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Somerset, NJ Indian Wedding by Lightyear Studio

Friday is here, ladies, and that only means one thing: a brand new feature film for your beautiful selves! Some time ago, we had Charu & Manan's picture gallery and it was absolutely beautiful. In case you missed it, you can double-check all the glam here. Today, thanks to Lightyear Studio, we have all the awesomeness that went on their film, and we just know, you are going to love it as well. Looking for the perfect Maharani style for your upcoming day of magic? Well, then you have to check this bride. Her gorgeous and classic ruby saree plus the hair and makeup wonders of Makeup By Anu Sarin were the perfect combo to turn this doll into the Indian princess she was. The Marigold, beautifully decorated by the team from Elegant Affair, was at its very best to house the gala and was already in itself grand. So, what are you gals waiting for? Hit play below and get inspired!

 

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met my husband at the Olive Branch in New Brunswick at Rutgers Campus. We were both there with a group of friends and just happened to start chatting at the bar and never stopped talking from that day on. He wined and dined me and after the first official date, I remember calling up my best friend/maid of honor and telling her, "I think he's the one! I'm going to marry that guy." Something about him just stuck and I always wanted to be around him or talking to him and luckily it all worked out for the best!
 
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.
My husband and I both have experience in the wedding industry, him a bit more than me, so we sort of had the big things planned in our head before even putting pen to paper. We knew exactly which caterer, decorator, DJ, event planner, and photographer we wanted. We started with those and kept adding on from there. We ended up choosing the first venue that we looked at, which was the Marigold. We got married right at the beginning of wedding season on March 30, so all of the vendors were available and we locked everything in. 
 
Picking a hair and makeup artist is super important because you want to look and feel your best on your wedding day. I had only two trials and ended up picking my artist, Anu Sarin, right after the trial was done. It's important to work with someone who listens to what you want, makes changes based on how you feel in the look, and someone you trust. She and I got along from the beginning and she was very easy to work with which made me feel comfortable.
 
I knew that I wanted a beautiful, elegant, and romantic wedding theme, with light colors and whites and light pinks and candles. That's all I said when I went to the Elegant Affairs meeting, and they turned my vision into a reality. We had beautiful cherry blossom centerpieces, a bamboo mandap with white and light pink roses with greenery and a stunning flower wall. We had candelabras and hanging orbs and lots of candles. It was right out of a fairytale!
 
Picking the right DJ is extremely important because if your guests will remember anything from your wedding, its the food and the music! We went with DJ Sunny Entertainment and they KILLED it. From the Sangeet to the wedding reception, people were on the dance floor the entire night. It didn't even clear out for dinner. They helped us design our custom dance floor, our huge video wall, the sparklers and the fog clouds for our first dance. The emcee was high energy and kept the vibe going all night.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I got my wedding dress in Bombay and I had taken out a bunch of dresses to try on. I knew I wanted to wear a full red lehenga and green jewelry to contrast with it. I put on a few dresses but none of them had that wow factor. Then I put one dress on (the one I ended up with) and thought oh this one is beautiful and it's sparkling and it put a smile on my face right away. I still wanted to see other ones because I didn't want to miss anything, so we put it on the side. After seeing a few more I tried on my dress again and another woman walked by showing interest in it and pointing at it like she wanted to buy it. At that moment I told my mom to pack it up, this is the one! 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests are still complimenting the food from the whole wedding week. We had Moghul Caterers and they did such a fabulous job. We have heard nothing but good things! We didn't want to repeat any items and tried to make sure our guests had food they haven't had before since Moghul is so popular. They worked with us to customize our menu and it worked out awesome.
 
Another thing people loved was the live music we had during the cocktail hour. Philadelphia String Quartet played upbeat music during the cocktail hour, played on the dance floor as people found their seats, and then played violins over our first dance song as we slow danced. It was definitely one of the highlights and everyone loved it!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The first dance was really perfect. We had a whole choreographed dance that we practiced but when we got on the dance floor, we ended up forgetting all of it and forgoing the choreography. We just started dancing. We added in a few special touches and spins we remembered from the choreography but the rest of it was just pure happiness and enjoying the moment. 
 
