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Lancaster, PA Indian Fusion Wedding by Ishan Fotografi

Good morning, Maharanis! Can you believe how fast this week went rough? It seems that we went from Monday to Friday in just the blink of an eye. It is unbelievable! And you know that we always have something special for you to start getting ready for the weekend. So, wait no more and get ready to enjoy all the beauty surrounding Kruthika & Vishad's intimate wedding celebration. Hands down, this is one event you don't want to miss as it packs tons of beauty, flair, and inspiring ideas. Like many other couples worldwide, Kruthika & Vishad's wedding plans had to change due to COVID-19. Initially, they had planned a large wedding. However, plans had to change, and this lovely coupled ended up getting married in an intimate ceremony celebrated at the Conestoga House & Gardens. Still, this sudden change of plans didn't take away the glamour and finery these lovebirds wanted for their big day! It was a beautiful ceremony thoroughly planned by Simple Soiree and beautifully decor by Flourish Flowers. And oh boy, this winning combination set the perfect mood for this life-changing event. The drop-dead gorgeous look of our gorgeous Maharani after being glamorized by Beauty By Payal tied it all together, creating mesmerizing scenes beautifully captured by Ishan Fotografi. After the ceremony, there was a charming reception to celebrate this life milestone. Luxe Event Entertainment set the mood with their endless repertoire, while all guests enjoyed the sweet treats baked by Lancaster Cupcake. Ladies, check more of this enchanting event by scrolling down through this fantastic gallery. We are sure you are going to love it! And if that is not enough, our good friends from Unique Visions Studio have prepared a mesmerizing film that will surely take your breath away!

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Enjoy your weekend, darlings! Remember to join us on Monday for a new love story. Same place, same time!

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Cinematography: Unique Visions Studio | Photography: Ishan Fotografi | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Conestoga House & Gardens | Planning & Design: Simple Soiree | Floral & Decor: Flourish Flowers | Hair & Makeup: Beauty By Payal | DJ: Luxe Event Entertainment | Cake & Treats: Lancaster Cupcake


Half Moon Bay, CA Indian Fusion Wedding by Emily Jean Images

“We met on November 10, 2017 after chatting for a few weeks on Bumble (a dating app.) We originally connected over our taste in music but the conversation easily blossomed into much more, so the first meet up felt seamless. I was running late so I texted Anuj to let him know that I'd be there soon and he'd recognize me as soon as I came in - I love how he remembers this moment because he says when the doors opened and he saw me wearing disco boots and a big smile, he knew something special was about to happen.”

If you are anything like Maharani Erica, you haven’t given your wedding a sliver of thought until the day you end up with a ring on your finger. In the expert hands of Denise Lillie, Erica formed her own vision for the event by delicately blending her laid back California style with Indian customs and a dash of color. Together they crafted a creatively gorgeous seaside wedding in Half Moon Bay.

Originally set for three magnificent days of events with 300 guests from around the world, Erica & Anuj had to change all their plans. What they ended up putting together was a wonderfully intimate wedding that felt dreamy, authentic to themselves, and we might add drop dead gorgeous!

The venue was changed from Carmel Valley to her father’s best friend’s private estate in Half Moon Bay. A spot very special to the bride, she grew up swimming at the beach, playing cards with my sisters on the deck, and drinking milkshakes made using his vintage malt blender. The perfect setting for her to start her next chapter. With so many changes to their original wedding the biggest piece was the family who couldn’t make the journey, like the bride’s sister and the groom’s grandparents. While photography and cinematography have always played an important role in weddings, we are so grateful to have the talented team of Emily Jean Images and Wedding Documentary on hand to capture the day.

In true covid fashion, the dance floor became a no no, so the room was adoringly filled with eloquent, hilarious and tear-inducing toasts for the bride & groom that flooded the evening with warmth and humor. Having your loved ones pour so much effort into showering a couple with love is one 2020 tradition we hope is here to stay!

Since the couple paired down three days of celebrations to just one, at the last minute,the bride really wanted to have a mehndi party. By keeping it small she quickly planned an intimate gathering in her home for friends - both men and women - so the ladies could get henna designs on their hands and they could all come together for a pre-wedding event to kick off the celebrations. While everyone was socializing, something really beautiful happened - all of the women decided to wear saris instead of cocktail dresses to the wedding the next day! With their friends glowing back at them in saris and salwars, Erica & Anuj began their happily ever after.

