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Cincinnati, OH Indian Wedding by Priyanca Rao Photography

Happy Wedding Wednesday, Maharanis! As part of our Best of 2018 weddings, today we've got the beautiful Indian nuptials of Alisha and Savio, masterfully planned and executed by Sonal J Shah Events! We are starting with an ecstatic pre-wedding photo session by the fearless and always talented photo team of Priyanca Rao Photography amidst the vibrant city of Cincinnati! The magic urban setting contrasted flawlessly with the soon-to-be newlyweds' elegant outfits and together resulted in some seriously pretty portraits! The fabulous wedding events kicked-off with a traditional mehndi night and was immediately followed by an extraordinary musical night! Weddings InStyle added the festive and striking red decor, featuring a fabulous candle wall and sophisticated crystal lamps. For this awaited pre-wedding celebration our lovely Maharani Alisha donned a mesmerizing floral teal color lehenga that was crowned with a graceful floral updo created by KC Makeup by Karuna Chani! For a fun-filled and energetic ambiance, the super talented AATMA Performing Arts took the live dance spectacle to the next level while the lovely twosome showed their best moves and steps as well! See all the Sangeet wonder for yourself in the complete gallery.

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Savio and I met when I went to visit one of my good friends in Cincinnati, where I had lived previously. We hit it off, and began dating long distance! I knew Savio was "the one" when I never got tired of spending time with him. I can be introverted and re-energize with alone time, but I actually felt better and more energized after I spent time with him. He felt like family to me. 
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Savio proposed in Hyde Park in Cincinnati closeby where we had first met. We were at a get together with some of our friends when he suggested that we live to get ice cream at a local ice cream spot nearby. I thought that was peculiar for him but we both loved this place so we went. Shortly after we shared our banana split, Savio got on one knee and proposed. It was very special! We spent the rest of the weekend celebrating with our friends and family. 
 
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.
Upon starting the wedding planning journey, I knew I needed someone who had good taste, direction, and choices. I was in the midst of my busy fellowship and did not live in the same city as my parents so I knew planning was going to be a bit of a challenge. After doing some research, we reached out to Sonal Shah who really vibed well with all of us. I knew that we wanted to get married in Cincinnati, Ohio because it was where we met and got engaged. Sonal provided excellent options for both local and non-local vendors. 
 
What was really special about my hair and makeup was that my mom had been getting names and numbers of vendors even 10 years before I was engaged. Karuna Chani had come to Cincinnati, Ohio from NYC many years ago for a wedding, and my mom got her card. She still had Karuna's card and we called her up and booked her ASAP. It was the best decision we made because she showered my mom and me with positive vibes and was so much fun to get ready with. Every look that I had was exactly as I had wanted it, and I let her take the creative initiative with each step. 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My mom and I went to India to select my wedding clothes. Actually, because I was in the midst of fellowship, I only had 4 days in India. We had very productive days and made it happen in just a few days! I knew I wanted a red Sabyasachi gown before even going to India. The dress I chose was the first one I set my eyes on in the store. It was the best experience. 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable process of planning was spending time with my parents. We talked on the phone very often, and I was lucky because my mom took the initiative on most of the planning. She coordinated with Sonal and all the vendors. Going to India with them was so much fun, and I will never forget how we worked hard together to create a magical weekend, and it was exactly that! We were not stressed or worried about the whole weekend because we knew Sonal and her team had everything in control going forward. 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
My guests loved the food, dancing, and overall ambiance of the wedding. I heard the cocktail hour was amazing with Dave Sharma on the electric tabla! 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The most special moment that plays in my mind was our first look. Priyanca picked out the most beautiful and scenic spot in downtown Cincinnati with a portrait of a woman in the background. The look on his face and spending that time alone together was my favorite. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
My words of wisdom would - enjoy the process! It goes so quickly, and it can be stressful at times, but hire your vendors early on and have a good wedding planner.  Your weekend will then be amazing and unforgettable! 

Come back and check out the ceremony day fashion, coming up next!

