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Mobile, AL Indian Wedding by Christopher Brock Photography

Christopher Brock Photography offers an insight into the grandeur of Mihika and Arjun’s traditional Indian wedding through a creative highlight film! Besides telling their wedding story, the acclaimed cinematographer brought to our screens every magical emotion and details of their union held at the ravishing grounds of the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel! The wedding extravaganza started with a big ceremony decked with a decadent and majestic decoration thanks to Nirali Decor. To continue with the wedding splendor, guests dined the remarkable Indian cuisine from Cafe Bombay Restaurant and Catering during the reception; and Cleveland Florist provided charming blooms for each of the magnificent centerpieces that made this night the most enchanting! The soulmates shined on every occasion; Arjun with a prince charming look for each event and Maharani Mihika extremely embellished by Nadia Hussain Make Up! Love, camera, action! Hit play and delight yourself with this amazing visual treat now!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Arjun and I formally met on September 19, 2009, during freshman year of undergrad, at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama, while working a service project for our premed group.  We became very good friends over the next couple of months and began dating July 10, 2010.  I always knew he was someone special but I truly felt he was the one the day we officially started dating. I knew there wouldn't be anyone else who would share my love for food, put up with my crazy, and support me in my dreams as he does. He is the most caring, compassionate, loving, romantic, handsome man and I am so blessed to be his wife.  
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
On November 23, 2017, Arjun me when I came home from my ED shift at 5 AM with Christmas lights that read "marry me?" on the lawn below my apartment. I said, "Finally!”  My parents were visiting for Thanksgiving and were sleeping in my room (but they were totally awake) and the plan was that Arjun and I would sleep in the living room. I walked to the sofa and did not find Arjun and instead found the balcony door open so I went outside and there he was all dressed up while I was still in my scrubs. Initially, I didn't see the Christmas lights on the ground because there was a dog peeing on them but then I took a second look and then saw Arjun get down on one knee. It was perfect and beautiful. 
 
Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
We started the wedding planning process in December 2017 with a meeting between both families at my house. We attended a wedding show in Atlanta in mid-January 2018 where we met a handful of vendors. The show gave us a good idea of who we would like to work with since we got to personally met them and see their style of work. I am glad our parents were able to make it.  We knew we wanted to involve our parents in all the decisions as this was such an exciting event for both families. 
 
The wedding planning process can definitely be a stressful one.  However, I can confidently say that my vendors truly cared about me as a bride and did their best to provide a stress-free process for me and my family. Chris Brock, our photographer always made me feel special by saying "whatever you want honey" and he truly lived up to that. His entire team was so fun to work with! 
 
I knew instantly when I met Nida Khan with Red and Gold Events at the wedding show, I wanted her to be in charge of our wedding.  She exhibits confidence and professionalism that has been unmatched. She is truly a boss and gets the job done flawlessly. She is always 20 steps ahead of the planning process and on the day of the wedding, she perfectly executed all of the plans.
 
A friend of ours had told us about Nirali Decor and when I saw her portfolio I knew she would be able to create the white forest I always imagined. Nirali is so sweet and I love all of her designs.  She was so patient with me and allowed me to make many changes, even at the very last minute. She was always on time and very professional. The decor was just breathtaking and I did get my white and gold forest just like I had dreamt.
 
The Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel was truly a pleasure to work with.  Lauren Maurin helped coordinate all of the plans for our big day.  She truly took out all of the stress of wedding planning. The staff at the Riverview made sure our guests were always comfortable and knew where they were supposed to go.  I cannot thank the Riverview Plaza Hotel for all their efforts in making our day so perfect.  They truly went above and beyond to ensure every detail was executed from the hotel standpoint.
 
Our decision to have Cafe Bombay cater our wedding was a no brainer. I had tried the food earlier at various weddings and when I met Ricky Walia at the bridal show I knew we had to seal the deal. He is an absolute culinary genius who made my foodie dreams a reality. 
 
