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Somerset, NJ Indian Wedding by Priyanca Rao Photography

Happy Tuesday, Maharanis! We missed you during this long weekend, and we were dying to share all the insights of Shaza & Shivam's wedding with you! So, let's not wait any longer and get ready to enjoy it! We are starting by taking a look at a Mehndi celebration, and hold on tight ladies because this Mehndi is like on you haven't seen in quite a while! As soon as you lay your eyes on the fantastic shots captured by Priyanca Rao Photography, you'll know why we were so eager to share this celebration with you! Just take a look at the gorgeous color palette used for this Mehndi! Mesmerizing! Partyland Sajawat mirrored the beauty and the violet/purple hues chosen by Shaza & Shivam, and crafted a beautifully enchanting decor that everyone loved! However, nothing was quite as beautiful as our gorgeous Maharani! She attended this fun-loving event looking like a princess thanks to Mohsin Naveed Ranjha, who took care of her beauty needs, and Kinza Amer and Priyanka Babariya, who took care of her hairstyle and makeup needs! Everything surrounding this pre-wedding event was fantastic! No wonder why this wedding celebration featured in our Best of 2019 Magazine! If you want to check more of this vibrant Mehndi celebration, don miss today's full gallery!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Senior year of high school, a friend of mine was at my house in mid March. We were 17 and thinking about prom. Who we wanted to go with, what color we would wear, when is the earliest we could go shopping for a dress. That same day, my friend used my phone to call her friend Shivam. He had gotten into a minor car accident earlier that day.
 
The next day (now having his phone number), I decided to text and check up on him. From that moment on, we didn’t stop talking. And nearly 12 years later here we are!
 
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.
This may sound crazy, but in hindsight, I planned our wedding around the three layer pearl and gold necklace I wore on my wedding day. My Nana Jaan (maternal grandfather) gifted it to my mother and she wore it on her wedding day. From the moment I saw it, I could see myself walking towards my future husband wearing something that is so special to me. Because of the style of the necklace, I knew I wanted our wedding to be very traditional, classy, and slightly Mughal.
 
I’m shocked at how everything fell into place so perfectly. We picked the Marigold as our wedding venue exactly six months before the reception date and the mehndi venue just three months before the event date. Then came my clothes.
 
For my makeup, I had reached out to Mona Chebli and Priyanka Babariya. Mona has done nearly all my friends wedding makeups in the past, and Priyanka has done my makeup for a photo shoot years ago so I knew I could trust them both. One thing I am happy about is choosing two different makeup and hair stylists. Mona loves a very glowy, shimmery, ethereal look which worked out perfectly for my mehndi hair and makeup, while Priyanka knew exactly what I wanted when all I told her was “dark brown smoked out sultry eyes and a neutral lip”. Kinza Amer is another person I blindly trusted to do my reception hair. I showed her just one picture five minutes before getting started and I couldn’t have asked for a better look.
 
Lastly, our decor was done by Partyland Sajawat. It is run by a mother-daughter team. Sachi is the extremely creative daughter. She's all about new concepts and not reusing old designs. We wanted the three arches and she had them custom made for us exactly how we wanted. Sachi did the most elaborate work compared to other decorators and she actually took the time to sketch out our vision, whereas the others just scrolled through their photo albums to show us what they've done in the past. Our decor was 100% customized by us and Sachi.
 
Our overall experience was not so bad considering we chose to plan three big events in just six months and we proudly did it all on our own, without a planner. We are lucky to have amazing friends and family who helped with so many of the little details that helped in a tremendous way.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
For the mehndi lehnga, I chose to go with Mohsin Naveed Ranjha. I chose each of the three pieces separately and the end result was simply stunning. My earrings were from BlossomBox which had arrived just the morning of the event! And the matha patti and jade ring were borrowed from my childhood friend and maid of honor.
 
My reception gown was much harder to select. I had seen a beautiful mauve pink shade that I loved and knew that it would look beautiful as a fitted gown with a long train, covered in silver bead work. After rummaging through countless websites, Instagrams and Facebook pages of designers, I reached out to Marium from @theluxurious786. I was a little apprehensive to trust someone with my reception gown, but Marium came with rave reviews. I sent Marium the style I wanted along with the mauve shade and from that minute on I blindly trusted her to work her magic. The gown was exactly what I had hoped for and the intricate beadwork was exquisite.
 
Both my mehndi lehnga and reception gown came on the Wednesday before the weekend of our events, which could be quite stressful, but I know in the end everything works out if it’s meant to, and in this case it did!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Customizing absolutely everything! When does one ever get a chance to have a 450 person event where every detail is created by them? I grew up drawing and painting and I now create custom cakes as a creative outlet. From making mehndi thaalis to sketching my wedding gown, every detail of our wedding screamed Shaza & Shivam. Working together to create the wedding of our dreams was an incredible process.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Take a second during your wedding to step back from the friends and family and photographs and take it all in. All those months of planning go by in the blink of an eye. Don’t sweat the little details, and give people the benefit of the doubt when you think they’re not stepping up to help you.

