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Tarrytown, NY Indian Wedding by John Martin Productions

Good Morning, Maharanis! The weekend is approaching fast, and there is no better way to prepare than taking a look at the captivating wedding celebration of Ditiksha & Rickin. Today’s wedding is one we couldn't wait to share with you as there are endless amounts of inspiring ideas brimming from this fantastic event. This couple’s wedding celebration incorporated a colorful and vibrant sangeet night that opened the doors to the wedding festivities. This pre-wedding ceremony was a cornucopia of Indian traditions intermixed with modern-day entertainment perfectly orchestrated by Euphoriaevents, who took care of the planning and execution. Without any question, this Sangeet ceremony is like one we haven't seen in quite a while, and we were utterly blown away by the extensive attention to detail. Ditiksha & Rickin embraced a traditional style and attended this event elegantly and fashionably. But it was our lovely Maharani who stole all the looks! We are green with envy by just taking a look at how gorgeous she looked in the yellow lengha she wore for her Sangeet night. Makeup By Karishma was the mastermind behind this breathtaking look, and they also took care of this Maharani's makeup and hairstyle needs. If you are a Maharani seeking inspiration for your big day, you cannot miss today's gallery! The images captured by John Martin Productions will make your inspiration fly, and they will give you a sneak peek of things to come! 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"?
Rickin and I met through Coffee Meets Bagel in August 2016. We finally had our first date in September 2016 and officially started dating in January 2017. I was in nursing school and super stressed out but he always made sure to make me his priority. On days I would have exams he would wake up at 5 am and come to the Grand Central from Jersey to take me to Brooklyn just to make sure I had breakfast before my exam. This ended up becoming a thing and right before one of my finals I was in the subway and the song Dil Mera by RDB came on and it hit me, he was the one! At our reception, he actually did a surprise performance to this song!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I lived in NY and he lived in NJ so in order to meet up we always met up at Grand Central Terminal. April 14 is his parents anniversary and his uncle’s birthday so he told me we would have a surprise party for them in the city. So we all dressed up and I went to the city with my parents, brother, and grandparents. And just like he always waited for me in Grand Central, he was there, only this time he had our close friends and family spell out “Will You Marry Me?” and all of the commuters that say behind him in anticipation (about 250+ people were crowded around). He brought me to the center of the Grand Concourse and dropped down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I always told him I would say no so I said “yea buddy” instead which he is known for saying!
 
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 my name is Ditiksha and my now husbands name is Rickin we came up with the hashtag RickSha, we a few ricksha themed details going on an entire day! When looking at venues, Tarrytown DoubleTree really stuck out to us because the venue had a different feel about it, once you enter it felt very rustic but in a chic way and we really enjoyed that! As far as our vendors go, we wanted to have a team we could fully trust! Karishma Mehta I’d Make Up by Karishma I’ve been eyeing her Instagram since 2012 when we first met, so I knew I definitely wanted her to get me glammed up on my big day! As for my Mehndi, being a henna artist myself I really wanted someone who would do a great job and something different, when I first started doing henna, Shilpa Sharma from Henna by Shilpa helped me out and gave me some amazing pointers and I’ve always admired her work! She was the first vendor I booked and she customized my henna for me so well! For decor, we heard outstanding reviews from friends and family about Wedding Design and Decor. When we first went to pick our mandap, Ravi showed us one that looked like a mahal and right away Rickin and I knew that was the one because we wanted traditional but with a twist of something more modern and unique. As for our outfits, we both had the same vision we sent pictures to our family who made it all possible! I really wanted a yellow off the shoulder outfit for my Sangeet and Rickin wanted a sophisticated blue outfit. For the wedding, we both wanted to do red and white. He wanted his to be simple with not too much going on and I wanted two dupattas and a splash of green to keep it traditional and tie it all together. For our reception look, I wanted to be shining head to toe and he wanted a custom made suit. We also had our catering from Bukhara Grill at the wedding and reception; the first time we tried their food we were blown away! They defiantly delivered their best and had a chocolate fountain set up for us! As for our DJ, Sagar Shah (DJ Tonic) we’ve been to several weddings over the years and he’s always packed out the dance floor, which is exactly what he did for ours too! He was very easy to work with and just knew the right tunes! Now to capture all of this we really wanted to pick the best photographers and videographers! We had John Martin Productions who has been amazing to work with. He did our pre-wedding shoot and he was just so easy and genuine to work with, he can make anyone look good! As for the videographer we were recommended by our good friends to Claudio of Cutting Desk Productions! He made the trip out from Florida and did an outstanding job! He and John were able to work so well with one another and make me and Rickin so comfortable on the most hectic day of our lives! Now to tie it all together we had Nadia Jagessar of Euphoria Events as our day-of coordinator. While every wedding had their hiccups, we were glad we had her and her team to help the day go by smoothly!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I always wanted mine to be red and white with just a dash of green to tie everything together. I actually did not even try on my dress until much later! My grandfather had gone to India and got me my bridal lehnga!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part was going on little trips with Rickin to figure things out such as food tastings, cake tastings, venue visits, etc. With each little detail, the wedding came more to life and it started feeling more and more real!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The guests really loved the RickSha theme and the convertible ricksha we had for the Baraat and Vidaii! They also told us that the food and music definitely made the night! We also had popcorn boxes with our caricatures on them which also was an itinerary of the Hindu wedding ceremony, the guests said they enjoyed eating the popcorn but also loved following along with the wedding ceremony! During the cocktail hour we lined up toy rickshas, each toy ricksha was the table number for all of our guests. The kids and adults had a blast playing with their toy rickshas and said it was a unique twist to the traditional table seatings.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There are several! The one that stands out to me the most is when I walked down the aisle with my mamas, it was such an emotional time for me and I tried my best to hold back tears all up to the point when we reached the mandap and I looked up and the first person I saw was my brother and he was tearing up. He gave me a little nod and gave me the strength to go up to the mandap. Then the Anterpat was dropped and there was my groom waiting for me! It was the most surreal feeling ever!
 
