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New Orleans, LA Indian Fusion Wedding by Mary M. Cinema

Welcome back, beauty queens! We are wrapping up Vanesha & Shajib's wedding festivities by joining them at an elegant reception party held inside the halls of the exclusive Riverview Room. KhanCept Entertainment enlivened every moment of this gala with upbeat melodies that put everyone to dance and with a fabulous scheme of lights that set the mood for the party! The good friends from Orchid Indian Cuisine prepared a series of delicious plates that everyone enjoyed while listening to the live music played by Young Fellaz Brass Band. Vanesha & Shajib had their first dance as husband and wife right before sharing a delicious cake from Haydel's Bakery with their family and friends. Without any question, this was a night to remember! And we cannot think of a better way to bring the wedding festivities to an end. If you want to relive this entire celebration, do not hesitate to visit the gallery that we have prepared for today thanks to the amazing shots captured by Mary M. Cinema. Make sure to check it out as it is filled with lovely and inspiring ideas you don't want to miss!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
When I moved to New York 4 years ago, I was desperately trying to meet new people. I met Shajib within the first 2 months of moving. He was someone who made dating seem so easy. His carefree and laid-back attitude gave me a glimpse of the possible future, that we could be happy even if we were just chilling on the couch watching reruns. That's when I knew, the moment of just hanging out and doing something extremely routine, but feeling so happy to be with each other.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We took a day off work to go to a quaint town near NYC. We were planning on doing some hiking, exploring, and just having a fun day. It was a sunny but cold day with temperatures of around 9 degrees. Shajib was guiding me towards a spot that he had looked up online, but we got lost and ended up getting off the trail to find this beautiful lookout point. Once we got there, he walked straight up on top of a picnic table and held out his hand for me to join, he distracted me so I would turn around, and when I looked back at him, he was down on one knee. It had been 2 years since we had been dating, and even though we had discussed getting married, I was not expecting it and I completely started ugly crying. We were lucky enough that another couple were hiking up a few minutes behind us to that spot and took a couple of proposal pictures of us. It was perfect because it was him.
 
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.
Wedding planning was a little difficult, neither of us had any idea where to begin. We started by deciding where to get married, we knew it wouldn't be in New York City or my hometown in Mississippi. We narrowed down our top choices and finally agreed on New Orleans. We had some difficulty with a couple of vendors, a planner who wouldn't finalize the contract and kept increasing her charges, and a decorator who quit at the last minute. Luckily I was able to find Rena with Alchemy Events, who agreed to be my planner even though I had already finalized some key details. Once she came on board, it seemed like everything started falling into place. It was just nice to talk things out with someone who had wedding knowledge and make the best possible decisions together.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was probably doing the test ride on our horses for the baraat. Meeting the vendors for the first time and sharing our vision with them, having them understand exactly what we needed was also a really exciting experience. It was like we were building our own world, and we could do whatever we wanted, we didn't let anyone force us into following arbitrary rules, and luckily our immediate families were very supportive of our (my) wedding dreams.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The Baraats, for sure, there was a moment when I got up on my horse with all my guests in front of me, and I just felt so loved. Then, my baraat met Shajibs, I saw how much fun he was having, we caught each other's attention for a moment in the midst of all the celebration, and we both knew that we would always remember this moment.
 
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.
It was important to both of us to represent our Hindu/Muslim, Indian/Bangladeshi, NYC/MS customs, and traditions. We made peacock colors our theme, as they also worked with Mardi Gras colors. We worked with our planner to represent everything we possibly could, our sangeet had Mardi Gras masks and beads to represent New Orleans, but we had desi style cushions on the ground for people to sit on. We had brought a lot of maangtikas, chooris, and chunnis from India, for everyone to use and dress themselves up to enjoy the sangeet festivities.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
It's going to be stressful, it's going to be difficult, it may seem impossible at times, but it's so amazing when all your loved ones come together to celebrate your love. You have to disconnect from planning and project management mode the week of your wedding, at that point, stop worrying about the details and just enjoy. Even if something isn't exactly as you planned or seems like it will be a disaster, just let your vendors handle it and spend time with your friends and family to take in all the love.
 
