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Palatine, IL Indian Wedding by Juan Alvarado Photography

Wednesday is always a good day for a big boost of inspiration, Maharanis! That's why today's wedding reel it's a total visual artistic production by Juan Alvarado Photography. I'm sure it will leave you in complete awe. Shreena & Anshul's love story goes back in time to when they started their romance as college sweethearts. How sweet is that? Despite the pandemic, these two decided to marry and downsize their plans and celebrate with their closest ones. To make their wedding dreams come true, they enlisted the highly talented J2R Events' team. They plan the most extraordinary ceremony at the Shree Swaminarayan Temple that was live-streamed and followed by as many as 200 guests around the world. Brilliant! The ceremony was not only meaningful but magical thanks to the fabulous decor by VP Impressions. The creative team filled the entire venue with a romantic vibe, soft hues, and fresh blooms. The couple had the most special day, overflowing with love, dances, and smiles, as captured by Joseph Kang Photography. Including Maharani's Shreena hair and makeup by Hala Beauty as well as Raja's Anshul's style! You can check out more of the images hereJuan Alvarado Photography filmed their big day in an extraordinary reel that will transport the lovebirds back in time and allow them to relive their most important day! Tissues ready, ladies. This film is an emotional one! Just hit play  below.

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
So Anshul and I met years ago in college. He visited Indiana University for an NCAA tournament game with some friends and through our mutual connection (my cousin/his friend) we met at a birthday party that night. Nothing happened and after that night we went our own ways. A couple years later we bumped into each other while living in downtown Chicago. I thought he recognized me at a pizza place, but he didn't (he kind of forgot who I was). We both got a laugh out of it after the fact! We continued to run into each other unplanned at different restaurants and bars throughout the city and, after this happened a few times, he finally got the courage to ask me out and the rest is history!

Anshul and I have gone through a lot together as couple and grown together. For me, there wasn't just one moment where I thought he was the one. It was his constant acts of kindness and love that made me realize he is the one. He has supported me throughout our relationship and I know he will always have my back.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Anshul told me his work was having a summer party at a nice Italian restaurant along the Chicago Riverwalk! He had a "fake" email invite/flyer and everything. As we walked alongside the river, we stopped right in front of the restaurant we were supposed to go into - he said we should take a moment to look at the beautiful skyline and it was a hot Summer day so I didn't mind a quick break. I stood there actually admiring this view as the sun was about to set. When I turned around he was down on one knee saying his blurb! I was so shocked I couldn't process everything that was going on! After the proposal, he surprised me with a party where some of our close friends and family were there to celebrate!

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 got engaged in August of 2018 and decided to plan our wedding for May 2020. We had our venue, hair & makeup, outfits, decor and everything else planned to the final detail.

Unfortunately, the pandemic hit in March of 2020 and we had to change everything at short notice. There was so much uncertainty on what would happen: the number of people we could accommodate, vendor/venue availability, and the virus itself. We couldn't have the wedding on May 9th as we had planned but our family and close friends in Chicago surprised us with a drive-by and our brothers surprised us with a beautiful video with messages from all of our friends and family. Seeing all the love surrounding us gave us confidence to move on with our wedding.

We re-planned our wedding for July 3rd - new venue, just 50 guests, and only one event rather than the 4-day, 400-person celebration we had originally planned. While we were unable to have the wedding we had originally planned, our vendors could not have been more supportive throughout the re-planning process. They took all the necessary measures to make sure our wedding was perfect and that attendees were safe.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My parents, brother, and I traveled to India in November 2019 for wedding shopping. This was the first dress I tried on and we all fell in love with it! It just felt too good to be true to love the first dress. I kept trying on dresses but could not get this one out of my mind. That's how I knew it was the one!

