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Riviera Maya, Mexico Indian Wedding by James & Weddings

Hello ladies! There is so much inspiration ready to be unveiled, so I am really happy you could join us to discover together all the wonderful details of today's reel. Manisha and Fayad is the sweet duo that traveled to the tropical shores of the Riviera Maya in Mexico to tie the knot in a destination wedding you need to see to believe. Indian Destination Weddings made all the travel arrangements and also provided the couple and everyone involved with a VIP experience during their special days. Besides having the perfect travel concierge, the lucky lovebirds found Generations Riviera Maya. This luxury spot in the heart of this tropical paradise held their Sangeet night, the exchange of vows, and the joyful reception. James & Weddings beautifully documented the best moments of their getaway in a truly creative film. We are so lucky we are about to enjoy all sweetness and candidness of every scene. So be prepared! I also fell in love with the enchanting outdoor ceremony. A natural backdrop of palm trees surrounded the traditional union, while a flowy fabric mandap harbored the intricate rites. Not to mention the stunning blush pink and white blooms that Weddings by Lomas used to deck the ceremony space. The whole place was pristine and adorable. Maharani Manisha, made a spectacular entrance in a grand Doli wearing an exquisite red lehenga she later swapped for a light pink trousseau. She donned with absolute flair both ensembles and the gorgeous henna designs Loto Mehndhi created for her. After the I Do's Desi Djs announced the newlyweds as husband and wife for the first time and performed an extensive playlist of energetic beats that made all guests danced the night away. Weddings by Lomas provided the perfect wedding planning services ensuring everything Manisha and Fayad dreamed for this moment was on point. Let this splendid destination wedding's film take you to Mexico's Riviera Maya right now. Scroll down and hit play!

Explore more incredible wedding stories tomorrow! See you.

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Travel Concierge: Indian Destination Weddings | Venue: Generations Riviera Maya | Planning & Design: Weddings by Lomas | Floral & Decor: Weddings by Lomas | Hair & Makeup: Alex Corbanezi Beauty & Co. | Catering: Generations Riviera Maya | DJ: Desi Djs | Lighting: Desi Djs | Baraat: Weddings by Lomas | Cinematography: James & Weddings | Photography: James & Weddings | Mehndi Artist: Loto Mehndhi | Transportation: Lomas Travel


Palatine, IL Indian Wedding by Juan Alvarado Photography

Wednesday is always a good day for a big boost of inspiration, Maharanis! That's why today's wedding reel it's a total visual artistic production by Juan Alvarado Photography. I'm sure it will leave you in complete awe. Shreena & Anshul's love story goes back in time to when they started their romance as college sweethearts. How sweet is that? Despite the pandemic, these two decided to marry and downsize their plans and celebrate with their closest ones. To make their wedding dreams come true, they enlisted the highly talented J2R Events' team. They plan the most extraordinary ceremony at the Shree Swaminarayan Temple that was live-streamed and followed by as many as 200 guests around the world. Brilliant! The ceremony was not only meaningful but magical thanks to the fabulous decor by VP Impressions. The creative team filled the entire venue with a romantic vibe, soft hues, and fresh blooms. The couple had the most special day, overflowing with love, dances, and smiles, as captured by Joseph Kang Photography. Including Maharani's Shreena hair and makeup by Hala Beauty as well as Raja's Anshul's style! You can check out more of the images hereJuan Alvarado Photography filmed their big day in an extraordinary reel that will transport the lovebirds back in time and allow them to relive their most important day! Tissues ready, ladies. This film is an emotional one! Just hit play  below.

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
So Anshul and I met years ago in college. He visited Indiana University for an NCAA tournament game with some friends and through our mutual connection (my cousin/his friend) we met at a birthday party that night. Nothing happened and after that night we went our own ways. A couple years later we bumped into each other while living in downtown Chicago. I thought he recognized me at a pizza place, but he didn't (he kind of forgot who I was). We both got a laugh out of it after the fact! We continued to run into each other unplanned at different restaurants and bars throughout the city and, after this happened a few times, he finally got the courage to ask me out and the rest is history!

