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Albany, NY Indian Fusion Wedding by Studio KSD

Happy Wednesday, Maharanis! The filmy day of the week has finally arrived, and I am excited to give you an insight into Shabeen & Asad's gorgeous wedding day. These lovebirds had an unmatchable celebration at the lavishing The Desmond Hotel Albany. The luxury and elegance of this venue captured our couples' attention from day one, making it the perfect place to start a new chapter in their lives. Complemented with Abhishek Decorators' unblemished decor, the guests were surrounded by romance at all times. Our couples' choice of color palette was rich and unique, going for deep and solid colors for their reception and a more traditional white for the ceremony. The marvelous bride, Shabeen, was styled by the proficient Karuna Chani KC Makeup with some smooth and artistic makeup and gorgeous coiffure. Laila Budhwani was in charge of Shabeen's mehndi, and it was everything she could wish for! Her divine reception attire from Elan Atlanta is one of my favorite details from this celebration. It is stunning, Maharanis. You cannot miss it! During the ceremony, Shabeen dazed with a lovely wedding dress from Zuria Dor, enchanting her soulmate once again. And Asad looked dapper, too, with his elegant garments from Suit Supply. They were a match made in heaven, and all the attendants could agree! Of course, our couple had more than looks to offer their guests; they had Cake Street Sweets' tasty creations to delight everyone's palate and a vivid atmosphere courtesy of Premier DJ Usa PSAV. The whole event was immortalized by Studio KSD's team of accomplished professionals. The cinematography is breathtaking! We have the brilliant video available for you, dears. Just click on the play button below and get your boost of inspiration!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?

Asad and I met seven years ago in New York through a mutual friend. I was actually considering leaving New York at the time so I wasn't interested in getting into a serious relationship. About a year into us dating and I received a job offer in Chicago. I assumed we would end things knowing that long-distance is incredibly challenging but his overwhelming support of my career, the opportunity in front of me, and his prioritization of what I wanted to do was one of the first times I realized how special our relationship was. There was never one single moment in which I "knew he was the one." The next six years of dating (including three years of long-distance!) were a culmination of little moments full of love, support, and growth and both of us decided to choose happiness with each other.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!

The day we got engaged was one of the funniest days of our relationship. We decided to visit the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens since neither of us have ever seen the cherry blossoms in NYC. When we got there the ticket collector claimed we had 3 tickets but there were only 2 of us there. Asad is a pretty calm person so he made me move on quickly (I was getting ready to call our bank about being overcharged!). We started walking through the gardens and stopped in the lavender fields. Asad asked what I thought was a stranger taking a picture of us with our polaroid camera. (Side note: he had gotten very obsessed with polaroid cameras the week before and insisted we bring the polaroid camera to the gardens). It was there that he proposed and to this day, I'm pretty sure I never even said yes to his question as all I could get out of my mouth was "Oh my god!" Everyone around us started cheering and it turned out we were in fact a group of three because that stranger he asked to take a photo of us was actually a photographer he had hired for the day. We then spent the day doing a beautiful photoshoot around the gardens. Our families surprised us later by decorating our apartment and taking us out to dinner that evening. I've never smiled and laughed so much in one day.

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 takes a village to plan an Indian wedding! With five events on the agenda, a pandemic that wasn't going anywhere, and two huge loving families wanting to be involved in the planning process, we knew we had our work cut out for us. Having an older sister and lots of girl cousins who had planned their own weddings before I was a great place for me to start my planning process. We began our venue search in Albany, NY since Asad's family lives there. We thought it would be easier and more Covid-friendly to space our guests out upstate instead of in New York City. With that in mind, we tried to utilize a mix of local Albany and New York City vendors. Finding vendors who could help us design and execute a vision wasn't easy, but once we found the right teams to coordinate with, everything fell seamlessly into place. Asad and I trusted our vendors to let them do what they do best which is why I think everything turned out incredibly.

Special thank you to all the vendors who gave us the wedding of our dreams: Crowne Plaza Albany Desmond Hotel, Studio KSD Photo & Cinema, Abhishek Decorators, DJ Ambition of Premier Entertainment, Moghul Catering, Mazadar Mediterranean Kitchen, Parivar Food & Spices, Karuna Chani Makeup, Henna by Laila Budhwani, Brides by Sabaa, Custom Garlands BK by Amara, The Paanwaala, Zuria Dor, Elan Atlanta, Aainaa Fashion, Suit Supply, JinaShili by Shili, Crossover Bollywood Se, SKB Sweets, and CakeStreet Sweets.

