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Lindenhurst, NY Indian Wedding by Priyanca Rao Photography

After a magical meeting on OK Cupid their first date was the day after the bride’s birthday. Guys take note, what truly won this bride over was the batata vada Rohit made for her. Walks around Central Park, stops at Laduree, all led to a magical dinner on night where when the bride thought she was getting dim sum she received a beautiful ring instead.

With a date in July of 2020 the pandemic threw a wrench in their final months of wedding planning. Not knowing what was on the horizon they decided to put the wedding on hold. As any stylish couple, they had decided early on that we were not going to cut back on anything whether ultimately the celebration was 50 people or the original 350 people!

The extravaganza ensued with the Mehndi party. Adoring the backyard was full of a Rikhsha and giant Bollywood style posters of Rohit and Aleena reenacting classics like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and DDLJ. The bride had her mehndi done earlier in the day by Henna for All. Monita, the artist, was able to incorporate intimate details from sketching the bride’s dog, to incorporating Paris, the couple’s favorite vacation spot. A much needed distraction from the pandemic intimate details the Mehdni was a delightful evening enjoyed by all.

Blessed to be in the hands of Stylish Events, amazing ideas continued to unfold for the wedding. A floral mandap floating on the water was a complete surprise for the bride. Can you believe Aleena didn’t see it until she was walking down the aisle? Overwhelmed with amazement, the bride reported she had “to catch my breath.” After the ceremony, guests entered a modern, sleek reception hall. A jux of position, the ceremony and reception had completely different looks that were equally stunning and seamlessly worked together at the same time.

Music was essential to Rohit & Aleena. A violinist played the exact songs the couple requested and the bride walked down the aisle with a live violinist playing, “Tujhe Dekha Toh.” For the dinner we had Sunny and Kajol Gill sing and they were the absolute life of the party.

“Our wedding was unique for a few reasons. One of them was that we had 2 baraats. I used to dance from when I was 3 years old up until college. For me, the idea of being in a bridal suite while everyone was out dancing never sat well. So, I decided I would have my own baraat. Our dhol player Mast Madi Singh met us at my parent's house along with my family and friends. We had my own bridal baraat where I danced and partied with my family in my sneakers before getting in my cousin's slingshot as we headed to Chateau La Mer. There, I spent some time with my bridal party while the rest of the guests celebrated and engaged with Rohit's baraat. They danced and sang while he enjoyed himself in a car her rented- Mercedes SLS convertible. They drove down by the pier and up to the hall. They then had some fun during the milni.”

More than once the couple expressed their gratitude for the many amazing vendors who truly took it upon themselves to ensure perfection. Congratulations to the beautiful couple and we hope bridal baraats are here to stay!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We actually met on OK Cupid. After a couple of weeks of texting, we finally found a date to meet up. It happened to be the day after my birthday. It also happened to be the same day my dog ran away. I spent a few hours walking around the neighborhood looking for him and messaging Rohit I might need to cancel. Finally, we found him; it turns out he learned how to open doors and locked himself in the downstairs bathroom. I ended up meeting Rohit at the restaurant for our first date. I can never forget his smile when he first entered the restaurant and looked at me. We spent the evening discovering things we had in common from our drink preferences to our sense of humor. I remember walking away refreshed that I spent the evening with someone else who could equally engage in my sarcastic banter. A few days later we met again and then a few days later we met for our third date. That was the day I knew he was the one. I met him at his house where he brought out a batata vada he made for me. It was absolutely delicious and a guy who can cook was definitely earning some bonus points. We went to the movies to see  A Star Is Born (not the best movie to see when you first start dating someone), then to a local Chocolate store. We then went into the city for a quick walk around Central Park, stop at Laduree for some macaroons, and then off to dinner. It was such a perfect day. After that first week of dating I knew this was it. Everything with him was so easy, fun, and I could just be myself. Turns out the 3rd date was when he knew too. After that we saw each other practically everyday.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We had a traditional Rokha in May where a bunch of our family and friends came over to celebrate. We had a beautiful set up and backdrop in the backyard thanks to Stylish Events. We ended up partying with our friends and family until 6 in the morning! Fast forward to October and Rohit and I were off to Chicago to see some of his friends. We were there to celebrate his friend's birthday- so I thought. We get to the restaurant, Shanghai Terrace, where we were supposed to be out on the terrace, but of course the weather was terrible so we were seated inside. We sit down and the waiter brings out our first appetizer- dim sum. Only instead of food the container held the most beautiful ring. I was completely shocked as Rohit was on one knee proposing. I looked over and see strangers taking pictures of us. Turns out Rohit had planned for a friend to be seated next to us to catch the whole think. I was impressed at how well he had kept the secret and was able to surprise me.

