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Atlanta, GA Indian Wedding by R.A.G.artistry

Are you ready to have some fun, Maharanis? If that is the case, you've come to the right place because we are wrapping up  Ami & Naishik's wedding festivities by taking a look at an elegant and fun-loving reception held inside the halls of the Loews Atlanta Hotel! So get ready to enjoy it! Once again, Mandap World showed all their talent and expertise, creating a lovely and luxurious decor that set the mood for this festive event! To turn this gala into a party, Indaglow Productions enlivened the night playing the latest Bollywood hits very well accompanied by a colorful scheme of lights that everyone loved! When the dinner time arrived, Mirch Masala took care of the culinary experience, preparing delicious dishes right before the guests had the chance to take a bite at the tasty cake baked by Frosted Pumpkin. Undoubtedly, this was a night to remember, and the best way to bring the wedding festivities to an end with a bang! And we want to make a big shoutout to R.A.G.artistry as it is thanks to their fantastic shots that we get to relive this entire wedding just as if we were there! So kudos to them! If you want to take a look at all the fantastic shots they captured, you cannot miss today's gallery! It is an absolute visual delight that you don't want to miss! So, go take a look at it!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
It was love as first sight. A July morning in 2011, we both laid eyes on each other across a crowded ballroom at the Loews Atlanta Hotel.
Surprisingly, fate brought us together to be introduced through a mutual friend during a night out on the town. That weekend, we found ourselves totally emerged in each other's stories while we snuck away from all other company to be alone.
In October 2018, we are held our wedding festivities in the same venue where we first met.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We went to a revolving restaurant in a sky-rise hotel in downtown Atlanta. He had a beautiful bouquet of roses and lilies (my favorite) waiting at the table. After our meal soaring above the Atlanta skyline, we walked around the viewing deck as he told me how much he adored me and got down on one knee and asked me 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.
I'm lucky to have such a large and supportive extended family. Everyone decided to do a family reunion in India during my wedding shopping. It felt so festive that the whole family was just as excited as I was for the events and upgrading their wardrobes.
Pinterest really helped me envision how I wanted every last detail of our wedding. Inspiration pictures showed me what I liked and didn't like in a cohesive decor. I wanted a timeless, yet elegant, style throughout my weekend.
Mandap World made many accommodations in order to assemble my exact vision. They helped me capture the perfect pastels for my Garba/Sangeet event, the simply grand decor for the wedding ceremony, and the innovative design for the Mehendi. I never wanted an outdoor wedding due to unpredictability of weather and discomfort of guests. But, my father convinced me that, during an auspicious event like this, what better place to have it than at God's doorsteps. So, we crossed our fingers and kept it outside. We were blessed with the most perfect weather that entire weekend.
  
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I have loved Shyamal & Bhumika and Sabyasachi styles for a long time. I wanted it to look royal - like a true maharani. The image I envisioned in my head was to be in an all ruby red dress dripping with gold accents and jewelry.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
My favorite part was the decor planning. I am very creative and artistic. Therefore, I thoroughly enjoyed planning the decor details and color themes the most. It gave me a chance to let my creative juices flow into events that could be shared and appreciated by so many friends and family.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Guests loved the decor and the simplicity of events. We also made it a point to limit too far extended guests from being invited. This allowed us to connect and celebrate with the guests more informally and personally. Everyone truly felt close during the events.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Not many people have seen my dad cry. He has always had such a tough outer shell with a guarded, yet fun, personality. Ironically, during the events, his soft side was exposed and was so emotional. All the guests were teary, and shocked. As for me, my father and I have a soft spot for each other - after all, I am a daddy's girl.
 
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.
First dance song, "Breathless" by Shayne Ward - It was a sentimental choice; he sent it to me to tell me how he felt about me during our early years of dating.
Father-daughter dance, "Never Alone" by Lady Antebellum - My father had no idea about this song. But when I had him listen to the words, he immediately broke down saying 'it's perfect'. He's always known the perfect balance of tough love with nurturing love and guidance.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Be very organized and don't leave details to the last minute! Also, assign a designated contact person that you trust to deal with specific issues that may arise (ie. transportation of guests, guest check-in at hotel, keeping up with the bar tab for reception, after party food/drinks, etc.). This will allow key family members to be more present and personable during the events.

