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San Diego, CA Indian Wedding by Wed Diaries

Good morning, darlings! Today, we are very excited to share an insight into the magical wedding celebration of Naina & Yakshu. The San Diego beach was a fortunate witness of it all. This event combines everything we love and immerses us in a beautiful journey that we can be part of thanks to the talent of Wed Diaries. Throughout the magnificent and loving shots of this film, we will relieve a journey that mixes traditions, colors, emotions, dances, and above all, a lot of love. We are almost sure there was not a single dry eye at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront as our bride walked down the aisle. Our lovely bride looked stunning in a fantastic rose peach lengha by Kalighata Stores, which had silver accents that were both: traditional and sophisticated. After the ceremony, the reception party was genuinely full of fun and luxury, animated by Sound Nation LA. The couple shared love with their family and friends in all these uplifting moments. As you will, we couldn't help but smile at all the fantastic family and friends Naina & Yakshu have been blessed with. This reception party had everything! It combines an amazing atmosphere with emotional moments that will make you drop a tear of joy. Definitely, this is a ceremony that you can not miss! So, to live the experience to the fullest, we invite you to watch the video film we have prepared for you today. You will not regret it!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
IT ALL STARTED ON THE DANCE FLOOR...
It all started on the dance floor...or so we thought. Yakshu & I met very briefly for the first time many years ago during Diwali. I was in graduate school at the time and Yakshu was visiting Los Angeles with my cousin, who happens to be Yakshu's best friend, Rahul. One night, during a family Diwali dinner, I was studying when Yakshu came over and said, "Who studies during a dinner? Hah. Nerd." Safe to say our first encounter was not the best, and we definitely did NOT hit it off.
In the Spring of 2018, we met again on the dance floor at my cousin's wedding. This time, we knew and loved all the same songs, had all the same dance moves, and surprisingly got along really well. We spent that weekend becoming great friends and realized we had a lot more in common than we originally thought. At the end of the weekend, we once again went our separate ways, realizing that our chances of making things work were slim to none (as we used to say, "a 0.1% chance"). Yakshu headed back to Shanghai where he lived for work at the time, and I went back to her life in Southern California. When Yakshu left, he reminded me that the universe has a way of making things work if and when the time is right.
A year and a half later, as the universe would have it, I matched to internship for my program in the Bay Area (I also thought she had a 0.1% chance of matching there) and Yakshu moved back to the Bay for good. We spent many dates connecting over their mutual love for family and equally mutual disgust for tomatoes. I knew very quickly that Yakshu was the one (I had a very strong feeling on that dance floor that we'd have some sort of story), but watching him interact with my family like it was his own was so special and made it certain for me that he was the one.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
On April 4th, 2021, three years to the week we met, Yakshu proposed to me atop the most beautiful rooftop in Los Angeles, my hometown and where it all began. He proposed in front of all of my family and closest friends (physically and virtually). I always told Yakshu I wanted to have a huge proposal with everyone I knew there and it was so special that he made them all a part of it. He also included my favorite flowers in the decor backdrop, and my favorite artist, 'Drake' playing as he got down on a knee. After Yakshu proposed we celebrated with family and friends all night, truly one of the most special nights of my life!
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.
Yakshu and I were originally supposed to get married in Thailand; we both really wanted to have a destination wedding, and it made a lot of sense for us since our families were spread out between India and California. We had to reschedule our wedding three times, before we finally decided to pivot and move the wedding to San Diego, California. We had one month to plan our entire wedding, which was a little insane, but I am SO grateful we had our families to help. We wanted to still have a resort style destination wedding, so we decided to go with San Diego and the Hilton Bayfront was right on the water, which made it the perfect destination for us. It was so nice to have all our events in the same place, because it allowed everyone to spend quality time with one another rather than having to worry about getting to a venue and back. When we initially pivoted from Thailand to San Diego, I was really worried that I wouldn't get my first choice of vendors on such short notice, but I'm so grateful they were all available and made it work. We wanted to make our wedding as relaxed as possible, and wanted to really incorporate elements of 'us' into each event, so we had signature cocktails for each event with our favorite drinks which were incredible!
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
When I went shopping in India for my bridal lengha, I went in with the idea that I would likely just wear red because it was the thing to do. I hadn't thought much beyond that, and certainly did not think I would end up with a color other than red. When I got to India and started looking around, I saw so many different styles and colors and the lengha I choose immediately caught my eye. I've always been one to make decisions based on my gut and intuition, so I just went with it and decided to try it on and that was the end of my search. It was such a fun process to be able to customize little details on my lengha and it was really sweet to be able to share that moment with my family in India.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Wedding shopping, hands down! I was lucky enough to go to India to shop because the situation of the pandemic was a lot better in India at that time. While it's naturally stressful and there's pressure to find "the perfect outfit," I found myself having so much fun trying different things on and sharing those moments with my family there. It's one of those moments you know doesn't come back and you just want to soak it all in while you can.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Everyone loved how intimate the wedding was! Because every event was at a different location of the hotel, it made it easy for people to spend time in between events getting to know each other and partying obviously. We also got to spend a lot of time with everyone at the wedding events because it was smaller. After the wedding, a lot of our friends ended up keeping in touch and forming their own friendship which is always so great. People also loved the custom cocktails and our fusion tabla player Mankaran Bhasin, who made our Mehndi and Sangeet SO fun!
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
It's so hard to pick one moment, because the whole thing was so incredible, but one of my absolute favorite moments was our Sangeet performances from our family and friends. Everyone put so much thought into their performances, Yakshu's family incorporated an entire narrative/skit and my family played home videos of my dances when I was a child and re-enacted them! It was truly so special, and I'll never forget the feeling of overwhelming joy in that moment.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Everyone says not to stress when you're a bride, but that's nearly impossible. I would say at the end of each day of planning, write down 3 things you're grateful in terms of wedding planning. It's easy to get caught up in the stress and pressure of wedding planning, but taking a step back and practicing gratitude really puts it all into perspective!

