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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.

Newport Beach, CA Indian Wedding by Aiya Photography

Good Morning, Maharanis! We are back with more inspiration. The beautiful images by Aiya Photography give us a view inside the whimsical wedding celebrations of Poorva and Nilayam. This cute duo set the festive and fun spirit in the heart of their guests as they brought them all together to liven up their home for a lovely Sangeet celebration. Shawna Yamamoto Event Design was in charge of decorating the intimate event with charming floral centerpieces and tangerine and yellow florals that gave the house an elegant/traditional flair along with the splendid assortment of lights. On her first big festivity, our bride to be, Poorva, amazed the guests in a bright yellow and maroon lehenga set and recruited the super talented Henna San Diego to festoon her arms and legs with intricate bridal mehndi patterns that blended with her trousseau's embellishments. Raja Nilayam also surprised his soon to be wife in a maroon Kurta pajama set. Just perfect! Take a look at the gallery for more of this amazing intimate pre-wedding celebration. 

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met through Coffee Meets Bagel.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Nilayam took me zip-lining one weekend and proposed with a ring pop - something he had always wanted to do. We celebrated with our family a couple of weeks later where he replaced the ring pop with a beautiful sunset-inspired ring. It was the perfect proposal for us: dorky and adventurous!
 
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.
Both of us wanted a wedding near the beach and so we focused our search along the southern California coast. We chose The Resort at Pelican Hill for its gorgeous views, grand but simple architecture, and open-sky feel. The ocean breeze was absolutely perfect. Our vendors were chosen through a combination of bridal shows, planner recommendations, and word-of-mouth reviews. 
We wanted to make our guests and us feel at home as much as possible so we really focused on the little details including designing our invites and stationery.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew I wanted to wear orange and not the traditional red. I also knew I didn't want something too heavy as I have a small stature and our wedding would be outdoors in August. I found my wedding lengha in a small boutique in New Delhi and knew instantly that it represented me and what I wanted to wear on my special day. Similarly, I knew I wanted to wear a teal colored lengha for my reception and was able to find something that suited my style and personality.
My Sangeet outfit was the most special as I had the honor of wearing my mom's wedding lengha. I had a new blouse designed to make part of the outfit mine but it meant a lot to me to be able to wear her lengha.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was planning the personal details and touches that Nilayam and I had designed. We made our own guest book with our wedding colors, created our own table numbers to match our pun theme, went through old pictures to place on our cocktail tables, designed and wrote our own wedding invitations, and designed and wrote the program card. We wanted to infuse the wedding with our personalities and really make our guests feel at home. 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests felt that they felt well taken care of and very comfortable throughout the whole day. Having an outdoor wedding in the middle of August was a cause of concern due to the heat. We made sure guests had ample shade throughout the ceremony along with custom sunglasses, fans, and plenty of food and drinks.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Nilayam's favorite moment was watching me walk down the aisle to the mandap.  My favorite moment was being able to dance with him and our family and friends in our joint baraat. 
 
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.
All other ceremonies were held at our homes. Our Sangeet was held at my parent's house in San Diego which was very special. We had a great time watching our family and friends perform their prepared dances. I had an especially fun time performing a dance with my sister. Monsoon catered our Sangeet with fusion food like pani puri shots and gnocchi tikka masala. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Try to find moments in the day where you can soak in all that is happening. I felt this helped me to really soak in everything and I didn't feel like the day(s) went by in a blur, as I was warned.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
My mehndi was done by Tejal Shah from Henna San Diego. I loved working with her as she took the time to understand the look that I wanted. 
Our venue was absolutely stunning. We kept our decor to a minimum so the venue and the ocean backdrop would shine through. At the same time, we wanted the decor we had to be vibrant and colorful, staying true to a traditional Indian wedding. 
Our florist, Shawna Yamamoto Event Design was able to bring our vision to life, including incorporating my favorite flower, gerbera daisies! 
Our flautist, Anis Chandani set the mood perfectly during the ceremony. 
Our pundit, Ravi Trivedi made our ceremony understandable and extremely engaging for us and our guests.

