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Oakland, CA Sikh Wedding by Usman Baporia Photography

Happy Friday, Maharanis! We are ending our week just right with the lovely highlight film of Vaninder & Kenny where we are reminded that the marriage vow is the most important vow you'll ever take. Usman Baporia Photography beautifully captured this lovely affair and I'm getting goosebumps! Limelight Productions held Vaninder's hand through her wedding journey and transformed her parent's home backyard into the perfect setting for a Sikh wedding. Saba Decor Rentals added the ultimate touch of color with flower arrangements with beautiful deep red and white roses creating a romantic ambiance. Raja Kenny was ready to marry the love of his life and a large procession joined him while riding a magnificent white horse provided by Vintage Carriage Company. Their reception at the Chabot Space and Science Center was nothing short of spectacular, a fun entrance while looking elegant and flawless welcomed the guests into a night they will always remember thanks to the mementos captured in Pink Shutter's photo booths. Hit play and don't miss down below our one on one with Vaninder!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Met him 3 years ago, while doing a fellowship at John's Hopkins in Baltimore. I knew he was the one on our first trip to California that year 
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
He proposed at the Boboli Gardens in Florence Italy with an improv photographer capturing the whole thing 
 
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.
Used Thumbtack and my wedding planner Khadija Hansia and her team at Limelight productions for all the best in terms of wedding details! 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Instagram. I knew I was going to wear red for the wedding 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Being with family and friends, and spending time with my mom planning this together 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
We got married at home at my parents' house in our backyard. Being home with a full Sikh set up and outside was beautiful. 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The Sikh ceremony itself 
 
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.
Decor was traditional Indian for the mehndi and modern dinner affair for the reception (held in a space and science museum!)
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy your wedding, the time with family and the time with the love of your life. 
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Jewelry was from my mom and sets from both grandmother's
I wore a lei on my head brought from Hawaii for my chura (I was born in Hawaii). 
The reception cake and catering were done by our favorite Italian restaurant in town. The best
 
Enjoy your weekend, loves!
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Baraat: Vintage Carriage Company | Floral & Decor: Saba Decor Rentals | Planning & Design: Limelight Productions | Cinematographer: Usman Baporia Photography | Photographer: Usman Baporia Photography | Sangeet Venue: Dhillon Residence | Ceremony Venue: Dhillon Residence | Reception Venue: Chabot Space and Science Center | Catering: Chef Rounak with Wah Jee Wah | Ceremony | Catering: Bay Area Staffing | Catering: Postino's | DJ: DJ Raju with Nirvana Entertainment | Live Music: Puran with Live Indian Entertainment | Mehndi Artist: Swati Shah with Henna Traditions | Photo Booth: Pink Shutter Photo Booths | Rentals: Elegance Rentals | Rentals: Bay Area Chiavari Rentals | Valet Parking: Marin Valet |


