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Mahwah, NJ Indian Wedding by Lightyear Studio

Good morning, Maharanis! We can't think of a better way to get to the weekend than sharing Bhavika & Jay's nuptial celebration with you. So get yourself ready to dive into this fantastic journey filled with inspiring ideas. For this first installment, we will be taking a look at the beautiful shots captured by Lightyear Studio in an outdoor photoshoot combining tall modern buildings with a traditional Indian style. And we love the final result of this photoshoot! Whether if Bhavika & Jay pose in front of contemporary architecture, or walking through a peaceful garden filled with tall and leafy trees, it is their presence that steals all the looks! They have a fantastic connection that got immortalized in every single shot, but what we love the most is the love and happiness that these two irradiate. If you take a closer look at the photos, you will notice that there is a sparkle in their eyes, that's only present in couples that are truly in love. So, we cannot stop but to think of how lucky these two are that they get to marry their soulmate. And this photoshoot brings us a little closer to the most intimate and romantic moments of Bhavika & Jay just a few heartbeats away from uniting their lives in marriage. If you want to take a closer look at this incredible photoshoot, head into our gallery for more. You are going to have a blast!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We actually met on a south Asian dating app called dil mil. It's funny that he knew he was going to marry me after our first date which I learned after the fact. I knew he was the one after a few months when we had watched an emotional Bollywood movie, Neerja. I had asked myself if I could ever imagine my life without him and the answer was no. That night I asked him to "define" whatever we had and I told him how I felt about him and said "I love you" first.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I was actually in Los Angeles for American Academy of Neurology conference for poster presentation. We both love to travel and he proposed the idea that he would come down and hang out with me for few days while I'm there attending the conference. He supposedly "planned" fancy dinner in Malibu and gets me all dressed. When he are driving down route one with this beautiful scenery, he tells me we are little early. It was sunset time, and gets me to go on the matador beach. I was little scared on the hill and was refusing to go down but he insisted and said "I would carry you down because it's beautiful there." As I'm walking down and come closer I hear my favorite song being played on the violin, "kabhi kabhi" and he started singing it. And the rest was history.
 
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 pretty much did planning ourselves. We knew we didn't want everything to be super traditional. We had attending weddings at our venue before and I had visioned my wedding there from the beginning. We looked around other venues but something that made me feel part of the natural and beautiful outdoor scenery I could not find better than this venue. I actually booked my hair and makeup person about 2 months prior to the wedding. It was a struggle between keeping it good and cost-effective. And luckily I found the perfect people who did an amazing job. Decoration wise, we both knew we wanted a floral theme and had a particular color scheme in mind. But my biggest thing was westeria for the mandap. And it turned out great. Ad to other details, it was more of my project as Jay was busy taking care of bigger projects. Ranging from finding last-minute cost effective parasol umbrellas to fruit snack and program fans was something that took time but made it happen in last 2 and half weeks. Luckily it all worked out. And my husband wanted those ice pops after hot sweaty baraat so we made that happen. 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I love red. But I wanted some non-traditional. I knew I was not going to do red. I went back to surat, Gujarat, India where I was born. The first day and first shop, the third dress I said this is it. It was one of their designer dress that I could actually wear in a routine as well. It was so elegant simple yet gave a glamorous look. When I put it on, we all knew that was the dress. I went in thinking i was going to wear pistachio color and ended wearing beige. 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I think the best part was choosing the details because that's where I could let my creativity and vision become alive. 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Everyone loved every detailed about the wedding whether it's ranging from their welcome bags to welcomes to our epic nontraditional helicopter vidai. But the best part they loved was food, music, and our heartfelt welcome. We really could be more joyful if not for their presence and blessings.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
When I first walked down during our wedding ceremony and set down and that feeling of joy that I got expressed with overwhelming tears that I could not control is something I could never forget. 
 
