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Ontario, Canada Sikh Wedding by Banga Studios

Hello, beautiful ladies! We missed you during the weekend, and we were dying to get back to you. So you can't imagine how thrilled we are to be back with more energy to continue sharing romantic love stories with you! And talking about romance and love, today's feature wedding is a massive representation of this! So, don't wait any longer and get ready to have your mind blown away with all the beauty that surrounded Sameet & Jassi's wedding! Let's start this journey by joining our two lovebirds at their Sikh ceremony held inside the halls of The Manor. This spectacular venue that combines contemporary architecture with a lovely natural environment provided the most beautiful backdrop for Sameet & Jassi to start their married life. We are sure than more than one of the guests dropped a couple of tears of happiness when seeing our gorgeous Sameet in her bridal attire for the first time! She looked breathtaking in her elegant and fashionable Lengha designed by Rimple & Harpreet. And it mingled to perfection with the classy hairstyle done by Bella Flair - Hair Artistry by Jyoti Bains and the exquisite makeup designed by SabrinaxMakeup. Hands down, this was a winning combo that exceeded all expectations, what a talent! A big reception party hosted at the Universal Event Space followed the Sikh Wedding ceremony, and oh boy, it was a night to remember! Dream Party Decor transformed the halls of this venue into a mesmerizing setting more than perfect for bringing this wedding celebration to an end. Both our lovebirds attended this closing gala looking elegantly and fashionably, but it was our gorgeous Maharani who stole the show! She donned a ravishing attired from Falguni Shane Peacock India, and we cannot stress how much we loved it, she looked breathtaking! If you want to take a closer look at this celebration of love, head into our full gallery for more. The good friends from Banga Studios shared the fabulous shots they captured during this event, and we put them all together for your enjoyment. So, make sure to check them out!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met him on New Year’s Eve and in only a matter of weeks I felt like he was the one.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
He took me to whistler hills on a sleigh ride to the top of the mountain where he proposed.

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.
All my vendors were amazing. I love the wedding industry so I knew a lot about which vendors I wanted to choose. My husband knows a lot about photography and videography so he chose those bits. In terms of venue, we wanted something outdoors so we decided to go with a manor. It was perfect.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I had no colour in mind when I chose my lengha. I was very fond of Rimple and Harpreet and fell in love with their lenghas immediately. It didn’t take me long to choose which one I wanted to wear.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Going to India to choose the outfits and jewellery. Gave me a chance to travel and see what is out there.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The venues, the decor, and clothing

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy the process!

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
@sabrinxmakeup makeup
hair: @bellaflair
Fashion: @rimpleandharpreet
Decor: @dreampartydecor
Photography: @bangastudios
Cinematography: @derekchanfilms
Venue: @peterandpauls The Manor

For my reception
Cake: finecakesbyzehraofficial
Outfit: falguni Shane peacock
Location: universal Eventspace Vaughan
The rest is same as above.

What a great way to start this week off with the right foot, isn't it ladies? If you loved today's featured wedding, don't forget to join us tomorrow for more! Same place, same time! 

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Sangeet Venue: Mirage Banquet Ball | Ceremony Venue: The Manor | Reception Venue: Universal Event Space | Floral & Decor: Dream Party Decor | Makeup: SabrinaxMakeup | Hair: Bella Flair - Hair Artistry by Jyoti Bains | Bridal Fashion (Wedding): Rimple & Harpreet | Bridal Fashion (Reception): Falguni Shane Peacock India | Cinematography: Derek Chan Films | Photography: Banga Studios


Philadelphia, PA Indian Fusion Wedding by Twisted Oaks Studio

Are you ready to have some fun, ladies? We know you are! So, get ready to enjoy Saras & Jeff's elegant and fun-loving wedding reception, we know for sure that you are going to love it. For this closing gala, April Robin transformed the halls of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts into a fabulous setting, overflowing with luxury and elegance, making it a more than a perfect backdrop to celebrate these lovebirds' life milestone. And in case you were wondering who is the mastermind behind all the perfection delivered during this reception, it is none other than the talented team from Kaleidoscope Weddings. And you know that whenever this team is present, everything runs smooth as butter!  To turn this reception into a full-flair party, Saras & Jeff decided to bring Bachelor Boys Band on board, and what a great decision it was! They enlivened every moment of the evening with a live performance that will forever be recalled by all the guests that had the pleasure to witnessed it. When diner time arrived, everyone enjoyed the culinary experience prepared by Garces Catering, and word on the street says that all the plates were so delicious that we so wish we were there to have had tried them. In between dancing, delicious food, and emotive speeches, this closing gala got to an end. If you want to relive every moment of it, make sure to visit today's gallery for a full reveal on all the shots captured by Twisted Oaks Studio. It will surely take your breath away!

