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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.

Tampa, FL Indian Wedding by Sona Photography

Happy Friday, ladies! Can you believe how fast February slipped through our fingers? It went by in a blink of an eye! And today, we want to end it with a flourish, by taking you on a romantic journey through Sheena & Dhrumil's unforgettable wedding celebration. So, get ready to enjoy it! For this installment, we'll be taking a look at a romantic outdoor photoshoot leading to a Sangeet Party that we are sure you don't want to miss! The talented team from Sona Photography worked their magic to capture enchanting shots to portray the love of this beautiful couple not only at their photoshoot but also at the bright and vivid Sangeet Party, and we are utterly amazed by their talent! The way they captured the colors, the emotions, and all the beauty of these lovebirds is impressive! For the Sangeet Party, Occasions by Shangri-la demonstrated why they are the go-to-guys when looking for a fabulous and mesmerizing decor, creating a fantastic scenery featuring bold and vivid colors that we loved so much! Hands down, this Sangeet was a huge success, and we want to make a big shoutout to Apsara Events for the perfect planning and execution of it! If you can't get enough of this lovely couple, don't miss today's gallery. And in case that is not enough, you might want to check the blockbuster clip by Riant Films already featured in our Video Blog! It will take your breath away!

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If you loved the beginning of this story, don't go too far if you don't want to miss the fantastic details that are yet to come! 

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Sangeet
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Floral & Decor: Occasions by Shangri-la | Photography: Sona Photography | Cinematographer: Riant Films | Ceremony Venue & Reception Venue: Grand Hyatt Tampa | Planning & Design: Apsara Events | Hair & Makeup: Payal MUA | Catering: Aashirwad | DJ: Dudha Productions | Baraat (Dhol): Dudha Productions | Cake & Treats: Publix - North Point Plaza | Mehndi Artist: Janet’s Staffing | Rentals: Chiavari Chic | Transportation: Prestige Luxury Rental | Priest: Ramesh Mehta


Ojai, CA Indian Fusion Wedding by Matt and Jess

Welcome back, darlings! We have arrived at the third and final part of Julia & Anuj's wedding celebration. This time, we are ready to have some fun at the reception party these lovebirds threw at The Ranch House, to celebrate their life milestone. In between a mix of rustic and traditional flair, this reception party was off the charts, and we want to make a big shoutout to Forage Ojai for the on-point decor they put together for this closing gala as it was utter perfection! The entire night was a huge success, but one of the most anticipated moments happened when our lovebirds had the first cut at the sweet delicious caked baked by Sugar Lab Bake Shop. The dim lights, the greenery surrounding the scene, and all the emotions, resulted in a magical moment, so beautiful that we were left out of words to describe it! Thankfully, Matt and Jess were there to capture all the magical moments of this reception party, and they were kind enough to share their talented work with us! If you want to take a peek at the incredible shots of this reception party, or if you want to relive the entire wedding festivities, don't miss the gallery that we have prepared for today! It is an absolute visual delight overflowing with beauty and inspiring ideas you don't want to miss! Go check it out!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met online on a website called Meet Mindful.  Both of us had never signed up for websites like this, but decided to take the plunge. Anuj has just moved to San Francisco a week before we met.  He asked me to meet him at pier 39, which is an incredibly crowded tourist spot.  I thought it would be hard to spot him, but then from the corner of my eye I saw an awkward and timid tall guy gazing at me.  But from the moment we said hi, we couldn’t stop taking all night, which was new for both of us.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I never expected the proposal when it happened.  We had been dating for over 2 years, and it had been hard to navigate the idea of marriage because of the cultural differences and his family obligations.  Anuj’s family was not on board until he decided to tell them he was planning to propose to me.  He even secretly asked my parents at the dinner table in front of me without my knowing, texting them under the table.  They became tearful and made up an excuse to leave because they were so happy.  I had no idea.  Later, Anuj took me to my favorite spa in Calistoga, for facials.  We lounged in the Buddha pond garden when he began talking to me about wine country weddings. I still didn’t get the hint.  I looked up at the sky and then back at him, when he was on his knee with a ring asking me to marry him. All that we had fought for and worked for together felt like a magical dream when he made this decision to marry me. 
 