 

That is all for today, darlings! We cannot wait to see you tomorrow!

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Venues: Loews Atlanta Hotel | Ceremony Venue: BAPS Mandir Atlanta | Planning & Design: Ami Patel (bride) | Floral & Decor: Mandap World | Hair & Makeup: Robin Shanael | Catering: Mirch Masala | DJ: Indaglow Productions | Bridal Fashions: Shyamal & Bhumika | Cake & Treats: Frosted Pumpkin | Cinematography: Walk on Water | Lighting: Indaglow Productions | Mehndi Artist: Manisha Panjwani | Photography: R.A.G.artistry


Novi, Michigan Indian Wedding by Northern Lights Studio

Are you ready for more, ladies? Of course, you are! So get ready to have some fun as we are about to unveil Seema & Nirmal's big wedding reception party! Held inside the halls of the Suburban Collection Showplace and thoroughly planned by Utsav Planners, Inc, this reception party was one to remember! Everything turned out to be amazing, and we are more than sure that this was the reception Seema & Nirmal always imagined and the best way to bring the wedding festivities to an end! The gala followed the line of elegance, tradition, and beauty set on the previous events and all that we can say is that we would have loved to be there as by taking a look at the shots captured by Northern Lights Studio, you can tell that everyone had a great time. All the guests danced the night away, and they only stopped to taste the delicious plates cooked by Rasna Catering right before taking a bite at all the goodies prepared by Wisteria Bakehaus and Christopher & Co. In between dancing, chatting, and delicious food, the night was coming to an end. But there is no need to be sad as you can always relive this incredible celebration of love by taking a look at the full gallery that we have prepared for today. Believe us; it is an absolute visual delight that 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"?
I met Nirmal at a mutual friend’s birthday party in 2008. We dated throughout high school and attended Michigan State University together. Our love grew stronger for each other throughout the years. We knew we were special to each other early on in our relationship.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We both planned a trip Los Cabos, Mexico as a vacation from school and work. Little did I know, he had much more planned. Before dinner on the second to last night, he asked if we could check out the beach as we were running a little early. The sun was setting and we were casually talking about how big the waves were. He popped the question right then. There was a hidden photographer capturing the big moment! I went on the trip with a boyfriend, but returned with a fiancé!
 
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 sister and 3 cousins just recently got married all within the past 4 years. I had all of their recommendations and referrals which was helpful during the planning process. I had a binder that had my inspirations and important details. I updated it whenever I had decor and planning meetings. Nirmal would also add his notes to the binder as well. Our venue was perfect for all of our needs for each event. We had a high guest count and the attached hotel accommodated for all of our out of town guests as well. Our outfits shopping was fairly easy when we went to India. We had a few colors in mind as well as specific stores that we wanted to go to in Mumbai and Surat. We finished all of our shopping within 6 days and were able to visit our grandparents for the rest of our trip. My hair and make up was exceptional with the best dream team anybody could ask for. Our decor theme for our Sangeet was village themed. We had kites shipped from Surat (special thanks to my uncle), a rickshaw, and village themed gujarati foods, such as kichidi! Our Sangeet program was planned by our siblings. It was a skit about our relationship which guests really enjoyed. We had performances by our all of our family members and closest friends.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I selected my bridal lengha within the first 2 hours of shopping in Mumbai as Nirmal ate a sandwich across the street with both of our dads! I knew I wanted white or cream. When I tried it on, my mom and mother-in-law cried. I knew it was the one.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of wedding planning was adding mine and Nirmal’s personal touches. I recently got into graphic designing. I made our wedding programs, wedding itineraries for our welcome bags, signages for each event, and signs for food stations. Nirmal has been DJing for 8 years. He made all of the mixes for our Sangeet, Wedding, and Reception. He even hopped on the turntables at our reception!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
After our wedding, we received a lot of compliments for the concept of our “unplugged wedding ceremony.” We asked all of our guests to turn off their cell phones and requested no photographs. It was beautiful to walk down the aisle to see a bunch of smiles rather than iPhones & flashes. It created a peaceful ambiance which is hard to find at indian weddings.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Nirmal and I read our vows to each other after our first look the morning of our wedding. It was a moment that resonates with us till this day. We made our promises and shared our heartfelt vows that we will never forget.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Just breathe. Everything will be perfect.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Planner & Decor: Utsav Planners
Cake & Floral: Christopher & Co.
Photographer: Northern Lights Studio
Videographer: Prism Media Lab
DJ & AV/Lighting: DJ Sohbash & DJ Nimz Entertainment
Bridal Hair: Raimonda Pepaj
Bridal Make Up: Amanie Mokhdad
Bridesmaid Hair: Rochelle Jarbo & Omed Maro
Bridesmaid Make Up: Farah Savaya & Caroline Denha
Mehndi: Krupa Thomas
Venue: Diamond Center at Suburban Collection Showplace
Catering: Rasna
Horse & Carriage: Pinecrest Carriages
 

