with your loved ones, and, most importantly, don't forget to join us on Monday for more! 

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Photography: MNK Pro | Cinematography: MNK Pro | Sangeet Venue / Ceremony Venue / Reception Venue: Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta | Floral & Decor: Royal Dekors | Makeup Artist: Color Impressions by Saba | Catering: Asmas Cuisine | DJ: DJ Vibes | Cake & Treats: Inspirations Unlimited | Mehndi Artist: Beauty You Deserve


Dearborn, MI Pakistani Wedding by Ayesha Khan Photography

Happy Thursday, Maharanis! Today's celebration of love is not just elegant but truly faithful to traditional Pakistani weddings, and we are sure you are going to love it. So, let's not wait any longer and get ready to enjoy Yousra & Adeel's big wedding bash! Being this a life-changing event, it is no surprise that this young couple wanted to immortalize all the moments surrounding it. That is why they decided to bring Ayesha Khan Photography on board, who snapped shots from every angle and created the spectacular gallery that we are sharing with you today. But that is not all! Yousra & Adeel also called New Signature Films, who produced a cinematographic delight that we can't stop seeing! It was so amazing that we couldn't help to feature it in today's Video Blog, so you might want to check it out as well! The wedding festivities started with a Mehndi ceremony hosted at the Golden Gate Banquet Hall, and we adored every moment of it. The colorfulness and the merriment of this opening ceremony became perfect preambles for what was coming down the road. And "What was coming down the road?" you might be wondering. Well, Yousra & Adeel had a beautiful Shadi at the Islamic Center of Ann Arbor, where they profess their love and commitment to each other. A fabulous Walima followed this solemn ceremony, and oh boy, we loved every bit of it. The halls of the Bellagio Banquet & Conference Center transformed into a cornucopia of elegance and traditional flair thanks to the fantastic decor crafted by Yasmeena Floral. There was so much beauty all over the place, but nothing quite as mesmerizing as our gorgeous Maharani, who looked breathtaking dressed in a fashionable lengha from Naz Fashion Bug, after being glamorized by Hair and Makeup by Aliaa. And let's not forget about the dazzling pieces of jewelry she got from Precious by Maira and Simmy Designs, and the artistic Mehndi designed by Zainab's Mehndi. It was all a winning combination resulting in a drop-dead gorgeous look! When dinner time arrived, all guests enjoyed the delicious plates prepared by Kazi Catering, right before having a bite at the mouth-melting cake baked by Petite Sweets Detroit. In between all the dancing, the delicious food, and emotional speeches, the night got to an end. But the end of the night was only the beginning of Yousra & Adeel's love story!

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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 planned my wedding in a short-period of time (6 months.) So when I was planning I had to move quickly, I had been following my wedding vendors on instagram for sometime and as soon as a date was set I started getting quotes and finagling everything as quick as I could.
 
My wedding planning experience was overall very fun and hectic. I planned my wedding in under 6 months, after realizing the venue we had chosen only had that date, and nothing else for the next year or so! I had a great support system helping me plan. My vendors were amazing!! Especially my photographer & videographer. I had been following Ayesha on Instagram for a while and contacted her immediately after setting a date. Finding my videographer was a little harder, I was a little hesitant at first because he wasn’t “known” in the desi community but he did such an amazing job!!
 
Planning the decor was fun but a lot didn’t go in we plan. I fell in love with my stage after seeing it at another wedding on Instagram once so I insisted on using the same florist that did the same stage, but the experience was not as good as she missed many details we had gone over. Looking back she was the only vendor I wouldn’t recommend.
 
My hair & makeup were done by the same vendor! She was so nice and sweet. I had gone to her for a trial, my bridal shower makeup, & mehndi makeup as well. This was a great decision because by my wedding she was comfortable with my face and knew what worked for me and what didnt!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I had a wedding dress disaster!!! I ordered a dress from Pakistan originally,  but when it arrived it wasn’t what was advertised. So me and my mom got in a car the next day and drove to canada to find a dress. I went to a few stores, but I bought the dress that I first tried on. I loved the unique color, and the detailing.
 
My whole life I had planned that I would go to Pakistan to go dress shopping, but with the little amount of time that I had and because of budget restrictions, I chose to order my dress online. BIG MISTAKEEEEE. It was not what I expected, and after seeing it I knew I couldn’t wear it. Two days later me and my mom drove to Canada to visit bridal boutiques. That’s where I found my dress, it was the first dress I tried on. I always wanted to wear maroon, but once I saw my cranberry dress, I fell in love.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
For me the process of planning out the small details was the funnest!! I loved scrolling through my Pinterest/IG feed looking at everyone else’s wedding.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved our dessert table! It was so nicely put together & not to mention gorgeous. Our vendor mixed traditional desi desserts onto the table and I loved it! We also had a fresh jalebi maker in the kitchen!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
A really special moment for me was when my mom was helping me get ready! I loved hearing our siblings speeches.
 
