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Whippany, NJ Indian Fusion Wedding by Kumar's Photography & Film

Happy Thursday, ladies! It is time for a new fusion wedding, and you already know how much we love them! Maybe it is the fact that they are full of flair and traditions, or perhaps it is the fact that we love seeing two different cultures and backgrounds mingle into one single love story. We really don't know! What we do know is that you are going to love Avianne & Ricky's fusion wedding as it packs tons of charm and inspiring ideas that it made its way into our Best of 2019 Magazine! So, get ready to enjoy it! For this first installment, we'll be taking a peek at a Sangeet ceremony held inside the halls of the Royal Albert's Palace / Maharaja Hall. And we want to make a big shoutout to Nirali Decor for the multi-colored decor they prepared for this event! As you can see in the different pictures captured by Kumar's Photography and Film, a big part of the massive success of this evening relies on that beautiful decor, so kudos to them! It was a night full of color, fun, music, and dancing, and we would have loved to be there as it seems that everyone had the time of their lives! For more shots of this Sangeet, don't miss today's gallery! It is the perfect preamble for the upcoming wedding ceremony held at the Hanover Marriott. And if you need a little extra, there is also a cinematographic delight by Prime House Productions already featured in our Video Blog! 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"?
My husband and I are high school sweethearts. We met during our senior year, and he won me over with magic tricks, silly pranks, and an epic scavenger hunt that led to him asking me if I wanted to be his girlfriend. He's such a charmer and great with surprises! I don't think there was ever a clear defining moment when I knew he was "the one"—as corny as it sounds, we just clicked from the moment we met. We're super silly and share the same life goals and values, but at the same time, we complement each other as opposites as well. Where I'm more emotional and sensitive, he's more thick-skinned and doesn't let stress get to him easily. Over time, we've grown together and learned so much from each other. Somewhere along the way of life's ups and downs, we just knew that we were in this for the long haul as life partners.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I thought we were crashing someone else's proposal, but it turned out to be mine! It was a chilly day in the city. I thought we were just there to spend the day with his family and meet up with his brother who came down from Boston to visit. At one point in the day, Ricky suggested we walk around Central Park. I was really grumpy because I was cold and just wanted to go somewhere indoors. Eventually, we went down a trail of stairs with petals scattered all the way down. His mom commented, "Wow! What are these?" and the cynic in me just responded, "Oh, someone probably just proposed here." At the end of the stairs, though, was Ricky down on one knee in a beautiful little gazebo by a creek. A group of our friends were also there and playing the song he played (Perfect Two by Auburn) when he asked me to be his girlfriend back in high school. My jaw dropped, and let's just say I wasn't grumpy anymore

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.

For our Wedding Ceremony, we wanted to have both a traditional and modern feel. We had a burgundy tent-style Mandap with a floating floral Ganesh and bells in the center and florals all around. We also had a raised aisle lined all the way down with candles and petals. Our DJ beautifully lit up the decor with wash lighting and uplighting and the ambiance was truly romantic. The actual wedding ceremony was a traditional Gujarati Hindu ceremony with an added Bible passage reading and Christian prayer by my father to honor my side of the family's beliefs. For our Reception, we wanted to have a classic, floral, elegant theme. Our stage had cherry blossom trees, a vintage lounge, and chandeliers, and our tables were decorated with mini cherry blossom trees, tall flower vases, and candles with orchids in them. Our DJ did an amazing job again with the uplighting and creating a dark, romantic ambiance in the room! We are so grateful to all our vendors, family, and friends who helped make our day so beautiful and effortless!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I originally thought I wanted to do a classic all-red ensemble, but when I stumbled upon the lehenga I ended up wearing, I completely changed my mind. I loved how it modernized and combined the panetar and gharchola traditionally worn by Gujarati brides. My favorite part was how the skirt had Indian Wedding motifs embroidered all around in gold thread. As a writer, I love a good story, and a lehenga that told a story just seemed fitting for me.