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Floral & Decor: Weddings InStyle | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: AATMA Performing Arts | Photography: Priyanca Rao Photography | Cinematography: Priyanca Rao Photography | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Cincinnati | Planning & Design: Sonal J Shah Events | Hair and Makeup: KC Makeup | Hair and Makeup: Alba Beauty Studio | Catering: The Taj Mahal Inc | DJ: Opening Minds Entertainment | Cake & Treats: The BonBonerie | Lighting: CLEAR Lighting | Dance Floor Wrap: Elephant Head Graphics | Electro Tabla: Dave Sharma


Tucson, Arizona Indian Wedding by Peter Nguyen Studio

There was still one more big surprise after Ashika and Ravi’s wedding ceremony! The charming newly wedded couple and their family and friends enjoyed colorful fireworks that put the perfect end to a perfect celebration! Fast forward, these two choose to stay in the wonderful grounds of the JW Marriott Starr Pass Tucson and its sprawling halls to keep on going with their lavish wedding festivities! The already magnificent venue was made even more beautiful with the incredibly wedding stage décor from Jamie and Gabi with Balloon Land Events! Encore Entertainment Group was behind the turntables to enliven the unforgettable first dance and the rest of the night. The sought-after culinary team from Chennai Chettinaad Palace & Om Indian Bistro indulged every guest with an array of amazing traditional Indian dishes that are authentic and wonderful! Our lovely bride, Ashika was once more beautified by Makiaj Beauty with a soft and sweet hairstyle to combine with her marvelous evening attire! The soiree was shot in gorgeous detail by the photographers from Peter Nguyen Studio and you can check out the rest of their extraordinary evening in the complete gallery!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Ravi through Instagram. My profile at that time was not private and I was obsessed with hashtags! My family would always tease me becuase I would have so many hashtags for each of my pictures. Anyway, one day he came across my picture and luckily he went to my profile. There he saw an old picture of me when I had my red hair. Yes! It was the red hair that started this love story. He immediately decided to direct message me on Instagram. Lucky him, I replied after checking out his Instagram page. He had green eyes! Brown guy? Green Eyes? He totes had my attention! Months after Facetime, Phonecalls he finally came down to Houston to see me in person. I knew he was the one when I saw him and just can’t explain that feeling. It was just right and so magical. I was happier than I had ever been. 

 

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Ravi planned an amazing surprise trip to Tulum, Mexico! Everything was just so magical. Ravi made sure I had the perfect outfit for the proposal. He also made sure I had clothes to wear every day we were there since I had no idea where I was going! I found out at the airport that we were going to Tulum! However, at that time I still didn’t know that it was going to be one of the most amazing trips of my life. We stayed at a super quiet and relaxing Airbnb. Saturday of March 23rd, he took me to this amazing rooftop restaurant. It was such a romantic and intimate environment because of the atmosphere near the beach. Right before the sun was setting he popped the question that I had been waiting to hear for a VERY LONG TIME. I did not even take a second to say, YES! 

Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
I always had an idea of how I wanted my wedding. I mean who doesn’t right? However, we had decided that we did not want a wedding planner. I decided to do everything from A-Z, literally. I admit it was so so hard but super rewarding at the same time. I had my own checklist, budget planning list, and added all details/important meetings to my calendar. However, I am so blessed to have had my family right behind me holding my back. Even though, I planned my day I just don’t think I could have done it without them because they were also a huge help throughout the whole wedding. What kept me super positive is that I always said at the end of the day we are just throwing a big party! 

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I love the color pink and florals. I always knew that my wedding lengha would be in the colors of pink with florals. I found my bridal lengha the very first day we went shopping in India. What turned out to be more perfect was that Ravi found his outfit the same day and it matched exactly with mine. That is when I knew that was one! 

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I think the most enjoyable part was that I got to plan the entire wedding with Ravi. A lot of men don’t really care to be a part of the planning processes. However, I guess I was lucky that Ravi was just as excited to be a part of planning our day and we did it together. 

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I believe that our guests loved everything about our wedding. The peacocks were amazing and so beautiful. We really weren’t looking to spend too much on our wedding so it was really hard to get someone to make huge peacocks made of florals because it is costly. However, when I found that someone to do this for me I almost cried because it was a dream come true when I saw the mandap and a lot of our guests loved it. We also had fireworks which our guests enjoyed so much! 
We separated our days for Wedding & Reception so I think our guests enjoyed some time to also relax between our functions.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I have so many special moments that are on replays in my mind. The very first time we saw each other during our first look. The moment that I walked down the mandap and they removed the drapes that were covering his face and I saw Ravi’s smile. The moment when he danced to our favorite song “Saree Ke Fall Sa” during the reception. The way he looked at me that entire weekend. 

