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Surat, India Indian Fusion Wedding by Destination Photographers

Good morning, beautiful Maharanis! There is no better way to start this Thursday than getting an extra boost of inspiration from Akriti & Vishal's big fusion wedding celebration coming to us from Surat, India. You read right! We are taking you on a visual journey to India, to enjoy this multicultural wedding bash that got us sighing. From the fun-loving Sangeet held at The Grand Bhagwati and the gorgeous wedding ceremony officiated at The Royal Celebration, to the grand reception party celebrated inside the halls of the Balaji Party Plot, this wedding was a dream come true! There was so much beauty and finary to admire, that we found ourselves lost of words to describe such a remarkable and unique event. Thankfully, the good fiends from Destination Photographers were there to capture photos from every angle in such a fabulous way that we get to feel just as if we were there. Ladies, if you are looking for inspiration to start preparing your ultimate bridal look, take a moment to admire the ravishing looks of our gorgeous Maharani Akriti. She donned different attires, hairstyles, and makeup looks, but the common factor was always the same: Unconmessurable beauty! So kudos to Sejal Savaliya for taking such good care of this lovely Maharani's beauty needs. They absolutely nailed every look and endowed her with tons of elegance and flair that we cannot stress how much we loved it! If you want to take a closer look at two different backgrounds and traditions become a single unity through love, don't miss today's jaw-dropping and colorful gallery. We are sure that you are going to love it as much as we did, not to mention that you will get tons of inspiration!

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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.
5 MAKEUP trails. Yes, you got it right I have a very special experience with the Hair & makeup artist, I have never been on makeup, I barely use it in daily life. I was so concerned about my D Day look that I went for 5 makeup trials with 5 different makeup artist and must have spoken to more than 15 of them. I didnt want them to change my features or the base of my skin tone. I was proud of being a brown skin dusky bride. And my fiance was very concerned too. At the end he started speaking to makeup artist just so that they understnad what we were asking them for. In surat, a makeup artist typically tries to create a fairer baseof the brides skin tone which makes the bride look not who she is. and this was the toughest thing to be booked. I was in Mumbai during planning of my wedding. I must have spoke to 15 artist in mumbai before speaking to the ones in Surat. Ms. Sejals studio is like the dream destination for brides to be, I got her reference from a to be bride friend and she was just way to confident about her. Ms. Sejals studio was  30 minutes away from the venue and would have taken just 1 hour to travel. and my parents got all finiky as to why do I have to travel so much to just get ready. but that was my last resort and that was the best decision i made.
 
We have another deep story with the venue, like I have been a very traditional girl at heart but at the same time very modern with my thoughts. I so wanted my wedding to happen at my home. but My father had already booked a 5 star resort property in Daman, and wanted a full fledged destination wedding. After numerous discussions and convincing sessions, the families agreed to do a wedding in surat ( my home town) , with the pheere happening at my uncles place because we could easily fit in all the guest in that location and have the reception in his apartment garden. but this was not it, on 2nd of february, when the d day was 20 days apart, the wedding venue changes to a wedding lawn( a garden area) with the pheere in the garden. this is not how i wanted, i never thought of getting married in a fancy place, for my a home is the most auspicious place from where the girl should be married. I cried, I opened my heart to my mom and my fiance to do something, I so wanted to get married from my own home. and finally after all the rona dhona and drama, on 15th february, my father finally decided that the pheere, will be at my home only the brides home . the feeling of bidai from brides own home, is what i wanted and i really was lucky to get it.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I selected more than 5000 bridal images from various online platforms in a span of 1 year to understand the best lengha look. I visted all designer studios in mumbai to just understand and see what I like. I finally went ahead to self design the lehenga . I must have tried 10 varittes of the pink i wanted. even after finallizing one shade, I rejected it after 1 month because i found abetter shade of pink. My fiance, Vishal is a beliver in lord Shiva, and my lehenga had the banaras ka ghat ( where lord shiva was first welcomed by lord vishnu) as its designs. The Banaras ghat and Shiva are very integral to the indian mythology. My lehenga also had his name at various spots, my nickanmes in the latkans and my dupata had 'Om' and 'Shree' as a part of its designs.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part was doing everything on own. I had been following most of the prominent wedding portals and magazines since the day my father was searching for a potential life partner. I wanted the wedding in my own way, and i was sure about my decisions because I had planned 2 of my brothers weddings previously. I had a folder in my phone( i still have it) with more than 20,000 inspirational pictures of lehenga, decor, jewellery and event ideas gathered in a span of 1-1.5 year. I was so particular about every detail that the journey will be in my minds forever. the most enjoyable rather tough part was fixing our photographer. I had requested for quotes from more than 50 top photogrpahers from india, starting the process from August but hadnot been able to book the photographer until end of December, just because to me the memories of my wedding were very very important and we couldnot zero down to one good photographer. For a lot of people photography is the last thing they would like to book, but for me it was the first thing that i wanted to book and spend a good amount of money on creating memories.Finally we got whom we wanted and the pictures have been just mesmerizing
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our Haldi!!!Our haldi was a never ending event. It started with the traditional route to rituals but ended in the most fun way possible. I as a bride was loaded in haldi, with flower petals on me throughout the event, there were more than 15 kgs of rose petal,and marigold ( 3 colours) in the event. this was being showered on the bride groom and family. and there was a marwadi singer at the background who created the essence of dance, fun and immiginable memories. It is definitely a good decision to have some fun in your haldi, with flowers( like they call it pholo ki haldi) and have fun. Moreover, I as a bride was wearing a self designed flower Lehenga, which created a altogether different look as a bride to be and the family members were so interested & awed by it that they wanted to be with me throughout and the look was just too much. When my mother saw me the first time in this look, she almost had a drop of tear in her eyes:(
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Yes, there were quite a few. the first and the most important being the runaway bridal no makeup photoshoot. I was running late becuase of all the other functions and rituals. I had an makeup appointment booked for 1:30 pm,and i had to be at the venue by 6:30 pm. my photogrpaher was keen on clicking bridal solos in daylight and we had left for the makeupartist salon only at 4:30pm. Despite being late, we cooked up a story with the makeup artist to visit the temple before the dawn and left her studio at 4:30 promising her that we return in 15 minutes and eventually went for a photoshoot. I think this was the best moment of the day, where I went beyond the convetional ways of photoshoot, where the bride gets all decked up to be clicked, we just wore the lehenga in the studio, got jeweled up in the car and there we were shooting the 10 best solo images of my weddding day and yes without any makeup on me.
The another special moment which I am being mesmerized till date is the time when I walked the aisle with my parents on my side and my brothers holding the pholo ki chaadar. it was this walk of life where i saw my whole life transition and this walk is very very special to me. as i had my full family with me. After this walk, when both of parents handed my hand to Vishal, was the time i realizeed that okay now done , I am no more their Lado, I am now Vishals Akriti.
 
