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Battle Road Hastings, UK Indian Wedding by Surindera Studios

We are very excited about this feature, Maharanis! Today, we ride the love plane and head overseas to the amazing and historic United Kingdom for Rutchi & Shil's beginning of their lifelong journey with a delightful invitation by Turmeric Ink! The Bannatyne Hotel and Spa Hastings housed both the ceremony and reception, and as you will witness, it definitely was the perfect place for the couple to tie the knot. The team from Dream Occasions UK Ltd brought their A-game and assisted with the enchanting floral arrangements and magical decoration that for sure fascinated all the guests attending. This feature is what I call stylish, we have a treasure in our Blog since we also featured their wedding album! Our gorgeous Maharani Rutchi was looking radiant for her big day, of course. She was dolled up beautifully by Gini Bhogal and her unmistakable talent. Glam queen in the house! Raja Shil's eyes were spinning with such beauty in front of him. After the ceremony, it was time to head down to the reception hall and start with the ravishing party that only Indian weddings are known for. DJ Narry-Calibar curated a playlist for even the most exquisite of tastes and brought the place down as the guests danced the night away in celebration of Rutchi & Shil's union. Want to see more? Hit play below and be a part of today's cinematic experience thanks to our friends from Surindera Studios! Don't miss it, ladies! 

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
This may sound cliché, but our story was one of fate. I was born and brought up in England but found myself moving to Perth, Western Australia in search of new experiences, and it was here that Shil and I met for the first time; but, it was actually on a trip back home to England, visiting family and friends, that I first heard of Shil. 
 
Shil happened to be in England at the same time visiting his sister, and it turned out his brother-in-law was our mutual common ground (you know, through friends of friends, the usual 1 degree of separation between Indians!) It was through this connection one night that one of my best friends, Meenakshi, met Shil and their conversation naturally led to Perth, and me living there. My friend (the romantic matchmaker) then hounded Shil with my details, contact number and demanded he contact me. I later caught up with my friend and she tried to do the same to me - talking to me about this guy she met from Perth but that she had already taken the liberty of giving him my number anyway!
 
Back in Perth, a month or so later, I heard from Shil, and after much deliberation, we eventually met – it was a friendly encounter but non-eventful! We, however, stayed in touch, became friends and I guess naturally started spending more time together.  I believe the moment I realized he was “the one” was when my brother came to visit me and, although Shil and I were just friends at the time, he took a real interest in meeting my brother and spending time with him. That’s when it really clicked for us and we officially started ‘dating’!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Not only were Shil and I living in one of the most isolated cities in the world, but our families were also spread across the globe. My family was in England and Shil’s parents in Mombasa, Kenya. It was getting to Christmas time and both our families wanted to spend time with us, but not only that, mine wanted to meet Shil and his wanted to meet me. Shil already had plans to head to Kenya and invited me along, but my family also wanted to see me and meet Shil, and so we decided to squeeze in a trip to both! 
 
We headed to England first where, unknown to me at the time, Shil confronted my Dad to ask for my hand in marriage! With his mind made up of proposing to me, he had the plans set and ready for once we got to Kenya. Having arrived in Mombasa, and met with his family, we then had one night booked at this beautiful resort, which I didn’t think much of at the time. Here we set sail on their famous ‘dhow’ ride for an evening on the river - eating and dancing the night away; after we headed to the in-house casino where I became engrossed in playing roulette and didn’t want to leave – Shil however complained of stomach pains and feeling sick so we decided to head back to our room. It was all still very unbeknown to me that something was going on as we walked back and into our room… firstly I spotted a lovely bouquet of fresh flowers sitting on the coffee table and then noticed some candles flickering on the balcony; as I stepped out, there was a trail of rose petals leading up to a daybed, which was also covered in rose petals, and perched next to it was an ice bucket holding my favorite bottle of champagne!  You would think that the picture was now perfectly painted, and it was obvious what was coming next, but no, not to me – I just sat down on the daybed and expressed how romantic it all was! It was then, at that moment, when Shil got down on his knee, presented me with a ring and, well the rest gets a bit blurry, but after some tears and realizing this is actually happening, I obviously said “yes!”
 
