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Cancun, Mexico Indian Fusion Wedding by Sarani Weddings

Welcome back, Maharanis! Today, we set sail to the dreamy Cancun and into an underwater adventure for Claire & Rishi's grand Indian bash! The gorgeous Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa was the place choose by our lovebirds to tie the knot and thanks to the romance and liveliness of its ambiances, truly makes it one of the ultimate and favorite places to celebrate love. The steamy sands and the warmth of the Mexican culture completed the idyllic scenario where Maharani Claire accepted to spend the rest of her life with our lucky groom Rishi. So dreamy! The couple took it up a notch and had an over the top underwater photo and video session that was pure glam and creativeness. These lovebirds' wedding vision was so grand, that we just had to share it with you, ladies. So, hit play below and relieve all the heartwarming moments thanks to Sarani Weddings and grab a big dose of inspiration! 

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
My best friend has been telling me about this great guy she worked with and been wanting to introduce me too. Finally, I met Rishi at my best friend’s birthday bash in NYC. During the entire party, he did not leave my side, so I could tell he was smitten with me. After the party ended, I returned home to Long Island, and we lost touch with one another.Our paths didn’t cross again until one year later when I gathered enough courage to call him and ask him to attend a party with me in the city. He agreed. I am a shy person, but that night, we ended up talking for hours. Rishi was persistent in prying me out of my shell in an attempt to get to know me. I was intrigued by him when he told me he was taking tango lessons and wanted a travel companion. I love dancing and traveling! It was at that moment that I knew I wanted to get to know Rishi more.Initially, I wasn’t sure that we were a perfect match because we are complete opposites. I am introverted and reserved, while Rishi is the life the party. But over time, I began to see just how amazing Rishi’s is, and I cherished our conversations and time together.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
⁸I decided to tag along with Rishi on his medical conference to New Orleans. We are big foodies so I was so excited to. After all week, being in the conferences, he told me to get dressed up that Friday so that we can go out to a nice dinner. I was really excited because I love getting dressed up. When his conference ended I had his and my outfit ready so we can just leave right when he got home. He didn’t tell me where we were going because it was a surprise.We were walking by the water and he asked a stranger to take a picture for us and all of the sudden he went down on one knee. I was so excited I couldn’t speak or believed it just happen. I felt like I was in a dream. In the background, there was a photographer taking pictures of the entire proposal as well.Not only did the photographer take our pictures during the proposal. We went all over New Orleans taking pictures. My favorite part was when Rishi had the street Jazz band play “I can’t give you anything but love” for us to dance to. What to the night off was that evening there were beautiful fireworks. I felt like his proposal was planned just perfect from where he decided to propose, surprise proposal, the hired band, and dance, delicious food and fireworks to end the night.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
We had 9 events (shagun, haldi, Filipino welcome party, American Ceremony, mehndi, sangeet, Indian ceremony, cocktail hour , reception)not including 3 after parties in 3 day so I had 14 outfit changes. 

For shagun  I wore a classic red shawara 
Haldi I-a colorful yellow lehenga 
Welcome party (island theme) a Filipino dress known as a filipiniana 

American ceremony I wore a sweetheart chiffon ballgown

Mehndi (Bollywood themed)I wore a tasseled gold saree

Sangeet (beach themed) I wore a mermaid cut aqua gold lehenga resembling a mermaid.   My husband had a custom matching kurta made.

Indian ceremony: I wore a custom made pink lehenga to resemble a barbie doll and my husband had a matching custom kurta made

Cocktail hour ( Gatsby themed)I wore a feathered wedding gown. My husband wore a tail coat suit . 

Reception: ( Hollywood glamour themed) White gold dress with crystals all over. My husband had a custom made maroon velvet tux .  Our first dance(tango) he switched to a sparkle black Versace tux and I had a sexy red dress and switch into a White marchese halter dress similar to Megan Markle's reception dress.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
That every event had a different theme and it just got better towards the end.


