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Dallas, TX Indian Wedding by Peter Nguyen Studio

Happy Wednesday, Maharanis! The filmy time of the week is here, and it comes packed with tons of beauty, emotions, and traditional flair. Today, we have all the details surrounding Nandita & Aman's charming wedding and believe us, this is one celebration you are going to enjoy. So, without further ado, let's jump right into it! This love journey began most vibrantly and colorfully with a joyful Sangeet, which was the perfect preamble for all the amazingness that was about to come. For the big wedding day, Nandita & Aman decided to bring Peter Nguyen Studio on board. And oh boy, what a great decision it was! This fantastic studio showed all their talent and expertise, capturing every detail of the wedding events with so much delicacy that we couldn't stop seeing the blockbuster film below. The wedding ceremony officiated at the Live! By Loews was a cornucopia of beauty and flair thanks to Prashe Decor, who transformed this venue's halls into an exquisite setting, more than suitable for this solemn celebration. The traditional linens wrapped around the room and the gorgeous floral arrangements created the perfect backdrop for these lovebirds to profess their love and commitment to each other. Still, it was our gorgeous Nandita who stole all the show! She donned a  fashionable gown by Sabyasachi, draped and tied by Elegant Saree Draping. But that is not all! Ms Painted Lady complemented Nandita's dreamy look with fabulous hair and makeup designs that made her look like a goddess. And we absolutely loved this winning combo! If you can't get enough of this couple, make sure to hit the play icon below. You will be amazed!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
It was the fall of 2012 and when I was a freshman and Aman a sophomore at Duke. We literally locked eyes for the first time and met on a dance floor at a mixer. But it wasn't until the summer of 2013 when we started spending more time together watching Bollywood movies (Ye Jawaani Hai Deewani), taking summer classes at Duke, and getting to know each other. After a summer filled with endless conversations, sharing our favorite Hindi songs, and nervous laughter, Aman asked me on our first official date with a pint of Ben and Jerry's ice cream and a post-it-note with "will you be my girlfriend" attached on top.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Here is a youtube link to our proposal flash mob!

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On August 29th, 2019 the two officially had six years of unforgettable memories with each other under their belts. One August afternoon, Nandita was getting ready for what she thought was a family friend's baby shower when the doorbell began ringing. When she came downstairs, she heard music playing at the door and saw her little nephew Neeraj peeking out the front window saying "Aman Uncle outside." When she opened the door, she saw not just Aman but also her Didi, Jijaji, Daddy, Namita, Ritu Aunty and Sanjay Uncle ALL outside. Confused, everyone came inside and started taking family pictures (at this point, Nandita wasn't sure if the proposal had already happened and she missed it, but needless to say there were many more surprises in store). Aman soon handed her an envelope with a clue that led them to a piano at Hotel Zaza where he played and sang "Pehla Nasha" for me. For their entire six year relationship Nandita used to complain that Aman was holding out on her because he would never let her hear him sing or play the piano, he always said "he was waiting for the right time." A few more stops for lunch and "fake-out proposals" during the day they arrived at her sister's house where he said she could change for dinner. However, when she walked inside she realized he was proposing right then and there in the backyard. He had an empty pint of Ben and Jerry's with the ring inside and a post it-note on top asking her to marry him, just like his first ask for her to be his girlfriend. After getting down on one knee, he got up and immediately began what she thought was an awkward "solo" dance to You are my Soniya. Within moments of him starting, suddenly 40 of their closest childhood, college, medical school and family friends rushed in to flash-mob the rest of the song. She has never been more stunned or overwhelmed and was quite literally floored by how much love they are surrounded by with their village!

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.
Pandemic shopping was difficult, growing up I always imagined going to India with my mom and sister to shop for my bridal outfits. Luckily my sister found Meha Bhargava from Styl_Inc in India who runs a personal shopping service. Without her and her team, we wouldn't have been able to get 20 custom bridesmaids sarees, 18 groomsmen outfits, and our entire family outfitted from head to toe along with all of our wedding gifts.

Without a single in person fitting, Meha and her team made sure each of my wedding outfits arrived on time and fit me perfectly. This wedding would not have happened without her!