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.
 Venue: 
I simply wanted something outside of the hustle and bustle of London; a quaint countryside venue, but this proved to be quite difficult at the start.  It needed to be somewhere that could cater for not just Indian food, but also the usual Indian wedding guest numbers (and although we wanted to keep it small and intimate, we still had 250 guests!), plus it needed to be close to Kent, my family home. After many unsuccessful phone calls, viewings by my parents and far too much ‘googling,’ I finally came across the Bannatyne Spa Hotel in Hastings, East Sussex (on the border of Kent) – it was perfectly nestled away from the main roads and surrounded by some beautiful gardens; on calling them up with our requirements, and as soon as they said they could meet our arrangements, I was on the phone pronto to my parents back in England for them to get a viewing asap! Despite not having hosted an Indian wedding at their venue before, the team was amazing to work with and they assisted to our every need. What worked well was that we had the whole hotel exclusively booked out for our family and friends for the entire wedding weekend, and considering there were many guests traveling from across the UK and abroad, it made the entire experience entertaining and truly complete.
 
Décor Theme: 
I wanted a regal, traditional, rustic and antique theme; the colors of choice were navy, antique gold, magnolia and deep purple/red hues which contrasted well together; I wanted simple yet classy, with the sense of old India, and the team at Dream Occasions turned my thoughts and imagination into reality. I met with them only twice before the big day – once at the venue and then at their studios, and prior to that it was a couple of Facetime sessions from Australia; however, in what I thought would not be enough time, it was plenty for them to work their magic!
 
Catering: 
We chose Madhu’s as we had a great experience with them for my sister’s wedding and you’re guaranteed that Madhu’s will deliver with mouth-watering, exceptional cuisine. I feel that having good, high-quality food for your guests is a key part of not just your wedding day, but any celebration!
 
Hair and Make-up: 
Again, from my sister’s experience, I decided to work with Gini Bhogal, and it was a real pleasure. I am not a make-up person at all, but Gini was so calm and composed when I went to visit her for my trial, she put me at ease and I knew I could trust her on the day.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
The outfits were probably the most distressing part of the whole process. Being in Perth there are very limited Indian stores, let alone haute couture Indian bridal boutiques! I did come across some old Auntyji-style Punjabi suits though… 
 
I knew I wanted a Lengha and traditional bridal red/shades of red for the Hindu ceremony. That was all I knew - now all I needed to do was to find it; people say that you’ll know it when you see it, and that’s what happened to me. I had no luck online, but that was my only choice being in Perth; however, as luck would have it, I was back in England for our engagement party and managed to squeeze in some essential wedding shopping in London - that’s when I spotted ‘The Outfit.’ It was distinct; it was different; it had the most beautiful embroidery – unlike anything I had seen anywhere else, and I had seen plenty by this point! The choli was of a deep-red colored fabric, which was so delicately and intricately decorated with pearls and beads on the neckline, the back, and the sleeves, and the Lengha contrasted magnificently with its golden-embroidered flowers on blood-red soft cotton fabric.
 
My reception outfit was a whole other story. It was a nightmare to sort out and deal with the retailer – I had a look, an image, pictures of designs and styles for an evening cocktail gown, but liaising with the ‘team’ was an ordeal, especially as I was living in Perth, the retailer was in London and the designer in India! In the end I didn’t quite get what I wanted, but with only a week or so to go before the big day, and with a million and one other things to do, I just had to go with it; luckily, as my fabulous hair and make-up stylist said, all I need is big hair, perfect make-up and a piece of statement jewelry – and she was right!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The food tasting! I am a complete food fanatic and tasting the exquisite dishes prepared by the marvelous Madhu’s team was not just delectable, but a real treat as I had always wanted to experience the life of a food critic – even if it was just for a day!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I’m a bit of an old soul and I love live music, especially jazz, blues, and soul genres, so hiring a saxophonist was truly special.  We picked two great tracks and the saxophonist coordinated with them well. Our grand entrance brought an exhilarating and exciting start to the night – everyone was on their feet dancing, clapping, cheering as my husband and I danced our way in – it was a remarkable moment! 
 