Given that I have limited time in residency, I had to take a very short trip to India for wedding shopping.  My time in India was a total of 6 days.  Thankfully my aunt had recently shopped for my older 2 cousins that got married and knew where to shop.  We hit up the same stores and were able to complete all of the wedding shopping in 6 days.  I could not have done it without her support and her knowledge of the entire Mumbai wedding market. 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I had always envisioned a tradition wedding with traditional red and gold colors. During my shopping trip to India, we headed straight to Manyaver and Mohey to purchase my wedding lengha and his sherwani. My reception gown was from Seasons.  The entire staff at Manyaver and Mohey was so fun to work with! I will never forget the experience!  We would spend hours joking, trying on clothes, taking pictures, and making memories. 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was the time I got to spend with my mother and mother-in-law.  Everything from the wedding show, to my India trip, to the get-togethers and planning meetings we would have, was very enjoyable and memorable. I feel like this process brought both of our families so much closer and everyone felt they had a big part in the process.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests really enjoyed the food by Cafe Bombay Catering, the decorations, and the grandeur of our wedding. For this scale of a wedding in Mobile, AL to occur is a little unheard of simply because there aren’t many South Asian wedding vendors. Most couples choose to have a destination wedding far away from Mobile but we were ready to tackle this challenge and all of our local guests were so proud and happy to see what we had put together. 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our first look is a memory that constantly replays in my mind.  It was a very special moment in which it was just Arjun and I.  The entire wedding day was very busy from start to finish, however in that moment I felt time had stood still.  The way he looked at me and the way we both held each other in that moment of silence was beautiful and one that I will always remember and cherish. 
 
I also will cherish having the lights dim throughout the entire ceremony as it made the entire event more romantic in special.  I truly felt all of our guests were mentally present for our wedding. It still gives me goosebumps thinking about how romantic the dim lights felt.
 
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.
Pre-Wedding Events:
Bridal Shower 
We kicked off wedding week with a bridal shower thrown by my family.  I wanted an intimate setting and felt that our home would be the best venue. We went with a Chinese theme. My mom made flower vases out of wine bottles that held an assortment of pink carnations. We also purchased Chinese fans to go with the theme. We catered from one of my favorite restaurants, PF Changs. Our assortment of desserts included macarons, mochi ice cream, cupcakes, and two cakes.  We played many bridal games and even had the aunties become brides themselves by making them create outfits from toilet paper. It was a fun time for everyone. 
 
Mehndi
My mehndi ceremony was held at our home 2 days prior to the wedding.  The henna artist I had hired from Atlanta had canceled last minute and thankfully amazing aunties from our community gathered together to make my mehndi ceremony a success. My aunt from India had our outfits custom made. I loved the bright colors and floral designs. I wore a fresh flower crown to go with the earthy theme. The mehndi ceremony was a small affair for our families to meet each other and spend time together. 
 
Ganesh Puja/Pithi
We held the Ganesh puja at the Renaissance Riverview Hotel 1 day prior to the wedding. I wore a gold and orange lengha my mother in law had made for me. Arjun wore a custom made piece that my aunt had made to match my outfit. Following the Ganesh puja, was the haldi ceremony/pithi. Arjuna and I both changed into more comfortable colorful outfits. I wore a blue inner tunic and colorful jacket style cover-up. My earrings were also colorful to match my outfit. Arjun wore a white tunic with a yellow dhoti style pant. We played with haldi with our family and had a great time. 
 
Welcome Dinner
Our welcome dinner was held at the Renaissance Riverview Hotel. We went with an outdoor patio location. Since Mobile is the original home of Mardi Gras it was only fitting to have a Mardi Gras theme dinner. We had a Mardi Gras backdrop and props for pictures. All of our guests received Mardi Gras masks and Mardi Gras beads. Our menu was a mixture of foods but heavy on the southern theme. Café Bombay catered chicken 65 and waffles and a vegetarian option of Gobi 65 and waffles along with a masala shrimp and grits live station where guests could choose their toppings. The Renaissance Riverview Hotel provided fresh hot beignets and mini king cakes. We had fresh Moon pies from the Chattanooga Moon pie Company. Other menu items included fajita live station, Mexican street corn station, falafel, and gyros station. The weather was perfect and we let the good times roll!
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Relax! The day of the wedding can be so chaotic and hectic but remember what all this is truly for and don't stress about anything. Your planner and vendors will make sure everything runs smoothly. There will always be issues that come up last minute but trust that they are handling it and instead focus on cherishing every single moment and being present in the moment. 
 

