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Somerset, NJ Indian Wedding by House of Talent Studio

The filmy time of the day is here! And House of Talent Studio shows up with a phenomenal film that will take your breath away. If this is not enough, we also have the fantastic shots they captured during this incredible event in today's Platinum Blog. On this opportunity, we will walk you through the beauty surrounding Anjani & Pranay's wedding festivities. A great day at The Marigold, where our lovely duo decided to sworn each other their eternal love. Chandai Events was chosen by our lovebirds to manage and organize their wedding dreams and let me tell you that this became a dream come true. It was a great call, having them on board! This was a memorable event that brought two families together to celebrate the union of their favorites! Anjani, our beautiful Maharani, captivated everyone during the entire celebration, with a royalty look and magical presence that enlightened the festivities. She definitely made the right decision when trusting Jasmin Rahman with her beauty needs! Every single guest had a blast at the wedding reception, joining the incomparable beats from D&S Event Solutions, who put everyone to dance, making this night an epic one. What a party! So don't wait any longer and click on play. You will be amazed by so much beauty!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We were in Barcelona, which had been a bucket list trip for me for a long time. I thought for sure he was going to propose on this trip, but by the time we reached the last day, I thought maybe I was wrong. We were staying in a hotel that had a highly rated restaurant we had been DYING to try. He had set up a lunch reservation and as we were getting ready, he let me know that the hotel concierge had called to let us know our reservation needed to be pushed a half hour. For the “inconvenience”, they told us to head up to the rooftop bar and they would have drinks for us while we wait. As we started to head upstairs, there were signs on the elevator saying “Out of Order” so we ended up having to walk upstairs. (It turns out the hotel had placed these signs to dissuade anyone from coming to the rooftop while we were there) Once we went upstairs, we were seated in a private area overlooking the city and he told me he had a gift for me! He gave me a photo album he had put together with photos from our 10 years together and once I reached the end, he got down on one knee!
 
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 definitely a challenge planning a wedding in NJ from LA. I am so thankful to both of our parents who did so much running around to make sure every detail is exactly what I envisioned. Our vendors were also amazing and flexible in taking meetings over the phone and arranging in person meetings around the few weekends we were available.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The number one thing we still hear from guests is that the food and the music were perfect! All the food we had at the wedding was well executed and I don’t think there was a SINGLE dish or piece that wasn’t loved. We also had a number of “special requests” that were handled easily and efficiently. The music and our DJs were also great! They had guests on the dance floor the entire night up until the very last song!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
We each have one sister, who over the course of my and my husband’s relationship, have become incredibly close to each other. Together, they created a lot of special moments for us throughout the wedding weekend but one of my favorites is the surprise dance they put together for our reception. The dance included at least 5 different songs (and they choreographed the entire thing!!) The best part about this dance is how they fused together a large group that included friends and family from both sides! It really was such a great representation of our families and friend groups joining together as one.

If you loved this one, wait to see what we have prepared for you tomorrow. So join us by then! 
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Photography: House of Talent Studio | Planning & Design: Chandai Events | Cinematography: House of Talent Studio | DJ: D&S Event Solutions | Venues: The Marigold | Floral & Decor: Rangoli Weddings | Hair & Makeup: Jasmin Rahman | Catering: Moghul Caterers | Catering: Mr. Paanwala | Baraat (Car): Broadway SuperCars | Cake & Treats: Palermo Bakery | Priest: Dinesh Jani


Chantilly, VA Indian Fusion Wedding by Akbar Sayed Photography

Happy Monday, Ladies! We hope you have had a fabulous weekend! Today, we have prepared something special! And you, my beautiful Maharanis, will love every moment of this fantastic fusion wedding! Today, we are double featuring this magical event. So, if the visual masterpiece by Akbar Sayed Photography is not enough, you can also take a look at beautiful shots we have compiled in today's Main Blog! Isn't that amazing, ladies? So let's begin this journey! We want to start by presenting you with all the beauty surrounding Vishaka & Harrison's fusion wedding. A celebration that not only marked us but every single guest who attended this spectacular event. Right from the start, we have to say that everyone was captived by the beauty of Vishaka, who made the right desition when choosing Styles By Swati - Salon SBS for her beauty needs and Mehndi With Heena as her Mehndi artist! And we cannot stretch how much we loved her final look. She looked ravishing! The traditional Hindu ceremony was hosted at Chinmaya Somnath, while the Christian ceremony and the wedding reception were celebrated at The Bellevue. Such perfect venues to celebrate this life milestone. And you will love how the talented crew from Shagun Weddings worked their magic to enhance the beauty of these venues. They created two different environments with well-mixed ornaments and flowers that gave a fairy tale aspect to the celebration.  So don't think twice! Click the play button down below and get ready to be inspired by all the beauty surrounding today's wedding!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met at a trivia night in Dayton, Ohio, shortly after the Air Force stationed us both here! The rest is history.
 