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.
Our wedding fell in July, so when we really should have been in the finalization part of wedding planning the pandemic had hit. We didn't know what was happening so we decided to put wedding planning on hold. June came around and things were still shut down in New York, but they were looking a bit more positive. In the beginning of July things began to open up so that is when we really went into finalizing the details of our wedding. We had decided early on that we were not going to cut back on anything whether it was 50 people or the original 350 people.

We were extremely lucky with our vendors. Stylish Events came through with some amazing decoration ideas for our Mendhi and Wedding. The floral mandap on the water was even more than what I could have ever imaged. I did not see it until I was walking down the aisle. I was so overwhelemd with amazement and beauty I actually had to catch my breath. Then after the ceremony, I entered into the hall and was astonished by the modern, sleek look they created inside. Two completely different looks that were equally stunning and worked together. Everything they did was executed in complete perfection from the mandap to the centerpieces to the mirrored aisle to my cascading bouquet down to the he floral decor on our cake. The Bollywood theme for the Mendhi was so creative and unique. Sunny had suggested we pick a few of our favorite movies and recreate the covers of each. We set to it and Stylish Events photo shopped them perfectly. My backyard was full of a Rikhsha, Indian bike, and giant movie posters of Rohit and me reenacting classics like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and DDLJ. It was such a fun thing to do that was a needed Sunday distraction of the pandemic and wedding planning. They went into such intimate details that Sunny was able to incorporate our love for traveling by adding places we had traveled together into the theme. Heena Das not only was able to get my hair and makeup trial done that month, but did a second hair trial to ensure perfection the day of. She was so patient and honest. She made getting ready fun for me (which is not always an easy task) and flawlessly executed, with her assistant, my hair and makeup along with my mom's and sister in laws. Priyanca Rao was the photographer I didn't even know I needed. We had scheduled our engagement shoot twice before, but it got pushed back for covid and non-covid reasons. Originally we had planned a winter shoot full of snow day activities. She ended up doing the engagement shoot just a few weeks before the wedding. The pictures are absolutely stunning. She made us feel so comfortable that we could just be ourselves and forget we were at a photo shoot.  Jadorelove was great to work with and their cinematography team was great. They were there for every step from our first look to our baraats to when the dessert came out.

Music was absolutely perfect for our wedding day. The violinist played the exact songs we requested and hanlded the sound and mic. I was able to walk down the aisle with a live violinist playing Tujhe Dekha Toh. For the dinner we had Sunny and Kajol Gill sing and they were the absolute life of the party.

Our wedding was unique for a few reasons. One of them was that we had 2 baraats. I used to dance from when I was 3 years old up until college. For me, the idea of being in a bridal suite while everyone was out dancing never sat well. So, I decided I would have my own baraat. Our dhol player Mast Madi Singh met us at my parent's house along with my family and friends. We had my own bridal  baraat where I danced and partied with my family in my sneakers before getting in my cousin's slingshot as we headed to Chateau La Mer. There, i spent some time with my bridal party while the rest of the guests celebrated and engaged with Rohit's baraat. They danced and sang while he enjoyed himself in a car her rented- Mercedes SLS convertible. They drove down by the pier and up to the hall. They then had some fun during the milni.

