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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.

Fairfax Station, VA Sikh Wedding by Catch Motion Photography

Welcome back, Maharanis! We know that Joyti & Sonny's opening Mehndi ceremony got your attention and that you want to see more about this lovely couple! So wait no more, as we have more amazing details to share with you! This time, we will be heading off to the Sikh Foundation of Virginia to take a look at these lovebirds' wedding ceremony thoroughly designed and executed by SW Events. The halls of this venue transformed into a full traditional setting thanks to the fantastic decor crafted by Yaadein Weddings. The striking golden Mandap, the fancy chandeliers, and the ornaments used for this wedding ceremony created a perfect scenario for Joyti & Sonny to tie the knot in the company of their family and closest friends. And we want to take a moment to appreciate Joyti's breathtaking look! She was a vision of beauty dressed in her traditional  Lengha, very well complemented with the sleek hairstyle and lovely makeup designed by Sonia Iqbal. The final result: A dreamy look that exceeded all expectations! If you want to check more of this ceremony, head into our gallery for more. The good friends from Catch Motion Photography shared the shots taken during this event, and we put them all together for you to enjoy! So check them out.

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Get ready to have some fun at the upcoming reception party! You are going to love it!

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Planning & Design: SW Events | Cinematographer: The Wedding Cartel | Photographer: Catch Motion Photography | Ceremony Venue: Sikh Foundation of Virginia | Reception Venue: Foxchase Manor | Floral & Decor: Yaadein Weddings | Hair & Makeup: Sonia Iqbal | Catering: Panj Tara | DJ: Platinum Entertainment | Cake & Treats: Custom Cakes and Cupcakes by Angela Hines


Fairfax Station, VA Sikh Wedding by Catch Motion Photography

Happy Friday, ladies! We can't think of a better way to get to the weekend than taking a look at Joyti & Sonny's wedding festivities. So, without further ado, let's jump right into it! The couple’s wedding festivities kicked off with a colorful and vibrant Mehndi that we are sure you are going to love as it was beautiful beyond words! This pre-wedding ceremony was full of extravagance, Indian flair, vibrant colors, and lots of fun! And we are so glad Catch Motion Photography has taken us along for the ride through their fantastic shots! SW Events designed this pre-wedding event to perfection while Yaadein Weddings followed their lead, creating a minimalist but lovely decor featuring multicolored hues that everyone loved. Although everything was captivating, it was Joyti who stole all the looks dressed in purple lengha with golden embroidery after being glamorized by Sonia Iqbal. Without any question, this was the best way to kick off with the wedding festivities! See all the details of this Mehndi at the gallery that we have prepared for today! And if you want a little extra, you can take a look at the blockbuster film by The Wedding Cartel already featured in our Video Blog!

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There is a lovely ceremony right around the corner, so make sure to check it out!

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Planning & Design: SW Events | Cinematographer: The Wedding Cartel | Photographer: Catch Motion Photography | Ceremony Venue: Sikh Foundation of Virginia | Reception Venue: Foxchase Manor | Floral & Decor: Yaadein Weddings | Hair & Makeup: Sonia Iqbal | Catering: Panj Tara | DJ: Platinum Entertainment | Cake & Treats: Custom Cakes and Cupcakes by Angela Hines


