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Coronado, CA Indian Wedding by Lin & Jirsa Photography

Happy Wednesday, darlings! It is time to unveil a new wedding film. So, get ready to enjoy all the fabulous details surrounding Janelle & Kishan's wedding through the fantastic scenes captured by Lin & Jirsa Photography! The big day arrived, and these lovebirds were more than ready to consummate their love through a beautiful ceremony celebrated at Coronado Island Marriott Resort and The Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, this celebration was full of joy, details, and dancing with the guests. Janelle arrived a the wedding venue dressed up in a dazzling white lehnga from Annu's Creation that made her look like a princess. The beautiful bride wore silver jewelry as bright as her unparalleled smile. The reception was held among luxury and happiness. That way, the couple shared and enjoyed their love. But all of this could not have been possible without the fantastic planning by Blue Lotus Insight, who took care of everything down to the smallest detail in such a perfect way that we are still impressed! So hit play below and get ready to enjoy this video!

And that is a wrap for today! My beloved Maharanis, keep coming back for more love stories and tips.

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Venues: Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa | Venues: The Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina | Cinematographer: Lin & Jirsa Photography | Photographer: Lin & Jirsa Photography | Coordination & Design: Blue Lotus Insights | Floral & Decor: Shawna Yamamoto Event Design | Makeup: Drea V Makeup | Makeup: Dolled up by Lulu | Catering: Mantra Catering | Catering: Jay Bharat | Catering: London Pub | Food Truck: Paratta Truck | Food Truck: Churro Boss | Bride's Outfits: Annu's Creation | Bride's Reception Outfit: Thakur Sarees | Bridal Party Outfits: Amrin Khan | Saree Draping: Rupal Shah | Sound & Lighting: 3D Sounds | Sangeet Live Band: Suresh Bhatt Band | Electric Violinist: Amy Serrano | Henna Artist: Hinal's Beauty Studio | 360 Photobooth: PS360 Photobooth | Transportation: CharterUp | Live Event Painter: Event Painting by Agnes Russo | Rental for Baraat: San Diego Prestige Boat | Groom's Outfits: Annu's Creation | Groom's Painted Outfit: Chandresh Nathani Designs | Groom's Tuxedo: JB Clothiers


Jersey City, NJ Indian Fusion Wedding by Lightyear Studio

Good morning, my dears! I hope you are having a splendid Wednesday. Our filmy day has arrived with a captivating story for all of us to be inspired. Our charming shooting stars of the day, Hina & Neel, knew they were meant to be together and decided to be each other's one and only. These lovebirds knew every detail must be impeccable for such a unique wedding celebration. And to ensure this, they got in touch with The Royal Collection to task them one of the essential items for their big day, the invitations! That first detail made this event unforgettable! Maharanis, their wedding was spectacular! They started with a lovely Sangeet celebration at the Envue Hotel. The couple got everything they had ever dreamed of for their special day, including Hina's dreamy look. The Glass Slipper Wedding beautifully did her hair and makeup. They undoubtedly gave the bride's day a magical touch. Our enchanting Maharani's lengha was as marvelous as it was radiant, and ladies, she looked gorgeous! Our lovebirds, Hina and Neel, chose the magnificent venue Maritime Parc to host their reception, complementing the place's elegance with fabulous decor from Elegant Affairs. Believe me, Maharanis, the setting of this ceremony was breathtaking! Of course, this celebration of love couldn't be complete without vibrant music, and the elite crew from Luxe Event Group had everything covered. They played the best of the best for the guests to be on their feet all night long! I am sure no one wanted to leave the dance floor at any given moment! Studio KSD captured fabulous photographs for our couple to cherish during their life journey! Maharanis, I am delighted to share this story with you thanks to the impeccable work Lightyear Studio did while recording every single instant of this wedding. Sweeties, I know you will be amazed by Hina & Neel's lovely video below. 

 

 

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
It's a modern day romance. We met on Bumble. At the time I worked as an Emergency Medicine resident in New York City with a busy schedule and Neel was a health care consultant from north Jersey who traveled a lot. As any young professional living in the tri-state, we turned to dating apps to help us look for love as we balanced a heavy work load and busy social lives.

I knew he was the one probably 6 months into our relationship. Any one that knows Neel, knows he is pretty easy to love. He is fun, out-going, and most of all caring. He likes to take care of his friends and family. There wasn't a single moment that made me realized he was "the one". Rather, as our relationship grew, so did our love. Not to mention, I may have fallen in love with Lucky, his family dog, first.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Neel is very big on creating the “perfect” experience. So with no surprise he put all of his skills at work to create our magical moment.