More coming down the road, so stay tuned!
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style
Traditional
Romantic
Mehndi
season
Autumn
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Photography: Priyanca Rao Photography | Venues: The Marigold | Floral & Decor: Partyland Sajawat | Hair: Kinza Amer | Makeup: Priyanka Babariya | Catering: Moghul Caterers | DJ: Powerhouse DJ’s | Bridal Fashions (Mehndi): Mohsin Naveed Ranjha | Bridal Fashions (Reception): Marium | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Cake & Treats (Dessert): Radhika Chinai | Cinematography: Buds Palola | Groom's Outfit: Suit Supply | Groom's Shoes: Gucci


Venice, Italy Indian Fusion Wedding by Anée Atelier

Welcome back, beauty queens! Right now, it is time to take a look at the fabulous reception party that marked the end of this fusion wedding affair that made us cross the pond to Venice, Italy! As you can imagine, this reception was one to remember! Isha & James arrived at the Private Island of Isola delle Rose at the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa in a luxury boat from Consorzio Venezia Futura. And by taking a look at the fabulous shots captured by Anée Atelier, it looks like they had so much fun on their way to the reception! Once they arrived at the reception, the newlyweds were more than ready to celebrate their marriage in the company of their family and closest friends! To made that happen, they gave AFS Audio Luci the massive responsibility of taking care of the music and lighting of this event! And they did not disappoint! In fact, they exceeded all expectations setting the dancefloor on fire with upbeat melodies and a fantastic scheme of lights that took this event to the next level! Again, after seeing all the dazzling events of this wedding, we cannot picture our Best of 2019 Magazine without this awesome celebration! We are so excited it made it through! It is time so say goodbye to Isha & James and all the beauty of Venice, Italy, but remember that you can always relive this fantastic celebration by taking a look at the gallery that we have prepared for you today! 

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met my husband at work! We worked at the same company, on the same team, on the same project! We became work besties right away. We were inseparable at work - we went to lunch together, worked late hours, shared secrets, and were there for each other regarding work issues and personal issues. We were genuinely friends and slowly transitioned into dating! Before that, we constantly heard co-workers title us as “work husband and work wife” and rumor that we were dating, long before we actually were. At one point it became impossible to fight the chemistry and connection we always had from the first interaction, and had built up even more with our friendship. It’s hard to say when I knew he was “the one” - because from our very first interaction, I felt a connection. We instantly connected and I was very comfortable around him — super weird for someone like me with so many guards up at all times to feel this way, but there was always something familiar and comforting about James, that I also felt through each fight, every argument, every issue we’ve had.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We got engaged in Positano - Amalfi Coast! For years, Positano had been on my vision board and #1 on my list of travel destinations. We had a trip planned in August 2019 to go to Italy and spend 2 solid weeks there. At the time of us booking our flight, I had no idea that my husband was planning on proposing. I was so focused on Amalfi and planning all the things I wanted to do and where I wanted to go, I never guessed he would propose. HOWEVER, the weekend right before we were leaving, our parents met. And that meeting kind of gave away that my husband was planning on proposing in Italy. I still didn’t know when or where, but I had the feeling it was going to happen. We went to Capri, and nothing. We went to Amalfi, nothing. Then we went to Positano, and bam! Our first night there, I was so taken back by the beauty and literally sat at my balcony of the room for hours just looking out at the coast and taking it all in. Right before dinner, James got down on one knee and proposed in the hotel balcony. Though it was not a complete surprise, in that moment, it felt like one. It was the best, most dreamiest thing that could have happened in Positano.
 
