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Pleasanton, CA South Indian Wedding by Alison Yin Photography

Is there anything more beautiful on a sunny summer day in California, than a vibrant Indian wedding? I don't think so. Today the fantastic decor team of Floramor takes the lead of the decor portion of this marvelous outdoor affair and delivered an outstanding wedding mandap stage. The charming Natasha and Apurva tied the knot in the presence of their loved ones on this dreamy structure that featured charming blooms and fresh white off drapery! The bride and groom booked the picturesque and luxurious gardens of Castlewood Country Club where the day's events will unfold into the most unforgettable wedding celebration. There's also more from this, and following wonderful wedding reception, so don't miss out the complete gallery by Alison Yin Photography !

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Floral & Decor: Floramor | Planning & Design: Floramor | Photography: Alison Yin Photography | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Castlewood Country Club | Hair & Makeup: Artistry by Christal-Christal Clear Cosmetics | DJ: Jhakaas Entertainment | Baraat: Buzzard's Roost Ranch | Cinematography: Nice at La Luna Pro | Lighting: Jhakaas Entertainment | Rentals: Fine Linen Creations


Pleasanton, CA South Indian Wedding by Alison Yin Photography

Feast your eyes on Maharani Natasha, Raja Apurva, and their big Indian wedding! Alison Yin Photography captured the amazing shots of this charming bride and groom's pre-wedding moments. Unique poses and palm trees as a backdrop, always help, but gorgeous looks made this photo session one of a kind! The lovely bride looks breathtaking on her burgundy silk saree while Artistry by Christal-Christal Clear Cosmetics gave her a sleek updo along with gorgeous makeup. The Maharaja of her dreams looks quite dapper in his traditional sherwani as he rode the fabulous white steed from Buzzard's Roost Ranch. What a stylish looking duo! The beautiful bridesmaids also looked picture perfect in their pink saris and added the perfect dose of color into this memorable day. There are still so many details you need to feast on from this marvelous event. Visit the gallery for even more!

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Floral & Decor: Floramor | Planning & Design: Floramor | Photography: Alison Yin Photography | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Castlewood Country Club | Hair & Makeup: Artistry by Christal-Christal Clear Cosmetics | DJ: Jhakaas Entertainment | Baraat: Buzzard's Roost Ranch | Cinematography: Nice at La Luna Pro | Lighting: Jhakaas Entertainment | Rentals: Fine Linen Creations


