Good morning, beautiful ladies! We were dying to get back to you as we have a film that will surely take your breath away. Today, we'll be taking a look at all the beauty surrounding Divya & Nehal's big wedding celebration. If the name of these lovebirds sounds familiar to you, it is because we already featured their wedding bash with a gorgeous gallery that you can check here. However, there was so much finery to admire that we decided to relive this grand event. This time, Peter Nguyen Studio is ready to take your breath away with a cinematographic delight showcasing the highlights of the celebration that united Divya & Nehal un marriage. And believe us, this grand event celebrated inside the halls of the Hotel Maya - a DoubleTree by Hilton is an absolute visual delight, and a dream come true. And talking about dreams that come true, take a moment to admire the ravishing look of our gorgeous Maharani Divya. She was stunning throughout the entire celebration, thanks to Angievacamakeup, who took care of all her beauty needs in such a spectacular way that we cannot stress how much we loved it. If you are like us and can't wait to jump into this rollercoaster of emotions, hit the play icon below and get ready to be amazed by this unforgettable celebration!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Nehal through mutual friends at UCLA. I was a wide-eyed freshman and he was a too-cool-for school junior who loved to clown on me. I was always attracted to him, but I never thought we would end up together because we were just friends. It wasn't until the end of my sophomore year when his texts became more frequent and our chats lasted until 2 AM, when I realized that something was brewing between us. As soon as we started dating I knew that he was the one for me, because I just couldn't see myself marrying someone other than him. Nehal and I connected so well, he treated me and my family so well, and he made me laugh and smile almost every second of the day.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I was convinced through fake emails that one of Nehal's friends was getting engaged in San Diego, and that we would attend to surprise the bride to be. When we arrived at the Sunset Cliffs in San Diego, I was surprised to find that Nehal and I were the "first to arrive" before the couple and the other guests. However, the photographer then arrived and asked Nehal and I if she could take "test shots" of us on the cliffs to prepare for the real couple's proposal. As Nehal and I positioned ourselves gazing toward the ocean, Nehal started to get on one knee and proceeded to tell me how he always knew that he was going to marry me. Despite the fact that he put the ring on the wrong finger, I of course said yes with tears of joy!
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.
Pinterest boards and multiple lists helped me stay organized in regard to choosing my hair/makeup, outfits, jewelry, decor theme, colors, and mehndi. We chose Hotel Maya, because we absolutely loved the venue when we attended my cousin's wedding. We also used some of the same vendors from my sister's wedding (i.e., caterer, makeup artist, decorator), because we had such a great experience with them 2 years prior.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I was in love with the colors and intricate work of Sabyasachi wedding lenghas, so I knew I wanted one with a similar design. I have always loved the colors maroon and coral pink, so it was easy for me to choose these two colors for my wedding lengha when I saw Sabyasachi lenghas with this color scheme. My cousin knew a store owner in India, so we sent him pictures of the maroon and coral pink Sabyasachi wedding lengha that I wanted. Through many Whatsapp texts, calls, and pictures between the owner and my cousin we were able to find the perfect lengha that fit my vision. The owner then took my measurements through text, altered the outfit, and shipped it over to me in time for the big day.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the wedding process was creating a vision for our wedding by deciding on the color scheme, decor theme, and outfits. It was fun skimming through Pinterest boards and bouncing ideas off of friends and family to help shape the vibe and look of the wedding. It was even more fun seeing how our vision came together so well on the day of the wedding, thanks to our amazing team.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Many guests fell in love with our venue Hotel Maya. They raved about the beautiful view of the marina that was visible during the wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. The layout and decor of the hotel was also very unique and modern, which set a nice vibe for our guests throughout their stay. Many of our guests also loved the food that was catered from Mantra at the reception. They fell in love with the unique appetizers (e.g., Indian style bean and cheese tacos) and authentic North Indian dinner.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I will never forget those two moments when I was dancing with my new husband at our wedding reception. The surprise entrance dance is so memorable because it was so fun seeing our guests' surprised reactions as they cheered for us. Their energy made it so fun to bust it down on the dance floor with my new hubby. It was also special sharing the first dance with my husband. It was the only moment during the day when I felt so connected to him that I forgot about everyone else in the room.
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.
I had my henna party at the banquet hall of Tandoori Gardens in Anaheim. It was a night filled with amazing food (e.g., vegetable biriyani, samosa chaat, corn kebab), music, dancing, and of course mehndi. To add to the entertainment my best friend delivered a thoughtful and funny speech. We also had many danced performed by my nieces/nephews, my mother and aunts, and by yours truly. The banquet hall itself was beautifully set up; we simply added flowers and floating candles to add some color. We chose a turquoise light to illuminate the hall, to match my turquoise lengha.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
I truly enjoyed my wedding and reception because I made a conscious decision not to stress on that day. I told myself that there was literally no way to change anything on the wedding day, and I allowed my coordinators to take the reins allowing me to just be present and not worry about the details. By placing trust in my team and making the conscious effort to not nit-pick or stress, I had so much fun hanging out with loved ones and appreciating the fruits of our labor.
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Jewelry: I chose choker necklace sets with matching earrings and tikka. Two sets were bought on Amazon, and one was bought at Sari Palace in Artesia.
Decor: I chose an Enchanted theme for the reception with greenery and a color scheme of champagne gold and white. The table decor consisted of trees, flowers, hanging crystals, and votive candles. My lengha at the reception also mimicked this color scheme against the giant greenery backdrop.
Cake: We actually chose to eliminate a cake so we could replace the cake cutting ceremony with more time to hang out with guests! Instead, we served mini desserts (cheesecake, cake pops, fruit tarts) from Great Dane Bakery.
Venue: We used the Vista Del Mar Pavilion for the wedding ceremony because it had a great view of the marina. This same area was lit up for the cocktail hour with cozy bonfire pits that guests were able to sit around sipping on their drinks and mingling. The reception was held in the ballroom with windowed walls to provide a constant view of the lit up marina.
Mehndi: I chose to make my mehndi fun by adding a Nike sign, UCLA logo, Lakers logo, my husband's name, and our wedding date scattered between my two arms.
Nike Bowties: My husband is known to wear Nike everyday; hence, the hashtag. Thus, we had a Nike bow tie made for my husband which said "Just Married" with a Nik swoosh. He wore this bow tie at the reception, while the groomsmen wore matching maroon bowties with Nike swooshes on it.
Snacks at Wedding: At the wedding ceremony, we placed a decorative pouch/purse on each chair filled with sweet and savory snacks. Our guests mentioned that they really appreciated having these snacks to munch on during the ceremony.
That is all for today, darlings! See you on Monday for more!