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 hardest thing about wedding planning for us, was to figure out the location. Virginia is my hometown and also where my husband and I met, so that was the first thought. However, something didn’t feel right or exciting - something about having approximately 400 guests and having it in Virginia didn’t seem right. I felt it didn’t do justice to James and I’s story. Our entire relationship had been a big adventure - lots of ups and downs and everything in between - and after dating for 7 years we were at this place where we felt ready to take this next step. It needed something more, something more meaningful and significant. In the back of my mind, Italy had been lurking. It had been such a special place for us and I wanted to get married there. Hesitantly, I presented this to my husband, who turns out, wanted the same and had been feeling the same way! The next hurdle was convincing our parents - who shockingly - with some initial reservation - agreed much easier than we expected. Slowly, it all fell in place, and we found a beautiful venue at JW Marriott Venice that my dad knew of from his last visit to Venice. We fell in love with the venue - we loved that it was a hotel and we could have all the amenities and accommodations for ourselves and our guests. We loved that it was on its on island to get away from the crowds and small spaces of Venice mainland. We loved the roses. We loved the scenery. We loved the staff. It was a sure deal for us. We also wanted an intimate wedding which is exactly what we were going to get by moving it to Venice, Italy. We worked with a wedding coordinator provided by the hotel and also another one from an external company (Brilliant Wedding Venice) that we worked with to help us get vendors, etc. It was a huge help having an external planner who connected us with all the vendors in Italy - florist, music, priest, hair, videographer - it bridged the communication gap and made it much easier to plan. We pretty much told our planner what we wanted, and she found the resources and vendors to match our vision. I did my own makeup (I love makeup and am a self-taught makeup artist) and I already had my photographers selected who would travel from US to Venice for the wedding. My photographers were the BEST wedding decision -- they literally elevated the energy of our wedding, were such a hit with our guests, and took the best photos of us and Venice!  They depicted us and Venice better than I could have even imagined!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I looked a lot through Pinterest and other magazines for lehnga Inspo and to nail down a color - at first I thought red, as my mom wore red on her wedding day. I wanted to be touch of traditional but I also wanted it to be “me”. But the red color didn’t seem very “me”, so then I thought green, which is my favorite color. But the shades of green that drew me in were deep bottle greens which would be more ideal in the fall. After knocking these 2 options down, I settled on a light pink - it is also another favorite color, it felt very “me”, and was a perfects shade for the Springtime. My mom went to India to pick out my lehnga. I couldn’t make it due to some work related urgencies, but she facetimed my cousin and I from Study by Janak showroom in Delhi - where she went with my masi (my mom’s younger sister) and cousin. And just like that, on FaceTime, we selected my lehnga. It was the first one they saw that day, and we sealed the deal right when I saw it! It was the one, and I knew it right away. It was how I envisioned and was such a beautiful lehnga. It is most definitely my favorite thing I have ever worn.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of planning was deciding on the outfits — for myself and my husband. It was fun to envision something specific and to be able to make it happen exactly how I envisioned it. Since we were having two ceremonies - one hindu in the morning and one Christian in the evening, it was fun selecting outfits for myself and my husband! After selecting my lehnga, we found a matching groom set for my husband. It was also so beautiful and suited him so well! I went with my maid of honor and selected my wedding gown for the Christian ceremony - I had always envisioned a white vintage-fish looking lace gown with long sleeves and I literally got exactly what I wanted. My husband and I both wanted him to wear a white jacket and black pant tuxedo and we found such a beautiful and perfect one for him to wear. Though my vision was specific and we had to do some looking around, it was much easier that I would have thought, to get exactly what I wanted for the outfits and watch my visions come to life!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The guests especially enjoyed the location of the wedding.  It was just a fantastic place to have the event, from the gorgeous city of Venice down to the venue – we couldn’t have dreamt of a more perfect setting.  The charm of the city itself with travel via water only, not a car in sight.  The exemplary accommodations at the JW Marriott Venice was set atop its own private island, away from the hustle and bustle of the St. Marks Square.  The square in itself – the views, the Duomos, the shopping, the local Italian wine, and the homemade PASTA – it was truly heaven on earth.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
A really special moment from the wedding - though there are a lot — that I think of constantly is at the reception. My entire family from India had made it, and I remember looking around and seeing my best friends, my parents, my grandma, my brother, my Mamu and masi’s, all dancing up on the dance floor and just SO happy. I felt their happiness and it was so beautiful to see. I remember them all dancing with my husband and how happy everyone was, and is a moment stamped in my memory that I will cherish forever.
 
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.
Cleary, we had the theme covered , but the details were amazing as well.  As one example the traditional namecards were instead loaves of rustic Italian bread, which each guest took their table and enjoyed with locally-sourced olive oil.  The entire décor was Italian-styled, while keeping our Indian roots intact.  We held both traditional Hindu and Christian ceremonies to honor both family religions.  We also had some pretty cool attire to don both events!  The dances were simple yet amazing, ours particularly was truly special.  We danced to James Arthur's "Say You Won't Let Go".  We made it extra special by getting some professional help, but the ambiance, decor, lights, everything really made it come to life.  Our cousins did the rest of the honors.  They were traditional Indian folklore-style dances with pops of our favorite American hip-hop and r&b, the videos speak for themselves as we were left in joy and tears!  And who can forget the father-daughter and mother-son dances, the bride chose Beyonce's "Daddy" and the groom chose Tupac's "Dear Mama" - very fitting for us both :).
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Yes - DO IT YOUR WAY!  It's your day and you will hear so many opinions on how you should do everything from everyone. Traditions are important, but your wedding day should be a meaningful testimony to you and your husband's relationship. It's important to remember the meaning behind what you're doing, and that it is a day to honor you and your husband-to-be's relationship and love and share it with your friends and family, and not get carried away with the opinions and judgments of anyone. I also have learnt that parents are much easier and more understanding than you think - if you can show them your point of view and share with them your true feelings - they will always come around!  Without disrespecting anyone, always showing compassion, and purposely stirring away from any drama, it is in fact possible to do things your way on your wedding day.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Before the Christian ceremony, my husband sent a gift delivered by my Maid-of-honor - it was a Cartier just en clou ring with diamonds I had wanted! It had a really sweet note and as a very special moment that made me tear up. That was my favorite jewelry piece i wore on my wedding day.
 
My husband had a special wedding day watch he bought especially for the wedding - an Audemar Pigue with diamonds on the bezel - that was his favorite jewelery he wore that way.

