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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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Arlington, TX Indian Wedding by MnM Photography

Greetings, loves! Get ready to enjoy Sirisha & Nagu's wedding in today's Platinum Guide Blog.

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Darlings, I hope you enjoyed reading about our Maharani brides and their inspiring weddings! 

Venues: Live! By Loews Arlington | Draping/Styling: Pattupleats | Planning & Design: Sejal Bhakta | Floral & Decor: Prashe | Hair & Makeup: Ms. Painted Lady | DJ: Desi Junction DJs | Fireworks: Pyrotex | Mehndi Artist: Mehndi By Zohra | Photographer: MnM Photography

Dana Point, CA Fusion Wedding by Photo by Neil

Sweeties, immerse yourselves in the tale of Chathu & Harsh's enchanting union, where love and tradition wove a tapestry of eternal connection. Their romance found its poetic manifestation at the sublime Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa. Expertly orchestrated by Events by Sep, every detail bore witness to an artistry where passion met perfection. The majestic creations of Deepti's Floral Designs & Mandaps whispered the tales of spring amidst the golden embrace of autumn. Each petal, every bloom, was a sonnet echoing the pulsating love between our ethereal bride and her dashing groom. Gina Rajapaksha's masterful strokes painted Chathu in these moments, rendering her a masterpiece where elegance met ethereality. Karma Lounge & Anoma Catering unveiled a banquet where every bite was reminiscent of the old-world charm fused with contemporary elegance. Fruitea Boba by Ethan and An added an exquisite touch, where each sip was a journey through the paradisiacal gardens of flavor. DJ Outlost rang a melodic tune to keep the dancefloor on fire. Amidst this cosmic dance of elements, Photo by Neil encapsulated moments where each click was a portal to the timeless tale scripted on that fabled day. Darlings, a gallery of eternal love awaits you!

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Thank you for taking the time to read this love story, Maharanis. Stay tuned for more features.

Floral & Decor: Deepti's Florals Designs & Mandaps | Venues: Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa | Planning & Design: Events by Sep | Hair & Makeup: Gina Rajapaksha | Catering: Karma Lounge | Catering: Anoma Catering | DJ: DJ Outlost | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Kate Dahl | Lighting: XL Entertainment Systems | Photo Booth: Pixster Photobooth | Tuxedos: Men's Wearhouse | Boba Vendor: Fruitea Boba by Ethan and An | Photographer: Photo by Neil

Coppell, TX Indian Wedding by William Bichara Photography

Bask in the tale of Donika & Akash's wedding, a symphony of hearts, and a jubilant celebration at the enchanting Four Points by Sheraton, where the walls reverberated with laughter. Gracefully orchestrated by Dream Geplant Event, each moment unfolded like the tender petals of a blooming rose. As if painted by tender strokes of love and artistry, Divine Decor of Dallas transformed the venue into an ethereal garden. The skilled hands of MS Painted Lady adorned Donika. Sheetal's Henna Designs inscribed the ancient tales of love with a beautiful mehndi design. Epique Cinema immortalized every moment, transforming ephemeral seconds into a timeless dance of light, emotion, and color through an incredible film. Sai Ram Catering unveiled a culinary journey that beckoned the soul and enkindled the senses. Empire Entertainment ignited the night with melodies that weaved the tender whispers of the heart into a sonorous symphony, echoing the eternal dance of the stars. Every detail, an ode to their enduring love, was captured with profound elegance by William Bichara Photography, rendering moments into endless echoes of joy and romance. Enjoy!

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My darlings, I hope you enjoyed reading about our Maharani brides and their inspiring weddings! 

Sangeet / Ceremony / Reception Venue: Four Points by Sheraton | Planning & Design: Dream Geplant Event | Floral & Decor: Divine Decor of Dallas | Hair & Makeup: MS Painted Lady | Catering: Sai Ram Catering | DJ: Empire Entertainment | Cinematography: Epique Cinema | Mehndi Artist: Sheetal's Henna Designs | Photography: William Bichara Photography

