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Philadelphia, PA Indian Wedding by Studio KSD

Hello there, ladies! If you are enjoying Tulsi & Neel's wedding festivities as much as we are, you will be thrilled to know that we have all the details surrounding their fantastic reception party held at The Kimmel Center of Performing Arts! So get ready to have some fun because this is an elegant and luxurious event that you will enjoy to the fullest, and from which you can get a lot of inspirational ideas! So let's check it out together! All the guests enjoyed the evening and danced the night away thanks to Amplifire Entertainment, who set the musical mood for this beautiful reception and enlivened every moment of the evening. The smiles, the emotions, and the excellent atmosphere did not stop throughout the whole night, and neither the delicious plates prepared by Garces Events, who was in charge of the culinary experience. Without any question, this was the best way to bring the wedding festivities to an end, and we cannot stop thinking how lucky these two are for having each other! If you don't want to miss any detail of this special evening or if you want to relive this entire wedding celebration, don't forget to take a look at the gallery that we have for today! We have compiled the best shots captured by Studio KSD for your enjoyment. So make sure to check it out!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
It was a series of brief interactions over 6 months. We first locked eyes on a party bus in San Francisco in August 2014. It wasn't until my best friend's (and future maid-of-honor) birthday party did Neel finally show his interest. He bought me a couple of distilled agave beverages and we had a night of pure fun with our closest friends. We were both incredibly confused how quickly we fell into a rhythm, but within a few months we took a quick trip to Hawaii. While on a hike, I picked a banana from a tree, got a terrible stomach ache, and said, "I love you, and I may need to go to a hospital".
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Neel and I were on a 3-month sabbatical at the time. I knew a proposal was coming on the trip but didn't know when or where. In early January, we found ourselves in Chiang Mai, Thailand. When we travel, we like to take a cooking class. He splurged on a cooking class at the Four Seasons Resort. In the 3rd and final dish we were preparing, a papaya salad, I found a ring. Unfortunately, the ring sizes are measured differently internationally and I found a ring large enough to fit a man's thumb. But there was Neel, asking me to marry him, and so confused that I missed the actual question and demanded he ask it again so I could take it in. Of course, I said yes. In fact, my best friend (maid-of-honor), flew to Thailand with the ring, as a surprise.
 
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.
Photography - This was easy. I knew I wanted to work with KSD based on seeing their craft in action at my cousins' weddings.
Hair & Make-up - Payal MUA. She worked so well with what I was looking to achieve, a modern bride with a hint of old-school bollywood cinema
Outfits - I was able to find all of my outfits within 1 day at Asopalav, in Gujarat, India.
Decor Theme - Royal Charms. Given everything about our relationship, our reception theme was appropriately Travel themed. This included table-cards with our favorite destinations, and mini suitcases.
Venue - We didn't want a typical banquet hall. That limited our choices already. We found the Kimmel Center of Philadelphia, and I just saw the wedding happen there. It was a reach, but we made it happen!
Catering - Garces Catering, through Kimmel Center. We worked with them to create a fusion South Asian and Western meals for all events. They're so creative and they did not disappoint.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
We pinned on pinterest, bookmarked on google, and talked to numerous brides. When we got to India, everything was different and our research was practically useless. I was lucky to find all of my outfits on the 3rd day of the trip, in 1 sitting, at Asopalav. When you know, you know.
 
Neel, my husband, did not have such luck. We went to countless stores and shops. His Sangeet was specially designed and made by Paresh Lamba in Banglore, the Wedding outfit was from Asopalav in Gujarat, and a tux made in the US to the reception.
 
The bridesmaids and groomsmen was also made from scratch. I had a color in mind, but under serious dehydration and exhaustion we ended up with something completely different!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
This is likely the most obvious answer, but the food-tasting. It was one of the few parts of the planning that was only Neel & I. Food is the epicenter of our relationship (refer to pain-inducing banana, and proposal papaya salad). Neel's face lights up when he eats something absolutely delicious. It was incredible.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think they enjoyed that the wedding was in city-center, Philadelphia. All of the weddings for our family and friends were at banquet halls. And if there's anything Neel & I are, its atypical to tradition. We opted to use the beautiful and historic Philadelphia skyline as our backdrop. Our guests enjoyed the backdrop as well!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our first look, but it wasn't the romance that's memorable. I was asked to walk up to Neel, who was facing away from me, and whisper something to him that would make him smile. I took it as an opportunity to make a fart joke. He did laugh so hard that he tripped over himself as he turned around and practically fell on me. It deflated all the stress of the day, immediately.
 
