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Somerset, NJ Indian Wedding by Regal Palette Studio

Good morning, ladies! Visit today's Platinum Guide Blog and relive Radha & Kishan's wedding bash!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Kishan and I met multiple times throughout our childhood, without ever knowing it. We then officially met at a wedding in Cleveland where he asked me to be his dandiya partner when I was only 9 years old. We unfortunately went out seperate ways until we met again years later on Facebook, where we reconnected. I lived in Ohio and he lived in Maryland at the time. We met halfway in West Virginia when I was 19 and the rest was history. After 7 years of long distance I moved the Maryland and we finally got married!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
It was the week of my 26th birthday, I was supposed to leave to go see him on Saturday. But I spent the Friday with my little sister, priya, who every year blindfolds me and surprises me with a fun filled day. I didn’t think anything of it. She asked me to get dressed because she was going to take me to a new restaurant that was super fancy. So I got dressed, she blindfolded me and we left. However when we got to the “restaurant” she took off the blindfold and there he was, the man of my dreams on one knee with a purple runner and lights on an airport runway with a helicopter behind him. After all these years he still managed to surprise me. I was in shock and literally couldn’t move. But I eventually said YES!
 
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.
As every girl does, I have always dreamt of what my wedding day would look like. I knew what was most important to Kishan and I was convenience for our guests. Because most of our family and friends live in New Jersey we decided to have our wedding there. Next was finding a venue that provided shuttle service to a nearby hotel so people wouldn't have to worry about driving. Once we found the venue, came the guest list. The hardest part of any indian wedding is the guest list. We managed to make it work and the rest was easy. We both had sisters that married a few years ago, so we used the same vendors as they did. We loved our vendors. We felt like we had known them our entire life. They made the process fun and stress free. We are blessed that we got to take a trip to India to do our wedding shopping. My wedding outfit came from Asov Palav. I originally did not want a red lehnga. I wanted a non traditional outfit. But as soon as I tried the red lehnga on, I fell in love. I knew it was the one. As for the decor, Nirali decor was extremely patient with me because I was so indecisive. She made my dream into a reality. Purple is not only my favorite color, but my late grandfather's favorite color as well. Which is why I incorporated different shades of Purple throughout the wedding Decor. My overall experience was pleasant. There will always be a few bumps in the road, but just remember all that matters is that you get to marry your best friend and the man you love. There will be things that are beyond our control, but it will all work out. My best advice, don't stress the things you can't control.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew I wanted to get my wedding outfit from Asav Palav before I went to India. I wanted a non-traditional wedding dress. However, as soon as I tried on the first dress that happened to be red, I fell absolutely in love.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Food tasting! My husband and I are Foodies. We loved trying different items and working with our vendors to find the perfect items for our guests. The professionalism of all of our vendors made the process less stressful and for us more enjoyable!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved how involved Kishan and I were with meeting everyone. They were shocked by how relaxed we were and how much fun we were having. Everyone knew that what was most important to us was the union of both families and having a great time! We are so happy our guests had such a good time!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The most special moment that I will always remember is my husband and his groomsmen surprising me with a dance that I don't think anyone will forget. It was so thoughtful and he captured the attention of all the guests with his amazing speech.
 