Neel & I both had a vacation scheduled in the middle of the summer. I really wanted to go somewhere new, but Neel convinced me on Napa because he was already going to be in California for work.

I remember the week before our vacation, he had a work trip to PA. I didn't think anything of it because he often went there for client meetings. Little did I know this "work trip" was an actual visit to my parents' to ask for my hand in marriage.

I remember being on a slow shift in the ER, when one of my co-residents started asking me about my vacation plans. I told him I was going to Napa, and he asked, "Ohh, is Neel proposing?" "What? No!" I said, but then started secretly hoping he would. But how could he? He doesn't know what kind of ring I like. Does he even remember my size?

I arrived in San Francisco, and Neel was eagerly waiting to pick me up. We went out for dinner and got rolled ice cream for dessert. We spent the next day exploring San Francisco as it was my first time there. I thought Neel would have had the entire trip planned. However, our trip initially seemed very spontaneous. We were looking for things to do online and looking at places to eat on Yelp. We tried to get reservations to massages, but none were available last minute. No way was he prepared to propose, I thought.

The next day we drove up to Napa. We had a nice brunch and were luckily able to reserve massages for that morning. Later that afternoon we drove to a vineyard for some wine tasting. We arrived at Bennet Lane Winery where Neel had reserved a private tour. We tasted different wines, learned about their history, and toured their vineyard. Towards the end, our host recommended we go outside as there is a picturesque outlook. I got excited for the photo op, and Neel went to use the bathroom where he got secretly mic-ed up. We walked outside and saw the most scenic outlook of mountains and greenery. I saw a table with a bouquet of flowers and champagne. I asked Neel if the table was for us, when suddenly he held my hands and started rambling. I couldn't believe what was happening. He was proposing! He got down on one knee, I said yes, and that day went down in history. Looking back, Neel had chosen Napa for this trip because it was in Napa, the year before, where we had first said "I love you" to one another.

#proposalofmydreams #manofmydreams #NEELed4HINA

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.
Our wedding was originally scheduled in Jersey City of August 2020. We had a family trip planned to India in April 2020 for wedding shopping. Both of our parents and siblings were planning to join us with much excitement. The excitement was short-lived when we got news about the first coronavirus case in New York (distinctly remember this as I was on a ER shift, and our staff was getting prepared for more cases and we were advised not to travel). Soon the city shut down, and everyone was in quarantine.

Neel and I were still hopeful that by August things would be better. However in May we made the call to postpone to 2021. Instead, we had an intimate backyard wedding on May 30, 2020 with our parents, siblings my grandma, and a few close friends via Zoom. Neel's best friend since childhood, Hiral, officiated this wedding. It was a special day. Our goal was to share our happiness with more of our loved ones exactly one year later- May 30, 2021 and keep the same anniversary!

Wedding planning is stressful to begin with, add on a pandemic and the stress triples. We were on a hunt for a new photographer, which was tough because we loved our original (priyanca rao photography); she had prior commitments to another wedding she was going to shoot. We also had to cut a 400+ guest count to 150 guests. We then realized less than 3 months before our wedding we'd have to find a new venue. Our original venue had not opened up since the beginning of the pandemic, and their opening date kept getting pushed. We made the call to get a refund and look for another venue in March 2021 to have our wedding on Memorial Day weekend, a very popular wedding weekend. We were fortunate to find Maritime Parc on such short notice as they had a cancelation on Memorial Day weekend.

Hair & Make Up- Maliha Khan, who's been in the industry for so long. She was easy to get a long with and made me look gorgeous with different looks for my Sangeet, Wedding and Reception.

Hair & Make Up for Bridal Party- Glass Slipper Wedding. I had a ton of changes through out the process in the number of people and services that were needed. They were always professional, responded to emails in a timely manner and overall very easy to work with.

Decor: Elegant Affairs. Well-experienced. Made our visions come to life. Sangeet was held at Envue Autograph hotel in Weehawken, a modern hotel and Elegant affairs delivered in giving us a modern colorful feel for the Sangeet. Ceremony mandap was beautiful and matched our theme of baby pink perfectly.

