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Chicago, IL Indian Fusion Wedding by Mirar Weddings

Good morning, beauty queens! Let's start this Wednesday by taking a look at the visual masterpiece created by Mirar Weddings. Through the different scenes of this love journey, we'll enjoy all the beauty and flair surrounding Maheen & Chris' wedding bash, and believe us; this is one you don't want to miss! This time, Morgan MFG was the venue of choice to host both the wedding ceremony and reception, and we can't think of a better place to have hosted this wedding bash as everything turned out to be spectacular. Thoroughly planned and designed by Engaging Events by Ali, this life-changing celebration was like a dream come true for Maheen & Chris. The gorgeous soft-colored floral arrangements put together by Life in Bloom mirrored the ravishing look of our gorgeous Maharani Maheen. She looked like a goddess throughout the entire festivities after having trusted her beauty needs to Dollhouse Beauty Bar, who has tons of expertise in making Maharanis look flawless for their big day, and this time was no exception! After the wedding ceremony, all guests celebrated along with the newlyweds in an elegant reception party enlivened by Ruki Dole - Dreamhouse Productions. Throughout the reception, all guests enjoyed the culinary experience prepared by Paramount Catering and Anmol Catering right before having a bite at the delicious cake baked by Bittersweet Pastry Shop. Hands down, a sweet ending for this sweet and charming story! If you want to check more about it, wait no more and hit the play icon below. You'll be utterly amazed!

That is all for today, darlings. See you tomorrow for more!

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Planning & Design: Engaging Events by Ali | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Morgan MFG | Florist: Life in Bloom | Hair & Makeup: Dollhouse Beauty Bar | Catering: Paramount Catering | Catering: Anmol Catering | DJ: Ruki Dole - Dreamhouse Productions | Cake & Treats: Bittersweet Pastry Shop | Cinematography: Mirar Weddings | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Seniman Calligraphy | Lighting: Elegant Event Lighting | Photo Booth: Fotio Booth | Linens: BBJ Linen | Furniture: Bowery and Bash | Valet: VIP Valet | Photography: T&S Hughes 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


New York, NY Contemporary Fusion Wedding by Peter Nguyen Studio

Happy Wednesday, ladies! The filmy time of the day is here, so get ready to be amazed by all the beauty surrounding Christine & Sanjay's fusion wedding extravaganza. If the name of this lovely couple sounds familiar, that's because their wedding already featured in this beautiful gallery thanks to the fantastic shots captured by Peter Nguyen Studio. And you all loved it so much that we couldn't wait to share the cinematographic delight also captured by Peter Nguyen Studio. So without further ado, let's jump right into it! Thoroughly planned and executed by Bells N Rings Events, this life-changing event seemed like taken out from a fairytale. From the Catholic wedding ceremony hosted at the Holy Name of Jesus-St Gregory the Great Parish to the grand reception party celebrated at the Conrad New York, this entire event was a cornucopia of beauty, mixed emotions, and flair. And you already know how much we love fusion weddings, and this one had everything we love and so much more! Although there was so much beauty to admire, it was our lovely Christine who stole all the looks donning gorgeous and fashionable attires from Calla Blanche, Jacky Tai, Shree Designer Saree, and Harleen Kaur. But that is not all! She crowned her ravishing look, trusting her beauty needs to Aleetha Clanton and The Glass Slipper Wedding, who glamorized her in full, making her look like a goddess! If you don't want to miss any detail of this lovely event, wait no more, hit the play icon below, and get ready to dive into this real-life fairytale. We are sure you are going to love it so much!

 