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.
So, I had a very special moment that I wanted to create in my wedding, and that was the sangeet, I have been dancing since I was 5 and have loved it. be it my brothers sangeet or my own sangeet I was very interested in adding a lot of creativity to the event. For my own sangeet I had this dream of dancing with my brothers, since I listened to this song "My desi girl" by Priyanka chopra, i also danced with my mother on 'Maiye ne Maiye ' and with my father on Dilbarao from Raazii. It was really the thing I enjoyed the most.
 
The other most special detail I would like to mention is the bridal entry song that was played, we had listened to 100 songs on youtube to finalize on this particular traack. We came down to songs where I could exemplify each of my family relationship. The first song being "Teri Khushiyann" - it is a brother sister song, Laadki and ungli pakad ke.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Definitely many !!!
The first thing a bride should focus on is her 'D Day Look', it is important to picture this and go ahead planning this. The very important point in deciding the look is to select between a traditional and a modern look, and whether or not to add that bit of touch of each other into the final look. Yes, I choose a very traditional look (like the color being typicall fusica pink and not red) but twisted it with modern stuff ( like pairing green jewellery). It is important because you will be bride only once.
The next word of wisdom is to be very careful with the blouse, the stitching the fit , the depth. Because only if the blouse is perfect will your jewelry pop out and your duppata will create that grace. Please do select your jewellery before your lehenga, because the matching has to be perfect. A diamond necklace might not blend the best with a jardosi work or ari tari, but a black polished gold jewellery goes so well with these. similarly, a diamond goes really well with all pastel coloured looks and sequence work. The third most important thing is to add variety in bridal dress for all the events. This creates a lot of pictures in different attires and also the more variety you wear you will love your bridal look more . ( the significance of wearing a lehenga only on wedding day will be awed by bringing variety to other events)
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
I had written Vishals Name in 10 different Language on my 10 fingers on my mehendi.
My lehenga had my nicknames in latkans ( like all the names that my friends addressed me with, my family and definitely Vishal's love name also)
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the Jewelry was self desinged - i had visited more than 10 stores in surat to choose what I wanted but found no where, I spend 4 hourss to get my bridal bangles matching. I wanted to wear the mathapati but my mom was so skeptical on the look of it that I almost fought with her on this decision and finally on my makeup trial with the studio i had fixed the hair artist actually showed me book the looks and we finally decided the mathapati look.
I have also decked up myself with variety of vintage jewellery throughout in pre wedding functions. Most of them have been from my mothers wedding or my grand mothers wedding.
I have also re-worn my mothers bridal lehenga as a part of one of the Pre wedding functions. ( which was specifically for my mothers side of the family).
 
We are still blown away by all the beauty surrounding today's featured wedding that we need a moment to catch our breath. But make sure to join us tomorrow for more. You will be amazed!
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Sangeet Venue: The Grand Bhagwati | Ceremony Venue: The Royal Celebration | Reception Venue: Balaji Party Plot | Hair & Makeup: Sejal Savaliya | Photography: Destination Photographers


Charlotte, NC Indian Wedding by TNK Photo

Happy Friday, Maharanis! Another week has gone by, and we are thankful for your company throughout it, that is why we have prepared something special for you to get ready for the weekend. So, sit back, relax, and get ready to enjoy today's fabulous wedding featuring all the beauty surrounding Neeli & Krishna's festivities! For this first installment, we'll be taking a look at a bright and harmonious Sangeet Ceremony held inside the halls of The Westin Charlotte Hotel. The interiors of this venue transformed into a cornucopia of flair, bold colors, and traditional fabrics thanks to the fantastic decor crafted by Utopian Events. And we want to make a big shoutout to Ask Neha Now for the perfect planning and execution of this event, as nothing would have been the same without their outstanding job! We also want to take a moment to admire the beauty of our gorgeous Maharani who burst into the room dressed in a gorgeous dual-tone lengha from PUNARVI and showcasing a ravishing look designed by Hair by Anna Pham and Makeup By Jenny Le. And we cannot forget the artistic Mehndi outlined by Reena Chaplot with Charlotte Henna Mehndi. Simply amazing! If you want to check more of this Sangeet, don't miss the visual masterpieces by TNK Photo in our gallery! Also, don't miss the film by Sculpting With Time Productions already featured in our Video Blog!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Krishna and I actually met online on the app Coffee Meets Bagel. I was quite intrigued by his profile so once we matched, we started to speak to one another over the app. Approximately 2-3 weeks later we met in person. I almost decided to cancel our first date in August but then I said to myself to take a chance and see where it takes us. We met in person for the first time on August 7th, 2016 at one of Krishna's favorite restaurants. Our conversation during our first date was memorable because our conversation felt like we knew each other for years. And what I thought would be a 2 hour date became more like a 7 hour date! As the conversation deepened, we found out more about one another including the fact that we were from the same region in India let alone the same town! That's when I realized it was the cherry on top of the sundae! After talking for several weeks while I was out of the country, I realized that I knew he was the one. And when we both met again in which we claimed as our "second" first date, well the rest was history.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
WOW. To be honest, I have to give a lot of credit to Krishna. He planned our proposal from beginning to end without any glitches. I was at work one evening when he told me that he needed help shooting for a wedding- yes he is a cinematographer. He told me that it was for a VIP couple and the theme was a yacht party. So we had to dress up. Now, at the same time, our parents were coming up for the weekend to meet Krishna's parents. So I was like "how can I leave them for the day? You need to ask their permission." He said, "no problem, i'll take care of it." Well while I was thinking about what I needed to wear, he said wear something "blue" since it was a yacht based theme party. And to top that, he said George Clooney would be there! So the day before our proposal, we picked up my family and I was asking them what to wear as I needed to look professional but also wear something where I knew I could also help him through the wedding shoot. My sister was amazing because as I was trying on clothing, she was actually playing behind the scenes and sent all of my outfits to Krishna - and they coordinated on which blue dress would match Krishna's blue suit. At the end of the night, Krishna told me that I had to keep a secret and be there on time because "Hilary" would be there and there would be gates closing the park. And I said "which Hillary? Hillary Duff or Hillary Clinton?" And that's when he was like "the Hillary". So of course, I got excited.
 
