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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.

Shrewsbury, NJ Indian Fusion Wedding by Lightyear Studio

Good morning, beautiful Maharanis! Let's get ready for the weekend by reliving Anjali & Stephen's fusion wedding festivities! It is no secret that we love fusion weddings, and one of the main reasons is because we often get to enjoy two wedding ceremonies. And today is no exception! When these lovebirds decided to unite their lives in marriage, they knew they wanted to pay homage to both their backgrounds and cultures. That is why they had not one but two wedding ceremonies! How lucky of them! Both events held at the Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury impressed and captivated everyone. And we are sure you are going to take a lot of inspiring ideas from them. Detailed Affairs Team worked their magic to create a dreamy setting for Anjali & Stephen to unite their lives in marriage, and the final result was nothing short of amazing. Thanks to the fabulous work of  Wedding Design, there was beauty all around but nothing compared to our gorgeous Maharani Anjali. She looked like royalty in both ceremonies after being glamorized by Divya Bhawnani and Dawn Gomez. Either on her traditional and fashionable lengha or her beautiful white gown, this Maharani always looked flawless! After the two wedding ceremonies, it was time to celebrate this life milestone with an intimate and luxurious reception party animated by DJUSA. Hands down, this was the perfect ending for this beautiful love story. But we don't want to go without first giving a big shoutout to Lightyear Studio for sharing the fantastic shots they captured during this lovely wedding, as each image is a visual delight that we are sure you are going to love! So, make sure to check today's jaw-dropping gallery if you don't want to miss any detail of this real-life fairytale. It is worth the while!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Modern day romance at its finest. We met on the dating app Bumble and I was immediately captivated by his sense of humor. We both lived in Philadelphia and were planning to meet at a rooftop bar on the Ben Franklin Parkway, a road lined with flags of all different countries. As I was walking there, he texted to let me know he would meet me under the Swedish Flag, not knowing that I would immediately have to google what that looked like (I'm more of a science person!), and the rest is history.

Stephen is much more reserved than I am, so there was not one particular moment, but a series of them. As we got to know each other and he became more comfortable with me, I got to see what a kind, gentle, funny and smart person he was. The company you keep also speaks volumes in my mind, so after meeting his friends, who are all wonderful, I knew he was a keeper.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We got engaged at Longwood Gardens outside of Philadelphia, one of our favorite spots to roam around. Stephen had picked up the ring (with me completely oblivious in the car) moments before he proposed because of the time it took to get it. His grandfather had purchased his grandmother's engagement ring from a jeweler in Philadelphia when he returned from Europe after World War II and his father had purchased his mother's from the same jeweler in the 70s. Last Christmas at his family's house, Stephen's father shared the receipts and paperwork from each of the purchases with us, subtly (or not so subtly), hinting at an engagement. Since then, the jeweler had transitioned to mostly doing watches, so Stephen wrote a heartfelt letter sharing his family's story and asking if they would consider making another ring. They obviously had to say yes and Stephen worked with the owner directly to design the most perfect custom ring.

