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Huntington Beach, CA South Asian Wedding by Dove Weddings

What can be more romantic than uniting your life with your significant other by the ocean? Really few things beat the deep blue sea's enchantment and today's couple understood that very well. Our filmy of the day showcases Priyanka & Pratik's day of magic and everything that went along with it. The pre-wedding celebrations, the nerve-wracking moments of the ceremony and of course, the lavish party at The Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, we have it all here for your inspiration and sighing thanks to the striking talent of Dove Weddings who also crafted the lovely gallery we had here some days ago. We know that Maharanis totally glow the day of their nuptials, just look at Priyanka's stunning style! Such beauty! And what about Raja Pratik's neat approach? His reception tux from Manyavar definitely melted our gorgeous bride, I tell you that! So, without further ado, let us hit play and enjoy this beachfront gala, only here in Maharani Weddings, let's go!

 

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Pratik and I were classmates while attending medical school in Kansas City, MO. We were introduced to each other by a common friend (Mauli) and spent a significant portion of our first year hanging out as a group. During our second term, he'd meet us at the library but anytime he’d sit with me I’d get up and move because I wasn’t sure what his deal was and idk it was hard to concentrate because he kept trying to talk lol! Anyways, during the Spring of our first year, Pratik asked me out to our medical school formal by singing me a medley of a few my favorite songs (omg right??). Of course, I said “yes!” After a fun evening together, we became really good friends and before we knew it, we had our first “date” at Coal Vines Pizza in Kansas City. That was the official start of our beginning.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
When I came back from work, Pratik surprised me with a new dress, a new pair of shoes, and an evening planned in downtown Indianapolis to celebrate 4 years of dating. By this time I probably should have figured it out, but I didn’t!! I actually had no idea Pratik had even talked to my parents about proposing. As we made our way towards the Indiana War Memorial, we flipped through a photo album that Pratik made which highlighted the past 4 years together. Before I knew it, he got down on one knee in the middle of a heart full of roses, pulled out a ring, and popped the question. I had no idea what was going on and I immediately burst into tears. In the heat of the moment, I’m not even sure I said yes (or so he says). I still laugh because I actually asked Pratik later on, “did you ask my parents??” still in disbelief that I was engaged!
 
After Pratik gave me the most beautiful ring (that he designed for me) our closest friends crept up from behind and surprised me! I absolutely freaked out when I saw that some of my friends from Ohio, New York, Michigan, and DC who had made the trip! A few minutes later, Pratik’s parents, grandmother, and brother start walking towards me and I’m still bawling at this point when I see them. Then, I saw my parents walk towards me from the other side of the memorial with the biggest smiles on their face (I thought I was hallucinating at first since they live in California). And last but not least my big brother Abhishek makes his entrance! We took lots of pictures together and ended the evening at this Italian restaurant in Indianapolis. It was just the most incredible day filled with lots of laughter and tears! I’ll always remember it!
 
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.
Planning a wedding in California during the middle of residency and while living in separate states, really wasn’t easy. Initially, we did a lot of research on our own regarding venues, vendors, and décor. We used Maharani Weddings to get an overall feel of which vendors to contact and how to organize our weekend. Once we found our Event Coordinator, Jen with First Pick Planning she really helped get the ball rolling. We received high recommendations for Azra Bholat with Dream Décor who was very easy and a pleasure to work with. Everything we envisioned for our big day was brought to reality.  I found Instagram super helpful when it came to finding my mehndi artist (Gopi Henna) and makeup artist (Peace Love Sakina) and from their online portfolios I knew their work was in line with what I had in mind for my look.
 
Our family was a huge support through it all. My parents live in California and were a huge help in the wedding planning process. They visited all the venues in SoCal that would accommodate our number and we all agreed that the Hilton was by far the best. Pratik’s family special ordered some Paan and Mithai from a store in Gujarat. His mom and Nani made a ton of Indian snacks that we put in our welcome bags which everyone appreciated.
 
Regarding themes, we wanted a sort of traditional Indian look with vibrant colors at our sangeet to create a fun and welcoming atmosphere for our guests. For the other events, we stuck with a more elegant look theme, incorporating my favorite colors, coral and white, into our clothing and decor. My wedding cards were also designed with roses in mind.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I tried to coordinate my bridal outfits with the decor.  For my bridal lehenga, I wanted to choose a traditional Red but also incorporate some coral details. I was able to customize my lehenga at Frontier Raas in Delhi including the colors, cut,  fabric, borders, and embroidery. They definitely worked some magic putting everything together.  You can make anything happen there – I highly recommend it for all brides.
 
