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Roselle, IL Indian Wedding by BM Photography

Happy Tuesday, Maharanis! We are excited to bring you an insight into Jinita & Jaydeep's wedding festivities as they were filled to the brim with lovely and inspiring ideas that we are sure you will enjoy. So let's check it out! For this installment, we'll be taking a look at an outdoor photoshoot leading to a Bridal Party filled with fun and merriment! Every single shot captured by the talented team from BM Photography is a visual delight as they managed to capture all the beauty, the emotions, and the love surrounding our lovely couple. And talking about these lovebirds, we have to say that we love how they matched their attires! Maroon, gold, and champaign? Elegance and traditional flair at its best! And just in case you were wondering who is the mastermind behind this Maharani's dreamy makeup and hairstyle, that is none other than Makeup by Darshi! After the photoshoot, it was time to carry on with the Bridal Party! Elegance Decor arrived early to set the mood for this joyful event with delicate linens that wrapped the room, doting it with a traditional style that everyone loved! If you want to take a closer look at this event, don't miss today's gallery!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Even though I (the bride) resided in Chicago and he resides in Florida, Jaydeep and I managed to find each other on Dil Mil (I have no idea how because I thought dil mil works through your location). I actually got the app due to one of my friends who kept nagging me to check it out. I had no desire to use it because looks was important to me and I had a perception of Dil Mil as an app that did not have cute guys lol. But after a long day at work one night, I was scrolling through my phone and noticed that I still had the app. I decided to click on it to open it for the very first time. To my surprise, Jaydeep’s handsome face popped up on my screen as the first guy and I couldn’t resist but to click the checkmark. As I did that, it instantly said that we matched which meant he had already checked out my page and liked it before. I didn’t think much of it so I just left it at matched and went to bed. When I woke up the next morning, I saw that I got a message from him and ever since that day we haven’t been able to go a full day without talking to each other. I knew he was “the one” from the moment we started talking because he reminded me of my brother due to his caring nature and sense of humor. I always told everyone that I would marry someone just like my brother because there’s no one I’m closer to on this planet than him and he cares for me like no one ever has; well besides Jaydeep now. :)

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We went to Maui, Hawaii in 2018 because I had just passed my pharmacy boards and finally became a licensed pharmacist. He knows how much work and dedication studying for those boards are because he is also a pharmacist and graduated in 2016. So because of studying, we weren’t able to see each other for 3 months (the whole summer). As a reward, he decided to plan a trip to Hawaii. There was nothing on my mind because my brain was fried from studying so the only thing I could think of was to just have a relaxing and fun trip. He told me to pack lightly and just take one nice dress for a romantic dinner which seemed fair and sounded like any other vacay we’ve taken. On our third day, it was time for our dinner. It was up in the mountains and as we entered I saw photographers and thought “aww how cute. Someone’s getting married.” Then they started clicking away pictures of us and I got kinda confused but didn’t think anything of it. I turned around to fix my purse and the moment I turned back he was on one knee and I had no words and honestly doing recall anything he said besides, “I’ve been waiting for this day forever. Will you marry me?” Then there it was, and I said yessss to forever!

Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
Since I had lived in Chicago for over 15 years, I have been to many weddings and knew vendors pretty well. My sister got married in 2016 and helping her with her wedding planning also made me get in contact with many of her vendors. I already knew who I was going to get with elegance decor being number one on my list due to their elegant reputation and amazing decor. I knew exactly what I wanted in my decor and when I spoke to elegance they just “got it” and understood me. I wanted an open mandap concept for the wedding ceremony so my guests can all feel part of the wedding and are not blocked off by obstructed views. Hair and makeup were done by one of the best in Chicago- makeup Bushra Abbasi and I absolutely loved her work! Enough that I’m flying her down to Florida to do my sister in laws wedding make up and hair! I loved pearl banquets lighting and twinkle lights on top so I knew I wanted to get married at pearl. We decided to keep all our events there to make it easier for guests that came in from out of town. Most of my family members reside in New Zealand and Fiji and the groom's family coming in from Florida, we had to do everything possible to make sure their transport to each event was easy and manageable.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
We went to India for our bridal shopping. I knew I wanted something different and something without borders. I also knew I didn’t want much gold in there but I had always imagined myself getting married in red. So I knew it had to be red in color. Shopping was intense because I am usually so picky with my outfits. We went around to all of India to find the perfect lengha for me. Then in Ahmedabad, we finally managed to find the one I fell in love with. It had the right amount of work on it and didn’t have much gold! It also was the perfect shade and we customized the dupatta to make it pink to match Jaydeeps outfit because I didn’t want us to be too “matchy-matchy” with us both doing red.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
When my husband told me I could do whatever I wanted with the decor since this was my expertise! Lol

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved our decor and how we managed to match our outfits so well!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Honestly, just have fun with each event. It goes by so quick and don’t worry about outside comments or critiques. Just make sure to have fun at every event because this day will never come again.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
My mehndi outfit was designed by me and made in India. Our red bottoms were a great pop of red at our reception.

