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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.

Florham Park, NJ Indian Wedding by Lightyear Studio

Happy Friday, Maharanis. There is so much wedding inspiration today to wrap up the week! We are beyond excited to present the beautiful wedding album of Kinjal and Shilp. Lightyear Studio kindly shared their same-day edit film, a heartfelt cinematic production we had the honor to feature not long ago, and you can watch the reel here. But this time, Lightyear Studio gave us the opportunity to showcase the stunning shots of this unforgettable union with all of you. The launched of the wedding spree was a fabulous Sangeet at Aashirwad Palace that helped spread the excitement of the upcoming events with joyful choreographies and bold color outfits. Despite all the chaos of Covid, this lovely pair put together along with their families a spectacular spring Indian wedding at the Brooklake Country Club & Events. This exclusive venue harbored an outdoor ceremony out of a fairytale. The open floral mandap, the sacred rituals, and the bliss of a happy couple were a true feast for the eyes. The magenta blooms all over the mandap are my personal favorite! Kinjal was a real trendsetter flaunting equally regal outfits for her ceremony and reception. Our princess bride mesmerized the crowd with a bronzed-hued makeup look created by Rita Suthar, which complemented her red velvet lehenga just right. She later slipped into a mint green-colored lehenga with rich golden embellishments that made her glow during her reception party. DJ Gaurav from Luxe Event Entertainment performed and incorporated the bride and groom’s favorite songs and music that made everyone up and hurry onto the dance floor. What a great crowd pleaser! Great food and drinks were also essential parts of this once-in-a-lifetime day that will remain in the hearts of Kinjal and Shilp forever. Get a glimpse of the glory of this wedding journey visiting our complete gallery. Happy peruse!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We were walking past each other and I tripped. He caught me at the perfect time and we landed in a dip. Time slowed down and the music started serenading. We knew it was love at first sight.

Just kidding! We met the traditional way...on a dating app! After a few dates and a lot of pizza, I knew he was the one when he could out-quote The Office to me. (But he knew sooner!)

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Since we started dating, we had been dreaming about a trip to Ireland together. I had been obsessing over Ireland since my last 3 trips and had wanted to show Shilp the magic. We took an epic trip with our 4 friends driving around the countryside, stopping by tiny pubs and ended at the Cliffs of Moher overlooking the castle on the hill. In that moment, Shilp made my favorite spot in the world even more special by getting down on one knee!

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.
To be honest, we credit Dr Rina Desai, my mom, for planning and re-planning our wedding once it was rescheduled because of Covid! Both our families really chipped in and made this as stress-free as possible. We knew we wanted old-school maharani-style wedding outfits and an organic/rustic, simple feel for the decor. Nirali made our decor vision come to life! Brooklake Country Club and all of the people who work there made it extraordinarily easy to put this together. Rita Suthar my make-up artist (who I've known for 15 years), read my mind for my makeup/hair styling. DJ Gaurav played phenomenal sets that make even dance-challenged people get out on the dance floor. Nathan and his team at Lightyear Studio captured every bit of magic that weekend. This wedding was thanks to our family and all of these people! We know how much they worked to bring this dream to life!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I always knew I wanted an all red wedding lengha. I went wedding dress shopping with my parents, Shilp and his parents, to try on different fabrics and lengha styles. I landed on a bright red, velvet style based on the richness of the look and the depth of the color. My mom then went to India to for all my wedding outfit shopping as I was unable to go myself.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Since we were forced to scale the event down, the guests who attended were our closest family and friends. We were able to have one on one time with our guests dancing, eating, taking pictures. I think our guests enjoyed the ease and the personal touch we were able to have at each event. Great food and drinks always helps!!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our first look was one of our most special moments. When we saw each other for the first time we both just burst out laughing, so happy and excited at the same time, followed by a big warm embrace. We took a breath to fully take in the moment and realize we had made it. We will never forget that.

I also shared a moment with my dad earlier in the morning when he saw me for the first time in my bridal outfit. It was full of emotion and so incredibly special.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
The planning can be long and stressful no matter what size or style of wedding you are having. The one most important piece of advice from us to you is to enjoy the day (or days!). Enjoy the small moments with your family and friends, be present, laugh, take a picture in that photobooth, cheers with your signature cocktail, tear it up on the dance floor (even if your hair gets ruined). The time goes by so fast and the most cherished memories we have are from the times we spent together with our family and friends. Also unlike us, don't forget to eat something more than dessert at the reception!

See you next week. More inspiration to come!

Cinematography: Lightyear Studio | Photography: Lightyear Studio | Sangeet Venue: Aashirwad Palace | Ceremony Venue: Brooklake Country Club & Events | Reception Venue: Brooklake Country Club & Events | DJs: Luxe Event Entertainment | Hair and Makeup: Rita Suthar

Your Dream Wedding Awaits At MGM National Harbor, Maryland

Hello Maharanis! You know how much we love Indian weddings and all the beauty, emotions, and grandeur around them. That's why we are excited to know that, little by little, businesses are reopening their doors to all brides and grooms looking to start their happily ever after in 2021 & beyond.