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 kicked off our wedding with a vow renwal ceremony  for my parents 48th anniversary.  Great example of how we want our future marriage to be.  Because of you both, the world knows that truth and love exist. Keep these beliefs alive and cherish one another.You are the parents that all kids hope to have, you are the couple that all lovers hope to be and you both are the pillars of support that every family wishes it had. 

Filipino Welcome party Filipinos pride themselves in their Matatag spirit, respect for community, our unyielding loyalty, generosity and of course our hospitality.  Filipino hospitality is reflected in the way we welcome relatives, friends and strangers alike.  It is standard practice to shower guests with food, music, drink and last but not least dancing....plenty of dancing.  So to stay true to my Filipino roots, we decided to have a true Mabuhay celebration.  The phrase carries various meanings including "long live", "may you live", "cheers", "welcome", and "hurrah". This was our way of welcoming our guests in the most extraordinary way possible!!! Mabuhay!!
The Mehndi Ceremony is a fun and exciting pre-wedding ritual, where we had 2 Henna artist apply henna on a me and my guests  thus marking the kick off, of the wedding celebrations.
We hosted our Mehndi event on the beach. During the mehndi ceremony my bridesmaids, my husband and I had  a suprise performance for everyone. We had a blast doing our performance for everyone. 
For our Sangeet decor we decided to have a Bollywood Fiesta theme. The Sangeet, is a celebration of coming together of the two families in the union of their children.Sangeet is one of more fun and vibrant functions of the big fat Indian wedding. Like most cultures, Hindu customs, too, incorporate music as the soul of a wedding celebration and so the Sangeet function too is abound with enthusiastic dancing and singing against the background of live performances. We really enjoyed the performances by our family members and groomsmen.  Our guest enjoyed the surprise drum show we had for them.
For our Sangeet decor we decided to have a Bollywood Fiesta theme. The Sangeet, is a celebration of coming together of the two families in the union of their children.Sangeet is one of more fun and vibrant functions of the big fat Indian wedding. Like most cultures, Hindu customs, too, incorporate music as the soul of a wedding celebration and so the Sangeet function too is abound with enthusiastic dancing and singing against the background of live performances. We really enjoyed the performances by our family members and groomsmen.  Our guest enjoyed the surprise drum show we had for them

Our Wedding Reception!!! Being that all 6 of our wedding events were either outside or on beach.  We wanted a change of scenery and so we went indoors.  We decided to have a dramatic and elegantly styled wedding reception so we  transported  our guest back in time to the era of glitz and glamour in Old Hollywood! With an exquisite cake, stunning fashion, a red carpet draped tunnel entrance, glam tables and a venue dripping in  gold, roses, disco ball, feathers, and crystals it was real showstopper! 

 

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Sterling Heights, MI Muslim Wedding by Sky Films and Production

Happy Friday, Maharanis! Today we have a heartwarming wedding film beautifully captured by Sky Films and Production. Sufiya & Adnan's wedding journey, the day arrived for a one of a kind ceremony and our bride donned a romantic burgundy lengha with rich golden details and Adnan was shinning in a golden attire next to the love of his life. Our lovebirds started out their day with a fun photo shoot accompanied by their joyful bridal party, and the selected spot could not be any prettier! The Wyndham Garden welcomed their guests as they entered a beautifully lighted ballroom by Sky Films and Production and decorated by Lama Florist. The day was full of surprises starting with a unique palanquin entrance by Maharani Sufiya, who was preceded by their energetic bridal party dancing on their way in, and a wonderful bhangra dance performance. Soon after the union, the emotional speeches preceded the cutting of the elegant wedding cake which I'm sure made a lasting impression on all the attendees! Scroll down and watch the inspiring video of a fairytale wedding!