Have an awesome weekend, darlings! Se you on Monday!
STYLE
GUIDE
style
Fusion
Ballroom
Destination
season
Spring
color
Venues: Private Island of Isola delle Rose at the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa | Planning & Design: Brilliant Wedding Venice | Floral & Decor: Centro Fiori | Hair & Makeup: Marika Ferrara | DJ: AFS Audio Luci | Bridal Fashions: Maggie Sottero | Bridal Fashions: Jimmy Choo | Cinematography: Cinemaduel | Lighting: AFS Audio Luci | Transportation: Consorzio Venezia Futura | Tuxedos: Tom Ford | Groom's Watch: Audemars Piguet | Groom's Glasses: Cartier | Photography: Anée Atelier


Venice, Italy Indian Fusion Wedding by Anée Atelier

Hello there, ladies! We are so excited to dive into all the fabulous details surrounding Isha & James' beautiful Christian ceremony! Oh, didn't we mentioned it before? This lucky pair didn't just have one wedding ceremony; they had two! And, this time, Anée Atelier will take us on a visual journey to the Private Island of Isola delle Rose at the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa so we can witness this outdoor Christian ceremony! Both Isha & James attended this ceremony looking elegantly and fashionably, and their ravishing looks echoed in the on-point decor crafted by Centro Fiori. Our lovely Maharani burst into the scene dressed in a white sleek wedding dress designed by Maggie Sottero and walk down the aisle showcasing the gorgeous shoes from Jimmy Choo's collection! And, oh boy, she looked like a princess! Raja, James, could not take his eyes off of her beautiful bride to be, and he was waiting for her at the end of the aisle dressed in a black and white tux from Tom Ford! How about those splendid looks for their big wedding day! They nailed it! After seeing all the beauty that surrounded this wedding ceremony, it is easy to tell why this lovely pair made it to the pages of our Best of 2019 Magazine! If you can't get enough of this fusion wedding affair, make sure to visit the gallery that we have prepared for today! It is an absolute visual delight that 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 my husband at work! We worked at the same company, on the same team, on the same project! We became work besties right away. We were inseparable at work - we went to lunch together, worked late hours, shared secrets, and were there for each other regarding work issues and personal issues. We were genuinely friends and slowly transitioned into dating! Before that, we constantly heard co-workers title us as “work husband and work wife” and rumor that we were dating, long before we actually were. At one point it became impossible to fight the chemistry and connection we always had from the first interaction, and had built up even more with our friendship. It’s hard to say when I knew he was “the one” - because from our very first interaction, I felt a connection. We instantly connected and I was very comfortable around him — super weird for someone like me with so many guards up at all times to feel this way, but there was always something familiar and comforting about James, that I also felt through each fight, every argument, every issue we’ve had.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We got engaged in Positano - Amalfi Coast! For years, Positano had been on my vision board and #1 on my list of travel destinations. We had a trip planned in August 2019 to go to Italy and spend 2 solid weeks there. At the time of us booking our flight, I had no idea that my husband was planning on proposing. I was so focused on Amalfi and planning all the things I wanted to do and where I wanted to go, I never guessed he would propose. HOWEVER, the weekend right before we were leaving, our parents met. And that meeting kind of gave away that my husband was planning on proposing in Italy. I still didn’t know when or where, but I had the feeling it was going to happen. We went to Capri, and nothing. We went to Amalfi, nothing. Then we went to Positano, and bam! Our first night there, I was so taken back by the beauty and literally sat at my balcony of the room for hours just looking out at the coast and taking it all in. Right before dinner, James got down on one knee and proposed in the hotel balcony. Though it was not a complete surprise, in that moment, it felt like one. It was the best, most dreamiest thing that could have happened in Positano.
 
