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Toronto, Canada Indian Wedding by Darkroom Doctors Studios

Hello, ladies! This time we are here to share with you the captivating reception for Ratika & Rahul that was hosted in the fascinating The Guild Inn Estate. This wedding reception was like no other. The combination of colors and the exceptional floral decoration that Karma Design Studio put together for this ceremony has helped make this event elegant, but delicate and exquisite. It was the perfect complement to set the mood for this solemn and memorable event. Devika Arora and The Sapphire Hut Costume Jewelry created dreamy makeup, a classic hairstyle, and a stunning saree that were all a perfect combination to enhance Ratika's beauty.  This was a night to remember, and thanks to Darkroom Doctors Studios, who created mesmerizing scenes that our lovebirds can share with their children and grandchildren one day! The exceptional DJ from DJ KSquare played the most beautiful melody to set the perfect mood for this dance. All the attendants were delightfully watching how the newlyweds, Ratika & Rahul, moved to the beat of the most beautiful melodies, while the elegant chandelier provided the perfect spotlight to enhance this romantic, luxurious, and amazing scenery. Along with the Lipica & Madhvi, Bollywood Performers & Instructors created the perfect performance that will amaze every spectator. We are very glad to know that we can always relieve this everlasting love story by checking out the amazing video that we prepared for today!

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.
Planning a wedding amidst a pandemic was definitely a challenge! Having my husband (my fiancé at the end) help me every step of the way made the process a lot easier and pleasant. We did explore several different vendors, but we are truly grateful for the individuals that we ultimately chose to work with. They truly made our wedding so memorable and gave us memories that we will cherish for life. Brides, just remember that have a vision and communicate that very clearly with your vendors. They will try their best to make your dream develop into reality.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew from the start that I wanted a maroon velvet lehenga. So... that part definitely made it a little easier for me to filter out some options. I did not have a particular style or embroidery in mind. After visiting several stores, I was able to find a lehenga that immediately stood out to me (in terms of the embroidery, patterning, etc.) however it was in the colour green. The vendors were very kind and so professional and promised me to replicate the same style of wedding dress but in my choice of colour and fabric, and so they did! It turned out exactly how I had envisioned it.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
It was definitely very enjoyable to spend each moment with my husband planning the event. He helped me every step of the way. We also got the opportunity to meet several very humble and professional vendors in the industry which was absolutely delightful.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
We were praised for the organization and the level of details we put towards making the wedding week a memorable for all. The guests absolutely loved the sangeet which was essentially like a pre-reception. Due to the pandemic, we had to make the hard decision of cancelling our reception. Nevertheless, we wanted to fulfill everything that we wanted in a reception to take place at the sangeet. We had family performances, speeches, our friend who sang us some beaitiful Bollywood songs, a fantastic DJ and a great MC hosting our event. What else could we ask for.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The ceremony! Those vows, the pandit ji sharing his words of wisdom, our loved ones sitting right across from us and blessing us with their presence, our parents holding our hands every step of the way. EVERYTHING!

We hope that you have enjoyed this journey as much as we have! Remember to stay close for more!

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Cinematography: Darkroom Doctors Studios | Sangeet Venue: Apollo Convention | Reception Venue: The Guild Inn Estate | Planning & Design: Karma Design Studio | Floral & Decor: Karma Design Studio | Hair & Makeup: Fresh Look Beauty | DJ: DJ KSquare | Sangeet DJ: MC Anuj D | Baraat: DJ KSquare | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Lipica & Madhvi | Bridal Fashions: Devika Arora | Groom's Attire: Ethnic Collections | Bridal Jewelry: The Sapphire Hut Costume Jewelry | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Bombay Trendz | Tuxedos: Reign-Handcrafted Menswear