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 Garba night was all Radha Kishan themed. Nirali decor helped us create a night that was filled with colors and greenery throughout the venue. The life size tree with hanging candle and lanterns was eye capturing. Kishan and I love to dance, so we wanted to surprise our guests with Radha Kishan themed songs for our performance.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Start with a budget. Don't stress yourself out about the things you can't control. Be sure to not let the stress get the best of you. You are going to have an amazing day no matter what happens. The energy of the Bride and Groom will drive the energy of your guests! So when your wedding week begins, let go of all the stress and get LIT!
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Mehndi Kalogie was very punctual and professional. My artist did an amazing job for my family, friends, and my Bridal Henna. She was so sweet and I'm very happy I went with her as my choice as a vendor. Bhargavi from Cinderella Brides is not only an artist but a necessity on your wedding day, she made me feel and look like a queen. Luxey looks by Ami and Linda worked wonders on my friends and family. They were very easy and flexible to work with. Without Pearl events, this day would not have gone as smooth as it did. Thank you for executing every detail to perfection. Thank you to our caterer, Bhukhara Grill. Vicky did an amazing job with all of the food, our guests are still talking about it. DJ Vik and his team from Powerhouse DJ's helped us create our mixes for our dances and made sure all the guests were on their feet the entire night. Nirali decor slayed the decorations for all events. They were so kind and patient with us in selecting our decor. The Marigold was the perfect venue for us! Dave from the Marigold answered our calls and emails immediately and always answered all of our questions whenever we had any. Last, but not the least Regal Palette. They took the time to get to know us on a personal level, and listened to everything we wanted. From the engagement shoot to the wedding video, they captured every moment, every reaction, every laugh, and every cry. I am so happy we chose the vendors we did! Thank you to all the vendors for making our wedding weekend one we will never forget!
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Mehndi Artists: Mehndikalogie | Venues: The Marigold | DJ: Powerhouse DJs | Cinematographer: Regal Palette Studio | Planning & Design: Pearl Events & Co. | Floral & Decor: Nirali Decor | Hair & Makeup: Cinderella Bridez | Hair & Makeup: Luxey Looks Beauty | Catering: Bukhara Grill | Cake & Treats: Palermo's Bakery | Transportation: Go Exotics | Photographer: Regal Palette Studio


Macungie, PA Sikh Fusion Wedding by Jiju Mathew Photography

Good morning, Maharanis! It is great to be back to share a new love story with all of you! Today, we will join our two lovebirds Jessica & Parampreet, in their charming wedding festivities, and we are excited because this time, there is not one but two wedding ceremonies that marked the start of a lifetime love story for this sweet couple. Lucky guys! While we were taking a glance at the spectacular shots captured by Jiju Mathew Photography, our heart exploded with joy as every single image is a visual masterpiece that allows us to enjoy the beautiful ceremonies and the elegant and impressive reception! So, let's not wait any longer and get ready to dive into it! We are starting by taking you to the Guru Nanak Sikh Society of Lehigh Valley to enjoy the solemn Sikh wedding ceremony that marked the start of Jessica & Parampreet's everlasting married life. For this installment, Jessica embraced a traditional style donning a red lengha with golden embroidery that made her look flawless. And we cannot stress how much we loved her Maharani style! For the second wedding ceremony, we are taking you to the gardens of the Bear Creek Mountain Resort for you to witness an outdoor Christian wedding ceremony that will surely take your breath away. There were so much beauty and flair surrounding the scene that we don't have enough words to describe it. All we have to say is that it was utter perfection! After both wedding ceremonies, it was time to celebrate this life milestone with a fabulous reception party thoroughly decored by Garden of Eden Florist, and fully animated by DJ Ronak Entertainment. Hands down, it was the best way to bring these wedding festivities to an end! If you want to check more of this lovely couple, 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"?
We initially met at work but didn't talk to one another.  I made a comment to a co-worker about him, and she tried to get us talking through a messenger system we used at work, but I was too shy and had little to say. One weekend she decided the three of us plus a few other co-workers would go out to a restaurant and bar one night. To make a long story short, she was supposed to pick me up, but made a billion excuses as to why she couldn't, until Param ended up picking me up. She told us she would meet us there. When we got there, she and everyone else was nowhere to be found, phones going straight to voicemail. She set us up and we both fell for it :)
In the beginning, I think is a testament to how strong of a foundation we have created.  We would never break up but did go through bouts of uncertainty (coming from two completely different cultures, and me being kept a secret.  I think I truly knew he was the one, when things were getting a little rocky and I was about to put an end to our relationship (again, uncertainty, I KNEW I wanted a future with him, but he was unsure I guess how he should pursue a future with ME with the religious and cultural differences).  He showed up at my door and we went for a long walk and got ice cream and talked all night.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We had a family vacation planned to go to Myrtle Beach, SC.  Everything was delayed a ton, due to last minute speeches I had to do and packing that wasn't done.  We had a long drive, got there around 4pm, but still had to unpack and get groceries, etc.  It was around 10pm I think on August 1st 2015, and nothing was open and I was on edge and super hungry.  He insisted we walk and take the long way, over a little bridge, and through the sand on the beach.  I gave him a run for his money, and fought him tooth and nail to NOT go on the beach before we eat.  Needless to say, he persuaded me to get on the beach where he popped the question!  I don't remember if he even got to ask the full question, I just started bawling, I couldn't even see through my tears.
 