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
My proposal was absolutely the cutest thing!  Since I am originally from Tampa, Florida (I am a true Floridian and love my state), Jeff knew it would be important for me to get engaged at home.  In addition to that he chose one of my favorite locations (which is the beach) with our most precious little Nico.  I could tell that he was acting a bit nervous when we were walking on the beach and it become more apparent when he had to take random pictures near a lifeguard stand until he got on one knee.  Perfect day!
 
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.
To start the planning process, I did a lot of research online.  This was a very busy time in my life as I was completing my last year in fellowship so I tried to do as much as possible during random times.  In regard to our venue, we had a number on our list but as soon as we walked into the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, PA (Hamilton Roof Top Garden) we knew that it was the perfect venue for us!  It had an amazing view:)  I am also so pleased to have had the opportunity to work with amazing people that made the wedding so special.  I cannot thank enough Beauty by Archana/Jassi for my beautiful hair, Mandaps by Dhoom for a beautiful set up for the ceremony, and DJ Ravi Jackson for the can't miss Baraat.  In addition, my wedding photos (Twisted Oaks) and videographer (Fiore Films) are the best in the business.  We had the Bachelor Boy's for our band and it was such a fun time on the dance floor and we highly recommend them for any wedding!!!!  Thank you Jennifer at Kaleidoscope Weddings for coordinating everything on such a busy day.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
For my wedding, I decided to have a traditional South Indian Sari for the Indian ceremony and then a white dress for the reception.  Since I was planning my wedding during a busy time in my professional career, I was lucky that my dad and youngest brother were able to go to India and pick out the fabric and colors (gold, red and green) and then tailor them according the bridal party's specifications.  Since the wedding was in the summer, I really wanted to have a good color scheme for my bridesmaids and groomsmen.  The color that I ended up choosing was glacier and I think everyone looked amazing. 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our wedding guests absolutely loved the Baratt and the Indian ceremony.  Since it was a fusion wedding, some of the guests had never been to a wedding with Indian components before.  They had an amazing experience witnessing the prayers and rituals that were performed for the ceremony in addition to seeing a fun filled Baraat with plenty of dancing!!  In addition, we had Alicia Finger for Live Event Painting.  During the ceremony, she depicted us during our first dance and it was absolutely amazing.  It captured us perfectly and the guests enjoyed watching her and the painting unfold!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I would say the most special moment in the wedding was having my mom and dad walk me down that aisle towards the Mandap.  I know this is one of my dad's proudest moments and it made me so happy to see the joy in his eyes (and my mom as well) throughout the night.  It was very important for him to have an Indian component to the wedding in addition to having my bothers involved.  A family moment that will never be forgotten.  The other special thing for me was having a table dedicated to past loved ones on both sides of the family.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
The best words that I can say is to cherish your wedding day because it will go by so fast (with a blink of the eye).  Enjoy the moment with your family and friends because this is truly a celebration for all involved.

We've arrived to the end of this fabulous celebration, but don't forget to join us tomorrow for more! Same place, same time.
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Planning & Design: Kaleidoscope Weddings | Live Music: Bachelor Boys Band | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts | Floral & Decor: April Robin | Catering: Garces Catering | Baraat: Neil Desai | Cinematography: Fiore Films | Photography: Twisted Oaks Studio