Philadelphia, PA Indian Fusion Wedding by Studio KSD

My Maharanis, our filmy day is finally here! We have Christine and Rajesh starring in today's entry with their amorous wedding day. The sweethearts had a magnificent ceremony celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul. With its marvelous architecture, this location served as the perfect scenery for our couples' new chapter to begging. The adoring couple could not keep their eyes from each other as they savored their special day. The sweethearts moved on with an elegant reception at the Crystal Team Room- Finley Catering surrounded by their loved ones in this exceptional venue full of life and romance. The event was the perfect example of traditions and the modern world gorgeously colliding. The fantastic decor Florista Decor did for the event gave the comforting atmosphere an even more magical touch, adding to the couples' dreamy day. The guests were all smiles and glee while dancing to Luxe Event Group's faultless music set. With this proficient team in the DJ cabin, there is no doubt everyone will have a night to remember! Now, ladies, get ready to be swept off your feet by the radiant bride and her flawless look! Our divine Maharani and her natural charm enchanted more than one with her heavenly attire from RK Bridal. Christine was a ray of sunshine, dazzling everyone that looked her way! Cinderella Bridez's artistic makeup gracefully accentuated her traits. Her soulmate, Rajesh, was handsome as ever with his dashing style and heart-eyes just for Christine. As our fashionable couple made their way into a shared life together, the skillful Studio KSD team captured every second. The adoration between this two is evident in every second! You can witness this happily ever after, too, dears. Just click the play button below and enjoy!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Funny story- we met on Tinder when I was in New York for a winter break during law school. The next day I returned to Washington, D.C.! We started talking and the conversations were effortless. Turns out we crossed paths throughout our life but ended up meeting on a dating app. We were both from the same small city in New York, we both went to the same middle school, he was in my best friends class, and I went to high school with his brother. We texted for months but did not have a chance to meet in person until one day Rajesh drove all the way from New York to D.C. for a 2 hour date. That's when I knew it was true love. He is the soul you read about in fairytales. He is the kind of person who makes your life better. That's how I knew he was the one.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
On our second date, I took Rajesh to see the D.C. monuments at night. I convinced him that there was no better time to see it than when all the tourists were gone and when all the selfie sticks weren't in sight. As we sat there, on our second date, I became emotional on the Lincoln steps about how much history happened there. Somehow he didn't get scared off at this history nerd having a moment. Three years after that first date my now sister in law decided to tell us she was planning a trip to DC. As the DC enthusiast I was, I sent an itinerary right away with all my favorite things including the monuments at night. Little did I know it was Rajesh's ploy to propose to me at my favorite spot. She then invited me to come on their trip and I suggested we make a siblings trip out of it. Jokes on me. The trip "I planned" had already been planned out by Rajesh. As I am leading everyone up the stairs to the Lincoln memorial, my favorite monument, the people start to move aside. I look down and there Rajesh is on one knee. I was FLOORED. Before I could say yes, my friends and cousins run out from behind the pillars screaming in excitement. Rajesh knew how important it was for me to have my loved ones there and my loved ones all made the trip out to D.C. to be there! The next day, Rajesh had our parents and family come down for an amazing brunch at my favorite D.C. restaurant. I replay that weekend over and over in my head.