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met on November 10, 2017 after chatting for a few weeks on Bumble (a dating app.) We originally connected over our taste in music but the conversation easily blossomed into much more, so the first meet up felt seamless. I was running late so I texted Anuj to let him know that I'd be there soon and he'd recognize me as soon as I came in - I love how he remembers this moment because he says when the doors opened and he saw me wearing disco boots and a big smile, he knew something special was about to happen.

The next few months had their ups and downs, as all new relationships do, but he took a trip to visit family in India and during that time, we spoke on the phone for about an hour each day - and I don't normally like talking on the phone! That's when I knew I really wanted to get serious. When he came back, I had made him his favorite lasagna and left little notes all around his apartment and from that point on, we fell into a beautiful, healthy and adventurous relationship.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We had just gotten back from an amazing vacation in Costa Rica and Anuj was adamant about taking me out for a "belated birthday lunch." We went to the Cliff House - a historic landmark at the beach in San Francisco - on September 29, 2019 (a full month after my birthday.) After a lovely lunch and some champagne, we walked down to the old Sutro Baths ruins. It was warm and sunny, which is quite rare for Ocean Beach, and we found the perfect spot to stand and watch the waves. At that moment, Anuj got down on one knee, told me that he loved me and wanted us to be together forever, and proposed with the most gorgeous diamond ring I have ever seen! I was thrilled to say yes. Luckily, this entire experience was captured beautifully by a covert photographer Anuj had hired in advance so we will always remember the details of that day. Afterward, we went to my parents house, where Anuj's family was also waiting to surprise us with an engagement pooja and celebration.

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 was never the type of girl who imagined her wedding from a young age - in fact, I rarely thought about getting married and didn't have a clear vision for my ideal event. I found an amazing wedding planner (Denise Lillie) and we clicked right away - she understood that we wanted a fusion blend to make sure my California style was equally represented along with the Indian customs, traditions and look. She was understanding, creative, knowledgeable, funny and had an impressive portfolio of magnificent weddings.

We worked together to plan a beautiful wedding in Carmel Valley - three days of events with around 300 guests from all over the world - but then the pandemic hit and everything had to be canceled. Although we had to take some time to grieve that loss, we ended up starting from scratch and putting together a wonderfully intimate wedding that felt dreamy, authentic and lovely.

Denise helped us assemble a cohesive vendor team, most of whom would have been helping with our original wedding, although we made a few small changes along with the venue. We had our wedding at my dad's best friend Jeff's house in Half Moon Bay - a place very special to me as I watched him build it from the ground up and I grew up swimming at the beach out front, playing cards with my sisters on the deck and drinking milkshakes Jeff made for us in his vintage malt blender.

The vendor team Denise built out for us was wonderful - they all took time to understand our style. They were adaptable, followed all covid safety precautions and worked together to help execute our dream. AAB Creations (along with InnoFarm Retreats) built the most fantastic mandaap imaginable and decorated the venue in a manner that far exceeded my expectations. Morsal Z created two wedding looks for hair & makeup that made me feel like a movie star and my best friend Meghan planned and prepared cocktail hour food that was better than any professional catering company I've tried. The photos and videos are incredible and I'm so proud of and thankful for Emily and Vijay capturing the details so beautifully. The only thing that wasn't perfect on our big day was the fact that we were missing so many of our loved ones, including my sister Cait and Anuj's grandparents.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
In February, I went with Anuj and his parents to India to meet his extended family and do all of our wedding shopping. It was my first time in India and I had an incredible experience - the colors, flavors and hospitality of the country and its people greatly impressed me and spending quality time with Anuj’s grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins was an invaluable pleasure.

Now, I can’t really take credit for finding my bridal lengha - my mother-in-law spearheaded a week of shopping in Delhi. I wanted to go with a fully traditional style with red and gold, but I’d never even worn so much as a sari before, so I didn’t know anything more than that. She shepherded us around to all the various shopping districts, consulted the staff, negotiated prices and, in the end, I fell in love with an intricately detailed (but not too heavy) tomato red outfit with gold beadwork and a custom-made gold dupatta with a celestial look.

