There are some wedding videos that make you smile on the inside, some that make you cry like a baby, but this one made us cry as we smiled the whole time. Binny and Jason’s wedding film by PS Photography & Films was a work of art. The four day affair comprised of the Mendhi, welcome party, Sangeet, Vidhi, ceremony and an afterparty, all held at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. The Royal Collection created personalized and cutesy invitations and stationery that included wine bottles and playing cards, for guests. The ceremony decor by EC Floral Design and Events was opulent and visually dramatic at every turn, synonymous with the baraat music and lighting by Pavan Events. Set on a platform, the canopy-style mandap featured asymmetric drapes in mint, with pastel floral arrangements adorning the edges. Suhaag Garden set the tone for the Sangeet with a vibrant color scheme. Dalsimer Atlas's choice of white and gold hues gave a refined look to the reception venue, Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, where DJ Jay Dabhi had the guests movin' and groovin'. Binny’s trousseau outfit, which was chiefly red, with pops of mint and peach was designed by the bride and Binny and her bae's clothes were adorably color-coordinated. Binny fondly recalled how Jason sneaked into her room to gift her 3 pairs of Louboutins because she had forgotten to bring her bridal shoes - what a perfect soul mate! Hair and makeup by Lauren Walsh of True Love Bridal Beauty ensured that Binny photographed flawlessly. Jennifer J Events undoubtedly put together a wedding that made Binny and Jason’s tropical dreams come true. Don't forget to read the interview below where our Maharani dishes out all the details from her big day!
We sat down for a quick tete-a-tete with Binny to get an inside scoop on their balmy wedding:
Describe your wedding weekend to us!
The weekend was picturesque and more than we could've dreamt of. We opted for a destination wedding and knew our closest family and friends would travel the distance to celebrate our big day. The gesture of taking the time out meant a lot to us, so the comfort of our guests was a big priority. We wanted them to feel as if they were on a vacation. Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa fit all our requirements, and we hosted all the events until the reception, here.The ceremony ended just as the sun was setting down behind us, followed by a full Gujarati dinner, with live music from a full string orchestra. The traditional aspect of the ceremony ended with a yet another twist on the Vidaai- with a "Sparkler Send Off" and violinist. The baraat arrived on jet skis and let us take advantage of our oceanfront resort and scenic backdrop. It really added to the liveliness of the party.
Tell us about your wedding style. When you sat down to figure out how your dream wedding would look, did you start with one central color, a palette of colors, or a theme that served as your inspiration?
I love the traditional Indian colors of a panetar (red, green and white) but felt this would be a stark comparison to the ocean backdrop. So we opted for pastel versions of these shades (coral, mint green and ivory) and complemented our attire with a white based mandap, with mint drapery and coral peonies. We focused a lot on our guests so each day had poolside cabanas with food and alcohol, which paired perfectly with the sunshine, ocean view and music. There was karaoke & bingo for the elders, and a full-day hospitality suite with kids' activities, coloring books, and movies.
What did you enjoy most about the process of planning your dream Indian wedding?
We had a welcome stationery kit with an itinerary and personalized infographics, program lists with personalized caricatures (thanks, sis!) and several personalized gifts to place in the hospitality suite (playing cards, mini wine bottles) which all turned out to be a huge hit with our friends and family. It felt great to hear that all the time and preparation was appreciated!
Looking back, was there the one special moment that stands out as the most magical?
The entire day was just so perfect. From start to finish - it will all be etched in our memories forever. If I had to point out, it would certainly be getting ready with my mom and sister. There was just so much emotion and excitement in the air - our conversations were so sentimental and touching. Another favorite would be when Jason surprised me the morning of the ceremony by sneaking into my room and placing 3 pairs of Louboutin's on my bed. Being such a shoe fanatic, I somehow forgot to shop for my own wedding shoes and I was devastated that I meticulously prepared for everything throughout the weekend but forgot the little detail that would make me feel beautiful - which has always been shoes! I'm still not sure how he knew I would forget them or if he found out after the fact.
Did family or friends help out with certain special details that really added to the event?
My family was a huge part of the wedding. My parents were amazing throughout the process and gave me the freedom to plan a destination wedding. We had a full event planner but no one knows me better than my family and siblings. They helped through all the little hiccups that appeared and never let me worry about a single detail. My sister really took charge with all the stationary, dances, and last minute details for my bridal look; my brother and brother-in-law helped tremendously with logistics, vendors, managing the details, etc; and my sister in law pulled through for the seating arrangements hours before the reception!
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The unofficial Afterparty was so much fun. We had an open bar, party food (Flatbread pizza, Egg and Cheese Mini Croissants with Tater Tots, Buffalo Style Chicken Wings, Parmesan Dusted Shoestring Fries with Truffle Aioli, Warm Cookies and Milkshake Shots, Endless cupcakes) and DJ Jay Dabhi’s music. The party lasted until 4 am for most people (except the bride of course!)
Be sure to return tomorrow for more ideas and inspiration for your own Maharani wedding!