Remember, do not miss our upcoming beautiful weddings to get full of love and ideas for your event!

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Sangeet Venue: Hilton San Diego Bayfront | Ceremony Venue: Hilton San Diego Bayfront | Reception Venue: Hilton San Diego Bayfront | Planning & Design: Wealhouse Co. | Floral & Decor: Above The Top Events | Hair & Makeup: Drea V Makeup | Catering: Natraj Cuisine | Catering: Inchin's Bamboo Garden | DJ: Sound Nation LA | Baraat: Sound Nation LA | Bridal Fashions: Kalighata Stores | Cinematography: Wed Diaries | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Drea V Makeup | Event Designer: Above The Top Events | Lighting: Sound Nation LA | Mehndi Artist: Gopi Henna | Rentals: Above The Top Events | Mehndi Outfit (Bride): Frontier Raas | Reception Outfit (Bride): Study By Janak | Live Music: NSL Talent/Mankaran Singh Bhasin | Tuxedos: Tanu Khera Designs | Mehndi Outfit (Groom): Tanu Khera Designs | Wedding Outfit (Groom): Tanu Khera Designs


Riviera Maya, Mexico Indian Wedding by James & Weddings

Hello ladies! There is so much inspiration ready to be unveiled, so I am really happy you could join us to discover together all the wonderful details of today's reel. Manisha and Fayad is the sweet duo that traveled to the tropical shores of the Riviera Maya in Mexico to tie the knot in a destination wedding you need to see to believe. Indian Destination Weddings made all the travel arrangements and also provided the couple and everyone involved with a VIP experience during their special days. Besides having the perfect travel concierge, the lucky lovebirds found Generations Riviera Maya. This luxury spot in the heart of this tropical paradise held their Sangeet night, the exchange of vows, and the joyful reception. James & Weddings beautifully documented the best moments of their getaway in a truly creative film. We are so lucky we are about to enjoy all sweetness and candidness of every scene. So be prepared! I also fell in love with the enchanting outdoor ceremony. A natural backdrop of palm trees surrounded the traditional union, while a flowy fabric mandap harbored the intricate rites. Not to mention the stunning blush pink and white blooms that Weddings by Lomas used to deck the ceremony space. The whole place was pristine and adorable. Maharani Manisha, made a spectacular entrance in a grand Doli wearing an exquisite red lehenga she later swapped for a light pink trousseau. She donned with absolute flair both ensembles and the gorgeous henna designs Loto Mehndhi created for her. After the I Do's Desi Djs announced the newlyweds as husband and wife for the first time and performed an extensive playlist of energetic beats that made all guests danced the night away. Weddings by Lomas provided the perfect wedding planning services ensuring everything Manisha and Fayad dreamed for this moment was on point. Let this splendid destination wedding's film take you to Mexico's Riviera Maya right now. Scroll down and hit play!