Sydney, Australia Indian Wedding by Rolling Canvas

Hello there, darlings! Hitika & Sagar's big wedding festivities are almost getting over, but there is still time to have some fun at their fantastic reception party hosted at the Dockside Darling Harbour. Following the line of traditional flair and amazingness that we saw in all other events, Shagun Events designed a marvelous decor that left everyone speechless. Hitika & Sagar attended this closing gala looking elegantly and fashionably, making their first appearance in an epic entrance between fireworks from All Occasion Pyrotechnics. All the guests had a great time celebrating this life milestone to the beats of DJ Bali, who played the best Bollywood hits. The only time the guests stopped dancing was to enjoy the delicious plates prepared by Taj Catering right before having a bite at the sweet cake baked by Falguni Cakes Oran Park. Hands down, this was the dreamy reception party Hitika & Sagar always wanted, and the best way to bring the wedding festivities to an end. If you can't get enough of this lovely couple and want to relive every moment of this fantastic wedding ceremony, make sure to visit the full gallery that we have prepared for today. We've compiled the best shots captured by Rolling Canvas for your enjoyment. You will get tons of inspiring ideas from it.

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I first met him when I was 6 years old, we reconnected in 2014 again and I knew he was the one when we first started talking after many years as we couldn't stop talking and at one point we talked for 14 hours non stop (no food, no break). That day when we hung up the call, I felt so heavy, I did not want to hang up. That feeling was assurance, he is it.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I proposed. So Sagar is a bit slow sometimes, this one day (5 years ago) I felt like, If not now then it would never happen. So we were in India, I had a rikshaw vala arranged by a florist and told them I will propose a guy and you will be on youtube (rickhsaw vala was very happy to participate to be famous). I had the rickshaw decorated. Had a friend bring Sagar to a quiet garden where we parked the rickshaw and I then proposed him. He was obviously in shock, but was a memorable day.
 
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 stared 2 years in advance. I knew I wanted my phere/ceremony on the cruise so we went boat hunting for months. Finally came across Aussie Magic Boat from All Occasion cruises and booked them 12 months in advance. We then decided to have a reception hall not far from the city as the cruise wouldn't go anywhere else. So we decided on a route. Baraat at Opera, aboard cruise from ManOwar steps, ceremony under the bridge and by the Opera in water. Cruise took us to Darling Harbour, we had the Pyrmont bridge open for us with Music and reception at Dockside.
Outfits were also in planning froma  year in advance, Most of them were sketched and designed by mum, me, dad and Sagar, all our outfits are our own creation. We had followed a theme for all events so most of them are themed.  We had my two Lehengas (one wedding in sydney and next one in Delhi) from Frontierraas but we made many changes on those lehengas including changing their dupattas too and Sagar's outfits were designed by us again to match those.
MUH for all events except the wedding was Geeta Makeup Atristy. Wedding day was Sana
Decor was by the lovely Dee from Shagun events. My garlands were amazingly done by Sai Garlands. DJ was DJ Bali, All other reception vendors were by Dockside group and Catering was also matched to the theme of colours and was by Taj.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My parents went to Chennai first, got some ideas there but couldnt connect. Most of my sarees for pot bridal wear were from Chennai, including different silks and Organzas. But both my lehengas were from Frontier raas, since I had two wedding I was lucky to have worn but my dream colours for my wedding which is maroon burgundy in Sydney and Peach Pink in Delhi. Both are subtle colours and are designed in a way that I can wear them again with anything else such as a saree.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Designing dresses, sketching, making themes, getting everyone's outfit matched as per themes. We even had food matches with theme colours. So on Haldi we had shades of sunrise as a theme, and most food was yellow and orange.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The detailing and thoughts into it and the locations. We had our pre-wedding functions in Annangrove/dural area in an acreage property. People could stay till late and music was till late with no restrictions. Most importantly we had no alcohol, and guests enjoyed being in the moment
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
When I was on the Jet Ski for my Bridal entry on the cruise and I saw Sagar with a content, happy and proud face.
 
