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Ontario, Canada Pakistani Wedding by Laroque Weddings

Darlings, enjoy Alex & Ali's wedding, a beautiful fusion of cultures, on our Platinum Guide Blog.

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Ali and I met in London, England, on our first day of work at Bain & Co., a consulting firm. Over time, we became close friends. One day, I hosted friends at my house, and Ali seamlessly took on the role of co-host - filling up our friend's glasses and even taking out the trash. The next day, he asked me out, and I said 100% yes.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Ali knew how important family is to both of us, so he looked for opportunities to include them in the proposal. The two of us and his brother went to visit my parents in Florida. One evening, we went for a sunset walk on the beach, and Ali surprised me by getting down on one knee! He claimed he had allergies, but I could tell he was tearing up. We all celebrated together that evening.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I picked out my dress with the help of Ali’s mom and sister. I wanted a white dress with a touch of red. I found one at Zainab Salman, but it came with a heavy and expensive velvet dupatta. Luckily, they were able to make a custom dupatta for me that was lighter and a better fit for our outdoor wedding.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Doing activities together - such as going to see venues or trying out tasting menus. The parts we planned together are by far my favorite!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
They really liked the outdoor venue - Whistling Gardens is a sprawling garden where guests can go on walks, birds (swans, chickens, and even exotic birds) run wild, and the venue plays a custom fountain show for all the guests. Guests also commented on the food from Zauq. We knew we wanted to have a live barbecue prepared in front of all the guests, and Zauq was fantastic both in terms of the flavor of the food and working with their catering group.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
My two favorite moments were grounded in tradition. First was the Arsi Mushaf, when Ali’s family lifted up my head covering, and we saw each other for the first time in the mirror as man and wife. We have the mirror hung up in our home now, and it makes me smile every time I pass it. Second was the Eastern European bread and salt ceremony, where the bride and groom simultaneously took a bite of decorative bread. Whoever takes the biggest bite becomes head of household (me, of course!)

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy the process and do as much of the planning together as you can. I have equally happy memories of us picking out parts of the wedding as I do of the day itself!

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
My hair and make-up artist, Fatima from Beauty by Far, did an absolutely fantastic job! I don’t wear a lot of makeup, so I asked her to give me a natural look, and she truly delivered. I felt gorgeous, and my husband couldn’t look away!

Revel in the beauty, the traditions, and the love that shines through in every detail of our features.

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Hair & Makeup: BEAUT by FAR | Ceremony Venue: Whistling Gardens | Planning & Design: Cloud 9 Events | Floral & Decor: In Bloom Flowers | Catering: Zauq Live Barbecue | Bridal Fashions: Zainab Salman | Bridal Jewelry: Heirloom from Mother of the Groom | Mehndi Artist: Sanna Riyazali | Groom's Fashion: Mohsin Naveed Ranjha | Photography: Laroque Weddings


Mesa, AZ Fusion Wedding by David Jesse Photography

Welcome to a tale of romance and splendor in the breathtaking wedding of Anisha & Jake. Nestled in the serene beauty of Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch, their nuptials were a dream brought to life by the meticulous planning and design of TruElegance, who ensured every detail shimmered with love and sophistication. Anisha was adorned in exquisite bridal fashion by Fashion Queen Bridal, her beauty further accentuated by the skillful touch of Makiaj Beauty for her hair and makeup. Her presence was like a delicate bloom, perfectly complemented by The Wildflowers AZ's enchanting floral arrangements and décor. As the day unfolded, A Cakes Bakery unveiled a masterpiece of confectionery that was as delightful to the palate as it was to the eyes. The reception, a kaleidoscope of joy and celebration, saw Anisha in a stunning outfit from Silk Threads by Ruby Bhandari. The ambiance, set alight with music and laughter by DJ Isaac Entertainment, had guests swaying to the rhythm of happiness, capturing memories that David Jesse Photography immortalized with their artistic vision. 

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Jake while working on a political campaign in 2016. We never really officially started dating and just fell into being together. Over time, our lives became more intertwined, and I just realized that all the Taylor Swift love songs I used to listen to started being about him.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Jake proposed at Bryce Canyon National Park as part of a national park road trip that we went on in 2022. We went for a gorgeous sunrise hike, and knowing what a huge swiftie I am, when he proposed, he said, "I'd like to hang out with you my whole life." The proposal wasn't too much of a surprise, so we were both dressed up and had a photographer present, because what better time and place to get our engagement shoot done!

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.
Going into planning this wedding, I had a few specific things in mind: I knew that I wanted at least one of the events to be Rajasthani-themed, as I had been in 2008 and fell in love with the culture, food, dancing, and music, I wanted the actual wedding and my outfits to be fairly traditional for a Gujarati bride, but not at all fussy or heavy, and that I absolutely did not want a hotel/ballroom wedding.

