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Dallas, TX Indian Wedding by Peter Nguyen Studio

Happy Wednesday, Maharanis! The filmy time of the week is here, and it comes packed with tons of beauty, emotions, and traditional flair. Today, we have all the details surrounding Nandita & Aman's charming wedding and believe us, this is one celebration you are going to enjoy. So, without further ado, let's jump right into it! This love journey began most vibrantly and colorfully with a joyful Sangeet, which was the perfect preamble for all the amazingness that was about to come. For the big wedding day, Nandita & Aman decided to bring Peter Nguyen Studio on board. And oh boy, what a great decision it was! This fantastic studio showed all their talent and expertise, capturing every detail of the wedding events with so much delicacy that we couldn't stop seeing the blockbuster film below. The wedding ceremony officiated at the Live! By Loews was a cornucopia of beauty and flair thanks to Prashe Decor, who transformed this venue's halls into an exquisite setting, more than suitable for this solemn celebration. The traditional linens wrapped around the room and the gorgeous floral arrangements created the perfect backdrop for these lovebirds to profess their love and commitment to each other. Still, it was our gorgeous Nandita who stole all the show! She donned a  fashionable gown by Sabyasachi, draped and tied by Elegant Saree Draping. But that is not all! Ms Painted Lady complemented Nandita's dreamy look with fabulous hair and makeup designs that made her look like a goddess. And we absolutely loved this winning combo! If you can't get enough of this couple, make sure to hit the play icon below. You will be amazed!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
It was the fall of 2012 and when I was a freshman and Aman a sophomore at Duke. We literally locked eyes for the first time and met on a dance floor at a mixer. But it wasn't until the summer of 2013 when we started spending more time together watching Bollywood movies (Ye Jawaani Hai Deewani), taking summer classes at Duke, and getting to know each other. After a summer filled with endless conversations, sharing our favorite Hindi songs, and nervous laughter, Aman asked me on our first official date with a pint of Ben and Jerry's ice cream and a post-it-note with "will you be my girlfriend" attached on top.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Here is a youtube link to our proposal flash mob!

https://youtu.be/nncemfEMA7M

On August 29th, 2019 the two officially had six years of unforgettable memories with each other under their belts. One August afternoon, Nandita was getting ready for what she thought was a family friend's baby shower when the doorbell began ringing. When she came downstairs, she heard music playing at the door and saw her little nephew Neeraj peeking out the front window saying "Aman Uncle outside." When she opened the door, she saw not just Aman but also her Didi, Jijaji, Daddy, Namita, Ritu Aunty and Sanjay Uncle ALL outside. Confused, everyone came inside and started taking family pictures (at this point, Nandita wasn't sure if the proposal had already happened and she missed it, but needless to say there were many more surprises in store). Aman soon handed her an envelope with a clue that led them to a piano at Hotel Zaza where he played and sang "Pehla Nasha" for me. For their entire six year relationship Nandita used to complain that Aman was holding out on her because he would never let her hear him sing or play the piano, he always said "he was waiting for the right time." A few more stops for lunch and "fake-out proposals" during the day they arrived at her sister's house where he said she could change for dinner. However, when she walked inside she realized he was proposing right then and there in the backyard. He had an empty pint of Ben and Jerry's with the ring inside and a post it-note on top asking her to marry him, just like his first ask for her to be his girlfriend. After getting down on one knee, he got up and immediately began what she thought was an awkward "solo" dance to You are my Soniya. Within moments of him starting, suddenly 40 of their closest childhood, college, medical school and family friends rushed in to flash-mob the rest of the song. She has never been more stunned or overwhelmed and was quite literally floored by how much love they are surrounded by with their village!

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.
Pandemic shopping was difficult, growing up I always imagined going to India with my mom and sister to shop for my bridal outfits. Luckily my sister found Meha Bhargava from Styl_Inc in India who runs a personal shopping service. Without her and her team, we wouldn't have been able to get 20 custom bridesmaids sarees, 18 groomsmen outfits, and our entire family outfitted from head to toe along with all of our wedding gifts.

Without a single in person fitting, Meha and her team made sure each of my wedding outfits arrived on time and fit me perfectly. This wedding would not have happened without her!