DJ BK from Luxe Entertainment- Loved working with him. He's very down to earth and made our Sangeet and Reception nights to remember. All of our guests still talk about how much fun they had partying with us. We had a very talented tabla player and violinist for our cocktail hour that wow-ed everyone. We also had a live singer who performed during a part of our first dance and did a small segment during the dance party.

Planner- Pearls Events. We worked with Chandni leading up to the wedding and she was great. She and the day-of coordinators were on top of our tight scheduled and easily fixed any bumps we ran into along the way.

Video- Lightyear Video, haven't received our video yet but we are super excited to see the highlights!

Photo: Studio KSD. I loved Tina and her team. It rained ALL weekend during our wedding. Tina was very professional. We had a few meetings with her prior to the wedding and were able to discuss what was important to us when it came to capture our day. She captured every event beautifully despite all the rain. We got our photos about two weeks ago and I still can't stop looking at them!

Caterer- Amiya from Jersey City. Loved the food for all 3 events. We wanted something unique from the usual Indian weddings and Amiya did a fantastic job. Abha was very sweet, and we enjoyed working with her.

Cake- Palermo's bakery. Neel's family has known the owners of Palermo for quite some time which made this decision a no-brainer. My aunt, Pinal, owner of Style Me Sweet Cakes is a fantastic cake decorator. I asked her to decorate our cake with fresh flowers. She designed it beautifully to match our reception decor.

Stationary- The Royal Collection Invites. We had our logo, welcome bags, welcome signs, wedding programs, and reception menus designed with Dhwani and we loved the final products. The wedding program, especially, was my favorite given we had fun facts about me and Neel on one side and it was fun to make!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Since we couldn't go to India, I started shopping locally. We came across Shilpa Gandhi Studio. Priyanka who manages the company lives in Jersey City and we were able to personally visit her and see some of the pieces they've created. We were able to discuss with Shilpa, the designer who is from Toronto, through video calls of what I was envisioning. Her team is in India who makes all the clothing.

I always knew I wanted red for my wedding outfit. After a few meetings with Priyanka and Shilpa we were able to decide on the design and create both mine and Neel's outfits for the Sangeet and Wedding. Though Covid made things challenging, we were very happy with the end results!

My reception outfit and all my jewelry (Mehendi, Sangeet, Wedding, Reception) was from Nazranaa in Iselin, NJ. Family members have bought several beautiful pieces from them and had worn them to our wedding!

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Honestly, planning was really tough. Given the postponement and a lot of other issues that are typically not encountered pre-Covid, my favorite part was practicing our first dance and our Sangeet dance with Neel. I love dancing, so it was a way for me to destress this way. Neel would say otherwise, because I often yelled at him for messing up or forgetting a step. But during the stressful planning process, it was my time to dance in his arms, temporarily forgetting about all the things we still had left to do.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think everyone just loved getting together and celebrating love. With the pandemic, there was a lot of isolation and it had a been some time since all of our loved ones were together under one roof. Our family still raves about how much fun they had, and it makes our hearts full. From the food, dancing, music, and entertainment- it was all magical!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Neel and I had decided to do wedding gifts for one another for the big day. For Neel, I decided to get a customized New York Times baseball book and a cameo from Mariano Rivera, a hall of fame New York Yankee, because Neel is the self proclaimed biggest Yankees fan ever! Neel got me Venus Et Fleur forever roses and customized YSL his and her scents. One of my bridesmaid had told me to get a new scent for the big day because every time I'd wear that scent in the future, I would think back to our wedding day. It was one of the details that fell under the crack as I just didn't get the time to go shopping for it. I had told Neel about it one night weeks before our wedding, and he remembered!

The exchange of these gifts and reading our letters to one another the morning after our first look and before the wedding ceremony was a moment that constantly replays in my mind. I unexpectedly started to cry when I started to read mine. Weddings can be chaotic, especially ours with a jam-packed 4-day schedule. That moment with just me and him was perfect and one that I will cherish forever.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
It's stressful, and everything won't go exactly as planned no matter how much you stress. Try to enjoy the process as much as possible and remember that no matter what, it's going to be your day and it will be memorable.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Bridesmaids bouquet- Surina, a friend of mine kindly offered to make them the day before the ceremony.
Bridesmaid dresses- DV Custom Dresses (deevineeti.etsy.com)
Groomsmen clothes- Deen Fashion from Jersey City
My Vidhi was at The Royal Albert Palace Nilkamal Hall. The DJ for my Vidhi was DJ Jeet, a family friend from Absolute Desi Entertainment.

