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Hawthorne, NJ South Asian Fusion Wedding by John Martin Productions

Hello, darlings! We hope you are ready to have some fun because we are about to take a look at Sini & Joshua's grand reception party held at the Westmount Country Club! Right of the bat, we can say that this fantastic gala planned and executed by Shyla Anne George was an absolute delight full of elegance, beauty, and traditional flair! The fancy chandeliers, the bright pink lights, and the delicate floral arrangements from Atlas Flowers created a perfect setting for our lovebirds to celebrate their milestone! Everyone had a great time and danced the night away to the beats of DJ Bobby, who enlivened the night with incredible melodies that everyone loved! The only time everyone stopped dancing was to take a bite to the delicious cake Palermo Bakery prepared for this evening. Undoublty, this was the best way to bring the wedding festivities to an end. And we want to give a big shoutout to the talented folks from John Martin Productions for sharing with us the fantastic shots they captured during this reception! If you want to check them out, make sure to visit today's gallery!

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We hope you've enjoyed this celebration as much as we did! See you tomorrow for a new love story!

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Photography: John Martin Productions | Cinematography: John Martin Productions | Ceremony Venue: Hawthorne Gospel Church | Reception Venue: Westmount Country Club | Planning & Design: Shyla Anne George | Floral & Decor: Atlas Flowers | Hair & Makeup: Bridal Butterflies | DJ: DJ Bobby | Cake & Treats: Palermo Bakery | Event Designer: Shyla Anne George


Columbia, SC Indian Fusion Wedding by MNK Photography

Good morning, ladies! Today, we are excited to share with you, the romantic and lovely fusion wedding of Nidah & Brian. This celebration of love is one you will enjoy as it includes all the things we love: elegance, mixed emotions, beauty, and above all, lots of bliss. So, get ready to start this journey! For this installment, we will take you for a walk through the streets of Columbia, SC, to join our lovebirds at their outdoor photoshoot carried out by MNK Photography. We are so amazed by this photoshoot since it is an absolute visual work of art! Nidah looked ravishing on her soft colored lengha by Samsara Couture. And this fantastic look was very well complemented by Eyebrow Junkie Makeup, who took care of her makeup needs, and Anna Pham bridals, the mastermind behind the classy hairstyle. Brian followed his betrothed's lead and looked elegant and handsome, dressed in his black tux with a buttoned-down white shirt. If you were captivated by this beautiful soulmates, you can't miss today's gallery. It is the perfect preamble before heading off to the upcoming events, all perfectly planned and coordinated by Red and Gold EventsYou won't regret it!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Brian while I was in school and we had an instant connection. I knew he was the one after getting to know him a little better and realizing how genuine and caring of a person he is!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Brian and I planned a trip to New York City to celebrate New Year’s. I thought it was just a simple trip to meet up with friends and have a good time, however, he took me to Central Park and flew my whole family out and proposed to me on New Year’s eve with all our loved ones there. It was a huge surprise and so special!
 
Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
My mom was a huge help during the planning process, she knew all the well-known vendors and right people to choose. We knew of a lot of good vendors from previous weddings that we have attended, and we live near Atlanta so there are a good bit of amazing vendors to choose from there!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
We live in America but we knew we wanted to have a dress custom-made from Pakistan, and we searched for a designer for a couple months through suggestions from family friends and through social media, and finally decided on Samsara Couture House! I knew from the beginning I wanted my reception dress to be a muted rosy pink color!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the wedding planning process was being able to work with my mom as mother and daughter to be able to make our visions of my wedding come to life! It was such a special bonding experience to be able to share that with my mom
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I believe the guests enjoyed everything from the food to the decor, but I believe what they enjoyed the most was that everybody was having a wonderful time (especially on the dance floor) and there was so much fun energy in the room that everybody could feel!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I loved every aspect of my wedding, but one moment that really stood out was when Brian and I exchanged our rings and said our vows to each other, and how everyone in the room felt the love and was emotional.
 
