Welcome back, beautiful Maharanis! Viewing the tear-jerking wedding video by KSD Weddings made us believe that soulmates exist. Suman & Kristof met in graduate school back in 2008. They happened to be the perfect match and one day Kristof proposed after a multi-course fancy dinner at a high-end restaurant in San Francisco. Their wedding video begins by zooming in on tons of glittery details, such as a beautiful statue of Ganesha, stunning jewelry, and unique Indian wedding attire prepped to be worn by our handsome groom. Just as the Jai mala was to get underway, the heavens offered a blessing - rain! Fear not Maharanis, Erganic Design was on hand and they swiftly moved guest inside for an unforgettable ceremony at Benares Restaurant in the name of love. Our lovely bride was dressed in an adorable orange and gold lehenga and BridalGal had done an amazing job on Suman's hair and makeup that stayed dazzling throughout the day. The celebration was coordinated by pro’s from Erganic Design and Suman felt at ease during the entire planning process. Stylish events outfitted the Hyatt Regency Long Island in pink, yellow, and white floral arrangements and kept the lines simple and classic. The lively and dedicated crowd danced to Magic Mike DJs all evening and the smiles on their faces show that it was a memorable experience for many. We wish Suman and Kristof all the best of luck on their journey as husband and wife, so click play and watch their magical day unfold.
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I meet Kris during graduate school in 2008. We were friends for a year before we realized there was something more there and we started dating by 2009. Things were so easy and natural between us that I didn't think too much about where we were heading. One day a few months into dating, it occurred to me that I might marry him.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Kris arranged a beautiful, multi-course dinner at a high-end restaurant in San Francisco called Quince, which included a trip to the kitchen to meet the chef! I had no idea he was going to propose that night, although he told me to get dressed up - something he never says. But because he hadn't proposed by mid-evening, I assumed it was okay to loosen my belt and keep eating! He surprised me with a ring while we were walking away from the restaurant, and a party with our nearest and dearest afterward. It was truly a surprise.
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'm the rare bride who will say that planning wasn't so difficult - I've been to so many weddings, my older sister is married, and I believe in sticking to the formula and not getting too creative to minimize stress! I found my vendors through a mix of recommendations from friends and some online research, but not too much. I wanted everything to be great, but I didn't go out of my way to be different. My vendors were all experienced and well-known, so I felt that I was in good hands. Instagram and Pinterest, however, are a mixed blessing - great for inspiration, but also a bit of a rabbit-hole!
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I went to India (New Delhi) for my shopping, with completely different ideas of what I wanted and then walked out with. Seeing what you love on Instagram is very different from actually shopping and seeing what is in stock, knowing how much time you have for original designs vs. alterations, etc. I was supposed to get a traditional yellow sari for the ceremony - ended up with a deep orange lehenga! I was always uncertain about my reception lehenga and repurposed it for my Haldi/Sangeet, and ended up placing an order with an Indian designer (Shymal & Bhumika) instead. Didn't regret it!
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Shopping, of course, and the anticipation.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
There was always food. Even during the ceremony. One can never go too long at a party without food!
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our Jai mala was planned to be on the outdoor garden patio of our venue, followed by the ceremony inside. Just as I walked onto the patio for the Jai mala, it started to rain. I thought - I'm having a "monsoon wedding" and that the heavens were actually showering their blessings! Cheesy, but it was funny and amazing - it didn't at all put a damper on things. I laughed my way to the stage as the first drops fell, and laughed my way running back inside. It was the most memorable moment for me.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Relax! The memories will be where things are slightly imperfect and unexpected.
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Instead of a traditional guest book, I ordered a "guest map" from Etsy, which our guests from various states/countries could sign based on where they came from. It's a wonderful souvenir!
We adore this couple and their story! Cheers to love!