If you thought that this was beautiful, you will be thrilled to know that this is about to get better, so stick around for more!

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Sangeet
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Ceremony & Reception Venue: Pearl Banquets | Floral & Decor: Elegance Decor | Bridal Party Hair and Makeup: Makeup by Darshi | Sister and Sister in Law Hair and Makeup: Sana Rahmen | Bride Hair and Makeup: Makeup by Bushra | DJ: DJ Hiren | Baraat: Maharaja Farms | Dhol Player: Jaskaran Sangha | Cake & Treats: Jarosch Bakery | Cinematography: PaRaagon Films | Vinyl Danced Flooring and Sparkler: Vchilli Group | Photography: BM Photography


Princeton, NJ Indian Fusion Wedding by Studio Nine Photography + Cinema

Welcome back, ladies! We arrived at Poorva & Zachary's wedding festivities' grand finale! So get ready to have some fun, because the halls of The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village transformed into a party to celebrate these lovebirds marriage! Poorva & Zachary decided to bring Luxe Event Entertainment on board. And what a great decision it was as their DJ was fantastic and he set the mood for the different activities that happened during the evening. If that wasn't enough, they also prepared a captivating scheme of lights that adapted to the different moods of the event! Both our lovebirds attended this reception looking flawless thanks to the gorgeous Anarkali from Meraj Designers that Poorva rocked, and to the classy and elegant suit from Men's Warehouse that Zachary wore! In between dances, emotions, and delicious food prepared by Moghul, the night was coming to an end. But not before having a taste to the sweet four-story caked that Cramer's Bakery designed for this gala! If you want to relive all the beauty of this fusion wedding, head into our gallery! We've compiled the best shots captured by Studio Nine Photography + Cinema. You are going to be amazed!

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!

Zach had mentioned that he was making a jewelry box for me which I was expecting as a Christmas gift. He told me that he finished it early and wanted me to take a look at it. I opened it up to take a look inside and noticed that there was a ring box inside. As I realized what was going on, Zach took the ring box out of the jewelry box and got down on one knee. He then prepared a five course meal for me with all my favorite foods!!

 

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.

Since we got engaged around the holidays, we were lucky enough to both have a week off around Christmas time. We spent this week looking at vendors and venues. We had a few rough patches with nailing down a venue that would work with the flow of events we had in mind and ultimately visited the Westin in Princeton. We both knew pretty soon that this venue would be perfect for our event. Westin's event manager and her wonderful team was happy to accommodate all of our needs. It was also extremely convenient having a wedding at a hotel since all the key players in our wedding day were at the hotel the night before the wedding. Because of the venue's size and event space options, we were able to host our events in the different exciting spaces of the venue throughout the day.

 

After finding the venue, we quickly started finalizing our vendors and are still extremely happy with the awesome professionals we had the opportunity to work with. I recommend all couples to meet their vendors in person if possible prior to finalizing contracts.

 

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?

I traveled to India for my wedding outfits. I went to Meeraj in Bangalore for my Hindu Ceremony and Reception outfit. I found both these dresses within an hour of visiting the store. I showed the clerk a picture of a couple of dresses I saw on Instagram that I liked and he was able to find me a few dresses from their collection that were similar. I had a fitting that day itself and the tailor had my dresses ready in five days and both dresses fit perfectly during the final fitting. My Sangeet dress is from Hind Collections in Pune and I was able to get the dress fitted there as well. My Christian ceremony dress was from David's Bridal. This was one of the only wedding dress stores that carried dresses that were more conservative.

 

I didn't have any specific colors in mind for any of my dresses. I just knew the overall style that I had wanted. I also had to specify to the clerks I worked with that the wedding was in the United States. They knew exactly what types of dresses were popular with their American customers.

 

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?

The best part of the planning process was by far the food tastings. Both Zach and I are huge foodies so having great food options was very important to us. Moghul and Westin worked very hard to get us the perfect fusion menu. So many people came up to us during our wedding and complimented us on how delicious all the meals were. They especially loved the cocktail hour menu, which honestly was our favorite as well. Since food is so important to us, our wedding coordinators made sure that we were fed throughout the wedding day. We had four meals that day and Westin especially arranged a full cocktail hour display for Zach and I in the bride and groom suite.

 

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?

Our guests loved a lot about our wedding since most of Zach's side had never attended an Indian wedding before and most of my family had never attended an American wedding. We were able to capture the best of both of our cultures in our wedding day.

