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Los Angeles, CA Indian Wedding by Samson Productions

Happy Tuesday, Maharanis! It is time to take a look at a new romantic story that will make your heart melt with joy! Coming from Los Angeles, CA, we are excited to bring you all the insights surrounding Mahira & Ekram's wedding festivities! So, let's not wait any longer and take a look at the phenomenal film! And, ladies, you will love every bit of it! Just take a look at the amazingness surrounding every single scene; it is an absolute visual delight! But how could it not be? If the talented crew from Samson Productions are the masterminds behind such mesmerizing shots. Anywhere you look, there is beauty all over the place, but nothing is as beautiful as our dazzling Mahira. She looked ravishing dressed in her marvelous lengha after being pampered by Dolled up by Lulu, who took care of her makeup and beauty needs! If you are wondering who orchestrated this magical event, we have the answer for you: The Marigold Company embraced our lovebird's wedding vision, planned, and executed it to perfection. What talent! Not to mention the fantastic decoration crafted by Bling and Bloom Designs, who filled up the exclusive Taglyan Complex with unique ornaments. This was an epic celebration as taken out from a Bollywood movie. So don't think twice and click on the play button below to relive this lovely wedding! We are sure you are going to love it!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Ekram (my husband) at a wedding. I actually just decided to approach him on a whim to tell him he looked familiar and just like that, we added each other on Twitter and started talking. I knew he was “the one” when I realized that he was genuinely my best friend. See, Ekram lived in the bay and I lived in Orange County, and we didn’t see each other as often as couples that are beach other do, so we relied on long phone and text conversations that ended up creating a strong foundation for our relationship.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I had taken Ekram to Victoria Beach in Laguna when I first started talking to him. He ended up flying down to SoCal and coordinating with my friends and family to plan his proposal there. What ended up happening was a bit of a wreck actually, my friends convinced me to dress up, took me out to dinner and decided to go to Victoria beach after. So at this specific beach the entrance is at the bottom of a staircase and so my friends are walking in front of me and at the bottom of the steps you see small candles lit leading to a path of red roses in the shape of a heart, my friends backed away and let me walk into the proposal but I noticed a lot of people I didn’t recognize and long story short I walked in to a DIFFERENT proposal!! Both my friends and I were so incredibly confused and they ended up having to call Ekram who had to come to the steps and lead me to HIS proposal which was further out from the steps, it was similar with rose petals and candles in the shape of a heart and he popped the question. Because of this fiasco, by the time my friends had figured out it wasn’t my proposal, the sun had gone down so there’s actually only one picture from that night that isn’t too dark or messed up, everything turned out fine I just cannot believe my friends and I walked into another girls proposal hahaha

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.
Luckily, I had a good ten months to plan my wedding. I knew exactly what kind of decor, what venues, what outfits, and which makeup artists I wanted. I went to Pakistan twice to ensure all my outfits were fitted and made properly, I visited my venues several times to ensure clear communication with the managers and I reached out to mua’s much in advance. I literally planned every single detail, including countless, thorough meetings with my decorator. I had a lot of vendors for my events so I ensured that my coordinator was aware of each and every one. Even so, things didn’t go exactly as planned, my MUA got stuck abroad and cancelled on me the night before my wedding (I ended up staying up till 4 am that night finding a replacement which is a whole story in of itself) and the day of my wedding, the decorating team arrived late so they were hastily attempting to finish on time, but everything came together even though it wasn’t exactly according to plan. Planning was a stressful process just because I was soo focused on every little thing being perfect, down to the day of my wedding where I was trying to check up on things even in my dress and makeup, but it ended up paying off as it all came together.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
As mentioned earlier, I went to Pakistan twice for my outfits. The first time I went for three weeks and I kid you not I looked at wedding outfits every single day. I knew I wanted red and gold but I wanted some more color in the dress as well. That proved hard to find as I remember finally picking an outfit on my final days of the first trip. I ended up choosing an outfit but altering the entire color scheme to match red, gold, and peach. My mom (who has an eye for color) helped me ensure every detail of that dress worked well, often times asking for swatches of the design before finalizing it. On my second trip, I was able to finalize other outfits and see my dress come to fruition, the end result was absolutely stunning, the shop owners themselves said that they decided to create one to place on the rack since we had designed the color scheme. I didn’t realize how heavy each outfit was until the day of the events as the hair, makeup, dress, and dupatta setting really make you feel sssooo much heavier but because of the rush and energy I was still able to dance my heart out at the events