From the Bride:
Harrison always makes me feel safe and protected. He made me feel comfortable being my true self since day one, and before I knew it he broke my walls down and was my best friend. I never had to doubt he would stand by me and stand up for me, but also encourage me to be my best self and grow with me.
 
From the Groom:
Vishaka always puts me and my needs above her own from the first day and every day since. Her love inspires me to be my best self and I've known from the beginning that she was the woman i wanted to spend the rest of my life with.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
He proposed at Disney World, during HIS birthday dinner, on the shores of the Grand Floridian resort while watching the Magic Kingdom fireworks across the lake!
 
Because it was his birthday I told him he could pick any restaurant that sounded good to him and he said he would make the reservation. When I found out the time of the dinner reservation I was initially super stressed out because we would be missing the Magic Kingdom fireworks, which would start around 15 minutes after our reservation time. He apologized and said he really wanted to eat at this one restaurant and this was the only reservation available, I softened up a bit and told him that we could just watch fireworks at the park the next night. Little did I know that our dinner reservation was at a restaurant with a patio across the lake from Magic Kingdom! He had planned with the restaurant for the waitress to offer to take a photo of us because it was his birthday, at which time they brought out my ring on a platter tucked into Cinderella's slipper along with champagne! Not only did he sneakily manage to capture our big moment with photos, but we also got to watch the fireworks from the patio of the restaurant with the show's audio streamed straight to the restaurant speakers! It was a fairytale night.
 
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 did our mehndi party at my parents house and kept it at an intimate 70 guests (haha!), whereas our wedding ceremony and reception sat at 200-250 guests.
 
Wedding day started off with a 3AM wakeup call to start hair and makeup for myself, my mother, and the bridal party. Although it was such an early start to the day, we enjoyed each other's company and my amazing day-of coordinator made a Starbucks run for us. (I absolutely love planning and I wanted to have a say in every detail of our big day, while being respectful of the traditions and rituals that my parents cherish and value, so finding balance was really important. We got a wedding coordinator involved fairly early in the process so that she could make sure all of our voices were heard and so she could bring my vision and planning to life on the big day while my groom, our families, our bridal party, and I were all able to truly enjoy the day. Definitely one of the best investments in wedding planning- we love Anisha from Our Day Events and are so grateful to have her team as part of our dream team!)
 
We had a tradition-meets-glamour Tamil Brahmin Hindu ceremony in the morning, followed by lunch. This was at a Hindu community center. It felt more spiritually focused than a hotel ballroom but was also a more elegant and private venue than a temple. Because it is a long ceremony and our American guests as well as many of the Indian guests don't know about the beautiful meanings behind the traditions, we did a lot of research with the help of our priest, and put together a narrative script for my cousin (who was my Maid of Honor) to read through so the guests would understand the significance of each phase of the ceremony.
 
Manju Mehta from Shagun Weddings was great to work with because she makes sure she gets to know each couple and each family to truly personalize your decor and bring your vision to life. She went through every aspect of decor with me from lighting to fabrics and layout of each event space. She also toured the venues with us to ensure that we would get what we wanted. One of the tricky things with a big ceremony like that is when close family members and the bridal party are actively involved in the ceremony it is often hard for guests to be able to watch the ceremony. We rented out special 2 feet tall risers for the whole mandap and jhoola/oonjal (Swing) so that no one would have to stand up or move around to be able to watch our ceremony.
 
The guests had a few hours of downtime to rest, and in the evening we had cocktail hour, followed by a Christian ceremony at the reception venue that led us straight into our reception. This venue was the embodiment of glamor-- marble floors, grand staircases, and huge chandeliers with an AV system that was out of this world. I really wanted cold sparks (indoor fireworks), and they were able to make that dream come true, but also able to include versatile uplighting, dance floor lighting, and fog/cloud effects for our first dance. The AV systems were incorporated into the venue, so planning for our DJ and lighting and special effects was easy because it all came part of the package!
 
