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Oak Brook, IL Indian Wedding by Banga Studios

Happy Thursday, ladies! We are glad to have you back so we can enjoy a new inspiring story together! This time, we are taking you to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago - Oak Brook so we can enjoy Sireesha & Nittin's big wedding celebration. And it was so impressive and eye-catching that there is no surprise that it made it to the pages of our Best of 2019 Magazine! For this installment, we'll be taking a look at these lovebirds' big wedding ceremony thoroughly planned and orchestrated by Engaging Events by Ali. And right from the start, we have to say that this ceremony was a cornucopia of colors, rituals, and merriment, truly faithful to traditional Hindu Weddings! To make that happen, Erin McDonald Co took the wheel in the decor department to create an on-point decor that amazed everyone! And we are utterly impressed with the final result! There was so much beauty and charm all over the place. However, nothing was quite as breathtaking as our lovely Maharani! She looked like a princess dressed in her traditional bridal attire after being glamorized by Makeup by Rosie Inc who toom care of the flawless makeup and Hala Beauty who designed a sleek hairstyle more than perfect for the occasion! Check more of Banga Studios' visual masterpieces at today's full gallery!

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Nittin told me we were going to meet his mom at the Planetarium in Chicago, right on Lake Michigan.   We got there and waited in the lobby because it was 15 degrees outside (gotta love January in Chicago!).  30 minutes later, he said his mom was running late because she was trying to find parking; I didn't think anything of it because the parking lot was really packed that day!  Finally he said, "She's here!" We quickly run outside where holds my hand and walks me over to the lake to propose to me - I couldn't believe it! People around us were cheering and applauding! He hired a photographer to capture the proposal with the Chicago skyline in the background. It was absolutely perfect.
 
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 wanted to get married that summer and feel like we were guests at our own wedding. Ali Phillips at Engaging Events by Ali made it all possible, she planned our entire wedding in 3 months!  We went with her recommendations for DJ, Decor, Photography, Video, Hair and Make-up.                                         
 
Ali very patiently helped me vet about 30 different photographers before we landed on Banga Studios from Toronto.  I was looking for a photographer who could handle editing all the beautiful color you see in Indian wedding photos. Gurminder Banga flew down to Chicago for our engagement shoot and he captured photos that looked like they were straight out of a magazine. His team shot our wedding day and there are so many lovely photos that it was so tough to decide which ones would make it into the album!
 
Mark Wynimko from Wynn Films was our videographer.  His creative filming technique and music choice was exceptional - you can tell he loves what he does and is an expert at it!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Nittin and I both looked forward to dance practice for our first dance with DeMaira Dance Studios.  Joe and Kathy DeMaira were excellent instructors and made our classes so much fun. Our first dance went incredibly well and our guests loved it! 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
There's so many aspects of our wedding that our guests really enjoyed! Sri Krishna Jois officiated our wedding ceremony and he was a hit! He did an amazing job explaining the different customs as part of the Hindu marriage ceremony and made everyone laugh!  He seamlessly performed the ceremony switching between four different languages: Sanskrit, Telugu, Hindi and English. I feel so fortunate that he was a part of our wedding day.
 
Food overall was definitely a highlight.  After the ceremony, we had lunch catered by Seven Spices Indian Cuisine and they served all my favorite Andhra specialties which our guests loved! For dinner, Gaylord Fine Indian Cuisine served innovative North Indian dishes family-style.
 
The decor stood out because of the seating arrangement in the ballroom and the neutral palette with a pop of color (coral to be exact!). Erin McDonald from Erin McDonald Design made the place look incredible and we were even able to re-purpose our mandap which he transformed into a fairy tale, garden-like setting for the reception.
 
More recently, Nittin and I (ok, maybe it was really just me) have become to love pie and we wanted to share this with our guests on our special day.  As a wedding favor, we had individual pie slices with the note "A Sweet Ending to a New Beginning." Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits catered these sweet treats.
 
The one complaint one of my closest friends had was that the entire day was on schedule (thank you, Ali Phillips!). 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
During the wedding ceremony our priest, Sri Krishna Jois, asked all our guests to raise both hands and bless us.  It was such a wonderful thing to see the entire ballroom filled with the people who want the best for you and they showed it with this very meaningful gesture all at the same time.  I will never forget this moment.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
My engagement band and wedding ring were custom designed by Jose Torres of EcoKarat Jewelry.  I wanted a non-traditional engagement ring and what he created was absolutely stunning! To this day, I still can't stop staring at it!
 
During the wedding ceremony, I wore a gold choker that has been in our family for a few generations; it was an honor to wear the family heirloom on this special day.
 