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part was seeing how all our friends and family came together to shower us with so much love and support through adverse times. To have people who loved and supported us no matter what was truly amazing and not taken for granted. The re-planning process brought upon us many obstacles, but their support and care helped us get through it in one piece! Their texts, phone calls, FaceTimes, and love will have a place in our hearts forever.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
They loved how we made them feel apart of it even though they couldn't attend in person. We had a live Zoom link which allowed us to have over 200 friends and family from all over the world present on our wedding day - technology is amazing!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
A special moment that I keep replaying in my head is our first look. The moment when I placed my hand on Anshul's back and he turned around is something I will remember forever. It was just us. Just us before the chaos began. We both cried, laughed, and held each other's hands. It felt like all our worries and the stresses of planning a wedding and then re-planning a wedding all went away in that one moment.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Just breathe! I know that sometimes in the middle of planning the decisions you have to make seem like the end of the world, but they're not! I learned from this pandemic that you can plan and plan and plan and things just don't always go the way they are supposed to. Yes, you will remember that day for ever but you will also remember all the moments before it. So make it count. Have fun picking out the dress, choosing that vendor you really like, and eating a ton at food tastings. Because you will also remember those moments as well. I promise you will have a beautiful day no matter what as long as you just enjoy the journey.

What do you think about Shreena and Anshul's wedding? Leave us your thoughts below.

 
 
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Planning & Design: J2R Events | Floral & Decor: VP Impressions | Hair & Makeup: Hala Beauty | DJ: DJ Krush | Baraat: Ravi Sagar and DJ Krush | Cinematography: Juan Alvarado | Photography: Joseph Kang Photography | Ceremony Venue: Shree Swaminarayan Temple


Half Moon Bay, CA Indian Fusion Wedding by Wedding Documentary

Good morning, Maharanis! Get ready to be amazed by all the beauty and romance surrounding Erica & Anuj's intimate wedding celebrated during COVID. Every scene captured by the highly talented team at Wedding Documentary is an absolute visual delight that you don't want to miss as it packs all the things we love and so much more. So, it is no surprise that this lovely wedding made its way into our Best of 2020 Magazine with the fantastic shots captured by Emily Jean Images. The traditional attires, seeing two cultures mingle together, and the perfect planning and execution by Denise Lillie Engagements made this wedding a cornucopia of beauty and flair. But we cannot talk about beauty without taking a moment to admire our gorgeous Maharani's ravishing look after being glamorized by Morsal Z. The exquisite makeup and sleek hairstyle praised this Maharani's innate beauty and made her look like a goddess throughout the entire wedding festivities. Ladies, get ready to start this Wednesday filled with romance and inspiring ideas by clicking the play icon below. Believe us; you are about to dive into a real-life fairytale from which you will not want to return.

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met on November 10, 2017 after chatting for a few weeks on Bumble (a dating app.) We originally connected over our taste in music but the conversation easily blossomed into much more, so the first meet up felt seamless. I was running late so I texted Anuj to let him know that I'd be there soon and he'd recognize me as soon as I came in - I love how he remembers this moment because he says when the doors opened and he saw me wearing disco boots and a big smile, he knew something special was about to happen.

The next few months had their ups and downs, as all new relationships do, but he took a trip to visit family in India and during that time, we spoke on the phone for about an hour each day - and I don't normally like talking on the phone! That's when I knew I really wanted to get serious. When he came back, I had made him his favorite lasagna and left little notes all around his apartment and from that point on, we fell into a beautiful, healthy and adventurous relationship.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We had just gotten back from an amazing vacation in Costa Rica and Anuj was adamant about taking me out for a "belated birthday lunch." We went to the Cliff House - a historic landmark at the beach in San Francisco - on September 29, 2019 (a full month after my birthday.) After a lovely lunch and some champagne, we walked down to the old Sutro Baths ruins. It was warm and sunny, which is quite rare for Ocean Beach, and we found the perfect spot to stand and watch the waves. At that moment, Anuj got down on one knee, told me that he loved me and wanted us to be together forever, and proposed with the most gorgeous diamond ring I have ever seen! I was thrilled to say yes. Luckily, this entire experience was captured beautifully by a covert photographer Anuj had hired in advance so we will always remember the details of that day. Afterward, we went to my parents house, where Anuj's family was also waiting to surprise us with an engagement pooja and celebration.

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.
I was never the type of girl who imagined her wedding from a young age - in fact, I rarely thought about getting married and didn't have a clear vision for my ideal event. I found an amazing wedding planner (Denise Lillie) and we clicked right away - she understood that we wanted a fusion blend to make sure my California style was equally represented along with the Indian customs, traditions and look. She was understanding, creative, knowledgeable, funny and had an impressive portfolio of magnificent weddings.

