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Atlanta, GA Indian Wedding by Hakim's Studio

Good morning, Maharanis! Our filmy day has finally arrived with Hazel & Steven's marvelous celebration. These lovebirds had all the time to enjoy themselves thanks to Red & Gold Events' fantastic team behind the scenes to plan the event. This couple went for their dream, indeed! The whole celebration turned into a fairytale with the gorgeous carriages Nottingham Shire and Carriage for Hire provided and Rebecca Biskup in charge of the artistic cake. Hazel & Steven's ceremony and reception took place at Emory University, enchanting everyone with its warm aura. Of course, the embellishment of the venue couldn't be missing, and our lovely couple trusted Divine Decor Atlanta's impeccable skills to deliver the perfect adornment for their day while Cafe Bombay Indian Bistro delighted the guests with their culinary mastery. Exclusive Entertainment Events replenished the mystical scenery with a lively ambiance and Supreme Dholis' natural musical talent to escort our couple at all times. The soft melodies were heavenly, and so was Hazel! Our Maharani looked angelic with her sparkly lengha and enchanting smile. She had Color Impressions by Saba's experts to help enhance her magnificent features and the talented Forever Beauty by Manisha to do her magic and deliver the most artistic mehndi a Maharani could imagine. Hazel's soulmate, Steven, was amazed by her while looking gorgeous himself! Staring at each other's eyes, these sweethearts tell us all we need to know about devotion; their love is clear as water at any given moment. The phenomenal team of Hakim's Studio, with their unbelievable expertise, will take us back in time to Hazel & Steven's fabulous wedding day through an enthralling film that you can find right below. Maharanis, you'll feel this couple's adoration through the magical scenes only this well-known artist could do. 

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Steven and I met in 2014 when we were both in the Georgia Tech Marching Band. We became good friends during our time in college, but it wasn't until after I graduated from GT in 2016 that we really reconnected. While I was pursuing my Master's at Georgia State and Steven was finishing up his degree at Georgia Tech, we spent more and more time together. We quickly realized that we were perfect for one another.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Within a few months of dating, Steven and I knew that we were going to get married one day. We had even picked out our wedding date (10.10.2020) and would get engaged sometime before then. After we both graduated in May 2018, we started more seriously thinking about our engagement. I had a very specific engagement ring in mind, so I asked my relatives in India to have it made and shipped to us. When it arrived at our house, I gave the ring to Steven and told him to do whatever we wanted with it; it was now in his hands (literally).

Steven and I would put "Date Nights" on our shared calendar and would take turns planning the events. Steven used one of the "Date Nights" to plan a day full of surprises and memories. I knew we were going to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens' 'Garden Nights, Holiday Lights' event. However, before we got there, Steven took me to one of our favorite Atlanta restaurants and to a few of our regular Atlanta hangout spots. It was a day of activities that we would be doing for the rest of our lives. While at the Gardens, we strolled through all of the beautiful scenery. When we reached the poinsettia wall, Steven got down on one knee and proposed. I barely remember what he said because I was crying and could barely see. I think he was crying a little too. I do remember saying "YES!". We left the Gardens and when we got home, Steven had gathered our parents and friends to surprise me with a celebration! It was a day full of happiness and excitement.

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 our wedding was one of the most difficult things I've done. The majority of my family lives out-of-state or out-of-country, so I did most of the planning on my own (and with Steven's help). I turned to social media for inspiration and guidance, especially Maharani Weddings. In planning and designing our wedding, I wanted to capture all of the beauty and tradition of a Hindu ceremony.

Our venue was the Emory Conference Center Hotel, and it was perfect. Because I've had a lot of bad luck with rain, I knew I wanted to have an indoor ceremony. However, I also wanted the beauty of natural light. ECCH has a stand-alone pavilion surrounded by greenery that was perfect for our ceremony location. They also had a bowling alley on the premises that we were able to use as entertainment for our guests in between the ceremony and reception.

