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Downers Grove, IL Fusion Indian Wedding by Old North Film Company

Greetings and Happy wedding Wednesday my dear readers! Get ready to take a sneak peek into an adorable fairy tale wedding! Akshali and Shubang’s nuptials seem straight out of a romantic movie thanks to the beautiful film by Old North Film Company that condensed the lovely ceremonies and events that fused their Tamil and North Indian backgrounds! Rosanna Catapano Event Design was responsible for planning their celebrations that peaked with a traditional Tamil ceremony at Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago and a stunning rustic Marwadi / North Indian ceremony at the Esplanade Lakes by DoubleTree that included a small touch of American feeling! Akshali flaunted a whole collection of bridal outfits, but I must say the stunning purple silk saree and the custom-made floral ghagra choli are my absolute favorites! Two Birds Photography was at the front row of the festivities capturing all the special moments all recently featured in our Main Blog, including the fabulous reception that put an end to such a magical union! Read and find out what this lovely bride has to say about her big days and don’t forget to play the stunning footage below!  

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Shubang standing in line for a Haunted Forest on Halloween night in our college town of Ames, Iowa. I was visiting campus as an alum and the line was so long we started chatting. Next thing you know, he’s at my surprise birthday party and giving me rides around town - we kept running into each other all weekend and hit it off. We kept in touch throughout the Fall through text until he visited me in New York over Christmas. That’s when we went on our first date and he asked me to be his girlfriend while walking along the Hudson at night. 4 years of long distance and multiple trips later, we are finally married and living together! 

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We were supposed to get engaged in the Fall, but Shub surprised me by gifting me a skydiving experience for my birthday - 4 months ahead of my actual birthday! I jumped off the plane and little did I know the whole family was hiding and setting things up for the big surprise. When I landed, Shubang, his sister, and my brother were all there at the bottom waiting with a giant banner that said “Will You Marty Me?” and a gorgeous rose-gold ring! 

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 did something unique in that we actually had two weddings to honor both of our cultures. We had a smaller, traditional South Indian Tamil wedding on Thursday and Friday, followed by a more fusion, North Indian-American style wedding, and reception on Saturday. So, we had two sets of vendors for each wedding. For the Tamil Wedding, the venue, decor, and outfits were very traditional, complete with kanchipuram silk, nawaari (9-yard) bridal sari. For Saturday, I defied tradition a bit and went for a more fusion look - instead of a traditional red lehenga, I opted for a custom white and pink floral ghagra that I had custom made in India from my cousin’s friend to match our rustic floral decor theme. We had a very patient and understanding decorator who created for us a wooden mandap frame with white and pastel draping. Since most of my color theme on Saturday involved lots of soft pastels and pinks, we went with burgundy for our bridal party and flower girl dresses. We also decided to mix things up by having western outfits for our bridesmaids and groomsmen to contrast with Indian outfits for us!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I had a dress design in mind for years before I got engaged, actually - I saw a non-traditional, white floral a Sabyasachi ghagra on the cover of a Vogue India Magazine in 2016 and ever since I saw it, I fell in love. I think a lot of people were surprised when I didn’t wear a traditional red or red and white panithar ghagra for my wedding, but I was really set on my dream dress and was holding my breath that someone could recreate what I saw in the picture years ago. Luckily, one of my bhabhi’s best friends, the talented Amrita Saluja, was an up and coming fashion designer in India and she was up for the challenge! She was so patient with me as we went back and forth on WhatsApp and video chat over the course of four months to bring it to life. I got to try on the blouse when I went to India a few months before the wedding and saw it come together - it was gorgeous and even better than I had ever imagined.  

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
My favorite part was being able to pursue a creative project after so long. Before I became an urban planner, original career goal was to be some sort of designer - either fashion or graphic design. So, I loved being able to channel that into our wedding planning through custom designing my own dress, invitations, website, decor approach, and even photo album. Although it was a lot of effort to design everything from scratch, it was also incredibly fulfilling to watch everything come to life. Our families were so instrumental in making our wedding week happen. It definitely wouldn’t have come together without them! Family was a really big part of our planning process.  

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think all my relatives loved how well organized and on-time everything was, which was incredible given how many people were involved and how many different events we had!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Something funny now to think about - I actually lost my engagement ring in the parking lot the first day of the Tamil wedding. The entire first ceremony me and my family were all so tense and Shubang had no idea why! Luckily, my cousin and brother went out and searched the whole lot and miraculously managed to find it! The day was a lot merrier after that :)

For events other than your ceremony, please tell us as much as you would like about the decor, style, dances, and all the special details.
The decor for every event was different because different people organized each event. We decided to have a smaller, more informal Sangeet in a beautiful Airbnb house that Shubang’s family rented nearby - his family did a great job with all the DIY decorations! For the Tamil Wedding on Friday, we had a more traditional look and feel. Something I loved was incorporating the Tamil culture into our guests’ meal. We served lunch on real banana leaves for each guest - that was a very unique touch that I loved. On Saturday, we went for a more fusion theme and incorporated both Marwadi / North Indian and American floral rustic looks into the decor. We had a traditional ceremony and Baraat with a modern, fun reception to end the night. 