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 decided not to have a wedding cake. Instead we did the following:
1. At the Sangeet, I surprised Neel with a "grooms-cake", designed by me, highlighting some of the checkpoints in our relationship. It included the costume I wore on our first date (yes, a costume), poker cards for Neel, and even basketball. We also catered vegetarian cheesesteaks from the famous Campos Cheesesteaks in Philadelphia!
2. At the Reception, we ordered popular desserts from around the US. This includes: Lauderee Macaroons (NYC), Junior's Cheesecake, Prantl's almond torte, and many many more. It was a sugary feast.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
1. Schedule moments for you and your fiance/husband during the wedding week. You may fight, you may laugh, you may even sleep - but it's so important to maintain that connection leading up to the biggest moment in your relationship.
2. It's actually ok if something goes awry. You can't control it all, though I'm sure you'll try. But those "mistakes", often make the best stories! Those are the stories you'll remember.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
It's difficult to summarize details into a few words, but I'll list my greatest hits:
5. Favorite Dance: the entire Murthy family (Neel's dance) took part in a group dance. I mean EVERYONE.
4. Favorite Food: Garces Catering (through Kimmel Center) made a coconut macaron cake. Drool.
3. Favorite Song: Our first dance was a custom-mix of Lights Down Low by Maxx with bhangra beats.
2. Favorite speech: My brother's speech was so well-received, hitting the right balance of funny and sweet.
1. Favorite Moment: The First-look. We were both so stressed from the week of events. Having a moment just centered us. It was us in our purest form.
Most fun: 
For our bridal party photos, we decided to use a basketball court. Neel is obsessed with all things basketball, and over the years, I've come to love the game as well. We went outside-the-box (pun intended), and had about 15-20 min of playing basketball with our closest friends and family. It was a moment where we didn't feel so deep in "wedding-mode". Even in our full wedding attire, we got to shoots some hoops! Our bridal party really loved it as well since it was a moment we were surrounded by the people we're most comfortable with, the people that introduced us, the people that celebrated us most enthusiastically.

See you tomorrow, ladies! Until then, have a great time!
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Photography: Studio KSD | DJ: Amplifire Entertainment | Cinematography: Studio KSD | Floral & Decor: Royal Charms Floral and Decor | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Kimmel Center of Performing Arts | Planning & Design: Honeydew Events | Hair & Makeup: Payal MUA | Catering: Garces Events


Snow Hill, MD Indian Fusion Wedding by Lightyear Studio

Welcome back, ladies! We are happy you could join us at Sonal & Patrick's wedding reception! We know that it has been a day full of emotions and beautiful ceremonies, and we wanted you to have some fun. So, let's head off to the Castle Farm Inc to enjoy this wedding reception! The soothing environment this venue has to offer was an ideal scenario to host the event that marked the end of the wedding festivities. The musical mood for this gala was in charge of Luxe Event Entertainment, and oh boy, what a fantastic work they did! They exceeded all expectations and enlivened every moment of the night playing the latest Bollywood hits and making everyone dance the night away! Without any question, this reception party was on for the books, and we so wish we were there as it looks like everyone had the time of their lives! If you want to relive this entire wedding festivities, make sure to take a peek at the beautiful shots captured by Lightyear Studio in today's gallery! Every single shot is an absolute visual delight that you are going to love! Just a quick piece of advice: Make sure to have some spare time because you can lose track of time while checking these masterpieces!

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Have an awesome day, darlings! See you tomorrow!