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, I really wanted a colorful and fun atmosphere! For this, I had my family and friends decorate it! We had a swing from Wedding Design and Decor and the rest was very colorful with pink and orange everywhere! As for the music, DJ Tonic played Garba and Raas and towards the end played some good old Raghav, Jay Sean and all those songs from back in the day! For our Haldi ceremonies Rickin and I both had specific outfits we wanted to wear. He wanted a Biggie shirt, which is exactly what he wore during his Haldi and I wanted a dhoti sari by the designer Nikasha! We also had a few surprise dances during our reception! One included all of my cousins and my aunts and uncles, I jumped in halfway and then dragged Rickin up to the dance floor! Another surprise dance was done by Rickin and his cousins, he did dil mera (which mentioned earlier was a huge song for our relationship)!
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
While wedding planning is stressful, always remember to enjoy it no matter what. It’s easier said than done but soak it all in! On my wedding day I told myself I would not stress everything will work out... and it does! I can still close my eyes and remember the vibes, decor, emotions all of it and I’m so happy I took in those moments to soak it in!
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
We had a few details I wanted to share! One as I mentioned earlier was the convertible ricksha for the baraat and vidaii (thanks to Rags to Rickshaw)! Another was these popcorn boxes we had custom made; one side was a caricature of us in our wedding outfits while the other sides served as the itinerary of the wedding and the bridal party. We filled these up with popcorn and chocolates for the guests to enjoy during the wedding; one was placed on each seat. For our table seatings, we decided to order toy rickshas and placed each guests name and table number on them. This kept the kids busy and the adults seemed to love playing with them too! As for my jewelry, I had a nose ring custom made from India which had a pop of green to highlight the small green border in my bridal lehnga! My Mehndi was also customized and it showcased our whole story! On my left arm, I had a ricksha with a bride and groom sitting inside, a stethoscope to represent my career in nursing and a traditional Hindu bride. On my right hand, I had the NYC skyline, a gavel to represent Rickin’s career as an attorney with the writing #TLinNY which stands for Top Litigator in NY (he goes around saying this to everyone) and a traditional Hindu groom. We also hid Rickin’s name in both English and Gujarati and he surprisingly found both! As for our cake, we had gotten it from Lulu’s in Westchester and it was to die for! We had 4 tiers with 4 different flavors ( carrot cake, red velvet, mudslide, and vanilla); it was white with a gold border and a few subtle flowers to match our background and outfits! I also wanted to mention our outfits for our bridal party! We had a huge bridal party of 15 groomsmen, 2 best men, 14 bridesmaids and 2 maids of honor. We had all of their outfits custom made from India and they all came out great! We went with a royal purple and gold theme! While we had red and white during the wedding, we followed through with the royal purple and gold theme for the evening which was great in contrast to our outfits; I had a blush peach and silver lengha and Rickin has a gray suit and blush peach tie! Another thing that was very important to us was our wedding garlands, my family friend hand made them for us with fresh flowers!