For events other than your ceremony, please tell us as much as you would like about the decor, style, dances, and all the special details.
For the Mehndi and Nikah ceremony, we had specific visions in mind and Beenish from events in style by Beenish really made that come to life! The mehndi night was colorful and vibrant and we had plenty of dance performances, some of which I even took part in! There was so much energy that night and everybody was having an amazing time! For the Nikah ceremony we wanted to keep it subtle and pretty, with light soft colors and flowers that really captured the beauty of the ceremony.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
One thing that I would really emphasize and stress is that ultimately your wedding day will go by so fast, so for me a lot of the enjoyment was actually the planning process. Don’t get too stressed out and actually remember to enjoy all the planning and months leading up to your wedding, because that’s an experience in itself. Also it is a huge benefit to have a wedding coordinator, it takes so much stress off the day of the wedding and the members of the wedding party can actually sit back and enjoy the event!
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Everything came together beautifully and we are so thankful to work with such amazing vendors who have become like family to us. Everything was a huge hit from the cake to the food to the decor and our outfits!

 

Stick around, ladies! We still have more to come.

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DJ: DJ Jaz- GTB Productions | Planning & Design: Red and Gold Events | Photography: MNK Pro | Cinematography: MNK Pro | Sangeet Venue: 701 Whaley | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Marriott Columbia | Decor: Events Instyle by Beenish | Flowers: Garlands by Yasmeen | Makeup: Eyebrow Junkie Makeup | Catering: Kabab Hut | Mehndi - Zehra Fashion (Mother of Bride): Saira Rizwan | Bridal Fashions: Samsara Couture | Cake & Treats: Nonnah’s | Mehndi Artist (Bride): Minaz Rizvi | Mehndi Artist: Farmina | Photo Booth: Tap Snap | Cookies: Sweet Surprises by Mia | Dhol: Supreme Dholis | Hair: Anna Pham Bridals | Custom Party Needs: Chaos Refined Blogger | Mithai: Gokul Sweets


Miami, FL Indian Fusion Wedding by Channa Photography

Good morning, ladies! Today we bring you an insight into the blooming love story of Karishma & Preston. Celebrated during springtime, this fusion wedding is like no other you've seen in quite a while. It incorporates glam, fashion flair, and luxury, and we are sure you are going to love it! So without further due, let's get right into it! Before tying the knot, Karishma & Preston met up for an unforgettable first look photoshoot that will surely take your breath away! With the sea and the striking Miami buildings as the background, the Seafair Mega Yacht became the perfect place for Karishma & Preston to immortalize the most romantic and intimate moments before becoming husband and wife. Karishma attended this photo session looking like a princess on her traditional dual-tone Maharashtran Sari. The vibrant colors and the discreet hairstyle and makeup praised her natural beauty and made her have that dreamy look all Maharanis aspire for their big day. And let's not forget about the fantastic Mehndi design that Farah's Mehndi created for her, it added an extra touch of tradition to an already head-turning look. And Preston did not stay behind! He embraced his new culture and delivered some major Raja style in a champagne and burgundy Sherwani suit that made him look handsome. Without any question, this photo session is one to remember! And in case you were wondering, the talented crew from Channa Photography are the masterminds behind such amazing shots. And if you thought that the photos were amazing, you will be thrilled to know that they also created a film that featured in our Video Blog. It is the perfect complement for this top of the line session. So, get ready to continue enjoying this enjoy this colorful celebration by taking a look at the gallery that we have prepared for you. You are going to love it!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Preston and Karishma met in an anatomy dissection group their first month of medical school. It was love at first conversation for Karishma but it took Preston a little longer to catch the lovebug. Soon after meeting they could often be found chit chatting in the corner of parties and sitting next to each other in lecture. While Karishma was smitten with his gentle nature, quick witted humor and dashing good looks, Preston seemed hesitant to start something new. Right when Karishma was about to give up, Preston asked her out on a date. They started dating 2 months after meeting and have been together for almost 6 beautiful years.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Preston and Karishma got engaged on their first trip together. Karishma had spent months planning a dream trip to Olympic National Park near Seattle, Washington; a place with landscapes ranging from mossy green trees to coastal beaches. Karishma and Preston were both swept away by the beauty of the park, spending entire days wandering through the forests and searching the tide pools along the coast for urchins and anemones. On the day they visited Crescent Lake, Karishma was completely captivated by the still blue lake framed by tall evergreen capped mountains. They started a hike along the lake – eventually, Preston asked her to sit for a bit near a log with a perfect view of the sun peeking through the clouds casting a glimmer on the lake. He pulled out his bluetooth speaker, started playing her favorite song, looked into her eyes, and asked her to marry 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.
We did hire a wedding planner. Actually, my mother and wedding planner essentially planned the whole event as Preston and I were knee deep in starting our first year of residency. Hiring a wedding planner was crucial for us because my mom and dad lived in Vegas while the wedding was taking place in Miami. Harley (our wedding planner) would essentially have to arrange options in advance (site visits, cake testings, makeup artist testings). Then me and mom (or often just my mom and dad) would fly in on specific weekends to try things out and make a final decision. It was such a massive event too coordinate because half of it was taking place on a moving ship that having Harley and her team there of to keep track of all the vendors, entrances, guest flow etc was absolutely essential!
 