Anshul and I have gone through a lot together as couple and grown together. For me, there wasn't just one moment where I thought he was the one. It was his constant acts of kindness and love that made me realize he is the one. He has supported me throughout our relationship and I know he will always have my back.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Anshul told me his work was having a summer party at a nice Italian restaurant along the Chicago Riverwalk! He had a "fake" email invite/flyer and everything. As we walked alongside the river, we stopped right in front of the restaurant we were supposed to go into - he said we should take a moment to look at the beautiful skyline and it was a hot Summer day so I didn't mind a quick break. I stood there actually admiring this view as the sun was about to set. When I turned around he was down on one knee saying his blurb! I was so shocked I couldn't process everything that was going on! After the proposal, he surprised me with a party where some of our close friends and family were there to celebrate!

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.
We got engaged in August of 2018 and decided to plan our wedding for May 2020. We had our venue, hair & makeup, outfits, decor and everything else planned to the final detail.

Unfortunately, the pandemic hit in March of 2020 and we had to change everything at short notice. There was so much uncertainty on what would happen: the number of people we could accommodate, vendor/venue availability, and the virus itself. We couldn't have the wedding on May 9th as we had planned but our family and close friends in Chicago surprised us with a drive-by and our brothers surprised us with a beautiful video with messages from all of our friends and family. Seeing all the love surrounding us gave us confidence to move on with our wedding.

We re-planned our wedding for July 3rd - new venue, just 50 guests, and only one event rather than the 4-day, 400-person celebration we had originally planned. While we were unable to have the wedding we had originally planned, our vendors could not have been more supportive throughout the re-planning process. They took all the necessary measures to make sure our wedding was perfect and that attendees were safe.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My parents, brother, and I traveled to India in November 2019 for wedding shopping. This was the first dress I tried on and we all fell in love with it! It just felt too good to be true to love the first dress. I kept trying on dresses but could not get this one out of my mind. That's how I knew it was the one!

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part was seeing how all our friends and family came together to shower us with so much love and support through adverse times. To have people who loved and supported us no matter what was truly amazing and not taken for granted. The re-planning process brought upon us many obstacles, but their support and care helped us get through it in one piece! Their texts, phone calls, FaceTimes, and love will have a place in our hearts forever.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
They loved how we made them feel apart of it even though they couldn't attend in person. We had a live Zoom link which allowed us to have over 200 friends and family from all over the world present on our wedding day - technology is amazing!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
A special moment that I keep replaying in my head is our first look. The moment when I placed my hand on Anshul's back and he turned around is something I will remember forever. It was just us. Just us before the chaos began. We both cried, laughed, and held each other's hands. It felt like all our worries and the stresses of planning a wedding and then re-planning a wedding all went away in that one moment.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Just breathe! I know that sometimes in the middle of planning the decisions you have to make seem like the end of the world, but they're not! I learned from this pandemic that you can plan and plan and plan and things just don't always go the way they are supposed to. Yes, you will remember that day for ever but you will also remember all the moments before it. So make it count. Have fun picking out the dress, choosing that vendor you really like, and eating a ton at food tastings. Because you will also remember those moments as well. I promise you will have a beautiful day no matter what as long as you just enjoy the journey.

What do you think about Shreena and Anshul's wedding? Leave us your thoughts below.

 
 
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Planning & Design: J2R Events | Floral & Decor: VP Impressions | Hair & Makeup: Hala Beauty | DJ: DJ Krush | Baraat: Ravi Sagar and DJ Krush | Cinematography: Juan Alvarado | Photography: Joseph Kang Photography | Ceremony Venue: Shree Swaminarayan Temple