What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was picking out outfits and decor. I personally love designing and decorating, and who doesn't love shopping!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think guests really loved how genuine the day felt. Above all the glitz and glam, and more than anything else, we wanted the day to celebrate the magical and miraculous love that Ricky and I share. That love has transcended cultural and religious differences and overcome so much. I was so happy to see that love everywhere that day—in our silly antics, the heartfelt speeches, and the dances and fun we had with all our loved ones.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Walking down the aisle was a really special moment of my wedding. Right before entering, I was overcome with so much emotion that I started crying! As cheesy as it sounds, I've always dreamt of the day my dad would walk me down the aisle, and seeing him next to me at that moment made me feel so blessed. My entire eight years with Ricky also flashed through my mind. Thinking of all the challenges we'd overcome, especially coming from different backgrounds, culminating to this moment, overwhelmed me with so much gratitude and joy.

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.
For our Sangeet, we honored Ricky's Gujarati roots with a Garba night. We dreamt of a vibrant night filled with all the colors, song, and dance, and that's exactly what it was! I wore a colorful, multi-fabric lehenga, which was complemented by the decor—a colorful orange and pink backdrop with a golden swing and parasols—plus a beautiful tree in the center of the dance floor adorned by candles, a Radha-Krishna statue, and colorful pom-pom tassels. Ricky's mom and her friends did a special dance for us, as well as friends and two of Ricky's cousins. I also stepped out of my comfort zone to do a dance with my sister, joined by Ricky at the end.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
As crazy as wedding planning can get, don't lose sight of the reason for the day: the love you and your significant other share.

More coming in a bit!

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DJ: D&S Event Solutions | Lighting: D&S Event Solutions | Venues: Hanover Marriott | Cinematography: Prime House Productions | Photography: Kumar's Photography and Film | Sangeet Venue: Royal Albert's Palace / Maharaja Hall | Planning & Design: Avianne Kharawala | Floral & Decor: Nirali Decor | Hair & Makeup: Maryam Asim Beauty | Catering: Rasoi | Baraat: Caliber Farms | Cakes & Treats: Palermo Bakery | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Maryam Asim Beauty | Event Designer: Nirali Decor | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Parekh Cards | Mehndi Artist: Deepti Patel | Tuxedos: Boss Tuxedo & Bridal Wedding and Prom Headquarters


Irving, TX Indian Wedding by Lomesh Photography

Welcome back, beauty queens! We arrive at the Surti Leuva Patidar Samaj of Dallas/Fort Worth, to join Sonal & Sunny at their wedding reception perfectly planned and designed by Navi K. Productions. Soltee by Sulakshana Monga did a stellar job taking care of Sonal's fashion needs, while Makeup by Shilpa praised her beauty, with a fantastic hairstyle and makeup. This reception was a wedding wonder thanks to the experts from Divine Decor of Dallas that transformed the ballroom into an unforgettable dream scene. We also want to make a big shoutout to DJ Riz Entertainment for setting the mood with upbeat melodies and a fantastic scheme of lights. Lomesh Photography snapped pics from every angle, and the shots are so good that we almost feel like if we were there. Guests grubbed on some lip-smacking cuisine by Pankaj & Gita Pate before diving into the handspun wedding cake crafted by Candee Couture. If you can't get enough of this lovely couple, head into our gallery to relive all the moments of their wedding festivities! You will not regret it!

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See you tomorrow, ladies! Have a great day full of love and inspiration!

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DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Lighting: DJ Riz Entertainment | Baraat: DJ Riz Entertainment | Draping/Styling: JJ Drapes | Cinematography: Epique Cinema | Photography: Lomesh Photography | Garba / Pithi / Satak Venue: Surti Leuva Patidar Samaj of Dallas/Fort Worth | Ceremony Venue: Surti Leuva Patidar Samaj of Dallas/Fort Worth | Reception Venue: Surti Leuva Patidar Samaj of Dallas/Fort Worth | Planning & Design: Navi K. Productions | Floral & Decor: Divine Decor of Dallas | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Shilpa | Catering: Pankaj & Gita Patel | Bridal Fashions: Soltee by Sulakshana Monga | Bridal Jewelry: Magic Mirror | Cake & Treats: Candee Couture | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Variety Card Centre | Mehndi Artist: Henna by Zohra | Photo Booth: Epique Cinema | Rentals: Divine Decor of Dallas | Transportation: Igport Limos


