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Grand Rapids, MI Sikh Fusion Wedding by Syan Video Productions

Happy Tuesday, Maharanis! We hope your week has been off to a great start! Today, as we always do, we wanted to give you an extra dose of inspiration for you to enjoy yourself while staying safe at home. So, get yourself comfortable, pour yourself a glass of your favorite hot beverage, and get ready to dive into all the beauty that surrounded Jasdeep & Paramdeep's big fusion wedding! We are starting this inspirational journey by taking a look at a bright and fun-loving Sangeet ceremony held inside the halls of the exclusive Crowne Plaza Grand RapidsFormatic Events did a fantastic job with the overall planning and execution of this pre-wedding ceremony. They transformed the interiors of this venue into a magical setting surrounded by traditional fabrics in bright and bold colors, more than suitable for this festive occasion. Everyone loved this Sangeet ceremony, but it was ultra-special for our gorgeous Maharani, Jasdeep, as she got to share this fantastic time surrounded by her family. They accompanied every step of this celebration and even had exceptional participation by designing the fabulous Mehndi she rocked during the entire festivities. That is full tradition to its core! If you want to take a closer look at this joyful event, don't miss the fabulous shots compiled in today's gallery. And if that is not enough, don't miss the cinematographic delight featured in today's Video Blog. Both are visual masterpieces created by Syan Video Productions, and you know that whenever this team is present, there is nothing but perfection to be expected! So go check them out!

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There is more coming in a bit, ladies. So make sure to stick around!

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Sangeet Venue: Crowne Plaza Grand Rapids | Ceremony Venue: Grand Rapid Gurudwara Sahib | Reception Venue: Trillium Event Center | Planning & Design: Formatic Events | Floral & Decor: Formatic Events | Hair & Makeup: Noor Painters | DJ: DJ Epic | Baraat: DJ Epic | Bridal Fashion: From India | Bridal Jewelry: From India | Cake & Treats: Family | Cinematography: Syan Video Productions | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Noor Painters | Event Designer: Formatic Events | Favors: Formatic Events | Fireworks: DJ Epic | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Formatic Events | Lighting: DJ Epic | Mehndi Artist: Family | Photography: Syan Video Productions


Clearwater, FL Indian Wedding by Kimberly Photography

Happy Monday! The weekend felt so long without your company, but we are back now! And we are more than excited to be in your lovely company so that we can share our excitement and amazingness towards Ankita & Sunny's big wedding celebration with you! So without further ado, let's jump right into it! Let's start by taking a look at a vibrant Sangeet ceremony so joyful and colorful that we were almost left out of words when we laid our eyes for the first time on the fantastic shots of it, captured by Kimberly Photography. This entire cornucopia of colors, traditional flair, and emotions, thoroughly orchestrated by Apsara Events and fully decored by Ritti Couture, was nothing but perfect! Just take a look at the variety of hues, the ideal placement of all the ornaments, and traditional fabrics; it is all so mesmerizing that it seems almost surreal! And talking about mesmerizing, let's take a moment to admire and appreciate the beauty of our gorgeous Maharani who attended this event looking ravishing! The trendy and stylish dual-tone attire she got from Hyphenite perfectly combined with the sleek hairstyle and makeup designed by Michele Renee The Studio, making her look like a total bombshell! Check more of this lovely couple in today's full gallery. It is the perfect preamble for the wedding ceremony at the Hilton Clearwater Beach

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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.

We are just getting started over here, so make sure to stick around for more!
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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


Big Sur, CA Indian Wedding by M. Hart Photography

Welcome back, darlings! If you were captivated by Shilpa & Isaac's pre-wedding photoshoot, wait to see the first look photoshoot they had on her big wedding day! So, sit back, relax, and get ready to enjoy this visual journey brought to you thanks to the talented team from M. Hart Photography! Today's blushing Maharani sneaked out to surprise her Raja in a fabulous photoshoot filled to the brim with elegance, beauty, and romance! As soon as Isaac laid eyes on her, he got amazed by so much beauty. A big smile was drawn on his face, and he couldn't take his eyes off of her! But we don't blame him, as Shilpa was a vision of beauty! She took care of her makeup, and if you loved it as much as we did, you could find her at Makeup by Shilpa in case you want to get glamorized by her for your big wedding day! Glamology Beauty Lounge designed the sleek hairstyle while Glam and Groove took care of her fashion needs! But that is not all! Shilpa added an extra touch of sparkle to her look wearing beautiful pieces of jewelry from D Stone Jewelry, and we cannot stretch how much we loved her final look! If you can't get enough of this lovely couple, you'll be thrilled to know that you can find more of them in today's gallery and in our Best of 2019 Magazine! So, make sure to check it out!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
This handsome man walked across the bar and caught my eye. I leaned over to tell my friend that I had just spotted an attractive man. I never caught him looking over at me so I figured he wasn't interested. As he and his friends were walking out of the bar, he smiled at me, said hi, and asked to sit with us.  We chatted for about 30 minutes and exchanged numbers. Learning that he was 8 years younger, in the military, and that he was about to start his new assignment in Korea, I didn't think it was going to go anywhere. I just thought we would have a few days of fun and he would leave. Well, our first date turned into a week and a half long magical adventure. He was different from anyone I had ever met and we were smitten but we decided a long-distance relationship was not for us. That all changed, after weeks of talking on the phone for hours while we were apart. We quickly fell in love.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Well, it's not as romantic as you would think haha. We were on the phone, planning his trip back to the states and I mentioned how we should drive up the coast to Big Sur. I said something like "Big Sur would be a beautiful place to elope" and he said, "let's do it". This scenario is the perfect picture of us as a couple, spontaneous, free-spirited, and adventurous risk-takers.
 
