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Peapack, NJ Indian Wedding by Reggio Productions

Welcome back to your inspiration corner on the web, Maharanis! Time for another highlight reel and this one comes from always busy New Jersey! Today, we will follow Shefali & Sidharth on the most important day of their lives, and be sure, it was totally lavish! For events of this magnitude, you need the pros to capture everything. Lucky for our couple, Reggio Productions comes up with amazing visual treats so we have it all here! But first things first. Maharani Shefali totally stole our hearts. This gorgeous bride came out looking heavenly with a ruby toned saree with golden embroidery for the main ceremony and a totally chic white bridal gown for the reception! Seriously, no wonder why Raja Sidharth just fell for this Indian princess! Such a stunner! As we will see, the galas were to die for. Detailed Affairs Team worked tirelessly to come up with the perfect celebration and it is safe to say that their planning and design skills, truly made it happen! Kudos to them! Ladies, you can't miss this! Also, don't forget to check out the lovely picture gallery we will have in some days thanks to A.S. Nagpal Photography. In the meantime, hit play below and let yourself be enchanted!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met in our fourth year of medical school. We were introduced by a mutual friend but my mom actually met him first (she likes to tell people she arranged the marriage haha!)
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I had thrown a Halloween party the night before so we woke up on Saturday morning feeling a little ...rough. At the time we were doing long distance, so sid has planned to take me out to dinner and go somewhere else prior (this might sound suspicious but I didn’t suspect a thing because he loves to be mysterious so this wasn’t new!). It was cold and rainy so I put on a big sweater and boots. Sid is NOT the type to care about my outfit so maybe I should have been suspicious at this point because he told me that I should wear heels...but again I was not even thinking about it. I put on some heels and his surprise destination turned out to be the Adler planetarium! I was very confused because he wanted to walk to the edge of the lake ...in the cold...and rain. We stood at the edge of the lake and he kept telling me to just take in the surroundings and relax - never been my forte so of course, I started asking when we could escape the cold and go inside. Next thing I know he’s down on one knee asking me to marry him! I was so shocked I just remember saying “OMGOMGOMG”. He had the perfect speech planned and had a photographer capture all the candid moments. It was perfect.
 