Then there was our first dance.  There were no particular or practiced dance moves, but it felt smooth and sophisticated as we were both just so in the moment, and then Shil embarrasses me with a looong kiss… that led to more cheers, but also some awkward comments... (so embarrassing)It’s amazing what the power of music can do to the atmosphere and the ambiance - making those moments so memorable.
 
Throughout the day there were a number of negotiations going on between the ladies and the groomsmen, but they weren’t giving anything away and Shil was being completely stubborn. It all, however, came to a head at the Vidai when we were stopped in our tracks as my ladies banded together, marched in front of our car and prevented us from leaving if the groomsmen didn't hand over some cash – eventually, and luckily, they did cough up and the whole ordeal was extremely entertaining to watch!
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
“Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.”
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
My make-up and hairstylist, Gini Bhogal, was an absolute legend – I had no jewelry whatsoever for my reception outfit, and not liking the outfit itself didn’t help either.  Luckily however Gini, on the morning of the wedding day (!), saved the night by sourcing some stunning jewelry for me to wear from the beautiful ‘Mara and Elle’ collection. The ensemble worked wonders and I am so grateful that it all came together in the end. 
 
A big thank you to all those who kept me sane and supported us – you know who you are! And a special mention to our families for their assistance in making it all happen, and to my friend Diana – she was my late-night ‘distress’ helpline and ran around performing last-minute errands for me across Australia to England, thank you!

More to come, ladies, stick around! 
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Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Turmeric Ink | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Bannatyne Hotel and Spa Hastings | Floral & Decor: Dream Occasions | Draping/Styling: Dream Occasions | Hair & Makeup: Gini Bhogal | Catering: Madhus | DJ: DJ Narry-Calibar | Baraat Dhol Player: Imperial Drummers | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Imperial Drummers | Ceremony Bridal Jewelry: Red Dot | Reception Bridal Jewelry: Mara and Elle | Cake & Treats: Emily Fitter | Cinematography: Surindera Studios | Photographer: Surindera Studios | Table plan/guest name tags: Doves & Peacocks | Lighting: Calibar | Live Music -Saxophonist: Otis Lawrence | Mehndi Artist: Kiran Sahib | Rentals (Chairs): Dream Occasions | Toastmaster: James Hasler | Transportation: 1066 Wedding Cars


Philadelphia, PA Indian Wedding by Rare Air Films

Warning! Waterproof makeup needed for our highlight reel of today, Maharanis! This feature is absolutely fantastic. We are loving the movie - like creativity of this film. It showcases our lovebirds building up the momentum for the grand day and also the highlights of both the ceremony and reception in all of their glory. A loving shout out to the team from Rare Air Films who were the masterminds behind it. Truly outstanding! Roshni & Sagar's energy is so alluring. Happiness flies around them and you can definitely tell they are meant for each other. The Hilton Philadelphia City Ave housed the nuptials and the party and it was totally how you would want your special day to be. Dazzling, to say the least! Sonia C dolled up our bride to leave her even more gorgeous and believe me, Raja Sagar's eyes were totally mesmerized. So romantic! Finally, after the union, guests and newlyweds headed down to the reception hall to party big time among the alluring design created by KM Events and decorated by Rangoli Weddings. Our friends from Rollin Below 0 were on top of their game and brought the culinary wonders they are known for. Of course a recipe for success! Hit play below and see it for yourself!  

Remember, ladies, features keep on coming so make sure to check us out! 

