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At Maharani Weddings, we believe that every bride deserves the fairytale wedding of her dreams! Here at MaharaniWeddings.com you will find glittering seeds of inspiration for every aspect of your upcoming wedding. In addition to profiling some of the most spectacular Indian weddings from around the globe through interviews, pictures, and videos, we also hand-pick and share a list of the best Indian wedding vendors in our Maharani Weddings Platinum Guide. From event planners to photographers, dj's, florists, cinematographers, makeup artists, mehndi artists, you name it... you’ll find connections to every resource you could ever need for all your wedding ceremonies and celebrations.

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Atlanta, GA Indian Wedding by Hakim's Studio

Good morning, Maharanis! Our filmy day has finally arrived with Hazel & Steven's marvelous celebration. These lovebirds had all the time to enjoy themselves thanks to Red & Gold Events' fantastic team behind the scenes to plan the event. This couple went for their dream, indeed! The whole celebration turned into a fairytale with the gorgeous carriages Nottingham Shire and Carriage for Hire provided and Rebecca Biskup in charge of the artistic cake. Hazel & Steven's ceremony and reception took place at Emory University, enchanting everyone with its warm aura. Of course, the embellishment of the venue couldn't be missing, and our lovely couple trusted Divine Decor Atlanta's impeccable skills to deliver the perfect adornment for their day while Cafe Bombay Indian Bistro delighted the guests with their culinary mastery. Exclusive Entertainment Events replenished the mystical scenery with a lively ambiance and Supreme Dholis' natural musical talent to escort our couple at all times. The soft melodies were heavenly, and so was Hazel! Our Maharani looked angelic with her sparkly lengha and enchanting smile. She had Color Impressions by Saba's experts to help enhance her magnificent features and the talented Forever Beauty by Manisha to do her magic and deliver the most artistic mehndi a Maharani could imagine. Hazel's soulmate, Steven, was amazed by her while looking gorgeous himself! Staring at each other's eyes, these sweethearts tell us all we need to know about devotion; their love is clear as water at any given moment. The phenomenal team of Hakim's Studio, with their unbelievable expertise, will take us back in time to Hazel & Steven's fabulous wedding day through an enthralling film that you can find right below. Maharanis, you'll feel this couple's adoration through the magical scenes only this well-known artist could do. 

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Steven and I met in 2014 when we were both in the Georgia Tech Marching Band. We became good friends during our time in college, but it wasn't until after I graduated from GT in 2016 that we really reconnected. While I was pursuing my Master's at Georgia State and Steven was finishing up his degree at Georgia Tech, we spent more and more time together. We quickly realized that we were perfect for one another.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Within a few months of dating, Steven and I knew that we were going to get married one day. We had even picked out our wedding date (10.10.2020) and would get engaged sometime before then. After we both graduated in May 2018, we started more seriously thinking about our engagement. I had a very specific engagement ring in mind, so I asked my relatives in India to have it made and shipped to us. When it arrived at our house, I gave the ring to Steven and told him to do whatever we wanted with it; it was now in his hands (literally).

Steven and I would put "Date Nights" on our shared calendar and would take turns planning the events. Steven used one of the "Date Nights" to plan a day full of surprises and memories. I knew we were going to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens' 'Garden Nights, Holiday Lights' event. However, before we got there, Steven took me to one of our favorite Atlanta restaurants and to a few of our regular Atlanta hangout spots. It was a day of activities that we would be doing for the rest of our lives. While at the Gardens, we strolled through all of the beautiful scenery. When we reached the poinsettia wall, Steven got down on one knee and proposed. I barely remember what he said because I was crying and could barely see. I think he was crying a little too. I do remember saying "YES!". We left the Gardens and when we got home, Steven had gathered our parents and friends to surprise me with a celebration! It was a day full of happiness and excitement.