At the end of it all, the only thing I remember is having fun, smiling and laughing like I conquered the world and crying because of how much this wedding would change our lives. I don't remember any of the details and I don't even care to remember which flower arrangements we went with or if we got the expensive chairs. All I remember were the range of emotions I felt, and how much love I was surrounded with.

We hope you have a great weekend! See you on Monday, ladies!
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Sangeet Venue: Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans Convention Center | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Riverview Room | Planning & Design: Alchemy Events | Floral & Decor: Herbivore Floral Designs | Hair & Makeup: Makeover by Paro | Catering: Orchid Indian Cuisine | DJ: KhanCept Entertainment | Cake & Treats: Haydel's Bakery | Cinematography: Mary M. Cinema | Event Designer: Alchemy Events | Lighting: KhanCept Entertainment | Live Music: Young Fellaz Brass Band | Mehndi Artist: New Orleans Henna | Photo Booth: Party Portraits Photo Booth | Rentals: True Value | Baraat Horse: Saddle Up & Ride | Rentals: Element | Fabric Draping & Flowers: Simply Adorable | Rentals: Just Ask Rentals | Transportation: Riverbend Charters | Photography: Mary M. Cinema


Livermore, CA Indian Fusion Wedding by Dana Todd Photography

Happy Friday, Maharanis! Can you believe how quickly we've flown through this week? It seems that with a blink of an eye we went from Monday to Friday! The good thing is that throughout the whole week, there were a lot of beautiful stories filling you with inspiring ideas. And today is no exception! For you to get ready for the weekend, we have a beautiful and rustic Indian Fusion wedding coming all the way from Livermore, CA. And we don't want to give any spoilers, but Leena & Ken's wedding celebration is the best way to end this week with a flourish! We'll start this fantastic journey, by taking a look at a romantic and stylish outdoor photoshoot carried out by the talented team from Dana Todd Photography. This photographic studio managed to surprise us with the artistic nature of their shots. The way they transformed a white rustic setting into a perfect canvas to immortalize magnificent scenes is brilliant! And we are utterly amazed! Both our lovebirds attended this photoshoot elegantly and fashionably thanks to SWATI Couture Indian Fashions that took care of their fashion and clothing needs. However, it was our lovely Leena that had all eyes on her! She looked dazzling in her hot pink lengha embroidered with golden details. And needless to say that the incredible makeup and hairstyle created by Phi Phi Yvonne very well complemented this fantastic look. The nude makeup and the wavy hairstyle incorporating white flowers elevated Leena's beauty and made her look like royalty! For more amazing captures of this lovely outdoor photoshoot, head into our gallery. We are sure you are going to love it!

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The weekend is approaching fast, but we still have a couple of stops before you go. So, make sure to join us if you don't want to miss this fantastic event.

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Ceremony & Reception Venue: Wente Vineyards | Floral & Decor: The Flower House | Hair & Makeup: Phi Phi Yvonne | Catering: Wente Vineyards | DJ: Glenn Riggs of Fantasy Sound | Bridal Fashions: SWATI Couture Indian Fashions | Cake & Treats: Wente Vineyards | Cinematography: Fantasy Sound | Officiant: Shyamala Littlefield | Groom's Clothing: SWATI Couture Indian Fashions | Photography: Dana Todd Photography


Yorba Linda, CA Indian Wedding by Gary Coelho Photography

Hello, darlings! We are glad you could join us at Bindiya & Akash's wedding reception party! This vibrant and joyful event held at the halls of The Richard Nixon Library was the perfect way to bring the wedding festivities to an end. Following the line of amazingness set during the wedding ceremony, the talented team from Kismet Event Design managed to surprise us again with a striking and elegant decor that we loved so much! The dim lights, the fancy chandeliers, the golden draperies, and the delicate placement of the floral arrangements created a fantastic setting reminiscent of an ancient ballroom. The musical mood for this event was in charge of 3D Sounds. And what a great decision it was, because the DJ set the dancefloor on fire and made everyone dance the night away! We want to make a special shoutout to Gary Coelho Photography for sharing the incredible shots that immortalized the most memorable moments of the evening! Hands down, this entire wedding celebration is one for the books! Not just for the amazingness that surrounds it, but also for the inspiring ideas that it can transmit. If you want to relive the most beautiful moments of this life-changing event, head into our gallery for more, it is worth to be seen! 