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Travel Concierge: Indian Destination Weddings | Venue: Generations Riviera Maya | Planning & Design: Weddings by Lomas | Floral & Decor: Weddings by Lomas | Hair & Makeup: Alex Corbanezi Beauty & Co. | Catering: Generations Riviera Maya | DJ: Desi Djs | Lighting: Desi Djs | Baraat: Weddings by Lomas | Cinematography: James & Weddings | Photography: James & Weddings | Mehndi Artist: Loto Mehndhi | Transportation: Lomas Travel


Half Moon Bay, CA Indian Fusion Wedding by Wedding Documentary

Good morning, Maharanis! Get ready to be amazed by all the beauty and romance surrounding Erica & Anuj's intimate wedding celebrated during COVID. Every scene captured by the highly talented team at Wedding Documentary is an absolute visual delight that you don't want to miss as it packs all the things we love and so much more. So, it is no surprise that this lovely wedding made its way into our Best of 2020 Magazine with the fantastic shots captured by Emily Jean Images. The traditional attires, seeing two cultures mingle together, and the perfect planning and execution by Denise Lillie Engagements made this wedding a cornucopia of beauty and flair. But we cannot talk about beauty without taking a moment to admire our gorgeous Maharani's ravishing look after being glamorized by Morsal Z. The exquisite makeup and sleek hairstyle praised this Maharani's innate beauty and made her look like a goddess throughout the entire wedding festivities. Ladies, get ready to start this Wednesday filled with romance and inspiring ideas by clicking the play icon below. Believe us; you are about to dive into a real-life fairytale from which you will not want to return.

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met on November 10, 2017 after chatting for a few weeks on Bumble (a dating app.) We originally connected over our taste in music but the conversation easily blossomed into much more, so the first meet up felt seamless. I was running late so I texted Anuj to let him know that I'd be there soon and he'd recognize me as soon as I came in - I love how he remembers this moment because he says when the doors opened and he saw me wearing disco boots and a big smile, he knew something special was about to happen.

The next few months had their ups and downs, as all new relationships do, but he took a trip to visit family in India and during that time, we spoke on the phone for about an hour each day - and I don't normally like talking on the phone! That's when I knew I really wanted to get serious. When he came back, I had made him his favorite lasagna and left little notes all around his apartment and from that point on, we fell into a beautiful, healthy and adventurous relationship.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We had just gotten back from an amazing vacation in Costa Rica and Anuj was adamant about taking me out for a "belated birthday lunch." We went to the Cliff House - a historic landmark at the beach in San Francisco - on September 29, 2019 (a full month after my birthday.) After a lovely lunch and some champagne, we walked down to the old Sutro Baths ruins. It was warm and sunny, which is quite rare for Ocean Beach, and we found the perfect spot to stand and watch the waves. At that moment, Anuj got down on one knee, told me that he loved me and wanted us to be together forever, and proposed with the most gorgeous diamond ring I have ever seen! I was thrilled to say yes. Luckily, this entire experience was captured beautifully by a covert photographer Anuj had hired in advance so we will always remember the details of that day. Afterward, we went to my parents house, where Anuj's family was also waiting to surprise us with an engagement pooja and celebration.

Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
I was never the type of girl who imagined her wedding from a young age - in fact, I rarely thought about getting married and didn't have a clear vision for my ideal event. I found an amazing wedding planner (Denise Lillie) and we clicked right away - she understood that we wanted a fusion blend to make sure my California style was equally represented along with the Indian customs, traditions and look. She was understanding, creative, knowledgeable, funny and had an impressive portfolio of magnificent weddings.

We worked together to plan a beautiful wedding in Carmel Valley - three days of events with around 300 guests from all over the world - but then the pandemic hit and everything had to be canceled. Although we had to take some time to grieve that loss, we ended up starting from scratch and putting together a wonderfully intimate wedding that felt dreamy, authentic and lovely.