Our wedding planning experience started in August 2019, a few months before the pandemic hit. After an unexpected hiccup with the first planner we hired we were so so blessed that Hala Snyder (Events by Hala) decided to step back into wedding planning just for our family. She planned my sister's wedding 8 years ago but had since stepped away from wedding planning. She swooped in right before the pandemic and made sure to find us the best vendors in the game. We chose the new venue, Live! By Loewe's in Arlington Texas because we wanted a hotel with a newer feel and a lot of energy -- with the AT&T stadium and an array of restaurants the venue was perfect for our wedding weekend. Jill from Live! By Loewes was also the most amazing point of contact and made sure all of our event details were seamless. Jill and Hala made sure my dream of Aman arriving in on an elephant for the baraat came true. From extensively mapping out the elephant's route to weighing the bridge the elephant would walk over, they planned out every detail! We worked with Alex from Ms Painted Lady for Hair and Makeup and from providing the most flawless makeup for my family and I, to creating hair styles based off of my descriptions alone, to being just a wonderful, hard working and amazing person she and her team made the weekend perfect and got over 20 ladies ready throughout the weekend. We were lucky to work with Prashe for our decor -- she took exactly what I described and envisioned and made it come to life each night of our wedding events. We loved our DJs from Desi Junction, they made sure our dance floor was hard to leave and from night to night everyone was there till the lights went up. DJ Channi never lost energy and is someone who made our wedding so memorable! Most importantly, our Photo and Video Team (Peter Nguyen Luxury Weddings) was a dream. They were there all week, the kindest team, the most amazing talent and took what my family and I requested (full coverage of our family and all guests) to heart and made sure they covered every aspect of our wedding. The same day edit is also amazing and captured our week so perfectly. I cannot express how lucky we are that Peter and his team came highly recommended to us by our family friends and he is definitely responsible for capturing our memories in a beautiful way.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I always grew up wanting to wear Sabyasachi and Manish Malhotra for my wedding events. When it came time to pick my bridal outfit, I decided Sabysachi for their classic pink and red bridal attire. Due to COVID, their design house was unable to produce several of their lehenga designs. Despite a limited range in choices, I fell in love with a hot pink Nayantra lehenga and despite only seeing it virtually over Facetime, I trusted their designs would be stunning in person and I was so happy I was right.
For my reception outfit, I knew Manish Malhotra would be perfect. His designs are glamorous and intricate all at once. The lehenga I picked was one I had flagged from one of his earlier collections (it caught my eye well before I was engaged!). Their team was so lovely to work with and despite the pandemic, they were so happy to offer any design I found of theirs to produce. From fitting to customization, they were precise and perfect. The outfit arrived and was even more stunning in person.
Finally, for my Mehndi outfit, I always knew I wanted to wear something vibrant, bright and different than my other more classic styles. Aisha Rao seemed perfect and her royal blue designs with brightly embroidered skirts and blouses were exactly what I envisioned. Her team was also wonderful and prompt, they allowed us to customize everything from the blouse design to color and made sure everything arrived promptly! 

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was the time I was able to spend with my family dreaming up every detail. From start to finish, my Mom, Dad, Didi and Jijaji wanted to make this the wedding of my dreams and if I imagined it they made it happen. Most importantly, despite the stress of the pandemic, my family and Aman made sure I was smiling and laughing through the entire wedding planning process.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved the traditional aspects of the wedding -- from our Benarasi Mehndi at our Didi and Jijaji's house, to our elephant at the baraat, to the array of dances our friends and family put together for each and every event, to our midnight ceremony, we loved sharing our culture and excitement with all of our guests. Everyone also loved the chance to finally dance on a dance floor together again and we cannot thank our friends -- all amazing dancers -- for bringing so much energy. Personally, I also think everyone loved seeing Aman stay on his feet throughout the week dancing the nights away (he's definitely the dancer out of the two of us!)

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The baraat was an amazing experience. I got to watch the baraat from a balcony facing the bridge route and wave to Aman as he came in on the elephant. I also got to see all of our incoming guests on both sides and enjoyed seeing the baraatis dance. There was so much energy and after an incredibly tough year for so many it was so perfect seeing so many of our loved ones together again celebrating with us.