My parents live between Fort Lauderdale and Las Vegas. Both are such different but gorgeous cities that we knew we wanted our Indian wedding to be in one of those two places. We did try to look into having the wedding at a few of our favorite casinos in Las Vegas but the logistics of pulling off an Indian ceremony/reception there were proving difficult. That’s when we started looking in Miami. Actually, my friend’s mother was at a conference in Miami and saw a party on the Seafair yacht. She texted my best friend about it, who texted me about it. Thinking it was a pipe dream I sent the link to my mom and said “hey, this is crazy but maybe just look into it?” My mom and dad visited the Seafair and fell in love. They knew they wanted to have their daughter’s wedding there – and who were Preston and I to say no! Preston is from Indiana and we did have a lovely church wedding there as well, planned by his mother (my super star mother in law).
  
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My incredible parents went to India to shop for my dress. I wanted to wear a traditional Maharashtran color/sari for the wedding ceremony . For the reception I wanted to wear a bright red dress. I sent my parents a few pictures of dresses I liked (found on instagram mostly). After a few days of shopping my parents called me at 2 AM my time via WhatsApp video to show me two dresses they thought fit the bill - I chose one with beautiful gold beading on a bright red background and it was perfect!!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I had a few WOW moments:
The first was when we were at the bow of the boat with the whole wedding party taking pictures and one of the waitresses on the yacht handed me my signature drink as the yacht began to depart from the dock. I looked at this perfect glass of champagne with this amazing hibiscus flower in it (I didn’t know they would actually be able to find the hibiscus flowers with syrup I had requested!), looked at my friends and family, looked at my husband and the Miami skyline and thought, “This is more amazing than anything I could’ve possibly imagined!”
 
The second was during the seven rounds we took around the fire during our wedding ceremony. I’d seen this scene so many times and movies and now it was me with my life partner performing these sacred rituals. It was awesome.
 
The third was during the dancing when the Bollywood songs were playing and I looked around and EVERYONE – my uncles, aunts, medical school friends, cousins, preston’s family and co-residents, were all dancing, laughing and waiving around the lit up foam wands we had ordered. I looked to the left and there was this gorgeous full, yellow moon and looked to the right with the Miami skyline and thought, “this is the best party of our lives!!”
 
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.
4/18 Thursday: We had a small welcome/get to know each other dinner for whichever friends and family were in town at Miami Masala. They served an incredible spread of appetizers followed by veg and non veg thalis fit for kings! The service delivered by Matt, Alex and Prabhu was exceptional. Everyone loved the food
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4/19 Friday: We had the haldi ceremony in my parent’s Fort Lauderdale apartment with my close friends as well as all of Preston’s family and my family that were in town. It was such a blast!! After that we had a lunch reception in our building’s social room with music and mehndi for the guests. The centerpieces were bundles of yellow flowers in clear glass vases and the plates, silverware, napkins and serving utensils were all gold. This event was decorated by our wedding planners. It was catered by 5th Element Indian Grill and they knocked it out of the park – the food was exceptional. Channa photography was there during the haldi ceremony and lunch capturing all of our special moments.
- No specific lighting or decoration. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
I was so lucky in that my mother took on the whole responsibility of planning the wedding. This gave me and Preston the chance to just enjoy ourselves without having to worry about the details. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to fully thank her for that gift!
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
The baraat was almost all best hits of Daler Mehndi and it was such a hit! He has such awesome songs to dance to. For the ceremony we did Shaadi Ki Shenai by Bismillah Khan for the guests to enter. We did not have music during the ceremony. 
The groom entered the baraat by appearing at the bow of the boat! He appeared to “mehndi laga ke rakhna” and people went nuts when they looked up to see him! He then ran down to exit the boat and start dancing. They bridal party entered with the rest of the baraat.
 