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 hardest thing about wedding planning for us, was to figure out the location. Virginia is my hometown and also where my husband and I met, so that was the first thought. However, something didn’t feel right or exciting - something about having approximately 400 guests and having it in Virginia didn’t seem right. I felt it didn’t do justice to James and I’s story. Our entire relationship had been a big adventure - lots of ups and downs and everything in between - and after dating for 7 years we were at this place where we felt ready to take this next step. It needed something more, something more meaningful and significant. In the back of my mind, Italy had been lurking. It had been such a special place for us and I wanted to get married there. Hesitantly, I presented this to my husband, who turns out, wanted the same and had been feeling the same way! The next hurdle was convincing our parents - who shockingly - with some initial reservation - agreed much easier than we expected. Slowly, it all fell in place, and we found a beautiful venue at JW Marriott Venice that my dad knew of from his last visit to Venice. We fell in love with the venue - we loved that it was a hotel and we could have all the amenities and accommodations for ourselves and our guests. We loved that it was on its on island to get away from the crowds and small spaces of Venice mainland. We loved the roses. We loved the scenery. We loved the staff. It was a sure deal for us. We also wanted an intimate wedding which is exactly what we were going to get by moving it to Venice, Italy. We worked with a wedding coordinator provided by the hotel and also another one from an external company (Brilliant Wedding Venice) that we worked with to help us get vendors, etc. It was a huge help having an external planner who connected us with all the vendors in Italy - florist, music, priest, hair, videographer - it bridged the communication gap and made it much easier to plan. We pretty much told our planner what we wanted, and she found the resources and vendors to match our vision. I did my own makeup (I love makeup and am a self-taught makeup artist) and I already had my photographers selected who would travel from US to Venice for the wedding. My photographers were the BEST wedding decision -- they literally elevated the energy of our wedding, were such a hit with our guests, and took the best photos of us and Venice!  They depicted us and Venice better than I could have even imagined!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I looked a lot through Pinterest and other magazines for lehnga Inspo and to nail down a color - at first I thought red, as my mom wore red on her wedding day. I wanted to be touch of traditional but I also wanted it to be “me”. But the red color didn’t seem very “me”, so then I thought green, which is my favorite color. But the shades of green that drew me in were deep bottle greens which would be more ideal in the fall. After knocking these 2 options down, I settled on a light pink - it is also another favorite color, it felt very “me”, and was a perfects shade for the Springtime. My mom went to India to pick out my lehnga. I couldn’t make it due to some work related urgencies, but she facetimed my cousin and I from Study by Janak showroom in Delhi - where she went with my masi (my mom’s younger sister) and cousin. And just like that, on FaceTime, we selected my lehnga. It was the first one they saw that day, and we sealed the deal right when I saw it! It was the one, and I knew it right away. It was how I envisioned and was such a beautiful lehnga. It is most definitely my favorite thing I have ever worn.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of planning was deciding on the outfits — for myself and my husband. It was fun to envision something specific and to be able to make it happen exactly how I envisioned it. Since we were having two ceremonies - one hindu in the morning and one Christian in the evening, it was fun selecting outfits for myself and my husband! After selecting my lehnga, we found a matching groom set for my husband. It was also so beautiful and suited him so well! I went with my maid of honor and selected my wedding gown for the Christian ceremony - I had always envisioned a white vintage-fish looking lace gown with long sleeves and I literally got exactly what I wanted. My husband and I both wanted him to wear a white jacket and black pant tuxedo and we found such a beautiful and perfect one for him to wear. Though my vision was specific and we had to do some looking around, it was much easier that I would have thought, to get exactly what I wanted for the outfits and watch my visions come to life!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The guests especially enjoyed the location of the wedding.  It was just a fantastic place to have the event, from the gorgeous city of Venice down to the venue – we couldn’t have dreamt of a more perfect setting.  The charm of the city itself with travel via water only, not a car in sight.  The exemplary accommodations at the JW Marriott Venice was set atop its own private island, away from the hustle and bustle of the St. Marks Square.  The square in itself – the views, the Duomos, the shopping, the local Italian wine, and the homemade PASTA – it was truly heaven on earth.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
A really special moment from the wedding - though there are a lot — that I think of constantly is at the reception. My entire family from India had made it, and I remember looking around and seeing my best friends, my parents, my grandma, my brother, my Mamu and masi’s, all dancing up on the dance floor and just SO happy. I felt their happiness and it was so beautiful to see. I remember them all dancing with my husband and how happy everyone was, and is a moment stamped in my memory that I will cherish forever.
 
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.
Cleary, we had the theme covered , but the details were amazing as well.  As one example the traditional namecards were instead loaves of rustic Italian bread, which each guest took their table and enjoyed with locally-sourced olive oil.  The entire décor was Italian-styled, while keeping our Indian roots intact.  We held both traditional Hindu and Christian ceremonies to honor both family religions.  We also had some pretty cool attire to don both events!  The dances were simple yet amazing, ours particularly was truly special.  We danced to James Arthur's "Say You Won't Let Go".  We made it extra special by getting some professional help, but the ambiance, decor, lights, everything really made it come to life.  Our cousins did the rest of the honors.  They were traditional Indian folklore-style dances with pops of our favorite American hip-hop and r&b, the videos speak for themselves as we were left in joy and tears!  And who can forget the father-daughter and mother-son dances, the bride chose Beyonce's "Daddy" and the groom chose Tupac's "Dear Mama" - very fitting for us both :).
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Yes - DO IT YOUR WAY!  It's your day and you will hear so many opinions on how you should do everything from everyone. Traditions are important, but your wedding day should be a meaningful testimony to you and your husband's relationship. It's important to remember the meaning behind what you're doing, and that it is a day to honor you and your husband-to-be's relationship and love and share it with your friends and family, and not get carried away with the opinions and judgments of anyone. I also have learnt that parents are much easier and more understanding than you think - if you can show them your point of view and share with them your true feelings - they will always come around!  Without disrespecting anyone, always showing compassion, and purposely stirring away from any drama, it is in fact possible to do things your way on your wedding day.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Before the Christian ceremony, my husband sent a gift delivered by my Maid-of-honor - it was a Cartier just en clou ring with diamonds I had wanted! It had a really sweet note and as a very special moment that made me tear up. That was my favorite jewelry piece i wore on my wedding day.
 
My husband had a special wedding day watch he bought especially for the wedding - an Audemar Pigue with diamonds on the bezel - that was his favorite jewelery he wore that way.

This is not over yet! Stick around for what is about to come!
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Venues: Private Island of Isola delle Rose at the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa | Planning & Design: Brilliant Wedding Venice | Floral & Decor: Centro Fiori | Hair & Makeup: Marika Ferrara | DJ: AFS Audio Luci | Bridal Fashions: Maggie Sottero | Bridal Fashions: Jimmy Choo | Cinematography: Cinemaduel | Lighting: AFS Audio Luci | Transportation: Consorzio Venezia Futura | Tuxedos: Tom Ford | Groom's Watch: Audemars Piguet | Groom's Glasses: Cartier | Photography: Anée Atelier


