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Toronto, Canada Indian Wedding by Plum Pictures

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

 

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

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


Chicago, IL South Indian Fusion Wedding by Kalpesh Gandhi Photo

We are totally melting with these two lovebirds! The love they share is just so contagious and amazing that this feature definitely has to be on your plans, ladies! Today, The Windy City is our destiny for Tara & Ethan's intimate nuptials and let me tell you, this couple is absolutely heartwarming, to say the least. The talented crew from Kalpesh Gandhi Photo & Video was there to capture every single one of the details that gave this gala, that special touch of uniqueness we all adore and the final result was to die for. Guests surely knew that they were up for a treat the moment they received their invitations from Turmeric Ink. We already know about their striking talent with paper so, ladies, they are your choice for your special day as Maharani Tara can confirm. So great! Another thing that was totally great was this couple's fashion choices. No less, when a Maharani ties the knot, glam and glitter are to be expected and these two did not disappoint. Hit play below and join us one more time in our wedding feature of today!

    

See you in a bit for more, ladies! 

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Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Turmeric Ink | Cinematography: Kalpesh Gandhi Photo & Video | Photography: Anda Marie Photography | Mehndi & Sangeet Venue: Glencoe Park District | Ceremony Venue: Chicago Botanic Garden | Reception Venue: Chicago Botanic Garden | Planning & Design Coordinator: Loreen Hospodar / Clementine Custom Events | Floral & Decor: Utsav Creations


Clearwater, FL Indian Wedding by Riant Films

Hey there, dolls! Today we have a celebration that was truly blessed by the sun! Aarti & Vinay decided to celebrate their union with the roaring ocean as their witness and of course that our friends from Riant Films were there to capture all the wedding fun. R.A.G.Artistry was also there and managed to snap all the wonderful stills we admired in our previous photo feature. This gorgeous Maharani had everything under control for her big day of magic. When the Maharani is about to tie the knot she is a wedding planner herself, and ensures that every detail is taken care of! To assist the couple with the striking floral and decor, our good friends from Occasions by Shangri-la. Their undeniably skills and talent were put to the test, and as we well see for today's film, it was just magical! What was also magical was Maharani Aarti's fashion choices. She was just glowing from top to toe in every single one of the rituals and Michele Renee The Studio was in part to blame for that. She crafted her hair and makeup and the result was an Indian princess for the books! The Hilton Clearwater Beach trembled with these two! So, ladies, today's film requires some tissues because happiness tears will be on its way! Join us!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
My husband, Vinay lived in D.C., and I lived in Atlanta. I visited D.C. for my sister's birthday. We met in D.C. at Fig & Olive at Vandana’s birthday dinner. It was no love at first sight, by we immediately connected over an exchange of bad online dating experiences and interestingly, agreed to become each other’s, dating consultants. In the process of helping each other figure out how to date successfully, we found our friendship growing while spending hours on the phone together and felt connected over our love for elephants, Amazon shopping and shoes. After an amazing weekend-long date together in October 2015, we definitely knew there was something special between us. I'm not really the over-sentimental type, so I never really had a "you're the one" moment, rather many "this feels right" moments. 

 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Vinay planned a surprise trip to Utah to go hiking in Mt. Zion. He told me that we were going to have a date night, and had me picked up in an Uber from work, which drove me to the airport. I was very confused, but he met me as the car pulled up to the departures gate. He sweetly and cleverly had packed my suitcase with everything I could possibly need. Once we reached Vegas, we drove to Utah. We went for a sunrise hike, and he proposed as the sun came up over the canyons. It was a beautiful proposal with just the two of us in sight for miles. We followed up the proposal with a few hikes in Mt. Zion and a fun day in Vegas. 
 
