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Newport Coast, CA Indian Wedding by Lin & Jirsa Photography

Hello, darlings! We are back on the imposing Pelican Hill to walk you through the magical reception of our lovebirds Anamika & Rahul. For the first part of this reception, we are replacing the beautiful gardens with an elegant and majestic ballroom. The amazing and exceptional lightning created by 3D Sounds combined with all the ornaments and decoration put together by Shawna Yamamoto Event Design created a magical and almost surreal atmosphere that seemed to be taken out of one of the most wonderful and unique fairytales. This impressive scenario was the perfect plot for Anamika's & Rahul's first dance as husband and wife. All the attendants were delightfully watching how the newlyweds moved to the beat of the most beautiful melodies, while the elegant chandelier provided the perfect spotlight to enhance this romantic scene. After the dance, the reception was taken back to the impressive gardens but this time, it was the moon that created the perfect lighting for our lovely couple to take the first cut at the cake. Definitely one of the most remarkable moments of the evening, and thanks to the gallery created by Lin & Jirsa Photography and to the film of Peter Nguyen Studio we get to take a look at it and we can fell just like if we were there. The night was getting closer to the end just the same way this story started, with Anamika's & Rahul's love spreading through the air, just that this time, this was marking the beginning of a lifetime love story that will forever be recalled. 

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If you enjoyed this love story, stick around as we have more to come. Have a wonderful rest of the day! 

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DJ: 3D Sounds | Lighting: 3D Sounds | Baraat: Enchanted Carriages | Cinematography: Peter Nguyen Studio | Ceremony Venue & Reception Venue: Pelican Hill | Planning & Design: Details Details - Michelle | Floral & Decor: Shawna Yamamoto Event Design | Hair & Makeup: Flawless Faces | Cake & Treats: Grace & Honey Cakes | Live Music: Ronobir Lahiri Music | Rentals: Chiavari Chair Rentals | Photography: Lin & Jirsa Photography


New York City, NY South Indian Wedding by Divine Method Photography

Sparks flew as Priyanka and Vikram entered their wedding reception hall at the luxurious The Plaza Hotel New York! The newlyweds were the epitome of glam during their special night, Maharani Priyanka flaunted an impeccable style wearing a white ensemble from the exclusive Manish Malhotra while Michelle Elise Artistry created a beautiful updo that crowned this perfect evening look! Raja Vikram went for a tuxedo jacket with a fancy pattern and shawl lapels that perfectly combined with his velvet bow tie! Let's take a look at the wonderful decor! This time Birch Event Design's breathtaking floral art left us in complete awe! Each table presented a dreamy floral centerpiece design in a bold magenta and indigo color palette while the candlelights reigned to provide an inviting yet elegant ambiance. The famous restaurateur Chef Gaurav Anand crafted a special menu for the night while DJ USA got the crowd into the party! Hats off to Premini Events whose perfect execution made this the most unforgettable and special night for these soulmates! See the complete gallery for a closer look at this upscale affair!

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There is still so much more to discover in our marvelous wedding stories, feel inspired again tomorrow!

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Draping/Styling: Styl.INC: Wedding Stylists & Personal Shoppers | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Plaza Hotel New York | Planning & Design: Premini Events | Floral & Decor: Birch Event Design | Hair & Makeup: Michelle Elise Artistry | Catering: Chef Gaurav Anand | DJ: DJ USA | Bridal Fashion Sangeet: Varun Bahl | Bridal Fashion Wedding: Taneira | Bridal Fashion Reception: Manish Malhotra | Cinematography: Joseph Minasi Weddings | Photography: Divinemethod Photography


Palm Harbor, FL Indian Wedding by Amita S. Photography

The wedding party details of Henna and Jigar are finally here, Maharanis! Luckily, you are in the right spot to check all the grandeur that wrapped up warmly the new Mr. and Mrs. on their first night as husband and wife! To relax a little before the jitters of the reception, Amita S. Photography took the bride and groom outdoors for an intimate and romantic photo session that allowed them to flaunt their glam style! Henna’s fabulous loose hairstyle by Destiny & Light flawlessly blended in with her bold and stylish purple attire while Jigar chose a classic styled tuxedo with a contemporary twist in a fabulous royal blue color! Innisbrook Resort’s luxurious indoor setting was decorated by 5th Seasons with shiny purple and peach hues while a magnificent suspended wedding cake stole the show! Two Ladies and Events helped our couple to create their traditional affair and I hope you love all the images found in our full gallery. Enjoy!

