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Toronto, Canada Indian Wedding by Plum Pictures

Have you ever been enchanted by the colorful dances and flying Sarees of the Bollywood flicks? Well, we know that Indian culture is all about color and movement and today's feature is truly like one of those stories had come to life. Shikha & Janak's love story comes to us from Canada and thanks to our friends from Plum Pictures' striking visual sensibilities. Maharani Shikha was everything a real Maharani is for her wedding day. Glowing and with a big smile, this bride totally mesmerized everyone from beginning to end. Her gorgeous maroon toned saree was the highlight for me. Such a dazzling color that matched with her aura in all the right ways! So gorgeous! The gala couldn't have run as smoothly as it did if it wasn't for Chic Events by Sonia who assisted with the planning and design and who also helped conceived the amazing wedding theme as the event's designer. So talented! So, ladies, time for some jubilee with our filmy of today! Don't miss it!

 

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
How did we meet:
It's true when they say, your perfect soul mate comes when you least expect it.  Janak was introduced to me when I was at a strange point of my life, through a friend.  I was finishing up my undergrad, trying to determine what best to do with my life afterwards, unsure what would happen or where life would take me - the typical undergrad crisis.  A friend introduced me to Janak who I avoided speaking to for months.  Finally, I gave in and met him for our first date (bubble tea at Sweet Dreams Tea Shop in Waterloo) for some bubble tea and Jenga.  The moment we met, I knew he was the one.  What sweetened the deal was that he did not let me win at Jenga (and still doesn't), but I still won. 
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
After dating for almost 4 years, Janak popped the question on a cold February afternoon (-23 degrees).  We walked around our favourite hangout spot (Port Credit in Missisauga) by the water, where he asked me to marry him - just as two beautiful swans swam by!  
 
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.
Since Janak and I are two different cultures (I'm Punjabi, he's Rajasthani), we had to find a medium that would work with both cultures.  We both have fairly large families, so we needed a venue that would accomodate.  Janak and I started playing golf together, so we felt that having our ceremony at a golf course only fit!  Our decor style was very royal and Rajasthani palace-esque, beautifully designed by Karma Design Studio, with reds and golds as our main colours.  I walked in under a beautifully made floral canopy made by BloomenBrides that caught a lot of eyes and added to the royal feel of my entrance.  
For our reception, we took a midnight palace stance, with whites and florals. 
We wanted to emulate the royal feel throughout, so ensured that every accent piece (from cake, to floor wrap, to stationary/signage) met that feel.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew I wanted to wear red. When else in your life are you EVER going to wear a red lengha? I flew to India and found my perfect outfit on my first day shopping in Chandni Chowk, New Dehli, from Om Parkash (https://www.instagram.com/omparkashjawaharlal/?hl=en) in a reddish/pinky tone with accents of mint green and peach. 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
CAKE TASTING! We chose Fine Cakes by Zehra for our cake vendor, who not only made our cake a visibile work of art, but the flavours were amazing! We chose Skor and Strawberry Shortcake to serve and Ferro Rocher to save for ourselves. 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved our ceremony, especially our venue.  There was an indoor mandap, and a beautiful outdoor back patio that over looked the golf course that our guests loved taking pictures on.  The food, from The Host, was enjoyed and complimented thoroughly.  They also appreciated the little touches of personalization we provided.  Every male from the brides side wore a red stool, and the grooms side wore a red rajasthani turban.  Our ceremony programs walked through everything about the ceremony, and the priest through in some light humour to make the actual prayers enjoyable.  
 
During my mehndi night, we asked everyone to wear yellow or green and provided floral jewelry to each woman attending. 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our first look at the wedding ceremony is something that replays all the time.  I had no idea what Janak's look would be, and he had no idea what mine was.  We were both blown away when we saw each other for the first time, and I still remember the smile on his face.  
 
