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Coronado, CA Indian Fusion Wedding by D. Park Studios

Good morning, ladies! We hope you are ready for a new love story because Suman & Dain's wedding is going to take your breath away! So, get ready to enjoy it! We are starting this love journey by taking a look at a colorful Sangeet ceremony held inside the halls of the Coronado Community Center. As it could not be different, this pre-wedding celebration was full of merriment and emotions thanks to the fantastic design by Lavish Wed (Weddings & Event Design). Still, it was our gorgeous Suman who stole the show! She looked ravishing dressed in her multi-colored lengha after being glamorized by Sakina, who took care of her hairstyle and makeup needs. And we love the final result! The nude makeup, the bright lipstick, and the curly wavy hair, all a fantastic combination that praised this Maharani's look! To crown this flawless makeup, Henna San Diego created an artistic and marvelous Mehndi design that will accompany Suman during her entire wedding festivities! If you want to take a closer look at this colorful and magical ceremony, don't hesitate tho visit today's gallery. We have compiled the best shots captured by D. Park Studios, and we are sure you will love it!

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This love journey has just started, ladies! So stick around for more!

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Mehndi Artists: Henna San Diego | Baraat: Enchanted Carriages | Sangeet Venue: Coronado Community Center | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hotel Del Coronado | Planning & Design: Lavish Wed (Weddings & Event Design) | Floral & Decor: Three Petals | Hair & Makeup: Sakina | Hair & Makeup (Bridesmaids): Love P Beauty | Catering: Mantra Restaurants | DJ: Special Occasions | Cake & Treats: Hans & Harry’s Bakery | Cinematography: Russell John Films | Photo Booth: Special Occasions | Rentals: Exclusive Event Party Rental | Rentals: NFP Rentals | Rentals: APR Event Rentals | Officiant: Pundit Ravi Trivedi | Photography: D. Park Studios


Kalamazoo, MI Indian Wedding by Shan Photography

Welcome back, darlings! We continue our journey into Sonali & Hitesh's wedding festivities, taking a look at the wedding ceremony held at the Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center. Rami's Mandap transformed the halls of this exclusive venue into a mesmerizing setting reminiscent of an Indian Palace for these lovebirds to join their lives in marriage. Our lovely Maharani looked like a princess in her ruby Lengha embellished with golden details by CTC Mall (New Delhi). Makeup By Karishma took care of her beauty and style needs, and we are impressed by the final look! Sonali crowned her bridal look with fine pieces of jewelry coming from the collection of Soni Sapphire (New Delhi). Hitesh didn't stay behind and rocked a champagne Sherwani with golden accents that made him look like the elegant and handsome Raja he is! Without any question, this is a ceremony you will love! If you want to take a closer look at this grand event, head into our gallery for more! We have compiled the fantastic shots captured by Shan Photography, and we are sure you are going to enjoy them!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We matched on the Dil Mil dating app and talked for two months before finally deciding to meet in person in Chicago. He was in residency in St. Louis and I was in medical school in Detroit, so that was a good halfway point for us. We had talked on the phone and FaceTimed several times before meeting in person so it felt like I already knew him. We toured the city and eventually ended up sitting by the lakeshore talking about our lives, our goals, and our feelings. Honestly, I think I knew then that he was the one. I knew this was something special.
 
More to the filminess of our first date can be found on our wedding website :)
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
The whole story is also on our wedding website! And the scavenger hunt proposal cards were recently shared on Dil Mil's Instagram (link below).
 
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.
The wedding planning process is without a doubt a very stressful experience, but it was completely worth it. We did not hire a wedding planner because my family and I love planning events and we wanted to go about this our own way. We searched for vendors in both the Chicago and Detroit areas because the wedding was in my hometown Kalamazoo which is halfway between the two. Now as I look back, I couldn't have asked for anyone better. Everything was perfect and exactly the way I dreamed/wanted it to be.
 