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 constantly hear about un-involved grooms but that was never the case here. Rajesh is a perfectionist and artist. He knew from the beginning that he wanted to make our wedding perfect. He spent months researching perfect venues and unique experiences for our big day. That somehow had us end up in Philadelphia, a city neither of us lived in. We fell in love with Crystal Tea Room for its history and beautiful aesthetic. But what sold us? THE FOOD. We are huge foodies and we were able to custom make our entire menu. The other vendors fell in love quickly. We met Aji from Eventify and knew right away that he was the wedding coordinator for us. His ability to be on top of things and connect with people made him perfect for the job. We went with Florista for the decor because they understood we wanted an aesthetic that was timeless and natural. Shades of gold and white with romantic candles everywhere. Hair and make-up was easy in that Cinderella Bridez was the only company I contacted. I loved that they made you look like a better version of yourself, not a completely unrecognizable bride. Bhargavi worked her magic and I could not be happier. Photography was something we struggled with for some time. We wanted a mix of romantic, dark, light, impromptu shots, and everything in between. Studio KSD nailed our dreams. Planning was stressful due to the global pandemic but having a partner whose only goal is to make you happy made the process effortless. In a weird way, the pandemic gave us more time to celebrate our love. Our families threw multiple bachelorette parties, pre-wedding events, and random parties in between to make up for the loss of our first wedding.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I always had the image of being a classic bride. I wanted to look back at photos in 30 years and think to myself that I would wear those outfits again. I truly felt I accomplished that. I went to RK Bridal for my wedding dress and immediately Malak knew the aesthetic I was going for. She brought out a simple white, off-the-shoulder A-line gown, and I was SOLD. I started crying when I put it on and it was so confusing. WHY AM I CRYING? AM I ALLERGIC TO SOMETHING? No, I was just so overwhelmed that I had found the perfect dress. My bridal lengha story was even funnier. Let's rewind to February 2020, I am hearing of this thing called covid that is ravaging through China. I hope on the flight to India and think how bad could it really be? My mother-in-law packed me a few masks and I wore it on the flight thinking to myself "man this is super uncomfortable." We arrive in India and it's go go go. We are off to shopping for lenghas, sarees, wedding invitations, bridal outfits, and everything in between. I knew similar to my wedding dress, I wanted a classic lengha. I searched stores all through Kottayam and Kochi and finally found an off-white dress that weighed more than I did. But it was BEAUTIFUL. I bought it and it took up an entire suitcase on the way back.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process had to be the food tasting and seeing all the venues. The different venues treat you like a queen and it's great.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
All we heard about was how great the food was. Our cocktail hour was something we put a lot of effort into. We had so many stations and so many different types of food! We had a New Orleans station with oysters shucked to order, crawfish mac and cheese, fried oysters, shrimp etouffee, and jambalaya. A Neptune station with lobster tails, lobster mac and cheese, mussels marinara, shrimp stir fry, and baby clams. A carving station with slow-braised brisket. A Mediterranean station with gyro, chicken souvlaki, different dips, grape leaves, flatbreads. A Marrakesh station with Moroccan spiced rack of lamb that was carved to order, chicken tagine, saffron couscous, baked white fish chermoula, spiced shrimp briouats. We had a slider station with all different types of sliders, brisket, braised Italian pork, mini Angus burgers, grilled portobello burgers, and truffle fries. For dinner we started with a lobster ravioli as the first course, guests could choose between duck, filet mignon, salmon, or a butternut squash and goat cheese ravioli. Following dinner, we had an entire room filled with desserts. An ice cream sundae bar, cannolis, sfogliatella, tiramisu, all different types of cake, all different types of pastries, coffees, teas, and dessert wines/liquor. In addition to our wedding cakes, After the dessert room, we had a "power hour" around 1 am during the after-party. Here guests could have Philly cheesesteaks, wings, fries, and other bar food.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
A really special moment that replays in my mind on the big wedding days is all the times Rajesh and I got to be alone. Whether it was for a few minutes or a half-hour. We took these videos on our iPhone after each part of the night (ceremony, entrance, cocktail hour, first dance, etc.) We talked about how we were feeling and what we were excited for. I can't wait to show our future kids the behind the scene videos.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy the process. It's never worth dressing for. DELEGATE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN. Teamwork truly made my dream work.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Fun fact: I am highly allergic to flowers and we had wood or silk flowers everywhere. All the bouquets were completely made of wood. No one even noticed!

And that's a wrap, ladies. Come back whenever you need more inspiration!

