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Pittsburgh, PA Indian Fusion Wedding by Jorge Santiago Photo

Hello there, darlings! We know that you were so captivated by Tara & Casey's Sangeet ceremony that you were dying to know more about this lovely couple and all the beauty surrounding their wedding festivities! So, wait no more because we are back to continue sharing this grand event with all of you, ladies! This time, Jorge Santiago Photo is taking us on a visual journey through the enchanting wedding ceremony that united these two betrothed in marriage. Thoroughly planned and designed by Pearl Celebrations, this wedding ceremony held inside the halls of the Omni William Penn Hotel is one to remember! Just take a look at how mesmerizing and breathtaking everything was. Imperial Decor enhanced the majestic architecture of this venue with a magical decor featuring traditional linens, golden ornaments, and a magical petal-covered aisle that we loved so much! Without any question, this venue was more than ready to host this life-changing event. The whole room entirely lighted up once our gorgeous maharani walked down the aisle, leaving everyone speechless, and some even dropped a couple of tears of happiness! However, no one in the room was even closer to the level of excitement and amazement reflected by Casey. He couldn't take his eyes off of Tara, but we cannot blame him, as Tara looked ravishing thanks to Payal Patel, who took care of her beauty needs. If you can't get enough of this lovely couple, don't miss today's full gallery. You will love it!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Casey and I met working together in a medical office while both applying to medical school. One month after we started dating, we were accepted to different medical schools, and had to spend the next 4 years living in different states. The fact that he was so willing to put in the effort to make a long distance relationship work while going through med school made me realize very early on that he was the one. We went through the residency match process and were lucky enough to match in the same city, and shortly afterwards got engaged! We make each other laugh about the smallest things, and he always boosts my self confidence just when I need 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.
I am South Indian, and I knew I wanted to incorporate South Indian traditions with elements of a Western wedding as well. While my hometown of Pittsburgh is a wonderful city, it doesn't offer the variety of vendors that bigger cities do. For that reason, I used several vendors based in larger cities like DC and NYC and was very happy with how everything turned out. Casey's family is not Indian, and so we wanted a wedding that was festive but also felt warm and inclusive. We think we achieved that with the help of our fantastic vendors!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Casey and I traveled to India with my parents to do all of our shopping. I knew I wanted a hybrid of South Indian, North Indian, and Western looks for the wedding events, and we were fortunate to travel to different parts of India to achieve this. I found my bridal sari, a red traditional South Indian silk sari, in Bangalore, and my Sangeet lengha at a boutique in Delhi. While I love the blush and neutral tones that are really popular with brides, I wanted something a little different for my reception look, and when I saw my blue Tarun Tahiliani gown, I thought it was perfect. I loved how unique it was with its striking color and full skirt, and it made me feel so special!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Of course we are biased, but our family and friends really had amazing speeches that left us, and our guests, crying with laughter. Also, I have a huge sweet tooth and really wanted a big dessert spread, which ended up being a big hit!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Casey plays the piano really well, and he knows how much I love it when he plays. It's also hard for him to ever surprise me with anything. I was completely shocked when in the middle of our wedding reception, Casey and two of my cousins, Reka and Ashwin, surprised me with a performance, with singing, guitar playing, and Casey on the piano! They had secretly rehearsed via FaceTime for weeks without my knowing, and I was blown away by their thoughtfulness and talent! It was so special and I felt so lucky to have such a great family (and an amazing new husband)!
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Our families are very important to us, and my wedding ceremony jewelry reflected this. My paternal grandfather is no longer living, but prior to his passing had gifted me with gold that was then turned into the Mangalsutra, my wedding chain, that Casey placed around my neck to signify our marriage. The other necklace I wore was a gift from my maternal grandfather. It was really special to have reminders of my grandparents' love during our ceremony!
 
Our venue, the Omni William Penn Hotel, is one of the oldest hotels in Pittsburgh. We especially loved the elegance of our reception site, the Grand Ballroom, which has a beautiful gold balcony. Our wedding ceremony was held in another room in the hotel that has a very unique art deco vibe. We wanted a venue that had three distinct event spaces for our three main wedding events, and were lucky to find it in the Omni! We wanted our cake to match the elegance of the venue, and Tasty Bakery more than delivered! We loved the combination of gold leaf with the textured gold base and maroon flowers, and it truly matched the aesthetic we were going for.