Denise helped us assemble a cohesive vendor team, most of whom would have been helping with our original wedding, although we made a few small changes along with the venue. We had our wedding at my dad's best friend Jeff's house in Half Moon Bay - a place very special to me as I watched him build it from the ground up and I grew up swimming at the beach out front, playing cards with my sisters on the deck and drinking milkshakes Jeff made for us in his vintage malt blender.

The vendor team Denise built out for us was wonderful - they all took time to understand our style. They were adaptable, followed all covid safety precautions and worked together to help execute our dream. AAB Creations (along with InnoFarm Retreats) built the most fantastic mandaap imaginable and decorated the venue in a manner that far exceeded my expectations. Morsal Z created two wedding looks for hair & makeup that made me feel like a movie star and my best friend Meghan planned and prepared cocktail hour food that was better than any professional catering company I've tried. The photos and videos are incredible and I'm so proud of and thankful for Emily and Vijay capturing the details so beautifully. The only thing that wasn't perfect on our big day was the fact that we were missing so many of our loved ones, including my sister Cait and Anuj's grandparents.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
In February, I went with Anuj and his parents to India to meet his extended family and do all of our wedding shopping. It was my first time in India and I had an incredible experience - the colors, flavors and hospitality of the country and its people greatly impressed me and spending quality time with Anuj’s grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins was an invaluable pleasure.

Now, I can’t really take credit for finding my bridal lengha - my mother-in-law spearheaded a week of shopping in Delhi. I wanted to go with a fully traditional style with red and gold, but I’d never even worn so much as a sari before, so I didn’t know anything more than that. She shepherded us around to all the various shopping districts, consulted the staff, negotiated prices and, in the end, I fell in love with an intricately detailed (but not too heavy) tomato red outfit with gold beadwork and a custom-made gold dupatta with a celestial look.

I changed into a wedding dress from BHLDN after our ceremony - long white lace, plunging neckline and sheer back with a long line of pearl buttons. I also got a custom denim jacket from Etsy with “Mrs. Kucheria” printed on the back as a surprise for Anuj and it’s a good thing I did because it got a bit cold and windy in the evening :)

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
In the beginning, we loved touring venues and testing caterers - it was so much fun to imagine the possibilities and refine our desires! Looking back, I also really loved writing my vows and working with my team to think through the aesthetics of the event. I really wanted it to look and feel organic, bohemian, romantic and culturally blended. I’m so happy with the outcome and what we achieved.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Everyone raved about the cocktail hour food! Meghan put together a vegetarian menu of individually portioned and delightfully plated snacks like baby heirloom crudites, vegan spring rolls, wild mushroom empanadas, rainbow beet stacks with pistachio-crusted goat cheese, and roasted garlic polenta and olive tapenade bites. Our guests also loved the decor - very bohemian, ethereal, warm and charming.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There are a few moments that play on repeat but the main thing that comes to mind is the first look. When Anuj saw me all dolled up in my traditional Indian bridal outfit, dripping in gold jewelry and with glam hair and makeup, the look on his face will forever be etched in my mind. The videographer captured it perfectly and in our highlight reel you can actually see the amazement in his eyes as he says “oh my god”. To me, he looked like a prince and I was equally blown away.

Another moment that was very special was the speech portion of the night. Because of covid (as well as venue restrictions) we didn’t have a dance floor, so people got really into the toasts. Our friends and family prepared eloquent, hilarious, and tear-inducing speeches that flooded the evening with warmth, humor, fond memories and well wishes. It meant so much to use to have our loved ones pour so much effort into showering us with love.