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 were engaged for four years because we continued to change the date for financial reasons.  We had two ceremonies and one reception.  On Saturday August 17th 2019 we had the Punjabi wedding ceremony and on Sunday August 18th 2019 we had the "American" or "White Dress" ceremony followed by our reception.  The Saturday ceremony was very easy as far as planning goes because all we had to do was book the location, get the catering figured out and a few other small details.  We were both incredibly nervous.  I was not familiar with the ceremony and watched a YouTube video on my way there.  We got through it and it was a very beautiful ceremony.  There was also a renaming ceremony for me, to which I was named Harleen.  Harleen is what his family calls me today.  Some of my friends actually went out and bought suits or saris, my mom, son, brother, and grandmother all went shopping with us in Edison, NJ and got suits of their own!  As far as make-up.... My husband told me NO MAKE UP AT THE GURDWARA! SO I showed up in no make-up, respectably. It turns out family wanted me in make-up so someone else did it for me, unfortunately.  I wish I could have done my own because I look awful (in a full day's worth of pictures, too) but what's done is done, and that doesn't change the fact that our day was special and beautiful no matter what! 
For our "White Dress Wedding" on Sunday, was held at Bear Creek Mountain Resort.  Our ceremony was outside and our reception was indoors.  Bear Creek was nothing short of spectacular on their delivery.  The coordination was seamless and they kept ME on track!  My hair and make-up was done at the salon in the resort.  The make-up and hair was natural, classic, and elegant with a modern flare.  I felt as beautiful as I hoped I would on that day.  We did not have a wedding party so we didn't have to worry about outfits.  Our wedding colors were navy blue, gold, and blush pink.  My immediate family coordinated their outfits to those colors.  I don't know what the theme was, it was really just whatever came to my mind.  One night I had a vision for centerpieces in the middle of a store, and literally started grabbing things and making notes to myself, we went to multiple stores that night to get all the supplies I needed to fulfill my vision.  Originally we were going to have centerpieces done by our florist and in a matter of seconds that changed on a whim to my new idea!!  We had faux flowers and dried flowers combined for centerpieces, my gown was elegant and fully hand beaded... I would say the theme was a mix between boho and just a classic elegant look.  Lots of neutrals with pops of blue, gold, champagne, and blush.  Incredibly difficult to describe, just a bunch of different things that blended so well!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My lengha was hands down the complete opposite of what I thought I wanted.  I originally wanted something dark, like maroon, dark blue, or dark purple, with turquoise and red/ orange accents here and there.  What came to be the PERFECT lengha for me was a very classic looks with a lot of gold and was bright reddish orange.  There were six of us and once I put that one on there was no turning back!  As far as my American wedding gown goes, it was just me and my mom when I got it.  I got that gown within a year or so of getting engaged, so I literally held on to it for about 2 or 3 years until I got to wear it!! The beading and intricacy was everything I wanted.  I was so scared weeks leading up to the wedding that I might not have wanted it anymore.... but once I got the gown on for the last fitting I knew it was still the one.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Picking out the cake, going to the bakery and tasting the different flavors and putting the design of the cake together.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The Dholi FOR SURE!!!! Made the reception a lot more fun and exciting and got everyone on the dance floor.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The open hands part of the ceremony and of course our hand written vows for the ceremony, our entrance dance to our reception.
 