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The best thing about fairy tales is that they happen all the time. So don’t forget to check more love stories tomorrow!  

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Photography: Amita S. Photography | Venues: Innisbrook Resort | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Spinning Canvas - Shivali Vyas | Catering: Jewel of India | Cinematography: NSPG Media | DJ: Krish Entertainment | Event Designer: 5th Seasons | Floral and Decor: 5th Seasons | Floral and Decor: Garlands - Shriji Creator | Hair and Makeup: Destiny & Light | Mehndi: Apeksha Patel | Photo booth: Krish Entertainment | Planning and Design: Two Ladies and Events | Priest: Ramesh Bhai Mehta | Transportation: St. Petersburg Carriages | Venue: Bayanihan Arts Center- Garba Hall Venue


Columbia, SC Indian Fusion Wedding by Jamie Howell Photography

As a result of blending their corresponding backgrounds, a refined Indian fusion reception was the cherry on top of these magnificent celebrations chronicled by the brilliant images by Jamie Howell Photography! As a powerful symbol of good luck, the elephants made their appearance at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center as part of the charming reception theme that Carolina Wedding Belle helped to create! The team worked to share the couple’s vision for their soiree not only by managing the romantic décor but also by planning and coordinating the whole weekend! The vivacious ambiance that reigned during the night was enlivened by the sought after DJ Opening Minds Entertainment who not only provided the music for the couple’s jubilant dances but a gorgeous bespoke elephant monogram up lightning! The cutting of the charming three-tier naked wedding cake by Ally & Eloise Bakeshop was definitely one of the big moments of the many that took place throughout the weekend which Jamie Howell Photography shared with us in our full gallery!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Alvin in Columbia, SC while I was working as a nurse and he was in his last year of medical school. I knew he was the one when nine months after meeting him, my grandmother became ill and passed away. This happened just as Alvin was graduating from medical school and getting ready to move to New York for residency. During this time Alvin was ALWAYS there anytime I needed him and even though my family did not know him yet he attended a traditional Indian funeral service, where he was 1 of 3 Americans (the other two were two of my bridesmaids). 
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
In October 2016, Alvin had a 2-week vacation and we decided to spend the time at home in South Carolina. During this time we planned to see our families, go to the South Carolina State Fair, stay at his family's lake house, and go on a cruise to the Bahamas. I was positive he was going to propose while we spent a few days at his family's lake house. We spent a lot of time there with each other and our friends at the beginning of our relationship and we both always cherished our moments there. He didn't end of proposing so I figured it wasn't happening this trip because the last part of our trip was the cruise and I just didn't think he would do it then. I was wrong! We went to dinner on the cruise ship on October 16, 2016, and had to wait for a table so we were given a buzzer. Alvin put the buzzer in his pocket and we went to get a drink at the bar. I was starving and was worried Alvin would not feel the buzzer in his pocket so I asked him if I could just hold it. He said sure and instead of pulling the buzzer out of his pocket he had a ring box! It is so hard to surprise me, but he did it and continues to do it!
 
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.
Our overarching goal for our wedding was to expose our families and friends to both of our cultures and families. Alvin and I have always said we will not have an exclusively Hindu or Christian household, but instead, we wanted to share our traditions. We wanted our wedding to be the foundation for a marriage that not only celebrated our love, but was also entertaining, open, educational, and prioritized our families. I did a lot of research about fusion weddings on Maharani Weddings and Big Fat Indian Wedding. We then had extensive conversations with our parents about their wishes/concerns/expectations. We all decided together what events we wanted to have during our wedding weekend and then figured out how to have all those events in 2-3 days.
 
We accomplished this by including some purely Hindu and Christian traditions as well as combining some. We combined the traditional American rehearsal dinner with the Mendhi party, and both families hosted it as a casual get together with artisan pizzas and some of our favorite snacks. While I had my Grashanti, Alvin's family had a brunch for family, the wedding party, and our out of town friends. The Christian wedding ceremony was our chance to expose the Indian side of the family to a formal, classic Christian wedding ceremony in the beautiful church where Alvin's family went when he was growing up. The Garba was the evening following the Christian ceremony, and it was our way of introducing the American side of the family to the fun, exciting Indian wedding traditions. The next morning, Alvin rode a beautiful white horse for the Baraat, and both sides made it out for some early morning dancing! We tried to make sure that the Hindu priest spoke excellent English, and that he was willing to explain the ceremony so that it was very accessible to everyone involved. After the Hindu ceremony, everybody had some time to rest up before the huge reception where we tried to combine both of our traditions, families, food, and music until late into the night! 
 