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.
After canceling our original wedding, sangeet, mehndi and farewell brunch, we were only planning on having a one-evening event for our wedding. At the last minute, however, I wanted to have a mehndi party. We kept it super small and did an intimate gathering in my home for our friends - both men and women - so the ladies could get henna designs on their hands and we could all come together for a pre-wedding event to kick off the celebrations. While everyone was here socializing, something really beautiful happened - all of the women decided to wear saris instead of cocktail dresses to the wedding the next day! My friend Beth had enough saris to outfit everyone and then she made the rounds around Half Moon Bay on the morning of our wedding to dress my friends. Everyone looked beautiful and it really provided an extra jazziness to the day.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Don't put too much pressure on yourself or your wedding - your attitude will dictate everything so be present, be flexible and be loving. The process can be stressful if you let it so keep things fun and light and don’t make your entire life about one day.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
The baraat! Anuj came down the block in a vintage Porsche, led by a dhol player and surrounded by our friends and family dancing in colorful clothing. It was one of the most beautiful, unique events I have ever witnessed. I got to watch the whole thing from above.

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Planning & Design: Denise Lillie Engagements | Ceremony Venue: Private Residence | Florist: Aab Creations | Decor & Dried Florals: Inno Farm Retreat | Hair & Makeup: Morsal Z | Catering: Wood Fire Woodie | Appetizers: Meghan Muckenfuss | Cake & Treats: Butter & | Cinematography: Wedding Documentary | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Minted | Mehndi Artist: Mehndi Designer | Glassware Rentals: Frances Lane | Specialty Chairs: One True Love Vintage | Dholi Player: Wicked Entertainment | Priest: S.Somayaji | Photography: Emily Jean Images


Honolulu, Hawaii Indian Wedding by IMF Visions

Good morning, lovely Maharanis! We hope you are ready to dive into a new love story because we have a Lockdown Wedding in Paradise that we are sure will leave you sighing! So, let's wait no more and get ready to enjoy all the fabulous details surrounding Sonam & Rohan's intimate wedding celebration. This time, we will take you to The Beach House in Honolulu, Hawaii, to enjoy this memorable and once in a lifetime event thoroughly planned and designed by Mira Savara Events. After having a conversation with their family, these lovebirds decided not to wait indefinitely and chose to celebrate their wedding celebration during the lockdown. And what a great decision it was because exchanging vows on the oceanfront along with a picture-perfect view, amongst the people who love them the most, is what a real-life fairytale is all about! With the paradisiacal landscape, and lovely ornaments and floral arrangements that Todd Oshiro - Always Flowers put together, there is no denying that this was the perfect scenario for Sonam & Rohan to say "I do" in front of their family and friends. Our gorgeous Sonam stole the show as she looked stunning in her beautiful red lengha, designed by Siddartha Tytler. To complement this fashionable look, she took care of her makeup to play it safe during these challenging times. But that is not all! Sonam trusted her glamorous hairstyle to Face Art Beauty, who delivered nothing but utter perfection! If you are as excited as we are, hit the play icon below and get ready to enjoy this cinematographic delight by IMF Visions. It is a cornucopia of beauty and flair that will take your breath away! So, check it out now!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Two years ago we were introduced by a common friend at some social gathering but i didn’t remember that introduction at all. So the next time my husband saw me was at a party.. he walked right up to me on the dance floor and acted like he was my best friend. I was like - who is this guy again? And then thought to myself "What the hell..  he’s cute, let’s explore! ” We got along like a house on fire and that very same night we spoke for three hours. After that we went on several creative creative dates and before we knew it we were officially dating. They're absolutely correct when they say " the right person will walk into your life & you'll have no idea from where he’ll come from" - mine literally walked up to me!
My experience was truly mystic and magical. Marriages really are made in heaven.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
It was straight out of a movie! We had gone to Bangkok for the weekend, to celebrate the sale lf his company in India. We extended the trip 3 times and stayed 14 days, because we just couldn't get enough of partying and spending time together. On the second last day he tells me that he's booked us for dinner at a really nice restaurant. Unsuspectingly I went along, it was on a boat and beautifully done up. The boat docked in front of a Buddhist temple and he asked me to come uo to take a look. Then and tehre he went down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. I was in tears, while everyone else on the boat was cheering. It was even more meaningful because I practice Budhism and he decided to do it in front of a Budhist temple which was lit up fully at night. The view and the proposal left me speechless.
 
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.
So blessed to have had the most surreal, intimate and beautiful wedding on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.
 
Exchanging vows on the ocean front along with a picture perfect view of the sunset, amongst the few people who love you the most - this truly was a fairy tale wedding.
 