 

They especially appreciated how organized and on time all of our events were. Full credit for this goes to our amazing wedding coordination team, Planories, and our amazing venue event coordinator, Ginger. So many of our Indian guests were pleasantly surprised at how well managed the flow of the day was and how every event had started exactly on time.

 

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?

There are four specific moments that stand out to me during our wedding week. Each of them involved seeing our event space decorated for the first time as we had planned. Nirali decor did a phenomenal job with the event spaces. I specifically remember walking to the mandap as it was my first time seeing the wedding hall. I was trying my best to make sure I wouldn't trip and fall while also trying to absorb how beautiful the mandap was. The next most memorable moment was getting a sneak peak of our reception hall with all the reception decor and uplighting from our DJ.

 

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 went with the standard sangeet style decor. Lots of bright colors and lots of dancing. Our families did a bunch of performances for us. Zachs cousins and my cousins surprised us with joined organized dance. Zach and I performed to some Bollywood music as well. Seeing Zach dance for the first time shocked and impressed our families.

 

For our reception, we went with a theme that matched the outfits we wore. We tried to keep the speeches and dances to a minimum. We had a father daughter dance, mother son dance, and a first dance. We also had five speeches- our fathers' speeches, my brother's speech, Zach's best man's speech, and our speech. This allowed us to get our dinner buffet started a bit earlier and get the dancing started early as well. I know our guests enjoyed being able to hit the open bar and open dance floor early in the night.

 

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?

Make sure to know what your priorities are for your wedding day. Communicate this with your wedding team and key players in your wedding. Also make sure to hire vendors that you feel comfortable with because you will end up spending most of your day with this group of people. Planning is key in making sure you have a smooth wedding day. Things are inevitably going to go awry, but it's important to enjoy every moment and remember your guests won't be able to tell if things have gone wrong. Absorb the happiness and joy that your families, friends, and guests are experiencing with you. A happy bride is a beautiful bride!

 

Have a great rest of the day, ladies! Join us tomorrow for more!

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GUIDE
style
Fusion
Ballroom
Romantic
season
Autumn
color
Photography: Studio Nine Photography + Cinema | Hair & Makeup: DipBeauty.MUA | Venues: The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village | Mehndi Artists: Henna by Jinal | Cinematography: Studio Nine Photography + Cinema | Draping/Styling: DipBeauty.MUA | Sangeet Venue: Rasoi III | Planning & Design: Planories | Floral & Decor: Nirali Decor | Catering: Moghul | DJ: Luxe Event Entertainment | Bridal Fashion (Bridal Lehenga & Reception Anarkali): Meraj Designers | Bridal Fashion (Sangeet): Hind Creations | Bridal Fashion (Christian Ceremony Gown): Davids Bridal | Cake & Treats: Cramer's Bakery | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Prabhat Creations | Lighting: Luxe Event Entertainment | Rentals (Groomsmen Suits): Men's Warehouse


Princeton, NJ Indian Fusion Wedding by Studio Nine Photography + Cinema

Hello there, darlings! We are excited to continue sharing Poorva & Zachary's wedding festivities with you! Right now, it is time to take a look at the traditional Indian wedding ceremony held at The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village, so get ready to enjoy it! Our gorgeous Poorva stole all the looks as she walked down the aisle dressed in a trendy champagne lengha and rocking a fabulous nude makeup and a classy hairstyle, both done by DipBeauty.MUA. To add an extra touch of traditional flair to this already flawless look, she got a fantastic Mehndi design from the all-talented crew from Henna by Jinal. Without any question, this was a dream wedding that everyone loved! But there is no surprise here as Planories was the mastermind that designed this event, while Nirali Decor took care of the decor! And we know that when these two work together, there is nothing else but perfection that can be expected! And we want to make a big shoutout to Studio Nine Photography + Cinema for sharing the fantastic shots they captured during this lovely ceremony. Thanks to those shots, we've put together a breathtaking gallery that we are sure you are going to love. So go check it out!

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!

Zach had mentioned that he was making a jewelry box for me which I was expecting as a Christmas gift. He told me that he finished it early and wanted me to take a look at it. I opened it up to take a look inside and noticed that there was a ring box inside. As I realized what was going on, Zach took the ring box out of the jewelry box and got down on one knee. He then prepared a five course meal for me with all my favorite foods!!

 

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.

Since we got engaged around the holidays, we were lucky enough to both have a week off around Christmas time. We spent this week looking at vendors and venues. We had a few rough patches with nailing down a venue that would work with the flow of events we had in mind and ultimately visited the Westin in Princeton. We both knew pretty soon that this venue would be perfect for our event. Westin's event manager and her wonderful team was happy to accommodate all of our needs. It was also extremely convenient having a wedding at a hotel since all the key players in our wedding day were at the hotel the night before the wedding. Because of the venue's size and event space options, we were able to host our events in the different exciting spaces of the venue throughout the day.

