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New York, NY Indian Wedding by Studio KSD

If there is a word to describe the city of New York, that would be "mystic". There is always something going on in every corner, so much that a sensory overload will definitely happen if you happen to be wandering around its streets! Today, we will focus on one single event that has us completely sighing. Puja & Saad's incredibly luxurious and elegant gala was everything you want out of an Indian style celebration, and of course, we know that there is nothing greater than a wedding! Our talented friends from Studio KSD have for us a film that, as we will see, showcases everything that went on for our couple's day of magic. The stunning bride took the Maharani style up a notch and came out looking out of this world. Flawless Beauty by Pauline in the hair & makeup department and Mehndikalogie with the Mehndi design, were the absolute glam dream team of the night. Their striking work made our Maharani even more beautiful! This bash is a total dream so be sure not to miss it, ladies! Also, don't forget to check us out because if today's filmy left you wanting for more, just wait for the picture gallery from our friends from Salwa Photography! Drop-dead gorgeous!

   

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
My husband, Saad, and I met when we were students at Cornell Law School. As a first-year student, I attended the school’s South Asian Law Students Association’s orientation meeting. That was the first time I met Saad, a second-year student, and co-President of the organization. But, we left the meeting as acquaintances after barely saying a word to one another. Our second meeting was similar—months later, we encountered each other by chance in our apartment complex and learned that we were neighbors. Even though the signs were there, we still did not connect until we attended a South Asian Law Students conference in New York City months later. Somewhere over bonding about our shared cultural identity and penchant for the law, we became friends. Over the next four years, we grew from friends to best friends. Even after Saad moved to New York City to begin work, we kept in touch daily. Upon my graduation the following year, I also moved to New York. Once reunited, Saad and I enjoyed exploring the city, laughing while reminiscing about our law school days, and discussing our careers over dinner and Broadway shows. Still, despite our shared South Asian American identities, we never considered each other as life partners because of our differing religious backgrounds. 
 
All of that changed on my 26th birthday. With Saad’s help, I threw a birthday party. Unbeknownst to Saad, I even invited two of my girlfriends, who practice the same faith as Saad, thinking that they might hit it off with him. As the party began to wind down, at the end of the evening I asked my friends what they thought about Saad and if they had gotten his phone number. They said: “He seems like a great guy. But Puja, he’s in love with YOU.” At that moment, my mind began to race. I spent the after-party thinking more and more about it, and finally, when I could not hold it back, I told Saad that maybe there was something more between us. We spent the next month talking about how our relationship could materialize despite our different religions. We soon realized that we could not imagine a world where we were not together, and our relationship turned into a whirlwind romance.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
After two years together, Saad planned a surprise proposal. He told me to prepare for a vacation to an unknown destination and to pack some dresses and heels he had bought me for our dating anniversary. The day before we departed for our vacation, Saad gave me a hint—a Venus Et Fleur flower arrangement. I guessed correctly that we were headed to France, but little did I know what else that meant! Once in Paris, Saad told me to be prepared for an early start the next day. The following morning, at 7 am, Saad told me he was taking me for a tour of the Palace of Versailles. When we reached the Palace, Saad directed me towards the Palace gardens. We both took in the serenity and vastness of the gardens as we were the only two people present so early in the morning. It felt like we were royalty walking through our garden.
 
Saad directed me towards a secluded area of the garden for the proposal. As a historical romance novel enthusiast, I had read descriptions of this garden, Bosquet de L’Encelade. Even though I suspected Saad was going to propose, I was so enamored by the garden that I began to wander until Saad was able to pull me into a corner and kneel on one knee to cap the fairy-tale moment!
 