I found my sangeet and reception outfits at Ritu Kumar also in New Delhi, India. RK has a huge variety and I was naturally drawn to her designs from the second I walked into the store. My sangeet outfit was colorful with brocade and the golden drape sleeves on my reception gown (special credit to my mom) added a lot of twinkles that evening.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process is watching your family and friends get excited about your special day. It’s amazing -- you realize what a big support system you have and how everyone is working tirelessly to make that weekend perfect. Even though finding outfits can be chaotic, once you say “Yes!” it’s also pretty awesome!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Aside from the view of the pacific ocean which was truly breathtaking, everyone complimented the decorations and food the entire weekend. Azra with Dream Decor was very easy to work with and made everything we envisioned a reality. Natraj in SoCal is absolutely the best. I still dream about the Ravioli with Makhani sauce!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
On the morning of the Sangeet, I’ll always remember how I felt when I heard that Pratik and his family landed in LA and had finally arrived to the hotel! I was beyond excited to meet them and I think that’s the moment reality set in! Also, Pratik’s expression, when he saw me for the first time at the Mandap, is something I’ll cherish for a lifetime :)
 
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 haldi/mehendi celebration was at home with close friends and family. My father had made a homemade mandap of marigolds which meant a lot to me, and it was a special place to have both of those ceremonies.
 
At the reception, Pratik and I wrote out some of our fondest memories and incorporated them into the centerpieces at each table. We wrote a memory about our medical school prom, Pratik’s proposal, our trip to Thailand and many many more.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
I designed my bridesmaids and groomsmen’s outfits and handpicked all the material when I went to Delhi. This may sound like a lot of work, but it was a ton of fun and well worth the effort. Getting them custom made (and exactly how I wanted them) also had more meaning behind them since they were for our closest friends to wear.
 
Also, get your family and friends involved! They are there to help and sometimes they have the best ideas. Pratik's younger brother is an amazing dancer and so he choreographed several awesome dances for us that weekend which we loved!
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Located right on PCH, the views at the Hilton Waterfront are absolutely GORGEOUS! The mirror walls in the Breakwater ballroom are too beautiful to hide. The cocktail hour overlooked the pacific ocean sunset, and the sangeet had a cute outdoor space for cocktails and mingling. When we checked in, we were greeted with a bottle of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. Also, our Bridal suite had an incredible panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. Vanessa Delp at the Waterfront was very easy to communicate with and super helpful throughout the process. She and Jen made sure our families were well taken care of and made sure they ate!
 
We chose a guava mango cake – courtesy of Keith at Tasty Temptations. It was delicious and 100% vegan! Azra added a few white flowers on top – it was beautiful!  We also had a few small bite-sized desserts (Tres leches, Tiramisu, and Chocolate Fantasy) which were a hit (and after the reception, I definitely indulged in all of the above lol).
 
Check out Shrihari Diagems in Delhi. Vinay's work is really beautiful and he actually designed a few pieces for Deepika Padukone in Bajirao Mastani. The haath phool were my mom's at her wedding.
 
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Cinematography: Dove Weddings | Men's Formalwear & Tuxedos: Manyavar | Photography: Dove Weddings | Ceremony & Reception Venues: Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort | Sangeet Venues: Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort | Planning & Design: First Pick Planning | Floral & Decor: Dream Decor | Hair & Makeup: Peace Love Sakina | Catering: Natraj Catering | DJ: VOX Djs | Baraat: Kaser Flower Dhol | Bridal Fashions (Sangeet and Reception): Ritu Kumar | Bridal Jewelry (Sangeet): Shrihari Diagems by Vinay | Cake & Treats: Tasty Temptations | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Peace Love Sakina | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Varda Cards - New Delhi | Lighting: VOX Djs | Sangeet Mehndi Artist: Unrivaled Henna | Bridal Mehndi Artist: Gopi Henna | Photo Booth: VOX Djs | Tuxedos: Hugo Boss | Hair & Makeup Mother of the Bride/Bridesmaids/ Sister-in-Law of the Bride: Enchant by Nihala | Horse for Wedding: Hardev Singh | Bride Wedding Ceremony Outfit: Frontier Raas | Grooms Sangeet Outfit: Jade Blue