 

After finding the venue, we quickly started finalizing our vendors and are still extremely happy with the awesome professionals we had the opportunity to work with. I recommend all couples to meet their vendors in person if possible prior to finalizing contracts.

 

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?

I traveled to India for my wedding outfits. I went to Meeraj in Bangalore for my Hindu Ceremony and Reception outfit. I found both these dresses within an hour of visiting the store. I showed the clerk a picture of a couple of dresses I saw on Instagram that I liked and he was able to find me a few dresses from their collection that were similar. I had a fitting that day itself and the tailor had my dresses ready in five days and both dresses fit perfectly during the final fitting. My Sangeet dress is from Hind Collections in Pune and I was able to get the dress fitted there as well. My Christian ceremony dress was from David's Bridal. This was one of the only wedding dress stores that carried dresses that were more conservative.

 

I didn't have any specific colors in mind for any of my dresses. I just knew the overall style that I had wanted. I also had to specify to the clerks I worked with that the wedding was in the United States. They knew exactly what types of dresses were popular with their American customers.

 

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?

The best part of the planning process was by far the food tastings. Both Zach and I are huge foodies so having great food options was very important to us. Moghul and Westin worked very hard to get us the perfect fusion menu. So many people came up to us during our wedding and complimented us on how delicious all the meals were. They especially loved the cocktail hour menu, which honestly was our favorite as well. Since food is so important to us, our wedding coordinators made sure that we were fed throughout the wedding day. We had four meals that day and Westin especially arranged a full cocktail hour display for Zach and I in the bride and groom suite.

 

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?

Our guests loved a lot about our wedding since most of Zach's side had never attended an Indian wedding before and most of my family had never attended an American wedding. We were able to capture the best of both of our cultures in our wedding day.

 

They especially appreciated how organized and on time all of our events were. Full credit for this goes to our amazing wedding coordination team, Planories, and our amazing venue event coordinator, Ginger. So many of our Indian guests were pleasantly surprised at how well managed the flow of the day was and how every event had started exactly on time.

 

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?

There are four specific moments that stand out to me during our wedding week. Each of them involved seeing our event space decorated for the first time as we had planned. Nirali decor did a phenomenal job with the event spaces. I specifically remember walking to the mandap as it was my first time seeing the wedding hall. I was trying my best to make sure I wouldn't trip and fall while also trying to absorb how beautiful the mandap was. The next most memorable moment was getting a sneak peek of our reception hall with all the reception decor and uplighting from our DJ.

 

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 went with the standard sangeet style decor. Lots of bright colors and lots of dancing. Our families did a bunch of performances for us. Zach's cousins and my cousins surprised us with joined the organized dance. Zach and I performed to some Bollywood music as well. Seeing Zach dance for the first time shocked and impressed our families.

 

For our reception, we went with a theme that matched the outfits we wore. We tried to keep the speeches and dances to a minimum. We had a father-daughter dance, mother-son dance, and a first dance. We also had five speeches- our fathers' speeches, my brother's speech, Zach's best man's speech, and our speech. This allowed us to get our dinner buffet started a bit earlier and get the dancing started early as well. I know our guests enjoyed being able to hit the open bar and open the dance floor early in the night.

 

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?

Make sure to know what your priorities are for your wedding day. Communicate this with your wedding team and key players in your wedding. Also, make sure to hire vendors that you feel comfortable with because you will end up spending most of your day with this group of people. Planning is key in making sure you have a smooth wedding day. Things are inevitably going to go awry, but it's important to enjoy every moment and remember your guests won't be able to tell if things have gone wrong. Absorb the happiness and joy that your families, friends, and guests are experiencing with you. A happy bride is a beautiful bride!

 

There are still more beautiful and inspiring ideas right around the corner! So make sure to stay close if you don't want to miss it!

STYLE
GUIDE
style
Fusion
Romantic
Contemporary
season
Autumn
color
Photography: Studio Nine Photography + Cinema | Hair & Makeup: DipBeauty.MUA | Venues: The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village | Mehndi Artists: Henna by Jinal | Cinematography: Studio Nine Photography + Cinema | Draping/Styling: DipBeauty.MUA | Sangeet Venue: Rasoi III | Planning & Design: Planories | Floral & Decor: Nirali Decor | Catering: Moghul | DJ: Luxe Event Entertainment | Bridal Fashion (Bridal Lehenga & Reception Anarkali): Meraj Designers | Bridal Fashion (Sangeet): Hind Creations | Bridal Fashion (Christian Ceremony Gown): Davids Bridal | Cake & Treats: Cramer's Bakery | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Prabhat Creations | Lighting: Luxe Event Entertainment | Rentals (Groomsmen Suits): Men's Warehouse


