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Huntington Beach, CA Indian Fusion Wedding by Andy Shah Photography

Monday is here and with it, another featured film for you, ladies! Last month we were honored to have Anita & Kristof's wedding vision, and it was just so romantic that we had to share the filmy done by none other than Andy Shah Photography. The gala was everything you want out of a couple that is madly in love with each other. Color, dancing, laughter, and family were just some of the characteristics that made this bash, a truly unique experience. Today, the cinematic experience showcases everything that went on, going from the traditional baraat thanks to Savannah Rose Carriages to the lavish reception at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Hotel! Seriously, you can't miss it! What you can't also miss is the bride's bridal look! Just look at the colors chosen! Her makeup was on point the whole time, and the team from Revastyle surely knows a thing or two about it! So amazing! So, ladies, enough with words, time to daydream, so hit play below and join the ride!

 

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Kristof and I met through a dating app and I knew about 3 months after meeting him that he was the one. Right from our first date, we were finishing each other's sentences! We came from such different backgrounds but at the same time, the connection was immediate.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I had surprised Kristof with a weekend trip to New York last year to watch a Yankees game (he is a die-hard fan, I mean serious die-hard fan!). The next day we went for a hike near his hometown of Suffern and it was an overcast day. Along the hike, he kept saying he wished the day was more "sparkly". In the moment, I thought it was an odd choice of words but Kristof is a bit weird :) so I didn't concern myself with it. When we got to the top of the mountain, we were sitting and enjoying the morning. He asked me what I was doing tomorrow, the next day, etc. He was sitting behind me and he came around and got on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of his life with him. Although we knew we wanted to get married, I was stunned in the moment and wanted to remember his face that I forgot to answer him. He told me I had to answer his question and of course, I said yes!
 
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 have spent my career as a project manager in the design industry so planning was right up my alley and I was looking forward to the process! I did a lot of research into how to plan a wedding and got a lot of advice from friends. Although my husband is Caucasian, he was completely on board with having an Indian wedding. We planned a trip to India to do all the clothing shopping and so Kristof could meet the extended family- I think it was a bit of a culture shock but he was a trooper and he got along great with everyone! I am a planner by nature so I was methodical about reaching out to multiple vendors to get design ideas, schedules, and costs. I also got recommendations from friend and family. Because we started planning early, we could be thoughtful about what we wanted. For both of us, one of our biggest goals was to have fun...for both of us as well as the guests. Most of Kristof's family had never been to an Indian wedding (including the Groom) so we did a lot of prep in letting them know about the different events and traditions. Kristof was also very involved in all of the decisions and the process. He went to every meeting with me and I loved how involved he wanted to be. I knew our marriage was starting off on the right foot by being a team. We wanted to have the wedding near the beach because we lived in Southern California and knew we had a lot of guests that would be traveling. We asked a lot of questions of the vendors and we were lucky enough to have selected a great venue that was super responsive and wanted to make sure that we had the best day and that was very valuable to us.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I bought my wedding outfit in India and wanted the traditional red and white bridal lengha. We went to so many stores in Mumbai but there wasn't anything that really caught my eye or that I fell in love with. My aunt had suggested getting my dress custom made and she knew someone who did that. We met with her and she sketched a few things and I knew immediately that she was the right person for the job. She made a dress that was perfect and fit so well. She made all of the bridesmaid's dresses as well. For the reception, I wanted a gown that was comfortable but still pretty and princessy. I typically would have worn something in jewel tones and my mom suggested that I try on this silver dress. I will admit I was skeptical but when I worn it, it was surprisingly gorgeous!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
My personality lends itself to being a planner/ detail oriented so it was that much more personal because it was my wedding. I had control of every element (but I am not a control freak...okay maybe a little bit :)) and because I was an older bride, I wanted to be much more thoughtful in the details because I finally met the man I was supposed to be with. I wanted the wedding to be a reflection of who we are as a couple.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Most of the feedback I got from the guests was how much fun the wedding was. They said it was full of love, sincerity for one another and still had elements of fun. We got a lot of compliments for how beautiful the venue and decor was.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There were so many but the morning of the wedding was a whirlwind getting ready and a lot of people bustling in and out and I had a few moments of being overwhelmed by the whole process. When we got to the first look photographs and I saw Kristof, I was overcome by a feeling of being calm and at peace and I knew everything was going to be okay. Another moment was when we were reciting our vows. I had this feeling that we were the only 2 people in the room and only talking to each other. I totally forgot that there 165 people watching us but grateful we had so many people to share the moment.
 