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 our Garba one week prior for which we had left the decoration last minute. We luckily found the decorators who made it happen in less than 2 weeks notice and the indo yet western-style we wanted. Ranging from swing to traditional umbrella to photo booth with a bicycle. My husband is a great dancer and for reception, we both had surprise dances planned for each other. Him and his groomsmen did an amazing dance. I had done solor and couple group dances but surprised him with my family flashmob which included my siblings, parents, uncles and aunts and cousins a s friends. For the reception, we wanted more nontraditional decoration style for the backdrop and with floral theme and it worked out great. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy the process. It takes a long time to plan and coordinate everything but it is absolutely amazing in the end and it is worth every bit.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
I absolutely love mt.mehndi. it told a story. I had NY/Brooklyn skyline on one hand and surat skyline on the other which said where both of us were from. I also had a logo of Dil mil app without an initial date. And not he other side I had stethoscope and calculator representing our careers. And on each palm had bride and groom. I also had our hashtag and wedding date. His name, which he still cant find. I absolutely loved our venue backdrop. It was an outdoor wedding with a mountain backdrop and it was amazing. I decided to keep simple but elegant jewelry and it was perfectly matching to the border of my dress and Jay's clothes. I did not want to do bouquet as I had made a wooden headpiece for my brothers to hold during my entrance that was decorated with flowers. Couldn't have been more thankful to my brother for staying up late 2 days before the wedding to make it possible.

 

We are just starting this journey, so stay close if you don't want to miss all the details of it! 

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Ceremony & Reception Venue: Sheraton Mahwah Hotel | Planning & Design: Euphoria Events LLC | Floral & Decor: Wedding Design | Catering: Catering By Rasoi | DJ: MVPDJs | Cake & Treats: Calandra's Bakery & Restaurant | Cinematography: Lightyear Studio | Photography: Lightyear Studio


Sacramento, CA Pakistani Wedding by JSK Photography

Welcome back, ladies! We are so excited to continue sharing Ayesha & Abdullah's wedding celebration with you! For this installment, we will take you to the University of the Pacific to be part of the colorful and fashionable Sangeet ceremony that was the perfect start for the wedding festivities! But just before we head into it, let's join our two lovebirds on an intimate and romantic outdoor photoshoot! Ayesha looked ravishing on her green and golden Saree, while Abdullah showed up to this photo shoot wearing a vibrant blue attire. And we cannot stop thinking of how good these two look together! We also love the fabulous and delicate Mehndi design that Neeta Desai Sharma created for our lovely bride. The color combination, the magical atmosphere, and the love of this young couple created such romantic scenes that were beautifully captured by the lens of JSK Photography. After the photoshoot, the Sangeet ceremony started, and it was so colorful and vibrant that just by taking a glance at the photos of it, you can feel how it brightens up your day! We want to make a special shoutout to Divine Creations 209 for the perfect planning of this event! And we also want to take some time to appreciate the fantastic decor that Visual Impact Design created to set the mood for this vibrant and colorful Sangeet ceremony. It was a winning combination that we cannot stop seeing! If you want to get more details of this magical and harmonious ceremony, head into our gallery for more! 

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Our families were friends and I knew he was "the one" not long after we started talking. Our values, goals, and personalities were reflected in one another. As we head into our one year anniversary, we are thankful for the beautiful union that life gave us. 

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I was home one weekend and Abdullah planned a day trip to San Francisco. He walked in to the house with a beautiful bouquet of flowers that he had picked out himself. I loved them and thought it was one of his kind and thoughtful gestures (knowing how much I love flowers). We headed out to San Francisco and our first stop was Crissy Field in front of the Golden Gate Bridge. That's where Brian met us. Brian was a photographer Abdullah had hired to take some pictures of us in front of some famous landmarks. He said it would be nice to take some professional photos together. I agreed! Click after click we finally made our way over to the Palace of Fine Arts. The photographer then asked me to take a picture by myself. I was confused, but he said it was just to get a good angle and to see how the shot would come out. The next thing I know Abdullah is heading towards me, gets down on one knee, and proposes! We ended the night at a French restaurant and celebrated the beautiful day we had. 

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.
With only four months to plan the wedding, I knew I had to make decisions fast! There were a few "musts" on my list, but I knew I had to flexible due to the time constraints. I wanted a modern, elegant vibe, with just the right amount of traditional touch. I created a wedding spreadsheet and it became my wedding planner. I did some research, took some recommendations, and then began seeking out my vendors. I talked to all of my vendors before I decided to confirm. This was especially important - I wanted  vendors to share my vision and add a touch of their own creativity. From hair & makeup, to decor, my vendors were my partners in this wedding! They took my vision and brought it to life. My overall experience with them was wonderful and I would highly recommend each and every one of them. 