Cancun, Mexico Indian Fusion Wedding by Sarani Weddings

Maharanis! The pristine waters of Cancun, Mexico are our next destination! Claire and Rishi are the beautiful pair that tied the knot at paradise and the fantastic Sarani Photography traveled with them to captured their best moments. After some auspicious pre-wedding celebrations this lovely pair held a lovely western ceremony backdropped by the scenic views of the ocean at the highly exclusive Dreams Riviera Cancún. The blushing bride, Claire went for a stunning bridal hair and makeup look thanks to Styling Trio glam squad. She opted for a gorgeous white gown she combined with a precious cathedral length veil that gave her the most elegant flair while her dapper groom Rishi said I do in full white! The violets and whites reigned and were even included in the fabulous bridal party dresses. What an unforgettable day! Check out the gallery for more of this Cancun soiree!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
My best friend has been telling me about this great guy she worked with and been wanting to introduce me too. Finally, I met Rishi at my best friend’s birthday bash in NYC. During the entire party, he did not leave my side, so I could tell he was smitten with me. After the party ended, I returned home to Long Island, and we lost touch with one another.Our paths didn’t cross again until one year later when I gathered enough courage to call him and ask him to attend a party with me in the city. He agreed. I am a shy person, but that night, we ended up talking for hours. Rishi was persistent in prying me out of my shell in an attempt to get to know me. I was intrigued by him when he told me he was taking tango lessons and wanted a travel companion. I love dancing and traveling! It was at that moment that I knew I wanted to get to know Rishi more.Initially, I wasn’t sure that we were a perfect match because we are complete opposites. I am introverted and reserved, while Rishi is the life the party. But over time, I began to see just how amazing Rishi’s is, and I cherished our conversations and time together.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
⁸I decided to tag along with Rishi on his medical conference to New Orleans. We are big foodies so I was so excited to. After all week, being in the conferences, he told me to get dressed up that Friday so that we can go out to a nice dinner. I was really excited because I love getting dressed up. When his conference ended I had his and my outfit ready so we can just leave right when he got home. He didn’t tell me where we were going because it was a surprise.We were walking by the water and he asked a stranger to take a picture for us and all of the sudden he went down on one knee. I was so excited I couldn’t speak or believed it just happen. I felt like I was in a dream. In the background, there was a photographer taking pictures of the entire proposal as well.Not only did the photographer take our pictures during the proposal. We went all over New Orleans taking pictures. My favorite part was when Rishi had the street Jazz band play “I can’t give you anything but love” for us to dance to. What to the night off was that evening there were beautiful fireworks. I felt like his proposal was planned just perfect from where he decided to propose, surprise proposal, the hired band, and dance, delicious food and fireworks to end the night.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
We had 9 events (shagun, haldi, Filipino welcome party, American Ceremony, mehndi, sangeet, Indian ceremony, cocktail hour , reception)not including 3 after parties in 3 day so I had 14 outfit changes. 

For shagun  I wore a classic red shawara 
Haldi I-a colorful yellow lehenga 
Welcome party (island theme) a Filipino dress known as a filipiniana 

American ceremony I wore a sweetheart chiffon ballgown

Mehndi (Bollywood themed)I wore a tasseled gold saree

Sangeet (beach themed) I wore a mermaid cut aqua gold lehenga resembling a mermaid.   My husband had a custom matching kurta made.

Indian ceremony: I wore a custom made pink lehenga to resemble a barbie doll and my husband had a matching custom kurta made

Cocktail hour ( Gatsby themed)I wore a feathered wedding gown. My husband wore a tail coat suit . 

Reception: ( Hollywood glamour themed) White gold dress with crystals all over. My husband had a custom made maroon velvet tux .  Our first dance(tango) he switched to a sparkle black Versace tux and I had a sexy red dress and switch into a White marchese halter dress similar to Megan Markle's reception dress.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
That every event had a different theme and it just got better towards the end.


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 kicked off our wedding with a vow renwal ceremony  for my parents 48th anniversary.  Great example of how we want our future marriage to be.  Because of you both, the world knows that truth and love exist. Keep these beliefs alive and cherish one another.You are the parents that all kids hope to have, you are the couple that all lovers hope to be and you both are the pillars of support that every family wishes it had. 

Filipino Welcome party Filipinos pride themselves in their Matatag spirit, respect for community, our unyielding loyalty, generosity and of course our hospitality.  Filipino hospitality is reflected in the way we welcome relatives, friends and strangers alike.  It is standard practice to shower guests with food, music, drink and last but not least dancing....plenty of dancing.  So to stay true to my Filipino roots, we decided to have a true Mabuhay celebration.  The phrase carries various meanings including "long live", "may you live", "cheers", "welcome", and "hurrah". This was our way of welcoming our guests in the most extraordinary way possible!!! Mabuhay!!
The Mehndi Ceremony is a fun and exciting pre-wedding ritual, where we had 2 Henna artist apply henna on a me and my guests  thus marking the kick off, of the wedding celebrations.
We hosted our Mehndi event on the beach. During the mehndi ceremony my bridesmaids, my husband and I had  a suprise performance for everyone. We had a blast doing our performance for everyone. 
For our Sangeet decor we decided to have a Bollywood Fiesta theme. The Sangeet, is a celebration of coming together of the two families in the union of their children.Sangeet is one of more fun and vibrant functions of the big fat Indian wedding. Like most cultures, Hindu customs, too, incorporate music as the soul of a wedding celebration and so the Sangeet function too is abound with enthusiastic dancing and singing against the background of live performances. We really enjoyed the performances by our family members and groomsmen.  Our guest enjoyed the surprise drum show we had for them.
For our Sangeet decor we decided to have a Bollywood Fiesta theme. The Sangeet, is a celebration of coming together of the two families in the union of their children.Sangeet is one of more fun and vibrant functions of the big fat Indian wedding. Like most cultures, Hindu customs, too, incorporate music as the soul of a wedding celebration and so the Sangeet function too is abound with enthusiastic dancing and singing against the background of live performances. We really enjoyed the performances by our family members and groomsmen.  Our guest enjoyed the surprise drum show we had for them