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 actually really enjoyed planning my wedding, and I think that was partially due to the fact that I didn't have a ton of expectations going in. I had a general sense of what I wanted, the style of decor, etc. but wasn't 100% set on any particular thing. We visited a ton of venues and spoke to a bunch of vendors. For me, it was most important to find the places and people that felt right. When we walked into Shadowbrook, they were still in process of renovating, but both Stephen and I were blown away and immediately knew it was where we wanted to start our forever. It was elegant, and classy and had just the right amount of glam. Picking vendors was a similar experience. We spoke to planners, decorators, etc. and shared our "general" thoughts, but the ones we went with were the ones we just clicked with. Something my sister in law told me was that these are the people you spend the most time with leading up to and on the day of your wedding, and it's so incredibly important to surround yourself with not only people who get your vision but people who you trust and can laugh with on the wedding day. On my sangeet night, I let my hair and makeup artists do what they wanted (because I trusted them fully at that point) and that look ended up being my favorite by far! I have to also say, Arun from Detailed Affairs was absolutely instrumental in helping make our wedding a success. Any time I needed help narrowing things down or making decisions, he was always able to guide me in the right direction. I really cannot stress enough how important it is to get the right team behind you and take the time to get to know them and for them to get to know you. I told our photographers early on "I don't want cheesy, overly-posed photos, that's just not our style". They insisted on taking a few and promised me they wouldn't be cheesy, and go figure, those are some of my favorites!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Since we celebrated both cultures, I really wanted something traditional, and something that looked really regal and elegant. I went with a velvet maroon lengha that I just fell in love with as soon as I put it on. I was worried it may be hot for August, but I just loved the richness of the velvet. I really couldn't have imagined myself wearing anything else. For my white dress, I picked the exact opposite of what I expected. When I put it on, I truly felt like a bride, and more importantly that this was the dress Stephen would want to see me in as I walked down the aisle.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Everything I hope! The most important thing was to make sure our guests ate, drank and had the time of their lives. We tried to highlight the most important things from both of our cultures to ensure it was just one continuous party. Many of Stephen's side had never been to an Indian wedding, so we really wanted to ensure they enjoyed themselves, particularly during the baraat. We made sure to have tons of swag including cut outs of Stephen's face, a CO2 cannon, sunglasses etc. Even though it was a HOT day in August, I can confidently say the group had the best time considering they all showed up to the ceremony sweating through their clothes but with huge smiles on their faces! Also the food was spectacular. My favorite part of 99% of weddings is cocktail hour and Shadowbrook did not disappoint, we still do not know all of the things that were served because there were THAT many!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Every single moment of every single day we spent celebrating. One of the most special things for us both was the love and joy we felt from our families. While of course the event was celebrating the two of us, everyone knows it is truly about the joining of two families. Watching Stephen and his mother dance together, listening to my father's speech, watching our brothers MC our sangeet, those are the moments that will forever replay in our minds.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Don't worry about what anyone else wants or expects! Wedding planning can be stressful, and everyone has their opinion about what needs to happen, how it should happen, etc. but it's your day, do what is important to you. For example, I didn't want to do a vidai. For me, it felt like an antiquated, somber tradition, and my mother agreed, so we didn't do one! More time for cocktails if you ask me!

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
All my vendors were amazing!

Enjoy your weekend! See you on Monday for more.

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Planning & Design: Detailed Affairs Team | Sangeet Venue: Akbar Restaurant | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury | Makeup: Divya Bhawnani | Hair: Dawn Gomez | Floral & Decor: Wedding Design | DJ: DJUSA | Cinematography: Lightyear Studio | Photography: Lightyear Studio | Catering: Moghul Caterers


North Haledon, NJ Indian Wedding by Ray Antoni

Hi, ladies! Anmol & Indrajit's wedding is now live in our Platinum Guide Blog. Get ready to enjoy it!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met on Tinder in 2015! We swiped right and we met on the corner of 42nd and Broadway. I had just finished having dinner with a friend and Indy had come from a happy hour. He tried to find a bar so we could grab a drink, but his phone ended up not catching data (he was using pay-per-MB data)!  Our first date ended up being drinks at the Olive Garden bar in Times Square. From that first date, it was like fate. We talked as if we were old best friends that had just been out of touch for a couple years. It was strange how easy the conversation was. From that day, through numerous traveling adventures and the ups and downs of life, we've have been inseparable ever since.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Our proposal story started with a trip planned for our 4 year anniversary at a beautiful resort on the island of St. Lucia called Ladera. Indy had been planning this trip during my 2nd year of medical school in between 2 of my semesters during a break.  Although I usually have most of the itinerary planned on most trips we go to, Indy had been planning the details of the actual anniversary day as a "surprise". He had the ring picked out and a photographer at St. Lucia who was supposed to take us to a remote dock by the beach where he would propose and capture the moment on a drone. The photographer captured the moment seamlessly while including the natural beauty of the island.