The splendor of an elegant outdoor wedding is packed in our next feature! Join me!
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Mehndi Artists: Henna San Diego | Hair & Makeup: Dolled up by Lulu | DJ: 3D Sounds | Lighting: 3D Sounds | Draping/Styling: Bridal By Nisha | Catering: Natraj Catering and Restaurants | Photography: Aiya Photography | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Resort at Pelican Hill | Planning & Design: Details Details | Floral & Decor: Shawna Yamamoto Event Design | Bridal Fashion: Vandana Sethi Designer (India) | Bridal Fashion: Jainee (India) | Cake & Treats: The Cake Korner | Live Music: Anis Chandani | Groom Fashion: Kora by Nilesh Mitesh (India) | Groom Fashion (Reception): Ted Baker | Priest: Ravi Trivedi | Pedicab/Rikshaw: The Los Angeles Pedicab Company


Somerset, NJ Indian Wedding by Studio Nine Photography + Cinema

Maharanis, we had the privilege to get an invite to the last grand event of Sneh and Pranav! This time Studio Nine Photography + Cinema making use of their status as the official photographer, captured the best scenes and sensational portraits of the now Mr. and Mrs. Our stunning Sneh was a true beauty dressed in a second pink gown she completed with a sleek side-swept curls hairstyle and a smoky shadow eye-look created by the beauty crew of Flawless Beauty by Pauline, while Raja Pranav looked equally elegant and trendy in a black tuxedo suit. KM Events Management designed an opulent reception at the magnificent ballroom of The Marigold that the creatives from Wedding Design echoed in a fantastic white and gold theme night that had as a focal point a glorious wedding stage and elegant glowing centerpieces! Palermo Bakery made another newlywedded couple happy with an extraordinary four-tier square cake decorated with a romantic custom made topper that our sweet pair sliced for all the attendees. Relive this wedding's most magical moments over and over by visiting our full gallery now!

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Our story began in December 2015 when we met on the infamous dating website "Coffee meets Bagel". Little did we know that our story had actually began a few months before then, when our parents had tried to set us up. Having heard the words "Biodata”, we had both instantly reacted with a big "NO”! Clearly, destiny had other plans for us. 
 
We officially first met on the evening of Jan 1st 2016 at the vibrant Graffiti Bar in Philadelphia. The spark of new years had waned for most but the fireworks continued for us. We knew we had something special to hold on to. Our love continued to grow over numerous shared moments that included brunches, travel and adventures. We both realized that we’re each other’s partner-in-crime!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I always knew that I wanted to do a red lengha. We went wedding shopping in Gujarat and tried on a few outfits, nothing really seemed like it was the one. So I took a break and started focusing on my husband and bridal party outfits. Our time for shopping was limited because I could not get more than 2 weeks off from work and we have a lot of family we wanted to visit as well. So one day I had made a decision that the next outfit I see and like, will be it. I got so lucky but I walked into a store and saw a gorgeous outfit on a mannequin -- which then became my wedding outfit :) 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I'd say choreographing and coordinating the dances. I've always had a passion for dancing and I was so happy that our closest friends and families agreed to dance at our wedding -- in the end I ended up choreographing about 7 dances! 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I would say food and the music
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Just the entire day felt so magical. I know people always say it's such a special day. I think with a years worth of planning that moment is often lost but then the day comes and it's just something so unique and special to you and your husband. I am happy just the way it was. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Don't over think it. If you like it, go with it. If you don't, you don't. I know it's hard planning a wedding with a full time job etc. but try to take one weekend and enjoy 
 
I hope you have a fabulous Thursday, Maharanis! See you tomorrow!
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Hair & Makeup: Flawless Beauty by Pauline | Photography: Studio Nine Photography + Cinema | Mehndi Artists: Mehndikalogie | Venues: The Marigold | Cinematography: Studio Nine Photography + Cinema | Floral & Decor: Wedding Design | Garba Hair & Makeup: Payal Patel - MUA | Hair & Makeup Bridal Party: Dawn Gomez and Divya Bhawnani | Wedding DJ: DJ Gaurav - Luxe Entertainment | Garba DJ: DJ Jason Sampat - Luxe Entertainment | Event Designer: KM Events Management | Catering: Moghul Caterers | Cake & Treats: Palermo Bakery | Baraat: Caliber Farms - Tony Telymonde | Vidai Car: D&J Limo | Photo Booth: Central Jersey Photobooth | Day of Coordinator: KM Events Management