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.
Saad and I knew that we wanted to have a traditional South Asian wedding to pay homage to our shared culture. But, we also wanted to get married in New York City, where our relationship began. So, we decided to select a venue that would have city views during our nuptials and allow for Saad to parade to the venue on a white horse in his Baraat, a traditional welcoming procession led by the groom. We selected the Mandarin Oriental due to its floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing Central Park and the New York City skyline, and we decided to have our Baraat in Columbus Circle. Though we decided to have a smaller than a typical wedding for a South Asian wedding of 120 guests, we turned to Sonal J Shah to assist with coordinating our events because they spanned multiple days. We also selected Atlas Floral to execute our selected color palette for the Hindu wedding ceremony of traditional gold combined with a modern twist of 100s of real blush pink roses and hanging crystals. For the reception, we opted for an elegant and glamorous touch with a real rose and crystal-filled ceiling, custom bars with floating candles, a white dance floor with our initials in gold, and a custom-made stage with a backdrop of hanging flowers and candles.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
To keep in line with our vision for a traditional South Asian wedding, for my wedding ceremony outfit, I knew I wanted to get married in a classic red Sabyasachi Mukherjee wedding lengha. His designs provide old-world glamour reminiscent of the richness of our shared motherland, pre-colonial South Asia, during a time when maharanis and rajas held court and festive soirées. Accordingly, my mother and I spent two weeks in Mumbai during which time we selected not only my lengha from Sabyasachi Mumbai, but also my wedding jewelry with uncut diamonds and emeralds from Tanishq, and my wedding shoes from the Sabyasachi collaboration with Christian Louboutin. Moreover, we worked with Vanshik to custom make Saad's cream and silver sherwani, Saffo (headpiece), and shoes.
 
For the reception, I knew that I wanted to wear a modern ballgown. I turned to Manish Malhotra, who is at the forefront of creating modern Bollywood ensembles. I ultimately selected a two-piece champagne-ivory lengha with a tulle bottom and hanging Swarovski crystals that Manish Malhotra custom made for me into a one piece floor-length ballgown.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
To me, the most enjoyable part of the planning process was selecting our outfits. Because all of my family, on both of my parents' sides, lives in America, I never had the opportunity as a child or young adult of traveling to India frequently or updating my South Asian clothing wardrobe. So, our wedding was my chance to actually visit India and source my own outfits that I had pictured in my head for years! My mother and I experienced Mumbai together for the first time, and though it was overwhelming, we spent two weeks carefully selecting pieces for myself, Saad, my sister, and my father. The results speak for themselves, and we are so proud we were able to pull it off!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
One of the best moments of our wedding was the Baraat. We received permits to shut down Columbus Circle so our guests and Saad could enjoy the Baraat uninterrupted. It was such a unique experience for our guests to party on the streets of Manhattan! Saad says that it was surreal riding a white horse through the middle of the city on his way to get married.
 
Our reception was also something guests were blown away by. Saad and I revealed no details to our guests at all about the color palette, let alone the 100s of real hanging roses that we had directed be suspended from the ceiling. When the doors opened to the reception, our guests were just in awe.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
In the months leading up to our wedding, we learned a great deal about our religions’ wedding practices. One would assume incorporating divergent practices would be difficult. But for me, this actually made me fall in love with Saad even more. During our initial meeting with the Hindu priest, Saad listened so intently that he remembered on our Hindu wedding day that the end of our final phera (circle around the fire), Hindu superstition says whoever sits down first after completing the phera rules the household. On our wedding day, I completely forgot about the game! So, at the end of the phera, Saad waited for me to sit down first and "win." Because of moments like this that, when we reminisce about our wedding, we are filled with a sense of completeness—we had a picture-perfect traditional South Asian wedding in the city where we fell in love and we married as best friends. It was truly the wedding of our dreams.
 
