We’re always thrilled when a wedding from the Lone Star State crosses our desks, because Indian weddings from Texas are always a lavish affair! Bina and Vishal’s extravaganza was no exception, and we promise you’ll swoon when watching their cinematic feature captured by Epique Cinema. These adorable lovebirds met at a frat party in college, but it wasn't until about 6 years later (at a friend’s BBQ) that these two started falling in love. Talk about a star crossed match! To make their dream come true bash come to life, the duo enlisted Rathi Menon Events to spearhead wedding planning and Decor One to festoon the fab quarters with elegance and dazzle. From the first seconds of this film, you’ll be mesmerized by the incomparable glitter and glam that enveloped the wedding ambiance at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square. Also dazzling was Maharani Bina, who was a stunner in a plethora of rainbow colored hues and sparkling jewels. Total bombshell! She gave brides-to-be a little wedding advice for their big day. Bina explained, “Try not to take the role of being a bride so seriously. Trust me on this. You will find that you will enjoy your wedding more if you loosen up and realize this is one weekend that marks the beginning of many more occasions with your significant other. The more pressure you put on yourself, your fiancé, your family...nothing good comes from it. I used to run events myself and as picky as I am (my husband is too) we both had the BEST time of our lives at our own wedding. I never thought that would be possible. So brides, do some yoga, breathe and relax!” Such wise words. For more from this gorg wedding, peruse the full gallery by the amazing Bella Lumi and scroll below for our exclusive interview with Bina!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Vishal and I met in college at a fraternity party. However, it wasn't until a few years later we met again at a mutual friend’s backyard BBQ that we really began to talk. I knew he was the one when he went to 4 different stores with one of my best friends JUST to find Stella beer for me. I was like hmmmm he is a keeper haha! No but in all honesty the weeks that followed made me realize that he would do anything to make me happy and for that I fell in love with Vishal and the heart he has. He was the first guy that took the time to become my friend first. He started to be someone that I couldn't see my life without. I wanted to become a better, stronger and more carefree person because he made me realize that life is enjoyable if you know how to live it whether you have an hour left in the day or a full day. In this journey I have had with him prior to our engagement I realized I couldn't live without him. That journey allowed me to know with all of my being that he was the one.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We got engaged on a private ranch called Dos Brisas in Brenham, Texas. It started off as a beautiful hayride for two and then we got dropped off by this lake and enormous tree. Under the tree was a beautiful picnic set up and my favorite flowers (Bird of Paradise). Vishal got down on one knee, proposed and our photographer Brenda (who later shot our wedding too) popped out and everything happened like a true southern girl's fairytale. As if I thought I was done sobbing, Vishal had one more HUGE surprise for me. We got engaged on a Thursday and I spoke to my rents that morning. Little did I know they were actually on their way to the ranch to surprise me! Both sets of parents and siblings with their loved ones came driving over to us in golf carts for the finale of this eventful and super special proposal. I of course cried some more as family is everything to Vishal and I and he knew it wouldn't be complete without them. We all had a picnic and champagne by the lake and then parted ways with our family. The rest of our 'proposal-moon', as I like to call it, consisted of a farm to table cooking class, horseback riding and s'mores! This was a hayride that both of us will never forget!
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.
My family and I are from Sugar Land and as being the bride we wanted a venue that meant something to us to have the wedding. We also met in Sugar Land so it was fitting to get married in the Sugar Land Marriott in Town Center.
Vision for the wedding ceremony was an enchanted garden feel. We wanted our guests to feel like they were at an outdoor wedding but indoors. We wanted to play off colors from our engagement party and keep the theme of deep purples, reds and maroons. There was a ceiling of pure florals that created a halo over the mandap. Greenery flowed through the room and guests noted that there was a smell of fresh florals and just romance throughout the hall. The backdrop to the mandap was a whimsical wood built backdrop that I feel gave off a fairytale environment. Our color scheme was maroon, purple and red.
The wedding was more modern with the chandeliers and wooden backdrop. Reception as well was very whimsical, we had fountain tables for guests to sit at and a bridge to cut our cake on!
In regards to clothing we definitely wanted to have a sleek-glam style for all of our wedding events. Most importantly we were VERY comfortable in our outfits. My hair and makeup was inspired by ideas I have had for some time in regards to bold lips, glittery eyes and fun hair styles.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I picked my wedding lengha on the first day we landed in India at the first store and within the first hour. Crazy huh?! I instantly knew! Both sets of parents were there and I will never forget that once I selected the red lengha with hints of mango and mendhi green (I wanted something more traditional here) both dads high fived and cheered because secretly the dads loved that one. It was an emotional and memorable day!
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The CAKE TASTINGS! As well as learning more about your significant other. Vishal and I had dated for about 5 years before we got married and it's crazy how much a wedding will teach you about the other person. Sure it was stressful but it brought us even closer together. It definitely brought our families closer together which has been a really special thing.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
From the feedback we got, the food, dancing, PROMPTNESS, and a water fountain table haha! Honestly many of our guests told us they could feel the love and energy in the room from everyone there. We love big and our friends and family do as well. It was a wedding filled with it.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I have many. Three that come to mind:
1). When my mom put haldi on me at my pithi...I broke down and bawled. She did too. It hit me as we were in my house surrounded by all of the married women that it was my turn.
2). When Vishal and I saw each other for the first time on the mandap...it was a moment I will never forget. Tears from all of us on that mandap!
3). My father - daughter dance. Again, I cried. (What's new??)
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.
We had a really fun Kala Chasma dance that we opened our reception with. It was super cute and somewhat of our thing! We also did the mannequin challenge which was fun to look back on. The sangeet dances that our family and friends did had so much personality to them! If there was a way to link just those dances I think you guys would agree too!
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
YES - enjoy it. Try not to take the role of being a bride so seriously. I know...that sounds crazy. Trust me on this. You will find that you will enjoy your wedding more if you loosen up and realize this is one weekend that marks the beginning of many more occasions with your significant other. The more pressure you put on yourself, your fiancé, your family...nothing good comes from it. I used to run events myself and as picky as I am (my husband is too) we both had the BEST time of our lives at our own wedding. I never thought that would be possible. So brides, do yoga, breathe and relaxxx!!!
Have a zen, relaxing weekend everyone!