Buena Park, CA Indian Wedding by Peter Nguyen Studio

Happy Wednesday, darlings! It is time to take a look at a new film, and we are super excited to share it with you as it packs all the things we love, and so much more, so get ready to dive into it! Today, we are revisiting Sapna & Maulik's lovely wedding, already featured in this spectacular gallery thanks to the jaw-dropping shots captured by all-famous Peter Nguyen Studio. And you all loved it so much that we couldn't help but to bring you the cinematographic delight also produced by Peter Nguyen Studio for you to have a fully immersive experience of this lovely event. Throughout the different scenes of this highlighted film, you'll enjoy all the details surrounding this life-changing event hosted at The Spice Garden. Anywhere you looked, it had perfection written all over the place! Still, our gorgeous Sapna stole the show walking down the aisle dressed in a fashionable lengha from Sabyasachi and showcasing a fabulous makeup and hairstyle designed by Dolled up by Lulu. Hands down, a dreamy look for this long-awaited day. Ladies, if you can't wait to enjoy this wedding in full, hit the play icon down below and get ready to lose yourself in a mesmerizing haze of amazement!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met my husband through family from my dad's side. I knew he was the one when we first started talking, we connected so well together. He sent me a message on September 2nd, 2018, I replied back 1 hour later. We started talking through message for a few weeks and from there everyday after that we were on the phone for at least an hour each night if not more.  He's patient, kind, fun, smart, and an amazing husband. We would talk about random things from food to favorite places to pet peeves. He was living in Maryland at the time and I was in California. I invited him to fly out to Cali for my birthday weekend to get to know each other. Let me just say, I had NEVER done anything like that before, but if felt right and felt like I had known him forever. December 15th 2018 he proposed and we got married on June 27th 2020.  I knew from the 1st phone call that he was "the ONE".
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Ok, are you ready for this...this was the best/funny proposal EVER!! My boyfriend had planned this perfect proposal in San Diego with the sunset and music in the back. I had no idea, and knowing me I take forever to get ready, and I had messed up his plans with the sunset proposal. We still go to San Diego, and act like everything is normal, he than writes a note on his phone explaining to the person that will be driving the canoe, that I will be proposing to my fiancee. We stop in the middle of the water, where good pictures cannot be taken, I turn around and he's on his knees with the ring and I have this HUGE smile on my face and the "aww" moment. I give him the biggest hug and kiss with no words to describe how I was feeling.
 
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.
My overall experience was one big rollercoaster. At first, I thought I was going to cancel my wedding due to the pandemic situation. Luckily, I found the banquet hall "The Spice Garden" where I had my wedding held and was a magical moment that day. I had my hair and makeup done by Lulu (dolledupbylulu), who is an amazing/patient artist. My outfits were done in India, and I love the decor theme that I did. I was going for traditional look that also looked fancy and went with my lengha.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I selected my bridal lengha on the spot when I went to India in December. I had the color in mind and what kind of pattern that I was going for. I was going for a red traditional bride look because I knew what kind of jewelry I wanted to wear and how I wanted my makeup and hair style done. When it comes to shopping I am really peeky as to what kind of work it is or what color the blouse and dupatta will be. Doing shopping in India from Asopalav was amazing because I got all my outfits from there and I'm really happy with all of the outfits that I wore on the both days. 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was putting all of it together, from starting to the guest list to all the way to the decorations to choosing the food. It was like puzzle pieces coming together day by day with all the planning that was done by my family and I. I really enjoyed the planning process and got to experience/learn new ritual along the way. 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The guests loved the ceremony and the food.
Also, they loved the setup and how everything was organized and falling into place with the sitting arrangement.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
A special moment in my wedding that constantly replays in my mind is, when I walked down the aisle like a princess, knowing that I am marrying the love of my life who is going to be now my husband. Another special moment that constantly replays in my mind is when we did the pheras around the fire and promised to be with each other for eternity.
 
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 want to thank Vishal Kumar the owner of The Spice Garden, Peter Nguyen Studio and his team for the cinematography and the wonderful pictures. The decorations and the style of the set up was ABSOLUTELY fantastic. It was my wedding dream come true. A big shoutout to my girls who were my bridesmaids for the beautiful dances they did. The decorations were mind blowing and matched my outfit that I was wearing for the wedding day.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Work together
Don't rush through life's landmarks
Enjoy each other
laugh together
Never bring up mistakes from the past
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
My mehndi was gorgeous and I really loved every small detail that was done to signify the love that I have for my husband. I had a stethoscope drawn with his initial "M" in the middle to show my love for him and that I LOVE HIM SO VERY MUCH?

See you tomorrow for more. Same place, same time!
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Hair & Makeup: Dolled up by Lulu | Photography: Peter Nguyen Studio | Cinematography: Peter Nguyen Studio | Ceremony Venue: The Spice Garden | Hair & Makeup (Pre-Wedding): Beauty Creation By Sylvia | Bridal Fashions: Sabyasachi