As a true Delhi girl I always expected a big fat Indian wedding, but I knew that these challenging circumstances wouldn't allow that for a long time to come. Sometime in the 2nd week of June our parents decided to not wait indefinitely and go ahead with a traditional Hindu ceremony here in Hawaii- where all of us have been spending our lockdown. With just 2 weeks in hand we managed to organize both our outfits from New Delhi - fortunately I had brand new one which I'd bought earlier for my sisters wedding & for Rohan we actually did a video call with the designer and I took the measurements. The forces of the universe conspired to make this wedding flawless - outfits were tailored on time, couriers reached on time, we found a learned priest here in Hawaii, a venue with a view thats breathtaking, a talented hair artist who was available - trusted & with full safety measures, jewelry from his aunt whose based on this island, chura and mangalsutra flew in from LA, the best and most well-known team of photographers & videographers here and most importantly - perfect pleasant weather with no rain! Thankfully my husband's aunt here is a wedding planner - she was super resourceful with full attention to detail on every aspect.
The video team on my instructions had dedicated one person to take care of the zoom call using the stand that was organised. Watching my loved ones who had dressed up for the occasion virtually & taking their blessings was an incredible experience. I'm no make up expert, but somehow that day I did it perfectly - a look that soft, feminine, flirty, elegant yet a bit glamorous.. Apt for a day wedding. In my experience, a lot has to do with being happy within and as a bride your face just glows with joy, I didnt miss having a makeup artist at all!
 
With just 10 people physically present and several others there virtually - I enjoyed every moment of my wedding . Every moment sank in slowly and I lived/absorbed all of it with no chaos around, only the sound of waves :)
 
The one thing that we were all very particular about was that every vendor had to wear a mask, every surface/tool/gadget we touched was sanitized, we had sanitizer bottles everywhere. We also ensured that the family members attending as well as the ither vendors had been taking adequate safety measures a few days before the wedding. We didnt want to let our guard down for even one day - small risks could endanger someone's health and that would be terrible, as a result of this joyous occasion.
 
For everyone out there whose having a lockdown wedding - you should totally be on cloud nine, its your big day and your intimate wedding can be the most meaningful one if you're happy on the inside. Also, now with so many ideas out there its totally worth it to get a wedding planner as theres so much you can do!
Eg. Your bridesmaids can co ordinate their dress for zoom
 
- You can send out wedding favors/gifts with props for the call
 
- Favours can be sent after the wedding I had this organized in New Delhi. Sent a hamper of Royce chocolates with a personalized note to the extended family.
 
The zoom/e invite can be nicely drafted.
 
Milnis and other ceremonies on zoom
 
Personalized masks and sanitizer bottle covers.
 
And lots more! Get creative 
 
Believe me, theres nothing like marrying the one you love amongst the people who really matter - its blissful, its joyful and an experience you ll never forget.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Fortunately for me I had a brand new heavy bridal lehenga by Siddharth Tytler lying with me in Delhi. I had bought it a few years agi for my sisters wedding and didn't end up wearing it, because I bought so many more! The shopaholic that I am :)
With such a short notice and during these challenging times it was impossible to get a lehenga in Hawaii. Hence I had this one couriered. I was quite sure it wont reach on time and was planning a back up outfit. But to my surprise the parcel came within a week and I could wear that lovely red bridal lehenga. It's true, you really do feel like an Indian bride once you're all dressed, and the traditional red lehenga has a huge role to play in that.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
R. It's like an exciting project! I think I had the best time choosing the venue. Because we were getting married on this beautiful island, every location was stunning. It was going to be a small intimate wedding and hence I wanted the best view. The venue, the flowers, the decor and figuring out a zoom display. All of it was fun, unique, unexpected and quite an adventure
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The fact that it was only family and as loved ones they could be a part of every moment, absorb everything thats going on. They coyld bless us and witness every ceremony peacefully. This is what got everyone very emotional and I had a momemt of realization - that this is what a wedding ceremony should be like. With large weddings a lot of my friends barely remember the rituals/traditions followed because there's so many people, so many thoughts in your head.. Its chaotic. 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The moments when neither my husband nor I could understand what the priest was saying as he was talking in Sanskrit and my prankster husband decides to say/do things to amuse us. Several times we were caught giggling on camera during a very serious ceremony. I'll never forget that, for me those were the moments I decided that we are now going to be together forever..
 