Princeton, NJ Indian Fusion Wedding by Studio Nine Photography + Cinema

Happy Monday, Maharanis! We hope you've had a great weekend full of love and inspiring ideas! It feels great to be back with a new love story for you, and we are sure that today's fusion wedding will make your heart melt with tenderness and joy! So let's check it out together! When Poorva & Zachary decided to join their lives in marriage, they knew that they wanted to honor both their traditions and backgrounds, that is why they ended up having not one, but two wedding ceremonies! For this installment, we'll be taking a look at all the beauty surrounding the Christian wedding ceremony held at the gardens of The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village. This ceremony had a minimalist design done by Planories, and we loved how they took advantage of the natural setting to create a beautiful backdrop very well complemented by the delicate floral arrangements from Nirali Decor. Poorva, looked ravishing on her white bridal gown from Davids Bridal, after having trusted her beauty needs to DipBeauty.MUA, who created a fantastic makeup and hairstyle! Check all the beauty of this event in today's gallery created thanks to Studio Nine Photography + Cinema. You will love it!

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!

Zach had mentioned that he was making a jewelry box for me which I was expecting as a Christmas gift. He told me that he finished it early and wanted me to take a look at it. I opened it up to take a look inside and noticed that there was a ring box inside. As I realized what was going on, Zach took the ring box out of the jewelry box and got down on one knee. He then prepared a five course meal for me with all my favorite foods!!

 

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.

Since we got engaged around the holidays, we were lucky enough to both have a week off around Christmas time. We spent this week looking at vendors and venues. We had a few rough patches with nailing down a venue that would work with the flow of events we had in mind and ultimately visited the Westin in Princeton. We both knew pretty soon that this venue would be perfect for our event. Westin's event manager and her wonderful team was happy to accommodate all of our needs. It was also extremely convenient having a wedding at a hotel since all the key players in our wedding day were at the hotel the night before the wedding. Because of the venue's size and event space options, we were able to host our events in the different exciting spaces of the venue throughout the day.

 

After finding the venue, we quickly started finalizing our vendors and are still extremely happy with the awesome professionals we had the opportunity to work with. I recommend all couples to meet their vendors in person if possible prior to finalizing contracts.

 

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?

I traveled to India for my wedding outfits. I went to Meeraj in Bangalore for my Hindu Ceremony and Reception outfit. I found both these dresses within an hour of visiting the store. I showed the clerk a picture of a couple of dresses I saw on Instagram that I liked and he was able to find me a few dresses from their collection that were similar. I had a fitting that day itself and the tailor had my dresses ready in five days and both dresses fit perfectly during the final fitting. My Sangeet dress is from Hind Collections in Pune and I was able to get the dress fitted there as well. My Christian ceremony dress was from David's Bridal. This was one of the only wedding dress stores that carried dresses that were more conservative.

 

I didn't have any specific colors in mind for any of my dresses. I just knew the overall style that I had wanted. I also had to specify to the clerks I worked with that the wedding was in the United States. They knew exactly what types of dresses were popular with their American customers.

 

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?

The best part of the planning process was by far the food tastings. Both Zach and I are huge foodies so having great food options was very important to us. Moghul and Westin worked very hard to get us the perfect fusion menu. So many people came up to us during our wedding and complimented us on how delicious all the meals were. They especially loved the cocktail hour menu, which honestly was our favorite as well. Since food is so important to us, our wedding coordinators made sure that we were fed throughout the wedding day. We had four meals that day and Westin especially arranged a full cocktail hour display for Zach and I in the bride and groom suite.

 

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?

Our guests loved a lot about our wedding since most of Zach's side had never attended an Indian wedding before and most of my family had never attended an American wedding. We were able to capture the best of both of our cultures in our wedding day.

 

They especially appreciated how organized and on time all of our events were. Full credit for this goes to our amazing wedding coordination team, Planories, and our amazing venue event coordinator, Ginger. So many of our Indian guests were pleasantly surprised at how well managed the flow of the day was and how every event had started exactly on time.

 

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?

There are four specific moments that stand out to me during our wedding week. Each of them involved seeing our event space decorated for the first time as we had planned. Nirali decor did a phenomenal job with the event spaces. I specifically remember walking to the mandap as it was my first time seeing the wedding hall. I was trying my best to make sure I wouldn't trip and fall while also trying to absorb how beautiful the mandap was. The next most memorable moment was getting a sneak peak of our reception hall with all the reception decor and uplighting from our DJ.

 

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 went with the standard sangeet style decor. Lots of bright colors and lots of dancing. Our families did a bunch of performances for us. Zachs cousins and my cousins surprised us with joined organized dance. Zach and I performed to some Bollywood music as well. Seeing Zach dance for the first time shocked and impressed our families.

