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Palm Springs, CA Indian Fusion Wedding by Matthew David Studio

Hello, darlings! I'm completely smitten by this adorable fusion wedding just like Nisha was smitten by Paul when they first met! We were lucky to get their wedding album by Matthew David Studio and featured it on our blog, you MUST check it out! And now we have their unique highlight video also by Matthew David Studio! This video really captures the essence of this adorable duo and I'm loving the retro idea, such a precious treasure that I'm sure it will be played many many times! This Desert Sunset themed wedding will surely inspire you and delight you as their guests were by Ronobir Lahiri skilfully playing his sitar, what a dream! Maharani Nisha was a Bohemian-Rajasthani style queen who managed to blend two cultures seamlessly including her mehndi designs by Hinal's Beauty Studio with the help of planning expert Sweet Emilia Jane. Let's join this beautiful couple through their most special moments surrounded by their families!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
After moving to Los Angeles from Toronto, Canada at 30. I moved to a new office and knew very few people in LA. I had always met people through friends in Toronto but in LA, in a new city, I decided to go online!
 
Of course, I had a very busy job that offers me the benefit of traveling all over the world, so it was hard to actually make time to date.
 
I finally connected with Paul on Match.com when he messaged me a very genuine, sweet message that I didn’t see until weeks later. He ended up in my junk box! You see, he was out my filters based on age and height. I had wanted someone 32-40, 6’-6’5”.  It turns out Paul was 41 and 6’8”!!
 
I got an Alert to checked my emails and noticed his message there. Once I read his message I knew that he was different.
 
Because of the travel, I didn’t end up meeting him until three months later but we had texted and chatted a little bit in between.
 
When I finally met him on a date and saw him, I was smitten and so was he. I found out he was also a Canadian, both born in Edmonton, Alberta.  We had the same humor, senseability, values, and love of life. I just wanted to be by his side from the moment we met. From that moment on, we were inseparable...
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
After dating for 2 years, buying a house and living together for 1.5 years, we were starting to build a new life in LA with amazing friends and family.
 
Paul knew I wanted to get married and start our own family we wanted to establish a foundation together.
 
So every trip and outing we had, I expected him to pop the question, but of course, Paul knows I’m too hard to surprise, so he had to catch me off guard...
 
One day, Jan 23, 2018, after eating a delicious meal with our friends, we all come and start talking about the importance of family and friends and building our life together, my little nephew, comes around with a ring box, gives it to Paul and he gets in his knee! In our living room, out of the blue!! I was shocked and elated and so happy it was in our home that we built with people we loved.
 
Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
We wanted our wedding in California. The majority of our friends and family live in Canada and elsewhere, so we wanted to create a warm home away from home and to celebrate in one place for our two-day event.
 
Palm Springs was one of the places we traveled the most together in our relationships, so we knew the desert was the place to wed.  I love traveling to Rajasthan in India and wanted something to reflect that feel in California.
 
When we finally found our venue and all the little eclectic influences we knew that the place was it!
 
We fell in love with The Colony Palms and the idea of having the whole place to ourselves and loved ones to celebrate the occasion.
 
Indian weddings are not a common thing in Palm Springs so coordinating these details took a lot of time and thought. I wanted to maintain the beauty and the culture of a Hindu wedding but I wanted an aesthetic that fit a more Bohemian, Rajasthani style.
 
I made sure that our Pundit, Music, Food, Clothing, Entertainment, and overall feel was true to Hindu culture but the wedding planner, photographer were local Californian.
 
We wanted to honor the fact that we both had different cultures and create a fusion that highlighted our favorite elements.
 
Since we had a fall November wedding, the colors were peach, coral, burgundy, ivory, pink and gold. The overall theme was Desert Sunset.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Being from Canada, I knew that the best Indian clothes close to me were in Brampton Ontario.  Luckily I go back-and-forth to Toronto quite a bit for work and I was able to browse lots of boutiques with my mom before I found the right one.
 
