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Playa del Carmen, MX Indian Wedding by Sarani Weddings

Are you ready to experience first hand what a real destination wedding is all about? Of course you are! Today and thanks to best Travel Concierge Ateet Ahuja from Indian Destination Weddings and Sarani Weddings, we have the gorgeous highlight reel of everything that went on for Gopi & Ronak's gala coming from Playa del Carmen. The two lovebirds truly went the extra mile with their celebration. What more can you ask for when you tie the knot by the roaring ocean? So romantic! And speaking of romanticism, the exclusive and always beaming Hard Rock Riviera Maya was the place chosen by the couple to house the galas. Going from the fun Sangeet all the way to the lavish reception, believe us, it was outstanding! To keep the party up and running, Dhoom Events Indian Wedding DJ. Bashes just go to another dimension with those playlist selections, so be sure this one had all the things we love about Indian weddings. Hit play below and relieve with us one more time Gopi & Ronak's incredible day of magic from paradise! See you at the sea!

 

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Ronak and I met my freshman year of college at a dance competition we hosted at UT Austin. We randomly kept in touch as friends for several years after that, and met up again in Chicago when I went to visit some friends in 2014. We talked nonstop after that and officially started dating a few months later. We did long distance for about 2.5 years before we both moved to Philadelphia to finally be closer to each other!

I'm not sure if there was an exact moment in time that I knew Ronak was "the one", but I knew pretty early on that he was someone I could see myself spending the rest of my life with. 

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Ronak proposed on FridayOctober 5th, 2018 at a gazebo behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I arrived thinking I was just attending a 'Yelp Elite' wine tasting event with my soon-to-be sister-in-law and another friend. When we arrived at the top of the hill and started walking towards the gazebo I saw Ronak standing in the middle of it, suited up and looking as handsome as ever.  I immediately started to cry (lol) and he held out his hand and asked me to dance (he had 'Thinking Out Loud' playing on his phone in his pocket haha). He said a bunch of sweet things that I can honestly hardly remember but before I knew it, he was down on one knee asking me to marry him! Then both of our families came and surprised me, and we all went to dinner together. Just when I thought the night couldn't get any better, Ronak pulled off one final surprise by throwing a huge party with all our closest friends at the rooftop of his apartment building. It was truly one of the most perfect days! 

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 started off venue shopping in Texas last year (where I'm from and where my parents live), thinking that's where we'd be hosting the wedding. After spending an entire weekend looking at venues and hotels that all looked the same, I came back to Philly and complained to Ronak that I didn't find one I loved. He threw out the idea of doing a destination wedding, and I laughed and said our parents would probably never agree to that. Long story short, they agreed and we decided on a destination wedding in Mexico, and it was honestly one of the best decisions we made!

Besides working with Ateet Ahuja from Indian Destination Weddings to help our guests get booked, I decided to do all the planning myself. I'll admit it was very hard at times since the majority, if not all, of the planning was done via email since we weren't able to go meet our vendors in person. But honestly all the vendors there are great to work with, and so understanding of what we need for an Indian wedding. Here's who we worked with for everything:

Travel Concierge: Ateet Ahuja - Indian Destination Weddings
Venue: Hard Rock Riviera Maya
Decor: Latin Asia
Florist: Tulipania
Food: Hard Rock Riviera Maya
Hair/MUA: Alex Corbanezi Beauty & Co.
Photo/video: Sarani Weddings
DJ: Dhoom Events - DJ Milin Jani
Audio/video equipment: PSAV Mexico
Entertainment:
Producciones Arteum - salsa lesson for our Welcome Fiesta and live saxophonist for the cocktail hour
Drums in Paradise - dhol player and vintage car for the baraat
Pyrotech - cold fireworks for the reception
Quiroo photobooth - photobooth at the cocktail hour and reception


How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I didn't really have a clear cut vision of what I wanted, but I'm so glad I took the time to try on a variety of styles because I really didn't like some of the styles that I thought I'd love. I went home to Houston one weekend to get some shopping done, and after looking up and down every store on Hilcroft and not finding anything, we decided to check out Panache by Sharmeen, as I'd heard great things about her and her selection. We originally went to look for reception outfits there, but my sister came across this beautiful red lehenga. She made me try it on and we all fell in love with it! Sharmeen worked with me on making a custom blouse for it since I knew I wanted to have emerald green, and we also custom made the dupatta's I wore. I love how it all turned out and Sharmeen was great to work with!