We were fortunate to visit India in March 2020 (right before the COVID-19 pandemic hit and shut everything down!), and did all of our clothing and jewelry shopping there with the help of my Mama and Mami. While it was difficult to have such a limited amount of time to get a lot done, it was exciting to share the experience with Steven.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
As a creative person, I thoroughly enjoyed incorporating my own style into every element of the wedding. I designed and printed our wedding invitations, created an informational guide to the ceremony, created custom signs and decor for all of our wedding events, and personalized gifts for our family members and wedding party. Steven and I worked together to add our touch to every piece of the wedding weekend, and it really made each event feel special.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Due to the pandemic-related travel restrictions, the majority of my family were unable to travel from India and England to attend the wedding. Even many of our out-of-state family members were unable to join. Consequently, our wedding was primarily attended by our (American) friends. Since many of our guests had never attended an Indian, Hindu wedding before, they were enamored with every part of it. Seeing my hands and feet covered in mehendi, covering me and Steven in the haldi paste, dancing alongside Steven while he rode on a horse, witnessing the traditions of a Hindu ceremony, enjoying the dances at the reception... everything was a hit. And if nothing else, drinking mango lassi is always a fan-favorite.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
After the toasts, Steven and I had an opportunity to thank all of our guests. Standing on the stage and looking out at our loved ones, I was in tears. I was grateful that despite all of the challenges that we’d faced in making this day come together, it was finally here and we were able to share this moment with so many of our family and friends. Even though we were missing loved ones, being surrounded by so many wonderful people truly filled our hearts. There will never be another moment where we have that many people in one room to celebrate us. It was humbling.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Steven and I actually got legally married on October 10, 2020 in an intimate ceremony with our family and closest friends. We asked a dear friend of ours to serve as the officiant, and we prepared our own vows. We had not originally planned to do this, but once the pandemic hit, we knew that we would not be able to have the big Indian wedding we dreamed of in 2020. So, we postponed the huge celebration and had a small ceremony instead. We knew our wedding date was meant to be 10.10.2020 (even before we got engaged), and the pandemic was not going to stop us. Despite a hurricane passing through Atlanta on that day (I told you I had bad luck with rain), we had a wonderful time. And then in 2021, we were able to celebrate our 1-year anniversary with all of the festivities that we originally imagined.

And that's a wrap, ladies. I'll see you soon with more happily ever afters!

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Cinematography: Hakim's Studio | Photography: Colleen Elise Photography | Ceremony Venue: Emory University | Reception Venue: Emory University | Planning & Design: Red & Gold Events | Floral & Decor: Divine Decor Atlanta | Hair & Makeup: Color Impressions by Saba | Catering: Cafe Bombay Indian Bistro | DJs: Exclusive Entertainment Events | Baraat: Exclusive Entertainment Events | Cake & Treats: Rebecca Biskup | Mehndi Artists: Forever Beauty by Manisha | Transportation: Nottingham Shire and Carriage for Hire LLC | Live Music: Supreme Dholis | Live Music: Abhi Roy


Long Island, NY Sikh Wedding by With This Ring Wedding Films

Welcome to this new week, Maharanis! We are here with a new film that will blow your mind. Today we are double featuring Avneet & Raymon's magical wedding! That means that you can firs enjoy the fantastic masterpiece that is waiting for you down below, and then you can also enjoy the fabulous shots captured by A.S. Nagpal Photography by just clicking hereBut let's start with the visual masterpiece created by  With This Ring Wedding Films, who caught every emotion and memory and transformed them into a beautiful film. Right from the top, we want to take a moment to appreciate the beauty of our gorgeous Maharani, Avneet. She trusted her beauty needs to Kanwal Batool, who delivered nothing but perfection in the flawless makeup and hairstyle designed for this Maharani! To add an extra touch of traditional style,  Mehndikalogie created a fabulous Mehndi designed that we loved so much. During this visual journey, you will find yourself surrounded by all the beauty of the Sikh ceremony officiated at the grand Plainview Gurudwara, which then led to a grand reception party hosted at the fantastic Villa Lombardi's. Every corner was filled with magical decor created by our friends from Exclusive Events NY. And oh boy, we so wish we would have been there, as it all looks so amazing! If you want to relive this grand celebration, go ahead and hit play down below. 