 

A beautiful and captivating wedding ceremony is waiting for you, so don't forget to check it out! 

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Hair & Makeup: Makeup By Karishma | Draping/Styling: Makeup By Karishma | Photography: John Martin Productions | Ceremony & Reception Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tarrytown | Planning & Design: Euphoriaevents | Cinematography: Cutting Desk Productions | Photography: John Martin Productions


Dana Point, CA Indian Wedding by Lin & Jirsa Photography

Good morning, Maharanis! We know that you missed us during the weekend, but we are back with a new lovely and inspiring story! So get yourself ready for more! There is no better way to start the first week of August than with the beautiful and romantic wedding celebration of Rashi & Hiren. The incredible events held during these wedding festivities, combined with the love that this two irradiate will captivate you! And before you notice you will have a smile on your face while you let go a sigh of happiness. So let's dive into this love story! We are opening the wedding festivities with a colorful and enchanting Sangeet ceremony that we are sure you are going to love! As soon as you lean eyes on the fantastic photos captured by Lin & Jirsa Photography, you will notice that the scene is so colorful that it seems almost unreal. There is no surprise that this event turned out to be this amazing since the talented team from White Lilac Inc. crafted the fantastic decoration that we love so much. The bright pink, blue and purple hues present on the ornaments, perfectly matched with the attires that our two lovebirds decided to rock for this pre-wedding ceremony. Rashi looked stunning in her bright pink and golden lengha! And this traditional and elegant look was perfectly complemented by Beauty By NG Nida Gazi who took care of her hairstyle and makeup needs! Raja Hiren looked handsome on his vibrant blue attire, and we love how these two lovebirds shine when they are together. If you want to take a closer look at this fantastic Sangeet ceremony, you cannot miss the gallery that we have prepared for today!

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This beautiful wedding celebration is just starting, so stay around if you don't want to miss the upcoming details!

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DJ: 3D Sounds | Baraat: Enchanted Carriages | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Monarch Beach Resort | Planning & Design: Intertwined Events | Floral & Decor: White Lilac Inc. | Hair & Makeup: Beauty By NG Nida Gazi | Cake & Treats: It’s All About the Cake | Cinematography: Impressive Creations | Lighting: Amber Events | Live Music: Ronobir Lahiri Music | Photo Booth: Splendid Studio | Rentals: Revelry | Photography: Lin & Jirsa Photography


Sacramento, CA Pakistani Wedding by JSK Photography

Welcome back, ladies! We are so excited to continue sharing Ayesha & Abdullah's wedding celebration with you! For this installment, we will take you to the University of the Pacific to be part of the colorful and fashionable Sangeet ceremony that was the perfect start for the wedding festivities! But just before we head into it, let's join our two lovebirds on an intimate and romantic outdoor photoshoot! Ayesha looked ravishing on her green and golden Saree, while Abdullah showed up to this photo shoot wearing a vibrant blue attire. And we cannot stop thinking of how good these two look together! We also love the fabulous and delicate Mehndi design that Neeta Desai Sharma created for our lovely bride. The color combination, the magical atmosphere, and the love of this young couple created such romantic scenes that were beautifully captured by the lens of JSK Photography. After the photoshoot, the Sangeet ceremony started, and it was so colorful and vibrant that just by taking a glance at the photos of it, you can feel how it brightens up your day! We want to make a special shoutout to Divine Creations 209 for the perfect planning of this event! And we also want to take some time to appreciate the fantastic decor that Visual Impact Design created to set the mood for this vibrant and colorful Sangeet ceremony. It was a winning combination that we cannot stop seeing! If you want to get more details of this magical and harmonious ceremony, head into our gallery for more! 

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Our families were friends and I knew he was "the one" not long after we started talking. Our values, goals, and personalities were reflected in one another. As we head into our one year anniversary, we are thankful for the beautiful union that life gave us. 