  1. Our family and us entered in grand style to 30 second clips of songs we had chosen prior. Preston’s mom and dad entered to a queen song, his sister and her partner entered to “Electric Love”, my brother entered to “Welcome to Miami,” my mom and dad entered to “tere gaar ke samne” and Preston and I entered to “Money Maker” by Ludacris. It was such a blast
  2. The dinner room was called the “window room” of the yacht with views of the skyline as we sailed. It was uplit with purple and the top deck of the yacht where the dancing was had blue hues. The centrepieces were fuschia and orange flowers to carry our ceremony themes forward into the reception
  3. We had two incredible signature drinks served by the yacht crew
  4. Preston: "Set Sail Cocktail" - Whiskey sour
  5. Karishma: "Spirit of the Seas" - Sparkling hibiscus consisting of Prosecco, whole hibiscus flowers and a dollop of hibiscus syrup
We played about 40 minutes of Bollywood hits ranging from 2000 to now. Then we did a mix of more R&B and pop music. Toward the end of the night we played some country hits like “Friends in Low Places” which was so much fun because all of Preston’s family from Kentucky and my family and friends formed a big circle to sing along!
 
Preston and I did a surprise duet to “L.O.V.E” by Nat King Cole when we entered the dinner hall – our performance completely surprised all of our guests, including Preston’s parents! Not many people knew we sang together!
  1. Our duet together was probably the most personal thing we did at the wedding; Preston and I love to sing together whether it be at karaoke or just in our kitchen. Anyone who knows Preston knows he’s an excellent singer but not many people knew I could carry a tune. It was very special for us to be able to share this thing we love to do together with our friends and family.
  2. My wedding planning team created a gobo of our “logo” that was cast onto the side of the ship once we were docked as well as onto the dance floor which was amazing
  3. We also had M&Ms with our initials on them in the goody bags given to guests who stayed at our preferred hotels!
  4. We had a slideshow of pictures from when we were kids, then pictures of us together, playing on all the screens near the elevators around the yacht. My sister-in-law had made it.
  5. We had an “entertainment” floor for people to escape to if they got tired of dancing with Bollywood songs playing on one TV as well as a photobooth. I thought that was pretty cool.

Make sure to join us for more awesome details of this lovely story!

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Cinematography: Channa Photography | Photography: Channa Photography | Mehndi Artists: Farahs Mehndi | Ceremony Venue: Intercontinental Hotel Miami | Reception Venue: Seafair Mega Yacht | Planning & Design: My Wedding My Style | Floral & Decor: My Wedding My Style | DJ: Vision DJ | Cake & Treats: Elite Cake Creations | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Praful Shah | Mehndi Artist: Farah's Mehndi | Officiant/Priest/Pandit: Manikanda G Ramanatha