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GUIDE
style
Fusion
Romantic
Contemporary
season
Autumn
color
Floral & Decor: Florista Decor | Cinematography: Studio KSD | Photography: Studio KSD | DJ: Luxe Event Group | Ceremony Venue: Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul | Reception Venue: Crystal Team Room - Finley Catering | Planning & Design: Eventify Management Group LLC | Hair & Makeup: Cinderella Bridez | Bridal Fashions: RK Bridal


Philadelphia, PA Indian Fusion Wedding by Studio KSD

My Maharanis, our filmy day is finally here! We have Christine and Rajesh starring in today's entry with their amorous wedding day. The sweethearts had a magnificent ceremony celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul. With its marvelous architecture, this location served as the perfect scenery for our couples' new chapter to begging. The adoring couple could not keep their eyes from each other as they savored their special day. The sweethearts moved on with an elegant reception at the Crystal Team Room- Finley Catering surrounded by their loved ones in this exceptional venue full of life and romance. The event was the perfect example of traditions and the modern world gorgeously colliding. The fantastic decor Florista Decor did for the event gave the comforting atmosphere an even more magical touch, adding to the couples' dreamy day. The guests were all smiles and glee while dancing to Luxe Event Group's faultless music set. With this proficient team in the DJ cabin, there is no doubt everyone will have a night to remember! Now, ladies, get ready to be swept off your feet by the radiant bride and her flawless look! Our divine Maharani and her natural charm enchanted more than one with her heavenly attire from RK Bridal. Christine was a ray of sunshine, dazzling everyone that looked her way! Cinderella Bridez's artistic makeup gracefully accentuated her traits. Her soulmate, Rajesh, was handsome as ever with his dashing style and heart-eyes just for Christine. As our fashionable couple made their way into a shared life together, the skillful Studio KSD team captured every second. The adoration between this two is evident in every second! You can witness this happily ever after, too, dears. Just click the play button below and enjoy!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Funny story- we met on Tinder when I was in New York for a winter break during law school. The next day I returned to Washington, D.C.! We started talking and the conversations were effortless. Turns out we crossed paths throughout our life but ended up meeting on a dating app. We were both from the same small city in New York, we both went to the same middle school, he was in my best friends class, and I went to high school with his brother. We texted for months but did not have a chance to meet in person until one day Rajesh drove all the way from New York to D.C. for a 2 hour date. That's when I knew it was true love. He is the soul you read about in fairytales. He is the kind of person who makes your life better. That's how I knew he was the one.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
On our second date, I took Rajesh to see the D.C. monuments at night. I convinced him that there was no better time to see it than when all the tourists were gone and when all the selfie sticks weren't in sight. As we sat there, on our second date, I became emotional on the Lincoln steps about how much history happened there. Somehow he didn't get scared off at this history nerd having a moment. Three years after that first date my now sister in law decided to tell us she was planning a trip to DC. As the DC enthusiast I was, I sent an itinerary right away with all my favorite things including the monuments at night. Little did I know it was Rajesh's ploy to propose to me at my favorite spot. She then invited me to come on their trip and I suggested we make a siblings trip out of it. Jokes on me. The trip "I planned" had already been planned out by Rajesh. As I am leading everyone up the stairs to the Lincoln memorial, my favorite monument, the people start to move aside. I look down and there Rajesh is on one knee. I was FLOORED. Before I could say yes, my friends and cousins run out from behind the pillars screaming in excitement. Rajesh knew how important it was for me to have my loved ones there and my loved ones all made the trip out to D.C. to be there! The next day, Rajesh had our parents and family come down for an amazing brunch at my favorite D.C. restaurant. I replay that weekend over and over in my head.