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.
Planning our wedding was one of the most difficult things I've done. The majority of my family lives out-of-state or out-of-country, so I did most of the planning on my own (and with Steven's help). I turned to social media for inspiration and guidance, especially Maharani Weddings. In planning and designing our wedding, I wanted to capture all of the beauty and tradition of a Hindu ceremony.

Our venue was the Emory Conference Center Hotel, and it was perfect. Because I've had a lot of bad luck with rain, I knew I wanted to have an indoor ceremony. However, I also wanted the beauty of natural light. ECCH has a stand-alone pavilion surrounded by greenery that was perfect for our ceremony location. They also had a bowling alley on the premises that we were able to use as entertainment for our guests in between the ceremony and reception.

We were fortunate to visit India in March 2020 (right before the COVID-19 pandemic hit and shut everything down!), and did all of our clothing and jewelry shopping there with the help of my Mama and Mami. While it was difficult to have such a limited amount of time to get a lot done, it was exciting to share the experience with Steven.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
As a creative person, I thoroughly enjoyed incorporating my own style into every element of the wedding. I designed and printed our wedding invitations, created an informational guide to the ceremony, created custom signs and decor for all of our wedding events, and personalized gifts for our family members and wedding party. Steven and I worked together to add our touch to every piece of the wedding weekend, and it really made each event feel special.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Due to the pandemic-related travel restrictions, the majority of my family were unable to travel from India and England to attend the wedding. Even many of our out-of-state family members were unable to join. Consequently, our wedding was primarily attended by our (American) friends. Since many of our guests had never attended an Indian, Hindu wedding before, they were enamored with every part of it. Seeing my hands and feet covered in mehendi, covering me and Steven in the haldi paste, dancing alongside Steven while he rode on a horse, witnessing the traditions of a Hindu ceremony, enjoying the dances at the reception... everything was a hit. And if nothing else, drinking mango lassi is always a fan-favorite.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
After the toasts, Steven and I had an opportunity to thank all of our guests. Standing on the stage and looking out at our loved ones, I was in tears. I was grateful that despite all of the challenges that we’d faced in making this day come together, it was finally here and we were able to share this moment with so many of our family and friends. Even though we were missing loved ones, being surrounded by so many wonderful people truly filled our hearts. There will never be another moment where we have that many people in one room to celebrate us. It was humbling.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Steven and I actually got legally married on October 10, 2020 in an intimate ceremony with our family and closest friends. We asked a dear friend of ours to serve as the officiant, and we prepared our own vows. We had not originally planned to do this, but once the pandemic hit, we knew that we would not be able to have the big Indian wedding we dreamed of in 2020. So, we postponed the huge celebration and had a small ceremony instead. We knew our wedding date was meant to be 10.10.2020 (even before we got engaged), and the pandemic was not going to stop us. Despite a hurricane passing through Atlanta on that day (I told you I had bad luck with rain), we had a wonderful time. And then in 2021, we were able to celebrate our 1-year anniversary with all of the festivities that we originally imagined.

And that's a wrap, ladies. I'll see you soon with more happily ever afters!

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Cinematography: Hakim's Studio | Photography: Colleen Elise Photography | Ceremony Venue: Emory University | Reception Venue: Emory University | Planning & Design: Red & Gold Events | Floral & Decor: Divine Decor Atlanta | Hair & Makeup: Color Impressions by Saba | Catering: Cafe Bombay Indian Bistro | DJs: Exclusive Entertainment Events | Baraat: Exclusive Entertainment Events | Cake & Treats: Rebecca Biskup | Mehndi Artists: Forever Beauty by Manisha | Transportation: Nottingham Shire and Carriage for Hire LLC | Live Music: Supreme Dholis | Live Music: Abhi Roy