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Raymon and I met at Sikh Camp when we were 14 years old. There were a group of boys playing a pick-up game of basketball, and I really wanted to play as well. Raymon was the team captain, and a mutual friend told him to pick "Avi" without him knowing that it was me. We played a couple games of basketball and I was instantly attracted to his skill. After that encounter, we chatted nearly everyday on Aol Instant Messenger and have been inseparable ever since. I knew he was "the one" pretty early on, but from high school through medical school Raymon has always pushed me to work harder and be the best version of myself, in a way that no one else was capable of doing. That's how I knew that we had a unique connection.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Raymon knows me better than I know myself, and planned our proposal intricately. It was the weekend of our Residency Match Day, so there were a lot of emotions already as we both matched into programs that we really wanted to train at. He wanted to celebrate with a weekend getaway to Montreal, and told me to pack and dress well. He picked me up from my parents house and I was under the assumption we'd be traveling to Montreal. Instead, he took me around my hometown with a beautiful lunch and a stroll through the park. In the park, he gave me a personalized picture book that took us through the journey of our relationship from high school onwards. The last page said, "and our next chapter awaits...", at that point he played my favorite song from Kaho Na Pyaar Hai and took me onto a beautiful bridge over a pond that was decorated with a banner that said "Will You Marry Me?" We then had a mini photoshoot and went home to tell my parents. When we got home, our friends and family of nearly 100 people were waiting for us on the driveway to celebrate, and we had an amazing engagement party that night!
 
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 had so much fun planning our wedding! I think the most challenging part was picking a venue that had our time frame available and fit all of our criteria. We explored many different venues from NYC to NJ, and ultimately fell in love with Villa Lombardi's in Long Island, NY. Once we had our reception venue set, everything else fell into place. I used Maharani Weddings for vender suggestions and was really happy with our results. Through different suggestions we were able to put together a vender group that worked together to bring our dream wedding to reality.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I've always had an idea of how I wanted my bridal outfit to be. I love the color fuchsia and was pretty set on it prior to even beginning shopping. We went to India for a couple weeks which was a unique experience in itself, but after several days of exploring different options, I decided I wanted to completely customize my outfit to my liking. I ended up choosing a magenta color with floral work on the lower half, and simple beaded work on the upper half. I wore an Anarkali for the Anand Karaj.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was trying to envision what our guests would love the most. We wanted to throw in little surprises here and there to optimize our guests experience. For example, we had a unique traditional Punjabi video shoot in Punjab that was so much fun shooting. We kept it a secret for months without sharing any photos with friends or family. We showed the video during our reception and everyone was shocked but loved it. It was very much so out of our comfort zone but we knew it would be loved and appreciated.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests gave us great feedback on our wedding weekend. We are very punctual people and wanted to make sure our wedding events were well organized and had a good flow to them. Besides that, two particular moments come to mind that our guests really loved.
We had a day between our Sangat and Anand Karaj to relax and for smaller events. We decided to use that time to bring our friends and family together in a unique way by hosting a Bride Vs Groom Wedding Olympics. Our cousins actually hosted this event for us, and hired an event company to come in with different kinds of relays and games in a field day type event. Everyone got customized T-shirts depending on which side of the family they were. Then, multiple teams were made to mix up the friends and family as a great way to mingle and get to know one another. Everyone had a lot of fun participating in friendly competition. It was a unique experience for everyone and we ended the event with a Mr. Softee Ice Cream truck to relive our childhood days.
Another moment that guests loved was during the reception, my parents surprised us by flying out a Dhol group from the UK, Beats by Lion. They did an incredible job getting the party started and bringing everyone onto the dance floor for the entire night.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I always think about our dances - we choreographed one for the Sangeet and Reception together. Raymon and I were captain's of our bhangra team in College, so dance is really meaningful to us. We had a lot of fun choreographing our traditional Bhangra dance for the Sangeet, and a western fusion dance for our reception. I love to reply and watch the videos of our dance because it is evident how happy we are in those moments to be together on the dance floor.
 
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 decor themes, we wanted a very traditional sangeet. We actually let our parents have a lot of fun with the decor and bring out their creativity. I think my favorite part of the decor was having the kites hanging from the ceiling over the dance floor. It gave such a unique vibe and really brought the whole hall together. Our Anand Karaj we kept on the simpler side because we wanted the beauty of the Gurudwara to shine on its own. We used florals that matched well with our theme of Peach & Teal. For our reception, we wanted to go elegant and classy. We went with a floral theme with lots of pastels and candles spread throughout the hall. But, ultimately the venue itself was so beautiful. Our wedding was in September, which in NY is my favorite month because the flowers are in full bloom. The outdoor area for our cocktail hour was full of beautiful flowers and greenery.
Our Sangeet was full of dances, singing, and speeches from our loved ones. My favorite movie growing up was Kaho Na Pyaar Hai and my favorite actor was Hrithik Roshan. Our friends and family loved to make references to that throughout their dances and speeches, especially because Raymon proposed to me playing that theme song in the background.
  