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.
My Mehndi was super colorful and fun! I ordered the dance floor cover from Pakistan, and loved all the color and detail on it. I made the canopy I walked in under, and I made the Shai Supari Wall For our Mehndi, me and my Husband learned our dance in the car after our photoshoot!!! We probably looked like idiots in front of everyone but we had fun.  Me, my mom, my dad built our shahi supari backdrop as well as the canopy I walked in under.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Don’t stress & don’t over think it. Everything will work out. No ones even going to notice the small things you think are important. The venue completely messed up on my choice of linens and I didn’t even realize until I was looking at my wedding pictures. 
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Everything turned out great!!! My mehndi was done by a local mehndi artist!! A fun fact is she was the first person other than my mom to ever do my mehndi.
 
My jewelry was mix and matched between a local jewelry vendor and a vendor from Canada.
 
My cake was gorgeous & I loved it so much. I’m glad I decided to showcase it on my wedding stage.

What a fabulous wedding celebration, isn't it ladies? Remember that we have new stories every day, so make sure to join us tomorrow for more!
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Mehndi Venue: Golden Gate Banquet Hall | Ceremony Venue: Islamic Center of Ann Arbor | Reception Venue: Bellagio Banquet & Conference Center | Floral & Decor: Yasmeena Floral | Hair & Makeup: Hair and Makeup by Aliaa | Catering: Kazi Catering | Bridal Fashion: Naz Fashion Bug | Bridal Jewelry: Precious by Maira | Bridal Jewelry: Simmy Designs | Cake & Treats: Petite Sweets Detroit | Cinematography: New Signature Films | Mehndi Artist: Zainab's Mehndi | Photography: Ayesha Khan Photography


Berlin, NJ Indian Wedding by Impressions by Annuj

Good morning, Maharanis! We are right in the middle of this fabulous week, and there is no better way to start this Wednesday than taking a look at all the amazingness surrounding Riddhi & Ankit's big wedding festivities. So, let's not wait any longer and jump right into it! Right from the start, we have to say that this whimsical wedding ceremony was a cornucopia of beauty, love, and traditional flair, so you are going to love every bit of it. Still, what we loved the most was the magical, and almost heavenly, wedding ceremony hosted inside the halls of the Lucien's Manor. The interiors of this luxurious and exclusive venue, completely transformed into a mesmerizing backdrop filled with floral arrangements in soft-pasteli-hues thanks to the marvelous decor put together by the good friends at Partyland Sajawat. They took our lovebirds' vision of a dream wedding and made it a reality. How amazing is that! Although the decor was something to die for, it was our Riddhi, who stole all the looks after being pampered by Heena Das Beauty. The nude makeup, the on-point eyeliner contour, and the classy hairstyle, all a perfect combination to create a ravishing look for this Maharani! On the fashion department, Falguni Shane Peacock designed a gorgeous red lengha with golden embroidery that we absolutely adored. And the final touch, to achieve the ultimate bridal look, was in charge of Mendhi by Anuja, who designed a beautiful Mehndi that we cannot stop seeing. Beauty and flair at its best! After the wedding ceremony, it was time to celebrate the newlyweds with a vibrant reception party animated by none other than MVP DJs, who owned the stage and played the best Bollywood hits that put everyone to dance! When dinner time arrived, all the guests enjoyed a full culinary experience prepared by the talented from Moghul Caterers, who served mouth-melting plates that left everyone speechless! If you want to take a closer look at this fabulous celebration of love, don't miss the jaw-dropping gallery captured by Impressions By Annuj. Every single shot is an absolute visual delight that you don't want to miss, so go check them all out!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Ankit and I met at Rutgers University where we both graduated in Finance. Being in the same classes and having mutual friends, we became friends ourselves. As our friendship grew into crushes and then into love I knew he was the one when I saw what he valued in life. Family above all.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Ankit proposed to me in Dubrovnik, Croatia! Everything was picture perfect. I was ready for a full day of sightseeing and as the planner I am wanted to bring a backpack, water bottles, snacks etc Ankit convinced me to bring nothing at all because he wanted to go see the location of GOT scene of Battle of Blackwater. Since this was the only place he planned I decided I would just go along with it. He led me through back alleys and narrow roads. We made our way to the water edge on beautiful rocks with the walled City in front of us. Ankit got down on one knee and proposed. I actually was so shocked I didn’t say anything at all just shook my head yes so he had to ask again! The photographer he hired had captured our magically moment. The most heartwarming part of the proposal was when we got back to our AirBnb. Ankit had asked all our friends and family to record a congrats message and he played the video for me. For the entire 15 minutes I was in tears seeing my parents, grandparents friend and family wishing us on the moment important day even know they couldn’t be there in person!