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.
Being a wedding planner myself (many years ago), we didn't need too much guidance going into the initial planning. One of the first things we did, was to gather both our families for a meeting, gave each member a post-it note and asked them to write down the top 3 aspects they envisioned for or at the wedding. We wanted to incorporate the things they envisioned when we created our vision. Vinay and I really wanted to have a destination wedding, and luckily the parents' were delighted about it as well. The hardest decision was selecting the venue, cause we had no clue what state, what city we wanted be get married in. We contacted venues in San Diego, Scottsdale, Denver, Charleston, Miami, and a few beach venues on the east coast. Through a friend, Tampa got on our radar, and from there, we selected Hilton Clearwater Beach & Resort. We didn't know why it took so long for us to figure that out since we both love water, and had talked about getting married on the beach many times. Once we signed the contract with the venue, the rest just fell into place. We hired a local wedding planner, Sokha Im with Apsara Events, for mostly wedding week coordination. She was just absolutely incredible, and could not have done it without her. Food being the most important aspect for Vinay and me, we wanted a stronghold over quality. After a tasting with a restaurant in Orlando, we went with Cafe Bombay out of Atlanta.  I have worked with him many times in Atlanta and knew they could deliver the quality and the variety of food styles. They brought a team of 10, and two trucks of newly bought food presentation trays and decor. They bought most of the vegetables in Tampa, and everything was cooked only hours before each event. Decor design was second important to us. We spoke with Suhaag Garden and Occasions by Shangri-La, but after many phone calls about our vision, OBS was just a better fit for us. With us loving water, and me being an outdoorsy person, the theme was easy for us. It needed to represent us, and what we love most. We went with the 5 elements of earth found in Ayurveda - Fire, Water, Air, Earth, and Space. Remmel and his team executed the theme flawlessly! We loved our boho design for the Sangeet, and the simplistic mandap with wood pillars and the ocean as a backdrop, and an enchanted forest feel for the reception. Our hair and makeup team, Michelle Renee Salon, were so incredibly nice and kept our looks natural and elegant. My husband wanted to surprise our guests by learning to play the dhol, so took lessons with Sagar Patel, Dholi Saag, who also our dholi for the Sangeet and Wedding. The first vendor we signed was our photographer, Rachael Ann Gliebe with RAG Artistry, who I knew all along had to shoot our wedding. She's a magician, and definitely glammed us up! I love how flawless she made us look. 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
We went to India for our wedding shopping, and I knew which stores I wanted to visit. My mom owned an Indian clothing boutique in Atlanta for 8 years, so we have suppliers that we trust and love in India. I bought my wedding outfit from Frontier Heritage and knew I did not want to wear red on my wedding day since I was young. I had always wanted to wear a dark blue, but after finalizing the beach for our wedding, wanted to make sure I did not want to blend into the background water. I decided on a pastel theme and found a gorgeous 2 shaded green. My husband went with a contrast light pink tone with a  design matching mine. 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Without a doubt, it had to be the food tastings. We are foodies and loved making the menu, tasting all the dishes, giving notes on how we wanted it to taste, and making the final selection. Also, it was a task that the entire family got to enjoy, and we got to spend time with them. 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Most of our friends and family still talk about how much they loved our wedding weekend, and it wasn't one particular moment for them, but the overall feel of the weekend. We wanted everyone to treat our wedding as a vacation, and that's exactly what they got. We had a pool party organized between the haldi and sangeet so our friends and family can all still hang out together. Even both our immediate families were there, relaxed and having a good time. We didn't want to stress our parents out at all, cause all too often weddings are mostly fun for the guests, while the parents and siblings are running around and taking care of tasks in the background. For that same reason, we didn't have bridesmaids and groomsmen so they can also relax and spend time with their significant others.  As the bride and groom, we stayed extremely relaxed, didn't stress out about the small things, and got to spend quality time with our guests. 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our most favorite event was the Sangeet, cause its where we got to show our personality and incorporate our favorite things the best. Our favorite moment was definitely getting to play flip cup with our friends and family! We loved all the games we set up under the party tent. For my husband, he will never forget coming in on jetskis for his bharat with his best friends! 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Oh man, I could write a 5 page paper for this question, but I think the number #1 advice would be to Just enjoy the weekend, and don't sweat the small things that don't go as planned. No matter how much planning goes into a wedding, some things still slip through the cracks. Secondly, rank the priority of vendors and set a realistic budget. We sent paperless post invites cause paper invites that everyone throws away didn't make any sense to us. We chose a free website to create our page, and did a few DIY decor projects for the wedding and gave it to Remmal. It's not a huge saving but still makes a difference. 
 
