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Perry Hall, Maryland Sikh Wedding by Virdee Films Photo-Video

Happy Thursday, Maharanis! We know that it is a bit difficult getting through this quarantine time, but it gets more manageable when you have new love stories poping form your screen every day, and today is no exception! If you were looking for a unique and extraordinary love story to get your inspiration going, you've come to the right place! Manjeet & Harman's wedding celebration is demonstrations that against all the odds, love always wins. COVID-19 emerged right around the date set for these lovebirds to join their lives in marriage. And this unfortunate situation that could have discouraged a lot of couples, only motivated Manjeet & Harman to get things going. They embraced change and decided to carry on with their wedding, making the necessary arrangements to make it happen. After rescheduling and changing the event dates numerous times, they finally set everything into action and fulfill their long-awaited dream of becoming a single unity through love! The big day started with a romantic, bright, and colorful photoshoot that we are sure will take your breath away! Every single shot immortalized the sweetest and charming scenes of this lovely couple before the Sikh wedding ceremony hosted at Perry Hall - Maryland. In case you were wondering who is responsible for such incredible shots, it is none other than the talented team from Virdee Films Production. The way they manage to make a photo session, a delightful visual masterpiece, is impressive, so big kudos to them! After the photoshoot, it was time to carry on with the Sikh wedding ceremony thoroughly planned by the bride and groom themselves with the help of RJ Best Events on the floral department. And oh boy, we loved the colorful and traditional vibes we got from every single scene of this intimate and solemn ceremony. There was so much to admire, but everyone's eyes set in the marvelous look of our gorgeous Maharani. She looked like a vision of beauty thanks to the delicate hairstyle and makeup designed by Glow By Herneet. The fancy pieces of jewelry coming From Punjab - India and the artistic Mehndi designs by Henna By Shazia and PrettyNeatBeauty were the perfect complements to round up a dreamy look that we all love so much! If you want to check more of this lovely young couple, don't miss today's marvelous gallery. 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"?
He added me on IG 2 years prior but never messaged me. Finally 2 years later he messaged me on Instagram and we finally met each other a few months after messaging/talking on the phone. After getting to know each other, we discovered so many similarities between us amd our family. I slowly fell for him without knowing it, so when he popped the question, it was a no brainer for me.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We were talking on the phone and he just asked me slickly, in the middle of a conversation, after I realized what he asked me, I of course said 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 was avoiding planning the wedding for a month and a half but I would stress about not having it done. One Saturday morning in January I sat down and called and booked decorators, MUA, film/video, DJ. I met the DJ and videographer/photographer at the Dulhan Expo in NJ in December 2019 so that made it a little easier. Just as I thought I was in the home stretch, COVID-19 had other plans for our wedding! 2 weekends before we were supposed to get married (3/28/2020), we had to make the decision to postpone until a later unknown date, or we could make the best of an unfortunate situation. We decided to move the wedding up to 3/21/2020- one week ahead, and move the venue to my parents house. I ended up planning the whole wedding again, in 3 hours!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I always wanted our clothes to stand out- not be the typical red for the bride, and ivory for the groom. I had my magenta salwar kameez made from Punjab from a boutique. And I pushed my husband to wear a blue sherwani, which was also made in Punjab, India.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The best part was meeting the vendors! I am a very sociable person, so I loved the interactions between my family and the vendors. And although I had to make numerous phone calls to each vendor to change the plans, it was an enjoyable experience!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The 60 guests we were allowed to have at our house (gathering limitations in place due to COVID19) loved the traditional feel they got from our wedding. They loved the simplicity yet elegance of having a wedding within our own home.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The very first time I saw my husband which was when I walked down the aisle for the jai mala ceremony. Everything else is a blur!

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.
The bridesmaids had a dance planned, which unfortunately they couldn't perform due to the restrictions in place, I only had one of my bridesmaids at the wedding. We had to make a lot of the decor ourself as the big decorations weren't able to fit in our house, they were meant for our banquet hall.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
You can plan and plan and plan, but stuff always comes up (maybe not as big as a pandemic virus). Instead of focusing on how to get what you planned, always have a back up plan and be optimistic. Sometimes last minute plans are the best!