Chantilly, VA Indian Fusion Wedding by Regeti’s Photography

Welcome back, ladies! We are wrapping up our journey through this charming love story with a fantastic reception party held at the exclusive halls of the Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles. But before we start, let's join Ujwal & Michael on a last outdoor photoshoot taken before the reception party. As it could not be different, the talented crew from Regeti's Photography carried out this photo session, immortalizing the sweetest and romantic moments of this lovely couple. After the photoshoot, it was time to celebrate their union, in the company of their family and friends. Hands down, this reception party was one for the books! It was full of happiness, emotional speeches, and a lot of merriment and dancing! DynastyAV set the dancefloor on fire with upbeat melodies. And all of the guests enjoyed the delicious plates that Rangoli Indian Restaurant prepared for this evening. Our lovebirds had their first dance as husband and wife, and later on, they had the first cut at the beautiful cake that Amphora Bakery prepared for this event. Without any question, this was a night to remember, and we are sure everyone loved it. If you want to take a closer look ad this reception party, or if you want to relive this entire wedding celebration, don't miss today's gallery. We have gathered the most amazing and charming shots fo you to enjoy! But before you go, you should know that these shots will hit you hard on the feels, so you might want to have your tissue box handy! 

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Mike and I were friends for a couple of years before we started dating. We already knew each other really well, so I knew pretty early on this would be something special!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Early in our relationship, I had told Mike that I wanted to date for at least 2 years before getting engaged. Mike must have been counting down the days, because he proposed exactly on our 2nd dating anniversary! That night, after getting back from our favorite Italian restaurant, he led me to his living room. He lamented that this would have been a perfect time to propose, except that the setting and ambiance were just not right in his apartment. One by one, Mike started listing things that would enhance the space for a proposal, and after uttering each item, a different friend of ours would emerge from their hiding spot to make it happen! One friend appeared and handed me a bouquet of roses, another friend came out playing our song on a speaker, three more friends emerged and moved a couch out of the way, yet another three friends showed up and hung a picture collage Mike had secretly made of us, and on and on until 12 (!) of my friends were in the living room and the scene was now just right! Mike finished his speech and got down on one knee with a ring, and I said yes through happy tears. He was so excited that everything went so perfectly that he forgot to actually put the ring on my finger!
 
Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
I started planning almost immediately after we got engaged! Anyone who knows me knows that I love to research and set schedules so I was very excited for the planning process and knew I wanted to plan our own wedding without an official planner. I had multiple Google docs and used Trello to help me plan each task. Neither of us are creative people, so we really needed vendors who could show us examples of their past work rather than having us suggest ideas. From there it was easier for us to describe what we liked or disliked. Attending the Shaadi Showcase in our area helped us pick most of our vendors and get to know them quickly. Weddingwire.com and reviews from friends were also instrumental to planning. For hair and makeup, it was important to me to find stylists who could handle a big wedding party of different hair and skin tones. Instagram played a huge role in helping me find Makeup by Ana B and Henna Harmony. Choosing the venue and date were the first big step and from there everything eventually fell into place. Overall, we felt comfortable knowing that our vendors had worked with each other before and were highly recommended among each other.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Originally I wanted one Indian dress and one white American dress. But I found myself attracted to the sparkle and color in Indian outfits. I eventually decided on a traditional South Indian sari for the ceremony and a lengha for the reception. I thought red, ivory and gold were such elegant and royal colors, so that was the theme of our wedding and outfits. I saved pictures from Instagram for inspiration and consulted some of my closest friends before embarking on a whirlwind shopping trip in India. I traveled to Chennai with my mom for a week filled with shopping in T. Nagar for outfits for myself and Mike, the wedding party, and our parents. It is a memory I will always treasure of shopping with my mom for my wedding dress.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Cake tasting was the most fun part - getting to enjoy multiple delicious flavors at once was a highlight! More than that, the planning process really helped us bond with each other's families. Just through the decision making cycles and various pre-wedding events that occurred, it provided a chance for both of our families to come together prior to the wedding. I found myself calling my mother-in-law multiple times a week for various questions and it now formed a routine we both look forward to of calling each other!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
We had 2 dance performances - one was a Bollywood medley performed by our wedding party - almost none of whom were Indian or had choreographed dance experience! We were so impressed by the amount of time and effort they put in the dance and it was so much fun to watch. My parents' friends also performed a surprise large group dance that took up the entire floor and was such a thrill to watch!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
It was so nice to be able to spend the day with our loved ones from near and far. While we had a Hindu wedding, we wanted to make sure we captured both Indian and American traditions that were most important to us. Reading our vows to each other was a special moment for us to pronounce why we love each other and it will forever replay in our minds.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Think about what is most important to you and the groom and what you want your guests to remember or enjoy. It is easy to get caught up in the extravagant wedding details, but it is most importantly a day to celebrate the bride and groom with their closest friends and families.  When choosing vendors, make sure you are comfortable with them because they make up your entire celebration! There are so many little decisions to make and eventually your gut will tell you the right choice. We found ourselves almost instantaneously knowing if something or someone was the right fit for us. When we went to compare, we would always think back to the ones we landed on and we're so glad we did!