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.
For our sangeet and Garba, we opted to charter the Atlantica Yacht and circle the Statue of Liberty as we danced the night away.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Have a vision and stick to it! I think it is so easy to be influenced by what you see on social media or blogs. While it is important to source these channels in order to come up with a vision, once the vision is created, I think it is important to stick to it, even if it may seem difficult at times. For me, I had a very clear color palate selected for my bridesmaids, and even when it was difficult to find that color, I still stick with it and ultimately found what I needed. That being said, I think it is also important to change your vision if needed. I realized peonies were going to be difficult to source the time of year we had our wedding, so I decided to use other flowers instead.
 
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 decided to combine our South Asian culture, New York, and our jobs as attorneys. I had the scales of justice and a gavel drawn alongside a maharani and maharaja and the New York City skyline. I also included the Eiffel Tower, where we took our engagement photos, and a peacock, the national bird of India.

 

More to come in no time, stay with us! 

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Photography: Salwa Photography | Hair & Makeup: Flawless Beauty by Pauline | Mehndi Artists: Mehndikalogie | Cinematography: Studio KSD | Ceremony Venue: Mandarin Oriental New York | Reception Venue: Mandarin Oriental New York | Planning & Design: Sonal J Shah Event | Floral & Decor: Atlas Floral Decorators | Hair & Makeup: Cinderella Bridez | Catering: Bukhara Grill | DJ: DJ Suhel | Cakes & Treats: City Sweets & Confections | Rentals: Luxe Event Rentals | Rentals: Glam Party Rentals


Dallas, TX Indian Wedding by Epique Cinema

Wasn't it a gorgeous gallery? In case you missed the beautiful pictures that our friends from Vek Photo took, you can always double-check them here! Now, it is time to get dazzled by the gorgeous highlight reel coming to us from the talent of Epique Cinema. The place was looking totally amazing to house both of the celebrations. We were particularly stunned with Maharani Mukti's fashion choices. As we will see, the colors that she picked absolutely made her features stand out even more! Such beauty! Seriously, ladies, you can't miss today's film! We have everything! Going from the ceremony, the lavish Lamborghini ride after it thanks to The Classic, their lovely first dance and of course, the grand reception party. We know that parties just take a life of their own with DJ Ritz Entertainments talent, so be sure this one was no exception! Hit play below for more!

 

 

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?

Punit and I met almost 10 years before getting married. We met in undergrad at Texas A&M. We had inadvertently met a few times before but became closer to our Molecular Biology class. It ended up being a meant to be a relationship. We clicked instantly, we had tons of mutual friends who helped push our relationship forward and our parents even had mutual friends. We’ve survived long-distance through Dental and Medical school, through multiple countries and states, but when we came back together it was still pure magic!

 

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!

The proposal was the shock of my life and definitely not because we weren’t together long enough. Through grad school, we had always known we wanted to wait until we were finished and together again. Once we graduated I kept expecting the proposal to come; however, this guy was still adamant that we needed to be “more settled.” This continued on and I almost started believing it myself. We had a trip to Italy planned and I still wasn’t expecting it. Even the night before the proposal he said that it wasn’t time. The next day we went to Cinque Terre and on finding the perfect isolated, waterside location he got down on one knee and proposed. My reaction was an instant shock. I laughed thinking it was a joke. My first words were “are you serious?” It was basically years of inception making me believe this was never going to happen. But the proposal was absolutely amazing in the most gorgeous location and more than I would have ever imagined.

 

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.

DJ Riz: We are so glad we had DJ Riz and Freddy on our team! They did an amazing job of keeping the energy high and created a fun, interactive reception and baraat atmosphere. Everyone had a great time at the wedding and we continue to get compliments on how amazing the music was. Everyone was on the dance floor all night!

 

Jianna Jewelers: They have been amazing throughout our entire engagement and wedding process for our jewelry needs. They helped my husband design my custom engagement ring and wedding bands. They also helped us design the stunning diamond necklace my mother in law gave me to wear for our reception. They can customize and make any vision come to life. They are so easy to work with and have amazing quality pieces.