Thanks for watching, dolls! Don't miss our next wedding film tomorrow.
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Floral & Decor: Occasions by Shangri-la | Hair & Makeup: Michele Renee The Studio | Venues: Hilton Clearwater Beach | Photography: R.A.G.Artistry | Planning & Design: Apsara Events | Catering: Café Bombay Restaurant and Catering | DJ: Karmadjs / Mr. Yogainder Goyal | Baraat: OuYah Watersports | Dholi: Sagar Thaker | Cinematography: Riant Films | Lighting: Lucas Productions | Live Music: Stephen Neil - Violinist | Mehndi Artist: Henna Allure | Photo Booth: Shutter Booth | Rentals: U.S. Tent Rental


New York, NY Sikh Wedding by Michael J. Scott Productions

Kiran and JP’s big Sikh wedding film will leave you in complete awe! With a mixture of modern touches and endless traditional elements, this union is one of a kind! Kiran looked like royalty for her big day in a pink lehenga by Rimple and Harpreet Narula Couture and wore loads of jewels that gave her an elegant flair! SV Bridal Concepts by Sanjana Vaswani transformed our bride into a perfect Maharani with an incredible makeup that enhanced her natural beauty and completed her dreamy attire! To pay homage to the union, Design House Decor endowed the Cipriani Wall Street with an astonishing and classy décor that resembled the newlyweds’ reception outfits. Spin Singh Music provided all the right vibes and sounds that helped all the guests found their groove on the dance floor. To finish the reception on a high note, Kiran and JP cut a majestic cake designed by the baker experts of Empire Cake. Michael J. Scott Productions unveils all the best moments of this royal affair with the incredible highlight footage below!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
It was April of 2009 when Jp saw me at the Sikh Day Parade in NYC. He was traveling with his Staten Island Crew when he saw a glimpse of me at the parade. It was years later when I became friends with his sister and we started having sleepovers. Every time I would sleep over at his house, he would always come into his sister’s room just to offer ice cream to all of us or take us out for breakfast the next morning. Jp’s sister knew that Jp had a thing for me because he never offered to take her out for breakfast before or even ask her if she wanted ice cream at midnight. Over time, as we began to know each other more, he swept me off my feet and we fell madly in love.  
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Years after years, I continued to purchase dresses in anticipation of a proposal. I wanted to be prepared for the big day when JP would get down on his one knee and ask me to be his wife. I would try on new dresses randomly to make sure the dress was perfect for the proposal. However, Jp’s idea of a proposal was very different from mine. He did not put the ring on my finger until after the wedding. I KNOW! I GOT THE RING AFTER THE WEDDING! However, I loved every moment of it. It was not your typical proposal, but his unconventional ways of doing things were what attracted me to him in the first place.  
 
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.
WOW! Where do I even begin. The wedding process was very long. It was a typical fat Punjabi wedding. I spent so many hours doing research before I even arrived in India to begin my wedding shopping. I went for the royal look for my big day. I knew I wanted to feel and look like a Maharani. It took me a total of six months to figure out which vendors would turn my dream into a reality.  
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
After traveling through various cities of Punjab and Delhi, I came across my lehnga at Rimple and Harpreet Narula’s boutique. It wasn’t until I tried on my dress and saw tears in my mother’s eyes that I knew that this was my dress for my big fabulous day. 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
To be honest, every small experience was amazing. From trying on different types of jewelry to cake tasting, I enjoyed every single moment. The experience as a whole was a little stressful because I wanted everything to be perfect. I am glad that my family was involved in the planning process because I got my loved ones’ feedback. Because different family members were involved in a different selection of process, there was a lot of variety reflected at the wedding. 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved our wedding attires and they also enjoyed the delicious food. However, I must say that what made our wedding so fun was our family's happy go lucky attitude. Born into a Sikh family, all our relatives were fun loving people who knew how to party. Everyone felt welcomed to each one of the events because we treated each guest as a family member. Also, since our wedding lasted for ten days, the guests were entertained for the whole time. 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I constantly think about our photo shoot session, because that was the only time during the wedding when Jp and I got to spend time alone away from hundreds of guests. We were able to bond on our special day while walking through the gardens and posing for pictures. It felt as if the world around us went silent as we looked into each other's eyes and visualized the future. 
 