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National Harbor, MD Indian Wedding by Photographick Studios

Happy Tuesday, ladies! Today we are very excited to have Anchal & Parag's featured wedding film! It comes straight out of National Harbor in Maryland and I'm just loving the overall vibe of the nuptials. Imagine that you, without knowing, have been knowing your significant other for 13 years before realizing he was the one? Amazing isn't it? That is exactly the case of Maharani Anchal and Raja Parag. A truly special story indeed! The ceremony and reception were both held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, and of course, our couple needed the pros for the floral and decoration of the venue. Nivanjoli fit the description and created the beautiful love scenography that saw our couple tie the knot. We also are well aware that weddings can get hectic, especially Indian weddings with all the glam and glitter. Our couple had it covered with CG & Co Events, who planned and designed the entire spree. It is safe to say that it was a massive success! Smiles and dancing all around by the beats of Planet DJ Productions. This next highlight reel comes thanks to our very good friends from Photographick Studios. They did an amazing job putting together the moving images that will for sure, move you, Maharanis at home. So, get those lenghas ready, secure your tikkas, and prepare to dive into Anchal & Parag's love story. 

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
My family and Parag's family have known each other from the southern Maryland Indian community since 2002. We were acquaintances for years. The extent of our conversations were “hi” and “how are you?” for 13 years. In April 2015 during my sister’s wedding, I talked to Parag and said we should hang out sometime since I know his siblings so well, but not him. I randomly received a text message from Parag in November 2015 during the week of Thanksgiving asking if I was free to hang out. I said I was available on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Parag drove to pick me up that Friday from my house, and we went for dinner at Bollywood Masala. Our dinner lasted for 7 hours, and I told my mom I was going to marry Parag the morning after our dinner!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Parag and I were flying to Chicago for Christmas. On the way to the airport, we stopped in DC to see the national Christmas tree. Parag proposed in front of the tree, which is where our second date took place. We love this tree and have made it a tradition to buy the White House Christmas ornament each year.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Selecting a bridal lengha took a lot of time! I knew I did not want to wear the traditional bridal lengha so started researching bridal designers online.  Since our wedding was in December, I wanted to wear the color emerald green.  I consulted with a designer in Mumbai and had many lengthy discussions on how to incorporate this color into my bridal wear.  My all-time favorite color for clothes is baby pink/blush pink, so we collectively decided to put together a bridal lengha with the color combination of emerald green and blush pink. Additionally, I really wanted champagne gold incorporated with this outfit but had already selected my jewelry, which was white gold. Therefore, we decided to integrate champagne gold and silver into the handwork.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The food carts! We had 5 different cuisines at our wedding: Thai, Mexican, Indo-Chinese, Indian, and Italian.  Each station had a name like Punjabi Haveli, Thai Palace, Italian Grotto, Bombay to Beijing, and Mexican Rivera.  Parag and I had spent so much time on getting these food carts made and are so happy everyone enjoyed the food options!
 
Additionally, guests loved the gold oval bar we had rented during the reception. The bar was gigantic, and because of its size and number of bartenders hired, there was never a line to get a drink. 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
YES! Walking down the aisle with my dad and looking at Parag at the mandap was the best moment of the day! I felt so many emotions all at once it was truly incredible!
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
YES! Do not take the burden of wedding planning upon yourself! It is your wedding, and you should enjoy the entire journey.  Delegate to family members and close friends. Enjoy the day, and do not worry if everything is executed as planned. One thing or another will happen, but it is best to let someone else handle the obstruction-not you! Most people will not even notice if your plan is not executed perfectly.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
We loved our pastry chef and cake.  Our cake was a tiered cake, but it had a lot of texture and layers, so it unfolded like a rose.  We also loved the Riverview Ballroom in the Gaylord National Resort.  It gave a very outdoor feeling with floor to ceiling glass windows instead of an enclosed ballroom wedding.  The view was incredible, and the Ferris wheel looked awesome at night.
 
The decor for our wedding and reception was gorgeous.  We wanted an indoor garden theme for our wedding ceremony.  For the wedding reception, we wanted to continue the indoor garden theme but also added a romantic vibe with hundreds of candles on the tables and stage. Also, at the reception, we rented trees and planters to divide the ballroom in half.  We used one half of the ballroom for cocktail hour and the other half for the reception.  This allowed the cocktail hour to flow with our indoor garden and candlelight theme instead of in an enclosed hallway.
 