I changed into a wedding dress from BHLDN after our ceremony - long white lace, plunging neckline and sheer back with a long line of pearl buttons. I also got a custom denim jacket from Etsy with “Mrs. Kucheria” printed on the back as a surprise for Anuj and it’s a good thing I did because it got a bit cold and windy in the evening :)

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
In the beginning, we loved touring venues and testing caterers - it was so much fun to imagine the possibilities and refine our desires! Looking back, I also really loved writing my vows and working with my team to think through the aesthetics of the event. I really wanted it to look and feel organic, bohemian, romantic and culturally blended. I’m so happy with the outcome and what we achieved.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Everyone raved about the cocktail hour food! Meghan put together a vegetarian menu of individually portioned and delightfully plated snacks like baby heirloom crudites, vegan spring rolls, wild mushroom empanadas, rainbow beet stacks with pistachio-crusted goat cheese, and roasted garlic polenta and olive tapenade bites. Our guests also loved the decor - very bohemian, ethereal, warm and charming.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There are a few moments that play on repeat but the main thing that comes to mind is the first look. When Anuj saw me all dolled up in my traditional Indian bridal outfit, dripping in gold jewelry and with glam hair and makeup, the look on his face will forever be etched in my mind. The videographer captured it perfectly and in our highlight reel you can actually see the amazement in his eyes as he says “oh my god”. To me, he looked like a prince and I was equally blown away.

Another moment that was very special was the speech portion of the night. Because of covid (as well as venue restrictions) we didn’t have a dance floor, so people got really into the toasts. Our friends and family prepared eloquent, hilarious, and tear-inducing speeches that flooded the evening with warmth, humor, fond memories and well wishes. It meant so much to use to have our loved ones pour so much effort into showering us with love.

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.
After canceling our original wedding, sangeet, mehndi and farewell brunch, we were only planning on having a one-evening event for our wedding. At the last minute, however, I wanted to have a mehndi party. We kept it super small and did an intimate gathering in my home for our friends - both men and women - so the ladies could get henna designs on their hands and we could all come together for a pre-wedding event to kick off the celebrations. While everyone was here socializing, something really beautiful happened - all of the women decided to wear saris instead of cocktail dresses to the wedding the next day! My friend Beth had enough saris to outfit everyone and then she made the rounds around Half Moon Bay on the morning of our wedding to dress my friends. Everyone looked beautiful and it really provided an extra jazziness to the day.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Don't put too much pressure on yourself or your wedding - your attitude will dictate everything so be present, be flexible and be loving. The process can be stressful if you let it so keep things fun and light and don’t make your entire life about one day.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
The baraat! Anuj came down the block in a vintage Porsche, led by a dhol player and surrounded by our friends and family dancing in colorful clothing. It was one of the most beautiful, unique events I have ever witnessed. I got to watch the whole thing from above.

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Planning & Design: Denise Lillie Engagements | Ceremony Venue: Private Residence | Florist: Aab Creations | Decor & Dried Florals: Inno Farm Retreat | Hair & Makeup: Morsal Z | Catering: Wood Fire Woodie | Appetizers: Meghan Muckenfuss | Cake & Treats: Butter & | Cinematography: Wedding Documentary | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Minted | Mehndi Artist: Mehndi Designer | Glassware Rentals: Frances Lane | Specialty Chairs: One True Love Vintage | Dholi Player: Wicked Entertainment | Priest: S.Somayaji | Photography: Emily Jean Images


Holmdel, NJ Indian Fusion Wedding by John Martin Productions

Not your typical Bollywood beginning...there was no music, no impending parental disagreement, and no love-at-first-sight, but this story is truly a fairy tale. They had known each other for four years, but oddly enough, never had a one-on-one conversation until they were on a medical mission trip in December 2018.

“In December, Bivin and I ventured to Kenya to volunteer at the local Christian Hospital in a small village, called Maseno. There, in Kenya, we finally got to see into each other’s hearts. It's ironic that it took traveling halfway across the world to get to know one another in a few short days. We carried forward our relationship after coming back to America, and we soon realized how much he was the one I prayed for.”