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Catering: Rollin Below 0 | Cinematography: Rare Air Films | Photography: Zee Anna Photography LLC | Ceremony Venue: Hilton Philadelphia City Ave | Reception Venue: Hilton Philadelphia City Ave | Planning & Design: KM Events Management | Floral & Decor: Rangoli Weddings | Hair & Makeup: Sonia C | DJ: DJ Sunny Entertainment | Cakes & Treats: Palak Cakes | Transportation: Car from DriveShare | Officiates/ Priest: Harendra Dave


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


Glencove, NY Sikh Indian Wedding by Joseph Minasi Studios

A unique insight into the traditional Sikh wedding of Bindiya and Pooran thanks to the skillful eye of Joseph Minasi Weddings! The expert cinematographer’s highlight reel showcase the celebration of today’s couple once-in-a-lifetime love, which was a self-planned affair that started with a beautiful Sikh ceremony at the grand Glen Cove Gurdwara. Charmi Pena Photography was on hand to capture every step of their wedding day; from the ceremony to their beachfront lavish reception venue at the fantastic Crescent Beach Club! Bindiya was dressed to impress with extremely gorgeous ensembles that blended immaculately with her traditional henna patterns from Henna for all NY! The highly experienced Stylish Events filled the celebrations with inspirational details, dreamy floral decors for the ceremony and wowed the crowd with a striking reception setting! Guests were spoiled during the last event with the best music while Benares Restaurant & Catering crafted the perfect menu and delivered an outstanding meal! If you want to know and see more, head to the highlight flick below! 

I love all the traditions and love! Let me know if you love it too! 

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Floral & Decor: Stylish Events | Catering: Benares Restaurant & Catering | Cinematography: Joseph Minasi Weddings | Photography: Charmi Pena Photography | Ceremony Venue: Glencove Gurudwara | Reception Venue: Crescent Beach Club | Hair & Makeup: Make up by Preeti | Hair & Makeup: Glow by Affan | Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Fiza | Catering: Satguru Catering | DJ: Luxe Events - DJ Gaurav | Baraat: Luxe Events - DJ Gaurav | Bridal Fashion: Tusya Couture | Bridal Fashion: Asiana Couture | Cake & Treats: St. Honore Bakery | Favors: Inktricate Designs | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Inktricate Designs | Lighting: Crescent Beach Club | Mehndi Artist: Henna for all NY | Registry: Crate and Barrel


Jersey City, NJ Indian Fusion Wedding by Lightyear Studio

Today we are checking out an Indian fusion affair in Jersey City, New Jersey! We are swooning over every scene of Janki and Chris’ highlight film brought to us by Lightyear Studio! The talented Ami Video was in charge of photographing and filming the beginning of this sweet love story during the Sangeet while Lightyear Studio took the lead preserving every minute during the ceremony and reception. The high-energy celebrations took place at the Hyatt Regency Jersey City. At this exclusive venue, our charming duo’s bright vision was brought to life by Diwan by Design, who brought their expert knowledge to guarantee beautiful days of amazing fun and zero stress! Janki’s incredible bridal fashion made her a true queen in an elegant red ensemble for her ceremony and a heavily beaded cream reception lehenga with perfect hair and makeup from I du's by Heather. The reception was a huge success as DJ Ravi kept guests excited all night long and world-famous Carlo's Bakery created an impressive white sweet cake as wedding dessert! Hit play to the film below for more of this dreamy fusion wedding now!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Chris my freshman year of high school. We became best friends pretty quickly and did almost everything together including deciding to go to college in Boston!  We didn't start dating until our first month of freshman year in college but I knew in high school that he would be the one I would end up with. He was always been my rock and the constant in my life. 
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
The entire day started out a little crazy. I was on the busiest rotation of my 2nd year in residency. Chris had told me several months prior that I had to fly home to NJ for a work event he was having for his company. We had our residency graduation the night before in Cleveland and I was out till late and flying to Newark at 5 am the next morning. Chris called me in the morning to make sure I made the flight but I was actually still in bed an hour before my flight! I sped to the airport, nearly threw my keys at the valet, ran through security, rode a golf cart to my gate, and JUST made the flight (doors closing behind me)! Chris told me later that he was so anxious and nervous that I wouldn't make it home! I spend the morning with my family and went to NYC in the afternoon to see my best friend. Chris had told me the event was in NYC that evening and that he would just meet me there. When it came time for me to leave for the event, my friend said she was going to dinner nearby and would just walk with me. I walked up to a building on 5th Avenue and when I opened the door, there was an iPad that read press play. Confused, I looked at my friend who had the biggest smile on her face and pressed play and there was Chris sitting at our high school where we met telling me how excited he was to spend the rest of our life together. I immediately started to cry. After his video, there were recorded messages of his mom and his three sisters, all who live out of state. As I finished watching their messages, his mom and sisters all came out from around the corner. I was in shock. They took me up the elevator. As I stepped off, I saw my three best friends standing there with another iPad, which contained recorded messages from my friends in high school, college, and medical school, and residency. As I walked a little further, there were my parents, sisters, and grandmother with another iPad with messages from my family from India and my extended family in the US. The last stop, around the corner, was Chris, standing on one knee with rose petals on the ground and the Empire State Building (my favorite building) in the background! I obviously said yes! I couldn't have planned a more perfect proposal myself. Everyone who knows me knows how important my family and friends are to me and how much I miss not having everyone in one place. Chris found a way to do that and bring everyone together on one of the most important days of our lives! 
 