We worked together to plan a beautiful wedding in Carmel Valley - three days of events with around 300 guests from all over the world - but then the pandemic hit and everything had to be canceled. Although we had to take some time to grieve that loss, we ended up starting from scratch and putting together a wonderfully intimate wedding that felt dreamy, authentic and lovely.

Denise helped us assemble a cohesive vendor team, most of whom would have been helping with our original wedding, although we made a few small changes along with the venue. We had our wedding at my dad's best friend Jeff's house in Half Moon Bay - a place very special to me as I watched him build it from the ground up and I grew up swimming at the beach out front, playing cards with my sisters on the deck and drinking milkshakes Jeff made for us in his vintage malt blender.

The vendor team Denise built out for us was wonderful - they all took time to understand our style. They were adaptable, followed all covid safety precautions and worked together to help execute our dream. AAB Creations (along with InnoFarm Retreats) built the most fantastic mandaap imaginable and decorated the venue in a manner that far exceeded my expectations. Morsal Z created two wedding looks for hair & makeup that made me feel like a movie star and my best friend Meghan planned and prepared cocktail hour food that was better than any professional catering company I've tried. The photos and videos are incredible and I'm so proud of and thankful for Emily and Vijay capturing the details so beautifully. The only thing that wasn't perfect on our big day was the fact that we were missing so many of our loved ones, including my sister Cait and Anuj's grandparents.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
In February, I went with Anuj and his parents to India to meet his extended family and do all of our wedding shopping. It was my first time in India and I had an incredible experience - the colors, flavors and hospitality of the country and its people greatly impressed me and spending quality time with Anuj’s grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins was an invaluable pleasure.

Now, I can’t really take credit for finding my bridal lengha - my mother-in-law spearheaded a week of shopping in Delhi. I wanted to go with a fully traditional style with red and gold, but I’d never even worn so much as a sari before, so I didn’t know anything more than that. She shepherded us around to all the various shopping districts, consulted the staff, negotiated prices and, in the end, I fell in love with an intricately detailed (but not too heavy) tomato red outfit with gold beadwork and a custom-made gold dupatta with a celestial look.

I changed into a wedding dress from BHLDN after our ceremony - long white lace, plunging neckline and sheer back with a long line of pearl buttons. I also got a custom denim jacket from Etsy with “Mrs. Kucheria” printed on the back as a surprise for Anuj and it’s a good thing I did because it got a bit cold and windy in the evening :)

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
In the beginning, we loved touring venues and testing caterers - it was so much fun to imagine the possibilities and refine our desires! Looking back, I also really loved writing my vows and working with my team to think through the aesthetics of the event. I really wanted it to look and feel organic, bohemian, romantic and culturally blended. I’m so happy with the outcome and what we achieved.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Everyone raved about the cocktail hour food! Meghan put together a vegetarian menu of individually portioned and delightfully plated snacks like baby heirloom crudites, vegan spring rolls, wild mushroom empanadas, rainbow beet stacks with pistachio-crusted goat cheese, and roasted garlic polenta and olive tapenade bites. Our guests also loved the decor - very bohemian, ethereal, warm and charming.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There are a few moments that play on repeat but the main thing that comes to mind is the first look. When Anuj saw me all dolled up in my traditional Indian bridal outfit, dripping in gold jewelry and with glam hair and makeup, the look on his face will forever be etched in my mind. The videographer captured it perfectly and in our highlight reel you can actually see the amazement in his eyes as he says “oh my god”. To me, he looked like a prince and I was equally blown away.

Another moment that was very special was the speech portion of the night. Because of covid (as well as venue restrictions) we didn’t have a dance floor, so people got really into the toasts. Our friends and family prepared eloquent, hilarious, and tear-inducing speeches that flooded the evening with warmth, humor, fond memories and well wishes. It meant so much to use to have our loved ones pour so much effort into showering us with love.