So on the morning of June 3rd, 2017, I made sure I reached the park on time. He started walking over to me explaining how stressed out he was because there were some glitches to the wedding shoot. I told him to not worry. When we arrived closer to the pond, he asked me to look out for a few photographers. That is when he re-directed himself to a specific corner where he knew he would propose at. Everyone was ready. He then told me to come to that corner as he "found the photographers" and that is when he proposed to me! I was in shock and of course said "YES!" But it wasn't over. Krish's family and my family were actually meeting at Bethesda fountain where they met for the first time. Krishna then continued to surprise me through the day with meet ups with many of our close friends and family! It was beautiful night with a beautiful beginning to the rest of our lives!
 
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.
Since Krishna worked in the wedding industry, he had all of the ins and outs to planning our wedding. My parents primarily helped with the venue, food and the priest and took that off of our hands. Everything else was mostly completed by us with the help of a few key people!
 
Wedding Planner: Neha Joshi: Our wedding planner, Neha was fantastic! She helped Krishna and I organize everything, who to contact and who to keep her in contact with- that way I didn't have to over stress myself. She was great with creating a timeline for our events and the day of the wedding made sure we were all running on time and that there were no hiccups. Neha also knew when I needed a hand to hold and a shoulder to cry on. She was always supportive not just as a planner but also as a friend.
 
Venue: Westin Hotel, Charlotte, NC: Our venue was perfect. It had tall ceilings and a lot of space to work with. Our coordinators Betsy and Eric were extremely responsive to all of our emails and were also accommodating in making sure the weekend events all went smoothly.
 
Hair and Makeup: Anna Pham and Jenny Le: I will say word of mouth is a great way to meet other vendors. Many of my friends were also getting married within the same year in NC! I loved how the Jenny and Anna did their wedding looks, so I decided to use them as well as their work was flawless and their attitudes and personality were so positive! They couldn't have been a more perfect pair to work with!
 
Outfits were overall a piece of cake. I wasn't too picky and when I saw something I liked, I went for it. The only outfit I took some time to work on was my Sangeet outfit. A very close friend of mine and fashion designer, Punarvi Patel helped design my Sangeet outfit. It was quite unique and brought so much elegance. I already knew Punvari was an amazing fashion designer but when I saw what she put together, I couldn't stop smiling.
 
Decor: Utopian Events: We initially wanted to have an outdoor wedding but since it was a hot summer, we knew we had to look at other options. So with our wedding being indoors, we decided to have the theme of "Outdoor meets Indoor". Shushil and his team worked extremely hard in creating such a beautiful piece of work that represented both Krishna and myself. With Neha's help, as a team we were able to organize our thoughts and ideas and execute a truly remarkable piece. Our thought process behind the Mandap was that it should be the visual corner stone of our day but be extremely practical and cost effective. Krishna is a cinematographer by trade and has nearly a decade of experience in the wedding industry, so he had a strong foundation of ideas to go into the design. The Mandap was primary chosen to be hanging as it would be utilized for both the wedding as well as the reception, and to maximum visibility of the wedding ceremony for our guests. Krishna requested in the design to integrate close to 40 dimmable hanging light led bulbs to create a warm soft light in the inside of the dome to illuminate us during the ceremony. He then requested that all 8 of the dj's moving heads be focused on the outside of the dome with a contrasting cooler light. In the end Utopian Events delivered a piece that uniquely transformed and transcended our wedding ceremony
 
Food: Blue Taj: I would like to take a moment to thank my parents and Blue Taj's team for their extraordinary work! We had an amazing menu of items for each and every event! Tasting was obviously a blast and helped us narrow down to a few specific dishes! Blue Taj is mostly known for their north indian dishes but with the help of my mother, he was able to work outside of the box and bring out some delicious South Indian dishes as well! They were very easy to work with and our guests were thoroughly impressed! 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our wedding vows. Krishna and I were very insistent about having wedding vows in our ceremony as we both primarily grew up here. We figured it would be a great way to personalize our wedding and share our love and promises to not only one another but for everyone else to hear.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Stay in communication with your fiance and your family. Challenges will always arise but it is the challenge that you must overcome. Also, stay patient and delegate as much as possible. You cannot do everything! This is why it is important to let others help you when you feel like the world is spinning too quickly! 
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
If you have your wedding in NC, go to Amelie's for your wedding cake! I love how I was able to customize my cake with whatever flavor I wanted per layer, its frosting, and the ganache and fruit in the middle! It was worth every penny! They also helped with breakfast sandwiches for the bridal party!
 
Photo: TNK Photo: Elmer and his team did such a fantastic job! His work was unique and he made sure that we were getting the photos we wanted! We also had the opportunity to build a good relationship with Elmer when he completed our engagement shoot in Jersey City! We felt at ease through the whole process and Elmer knew exactly how to make Krishna smile (with his teeth showing).
 
Video: Sculpting with Time: Krishna worked very closely with Alex and Whitney. They are the most genuine couple to work with. They were efficient and made sure not to miss a single detail! They were always accommodating and receptive to our feedback! The film they delivered was beyond our expectations and truly shows their capabilities not just as wedding cinematographers but artists.
 
Violinist: Edith Yokley: Edith was introduced to us by our DJ. She always brought a lot of style to her work! She was great and created my walk down the aisle memorable!
 
Reception Dance by Priti Udeshi-Gupta: If I tried to choreograph our reception dance, Krishna would have waited till the last minute to learn it. I knew he wanted to learn how to dance, so we found a dance teacher right here in Jersey City! Priti was fantastic! Given her history and what she has accomplished over the years, we knew she would be the right fit for us! Krishna learned quite a few steps that took him out of his comfort zone, and I myself was able to let go of my fears with certain moves. We learned a lot about one another through this process and it helped us understand each other's strengths and weaknesses with time and patience. Overall it was a lot of fun and everyone loved it!
 