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 were lucky to have our mothers, sisters and aunts prepare special performances for the sangeet. All the ladies took time out of their tight schedule to rehearse Gidha, traditional Punjabi Folk dance. Along with the performances, we had our uncles and aunts sing boliyan, traditional Punjabi Folk songs, to make our events more memorable. The décor for both sangeets was inspired by the atmosphere in Punjab. From rickshaws to autos and from chudiyan to parande were all incorporated in the décor. 
 
In regards to the reception, we wanted a modern, classy décor for the event. The color scheme for the décor resembled our reception outfits. Since the reception took place in the downtown of Manhattan, we wanted the décor to be bold yet classy.  
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
My only advice to Brides- To- Be is just be happy on your special day. Don’t worry about the small details or get upset over unexpected delays. Have a smile on your face, because at the end of the day you are blessed to be marrying the man of your dreams.  
 
See you tomorrow, loves!
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Hair & Makeup: SV Bridal Concepts by Sanjana Vaswani | Cinematography: Michael J. Scott Productions | Photographer: Nadia D. Photography | Sangeet Venue: Sterling Decor | Ceremony Venue: Sikh Cultural Society Gurdwara | Reception Venue: Cipriani Wall Street | Floral & Decor: Design House Decor | Floral & Decor (Sangeet): Wedding Design | DJs: Spin Singh Music | Bridal Fashions: Rimple and Harpreet Narula Couture | Cake & Treats: Empire Cake | Mehndi Artists: Henna For All | Men's Formalwear & Tuxedos: Tom Ford | DJ - Pre Wedding Events: Official Rokit Beats | Hair (Reception): Gina Marie Hairstylist | Makeup (Reception): Teresa K. Beauty


Dallas, TX Indian Wedding by Epique Cinema

Maharanis, we have such a treat for you today! Hailing from Dallas, TX, this larger than life celebration bursts with class, pizzazz, and style. Epique Cinema brings us the truly magical wedding film of Sonal and Parth’s special weekend, and we felt as if we had been whisked off on the most delightful of fairy tales. The couple brought in a who’s who of the top Texan wedding vendors, including K.I. Weddings who oversaw the proceedings with their typical grace and reliability. And with Prashe in their corner, each event featured fantastical decor elements that blew guests’ minds. With flawless blush florals, luscious foliage, and the gorgeous Hyatt Regency Dallas venue brimming with all sorts of lovely, we are so excited to share every second of this weekend. The centerpiece of the celebration was the dashing couple of course, and Sonal was a breathtaking vision in a ruby red lehenga, shimmering makeup, and luxurious locks. The bride and groom enlisted the help of K.I. Weddings to create their big day(s) and what resulted was a true love story! Behind the lens capturing all the beautiful shots was Hiram Trillo Photography, and we can’t wait to bring you all the pristine snaps tomorrow in all their glory. Each stunning image captured by Hiram Trillo Photography had us breathless with romantic vibes. In the meantime, hurry and click play for a sneak peek of Sonal and Parth’s whimsical and bold wedding soiree. And make sure to scroll below for our exclusive interview with Sonal!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!

It all began in January of 2016 when I thought I would be attending Parth's boss' surprise baby shower. I received an invitation from Parth's colleague with the "baby shower" details - April 9, 2016 at Ink 48 in NYC. When the day arrived, we were greeted in the lobby of Ink 48 and told to make our way to the Penthouse where the baby shower would take place. I was so distracted by the baby shower signs that I had no idea what was about to happen! Minutes later, Parth opened the door to a breathtaking view of the city, thousands of roses, and a photographer snapping away.