The evening was basically a luxurious fairytale dream. My family is very traditional in their Hindu background and my husband's side of the family has non-denominational Christian backgrounds, so we wanted to be able to incorporate both traditions into our big day. We are both active duty Air Force officers (which is how we met in Dayton, OH) so he wore his mess dress uniform (or as I like to call it his "Prince Charming getup") for our Christian ceremony and reception.
 
The trickiest part of wedding planning is figuring out priorities and budgeting. Although parents are often as generous with their wallets as they are boundless with their love, it is important as an Indian-American woman to be able to contribute to her own wedding and minimize unnecessary expenditure when possible. Instead of getting a multi-tiered traditional wedding cake in a few flavors, we opted for a unique twist with Nothing Bundt Cakes! We got a cupcake tower from Amazon, had them place our bundt cake on the top tier, and filled the remaining tiers and our dessert table with bundtinis (their version of cupcakes) in 7 or 8 different flavors! We bought gold cupcake liners from Hobby Lobby in lieu of the dark brown standard ones the bakery uses so that they would tie into our decor theme a little better, and that small detail made a very pretty difference. We also had a variety of Indian pastries on platters, so our guests had a vast repertoire of desserts (and flavors) to indulge in. There were several things we definitely splurged on -- especially venues and photo/videography, but we wouldn't change that for the world. Our venues were beautiful, our decor was true to our vision, we had a dream-come-true day, and above all of it we have breathtaking photography and videography that artfully capture our memories.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
For our Hindu ceremony in the morning, I have been dreaming of a luxurious red kancheepuram silk saree from Chennai Silks since the moment I saw it on a commercial several years ago. It was part of their Vivaaha collection and my mom actually went to India to get it for me! I felt so elegant in that saree.
 
My favorite part was my 9-yard saree which is traditionally worn during the second half of a Hindu Brahmin wedding. I didn't want a cookie-cutter maroon one, but I wanted it to be fun and true to who I am while paying respect to our roots. I actually ended up getting a saree made straight from the silk looms of Kancheepuram with multicolored checkers and a border in my favorite colors: hot pink with gold embroidery!
 
I knew there was no way I could pull off wearing an all-white gown in front of my parents and 200 of their best friends (as all-white is often considered inauspicious), so my white gown dreams came true in the form of the most beautiful ivory lehenga I've ever laid eyes on (thanks Meenal aunty from Meenal's Indian Fashions in Herndon, VA!).
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
We scripted our Christian ceremony ourselves (as in, I did it with his help in selecting scripture readings) and a close friend of his from college (the United States Air Force Academy) also happens to be an ordained minister so we had her officiate our Christian ceremony. It was a really special and personal touch we were able to add to our day.
 
I also really enjoyed putting together the narrative for my MoH to read during our Hindu ceremony. Not only did it help our guests understand the phases of the ceremony but it also helped us better understand and appreciate the traditions that we were honoring.
 
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 DIY-ed a lot of stuff! We got blush and gold gift bags in bulk from an online outlet, designed and made our own Thank You stickers using Avery software to put on the bags, and even made our seating cards for our guests at the reception with Avery software and cardstock.
 
With the help of some of my bridesmaids, I was able to make a sign for the shoe room at the ceremony venue, welcome signs for the ceremony and reception venues, a Pinterest-style sign for free seating at the lunch, and a sign in memory of my great-grandmother for her seat at the wedding ceremony.
 
Using the Audacity app, I cut the music for several of the dance routines: our first dance, another choreographed Bollywood duet we did, a bride and maid-of-honor duet dance, as well as the music for each of the bridal party entrances and our Christian ceremony entrance! I actually counted the number of steps at our reception venue and timed the counts of music for us to make it down the stairs at the same time and meet in the middle for the ceremony. It all takes time and hard work but all the personal pieces made our day so special.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
We had an unforgettable day that still feels like a dream, and we hope it helps inspire other couples to believe you really can have all you want in your big day if you plan for it and make it happen-- no matter the different backgrounds you come from, it'll be a beautiful dreamy union of you and the person you love and choose and fought for, but also your families. Remember that the people you include in your dream team for your dream day should be the people you want and trust to make the best of the day for you.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Instead of bouquets we did diyas (clay lamps) for each of the bridesmaids to carry down the aisle. We used LED candles inside the lamps and the outside of the lamps were decorated with mirrors and intricate Indian paint patterns.
 