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 decor was a mix of boho and elegant with a lot of neutral colors and pops of different colors. I was originally going to use the florist for my center pieces, but i ended up making my own and every single center piece was different and unique. Our entrance dance was one of the most memorable moments of our reception. We practiced on three different occasion a week before the wedding. My husband ended up missing a step but no one noticed because he is a good dancer.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Don't worry about everything being perfect, if something gets messed up no one will notice except for you. Don't rely solely on Pinterest ideas like his and her signs or wedding favors will people will throw away. Invest your money in something that will last or that you can use after the wedding. We did not do a guest because we had pictures taken with everyone and the guest book will just sit in a box collecting dust over time. Spend your money wisely.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
We have 2 french bulldogs and they were incorporated in my Mehndi. I also love Palm trees and I was able to incorporate that into my design as well. I loved my overall design of the Mehndi, it was my first experience with Mehndi and it was very unique to my likes. A word of advice stay away from pool because the chlorine will wear it off very fast. My bouquet was a mixture of different wild flowers and personally selected flowers. It was very full and whimsical.

That is all for today, darlings. Have an awesome weekend and don't forget to join us on Monday for more!
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Sikh Ceremony Venue: Guru Nanak Sikh Society of Lehigh Valley | Christian Ceremony Venue: Bear Creek Mountain Resort | Floral & Decor: Garden of Eden Florist | DJ: DJ Ronak Entertainment | Photography: Jiju Mathew Photography


Dearborn, MI Indian Wedding by Capturing Arts

Good Morning, ladies! They say that all good things are worth waiting for, and today's featured film is no exception! Navya & Nikhil's wedding video is one we were dying to share with you as it includes all the things we love - and so much more! Many delightful details surrounded this life-changing event that the jaw-dropping shots by Strokes Photography previously featured in this gallery were not enough to show it all! That is why we have decided to give you more insights into this lovely wedding through this visual masterpiece captured by the talented and highly experienced team from Capturing Arts. Through this visual journey, we'll feel the same suspense Nikhil felt when he first saw Navya in her gorgeous bridal attire. We will explore how emotions grow, and the suspense transforms into joy and excitement during the Baraat animated by DJ Ice & Fresh Productions. We will take part in the traditional and colorful wedding celebration held at The Henry Autograph Dearborn. Our eyes will glow in amazement over the mesmerizing decor crafted by Marigold Wedding Planners. Not to mention that we will enjoy the closing gala enlivened by Naveen Productions - DJ, Lighting, Entertainment and Photo Booth, definitely a reception that will forever be recalled in the memory of all the guests that witnessed it. So, wait no more, hit the play icon below, and enjoy today's film!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Nikhil and I met 10 years before we got married, at Wayne State University, in the heart of Detroit. We were neighbors in the dorm and first met on the elevator. I noticed Nikhil was carrying a biology lab book and mentioned that I need to buy one of those too, and he immediately offered me his, and said that he had an extra one. I stepped in his room to grab the book and was so impressed with how clean he kept his room, and that's when I knew he was the one! Haha just kidding! We quickly became best friends and spent so much time together between our classes, studying, and doing homework. We danced together on the Wayne State Raas team, ate countless meals together at the dining halls, and ignited a passion for traveling during our long walks around the city.
 
Nikhil has been my personal hype man and always encouraged and supported me throughout my years of medical training. He stands by my side and empowers me to be the absolute best version of myself. Whenever I'm with Nikhil, we laugh until our bellies hurt, I forget all of my worries, and seeing him makes my soul light up.
 
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We went to Thailand in June 2018. It was a medical school graduation gift to me from Nikhil. He told me we had to go to Thailand and nowhere else because there were elephants there and of course how could I say anything but yes to that! After all, elephants are my favorite animal and it has always been a dream of mine to meet one of these majestic beasts.
 
It was exactly halfway through our trip. June 6th, 2018. We woke up super early and got ready just like every other day so far on the trip. But this day was different. This was the day I would get to spend the day playing with elephants and taking care of them! I was ecstatic to say the least.
 
I couldn't figure out the perfect outfit to wear, so he gave me one of his sweaters to wear. Luckily I got my nails done the night before because I insisted that my nails needed to look cute for the elephants! We got to the elephant sanctuary and I didn't realize a group of wild animals could make me this happy. Little did I know, I was about to become exponentially happier.
 
I was playing with two baby elephants when I heard "hey Navya..." I turned around and saw Nikhil down on one knee. I didn't really hear anything else he said after that (don't worry we have it captured on video). Of course I said yes and we shared the rest of our day with those glorious beasts that were part of the proposal.
 