A Bollywood-obsessed girl from New Jersey and a sports-loving boy from the suburbs of New York planned a 600 person wedding with a bridal party of 44. Yes 44 people! Fast forward through Covid restrictions and those plans got very humbly tailored to an intimate 42 person wedding. Wedding planning became quite a whirlwind with rescheduled plans, however, the wedding perfectly reflected a delicate balance of two unique cultures, the bride’s family is from Punjab, while the groom’s is from Kerala.

With globe-trotting shopping completely out of the question, in true Maharani fashion, the bride’s mother was able to work her magic with the wonderful staff at Gaurav Gupta boutique in New Delhi to retrieve a customized wedding lengha to the bride’s fabric and style specifications.

“Two moments from our wedding constantly play in the mind. First, the words of the priest when he told us we were now one and joined together in Holy Matrimony is a memory I never will forget. I felt like I truly belonged right there at that moment. Second, my husband wrote a hilarious song called “I wanna be your Shah Rukh Khan” and sang it to me at our reception. I grew up watching Bollywood movies and so the lyrics of his song were so intimate to my favorite movies and I felt like a queen that night in so many ways!"

"I was given a unique opportunity because of the Covid pandemic to really focus on the most important thing on our wedding day- being joined together with my soon to be husband. Yes, everyone should feel like a princess but it is more important to focus and meditate on the beauty within and the married life that will bloom through the seeds of sacrifice and selfless love.”

Congratulations to the gorgeous inside and out couple!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Our Story

It certainly was not your typical Bollywood beginning.

There was no music, no impending parental disagreement, and no love-at-first-sight, but our story is truly a fairy tale.

We have known each other for four years, but oddly enough, we never had a one-on-one conversation until we were on a medical mission trip in December 2018. In those years, we'd been to the same weddings, attended the same Church events, and even worked together to plan our mutual friends’ proposals. And yet we had never had a single conversation alone. Thank God that soon changed.

In December, Bivin and I ventured to Kenya to volunteer at the local Christian Hospital in a small village, called Maseno. There, in Kenya, we finally got to see into each other’s hearts. It's ironic that it took traveling halfway across the world to get to know one another in a few short days. We carried forward our relationship after coming back to America, and we soon realized how much he was the one I prayed for.

So basically, a Bollywood-obsessed girl from NJ and a sports-loving boy from the suburbs of NY learned that they needed each other more than Shah Rukh Khan needed Kajol, more than Michael needed Scottie. The thing that brought us together initially and continues to help bind us together is our faith and our commitment to service. It is no coincidence we “really met” while serving abroad, and it is no surprise that it will continue to be a pillar in our relationship. This is just the beginning of our fairy tale though, and we can’t wait to see what life has in store for us!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
It’s my dream Bollywood story that came to life! The proposal was so intimate and detailed where Bivin subtly recreated the first day we hung out without me realizing it. It started off at a church in NYC and by the end of the night I was on a rooftop jasmine garden with my loved ones around and the most perfect ring on my finger

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 went from a 600 person wedding with a bridal party of 44 (yes 44 people!) to an intimate 42 person wedding due to Covid restrictions. The whole experience was both humbling and beautiful. Because of the ongoing pandemic and since my husband and I are both healthcare professionals we had to reschedule our wedding date which was very humbling for me and my husband. But when we decided we could not wait any longer, we decided to get married with the present restrictions in place. This wedding would not have been possible without our photographer John Martin, hair and make up artist, Maliha Khan and Anu Sarin, my mendhi artist Jinal Parmar, the Gaurav Gupta team, Henry Couture Paris, our decor provided by Legacy Events and our venue The Brownstone, which accepted us a month before the wedding when our other venue cancelled on us. Finally nothing would have happened without our priests and my Church, St. Mina Coptic Orthodox Church, allowing the ceremony to happen in a safe and professional manner.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
When every country was in lockdown, my mom, who never fails to disappoint, was able to work with the wonderful staff at Gaurav Gupta boutique in New Delhi to retrieve my customized wedding lengha.

Because I am accustomed to getting allergic skin reactions to certain fabrics, I was very selective of my wedding outfit. I wanted something with embroidery and details that looks so elegant close up and shines even from afar. I wanted something comfortable that I was able to do Bhangra all night!
And specifically, I wanted something off the shoulder and I fell in love with the unique bowing design of the blouse.