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I was home one weekend and Abdullah planned a day trip to San Francisco. He walked in to the house with a beautiful bouquet of flowers that he had picked out himself. I loved them and thought it was one of his kind and thoughtful gestures (knowing how much I love flowers). We headed out to San Francisco and our first stop was Crissy Field in front of the Golden Gate Bridge. That's where Brian met us. Brian was a photographer Abdullah had hired to take some pictures of us in front of some famous landmarks. He said it would be nice to take some professional photos together. I agreed! Click after click we finally made our way over to the Palace of Fine Arts. The photographer then asked me to take a picture by myself. I was confused, but he said it was just to get a good angle and to see how the shot would come out. The next thing I know Abdullah is heading towards me, gets down on one knee, and proposes! We ended the night at a French restaurant and celebrated the beautiful day we had. 

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.
With only four months to plan the wedding, I knew I had to make decisions fast! There were a few "musts" on my list, but I knew I had to flexible due to the time constraints. I wanted a modern, elegant vibe, with just the right amount of traditional touch. I created a wedding spreadsheet and it became my wedding planner. I did some research, took some recommendations, and then began seeking out my vendors. I talked to all of my vendors before I decided to confirm. This was especially important - I wanted  vendors to share my vision and add a touch of their own creativity. From hair & makeup, to decor, my vendors were my partners in this wedding! They took my vision and brought it to life. My overall experience with them was wonderful and I would highly recommend each and every one of them. 

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I designed my own wedding dress and the designer made the process very seamless! I knew I wanted a traditional red with champagne gold. I also wanted an outfit that I knew I could wear again, separately, without having the full bridal look. I outlined motifs and pieces of different outfits that I liked into one document. The designer sent me color swatches and design sketches. I sent over my measurements and the husband/wife duo began the process! They sent me videos of the process and let me follow along each step of the way. Once it was completed, they shipped it over from Pakistan and I was in awe as soon as I opened the package! The pictures and videos did not do justice to the stunning craftsmanship. Thank you La Dona for making me feel like an absolute princess in my bridal dress. 

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I loved that each and every aspect of my wedding, was designed by us. From the place cards we wrote, to the flowers we placed on the cake - our special touch surrounded us as began the start of our new life together. Our friends and family came together to support us and helped us have a beautiful wedding.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
They loved the casual vibe! They all felt welcomed around those they were even meeting for the first time. We loved this! We wanted our family and friends to feel like one big family that came together to celebrate our union.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The most memorable moment of my wedding was when I stepped into the ballroom with my dad. As he walked me down the aisle towards Abdullah, it really hit me: "this is happening, Ayesha - you're ready to start the next chapter in your life."

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Take it easy! I promise everything works out in the end and all falls into place. Be clear and concise with your vendors and trust them - it's their job to make your vision come to life. Be flexible and remember that most important part: the beginning of a beautiful journey with the one you love.

This adventure continues, so stay close for the upcoming details!

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Photography: JSK Photography | Sangeet Venue: University of the Pacific | Ceremony Venue: Masjid Al Emaan | Reception Venue: Qasr-e-Noor | Planning & Design: Divine Creations 209 | Floral & Decor: Visual Impact Design | Hair & Makeup: Neetu Josh Art Co | Catering: Spice of Life | DJ: Cre8tive Entertainment | Baraat: Hyatt Regency Sacramento | Bridal Fashions: La Dona | Cake & Treats: Ettore's Bakery | Cinematography: Filmtwist | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Hareem Cheema | Lighting: Cre8tive Entertainment | Mehndi Artist: Neeta Desai Sharma