DJ and Lighting: DJ BayBFace: Manish and I have known each other for many years- in fact he is family and has always been an older brother to me. He did a great job with helping out on the lighting for our wedding day and also the music (especially for the after party when he played all the old school hip hop songs!).

Get ready to continue enjoying this fantastic celebration, and don't miss the upcoming wedding ceremony.
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Planning & Design: Ask Neha Now | Cinematographer: Sculpting With Time Productions | Photographer: TNK Photo | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Westin Charlotte Hotel | Sangeet Venue: The Westin Charlotte Hotel | Floral & Decor: Utopian Events | Makeup: Makeup By Jenny Le | Hair: Hair by Anna Pham | Catering: Blue Taj | Baraat: Supernatural Rides | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Saanwee Performing Arts | Cake & Treats: Amelie's French Bakery | Live Music: Edith Yokley | Mehndi Artist: Reena Chaplot with Charlotte Henna Mehndi | Photo Booth: Shutterbooth | Tuxedos: Michael Andrews Bespoke | Dhol: Arpan Bhandari | Bridal Sangeet Dress: PUNARVI | Bridal Reception Dress: Roopkala | Wedding Program: Etsy with DesignatedDesigner1 | Rigging: PSAV


Overland Park, KS Indian Wedding by Strokes Photography

Hello there, darlings! We are excited to have you back so we can wrap this big celebration up with a flourish! Right after the wedding ceremony, Misha & Dipen threw a fabulous reception party inside the halls of the Overland Park Convention Center, and oh boy, it was the best way to bring the wedding festivities to an end. Thoroughly designed by K.I. Weddings and fully decorated by Occasions by Shangri-la, this reception party was all these lovebirds always imagined, and so much more!  The night was a cornucopia of emotions, traditions, and elegance that reflected in the looks of our two lovebirds who attended this gala looking at their best. To turn this closing event into a party, Misha & Dipen decided to bring Raaz Entertainment on board, which is very well known for throwing legendary parties, and this time was no exception! All the guests danced the night away, and the only time they stopped all the dancing was to enjoy the culinary experience prepared by Bombay Bites and to take a bite at the delicious cake baked by Morello Fine Cakes! Hands down, this was a night to remember, and all that we can say is that we are more than excited to see these soulmates become one through love! Relive this entire event by taking a look at the gallery that we have prepared for today thanks to the masterpieces captured by Strokes Photography. You are going to love it so much!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Dipen while we were both volunteering at a religious summer camp for kids. We met totally by chance when he came to show me how to use some A/V equipment. We didn't pay each other much mind but at the end of the camp, we connected on Instagram. After a couple of weeks of silently following each other, we exchanged numbers and we started texting/ talking. Within a few months, we found out we had a vast amount of common interests, values, and understanding. It was difficult to hold a long-distance relationship while we were both so busy with school and work but there was something about each other that we just couldn't let the relationship go. It was especially scary introducing our families to each other because we felt like though we had been "together" for a while we had only met in person a handful of times (due to the distance). Once Dipen moved to NYC for an 8 month internship we were actually able to meet more often, falling in love while we discovered the art and architecture of Manhattan.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We had been talking about it for a few months and he actually was able to completely surprise me. We had gone ring shopping in NYC a few times and I basically asked him to design the perfect ring for me because I couldn't make up my mind. Being an architect he had access to CAD software where he could design the ring exactly as he imagined. He made up a story about how his internship was ending early and he really wanted engagement pictures in NYC but the ring wouldn't be ready because it was too hard to use the software or the jeweler wasn't negotiating the price for him. We found a photographer and set up a date for our "not" engagement pictures- the weather wasn't cooperating so we actually postponed it to the next morning (little did I know what a headache that was for him!) That night we spent hours going over outfits and looks and matching our clothes over and over again. Groggy eyed we made it to our early morning photoshoot at the Brooklyn Bridge Park where our photographer, Konrad Brattke, met us. We casually took some pictures around the streets and famous carousel. Eventually, we walked up to the beach where there was a trail of rose petals leading to a heart. Dipen grabbed my hand and led me to the center where I immediately started crying as he got down on one knee and presented me the ring. After the proposal, he showed me the details he put in the ring that made it uniquely mine and a video he prepared of all of my family and friends wishing me congratulations! It was so thoughtful and such a surprise to see all of the planning and detail he put in to make it a perfect proposal

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 started wedding planning in earnest in September of 2017 by looking at venues in both of our home cities and by creating a preliminary guest list... the guest list did half of the work for us because we knew that the venue needed to accommodate a huge party. We also needed a place which allowed outside licensed caterers because of our religions strict dietary restrictions.  We narrowed it down to 2 great venues in each city (Minneapolis, MN and Kansas City, MO) and ultimately the dates for his home city worked the best so we began working with the Overland Park Convention center for our wedding weekend. OPCC was very accommodating with all of our traditions and requests. We held our Mehndi night and Manglik Prasango Vidhis at the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Shawnee, KS for a more intimate environment and our Sangeet night, Wedding Ceremony and Reception at OPCC.

All decor was provided by Remmal at Occasions by Shangri-La. Dipen was pretty deadset on using this decor company in particular since he had seen first hand their work when OBS outfitted another wedding at OPCC. We did not have to work too hard to explain our vision to Remmal: we shareed some inspiriation images with him and important style elements we wanted and he pulled together beautiful and encompassing decor themes throughout the weekend along with his team. We had one in person meeting to quell our nerves but we were so happy and satisfied with the level of service at OBS.

My hair and Makeup artsist was Glam by Richa. Honestly with the amount of effort Dipen and I were putting into designing the event, a HMUA kind of fell through the cracks for me. It was february and I hadn't chosen anyone so I began desperately going to makeup trials. Frustrated that the first couple didn't work out, I saw Richa's work on a mutual friend's haldi look and I reached out. I booked her and hoped for the best since I ran out of time to go out for another trial. I'm so glad that she was there for all of my events though- it was a completely stressfree part of the wedding weekend to sit before her and just let her be creative with the look she created for each event. I am honestly not the best at doing my own makeup so I had no qualms about leaving it up to a professional but she really nailed it out of the park!