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.
This was my second wedding and I did not want it anything like my first. Isaac and I wanted it intimate and special. I had 5 weeks to plan the whole thing!- photographer, wedding outfits, location, videographer, flowers, everything! Even though it was an elopement, I still wanted it done elegantly.  Being in the wedding industry myself, it was easy to find photographers that we wanted to work with. Marlies Hartmann is one of the most talented women I have ever met, but what makes her so special is not only her work but that she is kind, generous, and downright fun. She was such a special part of our day. I had never been to Big Sur so I bombarded with questions and she was the one to recommend La Ventana to us. We fell in love with the place! The natural beauty of the Pacific Ocean and Big Sur were all the decor we needed for our wedding. I would have to say the toughest part was finding a florist. There is only one in Big Sur and she is a bit difficult to get in touch with. It ended up working out but it probably stressed me out the most. For our outfits, I took a risk on a designer I found on Etsy. She executed my designs perfectly, and had everything shipped to me within 4 weeks! Our outfits came out better than I could have imagined. D Stone Jewelry provided me with the most stunning bridal jewelry to match. Of course, I did my own makeup but I booked a very talented woman from Glamology Beautylounge to do my hair. There aren't any vendors in Big Sur so I found her in Salinas. We ended up booking our videographer last because we weren't even sure if we wanted one but it was one of the best decisions we made! The video is stunning!! I wanted to create our dream wedding and it was just that. Our best friends married us on a bluff, overlooking the Pacific ocean. It was perfection.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Isaac is not Indian but I knew I wanted my Indian culture incorporated into our clothing. It just had to be fusion. I am Malayalee Christian and typically we wear bridal gowns for our weddings. I wore one the first time but this time I knew I wanted something out of my Bollywood dreams- an outfit that is simple, elegant, but also made me feel sexy so I had to have the high slit and cleavage. I wanted off white to stick to the traditional bridal look. So it was traditional but with a modern twist.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I loved designing our clothes! Fashion has always been a passion of mine and it was really fun to see my vision come to life
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
We didn't have many but that was the best part. They loved the intimacy
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Yes, there was a moment when I just took it all in- the ocean waves crashing, the crisp air, the sight of us overlooking the ocean, my best friend in front of me (someone who had seen me through my best and worst times), my love holding my hand reciting his vows. It was pure magic. I remember thinking wow, I get a second chance at love, but this time I get to do it my way.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
My advice is to do it the way you want it. Weddings these days become so much more about everyone else, instead of the couple. To me, a wedding is about celebrating the couple's love and union and it is important to remember and honor that. Also, enjoy the day! Things always go wrong but just flow with it.

We are about to unveil the romantic and intimate ceremony that united these two in marriage, so stick around if you don't want to miss it!
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Ceremony Venue: Big Sur | Floral & Decor: Big Sur Flowers | Hair: Glamology Beauty Lounge | Makeup: Makeup by Shilpa | Bridal Fashions: Glam and Groove | Bridal Jewelry: D Stone Jewelry | Cinematography: Balerina Films | Photography: M. Hart Photography | Fashion Designer: Sheek by Sheena


Somerset, NJ Indian Wedding by Priyanca Rao Photography

Happy Tuesday, Maharanis! We missed you during this long weekend, and we were dying to share all the insights of Shaza & Shivam's wedding with you! So, let's not wait any longer and get ready to enjoy it! We are starting by taking a look at a Mehndi celebration, and hold on tight ladies because this Mehndi is like on you haven't seen in quite a while! As soon as you lay your eyes on the fantastic shots captured by Priyanca Rao Photography, you'll know why we were so eager to share this celebration with you! Just take a look at the gorgeous color palette used for this Mehndi! Mesmerizing! Partyland Sajawat mirrored the beauty and the violet/purple hues chosen by Shaza & Shivam, and crafted a beautifully enchanting decor that everyone loved! However, nothing was quite as beautiful as our gorgeous Maharani! She attended this fun-loving event looking like a princess thanks to Mohsin Naveed Ranjha, who took care of her beauty needs, and Kinza Amer and Priyanka Babariya, who took care of her hairstyle and makeup needs! Everything surrounding this pre-wedding event was fantastic! No wonder why this wedding celebration featured in our Best of 2019 Magazine! If you want to check more of this vibrant Mehndi celebration, don miss today's full gallery!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Senior year of high school, a friend of mine was at my house in mid March. We were 17 and thinking about prom. Who we wanted to go with, what color we would wear, when is the earliest we could go shopping for a dress. That same day, my friend used my phone to call her friend Shivam. He had gotten into a minor car accident earlier that day.
 
