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New York, NY Indian Wedding by Studio KSD

If there is a word to describe the city of New York, that would be "mystic". There is always something going on in every corner, so much that a sensory overload will definitely happen if you happen to be wandering around its streets! Today, we will focus on one single event that has us completely sighing. Puja & Saad's incredibly luxurious and elegant gala was everything you want out of an Indian style celebration, and of course, we know that there is nothing greater than a wedding! Our talented friends from Studio KSD have for us a film that, as we will see, showcases everything that went on for our couple's day of magic. The stunning bride took the Maharani style up a notch and came out looking out of this world. Flawless Beauty by Pauline in the hair & makeup department and Mehndikalogie with the Mehndi design, were the absolute glam dream team of the night. Their striking work made our Maharani even more beautiful! This bash is a total dream so be sure not to miss it, ladies! Also, don't forget to check us out because if today's filmy left you wanting for more, just wait for the picture gallery from our friends from Salwa Photography! Drop-dead gorgeous!

   

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
My husband, Saad, and I met when we were students at Cornell Law School. As a first-year student, I attended the school’s South Asian Law Students Association’s orientation meeting. That was the first time I met Saad, a second-year student, and co-President of the organization. But, we left the meeting as acquaintances after barely saying a word to one another. Our second meeting was similar—months later, we encountered each other by chance in our apartment complex and learned that we were neighbors. Even though the signs were there, we still did not connect until we attended a South Asian Law Students conference in New York City months later. Somewhere over bonding about our shared cultural identity and penchant for the law, we became friends. Over the next four years, we grew from friends to best friends. Even after Saad moved to New York City to begin work, we kept in touch daily. Upon my graduation the following year, I also moved to New York. Once reunited, Saad and I enjoyed exploring the city, laughing while reminiscing about our law school days, and discussing our careers over dinner and Broadway shows. Still, despite our shared South Asian American identities, we never considered each other as life partners because of our differing religious backgrounds. 
 
All of that changed on my 26th birthday. With Saad’s help, I threw a birthday party. Unbeknownst to Saad, I even invited two of my girlfriends, who practice the same faith as Saad, thinking that they might hit it off with him. As the party began to wind down, at the end of the evening I asked my friends what they thought about Saad and if they had gotten his phone number. They said: “He seems like a great guy. But Puja, he’s in love with YOU.” At that moment, my mind began to race. I spent the after-party thinking more and more about it, and finally, when I could not hold it back, I told Saad that maybe there was something more between us. We spent the next month talking about how our relationship could materialize despite our different religions. We soon realized that we could not imagine a world where we were not together, and our relationship turned into a whirlwind romance.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
After two years together, Saad planned a surprise proposal. He told me to prepare for a vacation to an unknown destination and to pack some dresses and heels he had bought me for our dating anniversary. The day before we departed for our vacation, Saad gave me a hint—a Venus Et Fleur flower arrangement. I guessed correctly that we were headed to France, but little did I know what else that meant! Once in Paris, Saad told me to be prepared for an early start the next day. The following morning, at 7 am, Saad told me he was taking me for a tour of the Palace of Versailles. When we reached the Palace, Saad directed me towards the Palace gardens. We both took in the serenity and vastness of the gardens as we were the only two people present so early in the morning. It felt like we were royalty walking through our garden.
 
Saad directed me towards a secluded area of the garden for the proposal. As a historical romance novel enthusiast, I had read descriptions of this garden, Bosquet de L’Encelade. Even though I suspected Saad was going to propose, I was so enamored by the garden that I began to wander until Saad was able to pull me into a corner and kneel on one knee to cap the fairy-tale moment!
 