 

For our reception, we went with a theme that matched the outfits we wore. We tried to keep the speeches and dances to a minimum. We had a father daughter dance, mother son dance, and a first dance. We also had five speeches- our fathers' speeches, my brother's speech, Zach's best man's speech, and our speech. This allowed us to get our dinner buffet started a bit earlier and get the dancing started early as well. I know our guests enjoyed being able to hit the open bar and open dance floor early in the night.

 

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?

Make sure to know what your priorities are for your wedding day. Communicate this with your wedding team and key players in your wedding. Also make sure to hire vendors that you feel comfortable with because you will end up spending most of your day with this group of people. Planning is key in making sure you have a smooth wedding day. Things are inevitably going to go awry, but it's important to enjoy every moment and remember your guests won't be able to tell if things have gone wrong. Absorb the happiness and joy that your families, friends, and guests are experiencing with you. A happy bride is a beautiful bride!

 

Fusion weddings always got us excited, so share our excitement and stay close to take a look at the traditional wedding ceremony!

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GUIDE
style
Fusion
Romantic
Contemporary
season
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Photography: Studio Nine Photography + Cinema | Hair & Makeup: DipBeauty.MUA | Venues: The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village | Mehndi Artists: Henna by Jinal | Cinematography: Studio Nine Photography + Cinema | Draping/Styling: DipBeauty.MUA | Sangeet Venue: Rasoi III | Planning & Design: Planories | Floral & Decor: Nirali Decor | Catering: Moghul | DJ: Luxe Event Entertainment | Bridal Fashion (Bridal Lehenga & Reception Anarkali): Meraj Designers | Bridal Fashion (Sangeet): Hind Creations | Bridal Fashion (Christian Ceremony Gown): Davids Bridal | Cake & Treats: Cramer's Bakery | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Prabhat Creations | Lighting: Luxe Event Entertainment | Rentals (Groomsmen Suits): Men's Warehouse


Turks and Caicos, South Asian Wedding by Lin & Jirsa Photography

Hello, ladies! We are wrapping up Rittika & Dhruva's lovely destination wedding by taking a look at their fantastic outdoor reception party heald at the Beaches Resorts. For this gala, both our lovebirds attended looking elegantly and fashionably, but it was our lovely Rittika who stole all the looks! She looked like the most beautiful princess from a fairy tale! But there is no surprise here, as she got the best allies to help her praise her natural beauty! Sabyasachi and Kresha Bajaj took care of her fashion needs, tailoring and trimming all details of her attire while Appease Inc. showed all their talent and expertise designing a fantastic makeup and hairstyle that we loved so much! For this evening, Sandals Resorts Weddings designed a minimalist yet striking event that everyone loved, and that set the mood for this celebration! We wish our journey through these wedding festivities didn't have to come to an end, but we need to let these two continue with their way into their happily ever after! Luckily, we have the fantastic shots captured by Lin & Jirsa Photography to relive every moment of this wedding! So make sure to check them out in today's gallery! You will love it!

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!

His family has a beach house in Dana Point that was our absolute favorite place to be. It was peaceful, calming, and just amazing place with great memories. So he told me we had dinner plans down in Laguna Beach so we'd stay the night at the beach house and get ready there too. I was brought up to plan for time accordingly because it's not nice to be late for anything. So I ask Dhruva what time dinner was and he said it was at 7:30 pm. So I google mapped from dana point to Laguna Beach and got ready to account for traffic. I was ready by 6:30 pm to start heading downstairs so we could leave by 6:45 pm, or so I thought.

 

Dhruva held me hostage in that room because apparently the photographers wanted him to propose at sunset, and wanted us downstairs at 7/7:30. I found it odd that he was essentially holding me hostage in a room and got a little suspicious. Because my suspicion grew, he finally had to cave and call an audible and go down sooner than was planned. And the next thing that I found odd was he said "let's take the elevator down" which we never did, but i thought "ok maybe because we have a suitcase and I'm in heels so why not."

 

As soon as the elevator doors opened he had a runway of candles set leading to the back patio which was essentially the beach. He spoke to me the whole way down the path and got down on one knee in the sand and asked me to marry him. There were a bunch of people who started cheering from the house next door, whom I initially thought was our families, but it was actually a random family who was airbnbing the house next door and it made it feel even more like a surreal fun experience.

 

After that we drove up to a country club where our family and friends were waiting for us to celebrate. It was the perfect proposal because we both enjoy quality over quantity, and sharing special moments with those closest to us.