Our venue coordinators at the Radisson (Lindsay and Sam) were PHENOMENAL from the day we booked the Radisson Plaza Hotel until the very end. They didn't have much experience with Indian weddings, but we were excited and willing to learn. We met several times to go over details and timelines and they didn't miss a thing. They were so key in keeping all the events running smoothly.
 
For hair and makeup, Karishma Mehta of Makeup By Karishma was also a dream come true. I shared pictures and Pinterest posts of the looks I was going for, and she nailed it. Each event was totally unique and totally perfect. At first, I struggled with an Indian vs non-Indian makeup artist due to costs. In the end, I am glad I chose Karishma because she was able to set my jewelry and do my draping without much additional instruction, allowing my mother, sister, and other family members to also get ready in a timely fashion.
 
Last but certainly not the least, we had the BEST DJ in the industry. DJ Mixta (Micky Singh of Singh Innovations) served as our DJ and MC. We met several times over the course of the planning process to go over timing, entrances, intros, and song selections. He was our personal hype man and to this day our guests RAVE about his charisma and his energy. He worked closely with our venue coordinators to ensure things were running in a timely fashion.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I definitely wanted a more traditional red and gold look for the wedding. Red is such a bold color and just screams bridal, and I couldn't imagine getting married in anything else. I spent one day in Rajouri Gardens in Delhi, trying on different styles and designs, but nothing clicked. I eventually ended up at CTC mall which was recommended by a friend. Their selection was unbelievable. My bridal lehenga happened to be the last one I tried on at the end of the night, right as the store was closing. When they draped it on me and I twirled around, I didn't need to look any further. I just knew I had found the right one.
 
On the other hand, searching for my reception gown turned out to be more difficult that I imagined. I searched high and low through Delhi and Vadodara trying to find the perfect dress. I had always envisioned a "Starry Night" themed reception and wanted a dress to match. Ideally, it would be navy blue and silver. But with the color trends these days, that was almost impossible to find. After days and days, and dresses on dresses, I finally arrived at Sequinze. The shopkeepers were determined to make my dream come true and pulled out their very best. The gown I chose fit me perfectly. It was silver and sparkly, and could perfectly complement a navy blue backdrop. They paired it with silver jewelry set from their store, and I felt like a princess.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I'm a total filmy Bollywood girl at heart. I absolutely loved picking songs with special meanings for each part of every event and our DJ was key in playing them at the right times. I also loved choreographing some of the dance performances! Danced with my bridesmaids at the sangeet, choreographed the first dance with my husband, and put together a fun skit/dance for the bridal party to perform at the reception.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The DJ's constant energy and enthusiasm pumping up the crowd for performances, entrances, and the open dance floor.
 
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.
I have so many more thoughts and ideas, but it is impossible to share them all here. I would be happy to answer any specific questions by phone or email.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Highlight video: https://vimeo.com/361117848
 
We were also recently featured on Dil Mil's Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/p/B3NlOT7F5e6/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

 

Get ready to have some fun at the upcoming wedding reception party!

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Hair & Makeup: Makeup By Karishma | Draping/Styling: Makeup By Karishma | Sangeet Venue: Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center | Floral & Decor: Rami's Mandap | Catering (Sangeet & Reception): Rangoli Indian Cuisine | Catering (Wedding): BAPS Shayona (Chicago) | DJ: DJ Mixta | DJ: Singh Innovations | Baraat: Lowcountry Carriage LLC | Bridal Fashion (Sangeet): Thakur's Sarees (Vadodara) | Bridal Fashion (Wedding): CTC Mall (New Delhi) | Bridal Fashion (Reception): Sequinze (Vadodara) | Bridal Jewelry (Wedding): Soni Sapphire (New Delhi) | Bridal Jewelry (Reception): Sequinze (Vadodara) | Cake & Treats: Boonzaaijer Bakery | Cinematography: Shan Photography | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Sudarshan Cards | Lighting: Singh Innovations | Mehndi Artist: Ruqia Banu (Chicago) | Transportation: Lowcountry Carriage LLC