How did you select your bridal Lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?

I've always loved the idea of having a traditional Indian wedding. I felt it was powerful to partake in the traditions that millions of Indian brides before me had experienced. While I didn't have a specific color in mind for my Nikah or Reception outfits, I assumed I would wear red for one of my wedding events. What would end up happening was way out of my control! Travel and in-store bridal appointments were limited because of Covid so I took to Instagram for inspiration. I stumbled across the gorgeous blue-green Maera bridal saree from Pakistani designer, Zuria Dor, and as much as I tried to look at other options, I couldn't get that stunning piece out of my head. My Nikah saree was the first outfit I picked (out of 5 events) so I figured I would wear red for my Reception. I looked for months for something special and tried on every shade of red I could find but nothing spoke to me. It wasn't until my mother-in-law and I discovered that gold, stone-studded bridal Lengha from Elan in Atlanta that I knew I had found my Reception outfit. I may not have ended up not wearing red for any of my Wedding events but tradition is even more fun when you get to make it your own!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?

We went the extra mile to make sure our guests had a memorable and enjoyable weekend celebrating us and we're so grateful they could share in our love. We heard many compliments ranging from the amazing food (thank you Moghul Catering!) to the stunning decor (thank you Abhishek Decorators!) and all the details in between. There was a lot to be happy about that weekend and we loved that our wedding could bring everyone together (cheers for having a covid-free wedding!). Our favorite compliment has to be everyone telling us how happy we looked like a bride and groom. We were overjoyed to be tying the knot and I love that everyone could see the joy on our faces and feel our excitement in the room.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?

Walking down the aisle with my older brother on my arm and my husband tearing up in front of all of our loved ones is a memory that constantly replays in my mind. I walked out to Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling In Love" played by our incredible string quartet (thank you Hudson String Quartet!). We practiced walking down the aisle in our living room that week but no amount of practice can prepare you for how emotional and remarkable that moment will be! Locking eyes with my husband during that song is a memory I'll cherish forever. The room was full of friends and family but Asad was the only one I could see.

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 decided on a color scheme early on for each of the five wedding events. That helped guide our decor and outfit selections from the start. Both of our families love to dance so we knew the Sangeet night would be a night to remember. My amazing siblings, cousins, and friends blew me away on the night of the Sangeet (including a surprise dance - thanks Nitin and Mun!). Asad's family, cousins, and aunts all had incredible dance performances and his immediate family even pulled me into one which was so sweet and welcoming. Since we got married on Halloween weekend, we decided to set up a Halloween table full of treats and games at the Reception for the kids forced to attend our wedding. It was the least we could do for taking Halloween weekend away from them! We made it a point to spend as much time as possible with our guests and our vendors because we really wouldn't have had as magical of a wedding weekend without the people in that room.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?

Plan for all the big and small details until you're exhausted and right before your events start, let it all go so you can focus on the person you're going to marry. When something goes wrong (and it inevitably will), remind yourself how lucky you are to be surrounded by people willing to help and support you. Take pauses to soak in every moment you can because I promise, all you will really remember is how happy you felt looking at your person. P.S. Try not to sweat the small stuff - no one really cares what shade of white your tablecloths are!

I hope you are feeling inspired, ladies. I'll you soon with more romance!

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Cinematography: Studio KSD | Photography: Studio KSD | Sangeet Venue: The Desmond Hotel Albany | Ceremony Venue: The Desmond Hotel Albany | Reception Venue: The Desmond Hotel Albany | Floral & Decor: Abhishek Decorators | Hair & Makeup: Karuna Chani KC Makeup | Catering: Moghul Caterers | DJ: Premier DJ Usa PSAV | Bridal Fashions: Zuria Dor | Cake & Treats: Cake Street Sweets | Mehndi Artist: Laila Budhwani | Tuxedos: Suit Supply | Bride's Reception Outfit: Elan Atlanta | Groom's Ceremony Outfit: Aainaa Fashion | Garlands: Custom Garlands BK