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.
One big special detail was - we changed all traditions and rituals to keep equality. No gifts were exchanged within families. Hindu rituals where we bride had to vow certain things that promoted patriarchy were edited to a newer more suitable version to respect the rituals in the true essence we will follow.
As for the decor - most of it was done by Dee - she also made sure theme was followed for all three pre -wedding functions which was - shades of sunrise - Shades of Ivory and - Shades of Peacock.
Some of it was done by my cousin who is a graphics designer and my sister who is purely awesome.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Please dont waste money on expensive lehengas. It hurts so badly to see "sabyasachi bride" "Manish Bride", Just because you spend $10,000 on one outfit that you wont wear again (Especially if its one of those bright red lehengas) and your one photo featured on an instagram page. Find your value for money. Dont get carried away with brands and what's more famous. Check to see genuinity and its value in all respects.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
My Mhenedi was - Shraddha Henna - She is absolutely into detail, My mehendi was special as she drew a rikshaw and all other places we had visited while dating in my mehendi,
My 3 tier, butterscoth, hazelnut and chocolate cake was elegant and eggless.
My reception dress sketched, material bought from different shops in sydney and stitched in sydney was nearly 50m of clothing with its weight nearly 8-10 kilos. Same with Sagar's double breasted suit that was custom designed and stitched in under $400. Garlands were an absolute delight.

That is all for today, ladies! See you tomorrow for more.
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Sangeet Venue: Kenthurst Harm | Ceremony Venue: Aussie Magic - All Occasion Cruises | Reception Venue: Dockside Darling Harbour | Planning & Design: Bride/Groom and Bride's Family | Floral & Decor: Shagun Events | Makeup for All Pre-wedding Events: Geeta Artistry | Wedding Day Makeup: Sana Hair and Makeup | Catering: Taj Catering | DJ: DJ Bali | Baraat (Horse): Graham Horses in Dural | Baraat (Dhol): Nilesh | Bridal Fashion: Bride & Her Family | Bridal Jewelry: Bride & Her Family | Cake & Treats: Falguni Cakes Oran Park | Cinematography: Rolling Canvas | Fireworks: All Occasion Pyrotechnics | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Bride & Her Family | Mehndi Artist: Shradhha Henna Designs | Venue for Pre Wedding Functions: 15 Clarke Way in Kenthurst | Pre-wedding Shoot: Near Pier One Sydney and Barangaroo | Garlands: Sai Garlands | Pandit Auburn Mandir: Pandit Jatin Kumar | Photography: Rolling Canvas


Ojai, CA Indian Fusion Wedding by Matt and Jess

Welcome back, darlings! We have arrived at the third and final part of Julia & Anuj's wedding celebration. This time, we are ready to have some fun at the reception party these lovebirds threw at The Ranch House, to celebrate their life milestone. In between a mix of rustic and traditional flair, this reception party was off the charts, and we want to make a big shoutout to Forage Ojai for the on-point decor they put together for this closing gala as it was utter perfection! The entire night was a huge success, but one of the most anticipated moments happened when our lovebirds had the first cut at the sweet delicious caked baked by Sugar Lab Bake Shop. The dim lights, the greenery surrounding the scene, and all the emotions, resulted in a magical moment, so beautiful that we were left out of words to describe it! Thankfully, Matt and Jess were there to capture all the magical moments of this reception party, and they were kind enough to share their talented work with us! If you want to take a peek at the incredible shots of this reception party, or if you want to relive the entire wedding festivities, don't miss the gallery that we have prepared for today! It is an absolute visual delight overflowing with beauty and inspiring ideas you don't want to miss! Go check it out!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met online on a website called Meet Mindful.  Both of us had never signed up for websites like this, but decided to take the plunge. Anuj has just moved to San Francisco a week before we met.  He asked me to meet him at pier 39, which is an incredibly crowded tourist spot.  I thought it would be hard to spot him, but then from the corner of my eye I saw an awkward and timid tall guy gazing at me.  But from the moment we said hi, we couldn’t stop taking all night, which was new for both of us.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I never expected the proposal when it happened.  We had been dating for over 2 years, and it had been hard to navigate the idea of marriage because of the cultural differences and his family obligations.  Anuj’s family was not on board until he decided to tell them he was planning to propose to me.  He even secretly asked my parents at the dinner table in front of me without my knowing, texting them under the table.  They became tearful and made up an excuse to leave because they were so happy.  I had no idea.  Later, Anuj took me to my favorite spa in Calistoga, for facials.  We lounged in the Buddha pond garden when he began talking to me about wine country weddings. I still didn’t get the hint.  I looked up at the sky and then back at him, when he was on his knee with a ring asking me to marry him. All that we had fought for and worked for together felt like a magical dream when he made this decision to marry 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.
The first thing we had to figure out was the date, which in Hindi weddings was quite a task.  My mother in law had to speak with an Indian priest to settle dates according to astrology.  When we finally figured that out, I moved on to pick a venue, which was also a little stressful to find the right place.  Somehow it just landed in our laps.  From there I picked my dress, which I had limited options for Indian boutique wedding shops, but found a great one where I found my glorious golden lehenga.  Everything else just happened with ease. 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I wanted a nice quality lehenga, so I had to search for Indian boutique wedding shops in California.  I found one in Pleasanton, which had various designer dresses.  It was magnificent to look through all of the colorful and extravagant gowns.  I thought it would be hard to pick one, and it was hard to choose ones I really loved.  But when I tried them on it just suddenly clicked when the perfect one came along.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Well picking out the dress and the bridesmaid saris was so much fun! But also visiting the venue in Ojai was a blast.  Visualizing the space and the decorations got me so excited.  Cake and menu testing was also the yummiest part.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think that everyone really enjoyed the dancing.  It was present when Anuj made his baraat entrance, and again after the ceremony.  It’s hard to not have fun when Bollywood beats and high energies are blasting through the night. 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
When I was hiding in the tea house at the wedding venue, I could hear the baraat music and drums happening outside.  I realized in that moment that I was about to embark upon marrying my lovebird, my janu.  My heart pounded faster, and I couldn’t stop smiling, with subtle tears behind my eyes.  My music came on (Latina’s theme from the movie slumdog millionaire).  My eyes watered and my face smiled as I looked at Anuj watching me walk toward him.  Everything felt perfect and right and I couldn’t think of a more magical and special moment. 
 