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met when I moved from California to NYC to go to pharmacy school and Sanjay was in medical school. We started off as friends and study partners before we began dating but both focused on our career and life goals. I’m a bit of a wild card... but I knew he was the one when I realized that he would never try to change me or expect me to fit the mold of what a wife is supposed to be. Sanjay lets me be exactly who I am and doesn’t allow any perceived gender roles, the expectations of society or the patriarchy, or what anyone else thinks to influence who I am or who I want to be. It’s a priceless thing to be loved, wanted and accepted for exactly who you are and nothing less. I never thought of myself as the marrying kind... but Sanjay’s the kinda guy you wanna marry. 
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Planning to propose to Christine was the easy part, but executing the surprise while avoiding Christine’s nosy ability to sniff out secrets was the hard part. With the help of family, friends, and Christine’s best doggo, Zipper, Sanjay set up a fake engagement photo shoot for Caroline and Chan using Christine’s role as Caroline’s bridesmaid as the perfect excuse. It worked! The girls spent the previous day getting dolled up and bonding and Christine suspected nothing. On the day of the photo shoot, everyone arrived in his or her preplanned places and the photo shoot got underway. Several shots in, the photographer poses Christine with Sanjay, who suddenly gets down on one knee… and with perfect timing, Zipper trots over with a sign reading “Mom, we love the big guy, can we keep him?” Christine says “YES!” and the couple finishes off a stunning sunset proposal photo shoot. Afterwards, they arrive home to a surprise backyard BBQ engagement party with family and friends and catering from Christine's favorite Taco Lady.
 
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.
It was important for us to incorporate both our cultures (Indian and Vietnamese) and religions (Hindu and Catholic) into our wedding. We also have a very diverse group of family and friends, so we wanted to be able to partake in and feel included in our ceremonies, events, food, and music. We hired an amazing wedding planner (Meghna from Bells N Rings) who helped us hand pick each vendor, our venue, and our caterer. The food was beyond amazing (with enough delicious variety to satisfy our every diet) and the music had everyone on the dance floor. We were the first wedding at The Conrad to close down a small street in NYC for a Baraat and LeighAnne, our coordinator helped make every single detail a dream come true. I had four outfit changes for each event (Calle Blanche - white wedding dress for the Catholic ceremony, Jacky Tai - Vietnamese ao dai for the Tea ceremony, ShreeDesignerSaree - lengha for Hindu ceremony, and Harleen Kaur - reception dress). Meghna did an amazing job helping to coordinate all the bride’s side of the family flying in from California and made it work with the groom’s side of the family, who is originally from New York. It was a lot of work but worth every bit of planning to have all our family and friends share our day with us. 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I used Instagram and word of mouth recommendation from friends to help narrow down the style and look for the Hindu ceremony lengha and Catholic ceremony white wedding dress. I knew the Catholic ceremony dress would be traditional white and I went with Calle Blanche because I love their aesthetic (graceful, smooth lines with intricate beadwork and illusion lace). I selected ShreeDesignerSaree because they worked closely with me to customize my style preferences and bring the dress I imagined to life.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was combining all our cultures and traditions and creating a four day wedding weekend that we shared with our family and friends... and most importantly, learning more about each other and our cultures and religions while creating a space where all our guests could learn about our backgrounds and each feel included throughout our union and celebration.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Hands down, the food and the music. Everyone (regardless of diet: vegetarians, omnivores, religious restrictions, etc)  raved about the food. The music reflected our diverse tastes: from Bollywood to Bachata to old school hip hop to current pop singles, everyone hit the dance floor and stayed there. We still have guests who can’t stop talking about both. We have already recommended both our caterer and our music/media team to several friends for their current engagement planning.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our first looks. We were lucky enough to have three, one prior to the Catholic ceremony, another prior to the Vietnamese Tea ceremony, and the last one prior to the Hindu ceremony. Each time was emotional and unique. We were married three times in three different ceremonies over the weekend... I think we are probably the most married couple of all time!
 