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.
Sangeet - keeping performances at the sangeet made that function more enjoyable as it tends to be more close family. I chose to wear a silk lengha, and go big and fun with my make-up.  I used BombayHair extensions and went for large hollywood curls, with pinky/purple eye make-up. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
1. Find a way to be apart of the cocktail hour at the reception! I don't recall seeing 75% of guests at the reception because it all happens so quickly! The cocktail hour is a great way to see EVERYONE and thank them for coming in a personal way.  
 
2. Have a planner. It is SO crucial to have someone solely responsible for the schedule of events and all the small items that are required throughout the ceremony. 
 
3. Work with vendors that go above and beyond for you. If you aren't vibing with them from the start, find someone else.  If your gut is telling you this vendor isn't the right choice, find someone else. You don't have the time, nor should you take on the stress, of dealing with a difficult vendor during your wedding. 
 
4. Start early! This way, you can evaluate multiple vendors and plan ahead.  My goal was to be hands off for the entire month leading into the wedding because that's when family was coming into town.  Spend time with them instead of worrying about final details before your wedding date because once the wedding events start, everything happens so quickly.
 
5. Don't go back to work right away.  Even if you don't want to go on a honeymoon, you and your partner need some time to relax and rejuvenate after the wedding. It took me one week to recover. 
 
6. Don't push your grooms to do something they don't enjoy. Instead, loop them into things they will so they actually enjoy the planning process (cake tasting, food tasting, etc.)  The last thing you want to deal with is a grumpy groom. 
 
6. Ask for help!! There are a lot of things you can delegate off to family and friends. USE THEM! Don't feel like you have to do things on your own. 
 
7. Follow all your vendors on Instagram.  It makes for easier consults, and they all post their work on their feed and stories.  This is a great way to stay up to date on what's trending, their work style, and see other vendors. 
 
8. Keep some things a surprise from EVERYONE.  It's amazing to see people's reactions when they don't know what to expect. :) I didn't tell anyone about my decor, nor my outfits for the wedding and reception.  
 
9.  Book your mom with you for MUAH.  She will appreciate the private bonding moments with you, especially since the wedding festivities get busy! 
 
10. Have a bridesmaid, sister, friend, whomever, help you get changed after the ceremony and reception.  You may be looking for some private, romantic moments with your new husband, but having him spend an hour helping you get out of the heaviest outfit, take off your jewelry and help with all your bobby pins isn't as romantic as one would think :) 
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Mehndi - HennaByDivya spent 7 hours designing beautiful henna on my hands that added very beautiful  personal touches throughout (a Rajasthani Bride and Groom, Groom holding a basketball, the Toronto Skyline, a mini rendition of my tattoo).
IAMALLTALK - We hired a professional MC for our reception who kept the crowd energized and engaged the entire night
Chic Events by Sonia - Having a planner was key to help keep everything organized!
We streamed the Raptors game during the reception as we knew our guests would be watching that instead of enjoying anyways.  
BloomenBrides - Jasmine hair pieces, floral canopy, bridesmaids bouquets - all beautiful touches to add an extra layer to your wedding.
CanvasMUAH - going above and beyond helping me with 3 different looks for my big 3 events. 
Mehndi night - I went for a short lengha, so I could enjoy singing and dancing with my family while they were all dressed up, without ruining my own outfit.
Fine Cakes by Zehra - delicious cake and so beautifully designed, I did NOT want to cut it!!
Plum Pictures - loved working with them as they were readily available, easy to work with, and let Janak (who is a bit camera shy) be the most comfortable.
Jewelry - I wanted to go all out for my wedding look, like a typical traditional bride. Matapati, nose ring, big earrings, double necklace, everything! I chose a contrast of dark green to go with my red lengha.
 

