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Plano, TX Indian Wedding by Green Light Media

Really few things make us as excited as when we receive a brand new wedding. Of the multiple types of weddings that exist, we are particularly fond of the ones that mix various traditions, faiths, and backgrounds. If there is something that says unity, those types of weddings are absolutely it. Today, we head down to Texas for Ashley & Shawn's union. The ceremony was held at St.Mary’s Malankara Syriac Orthodox Church, and as we will see in today's footage thanks to Green Light Media, the guests and of course, the couple, displayed a lavish sense of style for the gala that couldn't go unnoticed here in Maharani Weddings. Our gorgeous Maharani Ashley was looking absolutely radiant and that was also thanks to the team from Elegant Saree Draping, who assisted with the glam touch-ups for the celebrations. Such a gorgeous bride! After the ceremony, the couple knew that it was time to celebrate big time, so everyone moved to the  Dallas Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center for what it was going to be a party for the ages. Do you know why? DJ Riz Entertainment was in charge of setting the dance floor on fire, and what a party that was! We can't wait for you, ladies, to have a look at today's cinematic experience, truly one to remember!

 

Have a wonderful Wednesday, loves!

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DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Lighting: DJ Riz Entertainment | Draping/Styling: ELEGANT SAREE DRAPING | Cinematography: Green Light Media Services | Photography: Ivy Weddings | Ceremony Venue: St.Mary’s Malankara Syriac Orthodox Church | Reception Venue: Dallas Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center | Planning & Design: Shelley K Events | Floral & Decor: Bebe's Decor | Hair & Makeup: Jtorry Makeup Artist | Bridal Fashions: Circle Park Bridal | Cake & Treats: Delicious Cakes | Dessert: Nothing Bundt Cakes | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Indian Wedding Card | Transportation: Prime Limo


San Jose, CA South Indian Wedding by Lin & Jirsa Photography

Welcome back, Maharanis! I am so excited about today's feature film because I'm sure you are going to be absolutely smitten by it, I tell you that! Remember Mona & Shashank's wedding gala? Of course you do, such a gorgeous couple cannot be forgotten that easily here in Maharani Weddings, especially when they are overflowing with style. The San Jose Marriott was the white canvas that hosted this vivid vision and the couple couldn't have chosen a better place to celebrate their milestone. This gorgeous Maharani, beautifully dolled up by Rosheen Ahmadi, shone like the true Indian princess she is. The style and fabric of her sarees were indeed a highlight for me. Some summery vibes on this chic bride! The excellence of Lin & Jirsa Photography is once again here for us to enjoy and what a film they have today! So, come, take a look and dance along Desi Jammers Entertainment beats, that for sure, will leave you wanting for more. Let's get to it!

 

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Shashank and I met 10 years ago at UC Irvine, at first I don't think either one of us realized where we would end up. Our relationship was long distance for the majority of the time after graduating from UC Irvine. I knew he was the one very early on in our relationship, but what solidified it was the support and encouragement he gave me while we were long distance. The last year before he proposed to me, I was out of state for the majority of the time on my rotations and Shashank came and helped me move into each place I went to, and came to visit me and made me feel like I had a piece of home with me. 
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
The proposal day was a day I will never forget! I thought Shashank and I were going out of town to celebrate his birthday. Shashank said he booked us a couple's massage however when we went to the spa the lady said it was only a massage for me and I was so confused, but I thought maybe he just surprised me with a massage, because I had recently finished up all my exams and submitted my information to get my board certification for Optometry. After my massage, I got back to our hotel room to see rose petals directing me to a dress, jewelry, purse, shoes laid out for me on the bed. There were notes throughout the room, one of them mentioned, "be ready by 6:15 pm, your special transportation crew will be here to pick you up". When I got ready I heard a knock on my door and it was my mom and sisters ready to pick me up. It was so meaningful and important for me to them being there with me. They drove me down to Pebble Beach where Shashank was waiting for me. He walked me down near the water and had hired photographers that looked like tourists to capture everything. Before Shashank was even done with his speech to ask me to be his wife I kept saying YES YES YES, I was so ready to be his fiance and eventually his wife!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think our guests loved our decorations by Raofactor, so many people were shocked when they saw our mandap, it was so neat that everyone danced under it during the reception. At the reception, we had mini donuts made by Swell Little Donuts and so many people loved those as well. 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
So ever since Shashank proposed to me, all I was determined to do was to have an entrance video that captured our humor and love for one another. I wanted the video to be Bollywood theme so I created a script and we brought it to life. The video came out better than expected and we had some bloopers. It was so hard for me to keep that entrance video as a secret, but it was totally worth it because all the guests were not expecting that and they were just laughing the entire time. We played the video before we came out of the reception and it was a hit!
 