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 Mehndi was our kickoff event hosted at my Didi and Jijaji (Natasha and Rajiv Shenoy's) residence. The two of them transformed their home into a bright, completely decked out venue complete with a bangle "market," draped tents, rickshaws, fire dancers, a dessert truck and so much more. Their vendors included Lawson Rentals, Fox electric & Renee's Lighting company (who came in clutch with a completely new lighting system the night before the Mehndi when a last minute tent was installed for rain precaution!) Prashe, Celebration catering, Mehnaz Mehndi Artists, Desi Junction, and Elite Valet.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Take advantage of the fact that all of your loved ones are under one roof for your wedding day! There is no bigger joy than getting to constantly turn around and see another person who is so filled with love and excitement for you and your husband to be on your wedding day!

Don't forget to join us tomorrow for a new love story!

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Photography: Peter Nguyen Studio | Draping/Styling: ELEGANT SAREE DRAPING | Photography: Peter Nguyen Studio | Venues: Live! By Loews Arlington | Planning & Design: Events by Hala | Floral & Decor: Prashe Decor | Hair & Makeup: Ms Painted Lady | DJ: Desi Junction | Bride’s Wedding Gown: Sabyasachi | Bride’s Reception Gown: Manish Malhotra | Cake & Treats: Amy’s Crazy Cakes | Mehndi Artists: Meena's Mehndi | Rentals: Lawson Event Rentals | Bride’s Stylist and Personal Shoppers: Styl Inc. by Meha Bhargava


Atlanta, GA Indian Wedding by Hakim's Studio

Good morning Maharanis! Get ready to enjoy all the beauty surrounding Sanya & Himanshu's Royal Wedding Reception hosted at the Château Élan Winery & Resort. Today's magical film is brought to you thanks to the talented and highly experienced team of Hakims Studio - Photography and Cinematography, and we have no words to describe such a mesmerizing film! The night consisted of jam-packed entrances, heart-touching speeches, wonderful dance performances, and skits by friends and family. But what really stole the show was the magical first dance performance that we will never forget. For this closing gala, our gorgeous Maharani looked like a princess after being glamorized by Saleka. The fabulous team at Mandap World followed the line of amazingness and luxury set by our lovely couple and crafted a marvelous decor that everyone loved. Every single scene seemed taken out of the pages of a fairytale. All the guests enjoyed a delicious culinary experience by Cafe Bombay Indian Bistro and CB Catering, and the word on the street is that every single plate was mouth melting! And we want to give a big shoutout to GTB Productions as they absolutely killed the dance floor to close off this extravagant reception! If you want to take a closer look at all the beauty of this event, hit play below and get ready to have a great time. You will love every bit of it!

Remember that we have inspiring stories every day, so make sure to join us tomorrow for more!

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DJ: DJ Jaz- GTB Productions | Catering: Cafe Bombay Restaurant and Catering | Photography: Hakim's Studio | Photography: Hakim's Studio | Reception Venue: Château Élan Winery & Resort | Floral & Decor: Mandap World | Hair & Makeup: Saleka | Catering: CB Catering


Pompton Plains, NJ Indian Wedding by Joseph Minasi Studios

Good morning, Maharanis! We headed to the middle of this fabulous week, and the filmy time of this fantastic day is here! Today we are pleased to present all the beauty that surrounded Kosha & Nigam's wedding celebration. Today we can enjoy a visual masterpiece created by the enormous talent crew from Joseph Minasi Studios, who made sure to capture every emotion and detail of this spectacular gala. The exclusive Crest Hollow Country Club and the Grand Legacy Castle witnessed the promise of eternal love between our lovely duo. Elegant Affair was responsible for beautifying the gala. And let me tell you that they did an outstanding job creating a marvelous environment for each celebration. Everyone enjoyed every detail of the wedding celebration, but what made them sigh and took their breath away was Kosha, our gorgeous Maharani. She trusted her beauty needs to Heena Das Beauty, who created a dreamy makeup and hairstyle for her, endowing her with a royalty look that we loved so much. Just lovely. If you are in the pursuit of inspiration, you are in the right place, as today, your motivation and expectation will increase while you fill your heart with tons of inspiring ideas for your dream wedding event. So don't think twice and click the play icon below! You'll love it.

