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Welcome to Maharani Weddings

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.

Chicago, IL Indian Fusion Wedding by Crane's Photography

Happy Monday, beautiful Maharanis! There is no better way to start this week with the right foot than taking a look at Anna & Sameer's wedding festivities as they pack all the things we love to see, and so much more! This time, we will be heading to Chicago, Illinois, and, more specifically, to the Intercontinental Chicago to enjoy the beginning of these lovebirds' everlasting love story! These lucky guys had two different ceremonies to pay homage to their backgrounds and cultures, and we cannot stress how much we love them! Fortunately, we have the chance to relive this enchanting story thanks to the jaw-dropping photos captured by none other than Crane's Photography. And all we have to say is that every single shot is an absolute masterpiece you don't want to miss! Whether if it is a ceremony shot or a reception one, everything is utter perfection! But there is no surprise here as The Simply Elegant Group thoroughly orchestrated this grand event, and managed to amaze us with a flawless design, very well complemented with the on-point decor that set the mood for the different wedding events. Although every detail surrounding this wedding was impressive, it was our gorgeous Anna who stole all the looks with her elegance and traditional flair. There was so much beauty surrounding this long-awaited wedding that it gets difficult to put it into words. Luckily, we have this fantastic gallery for you to enjoy. Make sure to check it out; it will take your breath away!

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Have an awesome week, ladies! See you tomorrow for more,

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Ceremony & Reception Venue: Intercontinental Chicago | Planning & Design: The Simply Elegant Group | Photography: Crane's Photography


Macungie, PA Sikh Fusion Wedding by Jiju Mathew Photography

Good morning, Maharanis! It is great to be back to share a new love story with all of you! Today, we will join our two lovebirds Jessica & Parampreet, in their charming wedding festivities, and we are excited because this time, there is not one but two wedding ceremonies that marked the start of a lifetime love story for this sweet couple. Lucky guys! While we were taking a glance at the spectacular shots captured by Jiju Mathew Photography, our heart exploded with joy as every single image is a visual masterpiece that allows us to enjoy the beautiful ceremonies and the elegant and impressive reception! So, let's not wait any longer and get ready to dive into it! We are starting by taking you to the Guru Nanak Sikh Society of Lehigh Valley to enjoy the solemn Sikh wedding ceremony that marked the start of Jessica & Parampreet's everlasting married life. For this installment, Jessica embraced a traditional style donning a red lengha with golden embroidery that made her look flawless. And we cannot stress how much we loved her Maharani style! For the second wedding ceremony, we are taking you to the gardens of the Bear Creek Mountain Resort for you to witness an outdoor Christian wedding ceremony that will surely take your breath away. There were so much beauty and flair surrounding the scene that we don't have enough words to describe it. All we have to say is that it was utter perfection! After both wedding ceremonies, it was time to celebrate this life milestone with a fabulous reception party thoroughly decored by Garden of Eden Florist, and fully animated by DJ Ronak Entertainment. Hands down, it was the best way to bring these wedding festivities to an end! If you want to check more of this lovely couple, don't miss today's full gallery!

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That is all for today, darlings. Have an awesome weekend and don't forget to join us on Monday for more!

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Sikh Ceremony Venue: Guru Nanak Sikh Society of Lehigh Valley | Christian Ceremony Venue: Bear Creek Mountain Resort | Floral & Decor: Garden of Eden Florist | DJ: DJ Ronak Entertainment | Photography: Jiju Mathew Photography


Say "I do" In Paradise at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas

Dreaming of the perfect Bahamas destination wedding? Look no more and start planning your lavish Indian Destination Wedding at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Opened in 1998, this extraordinary destination venue has grown tremendously and undergone exciting changes through the years to adapt to everyone's needs. Because of it, they have so much to offer! At Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas, you'll find beautiful beaches, pools, a water park, aquariums, marine life, casinos and so much more! No wonder why a common saying among their guests is that they are "Epic for Everyone!" Therefore, you can rest assured that whatever vision of a dream wedding you have, the talented and highly experienced team at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas will make it a reality!

With more than 15 ceremony and reception venues, you'll surely find the perfect spot to start your very own fairytale in a lush tropical setting. Regardless if you are looking for majestic ocean views for your traditional ceremony or an elegant ballroom setting for your lavish gathering, Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas will suit you all wedding needs and accommodate all your guests.