It truly takes a village- we are so thankful for all our family and friends to help make our dreams come true!

This is all for today, Maharanis. Keep coming back for more romantic moments!

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Invitations & Wedding Stationery: The Royal Collection | Hair & Makeup: The Glass Slipper Wedding | Photography: Studio KSD | DJ: Luxe Event Group | Sangeet Venue: Envue Hotel | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Maritime Parc | Planning & Design: Pearls Event & Co. | Floral & Decor: Elegant Affairs | Hair & Makeup: Maliha Khan Makeup | Catering: Amiya Restaurant | DJ: BK Trehan | Bridal Fashions: Shilpa Gandhi | Bridal Fashions: Nazranaa | Bridal Jewelry: Nazranaa | Cake & Treats: Palermo's Bakery | Cake & Treats: SMSC Central NJ by Pinal | Cinematography: Lightyear Studio | Bridesmaids Dresses: DeeVineeTi


Woodland Park, NJ Indian Wedding by Lightyear Studio

Good morning, Maharanis! I hope you are ready to be amazed by Rohini & Vatsal's lovely wedding, so let's get this entry started! Our gorgeous couple celebrated their special day with family and friends at The One and Only Westmount Country Club, where they held a spectacular ceremony and reception. This magnificent venue provides a cobblestone drive-up adorned with elegant wrought-iron gates, flowers, and old-world street lighting leading to a grand estate. The couple's dream ceremony was brought to life by Detailed Affairs Team. They are a group of talented planners and coordinators that genuinely believe in focusing on the little details that lighted up our couples' unforgettable day. Ladies, I have to mention the fantastic atmosphere courtesy of M4U Events! The music, the dance floor, and the production all came together to create an incredibly captivating experience for all. The setting was as beautiful as our bride! Rohini's lengha was perfectly complemented by her Mehndi design, done with the expertise and precision only Mehndikalogie can give. The detail and effort put into the Mehndi art were truly reflected in our Maharani and her notorious happiness throughout the wedding. Our sweet couple delighted their guests with Baonanas's cake and treats, taking flavor inspiration from the richness of its city, its people, and experiences they can connect and adapt to each client's unique taste. The lovebird's day was full of memories that could never be forgotten thanks to Lightyear Studio, who made sure to capture every moment of this grand celebration. So, wait no more and click the play icon below to be dazzled!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We first met through a set up by my sister and her friend from high school, who happened to be my now-husband's employee. They thought we would be a perfect match, and they were right! Our first date (despite several last-minute cancellations on my part) was at a speakeasy in NYC. It felt like we knew each other forever. I appreciated his corny jokes and he appreciated my sass. I don't think there was ever a moment I knew Vatsal was the one - our entire relationship felt so natural and just felt like we were always meant to be together.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We were in Morocco on a ten-day vacation. Our final stop in Morocco was the Sahara Desert. Little did I know, but Vatsal had initially made several plans including a beautiful layout and a private photographer, which were all thwarted by last-minute cancellations by the local vendors. This did not stop him, however, and the morning after our stay in the desert, he asked a local man to take our photo on his iPhone at sunrise. As the sun rose over the sand dunes, he got down on one knee, and the proposal 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 began planning soon after our engagement and our first stop was to find the venue. The minute we set foot into Westmount Country Club, we fell in love. We felt so at home there, and could picture our wedding there. Bobby from Westmount was with us every step of the way, and even through the pandemic, was able to ease our worries. Everything fell into place after that. The rest of our vendors were chosen similarly, with intuition, and we usually went with our gut reactions. We chose vendors that we felt we meshed well with, and the vendors almost felt like friends (and really were at the end of this process!). Nate and Thanh from Lightyear studios made us feel so comfortable and are true artists - we both feel awkward in front of the camera but we knew Nate and Thanh would put us at ease! They were truly amazing, and their work speaks for itself. Pauline from Flawless by Pauline did my hair and makeup, and was able to help me achieve the clean, light on makeup look that I desired. Dhara from Mehndikalogie did an amazing job with my intricate mehndi. Matt from MDL events made beautiful floral arrangements. DJ Vik and the rest of the M4U events team produced a banging party. And finally, our day-of coordinators led by Arun from Detailed Affairs made our wedding day seamless. Despite being only a day-of coordinator, Arun was with us throughout the month leading up to our wedding, calming our nerves. All our vendors were truly outstanding, and helped us to have a perfect wedding day.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I really wanted a red lehenga, but one with pink accents to make it a little different than the typical wedding lehenga. Because of my work schedule in residency, I was unable to go to India to get my outfits, but my amazing sister looked for me (when she was conveniently getting her own!). Through 2am facetimes, I was able to choose a beautiful red and pink lehenga purchased from Delhi.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Cake tasting - because I have a huge sweet tooth!
In reality, wedding planning can be extremely stressful, but I tried to enjoy the moments I got to spend with Vatsal talking about our wedding. It was exciting to think about our future and spending the rest of our lives together.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The hype and the party! All guests were vaccinated and restrictions in NJ were just lifted, and this was the first time in over a year that many were attending an event. It was so exciting to see family and friends. DJ Vik and the M4U events team put on an amazing party, and our guests were dancing all night!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The first look was the most special moment for me. Neither of us are criers, but we both shed (more than a few) tears when we first saw each other. It was really the only moment we had with just the two of us, and felt so intimate and personal. It was a perfect moment to start the rest of our lives.