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Oh gosh, so many! I would say the biggest piece of advice would be that it’s very easy to get overwhelmed and sucked into all the wedding madness. Try not to go down that rabbit hole! Remember why you are getting married in the first place and leave the rest to your wedding coordinator ;). Be sure to eat well the week of your wedding and get some sleep! I was up till 3 am the night before my wedding getting things ready and I really advise NOT to do that. 

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
I loved all of my personal florals on Saturday, especially my hair piece. Big thank you to Grace from Vale of Enna for patiently working with me to get florals pieces that we loved!

 

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Bridal Fashion: Ceremony Dress: Atirma by Amriti Saluja | Bridal Fashion: Reception Dress: Pix Boutique | Bridal Jewelry: Tanishq Jewellers | Cakes & Treats: The Baking Institute | Catering: Ashyana Banquets (Friday and Saturday event) | Catering: Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago | Cinematography: Old North Film Company | DJ: DJ Bharat Oz | Floral and Decor: Personal Flowers: Vale of Enna | Floral and Decor: Decorator: Poonam Creations | Hair and Makeup: Makeup by Mariah | Hair and Makeup: Blushing Bride Hair & Makeup | Invitations & Stationery: Minted | Photographer: Friday Ceremony: Moments Freezer | Photographer: Saturday Ceremony & Reception: Two Birds Photography | Planning and Design: Rosanna Catapano Event Design | Venue: Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago - Friday | Venue: Esplanade Lakes by DoubleTree - Saturday


Schaumburg, Illinois Indian Wedding by Aria Fine Arts Films

A truly special cinematic highlight film captured by Aria Cinema Films! Today's wedding footage celebrates the love of Sonali and Prithvi. Our stunning duo had a wonderful 3-day event of family and love, that included an intimate henna affair, where the artists from Henna Moments festooned the arms and legs of our sweet bride and all the ladies with marvelous designs! The celebration continued at the Stonegate Conference and Banquet Centre and culminated at the Renaissance Convention Center Hotel! Our lovely bride, Sonal was dolled up by no other than Hannah Elisabeth Beauty who ensured our bride-to-be looked gorgeous in her intricate outfits for her ceremony and reception. The décor theme for both of the auspicious events was regal elegance perfectly combined with a touch of luxe charm designed by Shaadi Creations who guaranteed the special events were the most unforgettable. The entire photo album by Jason Brown Photography can be found in our Main Blog while you can delight with the moving images right below!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Prithvi did an amazing job planning the perfect proposal! But... he has never been the best with keeping surprises. He set up a scene for me to relive all of our "firsts"... at the place where we had our first kiss, playing the song we first slow-danced to ("Peeloon" which then became our first-dance song), serving the first drink he bought for me. He knew I wanted it to be just the two of us for the proposal, but he also had both our families and tons of our friends ready to surprise us after he proposed. After all the planning was done, he sent a group text to my siblings with all the details... and accidentally included me in the text thread! Again, not the best with surprises but it didn't make the proposal any less perfect!
 
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I was told that Prithvi had his eye on me long before we finally met at a Harry Potter premiere in January 2011. I bought him a Mountain Dew slushie and I think that's when HE knew I would be his true love (fast forward to the vidaii after our ceremony where he took me, of course, to get the exact same slushie!). Since I heard Prithvi was interested in me, I decided to "play" along by submitting an application to be his assistant for an organization at UMich (a position that didn't really exist...). I conveniently left my phone number on the application for Prithvi to reference six months later when he was visiting Chicago. We met up in June 2011 and immediately clicked- talking for hours each day since then. Prithvi charmed me by his tutoring skills in Physics (which I didn't really need) and showing me card tricks (actually just one decent trick). I kept Prithvi's interest by sending him care packages and making him monthly CDs of songs we enjoyed together. I know it's very cliché but a part of me felt from the very beginning that he was "the one". After SIX years long-distance, living in FIVE different cities, celebrating FOUR graduations, nearly THREE decades waiting for true love, bringing TWO families together...we created our ONE perfect love story!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Prithvi did an amazing job planning the perfect proposal! But... he has never been the best with keeping surprises. He setup a scene for me to relive all of our "firsts"... at the place where we had our first kiss, playing the song we first slow-danced to ("Peeloon" which then became our first-dance song), serving the first drink he bought for me. He knew I wanted it to be just the two of us for the proposal, but he also had both our families and tons of our friends ready to surprise us after he proposed. After all the planning was done, he sent a group text to my siblings with all the details... and accidentally included me in the text thread! Again, not the best with surprises but it didn't make the proposal any less 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.
Honestly, my whole life I thought I would be the craziest bridezilla but when it really came down to it, I picked out only the bare bones (venues, vendors, and of course my groom). My mom, my sister, and my wedding planner made everything else come together! 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
When we first got to Delhi, I thought I wanted a blush colored lengha. Something non-conventional. I tried on every lengha I found in this color- from the shops at Mehrauli Road to Defence Colony to Hauz Khas Village to Shahpur Jat. Ultimately I realized I only felt "bridal" in red tones. As soon as I tried on MY bridal lengha at Dolly J Studio, I walked out of the dressing room and my mom was in tears- this was the one. Huge shout out to everyone at Dolly J for making me look and feel like a princess on my wedding day!
 