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Planning & Design: Chic Events by Sonia | Event Designer: Chic Events by Sonia | Cinematography: Plum Pictures | Photography: Plum Pictures | Ceremony Venue: The Country Club | Reception Venue: Chandni Grand | Floral & Decor: Karma Design Studio Inc. | Hair & Makeup: Canvas Make Up & Hair | DJ: Frequency Entertainment | Cake & Treats: Fine Cakes by Zehra | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: The Invitation Place


Leesburg, VA South Asian Wedding by Bowen Films

We are back Maharanis! Today and thanks to the talented crew from Bowen Films, we present to you, Ayushma and Richard's absolutely heartwarming grand South Asian wedding, coming all the way from Virginia! Our enchanting Maharani's Nepalese background and taste were showing at all times. Going from her chosen wardrobe to the classy floral and decor, designed by our amazing friends from Nivanjoli, every element was just delightful. Be sure to know this wedding featured a true and loving Maharani, so no less was expected! It was a ceremony for the books, celebrated at the Lansdowne Resort at Leesburg. It had all the elements you would forecast from two beautiful souls that love each other. From Harry Potter quotes during speeches to the ravishing dance floor moves thanks to DynastyAV's sounds, this wedding truly made my day because of its tenderness. IndAroma was busy, creating the delicious treats that would make the guests rush into the dance floor and celebrate, batteries charged, the everlasting love of Ayushma and Richard. So, come and take a peak of today's daily dose of love in our featured highlight reel. Are you going to miss it?

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met in 2006 at the dining hall during our first semester of college, at the University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville, VA. We were introduced by a mutual friend (the same friend served as our “Master of Vows” during the ceremony) and became good friends over the next couple of years before we started dating. I knew he was someone special since the moment I met him, but the deep friendship we formed in those early years is what became the foundation of our relationship and made our first real date perfect and effortless.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We dated for several years before Richard proposed and life had taken us away from Charlottesville. I knew a proposal was coming, but when and how was a mystery until Richard suggested we drive to Charlottesville (and back) on a Sunday. Richard had planned a weekend trip back to Charlottesville, where it all began. He was going to propose after a walk around UVA on the day that marked our 100th month together. Unfortunately, unforeseen circumstances would prevent us from returning to Charlottesville on August 13, 2017, but Richard was still determined to propose that day and still make it special.
 
What actually happened was that we spent the day at National Harbor, enjoying many sights that ironically reminded us of our time in Charlottesville. It was a really sweet day filled with beautiful memories and plenty of laughter. We walked along the boardwalk and took a ride on the Capital Wheel where I thought Richard was going to propose. But instead, he suggested we move along to spend the rest of the afternoon in DC. We took a long walk around the DC landmarks. When we got to the Jefferson Memorial, we passed by a couple taking engagement photos, and then by another couple taking wedding photos which made for a fitting lead up to our engagement. Richard decided since he was unable to take us back to Thomas Jefferson’s University (UVA), he would propose at the Jefferson Memorial. So after walking around the monument, Richard proposed at the steps of the monument around sunset, with a Starbucks tumbler (and a ring!), on which he had sketched a series of comic panels detailing our relationship. The last panel ends with Richard asking “will you marry me?”
 
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 had found our photographers (The Regeti’s) early in our planning process by stumbling onto their online blog and I was hooked from the start. I loved their photos and knew in my heart that they would be perfect for our wedding. However, we took a very practical approach and wanted to have a date and venue set before we hired our vendors. We spent a few weekends touring different venue options until we found our venue, the Lansdowne Resort. Our dating anniversary is on the 13th and although it wasn’t a requirement when we started the planning process, we lucked out that our venue had October 13 free. After finding our venue and setting a date, we decided we wanted to hire a wedding coordinator to help us since we were quickly realizing that planning this wedding was going to require a lot of time and hard work. We hired Vicky from Event Accomplished and she was a dream to work with and very organized. We knew right away she was going to be perfect. She was really helpful throughout the entire process and made sure that our day was perfect.
 