Hope this wedding has brought some inspiration for all the Maharanis planning their special day!

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Catering: Cafe Bombay Restaurant and Catering | Photography: Christopher Brock Photography | Cinematography: Christopher Brock Photography | Venues: Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel | Floral & Decor: Nirali Decor | Floral & Decor - Florist: Cleveland The Florist | Hair & Makeup: Nadia Hussain Make Up | DJ: Encore Event DJs | Horse Baraat: Port City Carriages | Cake & Treats: Sally's Piece-a-Cake | Photo Booths: Photoholix Photobooth | Live Artistry: Melissa Munger Art | Planning and Design: Red and Gold Events |


Tucson, Arizona Indian Wedding by Peter Nguyen Studio

Maharanis, after a quick break we are back with a sneak peek inside Ashika and Ravi’s lavish Indian wedding thanks to the brilliant Peter Nguyen Studio. The amazing film crew documented the pre-wedding fun and the luxurious ceremony at the picturesque outdoor scenic of JW Marriott Starr Pass Tucson. Jamie and Gaby with Balloon Land Events created an illustrious ambiance with a dazzling round mandap that included hundreds of the most beautiful pink and white flowers! Simply amazing! The dapper groom showed up in a white sherwani with flower embroidery and our princess bride, Ashika flaunted an alluring off white floral embroidered lehenga and a fabulous hair and makeup combo by Makiaj Beauty! To conclude with the multi-day wedding spree, our newly wedded couple headed to a vibrant reception that had the best delicious food from Om Indian Bistro and the great entertainment of Encore Entertainment Group. Find your favorite part of this upscale Indian wedding in the highlight film below!

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 will be back with more wedding footage, tomorrow!

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Carle Place, NY Indian Fusion Wedding by Christopher Brock Photography

Greetings, Maharanis! Indian wedding storyteller, Christopher Brock Photography takes us into the grand Punjabi Hindu fusion wedding of Malvika and Hardeep! Christopher Brock Photography’s photo and a film crew followed these lovebirds through their big events that included a solemn Sikh Ceremony and an utterly beautiful Hindu union, all perfectly planned and staged by Glamorous Event Planners! The creative team brought to life a breathtaking vision for the Hindu ceremony and after taking the big leap of matrimony, Malvika and Hardeep held a lavish reception that was fully enlivened by the pumping sounds of RokitBeats at the luxurious Chateau Briand! KC Makeup by Karuna Chani ensured the princess bride look for Malvika during all her major events while Kanwal Batool’s beauty experts draped and styled her magnificent bridal attires! This wedding has it all! Check out the teaser and relive every moment of this magical Hindu/Punjabi wedding below! 

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Hardeep and I met on our apartment shuttle, he was on his way back home from work and I had taken a personal day to relax and was coming back from some coffee shop with a friend. We exchanged a few words but everything was very casual. From then on, I kept seeing him on the shuttle but I never found out his name or any other details. Finally, some mutual friends introduced us and we never looked back. Hardeep claims, he knew I was the one after hanging out with me and some friends for just a few hours. For me, it took some time. I always had a gut feeling but when I moved 2 hours away and Hardeep still made the effort to come to see me every weekend, I knew he was a keeper. 
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We were visiting his family in Milwaukee and were flying out that night but first, we planned a rooftop Mother's day brunch at The London House in Chicago. Little did I know that rooftop brunch was going to turn out to be the biggest surprise of my life. As we got to the top, Hardeep was waiting for me and dozens of roses. Everything about the day was perfect: the weather, the sun, the location and so, of course, I had 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 stumbled upon Glamorous events during my research for event planning and after meeting with them and hearing their ideas about decoration, I went with them for both event planning and even decor. They brought everything Hardeep and I wanted to life, gave it their own touch and it was perfect. As far as hair and makeup goes, I knew I wanted Karuna from even before I got engaged. Especially for my reception, I had a certain look in my mind especially the dark eyes, and Karuna made that possible without going overboard. 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I had imagined what I wanted to wear on the day for my wedding but Karishma, a friend, and designer in India brought my imagination to life. The outfits took over 6 months to make but both of them were perfect. I wanted Hardeep and my outfits to compliment each other during the ceremony and so the same fabric that was used on my skirt was used as his collar on his sherwani. For the reception I wanted Hardeep and me to be the opposite and wear dark colors and keep our background champagne, so we can stand out. I went with green and Hardeep wore a black tux with maroon handwork. 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
My entire family and Hardeep were very supportive in all my decisions about the planning process, the time that I got to spend with all of them planning the most important day of my life was the most special. 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
All of our guests would say that our wedding was a non-stop party. From the first night onwards everything was about everyone and not just Hardeep and I. We both cherish our relationships with family and friends and wanted to make sure that all of them were a big part of all our ceremonies. 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
After the wedding ceremony was complete, we were playing the usual wedding games with who can find the ring first. That has to be my favorite moment, only our immediate family and best friends were present and everyone was so involved in the game and the competition, it was a blast. 
 