See you tomorrow, ladies! Have a great one!

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Planning & Design: Utsav Planners,Inc. | Floral & Decor: Utsav Planners,Inc. | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Suburban Collection Showplace | Floral & Decor: Christopher & Co | Floral & Decor: Couture Events | Bridal Hair: Raimonda Pepaj | Bridal Make Up: Amanie Mokhdad | Bridesmaid Hair: Rochelle Jarbo | Bridesmaid Hair: Omed Maro | Bridesmaid Make Up: Farah Savaya | Bridesmaid Make Up: Caroline Denha | Catering: Rasna Catering | DJ: Cymatic Entertainment | DJ: DJ Sohbash | DJ: DJ Nimz Entertainment | Baraat: Cymatic Entertainment | Baraat Dholi: Dholi Sati | Baraat Horse & Carriage: Pinecrest Carriages | Cake & Treats: Wisteria Bakehaus | Cake & Treats: Christopher & Co | Cinematography: Prism Media Lab | Lighting: DJ Sohbash | Lighting: DJ Nimz Entertainment | Mehndi Artist: Krupa | Photography: Northern Lights Studio


Philadelphia, PA Indian Wedding by Studio KSD

Welcome back, beautiful Maharanis! Tulsi & Neel's love story continues, and we have many more details for you to enjoy! So, get yourself comfortable and prepare to be amazed and inspired! After the initial photo shoot, our two lovebirds were ready to go inside the halls of The Kimmel Center of Performing Arts to proceed with the wedding ceremony that united their lives in marriage. And right from the start, we have to say that this wedding ceremony fully designed and executed by Honeydew Events was amazing! And we are sure that you are going to love it! To set the mood for this solemn event, Royal Charms Floral and Decor crafted a minimalist yet on-point decor that created a perfect setting for these two to tie the knot. The beauty of this ceremony also reflected in the looks of our lovely Maharani, who burst into the room wearing a fashionable burgundy lengha after being glamorized by Payal MUA. There is no doubt that this was a dreamy ceremony that everyone loved and enjoyed to the fullest. And we want to make a special shoutout to Studio KSD for perpetuating every moment of this ceremony in such a beautiful way. If you want to check out more of this wedding ceremony, don't miss the gallery that we have prepared for today! 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"?
It was a series of brief interactions over 6 months. We first locked eyes on a party bus in San Francisco in August 2014. It wasn't until my best friend's (and future maid-of-honor) birthday party did Neel finally show his interest. He bought me a couple of distilled agave beverages and we had a night of pure fun with our closest friends. We were both incredibly confused how quickly we fell into a rhythm, but within a few months we took a quick trip to Hawaii. While on a hike, I picked a banana from a tree, got a terrible stomach ache, and said, "I love you, and I may need to go to a hospital".
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Neel and I were on a 3-month sabbatical at the time. I knew a proposal was coming on the trip but didn't know when or where. In early January, we found ourselves in Chiang Mai, Thailand. When we travel, we like to take a cooking class. He splurged on a cooking class at the Four Seasons Resort. In the 3rd and final dish we were preparing, a papaya salad, I found a ring. Unfortunately, the ring sizes are measured differently internationally and I found a ring large enough to fit a man's thumb. But there was Neel, asking me to marry him, and so confused that I missed the actual question and demanded he ask it again so I could take it in. Of course, I said yes. In fact, my best friend (maid-of-honor), flew to Thailand with the ring, as a surprise.
 