 

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 knew for the most part that we wanted to do a destination wedding. Again since we enjoy keeping the number of people lower in order to share every moment with the people closest to us. We looked within the U.S. and all over the world. We also were thinking of maybe doing one of the places we have already been to share with our family. And a big driver was my experience at one of my cousin's weddings in India where they rented out almost a whole location, so it was all of us waking up together and spending every moment of every experience together in one location. I was driven by wanting to find a place that would make it feel like a huge family vacation where we can all spend the whole time together without any worries.

 

I had a huge excel file with multiple venues, made all the calls, organized what they had to offer, the different prices (full buyout, rentals, room rates, etc). I needed all the facts to pitch the idea of the destination and sell it to my dad. And this is how we landed on Beaches Turks & Caicos: I would be able to do all of our functions, it was all-inclusive, kid friendly (many of my cousins have young children), had U.S. certified nannies and medical aide on site, and was affiliated with Sandals which is a renowned company, it was far enough away to be an awesome destination but close enough for those who are closest to us to be able to afford, and Turks was on our bucket list of places to go since we are both Scuba certified.

 

Beaches was extremely helpful, they give you a pre-wedding coordinator and a on-site wedding coordinator. Due to many of my intricate requests, my pre-wedding coordinator put up our wedding as a recommendation to be feature in Sandal's wedding magazine which was awesome! I then had the corporate wedding planners helping me out who went above and beyond to make all my visions come true.

 

For Hair and Makeup, I wanted someone who knew how to help me get ready for all the Indian events and worked well with Indian bridal make up. So I found an amazing makeup artist in Chicago named Carrie her company is called Appease. I was able to do a trial with her here in Chicago (which is where my husband and I have been for school), and she had a package to do mine as well as some of my bridal party's hair & makeup, and mehndi at our sangeet too! Her company had the whole package.

 

For outfits, I am a bride that prefers comfort over being too showy, especially since we were going to be in the Caribbean. The one outfit I knew, and this was LOOONNNGG before it became a new "thing" to do, was that I want a Sabyasachi outfit for my wedding day because being a Bengali myself, I have loved him as a Bengali designer from long before the trend. His original store and home are right around the corner from my mom's family's home in Kolkata. And I knew I wanted it in red because thats the color my parents wanted since it is the traditional Bengali color for wedding.

 

For decor and theme, I am not a Bride that has been planning my wedding since childhood with ideas in my head from before, so I just started going with ideas as they came to me. I wanted to make full use of all that Beaches had to offer with all the diversity it had. So I made the Sangeet a more ethnic Indian theme with lots of colors and flowers and even a beer pong/flip cup table, for the Ceremony I saw an inspiration photo for a stage and huge photo frame backdrop that was all white and looked gorgeous against the Caribbean blue so I started with that and went from there. I wanted everything to be mainly white base with just small pops of colors so that all the vibrant Indian outfits would pop against the gorgeous Caribbean blue ocean backdrop. And the Reception I just wanted to be beach elegant with shades of blue which was decided after I picked my Reception outfit.

 

The main thing was having alcohol and awesome music always available, my family and friends love having a good time.

 

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?

Working with the Sandal's corporate team and the Beaches wedding team. They were all so much fun and I still keep in touch with some of them. I am more of a laid back bride where it takes a lot to stress me out. I also enjoyed finding new ways to add personal touches and items I knew would make my guests happy and make their time enjoyable. I was brought up in a family where we always think of our guests and plan events with them in mind, not to do things for show, but to do things that will be enjoyable for them. A wedding is meant to be fun for everyone in attendance.

 

I also enjoyed shopping for my outfits because we went shopping with our friends in Mumbai, no parents so not too many opinions and it was just a lot of fun because our friends aren't as stressed out as parents can be during wedding planning so it was just a lot of joking around, eating great food, going out at nights and a fun visit. This trip we also got to go to Kolkata to my parent's family's homes and that was a lot of fun too since I come for a big family there was always just a lot of people around showering us with love.

 

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?

From what I've heard everyone loved that it was about 70 people and in the Caribbean. Everyone enjoyed being able to get to know everyone that was there, spend downtime together around the resort and have a fun family vacation feel enjoying all the amenities and events. Nothing felt too formal like attending an event, it felt like a more "oh ok we gotta chug this drink, get out of the pool, and change for a party celebrating two people we love". Everyone got along and had a blast.

 

For events other than your ceremony, please tell us as much as you would like about the decor, style, dances, and all the special details.

We had a welcome dinner on Thursday night. For the youngsters, it was at a restaurant by the beach, and for the adults, it was at a rooftop overlooking the ocean. It was just a fun night to have everyone get to know each other and make it feel like the weekend of festivities had officially begun.