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 Catholic ceremony theme was moody jewel tones. I had 10 bridesmaids (BriMas) and allowed them each to pick their own dresses and shoes in whatever style and material was most flattering to each. All of my BriMas were a rainbow of different backgrounds, skin color, sizes and all held a unique place in my heart. I wanted their outfits to reflect that. Some wore velvet or lace or sequins but each stood out. The color theme fit well as we were married at The Parish of the Holy Name of Jesus-St Gregory the Great and it had a very beautiful dark Gothic Revival/Medieval architecture to it. This theme carried into all our events which allowed our wedding party their choice of outfit style. Our entire wedding theme embraced the darker, moodier colors of autumn which we felt were more representative of the taste of the bride and groom. Our wedding party choreographed dances that wowed us and all our guests.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Stay true to yourselves. Planning a wedding is stressful enough as it is, and trying to blend and balance two different and uniquely special cultures and religions made it even more so (especially with family expectations!) It’s fine to listen to everyone but at the end of the day, it’s YOUR (bride and groom) choice, so do what feels right for you. Also, it really helped having an amazing wedding planner who volunteered to be our buffer for times when we had to say no (sorry mom, the wedding planner says that’s just not logistically possible!)
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Wedding jewelry was gifted to the bride from her family... with the exception of the mangal sutra, which the groom designed and created with a jeweler into something simple yet elegant to suit the bride’s tastes so that his bride could wear it everyday. It is a gold lotus flower suspended between the mangal sutra beads (detail pictures available). The bridal mehndi was done on Wednesday night to allow full color maturation while the mehndi night was open to friends of the bride and groom so everyone (all ages, male/female, etc) could share in the unique custom. And so the bride could spend time with friends and family instead of tied to one place getting the bridal henna done. The food was deigned with the bride and groom and the caterer, Chef Anand, from scratch and included both Indian and Vietnamese cuisine as well as others (ie: a taco bar because the bride grew up eating lots of Mexican food in California). Make up and hair choices as well as outfits of each bridesmaid and groomsmen were unique to each person’s preferences to further embrace and emphasize our diversity and shared appreciation for each other. We carefully selected our officiants to further this goal. Both the Catholic and Hindu ceremony made the effort to explain every step of the ceremony by the pandit and priest to help our guests understand and learn a little bit about the background of the bride and groom.
 

Stick around for part two!

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Planning & Design: Bells N Rings Events | Photography: Peter Nguyen Studio | Cinematography: Peter Nguyen Studio | Catholic Ceremony Venue: Holy Name of Jesus-St Gregory the Great Parish | Hindu / Reception Venue: Conrad New York | Hair & Makeup: Aleetha Clanton | Hair & Makeup: The Glass Slipper Wedding | Catering: Chef Gaurav Anand | DJ: 07 Event Group | Catholic Ceremony Bridal Fashion: Calla Blanche | Vietnamese Bridal Fashion: Jacky Tai | Hindu Bridal Fashion: Shree Designer Saree | Reception Dress: Harleen Kaur


Pomptom Plains, NJ Indian Wedding by Nayeem Vohra Photography & Films

Happy Tuesday, Maharanis! If you want to start your day in amazement, don miss Shikha & Vinit's love story in today's Platinum Guide Blog. We are sure you are going yo love it as much as we did!

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Hair & Makeup: Flawless Beauty by Pauline | Planning & Design: Ask Neha Now | Sangeet Venue: Hanover Marriott | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Legacy Castle | Floral & Decor: Wedding Designs | Catering: Moghul Caterers | DJ: Raj Minocha | Baraat: Dream Horse and Carriage at Happy Tales | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: TG Entertainment | Bridal Fashions: Shyamal & Bhumika | Cake & Treats: Calendra's Bakery | Cinematography: Nayeem Vohra Photography & Films | Lighting: Visual Comet | Mehndi Artist: Falguni Jhaveri | Transportation: Monaco Exotics | Personal Flowers for the Bride: ZM Gajra Re | Paan: Mr. Paanwala | Turban Tying: New York Turban | Guest Transportation: Academy Bus | Reception Dress: Dolly J | Photography: Nayeem Vohra Photography & Films


Albany, NY Indian Wedding by Fine Art Productions

Happy Friday, ladies! This week has been full of inspiring ideas and romantic stories, and today is no exception! We are ending this week with a flourish by taking a look at Meghna & Pragnesh's grand wedding celebration. So get yourself ready to have a blast! One of the first things that you have to have in mind when planning your wedding is to have beautifully crafted invites as they will announce your wedding, and it is the way you will notify your family and friends that you want to have their presence on this special day for you. So you need to choose them wisely! If you want to have extraordinary invites, do what this lovely couple did, and contact The Royal Collection. Believe us, with this fantastic team, you can never go wrong! Once you have invited everyone, you need to have a great venue and perfect decoration, and Meghna & Pragnesh's wedding bash is an example of what a dreamy wedding looks like! Fully orchestrated by Events by Ridhi P, this wedding event seemed like taken from the pages of a fairytale. Abhishek Decorators decored the exclusive halls of the Albany Marriott, and we absolutely loved the final result! The color palette, the floral arrangements, and the overall decor were as elegant as captivating, and it created a beautiful setting more than suitable for this life-changing moment! After the wedding ceremony, all guests celebrate along with the newlyweds at a big reception party enlivened by D&S Event Solutions. And oh, boy, they owned the stage and put everyone to dance. The only time the dancing stop, was to enjoy the culinary experience prepared by Rasoi, right before having a bite at the sweet treats baked by Villa Italia Bakery. Ladies, if you can't get enough of this wedding celebration, don't miss today's gallery brought to you thanks to Fine Art Productions. You will get tons of inspiring ideas for your big day!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We “met” on the dating app Coffee Meets Bagel! Pragnesh came across my profile first, thought a 6’ tall Gujarati girl was too good to be true, and took a shot. When I saw his profile, I thought that a 6’2” Gujarati boy was definitely too good to be true, so I had to pursue!
 