Philadelphia, PA Indian Wedding by Studio KSD

Hello there, ladies! If you are enjoying Tulsi & Neel's wedding festivities as much as we are, you will be thrilled to know that we have all the details surrounding their fantastic reception party held at The Kimmel Center of Performing Arts! So get ready to have some fun because this is an elegant and luxurious event that you will enjoy to the fullest, and from which you can get a lot of inspirational ideas! So let's check it out together! All the guests enjoyed the evening and danced the night away thanks to Amplifire Entertainment, who set the musical mood for this beautiful reception and enlivened every moment of the evening. The smiles, the emotions, and the excellent atmosphere did not stop throughout the whole night, and neither the delicious plates prepared by Garces Events, who was in charge of the culinary experience. Without any question, this was the best way to bring the wedding festivities to an end, and we cannot stop thinking how lucky these two are for having each other! If you don't want to miss any detail of this special evening or if you want to relive this entire wedding celebration, don't forget to take a look at the gallery that we have for today! We have compiled the best shots captured by Studio KSD for your enjoyment. 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"?
It was a series of brief interactions over 6 months. We first locked eyes on a party bus in San Francisco in August 2014. It wasn't until my best friend's (and future maid-of-honor) birthday party did Neel finally show his interest. He bought me a couple of distilled agave beverages and we had a night of pure fun with our closest friends. We were both incredibly confused how quickly we fell into a rhythm, but within a few months we took a quick trip to Hawaii. While on a hike, I picked a banana from a tree, got a terrible stomach ache, and said, "I love you, and I may need to go to a hospital".
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Neel and I were on a 3-month sabbatical at the time. I knew a proposal was coming on the trip but didn't know when or where. In early January, we found ourselves in Chiang Mai, Thailand. When we travel, we like to take a cooking class. He splurged on a cooking class at the Four Seasons Resort. In the 3rd and final dish we were preparing, a papaya salad, I found a ring. Unfortunately, the ring sizes are measured differently internationally and I found a ring large enough to fit a man's thumb. But there was Neel, asking me to marry him, and so confused that I missed the actual question and demanded he ask it again so I could take it in. Of course, I said yes. In fact, my best friend (maid-of-honor), flew to Thailand with the ring, as a surprise.
 
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.
Photography - This was easy. I knew I wanted to work with KSD based on seeing their craft in action at my cousins' weddings.
Hair & Make-up - Payal MUA. She worked so well with what I was looking to achieve, a modern bride with a hint of old-school bollywood cinema
Outfits - I was able to find all of my outfits within 1 day at Asopalav, in Gujarat, India.
Decor Theme - Royal Charms. Given everything about our relationship, our reception theme was appropriately Travel themed. This included table-cards with our favorite destinations, and mini suitcases.
Venue - We didn't want a typical banquet hall. That limited our choices already. We found the Kimmel Center of Philadelphia, and I just saw the wedding happen there. It was a reach, but we made it happen!
Catering - Garces Catering, through Kimmel Center. We worked with them to create a fusion South Asian and Western meals for all events. They're so creative and they did not disappoint.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
We pinned on pinterest, bookmarked on google, and talked to numerous brides. When we got to India, everything was different and our research was practically useless. I was lucky to find all of my outfits on the 3rd day of the trip, in 1 sitting, at Asopalav. When you know, you know.
 
Neel, my husband, did not have such luck. We went to countless stores and shops. His Sangeet was specially designed and made by Paresh Lamba in Banglore, the Wedding outfit was from Asopalav in Gujarat, and a tux made in the US to the reception.
 
The bridesmaids and groomsmen was also made from scratch. I had a color in mind, but under serious dehydration and exhaustion we ended up with something completely different!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
This is likely the most obvious answer, but the food-tasting. It was one of the few parts of the planning that was only Neel & I. Food is the epicenter of our relationship (refer to pain-inducing banana, and proposal papaya salad). Neel's face lights up when he eats something absolutely delicious. It was incredible.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think they enjoyed that the wedding was in city-center, Philadelphia. All of the weddings for our family and friends were at banquet halls. And if there's anything Neel & I are, its atypical to tradition. We opted to use the beautiful and historic Philadelphia skyline as our backdrop. Our guests enjoyed the backdrop as well!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our first look, but it wasn't the romance that's memorable. I was asked to walk up to Neel, who was facing away from me, and whisper something to him that would make him smile. I took it as an opportunity to make a fart joke. He did laugh so hard that he tripped over himself as he turned around and practically fell on me. It deflated all the stress of the day, immediately.
 