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
My mehndi lady was choosen a few months ahead of time and she was absolutely pleasant- Shazia in Gaithersburg, MD. Decorations were done by RJ best events in Towson, MD. My MUA was a family friend, and none other than GlowbyHerneet.

What a fabulous wedding celebration to get inspiration from, isn't it, ladies? If you love today's love story, make sure to join us tomorrow for more!

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Photography: Virdee Films Production | Cinematography: Virdee Films Production | Planning & Design: RJ Best Events | Ceremony Venue: Perry Hall - Maryland | Sangeet Venue: Bride & Groom's House | Planning & Design: Bride & Groom | Hair & Makeup: Glow By Herneet | Catering: India Palace Maryland | Bridal Jewelry: From Punjab - India | Mehndi Artist: Henna By Shazia | Mehndi Artist: PrettyNeatBeauty


Downers Grove, IL Indian Wedding by Shalin Photo

Good morning, Maharanis! Friday is here, and it comes packed with tons of beauty, emotions, and traditional flair! Today, we have all the details surrounding Nidhi & Ravi's sweet and charming wedding celebration and believe us; it overflows with so much beauty and finery that you will have tons of inspiring ideas to make it through the weekend. So, without further ado, let's jump right into it! This love journey began most vibrantly and colorfully with a joyful Sangeet held inside the halls of NOAH'S Event Venue. And it was the perfect preamble for all the amazingness that was coming down the road. For the big wedding day, Nidhi & Ravi wanted to immortalize every moment of this grand event in the best possible way; therefore, they decided to bring Shalin Photo on board. And oh boy, what a great decision it was! This photographic studio showed all their talent and skills, capturing every single detail of the wedding events with so much delicacy and exquisiteness that we can't stop seeing their marvelous shots. The wedding ceremony hosted at the Esplanade Lakes By Doubletree was a cornucopia of beauty and traditional flair thanks to Yanni Design Studio, who transformed the halls of this venue into a magical, and almost surreal setting, more than suitable for this once in a lifetime celebration. The soft-pasteli hues, the traditional linens wrapped around the room, and the gorgeous floral arrangements created the perfect backdrop for Nidhi & Ravi to profess their love and commitment to each other, in the company of their family and closest friends. And we are so glad to have the opportunity to enjoy the beginning of their everlasting love story. If you can't get enough of this couple, make sure to take a look at the breathtaking gallery that we have prepared for you today!

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Have a safe weekend, spending time with your loved ones at home! And don't forget to join us on Monday for more inspiring stories.

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Sangeet Venue: NOAH'S Event Venue | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Esplanade Lakes By Doubletree | Floral & Decor: Yanni Design Studio | Cinematographer: EGS Creation | Photography: Shalin Photo


Whippany, NJ Indian Fusion Wedding by Kumar's Photography & Film

Happy Thursday, ladies! It is time for a new fusion wedding, and you already know how much we love them! Maybe it is the fact that they are full of flair and traditions, or perhaps it is the fact that we love seeing two different cultures and backgrounds mingle into one single love story. We really don't know! What we do know is that you are going to love Avianne & Ricky's fusion wedding as it packs tons of charm and inspiring ideas that it made its way into our Best of 2019 Magazine! So, get ready to enjoy it! For this first installment, we'll be taking a peek at a Sangeet ceremony held inside the halls of the Royal Albert's Palace / Maharaja Hall. And we want to make a big shoutout to Nirali Decor for the multi-colored decor they prepared for this event! As you can see in the different pictures captured by Kumar's Photography and Film, a big part of the massive success of this evening relies on that beautiful decor, so kudos to them! It was a night full of color, fun, music, and dancing, and we would have loved to be there as it seems that everyone had the time of their lives! For more shots of this Sangeet, don't miss today's gallery! It is the perfect preamble for the upcoming wedding ceremony held at the Hanover Marriott. And if you need a little extra, there is also a cinematographic delight by Prime House Productions already featured in our Video Blog! 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"?
My husband and I are high school sweethearts. We met during our senior year, and he won me over with magic tricks, silly pranks, and an epic scavenger hunt that led to him asking me if I wanted to be his girlfriend. He's such a charmer and great with surprises! I don't think there was ever a clear defining moment when I knew he was "the one"—as corny as it sounds, we just clicked from the moment we met. We're super silly and share the same life goals and values, but at the same time, we complement each other as opposites as well. Where I'm more emotional and sensitive, he's more thick-skinned and doesn't let stress get to him easily. Over time, we've grown together and learned so much from each other. Somewhere along the way of life's ups and downs, we just knew that we were in this for the long haul as life partners.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I thought we were crashing someone else's proposal, but it turned out to be mine! It was a chilly day in the city. I thought we were just there to spend the day with his family and meet up with his brother who came down from Boston to visit. At one point in the day, Ricky suggested we walk around Central Park. I was really grumpy because I was cold and just wanted to go somewhere indoors. Eventually, we went down a trail of stairs with petals scattered all the way down. His mom commented, "Wow! What are these?" and the cynic in me just responded, "Oh, someone probably just proposed here." At the end of the stairs, though, was Ricky down on one knee in a beautiful little gazebo by a creek. A group of our friends were also there and playing the song he played (Perfect Two by Auburn) when he asked me to be his girlfriend back in high school. My jaw dropped, and let's just say I wasn't grumpy anymore