Indy’s cover story for us wearing matching outfits was that since this resort was a romantic couples getaway, it came with a package deal of a photoshoot that we would use on our anniversary. Then right between a few shots where the photographer had us facing away from one another, I turned around and Indy was on one knee! I was so shocked! I still can’t remember what he said and I froze! The photographer then took us to a few more locations including an abandoned coffee plantation and isolated beaches. Then we returned to the resort and were surprised with champagne, roses, chocolate cake and our entire suite and pool decorated with candles!

Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
Our main strategy when it came to planning was mostly divide and conquer. We started with choosing a venue and both narrowed down options in NJ. Indy took charge of negotiations and budgeting.  As for the other vendors, Indy took charge of researching and finalizing our video/photo and DJ and I took charge of décor, cake, and color schemes for outfits. Buying wedding outfits was an obstacle for us since our flight to India was canceled due to COVID and we decided to get custom designed outfits locally from Nazraana at Oak Tree.

The hardest part for us was asking for an RSVP for our guest count since we were asking guests to respond right in the middle of COVID. To make sure we had an accurate count, we subdivided our list into 3 lists and were sending out invitations for approximately 3 months. We even added a COVID tab on our wedding website to describe our health precautions and ensure that all guests felt safe attending our wedding. Aside from that, we used numerous excel sheets and even created our own wedding programs, welcome bags, weekend itinerary, designed our own dance floor and even our photobooth backdrop. Indy and I (both super type A planners) took the smaller details into our own hands to make sure everything was perfect.

We also want to take a second to thank The Little Things by Arpita for helping us coordinate the wedding day and ensuring every second of our event was magical and exactly what we dreamed it would be! Arpita and her team were nothing but the best and would highly recommend her to anyone who hasn't decided on a day-of coordinator. She was one of our best decisions!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I personally did not have too much time to spend on picking out a wedding lengha since I was in the middle of interviews for residency but luckily I am extremely decisive. I was probably the 1% of brides out there that bought the first lengha I tried on! It was a very versatile and delicate piece that I knew I could creatively change with the dupattas I wore with it. I also hated the idea of wearing a heavy uncomfortable lengha all day long. I am definitely more of the “comfort” bride. My bridal lengha checked off all my boxes – simple, elegant, versatile and delicate.  To my surprise, after seeing lenghas in person, I knew I wanted to do something different and out of the ordinary than the typical “red Indian bride”. Since our theme was Enchanted forest, I knew I wanted to choose more neutral colors to contrast the greens in the décor.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Food tasting and cake tasting (of course)!! So many favorite parts of this process, including picking decor, shopping for a venue, and doing our pre wedding photoshoot in California. I think every aspect of planning that helped make our dream wedding vision become a reality was enjoyable. However, our favorite part of the process was all of our family and friends meeting one another on the days leading up to the wedding!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved the heartfelt speeches given by my dad, Indy’s mom, the best man and the MOH/sister of the bride as well as the decor and dances at the reception. They were blown away by how accurately we followed our theme and how much effort everyone put in all the performances not only in the reception but also the Sangeet. The dance floor was full all night!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Every moment of the entire wedding week was so special to the both of us. From graduating medical school, to Indy’s 30th birthday and each and every event that same week there was not one event more special than the next. We both put in so much energy and effort in making sure everything went perfectly. Ultimately, even with all the weather mishaps and changing our outdoor wedding to be indoors, we were blown away by the love, happiness and support we felt that entire week from family and vendors.

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 wanted to make our wedding theme an experience for the guests, so we including low lying fog as guests were entering the grand ballroom, dancing LED ballerinas and hanging greens that the guests would have to  walk through to enter into the room. We made sure to stick to the theme even when hiring our live musician and we chose a Harpist to greet the guests during cocktail hour. From the save the dates to the dance floor, we even incorporated our wedding logo in every aspect of the wedding (on the save the dates, invites, dance floor wrap, photobooth printouts and more). We coordinated with our Décor team to incorporate our favorite greens like Eucalyptus on every table, hanging greens and a touch of gold in every event. For the ceremony we decided to incorporate a golden gate that would be the entrance of the aisle to give a magical feel to the mandap design.
Although we were upset that so many of our guests could not make it from India due to COVID, our family asked family in India to record a congrats message that we would play at the reception to surprise us! Instead of giving our guests wedding favors we chose to donate to the COVID fund for India in memory of our late grandparents.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Everything will work out in the end, don't get dragged down by the small details! Be decisive, move forward and always lean on each other for support during the wedding planning process. If you as a couple can survive wedding planning, especially during COVID, that’s a testament to your marriage!