Our videographer was Michael J. Scott Productions from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. We fell in love with their cinematic style and loved the detailed shots they captured which otherwise would have been forgotten or unnoticed. They were very fun to work with and we wished we could have done an epic engagement shoot with them too!

Our Photographer was Strokes Photography from Toronto, Canada. We met through a mutual friend whose wedding Jonita was shooting. I loved the airy, crisp style of the photos and when I saw that the pricing packages were named after famous impressionist artists I was sold. We invited Jonita last minute to Utah to take engagement pictures with us (and our wild family) and we were so impressed with what she captured in the few days we were there. The landscape and her eye for details made for beautiful captured memories.

Our DJ was Jay Rana of Raaz entertainment from Hoboken, NJ. I knew of Raaz Ent. from my brother's wedding where MC Carlos killed it. We basically knew that we wanted that level of fun and entertainment at our wedding too but he was also very professional and knowledgeable. Working in the industry for so long, Jay was able to share many of his tips and tricks for planning and even executing an event.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I always knew I wanted a Magenta Pink bridal lengha because I felt like that color suits me well and I love bold and bright colors. I wanted something traditional but also very contemporary. One of the greatest Indian designers Sabyasachi inspired my whole look for the ceremony and I couldn't be happier with the timeless look

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was spending time with my (then future) husband to plan out each and every detail of everything. We were so excited to share a piece of our lives and personalities with our guests that we planned everything to a T. We would hold our own conference calls and family meetings to plan and share each other's opinions about everything. We wanted to include our own brand on everything which meant that we designed everything.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our hard work in planning paid off in that the guests loved that there was no confusion and great flow. Each guest was given a weekend program with times and address of when and where to arrive for each event, we designed signage to display that they were in the right spot, we created an entire website where guests could RSVP, read about the events and amenities of the city, etc. Each guest felt a taste of southern hospitality and they felt taken care of.

Guests also loved the newspaper program we designed. We all know that Hindu ceremonies are long and sometimes boring so we created an 8-page wedding program designed like a newspaper with articles and pictures on the steps of planning from cake tasting to the bridal shower to intimate family ceremonies like the Chandlo matli and kankotri writing ceremony. We even included some comics and word games. This program not only explained the wedding but also gave the guests something to do and talk about.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The most special moment of the day took place before the ceremony at the first look- we were rushing to get to the museum before the sun fully rises and I was so nervous about Dipen seeing me in my outfit. I remember at first walking fast to tap him on the shoulder but then I slowed down as I got closer and more anxious. The photo/ video teams had me stop and wait for the perfect moment. It was both overwhelming and underwhelming to see him turn around- overwhelming because his eyes saw me as his bride and new wife but underwhelming because we knew that marriage was not going to change our feelings or actions towards each other.

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 a hand-drawn and watercolor vision for our wedding invitations which we tried to convey to a company but after a few weeks of the project going nowhere, we decided to take it into our own hands. I meticulously hand drew and painted each card face while Dipen imported the scans onto his computer where he drafted each card. We were able to comb through each aspect of the card from the coloring to the spellings in order to get everything perfect.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Don't get so overwhelmed with the planning that you forget to enjoy it! Honestly sometimes I miss the late nights with my husband trying to decide on a decor theme or dreaming up a menu because we got to be so creative and imaginative about what could be done. If we had both succumbed to our busy lives we may have just ended up with another traditional wedding but adding in little details like hand drawn wedding invitations or thoughtful arrival notes really created a wonderful impression in our guests' eyes. We are so happy and proud when our friends and relatives tell us how much they enjoyed our wedding weekend because we both tried our best to make it a great experience for them

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Mehndi was done by Samira's henna designs and it was honestly so soothing to have her create beautiful designs with the fragrant henna paste. She really took her time to draw gorgeous figures and without much guidance, she created such beautiful art. I really enjoyed the henna designs and her company.

That is all for today, darlings! See you tomorrow for more.

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Floral & Decor: Occasions by Shangri-la | Planning & Design: K.I. Weddings | Photography: Strokes Photography | Mehndi Artists: Samira's Henna Designs | Cinematography: Michael J. Scott Productions | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Overland Park Convention Center | Hair & Makeup: Glam By Richa | Catering: Bombay Bites | DJ: Raaz Entertainment | Baraat: Raaz Entertainment | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Jaydeep Swadia and Group | Bridal Fashions: AsoPalav | Bridal Jewelry (Wedding): Billa Zhaveri | Bridal Jewelry (Reception): Jewel Goldi | Cake & Treats: Morello Fine Cakes | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Misha Patel & Dipen Patel | Invitations & Wedding Stationery Printing: Advista Marcom | Photo Booth: Photobus | Rentals: Marquee Event Rentals | Transportation: David - Turo | Groom's Outfit (Wedding): AsoPalav | Groom's Outfit (Reception): Manyavar | A/V Support & Management: DJI Films