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.

For our Wedding Ceremony, we wanted to have both a traditional and modern feel. We had a burgundy tent-style Mandap with a floating floral Ganesh and bells in the center and florals all around. We also had a raised aisle lined all the way down with candles and petals. Our DJ beautifully lit up the decor with wash lighting and uplighting and the ambiance was truly romantic. The actual wedding ceremony was a traditional Gujarati Hindu ceremony with an added Bible passage reading and Christian prayer by my father to honor my side of the family's beliefs. For our Reception, we wanted to have a classic, floral, elegant theme. Our stage had cherry blossom trees, a vintage lounge, and chandeliers, and our tables were decorated with mini cherry blossom trees, tall flower vases, and candles with orchids in them. Our DJ did an amazing job again with the uplighting and creating a dark, romantic ambiance in the room! We are so grateful to all our vendors, family, and friends who helped make our day so beautiful and effortless!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I originally thought I wanted to do a classic all-red ensemble, but when I stumbled upon the lehenga I ended up wearing, I completely changed my mind. I loved how it modernized and combined the panetar and gharchola traditionally worn by Gujarati brides. My favorite part was how the skirt had Indian Wedding motifs embroidered all around in gold thread. As a writer, I love a good story, and a lehenga that told a story just seemed fitting for me.


What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was picking out outfits and decor. I personally love designing and decorating, and who doesn't love shopping!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think guests really loved how genuine the day felt. Above all the glitz and glam, and more than anything else, we wanted the day to celebrate the magical and miraculous love that Ricky and I share. That love has transcended cultural and religious differences and overcome so much. I was so happy to see that love everywhere that day—in our silly antics, the heartfelt speeches, and the dances and fun we had with all our loved ones.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Walking down the aisle was a really special moment of my wedding. Right before entering, I was overcome with so much emotion that I started crying! As cheesy as it sounds, I've always dreamt of the day my dad would walk me down the aisle, and seeing him next to me at that moment made me feel so blessed. My entire eight years with Ricky also flashed through my mind. Thinking of all the challenges we'd overcome, especially coming from different backgrounds, culminating to this moment, overwhelmed me with so much gratitude and joy.

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.
For our Sangeet, we honored Ricky's Gujarati roots with a Garba night. We dreamt of a vibrant night filled with all the colors, song, and dance, and that's exactly what it was! I wore a colorful, multi-fabric lehenga, which was complemented by the decor—a colorful orange and pink backdrop with a golden swing and parasols—plus a beautiful tree in the center of the dance floor adorned by candles, a Radha-Krishna statue, and colorful pom-pom tassels. Ricky's mom and her friends did a special dance for us, as well as friends and two of Ricky's cousins. I also stepped out of my comfort zone to do a dance with my sister, joined by Ricky at the end.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
As crazy as wedding planning can get, don't lose sight of the reason for the day: the love you and your significant other share.