I really felt like the most beautiful woman in the world that day, especially when I saw my husband's smile when he first saw me.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I’ll be honest: The pictures/video footage we received after was my favorite part of the planning process because that’s the only time my husband and I could relax and see the unveiling of our vision. The wedding planning is very stressful because not only did plans change and we had to reschedule the wedding because of Covid, but this is a wedding of two families conjoining. We had to keep a delicate balance of proudly showing our own two unique cultures (I’m Punjabi and my husband is from Kerala) while we wanted to still express our love story

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think our guests loved the intimacy of the wedding. The ceremony and reception were all in English and so everyone understood the beauty of the Sacrament and because it was only 42 of our loved ones there were no awkward moments but only laughter and joy. My father in law even remarked how surprised he was that not only did everything come together in the midst of Covid, but that everything came together so smoothly and with so much love.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Two moments from our wedding constantly play in the mind. First, the words of the priest when he told us we were now one and joined together in Holy Matrimony is a memory I never will forget. I felt like I truly belonged right there at that moment. Secondly my husband wrote a hilarious song called “I wanna be your Shah Rukh Khan” and sang it to me on our reception. I grew up watching Bollywood movies and so the lyrics of his song were so intimate to my favorite movies and I felt like a princess that night in so many ways

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.
Again because of the pandemic we weren’t allowed any formal dancing which was really tough for me since I have been dancing for as long as I can remember.

When it comes to decor, our faith is very important to us so we tried to incorporate that as much as we could through our decor and style.

Our families did such a great job in making us feel special amidst the pandemic. We had slideshow presentations from family and friends wishing us a happy married life as well as skits from family joking about my husband and my funny quirks.

As mentioned before, my husband did sing for me which is something I will always remember.

Finally we had both the ceremony and the reception live streamed so we felt the love and prayers of all our family and friends here and abroad.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
I was given a unique opportunity because of the covid pandemic to really focus on the most important thing on our wedding day- being joined together with my soon to be husband. Yes, everyone should feel like a princess but it is more important to focus on the beauty within and the beauty of marriage. Meditate on the beauty within and the married life that will bloom through the seeds of sacrifice and selfless love.

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Photography: John Martin Productions | Cinematography: John Martin Productions | Sangeet Venue: Private Home | Ceremony Venue: St. Mina Coptic Orthodox Church | Reception Venue: The Brownstone | Planning & Design: Betcy Achankunju - Nitasha Uppal | Floral & Decor: Legacy Events | Hair & Makeup (Wedding and Reception): Maliha J Khan | Hair & Makeup (Sangeet): Anu Sidana | Catering: The Brownstone | DJ: Redefined Audio Visual Entertainment | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Puneet Uppal/Nitasha Uppal | Bridal Fashions: Gaurav Gupta | Bridal Jewelry: Zarmina Khan | Cake & Treats: The Brownstone | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Mercy George and Saramma Achankunju | Event Designer: Bride & Groom | Favors: Rosy Uppal | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Wedding Wire | Lighting: Redefined Audio Visual Entertainment | Live Music: Redefined Audio Visual Entertainment | Mehndi Artist: Jinal Parmar | Registry: Wedding Wire | Transportation: A1Exotics | Tuxedos: Henry Couture Paris | Bridal Flower Decor: ZM Gajra Re | Personalized Engagement & Wedding Rings: Lazaire Diamond | Bridal Personal Shopper: Abhay Bansal | Haldi Outfit Design: Rosy Uppal | Personalized South Asian Greeting Cards: Pyarful (Etsy) | Photo Booth: Dawn Donohue and Gina


Monroe, NJ Indian Fusion Wedding by Studio KSD

After meeting on Bumble, Cynthia and Ankur shared many hours talking that finally led to a hike, overlooking the Manhattan Skyline in the Palisades and a ring.

Clearly, a planner, Cynthia had her wedding venue, dress and key vendors chosen even before the proposal. Originally planned for October 31, 2020, the type A bride was done with most of the planning by January 2020.

Derailed by Covid, and filled with uncertainty the couple was clearly stressed. The couple had planned a multi day affair with two ceremonies - A Catholic ceremony (the Bride’s family is Catholic), and a Hindu ceremony (the Groom’s side is Hindu). Questions about catering, deposits, and distancing guidelines swirled about however, thanks to the team of vendors the wedding was as the Bride put it, “absolutely fantastic.”