Here are the attachments of our entrance videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccxDf6m4oG4&t=11s
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Please enjoy all aspects of your wedding. I feel like with our wedding although we had condensed it down to cut out some events I was still overwhelmed and stressed out until the reception. Then, before I knew it, the whole weekend was over, I am so thankful that our wedding highlight video came out, it's so great that I can relive that weekend, but in retrospect I wish I just let go and enjoyed every aspect from the beginning because the reality is, there is only so much you do, so just sit back and soak in every moment because the wedding will fly by so fast. Highlight Video:  https://vimeo.com/299893710

 

Stick around, ladies, more to come! 

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Venues: San Jose Marriott | DJ: Desi Jammers Entertainment | Photography: Lin & Jirsa Photography | Sangeet Venue: India Community Center (ICC) | Planning & Design: Nirali Shah Events | Florist: Raofactor | Hair & Makeup: Rosheen Ahmadi | Catering: Peacock Indian Restaurant | Baraat Horse: Prince Horse Rental - Bay Area Baraat Horse | Desserts: Swell Little Donuts | Cinematography: Lin & Jirsa Photography


Orlando, FL Indian Fusion Wedding by Castaldo Studios

Remember Radhika & Ryan's gorgeous fusion wedding photography? Well, today for your inspiration and sighing, we have the amazing highlight reel of everything that went on for their special day of magic. The venue? The exclusive The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. The planning and design squad that made everything happen? Eventrics Weddings, of course. That without yet mentioning the floral wonders of the terrific team from Occasions by Shangri-la! With aid like that, it is becoming clearer and clearer that this feature of today is going to be just amazing! This lovely pair's energy and vibes were so refreshing and as we will see on our filmy of today, it was so meant to be for them to be together. Definitely, the crew from Castaldo Studios outdid themselves with this one. So, ladies, get those sarees ready because this voyage is one you can't miss! Hit play below for more!

 

More surprises yet to be unveiled! 

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Floral & Decor: Occasions by Shangri-la | Planning & Design: Eventrics Weddings | Venues: The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes | DJ: Dudha Productions | Cinematography: Castaldo Studios | Photography: Castaldo Studios


Newport Beach, CA Indian Wedding by Avec Lumiere Productions

My favorite part of the day is here, ladies! We have another cinematic experience for your beautiful selves! So, get comfortable and have some treats ready because our friends from Avec Lumiere Productions crafted a wedding film for the ages! The place? Sunny California, of course! The Newport Beach Marriott housed both the ceremony and reception and with Ethnic Essence Couture Events floral & decor skills, plus The Marigold Company's planning and design magic, this gala was everything you could have dreamed of for your special day! Maharani Leena, as the real Indian princess she is, came out looking absolutely mind-bending. Beauty by Lishma's hair and makeup work keeps on being one of the very best around the California area, and this time, was no exception. So incredible! It was all glam and joy for this bash, going from the always fun Baraat, thanks to Enchanted Carriages, to the ravishing dancing floor lit up by the team from Fusion Sounds, everything was just out of this world. Good thing that our friends from Greycard Photography were there to capture with their lenses everything that went on! Pictures are coming in no time, but in the meantime, hit play below and relive Leena & Tim's grand Indian wedding!

 

Stay tuned loves! A highlight wedding video is featured every day.

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Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Lishma | Floral & Decor: Ethnic Essence Couture Events | DJ: Fusion Sounds | Lighting: Fusion Sounds | Planning & Design: The Marigold Company | Baraat: Enchanted Carriages | Photography: Greycard Photography | Cinematography: Avec Lumiere Productions | Ceremony Venue: Newport Beach Marriott Hotel | Reception Venue: Newport Beach Marriott | Catering: Dilliwalla | Cakes & Treats: Patty’s Cakes | In House Coordinator: Newport Beach Marriott | Photo Booth: All That Photo Booth | Officiant: Sri Krishna Sulakhe


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


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