In the distance, I saw two crystal champagne glasses, a bottle of champagne, and a table full of pictures and rose petals. Parth walked me over to the table, got down on one knee, and popped the question! Of course I said Yes! We then made our way to dinner, where I thought it would just be the two of us. As we walked to our table both of their families were anxiously waiting. I was so happy Parth was able to get my parents and brother to make it all the way from Texas. The day was absolutely 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.

We decided to work with K.I. Weddings in order to make our planning process easier. We can’t thank them enough for making our planning experience such a pleasure. For the most part, we already knew which vendors we wanted to work with. Each one of vendors played an important part during our special weekend and we were satisfied with each and every one of them.

Venue: Hyatt Regency Dallas

Amy was terrific to work with and made sure every request we had was accommodated. I cannot think of a time she did not go above and beyond to get us what we wanted.

Hair & Make-up: Ms. Painted Lady

Alex was amazing! She is the best in the industry and made sure I had a different look for each event. During the weeks leading up to the wedding she was accessible and helped me create the perfect look.

Décor: Prashe

Prashe is in a league of her own. The creativity she brought to the table was unparalleled. We were going for a modern yet classy look and she helped us achieve that. No event looked the same and she was able to create a wow factor each time our guests walked into each room.

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

I wanted a traditional lengha and visited a few stores until I was able to find the perfect one. My dad actually was the one to pick out my lengha and that’s when I knew it was the one. I wanted to make sure the lengha was red and gold to ensure it had a traditional feel.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?

Our guest had nothing but great things to say about the wedding which meant the world to us. There were actually a few things that stood out which were brought up to Parth and I from our guests.

Food – This is one of the most important things at a wedding. Guests love to see that you have a variety of dishes and want to enjoy each meal. Thankfully, Gopal Vegetarian Restaurant and Maharaja Indian Restaurant created a variety of dishes that our guests loved.

Décor – Our guests absolutely loved our décor and were impressed each time they walked into an event. Prashe made our vision a reality. We wanted a unique look for our wedding and reception and she was able to turn the room inside out to make it happen. Our wedding included traditional colors (red, ivory, gold, and green) with a modern open mandap, patterned aisle, and tons of candles. After the wedding, Prashe and her team were able to flip the room into a modern/edgy look with tons of mirrors, patterned dance floor, and a bar with the DJ elevated on top.

Music – We hired a live band (Medley Entertainment) and flew them down from NY for our Garba. Many of our guests had not seen this before and were very impressed. Additionally, we also worked with a DJ company called Premier Entertainment who is also based out of NY. Most of our guests were from the northeast and they loved the music that was played throughout our events.

Photo/Video – We used Hiram Trillo Photography and Epique Cinemas. Our guests said Hiram was extremely patient and was amazing to work with. He was great with the family and made sure we got the shots we wanted. Our guests were also in love with the same-day highlight video that was played during our reception. It was the perfect way to recap the weekend and we’ve received so many compliments on how great it turned out.

Venue – Our guests were impressed with the size of the venue as well as each of the ballrooms we held events in. Our coordinator was able to ensure we had a different room for each of our venues, which was important to us. The guests were extremely satisfied with the check-in process and the hospitality of the hotel staff.

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

The most important piece of advice I can give any future brides is to live in the moment. Try not to get caught up in all the details and try to enjoy the planning process and wedding for what it is. This is a once in a lifetime experience and it will go by extremely fast. Everyone thinks they have a lot of time once the planning begins, but before you know it, your wedding day has arrived. We had 5 events in 3 days, but it felt like each event flew by. Try and enjoy the weekend as much as possible!

See you all tomorrow with a bounty of images from this beautiful weekend!

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Planning & Design: K.I. Weddings | Photography: Hiram Trillo Art Photography | Venues: Hyatt Regency Dallas | Draping/Styling: ELEGANT SAREE DRAPING | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: K.I. Weddings | Cinematography: Epique Cinema | Floral & Decor: Prashe Decor | Hair & Makeup: Ms. Painted Lady | Bride's and Groom's Side Hair & Makeup: Ishnae & Co. | Ceremony & Reception MC CHRIS: Premier DJ USA | AV - Dhol Player (VATS) - DJ - Mobil Baraat: Premier DJ USA


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