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.
The first thing we had to figure out was the date, which in Hindi weddings was quite a task.  My mother in law had to speak with an Indian priest to settle dates according to astrology.  When we finally figured that out, I moved on to pick a venue, which was also a little stressful to find the right place.  Somehow it just landed in our laps.  From there I picked my dress, which I had limited options for Indian boutique wedding shops, but found a great one where I found my glorious golden lehenga.  Everything else just happened with ease. 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I wanted a nice quality lehenga, so I had to search for Indian boutique wedding shops in California.  I found one in Pleasanton, which had various designer dresses.  It was magnificent to look through all of the colorful and extravagant gowns.  I thought it would be hard to pick one, and it was hard to choose ones I really loved.  But when I tried them on it just suddenly clicked when the perfect one came along.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Well picking out the dress and the bridesmaid saris was so much fun! But also visiting the venue in Ojai was a blast.  Visualizing the space and the decorations got me so excited.  Cake and menu testing was also the yummiest part.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think that everyone really enjoyed the dancing.  It was present when Anuj made his baraat entrance, and again after the ceremony.  It’s hard to not have fun when Bollywood beats and high energies are blasting through the night. 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
When I was hiding in the tea house at the wedding venue, I could hear the baraat music and drums happening outside.  I realized in that moment that I was about to embark upon marrying my lovebird, my janu.  My heart pounded faster, and I couldn’t stop smiling, with subtle tears behind my eyes.  My music came on (Latina’s theme from the movie slumdog millionaire).  My eyes watered and my face smiled as I looked at Anuj watching me walk toward him.  Everything felt perfect and right and I couldn’t think of a more magical and special moment. 
 
There was a moment during our wedding planning where both our mothers were trying to figure out logistics pertaining to both cultures.  It wasn’t an ugly situation but it stressed both Anuj and I put.  Then I had a moment when I realized, I really don’t care when the family photos are taken, I just wanted to marry my man.  That moment was subtle but so special. 
 
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 decor was mostly just the gardens of the Ojai Ramch House.  But we embellished it with some Indian touches and masterful flower arrangements from the florist.  We wanted the decor to embody the fusion between India and California, and it was just perfect. The ceremony was still in daylight, but the reception led into the night, celebrating the twinkling lights and warmth of the cozy venue.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy the process.  The wedding is a magical moment, and the planning can be so much fun.  It passes in no time.  Savor it.

We hope you've had a blast! See you tomorrow for a new inspiring story, until then, have a great one!
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Hair & Makeup: My Fair Bride | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Ranch House | Floral & Decor: Forage Ojai | Flower Garlands: Jasmine Indian Flowers | DJ: DJ Bobby | Dance Choreography: BollyNaach Dance Company | Bridal Lengha: The Grand Trunk | Bridal Jewelry: Sari Palace | Bridesmaid's Sarees: Sari Palace | Cake & Treats: Sugar Lab Bake Shop | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Parekh Cards India | Live Music (Sitar and Tabla): Leonice Shineman | Mehndi Artist: Henna by Ridz | Photography: Matt and Jess