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
I know that we tend to go a little crazy but turn that craze to sane and just keep being positive. Don’t forget at the end of the day the only thing that matters is how much you and your to be husband love each other. 

We'll meet you back here on Tuesday!

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Detroit, MI Indian Wedding by Jobst Media

Like true Bollywood stars, Puja and Ajit hosted a fabulous wedding celebration that kicked off with a vivacious grand sangeet at MGM Grand Detroit Casino. The fantastic planning firm of Utsav Planners, Inc. guided the couple from the start and provided their expertise to create their unforgettable wedding weekend! Family and friends gathered for the vibrant function in a magical set up filled to the brim with bright color drapery along with exquisite traditional finery created by Yanni Design Studio. This surreal ambiance surrounded the guests who danced the night away with Dhoom Events Indian Wedding DJ's best energetic beats! Besides the dance galore, the night was made up of traditional food, blessings and above all, colorful attires! Puja chose an alluring dress option, a teal green lehenga that featured sequin embellishments and that matched flawlessly with her Raja Ajit attire! Jobst Media captured the seriously stunning pictures you will find in our full gallery!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met him at a mutual friends wedding in Richmond Virginia in 2013. I had just moved to Chicago and was told that I need to get to know him because he was a lot of fun and also lived in Chicago. I knew he was the one about 6 months into dating. 

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Ajit took me to Kohler Spa in Wisconsin for a impromptu weekend getaway over labor day weekend. I happened to have a few days off from residency and he planned the whole trip! On the first night there  we got massages, went out to a nice dinner and then grabbed drinks at the spa. As the night was winding down, we decided to head back to our hotel room and he made me my favorite drink from Brazil-a caipirinha. 

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.
Having a wedding in Michigan meant that lot of the same venues and vendors were usually used so we really tried to do things different by trying to incorporate out of state vendors. We loved the Westin for our wedding venue and loved working with the staff there. Emily did an amazing job and really catered to everything that we needed. We also wanted a different venue for the sangeet and MGM was perfect as it provided such a large space, amazing food choices and the ability to personalize and put our stamp on the event. We had picked our decorator-Yanni Design Studios, from our engagement party and knew that he was do an amazing job translating our visions into actual decor. He and his team were amazing to work with. I used a lot of Instagram inspiration to translate my visions for each event. Our wedding planners-Utsav also did an excellent job executing on the weekend of the wedding to make sure that everything went perfect. Our MC/DJ and dholi were also from new york/jersey and texas respectively and they did an amazing job. They brought some freshness to the dancing and the LED dholi wasn't a bad touch. On one of our vacations we saw an electric violinist and loved the sound, we thought it would be cool to have someone like that perform and play at our reception. We worked with our DJ to find a local Chicago performer Kat V, electric violinist, and had her come out for cocktail hour and the reception. She was able to play with indian and american music which was perfect for our party! 

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Since I was in residency, it was difficult for me to find time to go to India to go shopping so I did a lot of browsing online via Instagram. I contacted designers through whatsapp and futher personalized my outfits. I chose Sabyesachi for our wedding outfits as they were timeless and the deep red/burgundy color that they had was the color that I had always envisioned for my wedding outfit. I wanted everything else to be cream/white and gold on the wedding day and my outfit to really pop in contrast.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Working with my future husband to plan this dream wedding. It was interesting to hear his opinions and learn how to make compromises. It was our first opportunity to show how well we could work together.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The food and decor. They loved the uniqueness of the decor as we used a vendor from outside Detroit. The food was specially picked for our event: Friday nights theme was bazaar themed so we had MGM make food from all different regions we had travelled: mexican, thai, indian, mediterranean stations. For dessert at our reception we tried to incorporate some of our favorite treats-andes mint chocolate chip mouse and snickers peanut butter mouse.  Our decor was out of this world. The pictures came out beautiful. Everything looked beautiful and exactly how we had envisioned. 