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.
After canceling our original wedding, sangeet, mehndi and farewell brunch, we were only planning on having a one-evening event for our wedding. At the last minute, however, I wanted to have a mehndi party. We kept it super small and did an intimate gathering in my home for our friends - both men and women - so the ladies could get henna designs on their hands and we could all come together for a pre-wedding event to kick off the celebrations. While everyone was here socializing, something really beautiful happened - all of the women decided to wear saris instead of cocktail dresses to the wedding the next day! My friend Beth had enough saris to outfit everyone and then she made the rounds around Half Moon Bay on the morning of our wedding to dress my friends. Everyone looked beautiful and it really provided an extra jazziness to the day.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Don't put too much pressure on yourself or your wedding - your attitude will dictate everything so be present, be flexible and be loving. The process can be stressful if you let it so keep things fun and light and don’t make your entire life about one day.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
The baraat! Anuj came down the block in a vintage Porsche, led by a dhol player and surrounded by our friends and family dancing in colorful clothing. It was one of the most beautiful, unique events I have ever witnessed. I got to watch the whole thing from above.

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Planning & Design: Denise Lillie Engagements | Ceremony Venue: Private Residence | Florist: Aab Creations | Decor & Dried Florals: Inno Farm Retreat | Hair & Makeup: Morsal Z | Catering: Wood Fire Woodie | Appetizers: Meghan Muckenfuss | Cake & Treats: Butter & | Cinematography: Wedding Documentary | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Minted | Mehndi Artist: Mehndi Designer | Glassware Rentals: Frances Lane | Specialty Chairs: One True Love Vintage | Dholi Player: Wicked Entertainment | Priest: S.Somayaji | Photography: Emily Jean Images


Atlanta, GA Indian Wedding by Hakim's Studio

Happy Wednesday, Maharanis! How is your week going so far? We bet it is going great! And it will get even better after you take a peek at Seema & Daniel's wedding because it is one for the books. It overflows with so much beauty and traditional flair that you will get tons of inspiring ideas, so let's jump right into it! We are starting this Wednesday by looking at the cinematographic delight captured by none other than Hakims Studio - Photography and Cinematography. And right from the bat, we have to say that this wedding celebrated at the Fernbank Museum is like no other you've seen before! Due to COVID-19, wedding plans had to change, but Seema & Daniel, along with the Planner Nida from Red & Gold Events, managed to make it through. And the end result turned out absolutely beautiful! A dinosaur-themed museum, traditional flair, and luxurious ornaments put together by The Events Designer by S.A were the perfect combination to take this wedding to the next level. Hands down, Seema & Daniel couldn't have asked for a better place to unite their lives in marriage. After the ceremony, there was a fabulous reception to celebrate this life milestone. All guests danced the night away and enjoyed the culinary experience prepared by Cafe Bombay Restaurant and Catering. If you don't want to miss any detail of this fabulous event, hit the play icon below and get ready to dive into this real-life fairytale. Believe us; you will love every single scene!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met him through a dating phone app. We first met at a go-karting place and we just talked for hours. At the time we met, I wasn’t in the place for a relationship but after months of being friends and realizing I would not want to talk to anyone else, I knew we should start this journey. And look! We made it! Friends for life and marriage.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
No surprise on the proposal or the ring. We planned a trip to Atlanta to meet my parents so that Daniel could ask them for permission so to say. We had the ring picked out and ready for the trip.

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.
I was a pathology fellow at the time so I was really busy. My family was helping plan the whole wedding and reception. Because I wanted them to have help, I choose Red and Gold Events to help out. Nida was a god send finding all the right people and really making the day special. My parents wanted a big wedding so we had a limited number of choices. In the end, we chose Fernbank for the openness and the beauty inside.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I had a color in mind for my dress (a blue or green - my favorite colors). My mom kept buying ones she liked online and hand stitched them to my size. My dresses were bought fabric only and she put them together for me.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
This year was a hectic planning process given COVID. We did the best we could and in the end it came out well but those last few months of planning were hectic and not enjoyable given the number of cancellations and phone calls.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The photo booth. Most of my guests had never used some before and they really enjoyed making funny faces and getting a memorable photo out of the night.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Be patient and stay strong. For me, a pandemic was going to take all the joy of getting married away but with the support of family and great friends made during the planning process, it all comes together. Regardless the time it happens, it will happen and your marriage will be enjoyable and memorable for years to come.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Henna was done two days before the event by Nikki. She did a great job coming to our house and being safe during the day. Because my mom treats everyone like family, we specially cooked lunch for her. Cake was done by a local cake artist and she took my idea and did a great job. Always look around when choosing a vendor. You can always get a good deal. Hakim studios did an amazing job on the photos and the album.