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.
Saad and I knew that we wanted to have a traditional South Asian wedding to pay homage to our shared culture. But, we also wanted to get married in New York City, where our relationship began. So, we decided to select a venue that would have city views during our nuptials and allow for Saad to parade to the venue on a white horse in his Baraat, a traditional welcoming procession led by the groom. We selected the Mandarin Oriental due to its floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing Central Park and the New York City skyline, and we decided to have our Baraat in Columbus Circle. Though we decided to have a smaller than a typical wedding for a South Asian wedding of 120 guests, we turned to Sonal J Shah to assist with coordinating our events because they spanned multiple days. We also selected Atlas Floral to execute our selected color palette for the Hindu wedding ceremony of traditional gold combined with a modern twist of 100s of real blush pink roses and hanging crystals. For the reception, we opted for an elegant and glamorous touch with a real rose and crystal-filled ceiling, custom bars with floating candles, a white dance floor with our initials in gold, and a custom-made stage with a backdrop of hanging flowers and candles.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
To keep in line with our vision for a traditional South Asian wedding, for my wedding ceremony outfit, I knew I wanted to get married in a classic red Sabyasachi Mukherjee wedding lengha. His designs provide old-world glamour reminiscent of the richness of our shared motherland, pre-colonial South Asia, during a time when maharanis and rajas held court and festive soirées. Accordingly, my mother and I spent two weeks in Mumbai during which time we selected not only my lengha from Sabyasachi Mumbai, but also my wedding jewelry with uncut diamonds and emeralds from Tanishq, and my wedding shoes from the Sabyasachi collaboration with Christian Louboutin. Moreover, we worked with Vanshik to custom make Saad's cream and silver sherwani, Saffo (headpiece), and shoes.
 
For the reception, I knew that I wanted to wear a modern ballgown. I turned to Manish Malhotra, who is at the forefront of creating modern Bollywood ensembles. I ultimately selected a two-piece champagne-ivory lengha with a tulle bottom and hanging Swarovski crystals that Manish Malhotra custom made for me into a one piece floor-length ballgown.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
To me, the most enjoyable part of the planning process was selecting our outfits. Because all of my family, on both of my parents' sides, lives in America, I never had the opportunity as a child or young adult of traveling to India frequently or updating my South Asian clothing wardrobe. So, our wedding was my chance to actually visit India and source my own outfits that I had pictured in my head for years! My mother and I experienced Mumbai together for the first time, and though it was overwhelming, we spent two weeks carefully selecting pieces for myself, Saad, my sister, and my father. The results speak for themselves, and we are so proud we were able to pull it off!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
One of the best moments of our wedding was the Baraat. We received permits to shut down Columbus Circle so our guests and Saad could enjoy the Baraat uninterrupted. It was such a unique experience for our guests to party on the streets of Manhattan! Saad says that it was surreal riding a white horse through the middle of the city on his way to get married.
 
Our reception was also something guests were blown away by. Saad and I revealed no details to our guests at all about the color palette, let alone the 100s of real hanging roses that we had directed be suspended from the ceiling. When the doors opened to the reception, our guests were just in awe.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
In the months leading up to our wedding, we learned a great deal about our religions’ wedding practices. One would assume incorporating divergent practices would be difficult. But for me, this actually made me fall in love with Saad even more. During our initial meeting with the Hindu priest, Saad listened so intently that he remembered on our Hindu wedding day that the end of our final phera (circle around the fire), Hindu superstition says whoever sits down first after completing the phera rules the household. On our wedding day, I completely forgot about the game! So, at the end of the phera, Saad waited for me to sit down first and "win." Because of moments like this that, when we reminisce about our wedding, we are filled with a sense of completeness—we had a picture-perfect traditional South Asian wedding in the city where we fell in love and we married as best friends. It was truly the wedding of our dreams.
 
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 our sangeet and Garba, we opted to charter the Atlantica Yacht and circle the Statue of Liberty as we danced the night away.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Have a vision and stick to it! I think it is so easy to be influenced by what you see on social media or blogs. While it is important to source these channels in order to come up with a vision, once the vision is created, I think it is important to stick to it, even if it may seem difficult at times. For me, I had a very clear color palate selected for my bridesmaids, and even when it was difficult to find that color, I still stick with it and ultimately found what I needed. That being said, I think it is also important to change your vision if needed. I realized peonies were going to be difficult to source the time of year we had our wedding, so I decided to use other flowers instead.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
For my henna I decided to combine our South Asian culture, New York, and our jobs as attorneys. I had the scales of justice and a gavel drawn alongside a maharani and maharaja and the New York City skyline. I also included the Eiffel Tower, where we took our engagement photos, and a peacock, the national bird of India.

 

More to come in no time, stay with us! 

