Four days of lavish celebrations surrounded by the people you love the most. Does that sound like something you would absolutely love? Of course it does! Today's filmy thanks to Christopher Brock Photography showcases that and more! The host venue? The Hyatt Huntington Beach, right in the midst of spring. The queen of the night? Maharani Toral in all her Indian princess flair. As we will see, the gorgeous bride truly put together a glam team for the ages. The talented Dolled up by Lulu assisted with the pre-wedding hair and makeup, Samira's Henna Designs with the outstanding Mehndi design and to top it all, Bridal By Nisha with the saree draping and styling. Seriously, with a squad like that, who wouldn't want to get married? Certainly, I would! But this is not about me, it is about Toral & Nikit's bewitching nuptials! Also, don't forget to check out the entertainment skills of our friends from Volcanik Entertainment! So hit play below to relieve every detail of this marvelous day of magic and get enchanted!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met him on Dil Mil 4 years ago. Despite being coast to coast away California to New Jersey. We fell in love at first sight. It felt like we had known each other our whole lives and were just waiting to be connected somehow. We would finish each other's sentences, have the same taste in food, we share the same birthday month, We had the same breed of the puppy when we were little. We felt like we were each other's soul mate. There were so many similarities that it didn't feel like it was a coincidence. I knew that I truly found "the one" when we were a year and a half into our relationship. No matter what happened in our lives, we still would manage to spend time to talk to each other and come see each other every month or so. I knew it then that I couldn't find anyone better than him who would fight this distance just to spend a couple of days with me in exchange to spend the rest of our lives together.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Nikit and I always love San Diego. It is one of our favorite places in Southern California. We went on our very first mini-vacation during the first year of our relationship. It had been almost three years. Nikit and I hadn't been to San Diego. He insisted that this time when he came in the summer he wanted to go to San Diego for the weekend. July 21, 2018 weekend came along and he and I took a drive to San Diego and spent the weekend there. While we were in San Diego the first thing we did was go see Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom as we both loved anything Jurassic. After we were done watching the movie we decided to go out for dinner at the very same restaurant we went during our first date 3 years ago. When we got to the restaurant we could not find parking on the streets so we were roaming for quite some time before we found one. I insisted that he parked in one of those parking garages but he was so persistent in parking by the La Jolla Cave which is the most popular attraction in La Jolla, San Diego.
When he did find parking he insisted that we go see the sea lions before we headed for dinner. I went along and said "yes" as the sun was setting and it looked absolutely breathtaking. When we were walking towards the steps where the sea lions were, he insisted again that we go all the way down. At first, I was really hesitant as I didn't want to because I was wearing heels and did not want to fall going down a rocky stair. However he convinced me, we walked down the stairs. I was so excited to see the sun setting and watching the sea lions. As I looked toward my right I saw a patio filled with pink balloons and flowers. It looks like someone was about to get surprised there. As we walked closer to the patio I noticed that the guy standing there was one of Nikit's close friend. I was shocked to see him there holding a camera. One thing lead to another and the next thing I saw was Nikit was down on one knee and asking me to spend the rest of my life with him. I was so surprised and excited I instantly said "yes". The crowd started clapping and cheering for us, slowly more of his friends surprised us by joining in to congratulate. It was truly one of the best days of our lives.
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.
For my Venue I knew I wanted something by the beach and in a resort that gave us the feel of being at a destination location while still being in California. We chose Hyatt Huntington Beach for our wedding ceremony and reception.
For my hair and makeup, I knew I wanted nothing but the absolute best. Ever since I have followed this Fairy God Mother on Instagram I knew I wanted her on my big day. I had a vision of how she would make me look and that vision came to reality when I saw myself as a Bride on my Wedding Day. I hired Tamanna (Beauty byTamanna) from New York for my Wedding and Reception look.
For my pithi, mehndi and sangeet ceremony I knew I wanted Lulu (Dolledupbylulu) to glam me up and make me look absolutely gorgeous. She not only made me look stunning but she did justice with my overall look (makeup and hair) with all my heavy outfits and jewelry. She is truly the best for South Asian brides.