They offer a mix of indoor and outdoor venues that can host groups from 2 to 1000. How amazing is that! Whether it be for an oceanside Mehendi or a formal dinner indoors, Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas will have a perfect venue for you! Not to mention that they also have a full Pyaar, Atlantis wedding offerings, including banquet menus created by their incredible culinary team.

Ladies, let Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas help you create a one of a kind experience for the most romantic day of your lives, and enjoy getting married right in front of the paradisiacal shores and mesmerizing landscapes of Bahamas. We are sure that it doesn't get any better than this! So, wait no more, check out their wedding packages, and don't miss your chance to say "I do" in paradise!

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Haiku, HI Sikh Fusion Wedding by Anna Kim Photography

Ladies, don't miss today's Platinum Guide Blog and join Kiran & Grant at their wedding celebration!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Brought together by a personal matchmaker, Grant & I first crossed paths at the Claremont Hotel, Berkeley. We gabbed over cocktails & delicious eats for hours, closing the joint down. Our shared sense of humor and outlook on life unraveled so naturally, as though we had known each other all along. We left each other's company knowing in our hearts we would be together always.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
A romantic at heart, Grant wished to incorporate details in my life that he knew I held close to my heart. Knowing how passionate I was as an educator, he felt that nothing would best the setting of proposing to me in my classroom while involving my students and my principal who also had become a close friend of mine over the years.
 
After asking my father for his blessing, Grant put forth his plan on May 31st - my parents' anniversary - by arriving to school during the afternoon recess. While I heard the pandemonium garner momentum outside of the classroom, Grant was "stealthily" handing out roses to each student, who had become quite acclimated with him the past few months, dubbing us "Granjeet" as a "matrimony" of our names - Grant & Kiranjeet - while also mischievously writing cliched poetry and love notes on our behalf addressed to one another. 
 
Once the bell rang, each student sauntered in to the classroom, desperately attempting to stifle their excitement, to present a rose to me with Grant finally handing me a rose himself, proclaiming his love and desire for us to be together every day for the remainder of our lives. As he knelt down to ask for my hand, my students finally let loose their giggles and gasps of gleeful anticipation, and when I responded with "yes", the screams, shrieks, and rapture were beyond containment. Plastic champagne glasses flowing with sparkling apple cider ensued, and, true to form, what a unique unforgettable shared experience Grant created for my students to participate in such a special, heartfelt moment!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Once we immediately fell in love with Haiku Mill, cosmic forces collided with Sabyasachi's 2017 Udaipur Collection. The lehengha's green & yellow hues on raw silk complimented the lush gardens of Haiku Mill fluidly as though the cloth itself was a natural extension of the organic vines and branches found throughout the grounds. Noticeably visible was the mosaic border of the lehengha as it continued as the floral print, becoming more English influenced, a metaphorical nod to our multicultural wedding's blend of customs.
 
In my mind's eye, I had long envisioned incorporating a rich tone of emerald green for my wedding lehenga, so discovering this particular design and scheme was quintessential kismat. Simply stated, the wedding dress and the stunning venue was a match made in heaven.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
It was our best endeavor to have all of our guests regarded as one OHANA during the course of our shared time in Maui. We heard from a plethora of friends and family how special and close knit they came to feel with how each event integrated both sides together seamlessly, encouraging new relationships and bonds to form and remain established even to this day. From the onset, Grant & I strongly desired for our wedding to allow everyone to feel like a part of the "inner circle of trust."
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
With that ring comes ALOT of "responsibility". How right you are mom!
 
Never compromise yourself. You're all you've got.     Janice Joplin
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Planning & Design: Mira Savara Events | Event Designer: Mira Savara Events | Sangeet & Reception Venue: Andaz Maui At Wailea Resort | Ceremony Venue: Haiku Mill | Floral & Decor: Darren Keala | Hair & Makeup: Maui Make up Artistry | Catering: Monsoon India | DJ: Maui Tunes Entertainment & Production | Baraat: Malinder Tooray | Cake & Treats: Sugar Beach Events | Cinematography: Ohana Films | Favors: Darren Keala | Lighting: Accel Rentals | Live Music: Shea Derrick | Hawaiian Entertainment: Manu Tea Nui E | Porsche Car: Maui Roadsters | Wedding Stationery: Papyrus - Danville | Calligraphy: Papineau Calligraphy | Silk Tunic (Batna & Mehendi): Maggie Coulombe Maui | Evil Eye Pendant in Diamond & Enamel (Batna & Mehendi): Kabana | Bridal Jewelry in Turquoise & Pearl (Sangeet): Bhola Jewellers | Turquoise King Ring (Sangeet): Ippolita | Marigold Salwar Kameez With Custom Cut-Out Applique & Phulkari (Sangeet): Nenu Sekhon | Vintage Pompei in Gold Wedge (Sangeet): Louis Vuitton | Lehenga (Anand Karaj): Sabyasachi | Custom Phulkari (Anand Karaj): Nenu Sekhon | Totem Wedge in Gold (Anand Karaj): Yves Saint Laurent | Bridal Jewelry in Ruby - Emerald & Pearl (Anand Karaj): Jagdish Jewellers | Groom's Custom Kalgi in Ruby - Emerald & Pearl (Anand Karaj): Bhola Jewelers | Palm Caftan in Silk (Luau): Elie Saab | Millionaire Sunglasses (Luau): Louis Vuitton | Woven Leather Wedge in Black (Luau): Prada | Sari in Rangoon Red (Reception): Sabyasachi | Jewelry in Kundan (Reception): Bhola Jewelers | Emerald Cut Onyx Ring (Reception): Ippolita | Pumps in Bronze (Reception): Yves Saint Laurent | Photography: Anna Kim Photography


