Today’s film feature is shot by Lightyear Studio celebrating Brinda and Sunny and emphasizes all things glam. High-end fashion, quintessential wedding decor, and stunning moments are all captured so whimsically in each clip. It’s weddings like these, Maharanis, that our hearts truly leap for. After all, what girl doesn’t love a prepossessing Indian bride? Sonia C ensured that our bride was absolutely gorgeous as she walked down the aisle at the DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City. Traditionally, the vidaii is a sad part of an Indian wedding, however, this Maharani switched it up a notch. "I know traditionally a vidaiI is a somber moment but we decided from the start that's not what we wanted. We have only reasons to celebrate! It's our day to become husband and wife as well as the day two families become one. Bubbles were handed out to our friends and they blew them as we walked out to exit the ballroom. Everyone was smiling, laughing, celebrating and that's exactly what we wanted for our friends and family!" At the reception party, both Partyland Event Design Boutique and Askhar Dholis ensured that the crowd was surrounded by greatness. Hit play for all the star-studded memories.
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Sunny and I met several years ago in Philly. The Chicago native was making his way to Philly for Dental School interviews. A mutual friend reached out, letting me know her friend was going to be in Philly but he's new to the city - "do you mind if he reaches out to you if he needs anything or questions?" "Yeah, go for it!" Fast forward a few weeks, Sunny makes his debut in Philly and we decide to meet up for ice cream. He was new to Philly so the least I could do is get ice cream with him...and my other friend I dragged with me, just to make sure Sunny doesn't get the wrong idea. The three of us had a great time and parted ways. I moved out of Philly and Sunny moved in. Next time I saw him was a year later at Starbucks then again on a bus in Atlanta with his best friend. Fast forward a few years this time, I hung out with him again but this time it was completely different. Our conversations, our interactions - everything was of butterflies and that "new" feeling. Now, years after our first encounter, we're married yet the butterflies and the "new" feeling still remain.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I spent the entire previous day helping Sunny shot for his new apartment. Safe to say I was exhausted by the end of the day! One of my best friends, Pria, texted me earlier asking me to pick her up from the airport Sunday morning and get breakfast so of course, I said yes! As I was leaving, I asked Sunny if he wanted to come with me to this "really good" bagel place Pria was taking me to - he loves bagels! Why wouldn't he want to come?! He declined and said he was hanging out with a few friends but "they want to do lunch so ask Pria if she wants to come!" I picked up Pria, took her home to drop off her things, then we walked to the bagel place. Turns out, they had minimal options so we started roaming and found something better. She then told me she wanted to meet up for a bit with her boyfriend at a coffee shop a few blocks down. I told her I was going to tag along, why not?! We started walking toward the middle of City Hall and I saw a sign in the distance - I was thinking it was either an artist or protest. As I was walking in the 90 degree weather, Pria stared slowing down so I turned back and asked her to "hurry up - it's hot!" Then I see a really well dressed man standing in the middle. STILL didn't think anything of it until I got closer and saw that this "well dressed man" was Sunny! The sign: "The One Where She Says..." a reference to my favorite show, Friends! He had a photographer, a new outfit for me to change into (plus perfect fitting shoes!), and another one of my best friends, all the way from London! It was just the perfect proposal - I was completely blown away!
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I have two - the first was when the antarpat was dropped. On the back of the antarpat, facing Sunny, I had a message written "Hello my love, Get ready for forever. Love, your almost wife." However, even with this, I knew Sunny would be fully equipped with a silly face as it would be dropped so to counter that, I had a silly expression ready as well. The antarpat was dropped and all of the groomsmen were standing with Sunny in heart-shaped sunglasses and Sunny was holding the heart eyes emoji. I know Sunny well enough to expect a funny face but I was NOT expecting all of that. It was a great moment and Lightyear did a great job capturing that!
Second - vidai. I know traditionally a vidai is a somber moment but we decided from the start that's not what we wanted. We have only reasons to celebrate! It's our day to become husband and wife as well as the day two families become one. Bubbles were handed out to our friends and they blew them as we walked out to exit the ballroom. Everyone was smiling, laughing, celebrating and that's exactly what we wanted for our friends and family
See you tomorrow!