Other outfits:
Mehndi-- Saaj by Ankita (Shahpur Jat- Delhi, India)
Sangeet-- Dolly J (Defence Colony- Delhi, India)
Wedding-- Dolly J (Defence Colony- Delhi, India)
Reception-- Manish Malhotra (Shops at Qutub, Mehrauli Road- Delhi, India)
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
ALL THE FOOD TASTINGS! Our caterers were absolutely phenomenal and put together their best and most unique dishes for all of our tastings. The best part was having quality time with the whole family during the tastings. We planned these at a time when all of our siblings and both sets of parents could be in town, creating the perfect amount of chaos and critiquing to ultimately design the perfect menu for each event. Not to mention, Prithvi and I were too busy entertaining and taking photos during the wedding week that we didn’t get to eat any of the delicious food when it was actually served- a little piece of advice: enjoy your food at the tastings!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
If they had to pick one thing it would probably be the endless energy! It was a full NINE days of non-stop music and dancing, delicious food and amazing drinks, and of course the best company.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
All the emotional moments during our wedding week were of course very special... our first look, blessings from our grandparents, father-daughter dance, siblings' speeches. However, the one that replays constantly in my mind was our performances at the Sangeet. I have performed at hundreds of celebrations, competitions, and parties throughout my life but I had always danced Bollywood, Kathak, or Bhangra. At our Sangeet, however, I surprised Prithvi with a performance to his favorite romantic Tamil Song. Even though this song was outside my comfort zone, the dance felt so natural and filled with so much emotion because it wasn’t just for me, but also for Prithvi. Prithvi didn’t grow up dancing the way I did and during our six years together, I forced him to listen to Bollywood and Punjabi music, almost exclusively. At our Sangeet, he surprised me by doing a dance with my brothers to one of my favorite Bollywood songs! Definitely the highlight of our wedding week. 
 
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.
All details included in the other responses- let me know if you want specific details about anything I mentioned or didn't yet discuss. Thanks :)
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Don't stress about the small details, because at the end of the day the only thing that truly matters is you and your groom! My whole life I dreamt about this special day- what the cake would look like, the color of the flowers, the first dance… I focused only on the small details, as most brides do. Yes, all the small details turned out perfectly but I hardly even processed those details in the moment. The things I remember most are the way Prithvi fed me while I had mehndi on my hands… how it felt to perform at my sangeet… the butterflies in my stomach leading up to our first look… Whenever the planning starts to feel hectic or overwhelming or exhausting, just remind each other that your wedding is just ONE day in the rest of your lives. It'll be amazing no matter what because it is the start of your FOREVER.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Just a couple other unique features from our wedding:
 
Our invitations were hand-delivered Doli displays, designed by my mom- with gold embroidery and pink velvet- meant to resemble the Doli that a bride arrives in at the ceremony. It was filled with event details on a scroll and delicious mithai, but doubles as a bangle box to be reused by guests after the wedding. Very unique and practical! (I don’t think we gave you pictures of this but it is absolutely amazing- let me know if you’d like a photo to include)
 
Our cake was 7-tiers and had a train of frosting flowers and real roses that was longer than the train on my wedding lengha! All of our siblings came together for the cake tasting, thus each sibling designed their favorite combination of cake + frosting + fillings to eventually create seven unique cake layers. At the reception, we had a “live” cake cutting meaning each guest could choose which layer they wanted and it would be cut and served fresh in front of them. In addition to seven types of cake, we served a unique array of dessert liquors, a full dessert buffet including more than 20 other crafted desserts, and a “lady table” of desserts- a lady whose dress was a table surrounding her on which she carried the desserts around the reception hall to serve.
 