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.
Sid and I were both physician residents at the time- I’m anesthesia and he was surgery so we did not have a lot of free time. Add to that the fact that he lived in NJ and I’m in Chicago and wedding planning seemed insurmountable in the beginning. I’m definitely a planner and took to Instagram to start saving venues, bridal looks, and everything wedding related to a personal saved Instagram wedding collection. I have planned large events in college so I sort of had an understanding of how to go about contacting vendors and venues but the wedding arena is unlike any other type of event so I did a lot of learning as I went. I found my hair and makeup artist, Makeup by Mansi, very early on and even before the makeup trial I knew I was going to go with her. Besides the fact that her Instagram portfolio was exactly what I was looking for, she was also so sweet and professional. After doing the bridal trial I was obviously sold and even had her do my mom's hair and makeup. Mansi really made us feel like we had known her forever and we still keep in touch! I actually was not physically in NJ so my parents and Sid did most of the leg work when looking for venues. We knew we wanted to have the wedding in NJ because it would be easiest for both of our families to attend. They saw a lot of places and ultimately stumbled upon the Mansion At Natirar in Peapack. Sid and I both loved the modern feel to this old mansion with so much history. When I visited the venue I was blown away by the view and knew we had to get married there. The food is all grown on-site and our taste test was such a fun experience! We wanted a mix of American and Indian cuisine so we went with Indian catering from Khyber Grill and American catering from our venue, Natirar. Because I wasn’t able to fly to NJ very frequently, I did not get the chance to taste any of the Indian food so I was completely blown away by it at the wedding! The mix of American and Indian food turned out perfectly and all our guests loved it as well. Most importantly, I have a severe nut and lentil allergy and both caterers made sure that none of the food had ingredients I could not eat. In terms of decor, I am more of a minimalist and it was challenging for me to find inspiration online because Indian weddings are typically very ornate! I took a chance and found a beautiful flower vendor on Instagram called Seablossoms Bridal. They had never done an Indian wedding before but that was ok with me because I had never been to an Indian wedding either! They did an incredible job blending Indian decor with my more modern minimalist western taste. They decorated our mandap as well and it was so beautiful people took parts of it home with them!
Finally, we had Arun Bhambri from the detailed affairs team handle our day-of wedding coordination. He was so organized and definitely made sure we stayed on track with timing. He met with us over the phone multiple times leading up to the event and he answered all our texts and emails right away!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Prior to trying on wedding lehengas, I had never worn a lehenga or sari. This probably sounds insane to most people reading this but I was so nervous at what I would look like and how I should wear it. We flew to Bombay to shop and my cousin helped me a lot by finding stores to go to and encouraging me to try different styles and colors. I thought I would end up in a baby pink/pastel color. However, we finally ended up at Anita Dongre and I knew I had found the lehenga when my mom started crying the second she saw me in it. The best part was, Anita Dongre is her favorite designer! The lehenga was a bright red with gold and blue embroidery of elephants, birds, and deer. It was so beautiful! The Anita Dongre store itself was gorgeous and the people working there were very accommodating and friendly!
I also wanted to wear a white dress for my reception and I found it at Bijou Bridal in Paramus. I am a very decisive person so I honestly had not tried on too many dresses prior to finding the one. The saleswomen were so helpful and made sure I stayed within my budget!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I truly loved it all! People find this very weird and of course, I became stressed as the date got closer. As I said before, I am definitely a planner so I was on top of everything when it came to sending out save the dates and invites, picking vendors etc. I loved finding all these different vendors that would come together to make our day so special!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests LOVED the baraat! Many of my friends had never seen one before so this was a really special experience. My bridesmaids joined in on the fun as well! Sid has a great time with the horse and there are such fun videos and photos of our families enjoying themselves. I had so much FOMO that I had my wedding coordinator FaceTime me from the baraat!!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There was a point at the wedding when Sid and I were on the mandap during the ceremony and our pundit told us all to look to the sky at Ganesh. Prior to this, the clouds had been out but the second he said those words we all looked up and the clouds parted and the sun came out! It still gives me chills, and so many people were excited about it afterward.
 
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 sangeet was a total surprise for me! I did not even know what I was wearing!! My mother in law had my outfit custom made and got the jewelry to go with it! It somehow all fit perfectly and I loved it I felt like princess jasmine (if she wore pink!). The decor was all hues of pink. My mother in law is Kashmiri and the Kashmiri family had a folk song and dance, which was so unique and fun! Finally, all 12 of my bridesmaids surprised me with a sangeet dance- the biggest surprise was when my mom joined in!
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Don’t let anyone tell you what to do/not to do for your wedding!! Each wedding is a unique representation of the bride and groom and your guests will love everything you choose because they love you!
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Jewelry- The rose gold and diamond earrings I wore with my white dress were custom made and gifted to me by my parents. They are so beautiful and shiny!!
- Most of the jewelry worn for the ceremony was from Reemat designs- she is so easy to work with and such a wonderful person!
- The gold bangles were borrowed from my mom :)
 

More coming up, don't go anywhere!

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Photography: A.S. Nagpal Photography | Planning & Design: Detailed Affairs Team | Cinematography: Reggio Productions | Sangeet Venue: Deewan Banquet | Ceremony Venue: Mansion at Natirar | Floral & Decor: Sea Blossoms | Hair & Makeup: Makeup By Mansi | Catering: Khyber Grill Caterers | DJ: DJ Sunny Entertainment | Dhol: Richie Kumar | Bridal Fashions: Anita Dongre | Bridal White Dress: Lamour by Calla Blanche | Bridal Jewelry: ReeMat Designs | Cake & Treats: Mansion at Natirar | Lighting: Raj Minocha | Mehndi Artist: Mehndibyanuja