For both of our Outfits, we did all our shopping in Mumbai. We went to so many stores till we decided to custom make some of our outfits.
Decor/Theme: I knew that whenever I would get married I wanted to be surrounded by fresh flowers. I wanted my mandap to look so breathtaking. We got married on mother's day weekend and we decided to stick to pink tones for our mandap. My favorite color is pink and I did not get any outfits in that color as I wanted my mandap to stand out from everything.
My mandap was custom made with fresh roses by none other than the best florist Inna from Butterfly floral and event design located in Beverly Hills, California. She and I had this vision that we kept going on for months on her iPad however, in reality, it blew me away and I was so happy the day of. I had a 51 ft catwalk that was covered in ombre pinks/red swirl rose petals along with roses boxes on the side. The catwalk started off with a rose arch that I would walk underneath. Right before I would enter the mandap there were two small pink baby elephants made out of fresh flowers signifying Lord Ganesh.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My Bridal Lengha was something that I found the hardest to select. I had so many options and so many different designers that I loved from Sabyasachi to Anita Dongre. I was persistent in getting a Sabyasachi lengha when I went to the showroom however when I tried it on it felt like it was not made for me. I saw the same style on so many brides before that it did not feel like it was my bridal outfit. That's when I decided to custom make my outfit. I always knew I wanted to wear red for my wedding day. We found this amazing high-end designer who custom made both my wedding and sangeet outfit. When I first tried the sample piece color and design I literally cried and was so excited to see my vision come to life. I couldn't wait for the final product which I did receive a few days before leaving for California. When I did my first trial.. I didn't even have my jewelry, hair or makeup on and it looked so stunning, that's when I realized I couldn't wait to put it on for my big day. I realized then that sometimes it is not always about buying designer wear outfits but more about what makes you feel like a bride on one of the best days of your life.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Everything :) From picking the venue, to choosing the flowers, to food tasting. However, my absolute favorite part was choosing our invitations cards. We did a box invitation card which was so unique and different. I had a total of 5 inserts with custom made pictures in the back of each event that signified the event details. We got so many compliments from all of our guests just with the invitation. They couldn't wait to see how everything else was planned. We even had people that we did not put on our list call to ask if they can come by to see our invitations. It was truly such a memorable and fun experience that I had with my Mom, Mother in law and Husband.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
From the Invitation cards, decor, our outfits, my makeup to the food. Guest were so amazed by every fine detail I felt like all my hard work paid off.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Yes! It was when I was walking down the aisle with my mama and mami. Right before I got on the catwalk I hugged my dad and brother and it was such an emotional moment for us. I realized then that I was leaving behind everything and walking towards a new life with someone that meant everything to me. I still cry at times when I think about that exact moment and the reaction my Dad and Brother Had.
Another one was our first dance as husband and wife. We danced to "I get to Love you" By Ruelle. It is such a beautiful song that it made me cry when I first heard it and knew this was our song when that day came. Everyone was complimenting us after our dance in how perfect the song was for us.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Try not to stress :) I know it is hard as it is the biggest day of your life. But no matter how much you plan, it is never enough. Enjoy every moment with your family and friends. It truly goes by so fast. I had such fun food tasting with my whole family for a whole month. I wish I can go back in time and replay everything again. Lastly, make sure you have someone staying with you at all times.. you will get exhausted and tired. A best friend, maid of honor, bridesmaid or cousin that can help you with the smallest things.
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 Mehndi I had Samira Henna Designs from Texas fly out because I was in love with her skill in drawing faces. I got Nikit's face and My face drawn as cartoon version on my palms and had Ganesh in my inner arms for Good Luck.
My Bouquet was a mixture of baby pink and bright pink. It looked so stunning with my outfit.
All my Jewelry from my bangles to necklaces were from different parts of India. It was a long and tiring process of going back and forth.
More weds every day!