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Sangeet Venue: Kyland Barn | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Castle Farm Inc | DJ: Luxe Event Entertainment | Cinematography: Lightyear Studio | Photography: Lightyear Studio


Snow Hill, MD Indian Fusion Wedding by Lightyear Studio

Hello, Maharanis! We are back with more details of this wedding celebration! So, pour yourself a hot beverage, sit back, relax, and get ready to enjoy Sonal & Patrick's big wedding ceremonies held at the Castle Farm Inc! You read, right! Ceremonies, in plural! This lucky pair had two beautiful ceremonies to bless their union and to start a lifetime of marriage! So get ready to have a blast! Just by taking a look at the amazing shots captured by Lightyear Studio, we get no doubts that Sonal & Patrick knew exactly what they wanted when they started planning their wedding ceremonies because everything turned out to be amazing! It was a real-life fairytale! The soothing environment, the cloudy sky, the mix of colors, and the beauty of two soulmates become one through their love is absolutely amazing! There were so much beauty and emotions surrounding these ceremonies that we are sure that more than one of the guests dropped a tear of joy while seeing these two profess their love and commitment for each other. For more amazing shots of this beautiful couple during their wedding ceremonies, make sure to visit the gallery that we have prepared for today! You are going to love it!

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This is not over yet! We still have one more stop, so make sure to stick around!

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Sangeet Venue: Kyland Barn | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Castle Farm Inc | DJ: Luxe Event Entertainment | Cinematography: Lightyear Studio | Photography: Lightyear Studio


Coral Springs, FL Indian Fusion Wedding by Lara Rose Photography

Hello, Maharanis! We are so happy you could make it to Anisha & Kevin's reception party. By now, we can all agree that this love story has exceeded all expectations, and the reception party held at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs Hotel Golf Club & Convention Center is no exception! So let's jump right into it! Right of the bat, we have to say that this gala was off the charts thanks to the fantastic conceptualization and design done by Tewari Productions. And we are also impressed by the on-point decor, and the scheme of lights Anand Event Services put together for this closing event. To turn this gala into a party, DJ Varun Tewari played the most vibrant Bollywood hits to set the dance floor on fire! All the guests had a great time while dancing and tasting the delicious food prepared by Tanjore right before having a bite at the sweet cake baked by Eddas Cake Designs. And we want to make a special shoutout to South Florida wedding photographer, Lara Rose Photography for the fantastic shots captured, as it is thanks to those shots that we get to relive this fabulous love story. If you were captivated by the beauty and charm surrounding this magical story, and you want to get more details of this celebration, don't miss the gallery that we have prepared for today! You'll love it!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Kevin and I met each other in 2009 during our freshman year at Penn State University. We were introduced through one of our good friends. The next thing we knew, we were spending almost every day together, scheduling classes together, going to football games, study dates on the weekends and eventually we became best friends. He asked me out in 2013 and we were in a long distance relationship until I finally moved in with him in 2018! I don't really feel like there was one defining moment where I knew for sure that I was in love with Kevin. It's been just a multitude of things/moments that made me sure of my feelings for Kev. Even though we've had our fair share of struggles, our relationship has always felt easy for me because Kevin has always put me first in his life and made me a priority. He has always made me feel like I can be my silly self around him 24/7! He has been the most supportive partner I could have asked for and he was my best cheerleader during Physician Assistant school. He made me feel that I could grow into my own person and yet still be with him and that made me fall in love with him more and more each day. It's easy to give up in a long distance relationship but his constant effort to keep communication up and count down days till we next saw each other made me so happy and loved. Most of all, he makes it a point to be close to my family which has always been so important to me. The respect and care he gives to my parents and brother is so nice to see and I know my family loves him for that. Saying goodbye to him when we graduated Penn State (when we were still just friends) was probably the hardest thing I have ever had to do and knowing that I would probably never see him again was when I was so sure I wanted to be with him always. He was and is my best friend and I couldn't picture life without him.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I was still in PA school at the time in Oakland, California so I went to visit him in San Diego on a weekend. Our first date was at Sunset Cliffs in San Diego and on Friday the 13th (4/13/17) he wanted to take me back to Sunset Cliffs for a date. We started the day off by going to his work together. He was beyond nervous and was pacing back and forth in his office. I asked him what was wrong and he attributed it to the meeting he was going to have with his boss later that afternoon (I totally believed him!!). Later that evening, we packed up some snacks in his backpack and headed over to Sunset Cliffs. We strolled the spot hand in hand waiting for the sunset. He told me I was beautiful and the best friend he could've hoped for. He asked me if I wanted to have a snack while we waited for the sun to go down and I said yes! So he got behind me, took his back pack off and he called out my name. I turned around and he was on one knee asking me to marry him. I was so emotionally overwhelmed and felt paralyzed at that moment. I said yes and it was by far the best decision of my life.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I did quite a bit of research for my bridal lehenga and my wedding dress. I had saved tons of ideas on a pinterest board and instagram. I ended up getting my bridal lehenga from "Pooja Sarees" in Ambala. As for the white dress, I had picked out a few options online but I went into "Luv Bridal" in San Diego knowing the one dress I absolutely had to try on. Of course as soon as I tried it on, I fell in love with it.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I always knew I wanted to go back to India to hand pick all my outfits, jewelry, etc. Going with my mother just made it that much more special. She played such a great role in helping me pick out everything from my bridal lehenga, the jewelry, bridal heels, to my mehendi and haldi outfits. She made planning more emotional than I thought it would be and it gave us a chance to spend a little extra time together before I got married
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The Mehendi was hosted at my parents house two days before the wedding. I sat down next to my mehendi artist with my arms out, my family was playing "Mehendi Hai Rachne Wali" from the movie Zubeida and the next thing I knew tears were rolling down my face. Getting the mehendi on my hands felt so symbolic of the beautiful stage of my life that I was about to embark on. The other extremely memorable moment for me was being escorted by my four brothers to the mandap during the Hindu ceremony surrounded by all our family and friends. Kevin and I looked at each other and we were so ready to start the rest of our lives together.

