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Atlanta, GA Muslim Wedding by Hakim's Studio

Happy Wednesday, Maharanis! I hope your week is going fantastic. On this lovely day, we have Sama & Zain's story to give your imagination a well-deserved boost. These lovebirds celebrated their union at the luxurious Hilton Atlanta Northeast. The breathtaking venues were filled with the warmth and liveliness our couple and their guests brought, as well as the delicious smell of the elegant bouquets Events InStyle by Beenish Inc. designed for this wedding. The scenery was captivating! So was our gorgeous Maharani. My dears, Sama looked undeniably beautiful! Her grace and natural beauty shined as much as her happiness with the delicate colors she chose for her attire. I loved the magnificent and perfectly elaborated Mehndi art Sonali Dabgotra did for her. I know Zain was as enamored with this lovely Maharani as the day they met! This couple left their loved ones speechless with their style and taste in cuisine. Sama & Zain trusted  Al-Noor Banquet & Caterer's professional team to delight their guests' palate and give them a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Of course, with the vibrant atmosphere Prime DJs created for the gathering, everything was set for success. The cherry on top of this marvelous celebration was the artistic cake, courtesy of The Petite Desserts, that more than one got to enjoy. We know these are the details that make our celebrations hard to forget. The incredibly talented Hakim's Studio captured these moments and produced the lovely video below. Ladies, you can click on the play button to be a part of this romantic love story. You will like it!

That's it for today, sweethearts. Keep coming back for more love!

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Photography: Hakim's Studio | Cinematography: Hakim's Studio | Sangeet Venue: Al-Noor Banquet & Caterer | Ceremony Venue: Hilton Atlanta Northeast | Reception Venue: Hilton Atlanta Northeast | Planning & Design: Marigold Events | Floral & Decor: Events InStyle by Beenish Inc. | Catering: Al-Noor Banquet & Caterer | DJ: Prime DJs | Cake & Treats: The Petite Desserts | Mehndi Artists: Sonali Dabgotra | Dholi: Supreme Dholis


Birmingham, AL Indian Wedding by Hakim's Studio

Good morning Maharanis! I hope you are ready for our filmy day of the week. Today, we will return to a lovely summer day in which Shaista & Umair commemorated their marriage. Ladies, I have to say this is one of the most captivating celebrations I have seen! It's the heart and energy you can sense just right away. L3 Event Services outdid themselves with the design for these lovebirds' wedding day. I adored so many details, but the first has to be the Mehndi art Henna by Rozisalim did for our Maharani. The grace of every piece made Shaista shine like the star she is! And not only was her attire breathtaking, but so was her prince charming, with a gorgeous sherwani and a luxurious tuxedo from Kamran Bespoke. They were reigning! I don't have enough words to describe the beauty of this gala. The Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa was the best choice our couple could make to have their revelry. The alluring sophistication this place provides is remarkable, and the decor The Event Designer brought was the perfect addition to it, filling the atmosphere with class and grace. The elegant bouquets looked glorious and thoroughly matched the couples' style. Indeed, all the guests were enamored with them. The fascinating adornment was not the only thing they enjoyed. The gastronomic delight, courtesy of Asmas Cuisine, was phenomenal! The lovebirds ensure everyone had the time of their lives with the Outspoken Visions Entertainment team in charge of keeping a cherry climate and a never-ending dance throughout the celebration. Their wedding will be engraved in Shaista & Umair's souls' for a lifetime, and they will be able to relive it all thanks to the work Hakim's Studio did to capture the essence of the grand day. Feeling pours through every second! You can catch a glimpse of their romance. Just click the play button below.

