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Schaumburg, IL Indian Wedding by Sapan Ahuja Photography

Maharanis, today is Friday! A great day to say "I do" to a romantic and stylish Indian Wedding Event. Anjli & Santosh are the protagonists, and let me tell you; they are a perfect couple! If you wonder where they decided to host their big day, the answer is the magnificent Marriott Schaumburg. My dears, this venue is ideal if you want to make the wedding of your dreams a reality. As we all know, planning and designing a wedding is not an easy task; however, the professionalism Jankhana Desai - JD Eventz offers made this event beyond perfect! Along with their great touch, another team that did an excellent job was Siblana Events. Their design is a luxury, and the floral details they deliver make everyone sigh. I promise my darlings; this couple couldn't be happier with their choice! Every detail, flower, and magical scene combined perfectly with this couple's elegance, love, and emotion. I know Anjli & Santosh's path will be full of blessings and perfect moments! Undoubtedly our Maharani looked fabulous and fashionable. And what about the beautiful makeup and hairstyle design that Hala Beauty made for this occasion? It was magnificent! No wonder why Santosh couldn't take his eyes off of her! Sweethearts, we must mention the team in charge of making everyone dance, Shaadi Entertainment. I know everyone had a blast! Let me tell you if you want to see more amazing photos of this unique wedding celebration, head over to the beautiful gallery we have prepared exclusively for you today. It overflows with elegance, color, and lots of love. Thanks to the remarkable pictures captured by the great team from Sapan Ahuja Photography, all of this comes to you. Maharanis, every image is a work of art. I am sure you will love them and get tons of inspiration!

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That is all for today, Maharanis. See you on Monday for a new romantic story!

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Sangeet Venue: Private Residence | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Marriott Schaumburg | Planning & Design: Jankhana Desai - JD Eventz | Floral & Decor: Siblana Events | Hair & Makeup: Hala Beauty | DJ: Shaadi Entertainment | Cinematography: Paraagon Films | Photography: Sapan Ahuja Photography


Cambridge, MD Indian Wedding by Epique Cinema

Happy Wednesday, Maharanis! A wintry romantic film comes to make you fall in love with this sweet couple, Amy & Jay. The newlyweds decided to host a gorgeous wedding at a very chic venue, the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay. My dears, this place is fabulous to celebrate the wedding of your dreams; I love it! The bride and groom decided to call The Royal Collection to design the invitations to their big day to ensure every guest was there! That was the first enchanting treat, and I know everyone said "I do" to the invites! Every big wedding deserves the best planning;  Urvashi Mishra Wedding & Event Planner provides unparalleled service and unique connections to the best wedding professionals. Maharanis, if you want to exceed your expectations, this is the team to go! Wedding Design made sure to create a phenomenal setting that made everyone feel like they were in a dream. Thanks to the professionalism of Premier Entertainment, the great dancefloor Shout! put together, and the fantastic lighting by D&S Event Solutions, our couple and their guests had a blast! They danced and sang all night long! Maharanis, I think we all can agree that this event was exceptional! Why don't we talk about Amy's beauty?  Style By Susmita did the makeup for our Maharani, and she looked adorable yet elegant, chic yet sweet. She looked just marvelous! Take this in mind, with delicate makeup comes a magnificent Mehndi. Thanks to Rang Henna's design, Amy caught all the looks, as the artist is unbelievably talented. Jay is a fortunate groom!  Bella Lumi was in charge of the pictures, and let me tell you, my dears; every photo tells a different but moving story. Epique Cinema recorded every moment of this lovely celebration, along with the love, joy, and these two beautiful souls celebrating their new adorable journey! They have shared the film below for your delight. Maharanis, I invite you to hit the play icon down below and get ready to enjoy this fairytale. 

That is all for today, Maharanis. See you tomorrow for a new love story!