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 had a Baraat and Kristof was completely excited about riding in on a horse and I wanted to make sure he was the center of attention for the event. All of the guests really got into it and I was so thrilled to see his excitement. Many of the guests had never attended a baraat and they thoroughly enjoyed it and it was something so bright, festive and unique to them. I had to work with the DJ to make sure the mix of music was high energy as I wanted it to set the tone for the rest of the day and he did an amazing job!

We had a Mendhi party the day before and many of the female guests had never been so I was happy to be able to share some great Indian wedding traditions. Since we were in Southern California, we had a taco bar for lunch to bring some local authenticity for the guests and the food was delicious. We did blend the party with some traditional bridal shower games and great 80's music.

We both had a Grah Shanti and Pithi ceremonies at each of our homes and enjoyed launching the wedding festivities with blessings from friends and family. Kristof decided to have one at his house too because he thought we should maximize the blessings and auspiciousness of our marriage. His family were great at supporting him and participating in the Pithi.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
I cannot emphasize enough to a bride to make sure she enjoys the wedding and has fun. There is so much time and energy that goes into planning a wedding that we sometimes can forget to cherish the actual moments. I got this advice from a friend and I made a conscious effort to remember it the day of and it made a world of difference.
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
For our first dance, we both didn't want to just do an "eighth grade dance" of swaying back and forth. We decided to take professional lessons and worked hard at a routine that our instructor came up with. We would practice (not often enough) but felt comfortable by the wedding date. We started off the routine perfectly but about halfway through, we both kind of forgot the steps and just winged it! Most of the guests told us we looked great and didn't know any differently.

 

More to come stay with us! 

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Photography: Andy Shah Photography | Hair & Makeup: Revastyle | Mehndi Artists: Revastyle | Baraat: Savannah Rose Carriages | Cinematography: Andy Shah Photography | Draping/Styling: Revastyle | Reception & Ceremony Venue: Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Hotel | Floral & Decor: Dream Decor | Catering: Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Hotel | Catering: Jay Bharat | DJ: VOX DJs | Baraat: VOX DJs | Cakes & Treats: Sweet Traders | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Indian Wedding Card.com | DJ: Vox DJs


Somerset, NJ Indian Wedding by Lightyear Studio

Friday is here, ladies, and that only means one thing: a brand new feature film for your beautiful selves! Some time ago, we had Charu & Manan's picture gallery and it was absolutely beautiful. In case you missed it, you can double-check all the glam here. Today, thanks to Lightyear Studio, we have all the awesomeness that went on their film, and we just know, you are going to love it as well. Looking for the perfect Maharani style for your upcoming day of magic? Well, then you have to check this bride. Her gorgeous and classic ruby saree plus the hair and makeup wonders of Makeup By Anu Sarin were the perfect combo to turn this doll into the Indian princess she was. The Marigold, beautifully decorated by the team from Elegant Affair, was at its very best to house the gala and was already in itself grand. So, what are you gals waiting for? Hit play below and get inspired!

 

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met my husband at the Olive Branch in New Brunswick at Rutgers Campus. We were both there with a group of friends and just happened to start chatting at the bar and never stopped talking from that day on. He wined and dined me and after the first official date, I remember calling up my best friend/maid of honor and telling her, "I think he's the one! I'm going to marry that guy." Something about him just stuck and I always wanted to be around him or talking to him and luckily it all worked out for the best!
 
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 husband and I both have experience in the wedding industry, him a bit more than me, so we sort of had the big things planned in our head before even putting pen to paper. We knew exactly which caterer, decorator, DJ, event planner, and photographer we wanted. We started with those and kept adding on from there. We ended up choosing the first venue that we looked at, which was the Marigold. We got married right at the beginning of wedding season on March 30, so all of the vendors were available and we locked everything in. 
 