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Umair and Shaista met in Nashville on Dec. 30th, 2018. Umair had moved down to Nashville a few months before and was upset that his boss had made him stay back to work. Little did he know it was God's plan to keep him there to meet his future wife ;) Shaista was down in Birmingham for her friend’s wedding. Her siblings and some of their friends decided to do New Years together in Nashville. On Dec. 30 Umair was on Broadway watching the Titans game and met up with their mutual friend at Jason Aldean's. Shaista and her sisters had wrapped up the wedding festivities and got there a little later and met up with the rest of the crew there. Shaista went to say hi, and of course received a semi-cold response from Umair so she said bye. (P.S. if you know Umair you know about his RBF, and how sometimes it’s not very welcoming.)
So you ask, well how did they finally get together?
Shaista and Umair credit this to her sister and friend, but the long-story short version includes a random guy being too handsy, some yelling/schooling on feminism, and a big misunderstanding that brought Umair and Shaista close together. This led to some Vegas bombs and some oversharing (being a doctor means sometimes people aka Umair felt obligated to share and got a free consultation visit out of it). Also, can’t forget Umair’s untied shoe that kept bothering Shaista so she finally just tied it for him. Maybe that’s what tied them together for life.
After that Umair slid into Shaista's DM's literally!!! He found a way to be with her all weekend long. One of Shaista's favorite memories of the weekend is when they snuck away from the group with just her BFF (Namita) and BFF’s husband to the dance floor and Umair was trying to get her BFF’s husband to dance while Namita and Shaista just watched. (If you know the both of them you know how entertaining that scene would be).
Thinking this might be a New Year’s fling, Shaista flew back to Fort Worth and Umair is still upset he couldn't be the one to drop her to the airport to this day (How romantic!) However, Umair continued to keep in touch with Shaista through Facetimes, messages, etc., and the rest is history!
I don’t know if I know of a particular time when I thought Umair was the one. However, the one thing that comes to mind, is how easily and quickly Umair made his spot in my family. My little sister moved to Nashville 5 months into us dating, where he was living while I lived in Dallas. My mother would visit my baby sister there often and the 3 of them would hang out, play Open Rummy, board games, and eat dinner. It made us all feel safe knowing he was there, since she is the baby of the family and had never lived away from home prior to this. I loved how easily he got along with my family and that I didn’t need to be present for them all to hangout.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Umair had originally planned to propose in April 2020, but COVID struck and unfortunately his original grand plan including helicopters, 200-plus family and friends, and much more was brought to a halt. He didn't lose hope, and knew he wanted to make Shaista his wife soon, so he came up with another plan that was more intimate. Shaista the detective was a little too hard to surprise, but Umair still somehow managed to have some surprise elements. He proposed to her in Dallas, the city they would soon be making their home, with their closest family and friends around. They had purchased their first home during COVID and 2 weeks after closing was the big day! Shaista’s mom and baby sister were in town to help her get the house set up. A day before the proposal Shaista’s baby sister suggested they get their nails done (which was a little suspicious but her baby sister played it off well. Shaista’s BFF and middle sister had also said they can’t be there during July 4th weekend due to work so she got thrown off). The day - July 3rd - started with high tea since Shaista loves high tea so much. He sent her out with her mother and baby sister for tea, claiming he had work and couldn’t make it since it was a Friday. Afterwards, Raeesa (her baby sister) “forgot” something at home, so they all made a quick stop at the house. They didn’t even turn the car off and for some reason were convinced they all had to run into the house. The next thing you know the house is set up with beautiful memories of their journey together thus far. From the entrance of the house started a lovely dance full of surprising entrances and moments done by her sisters, BFF, brother in laws, and the moms. The dance ended with the road to the backyard where Umair was waiting all suited up in 100 degree Dallas weather with a few more surprises up his sleeve (literally, since Shaista had lost her dad 12 years ago he had a picture of Shai and her dad as his cufflinks and wore one of her dad’s old ties). He asked her after showing her a slide show with more of their memories and with her dream ring and she of course said YES!!!