There was a moment during our wedding planning where both our mothers were trying to figure out logistics pertaining to both cultures.  It wasn’t an ugly situation but it stressed both Anuj and I put.  Then I had a moment when I realized, I really don’t care when the family photos are taken, I just wanted to marry my man.  That moment was subtle but so special. 
 
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.
The decor was mostly just the gardens of the Ojai Ramch House.  But we embellished it with some Indian touches and masterful flower arrangements from the florist.  We wanted the decor to embody the fusion between India and California, and it was just perfect. The ceremony was still in daylight, but the reception led into the night, celebrating the twinkling lights and warmth of the cozy venue.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy the process.  The wedding is a magical moment, and the planning can be so much fun.  It passes in no time.  Savor it.

We hope you've had a blast! See you tomorrow for a new inspiring story, until then, have a great one!
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Hair & Makeup: My Fair Bride | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Ranch House | Floral & Decor: Forage Ojai | Flower Garlands: Jasmine Indian Flowers | DJ: DJ Bobby | Dance Choreography: BollyNaach Dance Company | Bridal Lengha: The Grand Trunk | Bridal Jewelry: Sari Palace | Bridesmaid's Sarees: Sari Palace | Cake & Treats: Sugar Lab Bake Shop | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Parekh Cards India | Live Music (Sitar and Tabla): Leonice Shineman | Mehndi Artist: Henna by Ridz | Photography: Matt and Jess