Austin, TX Indian Wedding by The Bird & The Bear

Hello, darlings! In the heart of the exquisite Canyonwood Ridge, Niyanthi & Tini's wedding unfurled like a dream painted with love hues. Every moment was meticulously planned by the Nirali Shah Events, ensuring the day progressed as smoothly as a silken tapestry. Every corner shimmered with the artistry of Flora Fetish, their floral and decor reflecting the essence of their love story. Niyanthi, draped in a meticulously crafted wedding sari from Kanchipuram Narayani Silks in Jubilee Hills, every fold and pleat seemed to tell tales of ancient traditions and timeless beauty. Tini looked dapper in a ceremonious sherwani from Jade Blue. Niyanthi's face glowed, thanks to the magical touch of Blush and Glow's hair and makeup artistry. Later in the evening, Niyanthi graced the dance floor, swirling in her opulent lehenga by Panache by Sharmeen x Seema Gujural. The tantalizing aroma of delectable dishes from The Peached Tortilla wafted through the air, teasing the senses of every guest. Desi Junction DJ's beats reverberated, echoing the heartbeats of every guest, drawing them to the dance floor. Capturing these precious moments into cinematic masterpieces, freezing them for eternity, was the exceptionally talented team of The Bird and The Bear Photography and Films. Enjoy the film!

How did you meet your Groom, and when did you know he was "the one"?
Tini and I met in San Francisco in January 2020 with one swipe to the right on Hinge. The next thing I knew, I was on a first date with a boy who had a more complicated name than me. His real name is Dipankar, but all his close loved ones call him Tini. We had our first date at Jamber, a wine bar, where we instantly had a connection and great conversation. We went out on a few more dates around the bay, but when March rolled around and the pandemic ensued, we parted ways temporarily.

I moved back to Texas for my family, and Tini moved back to Montreal for his family. Bouncing around from cities and countries, we managed to find our way back to each other in good ol’ Houston, Texas, in January 2021. At that point, I immersed Tini into my life, introducing him to all my friends and family. His opening line when meeting anyone is “Do you want a tequila shot?” so he got along with all my friends and family instantly.

Tini is one of the most charismatic, honest, and happiest humans I’ve ever met. He has been my biggest cheerleader since our very first date in Jan 2020. He empowers me to be my full, authentic self, use my voice, and live in the moment. I also knew that whoever made me laugh to the point of my cheeks hurting was the person meant for me. I’m so lucky to have my best friend as my life partner and thankful that one swipe made my life.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Tini and I got engaged on March 19th, 2022! Tini told me he had made plans with Nikhil and Sowmya, my brother and sister-in-law, for brunch that Saturday morning. I worked out that morning and began getting ready for brunch. That same morning, I decided to test out some new foundations, which was putting us behind Tini’s specially crafted schedule. Unaware of the urgency or importance of the day, I took my time to get dressed. Finally making it out the door, Tini wanted to swing by Herman Park to walk around a bit before brunch and enjoy the gorgeous weather.

While we were walking around the park, Tini started reminiscing on our life journey together. Suddenly, he gets down on one knee and asks me to marry him. Overcome with happiness, I screamed YES, and the photographer popped out, taking our in-the-moment excitement. However, right before Tini could put the engagement ring on my finger, a park ranger pops out of nowhere and tells us Centennial Gardens has strict picture-taking rules. We needed to leave this part of the park immediately.

In typical Tini fashion, he told me not to let the park ranger ruin this once-in-a-lifetime moment, run with the punches, and enjoy this time together. We found a different part of the park where Tini was able to finally put the engagement ring on my finger, and we shared those first precious moments of being engaged with each other (and our photographer). After our mini photoshoot, Tini scoops me away, and we head to my parent's house for a surprise engagement bash. Tini has hired a professional chef to make my whole family a special meal with all of my favorite treats (Tex-Mex food, tres leches, donuts, Cinnabon rolls, Reese's chocolate). We spend the rest of the day celebrating together with tequila shots, great food, and amazing company. Truly a memorable day.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Do you have a favorite color in mind?
Shopping for my wedding outfits was a little stressful in the beginning. I’m not the most well-versed with all the Indian designers and the latest styles. My sister-in-law, Sowmya, really introduced me to Indian designers, style ranges, and all the key sites to get ideas. I am, at the core, someone who is always drawn to bold, colorful, and timeless/chic styles, so I knew my outfits should represent those styles.

Sangeet was the perfect event for me to go bold, colorful, and playful - and I found the perfect outfit for just that! Tini’s cousin, Natasha Walia, co-owns LiveTheCollective, which is a Toronto-based boutique that sells Indian designer wear all over North America. Natasha and I chatted at length about the most ideal sangeet outfit. When I was scanning her site, I found the most gorgeous Vvani by Vani Vats's purple lehenga. I didn't typically see brides wearing such a vibrant purple for Sangeets and knew it was the lehenga for me. Wearing the Vvani lehenga for my Sangeet was everything I imagined and more - it truly embodied the whole vibe I was aiming for the Sangeet.