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 took a couple months after the engagement to enjoy that period before we started wedding planning. It was an unpredictable time to start planning given COVID. We debated having a small wedding but both of us especially I had always wanted to get all my people from the different phases of life (high school, college, medical school, residency, work, etc.) under one roof. Anyways first thing was deciding location, which we both agreed on Hoover, Alabama as one that was my childhood town, my mom still lived there, it was close to Umair’s childhood town of Memphis, and most importantly it was the town where my father’s last memories were present. We toured a few different hotels there and when we both saw Renaissance Ross Bridge, we fell in love. It was what we envisioned - a wedding with a vacation. We initially booked a venue a couple minutes away for the sangeet since I wanted different vibes for the events, however we wanted desi food and the original venue was not cooperative. However, I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason because we found our perfect Sangeet venue with everything we envisioned plus more at Soiree Event Gallery (just look at the pictures there and all the beautiful chandeliers that light up the room). Plus, they were very easy to work with which was an added bonus. That same weekend that we finalized our original venue (in September about 12 months before our wedding date), I took Umair to try Bayleaf as I loved the Indian fusion themed food and drinks (we served a paan Old fashion, and Mango-jito) which ended up being crowd favorites. After that we worked on photographer and Umair only wanted Hakims Studios. I was always a fan of their work, but after working with them would highly recommend them to anyone especially if you want your photos to be grand- looking and remind you of a Bollywood type event. We also booked our event planner L3 events about a year in advance. I had seen her and her team live in action previously and I loved how organized, fierce, young, and relatable she is. Next, on our list was picking reception food, we picked Pakistani food to be balance the Indian and Pakistani taste that both our families have. We sampled several different places but loved the food at Asma’s. I wanted some of the food items to be served with a twist, such as the falooda in a martini glass, and Imran from Asma’s helped us come up with fun ways to amp up the presentation. Everyone still talks about how delicious their food was.
About 9 months out from the wedding I started reaching out and even went did some hair and make-up trials. I initially wanted to go with someone local however traveling back and forth for hair and makeup trials wasn’t feasible. Thus I ended up searching for someone local in the DFW area that’s when on Instagram I came across Makeup.Faced by Reetu. I set up and hair and make-up trial and my husband came to the trial with me. This was our second hair and make-up artist but when she completed my make up let’s just say we both were blown away with how pretty I looked but still felt so natural. For my Henna artist, I searched some local photographers’ pages on IG and fell in love with Rozi’s work (IG page Henna by RoziSalim), and she did an amazing job giving me the henna of my dreams. As far as the DJ we checked out several DJ’s we had heard at weddings over IG and reached out to our top 5 favorite. This was Umair’s department so he did his due diligence while picking them. We danced nonstop for 5 hours on Saturday at the reception, the music and especially the DHOL player was on fire.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
When selecting the person to make my outfits, I knew it had to be Millionaire collection. She had for years been making clothes for me and they always looked amazing. All my inspo came from hours of being on IG and then I would give her 2-3 pictures and we would talk through how I imagined my outfit looking. She probably in the 9 months I worked with her for all my wedding outfit looks spent at least 60 hours in person or over the phone helping me make all my dream outfits. I knew I wanted a winter/clean look themed reception and wanted to wear a dark shade of blue for reception. For sangeet I was in love with lavender but my sisters wanted me to be in something brighter. (which I am glad they did cause my favorite outfit was probably the hot pink lengha). I had hints of lavender on my outfit to match my bridesmaid outfits that Kulsum Aunty from Millionaire’s collection made. For mehendi, I wanted to be in something Floral, and something that would not interfere with my mehendi, but have something that kept me warm incase I got cold with the mehendi on. So we came up with a 3/4th mint green and floral themed lengha and blouse with a short sleeve detachable jacket. My Nikkah saree all came from this one blouse I was obsessed with. Together with Kulsum Aunty and after several pictures/phone calls/Facetimes we finally agreed upon the perfect saree design to go with the blouse, and a subtle pink dupatta to wear on my head to go with the retro-Indian royalty vibe I was looking for. Also wanted to recognize Hamraniatelier who made my sisters MOH outfits for the reception.
For my husband we knew we wanted to use Kamran Bespoke for both his Nikkah and Reception outfits. Which he customized each one to reflect something about our relationship on there. His pithi and Sangeet outfit was made my Millionaire’s collection to match mine.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
To be honest wedding planning is one of the most stressful things I had ever done and know that I love planning parties. Maybe it was the timing with work and COVID but it was the most hectic process ever. I was blessed that both our parents wanted whatever we wanted, and Umair and I were open and on the same page with expectations. The most enjoyable process for me though was watching Umair go from being completely confused and not knowing what all entails wedding planning to me just telling him my vision and him making it happen. For us I felt like I was having to do a lot of the heavy lifting the first few months and essentially helping create the rough outline of expectations and to-do list. However, the last 6 months he took over as work got hectic for me. I just had to tell him this is what I want, or what I envision and he took over. In fact, I was joking with my wedding planner recently about how she had a board to help keep everything organized with to-do lists, contracts, etc - everything that was needed for her to make this wedding run smoothly. My husband took care of everything, I still don’t even know how to get to the board. He made sure everything was taken care of. I said this during my speech and I will say it again; I may have been the mind behind the wedding, but Umair was the hands and it’s all thanks to his hard work I got my dream wedding.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There are 3 moments that always replay from the wedding. The first was sangeet day when Umair was talking to my sister and I walked and tapped him to say I am here. His expression made me feel like the prettiest person ever. No camera caught it but his expression is forever etched in my heart and memory. The second memory was when the Umair got to wear the Dhol and I got to play it. The third one was when the DJ played “Ram Jaane” which is Umair’s favorite Bollywood movie and one of the 5 Bollywood movies he had watched before he met me. I was across the room talking to some friends and ran across the room when I heard the song. Umair happened to be on stage with his best friend. I started taking off his shirt, ran to the dance floor grabbed someone’s suit jacket got Umair to wear it with his tank. His best friend brought at tie to wear to put on Umair’s head. I looked at Umair and said live your dream of wanting to be Ram Jaane at your wedding. We danced the rest of the song as him being Shahrukh khan in the movie, and me bouncing from being Juhi Chawla in the movie to being one of SRK/ aka Umair’s fan girls.

