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Lafayette Hill, PA Indian Wedding by Naina Digital Studio

Remember Payal & Ravish's stunning gala from Lafayette Hill? We know you do, but in case you would like to relive once again the gorgeous picture gallery brought to us by Priyanca Rao Photography, you can browse through it here. Today, and thanks to Naina Digital Studio, we have the lovely highlight reel of everything that went on for the most important day of their lives. The Chubb Hotel & Conference Center was at its very best to house both the ceremony and reception, beautifully planned and designed by none other than the team from Shayosa Events, of course! So amazing! But what really took our breath away, was Maharani Payal's dazzling taste in terms of style, fashion, and color. And what about that heavenly makeup design by SV Bridal Concepts by Sanjana Vaswani? Sophistication to its finest, to say the least! What might be needed to keep everyone having the time of their lives, you might ask. Well... the culinary wonders of Chand Palace, that's what! They managed to bring the best dishes around to provide the necessary energy for such a huge bash! So, ladies, you can't miss this! Hit play below for all the details!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Ravish on Dil Mil in June 2017, he had a witty Seinfeld quote which made me smile, so I swiped right!
 
I was falling for Ravish pretty early on in our relationship. I was able to genuinely be myself around him. I knew he was the one for me when we took a ski trip together and I caught the flu while there. He took care of me in every possible way by being by my side, bringing me food, keeping me comfortable, picking up my meds and constantly checking up on me. It was then, I knew that I truly loved him and that I see myself with him forever.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Ravish and I decided to go to Montreal in October 2018. He had a whole weekend planned with exploring the city. I anticipated there may be a proposal in the planning however he told me before the trip that the ring isn't ready and so I didn't think anything of it thereafter. On Saturday morning, we had brunch at the Maggie Oakes.
Then we went up to Mont Royal, it's a park that overlooks the city of Montreal. Since it was October the view of fall trees was spectacular. After a few minutes of walking around and taking pictures. Ravish said let me take a picture of you overlooking the city and when I turned around he was down on his knee. I was surprised and elated.
 
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 loved planning my wedding. Our venue was breathtakingly beautiful. The ballroom was rustic with exposed brick and high beams and had tall windows along the side to bring in the natural light. It was important to me to have a ballroom that was open and inviting and I want to stay away from hotel ballrooms. Our venue, however, was not a full-service venue, which meant we had to rent china, hire staff and all the necessary linens as well. The venue worked with us to help manage all the necessary items our decorator, Nisha Shah from Lax States was beyond helpful. She brought my vision of having an open, mandap setup to life.  Nisha has a very unique way of ensuring the set up resembles the bride and groom's personality along with their outfits. Our wedding outfits were perfectly coordinated with how the mandap was set up as well as our reception stage.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I love my outfit. The dress made me smile all day. I met with a custom designer, Nikita Ravi Khimani who my mom had previously worked with. I showed her two outfits that I liked and I wanted a blend of them. I knew I wanted light pink and green in my outfit and stay away from the traditional color red. Nikita was able to design and provide a sketch of the design and a sample within a week. She was able to bring my vision to life.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Ravish and I took professional dance lessons for our first dance and it was great to practice with each other. We danced to Nazm Nazm from Bareilly Ki Barfi.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
My guests loved the venue we chose, it was a golf course with a beautiful landscape and we were blessed with the perfect weather.
Ravish helped me a lot through the planning process - he was in charge of food and music. All our guests loved the food and dance-off we had at the reception.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our first look, my walk down the aisle, my dance with my dad and our first dance. 
 
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.
Our families were so excited for our wedding. At Garba, we had 8 performances filled with my parents, my siblings, my cousins and nieces, and nephews. Ravish's family did a whole family dance and a cousin's dance.
One of the most memorable dances was seeing my Mom's and Dad's siblings do a couple dance to all the old songs such as Ude Jab Jab Zulfen Teri from Naya Daur, Jab Koi Baat Bigad Jaye from Jurm
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Savor every single moment of your day. You get one day to be a celebrity. Take a moment with your partner during the reception to take in all the people that are in the room that 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.)
Mehndi - Aarti was very creative. Ravish's favorite soccer team is Manchester United and I had asked Aarti to incorporate this logo on to my Mehndi. Ravish was so happy to see this.
 