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.
The first thing we decided on was our wedding venue. We loved the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City and cannot say enough about how wonderful they were. NYC is both of our favorite places and to get married with that in the background was a dream! Since I was in Cleveland, it was harder to book hair/makeup, photographers, decorators from a distance. I ended up doing it all remotely and flying back and forth to meet with vendors. We decided to keep things simple and focus on what people would remember about the weekend. We spend a lot of time picking our DJ/entertainment and caterers. Once we decided to go with Moghul we did multiple food tastings to perfect the menu. People still tell us how much they loved the food at our wedding and how we managed to make it different but still amazing! 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
All I knew when I went shopping in India was that I wanted a red bridal lengha. I had looked online a few times and hadn't found one I loved but had an idea of what I wanted. On my second day there, I tried on a red lengha that had actually already been sold to another client! I feel in love with it and they ended up making a custom one for me! 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Honestly, the best part of the whole process was planning with my husband to be. It was so exciting to put every little thing together and try and create an event that we felt was most representative of our story, full of love and laughter! We had a great time doing every little thing, from putting together the signs for the wedding weekend to food tasting - it was a blast! 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The love story, the music, the food, and of course the singing by the groom, which had everyone in tears and in awe! We are still getting compliments on the wedding! 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
While I loved the entire weekend, I would be lying if I said there was anything that I loved more than Chris singing. He is incredibly shy and hates performing and had never sung in public before! I was so confused when he got up and when he started singing I was just in absolute shock! I've watched the video every day since the wedding and still sometimes cannot believe that it happened! The fact that he sang my three favorite songs including one in Hindi was just absolutely unbelievable. 
 
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.
The sangeet was held at the Hyatt Regency Jersey City with decor by Vishu Decorators, photo/video by Ami Video, and catering by Moghul. We had a skit/dances followed by traditional Gujarati garba/raas! 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy the entire process because it'll fly by before you know it! It can be very stressful at times, but everything will come together in the end. It's important not to stress over small details and focus on what you and your partner want your special day to look like overall! 
 
We will see you tomorrow, Maharanis!
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Hair & Makeup: I du's by Heather | Planning & Design: Diwan by Design | Photography: Ami Video | Cinematography: Ami Video | Cinematographer: Lightyear Studio | Photographer: Lightyear Studio | Sangeet Venue: Hyatt Regency Jersey City | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Jersey City | Floral & Decor: Vishnu Decorators | Catering: Moghul Catering | DJ: DJ Ravi | Baraat: DJ Ravi | Cake & Treats: Carlo's Bakery


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