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Nigam and I met on a December evening celebrating our best friend’s birthday 12 years ago. While timing was always an issue, we managed to consistently meet every December. Finally, when our lives aligned I could see he was more than a handsome and charming man, his actions revealed how kind and generous he truly is. We took the time to become best friends and to love one another, now I can honestly say I married by best friend.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
The proposal was unforgettable! It was my 30th birthday and Nigam had made me believe we are meeting friends for a brunch in Brooklyn, NY. He suggested the uber driver to pull over at the beginning of the NYC side of the bridge. When I asked why, he mentioned “it’s a beautiful day, lets walk across the bridge.” Of course my first thought was, “you want me to walk across the bridge…in heels?!” Shortly after, staring at the NYC skyline, he proposed. As soon as I looked up, both sets of parents and our close friends greeted us with excitement. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better…Nigam, with the help of our family and friends, surprised me with a huge after party. Nigam and I believe that all monumental moments in life should be celebrated with the people you love, and that’s exactly how this proposal transpired.

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 wedding so memorable, it would be an event to talk about for years to come. My father had the most creative and innovative ideas, my father in law always put our guests’ wishes first, and our moms always keeping us happy and healthy. With the help of Artistic Affairs, our planning dreams were put into a reality. Our vendors were all incredible, hard working, and exceeded all of our expectations.

Venue: The Legacy Castle
Decor: Elegant Affairs
Hair and Makeup: Heena Das Beauty
Catering: Moghul
DJ: DJ USA
Lighting: Visual Comet
Outfits: Manish Malhotra, Anita Dongre, and Sabyasachi
Entertainment: Aerial Acrobat Entertainment
Photographer: Charmi Pena
Cinematographer: Joseph Minasi Studios

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I’ve always known I was not going to wear the traditional bridal red. I wanted an outfit that was decadent and fun. I chose to customize my bridal lengha with Anita Dongre; I kept a pink and gold theme and threw in a pop of green to match with the groom’s sherwani.

It was very important for me to represent all the generations of strong beautiful women in my family on my wedding day. Therefore, my jewelry was one of my favorite parts that helped complete my bridal outfit. I wore the same pancha sankla my mother wore at her wedding, and a gold chandan har that was gifted to me by my late grandmother.

As part of my wedding gift, my closest girlfriends and sister in law gifted me my wedding shoes for the week. The most incredible pair of Christian Louboutins and Jimmy Choos. I couldn’t feel my feet by the end of the week…but I sure felt like a princess!!

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was definitely the time we spent with our families. The process in general is extremely tough and meticulous. We spent almost every free weekend driving to different parts of NY and NJ, meeting with multiple different vendors. I have to say, it was all worth it when you can see the excitement and joy on our families’ faces. All decisions were made with pride and love knowing that each of them just wanted the best for us. It helped that every trip ended with a delicious meal and a large bottle of wine!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The uniqueness of it all! Our theme was royal and regal; we used a traditional inspiration with a modern twist. Every detail from the venue, to the decor, to the food selection maintained this theme. Most importantly, we made each event about the guests! The bar and buffet never closed, the music never stopped, each event was an endless party.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The entire week felt like I was living in a dream that went by in a blink of an eye! One moment that replayed in my mind was when Nigam and I took a second to ourselves. It was the morning before the wedding where he pulled me aside and said, “take in this moment, everyone we know and love will be in one place to celebrate us, this will truly be the best moment of our lives.” Taking those 5 minutes with your soon to be groom, realizing it is all for us…it’s a magical feeling that you will 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.
Planning/Invitations/Week of Coordinator: Artistic Affairs
Engagement Ceremony: Theme was winter wonderland
        Venue: The Garden City Hotel
        Catering: Chef Anand
        DJ: DJ USA 
        Decor: Design House Decor
Mehndi: Simple, yet elegant with loads of colors
        Venue: Wind Watch Country Club
        Mehndi: Madhavi Dalal
        Decor: House of Dipali
        Catering: Wind Watch Country Club 
        DJ: DJ USA 
        Photographer/Videographer: Conrad
        Paan: The Paanwala
        Entertainment: Soormay Bhangra Group
Sangeet/ Garba: We chose a theme of hot air balloons to bring in color in whimsical twist
        Venue: Crest hollow country club
        Live Band: Medley Entertainment 
        Catering: Moghul
        Photography/Videographer: Conrad
        Decor: House of Dipali
        Entertainment: AATMA Performing Arts

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy every moment of it! The planning process is extremely difficult and at times beyond stressful, but just know it all flies by in a flash! This is the only time in your life where all the people you love will be in the same place celebrating you, so just expect some parts to go wrong and pay attention to all the parts that went right!