Picking a hair and makeup artist is super important because you want to look and feel your best on your wedding day. I had only two trials and ended up picking my artist, Anu Sarin, right after the trial was done. It's important to work with someone who listens to what you want, makes changes based on how you feel in the look, and someone you trust. She and I got along from the beginning and she was very easy to work with which made me feel comfortable.
 
I knew that I wanted a beautiful, elegant, and romantic wedding theme, with light colors and whites and light pinks and candles. That's all I said when I went to the Elegant Affairs meeting, and they turned my vision into a reality. We had beautiful cherry blossom centerpieces, a bamboo mandap with white and light pink roses with greenery and a stunning flower wall. We had candelabras and hanging orbs and lots of candles. It was right out of a fairytale!
 
Picking the right DJ is extremely important because if your guests will remember anything from your wedding, its the food and the music! We went with DJ Sunny Entertainment and they KILLED it. From the Sangeet to the wedding reception, people were on the dance floor the entire night. It didn't even clear out for dinner. They helped us design our custom dance floor, our huge video wall, the sparklers and the fog clouds for our first dance. The emcee was high energy and kept the vibe going all night.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I got my wedding dress in Bombay and I had taken out a bunch of dresses to try on. I knew I wanted to wear a full red lehenga and green jewelry to contrast with it. I put on a few dresses but none of them had that wow factor. Then I put one dress on (the one I ended up with) and thought oh this one is beautiful and it's sparkling and it put a smile on my face right away. I still wanted to see other ones because I didn't want to miss anything, so we put it on the side. After seeing a few more I tried on my dress again and another woman walked by showing interest in it and pointing at it like she wanted to buy it. At that moment I told my mom to pack it up, this is the one! 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests are still complimenting the food from the whole wedding week. We had Moghul Caterers and they did such a fabulous job. We have heard nothing but good things! We didn't want to repeat any items and tried to make sure our guests had food they haven't had before since Moghul is so popular. They worked with us to customize our menu and it worked out awesome.
 
Another thing people loved was the live music we had during the cocktail hour. Philadelphia String Quartet played upbeat music during the cocktail hour, played on the dance floor as people found their seats, and then played violins over our first dance song as we slow danced. It was definitely one of the highlights and everyone loved it!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The first dance was really perfect. We had a whole choreographed dance that we practiced but when we got on the dance floor, we ended up forgetting all of it and forgoing the choreography. We just started dancing. We added in a few special touches and spins we remembered from the choreography but the rest of it was just pure happiness and enjoying the moment. 
 
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 did a lot of DIY things for the wedding. For example, we had hotel bags custom made in India, I had popcorn boxes with the hindu ceremony program on the sides of the boxes, I designed the menu cards for the reception, custom cocktail napkins, bar signs, the signs for the food stations at the sangeet, etc. I tried to be creative, while not going completely overboard. Everything ended up coming together beautifully and all of the hard work was definitely worth it. Luckily my wonderful and super helpful family sat there and helped me assemble everything on all of the weekends leading up to the wedding! That family time ended up being the most enjoyable part of the wedding planning process! 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
I personally put the planning aside one week before my first wedding event. I HIGHLY recommend every bride do this, just so you can thoroughly be present in the moment and truly enjoy your wedding week. I was confident that I had all of the top vendors in the state working at my wedding and I left it to them to see my vision through, and they really did just that and put on the perfect wedding. Every bride needs to just be in the moment and enjoy it because that week flew by and I would do anything to relive it. Things can go wrong and it won't always be perfect, but no one will notice except you! Don't pay mind to the little things and just fully enjoy being with your family, friends, and loved ones because that week is all about YOU and everyone is there to celebrate YOU (and your hubby)!
 