 

Friday morning we had our Haldi at a Gazebo area outside of one of the resort's small bars with small bites and juices available. My family has alcohol at all events, but in case anyone goes offended from the other side I strategically picked this location so anyone who wanted a beverage could go into the bar and grab one. The decor was all orange and yellow-based, very beautiful with lots of flowers and fabric. We did a joint Haldi which was a lot of fun. And then all of us young folk ran to dance practices

 

Friday night we had our Sangeet. It was at an outdoor restaurant with an Indian Buffet and Indian decor and we had all the performances this night too. The decor involved a lot of colors, i had a greenery bar to go with the greenery photo wall, and tons and tons of flowers and multi-colored fabric, mehndi lounge area, and a beer pong/ flip cup table. My mom did a beautiful performance for me despite having broken her toe right before the flight on the way to the airport! She played it off as "bruise" because she wanted to be able to help with everything and perform. We also had a friend's dance that had my childhood family friends, our close friends, myself and Dhruva as a part of it. And my cousins did a huge family dance that was awesome especially because NO ONE lives in the same city, state, or country even. We all had fun doing rehearsals and teaching dances on the resort as well. There was a flash rainstorm that delayed the sangeet, but it just gave everyone more time in the pool and swim-up bar (again why i loved this concept of smaller with everyone on a resort). And yes they stayed in the pool through the rainstorm. And my coordinators told me that my awesome parents were the first to run to the location to see how they could help with anything because of the rain. The rain passed and we partied the night away.

 

This next event has tons of special details. Saturday night was our reception by the water, we had a huge fabric divider to separate the cocktail hour from the actual reception. My coordinators surprised me with a "champagne bar" as the bar for the cocktail hour. Cocktail hour was during sunset so was beautiful. For the reception, our entrance song was Unforgettable by French Montana, and our first dance song was Wanted by Hunter Hayes. We had just a few speeches and then opened the dance floor. Our dinner menu was around the world. We had dishes from all the places we traveled to, so we had Thai, Fijian, Belizean, and Caribbean food. My reception outfit was a love story lehnga. The entire bottom had scenes stitched onto it from photos I sent: our proposal, my dog, us on an elephant in Thailand, and us scuba diving. And the entire bottom border was made up of the Chicago Skyline because Chicago is where we spent our entire engagement and a majority of our relationship. After the reception, all the guests moved over to the beach and we had a huge bonfire with s'mores and more drinks, and we had all our guests release lanterns into the sky.

 

On Sunday we had an amazing boat party on a Catamaran with all of our friends that ended up staying until Monday with an open bar and food. We took the boat to an island and browsed the island and came back and continued the party at the swim-up bar.

 

And then the following Saturday, we had a reception back in LA which was just as beautiful. We picked the Millennium Biltmore because I love Beauty and the Beast and their ballroom reminded me of the ballroom scene from that movie. And it also had just such a beautiful regal elegance to it that did not need to be touched just enhanced. We wanted a winter wedding, but that wasn't possible so we had projection mapping done thanks to the amazing Amit from 3D sounds to make it look like it was snowing outside through the windows and have winter images. And we got white carpeting done and had white and gold as the theme to go with it by the amazing Nicole from Shawna Yamamoto who made my dreams come true. and I wore an oxblood sequined gown. This was just a fun party to celebrate our wedding with extended friends and family from back home. We had a dance from our friends with just a few speeches, and our highlight video from the island played.

 

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?

Be open-minded and hire planners/decorators based on past work so you can trust their abilities. It's good to have ideas to help narrow down options and have direction, but there will be things that may not go exactly the way you wanted, or there may be hiccups. With an open mind, and trust that your planners/decorators will come up with the best solutions, there is no need to fall into the stereotype of a "Bridezilla", and you can enjoy every moment so much more with less stress.

 

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

My mehndi!! I loved loved loved it. I had a portrait of my dog and my two grandmas on my mehndi since they could not be with us (my dog was back in California, and my grandmas have passed). It was a definite highlight.

 

For the ceremony I had a vendor build me my own Palki that I was carried in on by all my brothers. And we did our vidaai on a decorated boat after which guests went to enjoy a private lunch.

 

I also made hangover kits as a welcome bag for all the guests with a note from me.

 

For our wedding cake on the island, the chef was amazing enough to make it out of a cake I had tried at one of their restaurants when we went for a preview visit. It was made from this delicious flourless chocolate cake that everyone loved.

It is time to get back from this real-life fairytale! We hope you have a fantastic weekend, and we hope to see you here on Monday!

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Hair & Makeup: Appease Inc. | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Beaches Resorts | Planning & Design: Sandals Resorts Weddings | Bridal Fashions: Sabyasachi | Bridal Fashions: Kresha Bajaj | Bridal Fashions: Troy Costa | Mehndi Artist: Wild Style Design Company | Photography: Lin & Jirsa Photography


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