More coming in a bit!

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DJ: D&S Event Solutions | Lighting: D&S Event Solutions | Venues: Hanover Marriott | Cinematography: Prime House Productions | Photography: Kumar's Photography and Film | Sangeet Venue: Royal Albert's Palace / Maharaja Hall | Planning & Design: Avianne Kharawala | Floral & Decor: Nirali Decor | Hair & Makeup: Maryam Asim Beauty | Catering: Rasoi | Baraat: Caliber Farms | Cakes & Treats: Palermo Bakery | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Maryam Asim Beauty | Event Designer: Nirali Decor | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Parekh Cards | Mehndi Artist: Deepti Patel | Tuxedos: Boss Tuxedo & Bridal Wedding and Prom Headquarters


Manhattan, NY Indian Fusion Wedding by Maggie Marguerite Studio

We are glad to have you back, ladies! We bet you were so captivated by Shibani & Jeffrey's photo session that you were dying to hear more about them! So wait no more because we have plenty more details for you to enjoy! This time, we are heading over to the Intercontinental Barclay to witness the beautiful wedding ceremony that united these lovebirds in marriage. For this life-changing event, Elegant Affairs Inc. showed all their talent and expertise in making dream weddings come true with fabulous decor that got us swooning! Just take a look at how mesmerizing everything looks in the shots captured by Maggie Marguerite Studio! It is impressive! But so much beauty and exquisiteness would not have been accomplished without the perfect planning execution by Tara M. Events. So a big shoutout to them! Only Shibani could overtake the beauty of the scene as she burst into the room looking like royalty thanks to Makeup by Anita and Beautini, who took care of her beauty needs and gave her that dreamy look all Maharanis strive for their big day! If you can't get enough of this lovely pair, you'll be thrilled to know that the pages of the Best of 2019 Magazine are loaded with many more details of this wedding! And we also have a fantastic gallery for your enjoyment! So we got you covered with this one! Now it is your turn, go check them out and enjoy!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Jeff and I had multiple close encounters during our lives before we first met. First, we were both born in the Syracuse, NY area (he in 1988, me in 1992). Our families actually know one another from that time, but his family left to move to Seattle, WA when he was 3. After we both grew up, not knowing each other, we both attended Duke University for undergrad. Given we only overlapped one year, we never had the chance to meet there either. Next, we overlapped in Washington DC while I worked for Microsoft and Jeff was at Georgetown Law - we only lived a couple of blocks apart, but still never crossed paths. Finally, a year after Jeff moved back to Seattle, I accepted a job at Microsoft in Seattle as well. We met through mutual friends at at a barbecue, and Jeff asked me out to dinner a week later. It only took a couple of dates for us to realize this was something special.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
In August 2018, my sister (who I am best friends with) and her boyfriend, were visiting us in Seattle. Jeff knew it was important that family was around when he proposed. We went to have a picnic with wine and cheese at Gas Works Park, overlooking the Seattle skyline in the afternoon. While we were hanging out, Jeff got up to take a phone call and walked 20 feet away. After a few minutes, he asked me to come over and join him on the call, I assumed it was his mom. When I walked over there, he grabbed my hands and got down on one knee, and proposed. Next thing I knew, a photographer appeared, as well as one of my best friends from college, and about 10 of our closest Seattle friends. It was the most perfect proposal 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.
I was lucky that my mom and sister were in New York, and could help me choose venues, visit sites, meet with vendors, etc. - They were a huge help and often have better taste than me! I knew I wanted to get married in the NY area since it's where most of both of our families live. When looking at venues, I fell in love with the metropolitan feel of NYC venues, and loved the InterContinental Barclay the most. The team was incredibly helpful, we loved the style of the hotel, and the location was perfect. The hotel offered us the penthouse suite which was perfect for taking our wedding photos on the day of.
We also had the most amazing planner - Tara M Events, who helped us choose every vendor. It was seamless because she has worked with these vendors for weddings before as a v-team. I had Anita Shah for H&M, she understood what i wanted without much direction from me, and her team did an amazing job on my family. We got our outfits from Mumbai - lehenga from Sushma Creations and Jeff's outfit from Telon. We worked with Elegant Affairs for flowers and decor, Shobha from EA was the absolute best. She understood our vision - blush pinks, flowers, and gold accents. This matched with our outfits which also stayed in the light pink and light green pastel family. Lastly, we had food from Moghul - and although it was one food vendor, they made each event unique in their own way. Lunch was indian street food (kathi rolls, dosa, chaat, etc.), cocktail hour was fusion apps (wonton tacos, kebabs, lamb chops, etc.) and dinner was more formal Indian food (daal, lamb, chicken, fish, etc.). We chose our cake from Magnolia Bakery, who worked so well with us the entire time and were so gracious during our cake tasting - we went with a marble cake with mocha buttercream inside.
Our invitations and stationary were done by Azure Invitations - and everything was perfect. Our guests really loved the grand nature of our invitation and the wedding ceremony program in particular.
We wanted this to be an Indian wedding that blended two cultures and two religions: Indian and Korean cultures, and the Hindu and Christian religions. We had an amazing Hindu priest and Christian pastor, who worked together during the ceremony to respect both families. We had a traditional Hindu ceremony, but also read our vows and heard a short sermon from the pastor.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Sushma Creations was recommended to us by a close family friend from Mumbai. Even though I didn't know what I wanted, i knew everything she had as absolutely beautiful. When I got there, it only took me about an hour to find the lehenga. I tried on traditional red, other colors, pastels, etc. - ultimately loving the light pink pastel lehenga with lots of detail. I wanted to be feminine, less traditional, and unique.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
My favorite part was doing the food and cake tastings with Jeff and my family. We had so much fun trying different dishes, picturing how they might be served, and choosing the right blend of menus for each event. Jeff and I absolutely love food and all things related, so it was fun to be wined and dined as we prepped the menu for the big day. Moghul and Magnolia Bakery were both incredible hosts during our tastings and made sure we were happy with our choices, both during tasting and day of.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests particularly loved the way we balanced two cultures in our wedding. By having a priest and a pastor, as well as traditional Hindu and Korean elements, we were able to showcase the richness of both of our cultures. Many guests said it was a perfect example of how this can be done with other religions and cultures as well. Azure Invitations (Andaleeb) did an amazing job with our wedding program - it was a beautiful floral pamphlet that explained every single step of the Hindu and Christian portions of the wedding. It helped educate our guests so that they could follow along, and we received a lot of positive feedback about that.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our first dance was one of the most special moments in my mind. Jeff and I took lessons for our first dance for about 2 months prior, but on the day of, felt that what we learned was too formal and not our style. Five minutes before the reception, we scrapped the entire dance routine we learned, and made it up ourselves. We were natural, laughing, having so much fun, and being ourselves. Our guests could feel the energy as well and it was the best decision we made!
 