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Mehndi- I graduated medical school the same morning as my mehendi. Luckily, I was able to attend my ceremony, hop into an Uber the second after the graduation ceremony ended and head straight to my mehendi event without missing a thing! Also to commemorate my graduation, I was able to get a small medical logo on my designs along with my graduation year "2021".

Wedding cake- We had our cake stand custom made by our decor vendor Partyland Sajawat to give it an enchanted forest vibe. It helped not only elevate the cake but because it was decorated in greens it looked like an edible part of the cake itself!

Wedding lehenga - Because of COVID, I was unfortunately unable to visit India for all my shopping but instead I was able to get a little more creative in making my lehenga unique. I chose an outfit that fit more of a reception look and created a double dupatta bridal look. I had 2 custom dupattas custom made in India that helped contrast the neutrals/rose gold tones in my lehenga with a peach and bold red, contributing to the whole whimsical, yet Indian bride vibe.

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Venues: The Tides Estate | Mehndi Artists: Henna by Tanvi | Sangeet Venue: Ashirwad Palace | Planning & Design: The Little Things by Arpita | Floral & Decor: Partyland Sajawat | Hair & Makeup: Tamanna Malik Artistry | Catering: Bukhara Grill | DJ: MVPDJs | Baraat: Equishare Baraat | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Scarlett Entertainment | Bridal Fashions: Nazraana | Cake & Treats: Davids Custom Cakes | Cinematography: Ray Roman Films | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Tamanna Malik Artistry | Tuxedos: Suit Supply | Photography: Ray Antoni


Annapolis, MD Indian Wedding by Halaja Productions, Inc.

Happy Wednesday, beautiful Maharanis! Today we have an extra special treat for you with this romantic wedding film by Halaja Productions, Inc. Kinjal & Mihir are a match made in heaven, and the love they have for each other will tug at your heartstrings. We all hope to find that special someone, and it's a joy to witness two people who've found that happiness. To pull off a celebration worthy of their love, these lovebirds brought in Elegant Events to help spearhead wedding planning, and the final result was a wedding ceremony brimming with tradition, elegance, and beauty. The imposing Crowne Plaza Annapolis resembled the interiors of an Indian palace, and we're in awe of every detail. Our gorgeous Kinjal couldn't have been more radiant while walking down the aisle donning a burgundy Lengha with golden embroidery very well accessorized with stylish jewelry. She was a vision of beauty! No wonder why Mihir couldn't take his eyes off of her, creating lovely and romantic scenes that we now get to enjoy! This couple's celebration was sizzling, and their elegant reception concluded the weekend with a bang! Hands down, this is a celebration that will live on in everyone's memories forever. But don't take our word! Take a seat, grab a cup of your favorite beverage, and enjoy the romantic film below. And if that is not enough, keep an eye on the upcoming gallery by Studio Nine Photography + Cinema. It will make your heart smile!

That is all for today, darlings. Don't forget to join us tomorrow when we unveil a new love story.

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Photography: Studio Nine Photography + Cinema | Cinematography: Halaja Productions | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Crowne Plaza Annapolis | Planning & Design: Elegant Events


Austin, TX South Asian Wedding by MnM Photography

Ladies! Get ready to relive Reema & Rahim's wedding in today's Platinum Guide Blog. You will love it!