Sussex County, NJ Indian Wedding by PhotosMadeEz

Happy Wednesday, my beloved Maharanis! As you know, the last film feature of 2021 is here, and we were dying to share this lovely story with you. So get ready to be a part of Kripa & Devesh's big day! This charming couple decided to say "yes" to each other and celebrate their new journey at a very romantic venue, Crystal Springs Resort. Maharanis, I cannot stress enough how elegant this resort is. I know you would adore it! To make everything even more perfect, the newlyweds called The Little Things by Arpita so she and her team could plan their event, and let me tell you, my dears, the smallest details went beyond perfection and made this event a magnificence! We all know how important it is to ensure your guests have a good time but let me share an infallible tip you will love! For your guests to have a blast on your big day, you must have incredible music played by Insomnia, delicious cooking from Moghul Caterers, and undeniable love! That last one was all over the place for how Kripa & Devesh stared at each other. I adore these lovebirds! I also adore how incredibly stunning Kripa looked! She wore a gorgeous gown, and  Divya Bhawnani complemented it with splendid hair and makeup. My dears, Devesh could not take his eyes off of her! We know why! We cannot leave behind the incredibly delicate Mehendi art Henna by Tejal did on our Maharani! She took everyone's breath away! The newlyweds wanted to have something to relive the happiest day of their lives, so they contacted PhotosMadeEz, who recorded the most incredible film. So wait no more, click the play icon below and get ready to dive into this real-life fairytale. I promise you will love it!

Maharanis, come back for more lovely stories! 

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Photography: PhotosMadeEz | Cinematography: PhotosMadeEz | Venue: Crystal Springs Resort | Floral & Decor: Bandhan | Hair & Makeup: Divya Bhawnani | Catering: Moghul Caterers | DJ: Insomnia | Cake & Treats: A Little Cake | Mehndi Artist: Henna by Tejal | Barat Transportation: Monaco Experiences | Wedding Coordination: The Little Things by Arpita


Bridgewater, NJ Indian Wedding by Weddings by Shooting Stars

Happy Monday, ladies! Are you ready to begin this fabulous week being inspired by a fresh and new love story? I bet you are! We were dying to come back to you today with the filmy time of the day! Mohitha & Sandeep, our lovely duo from today, will make us sigh while we admire their magical wedding festivities. Their wedding festivities were so fabulous that we are double featuring them today! You can relive all details by visiting today's Platinum Guide blog, and we also have the visual masterpiece below. Both are creations from the talented team at Weddings by Shooting Stars. So, you already know that it is going to be splendid! The Bridgewater Marriott was the ideal venue chosen by our lovely duo to tie the knot. Every single detail was perfectly trimmed and planned by Events Cherished Wedding Planning, who embraced our lovebird's vision and transformed it into a dream come true. We should highlight the unbelievable makeup and hairstyle that Mohitha, our beautiful Mahani, displayed stealing everyone's attention. She made the right call by trusting the talent from Sindujah Kanesanathan for her beauty needs. So don't wait any longer and hit the play icon below. If you are in the pursuit of inspiration, you are in the right place! You will absolutely love it!

 

If we inspire you today, wait to see what we have prepared for tomorrow. It will take your breath away!

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Photography: Weddings by Shooting Stars | Photography: Weddings by Shooting Stars | Ceremony Venue / Reception Venue: Bridgewater Marriott | Planning & Design: Events Cherished Wedding Planning | Floral & Decor: Rangoli Weddings | Hair & Makeup (Bridal Makeup): Sindujah Kanesanathan | Hair & Makeup (Bridesmaid Makeup): Cinderella Bridez | DJ: Platinum Roadshow Entertainment | DJ: DJ Sunny Entertainment | Mehndi Artist: Henna by Jill