Rosie Scianna of Makeup By Rosie was fantastic! It was so hard to find a makeup artist whose makeup philosophy matched mine. She believes in you looking like yourself and enhancing your natural features and not only does she believe it, but she's able to create a look that aligns with it as well!
 
In lieu of a traditional guest book, I found a watercolor painting of the Chicago skyline for our guests to sign.  I knew a guest book would sit in some shelf that we would rarely look at so a painting was the perfect option! During cocktail hour, the painting was available for guests to leave a note and I had this sign placed next to it:
 
Please sign our guest book.
 
Chicago is very special to us.  It's where we met, fell in love, and tried olive oil ice cream on our first date.
 
We wanted to capture the memories of our special day with messages from our favorite people on this painting.
 
Love, Sireesha & Nittin   

More coming in a bit, ladies! 
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Photography: Banga Studios | Planning & Design: Engaging Events by Ali | Ceremony & Reception Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago - Oak Brook | Floral: Erin McDonald Co | Makeup: Makeup by Rosie Inc | Hair: Hala Beauty | Catering - Dinner: Gaylord Indian Cuisine | Catering - Lunch: 7 Spices | DJ: Dream House Productions | Baraat (Horse): Maharaja Farms | Bridal Fashion (Reception Lengha): Kynah | Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: EcoKarat Jewelry | Cinematography: Wynn Films | Favors: Hoosier Mama Pie | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Fitzgerald Stationery | Erickson Design: Paper Items | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: DeMaira Dance Studios Inc.


Big Sur, CA Indian Wedding by M. Hart Photography

Hello there, beauty queens! We have arrived at the third and final part of Shilpa & Isaac's big wedding celebration, and as you can already expect it, today's featured wedding is closing with a flourish! So get ready to enjoy it! This time, the talented and highly experienced team from M. Hart Photography is taking us on a visual journey to Big Sur so we can take a look at the romantic and intimate wedding ceremony that united Shilpa & Isaac in marriage! And we are utterly impressed by so much beauty and romance surrounding that intimate and life-changing moment! As soon as we took a glance at this fantastic ceremony, we immediately knew that this was something special, and we were eager to share it with you! We were amazed beyond words that we knew this wedding had to be in our Best of 2019 Magazine! There was no doubt about it! With the beach and the sunset in the background, this lovely couple could not have asked for a better place to start their married life! And it was ultra special as the one that officiated the wedding was the couple's best friend! Hands down, this was the romantic and intimate elope Shilpa & Isaac always wanted, as it mirrored the spontaneous, free-spirited, and adventurous style of this lovely couple! Check more of this magical celebration by taking a look at the fantastic gallery that we have prepared for today! You'll love it!  

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
This handsome man walked across the bar and caught my eye. I leaned over to tell my friend that I had just spotted an attractive man. I never caught him looking over at me so I figured he wasn't interested. As he and his friends were walking out of the bar, he smiled at me, said hi, and asked to sit with us.  We chatted for about 30 minutes and exchanged numbers. Learning that he was 8 years younger, in the military, and that he was about to start his new assignment in Korea, I didn't think it was going to go anywhere. I just thought we would have a few days of fun and he would leave. Well, our first date turned into a week and a half long magical adventure. He was different from anyone I had ever met and we were smitten but we decided a long-distance relationship was not for us. That all changed, after weeks of talking on the phone for hours while we were apart. We quickly fell in love.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Well, it's not as romantic as you would think haha. We were on the phone, planning his trip back to the states and I mentioned how we should drive up the coast to Big Sur. I said something like "Big Sur would be a beautiful place to elope" and he said, "let's do it". This scenario is the perfect picture of us as a couple, spontaneous, free-spirited, and adventurous risk-takers.
 