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Catering: Cafe Bombay Restaurant and Catering | Photography: Hakim's Studio | Planning & Design: Red and Gold Events | Cinematography: Hakims Studio - Photography and Cinematography | Reception Venue: Fernbank Museum | Floral & Decor: The Events Designer by S.A | DJ: DJ Shaan | Cake & Treats: Proof of Pudding | Lighting: DJ Shaan | Mehndi Artists: Beauty You Deserve | Photo Booths: Icona Studios


Whippany, NJ Indian Wedding by Memories Studio

Welcome back, beautiful Maharanis! We are in the middle of this phenomenal week, and as always, we have the best of the best on Indian wedding events for you to get tons of inspiring ideas. So get ready to be amazed! Today's love story featuring Neelam & Rutvik is an event that you can't miss as it packs all the things we love/. And thanks to the talented team from Memories Studio, who created the visual masterpiece below, we can be delighted by every lovely detail and memorable moment from this gala celebrated at the Hanover Marriott. You will love Neelam's royalty looked showcased throughout the entire celebration. Hands down, a swoon-worthy look designed by Color Me Rouge's team, who took care of all of her beauty needs. Just fabulous! To turn this gala into an epic celebration, our good friends from Powerhouse DJs owned the stage and put everyone on their feet with groovy beats and well-selected music. If you are in love with this love story, wait to see the awesome gallery by KK Photography, NJ., and Memories Studio that is coming in a couple of days. So don't think twice and click the play icon below to unveil this cornucopia of beauty and flair!

Please visit us tomorrow for more! Trust me, you will love what we have prepared for you. 

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Hair & Makeup: Color Me Rouge | DJ: Powerhouse DJs | Photography: KK Photography NJ | Ceremony Venue / Reception Venue: Hanover Marriott | Floral & Decor: Wedding Design and Decor | Catering: Rasoi | Cake & Treats: Live Ice Cream: 321chillz | Cake & Treats: Palermos Bakery | Cinematography: Memories Studio | Mehndi Artist: Deepti Patel | Photo Booth: TJ Photobooth | Robot: Robot mac


Atlanta, GA Indian Wedding by Hakim's Studio

Hello, Maharanis! It is time to dive into a new cinematographic delight that we are sure will take your breath away. So, let's wait no more and get ready to enjoy this real-life fairytale! The first half of this week has been full of merriment and mixed emotions. And there is no better way to face the second part of the week than taking a look at all the highlights of Mariyum & Areeb's wedding, compiled in the visual masterpiece captured by Hakims Studio - Photography and Cinematography. Mariyum & Areeb's wedding festivities were an entire cornucopia of beauty and traditional flair reflected on the marvelous decor put together by Events InStyle by Beenish Inc! Simply take a look at how every detail enhances the beauty of the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia! And if we talk about beauty and perfection, we have to talk about Mariyum, and her royalty looks designed by Color Impressions by Saba. Elegance and tradition at its best! In between joy, laughter, and a banging reception party animated by DJ Jaz- GTB Productions, the wedding came to an end. But, don't miss the chance to elevate your emotions and get tons of inspiring ideas with today's featured film. You are one click away from diving into a magical event you'll never forget. Hit play, and get ready to enjoy!

That is all for today, darlings. See you tomorrow for more!

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DJ: DJ Jaz- GTB Productions | Photography: Hakim's Studio | Venues: Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia | Photography: Hakim's Studio | Planning & Design: Events InStyle by Beenish Inc. | Floral & Decor: Events InStyle by Beenish Inc. | Hair & Makeup: Color Impressions by Saba | Catering: Kabab Hut | Mehndi Artist: Henna by Uroosa


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