Big Sur, CA Indian Wedding by M. Hart Photography

Good morning, ladies! Are you ready to start this Wednesday with a romantic wedding celebration filled with beautiful details and inspiring ideas? We bet you are! So get ready to dive into Shilpa & Isaac's big wedding celebration! Right from the start, today's featured wedding will catch your attention as it packs all the things we love and perhaps a little more! No wonder why it made its way into our Best of 2019 Magazine! For this installment, we'll be taking a look at a pre-wedding photoshoot carried out by M. Hart Photography, and oh boy, you have no idea how much we loved it! Every single shot is an absolute visual delight that we cannot stop seeing! Just take a look at how well these two complement each other! Both Shilpa & Isaac embraced a traditional style and ended up looking flawless. Still, we want to take a moment to admire the beauty and the fashion sense of this lovely Maharani! Being a makeup expert and the owner of Makeup by Shilpa, she took care of her makeup while trusting her hairstyle needs to Glamology Beauty Lounge. This winning combination resulted in a magnificent look very well complemented by Sheek by Sheena in the fashion department! If you want to take a closer look at this photoshoot, don't miss today's full gallery!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
This handsome man walked across the bar and caught my eye. I leaned over to tell my friend that I had just spotted an attractive man. I never caught him looking over at me so I figured he wasn't interested. As he and his friends were walking out of the bar, he smiled at me, said hi, and asked to sit with us.  We chatted for about 30 minutes and exchanged numbers. Learning that he was 8 years younger, in the military, and that he was about to start his new assignment in Korea, I didn't think it was going to go anywhere. I just thought we would have a few days of fun and he would leave. Well, our first date turned into a week and a half long magical adventure. He was different from anyone I had ever met and we were smitten but we decided a long-distance relationship was not for us. That all changed, after weeks of talking on the phone for hours while we were apart. We quickly fell in love.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Well, it's not as romantic as you would think haha. We were on the phone, planning his trip back to the states and I mentioned how we should drive up the coast to Big Sur. I said something like "Big Sur would be a beautiful place to elope" and he said, "let's do it". This scenario is the perfect picture of us as a couple, spontaneous, free-spirited, and adventurous risk-takers.
 
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.
This was my second wedding and I did not want it anything like my first. Isaac and I wanted it intimate and special. I had 5 weeks to plan the whole thing!- photographer, wedding outfits, location, videographer, flowers, everything! Even though it was an elopement, I still wanted it done elegantly.  Being in the wedding industry myself, it was easy to find photographers that we wanted to work with. Marlies Hartmann is one of the most talented women I have ever met, but what makes her so special is not only her work but that she is kind, generous, and downright fun. She was such a special part of our day. I had never been to Big Sur so I bombarded with questions and she was the one to recommend La Ventana to us. We fell in love with the place! The natural beauty of the Pacific Ocean and Big Sur were all the decor we needed for our wedding. I would have to say the toughest part was finding a florist. There is only one in Big Sur and she is a bit difficult to get in touch with. It ended up working out but it probably stressed me out the most. For our outfits, I took a risk on a designer I found on Etsy. She executed my designs perfectly, and had everything shipped to me within 4 weeks! Our outfits came out better than I could have imagined. D Stone Jewelry provided me with the most stunning bridal jewelry to match. Of course, I did my own makeup but I booked a very talented woman from Glamology Beautylounge to do my hair. There aren't any vendors in Big Sur so I found her in Salinas. We ended up booking our videographer last because we weren't even sure if we wanted one but it was one of the best decisions we made! The video is stunning!! I wanted to create our dream wedding and it was just that. Our best friends married us on a bluff, overlooking the Pacific ocean. It was perfection.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Isaac is not Indian but I knew I wanted my Indian culture incorporated into our clothing. It just had to be fusion. I am Malayalee Christian and typically we wear bridal gowns for our weddings. I wore one the first time but this time I knew I wanted something out of my Bollywood dreams- an outfit that is simple, elegant, but also made me feel sexy so I had to have the high slit and cleavage. I wanted off white to stick to the traditional bridal look. So it was traditional but with a modern twist.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I loved designing our clothes! Fashion has always been a passion of mine and it was really fun to see my vision come to life
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
We didn't have many but that was the best part. They loved the intimacy
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Yes, there was a moment when I just took it all in- the ocean waves crashing, the crisp air, the sight of us overlooking the ocean, my best friend in front of me (someone who had seen me through my best and worst times), my love holding my hand reciting his vows. It was pure magic. I remember thinking wow, I get a second chance at love, but this time I get to do it my way.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
My advice is to do it the way you want it. Weddings these days become so much more about everyone else, instead of the couple. To me, a wedding is about celebrating the couple's love and union and it is important to remember and honor that. Also, enjoy the day! Things always go wrong but just flow with it.

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Ceremony Venue: Big Sur | Floral & Decor: Big Sur Flowers | Hair: Glamology Beauty Lounge | Makeup: Makeup by Shilpa | Bridal Fashions: Glam and Groove | Bridal Jewelry: D Stone Jewelry | Cinematography: Balerina Films | Photography: M. Hart Photography | Fashion Designer: Sheek by Sheena


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