Dearborn, MI Indian Wedding by Capturing Arts

Good Morning, ladies! They say that all good things are worth waiting for, and today's featured film is no exception! Navya & Nikhil's wedding video is one we were dying to share with you as it includes all the things we love - and so much more! Many delightful details surrounded this life-changing event that the jaw-dropping shots by Strokes Photography previously featured in this gallery were not enough to show it all! That is why we have decided to give you more insights into this lovely wedding through this visual masterpiece captured by the talented and highly experienced team from Capturing Arts. Through this visual journey, we'll feel the same suspense Nikhil felt when he first saw Navya in her gorgeous bridal attire. We will explore how emotions grow, and the suspense transforms into joy and excitement during the Baraat animated by DJ Ice & Fresh Productions. We will take part in the traditional and colorful wedding celebration held at The Henry Autograph Dearborn. Our eyes will glow in amazement over the mesmerizing decor crafted by Marigold Wedding Planners. Not to mention that we will enjoy the closing gala enlivened by Naveen Productions - DJ, Lighting, Entertainment and Photo Booth, definitely a reception that will forever be recalled in the memory of all the guests that witnessed it. So, wait no more, hit the play icon below, and enjoy today's film!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Nikhil and I met 10 years before we got married, at Wayne State University, in the heart of Detroit. We were neighbors in the dorm and first met on the elevator. I noticed Nikhil was carrying a biology lab book and mentioned that I need to buy one of those too, and he immediately offered me his, and said that he had an extra one. I stepped in his room to grab the book and was so impressed with how clean he kept his room, and that's when I knew he was the one! Haha just kidding! We quickly became best friends and spent so much time together between our classes, studying, and doing homework. We danced together on the Wayne State Raas team, ate countless meals together at the dining halls, and ignited a passion for traveling during our long walks around the city.
 
Nikhil has been my personal hype man and always encouraged and supported me throughout my years of medical training. He stands by my side and empowers me to be the absolute best version of myself. Whenever I'm with Nikhil, we laugh until our bellies hurt, I forget all of my worries, and seeing him makes my soul light up.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We went to Thailand in June 2018. It was a medical school graduation gift to me from Nikhil. He told me we had to go to Thailand and nowhere else because there were elephants there and of course how could I say anything but yes to that! After all, elephants are my favorite animal and it has always been a dream of mine to meet one of these majestic beasts.
 
It was exactly halfway through our trip. June 6th, 2018. We woke up super early and got ready just like every other day so far on the trip. But this day was different. This was the day I would get to spend the day playing with elephants and taking care of them! I was ecstatic to say the least.
 
I couldn't figure out the perfect outfit to wear, so he gave me one of his sweaters to wear. Luckily I got my nails done the night before because I insisted that my nails needed to look cute for the elephants! We got to the elephant sanctuary and I didn't realize a group of wild animals could make me this happy. Little did I know, I was about to become exponentially happier.
 
I was playing with two baby elephants when I heard "hey Navya..." I turned around and saw Nikhil down on one knee. I didn't really hear anything else he said after that (don't worry we have it captured on video). Of course I said yes and we shared the rest of our day with those glorious beasts that were part of the proposal.
 
We called our family that evening and I found out that Nikhil went to my parents house before our trip to ask their permission to marry me! He made sure I was out of the house by asking me to go shopping for our trip and he knew this would keep me out of the house for a few hours. Haha he knows me so well!
 
Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
We wanted a very simple and elegant wedding ceremony so we could keep the focus on the main event of the day- getting married! We designed a custom monogram/logo together and had a custom vinyl runner made with it. We also had take away bags printed with this monogram.
 
We all know Indian wedding ceremonies can be long, so we made a fun wedding program with a crossword puzzle on it. The clues were questions about Nikhil and I and all of our guests had so much fun figuring out the answers!
 
Nikhil and I collect ornaments from each new place we visit, so we wanted to give our wedding guests a Detroit ornament to commemorate the beginning of our journey! City Bird had the best wooden ornaments custom made for us and they were the perfect take away gift!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Nikhil and I went to India and went to countless stores to try on all the dresses! Each dress I wore, Nikhil would ask me how I felt in it and then he would tell me if he liked the dress or not. I had no idea what color dress I wanted, but I was definitely leaning towards a lighter color- because I love all things light, bright and airy! However, every time I tried on a light colored lengha, I was not impressed and did not feel special. I realized that I loved the way jewel tones looked on me and shifted my entire focus for the dress search. After several days of not finding "the one," I finally found a store that had the fabric types and dress styles that I loved. I tried on THE dress and immediately fell in love with it, and so did Nikhil!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Right after we got engaged, I moved across the country and started my medical residency. Busy with work and living in another state made wedding planning a bit of a challenge but my sweet husband made the entire process a breeze for me. Although we were only able to see each other a handful of times over that year, we became closer than ever!
 
I spent my evenings planning and designing each event, and then I would convey my thoughts to Nikhil over a phone call. I would find a list of vendors that I thought would be suitable for us, and Nikhil would set up meetings and go to visit each one of them, and facetime me each time. He coordinated with both of our families, arranged all the taste testings, vendor meetings, and went to every meeting prepared with a document with all of the details I asked for.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
To this day, over one year later, our guests continue to talk about the food at our wedding. We couldn't be happier because food is what makes both of us the happiest, so we are so pleased that our family and friends thought that the food at our wedding was as great as we hoped it would be.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Although we planned to do a first look, we didn't have the chance to do one. The first time we saw each other was at the mandap, and I will never forget the look on Nikhil's face when he saw me. That was the moment that we both realized that we finally get to marry each other and we were so excited.
 
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.
The mehendi was an intimate event with close friends and family hosted in our parents backyard. My decor inspiration came from the handwritten notes that Nikhil would fold into origami paper cranes and give to me back in college. I showed him my vision and he and his family hand made hundreds of paper cranes to make it come to life!
 
We wanted the sangeet to be all about dancing and food, so we had a very colorful and dance oriented street fair themed event. We really wanted authentic Indian street vendor style food and Taste of India Suvai made our wishes come true with live food stations. Our guests spent the entire night dancing away and snuck away to the outdoor food stations whenever they had the chance.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Have fun planning and enjoy the whole process, it'll be over before you know it! Don't stress about the little things and keep your eye on the big picture because no one will know about those little details except for you! Pick vendors that you can get along with and communication is key!
 
It can be hard with Indian weddings to plan everything the way you want it, because traditions, culture, and family is such a big part of it. But, find a way to make your vision work while keeping those things in mind. Work with your family to see how you can incorporate your flair while keeping in mind some of the more traditional elements.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Thank you to all of our vendors who made our wedding weekend so special and memorable!

We hope you've loved this story as much as we did! Don't forget to join us tomorrow for more.
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Photography: Strokes Photography | DJ: Naveen Productions - DJ, Lighting, Entertainment and Photo Booth | Planning & Design: Marigold Wedding Planners | Baraat: DJ Ice & Fresh Productions | Floral & Decor: Marigold Wedding Planners | Ceremony Venue: The Henry Autograph Dearborn | Cinematography: Capturing Arts | Outfits & Jewelry: Custom made in India | Mehendi & Sangeet HMUA: Jennifer Martin | Ceremony Makeup: Bianca Sandiha | Ceremony Hair & Draping: Aysha Riaz | Mehendi: Henna Beauty by Krupa | Mehendi Venue: Groom's House | Mehendi Decor: Handmade by Groom and His Family | Sangeet Venue: Bharatiya Temple | Sangeet Food: Taste of India Suvai | Sangeet Food: Ann Arbor + Desi Indian Kulfi | Ceremony Aisle Runner: The Original Runner Company | Ceremony Food: Ashoka Indian Cuisine | Wedding Favors: Detroit Ornaments From City Bird


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