Snow Hill, MD Indian Fusion Wedding by Lightyear Studio

Good morning, Maharanis! We are beginning a new phenomenal week, and along with it, a new filmy time is here! So get ready to be amazed by all the beauty overflowing from Sonal & Patrick's big wedding festivities. The ceremonies held at the marvelous Kyland Barn and also at the exclusive Castle Farm Inc were out of this world. Yes, this celebration had two beautiful ceremonies that left everyone speechless. You will love how two different cultures and families gather to celebrate the promise of eternal love of their favorite ones. If this love story sounds familiar is because we have previously presented you this magical celebration thanks to the photos captured by Lightyear Studio, which you can relive here. The beauty from Sonal delighted everyone, especially by the mehndi art that Bhavna’s Henna and Arts created for her. We can't conclude this post without mentioning the amazing reception party held at Castle Farm Inc. Everyone enjoyed the phenomenal beats from Luxe Event Entertainment, who turned this gala into a marvelous and memorable party. It was the best way to conclude this celebration. So don't think twice and click the play icon below. I know that you will enjoy this visual masterpiece created by Lightyear Studio. It is mindblowing!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Patrick and I met during our first year of dental school in Boston, MA. We were just casual friends until we went on our first date during our third year. I realized he was the man I was going to marry when we did long distance for a year after dental school - I was doing my residency in North Carolina and he was stationed in Maryland as a dentist in the Army. Going in, we were both nervous about long-distance, but we drove to each other every other weekend and the year was done before we knew it. I know long distance is hard, but this felt like a breeze!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I was obsessed with dark green and gold as the overall color scheme for the wedding so I decided to have a dress designed in those colors. A lot of my friends and cousins sent me various dress styles and I fell in love with this dark green, gold, and pink floral lehenga. My cousin in India had her tailor recreate a similar version of the dress in silk (yes, I did pick out the silk in India over video chat). The blouse was hand-embroidered and I was insistent that it has a high neck so I could wear a long necklace with it - I had this vision in my mind and I wasn't quite sure how it would turn out. It took about 4 months once the tailor started making it but once it was done, my cousin refused to let me see it over WhatsApp because she wanted it to be a surprise. My brother brought it back from India just a couple of weeks before the wedding. I saw it and tried it on for the first time one week before my wedding and IT.WAS.PERFECTION.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part was making wedding decisions with each other. We worked really well together (for the most part, haha) and I feel like I had a 50-50 partner throughout the whole process, making it much more efficient and stress-free than it could've been. We had less than a year to plan our 3-day celebration and I don't think I could have managed it without Pat's help and support.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests absolutely loved the venues we chose on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The Grah Shanti/Peethi and Mehndi/Sangeet were at Kylan Barn in Delmar, MD. It's a barn-style wedding venue complete with a tractor, a pond, and string lights everywhere. Our Hindu wedding, American wedding, and reception were at Castle Farm in Snow Hill, MD, which is a breathtaking Andalusian equestrian farm turned wedding venue, horses and all. Both locations are very non-traditional for an Indian wedding and that's what made it unique and enchanting. Patrick's guests also really enjoyed experiencing different cultural events and food. And of course, EVERYONE loved the extensive open bar on Friday and Saturday nights.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
In addition to my moments with Patrick, my most memorable moment was being in the limo with my mom, my sister, my brother and the bridesmaids right before the American wedding ceremony started. The amount of love, excitement, and support packed into that vehicle was overwhelming and everything was perfect in that moment... not to mention the part where my mom (who doesn't drink) started popping champagne bottles and filling up everyone's flutes.
 
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.
My bridal henna was done by Bhavna Naik. She does fusion henna, incorporating the bride and groom's personal stories with traditional henna designs. I sent her the details on how Patrick and I met, our personal interests, our families, etc. and she put together a custom design incorporating my favorite designs. She even did a one hour consultation with me to go over all of this information and sent me sketches along the way to show her progress. I especially loved the Boston and Annapolis skylines which showed where we started and where we ended up. Everyone was in awe at how beautiful and intricate my design was.
 
Both of our venues had their own natural beauty and lots of greenery so Pat and I really wanted that to stand out. We decided to pick decor that wouldn't overshadow this element. Our pre-wedding events were vibrant with colorful drapes, decorated animal figurines, matlas, and floor cushions. Our wedding venue had more simple and elegant decor with ivory, muted gold, and light peach/pink tones to complement the green all around. To go with this theme, I opted for a naked cake with some florals with the same light hues.
 
Since Pat and I love horses and we were getting married at a venue that's all about horses, I figured, what better way to do our vidaai than in a horse carriage? He finally gave in to this whim of mine and it truly was magical.
 