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.
I did a lot of DIY things for the wedding. For example, we had hotel bags custom made in India, I had popcorn boxes with the hindu ceremony program on the sides of the boxes, I designed the menu cards for the reception, custom cocktail napkins, bar signs, the signs for the food stations at the sangeet, etc. I tried to be creative, while not going completely overboard. Everything ended up coming together beautifully and all of the hard work was definitely worth it. Luckily my wonderful and super helpful family sat there and helped me assemble everything on all of the weekends leading up to the wedding! That family time ended up being the most enjoyable part of the wedding planning process! 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
I personally put the planning aside one week before my first wedding event. I HIGHLY recommend every bride do this, just so you can thoroughly be present in the moment and truly enjoy your wedding week. I was confident that I had all of the top vendors in the state working at my wedding and I left it to them to see my vision through, and they really did just that and put on the perfect wedding. Every bride needs to just be in the moment and enjoy it because that week flew by and I would do anything to relive it. Things can go wrong and it won't always be perfect, but no one will notice except you! Don't pay mind to the little things and just fully enjoy being with your family, friends, and loved ones because that week is all about YOU and everyone is there to celebrate YOU (and your hubby)!
 
You know where to look if inspiration is what you seek! Stick around! 
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Floral & Decor: Elegant Affair | Hair & Makeup: Makeup By Anu Sarin | Venues: The Marigold | Sangeet Venue: Royal Albert’s Palace | Planning & Design: Rose Events LLC | Cinematography: Lightyear Studio | Photography: Lightyear Studio | DJ: DJ Sunny Entertainment | Catering: Moghul Caterers | Live Music: Philadelphia String Quartet


Cancun, Mexico Indian Fusion Wedding by Peter Nguyen Studio

Have you ever wondered how is it like to get married by the roaring ocean and surrounded by the ones you love? Well, today we head down to paradisiac Cancun to have a glimpse of everything that went on for Somya & Ivneet's incredible gorgeous destination wedding! Our well known and talented friends from Peter Nguyen Studio crafted for us a filmy for the ages, that as we will see, displays with all accuracy all the glam of every single one of the ceremonies! Just look at the diversity of colors, fabrics, and styles! So amazing! There is so much going on, ladies, that inspiration is totally assured! Also, in case you missed the gorgeous picture gallery, you can relive it here one more time! So, Maharanis, it is party time! Let's get to it. 

 

More awesome wedding reels every day! Stick around! 

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Photography: Peter Nguyen Studio | Cinematography: Peter Nguyen Studio | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hyatt Ziva Cancun | Planning & Design: LatinAsia Destination Weddings | Floral & Decor: LatinAsia Destination Weddings | Hair & Makeup: Styling Trio Riviera Maya | DJ: Frequency Entertainment | Lighting: Encore Event Technologies MX | Mehndi Artist: Lemons & Mehndi by Styling Trio | Entertainment: Jonathan - Drums in Paradise


Tampa, FL South Indian Wedding by Since 1987 Films

Welcome back, dolls! Some months ago, we had the pleasure to have Avani & Naresh's gorgeous wedding vision. In case you missed it, you can relive all the glam here. Today, it is time to get those sarees on, grab a drink, and enjoy the cinematic experience that our friends from Since 1987 Films have for us from that unforgettable day of magic! The Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore was looking at its very best for the gala and it had to be like that! We know that when a Maharani ties the knot, mountains tremble! Just look at that gorgeous fashion choices our bride Avani made for her big day! So magnetic! I also loved her makeup, and guess who was involved in it? You got that, right! Michele Renee The Studio of course! Such a grand bash needed the pros! So, ladies, there is no time to waste, let us get to the filmy we have been waiting for, only here, at Maharani Weddings!

  

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met on the dating app Coffee Meets Bagel. Our first date consisted of a shared, vegetarian Thai dinner at Thai Prime next to the hotel where their wedding took place. They then enjoyed a really fun night out in Tampa Bay’s SoHo district (where the wedding after-party was) that lasted into the wee hours of the morning. In total, we ended up visiting seven or eight different places on that first night. Our second date was the very next day at the Laxmi Narayan Mandir, where Naresh has been visiting every Sunday for yoga, meditation, and prayers. Our third date was the next day after that, at P.F. Chang's for dinner. While Naresh felt like I was his "One," after the first date, I knew a few weeks into our relationship.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Weeks before the proposal day, Naresh’s friend Santosh Govindaraju sent an email invitation for his birthday party at the top of the Aloft hotel in downtown Tampa Bay. Coincidentally, on the same day as the party, a different friend of our, Michele Renee - who runs a hair and makeup studio - invited me to participate as an "Indian model" during training for her new artists. We decided to meet at the Aloft hotel for the birthday after my beauty session.  On my way to the hotel, I received a call from Naresh telling me he had just gotten to the birthday and that a guy at the entrance would lead her to a special location for the occasion. When I arrived at the front, I found it odd to be met by a photographer. I followed the photographer up to the top floor of the hotel. As soon as I opened the door to the penthouse, I knew there was no birthday party. The room was filled with red balloons, hearts, roses, candles, and my favorite Ferrero Rocher chocolates. The photographer had me sit down to watch a video on the TV filled with sweet messages recorded by our families and photos of us together. Halfway through the video, I was confused about why I was watching this alone while the photographer was snapping pictures of my reactions. I legitimately thought Naresh was late to his own proposal. I couldn't even concentrate on the video because I kept gazing around the penthouse for him... but at the end of the video, there was Naresh, telling me to come out to the balcony. I followed a trail of roses from the TV couch to the balcony. Another pathway outside led me to Naresh, who was on one knee in a heart-shaped bed of petals bordered by candles. He said a few words about how it had been exactly 364 days from the day we first met and how his life had completely changed for the better. It was such a sweet and thoughtful proposal, and of course, I said YES! But it didn't end there... After an immediate photo session with the photographer around Tampa's Riverwalk, we returned to the penthouse, where about 30 of our close family and friends secretly gathered for a surprise engagement celebration! This was actually more of a surprise than the proposal!!! Some of our family drove or flew in from out of town. Other friends FaceTimed into the event. It was an eventful night of dinner, drinks, dessert, and love. Everyone celebrated the night and ended up at the hotel bar downstairs, which was blocked off for the group's party. Naresh, his parents, and I then spent the rest of the weekend in Orlando at a resort near Disney to keep the festivities going. 
 