Iceland Indian Wedding Introduction Film by Mir Anwar Studios

Mir Anwar Studios is delighting us today with a wonderful film coming to you from Iceland! Kiran & Anil traveled to the wonderful lands full of greenery and spectacular views to create a magical video which perfectly reflects their personalities and relationship! If you want something unique and out of the box, Iceland is definitely THE place to go, the Solheimasandur Plane Crash and Skogafoss Waterfall are just a couple of the beautiful locations our lovebirds visited and created a memorable film. Looking picture perfect and glamorous while walking through the vast lands of Iceland sounds impossible but our duo managed to stay sharp and without a single hair out of place! Rocking fabulous outfits, Kiran & Anil added the perfect pop of color to contrast with a striking background and the result is simply amazing! Hit play and enjoy our adventurous couple's masterpiece!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Anil and I went to high school together. We've known each other as acquaintances for many years. However, he was just the boy across the lunch room that I thought was cute. Eventually, we both parted ways after high school and were re introduced by our two best friends that were dating. Our friends, Dolly and Jiffin set us up one night as we were both out for drinks. We exchanged numbers, and it went from there. I knew Anil was the one when we planned our first out of state trip to D.C. and we planned a bike ride to all the monuments. I told him I don't know how to ride a bike (which, I still don't), and he brought a bike to my house to teach me. While he was teaching me, I was freaking out with this fear I'm going to fall and probably break a few bones. But, he looked at me and told me "I have you, you won't fall trust me." And in that moment, I knew he was the one I could trust. Something in his voice that day told me, this man will always have my back. 
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
My cousins planned a trip on labour day weekend to rent a house out in Austin, Texas. My family had met Anil at this point, and told me to bring him so they can get to know him better. Of course, I had no idea Anil had set this entire trip himself. The night of arrival all my cousins were hanging out in this Airbnb when my brother in law tripped on the stairs and shattered his ankle our first night. Anil had plans to propose the next day and I'm sure he was panicking at this point. After spending the entire night in the Emergency Room we headed home the next morning. We had plans for a boating trip the next afternoon that I was not up for. All my cousins we're adamant we still go and I thought they were insane. So we headed onto this boat, with my brother in law who is in crutches by the way. As we're on this boat we pull into this area on the lake that is secluded and I see another boat of people holding up posters. I look at them and think to myself, "who gets on a boat and parties with poster signs?" Pulling up closer to these lunatics, I realize those lunatics are my best friends holding signs that have a list of all our "firsts" together. The last poster, stated "September 5th, when you said Yes." I saw the poster and began to cry. Anil called my name, and he was on one knee. My cousins were in the back holding another sign asking me to marry him. I still cannot believe Anil had my closest friends and family in that moment with me on the water. It was literally the sweetest and most thoughtful proposal ever. I do think I would of caught onto all of these hints if my brother in law had not landed up in the ER that night. But, I think that made this weekend even better!
 
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 full time student when I planned my wedding, trying to finished my MSN degree. However, I did not want to use a wedding planner. I wanted to hand select everything for our wedding. I am big on colors, details, and specifics. When choosing my outfit I wanted it to be different from outfits I have seen in the past. I did not want to chose the typical colors or designs. I hand designed my entire outfit with the help of Panache by Sharmeen and inspiration from Manish Malhotra. Our wedding did not include a reception, and we had one major event which was our Sangeet. I wanted to make sure our Sangeet had vibes of a party theme and a reception all at once. This image was hard to make come alive. I proposed the two ideas to Arshad with Blink Decor and we sat in multiple meetings to make this idea come to life. I wanted a flower bed above our dance floor that was full, and a stage with our DJ on top of it. I tried to design stages and things outside of the norm. I did not want to have a typical wedding with the bride and groom on the stage, where we would get stuck taking pictures all night. So the best way to opt out that was removing the stage and replacing it for a large DJ booth that was 16 feet high. Lastly, the one mistake I made from our engagement party was not knowing how I wanted my hair and make up done. I allowed my artist at that time to paint my face however they wanted. This time I wanted a very natural look that still made me look like ME. I wanted to look elegant but still with glowing bride appearance. 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
With my skin tone finding a color that looked great was truly difficult. I ended up choosing a color that my designer stated "no one would ever pick this color." After our wedding was done, multiple people asked me how I even thought of this color. I honestly chose the color because I had a dress from a store that was that color. Every time I wear that dress, I get a compliment on how well it suits my skin tone. Based off that, I picked my wedding dress color. I know that is bizarre but it worked out. 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was the multiple dinners we would have at my house to plan our events. I think the time I got to spend with my parents and friends while planning are some of the best memories I have. It is those memories that we still talk about. 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved two things the most. One being our decor because it stood out and was very different from what they had ever seen. Secondly, they loved our engagement highlight video which we shot in Iceland with our amazing photographer/videographer Mir Anwar.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Yes, the day of our nikkah Anil came to pick me up from house. When I walked out my house and up to him, he was in tears. I had never thought my husband would be the one to tear up and be that excited to marry me. That walk up to him and his voice trembling still gives me up goosebumps. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
1. Take a moment every day of your wedding to step back and take in your surroundings. This time is such a joyous one, that you forget to take it all in. 
2. Do not be picky about every little detail. I told my vendors what I wanted and took a step back. I realized that me being laid back and trusting them with their work was the best thing I could have done. Our vendors loved us, and we had a great relationship with them which had them going above and beyond for us. 
3. Appreciate your friends and family as much during the wedding because it wouldn't be as great without any of them.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
One thing we also did that was out of the norm was we decided to not keep cake. We realized, we barely eat the cake at any wedding so we opted for an ice cream bar instead! It was a great concept and people loved it since it was a summer wedding.