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.
For our Mehndi night, we wanted a Moroccan themed evening since we got engaged in Morocco. Abdel Habibi Morocco NY was amazing - he brought stunning decor and even went above and beyond to set it up last minute. He made our night so special and so reminiscent of our engagement!
Our sangeet night was held at a local hotel, and was filled with performances by friends and family, and ended with a garba/raas dance that all guests joined!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Easier said than done, but try not to stress about the small things on your wedding day! There were certainly a few things on my day that didn't go as planned, and there will be in yours too, but in the end, ZERO people noticed the things that went "wrong" and only remembered the amazing moments such as walk down the aisle, exchange of garlands, first dance, partying on the dance floor. Don't sweat the small details and try to enjoy every moment, because it's over before you know it.

This is all for today my loves, but keep coming back for more inspiration!

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Mehndi Artists: Mehndikalogie | Planning & Design: Detailed Affairs Team | DJ: M4U Events | Sangeet Venue: Hilton Hasbrouck Heights | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The One and Only Westmount Country Club | Cake & Treats: Baonanas | Cinematography: Lightyear Studio | Photography: Lightyear Studio


Glen Cove, NY Indian Wedding by Virdee Films Photo & Cinema

Happy Wednesday, my sweet Maharanis! The filmy day of the week is here! Simran & Brandon are a cute couple who decided to start their journey into married life through a charming ceremony at Gurdwara Mata Sahib Kaur. After this heartwarming event, our couple had the honor to host an elegant reception at Antun's by Minar. This venue offers a dramatic lobby staircase that allows your guests to experience true elegance and sophistication. So, I think this would be the best place for your big day! Decor by Antun's planned our lovebirds' event and embellished the reception venue with unique details, flowers, and, most importantly, passion for their job! Maharanis, feeling and looking pretty for our big day is essential. Remember that is one of the most meaningful events of our lives. Simran looked beyond perfect thanks to the captivating gown designed by Fashions by Sai FashionRoop Collection in Richmondhill added the sophisticated and stylish glow for our Maharani! Now, my Sweeties, I have to tell you about the dedicated Mehndi job Henna by Inder did. Her design was eye-catching, and the lovely Simran took everyone's breath away! Virdee Films Photo & Cinema was an essential part of this beautiful wedding. They captured a stunning set of photos for the newlyweds to enjoy. This team also recorded the most memorable moments of this couple. The way they looked, the details all around the salon, the unique ambiance, and so much more are part of the film you will be able to watch if you click the play button below. Maharanis, you will love it! 

Maharanis, come back tomorrow for a new love story! 

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Photography: Virdee Films Photo & Cinema | Cinematography: Virdee Films Photo & Cinema | Ceremony Venue: Gurdwara Mata Sahib Kaur | Reception Venue: Antun's by Minar | Planning & Design: Decor by Antun's | Floral & Decor: Decor by Antun's | Hair & Makeup: Dolly-Belleme | Catering: Antun's by Minar | DJ: DJ Gill | Bridal Fashions: Fashions by Sai Fashion | Bridal Jewelry: Roop Collection in Richmondhill | Mehndi Artists: Henna by Inder