Our Wedding Reception!!! Being that all 6 of our wedding events were either outside or on beach.  We wanted a change of scenery and so we went indoors.  We decided to have a dramatic and elegantly styled wedding reception so we  transported  our guest back in time to the era of glitz and glamour in Old Hollywood! With an exquisite cake, stunning fashion, a red carpet draped tunnel entrance, glam tables and a venue dripping in  gold, roses, disco ball, feathers, and crystals it was real showstopper! 

 

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Kampala, Uganda Indian Wedding by Sephi Bergerson Photography

The wedding spree continued for Rupa and Andrew! This gorgeous pair said I do again in a fairytale civil ceremony captured by the creative eye of Sephi Bergerson Photography! This time the newlyweds opted for alluring western outfits and were joined by their besties also wearing a great selection of lovely matching attires! After their second exchange of vows, these two headed to the pool of the great Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort where the crew of Silk Events created another fantastic setting for their final celebration! Delicate roses and inviting candles were displayed on the tables while a beautiful four-tier naked cake was the cherry on top of this beautiful reception. Maharani Rupa was dolled up by Sophia Aafreen with a glamorous hair and makeup look that stole the limelight while she danced with her new beau to the rhythm of RV Sounds! See our complete gallery and enjoy of the most extraordinary destination wedding album now!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met through a mutual friend and started dating in 2013.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Andrew My husband picked me up from the station after work and was taking me home to have dinner with my parents. When we pulled up to the house, the whole garden was lit up with lights, candles and roses. Andrew got down on one knee and proposed and told me he is taking me to New York the next day. 

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 always wanted a destination wedding and it was my dads dream that I got married in his place of birth Uganda. We were very lucky that a good family friend of ours Sudhir Ruparelia owned a beautiful report in Kampala called Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort. Both mine and Andrews family travelled to Uganda to see the venue and start planning the wedding in May 2017. As soon as we got there we loved the resort and knew we wanted to get married there. Sheena Ruparelia, the daughter of Sudhir Ruparelia had experience in planning hers and her sister wedding at the resort and took the role of our wedding planner. We worked with her for most of the year on themes, entertainments, décor, food and drinks. Having a wedding in Uganda meant that anything was possible, we made sure each event had a different theme and Sheena and her team pulled out all the stops for each event. We did take a few suppliers from the UK which included our DJ Ravi Dattani part of RV sounds who had the party going every day, My make up artist - Sophia Aafreen would did an amazing job on not only my hair an make up but also my mum and sisters, and we had brilliant live singers come in from Kenya - Sodhi and team. Cake was done by Mira Marsani based in Uganda. 

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
The easiest part of the wedding planning was actually my outfits, my talented sister Sona Jivraj, owner and designer of Sonas Haute Couture created all 7 of my outfits along with Andrews clothes, and all our immediate family clothes. Sona has been in the business for over 10 years and has an amazing eye for what is in fashion and what suits every individual. She listened to all the ideas I had and made each outfit to perfection, her quality and design is definitely top of the range. Sonas clothes were complimented by Red dot jewels Jewellery, Tarun Thalani Jewellery and Amrapali Jewellery.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I loved planning the theme and décor for each event, as I mentioned there was not limit to what could be done in Uganda and the Ruparelia team made it all possible. I was able to be very creative with each event and make them all very unique. 