We still have more, ladies! So make sure to stick around.
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Sangeet Venue / Ceremony Venue / Reception Venue: Omni William Penn Hotel | Planning & Design: Pearl Celebrations | Floral & Decor: Imperial Decor | Hair & Makeup: Payal Patel | Catering: Taj Mahal | Catering: Udipi Cafe | DJ: Dhoom Events | Baraat: Dhoom Events | Bridal Fashion (Reception): Tarun Tahiliani | Cake & Treats: Tasty Bakery | Cinematography: Trillium Films | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Indian Wedding Card | Photo Booth: Lux Photo Booth | Registry: Zola | Photography: Jorge Santiago Photo


Pittsburgh, PA Indian Fusion Wedding by Jorge Santiago Photo

Happy Tuesday, darlings! We know the first two days of the week are the hardest ones, so we thought about how we could make them more pleasant and enjoyable for you, and guess what, we found the way to do it! The best way for you to start the week on the right foot is none other than taking a look at the fabulous weddings that we share with you daily. And today's wedding is a perfect example of it! Tara & Casey's fusion wedding festivities are going to take your breath as they overflow with so much beauty, traditions, and emotions that we are sure you are going to be craving for more. So, let's jump right into it! For this first installment, we'll be taking a look at a joyful and colorful Sangeet night held at the Omni William Penn Hotel. The halls of this venue completely transformed into a spectacular setting more than suitable for the occasion, thanks to the unique decor crafted by Imperial Decor. The bright and bold colors on the traditional fabrics contrasted with the elegance of our two lovebirds, creating magical moments beautifully captured by the lens of Jorge Santiago Photo. And we want to make a big shoutout to Pearl Celebrations as this opening Sangeet, would not have been the same without their detailed planning and perfect execution. So kudos to them! Remember that you can always take a closer look at this event by taking a look at today's full gallery!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Casey and I met working together in a medical office while both applying to medical school. One month after we started dating, we were accepted to different medical schools, and had to spend the next 4 years living in different states. The fact that he was so willing to put in the effort to make a long distance relationship work while going through med school made me realize very early on that he was the one. We went through the residency match process and were lucky enough to match in the same city, and shortly afterwards got engaged! We make each other laugh about the smallest things, and he always boosts my self confidence just when I need 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.
I am South Indian, and I knew I wanted to incorporate South Indian traditions with elements of a Western wedding as well. While my hometown of Pittsburgh is a wonderful city, it doesn't offer the variety of vendors that bigger cities do. For that reason, I used several vendors based in larger cities like DC and NYC and was very happy with how everything turned out. Casey's family is not Indian, and so we wanted a wedding that was festive but also felt warm and inclusive. We think we achieved that with the help of our fantastic vendors!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Casey and I traveled to India with my parents to do all of our shopping. I knew I wanted a hybrid of South Indian, North Indian, and Western looks for the wedding events, and we were fortunate to travel to different parts of India to achieve this. I found my bridal sari, a red traditional South Indian silk sari, in Bangalore, and my Sangeet lengha at a boutique in Delhi. While I love the blush and neutral tones that are really popular with brides, I wanted something a little different for my reception look, and when I saw my blue Tarun Tahiliani gown, I thought it was perfect. I loved how unique it was with its striking color and full skirt, and it made me feel so special!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Of course we are biased, but our family and friends really had amazing speeches that left us, and our guests, crying with laughter. Also, I have a huge sweet tooth and really wanted a big dessert spread, which ended up being a big hit!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Casey plays the piano really well, and he knows how much I love it when he plays. It's also hard for him to ever surprise me with anything. I was completely shocked when in the middle of our wedding reception, Casey and two of my cousins, Reka and Ashwin, surprised me with a performance, with singing, guitar playing, and Casey on the piano! They had secretly rehearsed via FaceTime for weeks without my knowing, and I was blown away by their thoughtfulness and talent! It was so special and I felt so lucky to have such a great family (and an amazing new husband)!
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Our families are very important to us, and my wedding ceremony jewelry reflected this. My paternal grandfather is no longer living, but prior to his passing had gifted me with gold that was then turned into the Mangalsutra, my wedding chain, that Casey placed around my neck to signify our marriage. The other necklace I wore was a gift from my maternal grandfather. It was really special to have reminders of my grandparents' love during our ceremony!
 