Rolling Meadows, IL Indian Wedding by Shalin Photo

Good morning, ladies! Get ready to enjoy because we're taking you on a love journey through Khushbu & Ronak's wedding festivities. If the name of this lovely couple sounds familiar, that's because their wedding already featured in our Video Blog thanks to the fantastic film created by Neuvision Production. And we loved this celebration so much that we couldn't wait to share the fabulous shots by Shalin Photo with you. So, let's jump right into it. We're starting this journey by taking a look at a fun-loving photoshoot carried out right after a harmonious Mehndi ceremony. And we love every bit of it! From the traditional and vibrant attires, all the way to the natural setting, this photoshoot was beautiful. We particularly loved the artistic Mehndi design that Henna Moments created for Khushbu. It added an extra touch of traditional flair to an already fantastic look! And the best of it is that it will accompany our gorgeous Maharani throughout the entire wedding festivities! For more awesome shots of this outdoor photo session, head into our gallery. You're going to love it!

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Ronak and I were headed to the annual South Asian Bar Association Gala. We went to the botanical garden a little bit earlier so we could walk around and enjoy the beauty of the location before the Gala. Ronak and I had been to the botanical garden before and I had fallen in love with the place. It is absolutely beautiful and relaxing there.  We ended up walking halfway through the garden, over the bridge when we noticed this pond. This pond was in the middle of the garden surrounded by land all around. We walked closer to the pond holding hands since the grass was a bit wet. We were walking side by side and then all of a sudden he took the lead and was on his knee. At the time I had no idea what was going on. He started talking and I thought I was listening to the words that were coming out of his mouth but honestly, I can't remember anything, it's all such a blur. I was shocked, trying to understand what was happening. I looked around and noticed that we had just walked through a rose pathway. He asked me to marry him! I was blown away! I started shedding tears of joy, I can't even remember if I actually said the word "Yes."  I handed him my hand and he put this beautiful diamond on my finger. All of a sudden I noticed the photographer, I guess he was hiding behind the bush the whole time! We took a moment to ourselves and took some photos and then I turned around when I heard a loud "Surprise" from behind me. My sisters, friends, and cousins were standing behind me. I had no idea how to react but to cry (I am very emotional, to begin with). We ended up doing an engagement shoot after taking photos with everyone there. We decided to go to dinner at Macianos( the restaurant where it all started), since there was no Gala. It was all a setup, even Ronak's coworkers were in on it! We stopped at a friends house before heading to dinner since there was some time to kill. Ronak stopped the car a block away, got out of the car and put his suit jacket on. I was wondering why he didn't just take it inside the house and put it on inside. It was just our friends' house, I didn't question it though. We walked into the house and WHOA! We were greeted by all our friends and family. It was decorated, tons of food and dessert. I was admiring the decor when all of a sudden I heard another "Surprise" from the left. I turned and was greeted by my family. I started crying again, of course. Ronak had set up a surprise afterparty for our engagement with everyone close to our hearts there. My heart was so full, it was honestly the best day ever. I wish I could relive that day, every day. 
 
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.
Where to begin. I first created a mutual email account for everything wedding related. That was really helpful, especially for organization purposes. Both our families had started venue shopping right after we did the Indian engagement ceremony, about a year before the wedding. The one thing we needed from the venue was to be able to use the entire space for our 800 guest count wedding ceremony. We had then started with big things like photo, video, DJ, and decor. I started sending emails out as soon as we finalized our wedding date and venue. 
 
Google doc was huge! I made a google doc with multiple tabs separating each event: Mehndi, Garba/Sangeet, Vidhi, Wedding, and Reception. From there I listed all the vendors I would need for each event. The one KEY thing about planning an Indian wedding is organization and google doc helped with exactly that. Negotiation was also a big part of the planning process. I would email multiple photographers and videographers and then compare their pricing and what they were offering. I'd try to negotiate them down to what my budget was and once a happy medium was met I'd book them! When planning a wedding for 800 people it's really hard to stick with a budget, but don't forget all the vendors know that you're on a budget and are willing to negotiate as long as it's reasonable. 
 