 

Divine Décor of Dallas: We worked with Ketan Mistry and he was incredible to work with. Ketan was very aware of our vision and was able to make everything we wanted come together beautifully. He paid attention to detail and made every event look extremely beautiful. He has a large selection in his warehouse to choose from, everything from traditional to modern.

 

Vek Photography: We are so glad we chose VEK for our events. He is so easy to work with and has amazing quality photography. He captures special moments of not only the wedding party but also family and friends attending the event. He has a unique vision that will blow your mind away. Definitely happy with our photos.

 

Epique Cinema: We absolutely love our wedding highlight video! Epique’s videographers were so easy to work with. They made us feel comfortable and so much less awkward while they were recording. Their videos are lively, colorful, and really take you back in time.

 

Hair & Makeup: Vanita Patel did my hair and makeup and was absolutely amazing to work with. She did a great job of creating a different look with each outfit. Vanita is great at improvising on anything you need. She is a one stop shop for makeup, hair and draping for multiple people if needed. 

 

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?

We were unable to travel to India so we had to shop in the States which was extremely daunting. I had heard stories about the difficulties of finding the perfect outfits. My family and I skeptically started our day expecting to have a long and exhausting day. Luckily, I found all of my outfits at the very first store we went to. Almas aunty of Almas Tejani Desi Couture and her team were so wonderfully helpful. I was looking for a non-traditional plum outfit and the very first outfit I tried on ended up being the perfect one for me. Some outfits we bought ready-made and some she was able to customize for us. We received everything on time and she was great about last-minute adjustments.

 

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?

Our guests have had so many wonderful things to say about the wedding. We’ve heard countless compliments about the décor, organization and especially the food! We had a self-made dessert bar and a midnight Taco Bell bar after the reception that was a huge hit.

 

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?

One of my favorite moments was right before the reception. We were waiting in the hallway for everyone to settle in before the DJ announced us. It was taking a while and we just happened to notice the photo booth that was set up. We took some time to take a few goofy pictures and just hang out. It was really nice to have these few moments alone in the midst of all the festivities.

 

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?

Weddings are super stressful in general, try and do whatever YOU need to keep as calm as possible. Big Indian weddings are bound to have some issues. Just remember that the people that are really there for you will try and keep things as calm and drama-free for you as possible. There are always little things that don’t go as expected, try not to let little obstacles get you down. Shake it off and go with the flow so you can truly enjoy your time!

More glam and charm coming up!

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DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Photography: Vek Photo | Lighting: DJ Riz Entertainment | Transportation: The Classic | Baraat: DJ Riz Entertainment | Sangeet Venue: Atrium Hotel Dallas | Mehndi Venue: Atrium Hotel Dallas | Satak Venue: SLPS Community Center | Ceremony Venue: SLPS Community Center | Reception Venue: SLPS Community Center | Floral & Decor: Divine Decor of Dallas | Hair & Makeup: Vanita Patel | Catering: Pankaj Bhai Vegetarian | Catering: India Grill | Bridal Fashions: Almas Tejani Desi Couture | Bridal Jewelry: Jianna Jewelers | Dessert Table: Puja Parbhoo | Dessert Table: Punit Patel | Cinematography: Epique Cinema | Draping/Styling: Vanita Patel | Live Music: Grooms Event College Station | Garba Live Music: Smita Vasavada | Mehndi Artist: Bridal Henna Mehndi and Makeup by Zohra | Photo Booth: Epique Cinema


Newport Beach, CA Indian Fusion Wedding by Elysium Weddings

Hey there, Maharanis! You know what time it is, and today, we head down to Newport Beach in California to witness everything that went on for Novelle & Richard's gorgeous Indian fusion wedding! It is no secret that we have a thing for these types of celebrations because ideas just seem to be everywhere! That is the great thing about two backgrounds joining their lives together! Our friends from Elysium Weddings crafted for us a visual treat that showcases the mix of traditions, colors, different types of decor sensibilities and much more to look at! So amazing! What really had me sighing the entire time was Maharani Novelle's fashion choices and that gorgeous hair & makeup style. Guess who was behind it? You know her very well, Dolled up by Lulu of course! For top-notch Maharani bridal style, you know who to call! Such talent! In case you missed the beautiful picture gallery feature we had some days ago, thanks to Jessica Claire Photography, you can always relieve it here as well! But now, let us get to the cinematic experience that will leave you wanting to tie the knot as soon as possible! See you there!