Our venue, the Omni William Penn Hotel, is one of the oldest hotels in Pittsburgh. We especially loved the elegance of our reception site, the Grand Ballroom, which has a beautiful gold balcony. Our wedding ceremony was held in another room in the hotel that has a very unique art deco vibe. We wanted a venue that had three distinct event spaces for our three main wedding events, and were lucky to find it in the Omni! We wanted our cake to match the elegance of the venue, and Tasty Bakery more than delivered! We loved the combination of gold leaf with the textured gold base and maroon flowers, and it truly matched the aesthetic we were going for.

Don't go too far if you don't want to miss all the beauty that is coming your way!
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Sangeet Venue / Ceremony Venue / Reception Venue: Omni William Penn Hotel | Planning & Design: Pearl Celebrations | Floral & Decor: Imperial Decor | Hair & Makeup: Payal Patel | Catering: Taj Mahal | Catering: Udipi Cafe | DJ: Dhoom Events | Baraat: Dhoom Events | Bridal Fashion (Reception): Tarun Tahiliani | Cake & Treats: Tasty Bakery | Cinematography: Trillium Films | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Indian Wedding Card | Photo Booth: Lux Photo Booth | Registry: Zola | Photography: Jorge Santiago Photo


Clearwater, FL Indian Wedding by Kimberly Photography

Welcome back, darlings! We're so excited to dive into all the fabulous details of Ankita & Sunny's twinkling reception gala hosted inside the halls of the Hilton Clearwater Beach! For her reception, the bride knew that she wanted to go ultra-sleek and sophisticated. So, she chose a gorgeous soft-lavender attire with silver embroidery, from Seema Gujral and trusted her beauty needs to Michele Renee The Studio. And she ended up looking ravishing! Such a unique and stunning mix of Eastern and Western fashions! And Suuny did not stay behind, wearing a black tux with a buttoned-down white shirt that made him look handsome! After a mouthwatering dinner prepared by Janardhan and a delicious sweet cake baked by A Piece of Cake, guests were ready to set the shiny dance floor on fire to the energizing tunes of Volcanik Entertainment, who enlivened every moment of this gala! Hands down, this was the best way to bring the wedding festivities to an end, and needless to say that this couple, along with all their guests, will remember this magical night forever! If, after seeing all the enchanting moments of this incredible wedding celebration, you still can't get enough, make sure to visit the full gallery that we have prepared for today! It packs all the stellar shots captured by none other than the talented team from Kimberly Photography. We are sure you are going to love it!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
The first time I met Sunny was actually on Twitter. He was doing a global health rotation in rural India, and came across an article I wrote when I was reporting in India (I'm a journalist, he's a doctor). But that tweet didn't go anywhere. About a year later, a mutual friend introduced us when Sunny was visiting New York. Shortly after we started spending time together I knew!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
During one of our first hangouts Sunny and I happened to stop by Jane's Carousel in Dumbo, Brooklyn, which is this beautiful labor of love perched right on the water and overlooking the New York skyline. For the proposal he surprised me by flying down to New York from Boston, where he lived at the time, and making up an elaborate excuse with our mutual friend to go down to Dumbo one evening. It was freezing so I didn't know why he wanted to walk by the water, but he eventually led us up to the carousel. The people working there informed us it was closed, so I thought all hope was lost, but then they agreed to let us take a spin. Once we climbed on our respective horses, however, I realized that this was all planned well in advance because our song (Frank Ocean's Moon River) started playing. As it all hit me he walked me off the carousel, which he had rented out for us, and proposed with a Neruda poem we both love, and a pretty amazing speech.
 
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 our wedding was a wild ride, but it happened because we have a lot of good friends with unique talents and businesses. We chose the Hilton on Clearwater Beach because it's the beach in my hometown, where I have a lot of great memories and Courtney, our coordinator was probably the person I spoke to the most that whole year outside of family.
 