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 always pictured my haldi ceremony to be outdoors with everyone wearing yellow. We decorated our entire backyard with white tents and yellow decor and all the women wore yellow outfits and the men white. The pictures don't do justice to how picturesque everything looked with the bright sun and cool summer breeze. As per traditions, I wore pink and used white flowers for jewelry. For the mehndi, I wore a purple outfit, and all the guests wore green, it was a night full of laughter, singing, and dancing. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
The best advice I can give is to start planning ahead and do a few things every so often because the day of it should be about YOU and YOUR GROOM. Do not stress yourself with little things that are bound to go wrong the day of, enjoy it because as stressful wedding planning is, the day of your wedding only comes once and it is done in a blink of an eye, so don't miss out trying to please others. 
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
For my henna I used Monita, she has to be the best in the business in the tri-state area.  I wanted a semi-traditional henna design but with little details that were meaningful to mine and Hardeep's relationship. The first and the most special present Hardeep ever gave me was our little dog and so I got paw prints on my hands. To represent Hardeep's hometown of Chicago and my hometown of New York, I got skylines done for my henna. I also got a traditional bride and groom drawn on each hand. Every single person was impressed with Monita's skills and talents and amazed at the color of the stain in just a few hours.

Hope you enjoyed this wedding as much as I did! Have a great day, Maharanis!
Photography: Christopher Brock Photography | Cinematography: Christopher Brock Photography | Venues: Chateau Briand | Floral & Decor: Glamorous Event Planners | Planning & Design: Glamorous Event Planners | Draping/Styling: Kanwal Batool | Hair and Makeup: KC Makeup by Karuna Chani | DJ: RokitBeats |


Schaumburg, Illinois Indian Wedding by Aria Fine Arts Films

A truly special cinematic highlight film captured by Aria Cinema Films! Today's wedding footage celebrates the love of Sonali and Prithvi. Our stunning duo had a wonderful 3-day event of family and love, that included an intimate henna affair, where the artists from Henna Moments festooned the arms and legs of our sweet bride and all the ladies with marvelous designs! The celebration continued at the Stonegate Conference and Banquet Centre and culminated at the Renaissance Convention Center Hotel! Our lovely bride, Sonal was dolled up by no other than Hannah Elisabeth Beauty who ensured our bride-to-be looked gorgeous in her intricate outfits for her ceremony and reception. The décor theme for both of the auspicious events was regal elegance perfectly combined with a touch of luxe charm designed by Shaadi Creations who guaranteed the special events were the most unforgettable. The entire photo album by Jason Brown Photography can be found in our Main Blog while you can delight with the moving images right below!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Prithvi did an amazing job planning the perfect proposal! But... he has never been the best with keeping surprises. He set up a scene for me to relive all of our "firsts"... at the place where we had our first kiss, playing the song we first slow-danced to ("Peeloon" which then became our first-dance song), serving the first drink he bought for me. He knew I wanted it to be just the two of us for the proposal, but he also had both our families and tons of our friends ready to surprise us after he proposed. After all the planning was done, he sent a group text to my siblings with all the details... and accidentally included me in the text thread! Again, not the best with surprises but it didn't make the proposal any less perfect!
 