The next day (now having his phone number), I decided to text and check up on him. From that moment on, we didn’t stop talking. And nearly 12 years later here we are!
 
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.
This may sound crazy, but in hindsight, I planned our wedding around the three layer pearl and gold necklace I wore on my wedding day. My Nana Jaan (maternal grandfather) gifted it to my mother and she wore it on her wedding day. From the moment I saw it, I could see myself walking towards my future husband wearing something that is so special to me. Because of the style of the necklace, I knew I wanted our wedding to be very traditional, classy, and slightly Mughal.
 
I’m shocked at how everything fell into place so perfectly. We picked the Marigold as our wedding venue exactly six months before the reception date and the mehndi venue just three months before the event date. Then came my clothes.
 
For my makeup, I had reached out to Mona Chebli and Priyanka Babariya. Mona has done nearly all my friends wedding makeups in the past, and Priyanka has done my makeup for a photo shoot years ago so I knew I could trust them both. One thing I am happy about is choosing two different makeup and hair stylists. Mona loves a very glowy, shimmery, ethereal look which worked out perfectly for my mehndi hair and makeup, while Priyanka knew exactly what I wanted when all I told her was “dark brown smoked out sultry eyes and a neutral lip”. Kinza Amer is another person I blindly trusted to do my reception hair. I showed her just one picture five minutes before getting started and I couldn’t have asked for a better look.
 
Lastly, our decor was done by Partyland Sajawat. It is run by a mother-daughter team. Sachi is the extremely creative daughter. She's all about new concepts and not reusing old designs. We wanted the three arches and she had them custom made for us exactly how we wanted. Sachi did the most elaborate work compared to other decorators and she actually took the time to sketch out our vision, whereas the others just scrolled through their photo albums to show us what they've done in the past. Our decor was 100% customized by us and Sachi.
 
Our overall experience was not so bad considering we chose to plan three big events in just six months and we proudly did it all on our own, without a planner. We are lucky to have amazing friends and family who helped with so many of the little details that helped in a tremendous way.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
For the mehndi lehnga, I chose to go with Mohsin Naveed Ranjha. I chose each of the three pieces separately and the end result was simply stunning. My earrings were from BlossomBox which had arrived just the morning of the event! And the matha patti and jade ring were borrowed from my childhood friend and maid of honor.
 
My reception gown was much harder to select. I had seen a beautiful mauve pink shade that I loved and knew that it would look beautiful as a fitted gown with a long train, covered in silver bead work. After rummaging through countless websites, Instagrams and Facebook pages of designers, I reached out to Marium from @theluxurious786. I was a little apprehensive to trust someone with my reception gown, but Marium came with rave reviews. I sent Marium the style I wanted along with the mauve shade and from that minute on I blindly trusted her to work her magic. The gown was exactly what I had hoped for and the intricate beadwork was exquisite.
 
Both my mehndi lehnga and reception gown came on the Wednesday before the weekend of our events, which could be quite stressful, but I know in the end everything works out if it’s meant to, and in this case it did!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Customizing absolutely everything! When does one ever get a chance to have a 450 person event where every detail is created by them? I grew up drawing and painting and I now create custom cakes as a creative outlet. From making mehndi thaalis to sketching my wedding gown, every detail of our wedding screamed Shaza & Shivam. Working together to create the wedding of our dreams was an incredible process.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Take a second during your wedding to step back from the friends and family and photographs and take it all in. All those months of planning go by in the blink of an eye. Don’t sweat the little details, and give people the benefit of the doubt when you think they’re not stepping up to help you.