For our decorator, we spoke to a few people but chose a close family friend, Lakshmi Sastry, who owns Rtti Couture and was able to provide the intricate details and personal touch that we wanted. I also commissioned art from my friend Kamardip Singh (@kakikasi on Instagram) that was a crowd favor. Kam and Lakshmi Auntie also helped formulate the theme colors for all of our events (mehendi, sangeet/garba, ceremony and reception) and we used those color palettes for everything which was very helpful in narrowing down the options. My design aesthetic, if you can even call it that, was just to have the whole weekend feel vibrant, fun, playful, beachy and personal.
 
We chose our good family friend Janardhan Uncle as our caterer, and he made a completely different menu to fit the tone of each event and to reflect both the Marathi and Gujarati traditions.
 
For outfits, we went with a mix of things we bought in India and things we found online/custom made. For my wedding sari I went with designer Ayush Kejriwal, who is kind of funky and indie. For my reception I choose a Seema Gujral design in person while visiting India. And for my garba/sangeet outfit a college friend Swetha Gautham custom made both our outfits (hyphenite.com). For hair and makeup, after a disastrous trial with someone else, I went with Michelle Renee for my entire bridal party, who runs a well known team in Tampa. And we chose Volcanik Entertainment for our DJs because they were incredibly fun and flexible. Castaldo did our video, and Kimberly Photography did our photo.
 
We had a lot of hiccups throughout the wedding planning process. Florida and a beach wedding can prove difficult at times, and there's lots of elements you have to account for.  But luckily Sunny was incredibly involved and supportive and has solid negotiation skills, so he and I figured things out step by step with the help of our parents, family and friends (should out to my friend Swati, my ad hoc wedding planner). It also helped that we hired Sokha at Apsara Events about six weeks out for wedding coordination. She helped us make a minute-to-minute schedule, and account for all the elements we had to track. A life saver.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I had originally bought my wedding sari on a trip to Hyderabad, where my Mom's family is from. It was a whirlwind day with my mom and cousin, who had set aside a bunch of red saris at different shops based on a photo I had sent them. I bought one, a rich kanchivaram sari. But for whatever reason, when I got home, I changed my mind. I'm not a super fashionable person, but it just felt too heavy and gold. After some Instagramming I came across Ayush Kejriwal, who runs a label out of the UK. He was approachable and helpful and he showed me a sari via WhatsApp that I bought on the spot, on my phone, while sitting in a taxi in the Dominican Republic. It turned out perfectly for what I wanted, which was classic and bright. Sunny is Gujarati and I'm marathi so I wore a sari to honor my family's tradition, and red to honor his.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The best part of the planning process was been enveloped by the support and love of my family and friends at every turn. I really capitalized on all my friends' talents, from Kam's art, to my friend Rohit's writing skills for our newspaper, to my friend Madhvi's dance choreography skills. I had all my musically talented friends created a song that we sang to Sunny at the reception. It's the one time you can be a little more demanding than usual.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The absolute best compliment I've gotten is that our wedding was well planned and the events were pretty seamless. Our guests loved all of our personal details (art, newspapers, program etc.) and the fact that they were on a beach for three days, which I also think helps cover up for any little mistakes we made! Everyone had a lot of fun, and I think my friends thought they were on spring break again.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
This would have to be the ceremony. I was expecting the ceremony to be emotional and meaningful, but I didn't realize it would be so fun. From dancing during our pheras, to Sunny's hilarious and touching vows, I just remember looking out at the crowd every now and then, seeing a face of someone I loved, and feeling so grateful and humbled.
 
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 sister planned my mehendi, and with the help of our neighbor and friends made it this bright and colorful affair in the backyard of the house where I grew up. It was the perfect start to the weekend.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Make your guest list before you do anything else, and stick to it as closely as possible. It's really hard to draw the line sometimes, but it helps with everything that comes after.
 
Keep the people you know keep you calm and centered around you during the wedding week. Stress is inevitable, but if you're lucky, all of that will subside when it's actually time to celebrate.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
I got my bridal set at a traditional Hyderabadi jeweler. For the rest of my jewelryand smaller decor details I relied on Etsy. Our cake was from Piece of Cake Florida.