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
A portion of our wedding gifts were donated to the Gift of Life Foundation. Our donation provided lifesaving cardiac treatments for two children in India. While it is a small gesture, reaching to out to the community is a great way to keep your beautiful moments memorable throughout your life.

We have a new special film just for you, so make sure to visit us tomorrow. 

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Floral & Decor: Elegant Affair | Venues: Crest Hollow Country Club | Hair & Makeup: Heena Das Beauty | Cinematography: Joseph Minasi Studios | Photography: Charmi Pena Photography | Ceremony Venue: Legacy Castle | Reception Venue: Legacy Castle | Inc: Artistic Affairs | Catering: Moghul Caterers | DJ: DJUSA | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Aerial Acrobat Entertainment | Event Designer: Shobha Rao | Lighting: Visual Comet | Photo Booth: NYC Photo Party | Rentals: High Style Rentals


Woodbury, NY Indian Wedding by Regal Palette Studio

Good morning, Maharanis! We are heading to the middle of this phenomenal week, and along with it, a brand new filmy moment is here to fill you with inspiration and to increase your expectations. Today we are pleased to present to you all the beauty that surrounded Sonam & Sujit's big wedding celebration. The grand Crest Hollow Country Club was the perfect venue chosen by our lovebirds to tie the knot! And let me tell you that everyone enjoyed all the details from this venue that, along with the marvelous decoration crafted by Stylish Events, created the perfect environment for each celebration. To add the special touch, Sonam & Sujit planned the entire event to ensure they will have the wedding of their dreams. And once the planning was complete Detailed Affairs Team coordinated and executed everything to perfection. Just splendid! All of the glamour and elegance that our lovebirds displayed will enchant you. But, especially the royal look of Sonam, our gorgeous Maharani, as she was pampered before each event by Makeup By Khadija and Madame Exclusive, who made sure to assist her with all of her beauty and fashion needs. Today is unique as we are double featuring this lovely event. Yes, how cool is this? You can enjoy every detail of this wedding by visiting today's gallery. And if this is not enough, an emotive film created by the talented team from Regal Palette Studio will inspire you. So don't think twice and hit the play icon below!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
How we met:
Sujit and I have a love story like no other couple. Our love goes all the way back to 7th grade. Yes, 7th grade! We are middle school sweethearts. It was right at the end of the school day in April 2005 when Sujit first saw me in the hallway as I was rushing to the debate team. Sujit later told me how taken back he was by my beauty and he was trying to think of an excuse to talk to me before he missed his chance. As I was about to open the door of the staircase, he said “Excuse me, do you have 50 cents I can borrow?” Immediately he thought to himself, “Seriously, that’s the best you can come up with?” I looked at him like he was crazy and said “No, and I don’t even know you!” and then ran off to my after school activity.

We didn’t see each other again till a month later. We bumped into each other in the cafeteria during lunch. I was looking down at my phone (a flip phone at that time by the way) and on my way to buy some cookies, and he was talking to one of his friends when we both collided. We looked at each other with a smile. I said, “Hey! You’re the guy that wanted to borrow money from me!” And he smiled and said, “Can I borrow a $1” in a joking manner. I said, “You’re crazy! What do you even need it for??” He laughed and replied, “I just want some cookies!” I laughed and walked away smiling.

The friendship:
Two weeks later, our fate brought us together yet again. This time it was outside after school. I was with my best friend waiting for an after school program to start, but I was really craving an M&M McFlurry. Since we couldn’t leave, my friend and I asked one of our other friends if he could bring us ice cream from McDonald’s which was a few blocks away. We gave him money and 10 minutes later, he comes back with the McFlurry in his hand. He was also walking back and conversing with another guy. It was Sujit! Our friend walks over to us and says “Here you go! Oh, and this is my friend, Sujit”. Sujit and I smiled at each other and I said, “We’ve met”.

From there, Sujit and I became friends and couldn’t help but want to spend all of our free time with each other. We hung out during lunch and after school almost every day. I loved how kind and genuine Sujit was and Sujit loved how open and honest I was.