 

We have a new appointment for tomorrow, ladies! Same place, same time. Until then, have a great one! 

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GUIDE
style
Fusion
Ballroom
Romantic
season
Autumn
color
Photography: Regeti's Photography | Venues: Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles | DJ: DynastyAV | Floral & Decor: Yaadein Weddings | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Ana B | Catering: Rangoli Indian Restaurant | Cake & Treats: Amphora Bakery | Cinematography: Creative Touch Films | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Stacey Hsi | Mehndi Artist: Henna Harmony | Priest: Satyanarayana Marathe


Chantilly, VA Indian Fusion Wedding by Regeti’s Photography

Hi there, Maharanis! We know that you were captivated by Ujwal & Michael's wedding photoshoot and that you want to see more of this lovely couple. So, we are here to continue sharing this love journey with you. This time, we are heading off to the exclusive Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles to join our lovely couple at their wedding ceremony. This traditional and intimate event marked the start of a lifetime of marriage for Ujwal & Michael, and we cannot help but feel happy that these two have found each other. The fantastic shots captured by Regeti's Photography showcase the beauty that surrounded this ceremony, but above all, they showcase the happiness and love that this young couple irradiates. As soon as Michael saw Ujwal walking down the aisle, he could not contain his emotions. He had a big smile on his face, and his eyes had that sweet and cute look that only someone truly in love has. And we can all agree that Ujwal is so lucky, as Michael stood at her like all Maharanis want to be seen by the love of their life! This romantic and charming scene was beautifully ambiance thanks to the fantastic decor that Yaadein Weddings put together for this life-changing event. The bright and traditional color palette, combined with the delicate placement of all the ornaments created a perfect setting that resembles the interiors of an ancient Indian palace. Without any question this wedding ceremony is one you don't want to miss, so head into our gallery for more! You are not going to regret it!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Mike and I were friends for a couple of years before we started dating. We already knew each other really well, so I knew pretty early on this would be something special!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Early in our relationship, I had told Mike that I wanted to date for at least 2 years before getting engaged. Mike must have been counting down the days, because he proposed exactly on our 2nd dating anniversary! That night, after getting back from our favorite Italian restaurant, he led me to his living room. He lamented that this would have been a perfect time to propose, except that the setting and ambiance were just not right in his apartment. One by one, Mike started listing things that would enhance the space for a proposal, and after uttering each item, a different friend of ours would emerge from their hiding spot to make it happen! One friend appeared and handed me a bouquet of roses, another friend came out playing our song on a speaker, three more friends emerged and moved a couch out of the way, yet another three friends showed up and hung a picture collage Mike had secretly made of us, and on and on until 12 (!) of my friends were in the living room and the scene was now just right! Mike finished his speech and got down on one knee with a ring, and I said yes through happy tears. He was so excited that everything went so perfectly that he forgot to actually put the ring on my finger!
 
Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
I started planning almost immediately after we got engaged! Anyone who knows me knows that I love to research and set schedules so I was very excited for the planning process and knew I wanted to plan our own wedding without an official planner. I had multiple Google docs and used Trello to help me plan each task. Neither of us are creative people, so we really needed vendors who could show us examples of their past work rather than having us suggest ideas. From there it was easier for us to describe what we liked or disliked. Attending the Shaadi Showcase in our area helped us pick most of our vendors and get to know them quickly. Weddingwire.com and reviews from friends were also instrumental to planning. For hair and makeup, it was important to me to find stylists who could handle a big wedding party of different hair and skin tones. Instagram played a huge role in helping me find Makeup by Ana B and Henna Harmony. Choosing the venue and date were the first big step and from there everything eventually fell into place. Overall, we felt comfortable knowing that our vendors had worked with each other before and were highly recommended among each other.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Originally I wanted one Indian dress and one white American dress. But I found myself attracted to the sparkle and color in Indian outfits. I eventually decided on a traditional South Indian sari for the ceremony and a lengha for the reception. I thought red, ivory and gold were such elegant and royal colors, so that was the theme of our wedding and outfits. I saved pictures from Instagram for inspiration and consulted some of my closest friends before embarking on a whirlwind shopping trip in India. I traveled to Chennai with my mom for a week filled with shopping in T. Nagar for outfits for myself and Mike, the wedding party, and our parents. It is a memory I will always treasure of shopping with my mom for my wedding dress.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Cake tasting was the most fun part - getting to enjoy multiple delicious flavors at once was a highlight! More than that, the planning process really helped us bond with each other's families. Just through the decision making cycles and various pre-wedding events that occurred, it provided a chance for both of our families to come together prior to the wedding. I found myself calling my mother-in-law multiple times a week for various questions and it now formed a routine we both look forward to of calling each other!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
We had 2 dance performances - one was a Bollywood medley performed by our wedding party - almost none of whom were Indian or had choreographed dance experience! We were so impressed by the amount of time and effort they put in the dance and it was so much fun to watch. My parents' friends also performed a surprise large group dance that took up the entire floor and was such a thrill to watch!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
It was so nice to be able to spend the day with our loved ones from near and far. While we had a Hindu wedding, we wanted to make sure we captured both Indian and American traditions that were most important to us. Reading our vows to each other was a special moment for us to pronounce why we love each other and it will forever replay in our minds.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Think about what is most important to you and the groom and what you want your guests to remember or enjoy. It is easy to get caught up in the extravagant wedding details, but it is most importantly a day to celebrate the bride and groom with their closest friends and families.  When choosing vendors, make sure you are comfortable with them because they make up your entire celebration! There are so many little decisions to make and eventually your gut will tell you the right choice. We found ourselves almost instantaneously knowing if something or someone was the right fit for us. When we went to compare, we would always think back to the ones we landed on and we're so glad we did!
 

We still have one more stop, so stay close if you don't want to miss the outcome of this lovely story.

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GUIDE
style
Fusion
Romantic
Photography
season
Autumn
color
Photography: Regeti's Photography | Venues: Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles | DJ: DynastyAV | Floral & Decor: Yaadein Weddings | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Ana B | Catering: Rangoli Indian Restaurant | Cake & Treats: Amphora Bakery | Cinematography: Creative Touch Films | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Stacey Hsi | Mehndi Artist: Henna Harmony | Priest: Satyanarayana Marathe


Chantilly, VA Indian Fusion Wedding by Regeti’s Photography

Good morning, ladies! We are so excited to bring you an insight into the sweet and charming wedding celebration of Ujwal & Michael. This fusion wedding incorporates a lot of inspirational ideas for you to start planning your wedding, so let's check it out! There is something extraordinary about Indian fusion weddings that we love so much, so you can imagine how happy we were when this wedding came into our hands. And as soon as we took a glance to Ujwal & Michael's celebration, we knew this was one story that we wanted to share with you. We are starting this love journey by taking a look at the fantastic first look photoshoot carried out by the talented team of Regeti's Photography. This photographic studio did their magic to capture the most intimate and blushing moments of this lovely couple seeing each other for the first time in their wedding attires. And we love every scene! Ujwal looked ravishing on her traditional Saree embellished with golden patterns. Makeup by Ana B complemented this charming look with an elegant hairstyle and makeup that we love so much. And let's not forget about that fantastic Mehndi design that Henna Harmony created for her! It is mind-blowing, and we love the artistry and talent that it showcases. And talking about amazing, what about the tremendous presence of Michael rocking a traditional Sherwani suit? He completely embraced his new culture and ended up looking handsome and imposing, like a true Raja should be! Without any question, this was the best way for this lovebirds to start their big day! If you want to get a closer look at this photoshoot, do not miss today's gallery! We've gathered the best of the best for your enjoyment, so don't miss it out.