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I designed my own wedding dress and the designer made the process very seamless! I knew I wanted a traditional red with champagne gold. I also wanted an outfit that I knew I could wear again, separately, without having the full bridal look. I outlined motifs and pieces of different outfits that I liked into one document. The designer sent me color swatches and design sketches. I sent over my measurements and the husband/wife duo began the process! They sent me videos of the process and let me follow along each step of the way. Once it was completed, they shipped it over from Pakistan and I was in awe as soon as I opened the package! The pictures and videos did not do justice to the stunning craftsmanship. Thank you La Dona for making me feel like an absolute princess in my bridal dress. 

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I loved that each and every aspect of my wedding, was designed by us. From the place cards we wrote, to the flowers we placed on the cake - our special touch surrounded us as began the start of our new life together. Our friends and family came together to support us and helped us have a beautiful wedding.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
They loved the casual vibe! They all felt welcomed around those they were even meeting for the first time. We loved this! We wanted our family and friends to feel like one big family that came together to celebrate our union.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The most memorable moment of my wedding was when I stepped into the ballroom with my dad. As he walked me down the aisle towards Abdullah, it really hit me: "this is happening, Ayesha - you're ready to start the next chapter in your life."

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Take it easy! I promise everything works out in the end and all falls into place. Be clear and concise with your vendors and trust them - it's their job to make your vision come to life. Be flexible and remember that most important part: the beginning of a beautiful journey with the one you love.

This adventure continues, so stay close for the upcoming details!

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Photography: JSK Photography | Sangeet Venue: University of the Pacific | Ceremony Venue: Masjid Al Emaan | Reception Venue: Qasr-e-Noor | Planning & Design: Divine Creations 209 | Floral & Decor: Visual Impact Design | Hair & Makeup: Neetu Josh Art Co | Catering: Spice of Life | DJ: Cre8tive Entertainment | Baraat: Hyatt Regency Sacramento | Bridal Fashions: La Dona | Cake & Treats: Ettore's Bakery | Cinematography: Filmtwist | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Hareem Cheema | Lighting: Cre8tive Entertainment | Mehndi Artist: Neeta Desai Sharma


Newport Beach, CA Stylized Shoot by Kelly Waterman Photography

Hello ladies! Today is been a day full of inspirational ideas, but we still have a couple more ideas for you, so get yourself ready to take some notes! When it comes to planning a reception party, there are a couple of things you need to have in mind: To start, you need to have a great venue and a perfect decoration, and the way that Los Angeles Floral Couture decored and ambiance the exclusive halls of the Fashion Island Hotel for this stylized photo shoot is a perfect example from which you can take great inspirational ideas! The color palette used on the floral arrangements and decor is elegant and captivating, and it creates a beautiful setting suitable for a wedding reception party! Another important thing that you need to take into account, is to have a great DJ and an incredible scheme of lights! In the end, this is a time for you to have fun, and what better way to do it, than having a great DJ like DJ Jesse G! He is well known for his talent and the way he keeps up with the different activities that happen during these reception parties. Finally, remember that the first cut at the cake is a highly anticipated moment at a wedding reception, so having a beautiful cake, like the one that Puffect Bakery and Cafe prepared for this photo shoot will give an extra touch to this memorable moment! If you have followed this entire entry, we are sure that you have gathered a lot of ideas to start planning your wedding, however, if you still need something extra, you cannot miss today's gallery! You will not regret it! 

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Now that you are filled with ideas, it is time to start planning your wedding! And, remember that we have new loving and inspirational stories every day, so stay tuned for more! 