North Haledon, NJ Indian Wedding by Ray Roman Films

Good morning, my sweet Maharanis! A fascinating love story comes your way, so get ready to get lots of bridal enthusiasm and swipe right to love! Today's protagonists are Anmol & Indrajit, a lovely couple who met on Tinder in 2015. From their first date, fate made them old best friends. After all the adventures, Indrajit decided to pop the question every Maharani loves to hear! And how did he do it! They went to a lovely island for a fourth anniversary, and in between pictures, the handsome groom was on one knee! I know those pictures are amazing! Now, let's talk about their journey throughout their wedding planning! Their first decision was where they wanted to host their reception, so they chose The Tides EstateThe Little Things by Arpita coordinated every detail of this wedding! This team let our couple know that the little things were what made Anmol & Indrajit's big day unique! Our couple called Partyland Sajawat to create an enchanted forest vibe decor, and they excelled their expectations! The ambiance was magical and elegant all at the same time! Maharanis, the music played during the reception was phenomenal; everyone in the room danced all night long, thanks to MVPDJs! They were perfect! On top of the fantastic music, the Bollywood performers from Scarlett Entertainment put the energy that made the guests sigh! I am sure everyone adored them! While the music was playing, the delicious feast prepared by Bukhara Grill was the perfect combo! Here comes what I love the most: Bridal Fashion! Our lovely Anmol is a very decisive bride. So, she bought the first lengha she tried on, and it was an elegant and delicate piece from Tamanna Malik Artistry, and Nazraana also was part of our Maharani's outfits. Suit Supply dressed the handsome groom, and I cannot stress how charming they both looked! Lucky for them, a film is a perfect way to take a closer look at the most beautiful moments of their biggest day. Ray Roman Films was there to record those moments, and the results are unbelievable. Get ready to enjoy it!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met on Tinder in 2015! We swiped right and we met on the corner of 42nd and Broadway. I had just finished having dinner with a friend and Indy had come from a happy hour. He tried to find a bar so we could grab a drink, but his phone ended up not catching data (he was using pay-per-MB data)!  Our first date ended up being drinks at the Olive Garden bar in Times Square. From that first date, it was like fate. We talked as if we were old best friends that had just been out of touch for a couple years. It was strange how easy the conversation was. From that day, through numerous traveling adventures and the ups and downs of life, we've have been inseparable ever since.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Our proposal story started with a trip planned for our 4 year anniversary at a beautiful resort on the island of St. Lucia called Ladera. Indy had been planning this trip during my 2nd year of medical school in between 2 of my semesters during a break.  Although I usually have most of the itinerary planned on most trips we go to, Indy had been planning the details of the actual anniversary day as a "surprise". He had the ring picked out and a photographer at St. Lucia who was supposed to take us to a remote dock by the beach where he would propose and capture the moment on a drone. The photographer captured the moment seamlessly while including the natural beauty of the island.

Indy’s cover story for us wearing matching outfits was that since this resort was a romantic couples getaway, it came with a package deal of a photoshoot that we would use on our anniversary. Then right between a few shots where the photographer had us facing away from one another, I turned around and Indy was on one knee! I was so shocked! I still can’t remember what he said and I froze! The photographer then took us to a few more locations including an abandoned coffee plantation and isolated beaches. Then we returned to the resort and were surprised with champagne, roses, chocolate cake and our entire suite and pool decorated with candles!

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.
Our main strategy when it came to planning was mostly divide and conquer. We started with choosing a venue and both narrowed down options in NJ. Indy took charge of negotiations and budgeting.  As for the other vendors, Indy took charge of researching and finalizing our video/photo and DJ and I took charge of décor, cake, and color schemes for outfits. Buying wedding outfits was an obstacle for us since our flight to India was canceled due to COVID and we decided to get custom designed outfits locally from Nazraana at Oak Tree.

The hardest part for us was asking for an RSVP for our guest count since we were asking guests to respond right in the middle of COVID. To make sure we had an accurate count, we subdivided our list into 3 lists and were sending out invitations for approximately 3 months. We even added a COVID tab on our wedding website to describe our health precautions and ensure that all guests felt safe attending our wedding. Aside from that, we used numerous excel sheets and even created our own wedding programs, welcome bags, weekend itinerary, designed our own dance floor and even our photobooth backdrop. Indy and I (both super type A planners) took the smaller details into our own hands to make sure everything was perfect.