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
My favorite part about planning was brainstorming ideas. I knew for a long time I wanted certain themes (peacock for mehndi and gold/white/blush for wedding) but being able to just come up with decor through looking at thousands of inspiration pictures was just so fun. My sisters had lots of fun sifting through instagrams and Pinterest pages to find vendors or cute ideas to incorporate at the events. It felt like a team effort and when it all came together, it was just amazing, I still cannot believe it sometimes.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I’ve been to a ton of weddings and so my main goal was to ensure that my guests had a good time. I didn’t want anyone to be bored of lengthy speeches or starve waiting on the food. I know that everyone appreciated this as they were entertained throughout and were not left hungry. Everyone absolutely loved the variety and quality of the food and dessert so shoutout to taglyan Complex’s in house catering. I made sure speeches were kept short, that the program overall wasn’t too long, and that food was served at appropriate times.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Yes so it was actually after the ceremony and during our entrance at the reception. For some reason I was just nervous to enter the hall even though I had just gotten married. The music was playing and the doors were just about to open as Ekram tells me he’s going to do something. I was so confused as to what that meant and asked him what? But the doors had opened and we had to walk. As we’re walking in people are of course clapping and cheering and Ekram keeps saying I’m about to do it and under my breath I’m asking him what?? And then halfway into our walk just as we’re in the middle of the hall and the chorus of the song, Ekram takes off his turban and runs in a large circle around me while pointing to me as the sparklers are sparkling and the crowd just goes wild and I realized ooohhh this is what that meant. Every time that song comes on (sauda khara khara) I think of that 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 had quite a few events but my favorite were the mehndi and shaadi. The mehndi decor was peacock themed so it was very colorful within that color scheme and the decor was just amazing. Additionally, my family and friends practiced their dances for months and everything looked soo coordinated and just perfect. We also had hired dancers for both events, joya kazi for the mehndi who did more classical, technical style dancing and karmography who did more big, Bhangra type moves which was a nice contrast between the two that kept people entertained. I could go on and on about each and every vendor and what they did to make the event special, but it would take forever! I had found a singer on Instagram named Neel from New York City that ended up moving to LA after my wedding to further his music career here. We had a chai cart come to the mehdni that featured Kashmiri chai which was a crowd favorite. Agnes was a live painter for the wedding who everyone just loved. There was just so much going on for every event but it all came together beautifully.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
My only advice is to take it easy and enjoy the events. I recall stressing out minutes before the ceremony and reception as the decor was finishing up and they had locked me into the room upstairs so I just couldn’t see anything anymore but as I entered both the ceremony and reception, everything came together and was fine even if it didn’t go exactly as planned. So just do your best to not worry the day of and enjoy your time because all this time, effort, and energy is spent on events that go by so fast so you might as well ensure you enjoy each and every moment of it

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Jewelry: I also took an very long time picking a set for my wedding mainly because my mom was extremely picky when it comes to gold but I ended up finding the most beautiful set I’ve ever seen and even though the entire thing was heavy I am still in awe just looking at the intricate design/sparkle.
My venues for the mehndi and shaadi, Hilton in irvine and taglyan cultural complex in LA were just amazing when the decor came together. Noel from Hilton and Hovig from taglyan were amazing people that were extremely nice and helpful to work with, they really did all they could to help.
There are lots of vendors we used but I really want to give a special shoutout to @peacelovesakeena who decided to do my wedding makeup last minute since lulu had cancelled and sakeena did an AMAZING job and was so kind to me and I knew she hadn’t slept since she was responding so late and I knew she had a bride in the morning and at night so she fit me in between which was just so nice of her because I actually almost fainted when I found out at 11 pm that my wedding hair and makeup artist was not going to be able to make it. I still can’t believe that happened but sakeena really came through and helped me.