Overland Park, KS Indian Wedding by Strokes Photography

Happy Wednesday, Maharanis! If you were seeking inspiration to start planning your ultimate dream wedding, you've come to the right place! Misha & Dipen's big wedding festivities overflows with so much beauty, traditional flair, and amazingness that you don't want to miss! If you are ready to dive into this fascinating love story, lets jump right into it! For this installment, we'll be taking a look at the awe-inspiring shots captured by Strokes Photography during an outdoor photoshoot that got us speechless! The multi-colored doorway of the Modern Architecture Museum In Kansas became the perfect canvas to portray the most romantic and mesmerizing scenes of these two lovebirds right before heading down to their beautiful wedding ceremony fully designed and decored by K.I. Weddings and Occasions by Shangri-la, respectively. And, oh boy, this photoshoot is one for the books! So much beauty, so many colors and, mainly, lots of love present in every single image! And talking about beauty, let's take a moment to appreciate the look of our gorgeous Maharani! She trusted her beauty needs to Glam By Richa and her Mehndi design to Samira's Henna Designs and ended up looking like a goddess! Check more of this enchanting photoshoot in today's full gallery and also in today's Video Blog thanks to the cinematographic delight by Michael J. Scott Productions!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Dipen while we were both volunteering at a religious summer camp for kids. We met totally by chance when he came to show me how to use some A/V equipment. We didn't pay each other much mind but at the end of the camp, we connected on Instagram. After a couple of weeks of silently following each other, we exchanged numbers and we started texting/ talking. Within a few months, we found out we had a vast amount of common interests, values, and understanding. It was difficult to hold a long-distance relationship while we were both so busy with school and work but there was something about each other that we just couldn't let the relationship go. It was especially scary introducing our families to each other because we felt like though we had been "together" for a while we had only met in person a handful of times (due to the distance). Once Dipen moved to NYC for an 8 month internship we were actually able to meet more often, falling in love while we discovered the art and architecture of Manhattan.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We had been talking about it for a few months and he actually was able to completely surprise me. We had gone ring shopping in NYC a few times and I basically asked him to design the perfect ring for me because I couldn't make up my mind. Being an architect he had access to CAD software where he could design the ring exactly as he imagined. He made up a story about how his internship was ending early and he really wanted engagement pictures in NYC but the ring wouldn't be ready because it was too hard to use the software or the jeweler wasn't negotiating the price for him. We found a photographer and set up a date for our "not" engagement pictures- the weather wasn't cooperating so we actually postponed it to the next morning (little did I know what a headache that was for him!) That night we spent hours going over outfits and looks and matching our clothes over and over again. Groggy eyed we made it to our early morning photoshoot at the Brooklyn Bridge Park where our photographer, Konrad Brattke, met us. We casually took some pictures around the streets and famous carousel. Eventually, we walked up to the beach where there was a trail of rose petals leading to a heart. Dipen grabbed my hand and led me to the center where I immediately started crying as he got down on one knee and presented me the ring. After the proposal, he showed me the details he put in the ring that made it uniquely mine and a video he prepared of all of my family and friends wishing me congratulations! It was so thoughtful and such a surprise to see all of the planning and detail he put in to make it a perfect proposal

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 started wedding planning in earnest in September of 2017 by looking at venues in both of our home cities and by creating a preliminary guest list... the guest list did half of the work for us because we knew that the venue needed to accommodate a huge party. We also needed a place which allowed outside licensed caterers because of our religions strict dietary restrictions.  We narrowed it down to 2 great venues in each city (Minneapolis, MN and Kansas City, MO) and ultimately the dates for his home city worked the best so we began working with the Overland Park Convention center for our wedding weekend. OPCC was very accommodating with all of our traditions and requests. We held our Mehndi night and Manglik Prasango Vidhis at the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Shawnee, KS for a more intimate environment and our Sangeet night, Wedding Ceremony and Reception at OPCC.

All decor was provided by Remmal at Occasions by Shangri-La. Dipen was pretty deadset on using this decor company in particular since he had seen first hand their work when OBS outfitted another wedding at OPCC. We did not have to work too hard to explain our vision to Remmal: we shareed some inspiriation images with him and important style elements we wanted and he pulled together beautiful and encompassing decor themes throughout the weekend along with his team. We had one in person meeting to quell our nerves but we were so happy and satisfied with the level of service at OBS.

My hair and Makeup artsist was Glam by Richa. Honestly with the amount of effort Dipen and I were putting into designing the event, a HMUA kind of fell through the cracks for me. It was february and I hadn't chosen anyone so I began desperately going to makeup trials. Frustrated that the first couple didn't work out, I saw Richa's work on a mutual friend's haldi look and I reached out. I booked her and hoped for the best since I ran out of time to go out for another trial. I'm so glad that she was there for all of my events though- it was a completely stressfree part of the wedding weekend to sit before her and just let her be creative with the look she created for each event. I am honestly not the best at doing my own makeup so I had no qualms about leaving it up to a professional but she really nailed it out of the park!

Our videographer was Michael J. Scott Productions from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. We fell in love with their cinematic style and loved the detailed shots they captured which otherwise would have been forgotten or unnoticed. They were very fun to work with and we wished we could have done an epic engagement shoot with them too!

Our Photographer was Strokes Photography from Toronto, Canada. We met through a mutual friend whose wedding Jonita was shooting. I loved the airy, crisp style of the photos and when I saw that the pricing packages were named after famous impressionist artists I was sold. We invited Jonita last minute to Utah to take engagement pictures with us (and our wild family) and we were so impressed with what she captured in the few days we were there. The landscape and her eye for details made for beautiful captured memories.

Our DJ was Jay Rana of Raaz entertainment from Hoboken, NJ. I knew of Raaz Ent. from my brother's wedding where MC Carlos killed it. We basically knew that we wanted that level of fun and entertainment at our wedding too but he was also very professional and knowledgeable. Working in the industry for so long, Jay was able to share many of his tips and tricks for planning and even executing an event.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I always knew I wanted a Magenta Pink bridal lengha because I felt like that color suits me well and I love bold and bright colors. I wanted something traditional but also very contemporary. One of the greatest Indian designers Sabyasachi inspired my whole look for the ceremony and I couldn't be happier with the timeless look

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was spending time with my (then future) husband to plan out each and every detail of everything. We were so excited to share a piece of our lives and personalities with our guests that we planned everything to a T. We would hold our own conference calls and family meetings to plan and share each other's opinions about everything. We wanted to include our own brand on everything which meant that we designed everything.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our hard work in planning paid off in that the guests loved that there was no confusion and great flow. Each guest was given a weekend program with times and address of when and where to arrive for each event, we designed signage to display that they were in the right spot, we created an entire website where guests could RSVP, read about the events and amenities of the city, etc. Each guest felt a taste of southern hospitality and they felt taken care of.

Guests also loved the newspaper program we designed. We all know that Hindu ceremonies are long and sometimes boring so we created an 8-page wedding program designed like a newspaper with articles and pictures on the steps of planning from cake tasting to the bridal shower to intimate family ceremonies like the Chandlo matli and kankotri writing ceremony. We even included some comics and word games. This program not only explained the wedding but also gave the guests something to do and talk about.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The most special moment of the day took place before the ceremony at the first look- we were rushing to get to the museum before the sun fully rises and I was so nervous about Dipen seeing me in my outfit. I remember at first walking fast to tap him on the shoulder but then I slowed down as I got closer and more anxious. The photo/ video teams had me stop and wait for the perfect moment. It was both overwhelming and underwhelming to see him turn around- overwhelming because his eyes saw me as his bride and new wife but underwhelming because we knew that marriage was not going to change our feelings or actions towards each other.