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Invitations & Wedding Stationery: The Royal Collection | Venue: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay | Planning & Design: Urvashi Mishra Wedding & Event Planner | Floral & Decor: Wedding Design | Hair & Makeup: Style By Susmita | MUA for Cocktail Parity/Medhni/Pithi/Grah Shanti for Bride & Bride's Mom: Payal Jay | Catering: Moghul Catering | Catering: Neeraj Shokeen | Catering: Mr. Paanwala | DJ: Premier Entertainment | Cinematography: Epique Cinema | Lighting: D&S Event Solutions | Mehndi Artist: Rang Henna | Dancefloor: Shout! | Logo: Shila Vora | Photography: Bella Lumi


Dana Point, CA Indian Wedding by Lin & Jirsa Photography

When these two high school sweethearts started chatting on AOL IM, who knew that sparks would fly! After 10+ years of dating, it was on the last days of a Europe trip, in Prague, that a fancy lunch date led to a proposal. A true surprise for the bride, she instantly said “YES!”

They were supposed to get married in 2020 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, but the wedding got postponed multiple times due to COVID-19. They finally decided just 2 months before the wedding, to cancel their Cabo wedding date and move it to Southern California, where they reside. And within a few weeks, with the trusted team of Ethnic Essence by her side, the bride and groom created an elegant, beachside affair in Dana Point, California.

Despite the short timeline, the bride wasn’t going to settle for anything cookie-cutter, and she wanted something unique for all her wedding events. The vision for the decor was more a boho-chic vibe, pampas, and earthy tones all throughout the ceremony, she wore a royal blue Sabyasachi and her groom wore pink, and a jungle theme for the reception. The guests were just in awe of the beautiful celebration and enjoyed the one-of-a-kind experience.

“The most enjoyable part of the planning process was bringing our theme ideas together for all our events. It's so fun to be able to do that with your family and get everyone's input on little details you never would think of. That was my favorite part! I felt like we all got closer as well - I kind of miss the chaos of planning! It felt like a full-time job!”

Congratulations Sonam & Milan!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met through mutual friends while we were both in high school! Milan was just graduating and I was in my sophomore year. One of my friends told me about this "really cute Indian guy" that goes to this high school and that I should meet him. We actually started messaging each other on AOL instant messenger! It was like a modern day dating app story set in the 2000's. We finally met in person after a couple of weeks and from there it was history. I would say I knew he was the one right away, but my 16 year old self didn't know any better. I think throughout the 10+ years that I have known Milan, I have never met anyone who I have connected with so much - on an emotional, spiritual and physical level. Our sense of humors match perfectly - it's like I am talking to my other half at all times. What I really love about our relationship is how different we are, yet how similar we are. Our core values really align, and what differentiates us is our personality types - I am very extroverted and Milan is introverted - it's what makes us US!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We were on a trip to Europe before jetsetting to the middle east for our friend's wedding. Our last stop before heading to the wedding was Prague. We had already spent about 10 days in Europe, so I really didn't expect anything. The last day in Prague, Milan told me he wanted to go to this fancy lunch place. I got ready and Milan put on a suit - I was kind of surprised he would dress up this much for lunch, but didn't think anything of it. We were walking down the Charles Bridge and Milan stopped and asked if we can go down near the river to check out the view. I was excited because I love a good photo opportunity. We went downstairs and he asked this couple to take a photo of us - then we got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife! I was so shocked!! It was so perfect. Turned out - the couple who he asked to take a photo of us, were actually our photographers for the proposal! Of course, I said yes!