Playa del Carmen, MX Indian Wedding by Sarani Weddings

Are you ready to experience first hand what a real destination wedding is all about? Of course you are! Today and thanks to best Travel Concierge Ateet Ahuja from Indian Destination Weddings and Sarani Weddings, we have the gorgeous highlight reel of everything that went on for Gopi & Ronak's gala coming from Playa del Carmen. The two lovebirds truly went the extra mile with their celebration. What more can you ask for when you tie the knot by the roaring ocean? So romantic! And speaking of romanticism, the exclusive and always beaming Hard Rock Riviera Maya was the place chosen by the couple to house the galas. Going from the fun Sangeet all the way to the lavish reception, believe us, it was outstanding! To keep the party up and running, Dhoom Events Indian Wedding DJ. Bashes just go to another dimension with those playlist selections, so be sure this one had all the things we love about Indian weddings. Hit play below and relieve with us one more time Gopi & Ronak's incredible day of magic from paradise! See you at the sea!

 

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Ronak and I met my freshman year of college at a dance competition we hosted at UT Austin. We randomly kept in touch as friends for several years after that, and met up again in Chicago when I went to visit some friends in 2014. We talked nonstop after that and officially started dating a few months later. We did long distance for about 2.5 years before we both moved to Philadelphia to finally be closer to each other!

I'm not sure if there was an exact moment in time that I knew Ronak was "the one", but I knew pretty early on that he was someone I could see myself spending the rest of my life with. 

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Ronak proposed on FridayOctober 5th, 2018 at a gazebo behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I arrived thinking I was just attending a 'Yelp Elite' wine tasting event with my soon-to-be sister-in-law and another friend. When we arrived at the top of the hill and started walking towards the gazebo I saw Ronak standing in the middle of it, suited up and looking as handsome as ever.  I immediately started to cry (lol) and he held out his hand and asked me to dance (he had 'Thinking Out Loud' playing on his phone in his pocket haha). He said a bunch of sweet things that I can honestly hardly remember but before I knew it, he was down on one knee asking me to marry him! Then both of our families came and surprised me, and we all went to dinner together. Just when I thought the night couldn't get any better, Ronak pulled off one final surprise by throwing a huge party with all our closest friends at the rooftop of his apartment building. It was truly one of the most perfect days! 

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 started off venue shopping in Texas last year (where I'm from and where my parents live), thinking that's where we'd be hosting the wedding. After spending an entire weekend looking at venues and hotels that all looked the same, I came back to Philly and complained to Ronak that I didn't find one I loved. He threw out the idea of doing a destination wedding, and I laughed and said our parents would probably never agree to that. Long story short, they agreed and we decided on a destination wedding in Mexico, and it was honestly one of the best decisions we made!

Besides working with Ateet Ahuja from Indian Destination Weddings to help our guests get booked, I decided to do all the planning myself. I'll admit it was very hard at times since the majority, if not all, of the planning was done via email since we weren't able to go meet our vendors in person. But honestly all the vendors there are great to work with, and so understanding of what we need for an Indian wedding. Here's who we worked with for everything:

Travel Concierge: Ateet Ahuja - Indian Destination Weddings
Venue: Hard Rock Riviera Maya
Decor: Latin Asia
Florist: Tulipania
Food: Hard Rock Riviera Maya
Hair/MUA: Alex Corbanezi Beauty & Co.
Photo/video: Sarani Weddings
DJ: Dhoom Events - DJ Milin Jani
Audio/video equipment: PSAV Mexico
Entertainment:
Producciones Arteum - salsa lesson for our Welcome Fiesta and live saxophonist for the cocktail hour
Drums in Paradise - dhol player and vintage car for the baraat
Pyrotech - cold fireworks for the reception
Quiroo photobooth - photobooth at the cocktail hour and reception