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.
For our wedding reception, we changed into western style bridal outfits. Our decor was still from Elegant Affairs, and we incorporated black, white and gold for a formal feel. My white dress was from Olvi's and Jeff's tux was from Burberry. We danced to Beyond by Leon Bridges for our first dance, and Isn't She Lovely for our father/daughter and mother/son dances. We entered the reception to "Came Here for Love" by Sigala, which was a fun upbeat song. Our band was On The Move Entertainment - they had the entire room dancing and on their feet, most people barely sat down other than to eat. It was one of the best bands at a wedding we had ever experienced! We didn't give them a playlist and they knew exactly the vibe we were going for.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Definitely! I would advise brides to avoid saving work until the end, and try to get a little bit done at a time. It was nice to have about 12-15 months to plan, and space out the various tasks over that time, especially between multiple vendors. I also think having a wedding planner is so essential in staying organized, knowing best practices, and having overall support.

We still have one more stop, ladies! So don't go too far!
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Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Azure Couture Event Stationery | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Anita | Mehndi Artists: Mehndikalogie | Planning & Design: Tara M. Events | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Intercontinental Barclay | Floral & Decor: Elegant Affairs Inc. | Hair & Makeup: Beautini | Catering: Moghul | DJ: Premier Entertainment- DJ Gaurav Kumar | Baraat: Premier Entertainment | Baraat Horses: Horse Equishare | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Ajna Dance | Cake & Treats: Magnolia Bakery | Cinematography: Maggie Marguerite Studio | Event Designer: Elegant Affairs Inc. | Lighting: Premier Entertainment | Live Music: On The Move Entertainment | Photo Booth: Neeko Booths | Welcome Dinner Venue: Toro | Photography: Maggie Marguerite Studio


Manhattan, NY Indian Fusion Wedding by Maggie Marguerite Studio

Good Morning, Maharanis! It is Wednesday, which means we are right in the middle of the week! And what better way to recharge batteries than taking a look at a romantic wedding celebration! And we have a small surprise! This wedding was so fascinating that it made it to the cover of our Best of 2019 Magazine! That says a lot! So, come and join us on this visual journey through Shibani & Jeffrey's wedding bash! We are starting the day by taking a look at a first look photo session carried out by Maggie Marguerite Studio. And oh boy, we loved every bit of this photoshoot! It was the best way to portray the love of this sweet couple right before heading over to their big wedding ceremony thoroughly orchestrated by Tara M. Events. For this photoshoot, both Shibani & Jeffrey embraced a traditional style that made them look stunning! However, it was Shibani who stole the show after being glamorized by Makeup by Anita and Beautini. The soft colored lengha, the flawless makeup and hairstyle, and the fantastic Mehndi outlined by Mehndikalogie were a perfect combination for that dreamy look we loved so much! For more amazing shots of this lovely couple, make sure to visit today's gallery! It is the perfect preamble for the upcoming wedding ceremony! And remember to bring your beautiful invite designed by Azure Couture Event Stationery if you don't want to miss it! 

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Jeff and I had multiple close encounters during our lives before we first met. First, we were both born in the Syracuse, NY area (he in 1988, me in 1992). Our families actually know one another from that time, but his family left to move to Seattle, WA when he was 3. After we both grew up, not knowing each other, we both attended Duke University for undergrad. Given we only overlapped one year, we never had the chance to meet there either. Next, we overlapped in Washington DC while I worked for Microsoft and Jeff was at Georgetown Law - we only lived a couple of blocks apart, but still never crossed paths. Finally, a year after Jeff moved back to Seattle, I accepted a job at Microsoft in Seattle as well. We met through mutual friends at at a barbecue, and Jeff asked me out to dinner a week later. It only took a couple of dates for us to realize this was something special.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