Stay tune for more lovely stories that will inspire you. 

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Hair & Makeup: Dolled up by Lulu | Planning & Design: The Marigold Company | Cinematographer: Samson Productions | Ceremony Venue: Taglyan Complex | Reception Venue: Taglyan Complex | Floral & Decor: Bling and Bloom Designs | Catering: Taglyan Complex | DJ: Exclusive Productions | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Karmagraphy | Cake & Treats: Portos Bakery & Cafe | Live Music (Harpist): Liska Yamada | Live Music: Neel | Sparklers and CO2 Guns: Spark My Events | Painter: Event Painting by Agnes


Dana Point, CA Indian Wedding by Avec Lumiere Productions

Welcome back, girls! A brand new film landed on our desk, and we had to share all the beauty surrounding Poorvi & Sudeep's wedding festivities. The best way to begin this week with a shot of inspiration for you. You will love it! So to start this journey, let me take you to the beautiful gardens of The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. The sun of Dana Point, CA, the incredible florals decorated by 2Create Designs, and the mastermind behind the whole celebration, the phenomenal planner The Marigold Company, all together contributed to this grand jubilee to be one for the books! You will be in love with every single detail from this celebration. And you will rejoice with the Baraat and how Raja Sudeep celebrated during it, in a phenomenal white horse provided by Savannah Rose Carriages. Just lovely! We were particularly dazzled by the natural beauty that Poorvi, our gorgeous Maharani, showed. She stole the whole show with her royal presence. She trusted her beauty needs to Dolled up by Lulu, who made sure to deliver her magical presence. Outstanding! What an epic celebration, and we can't forget to mention the phenomenal beats that Fusion Sounds played during the reception turning the gala into a real party. So, go ahead and click the play button down below! 

Stay tune for more inspiring love stories. You will be inspired! 

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Floral & Decor: 2Create Designs | DJ: Fusion Sounds | Hair & Makeup: Dolled up by Lulu | Venues: The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel | Planning & Design: The Marigold Company | Baraat: Savannah Rose Carriages | Cinematographer: Avec Lumiere Productions | Photographer: Lin & Jirsa Photography | Catering: Natraj Catering and Restaurants | Cake & Treats: It's All About The Cake | Live Music: Seaside Strings | Transportation: GoGo Charters


Los Cabos, Mexico Indian Wedding by Epique Cinema

Ladies, grab your passport and join us! Today we are taking you to Los Cabos, Mexico. One of the most beautiful and exotic beaches in the Rivera Maya. We are heading down to the phenomenal Hard Rock Los Cabos for the memorable wedding celebrations of Christina & Jerry. The extraordinary talent of Epique Cinema's team captured every detail crafted a remarkable film you will love! A big shout out to the splendid organization and planning of Elaan Events on every celebration. Such an outstanding job! What a perfect way to conclude such a lovely wedding than with an epic party! Our friends from DJ Riz Entertainment amazed us one more time with their beats, making everyone dance and creating a huge celebration for the newlyweds! If you are looking to plan your dreamed wedding event at the beach, you must see our video below, as you will get tons of inspiration for your own tropical soiree. Just epic! So don't hesitate and click on play to start reliving this extraordinary destination gala. Enjoy!

If you were inspired today, come back tomorrow and I bet you will be amazed once again! 