The owner of Castle Farm custom-made the mandap for us because I wanted it to be made of wood. Our florist, Autumn decorated it based on pictures that I shared with her of what I envisioned. When I saw it walking out on my wedding day, it was exactly as elegant and graceful as I had pictured it.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
The things I took away from the process are:
-Don't try to do it all yourself. Remember to delegate to people who know how to get the job done.
-Be on the same page as your partner and make sure your vision is the same.
-Take one day every week where you don't work on any wedding-related activities.
-Try to minimize any last-minute changes/additions because it will only add more stress when what you really need to do is relax!
-Make sure a few other people know the entire plan for the weekend, inside and out. You'll be so busy that you won't have time to troubleshoot anything when the big weekend comes.
-Once you're there, just enjoy it and let the small stuff go!
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Catering
Friday AM/PM: Mother's Catering (Maryland)
Saturday AM/PM: Moghul Hospitality Group (NJ)
 
DJ: Luxe Event Entertainment (Philadelphia)
 
Photography/Videography: Lightyear Studio (Philadelphia)
 
Hair and Makeup
Friday Night Mehndi/Sangeet: Monica Virga Cosmetics (Philadelphia)
Saturday Hindu and American Wedding: Mala Amin - Makeup By Mala (Maryland)
 
Henna
Guest Henna: Mala Amin (Maryland)
Bridal Henna: Bhavna Naik - Bhavna's Henna & Arts (Maryland)
 
Decoration Coordinator: Mukesh Kashiwala (NJ)
 
Indian Wedding Priest: Pandit Vimal Raval (NJ)
 
Florist: Autumn Farber - Bleached Butterfly (Maryland)
 
String Instruments: The String Poets (Maryland)
 
Cake: Kristine Jones - Cakes by Krissy
 

Make sure to stick around, we have a phenomenal story prepared for you tomorrow!

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Mehndi Artists: Bhavna’s Henna and Arts | Sangeet Venue: Kyland Barn | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Castle Farm Inc | DJ: Luxe Event Entertainment | Cinematography: Lightyear Studio | Photography: Lightyear Studio | Floral & Decor (Decoration Coordinator): Mukesh Kashiwala | Floral & Decor (Florist): Autumn Farber - Bleached Butterfly | Cake & Treats: Kristine Jones - Cakes by Krissy | Live Music (String Instruments): The String Poets | Mehndi Artist (Guest Henna): Mala Amin - Makeup by Mala


Charlotte, NC Indian Wedding by Joseph Minasi Studios

Good morning, Maharanis! It is Friday and our filmy time of the day is here! You will be delighted by the beauty that surrounded Khusbu & Vikesh's wedding festivities. Today we can admire the phenomenal talent of Joseph Minasi Studios, who captured every single detail and intimate moment and transformed it into a marvelous film that will take your breath away. So let's not wait any longer and let me take you to the exclusive Westin Charlotte, the ideal venue chosen by our lovely duo to perform their promise of love. The event was orchestrated by Envi Event Planning, who took our couple's vision and created the wedding of their dreams. To add a special touch to the evening, Weddings InStyle crafted a fabulous decoration creating a perfect environment for all celebrations. Speaking about perfection, Khusbu, our gorgeous Maharani, dazzled everyone with her royalty look and presence. She trusted all beauty needs to Makeup Lovers by jenny le, who made sure to highlight her natural beauty. The delicious food from Chowpatty Foods, the live music from Sumukh Bhatia, and of course, the beats from MVPDJs, were the perfect complement for this magical celebration. If you want to relive it, don't think twice and click the play icon down below.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I always dreamed of having an ivory lengha with a red dupatta. Before visiting Mumbai I had a few designers in mind, Anita Dongre being one of my absolute favorites. The first shop I visited was hers and the first bridal lengha I tired on was my dream bridal lengha! It was truly a fairytale moment.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
We received numerous compliments on all of our vendors. In particular, our guest loved our mandup. We asked our decorator to custom build a 16-foot floral dome mandup that could be suspend from the ceiling in order to give it an open concept. Our guest loved seeing the whole wedding without any obstructions.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Going out to dance with my soon-to-be husband in his Baraat!
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy every bit of your special day, it flies by! The small hiccups you notice won’t be noticed by your guest.

If you want to get more inspiration, make sure to visit us tomorrow!
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Floral & Decor: Weddings InStyle | Planning & Design: Envi Event Planning | Catering: Chowpatty Catering | Cinematography: Joseph Minasi Studios | Photographer: Charmi Peña Photography | Sangeet Venue / Ceremony Venue / Reception Venue: Westin Charlotte | Hair & Makeup: Makeup Lovers by jenny le | DJ: MVPDJs | Bridal Fashions: Anita Dongre | Cake & Treats: Mr. Paanwala | Live Music: Sumukh Bhatia


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