Another reason our wedding was unique was the venue. Chateau La Mer in Lindenhurst was the perfect spot for our wedding. Our mandap sat on the edge of the water. The floral decorations and aisle stood out with backdrop of the ocean behind us. By the time we were ready to begin the ceremony, the Sun was getting ready to set. Our natural backdrop became the blue, crisp ocean on a perfect, cool July day with the cotton candy sunset behind us. I remember looked at pictures of the full view after the wedding and being in awe of hour absolutely beautiful it was. Chataeu La Mer happens to also be in my home town. Right next to the venue is a pier where I would go since I was young to read, relax or just catch up with friends. Being able to have that same view while I was getting married was very personal for me. Chateau La Mer was absolutely wonderful and accommodating. The food was absolutely excellent and they executed a variety of appetizers for our guests during cocktail hour. We did a sit down dinner in which they designed the most perfect menu. Everyone came up to me and told me how much they enjoyed the food. They executed our signature drinks which I was very late in communicating to them. They  not only followed every COVID regulation, but surpassed it making sure everything was being handled in the safest, cleanest manner.

Finally, at the end of the night I received my painting by Elle. Who was there since the morning doing a live painting of our ceremony. She came early to start her painting, set up and coordinate with  the other vendors so she would not be in the way. She has been so easy to communicate with and is so detailed in her pictures. I have referred her to a few friends who also praise her paintings.
We were extremely lucky to have so many moving parts and so many amazing vendors who truly took it upon themselves to ensure perfection.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Rohit and I had gone to India in August 2019 to meet eachother's extended family and do some pre-wedding shopping. We had gone with my mom who had helped us every step of the way. We had tried on some outfits, but no lengha that I fell in love with. We had also decided we wanted to do something different so started looking at pink lenghas. I wanted the traditional red dupata and so my colors were finalized, but we still needed a dress I loved. Rohit had also gone around trying to find an outfit he really liked, but neither one of us were successful. I finally found SS Homme in India and we looked at their groom outfits. We were finally on the right track to finding his outfit. We met with a salesperson there and picked out his fabric and design. We were leaving in a few days and did not have time to finalize everything. It turned out that SS Homme was doing a pop up show in New York. Conveniently enough, we met with designers back home and finalized his outfit. My outfit was left and I knew exactly who to go to. Four years ago my brother got married and we went to New Dehli to go shopping. We were in Sharput Jat and stumbled upon a store Ziyana. We met with Farah and Atul the lovely couple and owners who were absolutely amazing. Farah had designed mine and my mother's outfits then and I wanted her to design mine again. Through video calls and whatsapp messages Farah and I were constantly discussing options for what my Mendhi outfit and Wedding lengha should be. I gave her styles, colors, and designs I liked and she would send me sketches and fabric options. I knew for my Mendhi outfit I wanted something Rajistani style that would be bright, colorful and fun. Ziyana definitely executed with the mirror work corsete, tassels, birds, and royal blue color. I wanted my mendhi to show so I had requested her to make my dhoti end just at my knees. For my wedding outfit, I knew I wanted the pink and red. She designed this beautiful, handmade lengha. By adding the green beadwork she created the color theme for our wedding. She added a personal touch on the tassels that had mine and Rohit's names on them. Over the time differences and our phones she was able to design my outfits. I then flew to India for 6 days in February and did a trial of the outfits as we finalized the details. Then in the pandemic they somehow not only made my outfits and got them here on time, but also designed my mother's, my sister in law's, and my 7 month old neice's outfits!