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 were supposed to get married in 2020 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, but the wedding got postponed multiple times due to COVID-19. We finally decided just 2 months before our wedding, to cancel our Cabo wedding date and move it to Southern California, where we reside. We made this decision due to the uncertainty of the pandemic. Since we only had 2 months, we had to act fast. Luckily, my mom was good friends with Smita Aunty, the owner of Ethnic Essence. I looked at her work via Instagram and her website - and also asked a few people who have used her what they thought. I instantly fell in love with her work. Ethnic Essence was by far the best wedding planner ever! The amount of work and attention to detail they put in in just TWO months was incredible. They truly made our Cabo dreams come to life in Southern California! Our venues were so perfect - we had our wedding in a more intimate setting in Dana Point, CA at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott. They were such great hosts and were able to close down the park near by for any events so we can have our peaceful wedding. My hair and makeup girls were amazing - Diana and Nancy Alba. I could not have asked for better hair and makeup girls for my wedding- I love the way it all turned out! My outfit and Milan's were both Sabyasachi - the one detail that I really wanted with our Sabya's was that they were both unique. I went for a Royal Blue color for my wedding lengha because I just loved the way it looked on me and thought it would really stand out while I was up on the mandap. With Milan's, his outfit was Pink, which complimented mine. It was such sweet color combo, and I am very happy with the way it all looked! Uniqueness, was something I wanted throughout all my wedding events! The Decor for our wedding was more a boho chic vibe - pampas and earthy tones all throughout the ceremony. Ethnic Essence took my outfit and vision and brought it to life!
With the reception - My favorite event of all. We had our dreamy jungle theme that Ethnic Essence brought to LIFE! It was amazing and SO unique just like I wanted. It was the same vibe I would have wanted in Cabo - they really worked so hard to make sure we could have our dream theme! I wore my beautiful Falguni and Shane Peacock outfit which was one of the first outfits I bought on my trip to India in early 2020. The stunning glitter/silvers on that lengha caught my eye immediately. Hair and Makeup for my reception was done by Oscar. We all danced the night away and wish it never ended!!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I selected my bridal lengha knowing I wanted a Sabya. I just truly believe that all Sabya's are meant to be wedding dresses and I love the elegance of the lengha's there. I didn't have a favorite color in mind, but I knew I did not want to wear red or pink or gold! I wanted to fully stand out and choose a color that no one really wears because I feel like that's how I define myself - my uniqueness. I saw a Royal Blue lengha that I instantly fell in love with and chose it right then and there. I actually got my lengha on Jan 1 2020, so it felt lucky and meant to be! The color looked stunning.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was bringing our theme ideas together for all our events. It's so fun to be able to do that with your family and get everyone's input on little details you never would think of. That was my favorite part! I felt like we all got closer as well - I kind of miss the chaos of planning! It felt like a full-time job!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests LOVED our event decor! I still get compliments on how unique looking our reception was. I think they really liked going to a wedding they haven't really been to before. meaning it wasn't a "been there seen that" type of vibe!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
My dad sang to me at our reception before out father daughter dance! I was so surprised! It was such a sweet moment. I wish I could relive it again!

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 my haldi event - we went for a yellow/marigold vibe - more traditional. That was the kick off to the week - it was simple and sweet and our guests already loved our decor and food.

For my mendhi event - we did some special details - we did a little boho chic with a peacock chair and I got to wear my dream Aisha Rao lengha! We had some details like a Chaat-cuterie bpard which I saw on tik Tok last minute and HAD to have our decorator recreate it!

For my Sangeet - we didn't have much decor because the venue was already decorated, but we had a little mendhi teepee where people could do their mendhi and our family made us an arch where people could take photos. The highlight of the sangeet was definitely my Shyamal and Bhumika outfit! It was so fun and very on point got my Sangeet! We had about 15 dances too which was a l ot but it went by so fast! So lucky to have so many friends and family participate!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
I would say start planning early! Get your venues locked down early and all your vendors. They get booked up so fast and then you miss out on the opportunity!
I would also say, your fiance and you should always be on the same page. It's so important that you both are always aligned in regards to decor, vendors and the guestlist!
Lastly, hair and makeup trials are SO important! I did about 3 makeup trials with my same vendor before my wedding just so I know exactly how it's going to look. I definitely did not want to be surprised the day of!

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
I loved our photographers, Lin and Jirsa! They were so professional and so kind! Best photographers in the game.