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Mike and I were friends for a couple of years before we started dating. We already knew each other really well, so I knew pretty early on this would be something special!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Early in our relationship, I had told Mike that I wanted to date for at least 2 years before getting engaged. Mike must have been counting down the days, because he proposed exactly on our 2nd dating anniversary! That night, after getting back from our favorite Italian restaurant, he led me to his living room. He lamented that this would have been a perfect time to propose, except that the setting and ambiance were just not right in his apartment. One by one, Mike started listing things that would enhance the space for a proposal, and after uttering each item, a different friend of ours would emerge from their hiding spot to make it happen! One friend appeared and handed me a bouquet of roses, another friend came out playing our song on a speaker, three more friends emerged and moved a couch out of the way, yet another three friends showed up and hung a picture collage Mike had secretly made of us, and on and on until 12 (!) of my friends were in the living room and the scene was now just right! Mike finished his speech and got down on one knee with a ring, and I said yes through happy tears. He was so excited that everything went so perfectly that he forgot to actually put the ring on my finger!
 
Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
I started planning almost immediately after we got engaged! Anyone who knows me knows that I love to research and set schedules so I was very excited for the planning process and knew I wanted to plan our own wedding without an official planner. I had multiple Google docs and used Trello to help me plan each task. Neither of us are creative people, so we really needed vendors who could show us examples of their past work rather than having us suggest ideas. From there it was easier for us to describe what we liked or disliked. Attending the Shaadi Showcase in our area helped us pick most of our vendors and get to know them quickly. Weddingwire.com and reviews from friends were also instrumental to planning. For hair and makeup, it was important to me to find stylists who could handle a big wedding party of different hair and skin tones. Instagram played a huge role in helping me find Makeup by Ana B and Henna Harmony. Choosing the venue and date were the first big step and from there everything eventually fell into place. Overall, we felt comfortable knowing that our vendors had worked with each other before and were highly recommended among each other.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Originally I wanted one Indian dress and one white American dress. But I found myself attracted to the sparkle and color in Indian outfits. I eventually decided on a traditional South Indian sari for the ceremony and a lengha for the reception. I thought red, ivory and gold were such elegant and royal colors, so that was the theme of our wedding and outfits. I saved pictures from Instagram for inspiration and consulted some of my closest friends before embarking on a whirlwind shopping trip in India. I traveled to Chennai with my mom for a week filled with shopping in T. Nagar for outfits for myself and Mike, the wedding party, and our parents. It is a memory I will always treasure of shopping with my mom for my wedding dress.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Cake tasting was the most fun part - getting to enjoy multiple delicious flavors at once was a highlight! More than that, the planning process really helped us bond with each other's families. Just through the the decision making cycles and various pre-wedding events that occurred, it provided a chance for both of our families to come together prior to the wedding. I found myself calling my mother-in-law multiple times a week for various questions and it now formed a routine we both look forward to of calling each other!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
We had 2 dance performances - one was a Bollywood medley performed by our wedding party - almost none of whom were Indian or had choreographed dance experience! We were so impressed by the amount of time and effort they put in the dance and it was so much fun to watch. My parents' friends also performed a surprise large group dance that took up the entire floor and was such a thrill to watch!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
It was so nice to be able to spend the day with our loved ones from near and far. While we had a Hindu wedding, we wanted to make sure we captured both Indian and American traditions that were most important to us. Reading our vows to each other was a special moment for us to pronounce why we love each other and it will forever replay in our minds.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Think about what is most important to you and the groom and what you want your guests to remember or enjoy. It is easy to get caught up in the extravagant wedding details, but it is most importantly a day to celebrate the bride and groom with their closest friends and families.  When choosing vendors, make sure you are comfortable with them because they make up your entire celebration! There are so many little decisions to make and eventually your gut will tell you the right choice. We found ourselves almost instantaneously knowing if something or someone was the right fit for us. When we went to compare, we would always think back to the ones we landed on and we're so glad we did!
 
We are sure that you were captivated by this lovely couple, so don't miss the upcoming wedding ceremony. You are going to love it!
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Photography: Regeti's Photography | Venues: Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles | DJ: DynastyAV | Floral & Decor: Yaadein Weddings | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Ana B | Catering: Rangoli Indian Restaurant | Cake & Treats: Amphora Bakery | Cinematography: Creative Touch Films | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Stacey Hsi | Mehndi Artist: Henna Harmony | Priest: Satyanarayana Marathe


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