Somerset, NJ Indian Wedding by Studio Nine Photography + Cinema

Welcome again, loves! Our second editorial feature dedicated to the lovely Sneh and Pranav's wedding story brings all the joy and wonder of their traditional union that took place at New Jersey's best wedding venue, the elegant The MarigoldCaliber Farms transported the groom into the luxury location where he was welcomed before he entered the magnificent hall all decorated with warm candle lights and a shiny draped mandap by Wedding Design. Every eye followed the dapper groom as he opted for a classy white color sherwani that displayed floral embellishments that made him shared the attention along with her princess bride Sneh! KM Events Management's professional team coordinated the celebrations during the auspicious day and ensured all went without a hitch minute by minute as these two exchanged vows in an elaborate traditional ceremony that ended with a joyful gesture of the new Mr. and Mrs. and a fantastic send off in a fabulous ride courtesy of D&J Limo! See all the amazing imagery that Studio Nine Photography + Cinema captured on this unforgettable day in our complete gallery!

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Our story began in December 2015 when we met on the infamous dating website "Coffee meets Bagel". Little did we know that our story had actually began a few months before then, when our parents had tried to set us up. Having heard the words "Biodata”, we had both instantly reacted with a big "NO”! Clearly, destiny had other plans for us. 
 
We officially first met on the evening of Jan 1st 2016 at the vibrant Graffiti Bar in Philadelphia. The spark of new years had waned for most but the fireworks continued for us. We knew we had something special to hold on to. Our love continued to grow over numerous shared moments that included brunches, travel and adventures. We both realized that we’re each other’s partner-in-crime!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I always knew that I wanted to do a red lengha. We went wedding shopping in Gujarat and tried on a few outfits, nothing really seemed like it was the one. So I took a break and started focusing on my husband and bridal party outfits. Our time for shopping was limited because I could not get more than 2 weeks off from work and we have a lot of family we wanted to visit as well. So one day I had made a decision that the next outfit I see and like, will be it. I got so lucky but I walked into a store and saw a gorgeous outfit on a mannequin -- which then became my wedding outfit :) 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I'd say choreographing and coordinating the dances. I've always had a passion for dancing and I was so happy that our closest friends and families agreed to dance at our wedding -- in the end I ended up choreographing about 7 dances! 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I would say food and the music
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Just the entire day felt so magical. I know people always say it's such a special day. I think with a years worth of planning that moment is often lost but then the day comes and it's just something so unique and special to you and your husband. I am happy just the way it was. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Don't over think it. If you like it, go with it. If you don't, you don't. I know it's hard planning a wedding with a full time job etc. but try to take one weekend and enjoy.

Head quickly into our next post to celebrate with Sneh and Pranav!
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GUIDE
style
Traditional
Luxury
season
Winter
color
Hair & Makeup: Flawless Beauty by Pauline | Photography: Studio Nine Photography + Cinema | Mehndi Artists: Mehndikalogie | Venues: The Marigold | Cinematography: Studio Nine Photography + Cinema | Floral & Decor: Wedding Design | Garba Hair & Makeup: Payal Patel - MUA | Hair & Makeup Bridal Party: Dawn Gomez and Divya Bhawnani | Wedding DJ: DJ Gaurav - Luxe Entertainment | Garba DJ: DJ Jason Sampat - Luxe Entertainment | Event Designer: KM Events Management | Catering: Moghul Caterers | Cake & Treats: Palermo Bakery | Baraat: Caliber Farms - Tony Telymonde | Vidai Car: D&J Limo | Photo Booth: Central Jersey Photobooth | Day of Coordinator: KM Events Management


Say Your Vows At The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman

Beach lovers, this is for those of you planning to set your love story under the sun and amid powdery white sand beaches. The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman can give you a breathtaking marriage celebration combined with a fun and memorable vacation holiday! Perfectly situated in the heart and soul of the famous Seven Mile Beach’s wide swaths, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is a unique destination wedding spot. Overlooking the idyllic white sands and turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, its privileged location and everlasting warm weather offer the most memorable lifetime experience for you and your guests!

Recognized for its impeccable traditional island hospitality and ambiance, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman combines local friendliness with modern and luxurious accommodations. Offering a wide selection of restaurants, including Blue by Eric Ripert, the only AAA Five Diamond Restaurant in the Caribbean, unique and exciting activities in and out of the water, plus one of three La Prairie Spa in the hemisphere! You and your loved ones will enjoy not only of laying on the sand but the best island recreation with a wedding activity itinerary that can even include an opportunity to explore the island in an exclusive helicopter tour or sail to the famous Stingray City Sandbar in a boat charter! Additionally, a retail team will offer a personalized and exclusive variety of amenities or handcrafted products, which will make the perfect memorabilia for your special occasion.