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Photography: Salwa Photography | Hair & Makeup: Flawless Beauty by Pauline | Mehndi Artists: Mehndikalogie | Cinematography: Studio KSD | Ceremony Venue: Mandarin Oriental New York | Reception Venue: Mandarin Oriental New York | Planning & Design: Sonal J Shah Event | Floral & Decor: Atlas Floral Decorators | Hair & Makeup: Cinderella Bridez | Catering: Bukhara Grill | DJ: DJ Suhel | Cakes & Treats: City Sweets & Confections | Rentals: Luxe Event Rentals | Rentals: Glam Party Rentals


Columbus, OH Indian Wedding by Photosaga

Happy Tuesday, Maharanis! The week is just starting and we never stop! Today we have yet another accurate representation of what Indian weddings are all about! Vinaya & Karthik decided to the knot with all the style in the world, but also, paying homage to the traditions they hold so dearly. The Bridgewater Banquet and Conference Center was the venue of choice for both ceremony and reception and we know what you are thinking! A fantastic choice, to say the least! What was also fantastic was Maharani Vinaya's fashion sense and multitasking abilities. Seriously, it is not that often that we have a bride that handles her own hair and makeup and all the decor choices! This gorgeous lady is truly a Maharani for the books! The newlyweds also wanted the best of the best for their guests. In order to do that, they recruited the fine talent of DJ Mavi Productions who brought a playlist with all the latest Bollywood hits and modern tunes! So, ladies, you can't miss this love-fueled jubilee coming to us thanks to Photosaga! Let's get to it!

 

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met through our mutual friend while doing rotations in our third year of medical school. The attraction was there from the very start when first met at the dinner at our friend's place. He always says how he couldn't make eye contact with me because I was too pretty... We got to know each other in the hospital though, talking in the hallways, eating lunch together. Then we slowly realized we were seeing each other without our other friends. The attraction is basic and not difficult to find. My comfort, and a feeling of home, away from home, that feeling is hard to find and that's what we found in each other.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We did a traditional proposal at our engagement event in front of our closest family and friends in Canada with a traditional Hindu pooja.

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 both worked tight schedules and it so happened that we both were only "free" in March, so as much as I never dreamt of a winter wedding, a winter wedding is what we had with a huge storm two days prior to our big day. We picked Columbus Ohio (my husband's home town) as the wedding location since we got to have the engagement in my home town, in Canada. The venue choice was mainly based on the fact that they let us cater food from outside, as most venues within the area restricted bringing outside catered food into the venue. I decided to suit the season of winter, I would light pastels for a brighter warmer feel for our ceremony with creams and peaches and then for the night reception I choose a bold dark maroon and cream for a romantic feeling.  Hair and makeup I did myself as I dislike the feeling of wearing pounds of makeup and feeling un-like myself. I stayed true to myself and worse makeup to accentuate my existing features and kept the looks simple and wispy.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I wanted to keep my outfits very traditional with minor changes in the cuts. For my first saree, I wore a beautiful traditional red with gold detailing saree. And as I'm Malayalee and we normally wear cream silk sarees for the ceremony, for my second wedding outfit in which the mangalsutra was tied, I wore a traditional cream silk saree with the traditional Indian red trim and blouse. My husband wore the traditional dhoti. And for the reception, he wore a dark navy suit while I wore a dark cream/gold lengha with a pink shaal.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Planning was actually very hard to do seeing as my husband and I work almost 80 hours each, however, having our parents very involved and helping with the planning made it more enjoyable.

 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
They loved how traditional the ceremony was. Although it was long, the traditions performed were appreciated by most as most weddings these days no longer include such details.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I walking down the stage during the wedding ceremony; my husband's face was covered and I wasn't able to see him as a sheet was held before him and I had all my best girlfriends and my sister walk in front of me. It was an emotional time to finally live the moment we waited for 4 years.
 
For events other than your ceremony, please tell us as much as you would like about the decor, style, dances, and all the special details.
We had my haldi celebration at the Airbnb my family and I stayed at. We kept that simple with some decorations from a department store and some prayer items from my mom's prayer room from our home. The sangeet/mehndi night we again kept simple and rented out a room in a nearby Indian restaurant.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Not everything will go right on your wedding day, but that doesn't matter because at the end of the day you get to be married to your (hopefully) best friend.