In August 2018, my sister (who I am best friends with) and her boyfriend, were visiting us in Seattle. Jeff knew it was important that family was around when he proposed. We went to have a picnic with wine and cheese at Gas Works Park, overlooking the Seattle skyline in the afternoon. While we were hanging out, Jeff got up to take a phone call and walked 20 feet away. After a few minutes, he asked me to come over and join him on the call, I assumed it was his mom. When I walked over there, he grabbed my hands and got down on one knee, and proposed. Next thing I knew, a photographer appeared, as well as one of my best friends from college, and about 10 of our closest Seattle friends. It was the most perfect proposal 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.
I was lucky that my mom and sister were in New York, and could help me choose venues, visit sites, meet with vendors, etc. - They were a huge help and often have better taste than me! I knew I wanted to get married in the NY area since it's where most of both of our families live. When looking at venues, I fell in love with the metropolitan feel of NYC venues, and loved the InterContinental Barclay the most. The team was incredibly helpful, we loved the style of the hotel, and the location was perfect. The hotel offered us the penthouse suite which was perfect for taking our wedding photos on the day of.
We also had the most amazing planner - Tara M Events, who helped us choose every vendor. It was seamless because she has worked with these vendors for weddings before as a v-team. I had Anita Shah for H&M, she understood what i wanted without much direction from me, and her team did an amazing job on my family. We got our outfits from Mumbai - lehenga from Sushma Creations and Jeff's outfit from Telon. We worked with Elegant Affairs for flowers and decor, Shobha from EA was the absolute best. She understood our vision - blush pinks, flowers, and gold accents. This matched with our outfits which also stayed in the light pink and light green pastel family. Lastly, we had food from Moghul - and although it was one food vendor, they made each event unique in their own way. Lunch was indian street food (kathi rolls, dosa, chaat, etc.), cocktail hour was fusion apps (wonton tacos, kebabs, lamb chops, etc.) and dinner was more formal Indian food (daal, lamb, chicken, fish, etc.). We chose our cake from Magnolia Bakery, who worked so well with us the entire time and were so gracious during our cake tasting - we went with a marble cake with mocha buttercream inside.
Our invitations and stationary were done by Azure Invitations - and everything was perfect. Our guests really loved the grand nature of our invitation and the wedding ceremony program in particular.
We wanted this to be an Indian wedding that blended two cultures and two religions: Indian and Korean cultures, and the Hindu and Christian religions. We had an amazing Hindu priest and Christian pastor, who worked together during the ceremony to respect both families. We had a traditional Hindu ceremony, but also read our vows and heard a short sermon from the pastor.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Sushma Creations was recommended to us by a close family friend from Mumbai. Even though I didn't know what I wanted, i knew everything she had as absolutely beautiful. When I got there, it only took me about an hour to find the lehenga. I tried on traditional red, other colors, pastels, etc. - ultimately loving the light pink pastel lehenga with lots of detail. I wanted to be feminine, less traditional, and unique.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
My favorite part was doing the food and cake tastings with Jeff and my family. We had so much fun trying different dishes, picturing how they might be served, and choosing the right blend of menus for each event. Jeff and I absolutely love food and all things related, so it was fun to be wined and dined as we prepped the menu for the big day. Moghul and Magnolia Bakery were both incredible hosts during our tastings and made sure we were happy with our choices, both during tasting and day of.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests particularly loved the way we balanced two cultures in our wedding. By having a priest and a pastor, as well as traditional Hindu and Korean elements, we were able to showcase the richness of both of our cultures. Many guests said it was a perfect example of how this can be done with other religions and cultures as well. Azure Invitations (Andaleeb) did an amazing job with our wedding program - it was a beautiful floral pamphlet that explained every single step of the Hindu and Christian portions of the wedding. It helped educate our guests so that they could follow along, and we received a lot of positive feedback about that.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our first dance was one of the most special moments in my mind. Jeff and I took lessons for our first dance for about 2 months prior, but on the day of, felt that what we learned was too formal and not our style. Five minutes before the reception, we scrapped the entire dance routine we learned, and made it up ourselves. We were natural, laughing, having so much fun, and being ourselves. Our guests could feel the energy as well and it was the best decision we made!
 