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Photography: Photographick Studios | Floral & Decor: Nivanjoli | Catering: IndAroma | DJ: Planet DJ Productions | Cinematography: Photographick Studios | Planning & Design: CG & Co Events | Ceremony Venue: Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center | Reception Venue: Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center | Hair & Makeup: The Brushing Bride


Kansas City, MO Indian Wedding by Aria Cinema Films

We are sure you have already checked today's gallery taken by Rahul Rana Photography! If not, the following highlight reel is the perfect way to start getting into what was Ash & Sarah's memorable nuptials, coming from Kansas City. Our featured film comes thanks to the fascinating job of the crew from Aria Cinema Films, who as we already know, operate cameras in such a way that virtually makes you feel like another guest! Truly a cinematic experience. It is also no secret that we are huge fans of the enchanting melodies of live musicians that lend their gift for the newlyweds to dance and unite their souls and bodies through sound. A house favorite, Ronobir Lahiri Music, lined up the elements and brought the stars blessings to Ash & Sarah's beginning of a voyage. Words can't describe fully the alchemy that went on at the Intercontinental Kansas. So, lucky for us, the moving images are our partner in crime for the day and be sure, it will inspire you! Join us next, you know where, here, on Maharani Weddings. 

See you tomorrow for more magic! 

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Photography: Rahul Rana Photography | Live Music: Ronobir Lahiri Music | Cinematography: Aria Cinema Films | Mehndi Artists: iDev Event Company LLC | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Intercontinental Kansas | Planning & Design: Events by Nisar | Floral & Decor: Shaadi Creations | DJ: DJ Gunjun | Bridal Fashion: Tena Durrani | Cake & Treats: Sugar Beats Bake Shop | Graphic designer: Huma Nizamuddin


Whippany, NJ Indian Wedding by Inzi Wedding Films

A happy couple with a royal flair! Anita and Rushang are the epitome of a match made in heaven! These two held, what could easily be the wedding of the year, at the splendid Hanover Marriott! Just a few days ago, we delighted ourselves with the stunning imagery by the talented Ron Soliman Photojournalism in our Platinum Guide Blog; and now we can enjoy the gorgeous moving images thanks to the celebrated storytellers of INZI Wedding Films. The décor couture company, Partyland Event Design Boutique, was the fabulous team behind the grand decoration that displayed an extraordinary draped set up for the ceremony and a striking elegant setting for the last event. Our Indian beauty, Anita, showed some major bridal style and called the talented mehndi artist, Mehndikalogie to embellish her with the most beautiful henna paisleys, and also recruited the bridal beauty expert Heena Das Beauty to create her princess-perfect look for both of her major events. Luxe Event Entertainment was present to deliver the best vibrant sounds for some serious post-ceremony excitement and celebrations that you can watch in the highlight reel below! 

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
My husband's name is Rushang Patel. According to my close friend, (who is a mutual friend of ours) we had met each other many many times over the past 10 years. However, we never really paid close attention to each other. Either I was dating someone at the time or he was dating someone,  or we were just star-crossed lovers. 
 
On October 31, 2015, it was written in the stars for us to meet again, but this time it was meant to turn into a lifetime bond. I was attending my best friends 30th birthday, and Rushang was attending his close friends birthday in New York City. It turned out that my best friend is his close friend's cousin, and they were having a joint birthday party. It was a Halloween party, so I was dressed as a fairy in a tutu with wings. Rushang's personality is very much like the life of the party, and a unique individual. He was wearing a very hideous looking "peace" sign mask that immediately caught my attention, being that it was very random. We both enjoyed the party with our friends, and eventually, he literally swept me off my feet and carried me to the dance floor (randomly of course). Here, Rushang told me I finally was able to get you away from our friends so we can talk to each other. We proceeded to dance and talk the night away until it was time to go. The time went by so fast in my mind, however, we had been slow dancing (during fast music) and talking for almost two hours. He asked me for my phone number because he wanted to keep in touch with me after that night. Knowing that he was friends with my best friend, I trusted him enough to go ahead and take the plunge. 
 