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 was my second wedding and I did not want it anything like my first. Isaac and I wanted it intimate and special. I had 5 weeks to plan the whole thing!- photographer, wedding outfits, location, videographer, flowers, everything! Even though it was an elopement, I still wanted it done elegantly.  Being in the wedding industry myself, it was easy to find photographers that we wanted to work with. Marlies Hartmann is one of the most talented women I have ever met, but what makes her so special is not only her work but that she is kind, generous, and downright fun. She was such a special part of our day. I had never been to Big Sur so I bombarded with questions and she was the one to recommend La Ventana to us. We fell in love with the place! The natural beauty of the Pacific Ocean and Big Sur were all the decor we needed for our wedding. I would have to say the toughest part was finding a florist. There is only one in Big Sur and she is a bit difficult to get in touch with. It ended up working out but it probably stressed me out the most. For our outfits, I took a risk on a designer I found on Etsy. She executed my designs perfectly, and had everything shipped to me within 4 weeks! Our outfits came out better than I could have imagined. D Stone Jewelry provided me with the most stunning bridal jewelry to match. Of course, I did my own makeup but I booked a very talented woman from Glamology Beautylounge to do my hair. There aren't any vendors in Big Sur so I found her in Salinas. We ended up booking our videographer last because we weren't even sure if we wanted one but it was one of the best decisions we made! The video is stunning!! I wanted to create our dream wedding and it was just that. Our best friends married us on a bluff, overlooking the Pacific ocean. It was perfection.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Isaac is not Indian but I knew I wanted my Indian culture incorporated into our clothing. It just had to be fusion. I am Malayalee Christian and typically we wear bridal gowns for our weddings. I wore one the first time but this time I knew I wanted something out of my Bollywood dreams- an outfit that is simple, elegant, but also made me feel sexy so I had to have the high slit and cleavage. I wanted off white to stick to the traditional bridal look. So it was traditional but with a modern twist.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I loved designing our clothes! Fashion has always been a passion of mine and it was really fun to see my vision come to life
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
We didn't have many but that was the best part. They loved the intimacy
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Yes, there was a moment when I just took it all in- the ocean waves crashing, the crisp air, the sight of us overlooking the ocean, my best friend in front of me (someone who had seen me through my best and worst times), my love holding my hand reciting his vows. It was pure magic. I remember thinking wow, I get a second chance at love, but this time I get to do it my way.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
My advice is to do it the way you want it. Weddings these days become so much more about everyone else, instead of the couple. To me, a wedding is about celebrating the couple's love and union and it is important to remember and honor that. Also, enjoy the day! Things always go wrong but just flow with it.

That is all for today! See you tomorrow for more!
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Contemporary
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Ceremony Venue: Big Sur | Floral & Decor: Big Sur Flowers | Hair: Glamology Beauty Lounge | Makeup: Makeup by Shilpa | Bridal Fashions: Glam and Groove | Bridal Jewelry: D Stone Jewelry | Cinematography: Balerina Films | Photography: M. Hart Photography


Big Sur, CA Indian Wedding by M. Hart Photography

Welcome back, darlings! If you were captivated by Shilpa & Isaac's pre-wedding photoshoot, wait to see the first look photoshoot they had on her big wedding day! So, sit back, relax, and get ready to enjoy this visual journey brought to you thanks to the talented team from M. Hart Photography! Today's blushing Maharani sneaked out to surprise her Raja in a fabulous photoshoot filled to the brim with elegance, beauty, and romance! As soon as Isaac laid eyes on her, he got amazed by so much beauty. A big smile was drawn on his face, and he couldn't take his eyes off of her! But we don't blame him, as Shilpa was a vision of beauty! She took care of her makeup, and if you loved it as much as we did, you could find her at Makeup by Shilpa in case you want to get glamorized by her for your big wedding day! Glamology Beauty Lounge designed the sleek hairstyle while Glam and Groove took care of her fashion needs! But that is not all! Shilpa added an extra touch of sparkle to her look wearing beautiful pieces of jewelry from D Stone Jewelry, and we cannot stretch how much we loved her final look! If you can't get enough of this lovely couple, you'll be thrilled to know that you can find more of them in today's gallery and in 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"?
This handsome man walked across the bar and caught my eye. I leaned over to tell my friend that I had just spotted an attractive man. I never caught him looking over at me so I figured he wasn't interested. As he and his friends were walking out of the bar, he smiled at me, said hi, and asked to sit with us.  We chatted for about 30 minutes and exchanged numbers. Learning that he was 8 years younger, in the military, and that he was about to start his new assignment in Korea, I didn't think it was going to go anywhere. I just thought we would have a few days of fun and he would leave. Well, our first date turned into a week and a half long magical adventure. He was different from anyone I had ever met and we were smitten but we decided a long-distance relationship was not for us. That all changed, after weeks of talking on the phone for hours while we were apart. We quickly fell in love.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Well, it's not as romantic as you would think haha. We were on the phone, planning his trip back to the states and I mentioned how we should drive up the coast to Big Sur. I said something like "Big Sur would be a beautiful place to elope" and he said, "let's do it". This scenario is the perfect picture of us as a couple, spontaneous, free-spirited, and adventurous risk-takers.
 