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DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Photography: Vek Photo | Lighting: DJ Riz Entertainment | Cinematographer: Epique Cinema | Sangeet: Hard Rock Los Cabos | Cakes & Treats: Hard Rock Los Cabos | Catering: Hard Rock Los Cabos | Planning & Design: Elaan Events | Floral & Decor: Zuniga | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Blue Flame Elite Entertainment | Bridal Fashion: Ibride Sri Lanka | Bridal Fashion: Nivetas Designs | Bridal Fashion: Aanchal | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Margo and Bees | Lighting: JSAV Cabo | Photo Booth: Mirror Photobooths | Travel Agent and Transportation: Destination Pick - Stanley Alexander


Lahaina, HI Indian Wedding by All Time Media

Good morning, Maharanis! Are you ready for a new and fantastic film? I bet you do! Can you imagine celebrating your civil marriage in the magical beaches of Hawaii? If so, I recommend you to sit back because today we are taking you to Lahaina, Hawaii, for Arnee & Tanush's civil wedding festivities. How great is that? This magical moment was hosted at the beautiful outdoors of the Montage Kapalua Bay venue. It was just great! We are lucky that our friends from All Time Media filmed every detail so that we can relive it. Our lovebirds were able to enjoy that special moment as they trusted Tying the Knot the organization of their wedding events, and let me tell you that was their best decision! We have to highlight the fantastic job from Asa Flowers that, despite the glorious place and natural background, they added beautiful ornaments and flowers that elevated the glamorous-beach ambiance. And guess what? It was perfect! The night fell, and the crew from Manutea Nui E showed up to entertain everyone with dances and fantastic music. It was an unforgettable night! If you want to relive these amazing moments, go ahead and hit play. You will love it! 

Visit us tomorrow for more love stories! 

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Venues: Montage Kapalua Bay | Cinematographer: All Time Media | Photographer: Glen Abog Photography | Sangeet Venue / Ceremony Venue / Reception Venue: Hilton Downtown Chicago | Wedding Consultant: Tying the Knot | Floral & Decor: Asa Flowers | Hair & Makeup: Ry-N Shimabuku | Catering: Montage Kapalua Bay | DJ: Maui DJ Services | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Manutea Nui E | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Maxe Designs | Lighting / Rentals: Rio Event Design


Cancun, Mexico Indian Wedding by Wildcolors by Abi

 Welcome back, Maharanis! Today we are taking you to one of the most beautiful places to hold a dream wedding. We are talking about Cancun, Mexico! Thanks to the fantastic film created by Wildcolors by abi, today we can transport you to this lovely destination and relive the wedding of Serina & Neill. The majestic Hard Rock Hotel Cancun was chosen by our beautiful duo to host their eternal promise of love. Family and friends were invited to share this unmemorable moment, and The Royal Collection was selected to take the joy of this union with such beautiful invitations. Every single detail was perfect, thanks to Urvashi Mishra, who did an outstanding job along with the celebrated wedding destination experts Shaadi Destinations, making sure that everything was in the right place at the right moment. Maharani Serina was the queen of her festivities thanks to the flawless bridal looks Erica Bogart Beauty created just fo her. The celebrations culminated with an unforgettable night of dance, music, and food, where our friends from Encore Events DJ had the honor of playing the best beats all night long for the lovebirds. Not to mention the well-decorated hall by Alquimia Events, that gave a terrific tropical look but, at the same time, highlighting the traditions from the lovely duo. Great night, great memories and of course a dreamed wedding! Join us and get some serious inspiration just by hitting play!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
 I don't think there was ever really an "aha moment" of when I knew he was the one. Neill and I first met 14 years ago during a local Garba event. It was not exactly love at first site. Our relationship evolved constantly and we had even tried dating in the past, but it didn't exactly pan out the way we expected and we both realized maybe we would be better off as friends. In 2016, Neill couldn't hide his feelings anymore and explained how he had been feeling about me. It took a little while of dating again to see just how perfect we were together. He was my best friend, and we both knew everything about each other - the good, bad, and ugly - and not despite that, but because of it, taking the next steps in our relationship felt so natural. I feel like such a cheeseball when I say it, but it was always Neill.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I will be completely honest, Neill tried to plan everything as a surprise, but I saw it coming from a mile away. I am quite possibly the most annoying person to surprise. He ended up taking me on a trip to Utah and after all the incessant questioning, I pretty much figured out what was up. It was however some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever experienced. It was truly a winter wonderland.
  