Starting from those premises made planning pretty easy. I narrowed my search of venues to outdoor, ranch-style locations that allowed outside catering. The venue we ended up choosing, Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch, is really close to my parent's house and a place that I'd often wanted to stay at - little did I know that we'd be having the ultimate staycation there!

In terms of decor, we wanted to keep things pretty simple because the venue itself was stunning, and we wanted to highlight the natural beauty around us. We kept the mandap pretty minimal, with just flowers in the trees.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
In terms of outfits, I wanted a traditional-looking panetar, but I didn't want it to be too heavy. It was the only outfit that I absolutely wanted to see in person before buying. We took a trip to Edison, NJ, and went to a few shops. I tried on a few traditional bridal outfits but was overwhelmed by how heavy they were. I found my panetar in the regular, non-bridal section of the store and absolutely fell in love and had my "say yes to the dress moment." My mom had my second dupatta come from India and had a custom-made border with Shrinathji on it so that part rested atop my head.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I loved selecting our caterer and doing our taste-testing. It was a rigorous endeavor, and we asked a lot of places, but we ended up placing all our faith in Sukhadia Caterers, and it was absolutely the right decision to make. They were able to accommodate all the styles of food we were looking for and the dietary restrictions of all our guests, as well as facilitate the family-style reception. Everyone raved about the food throughout the events, which was reflected in our taste.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think our guests' favorite part of the wedding was the venue. It was just a completely different experience from what people were used to, and for those who were able to stay at the ranch, it was a really cool, communal family experience. There were so many different little event areas for us to use as well, like the corral, pool area, and lodge, which made for such fun picture ops.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
For the Western wedding, we'd asked folks to dress with a southwestern twist, which I wasn't expecting a lot of people to get into. That said, an absolute highlight of the events for me was seeing my uncles, cousins, and nephews come in cowboy hats, boots, and jeans. It really meant a lot that my family leaned into that!

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.
We went all out for the Rajasthani-themed mehndi/welcome dinner with puppet t-lights, elephant hangers, and Indian-style cots. Our centerpieces were urlis with diy-ed disks of sand so that the puppets inside helped create these little "scenes" of Rajasthan. Our dances were on Rajasthani-themed songs like Ghoomar, Chaudary, and Rajvaadi Odhani.

We did theme the reception around national parks, so we were able to get a cute national park sign. We made all our table numbers national parks and used postcards to identify the tables. It was really important to me that the reception meal was served family style, which Sukhadia's delivered on!

My cat, Hamilton, escorted me down the aisle for the Western wedding, which was really important to me. He had a cute little suit/vest thing that matched Jake and his groomsmen's suits, and it was just special to have him there.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Pick the one or two things that you really care about and stick to them. A lot of wedding planning is compromised with parents, family, the groom, vendors, etc., but if you can focus on the one or two things that are really important to you, it's easier to make those compromises elsewhere.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
I almost didn't get a cake, but opted to close to the last minute. Like all things in the wedding planning process, I wanted the traditional thing (the cake) but with a twist. We ended up with this gorgeous reddish-terracotta cake that was made with spray-on chocolate, and Armana created these 16 chocolate bars for the cake that reflect the national parks that we've been to together.

I also really loved that we had Robert Jackson on site to create portraits of our guests for wedding favors. I think it was a cute way to give our guests something from our wedding that was reflective of them.

I hope you enjoy this feature. Until next time, stay in love and keep celebrating every heartbeat.

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Photography: David Jesse Photography | Venues: Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch | Planning & Design: TruElegance | Floral & Decor: The Wildflowers AZ | Hair & Makeup: Makiaj Beauty | Catering: Sukhadias | DJ: DJ Isaac Entertainment | Baraat: DJ Isaac Entertainment | Bridal Fashions: Fashion Queen Bridal | Cake & Treats: A Cakes Bakery | Favors: Fine Art by Robert Jackson | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Varda Invitations and Gifts | Mehndi Artist: Henna By Purvi | Rentals: Inner Space | Hair & Makeup Welcome Dinner: Bridal4thewin | Dress for Western Wedding: Indiaspopup | Reception Outfit: Silk Threads by Ruby Bhandari


Orlando, FL Fusion Wedding by Root Photography

Let's enjoy a story of love at the magnificent JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes. Veena & Bryan's wedding was masterfully planned and designed by Carlisha Magnarella of Designer Weddings by Carly Rose. The Flower Girl Designs' floral arrangements were magical, adding a fragrant and colorful backdrop to the stunning scene. Veena began her journey forever with a pretty bridal look, perfectly styled by The Improper Blonde and makeup artfully applied by Bella Con Stile's BeautyHenna Allure skillfully crafted the intricate mehndi. At the heart of this enchanting celebration was the event design by Tas Events & Design, transforming the venue into a realm of romantic fantasy. As the evening unfolded, the sounds of celebration echoed through the halls. FyerFly Productions & South Florida's Heatwave Band set the rhythm of the night. The SnapShot Orlando photo booth captured these moments of unbridled joy, offering a playful space for guests to express their love and excitement. The air was filled with joy and laughter, memories captured in time by the talented Root Photography, ensuring that every smile, every tear of happiness, was immortalized. You'll love it

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Ladies, I hope you have enjoyed today's story as much as I did. Do not forget to come back for more!