Pennsauken, NJ Indian Fusion Wedding by Deepak Patel

Happy Monday, ladies! We are excited to start this new week by sharing Aarya & Vishesh's love story with you. And get ready, because these lovebirds' wedding packs tons of inspiring ideas and fairy tale finery to admire. So without further ado, let's jump right into it! Held at The Regal Banquets Hall, this wedding celebration overflowed with beauty, charm, and above all, lots of love! For this long-awaited day, both our lovebirds looked elegant and fashionably! However, it was our gorgeous Aarya who stole the night! She looked breathtaking in her traditional purple lengha with golden embroidery, designed by the all-famous Sabyasachi. Bride's mom, Munira Mehta, complemented this head-turning attire with a sleek hairstyle and a glamorous makeup that combined to perfection with the artistic Mehndi designed by Rati Lilani! The cherry on top of this awe-inspiring look was the dazzling jewelry from Tyaani Fine Jewellery's collection, and oh boy, every accessory was exquisite. The final result: A dreamy look that exceeded all expectations! Hands down, this was the wedding Vishesh & Aarya always imagined. And thanks to the remarkable work of Deepak Patel, we get to enjoy this magnificent ceremony just as if we were there. Ladies, if you can't get enough of this wedding, head into our full gallery for more details that will surely make your heart melt with tenderness and joy.

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met him through a common friend and he added me on Facebook. Vishesh was trying to play the cupid, but things turned around and we started talking a lot more. It was long distance - I was in America and he was in Mumbai, India. There was no intention of dating because we are two very different people - he's the mischievous one and I'm calmer. But as they say, destiny played its role. It all started with phone calls, skype (Trust me, I have ditched him so many times initially), BBM (old school days) before we had what's app calls, etc. I think it was 2012 Valentines Day, he bought me a rose on skype and we video called for 6-7 hours that's when we knew we liked each other and realized we are dating. I saw him for the first time in April 2012 and we've never looked back. We'd meet every 4-5 months - but we never questioned each other if it was worth it, we knew it was! 2 years ago he moved to the States for his Master's degree and I moved to medical school but the 4-hour flights are better than the 16-hour ones. Its been 8.5 years of togetherness, and we've never been so sure of something and decided to get married. So it took a friend request, 8 years of long-distance, virtual dates, and a strong belief in our love to be where we are today.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We used to talk a lot, became friends, and realized we are dating each other. We've traveled a lot together including visiting the most romantic place in this world - Paris and he still hasn't proposed, but there's no way he's getting out of this - I'm still waiting for it and it's got to be fondue-levels of cheesiness!. 
 
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 had about 3 months roughly in our hands to plan the entire wedding and choose the vendors. I have my little puppy and wanted to make sure he was allowed at the venue. After a lot of research, we found Regal Banquets, NJ that allowed my puppy inside the venue. Since it was a fusion wedding, we went with the western formal theme of dresses and suits. My mom is a professional hair & makeup artist so I knew I wanted her to do my hair and make-up. My outfit was picked from India and his outfit was from Hugo Boss and Burberry. We decided for the Dholi at the last minute and luckily he was available. My husband didn't want a layered cake so we went with three different flavored cakes - chocolate, pineapple, carrot set next to each other. I knew the DJ beforehand from my other parties, and he knew the taste of music we had and stuck to it. My aunt officiated our wedding, which made it special. It was all my parents and my husband who finalized everything for the D-Day because I was in medical school. All in all I would say, we were happy and thankful to the vendors for helping us get through the day. 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I was in medical school and couldn't go to India so my parents and aunt went to Mumbai, India to shop for the wedding dress. As a child, I always wanted a Sabyasachi outfit. Since this was a fusion wedding, I decided to go the non-traditional way and opt for a gown with a long trail and veil. I was definitely hesitant to go with the purple color because it's not often you see this on brides, but after a lot of convincing, I chose the deep purple color. I saw the outfits over FaceTime and trusted my mom and aunt for sizing and other minor details. 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
With limited time in hand and me not being around, we had to do everything quickly, but the most lovable part was disclosing the wedding announcements to our family and friends.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
We had the dholi at the wedding to which people danced. He entertained all the guests and to a point everyone was on the dance floor. 
 