Cake was a hit at our wedding. Aarti from AMR Catering was amazing. We had 2 different layers (one of the layers - Vanilla Cake - with Mango Curd and mango Icing, another layer - Raspberry Cake with thin Raspberry Compote and Raspberry Rosewater Icing.
 

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Hair & Makeup: SV Bridal Concepts by Sanjana Vaswani | Catering: Chand Palace | Planning & Design: Shayosa Events | Photography: Priyanca Rao Photography | Venues: Chubb Hotel & Conference Center | Floral & Decor: Lax States | Bridesmaids Hair and Makeup: Amisha's Artistry | DJ: DJ Suhel's Team - DJ Pratik | Catering: AMR Catering | Cinematography: Naina Digital Studio | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Designs by Dixita Patel | Mehndi Artist: Aarti's Henna Art | Photo Booth: Selfie Social | Groom's Outfit: Aso Palav | Bridal Fashion - Wedding Outfit Designer: Nikita Ravi Khimani | Bride's Shoes: Ted Baker - Nordstrom | Groom's Shoes: Deep Sons | Catering: Mr. Paanwala


Garden Grove, CA Indian Wedding by Reel Initiative

Welcome, ladies, to a real-life fairy tale wedding! A couple of months ago, we had Nirvi & Neil's gorgeous picture gallery by Gary Cohelo Photography. It totally left us sighing so if you miss it, you can relieve it here! Today, we have the enchanting film of everything that went on at the Hyatt Regency Orange County, beautifully planned and design by none other than Best Dream Weddings by Vanessa Doménech. The gala was this sophisticated and colorful flair that truly showcased what Indian weddings are all about. Dances, family and lots of fun were just some of the ingredients of this union. Of course, Maharani Nirvi had to be just glowing for a day of such importance. Dolled up by Lulu made her presence known and assisted the bride with her impeccable hair and makeup. So talented! And if that wasn't enough, the reception party couldn't have been this ode to style if it wasn't for the team from 3D Sounds who brought the house down with all the Bollywood and western beats that surely did put a smile on everyone's faces. So, ladies hit play and enjoy the amazing visual work from the team of Reel Initiative.

 

 

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Neil in Orange County, CA when he was in town for his cousin's wedding. I knew he was the one when all his actions showed me he cared for others more than himself, he would make sure everyone else was happy including my friends and family, and when he always made sure I had hot cheetoes in the kitchen cabinet!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Neil proposed in Cancun, Mexico at one of our destination trips together as a dating couple. It was a complete surprise. He ended up flying my best friends and family to NYC after we arrived back from the trip for more surprised filled events that entire weekend. He definitely planned it out to a T. 
 
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 over a year of research, but I was incredibly happy with my vendors. I am so happy they put together our pastel color palette, our unique NYC vs LA city theme and really made sure our personal touches were there!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew I wanted to do a non-traditional color that still exemplified the simplicity, forward fashion, and style. I knew my bridal lengha was the one when my dad said it was. 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The food, the reception LED video wall and the overall hospitality. 
 
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.
Our first dance was a skit that was unique to us. We incorporated it with different songs and sayings. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
It all works out in the end, don't stress too much!
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Here is my video clip summary if you would like to share it or gain better insight into the details. My mehndi pic has been submitted, it was a unique story of our LA vs NYC long-distance relationship and how we used credit card miles to fly to see each other! Chase even gifted us with a personal card and gift!
 
 
My jewelry was handpicked, real gold, and gifted to me by my mother and mother in law. I was so fortunate to wear heirloom pieces that meant a lot.

 

More glam and glitter yet to come! 