We also want to take a second to thank The Little Things by Arpita for helping us coordinate the wedding day and ensuring every second of our event was magical and exactly what we dreamed it would be! Arpita and her team were nothing but the best and would highly recommend her to anyone who hasn't decided on a day-of coordinator. She was one of our best decisions!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I personally did not have too much time to spend on picking out a wedding lengha since I was in the middle of interviews for residency but luckily I am extremely decisive. I was probably the 1% of brides out there that bought the first lengha I tried on! It was a very versatile and delicate piece that I knew I could creatively change with the dupattas I wore with it. I also hated the idea of wearing a heavy uncomfortable lengha all day long. I am definitely more of the “comfort” bride. My bridal lengha checked off all my boxes – simple, elegant, versatile and delicate.  To my surprise, after seeing lenghas in person, I knew I wanted to do something different and out of the ordinary than the typical “red Indian bride”. Since our theme was Enchanted forest, I knew I wanted to choose more neutral colors to contrast the greens in the décor.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Food tasting and cake tasting (of course)!! So many favorite parts of this process, including picking decor, shopping for a venue, and doing our pre wedding photoshoot in California. I think every aspect of planning that helped make our dream wedding vision become a reality was enjoyable. However, our favorite part of the process was all of our family and friends meeting one another on the days leading up to the wedding!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved the heartfelt speeches given by my dad, Indy’s mom, the best man and the MOH/sister of the bride as well as the decor and dances at the reception. They were blown away by how accurately we followed our theme and how much effort everyone put in all the performances not only in the reception but also the Sangeet. The dance floor was full all night!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Every moment of the entire wedding week was so special to the both of us. From graduating medical school, to Indy’s 30th birthday and each and every event that same week there was not one event more special than the next. We both put in so much energy and effort in making sure everything went perfectly. Ultimately, even with all the weather mishaps and changing our outdoor wedding to be indoors, we were blown away by the love, happiness and support we felt that entire week from family and vendors.

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 wanted to make our wedding theme an experience for the guests, so we including low lying fog as guests were entering the grand ballroom, dancing LED ballerinas and hanging greens that the guests would have to  walk through to enter into the room. We made sure to stick to the theme even when hiring our live musician and we chose a Harpist to greet the guests during cocktail hour. From the save the dates to the dance floor, we even incorporated our wedding logo in every aspect of the wedding (on the save the dates, invites, dance floor wrap, photobooth printouts and more). We coordinated with our Décor team to incorporate our favorite greens like Eucalyptus on every table, hanging greens and a touch of gold in every event. For the ceremony we decided to incorporate a golden gate that would be the entrance of the aisle to give a magical feel to the mandap design.
Although we were upset that so many of our guests could not make it from India due to COVID, our family asked family in India to record a congrats message that we would play at the reception to surprise us! Instead of giving our guests wedding favors we chose to donate to the COVID fund for India in memory of our late grandparents.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Everything will work out in the end, don't get dragged down by the small details! Be decisive, move forward and always lean on each other for support during the wedding planning process. If you as a couple can survive wedding planning, especially during COVID, that’s a testament to your marriage!

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Mehndi- I graduated medical school the same morning as my mehendi. Luckily, I was able to attend my ceremony, hop into an Uber the second after the graduation ceremony ended and head straight to my mehendi event without missing a thing! Also to commemorate my graduation, I was able to get a small medical logo on my designs along with my graduation year "2021".

Wedding cake- We had our cake stand custom made by our decor vendor Partyland Sajawat to give it an enchanted forest vibe. It helped not only elevate the cake but because it was decorated in greens it looked like an edible part of the cake itself!

Wedding lehenga - Because of COVID, I was unfortunately unable to visit India for all my shopping but instead I was able to get a little more creative in making my lehenga unique. I chose an outfit that fit more of a reception look and created a double dupatta bridal look. I had 2 custom dupattas custom made in India that helped contrast the neutrals/rose gold tones in my lehenga with a peach and bold red, contributing to the whole whimsical, yet Indian bride vibe.

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Venues: The Tides Estate | Mehndi Artists: Henna by Tanvi | Sangeet Venue: Ashirwad Palace | Planning & Design: The Little Things by Arpita | Floral & Decor: Partyland Sajawat | Hair & Makeup: Tamanna Malik Artistry | Catering: Bukhara Grill | DJ: MVPDJs | Baraat: Equishare Baraat | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Scarlett Entertainment | Bridal Fashions: Nazraana | Cake & Treats: Davids Custom Cakes | Cinematography: Ray Roman Films | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Tamanna Malik Artistry | Tuxedos: Suit Supply | Photography: Ray Antoni


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