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 hired a month-of coordinator and separate day-of coordinator. We recommend hiring both even if you’re looking to save a few bucks. It’s important to feel as relaxed as possible the week of the wedding and during all the festivities.
 
Naresh handled a bulk of the long-term planning, event coordination, negotiations, and programming (of course, with the consultation of me :-). Naresh owns an online and digital agency, and one of the services they offer is online special events like webinars and virtual conferences. They know what’s entertaining, what’s boring, what’s expensive, how to negotiate, etc. His company has generated more than $10 million dollars for clients over the past few years, so planning an actual physical event like a wedding was much smoother than the horror stories he was led to believe. Naresh treated our wedding #Narvani2018 just like he does his tech work. He quantified prospective vendors, digitized processes, and outsourced the labor to speed up efficiency and effectiveness.
 
Naresh identified the three cheapest venues (through an Excel spreadsheet model he created, since each venue has different variable costs) in the Tampa-St. Pete area that could accommodate more than 350 people. I visited all three and picked my favorite.
 
About 100 locals attended at least one of the events. The rest of the folks (about 250 folks) drove in from Ocala or flew in from around the world.
 
The wedding ceremony took place inside our hotel venue’s ballroom. It was on a Friday late morning. The mandap was beautiful with fresh flowers, candles, votives, entry ramp, etc.
 
The baraat got rained out, so we did the baraat inside the hotel. They had an area where we could do it. We were very fortunate that our DJ Inderjeet is a dhol player, so we were able to do a truly mobile baraat inside.
 
Everything took place in the hotel.
 
I made centerpieces for the reception. They were trees with crystals.
 
Naresh choreographed multiple jaw-dropping dances. I made a slideshow that was running throughout the reception backdrop. Naresh also gave a speech with supporting slideshow that one person called “the greatest wedding speech given by a groom in the history of weddings.” Multiple people have requested access to this video of the speech. It will release next month. All attendees under 50 years kept in touch via a private WhatsApp group. The group chat got very wild and crazy, which made the memories and new friendships even more lasting.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I went to India. I tried on a bunch of outfits and picked the dresses I liked the most. I wanted a wedding outfit to be traditional red. I wanted blush and gold as the colors for the wedding theme because those are popular colors for Indian weddings. They are pretty and "in."
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Food and cake tasting were the most enjoyable parts of the planning process. They were fun activities to do together as a family.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
We were surprised at the feedback we got regarding the joint priests (Telugu and Gujurati). The two priests worked amazingly with their teams (we had an additional three or four priests reading the Shastras), the DJ, and the thavil, shehnai, and nadaswaram musicians. You could truly feel holy vibrations during the auspicious muhurtham. "I've never been to a wedding with such talented and wonderful Vedic priests. It was a privilege to witness the divine merging of two cultures, traditions, people."
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
It was very nice to see everyone - friends and family - coming from all around the world to celebrate under one roof.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
I tried to do some of my own décor items, and we ended up not using them. We recommend not doing your own decorations. Spend the money to get a professional company to do it all. Don’t do anything yourself. Estimate that the liquor tab will cover your entire food and beverage minimum (assuming you’ll have liquor at your Sangeet and wedding).
Don’t get stressed out over this event. Get a good project manager and event coordinator to take on the workload and stress. The future of your marriage is far more important than your wedding weekend.