We had gone to a couple vendor shows prior to hiring our planner, which is where we met Amy Regeti. After meeting Amy, it only confirmed what I already knew, that we had to have them as our photographers! It had been months since I found their blog, so we had no idea if they would be available when we met them. It was really by luck that they were still available for our wedding. They made the entire process easy and comfortable. 
 
We also met the wonderful people from IndAroma at a wedding show and everyone we spoke with recommended them; after trying their food, we knew why! They were another vendor that we lucked out with being available on our wedding day, and they were also so easy to work with. 
 
Vicky introduced us to the rest of the vendors and made sure to pair us with the right people. Prabha, our decorator, was so sweet and very creative. I knew I wanted “the look” to be colorful and we had so many random personal details and ideas we wanted to incorporate, which on paper probably made no sense. But Prabha and Vicky really helped us bring all our ideas together and the decor for our wedding turned out to be so beautiful and better than we imagined!
 
Our DJ and MC were fun and helped us create the look and atmosphere we were hoping for. And our videographers were really sweet and created a wonderful video of our day. I told Vicky I wanted a more natural look for my wedding day and she helped find the perfect hair/makeup people from Bridal Artistry who were great to work with and really took the time to listen to me. They also took into consideration my allergies to parabens! The Lansdowne coordinator helped us pick out a delicious cake through their kitchen, and she worked with Vicky to bring things together on the day-of.
 
Everyone we worked with was amazing and caring. They really took the time to listen to us and put in a lot of effort to make our day perfect. 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I always knew I wanted to wear traditional red, like my mom. Finding the right saree and lengha was a family affair, as we coordinated with my aunts and cousins in Nepal to help find the style of the outfits I wanted for myself and our wedding party. We sent photos back and forth and communicated by phone throughout the entire process. My parents even went to Nepal with everyone’s measurements and brought back everything before the wedding. It all came together perfectly and everyone looked great!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
We had a lot of personal details woven into our décor, so it was a lot of fun planning those out with our event planner and decorator, then seeing them come alive on the day of the wedding. We also had some DIY projects that were really fun putting together. We knew we wanted to incorporate important aspects of ourselves and our relationship, and this was a good way of making that happen.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests really enjoyed all the details, food, and experiencing the mix of cultures. For many of our friends, they had never been part of a South-Asian style wedding, so they really enjoyed seeing the beautiful decorations and appreciated our wedding program, which we worked hard on to explain each part of the ceremony to our guests. We also wanted to make sure everyone had a good time, and we really focused on guest hospitality. Our friends and family really enjoyed the break room, games, music selection, photo booth, and other activities we had for them throughout the day.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our first look was really special, as was the time right before we joined our guests at cocktail hour. We changed outfits before the reception so we did a second set of bride and groom photos, and that time together was really fun. Any nervousness we had before the ceremony was gone and it was nice to have a few quiet moments together before joining our guests. Our photographers also did this great thing where they had us practice our first dance during our photo shoot, which was a lot of fun! It really helped us feel more comfortable about the first dance, and we were able to laugh and just have fun while our photographers got some amazing shots of us.
 
Another moment that stands out, is looking out from our sweetheart table and seeing all the people we love in one place, there to celebrate us and our love. It was overwhelming in the best way and I will never forget that. We had friends and family from all over the US as well as some who traveled all the way from Nepal and Japan.
 
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.
During the reception, we held an Anniversary Dance where all married couples danced until only the one married the longest was left at the end of the song. It was great to see my parents up there, and Richard’s aunt and uncle actually won the dance, having been married over 43 years! We presented them with a nice bottle of wine we had been saving since it seemed like a fun idea to have a door prize. They loved it!
 