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Floral & Decor: Ethnic Essence Couture Events | Venues: Pasea Hotel & Spa | Planning & Design: Ethnic Essence Couture Events | Event Designer: Ethnic Essence Couture Events | Bridal Fashion - Sangeet: Shyamal & Bhumika | Bridal Fashion - Wedding: Sabyasachi | Bridal Fashion - Reception: Falguni Shane Peacock | Catering - Wedding: Jay Bharat | Catering - Reception: Natraj | Ceremony Venue: Laguna Cliffs Marriott | DJ: Special Occasions LA | Draping/Styling: Rachna Desai | Hair & Makeup for Sangeet + Wedding: Diana & Nancy Alba | Hair & Makeup for Reception: Oscar | Lighting: Special Occasions LA | Mehndi Artist: Rachna Desai | Photo Booth: Special Occasions LA | Photography: Lin & Jirsa Photography | Sangeet Venue: R Banquet


Santa Barbara, CA Indian Wedding by Peter Nguyen Studio

Ami and Krishna’s wedding affair was bursting with pre-pandemic style that left nothing left to chance.

The bride wanted to create a beautiful oceanfront ceremony with loose, natural fresh-cut florals dripping with pinks, soft shades of blush, elegant violet, and loads of greenery. A rustic yet chic custom wood Mandap set the stage with violet draping and flourishing, asymmetrical florals on each side. The overall look was completed with tufted ivory furniture to give it that royal, Maharani touch. To keep guests out of the summer sun, a violet & ivory canopy provided shade and added graceful ambiance to the setup. The majestic ceremony was completed with personal bouquets and garlands to match.

Ivory, linen white, and leaf green set the tone for the beautiful reception. The team from 2Create Designs fabricated a custom stage with a large three-dimensional gold frame along the back. Cascading florals and greenery lined the top and down both sides in a contemporary spiral pattern. Chandeliers were suspended from the frame to bring that grand sense style. After all, more is more! A tufted white loveseat for the couple, long side tables with extensive floral arrangements & candles, and large floating candle clusters along the front of the stage brought all the romantic feels to this reception. A seamless white dance floor with custom decal complimented the look, while nearby tables were adorned with a mix of tall and low arrangements in lush whites, classic ivories, and gold vessels. No wedding diets over here as this reception is a true feast for any Maharanis' eyes!

Congratulations Ami & Krishna!

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Floral & Decor: 2Create Designs | Hair & Makeup: Dolled up by Lulu | Photography: Peter Nguyen Studio | Cinematography: Peter Nguyen Studio | Bridal Fashion: Shyamal & Bhumika | Bridal Fashion: KYNAH | Catering: Jay Bharat And | Catering: Mantra Indian Cuisine | Ceremony Venue: Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort | DJ: Special Occasions | Lighting: Special Occasions | Mehndi Artist: Hinal's Beauty Studio


Snowmass Village, CO Indian Wedding by Studio Monrevi

Childhood travel memories to the Smoky Mountains, set the stage for Khushboo and Nikhil to enchant their guests with their destination Aspen wedding.

Guided by Aimee Monihan, and her team at Mountain Occasions, her expertise in the area and with South Asian weddings landed them on a palette of soft whites, rich blushes, and tons of greenery combined with rustic elements that still paid homage to Indian culture.

Never say never when it comes to bridal shopping. The bride reports she never wanted to wear red down the aisle. She always saw herself in either blush or ivory but once the outdoor fall foliage was factored in red became a winning option. And, we are so glad she did. Our stunning cover bride, Khushboo, always thought she would go to India to shop for her wedding trousseau. But in 2021, she did what every modern bride does...she found her lengha on Instagram. The second she saw it she knew it was “the one.” The Bollywood Closet in Atlanta helped her secure the outfit and work with the Sabyasachi team in Kolkata. Midnight fittings and constant WhatsApp messaging ensued. Finally, the lengha arrived a month before the wedding and it fit like a glove. Hats off to Studio Monrevi for capturing this timeless wedding.

“It's easier said than done but don't sweat the small stuff. There are a lot of things that will come up that are outside your control (delta variant, weather conditions, delays in outfit shipments to name a few for mine) but you have to remember why you are doing all this: to marry your person.”