When we started dating:
Fast forward another month. Sujit’s math class was in the same room as my homeroom. On June 17th, 2005, when the dismissal bell rang, I was walking into homeroom, and Sujit pulled me to the side of the classroom. He took his hat off and looked into my eyes. He smiled and said “Sonam, will you do me the honor and go out with me?” We got interrupted by the math/homeroom teacher. The teacher said “Mr. Suchdev don’t you have to get to your homeroom? Ms. Kapoor please take your seat”. I looked at Sujit and said “I’ll meet you outside after school”.

Both of our hearts were racing as we impatiently waited for dismissal. Sujit was so nervous, he was worried I would say no. I was hesitant because I knew we were both very young to be dating, yet my heart was so drawn to Sujit and I knew there was something special between us.

We met outside in the courtyard and Sujit looked at me and said, “Well?”. I smiled and said, “Yes!” We hugged each other and immediately were surrounded by our friends who were clapping, how cliché, but this is what happened!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Sujit proposed to me in the most romantic way ever! We had been dating for such a long time, so he wanted to make everything perfect. Sujit told me we had to attend a very important fundraiser his uncle was hosting the day after Thanksgiving. He also told me that he had an exclusive work holiday party that same night at 48 Lounge in NYC, so I should dress appropriately to attend both events. I was so confused how to dress since one event was a fundraiser and the other was at a lounge! I asked him if we could skip the holiday party since it would be a long day, and Sujit sent me a pic of the email invite from Steve Madden. He explained this was a very exclusive invite only event and showed me the flyer and how it wasn’t sent as a mass distribution email. I decided to go with a lace black dress, and paired it with my black Christian Loubitons. Sujit suggested I paint my nails red since it is attention grabbing for when we shake hands with people at the fundraiser.

November 23, 2018 finally came and I decided to pamper myself and got my hair blown out. I didn’t know it at the time, but Sujit called my hair dresser that morning and told her to make sure she did an extra nice job on my hair because he was going to propose. He told her “Please don’t make it obvious and don’t let her find out”.

3pm Sujit met me at my house to pick me up and I noticed he looked stressed and a little disoriented. I asked him if everything was okay, and he responded, “We have to help my uncle setup a few things at the venue and we are a little late”. I didn’t know at the time but Sujit was stressed because it was frigid cold and he was planning on proposing outside. He had actually come from the venue where him, his sister, my mom & my cousin were helping setup the proposal!
Sujit and I pulled into the parking lot at The Sterlings, in Bethpage and he immediately said, "There’s no cars here because no one is here yet". I was so confused because he mentioned we were late, but I didn’t bother asking. We step out of the car, and he said “We don’t have coat check so we should leave our jackets in the car”. I replied, “Well that’s ghetto”. He laughed and said, “Let’s go cutie”. I was shivering and quickly ran inside. (It was 20 degrees that day).

Sujit grabbed my hand and said, “It’s this way”. As we were walking to the hall in the back, he told me I looked so beautiful. We arrive at the hall, and he pushes the door open and the song “Differences” by Genuwine started playing (our song from 7th grade). I was so confused because there were photographers and a setup that looked like a proposal and I looked at Sujit & said, “Is this for me?” He smiled and said, “Yes”. I started crying immediately. I was waiting for this day for so long and my emotions got the best of me. Sujit walked me down a white carpet with purple rose petals, and purple balloons everywhere. (Purple is my favorite color.) He picked out the most romantic sonnet from Shakespeare and read it to me during the proposal. He popped the question with the most gorgeous cushion cut diamond ring and I was hysterical. I said, “Yes!” and we popped rose champagne (my favorite). Sujit planned out every little detail and I was so ecstatic. After finishing the glass of champagne, he turned to me & said, “I have another surprise for you”. I said, “What!?” Sujit said, “It’s outside”. He took my hand and led me outside, where there was an aerial banner flying around which read, “SONAM, I LOVE YOU. WILL YOU MARRY ME?” I was in shock because of how perfect this proposal was.