DJ- That was easy! We had already known we were going to hire DJ Dhiraj from JSM Entertainment based on his performance at two of our friends' weddings. He was actually the first vendor we booked! Once we booked him he sent us a Music Planner that helped us stay organized and we were able to list all the songs for each performance per night. We were also able to list "must play" songs and " do not play" songs. 
 
Photo: We met Shalin at a nearby Starbucks. The first impression was key. We needed a photographer that would be able to handle 800+ Indian people. He was perfect! He knew what he was doing and how to talk to the Indian crowd as well as a great photographer.  I stopped looking for photographers after Ronak and I met him. 
 
Video- Greg from Neuvision was phenomenal. He showed us some same-day edits and highlights videos that he had created. While looking through his work I noticed that he had done my second cousin's wedding(what a small world)! He assured us that he had done Indian weddings before and knew what to expect. He had also worked with our Photographer before so that was that! He was booked! 
 
Decor- We went with Dream Occasions! My sister is actually best friends with their son and so we were leaning more towards them but after the first meeting, we were sold. Shilpa and Min are just so genuine and personable. They make everything look and sound so easy. I had my full trust in them and basically told them what I liked and let them do what they do best! They put together the most breathtaking decor for each of our events including my house events! They made a tent outside of my house look like a banquet hall!
 
Hair and Makeup. That was hard, I honestly didn't know where to begin. I googled some people but that didn't really help. I needed to make sure that whoever did my makeup not only did a great job on hair and makeup but was also good at draping the headpiece and the dupatta for my hair and off the shoulder. I started asking my married friends and they made it so easy! I booked Nicki Hala from Hala Beauty for my wedding and reception looks. The amount of compliments I got and still get, WOW. I highly recommend her. I booked Marzena for my other events (mehndi, garba, vidhi). I had worked with her before for my engagement makeup and trusted her fully. Both makeup artists were so laid back and willing to work with every situation.  
 
Mehndi: I booked Sheetal from Henna Moments. I found her on Facebook and reached out to her. She was willing to work with me when it came to pricing and she made her own henna paste which I really favored. The Mehndi came out great, she spent her time on it and was so easy to talk to. She fit right in with my family. 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My family and I went to India for all our wedding shopping. I knew I wanted to wear traditional colors for the wedding ceremony. The first day we landed we went to AsoPalav in Ahmedabad. I walked in and told the salesperson what I was looking for. He brought out an all velvet burgundy and gold outfit. I tried it on and fell in love with it. I told my dad this was it! We didn't end up buying it since it was our first-day shopping and I could potentially like something better elsewhere. Few days went on, tried on various outfits and I found myself comparing each outfit to the first one I tried on. We ended up going to another Aso Palav location, I asked the guy to bring out the one I had tried on at the other location. They said they didn't have it at that location. My mind was set, I knew I wanted the one I had tried on the first day. They were so nice they offered to have their salesperson at the first location bring the dress to the location I was at. I tried the outfit on again and was still in love with the outfit. I ended up buying it! The dupatta was pink and I wanted beige, they gladly offered to have it made it in beige and shipped it to my house in America. 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Everyone working together! Friends and family from both sides came together and helped us put together our wedding week. I never realized how much work and how many hours had to be put into planning the wedding of our dreams. It is definitely not something Ronak and I could have done ourselves. It takes the help of a crowd, and luckily we had friends and family that were willing to spend their free time helping us! 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests enjoyed the energy level throughout the wedding week. There was this indescribable excitement factor that carried through throughout all the events. Ronak and I wanted to personalize the wedding as much as we could. We wanted to make sure that it wasn't just another wedding that our guests were attending. For every event, we tried to incorporate something creative that our guests would enjoy. 
 
Wednesday, mehndi night we had a donut wall that one of our friends built for us ( the kids got a great kick out of it!). We also lit paper lanterns and had Wood Fired Pizza make fresh pizzas for the guests. To this day, we get compliments on how creative the idea of bringing pizza to the guests was. 
 