We called our family that evening and I found out that Nikhil went to my parents house before our trip to ask their permission to marry me! He made sure I was out of the house by asking me to go shopping for our trip and he knew this would keep me out of the house for a few hours. Haha he knows me so well!
 
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 wanted a very simple and elegant wedding ceremony so we could keep the focus on the main event of the day- getting married! We designed a custom monogram/logo together and had a custom vinyl runner made with it. We also had take away bags printed with this monogram.
 
We all know Indian wedding ceremonies can be long, so we made a fun wedding program with a crossword puzzle on it. The clues were questions about Nikhil and I and all of our guests had so much fun figuring out the answers!
 
Nikhil and I collect ornaments from each new place we visit, so we wanted to give our wedding guests a Detroit ornament to commemorate the beginning of our journey! City Bird had the best wooden ornaments custom made for us and they were the perfect take away gift!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Nikhil and I went to India and went to countless stores to try on all the dresses! Each dress I wore, Nikhil would ask me how I felt in it and then he would tell me if he liked the dress or not. I had no idea what color dress I wanted, but I was definitely leaning towards a lighter color- because I love all things light, bright and airy! However, every time I tried on a light colored lengha, I was not impressed and did not feel special. I realized that I loved the way jewel tones looked on me and shifted my entire focus for the dress search. After several days of not finding "the one," I finally found a store that had the fabric types and dress styles that I loved. I tried on THE dress and immediately fell in love with it, and so did Nikhil!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Right after we got engaged, I moved across the country and started my medical residency. Busy with work and living in another state made wedding planning a bit of a challenge but my sweet husband made the entire process a breeze for me. Although we were only able to see each other a handful of times over that year, we became closer than ever!
 
I spent my evenings planning and designing each event, and then I would convey my thoughts to Nikhil over a phone call. I would find a list of vendors that I thought would be suitable for us, and Nikhil would set up meetings and go to visit each one of them, and facetime me each time. He coordinated with both of our families, arranged all the taste testings, vendor meetings, and went to every meeting prepared with a document with all of the details I asked for.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
To this day, over one year later, our guests continue to talk about the food at our wedding. We couldn't be happier because food is what makes both of us the happiest, so we are so pleased that our family and friends thought that the food at our wedding was as great as we hoped it would be.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Although we planned to do a first look, we didn't have the chance to do one. The first time we saw each other was at the mandap, and I will never forget the look on Nikhil's face when he saw me. That was the moment that we both realized that we finally get to marry each other and we were so excited.
 
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 mehendi was an intimate event with close friends and family hosted in our parents backyard. My decor inspiration came from the handwritten notes that Nikhil would fold into origami paper cranes and give to me back in college. I showed him my vision and he and his family hand made hundreds of paper cranes to make it come to life!
 
We wanted the sangeet to be all about dancing and food, so we had a very colorful and dance oriented street fair themed event. We really wanted authentic Indian street vendor style food and Taste of India Suvai made our wishes come true with live food stations. Our guests spent the entire night dancing away and snuck away to the outdoor food stations whenever they had the chance.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Have fun planning and enjoy the whole process, it'll be over before you know it! Don't stress about the little things and keep your eye on the big picture because no one will know about those little details except for you! Pick vendors that you can get along with and communication is key!
 
It can be hard with Indian weddings to plan everything the way you want it, because traditions, culture, and family is such a big part of it. But, find a way to make your vision work while keeping those things in mind. Work with your family to see how you can incorporate your flair while keeping in mind some of the more traditional elements.
 
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 of our vendors who made our wedding weekend so special and memorable!