After taking our pictures with the photographer, I called my mom in excitement to tell her the good news. I told Sujit I wanted to go home to show her the ring but Sujit kept stalling. We made 3 stops before he finally took me home. I open the door and heard people scream "Congratulations!". It was my family and Sujit’s family all at the door. At this point, I understood why Sujit was stalling. He was stalling so my mom had enough time to get the family together to celebrate the big moment.
Fast forward a few hours, we say goodbye to everyone so we can drive into the city for the holiday work party. I was so sad I couldn’t hang out with my cousins longer, but knew this party was important to Sujit so I didn’t complain. We reached the city and parked a few blocks away from the lounge. As soon as we arrive, Sujit tells the hostess, “We’re here for the Steve Madden Party”, and she took both our coats and led us to the back. Out of nowhere a bunch of people scream “CONGRATULATIONS!” I was so caught off guard. Sujit gave me yet another surprise and invited all our friends out to celebrate with us. I said, “But what about the Steve Madden party!? There was a flyer, I’m so confused!” He said, “I had to do something to keep you surprised!” We partied all night with our friends and it was the best ending to the most perfect proposal!

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.
Don't let anyone tell you planning an Indian wedding in one year is enough time! Sujit and I got married exactly one year from the day he proposed, and boy did it feel like crunch time! It takes a village.

We looked at a few different venues, but ultimately fell in love with The Crest Hollow Country Club because of how well maintained it was and we loved their customer service and how attentive they were to our wedding needs.

I struggled with finding someone for hair and makeup because the MUA I originally wanted (I won't mention any names) was very rude and unaccommodating. After this bad experience, my wedding coordinator, Arun from the Detailed Affairs Team, suggested Makeup by Khadija. She was an absolute doll and I ended up becoming friends with her after the wedding. I loved every look and would definitely recommend her to all future brides!

My outfits were all from India and my mom found designers for us to work with to create the perfect sangeet, wedding and reception outfits for the wedding of my dreams! The sangeet and wedding lenghas were from Madame Exclusive and my reception dress was from LaPalette.

Our floral and decor, which was stunning for each and every event was from Stylish Events NY. Kashi, the owner, took the time to sit with Sujit and I and really understood our vision of how we wanted each event to look. My favorite decor was for the wedding ceremony. We went with the "Maharani Mandap" (how fitting) and had a platform catwalk for our walk down the isle.

For my henna, I knew I wanted Henna by Inder as soon as I saw her Instagram page. That was probably one of the easier decisions in the planning process. Inder did an amazing job and was very fun to chat with while she did my bridal henna.

We chose DJ USA to DJ all our events and they rocked the party! Sharad was amazing and very hands on during the planning process and everyone on the team was so professional. They DJ'd our engagement party as well, and we plan on using them for future events.

For our photos and videos we ended up going with Regal Palette Studio. I found them on Instagram and called and spoke to Hershey over the phone, and instantly knew they were the right fit. I appreciated his level of professionalism and patience when answering all our questions. Wedding planning is a very stressful process, but becomes easier when you have vendors who truly care about you. Sujit and I were very happy with RPS' work, and would book them again for future events.

Our catering was from Beneres and we are so happy we went with them. Our guests still tell us about how much they loved the food at each event. For the reception, we had specialty desserts from The Paanwala and oh my goodness... those paan shots were amazing! Worth every penny!

One week before our wedding, I came across @Inthedetailnyc Instagram page, and I am so happy I did. I worked with Manisha to create our wedding welcome sign and our signature drinks bar signs. She was very professional and was able to deliver my signs in just 3 days. The signs added a special touch to our wedding.

Shopping for our wedding bands was my favorite part. We worked with New York Diamonds, Inc. in the diamond district to customize beautiful matching wedding bands. My husband also bought my engagement ring from them. Anu and Neha are absolutely amazing and were very patient with us during the process.

Last, but not least, our wedding and reception went so smooth and without a hitch thanks to The Detailed Affairs team. Arun and his team were on top of everything! Without a doubt, I know if we didn't hire them, Sujit and I would've been so stressed. All our guests asked how we were so calm and looked stress free during the wedding, and it was all thanks to Arun and his team. I would recommend them to all future brides!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I was saving up my vacation time for the wedding and honeymoon, so my mom went to India and did all my wedding shopping for me. She has great taste so I trusted her with picking all my outfits and jewelry. I always knew I wanted to wear a red lengha, but my mom did one better and helped me design a custom lengha with a beautiful matching veil. It was stunning and the jewelry she picked was equally as beautiful. From the gorgeous pink veil, down to the custom heart shaped latkans, the lengha was absolute perfection.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
EVERYTHING! We still get calls and messages about how fun it was. Our guests told us how much they loved the food at each event, our farewell vidai (in a helicopter), and the performances at our Sangeet!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
1. Our first look was so special and the moment was very precious. It was an emotional high and both Sujit and I teared up in joy when we first saw each other. I will never forget the twinkle in his eye when he saw me, his bride to be, moments before our wedding.