Arlington, VA Indian Fusion Wedding by Paperbird Photography

Happy Thursday, ladies! It's been a while since the last time we shared an Indian Fusion Wedding with you. So when Jithu & Tyler's wedding celebration came into our editorial desks, we immediately knew that this was an event that we wanted to share with you. So, let's check it out together! This lucky pair didn't have just one ceremony; they had two! And what beautiful ceremonies they were! This time, we are going to take you on the first of the two wedding ceremonies, so get yourself ready! When Jithu & Tyler decided they wanted to join their lives in marriage, they knew precisely what they wanted. They wanted this first ceremony to be traditional, elegant, and extraordinary! That is why they decided to bring A. Griffin Events on board, as the expertise they have in making dreamy wedding celebrations come true, is out of the question. And what a fantastic decision it was! It is no surprise that every guest was blown away with the details surrounding this ceremony held at the Top of the Town. To set the mood for this life-changing event, Imperial Decor put together a minimalist, yet fantastic decor that created a soothing environment that we loved so much! Both our lovebirds attended this reception elegantly and fashionably, completely overtaking the scene! Jithu wore a traditional Sari from RMKV Silks that made her look like Royalty! The blouse was custom embroidered with Swarovski crystals with a bell design. What a lucky gal! To contrast, Tyler wore a custom-made Sherwani Suit, in royal blue with gold details from Saahil Exclusive that made his inner Raja come out! And thanks to the outstanding work of Paperbird Photography we get to immerse ourselves into this beautiful ceremony just as if we were there. We know curiosity has you now, so don't miss today's gallery if you want to take a closer look at this beautiful ceremony!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met on OKCupid and after a few messages decided to meet up. He knew I loved beer and suggested we meet at a local dive bar but had no idea that he suggested one of my favorite beer bars!
 
We saw each other two more times that same week. By the end of the week, we both knew that we weren't interested in seeing other people.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
After almost a year and a half together, Tyler made sure to buy the ring on an auspicious day (generously provided by my mother).
 
Tyler picked up my parents from Dulles Airport after they returned from a trip to India, and asked my very sleepy parents for their blessing. My parents agreed and promptly fell asleep.
 
That night, also an auspicious day, Tyler took me to dinner at a fancy French restaurant, where we had a bit too much wine. Eventually, Tyler popped the question while I immediately broke into sobs. After crying through most of his proposal, I 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.
Venue:
As our guests came from all over the country and from around the world (India, Dubai!). We wanted to give them a very DC experience. We chose Top of the Town for both ceremonies because of the sweeping views of Washington DC. We wanted our day to show great views of DC during the day and have a great rooftop area for the cocktail ceremony and reception.
 
Hair & Makeup:
I found my HMU team on Instagram and booked them immediately! They worked with me to create a modern Tamil bridal look for the morning complete with a fishtail braid covered in red roses and baby’s breath instead of the traditional jasmine flowers. The look for the Christian ceremony was delicate with nude lips and eyes and was transformed to bright eyes and bright pink lips for the reception.
 
Design:
We focused on simple overall designs that favored bright colors and atmosphere over more complex scenery. For this reason, we choose a relatively simple mandap (stage) and oonjal (swing) for the Hindu ceremony, and a simple, but classic, greenery backdrop for the Christian ceremony.
 
Flowers:
Our decor team came through with a wonderful selection of flowers. One of our favorite design elements was the way in which our decorator worked the colorful flowers of the Hindu ceremony into the greenery backdrop of the Christian ceremony and reused them for our centerpieces. It provided great continuity between the ceremonies, and helped brighten up the Christian ceremony with just the right amount of color.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
We wanted to wear traditional attire for the Hindu and Christian ceremonies and wanted outfits that reflected us for the reception. We traveled up and down the entire US eastern seaboard  and coordinated with family in India for our three outfits.
 
For the Hindu ceremony, I wanted to wear a traditional red Kanjeepuram silk saree.  With the help of my aunts and grandmother in India, the red saree was purchased from RMKV silks in Chennai over a 5 am WhatsApp call. Additionally, the saree blouse was custom designed and embroidered with Swarovski crystals in a temple bell design.
 
For the Christian ceremony, I chose a white wedding dress from Amazon after searching through traditional bridal stores and unable to make a final decision. I was drawn to a with lots of tulle and delicate lace details.
 
For the reception, I wanted a bright colored lehenga and selected a yellow lehenga with hot pink details from Ladlee in Atlanta, GA. Not to be outdone, Tyler got a custom made navy blue three piece Jodhpuri suit from Om Fashion Boutique in Edison, NJ. We received so many compliments on our reception outfits and cannot wait to wear them again.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Honestly, being done with wedding planning was the best part!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved the baraat and enjoyed  kicking off our wedding with dancing! 
 