Our wedding planning experience started in August 2019, a few months before the pandemic hit. After an unexpected hiccup with the first planner we hired we were so so blessed that Hala Snyder (Events by Hala) decided to step back into wedding planning just for our family. She planned my sister's wedding 8 years ago but had since stepped away from wedding planning. She swooped in right before the pandemic and made sure to find us the best vendors in the game. We chose the new venue, Live! By Loewe's in Arlington Texas because we wanted a hotel with a newer feel and a lot of energy -- with the AT&T stadium and an array of restaurants the venue was perfect for our wedding weekend. Jill from Live! By Loewes was also the most amazing point of contact and made sure all of our event details were seamless. Jill and Hala made sure my dream of Aman arriving in on an elephant for the baraat came true. From extensively mapping out the elephant's route to weighing the bridge the elephant would walk over, they planned out every detail! We worked with Alex from Ms Painted Lady for Hair and Makeup and from providing the most flawless makeup for my family and I, to creating hair styles based off of my descriptions alone, to being just a wonderful, hard working and amazing person she and her team made the weekend perfect and got over 20 ladies ready throughout the weekend. We were lucky to work with Prashe for our decor -- she took exactly what I described and envisioned and made it come to life each night of our wedding events. We loved our DJs from Desi Junction, they made sure our dance floor was hard to leave and from night to night everyone was there till the lights went up. DJ Channi never lost energy and is someone who made our wedding so memorable! Most importantly, our Photo and Video Team (Peter Nguyen Luxury Weddings) was a dream. They were there all week, the kindest team, the most amazing talent and took what my family and I requested (full coverage of our family and all guests) to heart and made sure they covered every aspect of our wedding. The same day edit is also amazing and captured our week so perfectly. I cannot express how lucky we are that Peter and his team came highly recommended to us by our family friends and he is definitely responsible for capturing our memories in a beautiful way.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I always grew up wanting to wear Sabyasachi and Manish Malhotra for my wedding events. When it came time to pick my bridal outfit, I decided Sabysachi for their classic pink and red bridal attire. Due to COVID, their design house was unable to produce several of their lehenga designs. Despite a limited range in choices, I fell in love with a hot pink Nayantra lehenga and despite only seeing it virtually over Facetime, I trusted their designs would be stunning in person and I was so happy I was right.
For my reception outfit, I knew Manish Malhotra would be perfect. His designs are glamorous and intricate all at once. The lehenga I picked was one I had flagged from one of his earlier collections (it caught my eye well before I was engaged!). Their team was so lovely to work with and despite the pandemic, they were so happy to offer any design I found of theirs to produce. From fitting to customization, they were precise and perfect. The outfit arrived and was even more stunning in person.
Finally, for my Mehndi outfit, I always knew I wanted to wear something vibrant, bright and different than my other more classic styles. Aisha Rao seemed perfect and her royal blue designs with brightly embroidered skirts and blouses were exactly what I envisioned. Her team was also wonderful and prompt, they allowed us to customize everything from the blouse design to color and made sure everything arrived promptly! 

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was the time I was able to spend with my family dreaming up every detail. From start to finish, my Mom, Dad, Didi and Jijaji wanted to make this the wedding of my dreams and if I imagined it they made it happen. Most importantly, despite the stress of the pandemic, my family and Aman made sure I was smiling and laughing through the entire wedding planning process.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved the traditional aspects of the wedding -- from our Benarasi Mehndi at our Didi and Jijaji's house, to our elephant at the baraat, to the array of dances our friends and family put together for each and every event, to our midnight ceremony, we loved sharing our culture and excitement with all of our guests. Everyone also loved the chance to finally dance on a dance floor together again and we cannot thank our friends -- all amazing dancers -- for bringing so much energy. Personally, I also think everyone loved seeing Aman stay on his feet throughout the week dancing the nights away (he's definitely the dancer out of the two of us!)

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The baraat was an amazing experience. I got to watch the baraat from a balcony facing the bridge route and wave to Aman as he came in on the elephant. I also got to see all of our incoming guests on both sides and enjoyed seeing the baraatis dance. There was so much energy and after an incredibly tough year for so many it was so perfect seeing so many of our loved ones together again celebrating with us.

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.
The Mehndi was our kickoff event hosted at my Didi and Jijaji (Natasha and Rajiv Shenoy's) residence. The two of them transformed their home into a bright, completely decked out venue complete with a bangle "market," draped tents, rickshaws, fire dancers, a dessert truck and so much more. Their vendors included Lawson Rentals, Fox electric & Renee's Lighting company (who came in clutch with a completely new lighting system the night before the Mehndi when a last minute tent was installed for rain precaution!) Prashe, Celebration catering, Mehnaz Mehndi Artists, Desi Junction, and Elite Valet.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Take advantage of the fact that all of your loved ones are under one roof for your wedding day! There is no bigger joy than getting to constantly turn around and see another person who is so filled with love and excitement for you and your husband to be on your wedding day!

Don't forget to join us tomorrow for a new love story!