Amazing wasn't it?
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DJ: DJ Mavi Productions | Cinematography: Photosaga | Photography: Photosaga | Sangeet Venue: Gokul | Planning & Design: Father of Groom - Ram Vedantam | Planning & Design: Décor Choices by Bride - Vinaya | Ceremony Venue: Bridgewater Banquet and Conference Center | Reception Venue: Bridgewater Banquet and Conference Center | Floral & Decor: Events 2NV | Hair & Makeup: Bride - Vinaya Shyam | Catering: Gokul | Catering: Amul India | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Bride: Vinaya - Bride's sister: Vidhya - Friends: Vasu Jain - Sundeep Katepalli - Shivani Bista - Kruti Patel | Cakes & Treats: Cakes by Cecile


Reston, VA Indian Wedding by INZI Wedding Films

Good morning ladies! It's a brand new day, and to kick start your wedding ideas on this new week, we have the great honor to showcase the amazing highlights of a charming couple: Pooja & Vinay! Brought to us by the super talented INZI Wedding Films crew, the wonderful moving images will magically pop us into the grand Hyatt Regency Reston where this lovely duo held a unique celebration of love. Partyland Event Design Boutique was in charge of the floral and decor for the main events and every detail was so alluring! Truly a work of art! The beautiful Pooja was absolutely shinning and flaunted the quintessential Indian bridal look thanks to our friends from Styles By Swati - Salon SBS, who assisted with hair and makeup! Kaaisha by Shalini also gave this bride the most spectacular style with a ceremony and reception lehenga that will leave you signing about these magnificent bridal outfits! Are you ladies ready for sneak peek of this wedding extravaganza? Hit play and join Pooja & Vinay during their special day right now!

 
 

Remember to back tomorrow, ladies and check out another wonderful wedding day! 

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Floral & Decor: Partyland Event Design Boutique | Hair & Makeup: Styles By Swati - Salon SBS | Cinematographer: INZI Wedding Films | Photographer: Ron Soliman Photojournalism | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Reston | Event Coordinator: Toresha King | Catering: Hyatt Regency Reston | Bridal Fashions: Kaaisha by Shalini


Suwanee, GA Ismaili Wedding by Hakim's Studio

Welcome back, beautiful ones! You know that we strive to always bring you the best of the best of Indian weddings! Today, it is our pleasure to share with you, a gorgeous Ismaili wedding coming from Georgia! Our couple of the day? Apeksha & Karim and this is how their happily ever after began. The talent of Hakims Studio - Photography and Cinematography is definitely shown for this filmy that had me totally sighing the entire time. So heartwarming! The ceremony and the reception afterward at the Signature Ballroom were absolutely to die for as well! The amount of taste in it was out of this world to tell you the truth. The team from Events InStyle by Beenish Inc. brought the A Game in terms of style! Such pros! We are sure, ladies, that today's highlight reel will definitely give you a vast amount of ideas for that special day coming up! So, time to get comfortable, crack a bottle of wine and hit play below! See you on the dance floor!

 

More glam from our beautiful brides coming up!

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Newport Beach, CA Indian Fusion Wedding by Elysium Weddings

Hey there, Maharanis! You know what time it is, and today, we head down to Newport Beach in California to witness everything that went on for Novelle & Richard's gorgeous Indian fusion wedding! It is no secret that we have a thing for these types of celebrations because ideas just seem to be everywhere! That is the great thing about two backgrounds joining their lives together! Our friends from Elysium Weddings crafted for us a visual treat that showcases the mix of traditions, colors, different types of decor sensibilities and much more to look at! So amazing! What really had me sighing the entire time was Maharani Novelle's fashion choices and that gorgeous hair & makeup style. Guess who was behind it? You know her very well, Dolled up by Lulu of course! For top-notch Maharani bridal style, you know who to call! Such talent! In case you missed the beautiful picture gallery feature we had some days ago, thanks to Jessica Claire Photography, you can always relieve it here as well! But now, let us get to the cinematic experience that will leave you wanting to tie the knot as soon as possible! See you there!

 

Stay tuned for more!

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Hair & Makeup: Dolled up by Lulu | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Resort at Pelican Hill | Catering: The Resort at Pelican Hill | Planning & Design: Stylish Details | Floral & Decor: Flowers by Cina | DJ: VOX DJs | Photo Booth: VOX DJs | Bridal Fashions: Frontier Heritage | Cake & Treats: Sweet Traders | Cinematography: Elysium Weddings | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: E Claire Paperie | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Linens: Luxe Linen | Groom's Suit: The Black Tux | Media Placement: Rayce PR | Photography: Jessica Claire Photography


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