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 constantly hear about un-involved grooms but that was never the case here. Rajesh is a perfectionist and artist. He knew from the beginning that he wanted to make our wedding perfect. He spent months researching perfect venues and unique experiences for our big day. That somehow had us end up in Philadelphia, a city neither of us lived in. We fell in love with Crystal Tea Room for its history and beautiful aesthetic. But what sold us? THE FOOD. We are huge foodies and we were able to custom make our entire menu. The other vendors fell in love quickly. We met Aji from Eventify and knew right away that he was the wedding coordinator for us. His ability to be on top of things and connect with people made him perfect for the job. We went with Florista for the decor because they understood we wanted an aesthetic that was timeless and natural. Shades of gold and white with romantic candles everywhere. Hair and make-up was easy in that Cinderella Bridez was the only company I contacted. I loved that they made you look like a better version of yourself, not a completely unrecognizable bride. Bhargavi worked her magic and I could not be happier. Photography was something we struggled with for some time. We wanted a mix of romantic, dark, light, impromptu shots, and everything in between. Studio KSD nailed our dreams. Planning was stressful due to the global pandemic but having a partner whose only goal is to make you happy made the process effortless. In a weird way, the pandemic gave us more time to celebrate our love. Our families threw multiple bachelorette parties, pre-wedding events, and random parties in between to make up for the loss of our first wedding.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I always had the image of being a classic bride. I wanted to look back at photos in 30 years and think to myself that I would wear those outfits again. I truly felt I accomplished that. I went to RK Bridal for my wedding dress and immediately Malak knew the aesthetic I was going for. She brought out a simple white, off-the-shoulder A-line gown, and I was SOLD. I started crying when I put it on and it was so confusing. WHY AM I CRYING? AM I ALLERGIC TO SOMETHING? No, I was just so overwhelmed that I had found the perfect dress. My bridal lengha story was even funnier. Let's rewind to February 2020, I am hearing of this thing called covid that is ravaging through China. I hope on the flight to India and think how bad could it really be? My mother-in-law packed me a few masks and I wore it on the flight thinking to myself "man this is super uncomfortable." We arrive in India and it's go go go. We are off to shopping for lenghas, sarees, wedding invitations, bridal outfits, and everything in between. I knew similar to my wedding dress, I wanted a classic lengha. I searched stores all through Kottayam and Kochi and finally found an off-white dress that weighed more than I did. But it was BEAUTIFUL. I bought it and it took up an entire suitcase on the way back.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process had to be the food tasting and seeing all the venues. The different venues treat you like a queen and it's great.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
All we heard about was how great the food was. Our cocktail hour was something we put a lot of effort into. We had so many stations and so many different types of food! We had a New Orleans station with oysters shucked to order, crawfish mac and cheese, fried oysters, shrimp etouffee, and jambalaya. A Neptune station with lobster tails, lobster mac and cheese, mussels marinara, shrimp stir fry, and baby clams. A carving station with slow-braised brisket. A Mediterranean station with gyro, chicken souvlaki, different dips, grape leaves, flatbreads. A Marrakesh station with Moroccan spiced rack of lamb that was carved to order, chicken tagine, saffron couscous, baked white fish chermoula, spiced shrimp briouats. We had a slider station with all different types of sliders, brisket, braised Italian pork, mini Angus burgers, grilled portobello burgers, and truffle fries. For dinner we started with a lobster ravioli as the first course, guests could choose between duck, filet mignon, salmon, or a butternut squash and goat cheese ravioli. Following dinner, we had an entire room filled with desserts. An ice cream sundae bar, cannolis, sfogliatella, tiramisu, all different types of cake, all different types of pastries, coffees, teas, and dessert wines/liquor. In addition to our wedding cakes, After the dessert room, we had a "power hour" around 1 am during the after-party. Here guests could have Philly cheesesteaks, wings, fries, and other bar food.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
A really special moment that replays in my mind on the big wedding days is all the times Rajesh and I got to be alone. Whether it was for a few minutes or a half-hour. We took these videos on our iPhone after each part of the night (ceremony, entrance, cocktail hour, first dance, etc.) We talked about how we were feeling and what we were excited for. I can't wait to show our future kids the behind the scene videos.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy the process. It's never worth dressing for. DELEGATE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN. Teamwork truly made my dream work.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Fun fact: I am highly allergic to flowers and we had wood or silk flowers everywhere. All the bouquets were completely made of wood. No one even noticed!