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I think the most enjoyable part of the wedding process was coming up with different ideas for the wedding. We have an amazing family and our parents, siblings and close friends were there every step of the way. We would think of something or just mention it and a few days later someone had thought of a way to work it into the wedding. We are really lucky in that "too many cooks in the kitchen" was not a downfall for us, but what made our wedding beyond what we could ever imagine.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
After the wedding, there were a few things that stood out to our guests. I think they were the things that were unexpected. The first by far was the decorations. The colors, style and the natural backdrop of the sunset on the water just played so well together that it looked absolutely stunning.

One of the biggest things was the two baraats. No one had ever experienced a bridal baraat. It was a great way for the bride's side to have some fun. I wanted to do it because I just like to have a good time. After the fact, I realized how amazing it was to be able to dance and celebrate with my family and friends at my house before I got married and moved out. That was the house I grew up and lived in- leaving it was a big deal. I am so grateful, my last time before being married and moving into a new home wasn't me walking up and running out to go get ready. It was so much more meaningful.

Another part was the sit down dinner. Normally, most of the weddings we attend are buffet style. Most of our guests were appreciative of the sit down dinner experience. The food was excellent and no one felt overwhelemd or that they were eating too late.

Finally, everyone appreciated the little things. No one had done a live violinist before or a live painter. Everyone enjoyed watching the painting progress throughout the evening. The violinist played really well into the set up and elegance of the wedding.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There are two main parts I always go back to. The first, walking down the aisle and seeing my husband. The second being the speeches. I never thought i would have such a small wedding, but because it was intimate the speeches seemed more meaningful. I remember every word of what people had to say and just remember looking at Rohit and feeling utterly grateful were able to get married and celebrate with most of our loved ones.

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 the mendhi at my house on the Wednesday before the wedding day. We did a Bollywood themed wedding where Stylish Events did a terrific job. My backyard looked like it could be a set of a movie or award show. My mendhi was done earlier in the day by Henna for All. Monita, the artist, is so detailed and was able to incorporate intimate details from sketching my dog, incorporating Paris (our favorite vacation spot) and NYC, to other things my husband and I love.

Thursday we had my haldi, which was followed by Rohit's. I could hear the chaos from inside, but we had decided not to see each other that day. Rohit loves drinking coke a cola and at point someone came running in saying they opened and poured a bunch of cans on him. After he took a dip in the pool and washed up, I had an intimate evening with my parents for my Churadan.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Be as creative as you want. It is a celebration between you and your significant other- so it should represent who you are. It shouldn't matter how many people are there or who is there. Nothing ever comes out perfect so when the curve balls come at you (which they will), just make the best of it. We had the most amazing wedding, but we also went into it accepting everything we couldn't have or control and appreciating what we could. It isn't something you can redo so make the most of it and be sure to enjoy every second.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
The cascading bouquet was a surprise and a breathtaking one. It was so elegant and the best touch for my entrance.

Our wedding was layered with a different flavor in each tier by Francesco's bakery. Stylish Events took the beautifully white decorated cake and added the floral touch it needed.

Ziyana had made Rohit's pink shawl to perfectly match my outfit. It is made from the same beadwork that my outfit was.

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Floral & Decor: Stylish Events | Photography: Priyanca Rao Photography | Hair & Makeup: Heena Das Beauty | Ceremony Venue: Chateau La Mer | Catering: Chateau La Mer | Cake & Treats: Francesco’s Bakery | Cinematography: J’adore Love Photography | Violinist: Asher from Fiddler’s Dream Music | Singers & DJ: Sunny & Kajal Gill | Dhol: Dhol Master Madi SIngh | Wedding Dress: Ziyana | Groom's Outfit: Sarah & Sandeep | Bride's Shoes: S & J Bargain Vault | Groom's Shoes: Tod’s | Officiant: Panditji Hari sharma | Live Painter: Elle | Wedding Website: With Joy