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.
For anyone who knows me knew that my wedding would not be complete without multiple dances. For sangeet night we opened up with a dream come to reality which was a dance-off between the Bridesmaids and Groomsmen. Everyone blew us away with their moves( s/o to all the girls and guys who put their best of there but the crowd favorite was Jess doing a cart wheel in a lengha). Do I even have to tell yall the winners were the bride’s side. This was followed up with a sweet dance by my niece. Next up was an amazing dance by 3 not so little kids who I babysat since they were less than 1 and now are like 11 and 16 yrs old. After that my cousins put on heartwarming show with my sisters, mom, and aunts. My college friends did a dhamaka filled dance to some of our favorite songs we jammed out to back in the day. Umair’s side put on a show with their 20 cousins, friends, and all his loved ones. The Sangeet dances ended with a dance performance I choreographed that included the closest people to me, which started with me and my 2 sisters that started with Eli re Eli( a song about 3 sisters that we always related to and promised to do a small piece at each others wedding. Then my mom joined us and all 4 of us danced to Mungda. My sisters and left and I did a duet with my mom to Maye ni Maye from Hum aapke hai kaum( one of umair’s favorite moves, where my mom is saying no to getting me married). I did a solo dance to Vaaste, a song whose lyrics make me melt and Umair fell in love with the song with the amount of times I made him hear it. My best friend then danced with me to Biloni there lal ghaara( I was wearing hot pink that’s in the family of reds right). Having being a bridesmaid atleast 10 times before my wedding, we danced to the part of when I will be a bride from Yaad piya ki Aane laagi( the new version) and Ghenda Phool by Badshah with my bridesmaids. The next song was extra special, as it is Umair’s all time favorite Movie/song and I have no clue why. He always told me he wished he could be Ram Jaane. Thus mybrother in laws joined me for a special surprise for Umair to his all-time favorite song. We ended with my sisters, Brother-in-laws, and Umair’s 2 left feet dancing Akhiyon se Goli Maare. The reception dance was our love story via Bollywood songs, narrated by my sisters with a few surprises mixed in there. It was very special and no words could do it justice. It’s just something you have to watch.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
First take a couple months to enjoy your engagement as wedding planning is stressful. Start planning early and incorporate it into your day-to-day life such as using social media to start saving dresses, themes, decors you like. Next find vendors whose work reflects your vision of your wedding, and that you can talk freely to. Don’t be afraid to reach out to the bride/groom of some of the weddings they have worked on to ensure they all had a positive experience. If you can, plan for 2 henna sessions one preferably the day before for the moms, aunts, etc. so the day of their hands are free to be able to help you and for them to feel like they can cater to the guests. Have at least 2-3 Makeup trials with the same picture you show, so you can compare both the artistic work and see which one is how you envision yourself. Pick one person who knows you the best and is willing to make decisions on your behalf that your wedding planner can go to. Have a wedding planner!! Lastly, the moment your first event starts, just remember to have fun and make the most of it. Everything will not be perfect, but just remember all your loved ones are under one roof to celebrate you and your love, so don’t worry about the little details and just enjoy every minute cause it will all be gone in a blink of an eye.

Sweeties, that's it for this entry. I'll see for the next love story!