Venice, Italy Indian Fusion Wedding by Anée Atelier

Good morning, ladies! Today we are crossing the pond all the way to Venice, Italy, to join Isha & James at their alluring wedding festivities held at the Private Island of Isola delle Rose at the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa. And believe us, this is a story so charming and beautiful that you are going to love every single shot captured by Anée Atelier. In fact, this wedding celebration was so divine that it earned its way into the pages of our Best of 2019 Magazine! Those are major words! If you are up for this adventure, let's take a look at all the beauty surrounding the Hindu wedding ceremony that kicked off with the festivities! To make this ceremony a dream come true, Isha & James decided to bring Brilliant Wedding Venice on board to take care of the planning and design, and Centro Fiori who took care of the decor! This winning combination resulted in a minimalist, yet heavenly decor that we all loved so much! And talking about all the things we loved, we need to make a special mention to the look of our beautiful Maharani! She glided into the halls of the wedding venue, looking like a princess thanks to Marika Ferrara, who praised her innate beauty designing a flawless makeup and a sleek hairstyle! And the final look is fantastic beyond words! Find out more this breathtaking ceremony by taking a look at today's full gallery! 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"?
I met my husband at work! We worked at the same company, on the same team, on the same project! We became work besties right away. We were inseparable at work - we went to lunch together, worked late hours, shared secrets, and were there for each other regarding work issues and personal issues. We were genuinely friends and slowly transitioned into dating! Before that, we constantly heard co-workers title us as “work husband and work wife” and rumor that we were dating, long before we actually were. At one point it became impossible to fight the chemistry and connection we always had from the first interaction, and had built up even more with our friendship. It’s hard to say when I knew he was “the one” - because from our very first interaction, I felt a connection. We instantly connected and I was very comfortable around him — super weird for someone like me with so many guards up at all times to feel this way, but there was always something familiar and comforting about James, that I also felt through each fight, every argument, every issue we’ve had.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We got engaged in Positano - Amalfi Coast! For years, Positano had been on my vision board and #1 on my list of travel destinations. We had a trip planned in August 2019 to go to Italy and spend 2 solid weeks there. At the time of us booking our flight, I had no idea that my husband was planning on proposing. I was so focused on Amalfi and planning all the things I wanted to do and where I wanted to go, I never guessed he would propose. HOWEVER, the weekend right before we were leaving, our parents met. And that meeting kind of gave away that my husband was planning on proposing in Italy. I still didn’t know when or where, but I had the feeling it was going to happen. We went to Capri, and nothing. We went to Amalfi, nothing. Then we went to Positano, and bam! Our first night there, I was so taken back by the beauty and literally sat at my balcony of the room for hours just looking out at the coast and taking it all in. Right before dinner, James got down on one knee and proposed in the hotel balcony. Though it was not a complete surprise, in that moment, it felt like one. It was the best, most dreamiest thing that could have happened in Positano.
 
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 hardest thing about wedding planning for us, was to figure out the location. Virginia is my hometown and also where my husband and I met, so that was the first thought. However, something didn’t feel right or exciting - something about having approximately 400 guests and having it in Virginia didn’t seem right. I felt it didn’t do justice to James and I’s story. Our entire relationship had been a big adventure - lots of ups and downs and everything in between - and after dating for 7 years we were at this place where we felt ready to take this next step. It needed something more, something more meaningful and significant. In the back of my mind, Italy had been lurking. It had been such a special place for us and I wanted to get married there. Hesitantly, I presented this to my husband, who turns out, wanted the same and had been feeling the same way! The next hurdle was convincing our parents - who shockingly - with some initial reservation - agreed much easier than we expected. Slowly, it all fell in place, and we found a beautiful venue at JW Marriott Venice that my dad knew of from his last visit to Venice. We fell in love with the venue - we loved that it was a hotel and we could have all the amenities and accommodations for ourselves and our guests. We loved that it was on its on island to get away from the crowds and small spaces of Venice mainland. We loved the roses. We loved the scenery. We loved the staff. It was a sure deal for us. We also wanted an intimate wedding which is exactly what we were going to get by moving it to Venice, Italy. We worked with a wedding coordinator provided by the hotel and also another one from an external company (Brilliant Wedding Venice) that we worked with to help us get vendors, etc. It was a huge help having an external planner who connected us with all the vendors in Italy - florist, music, priest, hair, videographer - it bridged the communication gap and made it much easier to plan. We pretty much told our planner what we wanted, and she found the resources and vendors to match our vision. I did my own makeup (I love makeup and am a self-taught makeup artist) and I already had my photographers selected who would travel from US to Venice for the wedding. My photographers were the BEST wedding decision -- they literally elevated the energy of our wedding, were such a hit with our guests, and took the best photos of us and Venice!  They depicted us and Venice better than I could have even imagined!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I looked a lot through Pinterest and other magazines for lehnga Inspo and to nail down a color - at first I thought red, as my mom wore red on her wedding day. I wanted to be touch of traditional but I also wanted it to be “me”. But the red color didn’t seem very “me”, so then I thought green, which is my favorite color. But the shades of green that drew me in were deep bottle greens which would be more ideal in the fall. After knocking these 2 options down, I settled on a light pink - it is also another favorite color, it felt very “me”, and was a perfects shade for the Springtime. My mom went to India to pick out my lehnga. I couldn’t make it due to some work related urgencies, but she facetimed my cousin and I from Study by Janak showroom in Delhi - where she went with my masi (my mom’s younger sister) and cousin. And just like that, on FaceTime, we selected my lehnga. It was the first one they saw that day, and we sealed the deal right when I saw it! It was the one, and I knew it right away. It was how I envisioned and was such a beautiful lehnga. It is most definitely my favorite thing I have ever worn.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of planning was deciding on the outfits — for myself and my husband. It was fun to envision something specific and to be able to make it happen exactly how I envisioned it. Since we were having two ceremonies - one hindu in the morning and one Christian in the evening, it was fun selecting outfits for myself and my husband! After selecting my lehnga, we found a matching groom set for my husband. It was also so beautiful and suited him so well! I went with my maid of honor and selected my wedding gown for the Christian ceremony - I had always envisioned a white vintage-fish looking lace gown with long sleeves and I literally got exactly what I wanted. My husband and I both wanted him to wear a white jacket and black pant tuxedo and we found such a beautiful and perfect one for him to wear. Though my vision was specific and we had to do some looking around, it was much easier that I would have thought, to get exactly what I wanted for the outfits and watch my visions come to life!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The guests especially enjoyed the location of the wedding.  It was just a fantastic place to have the event, from the gorgeous city of Venice down to the venue – we couldn’t have dreamt of a more perfect setting.  The charm of the city itself with travel via water only, not a car in sight.  The exemplary accommodations at the JW Marriott Venice was set atop its own private island, away from the hustle and bustle of the St. Marks Square.  The square in itself – the views, the Duomos, the shopping, the local Italian wine, and the homemade PASTA – it was truly heaven on earth.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
A really special moment from the wedding - though there are a lot — that I think of constantly is at the reception. My entire family from India had made it, and I remember looking around and seeing my best friends, my parents, my grandma, my brother, my Mamu and masi’s, all dancing up on the dance floor and just SO happy. I felt their happiness and it was so beautiful to see. I remember them all dancing with my husband and how happy everyone was, and is a moment stamped in my memory that I will cherish forever.
 