Later, I found out that Rushang was actually there for that one weekend after being away for over a month. I learned that Rushang was going to be away in Quantico for six months of training. We talked over the phone and Skype for a month after we met, before our first date.  Our first date was at a hibachi restaurant in Jersey City, followed by a private night time tour of Ellis Island where we could see a beautiful view of the NYC skyline and Statue of Liberty. 
 
I didn't know he was the one until approximately one and a half month after our first date. At this time, a blizzard had passed, and we were snowed in on a Saturday. Sunday morning, Rushang and I went down to dig our cars out. I realized that I left my second shovel at my parent's house, so there was only one shovel. He sent me back upstairs to my apartment, after my attempts of borrowing a shovel from someone to help Rushang was unsuccessful. I was able to see the parking lot from my apartment, and I periodically checked to see if he was done digging the cars out. Our cars were done in 45 minutes, but he was out there for over an hour and a half. After a while, I went to the window to see what was taking him so long. That's when I saw that he was helping all my neighbors in the parking lot in digging their cars out. He helped at least five other people that day, and that's when I knew that he was the one. 
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
After 7 months of being together, Rushang was stationed in another state for work, which led us to have a long distance relationship. That same year we had reached our one year anniversary of dating on October 31, 2016. He came home for Christmas and New Years in 2016, and I thought he was going back after new years. Well, he decided to surprise me by extending his stay for an extra week. I knew something was fishy because he never does that! We did date nights often, so on Friday, January 6, 2017, we had a date night planned at The Liberty House in Jersey City. One of my friends told me to wear something nice, and my sister in law told me to paint my accent nail rose gold (I have a rose gold obsession). Both also was weird, because I always do my nails, and I always wear a nice dress when we go out. So I had an idea that something was going on. We got to Liberty House, and Rushang said why don't we go outside (in 30-degree weather!). Even though it was bizarre, I just listened and went outside with him. At the Liberty House, you can see the NYC skyline in their outdoor section. That's where he got down on one knee and popped the question, and I said YES! My brother in law was right behind us taking pictures. Afterward, we had our dinner, and all our family and friends were waiting for us at a bar to celebrate our special night with us. My ring is very special to me.  The center diamond has a halo of rose gold with pink diamonds in it, which brings out my personality to perfection and it was exactly what I wanted. Many years ago, I had seen that specific ring on a website and I fell in love with it. I had told my friends that one day when someone decides to marry me, this will be my engagement ring, and now it is!
 
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.
Initially, the whole planning process seemed so overwhelming, but once I got the venue, everything else just fell into place. I chose all my vendors based on their creativity, character, personality, and compassion. I met so many people, and not everyone makes you feel like family. Teresa Gasper was our venue manager at the time, and she truly made me feel like she was giving me her home to get married in. Heena Malhotra Das was my hair and makeup artist, and she listened and understood all the little details I wanted for my looks. She never pushed any ideas on me, and that is what made me feel so comfortable that I could blindly trust her in her artistic abilities. She made it a point to make my looks unique for all four of my events (we had a Garba on Friday and a Sangeet on Saturday before the wedding weekend). I don't have any sisters, and she made me feel like my sister was getting me ready for my wedding. Not only did we have a great relationship with me being her client, we carried on our relationship afterward and are now good friends! 
 
Similarly, Sachi Sood from Partyland Sajawat understood that I had no idea what I wanted as far as a theme, and knew nothing about decor, but I knew that colors were important to me. She spent time getting to know me and my personality, then made my decor look like a reflection of who I am and symbolized my personality. I wanted rose gold somewhere during each event. Subtle, but significant enough to catch your eye. She specially ordered rose gold frames for my wedding, and made special rose gold centerpieces for our estate tables. We both worked together to make our vision come to life, and to give our decor a tasteful and unique look. 
 