If you are looking for either an elegant large wedding or an intimate beach affair, a team of professionals eagerly awaits to assist you to carefully design the most important day of your life. Featuring the island’s largest ballroom and a private lush beach combined with a personalized wedding planning service, that ranges from a romantic all-included wedding package to an island-inspired honeymoon, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is your ideal destination wedding choice!

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Plan your perfect Caribbean getaway, a tropical-style wedding or the perfect honeymoon; experience the luxury of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman!



Somerset, NJ Indian Wedding by Studio Nine Photography + Cinema

Maharanis! You are just in time to get a good dose of glam and sophistication inspiration from the grand Indian wedding of Sneh and Pranav. There is so much beauty in the photos that Studio Nine Photography + Cinema delivered today and that showcase a glimpse of our couple's sincere love and great style! Maharani Sneh was completely decked out in bridal style with a charming prince-princess mehndi design thanks to the great henna artistry services of Mehndikalogie, and was embellished with a floral hairstyle and makeup also meticulously styled by the highly experienced Flawless Beauty by Pauline. She chose a wonderful deep red lehenga, beautifully adorned with shimmering floral patterns and covered her hair with a flowy red dupatta to complete the graceful ensemble. Our bride and groom saw each other, all dressed up and ready for their wedding, in a romantic first encounter that was followed by a magical outdoor photo session you can see in our full gallery!

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Our story began in December 2015 when we met on the infamous dating website "Coffee meets Bagel". Little did we know that our story had actually began a few months before then when our parents had tried to set us up. Having heard the words "Biodata”, we had both instantly reacted with a big "NO”! Clearly, destiny had other plans for us. 
 
We officially first met on the evening of Jan 1st, 2016 at the vibrant Graffiti Bar in Philadelphia. The spark of new years had waned for most but the fireworks continued for us. We knew we had something special to hold on to. Our love continued to grow over numerous shared moments that included brunches, travel, and adventures. We both realized that we’re each other’s partner-in-crime!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I always knew that I wanted to do a red lengha. We went wedding shopping in Gujarat and tried on a few outfits, nothing really seemed like it was the one. So I took a break and started focusing on my husband and bridal party outfits. Our time for shopping was limited because I could not get more than 2 weeks off from work and we have a lot of family we wanted to visit as well. So one day I had made a decision that the next outfit I see and like, will be it. I got so lucky but I walked into a store and saw a gorgeous outfit on a mannequin -- which then became my wedding outfit :) 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I'd say choreographing and coordinating the dances. I've always had a passion for dancing and I was so happy that our closest friends and families agreed to dance at our wedding -- in the end I ended up choreographing about 7 dances! 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I would say food and the music
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Just the entire day felt so magical. I know people always say it's such a special day. I think with a years worth of planning that moment is often lost but then the day comes and it's just something so unique and special to you and your husband. I am happy just the way it was. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Don't over think it. If you like it, go with it. If you don't, you don't. I know it's hard planning a wedding with a full-time job etc. but try to take one weekend and enjoy 
 
Stay tuned for more wedding inspiration, up next!
STYLE
GUIDE
style
Traditional
Luxury
season
Winter
color
Hair & Makeup: Flawless Beauty by Pauline | Photography: Studio Nine Photography + Cinema | Mehndi Artists: Mehndikalogie | Venues: The Marigold | Cinematography: Studio Nine Photography + Cinema | Floral & Decor: Wedding Design | Garba Hair & Makeup: Payal Patel - MUA | Hair & Makeup Bridal Party: Dawn Gomez and Divya Bhawnani | Wedding DJ: DJ Gaurav - Luxe Entertainment | Garba DJ: DJ Jason Sampat - Luxe Entertainment | Event Designer: KM Events Management | Catering: Moghul Caterers | Cake & Treats: Palermo Bakery | Baraat: Caliber Farms - Tony Telymonde | Vidai Car: D&J Limo | Photo Booth: Central Jersey Photobooth | Day of Coordinator: KM Events Management


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