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Probably selecting the decor details and then seeing it all come together towards the end! And of course having the weekend go as smoothly and flawlessly as possible, and hearing our guests tell us how much they enjoyed everything was just the cherry on top 

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
From what we've heard, everyone really loved and appreciated the uniqueness of the destination wedding. I know they're getting increasingly popular these days but the majority of our guests had never attended one, and everyone just loved how our wedding also served as a mini-vacation for them!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
It truly went by in the blink of an eye, but seeing Ronak on our wedding morning for our first look photos is a moment I'll never forget. 

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.
Check out my wedding highlights on my Instagram page for all the deets 

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy the process! Wedding planning isn't always the most fun, but it pays off and will truly be the most memorable time in your life! Also, try on different styles of outfits before committing to one! Everything always looks better on Pinterest, but you may not always love how it looks on yourself. 

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Check out my wedding highlights on my Instagram page for all the deets 


Stay with us for more! 

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Columbus, OH Indian Wedding by Photosaga

Happy Tuesday, Maharanis! The week is just starting and we never stop! Today we have yet another accurate representation of what Indian weddings are all about! Vinaya & Karthik decided to the knot with all the style in the world, but also, paying homage to the traditions they hold so dearly. The Bridgewater Banquet and Conference Center was the venue of choice for both ceremony and reception and we know what you are thinking! A fantastic choice, to say the least! What was also fantastic was Maharani Vinaya's fashion sense and multitasking abilities. Seriously, it is not that often that we have a bride that handles her own hair and makeup and all the decor choices! This gorgeous lady is truly a Maharani for the books! The newlyweds also wanted the best of the best for their guests. In order to do that, they recruited the fine talent of DJ Mavi Productions who brought a playlist with all the latest Bollywood hits and modern tunes! So, ladies, you can't miss this love-fueled jubilee coming to us thanks to Photosaga! Let's get to it!

 

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met through our mutual friend while doing rotations in our third year of medical school. The attraction was there from the very start when first met at the dinner at our friend's place. He always says how he couldn't make eye contact with me because I was too pretty... We got to know each other in the hospital though, talking in the hallways, eating lunch together. Then we slowly realized we were seeing each other without our other friends. The attraction is basic and not difficult to find. My comfort, and a feeling of home, away from home, that feeling is hard to find and that's what we found in each other.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We did a traditional proposal at our engagement event in front of our closest family and friends in Canada with a traditional Hindu pooja.

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 both worked tight schedules and it so happened that we both were only "free" in March, so as much as I never dreamt of a winter wedding, a winter wedding is what we had with a huge storm two days prior to our big day. We picked Columbus Ohio (my husband's home town) as the wedding location since we got to have the engagement in my home town, in Canada. The venue choice was mainly based on the fact that they let us cater food from outside, as most venues within the area restricted bringing outside catered food into the venue. I decided to suit the season of winter, I would light pastels for a brighter warmer feel for our ceremony with creams and peaches and then for the night reception I choose a bold dark maroon and cream for a romantic feeling.  Hair and makeup I did myself as I dislike the feeling of wearing pounds of makeup and feeling un-like myself. I stayed true to myself and worse makeup to accentuate my existing features and kept the looks simple and wispy.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I wanted to keep my outfits very traditional with minor changes in the cuts. For my first saree, I wore a beautiful traditional red with gold detailing saree. And as I'm Malayalee and we normally wear cream silk sarees for the ceremony, for my second wedding outfit in which the mangalsutra was tied, I wore a traditional cream silk saree with the traditional Indian red trim and blouse. My husband wore the traditional dhoti. And for the reception, he wore a dark navy suit while I wore a dark cream/gold lengha with a pink shaal.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Planning was actually very hard to do seeing as my husband and I work almost 80 hours each, however, having our parents very involved and helping with the planning made it more enjoyable.