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
When I was younger, I always envisioned myself as a modern, non-traditional bride. Color schemes of pastel or white were always in the back of my mind. As I got older, I saw the beauty in more traditional designs and patterns and was drawn to those as well. I think my bridal lengha embodied my personality perfectly. I ended up going with a subtle off-white base, with rich, gold and pearl handwork. Each border was an ode to each one of my parents and Jigya (the designer) beautifully fulfilled my wish of fitting in the names of my grandparents who have passed and could not be with us to celebrate. I decided to add a pop of my favorite color, a bold, emerald green with a traditional bandhni design with pearls and small mirror-work, to round out my dream of a modern, yet traditional bridal outfit.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
My favorite parts of the planning process would be seeing it all come to fruition and all the feedback and reactions from your family and friends. All the sleepless nights trying to communicate with my designers in India, and countless hours researching and organizing every little detail is all worth it when you get to experience all your hard work with all of your loved ones.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Something that was a truly unforgettable moment for me was walking down the aisle. I think it is something that every little girl thinks about growing up and to be actually in the moment, it is kind of surreal. For me personally, I did not know how my wedding would be. Being a child of divorced parents is not anything new for most brides in the US. But, in our culture and "society", it is rarely seen that both sides come together for times like this. Growing up, I never knew how exactly my wedding would pan out. Would everyone really be able to work through their differences? How would I get everyone in the same room without it being awkward? However, during our engagement and wedding planning, all four of my parents (both being remarried), worked seamlessly together and were honestly one of the biggest support systems as a whole for me. As I walked down the aisle, I saw not only my future husband, but all four of my parents and siblings, standing there waiting for me. It was honestly one of the most emotional moments of my life.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
The worst thing I did was over-analyze things I had no control over. Plan the heck out of your wedding ahead of time, and as you get closer --- LET. GO. (Sidenote: use Google docs which auto-saves so you don't lose your ENTIRE mailing list that took a week to complete because your laptop decided to restart before saving.)
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Planner: Urvashi Mishra
Venue: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun
Travel Agent: Shaadi Destinations
Makeup: Erica Bogart Beauty
Photo/Video: Wildcolors by Abi
Decor/Floral: Alquimia
Caterer: Patravali
Cake: Hiram Guerrero
Dj/Dhol: Encore Entertainment/ Sumeet Virk
Entertainment: Anis Chandani
Hair and Makeup for wedding party: Styling Trio
Bridal Mendhi: Monika Patel
Guest Mendhi: Loto Mendhi
Photobooth: La Cabina Mexico
Jewelry: Gucci, Silver Plaza, Sitare by Aasha
Bridal Dresses: Kalki, Gauri, RF Couture, Jigya M, Magic Mirror, Saks Fifth Avenue

 

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Invitations & Wedding Stationery: The Royal Collection | Hair & Makeup: Erica Bogart Beauty | Planning & Design: Urvashi Mishra, Wedding & Event Planner | Photography: Wildcolors by abi | Travel Concierge: Shaadi Destinations | Cinematography: Wildcolors by abi | Floral & Decor: Alquimia Events | Venues: Hard Rock Cancun | Hair & Makeup: Styling Trio | Catering: Patravali Indian Cuisine | DJ / Baraat / Lighting: Encore Events DJ | Cake & Treats: Hiram Guerrero Cake Designer | Henna Artist for bride: Dimple Patel | Henna artist for groom's family: Loto Mehendi- Gaby Gutiérrez | Photo Booth: La Cabina Keren Lima | Wedding & Grah Shanti Entertainment: Anis Chandani


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