 

Stay tuned for more!

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Hair & Makeup: Dolled up by Lulu | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Resort at Pelican Hill | Catering: The Resort at Pelican Hill | Planning & Design: Stylish Details | Floral & Decor: Flowers by Cina | DJ: VOX DJs | Photo Booth: VOX DJs | Bridal Fashions: Frontier Heritage | Cake & Treats: Sweet Traders | Cinematography: Elysium Weddings | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: E Claire Paperie | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Linens: Luxe Linen | Groom's Suit: The Black Tux | Media Placement: Rayce PR | Photography: Jessica Claire Photography


Bridgewater, NJ Indian Wedding by Lightyear Studio

Welcome to October, ladies, the Halloween month! But hold on, there is nothing scary going on in today's filmy. On the contrary, some serious style and lavish beauty were the constants of this gorgeous bash coming from New Jersey, and we are loving every part of it. Our friends from Lightyear Studio crafted a visual treat for Tanvi & Akash that left me totally sighing. No less, this couple was breathtaking, to say the least! Just look at the fashion choices of Maharani Tanvi! And what about that makeup? You got that correct, Makeup by Anita was behind it! Such a glam pro! The Bridgewater Marriott was totally beaming for both the ceremony and reception and as we will see, the party that happened after the long-awaited nuptials was absolutely to die for. Having both Chand Palace with their culinary wonders and DJ Vik Events in charge of the music only means one thing: Fun! So, ladies, we know that you were waiting for this and here you have it, today's filmy! Hit play below and get those ideas going!

 

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Venues: Bridgewater Marriott | Catering: Chand Palace | DJ: DJ Vik Events | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Anita | Cinematography: Lightyear Studio | Planning & Design: Malenia Events & Design | Cakes & Treats: Palermo Bakery | Transportation: Seaton Carriages / Equishare Baraat Horses


Bensalem, PA Indian Fusion Wedding by Raj Photo Video

Hey there, glam loving Maharanis! It is Friday and to kick start the party we have a gorgeous featured film that is all things glamorous. I tell you that! The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village was absolutely at its very best to house the celebrations of Aditi & Peter. It had to be like that; we know that Maharanis want only the best of the best for their nuptials. Keeping that in mind during the recruitment process, our newlyweds received the assistance of Aishas Wedding Decor, who decorated the venue and the lovely path to the aisle of these two lovebirds. Just look at those floral arrangements! Truly a decor to die for! But, and most importantly, the princess of the night, Maharani Aditi was what I call a real Indian princess. Her fashion choices and styles were out of this world. That also thanks to Looks by Jassi who assisted with hair & makeup and the saree draping & styling. Seriously, you can't go bigger than this! Want a closer glimpse of this dazzling jubilee? Check out the fabulous images, and get charmed by this cute pair thanks to Raj Photo VideoHit play below and see you on the dance floor!

 

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Draping/Styling: Looks by Jassi | Hair & Makeup: Looks by Jassi | Venues: The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village | Floral & Decor: Aishas Wedding Decor | Planning & Design: Posh Kreations LLC | Catering Friday: Moghul Mirage -Moghul (Dimpy Pingle) | Catering Saturday: Mehtani Restaurant Group (Subhash Vig) | DJ: DJ Ram Minocha at Sunny Entertainment | Cake & Treats: Isgro Pasticceria | Transportation - Rolls Royce: Monarch Chauffeur & Limousine Services | Photography: Raj Photo Video | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Minted


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