How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I didn't really have a clear cut vision of what I wanted, but I'm so glad I took the time to try on a variety of styles because I really didn't like some of the styles that I thought I'd love. I went home to Houston one weekend to get some shopping done, and after looking up and down every store on Hilcroft and not finding anything, we decided to check out Panache by Sharmeen, as I'd heard great things about her and her selection. We originally went to look for reception outfits there, but my sister came across this beautiful red lehenga. She made me try it on and we all fell in love with it! Sharmeen worked with me on making a custom blouse for it since I knew I wanted to have emerald green, and we also custom made the dupatta's I wore. I love how it all turned out and Sharmeen was great to work with!

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Probably selecting the decor details and then seeing it all come together towards the end! And of course having the weekend go as smoothly and flawlessly as possible, and hearing our guests tell us how much they enjoyed everything was just the cherry on top 

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
From what we've heard, everyone really loved and appreciated the uniqueness of the destination wedding. I know they're getting increasingly popular these days but the majority of our guests had never attended one, and everyone just loved how our wedding also served as a mini-vacation for them!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
It truly went by in the blink of an eye, but seeing Ronak on our wedding morning for our first look photos is a moment I'll never forget. 

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.
Check out my wedding highlights on my Instagram page for all the deets 

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy the process! Wedding planning isn't always the most fun, but it pays off and will truly be the most memorable time in your life! Also, try on different styles of outfits before committing to one! Everything always looks better on Pinterest, but you may not always love how it looks on yourself. 

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Check out my wedding highlights on my Instagram page for all the deets 


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Dana Point, CA Indian Wedding by Impressive Creations

Hey there, Maharanis! Are you ready for what we have for you today? We know you are, so grab a champagne bottle, get the saree on and hit play because today's filmy is truly an outstanding example of what Indian weddings are all about. This time around, we head down to California for Janaki & Sameer's gala and I am loving every aspect of it. Indian couples distinguish themselves for their fine and colorful taste and these lovebirds were no exception. The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel was totally beaming and of course, it had to be like that. When your bash is being planned and design by Ethnic Essence Couture Events, no less is expected! Don't forget to check the bride's incredibly sophisticated fashion choices! Seriously, you can't miss this! A loving shout out to our friends from Impressive Creations who were kind enough to share their amazing visual artistry with us all! Here we have it, enjoy!

 

Remember, ladies, every day a brand new wedding! 

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Venues: The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel | Planning & Design: Ethnic Essence Couture Events | Cinematography: Impressive Creations | Photography: Jim Kennedy Photographers | Hair & Makeup: Design Visage


Bridgewater, NJ Indian Wedding by Lightyear Studio

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

 

Remember, every day a brand new feature! 

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


Cancun, Mexico Indian Fusion Wedding by Peter Nguyen Studio

Have you ever wondered how is it like to get married by the roaring ocean and surrounded by the ones you love? Well, today we head down to paradisiac Cancun to have a glimpse of everything that went on for Somya & Ivneet's incredible gorgeous destination wedding! Our well known and talented friends from Peter Nguyen Studio crafted for us a filmy for the ages, that as we will see, displays with all accuracy all the glam of every single one of the ceremonies! Just look at the diversity of colors, fabrics, and styles! So amazing! There is so much going on, ladies, that inspiration is totally assured! Also, in case you missed the gorgeous picture gallery, you can relive it here one more time! So, Maharanis, it is party time! Let's get to it. 

 

More awesome wedding reels every day! Stick around! 

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Photography: Peter Nguyen Studio | Cinematography: Peter Nguyen Studio | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hyatt Ziva Cancun | Planning & Design: LatinAsia Destination Weddings | Floral & Decor: LatinAsia Destination Weddings | Hair & Makeup: Styling Trio Riviera Maya | DJ: Frequency Entertainment | Lighting: Encore Event Technologies MX | Mehndi Artist: Lemons & Mehndi by Styling Trio | Entertainment: Jonathan - Drums in Paradise


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