Since we met at UVA, we wanted our mandap to represent The Rotunda, so we requested a round-domed mandap. My favorite animal is a tiger and Richard’s is an elephant so our decorator created these beautiful floral statues of an elephant and tiger for centerpieces at the wedding party tables. We also had other elephants floating around here and there. I’m originally from California and I have fond memories of attending the poppy festival and watching my mom tend to her rose garden, so we had poppies and roses in my bouquet and throughout our mandap. We both love Harry Potter and had attended multiple midnight premiers together early in our relationship, so we had some obvious and subtle Harry Potter references like the postbox we used to collect well wishes from our guests and the floating candles on our stage. I also had a charm bracelet made of Scrabble tiles where one side showed the Harry Potter books and the other side spelled out Richard. We love playing Scrabble so this was perfect. I had this bracelet around my bouquet.
 
We call our anniversaries “luna” so we had several moon and star themed items, like the table numbers in different moon phases which we made ourselves, a starry night above our dancefloor, a moon gobo, and stars and moon phases on our cake. There are LOVE signs all over Virginia, and I’ve become obsessed with finding them all. So we made mini LOVE signs wrapped in paper from Nepal (and one wrapped with comic book paper for Richard). We also turned some of my mom’s old sarees into table toppers with help from a friend. We knew we wanted to incorporate fun facts throughout the reception so our planner introduced us to the idea of “fun fact napkins”, which were a big hit with our guests and we also played the “newlywed” shoe game after dinner. We added a personal touch to our photo booth by providing our own themed props from Harry Potter, UVA, and moon and stars.
 
We also had boxes with quotes we liked to line our aisle, and on top of the boxes, we placed 13 items, since it is a number that’s really special to us and our entire relationship. We re-used these during the reception to extend the look of the stage, and one of them to act as a memory table for those who could not be with us. To acknowledge our guests who came from near and far, we had everyone stand up and the MC announced each region our guests were from before we thanked everyone for coming.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Relax! Take it all in. Enjoy the day! No matter how much you prep and how much help you have leading up to it or on the day of, it’s still a really busy day and it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle. Take a step back, breath, and enjoy each moment.

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Photography: Regeti's Photography | Floral & Decor: Nivanjoli | Catering: IndAroma | DJ: DynastyAV | Lighting: DynastyAV | Cinematography: Bowen Films | Ceremony Venue: Lansdowne Resort | Reception Venue: Lansdowne Resort | Planning & Design: Vicky Choy - Event Accomplished | Hair & Makeup: Bridal Artistry | Cake & Treats: Lansdowne Resort | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Lettering by Lynne | Photo Booth: Funshotz | Rentals: DC Rental | Officiant: Pandit Satyanaraya Marathe | Programs: LBC Design Co | Personalized Napkins: For Your Party


Baltimore, MD Sikh Wedding by Photographick Studios

Happy Tuesday, Maharanis! Today I bring you a visionary treat by Photographick Studios that is overflowing with ravishing moments, a magnificent Maharani, and authentic love. Raveena and Gurdev's multi-day Indian wedding has me smiling from ear to ear taking place at the prestigious Guru Nanak Foundation of America and Hyatt Regency Baltimore. The ballroom was outfitted with polish place settings and tabletop accents worthy of every occasion by Indian wedding design artist Yaadein Weddings. Sagina Wahi - SW Events ensured that each celebration flowed seamlessly and planned the perfect series of events. Hit play for all the live action! Bonus: Get inspired by these super chic images shot by Photographick Studios in our gallery

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Photography: Photographick Studios | Cinematography: Photographick Studios | DJ: DJ USA | Floral and Decor: Yaadein Weddings | Planning and Design: Sagina Wahi - SW Events | Venue: Guru Nanak Foundation of America | Ceremony | Venue: Hyatt Regency Baltimore


New York, NY Indian Sikh Wedding by S.Snapz Weddings

Raman & Jasmine sure know how to throw a big-time celebration, and what's bigger than the day you get married to your significant other? Ravishing colors, glamour and joyful faces are not absent from our next featured film, beautifully crafted by the talented cameras of S.Snapz Weddings. Be ready for a visual treat. From the ceremony at the Garden State Sikh Association Gurudwara in New York to the over the top elegant reception at the Terrace on the Park, not a single detail is lost of our couple's beginning of their journey together. The beautiful maharani's look was in the hands of the talented BEAUT by FAR, who as you will see, went the extra mile with her art. Of course, we can not forget about the silent witnesses that with their beauty, decorate every single celebration of love there is. The flowers and decoration were on Mandap Milap's control and they took everyone into a scented and colorful voyage with their designs. So what are you waiting for? Come take a look into Raman & Jasmine's amazing days of celebration.