Ojai, CA Indian Fusion Wedding by Matt and Jess

Hello there, ladies! We are glad you could join us for more details surrounding Julia & Anuj's big wedding festivities! For this second installment, we'll be taking you to The Ranch House for you to take a peek at the outdoor wedding ceremony that united these two soulmates in marriage! So, get ready to be amazed by all the visual masterpieces Matt and Jess captured during this wedding ceremony! There are endless amounts of beauty and so many inspiring ideas all around this fusion wedding that we are sure you don't want to miss it out! For this life-changing event, Forage Ojai took advantage of the natural setting to create a minimalist decor featuring white roses, creating a soothing and lovely backdrop that everyone loved. The look on Julia & Anuj's said it all! They were happy beyond words to profess their love and commitment to everlasting married life, in the company of their family and friends! Hands down, this intimate outdoor ceremony was a dream come true! And we loved every minute of it, but our favorite moment was seeing the playful scene Julia & Anuj starred when exchanging the soft-colored garlands from Jasmine Indian Flowers. It was a tender moment that made everyone draw a smile on their face! If you can't get enough of this lovely couple, make sure to visit the gallery that we have prepared for today! You are going to love every bit of it!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met online on a website called Meet Mindful.  Both of us had never signed up for websites like this, but decided to take the plunge. Anuj has just moved to San Francisco a week before we met.  He asked me to meet him at pier 39, which is an incredibly crowded tourist spot.  I thought it would be hard to spot him, but then from the corner of my eye I saw an awkward and timid tall guy gazing at me.  But from the moment we said hi, we couldn’t stop taking all night, which was new for both of us.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I never expected the proposal when it happened.  We had been dating for over 2 years, and it had been hard to navigate the idea of marriage because of the cultural differences and his family obligations.  Anuj’s family was not on board until he decided to tell them he was planning to propose to me.  He even secretly asked my parents at the dinner table in front of me without my knowing, texting them under the table.  They became tearful and made up an excuse to leave because they were so happy.  I had no idea.  Later, Anuj took me to my favorite spa in Calistoga, for facials.  We lounged in the Buddha pond garden when he began talking to me about wine country weddings. I still didn’t get the hint.  I looked up at the sky and then back at him, when he was on his knee with a ring asking me to marry him. All that we had fought for and worked for together felt like a magical dream when he made this decision to marry me. 
 
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.
The first thing we had to figure out was the date, which in Hindi weddings was quite a task.  My mother in law had to speak with an Indian priest to settle dates according to astrology.  When we finally figured that out, I moved on to pick a venue, which was also a little stressful to find the right place.  Somehow it just landed in our laps.  From there I picked my dress, which I had limited options for Indian boutique wedding shops, but found a great one where I found my glorious golden lehenga.  Everything else just happened with ease. 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I wanted a nice quality lehenga, so I had to search for Indian boutique wedding shops in California.  I found one in Pleasanton, which had various designer dresses.  It was magnificent to look through all of the colorful and extravagant gowns.  I thought it would be hard to pick one, and it was hard to choose ones I really loved.  But when I tried them on it just suddenly clicked when the perfect one came along.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Well picking out the dress and the bridesmaid saris was so much fun! But also visiting the venue in Ojai was a blast.  Visualizing the space and the decorations got me so excited.  Cake and menu testing was also the yummiest part.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think that everyone really enjoyed the dancing.  It was present when Anuj made his baraat entrance, and again after the ceremony.  It’s hard to not have fun when Bollywood beats and high energies are blasting through the night. 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
When I was hiding in the tea house at the wedding venue, I could hear the baraat music and drums happening outside.  I realized in that moment that I was about to embark upon marrying my lovebird, my janu.  My heart pounded faster, and I couldn’t stop smiling, with subtle tears behind my eyes.  My music came on (Latina’s theme from the movie slumdog millionaire).  My eyes watered and my face smiled as I looked at Anuj watching me walk toward him.  Everything felt perfect and right and I couldn’t think of a more magical and special moment. 
 
There was a moment during our wedding planning where both our mothers were trying to figure out logistics pertaining to both cultures.  It wasn’t an ugly situation but it stressed both Anuj and I put.  Then I had a moment when I realized, I really don’t care when the family photos are taken, I just wanted to marry my man.  That moment was subtle but so special. 
 
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 decor was mostly just the gardens of the Ojai Ramch House.  But we embellished it with some Indian touches and masterful flower arrangements from the florist.  We wanted the decor to embody the fusion between India and California, and it was just perfect. The ceremony was still in daylight, but the reception led into the night, celebrating the twinkling lights and warmth of the cozy venue.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy the process.  The wedding is a magical moment, and the planning can be so much fun.  It passes in no time.  Savor it.