Enjoy the rest of your day, ladies! See you tomorrow!
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Floral & Decor: Anand Event Services | Planning & Design: Anand Event Services | Lighting: Anand Event Services | Photo Booths: Anand Event Services | Hair & Makeup: Modern Bride by Natalia | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs Hotel Golf Club & Convention Center | Catering: Tanjore | DJ: Varun Tewari | Baraat: Wind Chase Farm | Bridal Fashions: LUV Bridal | Bridal Jewelry: Olive and Piper | Cake & Treats: Eddas Cake Designs | Cinematography: Andrew Schear | Event Designer: Tewari Productions | Event Designer: Jai Ho Fit | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Minted | Mehndi Artist: Sumaiya Waheed | Registry: Amazon | Tuxedos: Men's Wearhouse | Photography: Lara Rose Photography


Coral Springs, FL Indian Fusion Wedding by Lara Rose Photography

Welcome back, Maharanis! We are glad you could join us at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs Hotel Golf Club & Convention Center so that we can join Anisha & Kevin at their wedding ceremonies. You heard right, ladies! These lucky guys didn't have just one ceremony; they had two! A vision this big requires a lot more time and planning, that is why our lovebirds decided to bring Anand Event Services on board, as the expertise they have in making dreamy wedding celebrations, is out of the question! For the first ceremony, these lovebirds embraced a traditional style that we loved so much! Anisha stole all the looks on her ruby lengha draped and tied by Modern Bride by Natalia. And she crowned this fantastic look with dazzling pieces of jewelry from Olive and Piper's collection. For the second ceremony, they both dressed sleek and fashionably, and all we have to say is that we loved the final look on them! We also want to make a special shoutout to LUV Bridal for the incredible work they did taking care of Anisha's fashion needs during the two ceremonies. And thanks to the outstanding work of South Florida wedding photographer, Lara Rose Photography, we get to immerse ourselves into these beautiful events just as if we were there. If you want to check more details about this incredible ceremonies, don't forget to take a look at today's fantastic gallery!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Kevin and I met each other in 2009 during our freshman year at Penn State University. We were introduced through one of our good friends. The next thing we knew, we were spending almost every day together, scheduling classes together, going to football games, study dates on the weekends and eventually we became best friends. He asked me out in 2013 and we were in a long distance relationship until I finally moved in with him in 2018! I don't really feel like there was one defining moment where I knew for sure that I was in love with Kevin. It's been just a multitude of things/moments that made me sure of my feelings for Kev. Even though we've had our fair share of struggles, our relationship has always felt easy for me because Kevin has always put me first in his life and made me a priority. He has always made me feel like I can be my silly self around him 24/7! He has been the most supportive partner I could have asked for and he was my best cheerleader during Physician Assistant school. He made me feel that I could grow into my own person and yet still be with him and that made me fall in love with him more and more each day. It's easy to give up in a long distance relationship but his constant effort to keep communication up and count down days till we next saw each other made me so happy and loved. Most of all, he makes it a point to be close to my family which has always been so important to me. The respect and care he gives to my parents and brother is so nice to see and I know my family loves him for that. Saying goodbye to him when we graduated Penn State (when we were still just friends) was probably the hardest thing I have ever had to do and knowing that I would probably never see him again was when I was so sure I wanted to be with him always. He was and is my best friend and I couldn't picture life without him.