If you are one of the couples whose wedding got postponed due to the emergence of COVID-19, had a backyard get together, and are ready for your big wedding bash,  or if you are starting to plan your wedding, you must know that planning a wedding begins by choosing the location where you can’t wait to tie the knot. And today, we want to introduce you to MGM National Harbor.

Located just minutes away from Washington, D.C, on the Potomac River banks, MGM National Harbor is a luxury resort offering multi-cultural wedding services including:

- On-site catering offering traditional South Asian cuisine and packages
- World-class culinary team
- On-site florist
- Luxury hotel rooms and suites
- An array of restaurants and bars for you and your guests to enjoy

Being part of the MGM Resorts International family, MGM National Harbor offers premier services and top of the line accommodations to make that dream wedding of yours come to life. Not to mention that its prestigious location, just a few steps from Washington DC, will allow your wedding guests to take in the many free museums and historical attractions during their stay.

Whether you are looking for an intimate private gathering or an extravagant social affair, MGM National Harbor has everything you need! Choose from private dining rooms to breathtaking terrace views of Washington D.C., National Harbor, and the Potomac River to Alexandria, VA. Whatever your dream wedding looks like, MGM National Harbor has something for every couple!

The best of all is that you don't have to worry about your health and safety as the MGM Resorts team worked with medical experts to develop their "Seven-Point Safety Plan," which puts your health and safety at the center of all. So you will have peace of mind knowing that you and your guests can enjoy your wedding hassle-free. How satisfying is that!

So don't think twice; embrace the opportunity to enjoy the full array of services and amenities offered at the MGM National Harbor and enjoy building unforgettable memories in the company of your soulmate!

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Orlando, FL Indian Wedding by Castaldo Studios

Reshma & Roshan's wedding is now available in our Platinum Guide Blog. Get ready to enjoy it!

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Planning & Design: Eventrics Weddings | Floral & Decor: NJP Events and Design | Event Designer: NJP Events and Design | Bridal Fashions: NJP Events and Design | Ceremony Venue: Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress | Sangeet Venue: Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress | Reception Venue: Sun 'n Fun | Hair & Makeup: Style By Susmita | Catering: Mast Masala Caterers | DJ: Volcanik Entertainment LLC | Cinematography: Castaldo Studios | Photography: Castaldo Studios | Mehndi Artist: Designs by Varsha

Asheville, NC Pakistani Engagement by Hakim's Studio

Welcome back, ladies! I'm so glad you could join us. We can't wait to unveil what we have prepared for your daily dose of inspiration. Today we celebrate Ayima and Hamza, a couple that touched our hearts since the first moment their fairytale story landed in our editorial room! Their unique story dates back a couple of years ago when they met at a family wedding. The duo was inseparable since, and the rest is history. They set up early Spring'20 as a wedding date, but first, the renowned Hakim's Studio joined them for a special engagement session. The talented Mairaj Hakim's crew created a unique and extraordinary photograph artwork that truly reflects their personalities and energy. The dramatic backdrop of the historic Biltmore Estate, America's Largest Home, is utterly brilliant! First, Ayima and Hamza were captured amidst the lovely blooms of a greenhouse, and later they took advantage of the spectacular outdoors of this legendary home. Maharani Ayima went for a sublet makeup for the first set of portraits, and she slipped into a beautiful deep blue saree with touches of sparkle she accessorized with silver bangles, While Hamza opted for a black suit he completed with a blue shirt. I love the intimate vibes of these moody and romantic photos. Ayima's red gown popped during the alfresco session. The lace embellished design made this gown perfect, while her smokey eye and red lips were just right for a flirty look. Hamza pulled off the turtleneck with suit look with ease. He really mastered the style with black and burgundy shades that turned him into the epitome of menswear elegance. These chic looks and styles are all the inspiration you need for your own engagement photos. Make sure to visit our complete gallery for more breathtaking portraits.

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A little birdy told us Ayima & Hamza held a destination wedding in Atlanta. Congrats to these two! Ladies, leave a comment below. Let us know your thoughts about this unique engagement shoot.

Photography: Hakim's Studio | Venue: Biltmore Estate

Houston, TX Indian Wedding by Mir Anwar Studios

Hello, Maharanis! Get ready to enjoy Krishna & Bhavik's wedding in today's Platinum Guide Blog!

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Photography: Mir Anwar Studios | Cinematography: Mir Anwar Studios | Venues: Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria | Planning & Design: Lavender Pearl | Floral & Decor: Prashe Decor | Hair & Makeup: Aura Airbrush Makeup | Catering: Bombay Brasserie | DJ: Karmadjs | Bridal Fashions: Gunghat by Shaveta | Bridal Fashions: Gangore Studios | Bridal Fashions: Roop Sari Palace | Bridal Jewelry: Roop Sari Palce | Bridal Jewelry: Evotique | Bridal Jewelry: Henna ke Phool | Cake & Treats: Dolce Designs by Jesi Celeita | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Etsy | Lighting: Karmadjs | Mehndi Artist: Living Doll by Hina Khan


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