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Venue: Fashion Island Hotel | Planner of Stylized Shoot: Simply Classic Events | Designer: Simply Classic Events | Floral & Decor: Los Angeles Floral Couture | Hair & Makeup: Bre Luxe Beauty | DJ: DJ Jesse G | Bridal Fashion: Prathaa Design Studio | Bridal Jewelry: Omroze Asha | Cake & Treats: Puffect Bakery and Cafe | Cinematography: ASportFIlms | Bridal Draping & Styling: Linens by Celina | Favors: BToffee | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: PD Invite | Lighting: DJ Jesse G | Mehndi Artist: OC Henna | Rentals: Collective Rentals | Tuxedos: Friar Tux | Dance Floor: Star Dance Floors | Rentals: So Cal Event Rentals | Linens: Wildflower Linens | Signage: The Tipsy Cricket | Oversize Silk Florals: XXL Flowers | Photography: Kelly Waterman Photography


Orlando, FL Indian Fusion Wedding by Castaldo Studios

Hello, Maharanis! Thank you for joining us at Radhika & Ryan's wedding reception party! This event is going to be amazing, so let's check it out together! When Radhika & Ryan were planning this reception party, they knew exactly what they wanted: they wanted it to be elegant, luxurious, and magical and by taking a look at the incredible shots taken by Castaldo Studios we can definitely agree that they achieve what they wanted, and we even think that this mesmerizing reception exceeded all their expectations! The incredible planning of Eventrics Weddings combined with the amazing decor that Occasions by Shangri-la put together for this event left us speechless! It was so magical and charming that it seemed to be taken out from a fairy tale! Definitely, it was the dreamy reception that Radhika & Ryan have always dreamed of, and there is no wonder why everyone enjoyed every bit of this event! One of the most anticipated moments of the evening took place when our lovebirds had their first dance as husband and wife. All the attendants delightfully watch how the newlyweds moved to the beat of the most beautiful melodies that were played by the talented DJ from Dudha Productions. All of the guests had a great time while celebrating with Radhika & Ryan, however, the night was coming to an end when our lovebirds had the first cut at the cake, but there was still time for one more surprise: A fireworks show! This was the perfect end for the wedding festivities that marked the start of a lifetime of marriage for Radhika & Ryan. If you want to relieve this entire wedding celebration, don't forget to take a look at today's gallery! It is worth to watch! 

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We still have more surprises, so stay close if you don't want to miss them! 

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Floral & Decor: Occasions by Shangri-la | Planning & Design: Eventrics Weddings | Venues: The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes | DJ: Dudha Productions | Cinematography: Castaldo Studios | Photography: Castaldo Studios


Whippany, NJ Indian Wedding by Aesthetic Vision

I have the pleasure of introducing an absolute vision of love thanks to the amazing images shared by Aesthetic Vision! Avani and Jay are today's lucky couple who celebrated their union having a series of big days. The celebrated wedding expert Tum Hi Ho Events planned and brought to life the events before they exchanged vows which are all narrated through the fabulous images we are about to unveil! An auspicious mehndi ceremony decorated the arms of our lovely bride and was followed by a joyous and well-attended Garba night. I particularly love the couple's bright and vivid outfits that were perfect to stand out among the crowd. Maharani Avani's ruby color lehenga skirt featured beautiful dandiya dancers and her floral low bun created by Style by Susmita was perfect for a revelry event while Jay's super-stylish and traditional outfit truly made a statement! Peruse our Video Blog and watch the fascinating highlight video created by the genius filmmakers of Studio Nine Photography + Cinema and head to the gallery for more fabulous pin-worthy ideas!