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 a hand-drawn and watercolor vision for our wedding invitations which we tried to convey to a company but after a few weeks of the project going nowhere, we decided to take it into our own hands. I meticulously hand drew and painted each card face while Dipen imported the scans onto his computer where he drafted each card. We were able to comb through each aspect of the card from the coloring to the spellings in order to get everything perfect.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Don't get so overwhelmed with the planning that you forget to enjoy it! Honestly sometimes I miss the late nights with my husband trying to decide on a decor theme or dreaming up a menu because we got to be so creative and imaginative about what could be done. If we had both succumbed to our busy lives we may have just ended up with another traditional wedding but adding in little details like hand drawn wedding invitations or thoughtful arrival notes really created a wonderful impression in our guests' eyes. We are so happy and proud when our friends and relatives tell us how much they enjoyed our wedding weekend because we both tried our best to make it a great experience for them

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Mehndi was done by Samira's henna designs and it was honestly so soothing to have her create beautiful designs with the fragrant henna paste. She really took her time to draw gorgeous figures and without much guidance, she created such beautiful art. I really enjoyed the henna designs and her company.

We are just getting started over here, so make sure to stick around if you don't want to miss any detail!

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Floral & Decor: Occasions by Shangri-la | Planning & Design: K.I. Weddings | Photography: Strokes Photography | Mehndi Artists: Samira's Henna Designs | Cinematography: Michael J. Scott Productions | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Overland Park Convention Center | Hair & Makeup: Glam By Richa | Catering: Bombay Bites | DJ: Raaz Entertainment | Baraat: Raaz Entertainment | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Jaydeep Swadia and Group | Bridal Fashions: AsoPalav | Bridal Jewelry (Wedding): Billa Zhaveri | Bridal Jewelry (Reception): Jewel Goldi | Cake & Treats: Morello Fine Cakes | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Misha Patel & Dipen Patel | Invitations & Wedding Stationery Printing: Advista Marcom | Photo Booth: Photobus | Rentals: Marquee Event Rentals | Transportation: David - Turo | Groom's Outfit (Wedding): AsoPalav | Groom's Outfit (Reception): Manyavar | A/V Support & Management: DJI Films


Venice, Italy Indian Fusion Wedding by Anée Atelier

Welcome back, beauty queens! Right now, it is time to take a look at the fabulous reception party that marked the end of this fusion wedding affair that made us cross the pond to Venice, Italy! As you can imagine, this reception was one to remember! Isha & James arrived at the Private Island of Isola delle Rose at the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa in a luxury boat from Consorzio Venezia Futura. And by taking a look at the fabulous shots captured by Anée Atelier, it looks like they had so much fun on their way to the reception! Once they arrived at the reception, the newlyweds were more than ready to celebrate their marriage in the company of their family and closest friends! To made that happen, they gave AFS Audio Luci the massive responsibility of taking care of the music and lighting of this event! And they did not disappoint! In fact, they exceeded all expectations setting the dancefloor on fire with upbeat melodies and a fantastic scheme of lights that took this event to the next level! Again, after seeing all the dazzling events of this wedding, we cannot picture our Best of 2019 Magazine without this awesome celebration! We are so excited it made it through! It is time so say goodbye to Isha & James and all the beauty of Venice, Italy, but remember that you can always relive this fantastic celebration by taking a look at the gallery that we have prepared for you today! 

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met my husband at work! We worked at the same company, on the same team, on the same project! We became work besties right away. We were inseparable at work - we went to lunch together, worked late hours, shared secrets, and were there for each other regarding work issues and personal issues. We were genuinely friends and slowly transitioned into dating! Before that, we constantly heard co-workers title us as “work husband and work wife” and rumor that we were dating, long before we actually were. At one point it became impossible to fight the chemistry and connection we always had from the first interaction, and had built up even more with our friendship. It’s hard to say when I knew he was “the one” - because from our very first interaction, I felt a connection. We instantly connected and I was very comfortable around him — super weird for someone like me with so many guards up at all times to feel this way, but there was always something familiar and comforting about James, that I also felt through each fight, every argument, every issue we’ve had.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We got engaged in Positano - Amalfi Coast! For years, Positano had been on my vision board and #1 on my list of travel destinations. We had a trip planned in August 2019 to go to Italy and spend 2 solid weeks there. At the time of us booking our flight, I had no idea that my husband was planning on proposing. I was so focused on Amalfi and planning all the things I wanted to do and where I wanted to go, I never guessed he would propose. HOWEVER, the weekend right before we were leaving, our parents met. And that meeting kind of gave away that my husband was planning on proposing in Italy. I still didn’t know when or where, but I had the feeling it was going to happen. We went to Capri, and nothing. We went to Amalfi, nothing. Then we went to Positano, and bam! Our first night there, I was so taken back by the beauty and literally sat at my balcony of the room for hours just looking out at the coast and taking it all in. Right before dinner, James got down on one knee and proposed in the hotel balcony. Though it was not a complete surprise, in that moment, it felt like one. It was the best, most dreamiest thing that could have happened in Positano.
 