Ronak and I love to eat! Thursday, garba night we tried to incorporate cuisines from around the world for our guests to enjoy as much as we do. We had Mexican, Asian, American, and Indian street food. It was set up in booths carnival style. We also gifted personalized notepads to everyone that performed a choreographed dance! Shivam Thakkars Live band was a hit, they were set up on the stage from beginning to end for our guests to dance the night away! 
 
Friday, vidhi was at my house. We had hired Arpit to play the dhol throughout the day. Our guests especially the middle-aged group loved that we had a dholi. They were able to dance throughout the day and into the night while eating freshly prepared dosas to their liking. 
 
Saturday for the wedding we tried to keep it traditional with a short ceremony and little snack bags full of m&m's and mixed nuts. They were placed on each seat for our guests to snack on throughout the ceremony. 
 
For the reception, there were a few things that our guests still talk about. The life-size standups of Ronak and I that we had placed throughout the venue. Our guests had so much fun trying to recreate the poses and taking photos next to them ( they somehow ended up being lined up onto the stage in the middle of the night!) People still come up to us to tell us about how good the food was. Meadows Club has their own kitchen and they make the food fresh for the guests!. Lastly, lighting and music! Our DJ and light/sound guy from our venue had worked together to transform the venue into a club-style atmosphere. It was absolutely amazing! 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
My bridesmaids went up to the dance floor to perform their choreographed dance during the reception. I knew they were going to do a dance but I didn't know the details. The music started and I started crying. It was a song from my favorite movie, Kuch Kuch Hota Hain. It was so thoughtful!
 
Another moment was when Ronak's guy friends were doing their dance during the reception. All of a sudden Ronak got up and joined them. He looked at me, we made eye contact and then threw something to me. It was a plastic diamond ring! I have no idea what was going on in my head but I definitely did not catch the ring, oops. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Stress all you want about every little detail until about a week before the wedding. Take a break, chill and enjoy the wedding week. There is nothing you can do at that point so why worry so much about it. It'll all come together and if something goes wrong it's okay. At the end of the day, just remember you are the only one that will know that something went wrong, you're guests won't even notice. 

Don't miss the upcoming wedding ceremony, you are going to be charmed by its beauty! So stay close if you don't want to miss it!
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Mehndi Artists: Henna Moments | DJ: JSM Entertainment | Baraat: JSM Entertainment | Sangeet Venue: Meadows Club | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Meadows Club | Cinematography: Neuvision Production | Photography: Shalin Photo


Fort Worth, TX Indian Fusion Wedding by Bella Lumi

Good morning, beauty queens! Get ready to join us at the Akshada & Alex's wedding festivities because there are lots of inspiring ideas you don't want to miss! Amid a tremendously vibrant and colorful decoration, crafted by the talented team from Prashe, these festivities began with a Sangeet Ceremony held within the halls of the Bass Performance Hall. This cultural venue, a witness of thousands of plays, concerts, and performances, was about to open its doors to Akshada & Alex's marriage and began to prepare by hosting the pre-wedding ceremonies. Akshada stole the night dressed in her multicolored lengha full of style! Cosmetality took care of this Maharani's beauty needs with a magnificent hairstyle and a trendy makeup while KM Henna Artistry crowned this vision of beauty with an artistic Mehndi design. This winning combination added an extra touch of Indian flair to an already impressive look! An just in case you were wondering, who are the masterminds behind the fantastic shots we get to enjoy. Those are the good folks from Bella Lumi who are well-known for their talent when it comes to immortalizing unique and life-changing events. If you want to continue enjoying this pre-wedding ceremony, do not hesitate to visit the gallery we have prepared for you. We are sure you will love it!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met in high school chemistry, ironically. We became friends first (with a lot of effort on my side) and started dating 2 years later. We went to separate colleges after high school and we would visit each other on weekends whenever we had the time. One of the weekends he was visiting I got really sick and he spent the weekend taking care of me; making his favorite noodles, getting me Gatorade and blueberries, whatever I could stomach. That's when I knew.