More to come, don't miss it! 
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Hair & Makeup: Michele Renee The Studio | Photography: Since 1987 Films | Sangeet Venue: Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore | Ceremony Venue: Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore | Reception Venue: Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore | Day-of: Abby Hamilton | Floral & Decor: Ritti Couture | Coordination: Ritti Couture | Planning & Design: Ritti Couture | Catering: Khasiyat Orlando | DJ: B & S Music Entertainment | Cake & Treats: Goldie's Goodies Bakery | Cinematography: Since 1987 Films | Live Music: Shaadi Ki Shehnai | Mehndi Artist: Alpa Mandaliya | Priests: Aacharya Ramesh Mehta / Guru Dutt | Catering: Flames Indian Cuisine | Audio / Visual: Nima Films | Afterparty: Cheap | Registry: Zola


Orlando, FL Indian Fusion Wedding by Castaldo Studios

Remember Radhika & Ryan's gorgeous fusion wedding photography? Well, today for your inspiration and sighing, we have the amazing highlight reel of everything that went on for their special day of magic. The venue? The exclusive The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. The planning and design squad that made everything happen? Eventrics Weddings, of course. That without yet mentioning the floral wonders of the terrific team from Occasions by Shangri-la! With aid like that, it is becoming clearer and clearer that this feature of today is going to be just amazing! This lovely pair's energy and vibes were so refreshing and as we will see on our filmy of today, it was so meant to be for them to be together. Definitely, the crew from Castaldo Studios outdid themselves with this one. So, ladies, get those sarees ready because this voyage is one you can't miss! Hit play below for more!

 

More surprises yet to be unveiled! 

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Floral & Decor: Occasions by Shangri-la | Planning & Design: Eventrics Weddings | Venues: The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes | DJ: Dudha Productions | Cinematography: Castaldo Studios | Photography: Castaldo Studios


New York City, NY Indian Fusion Wedding by Joseph Minasi Studios

Our featured film of the day is here and you know what that means! Glittering style, heartwarming moments and of course, a lavish celebration! All the elements that make up for a great Indian wedding are here for Shaivi & Oscar's jubilee and we can't wait to share them with you, ladies, so let's get to it. The rituals began early for our couple, the traditional Sangeet was held at the exclusive The Park Villa and as expected, it was total bliss. Families got the chance to spend more time together and the atmosphere was one of love and joy. So beautiful! As the celebrations moved forward, the main ceremony was quickly approaching and things started to feel real for our lovebirds. Lucky for them, the amazing team from Urvashi Mishra, Wedding & Event Planner had everything under control and delivered fully with the planning and design of the galas. True pros! Guests were arriving to witness the most important day of Shaivi & Oscar's lives and they knew it was going to be amazing the minute they laid eyes on the striking invitations, designed and crafted by none other than The Royal Collection. The ceremony finally happened and it was official, our lovebirds were finally married and their loved ones were up for a real treat afterward. The culinary wonders of Sukhadia Caterers mixed with the intricate and fun sounds from Medley Entertainment and DJ Suhel, gave this reception and the guests a night to remember for the rest of their lives. So, ladies, we know you are eager for this, and so are we! Time to hit play and enjoy today's film thanks to Joseph Minasi Studios and also don't forget to check out the amazing images of this grand affair previously featured in our Photography Blog!

 

Until next time! 

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Invitations & Wedding Stationery: The Royal Collection | DJ: Medley Entertainment | Catering: Sukhadia Caterers | Planning & Design: Urvashi Mishra, Wedding & Event Planner | Venues: The Park Villa | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Pierre A Taj Hotel New York | Floral & Decor: Ovando | Hair & Makeup: Style by Susmita | Catering: Chef Hemant Mathur | Catering: Chef Ashfer The Pierre Hotel | DJ: DJ Suhel | Baraat: DJ Suhel | Baraat: Nihal Singh (Dhol) | Baraat: The Lost Strings | Bridal Fashion: Shyamal Bhumika | Bridal Fashion: Pronovias | Bridal Fashion: Sabyasachi Official | Bridal Fashion: Tarun Tahiliani | Cake & Treats: Ron Ben Israel - RBI Cakes | Cinematography: Joseph Minasi Studios | Draping/Styling: Style by Susmita | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Parchment by Dami | Lighting: Frost Productions | Live Music: Hank Lane Productions | Live Music: Nihal Singh (Tabla & Shennai Live) | Live Music: The Lost Strings | Mehndi Artist: Henna for All NY | Photo Booth: Time Machine Video | Transportation: M&V Limousine Inc | Photography: Ivash Studio


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