I had some difficulty picking our vendors because I really wanted to hire local vendors from North Carolina and South Carolina. I once again used Maharani Weddings and Big Fat Indian Wedding for research. I quickly found that in order to have options and stay within budget I would have to extend my search into Georgia and even Virginia. I created a list of potential vendors and then extensively googled them. I then contacted my top 2-3 vendors and requested quotes and phone meetings. I only contacted 2-3 vendors because we were living in NYC at the time and our schedules were too busy to coordinate phone calls and meetings. We sent the vendors a very detailed email that contained our estimated head counts for each event, the schedule of events, and our expectations. 
 
The only vendors we met with in person prior to finalizing them, were the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and Rahma with Carolina Wedding Belle. We felt strongly about checking our the venue in person for obvious reasons. We wanted to meet with Carolina Wedding Belle because we were considering them to do the decor/floral for the whole weekend and also do coordination. We felt like we really needed to connect with our decor person/coordinator because that was a big part of the wedding.
 
I still cannot believe that I picked a photographer/videographer and makeup/hair/henna artist without meeting them in person but I believe it all worked out because I did my homework and I did a lot of research on what types of questions to ask vendors.
 
We were so pleased with all our vendors and we attribute that to us having a clear vision and expectations for our vendors and our vendors having the same in return.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
When we got engaged, I knew we would have two wedding ceremonies (Hindu and American). I always knew I wanted a red lengha for my wedding so that was an easy choice for the Hindu ceremony. I went to India to shop for my Indian outfits and we went straight to Asopalav. We chose to start there because we knew they would have a variety and were used to dealing with short turn around times. 
 
I thought about getting a trendy fusion white gown from India for the Christian ceremony but in the end, I decided wanted to stay traditional and I got a beautiful white dress by Augusta Jones from The White Magnolia Bridal Collection in Greenville, SC. 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was doing it with Alvin. He was a very involved groom. There were many arguments but it helped us to get to know each other more. We both learned from each other and our own strengths and weaknesses. I have heard numerous girlfriends complain about how they were so stressed about the wedding and their grooms didn't get it. I was glad that Alvin shared the stress of planning a wedding and he understood my frustrations. I think after planning our wedding we would make a good party planning duo.  :)
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved the combination of Hindu and American traditions. Both sides embraced both cultures and it was exactly what we wanted. Alvin's family fully embraced the baraat and had a blast. A lot of my family actually joined Alvin's family during the baraat. I would say that was everyone's favorite moment. They also loved our cake which was cardamon with chocolate filling and vanilla buttercream frosting. 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
My favorite moment was walking out at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and seeing Alvin for the first time since the rehearsal/mendhi the night before and seeing how packed the church was. We were expecting to have a large wedding but physical seeing the number of people who showed up to support us was just amazing. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
My number one advice would be to create a budget that takes into account unexpected expenses that will come up the last couple weeks leading up to the wedding. My brother and sister in law (whose wedding was also featured on Maharani Weddings) gave us that advice and it was the best advice we got. Alvin and I worked hard to set a REALISTIC budget and frequently check in and adjust during our 1.5 years of planning.
 
Remember it is YOUR wedding. EVERYONE will give their opinions on things but the only two people who matter are you and your future husband. Be sure to make sure you two will be happy with whatever decisions you make.  
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
I want to make sure the complete list of vendors that was hopefully submitted by our photographer gets posted. We had amazing vendors and we want them recognized. As I mentioned earlier it was hard finding vendors in NC, SC, and GA and I hope brides in these states will find my vendor list helpful.
 

Follow our Blog tomorrow for more stunning wedding stories!

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DJ: Opening Minds Entertainment | Lighting: Opening Minds Entertainment | Hindu Ceremony Venue: Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center | Christian Ceremony Venue: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral | Planning & Design: Carolina Wedding Belle | Floral & Decor: Carolina Wedding Belle | Hair & Makeup: Blush Beauty by Nadia | Catering: Bombay Grille | Baraat: Camden Carriage Company | Bridal Fashions: Asopalav | Cake & Treats: Ally & Eloise Bakeshop | Christian Ceremony Men's Formalwear & Tuxedos: JoS A. Bank | Mendhi/Rehearsal Bridal Fashion: Looks Boutique | Vidhi/Pithi Bridal Fashion: Shayona | Christian Ceremony/Reception Bridal Fashion: White Magnolia | Mendhi/Rehearsal Groom Fashion: Jade Blue | Hindu Ceremony Groom Fashion: Jinaam | Reception Men's Formalwear & Tuxedos: Brooks Brother | Lapel Pins: Brackish | Bridesmaids Fashion: Brideside | Mehndi and Rehearsal Dinner Decor: Linda Strasburger (Groom's Mother)


