Hello, loves! It's time to dive into Archna & Quinn's romantic wedding! The Penthouse at Riverside Wharf was the perfect venue, with breathtaking views and a modern, chic design. Mariane Fahmy from Tres Chic Event Planning was the backbone of the wedding, handling every aspect of the planning and design process with exceptional professionalism and attention to detail. She worked tirelessly to ensure that every part of the wedding was executed perfectly, from the color scheme and decor to the table settings and lighting. She went above and beyond to ensure the wedding reflected the couple's style and personality, creating a truly personalized experience for this couple. Her ability to turn her client's vision into reality is unmatched, and her exceptional service and creativity set them apart in the industry. A Creation by Mario's stunning floral arrangements and mandap made of tropical flowers in soft pink, white, and orange hues added the perfect touch of romance and sophistication, with every bloom perfectly placed to create a visual masterpiece. Archna looked gorgeous in her outfit, with hair and makeup by Dayana Denis that enhanced her natural beauty. The intricate mehndi by Sumaiya Waheed was a true masterpiece. Palace Indian Cuisine's flavorful dishes left guests raving about the food for days, with their expertly prepared and beautifully presented meals. Guests were treated to individual key lime pies and flan, adding a touch of Miami to the dessert table to cap off the evening. DJ Pavan kept the energy high, with guests dancing the night away to his electrifying beats, with his extensive knowledge of music and ability to read the crowd to keep everyone dancing all night long. He seamlessly transitioned between genres and kept the energy high throughout the wedding, ensuring everyone had a great time. Archna & Quinn surprised their guests with a delivery of Cuban sandwiches and empanadas from Versailles, ending the night with a bang. Sugarfree Studio's photography captured every wedding moment, from the joyous moments during the bhangra performance to the laughter-filled reception. Enjoy the gallery below!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Quinn and I met online like many modern day couples. Our first date was trivia, where we won best small team. We have continued to go back to the same spot for trivia over the years, and have placed every time we've gone!
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Quinn proposed at the location of our first hike, which was a memorable experience given that we got lost and ended up climbing up the side of a very steep hill. He felt it represented our relationship, as together we have successfully navigated many ups and downs. He also flew my brother in as a surprise for the weekend and coordinated a celebration with our loved ones upon our return.
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 a fairly quick engagement (four months), with three months of active planning. We could not have done it without our wedding planner, Mariane Fahamy. We had actually met with a couple other planners who were very skeptical of finding a venue in the short time period we had. Mariane was confident we could find a great venue and put together a wedding to remember. She helped make our vision a reality, with an amazing penthouse view of downtown Miami. The florals and decorations leaned into our Miami/tropical theme. It also helped that she had coordinated Indian/fusion weddings before, as she was prepared for the nuances of the ceremony.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I was lucky enough to go to India with my mom to do our shopping. I was there for less than a week and we fit in shopping in between my cousin's wedding and visiting family. We both love intricate, traditional beadwork and embroidery along with rich jewel tones. My lengha for the reception was navy blue with heavy zardozi work. For the wedding ceremony, I wore two different Kanjivaram sarees-- one was a traditional red and the other turquoise blue. We traveled to Kancheepuram from Chennai and spent 8 hours in the same shop! We got the vast majority of our wedding clothes for our families there.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Figuring out ways to personalize the experience, such as creating a trivia game for the welcome dinner, ordering cuban food as a late night snack, and honoring our families with photos of various members at their weddings.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our venue was fairly unique for an Indian wedding-- dancing outside in front of the Miami skyline was pretty magical. Also, for the wedding, my dad roped in my family members into making individual snack boxes with tons of food including individually packaged uttapam to tide people's hunger during the morning ceremony. We also served chiled coconut water during the ceremony to help keep people cool .
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
My dad and I did not choreograph our dance, but it turned out great! Our dance styles are surprisingly aligned.
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.
Quinn and I surprised our guests with a surprise bhangra performance to a Mi Gente Bhangra remix following our first dance to Etta James' "A Sunday Kind of Love" (we got married on a Sunday).
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Quinn and I knew it would be hard to get everything we wanted for our wedding. We made a list of all of our preferences and decided on the top 3-4 that we weren't willing to compromise on. That helped us remember our priorities when there were so many decisions to make.
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Instead of a cake, we leaned into our Miami setting and had mini key lime pies and individual-sized flan. Instead of a traditional program, we printed the description of the ceremony on the back of a hand fan.
Darlings, I hope you enjoyed today’s entry. Keep coming back for more happy endings and tips!