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.
Both Ankit and I are the eldest and one of the first to get married in NJ. We worked together like a team throughout the process. I would do the research and make initial contact. After narrowing the vendors down Ankit would swoop in and work with them on negotiating and the contacts. There was not even one aspect of the wedding where we didn’t overlook. We budgeted with spreadsheets and graphs, we created our own wedding programs, handpicked our menu for each event and choreographed our dances. It was such a magically day because we become very close to the vendors since we worked so hard together to find people that worked well with us. We wanted each moment to be as special to our friends and family as it was to us. They were the reason we were there and we wanted to make sure they knew we appreciated that!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Red!!! I always pictured walking down the aisle in a red lengha. I’m pretty decisive with my choices and when I saw my red lengha with floral pinks and blue and bottom of jade I knew it was the one for me. My reception lengha was even more special to me. I worked with Falguni Shane Peacock in person to customize and create the perfect look. We took parts of designs from her previous looks and added and took away details to make a customized and perfect look for me. Meeting her was such an honor as I was such a fan of hers!

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Weeks leading up to the wedding my entire family camped out at my parents house all together and it was the most amazing part of the wedding process. Whether it was creating the welcome baskets or making signs, we would all sit in the living room chatting, singing, loudly arguing and laughing together. From my grandparents, parents, cousins and aunts and uncles we all would stay up late, practice dances and make jokes. Those were the days I will cherish for the rest of my life.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The personal touches were very important for us! We wanted to make sure our guests knew how valued they were in our lives. Anyone that entered our hotel on Friday had a special Welcome Committee that would greet them at the front door. They would have a garland presented to them, tikko in their forehead and would be handed the welcome basket which was an actual basket packed with essentials. For the wedding we had food packets on the chairs, each with special food we parceled from India and handmade sweets and snacks from my mom and grandmother for all 500 guests. Our wedding programs were designed by Ankit and I. During our Sangeet we had food stalls of paanwala, ice gola and even pani puri! We tried to keep all programs to a minimal so everyone had plenty of time to eat dance and enjoy! Our cake was even packed in to go boxes for anyone that missed out!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our entrance dance. Ankit and I had practiced our entrance dance for hours and days in our apartments. There were stressful days and days we were just exhausted from work but we practiced. Right before going out in the crowd, Ankit and I looked at each other. We were officially married, after 7 years of dating, 1 year of being engaged, months of planning, we were finally here. We knew everyone outside were the most special people that made our lives as blessed as it was. We knew we would be going outside as a unit and team officially for the first time even though we had felt it for long! We had so many nerves but we smiled and we were ready! 

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.
One epic part of our wedding were the dances. Ankit and I worked hard perfecting our entrance dance as well as our first dance! We choreographed both and practiced endlessly. We only had one performance and it was our bridal party. They did a epic 15 minute skit/ performances fully equipped with props, voiceovers and surprises  of our love story and bringing us back to present day.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Work as a team! The day of your wedding is all yours and seeing the details come together is so fulfilling and even more to cherish knowing you did it as partners.
Your vendors are also your partners. The day of you end up spending more of your time with your photographer, videographer and make up artist so please choose wisely. It’s your team, your the captain and only choose team members that you work well with because it will make the day of so much more stress free!

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
One of the highlights for Ankit and I are were our engagement shoots. Annuj our photographer who is from Canada is absolutely brilliant. As Ankit and I love to travel, I found an old war plane museum in Canada and we were able to do our photoshoot there! Annuj made the experience unforgettable! The week of our wedding we did another photoshoot in NJ - whimsical and beautiful Gardens where ever picture looked right out of a fairytale. We wanted a large contrast from both shoots from edgy to romantic etc and Annuj captured everything perfectly. When Ankit proposed he booked photographed in Croatia and Greece and were able to do our pre wedding shoots in Dubrovnik and Santorini as well which was absolutely epic!