And that's a wrap, ladies. Come back whenever you need more inspiration!

STYLE
GUIDE
style
Fusion
Romantic
Contemporary
season
Autumn
color
Floral & Decor: Florista Decor | Cinematography: Studio KSD | Photography: Studio KSD | DJ: Luxe Event Group | Ceremony Venue: Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul | Reception Venue: Crystal Team Room - Finley Catering | Planning & Design: Eventify Management Group LLC | Hair & Makeup: Cinderella Bridez | Bridal Fashions: RK Bridal


Atlanta, GA Indian Fusion Wedding by Hakim's Studio

Good morning, Maharanis! What a beautiful day we have ahead of us, so how about getting it started with some inspiration? I am so excited for this filmy day! On a warm summer day, the sweet Jennifer & Shaan had a fairytale-like wedding that was gorgeous. They got married in a castle, ladies! What a unique way to start a new chapter in their love story. Our couple chose The Castle at Wildwood Gardens to celebrate their union like royalty. The breathtaking views this venue provides are unmatched, and our couple was definitely aware of this. Their goal was not only to delight their guests but to create unforgettable memories for themselves while doing so. Besides the fantastic venue and tasty treats from Arts Bakery and Cafe, our couple also dazzled their friends and family with their style. With both a classic and modern style for the day, Jennifer & Shaan looked glorious! The bold shades of red contrasted flawlessly with the traditional black and white they wore, too. They were a sight to behold, their love shining brighter than the sun and genuinely enjoying their celebration. This fantasy was brought to life with the planning and design only Weddings By Epic's team can convey. They put as much heart and effort as their clients deserve to make these magnificent events a reality, and Jennifer & Shaan's was no exception. It was enchanting! The beloved Hakim's Studio captured this marvelous celebration from beginning to end in an astonishing video that perfectly captures our couples' essence. You are going to love this, ladies! So, get ready to be part of the royal court, my Maharanis. You just have to click the play button below and enjoy!

This is all for now, ladies. Keep coming back to feel inspired!

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Fusion
Romantic
Mehndi
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Summer
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Photography: Hakim's Studio | Cinematography: Hakim's Studio | Ceremony Venue: The Castle at Wildwood Gardens | Reception Venue: The Castle at Wildwood Gardens | Planning & Design: Weddings By Epic | Floral & Decor: Weddings By Epic | Cake & Treats: Arts Bakery and Cafe