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.
Cleary, we had the theme covered , but the details were amazing as well.  As one example the traditional namecards were instead loaves of rustic Italian bread, which each guest took their table and enjoyed with locally-sourced olive oil.  The entire décor was Italian-styled, while keeping our Indian roots intact.  We held both traditional Hindu and Christian ceremonies to honor both family religions.  We also had some pretty cool attire to don both events!  The dances were simple yet amazing, ours particularly was truly special.  We danced to James Arthur's "Say You Won't Let Go".  We made it extra special by getting some professional help, but the ambiance, decor, lights, everything really made it come to life.  Our cousins did the rest of the honors.  They were traditional Indian folklore-style dances with pops of our favorite American hip-hop and r&b, the videos speak for themselves as we were left in joy and tears!  And who can forget the father-daughter and mother-son dances, the bride chose Beyonce's "Daddy" and the groom chose Tupac's "Dear Mama" - very fitting for us both :).
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Yes - DO IT YOUR WAY!  It's your day and you will hear so many opinions on how you should do everything from everyone. Traditions are important, but your wedding day should be a meaningful testimony to you and your husband's relationship. It's important to remember the meaning behind what you're doing, and that it is a day to honor you and your husband-to-be's relationship and love and share it with your friends and family, and not get carried away with the opinions and judgments of anyone. I also have learnt that parents are much easier and more understanding than you think - if you can show them your point of view and share with them your true feelings - they will always come around!  Without disrespecting anyone, always showing compassion, and purposely stirring away from any drama, it is in fact possible to do things your way on your wedding day.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Before the Christian ceremony, my husband sent a gift delivered by my Maid-of-honor - it was a Cartier just en clou ring with diamonds I had wanted! It had a really sweet note and as a very special moment that made me tear up. That was my favorite jewelry piece i wore on my wedding day.
 
My husband had a special wedding day watch he bought especially for the wedding - an Audemar Pigue with diamonds on the bezel - that was his favorite jewelery he wore that way.
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Venues: Private Island of Isola delle Rose at the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa | Planning & Design: Brilliant Wedding Venice | Floral & Decor: Centro Fiori | Hair & Makeup: Marika Ferrara | DJ: AFS Audio Luci | Bridal Fashions: Maggie Sottero | Bridal Fashions: Jimmy Choo | Cinematography: Cinemaduel | Lighting: AFS Audio Luci | Transportation: Consorzio Venezia Futura | Tuxedos: Tom Ford | Groom's Watch: Audemars Piguet | Groom's Glasses: Cartier | Photography: Anée Atelier