 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We went on a Labor Day weekend trip to Door County, Wisconsin. We had been discussing engagement for a couple of months but a proposal never came, so I thought it might happen that weekend but he still managed to surprise me. We did romantic things like parasailing and hiking but nothing happened so I just figured this wasn't the time. He waited until the last day of our trip while we were on a bike ride. We stopped on a secluded beach to watch the sunset and drink wine, then he proposed and I was totally caught off guard. It was a rocky beach, so I remember being concerned about his knee while he was kneeling. A random woman hiking by yelled, "Congratulations!" to us but we barely even noticed.
 
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 first found a venue that fit our priorities – guest count and outside catering policy – and took the first available date since that didn’t matter as much to us. Our venue had many diverse beautiful spaces with existing features so we just wanted to accentuate and didn’t force a single theme on it. We also tried to unify our Indian and Chinese cultures in a modern way when deciding on the decor. Our parents and family members were a huge help in doing the legwork for us on many of our vendors since we lived across the country in Madison, WI but got married in Fort Worth, TX.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew I wanted to wear a lengha but didn't have anything in particular in mind from the beginning. I figured I would be able to shop around and try out different styles until I found the right one. We weren't able to make it to India to go shopping so we knew we had to start looking early at local places, and I was skeptical I wouldn't find anything I liked. I showed a family friend my Pinterest board and she knew exactly where to take us. Walking into Studio D was like walking straight into my personal Pinterest page. I had always loved intricate embroidery and beadwork and all of Divya's collection definitely fit the bill. I struggled with saying yes to the dress because it was one of the first dresses I tried on, but after I went to a few other places and I knew it was the right one for me. When we went back, I tried it on again and my mom and sister agreed this was the one.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
We really enjoyed trying to maximize the experience for our guests. We knew from the beginning that our top priority was to have an open bar, delicious food, and fun music. If that meant sacrificing on the budget elsewhere or not having the most dignified meals, then so be it. Since it was a fusion wedding, we also knew that there would be a lot of opportunities to introduce new things to both families, from carefully planning the menu options to incorporating family members into the events.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
From what we heard, people really enjoyed the food. We tried hard to cater from a wide range of restaurants, so we had tex-mex for lunch after the wedding, and both Indian and Chinese options during Garba and the reception. Everyone got to try some of our favorite things and branch out from the typical wedding fare.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There wasn't one particular moment that replays in my mind, more flashes of dancing at the reception. I have thought back on that night frequently since the wedding and just remember the sheer amount of joy I was feeling. There we were surrounded by our closest family and friends ... dancing to Gold Digger by Kanye. If I could relive any part of my wedding it would easily be the reception.
 
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.
While we were doing an overall Indian wedding, we still wanted to incorporate Chinese culture so it wouldn't be so one-sided. My bridal mehndi had his Chinese name hidden within the design, and he also got some mehndi done on his forearm with my name written in Gujarati. However, something got lost in translation and now all of our mehndi pictures have both of us proudly showing off his name!
 
Garba was always going to be a very Indian event so we organized people to teach the newcomers so that everyone could learn some basic steps and join in instead of sitting off to the side. We also served bubble tea with dinner since it was both a nod to his heritage and we knew it would be a hit with everyone.
 
Since we decided on doing a Hindu ceremony, we found a priest that was very good at explaining what was going on and also printed out a program. We hung a large Chinese good luck symbol on our mandap opposite from the Ganesh symbol, and also brought up some of his family members to participate in the ceremony. We decided to change up the lunch fare by offering tex-mex from Chuy's instead of serving a traditional Indian lunch so that we could share some of our favorite cuisine with everyone.
 