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Many moments play over in my mind. Sitting at the mandap during the wedding ceremony and looking out at all our friends and family there to celebrate our love was amazing. Taking romantic photos after the ceremony at the Detroit public library and Detroit institute of arts was amazing as well! Those few minutes in the day when I would be completely alone with Ajit were also very nice. Especially before the wedding when we did the first look pictures. It was a good reminder of our love and how special the day was. It was hard during the wedding weekend to get those few moments alone since there were so much going on! 

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.
Thursday mehndi: I wanted colorful but more pink, orange, yellow theme: we used umbrellas as table settings and designs from instagram for the picture wall and gift table, food stations were all indian snack themed and even had snow cones
Friday Sangeet: outdoor bazaar theme: I wanted colorful( blues, greens, purples) tents and cafe lights, but all indoor because of unpredictable weather in detroit, i wanted an eclectic food menu and a large area for all the performances, which ended up being set up like a theater, the backdrop was a beautiful seating area where guests could also get mehndi done if they were unable to attend the Thursday event
Saturday reception: travel themed, used boarding passes for seating arrangements, had a louis vuitton travel suitcase for the card box made from etsy, had mini suitcases filled with personalized M&Ms for our party favors on each seating, each table setting had a story about what city it was named for and had a personalized story about our trip there as well as a photo from that trip, our cake was travel themed with a map of the world and a plane with a cake topper that said let the adventure begin. 
We loved our same day video edit by 97 films, they also did an amazing job with the long version of the film. Katie was great to work with and really listened to what we wanted. She even changed the background music based on our preferences for the same day edit.


Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy every moment of planning and try not to stress too much because things will work out in the end! You don't need to go to India to have your outfits made. I did most of my outfit planning from the US and was able to communicate easily with designers online. I also designed my bridesmaid and groomsmen outfits in the US. Also, don't be afraid to do something different! We went with DJs & a decorator from outside michigan and loved our choices. 

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
I bought all my bridemaids matching gold and cream outfits with matching gold jewelry which helped tie things together. Groomsmen also had matching gold and cream outfits.

 

Check out how Puja and Ajit affirm their commitment to each other in our following feature!

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DJ: Dhoom Events Indian Wedding DJ | Planning & Design: Utsav Planners,Inc. | Floral & Decor: Yanni Design Studio | Catering: Ashoka Catering | Baraat: The Lavish Store | Cake & Treats: Wisteria Bakehaus | Cinematography: 97 Films | Photography: Jobst Media Photojournalism and Cinematography | Sangeet Venue: MGM Grand Detroit Casino | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit


Dallas, TX Pakistani Wedding by Sarah Kelly Photography

Annaa and Sanan’s wedding is a bliss! And here we have the beautiful collection of images that Sarah Kelly Photography kindly shared with us! The camera crew portrayed the sweethearts in the midst of the serene gardens and golf fields of El Dorado Country Club. Maharani Annaa’s mehndi outfit worked perfectly well together with Sanan’s, as they both chose to wear orange and teal hues! The most awaited party kicked off when the beautiful Annaa stepped into a striking hall at the exclusive El Dorado Country Club. The gathering point overflowed with traditional decorative details but my absolute favorite was the beautiful swing stage that the artistic décor team of Wedding Decor By Faiza prepared as a special seating for the bride and groom and that was perfectly placed against the loud and multicolor drapery. With the music of the elite entertainment company, Outspoken Visions Entertainment, cousins, friends and the rest of the family sang, danced and blessed the couple all night long. Peruse through the wedding album in our full gallery.

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Can’t wait to share with you all the magnificence of the ceremony!

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Floral & Decor: Wedding Decor By Faiza | Mehndi Artists: Samira's Henna Designs | DJ: Outspoken Visions Entertainment | Photography: Sarah Kelly Photography | Sangeet Venue: El Dorado Country Club | Ceremony & Reception Venue: El Dorado Country Club | Makeup: Sarah Aasif Artistry | Hair: Seher Studio Inc | Catering: Dallas Kabob House | Bridal Fashions: Naazo Enterprises - Fashion Merchant | Cake & Treats: Cakes by Design - Tabitha | Cinematography: DFW Phoenix Films | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Seher Studio Inc. -Seher Chottie