For the ceremony, I've always envisioned the traditional South Indian look. A beautiful Kanchipuram silk sari with a cream base, bold red border, and beautiful light gold embroidery throughout. I knew Hyderabad was the only place to find the perfect sari. After visiting so many stores, I found the perfect one at Kanchipuram Narayani Silks in Jubilee Hills. It was love at first Sari sight, and every time I look back at my wedding pictures, it brings the biggest smile to my face.   

The reception lehenga was more challenging for me. I knew I wanted a timeless and chic reception look, but I wasn’t sure about the color or the style. That’s when I discovered Panache by Sharmeen in Houston, Texas. Sharmeen has a multi-Indian designer boutique with the most collaborative and seamless bridal process for wedding outfits. In fact, I ended up using Sharmeen for my outfits for my brother’s wedding as well! Sharmeen truly has exquisite customer service and attention to detail. I’ve never seen anyone care more about her bride’s outfit details than her. I started the process with Sharmeen 1 year out from our wedding date, and that gave us time to experiment with different designers, styles, and colors. With the help of Pinterest, Instagram, and Sharmeen, I finally landed on a designer - Seema Gujural. She had a line of so many timeless and chic looks I knew that was the direction for me. Then I saw this gorgeous blue color on someone else's Instagram and knew blue was the reception vibe. Sharmeen helped me find the perfect shade of blue, identify the lehenga patterns, and design the style of the blouse. I’m still in love with my reception outfit and honestly looking for the next opportunity to wear it - I never wanted to take it off.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
When it finally came time to design and visualize each event's look and vibe - that was the most fun! Tini and I got to tap into our creative side and partner with Nirali in brainstorming all the fun quirks we wanted to have that represented our relationship. We got to work with such a wide array of vendors, and they were so great in helping us pull and swap elements from their warehouse to curate the perfect look.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Tini and I are notorious for rallying our friends and family to play drinking games, and we knew we wanted to incorporate drinking games into our sangeet experience. Our venue, Pecan Spring Ranch, had the perfect outdoor space where we were able to create a wonderful outdoor experience with food stations, lawn games, and a dedicated section under the pergola for drinking games. Our drinking game stations were beer pong, slap cup, and flip cup. Everyone got to relive their undergrad glory days when we had pristine livers and no sense of where the night would take us. What was most special about this moment was looking around to find loved ones from all phases of our lives hanging out together. People we never thought we would meet were suddenly teaming up and sharing laughs together around the drinking game tables. That was a beautifully rare moment for the guests and for Tini and me.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There are two particular moments that stick out to me. 

First, when Tini and I were doing the Talambralu ceremony step, Tini somehow missed the memo that you’re supposed to lightly pour the yellow rice on top of my head and instead thought he could throw the rice directly in my face. This triggered an instant rice-throwing playful fight between Tini and me. Unfortunately, our parents came into the crossfire, but it was such an unexpected, fun, joyous moment between Tini and me. There are some really solid photos that capture this exact moment.

Second, Tequila has been a fun bonding element between Tini, me, and our loved ones. Thus, right after the ceremony, after we stepped off the mandap, Tini and I shared a surprise tequila shot with all of our guests. We wanted a unique way to commemorate Tini and me getting married and involve all of our guests in that special moment. The guests loved the unique experience!

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.
There’s one special shout-out I need to make, and that’s for our photographer and videographer. Our photographer, Jamie Kovach from TwoFish, exceeded our expectations. She and the team were so incredibly thoughtful about capturing those special moments that happen between shots. She brought to life the magic between Tini and me. We loved her photography style, and she was so fun to be around. She’s an expert at effortlessly corralling a huge Indian crowd and getting the job done. Bonus points are her turnaround time for wedding pics is super quick. I can’t rave enough about Jamie and her team.

Nick and Bryan from Bird and the Bear were our videographers and pulled together some epic moments we never even knew happened at the wedding! Their videographer brilliance gave Tini and me the chance to relive the whole wedding weekend moment by moment.

Another memorable moment was the Sangeet dance program. My brother, Nikhil, and Tini’s brother, Manu, were the designated MCs for the evening and crushed it. Because of our love for drinking games, they came up with the most clever theme for the Sangeet program - Kings Cup - Niyanthi and Tini Edition. Each card represented a fun activity or challenge for us and the guests. It was a great way to engage the audience and keep things fresh. In between their bits, we had loved ones give speeches and dances. I couldn't help but dance along to all the amazing dances from our friends and family.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
My number one advice - when your wedding week rolls around, forget about all the logistics and the details. Live in the moment, and spend every second with all of your loved ones, laughing and sharing memories. That week is the first and last time you and your partner will have ALL of your loved ones under one roof, celebrating y’all’s love. Embrace the weekend and have a shit ton of fun.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Another special moment for Tini and me was having one of our best friends make most of our custom desserts for the Sangeet and Reception. Ishita Chakravarty, from DeelishCupcakes, has the most incredible assortment of custom and fusion desserts. Her talent and creative genius have no boundaries. The flavors we got were Laddoo, lemon blueberry, falooda injectable, brownie batter cookie dough, and paan petit four. The desserts were always the first things to finish at every single event, and all of our guests were raving about the flavors.