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 was my second wedding and I did not want it anything like my first. Isaac and I wanted it intimate and special. I had 5 weeks to plan the whole thing!- photographer, wedding outfits, location, videographer, flowers, everything! Even though it was an elopement, I still wanted it done elegantly.  Being in the wedding industry myself, it was easy to find photographers that we wanted to work with. Marlies Hartmann is one of the most talented women I have ever met, but what makes her so special is not only her work but that she is kind, generous, and downright fun. She was such a special part of our day. I had never been to Big Sur so I bombarded with questions and she was the one to recommend La Ventana to us. We fell in love with the place! The natural beauty of the Pacific Ocean and Big Sur were all the decor we needed for our wedding. I would have to say the toughest part was finding a florist. There is only one in Big Sur and she is a bit difficult to get in touch with. It ended up working out but it probably stressed me out the most. For our outfits, I took a risk on a designer I found on Etsy. She executed my designs perfectly, and had everything shipped to me within 4 weeks! Our outfits came out better than I could have imagined. D Stone Jewelry provided me with the most stunning bridal jewelry to match. Of course, I did my own makeup but I booked a very talented woman from Glamology Beautylounge to do my hair. There aren't any vendors in Big Sur so I found her in Salinas. We ended up booking our videographer last because we weren't even sure if we wanted one but it was one of the best decisions we made! The video is stunning!! I wanted to create our dream wedding and it was just that. Our best friends married us on a bluff, overlooking the Pacific ocean. It was perfection.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Isaac is not Indian but I knew I wanted my Indian culture incorporated into our clothing. It just had to be fusion. I am Malayalee Christian and typically we wear bridal gowns for our weddings. I wore one the first time but this time I knew I wanted something out of my Bollywood dreams- an outfit that is simple, elegant, but also made me feel sexy so I had to have the high slit and cleavage. I wanted off white to stick to the traditional bridal look. So it was traditional but with a modern twist.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I loved designing our clothes! Fashion has always been a passion of mine and it was really fun to see my vision come to life
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
We didn't have many but that was the best part. They loved the intimacy
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Yes, there was a moment when I just took it all in- the ocean waves crashing, the crisp air, the sight of us overlooking the ocean, my best friend in front of me (someone who had seen me through my best and worst times), my love holding my hand reciting his vows. It was pure magic. I remember thinking wow, I get a second chance at love, but this time I get to do it my way.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
My advice is to do it the way you want it. Weddings these days become so much more about everyone else, instead of the couple. To me, a wedding is about celebrating the couple's love and union and it is important to remember and honor that. Also, enjoy the day! Things always go wrong but just flow with it.

We are about to unveil the romantic and intimate ceremony that united these two in marriage, so stick around if you don't want to miss it!
STYLE
GUIDE
style
Traditional
Romantic
Outdoor
season
color
Ceremony Venue: Big Sur | Floral & Decor: Big Sur Flowers | Hair: Glamology Beauty Lounge | Makeup: Makeup by Shilpa | Bridal Fashions: Glam and Groove | Bridal Jewelry: D Stone Jewelry | Cinematography: Balerina Films | Photography: M. Hart Photography


Big Sur, CA Indian Wedding by M. Hart Photography

Good morning, ladies! Are you ready to start this Wednesday with a romantic wedding celebration filled with beautiful details and inspiring ideas? We bet you are! So get ready to dive into Shilpa & Isaac's big wedding celebration! Right from the start, today's featured wedding will catch your attention as it packs all the things we love and perhaps a little more! No wonder why it made its way into our Best of 2019 Magazine! For this installment, we'll be taking a look at a pre-wedding photoshoot carried out by M. Hart Photography, and oh boy, you have no idea how much we loved it! Every single shot is an absolute visual delight that we cannot stop seeing! Just take a look at how well these two complement each other! Both Shilpa & Isaac embraced a traditional style and ended up looking flawless. Still, we want to take a moment to admire the beauty and the fashion sense of this lovely Maharani! Being a makeup expert and the owner of Makeup by Shilpa, she took care of her makeup while trusting her hairstyle needs to Glamology Beauty Lounge. This winning combination resulted in a magnificent look very well complemented by Glam and Groove in the fashion department! If you want to take a closer look at this photoshoot, don't miss today's full gallery!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
This handsome man walked across the bar and caught my eye. I leaned over to tell my friend that I had just spotted an attractive man. I never caught him looking over at me so I figured he wasn't interested. As he and his friends were walking out of the bar, he smiled at me, said hi, and asked to sit with us.  We chatted for about 30 minutes and exchanged numbers. Learning that he was 8 years younger, in the military, and that he was about to start his new assignment in Korea, I didn't think it was going to go anywhere. I just thought we would have a few days of fun and he would leave. Well, our first date turned into a week and a half long magical adventure. He was different from anyone I had ever met and we were smitten but we decided a long-distance relationship was not for us. That all changed, after weeks of talking on the phone for hours while we were apart. We quickly fell in love.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Well, it's not as romantic as you would think haha. We were on the phone, planning his trip back to the states and I mentioned how we should drive up the coast to Big Sur. I said something like "Big Sur would be a beautiful place to elope" and he said, "let's do it". This scenario is the perfect picture of us as a couple, spontaneous, free-spirited, and adventurous risk-takers.
 
