We're still dreaming about this gorgeous Grand Rapids Indian wedding that Making the Moment captured, where we were introduced to bride and groom, Sejal and Amit, so we're extra thrilled today to be sharing the newlyweds' incredible wedding film created by the ultra talented team from Shadow|Shine Pictures with you! Every second of this captivating video will sweep you off your feet. With breathtaking highlights of everything from the Indian bride and groom's vibrant garba celebration to their stunning ceremony and reception at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, you'll get to revisit every unforgettable highlight you first fell for. Check out all the memorable moments filmed from this Top That! Event planned Desi dream wedding for yourself!
Maharani Sejal, on Amit's proposal:
"Our engagement was so special because it was so private and everything I could have wanted! Amit and I first met when we lived in Chicago, and one of our favorite things to do would be to spend time on Lake Michigan. Amit knew that I have always loved boatingand he planned the most perfect proposal... on a boat in Lake Michigan!
Amit asked my brother send me a fabricated email from work saying he won a boat ride for two, and asked if Amit and I would be interested. Of course I jumped on the opportunity! I worked out a date that would work and emailed Amit to see if he wanted to do it! Amit and my brother were very sneaky, and had me thinking I was planning the whole experience.
We got to the pier I was surprised to found out no one else was coming, and we went on our way all alone! Once out on the water we were greeted with beautiful Chicago skyline, and the captain stopped the boat so we could walk out to the front to take pictures. Amit then got down on one knee with the entire skyline in the background and asked me to marry him. It was incredibly personal and romantic! We then had dinner at the Chef's table at one of our favorite restaurants, Girl and the Goat, which just completed the perfect night."
On their weddingstlye:
"When planning my wedding, I wanted to find the a unique venue that encompassed both natural beauty and architecture. I was incredibly happy when we discovered the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan - and only an hour away from home. This venue had hosted very few Indian weddings at that point, and I knew it would be something special for us and our guests.
Our mandap was centered in a large outdoor amphitheater that was covered in beautiful late summer ivy. This amphitheater typically serves as a concert venue with artists such as Santana, John Legend, Sheryl Crow, performing there in the past. The mandap was everything that I had imagined! There was beautiful thick swagged fabric, a flower ganesh, a custom white staircase, and a carpet of rose petals on the floor, it was everything I wanted!"
On what she enjoyed most about planning her dream wedding:
"When planning my mehndi party I knew I wanted to do something completely different. I was inspired by an all white Parisian inspired dinner party Amit and I attended in Chicago called "Diner en Blanc", and knew I wanted to use this as inspiration. I had a lot of fun planning this pre-wedding event and we had a lot of creative elements!
We asked all of our guests to wear all white, which was definitely a non-traditional request. It was a huge success though, with everyone wearing white head to toe, which complimented our all white menu, white tent, and white decor. The night was topped with beautiful fireworks at the end. I also was able to get my mehndi done that night without getting any on my gown, which was an additional win for the night!"
On her most memorable wedding moment:
"When I was walking down the aisle in the Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater and saw my mandap for the first time, I realized my dream wedding came true!"
Additiona thoughts from the bride:
"One of the most special pieces of jewelry I wore was the haath phool for the ceremony; it was the one my mom wore during her wedding. It was so nice to be able to mix new and old jewelry pieces together for my bridal look."
Go on and catch your breath. We know you lost it.... Join us tomorrow for more phenomenal South Asian wedding highlights!