 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
They loved how traditional the ceremony was. Although it was long, the traditions performed were appreciated by most as most weddings these days no longer include such details.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I walking down the stage during the wedding ceremony; my husband's face was covered and I wasn't able to see him as a sheet was held before him and I had all my best girlfriends and my sister walk in front of me. It was an emotional time to finally live the moment we waited for 4 years.
 
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 had my haldi celebration at the Airbnb my family and I stayed at. We kept that simple with some decorations from a department store and some prayer items from my mom's prayer room from our home. The sangeet/mehndi night we again kept simple and rented out a room in a nearby Indian restaurant.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Not everything will go right on your wedding day, but that doesn't matter because at the end of the day you get to be married to your (hopefully) best friend.

Amazing wasn't it?
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DJ: DJ Mavi Productions | Cinematography: Photosaga | Photography: Photosaga | Sangeet Venue: Gokul | Planning & Design: Father of Groom - Ram Vedantam | Planning & Design: Décor Choices by Bride - Vinaya | Ceremony Venue: Bridgewater Banquet and Conference Center | Reception Venue: Bridgewater Banquet and Conference Center | Floral & Decor: Events 2NV | Hair & Makeup: Bride - Vinaya Shyam | Catering: Gokul | Catering: Amul India | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Bride: Vinaya - Bride's sister: Vidhya - Friends: Vasu Jain - Sundeep Katepalli - Shivani Bista - Kruti Patel | Cakes & Treats: Cakes by Cecile


Rajasthan, India Sikh Wedding by Cupcake Productions

We hope you, ladies, are ready for what we have for your beautiful selves today! If you thought that you had seen it all in terms of glam and style, then think again because this filmy is oh so grand! This time, we put our colorful sarees on and headed down to Rajasthan, India, for a celebration that was bigger than life! Taranjot & Himmat truly paid homage to their roots and ancestry with a gala for the ages, and our friends from Cupcake Productions were there to store all the incredible moments! There are really few places as magical as The Oberoi Udaivilas and our lovebirds knew that very well. The venue was at its very best for the gala, fill to the brim with color, magic, guests and all the amenities that made this celebration, truly a once in a lifetime experience. Want to experience yourself what went on? Then hit play below and get enchanted!

 
 

More amazing fairytale flairs coming up, don't miss them!

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Cinematography: Cupcake Productions | Photography: Cupcake Productions | Sangeet Venue: The Oberoi Udaivilas | Ceremony Venue: The Oberoi Udaivilas | Reception Venue: The Oberoi Udaivilas | Planning & Design: The Wedding Connections | Floral & Decor: Eventfully Yours by Jasneet and Ayushi | Makeup Artist: Jasmeet Kapany Hair & Makeup | Hair Stylist: Ritika Hairstylist | DJ: DJ Sumit and Team | DJ: Nooran Sisters and Team | Bridal Fashion: Manish Malhotra | Bridal Fashion: Frontier Bazaar | Bridal Jewelry: Khurana | Bridal Jewelry: Amritsar | Mehndi Artist: Mayuri Mehndi Artist | Groom Fashion: Soltee by Sulakshana Monga | Groom Fashion: Sabyasachi Mukherjee | Groom Fashion: Manish Malhotra | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: CreateAflutter


Suwanee, GA Ismaili Wedding by Hakim's Studio

Welcome back, beautiful ones! You know that we strive to always bring you the best of the best of Indian weddings! Today, it is our pleasure to share with you, a gorgeous Ismaili wedding coming from Georgia! Our couple of the day? Apeksha & Karim and this is how their happily ever after began. The talent of Hakims Studio - Photography and Cinematography is definitely shown for this filmy that had me totally sighing the entire time. So heartwarming! The ceremony and the reception afterward at the Signature Ballroom were absolutely to die for as well! The amount of taste in it was out of this world to tell you the truth. The team from Events InStyle by Beenish Inc. brought the A Game in terms of style! Such pros! We are sure, ladies, that today's highlight reel will definitely give you a vast amount of ideas for that special day coming up! So, time to get comfortable, crack a bottle of wine and hit play below! See you on the dance floor!