Additionally, we planned two surprise dance performances: one with the bride and her friends and one of the bride and groom dancing to lungi dance. Our guests went nuts when they heard lungi dance come on and were up on their feet with us!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The best part of our wedding was seeing our family and friends having a great time! My favorite story was about one of my best friends, Tyler's brothers, and one of my uncles roaming the hotel halls after getting back from a bar at 2 am and being gently scolded by my mother to go to their rooms. It was hilarious and also one of my favorite parts about weddings - bringing people together.
 
For events other than your ceremony, please tell us as much as you would like about the decor, style, dances, and all the special details.
We imagined our wedding to be warm, traditional but fusion wedding.  Although we are a modern couple, with all the cultural clashes that come with that, it was important to us that both of our families felt comfortable and represented in our wedding.   
 
Our rehearsal dinner followed this theme and was held at the Le Meridien Arlington’s outdoor taco shack, The Yard. We wanted a terrace space that would encourage our families to move around and interact with each other and a taco shack with picnic tables and lots of standing high tops worked perfectly! 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
A wedding planner is a must! They are the professionals and have probably seen it all --late vendors, last minute changes, the ever-changing seating chart! They are a great source of information and great listeners who can guide you through your vision.
 
Sometimes the details and material items can drive you crazy! Before we got into wedding planning, we wrote down three things we wanted our wedding to be: family, fun, and love. When we were stressing about small details like label placement on envelopes or the design of table toppers, we circled back to  the three things we wrote down. It helped ground us and reminded us to focus on the important things.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
We wanted to incorporate our two families by having heirloom pieces be a part of wedding. I wore my mother's diamond earrings and my late grandmother's gold belt for the Hindu ceremony. For the Christian ceremony, I had with me the groom's late grandmother's handkerchief embroidered with our wedding date. This helped us weave our families into our day and made it that much sweeter.

We cannot wait to share the second wedding ceremony with you, so stay close if you don't want to miss it!
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Catering: IndAroma | Hair & Makeup: Styles By Swati - Salon SBS | Sangeet Venue: Courtyard by Marriott Arlington Rosslyn | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Top of the Town | Planning & Design: A. Griffin Events | Floral & Decor: Imperial Decor | DJ: Dan Goldman Events | Baraat: Harmon's Hayrides and Carriages | Bridal Fashion: RMKV Silks | Groom Fashion: Saahil Exclusive | Cinematography: TLIC Media | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Minted Weddings | Lighting: Dan Goldman Events | Mehndi Artist: Naseem's Henna | Rentals: Allied Party Rentals | Transportation: Ramjay Inc | Childcare: Kiddie Keepers LLC | BBQ Lunch: Rocklands BBQ | Dhol Drummer: Rock and Dhol Events | Alcohol: Ace Beverage | Photography: Paperbird Photography


Chantilly, VA Indian Fusion Wedding by Regeti’s Photography

Hi there, Maharanis! We know that you were captivated by Ujwal & Michael's wedding photoshoot and that you want to see more of this lovely couple. So, we are here to continue sharing this love journey with you. This time, we are heading off to the exclusive Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles to join our lovely couple at their wedding ceremony. This traditional and intimate event marked the start of a lifetime of marriage for Ujwal & Michael, and we cannot help but feel happy that these two have found each other. The fantastic shots captured by Regeti's Photography showcase the beauty that surrounded this ceremony, but above all, they showcase the happiness and love that this young couple irradiates. As soon as Michael saw Ujwal walking down the aisle, he could not contain his emotions. He had a big smile on his face, and his eyes had that sweet and cute look that only someone truly in love has. And we can all agree that Ujwal is so lucky, as Michael stood at her like all Maharanis want to be seen by the love of their life! This romantic and charming scene was beautifully ambiance thanks to the fantastic decor that Yaadein Weddings put together for this life-changing event. The bright and traditional color palette, combined with the delicate placement of all the ornaments created a perfect setting that resembles the interiors of an ancient Indian palace. Without any question this wedding ceremony is one you don't want to miss, so head into our gallery for more! You are not going to regret it!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Mike and I were friends for a couple of years before we started dating. We already knew each other really well, so I knew pretty early on this would be something special!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Early in our relationship, I had told Mike that I wanted to date for at least 2 years before getting engaged. Mike must have been counting down the days, because he proposed exactly on our 2nd dating anniversary! That night, after getting back from our favorite Italian restaurant, he led me to his living room. He lamented that this would have been a perfect time to propose, except that the setting and ambiance were just not right in his apartment. One by one, Mike started listing things that would enhance the space for a proposal, and after uttering each item, a different friend of ours would emerge from their hiding spot to make it happen! One friend appeared and handed me a bouquet of roses, another friend came out playing our song on a speaker, three more friends emerged and moved a couch out of the way, yet another three friends showed up and hung a picture collage Mike had secretly made of us, and on and on until 12 (!) of my friends were in the living room and the scene was now just right! Mike finished his speech and got down on one knee with a ring, and I said yes through happy tears. He was so excited that everything went so perfectly that he forgot to actually put the ring on my finger!
 