Livermore, CA Indian Wedding by Michael's Wedding Group

Happy Friday, Maharanis! If you were seeking for bridal inspiration, you've come to the right place! Today, we are featuring Meena & Yogesh's big wedding celebration, and believe us, you are going to love every bit of it! The big day arrived, and these lovebirds were more than ready to unite their lives in marriage. They both attended the wedding ceremony hosted inside the Livermore Temple's halls, looking elegantly and fashionable in their traditional attires. Still, it was our gorgeous Maharani who captivated everyone's attention. But we are not surprised as she trusted her beauty needs to TM's Makeup Artistry, who step up and created exquisite makeup and hairstyle designs that made Meena look like a princess! And let's not forget about the marvelous Mehndi outlined by Henna by Ridz. Mindblowing! The wedding venue mirrored our lovely duo's glamorous look thanks to the fantastic decor crafted by none other than Avasar Mandap. After the wedding ceremony, it was time to celebrate the newlyweds with a fabulous reception! This event followed the line of elegance and style that characterized the entire wedding, and it was the best way to bring the festivities to an end. The halls of the Castlewood Country Club transformed into a cornucopia of beauty and flair thanks to the fantastic decoration by Sai Decor. Without any question, this winning combination took this reception to the next level and made this a night to remember. And no reception is complete without an epic DJ! Thankfully Absolute Vibez was there to set the dancefloor on fire while the guests enjoyed the mouth-melting cake baked by Cake Delight. If you want to take a closer look at this wedding, head into this gallery to enjoy the incredible shots captured by Michael's Wedding Group!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Meena's friend, Mamta and Yogesh's sister's friend, Mala, were chatting at work one day. Meena's friend had her facebook page open and Mala asked who that girl was. She thought they needed to introduce her to her friend's brother. Mala stated "This is the girl that he is going to marry, I'm sure!"
Mala then added Meena on facebook and introduced them both and the rest is history! Yogesh lived in Connecticut and Meena in San Francisco. Yogesh was drawn to Meena's warm personality, and her joy of life intertwined with her affectionate nature and a spontaneous and contagious ability to laugh.
Yogesh's refined demeanor, his closeness to his family, his willingness to accept and work on his weaknesses, and his calming sense of wit and humor are some of the things that attracted Meena to him.
They later discovered that they attended the same elementary boarding school between the ages of 4-7 years old!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
After Meena met with Yogesh's family in Chicago, Yogesh flew in from Connecticut that night. They met at Acadia's for dinner. As the courses were being served, suddenly, a cute little wooden box of dimsum arrived, and it had the ring and red roses in it! Yogesh was so nervous that he forgot to get down on one knee and also forgot his speech which all came later!

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.
Meena decided not to hire a wedding planner but rather, to do all the arrangements herself. It was something that brought together all of her strengths and she enjoyed it no matter how stressful it was at times. Everything came together beautifully in the end!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I love pastel shades--favorite is pink. Since I could not make it to India for wedding shopping, I went to every single store in the Bay Area. I bought my lehengas from Grand Trunk in Pleasanton which has the best designer stuff! The designers were Ashwini Reddy for the reception and Astha Narang for the sangeet. My wedding saree was the traditional pink and gold South Indian silk from Chennai, India. My clothes matched the theme and color of each event--yellow lehenga for sangeet, dark pink and gold for the wedding morning in the temple and blush pink and white shades for the evening reception.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I love organizing things and multitasking. I also enjoyed sending pictures of everything from flowers to venues and clothes to a few friends and my then fiancé and having them help narrow down my choices. I enjoyed meeting various people and seeing the whole thing coming together. 

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
They enjoyed everything but they did mention that the reception was the best they had ever attended. Filled with beautiful decor and good food, drinking and dancing and most of all, so much love! We had people attend from all over the world and everyone enjoyed meeting each other!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
We really enjoyed all the speeches given by people close to us. I still have goosebumps when I hear them. I have not really danced since the age of 16 so it was special to me to practice for and perform solo at my sangeet after so many years.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?