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think they loved everything, the resort, the weather, the food and of course spending a week with family and friends. 

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I would say when all the guests started arriving, we had African drummers playing as all guest started arriving from all over the world. It was so nice to see everyone and the excitement on their faces. 

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 7 events which were all very different:
1 - welcome party which was an African themed party, we had Africans drummers, singers and dancers, traditional African food and amazing African  décor.
2 - Pithi - traditional pithi ceremony beautifully decorated with pink and orange colours
3- Sangeet -rajasthani theme event which an mind blowing set, I came in on a dholi which all my brothers were carrying, we had various dances and speechs at this event and Sodhi the singer from Kenya. 
4 - indian wedding - set by lake Victoria, with a red rose mandup. The ceremony was not a traditional indian wedding and was carried out by my cousin Sawan Gandesha, it was personal, meaningful and entertaining. 
5 - pool party - this was a Ibiza themed pool party. everyone was wearing white , Andrew and I came in on a boat. We had massage ladies, a live band and music on till early ours in the morning.
6 - civil ceremony - this was in a stunning location in the resort over looking the lake.
7 - reception - this was by the pool, it was decorated with white roses, candles and was a very romantic setting. we had a lovely fire work display, speeches, and a great DJ playing till early hours in the morning 

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Have a destination wedding 

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Happy to send you pictures which will speak a 1000 words.

 

See you tomorrow dolls!

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Cinematographer: Doodle Studio | Cinematographer and Photographer Agency: SILK Photos | Photographer: Sephi Bergerson Photography | Venue: Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort | Planning & Design: Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort | Floral & Decor: Silk Events | Hair & Makeup: Sophia Aafreen | DJ: RV Sounds | Bridal Fashion: Sonas Couture


Novi, MI Indian Wedding by Sapan Ahuja Photography

We have reached the final event of the upscale Indian wedding of Radhika and Harsh! Aria Cinema Films shared with us the amazing images of their glam bash at the fantastic Suburban Collection and created a beautiful wedding album of the celebration which included all the imagery you are about to see! A memorable first dance lit up with fireworks opened the dance floor for the amazing dance entertainment program performed by family and friends which was enlivened with the music of the sought-after Singh Innovations. The sweet part of the night was provided by Cakes by Stephanie with a special three-tier. Krishna Catering and Restaurant's dinner delivered their best flavors to all guests who enjoyed the fantastic feast in the most wonderful table set up and decor! Marigold Wedding Planners translated the couple's vision for their last wedding night into a pure visual feast, decorating each table with big pink floral hues and creating a sophisticated stage for the new Mr. and Mrs. Radhika's ravishing floral lehenga was perfectly finished off with  a romantic side loose hairstyle from Lulu Beauty Lounge that definitely made her the queen of the night while her hubby Harsh looked equally handsome in a black tuxedo that made him stole the limelight too! See the fabulous celebrations in our full gallery!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Harsh had seen me at an arangetram years ago but I didn't officially meet him until 2012 where my cousin convinced him to come out at a club because I was going to be here. I had no idea until he got there. We shared a dance (apparently to Drake's Take Care); him and I have a slightly different recollection of this night. He added me on Facebook the next day but we never spoke or saw each other for the next couple years. In Jan 2014, another one of my cousins who went to college with him came into town and connected with him at a party. I thought my cousin may have said something too brotherly to him after finding out that Harsh knew me, and so I messaged him on Facebook to apologize on behalf of my cousin. Harsh said nothing happened and he instantly asked for my number and to go on a date with me. Our first date was the day after my birthday where he surprised me with all the Lord of the Rings DVD in Blue Ray. It's been a rollercoaster since then but the rest is history!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Harsh and I had decided to get married after dating each other since 2014. We officially met each other's family in April so we all could get to know each other, however, a surprise proposal was still coming. Harsh was really into designing the ring himself. I didn't want to see the ring because I wanted what he put his heart into to be the ring I wore for the rest of my life. He spent months researching and designing the ring he wanted to give me and it turned out to be perfect! He finally proposed in Chicago, our favorite city that we now live in, on a random weekend in July. Harsh had taken me out to dinner to RPM Italian and then later proposed on one of the Chicago bridges downtown. He had one of his friends capture the moment which means a lot to have now.
 