Our sangeet was uniquely designed with a “mela” theme. We had food canopies with decorative fabrics and string lights to resemble outdoor an outdoor tent at a mela. Each food station housed a different type of “finger food” including kathi rolls, pav bhaji, kabobs, lamb chops, a variety of chaat options, paan, and many many more. There was a bazaar set up to display the party favors which included purses of traditional Indian embroidery, bangles, and bindis. The mehndi stations were created with round bench seating and decorative pillows surrounding handmade trees with branches of bangles, colorful ribbons, and floral garlands. Lastly, there was a photo booth setup complete with a real motorized, decorated rickshaw.
 

That is all for today loves! See you tomorrow! 

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Mehndi Artists: Henna Moments | Cinematography: Aria Cinema Films | Baraat: Maharaja Farms | Catering: Mantra | Reception | Catering: Cuisine of India | Sangeet/Wedding | DJ: Sandeep Hans (DJ Sandman) | Floral and Decor: Shaadi Creations | Hair and Makeup: Hannah Elisabeth Beauty | Photographer: Jason Brown Photography | Venue: Stonegate Conference and Banquet Centre | Sangeet | Venue: Renaissance Convention Center Hotel


Somerset, NJ Indian Wedding by Memories Studios

#TurnUpTheAC because Anjani and Chirag's Indian wedding is serving me some serious heat! It is imperative that hiring the perfect cinematographer to capture all your big events is number one on your list and today we share an Indian wedding filmed by Memories Studios. Maharani Anjani kicked off her Indian wedding festivities by teeing off at Top Golf for her sangeet. Easily one of my favorite sangeet venues to date! Floral and decor by Wedding Design & Decor was most certainly on point for each of the events and was glowing with an opulent theme in mind. Nothing serenades the crowd like live music and Medley Entertainment brought some major amore with their lyrical harmony to Anjani's celebration. The series of events were planned and organized by Xquisit Events and captured on camera by Memories Studios. Hit play for this cinematic experience! 

See you Monday for your daily dose of luxury Indian weddings! 

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Live Music: Medley Entertainment | Planning & Design: Xquisit Events | Catering: Moghul Caterer | Cinematography: Memories Studios | DJ: DJ USA | Floral and Decor: Wedding Design & Decor | Hair and Makeup: Makeup by Debby | Photographer: Memories Studios | Venue: Top Golf | Venue: The Palace of Somerset Park


Edison, NJ Indian Wedding by Saroj Studios

Charming, heartwarming, glamorous - these are the three elements that make Maharani Promini and Akash's Indian wedding oh so precious. From the introductions that overlay the film, right down to the touching ending; Saroj Studios has my tissue box running empty. The prestigious venue of Royal Alberts Palace was truly showered with love in all these uplifting moments the couple shared together. The bride donned a series of signature style fashion Indian bridal wear and looked absolutely stunning in each and every clip. Deterring from the classic hue of red, Promini rocked her lengha with pure force and I LOVE IT. Mandap Milap designed the venue decor with Raj Minocha lighting up the ballroom and the dancefloor. I absolutely cannot wait to share the Platinum Guide feature tomorrow by Saroj Studios! Until then, grab some tissues, your notebooks, and your girlfriends, this Indian wedding will hit you in all the feels. 

Keep twinkling, Maharanis! See you tomorrow! 

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Photography: Saroj Studios | Cinematography: Saroj Studios | Baraat: Raj Minocha | Catering: Deewan Banquet | DJ: Raj Minocha | Floral and Decor: Mandap Milap | Hair and Makeup: Glam by AK | Lighting: Raj Minocha | Planning and Design: Events by Srishti | Venue: Deewan Banquet | Sangeet and Reception | Venue: Royal Alberts Palace | Ceremony


Skytop, PA Indian Fusion Wedding by 15 Minutes of Frame

The falling snow in Pennsylvania doesn't stand a chance against the warmth of our next featured wedding film. It sure is capable of melting it away with the emotion and love Shanti and Lincoln brought to their series of celebrations. From the Skytop Lodge, 15 Minutes of Frame brings for you maharanis the highlights of our lovebirds' union. From the Indian rituals to the Christian ones, warmth was always a constant and what better way to celebrate it than with your loved ones. Hair and Makeup by Anita was in charge of mesmerizing Raja Lincoln's senses by making Shanti even more beautiful. Along with Anita, Mehndikalogie brought the A Game with the maharani's stunning mehndi design. As all of this happened, Cody Raising Photography was everywhere the eye could meet capturing with his camera all the unique moments that concluded with the words "I do". So, maharanis, join us to witness yet another fantastic Indian fusion wedding here on Maharani Weddings.

Stay tuned for the next love celebrations featuring this week!

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Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Anita | Mehndi Artists: Mehndikalogie | Cinematographer: 15 Minutes of Frame | Photographer: Cody Raisig Photography | Venue: Skytop Lodge | Planning & Design: Erganic Design | DJ: Premier Entertainment | Officiant: Dana Bisbee


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