Miami, FL Indian Wedding by Michael J. Scott Productions

Are you, ladies, ready for what we have for your beautiful selves today? We hope you are because this highlight reel is truly the definition of the ultimate Maharani experience. These two lovebirds come from sunny Miami and as we will see, the gorgeous natural light did wonders for them and their visual memento. Really few things are striking as the various sarees our brides decide to wear for the rituals. Maharani Shifat was just glowing from top to toe in all of them! Just wait until you lay eyes on that unbelievable tangerine toned saree! If that doesn't make you want to get it right away, nothing will, I tell you that! So many gorgeous moments caught by none other than Michael J. Scott Productions couldn't go unnoticed here in Maharani Weddings! So amazing! Don't forget to check the amount of dancing that went on thanks to DJ Ice & Fresh Productions and the splendid images of this wonderful union thanks to Mango Studios! If a lavish dance floor is what you seek, you know who to call! Hit play below for all the details!

  

More to come in no time! 

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Cinematography: Michael J. Scott Productions | DJ: DJ Ice & Fresh Productions | Sangeet Venue: Biltmore Hotel Miami Coral Gables | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Four Seasons Hotel Miami | Planning & Design: Jennifer J. Events | Floral & Decor: EC Floral Design and Events | Hair & Makeup: Marz Makeup and Hair | Sangeet Catering: Thierry Isambert Culinary | Ceremony & Reception Catering: Four Seasons Hotel Miami | Baraat Car: South Beach Exotics | Cake & Treats: Earth and Sugar | Draping/Styling: CBK Events | Favors: Salty Donut | Lighting: Illumene | Mehndi Artists: Sumaiya Waheed Makeup Artist | Photo Booth: MVS Studio | Linens and Rentals for Mehndi and Reception: Nuage Designs | Rentals for All Events: Decora Event Rentals | Specialty Rentals for Sangee: Unearthed Rentals | Specialty Rentals for Sangeet: Alibaba Events | Linens for Sangeet: Over the Top Inc. | Photography: Mango Studios


Plantsville, CT Indian Wedding by PTaufiq Photography

Happy Thursday, readers! One more time we bring another beautiful footage, thanks to our friends from PTaufiq Photography! This time, the photo team produced an excellent film that encapsulates the best moments of Pooja & Sohin's wedding, and that perfectly complemented the elegant art images we unveil today in our Maharani Weddings Blog! These eight exciting minutes showcase the fantastic planning and design that Mint To Be Events carefully executed for each of the marriage events of this lovebirds, especially for the ceremony and reception at the Aqua Turf Club! As well as the incredible decor that festooned each wedding day thanks to MM Celebrations. Our Maharani Pooja was indeed the queen of the celebrations as she was perfectly dolled up by the one and only Cinderella Bridez's beauty team. While needless to say, that Magic Mike DJ made sure the wedding finale was one for the books. Sighs here, dance there and love everywhere! I'm so glad you could join us today to witness this lovely double feature! Click below and wait for the magic of Pooja & Sohin's love to happen!

Another great film feature will be waiting for you tomorrow, Maharanis!

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DJ: Magic Mike DJs | Photography: PTaufiq Photography | Cinematography: PTaufiq Photography | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Aqua Turf Club | Planning & Design: Mint To Be Events | Floral & Decor: MM Celebrations | Hair & Makeup: Cinderella Bridez


Lisle, IL Indian Wedding by Dana Ann Photography

Morning Maharanis! What makes up for a perfect wedding? Gorgeous fashion, stunning decor, rich and lovely traditions, and a so in love couple like Namrata & Anish! This duo is adorable and Dana Ann Photography has the exclusive deets for us to relive. Namrata & Ashish's wedding checks off every aspect on my perfect Indian wedding must-have list, starting with an energetic and dance filled Sangeet night at the Sheraton Lisle Hotel, including - a personal favorite - colorful smoke bombs, they are so much fun and it adds a playful vibe to an already cheerful day! A unique baraat procession was next in the event list where even a firetruck made an appearance, "epic" comes to mind for sure! It was a perfect day in Lisle, IL as lovely Namrata was dazzled up to marry the love of her life under a Shaadi Creations original masterpiece. These lovebirds were certainly blessed with a lovely day and continued the celebrations with an elegant and cheery reception. From the vibrant Sangeet to the fantastic decor, this wedding is filled with dreamy details. Hit play below for all the special moments captured by Dana Ann Photography!

See you tomorrow, loves!