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I was told that Prithvi had his eye on me long before we finally met at a Harry Potter premiere in January 2011. I bought him a Mountain Dew slushie and I think that's when HE knew I would be his true love (fast forward to the vidaii after our ceremony where he took me, of course, to get the exact same slushie!). Since I heard Prithvi was interested in me, I decided to "play" along by submitting an application to be his assistant for an organization at UMich (a position that didn't really exist...). I conveniently left my phone number on the application for Prithvi to reference six months later when he was visiting Chicago. We met up in June 2011 and immediately clicked- talking for hours each day since then. Prithvi charmed me by his tutoring skills in Physics (which I didn't really need) and showing me card tricks (actually just one decent trick). I kept Prithvi's interest by sending him care packages and making him monthly CDs of songs we enjoyed together. I know it's very cliché but a part of me felt from the very beginning that he was "the one". After SIX years long-distance, living in FIVE different cities, celebrating FOUR graduations, nearly THREE decades waiting for true love, bringing TWO families together...we created our ONE perfect love story!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Prithvi did an amazing job planning the perfect proposal! But... he has never been the best with keeping surprises. He setup a scene for me to relive all of our "firsts"... at the place where we had our first kiss, playing the song we first slow-danced to ("Peeloon" which then became our first-dance song), serving the first drink he bought for me. He knew I wanted it to be just the two of us for the proposal, but he also had both our families and tons of our friends ready to surprise us after he proposed. After all the planning was done, he sent a group text to my siblings with all the details... and accidentally included me in the text thread! Again, not the best with surprises but it didn't make the proposal any less perfect!
 
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.
Honestly, my whole life I thought I would be the craziest bridezilla but when it really came down to it, I picked out only the bare bones (venues, vendors, and of course my groom). My mom, my sister, and my wedding planner made everything else come together! 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
When we first got to Delhi, I thought I wanted a blush colored lengha. Something non-conventional. I tried on every lengha I found in this color- from the shops at Mehrauli Road to Defence Colony to Hauz Khas Village to Shahpur Jat. Ultimately I realized I only felt "bridal" in red tones. As soon as I tried on MY bridal lengha at Dolly J Studio, I walked out of the dressing room and my mom was in tears- this was the one. Huge shout out to everyone at Dolly J for making me look and feel like a princess on my wedding day!
 
Other outfits:
Mehndi-- Saaj by Ankita (Shahpur Jat- Delhi, India)
Sangeet-- Dolly J (Defence Colony- Delhi, India)
Wedding-- Dolly J (Defence Colony- Delhi, India)
Reception-- Manish Malhotra (Shops at Qutub, Mehrauli Road- Delhi, India)
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
ALL THE FOOD TASTINGS! Our caterers were absolutely phenomenal and put together their best and most unique dishes for all of our tastings. The best part was having quality time with the whole family during the tastings. We planned these at a time when all of our siblings and both sets of parents could be in town, creating the perfect amount of chaos and critiquing to ultimately design the perfect menu for each event. Not to mention, Prithvi and I were too busy entertaining and taking photos during the wedding week that we didn’t get to eat any of the delicious food when it was actually served- a little piece of advice: enjoy your food at the tastings!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
If they had to pick one thing it would probably be the endless energy! It was a full NINE days of non-stop music and dancing, delicious food and amazing drinks, and of course the best company.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
All the emotional moments during our wedding week were of course very special... our first look, blessings from our grandparents, father-daughter dance, siblings' speeches. However, the one that replays constantly in my mind was our performances at the Sangeet. I have performed at hundreds of celebrations, competitions, and parties throughout my life but I had always danced Bollywood, Kathak, or Bhangra. At our Sangeet, however, I surprised Prithvi with a performance to his favorite romantic Tamil Song. Even though this song was outside my comfort zone, the dance felt so natural and filled with so much emotion because it wasn’t just for me, but also for Prithvi. Prithvi didn’t grow up dancing the way I did and during our six years together, I forced him to listen to Bollywood and Punjabi music, almost exclusively. At our Sangeet, he surprised me by doing a dance with my brothers to one of my favorite Bollywood songs! Definitely the highlight of our wedding week. 
 