We hope you are enjoying this wedding celebration as much as we are! If that is the case, don't miss the upcoming reception party! You will love it!
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GUIDE
style
Fusion
Romantic
Contemporary
season
Autumn
color
Hair & Makeup: My Fair Bride | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Ranch House | Floral & Decor: Forage Ojai | Flower Garlands: Jasmine Indian Flowers | DJ: DJ Bobby | Dance Choreography: BollyNaach Dance Company | Bridal Lengha: The Grand Trunk | Bridal Jewelry: Sari Palace | Bridesmaid's Sarees: Sari Palace | Cake & Treats: Sugar Lab Bake Shop | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Parekh Cards India | Live Music (Sitar and Tabla): Leonice Shineman | Mehndi Artist: Henna by Ridz | Photography: Matt and Jess


Create Unforgettable Memories with Weddings by Palladium

If your loved one popped the big question, it is time to get ready for the big day! There are a gazillion things that you need to plan, choose, decide, and whatnot! But before you do anything, you need to find that perfect place where you want to start your married life! What a tough decision, right? So many options to choose from, lots of calls to make, an extraordinary amount of planning ahead, and it gets even more tricky if you want to have a destination wedding! We’ve been there, and can relate, so we understand how overwhelming this can be! But don’t stress out! We have your back! We’ve done all the research for you and have found a fantastic option that we are sure you will love!

Imagine five-star luxury experiences, unmatched amenities, and incredible value for you and your guests. Mostly, all the planning managed by your own Wedding Coordinator, so you can focus on enjoying every minute of this sweet journey. “Where can I find this incredible and almost surreal option?” - You might wonder. Well, you can find it with Palladium Hotel Group! With over 40 years of experience, Palladium Hotel Group has over 50 hotels and more than 16,000 rooms operating in six different countries: Spain, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Italy, and Brazil, so you can find the perfect place to plan your unforgettable wedding celebration.

With Palladium Hotel Group, you’ll find everything you need to make your perfect wedding, a dream come true thanks to their Weddings by Palladium wedding collection! Fabulous ceremony locations, sweeping ocean views and the flexibility to accommodate every detail to your wishes. All in gorgeous resorts with an eco-friendly attitude! What else could you ask for? Besides, the talented and fully experienced Weddings by Palladium team knows that a wedding celebration is a life-changing event and a significant milestone for you and your future husband. Therefore, they will go above and beyond to give you a wedding affair, unlike any other you’ve seen before!

Just leave everything in the hands of the incredible Weddings by Palladium experts, and they will take care of you every step of this life-changing journey! Their passion for excellence and heartfelt commitment to bring you joy is their signature style. They work tirelessly to honor traditions and make all your dreams come true with a South Asian touch. You can book their multi-day wedding collection, which includes four deluxe events designed by their resident expert Karen Bussen:

  • Goddess Mehndi Party
  • Sangeet
  • Beautiful Byaah: The Wedding Ceremony
  • Private Vivah Reception

You can trim, tailor, and completely customize each of these events to your personal taste with the help of a dedicated wedding specialist from Weddings by Palladium

With Weddings By Palladium, you won’t need to worry about anything! Simply enjoy your big wedding day! Breathe, wiggle your toes in the sand, raise a glass, laugh, dance all night, and create incredible memories with those you love most. If that's music to your ears, visit the Weddings by Palladium Website and start planning your dream South Asian wedding right away!

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Get ready to enjoy the ultimate wedding experience with Weddings by Palladium!

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Ojai, CA Indian Fusion Wedding by Matt and Jess

Good morning, ladies! It feels great to be back with a new real-life fairytale! Today, we are heading over to California to enjoy Julia & Anuj's big wedding celebration; and believe us, this is one you are going to love to the fullest and from which you will get tons of inspiring ideas! For this first installment, we'll be taking a look at the incredible shots captured by Matt and Jess featuring the most tender and intimate moments of our blushing Maharani getting ready for her big day! And right off the bat, we have to say Julia's bridal look was beautiful beyond words! She embraced her new culture and slipped into an exquisite champagne lengha with golden embroidery from The Grand Trunk right after being pampered by My Fair Bride, who designed a captivating makeup very well complemented with an elegant bun. To add an extra touch of sparkle to her look, she got dazzling pieces of jewelry from Sari Palace's collection, and we cannot stress how much we love every piece of jewelry she wore. And this head-turning look would not have been complete without the incredible Mehndi design outlined by Henna by Ridz! It added an extra touch of traditional flair to her overall look, and the final result: A dreamy look for this long-awaited wedding day, utter perfection! If you want to see more of this lovely Maharani during her wedding festivities, 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"?
We met online on a website called Meet Mindful.  Both of us had never signed up for websites like this, but decided to take the plunge. Anuj has just moved to San Francisco a week before we met.  He asked me to meet him at pier 39, which is an incredibly crowded tourist spot.  I thought it would be hard to spot him, but then from the corner of my eye I saw an awkward and timid tall guy gazing at me.  But from the moment we said hi, we couldn’t stop taking all night, which was new for both of us.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I never expected the proposal when it happened.  We had been dating for over 2 years, and it had been hard to navigate the idea of marriage because of the cultural differences and his family obligations.  Anuj’s family was not on board until he decided to tell them he was planning to propose to me.  He even secretly asked my parents at the dinner table in front of me without my knowing, texting them under the table.  They became tearful and made up an excuse to leave because they were so happy.  I had no idea.  Later, Anuj took me to my favorite spa in Calistoga, for facials.  We lounged in the Buddha pond garden when he began talking to me about wine country weddings. I still didn’t get the hint.  I looked up at the sky and then back at him, when he was on his knee with a ring asking me to marry him. All that we had fought for and worked for together felt like a magical dream when he made this decision to marry me. 
 