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Photography: The Visual Couture Weddings | Hair & Makeup: BEAUT by FAR | Cinematography: The Visual Couture Weddings | Sangeet Venue: Royal Albert's Palace | Ceremony Venue: Garden State Sikh Association Gurudwara | Reception Venue: Terrace on the Park | Floral & Decor: Mandap Milap | Hair & Makeup: Glow by Affan | DJ: Dj USA Events | Cake & Treats: Dortoni Bakery


Dana Point, CA Indian Wedding by ColorBlast Weddings

Welcome to another great love story, Maharanis! Today’s couple got engaged during a trip to the city of lights, Paris but opted to hold their Sikh nuptials at the sunny California! Overlooking the ocean the grand Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa offered the bride and groom the perfect location to celebrate their wedding holidays in the company of their dearest acquaintances. Starting with a series of delightful pre-wedding ceremonies and finishing with an ocean-theme sangeet night, Kiran and Anmol traced their path to their big day. I adore the color palette this pair chose for their special day, from the paper parasols, announcing the groom’s arrival, to the stunning blush pink in the bride’s lehenga and groom’s turban. All colors blended flawlessly with the natural color surroundings. It was a glorious day for an outdoor wedding and the guest seating area over the lawn allowed them not only to witness the union comfortably but to observe the ocean in the horizon! The beautiful aerial view shots, the inspiring music and the stunning cinematic records of one of the biggest days of the newlyweds' life, were produced by the talented crew of ColorBlast Weddings and invite us to experience the romance and the best moments of this love story.

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Its a warm evening in late October. I'm on my way to a friend's birthday party with my sister heading to the Lower East Side. As my sister and I are standing in line waiting to get into the venue, I notice a guy wearing a white shirt standing in front of us. He quickly glances back catching my eye. I think to myself... he's quite handsome. Per standard NYC male attire, I notice a sea of Indian guys at the party wearing a white shirt (hurray!). As I mingle with friends at the party, I'm tapped on the shoulder by a friend who wants to introduce me to someone. I turn around and there is the same guy from the line. We exchange names followed by a few minutes of small chat. His name is Anmol. As the evening progresses, I talk to him briefly again. He's soft-spoken, polite, with a flair of exquisite poise. Little did I know, this guy will be the one I marry one day. He's one of the most inquisitive, respectable & caring people I have ever met. He conducts himself in a dignified gentleman-like demeanor with trusting in his inner wisdom, adoration, and cherishing amusement. His innocence and strong morals are the essence of his persona. And of course, nobody is a bigger fan of the New York Rangers than Anmol! I believe in destiny and the people that come into one's life are there for a reason...even if it's among a sea of white shirts.
 
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Paris is always a good idea!
 
While on vacation with my family in Paris, Anmol calls me and tells me he's standing downstairs of the building where we were staying. Of course, I thought he was joking. To my surprise, there he was! The next few days were spent gallivanting the city, while the whole time he had me wondering what he had in store. During a visit to the Palace of Versailles, I was convinced he was going to pop the ring out and propose in the gardens. I mean how much more romantic can you get! However, he kept me on my toes until the last day. While crossing the Pont de Bir-Hakeim and watching the riverboats, he gets on one knee with a box in one hand. Wellll, let's just say I said YES! As if the heavens above knew, at that exact moment, tears of rain started to pour. In the midst of excitement and downpour of the rain, we managed to ask a wayfarer to take a quick picture. And then we ran as fast as we could, laughing and still pretty exhilarated by the whole scene. It was pretty darn amazing.
 