What a great way to start this fabulous week, isn't it ladies? If you want more, make sure to join us tomorrow! Until then, have a great one!
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DJ: Volcanik Entertainment | Hair & Makeup: Michele Renee The Studio | Venues: Hilton Clearwater Beach | Planning & Design: Apsara Events | Floral & Decor: Ritti Couture | Garlands: Vivek Flowers | Catering: Janardhan | Baraat: St. Petersburg Carriages | Cake & Treats: A Piece of Cake | Cinematography: Castaldo Studio | Draping/Styling: Bloom Salon & Spa | Bridal Fashion - Wedding Saree: Ayush Kejriwal | Bridal Fashion - Reception: Seema Gujral | Bridal Fashion - Sangeet: Hyphenite | Photo Booth: Be Social | Photography: Kimberly Photography


Tampa, FL Indian Wedding by Sona Photography

Happy Friday, ladies! Can you believe how fast February slipped through our fingers? It went by in a blink of an eye! And today, we want to end it with a flourish, by taking you on a romantic journey through Sheena & Dhrumil's unforgettable wedding celebration. So, get ready to enjoy it! For this installment, we'll be taking a look at a romantic outdoor photoshoot leading to a Sangeet Party that we are sure you don't want to miss! The talented team from Sona Photography worked their magic to capture enchanting shots to portray the love of this beautiful couple not only at their photoshoot but also at the bright and vivid Sangeet Party, and we are utterly amazed by their talent! The way they captured the colors, the emotions, and all the beauty of these lovebirds is impressive! For the Sangeet Party, Occasions by Shangri-la demonstrated why they are the go-to-guys when looking for a fabulous and mesmerizing decor, creating a fantastic scenery featuring bold and vivid colors that we loved so much! Hands down, this Sangeet was a huge success, and we want to make a big shoutout to Apsara Events for the perfect planning and execution of it! If you can't get enough of this lovely couple, don't miss today's gallery. And in case that is not enough, you might want to check the blockbuster clip by Riant Films already featured in our Video Blog! It will take your breath away!

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If you loved the beginning of this story, don't go too far if you don't want to miss the fantastic details that are yet to come! 

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Floral & Decor: Occasions by Shangri-la | Photography: Sona Photography | Cinematographer: Riant Films | Ceremony Venue & Reception Venue: Grand Hyatt Tampa | Planning & Design: Apsara Events | Hair & Makeup: Payal MUA | Catering: Aashirwad | DJ: Dudha Productions | Baraat (Dhol): Dudha Productions | Cake & Treats: Publix - North Point Plaza | Mehndi Artist: Janet’s Staffing | Rentals: Chiavari Chic | Transportation: Prestige Luxury Rental | Priest: Ramesh Mehta


Oak Brook, IL Indian Wedding by Banga Studios

Hello there, darlings! Sireesha & Nittin's love story continues, and we have all the details, so you don't miss anything about this fantastic celebration! For this installment, we'll be taking a look at a romantic outdoor photoshoot that will take your breath away! Right after the Wedding Ceremony, our two lovebirds took advantage of the greenery surrounding the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago - Oak Brook to immortalize their happiness for having married the love of their lives! And we cannot stretch how much we loved this photoshoot! So much beauty and elegance, and so many colors and of emotions popping out from every single shot! Simply amazing! And in case you were wondering, the mastermind behind such mesmerizing scenes is none other than Banga Studios! Their talent and expertise are off the charts, and this photoshoot is just a sneak peek to all they have to offer! We also wanted to take a moment to appreciate the looks of our lovely Maharani, who looked dazzling for this photoshoot thanks to Makeup by Rosie Inc and Hala Beauty, who took care of her hairstyle and makeup needs! For more amazing shots of this lovely couple, make sure to take a look at our Best of 2019 Magazine, and if you can't wait any longer, jump right into this amazing gallery! You'll love it!

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Nittin told me we were going to meet his mom at the Planetarium in Chicago, right on Lake Michigan.   We got there and waited in the lobby because it was 15 degrees outside (gotta love January in Chicago!).  30 minutes later, he said his mom was running late because she was trying to find parking; I didn't think anything of it because the parking lot was really packed that day!  Finally he said, "She's here!" We quickly run outside where holds my hand and walks me over to the lake to propose to me - I couldn't believe it! People around us were cheering and applauding! He hired a photographer to capture the proposal with the Chicago skyline in the background. It was absolutely 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.
We wanted to get married that summer and feel like we were guests at our own wedding. Ali Phillips at Engaging Events by Ali made it all possible, she planned our entire wedding in 3 months!  We went with her recommendations for DJ, Decor, Photography, Video, Hair and Make-up.                                         
 
Ali very patiently helped me vet about 30 different photographers before we landed on Banga Studios from Toronto.  I was looking for a photographer who could handle editing all the beautiful color you see in Indian wedding photos. Gurminder Banga flew down to Chicago for our engagement shoot and he captured photos that looked like they were straight out of a magazine. His team shot our wedding day and there are so many lovely photos that it was so tough to decide which ones would make it into the album!
 