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
My advice for future brides would be to stay calm and start planning early! It is great to have enough time to really explore the different options available and decide what you love the most. Having a basic idea of how you envision your wedding to be is fundamental to having a smooth planning process. Organization is key – lots and lots of excel sheets that keep all the details straight! And most importantly, it’s ok to ask your loved ones for help and delegate tasks. Ultimately, you’ll have the final decision but to have some extra hands doing the basic research is really beneficial!
 
If you loved this film, I bet that you will adore tomorrow's. So come back for more!
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Hair & Makeup: Kanwal Batool | Photography: A.S. Nagpal Photography | Mehndi Artists: Mehndikalogie | Floral & Decor: Exclusive Events NY | Cinematography: With This Ring Wedding Films | Sangeet Venue: Hilton Melville | Ceremony Venue: Plainview Gurudwara | Reception Venue: Villa Lombardi's | Planning & Design: Pearls Event & Co. | Catering: Benares Restaurant & Catering | DJ: DJ Raj Minocha | Baraat: Platinum Events Live Brass Band | Bridal Fashions: Bhumika Grover | Registry: Amazon | Registry: Williams Sonoma | Tuxedos: Suit Supply


Somerset, NJ Indian Wedding by House of Talent Studio

The filmy time of the day is here! And House of Talent Studio shows up with a phenomenal film that will take your breath away. If this is not enough, we also have the fantastic shots they captured during this incredible event in today's Platinum Blog. On this opportunity, we will walk you through the beauty surrounding Anjani & Pranay's wedding festivities. A great day at The Marigold, where our lovely duo decided to sworn each other their eternal love. Chandai Events was chosen by our lovebirds to manage and organize their wedding dreams and let me tell you that this became a dream come true. It was a great call, having them on board! This was a memorable event that brought two families together to celebrate the union of their favorites! Anjani, our beautiful Maharani, captivated everyone during the entire celebration, with a royalty look and magical presence that enlightened the festivities. She definitely made the right decision when trusting Jasmin Rahman with her beauty needs! Every single guest had a blast at the wedding reception, joining the incomparable beats from D&S Event Solutions, who put everyone to dance, making this night an epic one. What a party! So don't wait any longer and click on play. You will be amazed by so much beauty!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We were in Barcelona, which had been a bucket list trip for me for a long time. I thought for sure he was going to propose on this trip, but by the time we reached the last day, I thought maybe I was wrong. We were staying in a hotel that had a highly rated restaurant we had been DYING to try. He had set up a lunch reservation and as we were getting ready, he let me know that the hotel concierge had called to let us know our reservation needed to be pushed a half hour. For the “inconvenience”, they told us to head up to the rooftop bar and they would have drinks for us while we wait. As we started to head upstairs, there were signs on the elevator saying “Out of Order” so we ended up having to walk upstairs. (It turns out the hotel had placed these signs to dissuade anyone from coming to the rooftop while we were there) Once we went upstairs, we were seated in a private area overlooking the city and he told me he had a gift for me! He gave me a photo album he had put together with photos from our 10 years together and once I reached the end, he got down on one knee!
 
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.
It was definitely a challenge planning a wedding in NJ from LA. I am so thankful to both of our parents who did so much running around to make sure every detail is exactly what I envisioned. Our vendors were also amazing and flexible in taking meetings over the phone and arranging in person meetings around the few weekends we were available.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The number one thing we still hear from guests is that the food and the music were perfect! All the food we had at the wedding was well executed and I don’t think there was a SINGLE dish or piece that wasn’t loved. We also had a number of “special requests” that were handled easily and efficiently. The music and our DJs were also great! They had guests on the dance floor the entire night up until the very last song!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
We each have one sister, who over the course of my and my husband’s relationship, have become incredibly close to each other. Together, they created a lot of special moments for us throughout the wedding weekend but one of my favorites is the surprise dance they put together for our reception. The dance included at least 5 different songs (and they choreographed the entire thing!!) The best part about this dance is how they fused together a large group that included friends and family from both sides! It really was such a great representation of our families and friend groups joining together as one.