Was there a really special moment at your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Unlike most Indian weddings, we decided to have a small fusion wedding with 50 people for now with just our close friends and family who flew from different destinations. It made the ceremony more special and meaningful and we got to spend time and enjoy with our loved ones. We danced on the song Raabta, which is our song from our dating days. 
 
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.
A day before the ceremony we had a Couple's Shower and Mehendi at my parent's backyard. It was a Hawaiian theme so we decorated everything with leaves, shacks, and coconuts. The guests were in summer floral shirts and dresses. Vishesh and I opted to wear something indowestern to stand out in the crowd. I opted for floral jewelry to go with my outfit. We had games, dancing, cake cutting, and live BBQ. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
It will all be fine. Just take a deep breathe in. Relax and go with the flow and enjoy the moment because you're not going to have it back again. 
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
I opted for the wedding jewelry from Tyaani Jewelry by Karan Johar in Mumbai, India. It is a real polki set with uncut diamonds in baby pink and for my hands, I opted to wear my grandmother's heritage gold bangles. For the cake, we did fresh edible orchids that matched the decor and our outfits. Since it was a fusion wedding, we had the garland exchange ceremony, kanyadaan, and a sand ceremony - a tradition we decided to go for where I put a color of sand and Vishesh put his color of sand to signify our individuality and together we put a third color of sand to signify us coming together and blending in with each other.

Have a great rest of the day, darlings, and don't forget to join us tomorrow for more!
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Ceremony Venue: Regal Banquets Hall | Hair & Makeup: Munira Mehta (Bride's Mom) | DJ: Diamond DJ’s | Bridal Fashions: Sabyasachi | Bridal Jewelry: Tyaani Fine Jewellery | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Mehndi Artist: Rati Lilani | Groom’s Outfit: Hugo Boss | Groom’s Outfit: Burberry | Minister: Nancy Mateo | Dholi: Madi Singh | Photography: Deepak Patel


Dallas, TX Indian Wedding by Texpertz Photography

Good morning, beauty queens! We are right in the middle of this week, and what better way to start this Wednesday than taking a look at all the beauty surrounding Mehreen & Hussain's real-life fairytale. So, let's not wait any longer and jump right into it! Right from the start, we have to say that today's wedding affair packs tons of beauty, love, and traditional flair, so you can imagine how thrilled we were when we laid our eyes into the magnificent shots captured by Texpertz Photography. From all pre-wedding events, including a colorful Mehndi celebrated at the Crystal Banquet Hall, to the closing gala, everything was perfect! One of the most anticipated moments was the magical wedding ceremony hosted inside the halls of the Marriott Grapevine. Still, what we loved the most was the enchanting reception party that bring the wedding festivities to an end. The interiors of the reception venue, completely transformed into a mesmerizing backdrop filled with elegance and traditional flair thanks to the marvelous decor put together by none other than the talented team from Events by Faiza. They took our lovebirds' vision of a dream wedding and made it a dream come true. Although the decor was something to die for, it was our gorgeous Maharani Mehreen who stole the show after being pampered by Sarah Aasif Artistry. The exquisite makeup and the classy hairstyle praised this Maharani's natural beauty and complemented to perfection with the artistic Mehndi design by Samira's Henna Designs! Hands down, a fabulous look that exceeded all expectations! Going back to the party, all we have to say is that it was an epic one! And how could it not be if it was entirely animated by DJ RubyRu, who owned the stage and played the hits of the moment that set the dancefloor on fire! All guests danced the night away, and the only time the dancing stopped was to take a bite at the sweet and mouth-melting cake baked by C. Marie's Sweets! If you can't get enough of this lovely couple and want to take a closer look at their fabulous celebration of love, don't miss the jaw-dropping gallery captured that we have prepared for you. Every single shot is an absolute visual delight that you don't want to miss, so go check them all out. We are sure you will love them!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We were introduced through a mutual friend and hit it off instantly during our first brunch date at Saint Ann's in Dallas. Like they say, "When you know, you know!"
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Being a huge macaron lover, I was told to doll up as we were going to a macaron baking class along with a fancy dinner for date night. We reached an abandoned location known as Off the Grid and made our way inside. I was confused, but with each step, I noticed roses and candles and that's when I pieced it all together. Once we reached the roof, his sweet friends surprised us. I was in shock from not only seeing them, but from seeing the beautiful Dallas skyline. I, then turned to Hussain and noticed he was on one knee and well, *cue water works* - you know what happens next!
 