Mark Wynimko from Wynn Films was our videographer.  His creative filming technique and music choice was exceptional - you can tell he loves what he does and is an expert at it!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Nittin and I both looked forward to dance practice for our first dance with DeMaira Dance Studios.  Joe and Kathy DeMaira were excellent instructors and made our classes so much fun. Our first dance went incredibly well and our guests loved it! 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
There's so many aspects of our wedding that our guests really enjoyed! Sri Krishna Jois officiated our wedding ceremony and he was a hit! He did an amazing job explaining the different customs as part of the Hindu marriage ceremony and made everyone laugh!  He seamlessly performed the ceremony switching between four different languages: Sanskrit, Telugu, Hindi and English. I feel so fortunate that he was a part of our wedding day.
 
Food overall was definitely a highlight.  After the ceremony, we had lunch catered by Seven Spices Indian Cuisine and they served all my favorite Andhra specialties which our guests loved! For dinner, Gaylord Fine Indian Cuisine served innovative North Indian dishes family-style.
 
The decor stood out because of the seating arrangement in the ballroom and the neutral palette with a pop of color (coral to be exact!). Erin McDonald from Erin McDonald Design made the place look incredible and we were even able to re-purpose our mandap which he transformed into a fairy tale, garden-like setting for the reception.
 
More recently, Nittin and I (ok, maybe it was really just me) have become to love pie and we wanted to share this with our guests on our special day.  As a wedding favor, we had individual pie slices with the note "A Sweet Ending to a New Beginning." Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits catered these sweet treats.
 
The one complaint one of my closest friends had was that the entire day was on schedule (thank you, Ali Phillips!). 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
During the wedding ceremony our priest, Sri Krishna Jois, asked all our guests to raise both hands and bless us.  It was such a wonderful thing to see the entire ballroom filled with the people who want the best for you and they showed it with this very meaningful gesture all at the same time.  I will never forget this moment.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
My engagement band and wedding ring were custom designed by Jose Torres of EcoKarat Jewelry.  I wanted a non-traditional engagement ring and what he created was absolutely stunning! To this day, I still can't stop staring at it!
 
During the wedding ceremony, I wore a gold choker that has been in our family for a few generations; it was an honor to wear the family heirloom on this special day.
 
Rosie Scianna of Makeup By Rosie was fantastic! It was so hard to find a makeup artist whose makeup philosophy matched mine. She believes in you looking like yourself and enhancing your natural features and not only does she believe it, but she's able to create a look that aligns with it as well!
 
In lieu of a traditional guest book, I found a watercolor painting of the Chicago skyline for our guests to sign.  I knew a guest book would sit in some shelf that we would rarely look at so a painting was the perfect option! During cocktail hour, the painting was available for guests to leave a note and I had this sign placed next to it:
 
Please sign our guest book.
 
Chicago is very special to us.  It's where we met, fell in love, and tried olive oil ice cream on our first date.
 
We wanted to capture the memories of our special day with messages from our favorite people on this painting.
 
Love, Sireesha & Nitti 

Don't miss the upcoming wedding reception party, ladies! You're going to love it!
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Photography: Banga Studios | Planning & Design: Engaging Events by Ali | Ceremony & Reception Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago - Oak Brook | Floral: Erin McDonald Co | Makeup: Makeup by Rosie Inc | Hair: Hala Beauty | Catering - Dinner: Gaylord Indian Cuisine | Catering - Lunch: 7 Spices | DJ: Dream House Productions | Baraat (Horse): Maharaja Farms | Bridal Fashion (Reception Lengha): Kynah | Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: EcoKarat Jewelry | Cinematography: Wynn Films | Favors: Hoosier Mama Pie | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Fitzgerald Stationery | Erickson Design: Paper Items | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: DeMaira Dance Studios Inc.


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