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Ceremony & Reception Venue: JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes | Planning & Design: Carlisha Magnarella Designer Weddings by Carly Rose | Florist: Flower Girl Designs | Hairstylist: The Improper Blonde | Makeup Artist: Bella Con Stile’ Beauty | Catering: JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes | DJ: FyerFly Productions | Live Music: South Florida's Heatwave Band | Bridal Fashions: Anita Dongre | Bridal Fashions: Tarun Tahiliani | Cinematography: Love And Lustre Cinema | Event Designer: Tas Events & Design | Calligrapher: Bare Lettered Designs | Mehndi Artist: Henna Allure | Photo Booth: SnapShot Orlando | Rentals: Over The Top Rental Linen | Rentals: Letz Dance On It | Rentals: A Chair Affair | Photography: Root Photography


Huntington Beach, CA Indian Wedding by Lin and Jirsa Photography

Welcome, loves, to a tale of enchantment and splendor, where the union of Surbhi & Swar unfurled like a fairytale under the radiant skies of the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa. The Baraat horse by My Fairytale Carriage Co. was an exquisite spectacle, creating a magical experience evident in every detail, from the horse's ornate decorations to the seamless coordination with the wedding festivities. Surbhi, whose grace was accentuated by the exquisite creations from Khajana Boutique, radiated a timeless elegance, her beauty further enhanced by the artistry of Dolled Up by Lulu. The visionary Geetika Walia meticulously weaved every detail of their special day. The venue blossomed into a paradise of colors and fragrances, thanks to the genius of Three Petals Design, creating an atmosphere of romantic allure that captivated every heart. As guests were treated to a gastronomic feast by Jay Bharat Foods LA, their senses were further indulged by the delectable confections from Sweet Traders, adding a dash of sweetness to the ambiance. DJ Scorpio masterfully spun vibrant beats to set the rhythm for a night of joyous celebration. Lin and Jirsa Photography captured every tender glance and joyful tear, immortalizing the magic of this union. 

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We hope you enjoy today's feature, darlings. Cheers to love and the endless possibilities it brings!

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Baraat: My Fairytale Carriage Co | Venues: Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa | Planning & Design: Geetika Walia | Floral & Decor: Three Petals Design | Hair & Makeup: Dolled up by Lulu | Catering: Jay Bharat Foods LA | DJ: DJ Scorpio’ | Bridal Fashions: Khajana Boutique | Cake & Treats: Sweet Traders | Photography: Lin and Jirsa Photography


Cancun, MX Indian Wedding by Sweet Caribbean Photo

Enjoy Steffi & Manan's dream wedding at the Hyatt Ziva Cancun. They always wanted a private wedding, with just their families and friends, which is precisely how it came to be. Steffi looked radiantly in her exquisite attire from Crossover Chicago by Mandeep, with her hair and makeup flawlessly crafted by Nadia Hira. The ceremony at Cliff Gazebo was masterfully orchestrated by J2R Events Inc., with each detail meticulously planned to mirror the couple's unique love story. JC Castillo Weddings, decor exceeded their expectations with bloomed and vibrant florals. As the evening unfurled, guests were ushered into the grandeur of the Grand Ballroom for the reception. Patravali Indian Cuisine offered a culinary journey that tantalized the senses. DJ Sunny P's infectious energy and seamless transitions ensured that the night was a jubilant celebration of love, bringing together two hearts and two families dancing and partying. It was the best day and night of their lives! With their lens of creativity and a keen eye for detail, Sweet Caribbean Photo captured the essence of their special day in a way that transcended mere photography. Relieve the magic through the gallery.

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I hope you enjoy this feature. Until next time, stay in love and keep celebrating every heartbeat.

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DJ: DJ Sunny P | Sangeet Venue: Hyatt Ziva Cancun / Rooftop Terrace | Ceremony Venue: Hyatt Ziva Cancun / Cliff Gazebo | Reception Venue: Hyatt Ziva Cancun / Grand Ballroom | Planning & Design: J2R Events Inc. | Floral & Decor: JC Castillo Weddings | Hair & Makeup: Nadia Hira | Catering: Patravali Indian Cuisine | Bridal Fashions: Crossover Chicago by Mandeep | Cinematography: Ruiz Films | Photography: Sweet Caribbean Photo


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