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.
The hardest thing about wedding planning for us, was to figure out the location. Virginia is my hometown and also where my husband and I met, so that was the first thought. However, something didn’t feel right or exciting - something about having approximately 400 guests and having it in Virginia didn’t seem right. I felt it didn’t do justice to James and I’s story. Our entire relationship had been a big adventure - lots of ups and downs and everything in between - and after dating for 7 years we were at this place where we felt ready to take this next step. It needed something more, something more meaningful and significant. In the back of my mind, Italy had been lurking. It had been such a special place for us and I wanted to get married there. Hesitantly, I presented this to my husband, who turns out, wanted the same and had been feeling the same way! The next hurdle was convincing our parents - who shockingly - with some initial reservation - agreed much easier than we expected. Slowly, it all fell in place, and we found a beautiful venue at JW Marriott Venice that my dad knew of from his last visit to Venice. We fell in love with the venue - we loved that it was a hotel and we could have all the amenities and accommodations for ourselves and our guests. We loved that it was on its on island to get away from the crowds and small spaces of Venice mainland. We loved the roses. We loved the scenery. We loved the staff. It was a sure deal for us. We also wanted an intimate wedding which is exactly what we were going to get by moving it to Venice, Italy. We worked with a wedding coordinator provided by the hotel and also another one from an external company (Brilliant Wedding Venice) that we worked with to help us get vendors, etc. It was a huge help having an external planner who connected us with all the vendors in Italy - florist, music, priest, hair, videographer - it bridged the communication gap and made it much easier to plan. We pretty much told our planner what we wanted, and she found the resources and vendors to match our vision. I did my own makeup (I love makeup and am a self-taught makeup artist) and I already had my photographers selected who would travel from US to Venice for the wedding. My photographers were the BEST wedding decision -- they literally elevated the energy of our wedding, were such a hit with our guests, and took the best photos of us and Venice!  They depicted us and Venice better than I could have even imagined!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I looked a lot through Pinterest and other magazines for lehnga Inspo and to nail down a color - at first I thought red, as my mom wore red on her wedding day. I wanted to be touch of traditional but I also wanted it to be “me”. But the red color didn’t seem very “me”, so then I thought green, which is my favorite color. But the shades of green that drew me in were deep bottle greens which would be more ideal in the fall. After knocking these 2 options down, I settled on a light pink - it is also another favorite color, it felt very “me”, and was a perfects shade for the Springtime. My mom went to India to pick out my lehnga. I couldn’t make it due to some work related urgencies, but she facetimed my cousin and I from Study by Janak showroom in Delhi - where she went with my masi (my mom’s younger sister) and cousin. And just like that, on FaceTime, we selected my lehnga. It was the first one they saw that day, and we sealed the deal right when I saw it! It was the one, and I knew it right away. It was how I envisioned and was such a beautiful lehnga. It is most definitely my favorite thing I have ever worn.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of planning was deciding on the outfits — for myself and my husband. It was fun to envision something specific and to be able to make it happen exactly how I envisioned it. Since we were having two ceremonies - one hindu in the morning and one Christian in the evening, it was fun selecting outfits for myself and my husband! After selecting my lehnga, we found a matching groom set for my husband. It was also so beautiful and suited him so well! I went with my maid of honor and selected my wedding gown for the Christian ceremony - I had always envisioned a white vintage-fish looking lace gown with long sleeves and I literally got exactly what I wanted. My husband and I both wanted him to wear a white jacket and black pant tuxedo and we found such a beautiful and perfect one for him to wear. Though my vision was specific and we had to do some looking around, it was much easier that I would have thought, to get exactly what I wanted for the outfits and watch my visions come to life!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The guests especially enjoyed the location of the wedding.  It was just a fantastic place to have the event, from the gorgeous city of Venice down to the venue – we couldn’t have dreamt of a more perfect setting.  The charm of the city itself with travel via water only, not a car in sight.  The exemplary accommodations at the JW Marriott Venice was set atop its own private island, away from the hustle and bustle of the St. Marks Square.  The square in itself – the views, the Duomos, the shopping, the local Italian wine, and the homemade PASTA – it was truly heaven on earth.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
A really special moment from the wedding - though there are a lot — that I think of constantly is at the reception. My entire family from India had made it, and I remember looking around and seeing my best friends, my parents, my grandma, my brother, my Mamu and masi’s, all dancing up on the dance floor and just SO happy. I felt their happiness and it was so beautiful to see. I remember them all dancing with my husband and how happy everyone was, and is a moment stamped in my memory that I will cherish forever.
 
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.
Cleary, we had the theme covered , but the details were amazing as well.  As one example the traditional namecards were instead loaves of rustic Italian bread, which each guest took their table and enjoyed with locally-sourced olive oil.  The entire décor was Italian-styled, while keeping our Indian roots intact.  We held both traditional Hindu and Christian ceremonies to honor both family religions.  We also had some pretty cool attire to don both events!  The dances were simple yet amazing, ours particularly was truly special.  We danced to James Arthur's "Say You Won't Let Go".  We made it extra special by getting some professional help, but the ambiance, decor, lights, everything really made it come to life.  Our cousins did the rest of the honors.  They were traditional Indian folklore-style dances with pops of our favorite American hip-hop and r&b, the videos speak for themselves as we were left in joy and tears!  And who can forget the father-daughter and mother-son dances, the bride chose Beyonce's "Daddy" and the groom chose Tupac's "Dear Mama" - very fitting for us both :).
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Yes - DO IT YOUR WAY!  It's your day and you will hear so many opinions on how you should do everything from everyone. Traditions are important, but your wedding day should be a meaningful testimony to you and your husband's relationship. It's important to remember the meaning behind what you're doing, and that it is a day to honor you and your husband-to-be's relationship and love and share it with your friends and family, and not get carried away with the opinions and judgments of anyone. I also have learnt that parents are much easier and more understanding than you think - if you can show them your point of view and share with them your true feelings - they will always come around!  Without disrespecting anyone, always showing compassion, and purposely stirring away from any drama, it is in fact possible to do things your way on your wedding day.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Before the Christian ceremony, my husband sent a gift delivered by my Maid-of-honor - it was a Cartier just en clou ring with diamonds I had wanted! It had a really sweet note and as a very special moment that made me tear up. That was my favorite jewelry piece i wore on my wedding day.
 
My husband had a special wedding day watch he bought especially for the wedding - an Audemar Pigue with diamonds on the bezel - that was his favorite jewelery he wore that way.

Have an awesome weekend, darlings! Se you on Monday!
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Venues: Private Island of Isola delle Rose at the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa | Planning & Design: Brilliant Wedding Venice | Floral & Decor: Centro Fiori | Hair & Makeup: Marika Ferrara | DJ: AFS Audio Luci | Bridal Fashions: Maggie Sottero | Bridal Fashions: Jimmy Choo | Cinematography: Cinemaduel | Lighting: AFS Audio Luci | Transportation: Consorzio Venezia Futura | Tuxedos: Tom Ford | Groom's Watch: Audemars Piguet | Groom's Glasses: Cartier | Photography: Anée Atelier


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