Ron and Bless Soliman are the power couple of photography! They are two of the most nicest and humble people I've met. They are so good at what they do and make you feel like you are their family. They always are full of surprises and give such cute presents. I couldn't have gotten through our wedding day without such heartwarming photographers. They made us feel very much at ease and ensured that we had a good time and remembered to keep us smiling. When my dad passed away, we needed a picture of him for his services, and Bless had sent us the PERFECT and most beautiful picture of him in the span of minutes. We are forever grateful to both of them for their compassion and love. 
 
Daniel Inzitari is one of the most creative cinematographers I've had the pleasure to meet. His film school background shines so beautifully in his work. His subtle creativity with using voice-overs, his organization, his camera angles, his fun-loving nature made it so easy to act natural in front of the camera. I could watch our wedding highlight film for hours and never get tired of it. His creativity and choice of instrumental music were perfect for all the scenes in our highlight film. 
 
DJ Gaurav is our longtime friend and such a humble human being. He was so attentive to all our needs and did a great job mixing Punjabi, Hindi, and American music for all our events. He is very good at reading cues and could tell when to transition to ending father daughter and mother son dances based on fatigue and body language. His attention to detail is impeccable, and he is so amazing that Rushang's baraat went on for an hour! People could not stop dancing! 
 
Palav Desai from Padma Graphic Design did our programs, place cards, and table numbers. I spent countless hours editing draft after draft. Her patience and hard work on the details of our wedding made even the smallest items stand out to our guests. 
 
Brijen Patel did an amazing job with my husband's safa and all of our family member's safas. He especially went up to my Dad's room as he was having a hard time walking back and forth due to his illness, which meant so much to me. I couldn't be happier with our amazing team, and would blindly trust each and every one of these vendors for all my future events.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My family is from Delhi, India so I went shopping in Delhi. I bought both my ceremony and reception outfits from Frontier Raas in South Extension II, New Delhi. I always knew that I didn't want an all red lengha. Many years ago, I had seen someone wear a velvet blue lengha with a red dupatta and I fell in love with that idea. I tried on a couple of velvet blue outfits, but I kept going back to the first one. I also tried one full red one on too, but it just wasn't for me. I tried the first one on one more time and looked at my Dad. That look of love and emotion from him is when I said Yes to the dress, a moment I will never ever forget. My reception outfit I designed myself. I love sparkle and glitter and wanted sequin in my lengha, but I wanted something that no one had ever seen before. I tried on things that had sequin, but nothing met my expectations of the kind of sparkle I wanted. I had seen a lengha with a gradient sequin look and showed my inspiration to the designers at Frontier Raas. They realized that I wanted something specific and decided to make my vision come to life. My skirt has small mirrors that were all put on by handwork on the bottom that transitions into gold sequin, and then silver sequin. There is an underskirt of lace under the net which the sequin sits on which gives the skirt the elegant but light look I wanted. The waist of the skirt has scalloped edging. Being that I am a Hindu Punjabi, traditionally we wear Chooda on our wrists when we get married. I wanted a red border on the bottom of the skirt to match the chooda. My pink dupatta was hand embroidered to have red flows to match the chooda, and white flowers to give it a contrast. It also had scalloped edging to match the waist of the skirt. I designed a light sleeveless blouse with light sequin to give the skirt and dupatta more of the spotlight. It took three to four months for Frontier to make my reception lengha, and I was so incredibly happy with their hard work and dedication. We had a lot of WhatsApp chats back and forth which helped me feel comfortable in trusting them to do an amazing job. 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The day of the events is when all your hard work pays off. From dances, outfits, to the decor and programs, from place cards to table numbers, from DJ to Photography, and from cinematography to a black light up dance floor. That feeling I got when my vision came to life, was the greatest feeling.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved our first dance. I spent months doing the choreography for it, and it came out perfect. One day Rushang and I were listening to the DJ NYK podcast, and the song Soch Na Sake was remixed into it. It was the first time I had heard that song, and that day I knew that it was going to be our song. Not only did it have a romantic part to it, but it also had parts with EDM music that my husband loves. Our performance had a mix of ballroom dancing, freestyle, and a tiny touch of classical. It was the perfect portrayal of our separate personalities, and our personalities together. Our guests also loved our Filmfare magazine wedding programs which I designed myself, and our graphic designer (Palav) brought them to life. Our table numbers and place cards were also a design of mine that she brought to life with glitter paper that matched our black, silver, and rose gold glitter theme. I also received many compliments and texts about all my outfits and where I got them from. Lastly, we gave coasters as party favors at our reception and our guests loved them and utilize them all the time. There were 4 colors and each color had a different quote, our names, and our wedding date. 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
My Dad's Speech and our Father-Daughter Dance is something that I remember very distinctly. I was so concerned for him, and whether he was going to be able to give the speech and dance with me despite having Stage 4 Gall Bladder Cancer. He pulled through, and he did it all so well. I will never forget his strength, and I am so proud of him for battling something so painful to make it through our wedding gracefully. 
 