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.
The first thing we had to figure out was the date, which in Hindi weddings was quite a task.  My mother in law had to speak with an Indian priest to settle dates according to astrology.  When we finally figured that out, I moved on to pick a venue, which was also a little stressful to find the right place.  Somehow it just landed in our laps.  From there I picked my dress, which I had limited options for Indian boutique wedding shops, but found a great one where I found my glorious golden lehenga.  Everything else just happened with ease. 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I wanted a nice quality lehenga, so I had to search for Indian boutique wedding shops in California.  I found one in Pleasanton, which had various designer dresses.  It was magnificent to look through all of the colorful and extravagant gowns.  I thought it would be hard to pick one, and it was hard to choose ones I really loved.  But when I tried them on it just suddenly clicked when the perfect one came along.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Well picking out the dress and the bridesmaid saris was so much fun! But also visiting the venue in Ojai was a blast.  Visualizing the space and the decorations got me so excited.  Cake and menu testing was also the yummiest part.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think that everyone really enjoyed the dancing.  It was present when Anuj made his baraat entrance, and again after the ceremony.  It’s hard to not have fun when Bollywood beats and high energies are blasting through the night. 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
When I was hiding in the tea house at the wedding venue, I could hear the baraat music and drums happening outside.  I realized in that moment that I was about to embark upon marrying my lovebird, my janu.  My heart pounded faster, and I couldn’t stop smiling, with subtle tears behind my eyes.  My music came on (Latina’s theme from the movie slumdog millionaire).  My eyes watered and my face smiled as I looked at Anuj watching me walk toward him.  Everything felt perfect and right and I couldn’t think of a more magical and special moment. 
 
There was a moment during our wedding planning where both our mothers were trying to figure out logistics pertaining to both cultures.  It wasn’t an ugly situation but it stressed both Anuj and I put.  Then I had a moment when I realized, I really don’t care when the family photos are taken, I just wanted to marry my man.  That moment was subtle but so special. 
 
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 decor was mostly just the gardens of the Ojai Ramch House.  But we embellished it with some Indian touches and masterful flower arrangements from the florist.  We wanted the decor to embody the fusion between India and California, and it was just perfect. The ceremony was still in daylight, but the reception led into the night, celebrating the twinkling lights and warmth of the cozy venue.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy the process.  The wedding is a magical moment, and the planning can be so much fun.  It passes in no time.  Savor it.

We are just getting started over here, so make sure to stick around for all the upcoming beauty!
STYLE
GUIDE
style
Fusion
Romantic
Contemporary
season
Autumn
color
Hair & Makeup: My Fair Bride | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Ranch House | Floral & Decor: Forage Ojai | Flower Garlands: Jasmine Indian Flowers | DJ: DJ Bobby | Dance Choreography: BollyNaach Dance Company | Bridal Lengha: The Grand Trunk | Bridal Jewelry: Sari Palace | Bridesmaid's Sarees: Sari Palace | Cake & Treats: Sugar Lab Bake Shop | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Parekh Cards India | Live Music (Sitar and Tabla): Leonice Shineman | Mehndi Artist: Henna by Ridz | Photography: Matt and Jess


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