In order to accommodate weather, the wedding was moved to September and personal details filled the wedding. Handmade signs, programs, games, cakes and cupcakes were just some of the details that the family was able to DIY. In fact, one of the Bride’s uncles figured out how live stream the wedding so that people who could not attend can still watch the wedding! The wedding came to life because of the people and loved involved. And they had the dogs! All the dogs were having the fun and everyone had fun playing with them. The Groom even made them their very own pup-cakes.

“There really wasn't one big ah-ha moment. It was a very subtle and slow change where I felt myself wanting to share everything with him. If I was not hanging out with Ankur I found myself making a mental list of all the things I wanted to tell him. And whenever I would daydream or plan the future he was always a part of it.”

To sum it up the day was chaotic and perfect, just as it should be... Congratulations to Cynthia & Ankur!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met through bumble and our first date was at Cienfuegos in Manhattan.

There really wasn't one big ah-ha moment. It was a very subtle and slow change change where I felt myself wanting to share everything with him. If I was not hanging out with Ankur I found myself making a mental list of all the things I wanted to tell him. And whenever I would daydream or plan the future he was always a part of it.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
He proposed to me after a hike that overlooks the manhattan skyline in the Palisades. We love to hike together and it was a gorgeous view with just  the two of 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.
Ha! I planned my wedding twice! I had my venue, dress and a few vendors ready before I was even proposed to! In-fact Tina (from KSD studios) and I finalized the terms of the photo/video contract while I was on on the hike in which Ankur proposed to me. I am a type A person and I have experience planning large scale events so I threw myself right, made a list of all the things I had to do and just got started. Our original wedding date was supposed on be Oct 31st 2020, I was pretty much done planning with all my vendors booked by Jan 2020.

Then the pandemic hit and completely derailed my plans. With all the uncertainty I was losing my mind. I couldn't plan anything more a few weeks out. I had no idea how much money I was going to lose with all the deposits I had already put down. I also had to completely reimagine the wedding because it was supposed to be a 3 days affair with a catholic ceremony (my family is catholic), a hindu ceremony (Ankur's side is Hindu), mehendi etc and now multi-day affair was out of the questions.

I didn't even know what the safest way to cater this would be: can you even have open food? would the caterer even do individually packages meals? Is it tacky to hand out boxed food at a wedding? There were just so many unknowns that the vendors could not answer either. But all of my vendors were absolutely fantastic, they all worked me to make my day simply amazing.

At the end of the day, the pandemic really let me and Ankur imagine and bring to life the wedding of our dreams. All the plans from the original wedding were so formulaic, we had so many events JUST because that is what tradition dictates. Well the pandemic made us throw all the traditions out he window to create our own. We decided to move up our wedding to September so that it would not be too cold for an outdoor wedding.

With a much smaller wedding, we were able to focus on us and our guests and get a lot more people involved. My dad and I handmade the wedding signs - welcome to the wedding, table cards with names, the rustic polaroid photo board. I had my sister and best friend do a lot of the creative work (games, wedding programs, wedding hashtags). My aunt made the wedding cake and all the cupcakes. My uncles figured out how live stream the wedding so that people who could not attend can still watch the wedding. This wedding came to life because of so many people and it was simply amazing! Better than what could hope for! Even the weather that day was perfect!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Actually I had bought about 5 dresses and only used one. I had a white dress for the catholic ceremony, a saree for the hindu ceremony, lengha for the reception and a few others for the pre-wedding event. I had all the matching jewelry too!

But with the pandemic I ended up just using my big white dress. I got this dress from David's Bridal. Ankur and I had a conversation about getting married and OF COUSE I immediately had to tell my best friend that Ankur and I talked about getting married and that a proposal was gonna happen soon! She decided to book a bridal appointment at BHLDN just for fun! We got a ate brunch, got a little tipsy and went to try on dresses! It was there that I realized I loved lace and an A-line silhouette. Then it was just a matter of finding the right dress. This dress at David's Bridal had everything I wanted and it fit perfectly.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Getting to reimagine the wedding to be very intimate. I loved adding the personal touches to everything: I worked with Lilly Mae Designed to make all the lettering so that people had something to take home with their names on it. We got custom coloring books for the kids with activities. We planned games so that everyone could be an active participant.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Everyone loved how relaxed it was. No one had to wake up at 4am to get their make up done or stay up late to practice the dances/performances. It was a very chill day, beautiful weather, great atmosphere! And we had the dogs!!! They were the best part. All the dogs were having the fun and everyone had fun playing with them. Ankur even made them pup-cakes. They definitely added to the vibe 

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Honestly the whole day was just spectacular. There wasn't just one moment that I loved because so many people came together to make this day a reality. The whole thing was chaotic yet perfect. Just as it should be.