The reception was the only place that wasn't inherently Indian, so we tried to really embrace more Asian elements without being gaudy. We strung red lanterns across the open ceiling and had strands of hand-folded origami paper cranes incorporated everywhere - while not technically Chinese, it was meaningful to us because he asked me to prom with an origami sign way back when.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Settle on a budget and decide what you’re not willing to sacrifice on, that will make it easier to make tough decisions later. Everyone has an opinion on what they want to see. Make sure you have your priorities straight so that you can let go of the smaller details – it’s easier to avoid arguments that way. Don't be afraid to accept help, there are too many things to do and you can’t possibly micromanage every aspect. A day-of coordinator is a really nice thing to have, as your schedule will already be packed without much sleep, much less time to manage everything else.

 

This pre-wedding ceremony was the perfect preamble for what is coming down the road, so make sure to stay close if you don't want to miss all the beauty that surrounded this life-changing event. 

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DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Lighting: DJ Riz Entertainment | Sangeet Venue: Bass Performance Hall | Ceremony Venue: Bass Performance Hall | Reception Venue: Bass Performance Hall | Floral & Decor: Prashe | Hair & Makeup: Cosmetality | Catering: May I Serve U | Catering: Sichuan Folk | Catering: Urban Tadka | Catering: Chuy's | Catering: ShareTea | Bridal Fashion: Divya at Studio D Dallas | Cake & Treats: Loft 22 Cakes | Mehndi Artist: KM Henna Artistry | Photography: Bella Lumi


Austin, TX Indian Fusion Wedding by Edward B. Photography

Welcome back, ladies! We are so excited to share Aanika & Andre's wedding ceremony with you! But before we take a look at this life-changing event, we have a small surprise! This time, we will be heading to the wedding ceremony in a vibrant and joyful Baraat procession that you don't want to miss. So, we hope you are ready to have some fun because you are up for quite an experience! We love how Andre decided to embrace a traditional style and show up at the Baraat procession riding a white horse from Fantasia Carriage! This colorful procession created a striking scene combining modern architecture with traditional Indian flair! The vivid colors, the music, and the happiness that surrounded this pre-wedding event got beautifully captured by the talented team from Edward B. Photography. And we cannot stretch how much we love every shot! After the arrival of the Baraat, our two lovebirds were ready to go inside the exclusive JW Marriott Austin to proceed with the wedding ceremony. Perfectly planned and executed by Pearl Events Austin, this wedding ceremony is one for the books! And this could not have been possible without the fantastic decor that Bouquets of Austin crafted for this life-changing event. The white linens contrasted with the golden details and the multicolored floral arrangements, creating the most beautiful setting for Aanika & Andre to tie the knot in the company of their family and friends. For a sneak peek of all the beauty and love surrounding this event, you can visit today's gallery! 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"?
Andre and I met in pharmacy school when we were both part of the new student orientation committee. We realized that we lived directly across the street from each other and began hanging out during the summer, watching Game of Thrones and lots of movies together. I realized he was "the one" when I found out he loved Star Wars and music (especially Death Cab for Cutie) as much as I did! And when I learned that he was an intelligent and kind individual who made me laugh all the time. 
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I knew that Andre was going to propose by the end of the year, and in December we both went to our respective home towns for Christmas break to see our families (I went to Austin, he went to San Antonio). The plan was to meet up in California after seeing our families to spend a couple of days skiing at Mammoth, and I suspected he would propose then. However, the day after I got into Austin my mom told me she wanted us to take nice family pictures, so that would involve me showering and wearing a dress. As I was getting ready for our family photos, I noticed that Andre had turned off his location sharing with me on iPhone - this made me immediately suspicious and sure enough, an hour later he called and told me he was outside my house! He picked me up and we drove around Austin visiting all our favorites spots - the UT Austin campus, our old apartments, and the park we used to take our dog. By this time I knew what was going to happen, so it wasn't really a surprise. However, what WAS a surprise was that when we got back to my parents' house a couple of hours later, his entire family and my family were there waiting to greet us with an engagement party - catered by Torchy's Tacos! Celebrating our new engagement with both of our families was the best part and totally unexpected for me.
 