I’ve always loved Bombay Trendz they have a very high-end fashion with reasonable prices and can do customization. I’m taller and their lenghas always fit my body perfectly.
 
I found both my henna and bridal Lengha there, as well as Paul’s wedding Shirwani. Because I have a creative job at work buying furniture my favorite part of the process was picking the colors and reconfiguring how I wanted it to look and fit in our theme and blend together for the events. 
 
I wanted to make sure the wedding was full of vibrant color but I also didn’t want the traditional red because of our desert backdrop, so I opted for soft peaches, burgundy, and ivory.
 
I was most inspired by Varun Bahl and Anita Dongres high waisted skirts, tight floral embroidery and contrasting soft palettes.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Planning the outfits, the decor, and the rickshaw!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The guests loved all the details and the intimacy of the venue. The highlight was definitely our entertainment including Paul’s Band Hiway 2 playing at the Henna night, Ronobir Lahiri playing the Sitar at our cocktail event and The Belly Twins at the reception.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The most special moment was sitting under the ceremonial mandap with our Pandit, both our families staring at our loved ones knowing that our lives were bonded. Seeing both our families and cultures unite in this way was beautiful and felt meaningful and progressive.
 
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.
Henna party included a fusion of California, Canada, and Gujarat with Mexican food for dinner, Henna, Garba, Dandia Raas in the evening ended off by a stellar performance by Paul’s Canadiana Rock band, Hiway 2.This was an introduction and collaboration for everyone to participate in both Hindu & Canadian celebration!
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Have a vision for the day and make sure you have the right people supporting you, so you can be calm and relaxed through the process. I planned most of the wedding details alone in the first four months but leaned on my amazing Bridesmaids, my Mom and wedding planner six months before the final day.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Other than details given by wedding planner:
 
A lot of details and guest favors were ordered through my favorite store in Rajasthan, Anokhi.
 
The details of the block print were reflected in handkerchiefs and table napkins.
 
The jewelry was passed down through the family were ordered through India.
 
Bridesmaids outfits were from Priti Sahni.
 
Bicycle rickshaw ordered through Classic Home and fixed and decorated by our bridesmaids & groomsmen!
 
Happy Monday!
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Mehndi Artists: Hinal's Beauty Studio | Live Music: Ronobir Lahiri Music | Photography: Matthew David Studio | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Colony Palms Hotel | Planning & Design: Sweet Emilia Jane | Floral & Decor: Sweet Emilia Jane | Hair & Makeup: Chelsea Nicole Makeup & Hair | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Bellytwins Bollywood | Bridal Fashion: Bombay Trendz Toronto | Groom Fashion: Bombay Trendz Toronto | Bridal Party Fashion: Bombay Trendz Toronto - Sahni Bombay | Cake & Treats - Desserts: Over the Rainbow | Cinematography: Paraview Wedding Cinematography | Cinematography: Matthew David Studio | Photo booth: Mr. and Mrs. Selfie | Rentals: Signature Rentals | Officiant: Pandit Sharma


Cortlandt, NY Bengali Fusion Wedding by Zorz Studios

Good morning loves! We will indulge you today with an amazing Bengali fusion wedding highlight film shot by the camera crew of Zorz Studios! As Madhura and Corbett's love images were exclusively featured in our Platinum Guide Blog, now we can discover the charming moving images that showcase the green lawns and the breathtaking views of the Hudson River at the Monteverde at Oldstone. Bravo to the clever bride Madhura for planning their soiree all on her own and another hurray for her gleaming bridal looks that turned this Maharani into the epitome of bridal femininity, thanks to the bridal beauty expert StyleBySmita! All Event Decorators was commissioned the splendorous decorations that overflowed with inspiration the Hindu and Christian ceremony and reception. Any Indian wedding affair wouldn’t be complete without a good dose of Bollywood sounds, that is why the sought-after Amplifire Entertainment provided the best quality entertainment for the party time that also made this a wonderful blend of culture and love! Press play and unveil the most unforgettable wedding moments of this gorgeous fusion soiree!  