Mehndi with Heena was an amazing decision for us. Heena aunty and her team were stellar in personalizing my Mehndi and making each woman's experience so special. She included every unique detail of my and Harrison's love story and life into my henna design, and even did a beautiful pattern on his hand with my name written in it. Fabulous genuine high-quality art which I will remain forever grateful for.

Visit us tomorrow for a new film that will inspire you! 
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Floral & Decor: Shagun Weddings | Photography: Akbar Sayed Photography | Mehndi Artists: Mehndi With Heena | Hair & Makeup: Styles By Swati - Salon SBS | Cinematography: Akbar Sayed Photography | Ceremony Venue: Chinmaya Somnath | Reception Venue: The Bellevue | Planning & Design: Our Day Events (Anisha Ninan) | Catering: Paradise Indian Cuisine | DJ: DJ Lucky (Platinum Entertainment) | DJ: Bellevue AV Creations | Cake & Treats: Nothing Bundt Cakes | Hindu Priest for the morning ceremony: Venkatrama Sastri | Christian ceremony: Jasmine Niklas


Los Cabos, Mexico Indian Wedding by Epique Cinema

Ladies, grab your passport and join us! Today we are taking you to Los Cabos, Mexico. One of the most beautiful and exotic beaches in the Rivera Maya. We are heading down to the phenomenal Hard Rock Los Cabos for the memorable wedding celebrations of Christina & Jerry. The extraordinary talent of Epique Cinema's team captured every detail crafted a remarkable film you will love! A big shout out to the splendid organization and planning of Elaan Events on every celebration. Such an outstanding job! What a perfect way to conclude such a lovely wedding than with an epic party! Our friends from DJ Riz Entertainment amazed us one more time with their beats, making everyone dance and creating a huge celebration for the newlyweds! If you are looking to plan your dreamed wedding event at the beach, you must see our video below, as you will get tons of inspiration for your own tropical soiree. Just epic! So don't hesitate and click on play to start reliving this extraordinary destination gala. Enjoy!

If you were inspired today, come back tomorrow and I bet you will be amazed once again! 

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DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Photography: Vek Photo | Lighting: DJ Riz Entertainment | Cinematographer: Epique Cinema | Sangeet: Hard Rock Los Cabos | Cakes & Treats: Hard Rock Los Cabos | Catering: Hard Rock Los Cabos | Planning & Design: Elaan Events | Floral & Decor: Zuniga | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Blue Flame Elite Entertainment | Bridal Fashion: Ibride Sri Lanka | Bridal Fashion: Nivetas Designs | Bridal Fashion: Aanchal | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Margo and Bees | Lighting: JSAV Cabo | Photo Booth: Mirror Photobooths | Travel Agent and Transportation: Destination Pick - Stanley Alexander


Houston, TX Indian Wedding by Aventography Photo & Video Studios

Happy Valentines Day, Maharanis! What a perfect way to end this fabulous week by bringing you a new highlight film that I am sure you will love. Let's take a look at Neha & Nishad's big Indian wedding celebration. A match made in heaven! First of all, let's thank heaven for such talented work from Aventography Photo & Video Studios, who created this fantastic film. Let's begin this incredible journey at the Sterling Banquet Hall, where the Sangeet took place. This was a magical time were at the rhythm of music and choreographies both families gathered to celebrate before the big day. We are swooning over the beauty of Neha, who looked incredibly gorgeous amidst every ritual and ceremony. She trusted her fashion needs to the style crew of Fashion Face, who created a magnificent look for her. The magical wedding ceremony was hosted at the perfect outdoors of The Gallery. This was an emotive moment that made everyone sigh. Once the ceremony concluded, everyone participated at the reception in a stunningly decorated hall by Deco Art at the Red Oak Ballroom and had and epic night with delicious food and a piece of phenomenal well-selected music provided by Dhol Beat International. Go ahead and click on play to relive this great moment, ladies! 