I knew he was the one fairly early in our relationship, we had similar core values and family backgrounds, but more so I felt more myself with him than I did with anyone before. He also stood by me during some tough family situations, and I realized how important a role he played in my life so quickly. Definitely helped that he got along so well (without me having to navigate the scenario) with my best friends!!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We had planned a trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico as a getaway (2018 was a crazy year for us, 6 weddings of which I was a bridesmaid in 2!). We had decided to do little surprises for each other during the trip - I had planned our spa day with some special add OMS, and he planned a photo shoot around the resort - this was because I always wanted to get nice couple pictures of us!  At the end of the shoot, we came to this gazebo overlooking the beach and ocean. Our photographer had us stand back to back and take a few steps apart, then had me turn around, where I saw Pragnesh on one knee asking me to marry him! I looked next to him and saw this heart made out of candles and flower petals spelling out “Marry Me Meghna” and in his other side a hotel staff member came out with a bouquet of roses and champagne! Needless to say I was surprised, and said “seriously?” after he asked the question!!  Of course I shortly thereafter 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.
Having been to so many weddings in the past, and helping plan some of them, I had a solid idea of what I did and didn’t want. Finding a venue was easy, as there were only 2 in the Albany, NY area that could accommodate the number of guests we were inviting. We chose the Marriott, which not only is 5 minutes away from my childhood home, but was where I had my sweet 16!
 
For hair and makeup, I chose a local salon (J&C Beauty Bar) - they had done the hair and makeup for one of my close friend’s weddings the year before, and they were amazing. They were actually the first vendor I booked!
 
For outfits, I knew I wanted to wear a traditional Gujarati Panetar sari, with my groom in a sherwani with matching accents. We were able to find those at shops in Mumbai. I also found my reception gown in Mumbai, and had my other outfits (mehndi - custom shortened green chaniya choli, grahshanthi - pink sari with purple blouse, pithi - yellow salwar kameez with palazzo pants, Garba - multicolored chaniya choli) custom made by a designer aunty in Mumbai - I was able to pick the fabrics And accents for them all. In fact, my Garba chaniya was made of pieces of my bridesmaids’ chaniya cholis (also custom made). My bridesmaids’ outfits for the wedding were custom designed simple gowns (fabric chosen by my mom, best friend, and me) with maroon dupattas.  The groomsmen had the same dupatta to go with their navy blue kurta pyjamas, and the maid of honor and best man had special borders put on their dupattas.
 
In regards to decor, my husband and I were very hands on. We wanted simple themes, and wanted everything to feel open and lively. Abhishek Decorators definitely helped us achieve that vision. I also wanted to incorporate peaches, maroons, and white for the florals, and loved a wisteria canopy our decorator showed us for the mandap. We had gold “bookshelves” as our backdrop for the wedding, and a moss wall with a gold lantern shaped cutout wall for the reception. The Garba was very colorful, with 2 canopied seating areas with colorful couches, and a bangle station for guests to take pouches of bangles, bindis, and jhumki earrings. We even entered the Garba in a colorful bicycle-driven rickshaw!
 
Our DJs were very easy to choose. I had met D&S event solutions the year before when vendor shopping with my friend for her wedding. I was blown away by their energy and friendliness, and knew when I got married they had to be there!  The planning process with them was just plain fun, it felt like we were friends and/or family forever! Thanks to them we also got our day of wedding coordinator, Events by Ridhi P!
 