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Jay proposed on our 6 year anniversary, 4/21/2017. He planned an entire day full of surprises! He involved my managers and work and planned on getting me out of work early. He sent a limo to pick me up and had flowers and a letter waiting for me. He had the limo drive us to our first date spot, Acquista Trattoria, in Queens, NY. My two best friends were waiting for me there with my second clue! He then had the limo drive us to our college campus, where we met! He had my cousin waiting there for me with different outfits and shoes to choose from. We quickly got ready and hit the road again! We drove through the city, stopping off at Pellegrino's Italian Restaurant in Little Italy, where we celebrated our first Valentine's Day. We picked up a few more of my cousins who had the final clue! The limo drove us to my dream proposal, right under the Brooklyn Bridge! As I got out of the limo, my heart was racing, knowing the man of my dreams was waiting for me. I started walking towards him, with the biggest smile on my face. He had the cutest little picnic set up, with some champagne, cheese, and crackers, and chocolate covered strawberries. He had pictures of us set up with wooden blocks of our initials. It was the sweetest little setup! He sat me down, and asked how my day was (knowing exactly how it was since he planned the whole thing!) He soon got into talking about a lot of things I don't really remember because I was just SO excited! What I do remember are his last words, "Avani, will you marry me?" as he was holding the most beautiful ring ever! I said the quickest YES of my life and gave him the biggest hug and kiss! Before I know it, all of our siblings, cousins, and closest friends came running out and surprised me! We took some pictures, and later met up with our parents for dinner. After dinner, Jay had rented out an Airbnb which was full of ALL of our friends and family! We celebrated all night and had the best time! At the end of it all, I was FINALLY engaged to the man of my dreams, and it was the proposal I had always wanted! 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
For as long as I can remember, I always saved pictures of different outfits for whenever I got married. I knew I wanted to be a traditional bride, wearing lots of red. When I went shopping for my lengha, we went straight to Sabyasachi, in Mumbai. I fell in love with everything. As I tried different lenghas on, I felt my self drawing back to the first one I had tried! It was a beautiful shade of red, with very detailed work. The skirt had intricate blush flowers on it and it came with 2 different dupatta options: red or blush pink. I thought I wanted two different dupattas, one red and one blush, but when I was trying them on the all red look just swept me off my feet! I couldn't stop staring at the lengha. It was the first place we had gone, so my mom and I decided that we would look around and see what else there was and then come back if we didn't find anything that made me feel as good as that lengha did. Every shop I went into after that, I kept comparing it to the Sabyasachi lengha. I knew after 2 shops that my heart and mind were with the first one. A few days later we made our way back to Sabyasachi and said YES to the lengha! It was the most beautiful lengha! I couldn't have found something more perfect for me! 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
My favorite parts of wedding planning we definitely picking out our menu and decor. AND WEDDING SHOPPING!I loved trying so many different foods! Rasoi was the best! We had a strictly no onion, no garlic menu and they catered to our every need! The food at the food tasting was phenomenal, and the exact same food is what our guest ate during all the wedding events! I also loved picking out our decor. Sharda at Elegant Affairs showed up the most magical mandap and we fell in love. I had saved so many pictures of what I thought I wanted but she showed us so many more pictures and we created the perfect mandap for us to take our pheras in! And the centerpieces she chose for us, blew our minds away! Beautiful cherry blossoms trees, Florals pieces, and candles and petals! She tied all the tables together by incorporating florals and candles. It was stunning! But how could I forget the wedding shopping! Getting dolled up every day and trying on new outfits and jewelry was SO MUCH FUN! It gets a little stressful at times but overall the whole experience was so great! 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Aside from watching Jay and I get married and celebrating with us, our guest loved three things in particular! 1) they all loved the food provided by Rasoi! They had so much fun during cocktail hours since we had so many different stations up! 2) they loved the organization and execution! We got SO MANY compliments on how smoothly a 1000 person wedding went! and we have none other than Tum Hi Ho Events to thank for that! They really put their all into our wedding day and it couldn't have gone better! 3) music!! MVPDJs absolutely ROCKED the night. Jay only had one request during wedding planning and that was to have a concert at our reception! and MVPDJs, especially JRK definitely delivered on that request! They provided us with CO2 cannons and amazing music! the crowd was on the dance floor till past midnight, and so many of them forgot about dinner because they couldn't get themselves off the dance floor! Our lighting company also provided us with a laser show, so my husband's dream of a concert at our reception definitely came true! 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
My words of wisdom for Brides-to-be would be to just enjoy the process, and take it all in! It's the same advice other brides gave me, and it was the best advice! I miss every bit of wedding planning and the wedding week and I would do anything to go back! It passes by in the blink of an eye, so don't stress the little things as the big day comes closer. Just enjoy it, have so much fun, and remember what it's really about, marrying the love of your life and starting the most beautiful journey together. 

Don't go too far, you are going to love the portraits we have coming up next!
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Floral & Decor: Elegant Affairs Inc. | Planning & Design: Tum Hi Ho Events | Cinematography: Studio Nine Photography + Cinema | Venues: Hanover Marriott | Photography: Aesthetic Vision | Bride's Hair & Makeup: Style by Susmita | Bridesmaids Hair & Makeup: Archita | DJ: MVP DJs | Lighting: C&C Events | Rentals: Alan Party & Tent Rentals | Dancefloor: Bombshell | Catering: Rasoi


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