Whippany, NJ Indian Fusion Wedding by Kumar's Photography & Film

Hello there, Maharanis! We are wrapping up Avianne & Ricky's big wedding festivities with a reception party you are going to love! Romantic and elegant are the best words to describe the dreamy reception that took place inside the halls of the exclusive Hanover Marriott. The fabulous decoration crafted by Nirali Decor created a luxurious and fashionable atmosphere more than perfect for celebrating this lovebirds' life milestone in the company of their loved ones! And we are sincerely blown away with all the beauty that surrounded this event that brings the wedding festivities to an end. And no party is complete if you don't have the perfect music to liven it up. So we want to make a big shoutout to D&S Event Solutions, for setting the musical mood that put everyone on their feet and for the fabulous scheme of lights that took this reception party to the next level. For dinner time, all the guests enjoyed the delicious plates prepared by Rasoi and the sweet cake baked by Palermo Bakery! For more fantastic shots of this reception, you cannot miss today's gallery! The good friends from Kumar's Photography and Film shared all the shots captured during this gala, and we have compiled them just for you! And remember that you can delve into all the beauty of this fusion wedding celebration through the pages of our Best of 2019 Magazine! So, make sure to check it out!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
My husband and I are high school sweethearts. We met during our senior year, and he won me over with magic tricks, silly pranks, and an epic scavenger hunt that led to him asking me if I wanted to be his girlfriend. He's such a charmer and great with surprises! I don't think there was ever a clear defining moment when I knew he was "the one"—as corny as it sounds, we just clicked from the moment we met. We're super silly and share the same life goals and values, but at the same time, we complement each other as opposites as well. Where I'm more emotional and sensitive, he's more thick-skinned and doesn't let stress get to him easily. Over time, we've grown together and learned so much from each other. Somewhere along the way of life's ups and downs, we just knew that we were in this for the long haul as life partners.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I thought we were crashing someone else's proposal, but it turned out to be mine! It was a chilly day in the city. I thought we were just there to spend the day with his family and meet up with his brother who came down from Boston to visit. At one point in the day, Ricky suggested we walk around Central Park. I was really grumpy because I was cold and just wanted to go somewhere indoors. Eventually, we went down a trail of stairs with petals scattered all the way down. His mom commented, "Wow! What are these?" and the cynic in me just responded, "Oh, someone probably just proposed here." At the end of the stairs, though, was Ricky down on one knee in a beautiful little gazebo by a creek. A group of our friends were also there and playing the song he played (Perfect Two by Auburn) when he asked me to be his girlfriend back in high school. My jaw dropped, and let's just say I wasn't grumpy anymore

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.

For our Wedding Ceremony, we wanted to have both a traditional and modern feel. We had a burgundy tent-style Mandap with a floating floral Ganesh and bells in the center and florals all around. We also had a raised aisle lined all the way down with candles and petals. Our DJ beautifully lit up the decor with wash lighting and uplighting and the ambiance was truly romantic. The actual wedding ceremony was a traditional Gujarati Hindu ceremony with an added Bible passage reading and Christian prayer by my father to honor my side of the family's beliefs. For our Reception, we wanted to have a classic, floral, elegant theme. Our stage had cherry blossom trees, a vintage lounge, and chandeliers, and our tables were decorated with mini cherry blossom trees, tall flower vases, and candles with orchids in them. Our DJ did an amazing job again with the uplighting and creating a dark, romantic ambiance in the room! We are so grateful to all our vendors, family, and friends who helped make our day so beautiful and effortless!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I originally thought I wanted to do a classic all-red ensemble, but when I stumbled upon the lehenga I ended up wearing, I completely changed my mind. I loved how it modernized and combined the panetar and gharchola traditionally worn by Gujarati brides. My favorite part was how the skirt had Indian Wedding motifs embroidered all around in gold thread. As a writer, I love a good story, and a lehenga that told a story just seemed fitting for me.


What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was picking out outfits and decor. I personally love designing and decorating, and who doesn't love shopping!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think guests really loved how genuine the day felt. Above all the glitz and glam, and more than anything else, we wanted the day to celebrate the magical and miraculous love that Ricky and I share. That love has transcended cultural and religious differences and overcome so much. I was so happy to see that love everywhere that day—in our silly antics, the heartfelt speeches, and the dances and fun we had with all our loved ones.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Walking down the aisle was a really special moment of my wedding. Right before entering, I was overcome with so much emotion that I started crying! As cheesy as it sounds, I've always dreamt of the day my dad would walk me down the aisle, and seeing him next to me at that moment made me feel so blessed. My entire eight years with Ricky also flashed through my mind. Thinking of all the challenges we'd overcome, especially coming from different backgrounds, culminating to this moment, overwhelmed me with so much gratitude and joy.

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 our Sangeet, we honored Ricky's Gujarati roots with a Garba night. We dreamt of a vibrant night filled with all the colors, song, and dance, and that's exactly what it was! I wore a colorful, multi-fabric lehenga, which was complemented by the decor—a colorful orange and pink backdrop with a golden swing and parasols—plus a beautiful tree in the center of the dance floor adorned by candles, a Radha-Krishna statue, and colorful pom-pom tassels. Ricky's mom and her friends did a special dance for us, as well as friends and two of Ricky's cousins. I also stepped out of my comfort zone to do a dance with my sister, joined by Ricky at the end.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
As crazy as wedding planning can get, don't lose sight of the reason for the day: the love you and your significant other share.

That is all for today, ladies! Have a great one!

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DJ: D&S Event Solutions | Lighting: D&S Event Solutions | Venues: Hanover Marriott | Cinematography: Prime House Productions | Photography: Kumar's Photography and Film | Sangeet Venue: Royal Albert's Palace / Maharaja Hall | Planning & Design: Avianne Kharawala | Floral & Decor: Nirali Decor | Hair & Makeup: Maryam Asim Beauty | Catering: Rasoi | Baraat: Caliber Farms | Cakes & Treats: Palermo Bakery | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Maryam Asim Beauty | Event Designer: Nirali Decor | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Parekh Cards | Mehndi Artist: Deepti Patel | Tuxedos: Boss Tuxedo & Bridal Wedding and Prom Headquarters


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