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 both are from Michigan and had decided to marry there since all our friends/family were mainly there. Harsh and I had already moved to Chicago so it was difficult planning all the details from so afar and making the frequent trips back home. Harsh had just started MBA school and a new job, and I also had just started a new job. Luckily, we had a good support system at home that took on most of the planning and made our lives much easier. The decor was one of my favorite parts! I wanted the decor to match all our (couple's) outfits by complimenting them. I didn't want the decor be so overwhelming that the couple gets lost in it. Tina did a great job in making it happen! Our hair/makeup artist is great, and was able to make my dream of more traditional hair styles happen so effortlessly! 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I always dreamt of shopping for my wedding outfits with my mom and sister in India. We went to a couple places and I tried on several bridal lenghas but couldn't find anything unique. I felt I was out of options so decided to pick the best one of the variety I was shown. I decided to try one more shop and found the one instantly. It was unique and reminded me of Sabyasachi style bridal gowns in the traditional red/white style I was going for. Simple, elegant and unique. All my family who came with me also instantly knew it was the one! I still dream of being able to wear that outfit again someday!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part was shopping for my dream wedding outfits/jewelry in India and then trying to match decor at each event based on the couple's outfits. Fashion and decor are 2 of my favorite things and it was so fun doing it all together!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Harsh and I were so caught up in the wedding events but afterwards, many of our guests came to us and our family raving about the decor, food, and the organization of the event. Months later, people have forgotten the little details, but they haven't forgotten the food and how smoothly everything went. Our guests can get as exhausted as us and we wanted to make sure they were going to be comfortable and satisfied. 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
One of my favorite moments is when the doors opened to the wedding hall and I heard one of my favorite songs played. It was a moment I will never forget because I got to see all my closest family/friends all in one room with such a spectrum of emotions on the biggest day of my life. Emotions that only come out in moments like these. Harsh and I decided to keep it traditional and see each other for the first time at the mandap, so it was a big deal because he hadn't seen me as a bride yet until the shawl was let down between us!
 
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.
My sister and I are dancers and she had always dreamt of creating a special and unique entertainment program for me when I get married someday. My sister and brother-in-law/sister-in-law secretly planned an amazing entertainment program that was performed at the reception. Both our families had involved our closest friends/family/parents to engage in the variety of performances. Harsh had even had a surprise performance. It was all so perfect & amazing! I can barely remember who was all in it because I was in so awe. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
One of my aunt's told me, before all the ceremonies started, that I should take moments throughout all the wedding festivities to stop, stare, and breathe in the moment with all your family and friends all in one room together celebrating you and the groom! It's easy to get caught up on the details in the moment that you spent months organizing, but the day of, just forget that all and breathe in the moment! 

I hope you had fun with today's reading! See you on Tuesday.
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Photography: Aria Cinema Films | Floral & Decor: Marigold Wedding Planners | Event Designer: Marigold Wedding Planners | Sangeet Venue: Hindu Temple of Canton | Ceremony Venue: Suburban Collection | Hair & Makeup: Lulu Beauty Lounge | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Lulu Beauty Lounge | Catering: Krishna Catering and Restaurant | Cakes & Treats: Cakes by Stephanie | DJ: Singh Innovations | Baraat: Pinecrest Percherons and Carriage Service | Lighting: Lazar | Photography: Sapan Ahuja Photography


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