Congratulations Khushboo & Nikhil!

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Nikhil and I had been dating for just over two years when he popped the question! He had originally planned a weekend where he would surprise me with all our friends and family in his hometown, DC, but due to COVID, he had to resort to plan B. For my birthday, Nikhil planned a weekend away at our favorite B&B in Charleston and we ended up having an intimate proposal, just the two of us! Nikhil carefully pieced all of my favorite things together for the special date: blush peonies, Veuve, vegan desserts and a video with clips from all our friends/family that were part of the original plans. In hindsight, it was the perfect day and weekend. We got to spend the whole weekend together and really soak in the start of an exciting new chapter for 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.
I'm sure a lot of brides getting married right now can relate but planning during COVID isn't easy. I had always dreamed of going to India to pick out my clothes with my mom and family but we could no longer do that. Although it added an additional complication to the planning process, all the designers we worked with were great. We had midnight virtual fittings and were constantly communicating with them via WhatsApp. It may not have been ideal but we pulled it off and I am so excited for everyone to see the final looks!

With regards to the venue, I knew I wanted a small destination wedding outdoors and ideally with a beautiful backdrop. I have always loved the mountains and have memories of my parents taking me every fall to Smoky Mountains in NC so it only felt right to have that be an element of my wedding. During the planning, my fiance and I lived in the Pacific Northwest and fell in love with the natural beauty there. We hadn't been to Colorado yet so we thought this would be the perfect location to experience alongside our guests! Nikhil and I were lucky enough to have such an awesome wedding planner, Aimee Monihan of Mountain Occasions who not only knew the area well, but had experience with South Asian Weddings. She understood my decor theme immediately - whites/blushes/greenery with rustic elements that still paid homage to our culture.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
It's funny because if you asked me before I started wedding planning, the one thing I would always is I'm not wearing red. I always saw myself walking down in either blush or ivory but once I started looking around and factoring in the outdoor fall foliage I would be surrounded with, I started considering red as an option. And then one day, I came across an outfit on Instagram and immediately said to my mom: "That's the one." I don't have to try on anything or see it in person because I just knew. We worked with The Bollywood Closet in Atlanta who helped us secure the outfit and work with the Sabyasachi team in Kolkata. I saw a couple cloth samples of the work and color but that was it. I actually didn't even get to try on my outfit until only a month before my wedding when it came in the mail! And when it did arrive, it fit like a glove. I took it as a sign and I can't wait to walk down the aisle in it next week!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
It's easier said than done but don't sweat the small stuff. There are a lot of things that will come up that are outside your control (delta variant, weather conditions, delays in outfit shipments to name a few for mine) but you have to remember why you are doing all this: to marry your person. Everything will fall into place, you just have to trust the work you have done and enjoy the weekend!

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Hair & Makeup: Dolled up by Lulu | DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Planning & Design: Tropical Occasions | Baraat (Transport): T-Lazy Blue Galaxie Car | Catering: Hemant Mathur Catering | Ceremony Venue: T-Lazy-7 Weddings | Cinematography: Studio Monrevi | Florist: Bustle & Bloom | Decor/Rentals (Sangeet): Event Rents Vail / Aspen | Draping Ballroom: Encore | Hair & Makeup: Dolled up by Lulu | Support Hair & Makeup: Cheyenne - Aspen Mobile Beauty | Paperie: Atelier Azure | Gift Bags: Bundles Gift Co. | Lighting/AV: Halcyon | Mehndi Artist: Akankasha Sharma | Photography: Studio Monrevi | Planning & Design: Aimee Monihan | Planning & Design: Mountain Occasions | Pundit: Ron Gupta | Reception Venue: Viceroy Snowmass | Decor/Rentals for Sangeet: Premier Party Rental | Restroom Trailers: Royal Restrooms | Sangeet Venue: Viceroy Snowmass | Transportation: CTS | Bridal Fashions: The Bollywood Closet | Bridal Fashions: Sabyasachi


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