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.
The most challenging part of the planning was settling on a destination. We knew we wanted a destination and even had considered overseas...however we finally decided to host it in California. Planning a destination wedding has its challenges however once we started, things fell into place pretty effortlessly. Did I mention we picked our venue over Facetime! Yes! We sent our west coast family to scour out venues and picked it remotely! Risky but couldn't have asked for anything better! Honestly, without sounding cliche, I was on the Maharani Weddings website regularly looking for vendor recommendations. One of the most helpful tips was when vendors recommend other vendors, it was great to get the positive feedback and trust that we were only working with the industry's most professional teams. My wedding planner was amazing, I really couldn't imagine the wedding without her guidance and expertise! 
Also, a trip to New Delhi was well worth it to grab all the ceremonial things as well as the bigger things like outfits. 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Since I was in New Delhi for 5 days, it was crunch time to get both of our outfits. For the ceremony bridal lengha, I saw a bunch of designs and settled on a custom lengha that took about 3 months to make. I wanted a lighter shade lengha since we were having an outdoor ceremony. The colors we selected was a blush pink, with a pop of rani red, and ivory. My lengha was a unique pink. When I found the deep burgundy lengha for my reception in Delhi, I was the happiest girl in the world. Based on the lengha, we incorporated shades of maroon & burgundy to all our florals at the reception. 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The best part of the planning was that Anmol was part of it throughout. He let me execute my vision however added in his perspective especially as he has a keen eye for detail! Working with our vendors was also a smooth process, they were professionals throughout and gave us creative ideas to consider from the layout to the selections of food. 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
We received an overwhelming response about the destination. Dana Point is gorgeous to begin with, so our guests were able to plan mini vacations around our wedding. Overall our guests loved the wedding, especially since we had the sangeet and ceremony outdoors to maximize the amazing weather. 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
During the Sangeet, a full moon appeared right after the sunset. Since the wedding venue was on a cliff, guests got to enjoy a view of the mountains & ocean. As an added bonus, the moon was at its finest that night and made for a special moment that was captured by our guests. 
 
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.
Being that royal blue is one of my favorite colors to wear, I had to incorporate that into the wedding. We decided to have an 'oceanic' theme sangeet. Our outfits were royal blue along with our family. The decor consisted of different shades of blue with candles & sand and Moroccan lamps that were hanging from posts. We kept the decor minimal as we didn't want to take away from the view. Garden lights were added to create a softer ambiance. 
Being I am Punjabi, there's no party without Jaggo! Let's say it was lit! My family did an amazing dance at the wedding. 
For the reception, we wanted to keep the decor and theme formal and romantic. Anmol's tux was a deep blue while I wore a burgundy lengha. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Wedding planning has its share of stresses but trust that when the day arrives, it will all work out. Don't stress about the small stuff, no one will notice. On your wedding day, try to relax and smile. Your photographer will tell you to do that all day so take the tip! The day will fly so enjoy every minute of it. Trust the people you are working with and get a professional planner!!! 
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
I tried to add a personal touch to each event. I ordered muslin bags with our logo from Etsy. For the sangeet, since it was outside, we had sunglasses, bangles, bindi's, whistles! I also had flip flops for the ladies and those were a hit! Canvas photos and welcome sign were incorporated into events. Our amazing planner was able to do a same-day print of a picture from our wedding ceremony to add to the reception (I mean talk about magic!). Before the wedding, I made t-shirts for my immediate family to wear (Game of Thrones fanatic meant GOT shirts!). My jewelry was from our jeweler in Jalandhar, Punjab. I found my mehndi lady on google and she was spectacular! Luckily our cake vendor was 2 minutes from our venue which made it super easy to coordinate the delivery. For bouquets, my planner was able to get these made the day before from a local florist and were gorgeous.

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Cinematography: ColorBlast Weddings | Photography: ColorBlast Weddings | Sangeet Venue: Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa


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