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 decided not to have a wedding cake. Instead we did the following:
1. At the Sangeet, I surprised Neel with a "grooms-cake", designed by me, highlighting some of the checkpoints in our relationship. It included the costume I wore on our first date (yes, a costume), poker cards for Neel, and even basketball. We also catered vegetarian cheesesteaks from the famous Campos Cheesesteaks in Philadelphia!
2. At the Reception, we ordered popular desserts from around the US. This includes: Lauderee Macaroons (NYC), Junior's Cheesecake, Prantl's almond torte, and many many more. It was a sugary feast.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
1. Schedule moments for you and your fiance/husband during the wedding week. You may fight, you may laugh, you may even sleep - but it's so important to maintain that connection leading up to the biggest moment in your relationship.
2. It's actually ok if something goes awry. You can't control it all, though I'm sure you'll try. But those "mistakes", often make the best stories! Those are the stories you'll remember.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
It's difficult to summarize details into a few words, but I'll list my greatest hits:
5. Favorite Dance: the entire Murthy family (Neel's dance) took part in a group dance. I mean EVERYONE.
4. Favorite Food: Garces Catering (through Kimmel Center) made a coconut macaron cake. Drool.
3. Favorite Song: Our first dance was a custom-mix of Lights Down Low by Maxx with bhangra beats.
2. Favorite speech: My brother's speech was so well-received, hitting the right balance of funny and sweet.
1. Favorite Moment: The First-look. We were both so stressed from the week of events. Having a moment just centered us. It was us in our purest form.
Most fun: 
For our bridal party photos, we decided to use a basketball court. Neel is obsessed with all things basketball, and over the years, I've come to love the game as well. We went outside-the-box (pun intended), and had about 15-20 min of playing basketball with our closest friends and family. It was a moment where we didn't feel so deep in "wedding-mode". Even in our full wedding attire, we got to shoots some hoops! Our bridal party really loved it as well since it was a moment we were surrounded by the people we're most comfortable with, the people that introduced us, the people that celebrated us most enthusiastically.

See you tomorrow, ladies! Until then, have a great time!
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Photography: Studio KSD | DJ: Amplifire Entertainment | Cinematography: Studio KSD | Floral & Decor: Royal Charms Floral and Decor | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Kimmel Center of Performing Arts | Planning & Design: Honeydew Events | Hair & Makeup: Payal MUA | Catering: Garces Events


Philadelphia, PA Indian Wedding by Studio KSD

Welcome back, beautiful Maharanis! Tulsi & Neel's love story continues, and we have many more details for you to enjoy! So, get yourself comfortable and prepare to be amazed and inspired! After the initial photo shoot, our two lovebirds were ready to go inside the halls of The Kimmel Center of Performing Arts to proceed with the wedding ceremony that united their lives in marriage. And right from the start, we have to say that this wedding ceremony fully designed and executed by Honeydew Events was amazing! And we are sure that you are going to love it! To set the mood for this solemn event, Royal Charms Floral and Decor crafted a minimalist yet on-point decor that created a perfect setting for these two to tie the knot. The beauty of this ceremony also reflected in the looks of our lovely Maharani, who burst into the room wearing a fashionable burgundy lengha after being glamorized by Payal MUA. There is no doubt that this was a dreamy ceremony that everyone loved and enjoyed to the fullest. And we want to make a special shoutout to Studio KSD for perpetuating every moment of this ceremony in such a beautiful way. If you want to check out more of this wedding ceremony, don't miss the gallery that we have prepared for today! You are going to love it!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
It was a series of brief interactions over 6 months. We first locked eyes on a party bus in San Francisco in August 2014. It wasn't until my best friend's (and future maid-of-honor) birthday party did Neel finally show his interest. He bought me a couple of distilled agave beverages and we had a night of pure fun with our closest friends. We were both incredibly confused how quickly we fell into a rhythm, but within a few months we took a quick trip to Hawaii. While on a hike, I picked a banana from a tree, got a terrible stomach ache, and said, "I love you, and I may need to go to a hospital".
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Neel and I were on a 3-month sabbatical at the time. I knew a proposal was coming on the trip but didn't know when or where. In early January, we found ourselves in Chiang Mai, Thailand. When we travel, we like to take a cooking class. He splurged on a cooking class at the Four Seasons Resort. In the 3rd and final dish we were preparing, a papaya salad, I found a ring. Unfortunately, the ring sizes are measured differently internationally and I found a ring large enough to fit a man's thumb. But there was Neel, asking me to marry him, and so confused that I missed the actual question and demanded he ask it again so I could take it in. Of course, I said yes. In fact, my best friend (maid-of-honor), flew to Thailand with the ring, as a surprise.
 