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Another day, another fantastic story! Make sure to keep that inspiration flowing, and join us tomorrow for more!

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Hair & Makeup: Dolled up by Lulu | Venues: The Richard Nixon Library | Floral & Decor: Kismet Event Design | DJ: 3D Sounds | Catering: Manohar's Delhi Palace | Cinematography: Gary Coelho Photography | Photography: Gary Coelho Photography


Sacramento, CA Pakistani Wedding by JSK Photography

Good day, dolls! Today's celebration of love is not just elegant but truly faithful to traditional Pakistani weddings, so let's check it out together! This time around, we will join our two love birds, Ayesha & Abdullah in their nuptial celebration. Being this a life-changing event, it is no surprise that our young couple wanted to immortalize all the moments surrounding this day. That is why they decided to start their wedding day with a lovely outdoor photoshoot, leading to their Nikkah ceremony. Thanks to the remarkable talent of JSK Photography, we get to join Ayesha & Abdullah on this charming session full of beauty, elegance, and love. Our gorgeous Ayesha looked breathtaking thanks to the stylish and exquisite makeup that Neetu Josh Art Co, created for her. The nude colors, combined with the refined and classy hairstyle, enhanced the delicate and natural beauty of our lovely bride, and we love that final look! Abdullah did not stay behind, and he embraced a traditional style that made him look elegant and imposing! After the initial photoshoot, it was time to head into the halls of the Masjid Al Emaan to proceed with the Nikkah ceremony that united them in marriage. This intimate and beautiful ceremony marked the start of Ayesha & Abdullah's everlasting love story in the company of their family! This traditional and solemn ceremony is one you don't want to miss! So, take a closer look at it in the gallery that we have prepared for today! It will be the perfect preamble for our next stop.

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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.

We still have more details coming down the road, so stay close if you don't want to miss them!

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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


Agoura Hills, CA Indian Fusion Wedding by Eliza Jane Photography

Welcome back, ladies! We are happy you could join us at Elizabeth & Randeep's wedding reception! We know that it has been a day full of emotions and beautiful ceremonies, and we want you to have some fun at this reception party, so let's head off to the gardens of the Brookview Ranch to enjoy this wedding reception! As soon as you step in, you will notice that the lovely and peaceful natural environment was beautifully enhanced with the multicolored floral arrangements that FlowerShop818 created for this event. They were simply amazing! Definitely, this was the most perfect scenario to host the event that will conclude the wedding activities. This reception was a rollercoaster of emotions that combined an incredible atmosphere with emotional speeches that made our lovebirds drop a couple of tears of happiness and gratitude. After this emotive moment, the reception transitioned into a party thanks to the amazing talent of Vox DJs. They were major contributors to take this event to the next level and played the perfect melodies to liven up this reception. This was a great reception that we wish didn't have to come to an end, however, you can always be transported back to it, by taking a look at the gallery that we have prepared for you. But before you go, don't forget to take a piece of the delicious cake that SusieCakes prepared for this event. You are going to love it! 

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We hope you have enjoyed this celebration of love! Have a great weekend, and we see you on Monday for more! 

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Hindu Ceremony Venue: Malibu Hindu Temple | Mexican Catholic/Jewish Ceremony Venue: Brookview Ranch | Reception Venue: Brookview Ranch | Planning & Design: Haley Simon Events | Floral & Decor: FlowerShop818 | Catering: LA Roots Catering | DJ: Vox DJs | Cake & Treats: SusieCakes | Cinematography: LaJoy Photography | Tuxedos: TopMan | Photography: Eliza Jane Photography


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