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.
Photography - This was easy. I knew I wanted to work with KSD based on seeing their craft in action at my cousins' weddings.
Hair & Make-up - Payal MUA. She worked so well with what I was looking to achieve, a modern bride with a hint of old-school bollywood cinema
Outfits - I was able to find all of my outfits within 1 day at Asopalav, in Gujarat, India.
Decor Theme - Royal Charms. Given everything about our relationship, our reception theme was appropriately Travel themed. This included table-cards with our favorite destinations, and mini suitcases.
Venue - We didn't want a typical banquet hall. That limited our choices already. We found the Kimmel Center of Philadelphia, and I just saw the wedding happen there. It was a reach, but we made it happen!
Catering - Garces Catering, through Kimmel Center. We worked with them to create a fusion South Asian and Western meals for all events. They're so creative and they did not disappoint.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
We pinned on pinterest, bookmarked on google, and talked to numerous brides. When we got to India, everything was different and our research was practically useless. I was lucky to find all of my outfits on the 3rd day of the trip, in 1 sitting, at Asopalav. When you know, you know.
 
Neel, my husband, did not have such luck. We went to countless stores and shops. His Sangeet was specially designed and made by Paresh Lamba in Banglore, the Wedding outfit was from Asopalav in Gujarat, and a tux made in the US to the reception.
 
The bridesmaids and groomsmen was also made from scratch. I had a color in mind, but under serious dehydration and exhaustion we ended up with something completely different!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
This is likely the most obvious answer, but the food-tasting. It was one of the few parts of the planning that was only Neel & I. Food is the epicenter of our relationship (refer to pain-inducing banana, and proposal papaya salad). Neel's face lights up when he eats something absolutely delicious. It was incredible.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think they enjoyed that the wedding was in city-center, Philadelphia. All of the weddings for our family and friends were at banquet halls. And if there's anything Neel & I are, its atypical to tradition. We opted to use the beautiful and historic Philadelphia skyline as our backdrop. Our guests enjoyed the backdrop as well!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our first look, but it wasn't the romance that's memorable. I was asked to walk up to Neel, who was facing away from me, and whisper something to him that would make him smile. I took it as an opportunity to make a fart joke. He did laugh so hard that he tripped over himself as he turned around and practically fell on me. It deflated all the stress of the day, immediately.
 
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 decided not to have a wedding cake. Instead we did the following:
1. At the Sangeet, I surprised Neel with a "grooms-cake", designed by me, highlighting some of the checkpoints in our relationship. It included the costume I wore on our first date (yes, a costume), poker cards for Neel, and even basketball. We also catered vegetarian cheesesteaks from the famous Campos Cheesesteaks in Philadelphia!
2. At the Reception, we ordered popular desserts from around the US. This includes: Lauderee Macaroons (NYC), Junior's Cheesecake, Prantl's almond torte, and many many more. It was a sugary feast.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
1. Schedule moments for you and your fiance/husband during the wedding week. You may fight, you may laugh, you may even sleep - but it's so important to maintain that connection leading up to the biggest moment in your relationship.
2. It's actually ok if something goes awry. You can't control it all, though I'm sure you'll try. But those "mistakes", often make the best stories! Those are the stories you'll remember.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
It's difficult to summarize details into a few words, but I'll list my greatest hits:
5. Favorite Dance: the entire Murthy family (Neel's dance) took part in a group dance. I mean EVERYONE.
4. Favorite Food: Garces Catering (through Kimmel Center) made a coconut macaron cake. Drool.
3. Favorite Song: Our first dance was a custom-mix of Lights Down Low by Maxx with bhangra beats.
2. Favorite speech: My brother's speech was so well-received, hitting the right balance of funny and sweet.
1. Favorite Moment: The First-look. We were both so stressed from the week of events. Having a moment just centered us. It was us in our purest form.
Most fun: 
For our bridal party photos, we decided to use a basketball court. Neel is obsessed with all things basketball, and over the years, I've come to love the game as well. We went outside-the-box (pun intended), and had about 15-20 min of playing basketball with our closest friends and family. It was a moment where we didn't feel so deep in "wedding-mode". Even in our full wedding attire, we got to shoots some hoops! Our bridal party really loved it as well since it was a moment we were surrounded by the people we're most comfortable with, the people that introduced us, the people that celebrated us most enthusiastically.