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I was still in PA school at the time in Oakland, California so I went to visit him in San Diego on a weekend. Our first date was at Sunset Cliffs in San Diego and on Friday the 13th (4/13/17) he wanted to take me back to Sunset Cliffs for a date. We started the day off by going to his work together. He was beyond nervous and was pacing back and forth in his office. I asked him what was wrong and he attributed it to the meeting he was going to have with his boss later that afternoon (I totally believed him!!). Later that evening, we packed up some snacks in his backpack and headed over to Sunset Cliffs. We strolled the spot hand in hand waiting for the sunset. He told me I was beautiful and the best friend he could've hoped for. He asked me if I wanted to have a snack while we waited for the sun to go down and I said yes! So he got behind me, took his back pack off and he called out my name. I turned around and he was on one knee asking me to marry him. I was so emotionally overwhelmed and felt paralyzed at that moment. I said yes and it was by far the best decision of my life.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I did quite a bit of research for my bridal lehenga and my wedding dress. I had saved tons of ideas on a pinterest board and instagram. I ended up getting my bridal lehenga from "Pooja Sarees" in Ambala. As for the white dress, I had picked out a few options online but I went into "Luv Bridal" in San Diego knowing the one dress I absolutely had to try on. Of course as soon as I tried it on, I fell in love with it.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I always knew I wanted to go back to India to hand pick all my outfits, jewelry, etc. Going with my mother just made it that much more special. She played such a great role in helping me pick out everything from my bridal lehenga, the jewelry, bridal heels, to my mehendi and haldi outfits. She made planning more emotional than I thought it would be and it gave us a chance to spend a little extra time together before I got married
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The Mehendi was hosted at my parents house two days before the wedding. I sat down next to my mehendi artist with my arms out, my family was playing "Mehendi Hai Rachne Wali" from the movie Zubeida and the next thing I knew tears were rolling down my face. Getting the mehendi on my hands felt so symbolic of the beautiful stage of my life that I was about to embark on. The other extremely memorable moment for me was being escorted by my four brothers to the mandap during the Hindu ceremony surrounded by all our family and friends. Kevin and I looked at each other and we were so ready to start the rest of our lives together.

Get ready to join us a the upcoming reception party. You are going to have a blast!
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style
Fusion
Romantic
Contemporary
season
Autumn
color
Floral & Decor: Anand Event Services | Planning & Design: Anand Event Services | Lighting: Anand Event Services | Photo Booths: Anand Event Services | Hair & Makeup: Modern Bride by Natalia | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs Hotel Golf Club & Convention Center | Hair & Makeup: Modern Bride by Natalia | Catering: Tanjore | DJ: Varun Tewari | Baraat: Wind Chase Farm | Bridal Fashions: LUV Bridal | Bridal Jewelry: Olive and Piper | Cake & Treats: Eddas Cake Designs | Cinematography: Andrew Schear | Event Designer: Tewari Productions | Event Designer: Jai Ho Fit | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Minted | Mehndi Artist: Sumaiya Waheed | Registry: Amazon | Tuxedos: Men's Wearhouse | Photography: Lara Rose Photography


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