North Haledon, NJ Indian Wedding by Ray Roman Films

Good morning, my sweet Maharanis! A fascinating love story comes your way, so get ready to get lots of bridal enthusiasm and swipe right to love! Today's protagonists are Anmol & Indrajit, a lovely couple who met on Tinder in 2015. From their first date, fate made them old best friends. After all the adventures, Indrajit decided to pop the question every Maharani loves to hear! And how did he do it! They went to a lovely island for a fourth anniversary, and in between pictures, the handsome groom was on one knee! I know those pictures are amazing! Now, let's talk about their journey throughout their wedding planning! Their first decision was where they wanted to host their reception, so they chose The Tides EstateThe Little Things by Arpita coordinated every detail of this wedding! This team let our couple know that the little things were what made Anmol & Indrajit's big day unique! Our couple called Partyland Sajawat to create an enchanted forest vibe decor, and they excelled their expectations! The ambiance was magical and elegant all at the same time! Maharanis, the music played during the reception was phenomenal; everyone in the room danced all night long, thanks to MVPDJs! They were perfect! On top of the fantastic music, the Bollywood performers from Scarlett Entertainment put the energy that made the guests sigh! I am sure everyone adored them! While the music was playing, the delicious feast prepared by Bukhara Grill was the perfect combo! Here comes what I love the most: Bridal Fashion! Our lovely Anmol is a very decisive bride. So, she bought the first lengha she tried on, and it was an elegant and delicate piece from Tamanna Malik Artistry, and Nazraana also was part of our Maharani's outfits. Suit Supply dressed the handsome groom, and I cannot stress how charming they both looked! Lucky for them, a film is a perfect way to take a closer look at the most beautiful moments of their biggest day. Ray Roman Films was there to record those moments, and the results are unbelievable. Get ready to enjoy it!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met on Tinder in 2015! We swiped right and we met on the corner of 42nd and Broadway. I had just finished having dinner with a friend and Indy had come from a happy hour. He tried to find a bar so we could grab a drink, but his phone ended up not catching data (he was using pay-per-MB data)!  Our first date ended up being drinks at the Olive Garden bar in Times Square. From that first date, it was like fate. We talked as if we were old best friends that had just been out of touch for a couple years. It was strange how easy the conversation was. From that day, through numerous traveling adventures and the ups and downs of life, we've have been inseparable ever since.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Our proposal story started with a trip planned for our 4 year anniversary at a beautiful resort on the island of St. Lucia called Ladera. Indy had been planning this trip during my 2nd year of medical school in between 2 of my semesters during a break.  Although I usually have most of the itinerary planned on most trips we go to, Indy had been planning the details of the actual anniversary day as a "surprise". He had the ring picked out and a photographer at St. Lucia who was supposed to take us to a remote dock by the beach where he would propose and capture the moment on a drone. The photographer captured the moment seamlessly while including the natural beauty of the island.

Indy’s cover story for us wearing matching outfits was that since this resort was a romantic couples getaway, it came with a package deal of a photoshoot that we would use on our anniversary. Then right between a few shots where the photographer had us facing away from one another, I turned around and Indy was on one knee! I was so shocked! I still can’t remember what he said and I froze! The photographer then took us to a few more locations including an abandoned coffee plantation and isolated beaches. Then we returned to the resort and were surprised with champagne, roses, chocolate cake and our entire suite and pool decorated with candles!

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.
Our main strategy when it came to planning was mostly divide and conquer. We started with choosing a venue and both narrowed down options in NJ. Indy took charge of negotiations and budgeting.  As for the other vendors, Indy took charge of researching and finalizing our video/photo and DJ and I took charge of décor, cake, and color schemes for outfits. Buying wedding outfits was an obstacle for us since our flight to India was canceled due to COVID and we decided to get custom designed outfits locally from Nazraana at Oak Tree.

The hardest part for us was asking for an RSVP for our guest count since we were asking guests to respond right in the middle of COVID. To make sure we had an accurate count, we subdivided our list into 3 lists and were sending out invitations for approximately 3 months. We even added a COVID tab on our wedding website to describe our health precautions and ensure that all guests felt safe attending our wedding. Aside from that, we used numerous excel sheets and even created our own wedding programs, welcome bags, weekend itinerary, designed our own dance floor and even our photobooth backdrop. Indy and I (both super type A planners) took the smaller details into our own hands to make sure everything was perfect.