Don't go too far because we are a few moments away from unveiling the fantastic reception party that ended the wedding festivities!
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Photography: Studio KSD | DJ: Amplifire Entertainment | Cinematography: Studio KSD | Floral & Decor: Royal Charms Floral and Decor | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Kimmel Center of Performing Arts | Planning & Design: Honeydew Events | Hair & Makeup: Payal MUA | Catering: Garces Events


Austin, TX Indian Fusion Wedding by Biyani Photography

Good morning, Maharanis! Let's get ready for the weekend by taking a look at Avani & Tushar's fusion wedding festivities! When these lovebirds decided to unite their lives in marriage, they knew they wanted to pay homage to both their backgrounds and cultures, that is why they had not one, but two wedding ceremonies! So, join us while we take a look at the first ceremony held at the 800 Congress. Planned and executed by Eclipse Events Co, this ceremony was amazing! From the fantastic decor crafted by Mandap Creations to the soothing environment, everything was perfect! Although there was plenty to admire, it was our gorgeous Maharani who stole the show! She looked breathtaking! But there is no surprise here, as she had elite wedding professionals by her side to help take her innate beauty to the next level! Just take a look at the lineup of experts helping with her fashion needs: Devyani SB, Sajna Bridal Wear, Shyamal Bhumika, DiDomenico Designs. And that is not all! She also had Kanwal Batool taking care of her makeup and hairstyle, and Samira's Henna Designs, who outlined a beautiful Mehndi design! If you want to take a closer look at this opening ceremony, don't miss the fabulous shots by Biyani Photography in today's gallery! We are sure you will love them!  

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More to come, ladies! Stay tuned!

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Photography: Biyani Photography | Mehndi Artists: Samira's Henna Designs | Hair & Makeup: Kanwal Batool | Sangeet & Ceremony Venue: 800 Congress | Reception Venue: Fairmont Austin | Planning & Design: Eclipse Events Co | Floral & Decor: Mandap Creations | Catering: Sri Krishna Catering | DJ: Sunny Singh | Baraat: Saagar Ravi | Baraat: Noah Nellore | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Amruta Panth | Bridal Fashions: Devyani SB | Bridal Fashions: Sajna Bridal Wear | Bridal Fashions: Shyamal Bhumika | Bridal Fashions: DiDomenico Designs | Cinematography: Agave Creative | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Scripted Ever After | Wedding Logo: XO Art & Design by Amanda Tiberi


Long Beach, CA Indian Wedding by Peter Nguyen Studio

Welcome back, ladies! Divya & Nehal's wedding celebration has been fantastic, and this reception party is no different, it was the perfect way to close the wedding festivities with a flourish! Held at the Hotel Maya - a DoubleTree by Hilton, this event had all the things that we love, and even more! As soon as the guests stepped into the ballroom, they were captivated by the fantastic decor crafted by SYNX Events! The soft-hued floral arrangements and the delicate placement of the ornaments created a dreamy scene that seemed taken out from a fairytale. And we want to make a special shoutout to Shilpa Patel Events for the perfect planning and execution of this reception party. The way that they conceptualize this entire event was remarkable! The whole night was a success, and everyone had a great time chatting and tasting the sweet mouth-melting desserts from Great Dane Bakery! The dance floor was set on fire thanks to Special Occasions DJ & Lighting, who put everyone on their feet with the latest Bollywood Hits! The night was coming to an end, but this love story just started, as we can tell that Divya & Nehal are soulmates meant to be together. Relive the highlights of this wedding by taking a look at all the shots captured by Peter Nguyen Studio in today's gallery!

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What a great way to start this Thursday, right ladies? Have a great rest of the day and don't forget to join us tomorrow for more!

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Photography: Peter Nguyen Studio | Cinematography: Peter Nguyen Studio | Mehndi Venue: Tandoori Garden | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hotel Maya - a DoubleTree by Hilton | Planning & Design: Shilpa Patel Events | Floral & Decor: SYNX Events | Hair & Makeup: Angie Bridal Makeup | Catering: Mantra | DJ: Special Occasions DJ & Lighting | Baraat: Special Occasions DJ & Lighting | Desserts: Great Dane Bakery


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