For the reception, we used Pixter Photo Booth as a fun way to keep the memories alive. Lots of our family and friends were bouncing back and forth between the dance floor and the photo booth. There’s a lot of goofy pictures we captured!

We also used Nisha Henna Arts for our Sari and lehenga draping. I actually met Nisha back at my brother’s wedding, and she’s such a sweetheart. She knows how to roll with the chaos of getting ready for events and did a great job with draping me and my family.

Sending you all love and romantic wishes until our next alluring tale. We have more stories for you! 

Sangeet Venue: Pecan Springs Ranch | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Canyonwood Ridge | Planning & Design: Nirali Shah Events | Floral & Decor: Flora Fetish | Hair & Makeup: Blush and Glow | Catering: The Peached Tortilla | DJ / Baraat: Desi Junction DJ's | Sangeet Bridal Fashion: LiveTheCollective x Vvani by Vani Vats | Bride Wedding Sari: Kanchipuram Narayani Silks in Jubilee Hills | Bride Reception Lehenga: Panache by Sharmeen x Seema Gujural | Bridal Jewelry: Paisley Pop Shop | Cake & Treats: Deelish Cupcakes | Cinematography: The Bird and The Bear Photography and Films | Mehndi Artist & Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Nisha Henna Arts | Photo Booth: Pixster Photo Booths | Rentals: Bee Lavish Vintage Rental | Transportation: Charter Up | Tuxedos: Hugo Boss | Rentals: Premiere Events | Rentals: Party at the Moon Tower Event Rentals | Catering: Spice Fine Indian Cuisine | Bar & Staffing: Royal Fig | Bar & Staffing: Austin Occasions | Makeup: Sharon Marie Makeup | Priest & Officiant: Adityaji Panchagnula | Bridal Jewelry: Tarinika | Dessert: Round Rock Donuts | Dessert: Hayley Cakes & Cookies | Groom Ceremony Sherwani: Jade Blue | Photographer: TwoFish Photography & Films

Jersey City, NJ Fusion Wedding by Memories Studio

Ladies, the tale of Janya & Ben's wedding is enchanting. Dive with me into this mesmerizing journey! Under the soft sun at Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson, this union was a masterpiece of culture and love. At the heart of this stunning affair was the impeccable planning and design by Urvashi Mishra, Wedding & Event Planner, ensuring every detail seamlessly flowed into the next. Elegant Affairs Inc.'s floral and decor mastery transformed the space into a romantic haven. Janya looked the queen of the day, thanks to the artistry of Color Me Rouge, who delicately crafted her hair and makeup, ensuring she looked picture-perfect for every cherished moment. The same gifted hands adorned Janya's hands with Mehndi designs, weaving stories of love, promise, and dreams. Transitioning from the sentimental ceremony to a night of revelry, D&S Event Solutions captured the essence of the celebrations, ensuring the dance floor was never empty, and spirits were always high. And when it came time for the sweet conclusion, Palermo Bakery presented a masterpiece cake. The lenses of Memories Studio immortalized all these timeless moments. Their impeccable photography ensured this wedding would be relived and cherished for generations. Dive deeper into the gallery to grasp the magic of this wedding.  You'll get lots of inspiring ideas from it.

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Ben and I were introduced by my best friend. Ben attended graduate school with her husband, and when she started hanging out with him, she knew we had to meet. In addition to our compatible personalities, we went to the same college and graduated in the same year. It's a big school and we never met there; I am so grateful fate intervened and gave us another chance to meet!

Our relationship took several months to blossom. When we first met, I was wrapping up my job as a teacher in Connecticut and Ben was on the verge of completing his grad school program and traveling abroad for 3 months. After he came back from his travels, he started a new job which required traveling out of state Monday-Thursday and I was setting into a new job in the city while living in New Jersey. Needless to say, our schedules were tough to align! Once I moved into the city and we were able to spend time together more consistently, our connection was clear and it was worth the wait.