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I first met my groom at summer camp (fondly known as "nerd camp") in Saratoga Springs, NY at the tender age of 13. Who knew that three weeks would change our lives forever?! It was on the grassy quads of Skidmore College that Corby first educated me on the intricacies of a forehand frisbee throw.

Six years passed, and I ran into Corby on the streets of London while studying abroad in our junior year of college. We visited museums together, held our pinkies up while sipping high tea at a swanky spot in Hyde Park, and a night at Picadilly Institute sent the romantic sparks flying when Corby spent over an hour helping me find my lost leather jacket.

A few weeks later, we both returned to New York separately and ran into each other randomly again at a Barbecue Festival in Madison Square Park. We continued our fling long distance from DC to New York for 2 years, and then finally decided to move across the country together to Santa Barbara, CA to work at a start up together. We've loved our California adventures of hiking, camping, and sailing the Pacific seas. Since then, we have sailed to the Channel Islands, climbed Half Dome in Yosemite, and hiked the tallest mountain in the contiguous US, Mount Whitney!

Fifteen years after we first met, and seven years after we started dating, we came back to our beloved East Coast to tie the knot!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Corby's original proposal idea on the top of dramatic Half Dome in Yosemite had a bit of a hiccup when I pieced the plan together from an unfortunate texting mishap. Instead, Corby surprised me in the middle of a private horseback ride through an estate in the scenic Santa Ynez wine country. Never one to be deterred from a good proposal though, Corby followed through with a second one the next month on Half Dome as originally planned.

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 planned the whole multi cultural and interfaith wedding event myself, with the help of my groom.  Planning essentially two weddings across the country was no easy task- I had elaborate excel spreadsheets to keep me organized along with documents organizing all of the costs for all vendors, etc.  I started with a budget calculator, and figured out what I could afford for each category of my wedding and also got aligned about what we would be willing to stretch our budgets for with my husband; live music was my priority, and my husband wanted a venue on the water as he is a sailor and we love living by the ocean. We then used a combination of online resources (Maharani Weddings, The Knot), to e-mail vendors and keep tabs of who would fit our needs and our pricing.  The decor theme was sailing and nautical as my husband and I both love to sail (we had anchor bottle openers and anchor table numbers and driftwood to add the nautical touch), with an Indian twist (Red and gold as colors for the ceremony and royal blue and ivory for the reception to go with nautical theme). 

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Selected the bridal lehenga in Calcutta with the help of my parents and my aunt; we had limited time, and I chose to go traditional for the ceremony with crimson and gold, and change for the reception into a royal blue and gold which seemed regal. I also chose a white wedding dress for the Christian Ceremony in a boutique shop in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. 

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of wedding planning was practicing our first dance together, which was a blast! It was to Zoobi Doobi from the Hindi Movie 3 Idiots. All of the aunties loved that Corby fully embraced Indian culture and bollywood dance- all of our friends even joined in at the end with yellow umbrellas to add a dramatic touch to it! 
This was the first dance (professional video is not out yet): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ST16BxnSNI
This was our excitable wedding entrance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arFmHHDXkHY


What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our first dance! It was entertaining, well choreographed and so much fun! Got the dance floor HYPED UP! 
They also loved seeing both the Hindu and Christian cultures side by side in ceremonies that were back to back. There were a lot of similarities between the ceremonies and we had translations for the Hindu ceremony so everyone could understand what was going on.  The juxtaposition of both religions and cultures was striking. 

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our first dance! We practiced for months and it all came together, full Bollywood style. My brothers carried me in on a palki to meet my husband and as I covered my eyes with the Betal leaves (bengali style), it was fun to play coy with him. He is much taller than me and I had to jump to place the garland on him the first time!

 

Have a wonderful week loves!