That is all for today, darlings. Remember that we have new and inspiring stories every day, so make sure to join us tomorrow. Same place, same time!

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Hair & Makeup: Heena Das Beauty | Sangeet Venue: Royal Albert's Palace | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Lucien's Manor | Floral & Decor: Partyland Sajawat | Catering: Moghul Caterers | DJ: MVP DJs | Baraat: Monaco Exotic Car Rental | Bridal Fashion: Falguni Shane Peacock | Cinematography: Bliss Wedding Films | Favors: Donation to Autism School in India | Mehndi Artist: Mendhi by Anuja | Photography: Impressions By Annuj


Princeton, NJ Indian Wedding by Pandya Photography

Happy Tuesday, Maharanis! If you were seeking for bridal inspiration, you've come to the right place! Today, we are featuring Janki & Bhavik's big wedding celebration, and believe us; you are going to love every bit of it! If the name of this lovely couple sounds familiar, it is because we previously featured their wedding in our Video Blog, thanks to the cinematographic delight created by Rare Air Films. However, there was so much more to admire that we decided to share with you the marvelous shots below, captured by Pandya Photography. The big day arrived, and these lovebirds were more than ready to unite their lives in marriage. They both attended the wedding ceremony hosted inside the halls of the Hyatt Regency Princeton, looking elegantly and fashionable in their traditional attires. Still, it was our gorgeous Maharani who captivated everyone's attention as we walked down the aisle, looking like a princess from a fairytale. But we are not surprised as she trusted her beauty needs to Arfana Jasar, who step up and created exquisite makeup and hairstyle designs that we loved so much! And let's not forget about the marvelous Mehndi outlined by Anuja Wala. The halls of the ceremony venue, mirrored the traditional and glamorous look of our lovely duo thanks to the fantastic decor crafted by none other than Nirali Decor. After the wedding ceremony, a fascinating and luxurious reception party took place. And we wish we would have been there as everyone had the time of their lives celebrating the newlyweds and dancing to the beats of D&S Event Solutions. For dinner time, all the guests enjoyed the mouth-melting plates prepared by Moghul right before having a bite at the delicious cake baked by Cramer Bakery. Hands down, this was Janki & Bhavik's dream wedding, so a big shoutout to Events by Ridhi P, who was the mastermind that made this grand event happen. If you can't get enough of this lovely couple, make sure to take a look at the jaw-dropping shots we have compiled in today's gallery! It is a visual delight you don't want to miss!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met him about 5 years ago when I was in my second year of optometry school with no time to date. He was working just around the corner, but since I never checked my dating apps, he decided to connect with me on Facebook instead and requested me on a whim. After playing it safe and telling me he added me by "accident", we started messaging for hours and instantly clicked. Our first date was actually very random, but almost destined in a way. Bhavik was getting a falafel at his favorite cart in all of New York, which just happened to be up the block from where I lived at the time and he decided to FaceTime me as he was waiting in line. When I realized he was in my neighborhood, I excitedly blurted out that I was craving some falafel too and Bhavik instantly changed his order to two. We finally met and had a nice unexpected first date. We were talking for about a month when he surprised me with Broadway tickets to Aladdin. While watching the show, I just knew he was the one. :)

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
It was my day off from residency and I had plans to meet my friend who was visiting me from California. It was actually one of the coldest days of December 2017 and I didn't plan to dress up at all, but my friend said to straighten my hair so we can "take selfies on the rooftop". I was really confused why we would be on a rooftop in the middle of winter, but I just went with it. Before I left, I saw an email from my doorman that a package was picked up by Bhavik this morning. He actually picked up proposal props from my roommates and they were all extremely nervous the surprise was ruined. Luckily, I was so convinced he was in NJ that I completely dismissed it. I went to the rooftop and kept looking around for my friend, until I turned the corner, and saw Bhavik standing in a suit with the most beautiful set up behind him along with NYC's skyline at sunset. Then as I walked towards him, my favorite country song started to play. It turns out my friend was never in town and I was completely surprised.