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Hair & Makeup: Dolled up by Lulu | Planning & Design: Best Dream Weddings by Vanessa Doménech | DJ: 3D Sounds | Venues: Hyatt Regency Orange County | Photography: Gary Coelho Photography | Decor: Synx Events | Florist: Gaby's Flowers DTLA | Florist: Krushna Mandaps | Lunch Catering: BAPS | Dinner Catering: Mantra Indian Cuisine | Car for Baraat/Vidai: Turo with Joe | Dessert Table: Vanessa’s Sweet Creations | Cake: Cake Korner | Cinematography: Reel Initiative | Rentals: Synx Events


Clearwater, FL Indian Wedding by Riant Films

Hey there, dolls! Today we have a celebration that was truly blessed by the sun! Aarti & Vinay decided to celebrate their union with the roaring ocean as their witness and of course that our friends from Riant Films were there to capture all the wedding fun. R.A.G.Artistry was also there and managed to snap all the wonderful stills we admired in our previous photo feature. This gorgeous Maharani had everything under control for her big day of magic. When the Maharani is about to tie the knot she is a wedding planner herself, and ensures that every detail is taken care of! To assist the couple with the striking floral and decor, our good friends from Occasions by Shangri-la. Their undeniably skills and talent were put to the test, and as we well see for today's film, it was just magical! What was also magical was Maharani Aarti's fashion choices. She was just glowing from top to toe in every single one of the rituals and Michele Renee The Studio was in part to blame for that. She crafted her hair and makeup and the result was an Indian princess for the books! The Hilton Clearwater Beach trembled with these two! So, ladies, today's film requires some tissues because happiness tears will be on its way! Join us!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
My husband, Vinay lived in D.C., and I lived in Atlanta. I visited D.C. for my sister's birthday. We met in D.C. at Fig & Olive at Vandana’s birthday dinner. It was no love at first sight, by we immediately connected over an exchange of bad online dating experiences and interestingly, agreed to become each other’s, dating consultants. In the process of helping each other figure out how to date successfully, we found our friendship growing while spending hours on the phone together and felt connected over our love for elephants, Amazon shopping and shoes. After an amazing weekend-long date together in October 2015, we definitely knew there was something special between us. I'm not really the over-sentimental type, so I never really had a "you're the one" moment, rather many "this feels right" moments. 

 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Vinay planned a surprise trip to Utah to go hiking in Mt. Zion. He told me that we were going to have a date night, and had me picked up in an Uber from work, which drove me to the airport. I was very confused, but he met me as the car pulled up to the departures gate. He sweetly and cleverly had packed my suitcase with everything I could possibly need. Once we reached Vegas, we drove to Utah. We went for a sunrise hike, and he proposed as the sun came up over the canyons. It was a beautiful proposal with just the two of us in sight for miles. We followed up the proposal with a few hikes in Mt. Zion and a fun day in Vegas. 
 