Downers Grove, IL Indian Wedding by Diego Stuart Films

Hello, darlings! We are glad to have you back because we were dying to share Reshma & Narayan's wedding film with you. So get ready to be amazed! We are starting this Wednesday by looking at the cinematographic delight captured by none other than the highly talented team from Diego Stuart Films. And right from the bat, we have to say that this wedding officiated at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton - Downers Grove is like no other you've seen in quite a while! The bold colors, the tantalizing fashion wear, and of course, the image after image of eye candy; made this event a one of a kind! The decor team from the Doubletree Suites by Hilton - Downers Grove set the mood of this long-awaited day, with a soft-colored decor that made everyone sigh! The wall of flowers, the traditional fabrics, and the heavenly Mandap were a perfect combination to take this event to the next level. Although this setting was fantastic, it was the presence of our two lovebirds that stole the show! Reshma & Narayan combined the traditional Indian flair with a modern and fashionable style, resulting in a fantastic look that we all loved! After the ceremony, everyone celebrated the newlyweds with a fabulous reception party enlivened by DJ Illest, and all we have to say is that it was a night to remember! If you want to dive into this lovely story, don't think twice and hit the play icon below!

What a visual delight, ladies! Don't forget to join us tomorrow for more.

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Dearborn, MI Indian Wedding by Capturing Arts

Good Morning, ladies! They say that all good things are worth waiting for, and today's featured film is no exception! Navya & Nikhil's wedding video is one we were dying to share with you as it includes all the things we love - and so much more! Many delightful details surrounded this life-changing event that the jaw-dropping shots by Strokes Photography previously featured in this gallery were not enough to show it all! That is why we have decided to give you more insights into this lovely wedding through this visual masterpiece captured by the talented and highly experienced team from Capturing Arts. Through this visual journey, we'll feel the same suspense Nikhil felt when he first saw Navya in her gorgeous bridal attire. We will explore how emotions grow, and the suspense transforms into joy and excitement during the Baraat animated by DJ Ice & Fresh Productions. We will take part in the traditional and colorful wedding celebration held at The Henry Autograph Dearborn. Our eyes will glow in amazement over the mesmerizing decor crafted by Marigold Wedding Planners. Not to mention that we will enjoy the closing gala enlivened by Naveen Productions - DJ, Lighting, Entertainment and Photo Booth, definitely a reception that will forever be recalled in the memory of all the guests that witnessed it. So, wait no more, hit the play icon below, and enjoy today's film!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Nikhil and I met 10 years before we got married, at Wayne State University, in the heart of Detroit. We were neighbors in the dorm and first met on the elevator. I noticed Nikhil was carrying a biology lab book and mentioned that I need to buy one of those too, and he immediately offered me his, and said that he had an extra one. I stepped in his room to grab the book and was so impressed with how clean he kept his room, and that's when I knew he was the one! Haha just kidding! We quickly became best friends and spent so much time together between our classes, studying, and doing homework. We danced together on the Wayne State Raas team, ate countless meals together at the dining halls, and ignited a passion for traveling during our long walks around the city.
 
Nikhil has been my personal hype man and always encouraged and supported me throughout my years of medical training. He stands by my side and empowers me to be the absolute best version of myself. Whenever I'm with Nikhil, we laugh until our bellies hurt, I forget all of my worries, and seeing him makes my soul light up.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We went to Thailand in June 2018. It was a medical school graduation gift to me from Nikhil. He told me we had to go to Thailand and nowhere else because there were elephants there and of course how could I say anything but yes to that! After all, elephants are my favorite animal and it has always been a dream of mine to meet one of these majestic beasts.
 
It was exactly halfway through our trip. June 6th, 2018. We woke up super early and got ready just like every other day so far on the trip. But this day was different. This was the day I would get to spend the day playing with elephants and taking care of them! I was ecstatic to say the least.
 
I couldn't figure out the perfect outfit to wear, so he gave me one of his sweaters to wear. Luckily I got my nails done the night before because I insisted that my nails needed to look cute for the elephants! We got to the elephant sanctuary and I didn't realize a group of wild animals could make me this happy. Little did I know, I was about to become exponentially happier.
 
I was playing with two baby elephants when I heard "hey Navya..." I turned around and saw Nikhil down on one knee. I didn't really hear anything else he said after that (don't worry we have it captured on video). Of course I said yes and we shared the rest of our day with those glorious beasts that were part of the proposal.
 
We called our family that evening and I found out that Nikhil went to my parents house before our trip to ask their permission to marry me! He made sure I was out of the house by asking me to go shopping for our trip and he knew this would keep me out of the house for a few hours. Haha he knows me so well!
 
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.
We wanted a very simple and elegant wedding ceremony so we could keep the focus on the main event of the day- getting married! We designed a custom monogram/logo together and had a custom vinyl runner made with it. We also had take away bags printed with this monogram.
 