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.
For me it was all in one day! Starting from the chura, baraat, my entry as a bride, the hindu wedding ceremony, the griha pravesh, muh dikhai and the celebrations with some bubbly.
I was fortunate to be able to have all the ceremonies despite my challenging circumstances. I got married in Hawaii,
my Lehenga came from India, my Chura came from LA, I had worn my husband's aunts jewelry, did my own make up, the decor was stunning, the food was fabulous and the videographers were the most co operative as the had to keep on eye on the zoom video telecast too. All the vendors that we worked with were so helpful, they would take a lot of interest, make exceptions when its not necessary etc. I thought to myself this is the spirit of Hawaiian people, they're just so friendly and caring.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Live every second of your wedding!
Especially for Covid Brides -
Its still yoir special say, you're the star.. Never onve feel that your wedding was a compromise because it actually is a blessing in disguise. You ll feel so much more with just tbise who matter around you.
 
The glow only comes from within, hence pls do everything you can to remain happy those days. There is no need to stress, wnough people arw working to make your wedding the most special.
 
The one thing you can focus on is your pictures, makeup and your look. Those who couldn't attend the wedding will live it through the photos and also in future your children /grandchildren will see these. Images are timeless.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
I did have a really cute and colorful Mehendi ceremony the day before at our home. His parents and relatives came over and we had a blast with the dholki and singing traditional punjabi songs. Of course all this was also telecast on zoom for my family that wasnt there. His aunt did my haldi and put mehendi for me on my hands and feet.
 
I felt so touched, that everyone throughout this wedding had gone out of their way to make me feel special. I wouldn't have it any other way :)

What a great way to start the day! Remember that we have new stories every day, so make sure to join us tomorrow for more.
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Planning & Design: Mira Savara Events | Event Designer: Mira Savara Events | Ceremony Venue: The Beach House | Floral & Decor: Todd Oshiro - Always Flowers | Hair: Face Art Beauty | Makeup: Sonam Pall | Catering: Bombay Palace | Bridal Fashions: Siddartha Tytler | Cinematography: IMF Visions | Favors: Royce | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Zoom | Lighting: The Beach House | Mehndi Artist: Family | Tuxedos: Kurta pajama by SAINT | Photography: Eugene Kam Photography


Riviera Maya, Mexico Indian Wedding by Majestic Films

Good morning, Maharanis! There is no better way to begin this week than with a shot of inspiration. So, are you ready for the filmy time of the day? I bet you are! You will need your passport because we are taking you to one of the most beautiful beaches in the Rivera Maya in Mexico! Get ready to be amazed by all of the beauty that surrounded Swati & Anish's wedding festivities! The exclusive Hard Rock Riviera Maya hosted this spectacular event from beginning to end. And let me tell you that everyone enjoyed every single second from it. From the pre-wedding events to the reception party enlivened by DynastyAV, everything was more than perfect! If you are wondering who orchestrated this celebration, we have the right answer for you. The talented team from Dream Shaadi took our lovebirds' vision and created a magical wedding that seemed taken out from a fairy tale. Speaking of fairy tales, Swati, our gorgeous Maharani, displayed a beautiful royalty look, stealing everyone's attention. We can say that she made the right call by trusting Styles By Swati - Salon SBS's team for her beauty needs. If you are thinking of celebrating your big day in the Rivera Maya, Mexico, you need to remember one name: Indian Destination Weddings! They are the best travel concierge team out there, and they will help you every step of the way for you to have a hassle-free wedding time! Hit the play icon below to relive this celebration, with the visual masterpiece created by Majestic Films.

Come back tomorrow for a new film. We have something special prepared for you!

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Planning & Design: Dream Shaadi | Hair & Makeup: Styles By Swati - Salon SBS | DJ: DynastyAV | Travel Concierge: Indian Destination Wedding | Venues: Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya | Catering: Hard Rock Riviera Maya | Cakes & Treats: Hard Rock Riviera Maya | Floral: FTupilania | Decor: Zuñiga Deco·Cancún | Cinematography: Majestic Films | Lighting: PSAV mexico | Photography: Catch Motion Studios


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