Wait for the right person rather than taking whatever comes--life is long and this is the most important decision you'll ever make.  Communicate--this solves so much unnecessary headache! Marry someone you love talking to--as you grow older and can't do much else, conversations will play the most important role for the two of you.

That is all for this week, ladies. Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to join us on Monday for more.

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Hair & Makeup: TM's Makeup Artistry | Ceremony Venue: Livermore Temple | Reception Venue: Castlewood Country Club | Floral & Decor: Avasar Mandap | Floral & Decor: Sai Decor | DJ: Absolute Vibez | Cake & Treats: Cake Delight | Mehndi Artist: Henna by Ridz | Photography: Michael's Wedding Group


Riviera Maya, Mexico Indian Wedding by Catch Motion Studio

Good morning, gorgeous Maharanis! We are excited to be back once again with a romantic love story that will take your breath away. This time, we are revisiting Swati & Anish's beach wedding bash already featured in our Video Blog thanks to the cinematographic delight captured by Majestic Films. There was so much beauty on this wedding, and you all loved it so much that we decided to bring you the marvelous shots captured by Catch Motion Studios. As you scroll down on the gallery below, you will be amazed by a cornucopia of beauty and flair that characterized this big wedding celebration coming to us from the paradisiacal landscapes of the Hard Rock Riviera Maya in Mexico. But I guess that's what happens when you manage to have top of the line wedding experts like Swati & Anish did. The entire wedding affair was orchestrated by Dream Shaadi, while Tulipania and Zúñiga Productions & Events took care of the floral and decor. The result of this winning combination was utter perfection! And talking about perfection, let's take a moment to admire the ravishing look of our gorgeous Maharani after being fully glamorized by Styles By Swati - Salon SBS. It was to die for! She looked like a princess throughout the entire festivities, and we adored her banging look at the reception party fully enlivened by DynastyAV. It was both elegant and mesmerizing! Ladies, if you want to make your dream wedding come to life and have peace of mind that everything is already taken care of, you need to have Indian Destination Wedding by your side! This fantastic team will walk with you every step of the way and will ensure that everything goes as seamless as possible!

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What a great way to start this week, isn't ladies? Make sure to join us tomorrow for more. We have new content every day!

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Planning & Design: Dream Shaadi | Hair & Makeup: Styles By Swati - Salon SBS | DJ: DynastyAV | Travel Concierge: Indian Destination Wedding | Venues: Hard Rock Riviera Maya | Catering: Hard Rock Riviera Maya | Cake & Treats: Hard Rock Riviera Maya | Floral: Tulipania | Decor: Zúñiga Productions & Events | Cinematography: Majestic Films | Lighting: PSAV mexico | Photography: Catch Motion Studios


Overland Park, KS Indian Wedding by Strokes Photography

Welcome back, darlings! We are excited to have you around so we can continue sharing all the beauty and emotions surrounding Misha & Dipen's big love story! For this installment, we'll be taking you inside the halls of the Overland Park Convention Center to take part in the wedding ceremony that united these two lovebirds in marriage. Like taken out from a fairytale, this solemn and life-changing event, thoroughly planned and executed by K.I. Weddings captivated everyone. And honestly, we are not surprised because the good friends from Occasions by Shangri-la were the ones in charge of the mesmerizing decor that wrapped the room, and when this team is present, you know everything is going to be amazing! Although everything was beautiful beyond words, nothing compared with the striking look of our gorgeous Maharani who burst into the room looking like a goddess after being fully glammed up by Glam By Richa. For the fashion department, she trusted in AsoPalav, and you know they never go wrong! Finally, she crowned her bridal look with exquisite pieces of jewelry from Billa Zhaveri's collection, and all we have to say is that we were left speechless with so much beauty and flair! If you want to take a closer look at this dazzling event, don't miss the fantastic shots from Strokes Photography in today's gallery. You are going to love it!

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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.

Don't go too far if you don't want to miss the third and final chapter of this incredible event!

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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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Romantic
Contemporary
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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


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