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Photography: Hakim's Studio | Cinematography: Hakim's Studio | Mehndi Artists: Henna by Rozisalim | Sangeet Venue: Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa | Ceremony Reception Venue: Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa | Reception Venue: Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa | Planning & Design: L3 Event Services | Floral & Decor: The Event Designer | Hair & Makeup: Reetu Saini | Catering: Asmas Cuisine | DJs: Outspoken Visions Entertainment | Bridal Fashions: Millionaires Collections | Tuxedos: Kamran Bespoke


Anaheim, CA Indian Wedding by Peter Nguyen Studio

It is time for an amazing new film, and you, my beautiful maharanis, will love it! You will be delighted by the fantastic job from our friends from Peter Nguyen Studio, who captured every single detail from Tamanna & Jay's celebrations. The Delta Hotels by Marriott Anaheim Garden Grove hosted the wedding ceremony and reception, and it was a perfect choice as they took care of not only Tamanna & Jay, our lovely duo, but of every guest as well. Everything was perfectly trimmed, and we can say that this was thanks to the professionalism and talented job from Subham Events, who made sure everything was perfect. Everyone had a blast during the weekend, from the pre-wedding traditional ceremonies to the wedding reception, where the well-selected music from Fusion Sounds turned the environment into a party. Something that delighted everyone, it was the splendid cuisine that Vishnu Catering served. Everyone was fascinated with this piece of heaven on earth. Just delicious! We are double featuring this event today, so you can be inspired by this film, or you can also visit our gallery and check the fantastic shoots by Peter Nguyen Studio. So, don't hesitate and click on play to relive this beautiful moment. 

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I had met Jay casually in October 2016 at our friends' surprise engagement but never really struck up a conversation.
 
In late January 2018, his name came up again.
I was paired with him to walk down the aisle at my best friend Jesal's wedding. I couldn't put a face to the name because so much time had passed.
 
It wasn't until Friday, February 2nd, 2018, 3 days after re-meeting him, where I first actually noticed Jay. He was wearing my favorite color, purple, at the Garba of our respective best friends, Jesal and Ravi. My friends teased me about him because we were wearing the same color. I joked back about it because I thought he was cute and I was interested in getting to know him. I even prepared a joke to say to Jay if I could gather the nerve to talk to him.
 
On the day of the wedding, we lined up side by side outside the main doors. Even though he seemed annoyed with me because the bridesmaids were running late and missed the initial entry song... I took my chances to lighten the mood.
 
"Are you ready to be the first guy I walk down the aisle with?" (since I had never been a bridesmaid before)
 
We met again at the wedding after-party & Superbowl party the next day. He messaged me on Facebook Messenger when I left and thereafter we would talk constantly via Messenger / Video Chat. He was quick to know that he wanted this forever and a few months later I knew there was just something different about the connection we had.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
On the Sunday, a year after we first met, he claimed we were celebrating our friends' 1-year anniversary at Pelican Hill Resort. He, our friends, and another close friend who "happened to be in the area" were there with us at brunch. After they "sneakily" scoped out a place to propose since it was pouring rain outside, he walked me outside, laid down a napkin on the wet floor for his knee and to my "surprise", he proposed.
 
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 was my own wedding planner. It was a good and bad experience. I think if you are clear on what you want and detailed enough to define it, being your own wedding planner saves on the cost of hoping someone else can achieve your vision. The bad part is that you have to trust vendors that you haven't worked with before. My mom was my assistant wedding planner and really helped me with a lot of the details and coordination. I couldn't have done it without her.
 
VENUES: The Ganesh Puja venue, my childhood home, was undoubtedly my favorite venue. We were able to do so much more because it was home and we were able to incorporate a lot of the personal elements into the decor. The meaning and significance behind the Ganesh Puja wouldn't have felt the same at any other venue. The sangeet venue, Fullerton Community Center, was a great choice for a pre-event due to affordability, ease of access and look and feel of the space. We did have to make some last minute fixes by buying chair covers because the standard chairs were of poor quality. The wedding/reception venue, Delta Hotels by Marriott, Anaheim/Garden Grove worked out well. I loved this venue because it was simple enough to feel like a family-hosted event and not a business event, and it had two ballrooms which worked out well to avoid any rushed transition time between the wedding and reception. Patty, my third coordinator at Delta Hotels, was great. She was personable, welcoming and great to work with. Though our wedding bags were not distributed by the check-in staff and other minor hiccups occurred, overall it was a great experience. It helped to have a clearly defined vision, details covered early-on and a lot of follow up.
 
HAIR & MAKEUP
Hair & Makeup for the pre-events were done by my hidden gem, Jewel Alonso. I loved every look of mine she was able to create. She was sweet and great to work with and I highly recommend her. Hair & Makeup for the wedding and reception were done by Drea Vlaovich. She was fun to work with and was definitely well-versed in Indian weddings. My favorite look of hers was my reception hair and makeup.
 