 

See you tomorrow, ladies!

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Photography: Mir Anwar Studios | Cinematography: Mir Anwar Studios | Planning & Design: Blink Decor and DJs | Floral & Design: Blink Decor and DJs | DJs: Blink Decor and DJs |


Leeds, England Indian Wedding Introduction Film by Regal Palette Studio

Indian weddings are magnificent, the traditions, the colors, the joy, the dancing, the food... I can keep on going forever and that's why we love seeing new ideas take place. Maharanis are incorporating new trends, new styles, and making their event a true reflection of their love. Priya & Kunal had an amazing idea and recruited Regal Palette Studio to create an introduction film to play for their nearest and dearest to kick off their wedding reception. The city of Leeds was the location of choice to film a heartwarming video before becoming husband and wife. I'm in awe with such splendid nature views Priya & Kunal are showing us around! Maharanis, grab a cup of tea, your notebook and don't miss a second of this wonderful film. Hit play and let's join our nature lover's on their final hike before becoming Mr. and Mrs.!

Get more inspiration for your big day with tomorrow's video blog!

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Cinematographer: Regal Palette Studio |


Los Angeles, CA Ismaili Wedding by Avec Lumiere Productions

Hi, loves! Today,  Avec Lumiere Productions show us all the beauty of the traditional wedding of Nashia and Alishan. The lovely highlight footage reflected the essence of this Ismaili wedding that took place in Los Angeles! Kismet Event Design festooned all the big pre-events, from the fabulous Mehndi to a Sangeet full of colorful paper lamps inside a clear-top tent that gave the guests the feeling of celebrating under hundreds of multicolor stars. I’m fascinated with how Nashia took a simple yet elegant route for her wedding looks, her choices were clean and just enhanced her natural beauty perfectly well. The affair was choreographed to perfection thanks to Planned by Pari who helped to produce all the events, the incredible images of Studio Lumen previously featured in our Platinum Guide Blog, reflect all the grandeur. The couple’s good taste was also reflected at their wedding bash held at LA’s Fig & Olive, here Ambiance AV transformed the location with creative projections to illuminate the dance space and their music motivated the crowd to dance with their best sounds! Now, let the footage speak for itself and hit play!

Hey ladies, don't miss tomorrow's features! 

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Floral & Decor: Kismet Event Design | Lighting: Ambiance AV | DJ: Ambiance AV | Cinematography: Avec Lumiere Productions | Ceremony Venue: Mountain Gate Country Club | Reception Venue: Fig & Olive | Planning & Design: Planned by Pari | Photography: Studio Lumen |


Laguna Niguel, CA Indian Fusion Wedding by Focused Bliss Productions

Patricia and Jay's wedding was one for the books! They initiated their wedding weekend at the Seven Degrees with a night with Raas Garba dance that turned out to be just a glimpse of what would be a vibrant wedding weekend beautifully filmed in its entirety by Focused Bliss Productions. To continue with their festivities, the couple chose the exclusive Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, where they first held a heartwarming Catholic ceremony followed by a dreamy Hindu ceremony where the couple joined their lives with the most stunning view of the Pacific Ocean! I’m really blown away by Patricia’s outfits, she donned two marvelous white gowns and a precious white lehenga and the brilliant beauty expert Dolled up by Lulu created all three hair and makeup looks for the bride! All locations were perfectly transformed by Square Root Designs who created a dream décor for each space, from a marvelous white mandap to unique sophisticated floral centerpieces for the reception. For the party moment, 3D Sounds spun the turntables to make everyone dance after enjoying a great dinner thanks to Natraj Catering and Restaurants. What a marvelous affair! Want to know more? Check the amazingly heartfelt film below!

Explore more storytelling films tomorrow!

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Floral & Decor: Square Root Designs | Hair & Makeup: Dolled up by Lulu | Venues: The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel | DJ: 3D Sounds | Cinematography: Focused Bliss Productions | Catering: Natraj Catering and Restaurants | Photography: Duke Images | Sangeet Venue: Seven Degrees | Planning & Design: Chic Productions | DJ: Atmosphere Entertainement | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Malaya Filipino-American Dance Arts | Cake & Treats: Cake Monkey | Favors: Cake Hau | Live Music: Chris Trinidad | Transportation: Lux Bus |


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