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Cinematographer: Dana Ann Photography | Photographer: Dana Ann Photography | Venue: Sheraton Lisle Hotel | Floral & Decor: Shaadi Creations | DJ: DJ Krush


Schaumburg, Illinois Indian Wedding by Aria Fine Arts Films

A truly special cinematic highlight film captured by Aria Cinema Films! Today's wedding footage celebrates the love of Sonali and Prithvi. Our stunning duo had a wonderful 3-day event of family and love, that included an intimate henna affair, where the artists from Henna Moments festooned the arms and legs of our sweet bride and all the ladies with marvelous designs! The celebration continued at the Stonegate Conference and Banquet Centre and culminated at the Renaissance Convention Center Hotel! Our lovely bride, Sonal was dolled up by no other than Hannah Elisabeth Beauty who ensured our bride-to-be looked gorgeous in her intricate outfits for her ceremony and reception. The décor theme for both of the auspicious events was regal elegance perfectly combined with a touch of luxe charm designed by Shaadi Creations who guaranteed the special events were the most unforgettable. The entire photo album by Jason Brown Photography can be found in our Main Blog while you can delight with the moving images right below!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Prithvi did an amazing job planning the perfect proposal! But... he has never been the best with keeping surprises. He set up a scene for me to relive all of our "firsts"... at the place where we had our first kiss, playing the song we first slow-danced to ("Peeloon" which then became our first-dance song), serving the first drink he bought for me. He knew I wanted it to be just the two of us for the proposal, but he also had both our families and tons of our friends ready to surprise us after he proposed. After all the planning was done, he sent a group text to my siblings with all the details... and accidentally included me in the text thread! Again, not the best with surprises but it didn't make the proposal any less perfect!
 
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I was told that Prithvi had his eye on me long before we finally met at a Harry Potter premiere in January 2011. I bought him a Mountain Dew slushie and I think that's when HE knew I would be his true love (fast forward to the vidaii after our ceremony where he took me, of course, to get the exact same slushie!). Since I heard Prithvi was interested in me, I decided to "play" along by submitting an application to be his assistant for an organization at UMich (a position that didn't really exist...). I conveniently left my phone number on the application for Prithvi to reference six months later when he was visiting Chicago. We met up in June 2011 and immediately clicked- talking for hours each day since then. Prithvi charmed me by his tutoring skills in Physics (which I didn't really need) and showing me card tricks (actually just one decent trick). I kept Prithvi's interest by sending him care packages and making him monthly CDs of songs we enjoyed together. I know it's very cliché but a part of me felt from the very beginning that he was "the one". After SIX years long-distance, living in FIVE different cities, celebrating FOUR graduations, nearly THREE decades waiting for true love, bringing TWO families together...we created our ONE perfect love story!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Prithvi did an amazing job planning the perfect proposal! But... he has never been the best with keeping surprises. He setup a scene for me to relive all of our "firsts"... at the place where we had our first kiss, playing the song we first slow-danced to ("Peeloon" which then became our first-dance song), serving the first drink he bought for me. He knew I wanted it to be just the two of us for the proposal, but he also had both our families and tons of our friends ready to surprise us after he proposed. After all the planning was done, he sent a group text to my siblings with all the details... and accidentally included me in the text thread! Again, not the best with surprises but it didn't make the proposal any less perfect!
 
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.
Honestly, my whole life I thought I would be the craziest bridezilla but when it really came down to it, I picked out only the bare bones (venues, vendors, and of course my groom). My mom, my sister, and my wedding planner made everything else come together! 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
When we first got to Delhi, I thought I wanted a blush colored lengha. Something non-conventional. I tried on every lengha I found in this color- from the shops at Mehrauli Road to Defence Colony to Hauz Khas Village to Shahpur Jat. Ultimately I realized I only felt "bridal" in red tones. As soon as I tried on MY bridal lengha at Dolly J Studio, I walked out of the dressing room and my mom was in tears- this was the one. Huge shout out to everyone at Dolly J for making me look and feel like a princess on my wedding day!
 