2. Our vidai was a special moment for us because we had a farewell in a helicopter. It was the first time Sujit and I flew in a chopper and it was so fun after such a serious goodbye to my family and loved ones. It was special to be with my husband and start the next chapter in our lives together flying away in a helicopter. How cinematic!

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 so special because of all the performances. My cousins, Sujit's siblings and cousins, my mom and aunts, Sujit's groomsmen, and me and my bridesmaids all did performances. Sujit's family even did a cute skit with all of them dancing together. We really felt like we were in a Bollywood movie!

I especially loved our look for the Sangeet night. Sujit and I wore matching green and silver outfits and everyone told us we looked like a King and Queen that night. My lengha was sparkling and the glam makeup and hair was the stunning finishing touch.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Don't let the stress get to you! Easier said than done, but remember that this moment doesn't last forever. The wedding week especially, will fly by so fast and in the blink of an eye, it's all over. Try to enjoy every moment, and leave the stressing to everyone else. I am so grateful for my mom and maid of honor (my cousin Nikeeta), because they really worked hard to make sure I enjoyed every moment and that I didn't get wrapped up in any drama or wedding politics!

We have more for you, so if we inspired you today, wait to see what we have prepared for you tomorrow. You will love it!

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Floral & Decor: Stylish Events | Venues: Crest Hollow Country Club | Planning & Design: Detailed Affairs Team | Hair & Makeup: Makeup By Khadija | Catering: Benares Restaurant & Catering | DJ: DJ USA | Baraat (Dhol): @royal_s_royal | Baraat Horse: Ride In Events | Bridal Fashion: Madame Exclusive | Bridal Jewelry: New York Diamonds Inc | Bridal Jewelry: East West Jewelers Inc | Special Desserts: The Paanwaala | Cinematography: Regal Palette Studio | Mehndi Artist: Henna by Inder | Vidai Helicopter: Artnetc | Signage: In The Detail | Groom’s Outfit: Diwan Saheb Official | Photography: Regal Palette Studio


Pompton Plains, NJ Wedding SalShan Photography

The epic union of Jigna & Ruchit fills our wedding inspiration corner today, ladies! We are heading down to Pompton Plains, New Jersey, for this fantastic gala, and we will relive every highlight scene thanks to the great visual job of SalShan Photography! Our today's couple had a clear vision of what they wanted for their big days and decided to hire the unparalleled service of Urvashi Mishra, Wedding & Event Planner, who ensured their wedding was elegantly planned and perfectly executed! Every princess needs a castle don't you agree? That is why all the magic of this wedding happened inside the lavish interiors of The Legacy Castle. This palatial spot was the perfect scenario for our lovely Indian princess bride, Jigna could flaunt the royal style that the beauty experts of StyleBySmita created especially for her. So amazing! Guests were invited to the traditional union with a creative invite design from The Royal Collection and danced the night away with M4U Events' pumping beats. So, Maharanis, today's video is everything you need to end your week, so time to get comfortable and hit play below!

More to come on Monday! 

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Invitations & Wedding Stationery: The Royal Collection | Hair & Makeup: StyleBySmita | DJ: M4U Events | Planning & Design: Urvashi Mishra, Wedding & Event Planner | Cinematographer: SalShan Photography | Photographer: SalShan Photography | Sangeet Venue: Ember | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Legacy Castle | Floral & Decor: Wedding Design | Catering: Moghul Cateterers | Baraat Car: Rolls Royce | Cake & Treats: Palermo Bakery | Lighting: Visual Comet | Live Music - Violin: Barynya Entertainment | Baraat: Sangeet Band & Wedding Lagan | Mehndi Artist: Shilpa Sharma | Ice sculpture: The Legacy Castle | Priest: Ruchit's Vidhi and Wedding Ceremony Arvind bhai


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