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.
I started planning almost immediately after we got engaged! Anyone who knows me knows that I love to research and set schedules so I was very excited for the planning process and knew I wanted to plan our own wedding without an official planner. I had multiple Google docs and used Trello to help me plan each task. Neither of us are creative people, so we really needed vendors who could show us examples of their past work rather than having us suggest ideas. From there it was easier for us to describe what we liked or disliked. Attending the Shaadi Showcase in our area helped us pick most of our vendors and get to know them quickly. Weddingwire.com and reviews from friends were also instrumental to planning. For hair and makeup, it was important to me to find stylists who could handle a big wedding party of different hair and skin tones. Instagram played a huge role in helping me find Makeup by Ana B and Henna Harmony. Choosing the venue and date were the first big step and from there everything eventually fell into place. Overall, we felt comfortable knowing that our vendors had worked with each other before and were highly recommended among each other.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Originally I wanted one Indian dress and one white American dress. But I found myself attracted to the sparkle and color in Indian outfits. I eventually decided on a traditional South Indian sari for the ceremony and a lengha for the reception. I thought red, ivory and gold were such elegant and royal colors, so that was the theme of our wedding and outfits. I saved pictures from Instagram for inspiration and consulted some of my closest friends before embarking on a whirlwind shopping trip in India. I traveled to Chennai with my mom for a week filled with shopping in T. Nagar for outfits for myself and Mike, the wedding party, and our parents. It is a memory I will always treasure of shopping with my mom for my wedding dress.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Cake tasting was the most fun part - getting to enjoy multiple delicious flavors at once was a highlight! More than that, the planning process really helped us bond with each other's families. Just through the decision making cycles and various pre-wedding events that occurred, it provided a chance for both of our families to come together prior to the wedding. I found myself calling my mother-in-law multiple times a week for various questions and it now formed a routine we both look forward to of calling each other!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
We had 2 dance performances - one was a Bollywood medley performed by our wedding party - almost none of whom were Indian or had choreographed dance experience! We were so impressed by the amount of time and effort they put in the dance and it was so much fun to watch. My parents' friends also performed a surprise large group dance that took up the entire floor and was such a thrill to watch!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
It was so nice to be able to spend the day with our loved ones from near and far. While we had a Hindu wedding, we wanted to make sure we captured both Indian and American traditions that were most important to us. Reading our vows to each other was a special moment for us to pronounce why we love each other and it will forever replay in our minds.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Think about what is most important to you and the groom and what you want your guests to remember or enjoy. It is easy to get caught up in the extravagant wedding details, but it is most importantly a day to celebrate the bride and groom with their closest friends and families.  When choosing vendors, make sure you are comfortable with them because they make up your entire celebration! There are so many little decisions to make and eventually your gut will tell you the right choice. We found ourselves almost instantaneously knowing if something or someone was the right fit for us. When we went to compare, we would always think back to the ones we landed on and we're so glad we did!
 

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Photography: Regeti's Photography | Venues: Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles | DJ: DynastyAV | Floral & Decor: Yaadein Weddings | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Ana B | Catering: Rangoli Indian Restaurant | Cake & Treats: Amphora Bakery | Cinematography: Creative Touch Films | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Stacey Hsi | Mehndi Artist: Henna Harmony | Priest: Satyanarayana Marathe


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