We hope you've loved this story as much as we did! Don't forget to join us tomorrow for more.
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Photography: Strokes Photography | DJ: Naveen Productions - DJ, Lighting, Entertainment and Photo Booth | Planning & Design: Marigold Wedding Planners | Baraat: DJ Ice & Fresh Productions | Floral & Decor: Marigold Wedding Planners | Ceremony Venue: The Henry Autograph Dearborn | Cinematography: Capturing Arts | Outfits & Jewelry: Custom made in India | Mehendi & Sangeet HMUA: Jennifer Martin | Ceremony Makeup: Bianca Sandiha | Ceremony Hair & Draping: Aysha Riaz | Mehendi: Henna Beauty by Krupa | Mehendi Venue: Groom's House | Mehendi Decor: Handmade by Groom and His Family | Sangeet Venue: Bharatiya Temple | Sangeet Food: Taste of India Suvai | Sangeet Food: Ann Arbor + Desi Indian Kulfi | Ceremony Aisle Runner: The Original Runner Company | Ceremony Food: Ashoka Indian Cuisine | Wedding Favors: Detroit Ornaments From City Bird


Carmel, Indiana Indian Wedding by DARS Photography

Happy Tuesday, ladies! We hope your week has been off to a great start! Ours has just brightened up with your lovely company because we were dying to share with you Deepali & Ajay's beautiful wedding celebration. So, wait no more and get ready to be amazed! Every single shot captured by DARS Photography overflows with beauty and traditional flair, and we cannot stress how much we love them! Just take a look at how beautiful this lovely duo looked like throughout the entire festivities! One of our favorite events was the wedding ceremony hosted at the 502 East Event Center. And all that we have to say is that we are still sighing over this wedding as it was thoroughly planned and designed by the bride herself. She had a vision of how she wanted her dream wedding to be, so she took the wheel to make it happen! How amazing is that! To accomplish it, she brought Indiana Wedding Decorators on board to take care of the decor. And what a great decision it was as the talent they have in creating magical settings is out of the question, and this wedding celebration was no exception! Everyone had a great time and were utterly impressed with our gorgeous Maharani's fantastic look after being pampered by Bhavika Pandya. But that is not all! She also got a spectacular Mehndi outlined by Mendhika - Creations by Krupali, and oh boy, we have on words to describe such a masterpiece! If you want to check more of this lovely wedding enlivened by DJ Mavi Productions, make sure to visit our full gallery. You will love it, and will get tons of inspiring ideas!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Whenever someone asks, "How did you guys meet?". Deepali always answers, "At my cousins wedding." Ajay quickly jumps in to correct her and tells this story:
 
We did actually meet at a wedding but we didn't really get to talk to each other. Deepali was sitting on stage with her cousin and right before the ceremony started I was asked to hold the sheet up that separates the bride and groom. The first thing I noticed up there was this beautiful smile. Deepali tried to make small talk but it didn't really turn into conversation. After the wedding was over, I was serving lunch and Deepali generously offers to make a plate for her Kaka (Uncle) just so she could come back in line one more time. Once again a couple words were said but no progress.
 
I go up to my parents and ask them if we knew this girl that was sitting up on the stage because her face looked so familiar. Neither of them could help me figure out why I recognized this face and so I dropped it.
 
The day after the wedding Deepali's cousin asks her if she was interested in anyone at the wedding and she said, "The guy holding the sheet on the stage was cute." So they got Ajays cousin and uncle involved and tried to let the families make something happen.
 
Back at home, I finally realize where I had seen her face before...7 months earlier my friends made a dating profile for me on Shaadi.com (an Indian dating app) and Deepali was one of the girls that had caught my eye. I went back on the app a few weeks after the wedding and sent her a request to connect. She accepted the request...14 days later. Of course I still couldn't message her without paying for a subscription. I thought to myself, is this girl worth it and finally decided to pay for the app and send her a message. Little did I know, during this time my dad was talking to Deepali's side of the family trying to get a picture of her, so he could show me. That never progressed and shortly after my dad found out that I had already been talking to her.
 
A few days of messaging and we decided to meet up. After that it didn't take long for us to hit if off, and the rest is history.
 
We saw each other at the wedding in Dallas, TX on April 7, 2018 and we were engaged that same year on December 29, 2018 in Indianapolis, IN.
 