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 managed to plan and coordinate every single thing with the help of our family and friends. Though it was stress inducing and time consuming, we wanted to relish in the experience of wedding planning. And when it all came together, we were that much happier!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Considering our culture has multiple events, I knew I wanted a different color palette for each one. For the wedding, I kept it traditional, but different. I wanted a three-tone outfit as that's what was said to be "in." My hot pink kameez, blood-red gharara, and maroon dupatta gave me just what I wanted - shoutout to Annus Abrar!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Coming to an agreement on venues, outfits, the cake, all of it!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests were blown away! From the decor to the cake to the food to the timely manner of the each event, they were left speechless.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The entirety of it was filled with several special moments, but during our first dance was when it all came together. As I was swaying with my husband, I was glancing around and thought "this is it!"
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Take it easy! Make a list and strike out one item at a time. It always come together in the end!!!
 

Have an awesome rest of the day, ladies! And don't forget to join us tomorrow for a new inspiring story, we are more than ready to amaze you!

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Mehndi Venue: Crystal Banquet Hall | Ceremony Venue: Courtyard Dallas DFW Airport North/Grapevine | Hair & Makeup: Sarah Aasif Artistry | DJ: DJ RubyRu | Cake & Treats: C. Marie's Sweets | Cinematography: Texpertz Photography | Photography: Texpertz Photography


Babylon, NY Indian Wedding by A.S. Nagpal Photography

Good morning, darlings! Can you believe how fast this week slipped through our fingers? It seems like we went from Monday to Friday in just the blink of an eye! And you know that we always have something special for you to start getting ready for the weekend, and today is no exception! This time around, we are excited to share with you all the beauty and intimacy that surrounded Sheetal & Varun's wedding celebration. Initially, these lovebirds planned to get married in the paradisiacal landscapes of Mexico, in a big wedding bash with over 300 guests. However, due to the emergence of COVID-19, plans had to change. Sheetal & Varun decided to keep the same wedding date they initially had, and instead of having a huge celebration, they had a small and intimate pooja in Sheetal's backyard. To comply with the safety measurements regarding social distancing, only 10 people attended the wedding. Still, over 400 people were celebrating along with the newlyweds as the wedding streamed via Zoom. All guests and online viewers enjoyed every single moment of the celebration and were utterly amazed by the ravishing look of our gorgeous Maharani. She wore the same wedding lengha her mother used for her wedding, and if that doesn't say tradition and love, few things will! The cherry on top of this gorgeous bridal look was the artistic Mehndi outlined by Henna For All, which added an extra touch of flair to an already swoon-worthy look! We know that planning a wedding is not easy, let alone plan a wedding ceremony under the current circumstances! So we want to make a big shoutout to Stylish Events for the perfect planning, decor, and execution of this intimate wedding affair. The attention to detail they had was outstanding, resulting in a dreamy celebration that exceeded all of Sheetal & Varun's expectations. Check more of this lovely celebration by taking a look at the fabulous shots captured by A.S. Nagpal Photography in today's marvelous gallery! It is the perfect preamble for you to get ready for a weekend full of love and inspiring ideas!