Chantilly, VA Indian Fusion Wedding by Photographick Studios

Welcome back, ladies! It is time to have some fun! So let's join Sonam & Akshath at their wedding reception party! This fabulous celebration was the best way to end the wedding festivities, as it was the perfect closing for all the unforgettable wedding events! And thanks to the fantastic shots and the incredible cinematography created by the talented folks of Photographick Studios we get to take a look at the insights of this grand event hosted at the Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles. The good friends at Yaadein created a dreamy decoration for this vibrant and fun-loving event, that took this reception party to the next level! One of the most anticipated moments of the night was Sonam & Akshath's first dance as husband and wife! And this first dance did not let anyone down! They showcased their talent on the dance floor while the great DJ from Elite Entertainment played the perfect melodies to sweeten up this moment. The great atmosphere and the happiness that surrounded this event made everyone had the time of their lives! And we cannot stop thinking of what a beautiful pair these two are! We are so happy they have each other, as we can tell that they are going to have an everlasting love story! If you can't get enough of this sweet couple, don't miss the gallery that we have prepared for today! You will love all the fantastic photos that we have put together just for you!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Both Akshath and I had just graduated from college in 2014. I moved back home to Northern Virginia after college and Akshath got a job in Northern Virginia...but the two of us did not know each other. It was not until we swiped right, that we got to speak to one another...this was the beginning of our love story. 
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
This day had been planned for a couple of weeks; little did I know that my plan was extremely different than Akshath’s plan. My brother and sister-in-law had come to town and we had planned on going to a couple of breweries together and doing dinner as a family (that was it).  As our brewery day went on, we arrived at Vanish Farmwoods Brewery. Akshath had gotten up to get a round of drinks, and I, thinking I was being super slick, whispered to my brother and sister-in-law “one of you tell Akshath to propose to me here one day!” Little did I know, that day was happening right now. Akshath came back to the table and told me to grab my drink and come with him. Before I knew it, he was down on one knee! He just knew. 
 
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 knew we had to start off with the venue, once we found the venue it was all go, go, go. We researched many vendors in the area and set up meetings to go over what our vision of the wedding was and what they could do to make that come to life. From the venue, we moved on to the other "big" vendors and continued to check off our checklist. 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I was particularly lucky enough to be able to select BOTH a wedding dress and a lengha. I went wedding dress shopping with JUST my mother. I figured that the less people the better, I didn't want that many opinions. We had been to one bridal dress store before finding "The Bridal Room" in Tysons, VA. My mother and I went into the store and my mom ran right up to a dress and said, "this is it Sonam, you don't need to try any other dress on!"...I didn't listen to her. I picked out 3 dresses, tried all three on and of course...picked the dress that my mother knew was "the one."
As for my lengha, this story is a bit different. My mom and I went through the wild streets of Chandni Chowk to find my wedding lengha, this was the last outfit on my checklist of wedding outfits. I knew I wanted it to be red because this was probably the only "traditional" aspect to the wedding that I really wanted to keep traditional. We went into one store and after hours of trying on lenghas, we left disappointed but the lengha search continued. Our next stop, Om Prakash Jawahar Lal; this search also took multiple hours but once I tried my lengha on, I knew it was the one!
  
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The food and cake tasting :) Our caterers were just incredible, each and every dish was created to such perfection with amazing presentation and taste. Going to the food tasting opened our eyes to what could be offered and the experience was just great. Who wouldn't love trying all that food!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our first dance, this was our surprise to everyone. When we look back at our first dance our initial reactions are just to sit and cuddle up next to one another and just laugh. Neither of us are "dancers" so to speak, but we were able to tell our love story in a way that no one expected! Our countless hours of practicing paid off!
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
My main advice for future brides would be, when your wedding week is finally here, just have fun! All your hard work and planning will pay off and there is absolutely no reason to stress. You have worked for months, maybe even years for all of this to come together, the last thing you want to worry about is if your table numbers are printed. Enjoy each and every moment with your friends, family and your new husband  
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Thank you to all our AMAZING vendors, our weekend could not have been more perfect without you all! From day one until the day of, working with the management and event planners at the Westfields Marriott to accommodate all of our needs, Yaadein Weddings for making all my crazy visions come to life, Elite Entertainment (DJ Binda and DJ Babz) for making each and every event more hype than the last one, Pearl's Event and Co. for day-of coordination to make sure everything went smoothly, Bhavna's Henna for her amazing artwork and being able to put up with me for 8+ hours, Sarah Rillon for KILLING all of my looks, Liberty Baking for TWO of the most prettiest/most delicious cakes, Moghul Caterers who STILL have people telling us that the food at our wedding was the best food they have ever had, and lastly, Sunny and the ENTIRE Photographick team for capturing each and every moment so that we never forget our amazing week. We thank all of you for making our dream wedding come to life!