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.
We had to cancel all other events. I spent the few days prior relaxing with my family and by best friends family. My mom made is face masks, we got our nails done, had some great food and watched movies. Ankur spent the day before playing Overwatch with his friends and playing with this nieces and nephews. It was great because we were so relaxed going into the wedding day.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Do not try to plan or control everything about the wedding especially the day of. It is just not going to happen. I thought I had everything planned then a pandemic hit. Then I thought I had everything planned again then a whole slew of things went wrong: the rain made the tables sink in the grass, the wind knocked down the ceremony arch right before we were about it start, the electricity stopped working, half our guests didn't get food, one of the dogs jumped on me and got mud on all over my white dress and the priest hit me in the face with the microphone as I was saying my vows.

Love every minute of it and don't take it too seriously. Take in all the crazy and enjoy it as much as possible. If you laugh at it, then it becomes a great story for later.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
The cakes!!! The cake and cupcakes were made by Nirmala and she worked with me to make sure that the cake matched the decor! She hand made everything, including the fondant flowers to match the floral wedding decor. She also searched high and low for the perfect lace cupcake holders since I love lace. She also packaged the cupcakes individually so that someone couldn't accidentally cough or sneeze on the food. They looked amazing and tasted even better!

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Hair & Makeup: Kanwal Batool | Cinematography: Studio KSD | Photography: Studio KSD | Ceremony Venue: Thompson Park | Floral & Decor: Haneen Festivities | Catering: Rasoi | DJ: DJ Rewind with MVP DJ's | Lettering/ Print Work: Tiffany Stewart | Cake & Treats: Nimmi's Novelty Cakes | Live Music: Sweet Harmony | Live Music: The Bailsmen


Philadelphia, PA Indian Fusion Wedding by Iryna Shostak Photography

Happy Friday, darlings! Let's get ready for the weekend by enjoying all the beauty surrounding Reeja & Jacob's intimate wedding celebrated during COVID-19. Like many other weddings celebrated in 2020, Reeja & Jacob's wedding was affected by the pandemic. Initially, they planned to get married at Drexelbrook Catering, but two days before their wedding, they had to change their plan, as inside gatherings with more than 25 guests were not allowed. What could have been discouraging for any other couples only motivated these two lovebirds even more. With their family and friends' help, they organized a new wedding from scratch in the backyard of Jacob's sister's house. The wedding ceremony took place at the Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, and it was a beautiful and intimate event in which Reeja stole the show. She walked down the aisle donning a fashionable gown from The Bridal Boutique, very well complemented with the exquisite makeup and sleek hairstyle designed by Empowder by Amola Surya. But that was not all! She wore dazzling pieces of jewelry from Chungath that made her sparkle. Hands down, a dreamy look for this long-awaited day! After the ceremony, these lovebirds' family and closest friends joined them in an intimate reception party animated by Luxe Entertainment. The dancing, the merriment, and the delicious cake from The Master's Baker marked the end of the wedding festivities. And all we have to say is that we loved every bit of it! For more details, don't miss the jaw-dropping shots captured by Iryna Shostak Photography in today's full gallery. The way they immortalize every scene is fantastic. You will love it!

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Enjoy your weekend, ladies! See you on Monday for a new wedding feature.

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Photography: Iryna Shostak Photography | Ceremony Venue: Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church | Planning & Design: Divine Events | Floral & Decor: Riehs | Bouquets: Riehs | Hair & Makeup: Empowder by Amola Surya | Bridesmaids Hair & Makeup: Daneene Jensen | Catering: Drexelbrook Catering | DJ: Luxe Entertainment | Bridal Fashions: The Bridal Boutique | Bridal Jewelry: Chungath | Cake & Treats: The Master's Baker | Cinematography: Live Picture Studios | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Valavi Cards | Transportation: Chic's Limousine | Tuxedos: The Black Tux


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