Columbia, SC Indian Fusion Wedding by Jamie Howell Photography

As a result of blending their corresponding backgrounds, a refined Indian fusion reception was the cherry on top of these magnificent celebrations chronicled by the brilliant images by Jamie Howell Photography! As a powerful symbol of good luck, the elephants made their appearance at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center as part of the charming reception theme that Carolina Wedding Belle helped to create! The team worked to share the couple’s vision for their soiree not only by managing the romantic décor but also by planning and coordinating the whole weekend! The vivacious ambiance that reigned during the night was enlivened by the sought after DJ Opening Minds Entertainment who not only provided the music for the couple’s jubilant dances but a gorgeous bespoke elephant monogram up lightning! The cutting of the charming three-tier naked wedding cake by Ally & Eloise Bakeshop was definitely one of the big moments of the many that took place throughout the weekend which Jamie Howell Photography shared with us in our full gallery!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Alvin in Columbia, SC while I was working as a nurse and he was in his last year of medical school. I knew he was the one when nine months after meeting him, my grandmother became ill and passed away. This happened just as Alvin was graduating from medical school and getting ready to move to New York for residency. During this time Alvin was ALWAYS there anytime I needed him and even though my family did not know him yet he attended a traditional Indian funeral service, where he was 1 of 3 Americans (the other two were two of my bridesmaids). 
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
In October 2016, Alvin had a 2-week vacation and we decided to spend the time at home in South Carolina. During this time we planned to see our families, go to the South Carolina State Fair, stay at his family's lake house, and go on a cruise to the Bahamas. I was positive he was going to propose while we spent a few days at his family's lake house. We spent a lot of time there with each other and our friends at the beginning of our relationship and we both always cherished our moments there. He didn't end of proposing so I figured it wasn't happening this trip because the last part of our trip was the cruise and I just didn't think he would do it then. I was wrong! We went to dinner on the cruise ship on October 16, 2016, and had to wait for a table so we were given a buzzer. Alvin put the buzzer in his pocket and we went to get a drink at the bar. I was starving and was worried Alvin would not feel the buzzer in his pocket so I asked him if I could just hold it. He said sure and instead of pulling the buzzer out of his pocket he had a ring box! It is so hard to surprise me, but he did it and continues to do it!
 
Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
Our overarching goal for our wedding was to expose our families and friends to both of our cultures and families. Alvin and I have always said we will not have an exclusively Hindu or Christian household, but instead, we wanted to share our traditions. We wanted our wedding to be the foundation for a marriage that not only celebrated our love, but was also entertaining, open, educational, and prioritized our families. I did a lot of research about fusion weddings on Maharani Weddings and Big Fat Indian Wedding. We then had extensive conversations with our parents about their wishes/concerns/expectations. We all decided together what events we wanted to have during our wedding weekend and then figured out how to have all those events in 2-3 days.
 
We accomplished this by including some purely Hindu and Christian traditions as well as combining some. We combined the traditional American rehearsal dinner with the Mendhi party, and both families hosted it as a casual get together with artisan pizzas and some of our favorite snacks. While I had my Grashanti, Alvin's family had a brunch for family, the wedding party, and our out of town friends. The Christian wedding ceremony was our chance to expose the Indian side of the family to a formal, classic Christian wedding ceremony in the beautiful church where Alvin's family went when he was growing up. The Garba was the evening following the Christian ceremony, and it was our way of introducing the American side of the family to the fun, exciting Indian wedding traditions. The next morning, Alvin rode a beautiful white horse for the Baraat, and both sides made it out for some early morning dancing! We tried to make sure that the Hindu priest spoke excellent English, and that he was willing to explain the ceremony so that it was very accessible to everyone involved. After the Hindu ceremony, everybody had some time to rest up before the huge reception where we tried to combine both of our traditions, families, food, and music until late into the night! 
 
I had some difficulty picking our vendors because I really wanted to hire local vendors from North Carolina and South Carolina. I once again used Maharani Weddings and Big Fat Indian Wedding for research. I quickly found that in order to have options and stay within budget I would have to extend my search into Georgia and even Virginia. I created a list of potential vendors and then extensively googled them. I then contacted my top 2-3 vendors and requested quotes and phone meetings. I only contacted 2-3 vendors because we were living in NYC at the time and our schedules were too busy to coordinate phone calls and meetings. We sent the vendors a very detailed email that contained our estimated head counts for each event, the schedule of events, and our expectations. 
 