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.
For our wedding reception, we changed into western style bridal outfits. Our decor was still from Elegant Affairs, and we incorporated black, white and gold for a formal feel. My white dress was from Olvi's and Jeff's tux was from Burberry. We danced to Beyond by Leon Bridges for our first dance, and Isn't She Lovely for our father/daughter and mother/son dances. We entered the reception to "Came Here for Love" by Sigala, which was a fun upbeat song. Our band was On The Move Entertainment - they had the entire room dancing and on their feet, most people barely sat down other than to eat. It was one of the best bands at a wedding we had ever experienced! We didn't give them a playlist and they knew exactly the vibe we were going for.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Definitely! I would advise brides to avoid saving work until the end, and try to get a little bit done at a time. It was nice to have about 12-15 months to plan, and space out the various tasks over that time, especially between multiple vendors. I also think having a wedding planner is so essential in staying organized, knowing best practices, and having overall support.

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Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Azure Couture Event Stationery | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Anita | Mehndi Artists: Mehndikalogie | Planning & Design: Tara M. Events | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Intercontinental Barclay | Floral & Decor: Elegant Affairs Inc. | Hair & Makeup: Beautini | Catering: Moghul | DJ: Premier Entertainment- DJ Gaurav Kumar | Baraat: Premier Entertainment | Baraat Horses: Horse Equishare | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Ajna Dance | Cake & Treats: Magnolia Bakery | Cinematography: Maggie Marguerite Studio | Event Designer: Elegant Affairs Inc. | Lighting: Premier Entertainment | Live Music: On The Move Entertainment | Photo Booth: Neeko Booths | Welcome Dinner Venue: Toro | Photography: Maggie Marguerite Studio


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