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Rahim proposed to me in a beautiful mountainous location in Olympic National Park in Washington. I had been telling him for years that there is no way he will ever be able to surprise me, but he got me. We were already going to the National Park and Seattle for a short trip, and I didn't really suspect anything since I figured proposing to me on a trip would be obvious. Also, it was his birthday that day! But he thought that would be perfect to throw me off since I wouldn't expect him to propose on his birthday. Anyway, we got up to the area where there was an amazing backdrop of snow covered mountains and we were there early for a hike on a weekday so no one was there other than 1-2 people. I wanted to take a picture of the scenery so we went out on a snow covered field. There was one person nearby with an actual professional camera so he pretended to ask her to take a picture of us with his phone, which we did. But the woman was actually a photographer he hired so next thing I knew he got down on his knee and I was so confused for a few seconds! It was perfect. He definitely surprised me, and still gloats about it to this day. :)

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew I wanted a ivory type color for both my nikkah saree and my reception outfit. For my saree, I found a gorgeous saree from Torani online and they helped me customize to make minor changes. For my reception outfit, I knew I would definitely be getting from PanachebySharmeen in Houston, TX. She helped me design the outfit based on a couple pictures I found as inspirations. I didn't have a specific vision at the beginning, but she sent a sketchup of the entire design, and I loved the end result. Everything came out perfectly.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Many of our guests, and us, were in love with the Decor by EventsbyFaiza. Faiza executed our vision of the stage perfectly and made the rest of the room look even better than we initially envisioned. The colors and design were elegant and modern to give us the exact vibe we were hoping for. Secondly, our guests loved the dance floor! Shout out to DJ Mo-T for doing such a great job. Even towards the end of the night, nobody wanted to stop dancing!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
The wedding will go by so fast, it almost feels like a blur! Definitely enjoy every moment of it. On the day of, don’t let the stress of planning and anything else get to you. Just let it go, and have fun!

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Floral & Decor: Events by Faiza | Sangeet Venue: Celebrino Event Center | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel & Conference Center | Makeup: Farah Silat - Farah's Hair & Makeup Artistry | Hair: Valerie Lopez Hair & Makeup | DJ: Outspoken Visions Entertainment | DJ: DJ Mo-T | Mehndi Artist: Noorin's Bridal Heena | Groom's Outfits: Kamran Bespoke | Bride's Pithi/MehndiOutfits: Roshan Ali | Bride's Nikkah Saree: Torani | Bride's Reception Outfit: Panache by Sharmeen | Dance Floor: Michael Nguyen - evografx | Photography: MnM Photography


Silverton, OR Indian Wedding by Jerome Tso Photography

Happy Monday! We are glad to be back with a new love story that we are sure you will love! This time, we will take you on a visual journey through Kavitha & Hiren's wedding festivities thanks to the jaw-dropping shots captured by the highly acclaimed team from Jerome Tso Photography. So let's not wait any longer, and get ready to have a great time! We'll start by heading off to the Oregon Garden Resort to relive the wedding ceremony that united Kavitha & Hiren in holy matrimony. And oh boy, this was the perfect setting for this life-changing event! The natural environment combined with the eye-cathing decor put together by Royce's Prop Shop created a soothing atmosphere that everyone loved. And all we have to say is that this wedding ceremony was a dream come true! But there is no surprise here, as the talented crew from Black Swan Events designed and trimmed this event down to the smallest detail. The elegance and beauty surrounding this ceremony mirrored the gorgeous look of our sweet Maharani, who walked down the aisle donning a stunning red lengha, very well complemented with the flawless hairstyle and makeup designed by Event Cosmetics. But the beauty doesn't end there! To add an extra touch of traditional flair to an already captivating look, Kavitha got a fabulous Mehndi by Roving Horse Henna. And it was perfect! After the wedding ceremony, it was time to celebrate the newlyweds with an intimate reception party that everyone loved. Hands down, it was the perfect ending for this real-life fairytale. But don't take my word! Take a look at this spectacular gallery and get ready to be amazed. Believe us; this is one you don't want to miss!

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What a great way to start this week! Make sure to join us tomorrow for more inspiring love stories.

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Photography: Jerome Tso Photography | Venue: Oregon Garden Resort | Planning & Design: Black Swan Events | Floral & Decor: Royce's Prop Shop | Hair & Makeup (Sangeet): Cassi Yoder | Hair & Makeup (Wedding & Reception): Event Cosmetics | Catering: Oregon Garden Resort | Catering: Chennai Masala | Catering: Swagat | Cinematography: Paraagon Films | Mehndi Artist: Roving Horse Henna


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