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Photography: Peter Nguyen Studio | Draping/Styling: ELEGANT SAREE DRAPING | Photography: Peter Nguyen Studio | Ceremony Venue: Live! By Loews | Planning & Design: Events by Hala | Floral & Decor: Prashe Decor | Hair & Makeup: Ms Painted Lady | DJ: Desi Junction | Bride’s Wedding Gown: Sabyasachi | Bride’s Reception Gown: Manish Malhotra | Cake & Treats: Amy’s Crazy Cakes | Mehndi Artists: Meena's Mehndi | Rentals: Lawson Event Rentals | Bride’s Stylist and Personal Shoppers: Styl Inc. by Meha Bhargava


Miami, FL Engagement by Vanessa and Johnny Photography

Happy Friday, beautiful ladies! Another week is gone, and we are rapidly approaching the weekend; and what better way to do it than taking a look at a romantic love story that will make you feel inspired! Today's feature is going to start a little differently than we usually do things around here. This time, we won't be taking a look at a wedding celebration. Even better, we'll be taking a look at how a happily ever after begins by taking you on a visual journey through Pooja & Shaan's engagement ceremony. How amazing is that! This engagement ceremony hosted at Shaan's Family Home was a step forward in Pooja & Shaan's dream of becoming husband and wife. And we are so happy they are getting closer to fulfilling their dream as just by seeing them together in the impressive shots captured by Vanessa and Johnny Photography and Films, you can tell that they are a match made in heaven! Pavan Events exceeded all expectations creating a minimalist yet striking decor in soft pastel hues that we loved so much! Just take a look at the fabulous wall of flowers. If that doesn't say beauty, few things will! And talking about beauty, we want to take a moment to admire Pooja's fabulous look after being pampered by Javeria Bhimla. The nude makeup combined with the classy outfit from Priya Chhabria made Pooja look like a goddess, and we are a little jealous of how stunning her engagement look was! If you can't get enough of this beautiful event, make sure to take a look at today's full gallery. You'll love it so much!

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That is all for today, darlings! Remember to join us on Monday for more.

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DJ: Pavan Events | Engagement Venue: Shaan's Family Home | Photography: Vanessa and Johnny Photography and Films | Decor: Pavan Events | Outfit: Priya Chhabria | MUA: Javeria Bhimla | Catering: Namaste Miami


Lake Geneva, WI Stylized Shoot by Sapan Ahuja Photography

Planning your special day during the coldest time of the year? Then the next round of images is just what you are looking for to spark your inspiration! The wealth of ideas provided by this winter stylized photoshoot are endless and breaks the traditional rules. VP Impressions planned the concept, and Chicago-based photo artist team Sapan Ahuja Photography created the timeless photographs we are about to see. The photo team managed to capture the charm of each bride beautifully and the over-the-top decor details that decked the setting. The spectrum of striking colors is so vibrant, and the breathtaking ice-carved tunnels from Ice Castles were the perfect backdrop. This spectacular attraction of thousands of icicles gave the right touch of winter glam atmosphere. Utterly magical and romantic! I love the hanging ribbon display that featured blue, aqua, and white garlands with bells that gave a festive touch to the scene. Makeup By Karishma transformed the ladies into whimsical winter Maharanis with impeccable makeup that included blue shades, bold lipsticks, and even a bit of sparkly frost. Bridal hairstyles were as magical as the makeup. Makeup By Karishma created alluring soft-lock looks, proving that you don't need an intricate updo to look elegant for your big day. These stunning Indian brides nailed the frosty look with Krishna Fashion House's embellished Lehenga Cholis. The fashion house dressed our beautiful models with a selection of intricate patterns and colors that ranged from a delicate mint green, soft cloud blue to an exquisite cream color. Each ensemble was perfectly paired with sparkly silver crystal jewelry that took each outfit to the next level and brightened things up a little more. Bravo to all the great vendors for the extraordinary collabs and execution of such a unique photo shoot. Go to our complete gallery and get some elegant and unique seasonal cues from this wonderful winter stylized photoshoot.

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Obsessed with weddings? Dive into more great weddings and stylized shoots tomorrow and discover endless ideas and beautiful love stories.

 
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Photography: Sapan Ahuja Photography | Model: Linisha Basu | Model: Leena Patel | Model: Khushboo Shah | Planner of Stylized Shoot: VP Impressions | Floral & Decor: VP Impressions | Hair & Makeup: Makeup By Karishma | Bridal Fashions: Krishna Fashion House | Cinematography: Eddie Rodriguez | Venue: Geneva National Resort | Venue: Ice Castles


