Wednesday is here, Maharanis! And what is also here is a new wedding film! This time, we take the love airplane and travel to Virginia to witness the amazing moments that led to Ashita & John's heartfelt beginning of their life together. Tenderness and love just drip out of this beautiful couple. We absolutely fell in love with their energy and the love they have for each other. Couples like these are the ones that give Maharani Weddings its true meaning, so imagine the joy we were feeling when the highlight reel came to us from Charles Hurley Films. For the ceremony, the gorgeous Maharani was wearing a traditional white gown that left Raja John and everyone present absolutely stunned. She was looking flawless thanks to MOD Girl Studios who assisted with hair and makeup, leaving her even more beautiful. After the vows and the ceremony, it was time to party and the Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles was ready for the bash. The extraordinary team from Shagun Weddings brought some over the top floral arrangements that decorated the ceremony and the reception and sure painted a bloomy scenography for our newlyweds' celebration. IndAroma was well aware of the importance of the culinary arts and created the delicious food that never fails to impress! Elite Entertainment's DJ Binda blasted the beats that made the guests party and celebrate love. So take a ride with us, Maharanis, here, in our next featured wedding film!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met through a mutual friend- Steph Guerrero! My husband was in Pilot Training in Texas and my best friend and her husband attended the same Bible study as him! One time when I was chatting with her, she mentioned an eligible Christ loving bachelor in the Bible study! She said he's even lived in India- I was immediately hooked!!! I remember getting down on my knees that day and praying that if it is God's will - He would be the one for me. I saw his picture in a flight suit and I was smitten. She introduced us- and a week later he wanted to talk to me on the phone after just a few facebook messages! A call that was supposed to be 10 minutes turned to be almost an hour. I couldn't help but start to get slightly excited - everything he mentioned was what I always wanted. He loved Jesus & his family and might I add- truly handsome. The following week started the journey of essay long texts, hourly phone calls, facetime dates, visits along while always keeping Christ first in our relationship. We prayed the first time we ever met and had our first date at Chickfila - I knew he was the one. If you know me- you know my love for Christ and Chickfila!! It was truly a blessing that our families were supportive throughout the journey :) Months later, here we are - happily married! Excited for the journey ahead!
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
It was a fine Saturday morning as we were returning from Jersey from another friends wedding! We got home and he told me we should spend the day in DC since he hadn't seen a lot of the monuments. We got ready and he suggested we go to lunch at the first brunch spot we visited in Arlington - named Bus Boys & Poets. We go there and he is getting slightly tensed and eats his food quickly and suggests we hurry up so we don't get stuck in too much traffic. I asked if I should brush my teeth- he said why yes of course!! Usually, we drive to DC but that day he said let's take an uber to avoid parking struggles in the rush hour. We get into the uber and that is when i knew. He turned to me and embraced me and said- enjoy the last 20 minutes being my girlfriend. For the rest of the car ride- we spent time reminiscing on our journey and how God brought us together and cherished every bit. We walked to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and he walked me to the back where you can see the Washington and got down on his knees and popped the best question ever.
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.
Church Ceremony: Providence Presbyterian Church
Reception: Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles
Hair & Makeup: MOD Girl- Jasmina Mann
Wedding Outfit: The Bridal Room, McLean, VA
Reception Outfit- Sabyasaachi Mukherjee, BridesofSabyasachi
Decor & Flowers - Shagun Weddings
DJ- Elite Ent.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Always wanted a ball gown for the wedding ceremony with a reception outfit from Sabyasaachi - obsessed with that designer. For the traditional gown - its always been white but for the reception outfit - wanted some pale pink shade color and to my surprise- it was the first outfit I laid my eyes on when I walked into the store in Mumbai.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Sharing our love story with all the vendors!! PIcking my outfits for the big day - most magical moment.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
the blend of both american and indian traditions in the fusion wedding! My husband, John-Mark sang me a song- that he serenaded me with when we first started dating!
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Walking down the aisle once it was announced- We were married!
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.
Decorations - Shagun Weddings - Royal Pink - regal look
Dances - DC Bhangra Crew Performance - I was previously the captain of this premier all girls team in Washington DC and led them to numerous placings over the years
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Spend time with your family and truly enjoy the process, it happens once and before you know it- the process is over!! Capture every part of your wedding day in your head- take a moment to let it sink through.
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Reception jewelry- Mumbai
Wedding Jewelry- Tysons Corner 2
Cake- Amphora Bakery, Vienna Va
Flowers- Shagun Weddings
Videographer- Charles Hurley Films
Stay tuned for our next publication, Maharanis! You do not want to miss it!