OUTFITS
I bought a lot of my pre-wedding outfits from Aishwarya Design Studio in Santa Cruz Market, Mumbai. I reluctantly share their name because they will increase prices or not have good outfits left for me if too many people go. However, I have bought over 35+ outfits from there over the years so I think I have my fair share that it is okay if others go there now. My wedding outfit and reception outfit were made by a custom designer. The wedding outfit came out closer to my vision than the reception outfit but both turned out well for photos.
 
CHOREOGRAPHER
When I went to India for two weeks, we would call a choreographer, Nikita Pawar over each morning to choreograph for us. She was so sweet and fun to work with though it was her first experience working on something like this.
 
DECOR THEME
My Ganesh Puja was done by a little known gem, Araceli. She was passionate about what she did, committed to every element, engrossed in all the details and was affordable. Guests loved her work on the backdrop. Honestly, she was too good for what she charged. On the other hand, I worked with Kumba Events for all other wedding events. I had heard good things, he gave good promises with his vast years of experience, and I regrettably bought into the whole thing. From an outsider's perspective, the wedding and reception looked fine but if you saw the Idea Boards, detailed designs and written out logistics that I walked him through months in advance, you would see why I was greatly disappointed. The Sangeet was a disaster in terms of decor. We paid more to have elements that were not even achieved. Simple things like cut-out mango designs were promised and delivered in the wrong color and then changed to a very poor quality (not cut out). For the wedding and reception, the florist we worked with for samples delivered a far inferior quality for the actual day of or was not the florist he went with. Her work on Instagram far surpassed the work provided to us via Kumba Events. No matter how clear of details I provided, how much follow up, the only elements that seemed to have worked were the ones we achieved by my family decor team.
 
FOOD
I cannot say enough positive words about Mantra Catering and specifically Sumit Sharma. Sumit is like family and he truly delivered on an amazing spread of food and desserts for the Sangeet and Reception. My work family loved him so much that they invited him back for my Farewell Lunch at work and he received even more praise. I cannot recommend a better food vendor but make sure you get to him fast. He, for good reason, books up fast.
 
PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY
Peter Nguyen Studio's photography came out beautiful. Ayesha and Bao were great during the Ganesh Puja and I couldn't imagine videography done by anyone but Bao. He's so great at it. The colors and quality, details captured and family photos were remarkable. The Same Day Edit created to play during the Reception was amazing. I had provided the songs and information I wanted to include before hand which helped a lot but it was the great video and editing that really made it come together. I'm really looking forward to the full-feature video and highlight video.
 
DJ & LIGHTING
Saved the best for last. Fusion Sounds, specifically Sandeep, is great work with. He was by far my most organized vendor. I gave him detailed timelines and song requests and he was truly able to deliver. He was very responsive and answered any and all questions whenever I had them.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew I wanted maroon velvet because I felt like it worked better with my skin tone compared to the traditional red. I wanted the gold and traditional maroon combination and to keep elements of the traditional mango design in the outfit. The pink was a designer added surprise. He wanted to create more contrast to the outfit and convinced my mom and consulting aunts to agree. I added personalized elements into the design including my grandfather's initials, my husband's name and my teddy bear's head. It was my once-in-a-lifetime outfit that I wanted to personalize where possible. I do wish it fanned out more so the design would be more visible.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Working so closely with family and friends. I really wanted to ensure that the event felt family-planned and family-coordinated. My family definitely came through and helped immensely with the execution of my vision. I couldn't have done it without them.
 
Additionally, the coordination of dances with family and friends was the best way to get everyone together and to make people feel part of the big day as well. A lot of family members and friends have mentioned how much fun they had rehearsing.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Guests loved the details - personalized elements, food and entertainment. They knew it was my wedding in terms of how planned the personalized details were. The food and desserts by Mantra did not disappoint and was truly a guest favorite. We were blessed with many family and friends from both sides willing or wanting to perform so we had two full nights of entertainment that worked out great. Guests have mentioned to me how much they enjoyed the dances and speeches at both events.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Before the wedding one of my close friends at work, Mario, told me to make sure I take a moment to soak it in. A moment to look out into the crowd and just appreciate all that this day was. Despite the number of things my perfectionist mindset called out, the really special moment was during the wedding, looking at Jay smiling and then panning the crowd and appreciating each and every person in the crowd that had taken the time, traveled from far, delayed vacation plans..etc. to be there for us. It was emotional and overwhelming but you truly felt the love and support in the room. I will definitely recommend this for every bride-to-be.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
- Be smart about who you put in charge of what. Sometimes your closest family or closest friends won't come with the best attitude to support you and some surprising family and friends will step forward. Put  willing people in charge to be you when you need to be the bride.
 