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 was my second wedding and I did not want it anything like my first. Isaac and I wanted it intimate and special. I had 5 weeks to plan the whole thing!- photographer, wedding outfits, location, videographer, flowers, everything! Even though it was an elopement, I still wanted it done elegantly.  Being in the wedding industry myself, it was easy to find photographers that we wanted to work with. Marlies Hartmann is one of the most talented women I have ever met, but what makes her so special is not only her work but that she is kind, generous, and downright fun. She was such a special part of our day. I had never been to Big Sur so I bombarded with questions and she was the one to recommend La Ventana to us. We fell in love with the place! The natural beauty of the Pacific Ocean and Big Sur were all the decor we needed for our wedding. I would have to say the toughest part was finding a florist. There is only one in Big Sur and she is a bit difficult to get in touch with. It ended up working out but it probably stressed me out the most. For our outfits, I took a risk on a designer I found on Etsy. She executed my designs perfectly, and had everything shipped to me within 4 weeks! Our outfits came out better than I could have imagined. D Stone Jewelry provided me with the most stunning bridal jewelry to match. Of course, I did my own makeup but I booked a very talented woman from Glamology Beautylounge to do my hair. There aren't any vendors in Big Sur so I found her in Salinas. We ended up booking our videographer last because we weren't even sure if we wanted one but it was one of the best decisions we made! The video is stunning!! I wanted to create our dream wedding and it was just that. Our best friends married us on a bluff, overlooking the Pacific ocean. It was perfection.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Isaac is not Indian but I knew I wanted my Indian culture incorporated into our clothing. It just had to be fusion. I am Malayalee Christian and typically we wear bridal gowns for our weddings. I wore one the first time but this time I knew I wanted something out of my Bollywood dreams- an outfit that is simple, elegant, but also made me feel sexy so I had to have the high slit and cleavage. I wanted off white to stick to the traditional bridal look. So it was traditional but with a modern twist.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I loved designing our clothes! Fashion has always been a passion of mine and it was really fun to see my vision come to life
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
We didn't have many but that was the best part. They loved the intimacy
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Yes, there was a moment when I just took it all in- the ocean waves crashing, the crisp air, the sight of us overlooking the ocean, my best friend in front of me (someone who had seen me through my best and worst times), my love holding my hand reciting his vows. It was pure magic. I remember thinking wow, I get a second chance at love, but this time I get to do it my way.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
My advice is to do it the way you want it. Weddings these days become so much more about everyone else, instead of the couple. To me, a wedding is about celebrating the couple's love and union and it is important to remember and honor that. Also, enjoy the day! Things always go wrong but just flow with it.

More coming in a bit, ladies!
STYLE
GUIDE
style
Traditional
Romantic
Contemporary
season
color
Ceremony Venue: Big Sur | Floral & Decor: Big Sur Flowers | Hair: Glamology Beauty Lounge | Makeup: Makeup by Shilpa | Bridal Fashions: Glam and Groove | Bridal Jewelry: D Stone Jewelry | Cinematography: Balerina Films | Photography: M. Hart Photography


Somerset, NJ Indian Wedding by Priyanca Rao Photography

Hello there, darlings! We know that you couldn't resist it! You were so captivated by Shaza & Shivam's love story that you couldn't wait to check more about it. So, there is no need to keep on waiting as we are back with more details of this life-changing event. This time, we will be joining our lovebirds at The Marigold for an elegant reception party you are going to love. As soon as everyone stepped into the halls of this venue, they were captivated by the incredible decor crafted by Partyland Sajawat. The purple and golden hues, the dim lights, and the fancy chandeliers created a magical atmosphere more than suitable for this closing gala. All the guests had a great time dancing to the beats of Powerhouse DJ's and tasting the delicious plates prepared by Moghul Caterers right before having a bite at the sweet desserts from Radhika Chinai. The whole night was a huge success, and we want to make a big shoutout to Priyanca Rao Photography for the fantastic shots captured nor only during this event, but throughout the entire wedding festivities! They are so amazing that the pages of our Best of 2019 Magazine deluge with the images of this magical and unique celebration! If you want to check more of this lovely couple, don't miss today's gallery! It is an absolute visual delight!

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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.

That is all for today, darlings! Have a great reast of the day!
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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


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