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.
Being a wedding planner myself (many years ago), we didn't need too much guidance going into the initial planning. One of the first things we did, was to gather both our families for a meeting, gave each member a post-it note and asked them to write down the top 3 aspects they envisioned for or at the wedding. We wanted to incorporate the things they envisioned when we created our vision. Vinay and I really wanted to have a destination wedding, and luckily the parents' were delighted about it as well. The hardest decision was selecting the venue, cause we had no clue what state, what city we wanted be get married in. We contacted venues in San Diego, Scottsdale, Denver, Charleston, Miami, and a few beach venues on the east coast. Through a friend, Tampa got on our radar, and from there, we selected Hilton Clearwater Beach & Resort. We didn't know why it took so long for us to figure that out since we both love water, and had talked about getting married on the beach many times. Once we signed the contract with the venue, the rest just fell into place. We hired a local wedding planner, Sokha Im with Apsara Events, for mostly wedding week coordination. She was just absolutely incredible, and could not have done it without her. Food being the most important aspect for Vinay and me, we wanted a stronghold over quality. After a tasting with a restaurant in Orlando, we went with Cafe Bombay out of Atlanta.  I have worked with him many times in Atlanta and knew they could deliver the quality and the variety of food styles. They brought a team of 10, and two trucks of newly bought food presentation trays and decor. They bought most of the vegetables in Tampa, and everything was cooked only hours before each event. Decor design was second important to us. We spoke with Suhaag Garden and Occasions by Shangri-La, but after many phone calls about our vision, OBS was just a better fit for us. With us loving water, and me being an outdoorsy person, the theme was easy for us. It needed to represent us, and what we love most. We went with the 5 elements of earth found in Ayurveda - Fire, Water, Air, Earth, and Space. Remmel and his team executed the theme flawlessly! We loved our boho design for the Sangeet, and the simplistic mandap with wood pillars and the ocean as a backdrop, and an enchanted forest feel for the reception. Our hair and makeup team, Michelle Renee Salon, were so incredibly nice and kept our looks natural and elegant. My husband wanted to surprise our guests by learning to play the dhol, so took lessons with Sagar Patel, Dholi Saag, who also our dholi for the Sangeet and Wedding. The first vendor we signed was our photographer, Rachael Ann Gliebe with RAG Artistry, who I knew all along had to shoot our wedding. She's a magician, and definitely glammed us up! I love how flawless she made us look. 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
We went to India for our wedding shopping, and I knew which stores I wanted to visit. My mom owned an Indian clothing boutique in Atlanta for 8 years, so we have suppliers that we trust and love in India. I bought my wedding outfit from Frontier Heritage and knew I did not want to wear red on my wedding day since I was young. I had always wanted to wear a dark blue, but after finalizing the beach for our wedding, wanted to make sure I did not want to blend into the background water. I decided on a pastel theme and found a gorgeous 2 shaded green. My husband went with a contrast light pink tone with a  design matching mine. 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Without a doubt, it had to be the food tastings. We are foodies and loved making the menu, tasting all the dishes, giving notes on how we wanted it to taste, and making the final selection. Also, it was a task that the entire family got to enjoy, and we got to spend time with them. 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Most of our friends and family still talk about how much they loved our wedding weekend, and it wasn't one particular moment for them, but the overall feel of the weekend. We wanted everyone to treat our wedding as a vacation, and that's exactly what they got. We had a pool party organized between the haldi and sangeet so our friends and family can all still hang out together. Even both our immediate families were there, relaxed and having a good time. We didn't want to stress our parents out at all, cause all too often weddings are mostly fun for the guests, while the parents and siblings are running around and taking care of tasks in the background. For that same reason, we didn't have bridesmaids and groomsmen so they can also relax and spend time with their significant others.  As the bride and groom, we stayed extremely relaxed, didn't stress out about the small things, and got to spend quality time with our guests. 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our most favorite event was the Sangeet, cause its where we got to show our personality and incorporate our favorite things the best. Our favorite moment was definitely getting to play flip cup with our friends and family! We loved all the games we set up under the party tent. For my husband, he will never forget coming in on jetskis for his bharat with his best friends! 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Oh man, I could write a 5 page paper for this question, but I think the number #1 advice would be to Just enjoy the weekend, and don't sweat the small things that don't go as planned. No matter how much planning goes into a wedding, some things still slip through the cracks. Secondly, rank the priority of vendors and set a realistic budget. We sent paperless post invites cause paper invites that everyone throws away didn't make any sense to us. We chose a free website to create our page, and did a few DIY decor projects for the wedding and gave it to Remmal. It's not a huge saving but still makes a difference. 
 
Thanks for watching, dolls! Don't miss our next wedding film tomorrow.
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Floral & Decor: Occasions by Shangri-la | Hair & Makeup: Michele Renee The Studio | Venues: Hilton Clearwater Beach | Photography: R.A.G.Artistry | Planning & Design: Apsara Events | Catering: Café Bombay Restaurant and Catering | DJ: Karmadjs / Mr. Yogainder Goyal | Baraat: OuYah Watersports | Dholi: Sagar Thaker | Cinematography: Riant Films | Lighting: Lucas Productions | Live Music: Stephen Neil - Violinist | Mehndi Artist: Henna Allure | Photo Booth: Shutter Booth | Rentals: U.S. Tent Rental


McClean, VA Indian Wedding by Photographick Studios

Welcome and hello Maharanis! There's nothing quite better than starting the week with a fabulous highlight film of two charming lovebirds, so, therefore our talented friends from Photographick Studios bring to our desk the spectacular wedding of Shilpa and Jay to finally complete the gorgeous imagery previously presented by Regeti's Photography in our Blog! This lovely union took place at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner and Sonal J. Shah Event Consultants planned all the details and amazing elements that filled this spectacular venue. Nivanjoli brought to life the fantastic decor themes, from a ceremony extravaganza to a refined reception, every event was stunning!  Maharani Shilpa was a total star thanks to Styles By Swati - Salon SBS who produced a flawless series of looks for our bride during her wedding shows! As the celebrations draw to a close the professional entertainers from Amplifire Entertainment made everyone dance the night away and Moghul Caterers feasted them with a dazzling menu! Make sure to check out the entire event with the highlight film below with everything you need to know about this grand celebration! 

