Good morning, Beautiful Maharanis! Today we are presenting you with an extraordinary film by Joseph Minasi Studios, a film that showcases a lovely union between Maharani Elena & Raja Rishi. This exceptional event flawlessly merged two different cultures and traditions that created one beautiful love story as come out from a fairy tale. The Palace at Somerset was the venue chosen for the galas, and the couple couldn't have made a better choice. Our lovely duo also recruited an A-List glam team to assist with the details of the bash for everything to be perfect. Events by Ridhi were in charge of the planning and design along with the team of Rangoli Weddings, who worked on the stunning floral and decor wonders. Everything was perfect, not to mention the fantastic entertainment from D&S Event Solutions, who contributed to the perfect evening with well-selected music and bright lights that left everyone speechless. So, ladies hit play below and let yourself be charmed with today's feature gala! Don't miss it!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
When I was visiting home during my freshman year of college, I really wanted to go to this party with my friends. Luckily, one of Rishi's cousins introduced the both of us at this party. It was an instant connection once we started to talk about a TV show we both like. Little did I know that at the age of 19 I was going to meet my soulmate and best friend. After 8.5 years, I still think about that day when we first met and feel extremely blessed to have such an amazing relationship with him.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I have been planning for this day since I was a little girl, so of course I knew what I wanted (well at least for the Christian dress). Luckily, I had a lot of support when I went shopping for my dresses. For my Indian bridal lengha, I knew it was the one once I saw it in Nazranaa. It was everything I wanted--a velvet and burgundy material. When I went to Castle Couture for my Christian wedding dress, it was a bit more complicated because I was so overwhelmed with the dress selections. But, I knew I wanted an off white, lace wedding dress with either 3/4th or long sleeves, so that helped narrow it down. After trying on several dresses, I felt super indecisive between a few dresses and wanted to sleep on it. So I went back a few weeks later and thank gosh Matthew Christopher was there for his trunk show! Once I tried on his dress, it was everything I ever dreamed of since I was a little girl. Lastly, for my reception wedding dress, I was able to get it customized. I wanted it to be a very glamorous one piece dress that was a representation of both cultures (with of course a lot of sparkles). I think they were able to nail my vision because I could not wait to wear it once I saw what it looked like!
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part was definitely the end of the night on the dance floor! I finally felt all of the pre-wedding stress lifted off of my shoulders. I was able to see all of our ideas come together and everyone having a great time. I had a dream team of vendors and I honestly would not know what I would do without them through this whole wedding process. I literally bugged them all the time whenever I had a concern or question. They made my wedding day a dream and I could not thank them enough! I was actually upset at the end of the night because I did not want that to be the last time I ever saw them since we grew so close and truly considered them to be friends.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved the way we incorporated both of our cultures. For the Hindu ceremony, we had the traditional Baraat and Indian food, and then we transitioned to the Christian ceremony in the afternoon. We also had a Mariachi band during cocktail hour, which everyone loved! Our venue (The Palace at Somerset Park) had amazing food and drinks as well.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Brides-to-be—It is super important to establish a connection with your vendors! Definitely do your research because some vendors may not have the same style or vision that you want for your wedding day. Also, be patient and remain calm. Stuff that you are unable to control will happen, just go with it! On your wedding day, things may run late, your dupatta may keep falling off, guests who said they would attend do not show up, you slip during your first dance, you do not eat anything until the end of the night, but at the end of the day NONE of that matters. You literally do not care because you are too excited and happy to let it bother you, so have fun! All of the stress and planning will be worth it because at the end of the day, you are marrying your best friend in front of everyone you love.
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
We would like to thank all of our amazing vendors, family, and friends for being a part of our special day! We are so blessed to have such amazing people in our lives.
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