 

See you tomorrow, darlings! Have a great day, and keep letting that imagination flow! 

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Photography: Photographick Studios | Venues: Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles | Cinematography: Photographick Studios | Planning & Design: Pearls & Events | Floral & Decor: Yaadein | DJ: Elite Entertainment LLC


Farmingdale, NY Indian Wedding by House of Talent Studio

Welcome back, darlings! We are so excited to continue sharing this love story with you. This time around will take you to the exclusive East Wind Long Island to join Supriya & Shresh at their elegant wedding reception. It is no surprise that this reception party turned out to be amazing as our lovebirds decided to bring Detailed Affairs Team on board to plan and execute this event. And what a great decision it was, as this wedding reception is one for the books! The beautiful decoration that Florista Decor put together for this event created a romantic and elegant atmosphere that could only be overtaken by our gorgeous couple. Supriya looked astonishing on her champagne dress while Shresh rocked a sleek slate blue suit that perfectly combined with the color palette that Supriya was wearing. This event was turned into a party thanks to DJ USA Weddings, that played the best Bollywood hits to set the dance floor on fire! All of the guests were having the time of their lives, and they only stopped dancing when our lovebirds had the first cut at the cake. And thanks to the talented crew from House of Talent Studio, we get to take a look at that the most charming moments of this evening just like if we were there. If you want to relieve this love story, don't miss the gallery that we have prepared for today and get that imagination going!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met each other through our friend when we were about 18 to 19 years old. After crossing paths on social media – we would always keep tabs on each other but through their friend. The timing was never right, however, we remained at the back of each other’s mind. We tried to reach out to each other several times through social media in the following years. In September 2015, on Harley’s my dog) birthday, Shresh wished Harley and asked me if I still had the same number. I said I did and finally received a text from Shresh!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
During the first snowfall of Dec 2017, on December 9th, we arrived at Cresthollow Country Club for his holiday party. We were directed into a ballroom and when I finally looked up, I realized I was walking on a carpet full of rose petals and candles and at the end of the carpet, there is a heart made out of candles filled with rose petals. There is also two canvas’ of them on top of two illuminated stands and “MARRY ME” is written in lights surrounded by roses. The rest is history because I started crying hysterically. I was amazed and blown away that Shresh had planned this perfect proposal for me. The only two lines I remembered were, “You are the best thing that ever happened to me and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you.” Shresh hired a photographer so we took several pictures before we were directed to the bridal suite where there was champagne, personalized glasses (thanks to my sisters) and appetizers. The host told us that we could remain in the bridal suite until the next party arrives. We called our parents and family and told them they will see them soon at the house for dinner and drinks with the family. An hour and a half passed by and we are never asked to leave the bridal suite.
 
At 615, somebody knocks on the door and both families walk into the bridal suite. Everybody is dressed up with their hair and makeup done. And I immediately freak out because I am not dressed appropriately. Shresh had a beautiful gown picked out for me to change into and a makeup artist to do my hair and makeup since he knew she would be crying from joy all evening. My sisters and mom brought me jewelry and shoes and everything I might have needed. At 715, the host tells us that she is ready for us and we walk upstairs and are greeted by 100 of other closest friends and family for a surprise engagement party. Full of dancing, crying, laughing, and memories. I always said she didn’t want an engagement party but Shresh had a perfectly planned proposal and engagement party. Shresh went above and beyond to make this day everything I could have wanted and more because all he ever wants to do is make me happy. 
 
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.
My and my now husband were both in grad school and worked full time when we got engaged. This made wedding planning 100 times harder, but we made it work.
 
When picking our venues we eliminated all places that couldn't accommodate 350 or more people and those that did not allow outside caterers. Long Island does not have many venues since a handful of our friends are already married - we also eliminated these venues. This did not leave us with many venues. We were deciding on two venues for the wedding ceremony but one was significantly more expensive and a lot further. We decided to get married at the Heritage Club in Bethpage. I'm so happy we chose this venue because by the time we got married they whole place had been redone to give it a new look. It was beautiful.
 