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December 29, 2018
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Ajay wakes up and says he wants IHOP, quickly gets in the shower and continues to force me to stop being lazy and get up. I finally go take a shower and once I get out, he is no where to be found.
There is a card and a rose laying on my bed. I am told to quickly get ready and be downstairs by 9:45am
A man gets out of a party bus and asks if the ride is for me. My response, “I don’t think so”. So he gets back into the bus. A few seconds later he steps out and says “Your chariot awaits you”. Inside the bus Keya (best friend) is already waiting for me with a bunch of champagne, whiskey, and wine.
She hands me a card that I have to solve a math problem on in order to get the address to the next destination. The address turns out to be for a nail salon.
At the nail salon Keya tells them we have a reservation for 3. I said “why 3?” and then she tells me to turn around and its my sister who flew in from Florida. We get our nails done and my sister gives me another card. This card says I have to go to the place he used to stay when he used to visit early on in our relationship.
I show up at the hotel and the front desk lady hands me a card and a handicap room key. Once I get in the room there is a stuffed dog and another card. I am told to call Shachi (best friend) because she felt bad she couldn’t make it. Shachi then reads me my next clue.
He said I am probably hungry and he doesn’t want me to get hangry so I have to go to our favorite Mexican place, but I was told to think small. We pull up to Taco Bell. I go inside and there is my dad and Vikash (Ajay's younger brother). We eat lunch and my dad hands me another card. This card says to go to the store he gets all his checkered shirts that I hate so much.
We get to Express and Hari (brother in law) surprised us with another clue. This clue was a roll out tube and I was told to buy a classy and elegant dress with some heels for tonight. In the roll there is $200 worth of $20 bills.
At this point we are 45mins ahead of schedule. After shopping we are 1 1/2hrs behind.
After finding my dress I was told to facetime my favorite travel buddy. I facetime Stephanie (best friend) and she tells me to go home and get ready for tonight. I get home and my mom hands me another card. On the card I was given 1 hour to get ready but my sister tells me I only have 15mins.
We get ready and head downtown. We park by the monument circle and Jiten and Mayu come around the corner with a box. In the box there are memories Ajay and I have created together. I am told to go around to the back of the monument to create one more memory.
We walk around and the first thing I spotted in the crowd was Ajay, all the way at the top of the stairs waiting for me!
I finally get to see the man I’ve been waiting to see all day long! After shedding a few tears he gets down on one knee and I say “YES!” We are officially engaged. We then take the limo to Yard House where his parents, sister, her husband, and my parents surprise us.
6:00pm
 
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.
A funny detail about wedding planning is that I started planning my wedding months before I even got engaged. Ajay and I had talked about getting engaged and knew when we wanted to get married, and I knew I needed at least a year to plan. When I would go visit venues they would ask me about the proposal or my ring and I would awkwardly have to say, "I'm actually not engaged yet." This is definitely something I can look back and laugh at now. The most difficult part for me was finding vendors that really stood out to me, Indiana doesn't really have a large selection for wedding vendors.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My parents, sister, and I flew to India to do all our wedding shopping. From the beginning I knew I wanted the traditional look of an Indian bride but red was not a flattering color for me and Ajay does not like red lipstick, that is when I knew I wanted to have a maroon lengha. Little did I know, finding the exact maroon lengha I wanted would take 3 cities and a dozen stores before I found the one! 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was being able to personalize and put in our own unique touches to the wedding. Little did I know, Ajay would be the one that had the creative juices to contribute to our planning. He came up the idea of making large numbers out of cardboard and spray painting them gold. After those were completed we had a photo shoot in the backyard with the numbers to use for our reception table numbers. We were lucky enough to save on a photographer and his mom took the pictures for us. Overall they turned out great and the guests really enjoying walking around to the different tables and seeing the pictures.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
A really special moment that keeps replaying in my mind is my sister doing my henna. Not many brides get to say their sister designed and did their bridal henna. She put months into designing my henna and it couldn't have been more perfect. She included mine and Ajay's favorite football teams (Colts & Patriots), she also included a bride and groom on my palms that make a heart when I join my hands together. Every little intricate detail made for the most flawless henna I have ever seen and I wouldn't have wanted anyone else to do it.
 