We also want to take a second to thank The Little Things by Arpita for helping us coordinate the wedding day and ensuring every second of our event was magical and exactly what we dreamed it would be! Arpita and her team were nothing but the best and would highly recommend her to anyone who hasn't decided on a day-of coordinator. She was one of our best decisions!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I personally did not have too much time to spend on picking out a wedding lengha since I was in the middle of interviews for residency but luckily I am extremely decisive. I was probably the 1% of brides out there that bought the first lengha I tried on! It was a very versatile and delicate piece that I knew I could creatively change with the dupattas I wore with it. I also hated the idea of wearing a heavy uncomfortable lengha all day long. I am definitely more of the “comfort” bride. My bridal lengha checked off all my boxes – simple, elegant, versatile and delicate.  To my surprise, after seeing lenghas in person, I knew I wanted to do something different and out of the ordinary than the typical “red Indian bride”. Since our theme was Enchanted forest, I knew I wanted to choose more neutral colors to contrast the greens in the décor.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Food tasting and cake tasting (of course)!! So many favorite parts of this process, including picking decor, shopping for a venue, and doing our pre wedding photoshoot in California. I think every aspect of planning that helped make our dream wedding vision become a reality was enjoyable. However, our favorite part of the process was all of our family and friends meeting one another on the days leading up to the wedding!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved the heartfelt speeches given by my dad, Indy’s mom, the best man and the MOH/sister of the bride as well as the decor and dances at the reception. They were blown away by how accurately we followed our theme and how much effort everyone put in all the performances not only in the reception but also the Sangeet. The dance floor was full all night!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Every moment of the entire wedding week was so special to the both of us. From graduating medical school, to Indy’s 30th birthday and each and every event that same week there was not one event more special than the next. We both put in so much energy and effort in making sure everything went perfectly. Ultimately, even with all the weather mishaps and changing our outdoor wedding to be indoors, we were blown away by the love, happiness and support we felt that entire week from family and vendors.

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.
We wanted to make our wedding theme an experience for the guests, so we including low lying fog as guests were entering the grand ballroom, dancing LED ballerinas and hanging greens that the guests would have to  walk through to enter into the room. We made sure to stick to the theme even when hiring our live musician and we chose a Harpist to greet the guests during cocktail hour. From the save the dates to the dance floor, we even incorporated our wedding logo in every aspect of the wedding (on the save the dates, invites, dance floor wrap, photobooth printouts and more). We coordinated with our Décor team to incorporate our favorite greens like Eucalyptus on every table, hanging greens and a touch of gold in every event. For the ceremony we decided to incorporate a golden gate that would be the entrance of the aisle to give a magical feel to the mandap design.
Although we were upset that so many of our guests could not make it from India due to COVID, our family asked family in India to record a congrats message that we would play at the reception to surprise us! Instead of giving our guests wedding favors we chose to donate to the COVID fund for India in memory of our late grandparents.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Everything will work out in the end, don't get dragged down by the small details! Be decisive, move forward and always lean on each other for support during the wedding planning process. If you as a couple can survive wedding planning, especially during COVID, that’s a testament to your marriage!

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Mehndi- I graduated medical school the same morning as my mehendi. Luckily, I was able to attend my ceremony, hop into an Uber the second after the graduation ceremony ended and head straight to my mehendi event without missing a thing! Also to commemorate my graduation, I was able to get a small medical logo on my designs along with my graduation year "2021".

Wedding cake- We had our cake stand custom made by our decor vendor Partyland Sajawat to give it an enchanted forest vibe. It helped not only elevate the cake but because it was decorated in greens it looked like an edible part of the cake itself!

Wedding lehenga - Because of COVID, I was unfortunately unable to visit India for all my shopping but instead I was able to get a little more creative in making my lehenga unique. I chose an outfit that fit more of a reception look and created a double dupatta bridal look. I had 2 custom dupattas custom made in India that helped contrast the neutrals/rose gold tones in my lehenga with a peach and bold red, contributing to the whole whimsical, yet Indian bride vibe.

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Venues: The Tides Estate | Mehndi Artists: Henna by Tanvi | Sangeet Venue: Ashirwad Palace | Planning & Design: The Little Things by Arpita | Floral & Decor: Partyland Sajawat | Hair & Makeup: Tamanna Malik Artistry | Catering: Bukhara Grill | DJ: MVPDJs | Baraat: Equishare Baraat | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Scarlett Entertainment | Bridal Fashions: Nazraana | Cake & Treats: Davids Custom Cakes | Cinematography: Ray Roman Films | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Tamanna Malik Artistry | Tuxedos: Suit Supply | Photography: Ray Antoni


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