- Know your vendors and read their reviews. Know what matters to you and what doesn't. Know what you want before you meet with vendors otherwise your wedding will become someone else's.
 
- Enjoy every moment of the day and remember to look back at your significant other a ton. Honestly, all I remember from most of the day's events is his smile throughout each of the events, how happy I was to see it, and how excited I was to see that smile forever. Everything else is just a blur.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
JEWELRY
A lot of my jewelry was designed by Suram Jewels in Mumbai. As family, there was no one else I could trust with this and it meant so much to have jewelry done by Swati (masi). She was able to combine what I liked with the styles of my outfit and delivered great custom designs. I truly recommend her!

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DJ: Fusion Sounds | Photography: Peter Nguyen Studio | Photography: Peter Nguyen Studio | Catering: Vishnu Catering | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Delta Hotels by Marriott Anaheim Garden Grove | Planning & Design: Subham Events | Floral & Decor: Kumba Events | Reception Catering: Mantra Indian Cuisine | Reception Desserts: Tasty Temptations | Photo Booth: InstaPhotos | Wedding Officiant: Shukavak Dasa


Brooklyn, NY Sikh Wedding by Park Street Weddings

You, ladies, know that here in Maharani Weddings we strive to bring you only the best South Asian weddings around. This time, we are beyond excited because this feature accurately showcases all the luxury and glam that we love about Sikh galas. Our friends from Park Street Weddings truly outdid themselves with today's film, I tell you that, so be ready for a visual treat that will just leave you in awe! We love everything saree related and one of the things that amazed us was Maharani Anchal's fashion choices! This bride definitely is among the top Maharanis of this year, just look at that over the top dark blue saree with embroidery in coral, lavender, and teal! Such a knockout and such a gorgeous Maharani! No wonder why Raja Sanjeet fell head over heels for her! The Weylin in Brooklyn was the perfect venue that for sure, provided a lux scenography that won't be forgotten that easily! So, ladies, want to know what all the fuzz is about? Click play below and let yourself be enchanted by Anchal & Sanjeet's amazingly lavish vision! See you there!

More coming up! Don't miss it!

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Cinematography: Park Street Weddings | Photography: Ajit Singh Photography | Ceremony Venue: Glen Cove Gurdwara | Reception Venue: Weylin | Planning & Design: KM Events Management | Floral & Decor: Elegant Affairs Inc. | Makeup: Sam | Hair: Nichole | DJ: BWD Events


Santa Barbara, CA Indian Fusion Wedding by Impressive Creations

We know you, ladies, were left wanting more of today's fairy tale bash featured in our Platinum Guide Blog! There's nothing to worry about because today and thanks to the team from Impressive Creations, we have the gorgeous after movie of Gurveen & Neil's wedding vision coming from California. The stunning Maharani, with the help of Dolled up by Lulu with hair & makeup and Beauty by Lishma with the mehndi design and the saree draping & styling, was looking out of this world! So enchanting. And what about the lavish party at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort? Without a doubt, Square Root Designs' decor and 3D Sounds' lights (who also assisted with the traditional Baraat) turned this bash into a unique experience for the ages. Hit play below for all the details! Don't miss this!

Stick around, more wedding highlight reels to come! 

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Floral & Decor: Square Root Designs | Hair & Makeup: Dolled up by Lulu | Venues: Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort | Mehndi Artists: Beauty by Lishma | Lighting: 3D Sounds | Baraat: 3D Sounds | Draping/Styling: Beauty by Lishma | Photography: Lin & Jirsa Photography | Planning & Design: Elegant Events LLC | Catering: Manohar's Delhi Palace | DJ: DJ Hark with Decibel Entertainment | Bridal Fashions: Brides of Sabyasachi | Cake & Treats: Joanie & Leighs Cakes | Cinematography: Impressive Creations | Photo Booth: Pixster Photo Booth | Sangeet Design: Raj Tents


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