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Met him in Kansas City when I was visiting.  The first weekend we spent together, we just connected and couldn't stop talking. It felt like I'd known him my entire life, I had this gut feeling he was "the one" but was afraid to admit it (never felt this way before about anyone). It was exciting and terrifying at the same time.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
10 letters, each hand delivered from the most special people in my life. Each letter contained 6 puzzle pieces. After receiving all 10 letter, I had to put together the 60 piece puzzle. The puzzle was a drawing (which he did himself) of my room and my brother's room. Leading me to the next clue, a lock hidden in my brother's room and a key hidden in my room. Inside were 3 scrolls,  sending me on a treasure hunt. First scroll had a bus ticket from Houston to Austin. Second scroll had a map with a note of where in Austin I would be staying but with who was a surprise. Third scroll was a plane ticket from Austin to Washington DC. Finally an uber drive to the national arboretum leading me to the most epic proposal by my greatest treasure, the most incredible man ever.
 
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 wanted an outdoor wedding, which could be hard to achieve in Houston, TX but we looked at many locations and decided to pick two venues, one for a smaller intimate wedding ceremony and something bigger for the reception.  Our overall experience was wonderful, at times it would become stressful but we reminded ourselves the only thing that matters was us getting married. We wanted a perfect marriage and having a perfect wedding was just a bonus.   
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I wasn't able to go to India with my mom to pick out my own outfits. Instead my baby sister came to the rescue and went with my mom. I knew the color combination for each event and she worked ferociously to make my dreams come true. For the sangeet we wanted green and gold; wedding we wanted a velvet maroon and gold; reception sapphire blue and silver.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Most enjoyable part was doing it together. Most of the time brides make all the decision with little to no input from their grooms. I included my now husband, Nishad in every aspect to get his opinions and thoughts. He helped pick out our color combinations from the engagement to the reception. He was part of every weekly phone call with the coordinator. He came up with our hashtag. We even did our save the date cards together, I did the calligraphy and he did the artwork. Every step of the process we were a team.   
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The details of meaningful things. For example, at the wedding ceremony we had a program that illustrated the steps of a Hindu wedding in colorful artwork and explanations. At the reception, instead of having a traditional guest sign-in book we had our guest sign puzzle pieces.   
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Walking down the aisle, smiling ear to ear starring at my best friend because we are finally getting MARRIED!
 
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 are incredible. At the sangeet they did a lip sync battle (bride vs groom), surprise family performances and speeches. At the reception both sides of the families got together and did an epic skit with a slideshow filled with pictures in the background. Nishad and I also surprised everyone with multiple dance performances.   
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Relax, i wont say don't stress because wedding especially South Asian wedding with multiple events is stressful BUT when the day comes just enjoy every moment and have fun with it. You are marrying your best friend and soulmate, the rest doesnt matter. 
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
My last name is Singh and Nishad's is Rai so our hashtag is "singhintherain". Our cake was of a couple under an umbrella surrounded with rain.

 

If you want to relive more love stories as this one, make sure to visit us!

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DJ: Dhol Beat International | Photography: Aventography Photo & Video Studios | Baraat: Dhol Beat International | Sangeet Venue: Sterling Banquet Hall | Ceremony Venue: The Gallery | Reception Venue: Red Oak Ballroom | Floral & Decor: Deco Art | Catering: Bombay Brasserie | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Fashion Face | Event Coordinator: Lavender Pearl Events


Frisco, TX Indian Wedding by Epique Cinema

Welcome, beautiful Maharanis! We are heading down to Frisco, TX, for today's new love story. So I hope you are ready to be inspired by this fabulous cinematographic piece of art brought by the talented crew of Epique Cinema. Thanks to this film, we will be able to review detail by detail Saranya & Nirav's wedding festivities. So, let's begin this journey at the phenomenal Omni Frisco, where the ceremony and reception took place. Both were a total dream! You are going to be amazed by all the elegance and flair encompassed in this gala, truly the definition of the ultimate Indian wedding experience! Just wait until you see the incredibly jaw-dropping make-up look that our beautiful Maharani flaunted during the festivities thank Ms. Painted Lady and the enchanting draping from JJ Drapes! Such a gorgeous look that will be remembered for a long time! Everything was well-organized by Electric Karma International who assisted our couple of today with their nuptials! The gala couldn't have run as smoothly. If you were inspired and delighted by the amazing entretainment, illuminated halls, and of course, the perfect music from this event, let me tell you that this was thanks to the phenomenal skills from DJ Riz Entertainment, who guaranteed the fun during the night with their talent. Go ahead and click on play. You will love it!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We both decided to meet up with some friends at a local social event. Mind you, we had been to several of these gatherings over the past couple of years, so we really weren’t expecting anything different. I was talking with my friends and Nirav joined in on the conversation. We got to talking and he asked to add me on Facebook. It took him 3 weeks to start a Facebook conversation with me, which was a corny pick-up line--but I like corny!
 