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.
We planned our wedding throughout a year slowly booking one vendor at a time. We saw about 12 venues over a weekend and instantly loved Hyatt Regency Princeton for it's open lobby & cocktail area. It fits over 400+ guests and has excellent service. Shoutout to Kristy! As for DJ/MC, we were looking for a specific musical ambiance for our ceremony and knowing DNS Event Solutions' team personally, we completely trusted them to carry it out as we dreamt. We spoke regularly all year to create our vision and later added lighting effects, a Video Wall, and a Floor wrap with their help. I went to India for outfit shopping (Bombay, Ahmedabad, and Baroda) and got my wedding and reception outfits in Bombay. As for Hair and Makeup, I went through about 20 vendors and was looking for the perfect fit. I knew I wanted to connect personally since I would be spending most of my day with this person and wanted my look to be true to me. I also wanted to find someone who could help with all my bridesmaids and mom's needs and came across Arfana Jasar, who was more than perfect. As for my Mehndi artist, I used Anuja for my engagement and booked her instantly for my wedding. She is amazing and her work is perfection. I wanted Aladdin themed henna because it told a part of our story and she was able to draw Aladdin and Jasmine on one arm and Agrabah on my other. For decor, we loved Nirali Decors for being extremely flexible with us through the process. I knew as I got my outfits and as our day got closer, I would want to change things.She made a dream come true with it that day. Photo/Video were extremely important to us. We went with separate vendors who specialized in each. Our photographer, Abhi, gave us extremely practical and genuine advice. We initially wanted to do our photoshoot in a random pretty location, but he recommended to pick a place that meant a lot to us. For him, photos tell a story, and he wanted us to look back at our engagement shoot, and be able to share and remember a story with each picture and looking back at them now, we couldn't be more grateful for the memories that came to life. Our videographer, was Rare Air Films, and this was our wedding gift to ourselves. We had the best time making an entrance video which told the story of how we met, and working with TJ and his team was absolutely amazing. The actual filming of it was an experience related to wedding planning we will never forget. Lastly, our event coordinator was Events by Ridhi P. Ridhi was amazing to work with and helped us with anything and everything all year to make sure we felt comfortable and stress-free. Her team did an excellent job!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew I wanted traditional red and white, but mostly a white skirt. I went to a couple of stores in Bombay and was luckily able to custom design several parts of my outfit. I designed the blouse and duppata over my head. I had them change my skirt to Ivory, which was initially all red. I actually didn't get to see it for months until it was shipped here, but it was perfect.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part was being able to be creative together and adding all of our personal touches. We tried to add unique things for our quests to enjoy such as fresh coconuts, a sugar-cane juice stand at garba, and a video wall during our reception as well as a bunch of meaningful aspects for us such as our entrance video that told our story, cookie shooter shots, mother/son and father/daughter slideshows to play during the dances, and the floor wrap. The Floor Wrap was my favorite part, it was made by Rob at GoToShout, and I used the monogram from my Kankotri and custom-designed the floral wrap to match the whole theme. They also made our seating charts for us! Making it completely geared to our personalities and story made it a process we will always remember.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Everyone loved the coconuts, that's for sure. Also, our entrance video was a hit! Link: https://vimeo.com/360920650

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Honestly, the ceremony itself was so special to us. Sitting at the mandap felt so serene and peaceful. We had worked a lot with our DJ/MC and priest to make it more meaningful to us. Our DJ, Smith, went above and beyond to make the ceremony atmosphere very zen-like with special lighting effects and tranquil music. Our MC, Vig, coordinated with our priest and translated the Sanskrit versus and meaning of each step of the wedding along with appropriate throwback songs that we loved! It really was SO fun.

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.
We used Rohit Gijare Choreography for our garba dance, first dance, and entrance dance.He was excellent, taught us so well and so quick toot! My husband had no idea how to dance, and now dancing is his favorite hobby. Also, I used ABPD Photography for my pre-wedding events. Anand was amazing to work with!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Yes, enjoy planning together and make the wedding day your own as much as you can. People say wedding planning can be boring or stressful, but there's so many ways to add a personal and creative touch to the day that will keep fueling your excitement. Bhavik loves cookies and milk, so we had the bakery make us custom cookie shooters with milk in them & the excitement of sharing this as well as other little touches with our guests added to the overall experience of planning. Also, my advice is not to stress or worry if a vendor is taken. There are so many others and it happens for the best!

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

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Photography: Pandya Photography | Hair & Makeup: Arfana Jasar | DJ: D&S Event Solutions | Baraat: D&S Event Solutions | Lighting: D&S Event Solutions | Venues: Hyatt Regency Princeton | Cinematographer: Rare Air Films | Coordinator: Events by Ridhi P | Floral & Decor: Nirali Decor | Catering: Moghul | Cake & Treats: Cramer Bakery | Sugar Cane Juice/Coconuts: Ruchir Mewawala | Draping/Styling: Arfana Jasar | Mehndi Artist: Anuja Wala | Photo Booth: Pandya Photography | Rentals (Dance Floor Wrap): Shout


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