Columbus, OH Indian Wedding by SIA Digital Studio

Puja and Amey’s first public appearance as a married couple took place right after their marriage ceremony at the Hilton Columbus at Easton whose brilliant planning staff ensured the day was the most unforgettable with all the events going without a hitch. Short North Piece of Cake created a fantastic watercolor wedding cake that resembles a vibrant painting. To follow the same ceremony décor theme, Kelly Karsten Florals provided all the palm leaves and multicolor flowers that combined with B3 Event Management’s jaw-dropping stage and created the perfect ambiance for the newlyweds! Illuminated by floating candles, Puja and Amey were photographed by SIA Digital Studio, the photo team captured the couple’s best poses wearing their fabulous reception outfits. I’m especially loving Puja’s selection for her big party, her unique choli design was a true statement and helped her steal the limelight! Take a look at our favorite moments of this incredibly beautiful love story in our full gallery.

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met my groom through online dating. I knew he was the one when we couldn’t stop talking to each other. We would text 24/7 and could talk about literally anything without getting bored!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
The proposal was such a surprise! I was out to brunch with a friend and when I came back to the apartment, there were candles and rose petals all over. After he proposed, he surprised me with a video of all my family & closest friends sharing their congrats. We spent the rest of the day celebrating with our friends. It was perfect!
 
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 an Indian wedding is always stressful based on the number of events there are but everything turned out perfect! Since I work in the creative industry and already had a vision for how I wanted everything to look, it didn’t take me long to find vendors who could make it all come to life. I wanted a jewel tones decor & floral theme that was unique from what other people have done. I also wanted palm trees running down the aisle which turned out amazing! The most important details for me were the food and the DJ- which both turned out amazing!!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
All of my dresses came from India and I wanted colors that would coordinate well with my decor for photos. I chose burgundy and gold for my wedding outfit & my groom's and navy for the wedding party. Although I loved my wedding outfits, my favorites were my Sangeet and reception dresses. My Sangeet dress was a pink floral lehenga from Mahima Mahajan and my reception dress was custom made from Gaurav Gupta.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable parts of planning for me were the small creative details that really made our wedding special and unique. We made a giant movie poster backdrop & banners with our photos on them for the reception, funny Snapchat filters, creative signature cocktail signs, custom place cards, fun bridal party gifts, etc. that really helped set our wedding apart. (all from The Girl in Tulle)
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Based on what our friends and family have told us, everyone especially loved the food at all the events and how smooth and organized the entire weekend was. Everything was perfectly on time and all the dances and speeches were fun and ran pretty quickly!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The most memorable moment of the wedding for me was walking down the aisle with my dad. It was so surreal seeing all my family and friends in the same room and it made everything finally feel real. I also loved the reception after party we had. My sister planned for a huge buffet of food for everyone (including chips & queso- my favorite) and it was so much fun just relaxing and being able to hang out with all our family and friends.
 
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.
My favorite decor for the weekend was the Sangeet. My decorator and I had spent the least time discussing it but it turned out so amazing and we even had a bike trolley to take photos with. We also had dances and singers perform at the Sangeet which was so much fun! I also loved our reception cake. I had found the exact cake I wanted on Pinterest & Short North Piece of Cake was able to duplicate it exactly! 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Don’t stress about the planning! Have fun with it and let the little things go because you won’t even notice them on the day of and everything will turn out great!
 
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 loved the venue we used. (Hilton Easton). The guests loved how they could walk to so many restaurants, shopping, etc. and we had so much fun working with our contact. (Karen)

If you are already brainstorming for your big day, don’t miss our posts tomorrow!
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Cakes & Treats: Short North Piece of Cake | Ceremony & Reception: Hilton Columbus at Easton | Planning & Design: Karen Barwick - Hilton Columbus at Easton | Floral & Decor: Kelly Karsten Florals | Catering: Tadka | Catering: Banana Leaf Catering | DJ: DJ Khan | Paper Goods/Backdrops/Accessories: The Girl in Tulle | Photography: SIA Digital Studio | Bridal Fashion: Mahima Mahajan | Sangeet | Bridal Fashion: Gaurav Gupta | Reception


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