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Vinnie calls me early Saturday morning on July 13, 2020 asking if I wanted to go to Fire Island with his family for lunch. I said sure, so he said okay I will be at your house at noon be ready. Of course he shows up and as usual I am still in PJ's watching Food Network, and he is yelling we are going to miss the Ferry! I said why are we going so early, and all the way to Fire Island for just lunch. Vinnie says his family wants to see Fire Island, and mentions since we love Fire Island, why not meet them and show them around. So I got ready, and we were on our way to meet them. ( Of course, I took forever curling my hair and made us miss the 12 o'clock ferry he had planned with everyone)

We get to the dock, and we continue to walk to the boat, and Vinnie says "Let's sit on the top, its so nice out" and I am no way ready to sit on the top of this boat after I just did my hair for the past hour, as he explains "who sits downstairs when its such a beautiful day!" So I finally agreed and we sit on the top of the ferry and we are now on our way to Ocean Beach. We are enjoying the breeze and all of a sudden the boat completely stops! I look over to Vinnie and say, I think there is a problem with the Ferry, its not moving! He looks at me and says calm down "I'm sure everything is fine", then I hear the anchor drop, and now I begin to PANIC!

I look over to Vinnie, and see him down on one knee, the captain on the loud speaker announcing our engagement and congratulating us! Everyone is screaming and clapping for us and WE ARE NOW ENGAGED !

We port at the dock, and are welcomed by photographers, and then walk over to meet our family for lunch. I couldn't be happier! But that wasn't even close to being over, Vinnie got over 100 of our closest family & friends to surprise ME his fiance for a FRIEND's themed Engagement Party! We continued to celebrate all day & night with everyone we loved surrounding us!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
We planned to have all the big brands for our wedding ! Everything is still pending, but for our 5/15/20 quarantine wedding I was so lucky to wear my mom's wedding lehenga! It was amazing to see how beautiful it was after 35 years !

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Though this time is very chaotic and stressful, and we cant have the dream weddings we planned when this process started. Sit back, and think to yourself, what would be your perfect memory with these circumstances, and then do everything in your power to make the vision come to light!

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
I am so thankful to all my wonderful vendors, that went above and beyond for me during the Covid Lock down ! Mehndi in the garage, my photographer wore a mask for the entire ceremony and photo shoot, my decor company came to my house the day before, and morning of to avoid the chances of rain, everyone went above and beyond to make my day beautiful!

We hope you have an awesome weekend in the company of your loved ones. Stay safe, and don't forget to join us on Monday for more!

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Photography: A.S. Nagpal Photography | Floral & Decor: Stylish Events | Planning & Design: Stylish Events | Mehndi Artist: Henna For All


Somerset, NJ Indian Wedding by Priyanca Rao Photography

Happy Tuesday, Maharanis! We missed you during this long weekend, and we were dying to share all the insights of Shaza & Shivam's wedding with you! So, let's not wait any longer and get ready to enjoy it! We are starting by taking a look at a Mehndi celebration, and hold on tight ladies because this Mehndi is like on you haven't seen in quite a while! As soon as you lay your eyes on the fantastic shots captured by Priyanca Rao Photography, you'll know why we were so eager to share this celebration with you! Just take a look at the gorgeous color palette used for this Mehndi! Mesmerizing! Partyland Sajawat mirrored the beauty and the violet/purple hues chosen by Shaza & Shivam, and crafted a beautifully enchanting decor that everyone loved! However, nothing was quite as beautiful as our gorgeous Maharani! She attended this fun-loving event looking like a princess thanks to Mohsin Naveed Ranjha, who took care of her beauty needs, and Kinza Amer and Priyanka Babariya, who took care of her hairstyle and makeup needs! Everything surrounding this pre-wedding event was fantastic! No wonder why this wedding celebration featured in our Best of 2019 Magazine! If you want to check more of this vibrant Mehndi celebration, don miss today's full gallery!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Senior year of high school, a friend of mine was at my house in mid March. We were 17 and thinking about prom. Who we wanted to go with, what color we would wear, when is the earliest we could go shopping for a dress. That same day, my friend used my phone to call her friend Shivam. He had gotten into a minor car accident earlier that day.
 
The next day (now having his phone number), I decided to text and check up on him. From that moment on, we didn’t stop talking. And nearly 12 years later here we are!
 