If you loved this one, wait to see what we have prepared for you tomorrow. So join us by then! 
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Photography: House of Talent Studio | Planning & Design: Chandai Events | Cinematography: House of Talent Studio | DJ: D&S Event Solutions | Venues: The Marigold | Floral & Decor: Rangoli Weddings | Hair & Makeup: Jasmin Rahman | Catering: Moghul Caterers | Catering: Mr. Paanwala | Baraat (Car): Broadway SuperCars | Cake & Treats: Palermo Bakery | Priest: Dinesh Jani


Laguna Beach, CA Indian Fusion Wedding by Peter Nguyen Studio

Good morning! We are so excited to share all the details that surrounded Marisa & Rohit during their nuptials held at the Montage Laguna Beach! Get ready to dive into this story, thanks to Peter Nguyen Studio, who worked their magic to capture on film the spectacular views of the California Coast and the charming couple's love. One more time Ethnic Essence Couture Events managed to amazed us with another wonderful execution that made this event one for the books. No wonder why this planning team is so well-known for making dream events come to true! Our lovely bride Marisa was undoubtedly the queen of the festivities; her beauty was so just so alluring so as her bridal fashion selection. Her white trousseaus added a touch of freshness while the hair and makeup look Genna Khein Make Up And Hair Artist created for our Maharani were the perfect complement for her outfits! The entire marriage festivities carried a cheerful atmosphere, and that was certainly thanks to the great music our friends from Special Occasions DJ & Lighting played from the baraat up to the last reception! So make sure to check this great film and also the beautiful images here if you are looking for inspiration! 

More visual delights tomorrow ladies don't forget to visit us!

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Photography: Peter Nguyen Studio | Planning & Design: Ethnic Essence Couture Events | Photography: Peter Nguyen Studio | Sangeet Venue: Monarch Beach Resort | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Montage Laguna Beach | Hair & Makeup: Genna Khein Make Up And Hair Artist | Catering (Sangeet): Natraj Catering and Restaurants | DJ: Special Occasions DJ & Lighting | Baraat: Special Occasions DJ & Lighting | Special Entertainment (Sangeet): SAUSD Ballet Folklorico | Special Entertainment (Reception): Mariachi Nuevo Jaliscience | Mehndi Artist: Beauty by Rachana | Bride & Groom Outfits: VAMA Designs Indian Bridal Couture


Philadelphia, PA Indian Wedding by Aria Cinema Films

It is Thursday, ladies, and the heat of the summer is already here! So grab those sunglasses, put the suntan lotion on and join us for our featured film of the day. This time, we have a fun fact about lenghas, for us to have a glimpse of why they are one of the most beautiful features of a bridal trousseau. It is believed that they come from the Mughal Era. During those times, women would wear the specially crafted lenghas only for special events and it was believed that they defined Indian exquisiteness and beauty in its purest form. That, of course, is something that continues to this day and it is a strong feature of the color and glam that surrounds the Indian tradition. Today, Aria Cinema Films brings for us the highlight reel of Alli & Shivan's nuptials, and as we will see, the lengha and color chosen by our dazzling Maharani Alli is the perfect representation of that same but modern glam we love so much. So, extra kudos to our couple's attires, and the lovely hair and makeup by Bella AngelPhiladelphia Marriott Downtown greeted and housed the ceremony and Please Touch Museum housed the reception and as we can expect, it was full of choreographies, laughter, delicious food and of course, love. The couple needed the pros for the planning and design and the team from Elegant Events Planning & Design were the chosen ones for the task. The final result... well, let's just say it was enchanting, to say the least. A loving shout out to our friends from Studio Nine Photography who took the incredible pictures we will enjoy soon. For now, let us step one more time into the magical world of Indian weddings via the moving images and get dazzled by the cinematic experience ahead of us. Let's go!  

More to come, ladies, stick around! 

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Hair & Makeup: Bella Angel | Photography: Studio Nine Photography + Cinema | Planning & Design: Elegant Events Planning & Design | Baraat: Equishare Baraat Horses, Rickshaws and Carriages | Reception Venue: Please Touch Museum at Memorial Hall | Hair & Makeup: Sonia C | Hair & Makeup: LashBee | Catering: Brûlée Catering | Catering: Moghul Catering | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Arsaat Party Entertainers | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Emily Kathryn Custom Paper & Lettering | Rentals: Vision Furniture | Transportation: Mainstreet Leasing


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