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.
Photography - This was easy. I knew I wanted to work with KSD based on seeing their craft in action at my cousins' weddings.
Hair & Make-up - Payal MUA. She worked so well with what I was looking to achieve, a modern bride with a hint of old-school bollywood cinema
Outfits - I was able to find all of my outfits within 1 day at Asopalav, in Gujarat, India.
Decor Theme - Royal Charms. Given everything about our relationship, our reception theme was appropriately Travel themed. This included table-cards with our favorite destinations, and mini suitcases.
Venue - We didn't want a typical banquet hall. That limited our choices already. We found the Kimmel Center of Philadelphia, and I just saw the wedding happen there. It was a reach, but we made it happen!
Catering - Garces Catering, through Kimmel Center. We worked with them to create a fusion South Asian and Western meals for all events. They're so creative and they did not disappoint.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
We pinned on pinterest, bookmarked on google, and talked to numerous brides. When we got to India, everything was different and our research was practically useless. I was lucky to find all of my outfits on the 3rd day of the trip, in 1 sitting, at Asopalav. When you know, you know.
 
Neel, my husband, did not have such luck. We went to countless stores and shops. His Sangeet was specially designed and made by Paresh Lamba in Banglore, the Wedding outfit was from Asopalav in Gujarat, and a tux made in the US to the reception.
 
The bridesmaids and groomsmen was also made from scratch. I had a color in mind, but under serious dehydration and exhaustion we ended up with something completely different!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
This is likely the most obvious answer, but the food-tasting. It was one of the few parts of the planning that was only Neel & I. Food is the epicenter of our relationship (refer to pain-inducing banana, and proposal papaya salad). Neel's face lights up when he eats something absolutely delicious. It was incredible.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think they enjoyed that the wedding was in city-center, Philadelphia. All of the weddings for our family and friends were at banquet halls. And if there's anything Neel & I are, its atypical to tradition. We opted to use the beautiful and historic Philadelphia skyline as our backdrop. Our guests enjoyed the backdrop as well!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our first look, but it wasn't the romance that's memorable. I was asked to walk up to Neel, who was facing away from me, and whisper something to him that would make him smile. I took it as an opportunity to make a fart joke. He did laugh so hard that he tripped over himself as he turned around and practically fell on me. It deflated all the stress of the day, immediately.
 
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 decided not to have a wedding cake. Instead we did the following:
1. At the Sangeet, I surprised Neel with a "grooms-cake", designed by me, highlighting some of the checkpoints in our relationship. It included the costume I wore on our first date (yes, a costume), poker cards for Neel, and even basketball. We also catered vegetarian cheesesteaks from the famous Campos Cheesesteaks in Philadelphia!
2. At the Reception, we ordered popular desserts from around the US. This includes: Lauderee Macaroons (NYC), Junior's Cheesecake, Prantl's almond torte, and many many more. It was a sugary feast.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
1. Schedule moments for you and your fiance/husband during the wedding week. You may fight, you may laugh, you may even sleep - but it's so important to maintain that connection leading up to the biggest moment in your relationship.
2. It's actually ok if something goes awry. You can't control it all, though I'm sure you'll try. But those "mistakes", often make the best stories! Those are the stories you'll remember.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
It's difficult to summarize details into a few words, but I'll list my greatest hits:
5. Favorite Dance: the entire Murthy family (Neel's dance) took part in a group dance. I mean EVERYONE.
4. Favorite Food: Garces Catering (through Kimmel Center) made a coconut macaron cake. Drool.
3. Favorite Song: Our first dance was a custom-mix of Lights Down Low by Maxx with bhangra beats.
2. Favorite speech: My brother's speech was so well-received, hitting the right balance of funny and sweet.
1. Favorite Moment: The First-look. We were both so stressed from the week of events. Having a moment just centered us. It was us in our purest form.
Most fun: 
For our bridal party photos, we decided to use a basketball court. Neel is obsessed with all things basketball, and over the years, I've come to love the game as well. We went outside-the-box (pun intended), and had about 15-20 min of playing basketball with our closest friends and family. It was a moment where we didn't feel so deep in "wedding-mode". Even in our full wedding attire, we got to shoots some hoops! Our bridal party really loved it as well since it was a moment we were surrounded by the people we're most comfortable with, the people that introduced us, the people that celebrated us most enthusiastically.