For photo/video, we saw Fine Arts Productions at a wedding expo, and realized they had done a good friends wedding (also at the Marriott) 11 years prior!  After a mire in depth meeting, we knew Amish and Chirali would help us achieve our vision for the wedding. They even helped us film a Bollywood music video for our reception introduction!
 
 How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Orange is my favorite color, so I had my Garba dupatta in orange to contrast all the other colors in my chaniya. My reception outfit was a customized coral gown with embroidered duster, with the embroidery being in light blue. My husband wore light blue and coral socks with his navy blue and black tux to coordinate!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I would say having our family and friends being a part of the process, but still having some surprises that just my husband and I knew. We also had the best vendors that all had worked together before and also helped us with the planning process and details patiently.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think they loved all the personal touches. We wanted each and every guest to feel important at our wedding, because they were! We also had an endless stream of food and snacks, which everyone definitely appreciated! For parents of young kids, we had a kids only entertainment room with magicians, balloon artists, face painters, and cartoon characters to keep the kids entertained (and supervised with babysitters) which allowed the parents to cut loose too!  In fact, the characters infiltrated the main reception and joined in on the dance party!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
One that sticks out is our first look - I decided to “wear” a Chewbacca mask for when my husband turned around, definitely made us both (And the decorators, DJ, and photographers in the room) laugh!
 
I also remember sitting on the mandap and taking a breath to see all my family and friends in the room. I could make out almost each and every individual face, and even though there were 350 of them, I recognized them all and it made the wedding feel more intimate.
 
Another wonderful memory from our reception was that The dance floor never closed once it was open. People were always dancing, for 4 hours straight! I love dancing, and so that in itself was an extra bonus dream come true!
 
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 had all our performances at the Garba. Both our families had a few dances, and our friends and bridal party also performed (including my parents with aunties and uncles from my hometown!). We were surprised when my cousins started showing a clip of them dancing at my sweet 16, which was literally in the same ballroom 18 years before. I surprised my husband and everyone by jumping in with my bridesmaids to dance for a short clip, but then my husband one upped me by dancing with my friends for a short clip, but then also joining the groomsmen for a dance!
 
At the reception, we surprised everyone with an introduction video. We wanted it to seem like a dream sequence that occurs between the wedding and reception. We imagined we were dropped into 3 different older Bollywood songs, complete with “authentic” costumes and the original video dance moves! Needless to say, our guests were all surprised and definitely enjoyed it a lot!!
 
My husband and I had one more surprise for our guests. Our first dance was to a Michael Jackson song, and we decided to remix in an uptempo MJ song to which we threw in some of his classic dance moves! We are both MJ fans, so it was only appropriate!
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy the process, and delegate tasks as much as you can! Hiring Ridhi as a wedding coordinator was the best decision, as she took that weight off my shoulders!
 
During the wedding events, eat as much as you can, stay hydrated (I had a giant water bottle with me at all times!) and just stay calm - don’t stress over little things, because that will prevent you from remembering the important moments!
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Jewelry: for the wedding, I wore a sari clip that belonged to my late maternal grandmother, and the diamond in my nose ring was from a broken earring of hers as well.
Mehndi: I found a local mehndi artist (Henna by Nayalesh), and we incorporated elephants that matched our invitations, as well as a dulha holding a bagel and dulhan holding a cup of coffee to symbolize us meeting on coffee meets bagel!
Cake: we chose a local bakery (Villa Italia), and decided on a cake to cut and a variety of cupcakes to serve our guests instead of a traditional tiered cake.

Have a great weekend ladies, and don't forget to join us on Monday for more! 
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Floral & Decor: Abhishek Decorators | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: The Royal Collection | Venue: Albany Marriott | Planning & Design: Events by Ridhi P | Hair & Makeup: JV Beauty & Salon | Mehndi: Henna by Nayalesh | Catering: Rasoi | Cake & Treats: Villa Italia Bakery | DJ: D&S Event Solutions | Baraat: D&S Event Solutions | Lighting: D&S Event Solutions | Cinematography: Fine Art Productions | Photo Booth: Actions Photo Booths | Entertainment: Zing-A-Gram | Photography: Fine Art Productions


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