You know where to look if inspiration is what you seek! Stick around! 
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Floral & Decor: Elegant Affair | Hair & Makeup: Makeup By Anu Sarin | Venues: The Marigold | Sangeet Venue: Royal Albert’s Palace | Planning & Design: Rose Events LLC | Cinematography: Lightyear Studio | Photography: Lightyear Studio | DJ: DJ Sunny Entertainment | Catering: Moghul Caterers | Live Music: Philadelphia String Quartet


Carlsbad, CA Indian Wedding by Avec Lumiere Productions

Welcome back, dolls! It is time to get comfortable, grab some champagne and hit play because today's filmy is a gorgeous vision that will surely light up some ideas for your own special day. For this feature, we headed down to the exclusive The Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa beautifully decorated by Ethnic Essence Couture Events for Anita & Ben's gala. The elegant venue was filled to the brim with sophistication and color, just the way it should be when a true Maharani ties the knot. As we will see, thanks to our friends from Avec Lumiere Productions, it was totally grand, to say the least! I am so in love with Maharani Anita's style, so youthful and vibrant. She was looking drop-dead gorgeous and that also thanks to the team from Dolled Up by Lulu, who we know are total masters of their craft. So, ladies, without further ado, here it is, our flair of the day. Enjoy!

 

See you tomorrow, ladies!! Have a great day.

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Floral & Decor: Ethnic Essence Couture Events | Hair & Makeup: Dolled up by Lulu | Cinematography: Avec Lumiere Productions | Photography: Matei Horvath Photography | Ceremony Venue: The Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa | Reception Venue: The Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa | Planning & Design: Shilpa Patel Events


Orlando, FL Indian Wedding by Riant Films

Welcome back, ladies! It is Friday and that only means one thing: A brand new feature film for your beautiful selves! Today we head down to Orlando to witness Ruchi & Ronak's amazingly romantic gala. The Rosen Centre Hotel, beautifully decorated by the unmistakeably talent of Occasions by Shangri-la was looking at its very best to greet Ruchi & Ronak's wedding vision and what a celebration that was! Lucky for us, our friends from Riant Films were there to capture all the emotion and style that happened. Don't forget, ladies, to check Maharani Ruchi's fashion choices, especially that light cyan saree wonder that she rocked for the reception! If you think that was gorgeous, just wait until having a closer look at the makeup colors used by Michele Renee The Studio. So much sophistication and style going on! So, dolls, time to hit play below and get inspired! See you on the dance floor! 

More to come, stay with us! 

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Floral & Decor: Occasions by Shangri-la | Hair & Makeup: Michele Renee The Studio | Cinematography: Riant Films | Photography: Asaad Images | Ceremony Venue: Rosen Centre Hotel | Reception Venue: Rosen Centre Hotel | DJ: Dudha Production


Frisco, TX Indian Wedding by Epique Cinema

Welcome back, ladies! Today we have a filmy that we are certain you are just going to adore. Ashima & Shivam came up with this gala that is everything you want out of a Maharani bash. The talented team behind the planning and design of it? Electric Karma International, of course. We know how those guys operate so it is no surprise that this gala was just so stylish. Just take a look at this couple's fashion choices! So amazing! After the heartfelt ceremony, it was time to kick start the party and who better for that than DJ Riz Entertainment? You know your wedding will be beaming with those playlists! Also, ladies, don't forget to check the loving pictures we will have in a couple of days courtesy of Vek Photo! For now, let's get those ideas going with the visual wonder our friends from Epique Cinema have prepared! Are you ready?

 

More to come, stay around! 

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Planning & Design: Electric Karma International | DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Photography: Vek Photo | Cinematography: Epique Cinema | Reception Venue: Omni Frisco Hotel | Floral & Decor: Decor One by Nalini | Hair & Makeup: Ms Painted Lady | Sangeet Catering: Chef Gaurav Anand | Ceremony Catering: New Gopal Vegetarian Restaurant | Baraat Horse: Happy Trails Carriage | Lighting: Moderne Events | Reception Violinist: Dina Nesterenko Mckee | Mehndi Artist: Mehnaaz | Rentals: M & M Special Events MARQUEE EVENT RENTAL | Priest: Gopal | Reception Entertainment: Karmagraphy


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