When the pandemic hit in March 2020, Ben and I left the city and went to stay with my parents in New Jersey. He had spent time with them before, but there is nothing like living together during a lockdown to really get to know one another. I could already see a future with him, but I knew he was the one after seeing how seamlessly he blended in with my family during those months. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to live with his parents in Michigan shortly after that, and we felt a great sense of comfort knowing that we could fit into each other's families with ease. Jokes about our former "roommates" were abundant at the wedding!

We met on November 21, 2015 in New York and Ben proposed on November 21, 2021 in Detroit.

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.
I would love to give a shoutout to out wonderful vendors! Urvashi Mishra is an excellent wedding planner. She brings an exuberant, creative side based on her wealth of experience working within hospitality and wedding planning, which allows her to be an ideal partner for facilitating each and every detail in a realistic manner to bring your dreams to life. Her team is also extremely easy to work with, goes above and beyond, and makes sure the bride and groom are able to focus on enjoying their wedding events and relishing each moment with their guests. She connected us with high caliber vendors who have also mastered their respective crafts. We feel very fortunate to have worked with Mehul from Memories Photography. In the months since the wedding as we've finalized our photos and videos, he has been highly accessible and never makes even the most minor requests feel like a burden. Chef Vipul from Moghul worked with us to curate a tailored menu that payed homage to our cultures as well as our personal favorites. Ben proposed to me in front of red Firehouse doors, and Dhwani Doshi from the Royal Co worked with us to incorporate this theme into our stationary. Sharda Aunty from Elegant Affairs understood our vision and vibes and made it come to life in a way we never could have imagined. Meghna Parikh from Color Me Rouge incorporated meaningful items into my mehendi design and I was so happy with how my makeup turned out! D&S did a great job with our lighting and music.

We are very fortunate to have worked with these vendors and highly recommend them to anyone planning their wedding.

What did your guests particularly love about your wedding?
One consistent piece of feedback that we received on the day of the wedding and afterwards was appreciation for the way our wedding weekend celebrated both cultures equally and how there was a palpable feeling of two families coming together as one. Our sangeet was atypical in that most of the performances were by people who had not attended a sangeet before. We appreciated seeing our friends (and the groom!) step out of their comfort zone and put together dance routines to make our day that much more special. My cousin provided an intro to the sangeet to explain what the event was to our guests. His main message was that in the beginning of the night there are two sides - one for the bride and one for the groom - and by the end there is just one side, the only side. Our guests truly felt that fusion by the end of the night and going into the weekend.

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.
Given our sentimental nature, Ben and I wanted to include meaningful touches wherever we could. One way we did this was through our floral choices. Our garlands for our Hindu ceremony matched my parents’ wedding garlands from 1983, and my bridal bouquet matched Ben’s mom’s bridal bouquet from 1989 (I can share photos from their ceremonies if you are interested!). Similarly, at our cocktail hour we displayed wedding photos of our parents and grandparents to honor the legacies of the wedding ceremonies that brought us to this day. Finally, as a way of honoring our family traditions and our love for cooking, our table names at the reception were named for spices that are featured prominently in Indian and Italian dishes (e.g., saffron, cardamom, fenugreek for Indian and basil, rosemary, thyme for Italian). To that end, our party favor for guests each contained a travel-sized jar of ghee and bottle of olive oil, continuing the broader symbolism of our wedding that brought together our families and cultures.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
My advice is for both brides and grooms. First, the wedding day moves fast, but one way to try and stay in the moment is by looking whoever you’re talking to in the eye and ignoring everything around them. Since you are at the center of attention and everyone is vying to get to you, you will naturally get excited as you see familiar faces appear in your periphery. However, this intentional focus helps you to slow down and be present for the person you are speaking to in that moment. Also grooms, don’t be afraid to get involved! This is one of the rare moments where you get to showcase whatever you want about yourself to your guests, and you want the fingerprints from both sides to be present in the end result. In addition to my mom and our planner, I’m lucky to have had a partner who was excited to get involved with details and was with me every step of the way. It made the planning process that much more fun.

Ladies, this enchanting wedding story is one for the books. Come back for more ideas and love!

Hair & Makeup: Color Me Rouge | Mehndi Artists: Color Me Rouge | Sangeet Venue: Hyatt House Jersey City | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson | Planning & Design: Urvashi Mishra Wedding & Event Planner | Floral & Decor: Elegant Affairs Inc. | Catering: Moghul Caterers | DJ: D&S Event Solutions | Dance Floor Wrap: Shout | Priest: Krishna Varanasi | Cake & Treats: Palermo Bakery | Cinematography: Memories Studio | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: The Royal Collection | Photo Booth: Central Jersey | Guest Book: FeteFone | Photography: Memories Studio


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