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.
Because we were living in California at the time of our wedding planning but our wedding was set to take place in Austin, we relied heavily on my mom's help with planning our wedding. She scoped out a lot of wedding venues before we flew into town for a quick weekend trip to make the final decision. She also helped us pick out the best vendors! We decided we wanted to have a spring/summer theme by incorporating a lot of bright and happy colors such as mustard yellow, coral, white, and green. We also wanted to incorporate succulents, as both Andre and I had recently gotten into gardening.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My family is from a small state in Northeast India called Assam. In Assamese tradition, brides wear a white and gold mekehla chador during their wedding. I decided I wanted to wear a lengha as they fit my smaller frame better. My mom was able to find a very talented designer in Assam who crated my bridal lengha out of handloom woven Assamese paat silk. The final outfit was extremely gorgeous and I was so happy to be able to incorporate traditional Assamese elements into our wedding.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Food tasting was definitely a highly enjoyable aspect of the planning process since Andre and I love to eat good food! We loved sampling the different options, and our cake tasting was especially delicious. We also enjoyed picking our flowers for the floral arrangements. Both of our families have deep ties to gardening, and Andre and I had recently taken up gardening as well. It was really great to see what the amazing flowers and arrangements our florists were able to put together.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests really loved the endless celebrating throughout our wedding (all three days of it) and the food at our sangeet! One of my friends is still talking about the Indian food from the sangeet night! They also really enjoyed the baraat - we had to get a police permit to close down a street in downtown Austin so it was a quite an extravagant affair! Everyone enjoyed dancing up the street as random people stopped on the side of the road to watch the procession. Andre proclaimed that he had never felt cooler in his whole life than during the baraat!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
For both Andre and myself, the most special moment of our wedding was right after we were declared husband and wife. We processed up the aisle as our friends and family showered us with rose petals and our favorite song by LCD Soundsystem played in the background. We were both so elated to finally be married to each other, and it was such a purely joyous moment of celebration. Plus LCD Soundsystem playing in the background added our own special touch to the moment!
 
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.
Night 1: Juroon and Mehendi
On the first night, our families gathered at my parents' house for a traditional Assamese ceremony called a Juroon, during which the bride and groom's families come together and exchange gifts. Immediately following the Juroon we hosted the Mehendi party - my friends really enjoyed getting their Mehendi done and it was nice to catch up with people in an informal setting.
 
Night 2: Sangeet
We held our Sangeet at Trinity Hall in downtown Austin, TX. Trinity has an industrial feel to it, which we embraced and accentuated through the use of string lighting and hanging greenery. We also used geometric centerpieces with succulents to accent the hall. My aunties and my mother performed a few dances, including a traditional Assamese dance called the Bihu. My cousins also performed a few dances, and finally, all of my female friends, along with my sister, danced to a Bollywood medley. It was truly a special experience to be surrounded by so many of our loved ones, and to have them put on a show for us!
 
Day 3: Baraat, Ceremony, and Reception
The Baraat wound its way through downtown Austin to the JW Marriott entrance. We had a mobile DJ and a dohl player, and everyone had a really fun time! Our ceremony was a traditional Hindu ceremony and our priest did a great job explaining what each part of the ceremony symbolized to everyone. Our reception was so much fun and Andre and I truly danced the night away and had a blast!
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Wedding planning can be extremely stressful, however, it's important to focus on the fact that you're marrying your best friend, and down the line, the small details that went wrong won't matter. What will matter is having that person by your side and celebrating everything you have with them.

 

We are heading to the upcoming wedding reception party! If you don't want to miss it, make sure to stick around! 

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Baraat: Fantasia Carriage | Sangeet Venue: Trinity Hall | Ceremony & Reception Venue: JW Marriott Austin | Planning & Design: Pearl Events Austin | Floral & Decor: Bouquets of Austin | Hair & Makeup: Adore Makeup Salon | DJ: Desi Junction DJs | Cake & Treats: Quacks Bakery | Cinematography: Edward B. Photography | Lighting: Illos Lighting | Mehndi Artist: Nisha Henna Arts | Photography: Edward B. Photography


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