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.
My sister and I consider ourselves to be very creative, so we did the decorations for the events that took place at our house (mendhi, vidhi) and one event that took place at 502 East Event Center (garba). I would say this was probably a more DIY wedding compared to the average but I loved that it meant more personalization and unique touches. My dad made a stage that was used in our yard for the two events at our house and then we used a PVC pipe structure to decorate the backdrop with flowers and colorful cloths.  For the mendhi night my sister, her husband, and my best friend did a surprise dance that blew everyone away. My sister also choreographed a dance for her and I to do at the garba the next night.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Don't stress about the little things. As a bride you have dreamt of this day since you were a little girl and you want it to be nothing short of perfect. There may be hiccups along the way but don't sweat it.  Regardless of what happens your weekend will be perfect because you are marrying the man of your dreams.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Bridal bouquet, vidhi floral jewelry and haars, wedding haars: my foi handmade them all, so it was nice to have that personalized touch.
The venue was the best to work with! They were flexable with our budget and very accomodating to the number of guests we had.

Have an awesome day, ladies. And make sure to join us tomorrow for more!
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DJ: DJ Mavi Productions | Venue: 502 East Event Center | Planning & Design: Bride | Floral & Decor: Indiana Wedding Decorators | Hair & Makeup: Bhavika Pandya | Catering: India Sizzling | Baraat: Blue Ribbon Carriages | Cinematography: Visionaries Video | Event Designer: Indiana Wedding Decorators | Mehndi: Mendhika - Creations by Krupali | Personal Sized Desserts: Sweet & Savory | Donuts: Dunkin Donuts | Rings: Jared | Photography: DARS Photography


Las Vegas, NV Indian Wedding by Fine Art Productions

Happy Friday, darlings! We are so excited today because we are just a few hours away from saying goodbye to July! Can you believe how fast this month slipped through our fingers? Being this, the last feature of the month, you know we had to make it special. So get ready for all the amazingness that is coming your way! Today, Fine Art Production will be taking us on a visual journey through all the gorgeousness surrounding Krishna & Bhavik's wedding festivities! From the wedding celebration officiated at The Venetian, to the closing gala hosted at The Hilton Woodcliff Lake, everything was absolutely amazing! But there is no surprise here as Nika Events, was the mastermind behind this fabulous wedding celebration that marked the beginning of these lovebirds' everlasting love story. To enhance the beauty of the wedding venues, JP Décor crafted a fabulous decor that mirrored our gorgeous Maharani's ravishing look! And we haven't mentioned it, but our blushing Krishna stole the show throughout the different events and ceremonies, and we loved her fashion sense and style! The traditional lengha by AsoPalav, the artistic Mehndi by Henna by Jinal, the dazzling jewelry from Joyalukkas, and the flawless makeup and hairstyle designed by Cinderella Bridez, were all a perfect combination that praised this Maharani's innate beauty and made her look like a goddess for the wedding ceremony. But that is not all! For the grand reception, she also showed up looking breathtaking in a fabulous outfit by Seasons Mumbai, and all we have to say is that we are still sighing over her charming and fashionably look! If you want to check more of this wedding, don't miss today's fabulous gallery. We are sure you will love it and will get tons of inspiring ideas from it!

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Have an awesome weekend, ladies! And, don't forget to join us on Monday for more.

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Mehndi Artists: Henna by Jinal | Pre-Weddng Venue (Groom): Akbar Banquet | Pre-Weddng Venue (Bride): Ramada in Monroe | Ceremony Venue: The Venetian | Reception Venue: The Hilton Woodcliff Lake | Planning & Design: Nika Events | Floral & Decor: JP Décor | Hair & Makeup (Mendhi/Vidhi): Baked Beauty | Hair & Makeup (Wedding/Reception): Cinderella Bridez | Catering: Bombay Talk | DJ: D&S Event Solution | Baraat (Horse): Dream Horse Carriages | Bride’s Outfit (Wedding): AsoPalav | Groom’s Outfit (Wedding): AsoPalav | Bride’s Outfit (Reception): Seasons Mumbai | Bridal Party Outfit (Reception): Seasons Mumbai | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridal Jewelry: Joyalukkas | Cake & Treats: Palak's Cakes | Cinematography: Fine Art Production | Photography: Fine Art Production


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