Other outfits:
Mehndi-- Saaj by Ankita (Shahpur Jat- Delhi, India)
Sangeet-- Dolly J (Defence Colony- Delhi, India)
Wedding-- Dolly J (Defence Colony- Delhi, India)
Reception-- Manish Malhotra (Shops at Qutub, Mehrauli Road- Delhi, India)
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
ALL THE FOOD TASTINGS! Our caterers were absolutely phenomenal and put together their best and most unique dishes for all of our tastings. The best part was having quality time with the whole family during the tastings. We planned these at a time when all of our siblings and both sets of parents could be in town, creating the perfect amount of chaos and critiquing to ultimately design the perfect menu for each event. Not to mention, Prithvi and I were too busy entertaining and taking photos during the wedding week that we didn’t get to eat any of the delicious food when it was actually served- a little piece of advice: enjoy your food at the tastings!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
If they had to pick one thing it would probably be the endless energy! It was a full NINE days of non-stop music and dancing, delicious food and amazing drinks, and of course the best company.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
All the emotional moments during our wedding week were of course very special... our first look, blessings from our grandparents, father-daughter dance, siblings' speeches. However, the one that replays constantly in my mind was our performances at the Sangeet. I have performed at hundreds of celebrations, competitions, and parties throughout my life but I had always danced Bollywood, Kathak, or Bhangra. At our Sangeet, however, I surprised Prithvi with a performance to his favorite romantic Tamil Song. Even though this song was outside my comfort zone, the dance felt so natural and filled with so much emotion because it wasn’t just for me, but also for Prithvi. Prithvi didn’t grow up dancing the way I did and during our six years together, I forced him to listen to Bollywood and Punjabi music, almost exclusively. At our Sangeet, he surprised me by doing a dance with my brothers to one of my favorite Bollywood songs! Definitely the highlight of our wedding week. 
 
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.
All details included in the other responses- let me know if you want specific details about anything I mentioned or didn't yet discuss. Thanks :)
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Don't stress about the small details, because at the end of the day the only thing that truly matters is you and your groom! My whole life I dreamt about this special day- what the cake would look like, the color of the flowers, the first dance… I focused only on the small details, as most brides do. Yes, all the small details turned out perfectly but I hardly even processed those details in the moment. The things I remember most are the way Prithvi fed me while I had mehndi on my hands… how it felt to perform at my sangeet… the butterflies in my stomach leading up to our first look… Whenever the planning starts to feel hectic or overwhelming or exhausting, just remind each other that your wedding is just ONE day in the rest of your lives. It'll be amazing no matter what because it is the start of your FOREVER.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Just a couple other unique features from our wedding:
 
Our invitations were hand-delivered Doli displays, designed by my mom- with gold embroidery and pink velvet- meant to resemble the Doli that a bride arrives in at the ceremony. It was filled with event details on a scroll and delicious mithai, but doubles as a bangle box to be reused by guests after the wedding. Very unique and practical! (I don’t think we gave you pictures of this but it is absolutely amazing- let me know if you’d like a photo to include)
 
Our cake was 7-tiers and had a train of frosting flowers and real roses that was longer than the train on my wedding lengha! All of our siblings came together for the cake tasting, thus each sibling designed their favorite combination of cake + frosting + fillings to eventually create seven unique cake layers. At the reception, we had a “live” cake cutting meaning each guest could choose which layer they wanted and it would be cut and served fresh in front of them. In addition to seven types of cake, we served a unique array of dessert liquors, a full dessert buffet including more than 20 other crafted desserts, and a “lady table” of desserts- a lady whose dress was a table surrounding her on which she carried the desserts around the reception hall to serve.
 
Our sangeet was uniquely designed with a “mela” theme. We had food canopies with decorative fabrics and string lights to resemble outdoor an outdoor tent at a mela. Each food station housed a different type of “finger food” including kathi rolls, pav bhaji, kabobs, lamb chops, a variety of chaat options, paan, and many many more. There was a bazaar set up to display the party favors which included purses of traditional Indian embroidery, bangles, and bindis. The mehndi stations were created with round bench seating and decorative pillows surrounding handmade trees with branches of bangles, colorful ribbons, and floral garlands. Lastly, there was a photo booth setup complete with a real motorized, decorated rickshaw.
 

That is all for today loves! See you tomorrow! 

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Mehndi Artists: Henna Moments | Cinematography: Aria Cinema Films | Baraat: Maharaja Farms | Catering: Mantra | Reception | Catering: Cuisine of India | Sangeet/Wedding | DJ: Sandeep Hans (DJ Sandman) | Floral and Decor: Shaadi Creations | Hair and Makeup: Hannah Elisabeth Beauty | Photographer: Jason Brown Photography | Venue: Stonegate Conference and Banquet Centre | Sangeet | Venue: Renaissance Convention Center Hotel


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