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Jay and I had planned a trip to Bermuda for a short vacation. I had planned most of the details of the trip but little did I know Jay was planning his own surprise. We had gotten ready early for a nice dinner one evening and Jay suggested we go down to the beach to take pictures. As we headed down to the beach at sunset, I turned the corner and found the most romantic dinner set up with roses and candles all right next to the ocean.
I was completely surprised and just remember that feeling of being the happiest I’ve ever been with the man of my dreams! 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
We made a family trip to India and I had always pictured a deep pink, almost rosy lehnga color. I was able to find just that! I loved the different colors my lehenga had- orange, yellow-green details
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Everyone was most impressed with the decor and the food! I think we had made some great choices for the food with a lot of variety! The desserts made by the Ritz were also amazing!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The first time I walked in and saw the ceremony mandap setup- it was so beautiful and perfectly put together. My vision that had been building for the past year of bringing a garden indoors was finally real! And I loved the cute elephants at the entrance 
 
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 loved the decor for all my events- tried to keep the garden them throughout!
My haldi was at our house outside on the deck with a beautiful backdrop of green trees and a yellow open mini mandap covered in marigolds and fresh jasmine
My mehndi has a backdrop of a green wall with orchids fun henna decor! We had a bangle and bindi bazaar favor table for the guests
The Sangeet had a Moroccan then with 7 different food stations and lots of fun prints and color!
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
We had unique beautiful wedding favors- henna design macaroons that were delicious! It was definitely something fun and perfect for an Indian wedding!

 

See you tomorrow loves!

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Photography: Regeti's Photography | Floral & Decor: Nivanjoli | Cinematography: Photographick Studios | Hair & Makeup: Styles By Swati - Salon SBS | DJ: Amplifire Entertainment | Catering: Moghul Caterers | Planning and Design: Sonal J. Shah Event Consultants | Venue: Ritz Carlton - Tysons Corner


Philadelphia, PA Indian Wedding by Lightyear Studio

Great news, dear daydreamers! Today's featured wedding film has just arrived and we can't wait to share it with you to keep on nurturing those ravishing ideas. It comes from Philadelphia and you can definitely feel the spring/summer vibes of the spree. Flowers were blooming and the majestic trees, dress in tones of green, olive, teal, and all earthly colors. It was just meant to be that the color palette chosen by today's couple, reflected in a way, the freshness of their surroundings and the immense purity of their love. As we will witness, thanks to our friends from the visually eclectic team of Lightyear Studio, the ceremony, and reception were just something else. They were both hosted at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing, and the choice couldn't have been better. The venue was looking absolutely rocking and welcomed Maharani Amy and Raja Darshan in all their newlywed glory. Partyland Sajawat Decorator understood the importance of the season accurately and came up with the enchanting floral designs that decorated our bride's path to the aisle, and the entire reception scenography. We are loving this couple and we know you will love them too! There is just one way to find out, and that is to let yourself be enchanted by the cinematic experience of what was Amy & Darshan's nuptials. Join us!   

Stay with us Maharanis, more glam and charm from our brides yet to come! 

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Venues: Hilton Philadelphia at Penns Landing | Floral & Decor: Partyland Event Design Boutique | Cinematographer: Lightyear Studio | Photography: Lightyear Studio | Sangeet Venue: Indian Cultural Center of South Jersey | Planning & Design: Elite Events Management LLC | Hair & Makeup: Sonia C | Catering: Bukhara Grill | DJ: LUXE Entertainment | Cake & Treats: Bredenbeck's Bakery | Photo Booth: Philly Photo Booth | Transportation: Caliber Farms


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