The only vendors we met with in person prior to finalizing them, were the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and Rahma with Carolina Wedding Belle. We felt strongly about checking our the venue in person for obvious reasons. We wanted to meet with Carolina Wedding Belle because we were considering them to do the decor/floral for the whole weekend and also do coordination. We felt like we really needed to connect with our decor person/coordinator because that was a big part of the wedding.
 
I still cannot believe that I picked a photographer/videographer and makeup/hair/henna artist without meeting them in person but I believe it all worked out because I did my homework and I did a lot of research on what types of questions to ask vendors.
 
We were so pleased with all our vendors and we attribute that to us having a clear vision and expectations for our vendors and our vendors having the same in return.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
When we got engaged, I knew we would have two wedding ceremonies (Hindu and American). I always knew I wanted a red lengha for my wedding so that was an easy choice for the Hindu ceremony. I went to India to shop for my Indian outfits and we went straight to Asopalav. We chose to start there because we knew they would have a variety and were used to dealing with short turn around times. 
 
I thought about getting a trendy fusion white gown from India for the Christian ceremony but in the end, I decided wanted to stay traditional and I got a beautiful white dress by Augusta Jones from The White Magnolia Bridal Collection in Greenville, SC. 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was doing it with Alvin. He was a very involved groom. There were many arguments but it helped us to get to know each other more. We both learned from each other and our own strengths and weaknesses. I have heard numerous girlfriends complain about how they were so stressed about the wedding and their grooms didn't get it. I was glad that Alvin shared the stress of planning a wedding and he understood my frustrations. I think after planning our wedding we would make a good party planning duo.  :)
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved the combination of Hindu and American traditions. Both sides embraced both cultures and it was exactly what we wanted. Alvin's family fully embraced the baraat and had a blast. A lot of my family actually joined Alvin's family during the baraat. I would say that was everyone's favorite moment. They also loved our cake which was cardamon with chocolate filling and vanilla buttercream frosting. 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
My favorite moment was walking out at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and seeing Alvin for the first time since the rehearsal/mendhi the night before and seeing how packed the church was. We were expecting to have a large wedding but physical seeing the number of people who showed up to support us was just amazing. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
My number one advice would be to create a budget that takes into account unexpected expenses that will come up the last couple weeks leading up to the wedding. My brother and sister in law (whose wedding was also featured on Maharani Weddings) gave us that advice and it was the best advice we got. Alvin and I worked hard to set a REALISTIC budget and frequently check in and adjust during our 1.5 years of planning.
 
Remember it is YOUR wedding. EVERYONE will give their opinions on things but the only two people who matter are you and your future husband. Be sure to make sure you two will be happy with whatever decisions you make.  
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
I want to make sure the complete list of vendors that was hopefully submitted by our photographer gets posted. We had amazing vendors and we want them recognized. As I mentioned earlier it was hard finding vendors in NC, SC, and GA and I hope brides in these states will find my vendor list helpful.
 

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DJ: Opening Minds Entertainment | Lighting: Opening Minds Entertainment | Photography: Jamie Howell Photography | Cinematography: Jamie Howell Photography | Hindu Ceremony Venue: Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center | Christian Ceremony Venue: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral | Planning & Design: Carolina Wedding Belle | Floral & Decor: Carolina Wedding Belle | Hair & Makeup: Blush Beauty by Nadia | Catering: Bombay Grille | Baraat: Camden Carriage Company | Bridal Fashions: Asopalav | Cake & Treats: Ally & Eloise Bakeshop | Christian Ceremony Men's Formalwear & Tuxedos: JoS A. Bank | Mendhi/Rehearsal Bridal Fashion: Looks Boutique | Vidhi/Pithi Bridal Fashion: Shayona | Christian Ceremony/Reception Bridal Fashion: White Magnolia | Mendhi/Rehearsal Groom Fashion: Jade Blue | Hindu Ceremony Groom Fashion: Jinaam | Reception Men's Formalwear & Tuxedos: Brooks Brother | Lapel Pins: Brackish | Bridesmaids Fashion: Brideside | Mehndi and Rehearsal Dinner Decor: Linda Strasburger (Groom's Mother)


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