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.
My husband is Gujurati, and we had a Garba on June 15, 2018. I wore a sea green Swati Manish Lengha from Mumbai. The decor was a Morrocan themed decor by Partyland Sajawat. We had a Sangeet on June 16, 2018. The theme was very colorful and Punjabi themed decor. That day I performed a very special dance incorporating my family, and my new family which brought the entire room to tears. That dance is very special to my entire family as it's the last memory we all have together with my Dad. We had a traditional Punjabi Jaggo and Boliyan which was the highlight of our sangeet. Everyone really enjoyed it and it was so much fun! I wore a magenta and light yellow/cream lengha from Frontier Raas. 
Bride and Family Sangeet Performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIyXZlovGjY&t=24s 
Wedding Highlight Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51_TaBveHAw&t=5s (Youtube version)
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Wedding Planning seems so overwhelming at first, but everything falls into place the way it's supposed to. I'm so glad I followed my heart by choosing all my vendors. They were all so supportive, and there for me, my husband, and my family during our toughest and happiest time. My biggest and most important advice to brides out there is to follow your heart when choosing your vendors, your outfits, and every single detail during your wedding. Don't settle for anything less than what you dreamed of! 
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Mehndikalogie did my mehndi and Dhara was so wonderful! I love elephants and she incorporated elephants in my mehndi on my feet and hands. She was so flexible with timing and positioning when she was completing my mehndi. Her artistic ability is the best I've ever seen and I truly commend her for her attention to detail and creativity. Not only are Dhara's designs beautiful, but her mehndi ingredients are organic and leave a beautiful color on both your hands and feet. Usually, mehndi doesn't come out dark on the dorsal side of my hands, but for the first time, it came out perfect all because of Dhara and her natural mehndi ingredients.  Her assistant who did my family's mehndi was very professional and did a fantastic job.  I enjoyed chatting with her, and we had some good laughs while she was applying my mehndi as well. The Hanover Marriott was the perfect venue. I only wanted hotels out of convenience. When I looked at venues, the things that stuck out to me always were the ballroom carpet, lobby, and overall ambiance. The Hanover Marriott had a modern ambiance, and that's what I loved about it.
 
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Floral & Decor: Partyland Event Design Boutique | Mehndi Artists: Mehndikalogie | Hair & Makeup: Heena Das Beauty | Venues: Hanover Marriott | Catering: Rasoi | DJ: Luxe Event Entertainment | Baraat: Caliber Farms | Bridal Fashions: Frontier Raas | Cinematography: INZI Wedding Films | Photography: Ron Soliman Photojournalism | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Soham Printing Arts Inc | Safa Tying: Brijen Patel | Pandit: Pawan Kumar (Durga Mandir) | Programs/Table Numbers/Place Cards: Padma Graphic Design By Palav Desai | Photo Booth: NittanyCam Photobooth (Hiren Patel)


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