 

More glam from our beautiful brides coming up!

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Brampton, Ontario Indian Wedding by Dream Productions

Time to kick start our week, ladies! And what better way to do that than with a brand new feature Indian wedding film? Last year we had the gorgeous picture gallery from Subreena & Amar's gala thanks to the visual artistry from Banga Studios. In case you missed it, you can always relieve all the glam and glitter here. Today, it is our absolute pleasure to share with you, the beautiful and love-fueled highlight reel of these two lovebirds coming from Brampton and thanks to Dream Productions. Everything that went on, we have it here! Going from the traditional and always fun baraat featuring the talent from Band Bajha Entertainment, to the lavish reception party with Empire Entertainment's beats! Trust us, it was grand! The ceremony itself was also to die for! So full of love, family, color, and of course, by the gorgeous roaring ocean. Maharani Subreena just took my breath away with her fashion choices for the celebrations. Such a gorgeous bride with an impeccable and overall sophisticated style and allure. Her smile just lit up the entire place! So romantic! We know you, ladies, are going to love this one as much as we did so press play below and get those ideas up and running!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We were planning to attend a friend's wedding in Mexico and two weeks before, Amar suggested we do our e-shoot video on the resort as our videographer Dream Productions was already going to be there. Amar proposed to me in beautiful Cancun, Mexico on a boardwalk on the beach. The sun was shining and we were looking towards the ocean. We were re-filming a scene we had just done, but this time when I turned around Amar was waiting for me on one knee with the ring. I was not expecting that and my eyes filled up with tears! I said YES and we were lucky enough to have the moment captured. Our friends at Dream Productions captured our proposal video and Northern Lights Studios took our pictures. 

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Not every girl can say that their husband put all their bridal and pre-event outfits together. I was one lucky girl as my husband designed my bridal lengha for me. Amar is the creative mind and designer behind Sahiba Fashions. The only thing I knew is that I wanted the color red, and I left the rest up to him. I had no idea what I was wearing until the outfits came in and I was over the moon with the final product. My husband put a lot of effort into my outfits and I am so grateful for his unconditional love. 

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Amar and I got to experience the best of both worlds during our wedding, and we would like to thank our family for going on this journey with us and making our dreams come true. We did all of our pre-events and traditional Sikh Gurdwara Ceremony in Brampton. Then we flew with our amazing family and friends to Cancun, Mexico to enjoy a wedding on the beach and party the night away for our reception. 

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
I would recommend hiring a day-of wedding coordinator to make sure everything runs smoothly and it allows the bride/groom and their families to enjoy the day stress-free. We put so much time and money into planning our weddings, the last thing we want is everything to be disorganized or have our families running around the day of the wedding. Our friends at Biji Planners, went above and beyond to make sure everything was organized and on time for our wedding here in Toronto. I was not once stressed and we had the dream wedding we always wanted. Our friends at Desta Wed took care of day-of coordination for our destination wedding in Cancun, Mexico. 

More glam coming our way! Stay tuned!

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Baraat: Band Bajha Entertainment | Photography: Banga Studios | Live Music: Band Bajha Entertainment | DJ: Empire Entertainment | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Marquee Designs | Cakes & Treats: Brar's | Catering: Punjabi by Nature | Catering: Verdi Convention Centre | Cinematography: Dream Productions | Floral and Decor: Dream Party Decor | Hair and Makeup: Beauty by Bu | Live Music: Shahid Ali Khan | Mehndi Artist: Henna by Nusrat | Planning and Design: Biji Planner | Transportation: Fairy Tale Horse & Carriage | Rentals: Caledon Tent Rentals | Sangeet Venue: Verdi Convention Centre | Ceremony Venue: Gurdwara Damesh Darbar


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