We all know Indian wedding ceremonies can be long, so we made a fun wedding program with a crossword puzzle on it. The clues were questions about Nikhil and I and all of our guests had so much fun figuring out the answers!
 
Nikhil and I collect ornaments from each new place we visit, so we wanted to give our wedding guests a Detroit ornament to commemorate the beginning of our journey! City Bird had the best wooden ornaments custom made for us and they were the perfect take away gift!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Nikhil and I went to India and went to countless stores to try on all the dresses! Each dress I wore, Nikhil would ask me how I felt in it and then he would tell me if he liked the dress or not. I had no idea what color dress I wanted, but I was definitely leaning towards a lighter color- because I love all things light, bright and airy! However, every time I tried on a light colored lengha, I was not impressed and did not feel special. I realized that I loved the way jewel tones looked on me and shifted my entire focus for the dress search. After several days of not finding "the one," I finally found a store that had the fabric types and dress styles that I loved. I tried on THE dress and immediately fell in love with it, and so did Nikhil!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Right after we got engaged, I moved across the country and started my medical residency. Busy with work and living in another state made wedding planning a bit of a challenge but my sweet husband made the entire process a breeze for me. Although we were only able to see each other a handful of times over that year, we became closer than ever!
 
I spent my evenings planning and designing each event, and then I would convey my thoughts to Nikhil over a phone call. I would find a list of vendors that I thought would be suitable for us, and Nikhil would set up meetings and go to visit each one of them, and facetime me each time. He coordinated with both of our families, arranged all the taste testings, vendor meetings, and went to every meeting prepared with a document with all of the details I asked for.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
To this day, over one year later, our guests continue to talk about the food at our wedding. We couldn't be happier because food is what makes both of us the happiest, so we are so pleased that our family and friends thought that the food at our wedding was as great as we hoped it would be.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Although we planned to do a first look, we didn't have the chance to do one. The first time we saw each other was at the mandap, and I will never forget the look on Nikhil's face when he saw me. That was the moment that we both realized that we finally get to marry each other and we were so excited.
 
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.
The mehendi was an intimate event with close friends and family hosted in our parents backyard. My decor inspiration came from the handwritten notes that Nikhil would fold into origami paper cranes and give to me back in college. I showed him my vision and he and his family hand made hundreds of paper cranes to make it come to life!
 
We wanted the sangeet to be all about dancing and food, so we had a very colorful and dance oriented street fair themed event. We really wanted authentic Indian street vendor style food and Taste of India Suvai made our wishes come true with live food stations. Our guests spent the entire night dancing away and snuck away to the outdoor food stations whenever they had the chance.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Have fun planning and enjoy the whole process, it'll be over before you know it! Don't stress about the little things and keep your eye on the big picture because no one will know about those little details except for you! Pick vendors that you can get along with and communication is key!
 
It can be hard with Indian weddings to plan everything the way you want it, because traditions, culture, and family is such a big part of it. But, find a way to make your vision work while keeping those things in mind. Work with your family to see how you can incorporate your flair while keeping in mind some of the more traditional elements.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Thank you to all of our vendors who made our wedding weekend so special and memorable!

We hope you've loved this story as much as we did! Don't forget to join us tomorrow for more.
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Photography: Strokes Photography | DJ: Naveen Productions - DJ, Lighting, Entertainment and Photo Booth | Planning & Design: Marigold Wedding Planners | Baraat: DJ Ice & Fresh Productions | Floral & Decor: Marigold Wedding Planners | Ceremony Venue: The Henry Autograph Dearborn | Cinematography: Capturing Arts | Outfits & Jewelry: Custom made in India | Mehendi & Sangeet HMUA: Jennifer Martin | Ceremony Makeup: Bianca Sandiha | Ceremony Hair & Draping: Aysha Riaz | Mehendi: Henna Beauty by Krupa | Mehendi Venue: Groom's House | Mehendi Decor: Handmade by Groom and His Family | Sangeet Venue: Bharatiya Temple | Sangeet Food: Taste of India Suvai | Sangeet Food: Ann Arbor + Desi Indian Kulfi | Ceremony Aisle Runner: The Original Runner Company | Ceremony Food: Ashoka Indian Cuisine | Wedding Favors: Detroit Ornaments From City Bird


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