Don't go too far because we are a few moments away from unveiling the fantastic reception party that ended the wedding festivities!
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Photography: Studio KSD | DJ: Amplifire Entertainment | Cinematography: Studio KSD | Floral & Decor: Royal Charms Floral and Decor | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Kimmel Center of Performing Arts | Planning & Design: Honeydew Events | Hair & Makeup: Payal MUA | Catering: Garces Events


Make Your Dream Wedding Come to Life at the Half Moon Bay Golf Links!

Imagine that your big day has arrived. You are dressed in the most beautiful outfit you can imagine. You have dreamy makeup. You are standing in front of the love of your life just a few heartbeats away from saying the "I do" that will change your life forever. In the background, you can see a beautiful golf course, and right next to it, a heavenly beach beautifully lit by a magical sunset that adds an extra touch of romance to this already beautiful moment. Sounds fantastic, doesn't it? Well, all this and much more can be found at Half Moon Bay Golf Links. This incredible venue is a perfect combination of luxurious architecture and majestic oceanside surroundings.

Nestled in the San Francisco Bay Area and surrounded by inspirational views of the Pacific Ocean, Half Moon Bay Golf Links combines beauty and radiance at its best — and it will provide you with a perfect backdrop for your big wedding day. Though it feels a world away, Half Moon Bay Golf Links is conveniently located just 30 miles from San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and San Jose. The staff of the venue is a dedicated group of professionals willing to go above and beyond to delight you and your guests with warm and inviting five-star service from beginning to end. You will not only have a fantastic background for your wedding, but a professional and dedicated team as well that will ensure your day is unique and unforgettable.

At the Half Moon Bay Golf Links, you will find all the elements that you need to start planning your ultimate dream wedding. They offer two beautiful ceremony sites for you to choose from. Select the Pacific View Terrace for sweeping ocean and golf course views or the Reflection Pond for a lush and intimate gathering. Of course, if another area on the property suits you, we can always cater to your wishes. Regardless of the site you choose, they will make sure the setting is picture perfect. For receptions, they offer several venue options, as well. Depending on your preference, the number of guests and the type of reception you want to have, you can choose between the entire clubhouse, the Main Dining Room, and the more intimate Palmer Room. From August through November, they also offer an elegant, temporary structure that can accommodate receptions for up to 400 people called the Tribute Plaza Pavilion.  There are a wide variety of options for you to choose from.

To make your wedding a more than incredible experience, the Half Moon Bay Golf Links will introduce you to a professional Special Events Manager to assist you with everything you need for your big day. You even have the option of making a complimentary wedding ceremony rehearsal practice to ensure all details are taken care of. Additionally, to make the transition from the wedding ceremony to the reception as seamless as possible, you will have at your disposal personal golf carts to shuttle your special guests, which may also be used during the reception to bring groups to the beach for a photo shoot.

And, of course, there is a full professional kitchen on site. Their team of skilled chefs can prepare a number of delicious wedding banquet options, or if you would rather use your own catering, the kitchen is open and available for full meal preparation and creation. Just let them know which you would prefer.

The Half Moon Bay Golf Links truly has a lot to offer and they stand ready to start planning your special day! We are sure that once you check it out, you’ll discover that you have found the perfect place to carry out your big dream wedding! 

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Let yourself enjoy and make that dream wedding you've always wanted, come to life! Click the following link for more information, or visit the Half Moon Bay Golf Links to be a step closer to fulfilling your dreams! 

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