As for our reception venue, we chose East Wind. This was one of the first places we looked at for our reception. I always said I did not want to get married at a hotel but this "Inn" had a different vibe. It only had 55 rooms and 25 of the rooms were occupied by our wedding guests. This made the reception night, after party, and Sunday brunch 100 times more fun. The venue was magnificent. We had 375-400 guests and the room was split in half, 1/2 for food (cocktail hour, dinner, dessert), and half for the dance room and eating. The room never felt crowded and the dance floor wAs HUGE. Everybody was dancing all night (until 6 am). We were blessed to be able to celebrate for 12 hours with our guests. 
 
For my hair and makeup, I chose someone that a lot of my friends have used. I didn't even ask anybody else. I just asked her if the dates were available, and then booked her. I didn't even want a trial. I went to her with no pictures and no inspiration. I just showed her my outfits and my jewelry, and she did the rest. She was amazing and made me feel so beautiful on all my events. Thank you, Kanwal! 
 
For my henna, I had a similar approach. I chose a well known NY henna artist and just let her do her own design. I just showed her two things I wanted to be incorporated and she did. My henna was BLACK and lasted for 2 weeks after my wedding. Its almost 7 weeks after my wedding and I have tan lines on my arms to remind me of my wedding day. 
 
For our sangeet outfit - I wanted a fresh spring look. I chose pastel colors with a floral design. Samira in Hicksville designed my outfit for me. This was a lengthy process which sometimes left me frustrated as the color scheme was incorrect. But I thought to just make the best of the outfit, even though the blouse was the wrong color. I am happy I kept it rather than having a new blouse made because everyone loved the yellow and it complemented my husband's sherwani so well! 
 
I chose to have an outfit change. My cocktail hour gown was from Lara, my soon to be brother-in-law family's company. I went to try on dresses 1 month before the wedding to pick out a dress. Jasmine and Shresh watched as I tried on numerous gowns. My mom, sisters, and Shresh liked this red off-the-shoulder gown. My in-laws and Jasmine liked a champagne gown. I decided to wear the red gown because this is what Shresh chose. Even though I was only in the dress for one hour, it left a lasting impression. Thank you Lara Designs for my amazing gown! 
 
For my reception outfit, I chose to use CustUmise. This was difficult because I had no face to face contact as they are located in India. We discussed colors, fabrics, and designs for 3 months until I finally decided what I loved. I wanted a one of a kind outfit. They made the perfect outfit for me. I only saw the completed outfit 2 weeks before the wedding and received it 1 week before. I was so anxious and so were my in-laws. What if we hated it? It came out perfectly and pictures did NO JUSTICE. I sparkled all night. My husband had a custom tux made from BookATailor. He picked out fabrics, inside liner designs, and fit. His tux fit him like a glove and he looked beyond handsome in it. His tux was navy blue and my outfit was mauve. We complemented each other so well.
 
For our decor theme, we didn't choose anything concrete until 2 months before our wedding. We waited so we could see all our outfits and see what styles and color-matched. For this, I did have a vision. For the Sangeet, we chose colorful drapes and lanterns (this is pretty standard for sangeet). We also chose to have a candle wall behind our swing to give it something special. For our wedding day, I had a picture saved from Instagram. I asked our decor team (Florista Decor) to recreate this mandap. They said they wanted to recreate it and they did. Our mandap was so fresh and appropriate for spring. Our venue had floor to ceiling windows with all greenery behind. It made our mandap stand out and was a beautiful sight. For the reception, I was an elegant theme. I didn't want anything over the top. I was centerpieces to be simple and our stage to be floral with lots of candles. Our decor team did just that. Everybody loved our centerpieces.
 
For the DJ, we chose a well known DJ as well. This was the only DJ we met and booked them immediately. We have attended numerous weddings they have DJed and they are phenomenal. And they were amazing at all of our events. 
 
For our photographer, I chose someone who my whole family and numerous friends have used. House of Talent in Hicksville. Our engagement and wedding pictures came out so beautiful. They were so much more elegant than we ever expected. They did an amazing job capturing all our precious moments. 
 
