Greetings, Maharanis! Indian wedding storyteller, Christopher Brock Photography takes us into the grand Punjabi Hindu fusion wedding of Malvika and Hardeep! Christopher Brock Photography’s photo and a film crew followed these lovebirds through their big events that included a solemn Sikh Ceremony and an utterly beautiful Hindu union, all perfectly planned and staged by Glamorous Event Planners! The creative team brought to life a breathtaking vision for the Hindu ceremony and after taking the big leap of matrimony, Malvika and Hardeep held a lavish reception that was fully enlivened by the pumping sounds of RokitBeats at the luxurious Chateau Briand! KC Makeup by Karuna Chani ensured the princess bride look for Malvika during all her major events while Kanwal Batool’s beauty experts draped and styled her magnificent bridal attires! This wedding has it all! Check out the teaser and relive every moment of this magical Hindu/Punjabi wedding below!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Hardeep and I met on our apartment shuttle, he was on his way back home from work and I had taken a personal day to relax and was coming back from some coffee shop with a friend. We exchanged a few words but everything was very casual. From then on, I kept seeing him on the shuttle but I never found out his name or any other details. Finally, some mutual friends introduced us and we never looked back. Hardeep claims, he knew I was the one after hanging out with me and some friends for just a few hours. For me, it took some time. I always had a gut feeling but when I moved 2 hours away and Hardeep still made the effort to come to see me every weekend, I knew he was a keeper.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We were visiting his family in Milwaukee and were flying out that night but first, we planned a rooftop Mother's day brunch at The London House in Chicago. Little did I know that rooftop brunch was going to turn out to be the biggest surprise of my life. As we got to the top, Hardeep was waiting for me and dozens of roses. Everything about the day was perfect: the weather, the sun, the location and so, of course, I had to say yes.
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 stumbled upon Glamorous events during my research for event planning and after meeting with them and hearing their ideas about decoration, I went with them for both event planning and even decor. They brought everything Hardeep and I wanted to life, gave it their own touch and it was perfect. As far as hair and makeup goes, I knew I wanted Karuna from even before I got engaged. Especially for my reception, I had a certain look in my mind especially the dark eyes, and Karuna made that possible without going overboard.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I had imagined what I wanted to wear on the day for my wedding but Karishma, a friend, and designer in India brought my imagination to life. The outfits took over 6 months to make but both of them were perfect. I wanted Hardeep and my outfits to compliment each other during the ceremony and so the same fabric that was used on my skirt was used as his collar on his sherwani. For the reception I wanted Hardeep and me to be the opposite and wear dark colors and keep our background champagne, so we can stand out. I went with green and Hardeep wore a black tux with maroon handwork.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
My entire family and Hardeep were very supportive in all my decisions about the planning process, the time that I got to spend with all of them planning the most important day of my life was the most special.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
All of our guests would say that our wedding was a non-stop party. From the first night onwards everything was about everyone and not just Hardeep and I. We both cherish our relationships with family and friends and wanted to make sure that all of them were a big part of all our ceremonies.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
After the wedding ceremony was complete, we were playing the usual wedding games with who can find the ring first. That has to be my favorite moment, only our immediate family and best friends were present and everyone was so involved in the game and the competition, it was a blast.
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 always pictured my haldi ceremony to be outdoors with everyone wearing yellow. We decorated our entire backyard with white tents and yellow decor and all the women wore yellow outfits and the men white. The pictures don't do justice to how picturesque everything looked with the bright sun and cool summer breeze. As per traditions, I wore pink and used white flowers for jewelry. For the mehndi, I wore a purple outfit, and all the guests wore green, it was a night full of laughter, singing, and dancing.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
The best advice I can give is to start planning ahead and do a few things every so often because the day of it should be about YOU and YOUR GROOM. Do not stress yourself with little things that are bound to go wrong the day of, enjoy it because as stressful wedding planning is, the day of your wedding only comes once and it is done in a blink of an eye, so don't miss out trying to please others.
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
For my henna I used Monita, she has to be the best in the business in the tri-state area. I wanted a semi-traditional henna design but with little details that were meaningful to mine and Hardeep's relationship. The first and the most special present Hardeep ever gave me was our little dog and so I got paw prints on my hands. To represent Hardeep's hometown of Chicago and my hometown of New York, I got skylines done for my henna. I also got a traditional bride and groom drawn on each hand. Every single person was impressed with Monita's skills and talents and amazed at the color of the stain in just a few hours.
Hope you enjoyed this wedding as much as I did! Have a great day, Maharanis!
Photography: Christopher Brock Photography | Cinematography: Christopher Brock Photography | Venues: Chateau Briand | Floral & Decor: Glamorous Event Planners | Planning & Design: Glamorous Event Planners | Draping/Styling: Kanwal Batool | Hair and Makeup: KC Makeup by Karuna Chani | DJ: RokitBeats