We started dating long distance when I went to California to begin my clinical psychology Ph.D. program. Being halfway across the country made it much more challenging for us, though Nirav working at Southwest Airlines definitely helped! After 3.5 years and the multiple barriers we faced (personal, cultural, you name it), we realized that we have what it takes to conquer this life together. He never gave up on me and vice-versa, so I knew that no matter what life threw at us, we would figure it out together.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Now let’s be real…the real test was the proposal. I told Nirav that I’m pretty perceptive and it would be incredibly difficult to surprise me, but my main criteria for the proposal was to be surprised (you see why this was the real test?). Nirav knew that I’m not too fond of the mushy, gushy, sappy kind of affection. Thus, his escape room proposal was perfect. We planned a trip to Scottsdale, Arizona with our friends over Labor Day weekend months in advance. Since we always do a yearly trip with our friends, Nirav thought it would be the perfect opportunity for an unsuspecting proposal. He suggested doing an escape room (knowing I would say yes – before he was hoping I would really say yes). In fact, to make it less suspicious, he even joked to me and my family a couple of times about proposing at the end of an escape room (to which I annoyingly responded that it would have been the perfect proposal and he now somehow had to top that idea). He found an escape room with the goal of heisting a diamond and worked with the owner to include mementos from the past three years as clues throughout the room. When we made it to the last clue, I opened the case and found the diamond ring. Funny enough, it still hadn't hit me that he proposed because I was thinking it was hilarious that he had joked about this happening—only to turn around and find him down on one knee. I was speechless and beyond surprised. I didn’t know if it was real—and then my sister walked into the room and it all hit me!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My grandmother asked me to be a traditional South Indian bride, and that is exactly what I wanted. We went to Chennai, India to find a South Indian bridal saree. I had seen a picture online of a bright orange/red mixed color that I loved, so we set out to find it and eventually found the perfect saree at Kanakavalli.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was seeing our families work together to integrate and create a spectacular event full of love. He's Gujurati and I'm Tamil, so seeing our families showcase the most important aspects of our heritage into one fun-filled weekend brought so much joy to my heart!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I believe our guests loved seeing both the fusion of Indian culture and the heartfelt meaning behind all the details of each event. We cherish our ancestors who fought like hell to come to America to give us a better life. Our families made sure that aside from the elegance and details, we showcased our gratitude to our family and friends who are responsible for the life we have today.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Seeing my family practice for the Sangeet dance. We had members come from near and far, and we knew we couldn't keep up with the adeptness of Gujaratis, particularly on Nirav's side. However, I had a few cousins in my arsenal that managed to wrangle our family together in a short period of time and teach them multiple steps. While we looked completely disorganized compared to Nirav's family, we had the absolute best time and I will always look back and cherish that time together.

Please come back for more inspiring films! 
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Planning & Design: Electric Karma International | Photography: Biyani Photography | DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Lighting: DJ Riz Entertainment | Baraat: DJ Riz Entertainment | Draping/Styling: JJ Drapes | Cinematographer: Epique Cinema | Sangeet Venue / Ceremony Venue / Reception Venue: Omni Frisco | Floral & Decor: Décor One by Nalini | Hair & Makeup: Ms. Painted Lady | Catering (Mehndi): Chuy's Tex-Mex | Catering (Sangeet & Wedding Banana Leaf Lunch): Chennai Café | Catering (Reception Dinner): Saffron House | Bollywood Performers & Instructors (Sangeet): Arya Dance | Bollywood Performers & Instructors (Reception): Infused Dance | Bridal Fashions (Mehndi): Anita Dongre | Bridal Fashions (Sari Blouses/Bridesmaids Lenghas): Tamaara Chennai | Bridal Fashions (Reception): Shyamal & Bhumika | Bridal Fashions (Wedding Sari): Kanakavalli Sari | Bridal Fashions (Groom's Outfits): Shreeman | Bridal Jewelry: Vummidi Bangaru Jewlers | Cake & Treats: Frosted Art Bakery | Invitations & Wedding Stationery (Bride's Invitations/Scroll/Menu): Menaka Cards | Invitations & Wedding Stationery (Groom's Invitations): Sarvoday Cards | Live Music: Violinist: Nadaswaram | Mehndi Artist: Henna By Zohra


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