The last thing we booked was our wedding coordinator. I was telling my aunt that I think I wanted a wedding coordinator. I was beginning to become stressed even though all our venues were booked. I didn't want the day of stress pushed to my family and bridal party. She told me about a very close family friend of hers that has a wedding planning company!!! I reached out right away!! I wanted everyone to have a carefree experience. My husband initially didn't think this was necessary, he thought we could handle it. I'm so happy I convinced him to hire our team, Detailed Affairs Team. They were the best part of our wedding. They were so sweet and so efficient. Everything went smoothly in the eyes of us and our guests. To this day, people still talk about how amazing this team was. I strongly believe they made our wedding 100 times more enjoyable because we were less stressed. I recommend everyone to hire them. They truly were a Godsend. 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I originally wanted to wear a very light-colored lengha since I am very fair. We went to New Jersey with our families to try on outfits one day. Both families fell in love with a maroon and gold velvet outfit. I hated it. I wanted to very ivory, orange, and peach. But then I realized, I can always wear those colors and I would never have the opportunity to wear a red bridal lengha again. So, I decided to wear a red bridal lengha instead. I was currently in grad school and was unable to go to India with my mom to get my bridal outfit. We kept in touch every day through WhatsApp and I ultimately left the decision in her hands. She picked the most beautiful wedding lengha and the most gorgeous jewelry. 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of planning was doing everything with my now-husband. He was very hands-on and wanted to be a part of every decision which really helped me. He helped me out tremendously during wedding planning. Some people say the soon-to-be groom doesn't care much and the soon-to-be bride is left with all the stress. My now-husband, our families, and our friends helped us so much through the process. I feel like making decisions together made me more content with my choices and enabled everyone to communicate throughout my entire wedding planning process. It took an army to plan this wedding and everybody who helped us really enjoyed this wedding. I still have family members and friends tell me this was the best wedding they have ever attended. That the energy and the vibe were so positive and everybody enjoyed themselves. 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
1) The food! Even though we didn't get to eat any of our food, everybody kept saying how good it was. For the sangeet, we had the standard dinner that many weddings we have attended hand. The lamb chops from Akbar are always memorable and all our guests loved them. At the ceremony and reception, we have a mix of American and Indian food (lunch, dinner, and dessert). Our guests really appreciated this and said the American and the Indian food was phenomenal. I only wish we could have tasted it! 
 
2) The vibe. Guests keep telling us how energetic and positive the vibe was during our wedding week. I think this vibe contributed to have amazing our wedding turned out. Everybody was happy. Everybody was laughing. Everybody was joyous. I wish I could relive our wedding and just admire the vibe and enjoy how happy and harmonious everybody was. 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
My first look and my Vidaii. These two moments were SO PRECIOUS and so raw. Whenever I think about them, it brings tears to my eyes. They were such pure moments filled with so much emotion, I will never forget these two moments. The pictures captured during these two moments are unreal. 
 
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.
Our cake was amazing! We had four tiers. Rather than a traditional cake where each tier has a layer of filling with two layers of cake, we had double. In each tier, there were three layers of cake and two layers of filling. It was so good. We picked a variety of flavors and fillings to accommodate all ur guests. Besides our tasting and our cake cutting, we didn't get to taste our cake. But our guests raved about it, so it must have been amazing! 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
HIRE A WEDDING COORDINATOR! This was the best thing I did to alleviate my stress. I was not stressed about ANYTHING. I am a control freak and a planner but I was so confident with our wedding coordination team. I knew I had nothing to worry about. 
 
Enjoy everything. Take a step back and take everything in. All these people are here to celebrate you and your love. Cherish this moment forever.
 
Anything that goes not according to plan, just let it go. It is minor in the grand scheme of things and more than likely, nobody will notice except you. 
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Oops, I put all that above!
 

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Photography: House of Talent Studio | Cinematography: House of Talent Studio | Hair & Makeup: Kanwal Batool | Floral & Decor: Florista Decor | Planning & Design: Detailed Affairs Team | Venues: East Wind Long Island | Ceremony Venue: Heritage Club at Bethpage | Wedding Catering: Cotillion Caterers | Reception Catering: Heritage Catering | DJ: DJ USA Weddings | Dhol Player: Navdeep Kundi | Baraat Horse: Ponies Will Travel | Bride’s Wedding Outfit: Balbir Store | Bride's Reception Outfit: CustUmise | Bride's Cocktail Hour Dress: Lara Designs | Mehndi Artist: Henna for All | Transportation: M&V Limousines | Groom’s Wedding Outfit: LAGAN-The Wedding Studio by Manoj & Sanjeev | Groom's Reception Outfit: Book A Tailor


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