Dearest Maharanis, we have a very special video for you this morning! Today's film was created by White Rose Production and features Maharani Prutha and her Maharaja Chirag. After an eight year long-distance relationship, this extraordinary couple's wedding was TRULY worth the wait. It was a decadent, sophisticated event, with the sangeet taking place at the Embassy Suites Naperville and ceremony and reception taking place at the Renaissance Schaumburg. The planning and design, organized by Events by Nasir, and decor, created by Yanni Design Studio, was unforgettably glamorous, with the ballrooms draped in rich red and orange hues, enormous red floral centerpieces, and sparkling chandeliers. Fashionista Prutha looked like a queen with hair and makeup completed by Bushra Abbasi. Prutha's bridal looks were created by a who's who of the most spectacular Indian designers, including Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Priyal Prakash, and Manish Malhotra. And we can't forget to mention her drool-worthy accessories, such as shimmering Christian Louboutin heels and jewelry by Preeti Mohan and Art Karat. Every second of this magnificent affair was executed to perfection! The festivities concluded with a bang during a 1920s Hollywood Glamour-themed reception, with DJing by Shaadi Entertainment and jazz music performed by the talented Martini Lunch. Click play and enjoy the festivities!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met through mutual friends while in high school and quickly became best friends. We spent long hours on the phone and told each other all of our secrets. I ended up going to the same college as Chirag and we were each other's first relationships. We both knew at that time that if we were to start dating there would be no others to follow and that our futures would be with each other only. Eight years later and five years of long distance and here we are. :)
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
My favorite part of planning was the India shopping trip. I was able to visit so many beautiful designers and try on so many beautiful clothes! The very first day in Delhi I had picked out my bridal lengha. I walked into the Sabyasachi and Manish Malhotra Boutique in Delhi and I quickly realized I was in heaven. I wanted EVERYTHING.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think they loved the overall feel of the wedding. It was actually very relaxed and everyone felt they were a part of the wedding. I think people especially appreciated the decorations, clothing and the late-night food. Nisar Naimi of Events by Nisar worked with us the entire way and made the process so easy. Yanni Design Studios made the images in our head a reality. I only had to say a few words and Yanni just ran with them and transformed the venue into something even more beautiful. The Reception was also exceptional. It was the first time I heard that people did not want to leave the dance floor for the bar because the DJ was so good! (Thanks Kaushal) :) People wanted to keep dancing after the Reception ended so he just kept playing as people were cleaning up and bringing down decor.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There was a moment when I came up to sit at the mandap. I remember looking around, looking at my parents, Chirag and then our Maharaj. I had an overwhelming sensation of being right where we were suppose to be. I was getting married to my best friend by the Maharaj who married my parents. Then I looked at Chirag again and realized were getting Taco Bell after the Vidhai was over (we were starving)!
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 loved the Mehendi ceremony we had at my home. We had a tent placed outside decorated by Yanni, where people ate, drank and had mehendi done. It allowed for a night of reflecting and catching up. This was especially important for me as I would be moving to California shortly after the marriage. We loved the Mehendi tents that Yanni Design Studio made for the sangeet. People loved taking photos there! Also, I was a Bharatanatyam dancer since the age of 7 and was on the Raas team for all my college career so the performance element was huge for the Sangeet. I surprised Chirag with a Bharatanatyam performance and we were fortunate to have my co-Raasers and best friends come together and perform for us! Later on, we had Old Thyme Gin and Tonics and danced the night away with a live Jazz band to kick off the weekend.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Once the wedding events begin, don't worry about anything. Everything will fall into place and turn out great! Just enjoy the moments with family and friends and soak as much of it in as you can.
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Our mehendi artist, Unnatizart, was phenomenal. She is extremely sweet and worked so well with us. I would highly recommend her to anyone getting married. We had a lot of Non-Indian people come to the wedding and they absolutely loved having henna applied! Unnati was incredibly accommodating. Also, the cake was phenomenal. We had it made through the Renaissance with a decor collaboration with Yanni. I think red roses, gold and pearls were a common theme throughout the decor and they were yet again incorporated into the cake. :)
That event was incredible, wasn't it? Have a great weekend Maharanis!