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.
All details included in the other responses- let me know if you want specific details about anything I mentioned or didn't yet discuss. Thanks :)
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Don't stress about the small details, because at the end of the day the only thing that truly matters is you and your groom! My whole life I dreamt about this special day- what the cake would look like, the color of the flowers, the first dance… I focused only on the small details, as most brides do. Yes, all the small details turned out perfectly but I hardly even processed those details in the moment. The things I remember most are the way Prithvi fed me while I had mehndi on my hands… how it felt to perform at my sangeet… the butterflies in my stomach leading up to our first look… Whenever the planning starts to feel hectic or overwhelming or exhausting, just remind each other that your wedding is just ONE day in the rest of your lives. It'll be amazing no matter what because it is the start of your FOREVER.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Just a couple other unique features from our wedding:
 
Our invitations were hand-delivered Doli displays, designed by my mom- with gold embroidery and pink velvet- meant to resemble the Doli that a bride arrives in at the ceremony. It was filled with event details on a scroll and delicious mithai, but doubles as a bangle box to be reused by guests after the wedding. Very unique and practical! (I don’t think we gave you pictures of this but it is absolutely amazing- let me know if you’d like a photo to include)
 
Our cake was 7-tiers and had a train of frosting flowers and real roses that was longer than the train on my wedding lengha! All of our siblings came together for the cake tasting, thus each sibling designed their favorite combination of cake + frosting + fillings to eventually create seven unique cake layers. At the reception, we had a “live” cake cutting meaning each guest could choose which layer they wanted and it would be cut and served fresh in front of them. In addition to seven types of cake, we served a unique array of dessert liquors, a full dessert buffet including more than 20 other crafted desserts, and a “lady table” of desserts- a lady whose dress was a table surrounding her on which she carried the desserts around the reception hall to serve.
 
Our sangeet was uniquely designed with a “mela” theme. We had food canopies with decorative fabrics and string lights to resemble outdoor an outdoor tent at a mela. Each food station housed a different type of “finger food” including kathi rolls, pav bhaji, kabobs, lamb chops, a variety of chaat options, paan, and many many more. There was a bazaar set up to display the party favors which included purses of traditional Indian embroidery, bangles, and bindis. The mehndi stations were created with round bench seating and decorative pillows surrounding handmade trees with branches of bangles, colorful ribbons, and floral garlands. Lastly, there was a photo booth setup complete with a real motorized, decorated rickshaw.
 

That is all for today loves! See you tomorrow! 

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Mehndi Artists: Henna Moments | Cinematography: Aria Cinema Films | Baraat: Maharaja Farms | Catering: Mantra | Reception | Catering: Cuisine of India | Sangeet/Wedding | DJ: Sandeep Hans (DJ Sandman) | Floral and Decor: Shaadi Creations | Hair and Makeup: Hannah Elisabeth Beauty | Photographer: Jason Brown Photography | Venue: Stonegate Conference and Banquet Centre | Sangeet | Venue: Renaissance Convention Center Hotel |


Livingston, NJ Indian Wedding by Lightyear Studio

Hi, dolls! I'm excited to share with you another masterpiece by Lightyear Studio, Amy and Vinay's wedding highlight film! Payal MUA enhanced our bride's natural beauty to surprise Raja Vinay in a warm first look in the gardens of the Westminster Hotel. They professed their love for each other under a gorgeous mandap and Platinum Dream Events made sure they enjoyed every moment of their wedding weekend by handling every detail expertly.  The Westminster Hotel opened its ballroom doors to welcome Amy and Vinay's guest into a night full of dancing with Amplifire Entertainment's Bollywood beats and our newlyweds started their celebration with a magical first dance in the clouds! Hurry and hit play!

Make sure to check out Amy & Vinay's amazing photos here!

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DJ: Amplifire Entertainment | Lighting: Amplifire Entertainment | Planning & Design: Platinum Dream Events | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Westminster Hotel | Hair & Makeup: Payal MUA | Cinematography: Lightyear Studio | Photography: Lightyear Studio |


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