Woodbridge, NJ Indian Fusion Wedding by 1314 Studio

Welcome back, beautiful Maharanis! This week is full of many festivities, and here at Maharani Weddings, we want to start it by bringing you a new love story that will make you sigh! To begin this journey, we are taking you to the exclusive Ariana's Grand, the ideal venue chosen by Javeria & Mohsin, our today's lovebirds, to tie the knot! And we must say that the way everything was set up, organized, and orchestrated left us speechless, and we are sure that you will be inspired by the talented team from Events By Srishti, who captured our lovely duo's vision and created the wedding of their dreams. Just beautiful! Speaking of beauty, Javeria, our gorgeous Maharani, dazzled everyone with a royalty look throughout the entire gala. No wonder why Raja Mohsin couldn't take his eyes off of her. It is incredible to see how two different cultures mingle together to celebrate the eternal union of their favorites. Once the ceremony ended, an unforgettable wedding reception hosted at the 5 star banquets started.  And we loved how everyone had a blast chatting, enjoying the delicious food, the emotional speeches, and of course, the phenomenal beats from Luxe Event Group and DJ Salman NYC. They turn this gala into a real party. To conclude this installment, let me invite you to relive this epic celebration by visiting today's gallery, thanks to the fantastic photo captures taken by 1314 Studio. I bet you will love them as much as we did. So enjoy it!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
He's been my best friend since we were in high school. Always knew he was the one!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
My husband drove all the way from Brooklyn to NJ with my sister in law and his 3 nieces to a park near me and set up a balloon arch that said Marry me with rose petals all over the floor. My siblings blind folded me and then he took me to the spot he set up and got down on one knee. I knew the whole time what was going to happen, but it was still really special.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I know I wanted a traditional red lengha. I went to the bridal market in Pakistan with my parents with only 8 days to shop for my entire wedding due to work/vacation time and we spent all day looking to find the perfect lengha. My parents saw it and loved it first and at first I wasn't so sure until they put it up against me and put the dupatta on my head as I looked in the mirror.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The little details like the making the diya plates was such a fun activity to do with my sister. We got to be creative and it was one of the things I really looked forward to doing because I could take my vision and bring it to life.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
My father daughter dance was the most special and emotional moment of the whole wedding. We danced to "Half the Man" by Jennifer Smestad and we cry everytime we hear the song or watch the video.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
You can't control everything & if you can get a planner or day of coordinator. They handled everything the day of and saved me so much stress. A lot of changes were made and a lot of things could have went wrong, did go wrong because of covid but I didn't focus on any of it nor did I need to because I was too busy enjoying my special day all thanks to the special people behind the scenes!

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
This was the first wedding in my family so there were ofcourse a lot of firsts. We got lucky in many ways with the amazing people we booked, but we booked some non so great vendors/venues as well. Firstly, I booked eventsbtsrishti as my day of coordinator and there's no words that could describe my gratitude to her and her team on making my dad as amazing as it was. They're a forever vendor for me and my family and I can't reccomend them enough. 1314 studio was my photographer/videographer and they're worth every penny, their work is amazing! Lake chateau was by far the best venue we booked, they were so accommodating & the venue was beautiful. Pinhos bakery has been a family favorite bakery, they made my sweet16 cake & now my wedding cake. BeautyByTamanna was my hair and makeup artist and her work speaks for itself, she's kind, respectful and SO talented. Food was catered from Sunshine restaurant and we got many compliments! DJ salman and Amplifire Entertainment were our Djs and they did a great job keeping the flow of the day going and keeping people on their feet during open dancefloor.

If you loved this one, I bet you will adore what we have prepared for tomorrow. So come back!

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DJ: Amplifire Entertainment | Planning & Design: Events By Srishti | Sangeet Venue: Lake Chateau | Ceremony Venue: Ariana's Grand | Reception Venue: 5 star banquets | Hair & Makeup: Beauty By Tamanna | Photography: 1314 Studio | DJ (Reception): DJ Salman NYC


Atlanta, GA Indian Wedding by Hakim's Studio

Good morning Maharanis! Get ready to enjoy all the beauty surrounding Sanya & Himanshu's Royal Wedding Reception hosted at the Château Élan Winery & Resort. Today's magical film is brought to you thanks to the talented and highly experienced team of Hakims Studio - Photography and Cinematography, and we have no words to describe such a mesmerizing film! The night consisted of jam-packed entrances, heart-touching speeches, wonderful dance performances, and skits by friends and family. But what really stole the show was the magical first dance performance that we will never forget. For this closing gala, our gorgeous Maharani looked like a princess after being glamorized by Saleka. The fabulous team at Mandap World followed the line of amazingness and luxury set by our lovely couple and crafted a marvelous decor that everyone loved. Every single scene seemed taken out of the pages of a fairytale. All the guests enjoyed a delicious culinary experience by Cafe Bombay Indian Bistro and CB Catering, and the word on the street is that every single plate was mouth melting! And we want to give a big shoutout to GTB Productions as they absolutely killed the dance floor to close off this extravagant reception! If you want to take a closer look at all the beauty of this event, hit play below and get ready to have a great time. You will love every bit of it!

Remember that we have inspiring stories every day, so make sure to join us tomorrow for more!

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DJ: DJ Jaz- GTB Productions | Catering: Cafe Bombay Restaurant and Catering | Photography: Hakim's Studio | Photography: Hakim's Studio | Reception Venue: Château Élan Winery & Resort | Floral & Decor: Mandap World | Hair & Makeup: Saleka | Catering: CB Catering


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