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.
This may sound crazy, but in hindsight, I planned our wedding around the three layer pearl and gold necklace I wore on my wedding day. My Nana Jaan (maternal grandfather) gifted it to my mother and she wore it on her wedding day. From the moment I saw it, I could see myself walking towards my future husband wearing something that is so special to me. Because of the style of the necklace, I knew I wanted our wedding to be very traditional, classy, and slightly Mughal.
 
I’m shocked at how everything fell into place so perfectly. We picked the Marigold as our wedding venue exactly six months before the reception date and the mehndi venue just three months before the event date. Then came my clothes.
 
For my makeup, I had reached out to Mona Chebli and Priyanka Babariya. Mona has done nearly all my friends wedding makeups in the past, and Priyanka has done my makeup for a photo shoot years ago so I knew I could trust them both. One thing I am happy about is choosing two different makeup and hair stylists. Mona loves a very glowy, shimmery, ethereal look which worked out perfectly for my mehndi hair and makeup, while Priyanka knew exactly what I wanted when all I told her was “dark brown smoked out sultry eyes and a neutral lip”. Kinza Amer is another person I blindly trusted to do my reception hair. I showed her just one picture five minutes before getting started and I couldn’t have asked for a better look.
 
Lastly, our decor was done by Partyland Sajawat. It is run by a mother-daughter team. Sachi is the extremely creative daughter. She's all about new concepts and not reusing old designs. We wanted the three arches and she had them custom made for us exactly how we wanted. Sachi did the most elaborate work compared to other decorators and she actually took the time to sketch out our vision, whereas the others just scrolled through their photo albums to show us what they've done in the past. Our decor was 100% customized by us and Sachi.
 
Our overall experience was not so bad considering we chose to plan three big events in just six months and we proudly did it all on our own, without a planner. We are lucky to have amazing friends and family who helped with so many of the little details that helped in a tremendous way.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
For the mehndi lehnga, I chose to go with Mohsin Naveed Ranjha. I chose each of the three pieces separately and the end result was simply stunning. My earrings were from BlossomBox which had arrived just the morning of the event! And the matha patti and jade ring were borrowed from my childhood friend and maid of honor.
 
My reception gown was much harder to select. I had seen a beautiful mauve pink shade that I loved and knew that it would look beautiful as a fitted gown with a long train, covered in silver bead work. After rummaging through countless websites, Instagrams and Facebook pages of designers, I reached out to Marium from @theluxurious786. I was a little apprehensive to trust someone with my reception gown, but Marium came with rave reviews. I sent Marium the style I wanted along with the mauve shade and from that minute on I blindly trusted her to work her magic. The gown was exactly what I had hoped for and the intricate beadwork was exquisite.
 
Both my mehndi lehnga and reception gown came on the Wednesday before the weekend of our events, which could be quite stressful, but I know in the end everything works out if it’s meant to, and in this case it did!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Customizing absolutely everything! When does one ever get a chance to have a 450 person event where every detail is created by them? I grew up drawing and painting and I now create custom cakes as a creative outlet. From making mehndi thaalis to sketching my wedding gown, every detail of our wedding screamed Shaza & Shivam. Working together to create the wedding of our dreams was an incredible process.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Take a second during your wedding to step back from the friends and family and photographs and take it all in. All those months of planning go by in the blink of an eye. Don’t sweat the little details, and give people the benefit of the doubt when you think they’re not stepping up to help you.

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Photography: Priyanca Rao Photography | Venues: The Marigold | Floral & Decor: Partyland Sajawat | Hair: Kinza Amer | Makeup: Priyanka Babariya | Catering: Moghul Caterers | DJ: Powerhouse DJ’s | Bridal Fashions (Mehndi): Mohsin Naveed Ranjha | Bridal Fashions (Reception): Marium | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Cake & Treats (Dessert): Radhika Chinai | Cinematography: Buds Palola | Groom's Outfit: Suit Supply | Groom's Shoes: Gucci


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