More coming down the road, so stay tuned!
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Photography: Priyanca Rao Photography | Venues: The Marigold | Floral & Decor: Partyland Sajawat | Hair: Kinza Amer | Makeup: Priyanka Babariya | Catering: Moghul Caterers | DJ: Powerhouse DJ’s | Bridal Fashions (Mehndi): Mohsin Naveed Ranjha | Bridal Fashions (Reception): Marium | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Cake & Treats (Dessert): Radhika Chinai | Cinematography: Buds Palola | Groom's Outfit: Suit Supply | Groom's Shoes: Gucci


Huntington Beach, CA Pakistani Wedding by Samson Productions

Hello there, ladies! We are back with more insights into Ammarah & Mubashir's wedding festivities, and we are so excited because it is time to take a look at their Nikkah Ceremony held at the gardens of the Huntington Beach Hilton Waterfront! Right off the bat, we have to say that we loved every single detail surrounding this intimate and life-changing event! From the fantastic decor, and the enchanting Mandap, both crafted by 2Create Designs, to the drop-dead gorgeous look from our lovely Ammarah, this Nikkah Ceremony was a dream come true! And we are sure you are going to take a lot of inspiring ideas from it! The look on Ammarah & Mubashir's faces said it all; they were incredibly happy to join their lives in marriage in the company of their family and friends. And all we have to say is that we are so glad beyond words that these two crossed their ways because you can tell that they are a perfect match! If you were captivated by this fantastic ceremony, you don't want to miss the shots captured by Samson Productions, featured in our Best of 2019 Magazine! They are an absolute visual delight that will melt your hearts with joy while brightening up your day! And if that is not enough, we have also put together a fabulous gallery for your enjoyment! So, go check it out!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met my Groom through family connections. I was at a wedding and Mubashir approached me. I remember being incredibly nervous from the attention, but I instantly knew he was “the one”. Kind, gentle, and respectful— everything I had dreamed of. He recalls that he felt the exact same way about me… he was nervous yet knew that he would regret if he didn’t walk over and talk to me. Grateful for our instant and deep connection every day since our first meeting.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We went to a rooftop breakfast at the Montage in Beverly Hills, while a special location, I wasn’t expecting anything out of the ordinary. However, he completely surprised me! When I walked into the restaurant, I was stunned because there were roses everywhere and a beautiful sign asking, “will you marry me?” Friends and family joined us for our special brunch, and it was such a memorable event.
 
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 a wedding can be one of the most exciting, yet intimidating things you’ll ever do. Luckily, I had my mother’s support and she was the greatest in making sure every single detail was executed perfectly! Because we worked together, we were able to achieve more. We made sure that we clearly articulated our vision for the wedding to all of the planners and we developed timelines for key events leading up to the big day. My overall experience was excellent from picking a venue (at Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach), to hair and makeup, and wedding décor (by 2Create Designs)— which I contribute to a combination of teamwork, proper planning, and good luck.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Because of my Pakistani background I wore traditional red. I was not confident in this color at first because I do not normally wear red. However, I was astonished at how beautiful my bridal lengha was, once I let go of expectations, I was able to fully embrace the beauty of red. The lengha was artfully embellished and flowy—it made for a memorable event.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was working so closely with my mother. I think our relationship deepened through the process and I am very grateful we were able to share this experience together. My mom reminded me to stay centered and grounded throughout the process. 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
My guests were really impressed with the personal touch of our wedding. We made a point to personally connect with as many guests as we possibly could and worked to ensure everyone was having a great time! Additionally, we shared wedding photos and videos with everyone, so they could see how they were a part of our special day.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
During dinner, Mubashir and I invited wedding guests to come up and greet us. This was an incredibly amazing experience as I realized how much love and support, we have from our family and friends. The kind words that everyone shared are still with me today and constantly replay in my head. I feel very fortunate to know how many people truly care about us and our future together.
 
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 had a beautiful bridal shower in Newport Beach two weeks before the wedding. I wore a white dress and had my guests dress in pastel colors. We had lunch and a tea party, which fit the Southern California weather. We also had a presentation of the bridge and groom; which was a more formal dance and “presentation to society”. I wore a pink mehndi outfit for the event.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
My best advice is to stay calm throughout the process (it can certainly seem overwhelming) and to pray to God. Everything will turn out amazingly if you just trust the process and give your full faith. While it may be nerve-inducing to have so many “eyes on you”, it is helpful to realize that this is because you have so much love from your family, community, and friends!
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
My wedding and the months leading up to it were some of the best of my life. I thank my family for their incredible support and unwavering love through the process.

This is not over yet! We have a fantastic reception coming down the road, so stick around!
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Floral & Decor: 2Create Designs | Mehndi Venue: Renaissance Banquet | Ceremony & Reception Venue (California): Huntington Beach Hilton Waterfront | Reception Venue (Toronto): Fairmont Royal York Hotel | Floral & Decor (Wedding Dinner - Toronto): Stars Decoration | Floral & Decor (Reception - Toronto): Ethereal Creators | Hair: Beauty Concept by Shirley Wu | Makeup (California): Linda Chiriac | Cake & Treats (Toronto): Vanilla Bean Cakery | Cinematography: Samson Productions | Live Music: Ronobir Lahiri Music | Photography: Samson Productions | Planning & Design: Chic Productions | Cake & Treats (California): Rafi’s Cakes


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