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Hair & Makeup: StyleBySmita | Mehndi Artists: Stylebysmita | DJ: Amplifire Entertainment | Ceremony Venue: Monteverde at Oldstone | Planning & Design: Bride - Madhura Sengupta | Floral & Decor: All Event Decorators | Cakes & Treats: GMK Cakes | Live Music - Indian Ceremony/Cocktail Hour: Roger Lipson | Live Music - Christian Ceremony: Appassionata Strings | Transportation: Beverly Hills Limo | Hindu Officiate: Jay Chakraborty | Christian officiate: Ryan Fleenor | Cushions: Alperson’s


Philadelphia, PA Indian Wedding by Aria Cinema Films

It is Thursday, ladies, and the heat of the summer is already here! So grab those sunglasses, put the suntan lotion on and join us for our featured film of the day. This time, we have a fun fact about lenghas, for us to have a glimpse of why they are one of the most beautiful features of a bridal trousseau. It is believed that they come from the Mughal Era. During those times, women would wear the specially crafted lenghas only for special events and it was believed that they defined Indian exquisiteness and beauty in its purest form. That, of course, is something that continues to this day and it is a strong feature of the color and glam that surrounds the Indian tradition. Today, Aria Cinema Films brings for us the highlight reel of Alli & Shivan's nuptials, and as we will see, the lengha and color chosen by our dazzling Maharani Alli is the perfect representation of that same but modern glam we love so much. So, extra kudos to our couple's attires, and the lovely hair and makeup by Bella AngelPhiladelphia Marriott Downtown greeted and housed the ceremony and Please Touch Museum housed the reception and as we can expect, it was full of choreographies, laughter, delicious food and of course, love. The couple needed the pros for the planning and design and the team from Elegant Events Planning & Design were the chosen ones for the task. The final result... well, let's just say it was enchanting, to say the least. A loving shout out to our friends from Studio Nine Photography who took the incredible pictures we will enjoy soon. For now, let us step one more time into the magical world of Indian weddings via the moving images and get dazzled by the cinematic experience ahead of us. Let's go!  

More to come, ladies, stick around! 

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Venues: Philadelphia Marriott Downtown | Hair & Makeup: Bella Angel | Photography: Studio Nine Photography + Cinema | Cinematography: Aria Cinema Films | Planning & Design: Elegant Events Planning & Design | Rentals: Partyland Event Design Boutique | Reception Venue: Please Touch Museum at Memorial Hall | Hair & Makeup: Sonia C | Hair & Makeup: LashBee | Catering: Brûlée Catering | Catering: Moghul Catering | Baraat: Equishare Baraat Horses | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Arsaat Party Entertainers | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Emily Kathryn Custom Paper & Lettering | Rentals: Vision Furniture | Transportation: Mainstreet Leasing


Chicago, IL Indian Wedding by Lin & Jirsa Photography

The middle of the week is upon us and it seems like time flies. I'm sure it happens to our couples as well. One day they are getting engaged and suddenly, they are having their first dance as a married couple. That is why it is important for us to share the highlights of the celebrations to store those moments forever and relive all the emotion that went on. With that being said, we are very excited about today's feature. True happiness can be felt for this celebration. Fify & Akhil are all smiles and tenderness, I tell you that. Just like our gorgeous Maharani mentioned, they are the representation of opposites attracting. Raja Akhil's calmness contrasting with Maharani Fify's liveliness, is truly a union you want to witness, ladies. Both the ceremony and reception were held at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare Chicago, and it was rocking. Our dazzling bride donned a gorgeous white gown that made her look like the true Maharani she is. The lucky groom waited patiently at the aisle wearing a modern black tux that surely made Maharani Fify remember why she chose to spend the rest of her life with him. Heartwarming indeed! Join us for our cinematic experience of today thanks to Lin & Jirsa Photography and get ready for some serious and joyful tear shedding.

   

More from our Maharanis? Don't forget to check us out, every day a new feature. 

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Venues: Hyatt Regency O'Hare Chicago | Cinematography: Lin & Jirsa Photography | Photography: Lin & Jirsa Photography | Planning & Design: Sheribu Events | Floral & Decor: Yanni Design Studio | Bridal Hair & Makeup: Kasia Wolny | Bridesmaids Hair & Makeup: Diem Angie Hair and Makeup Artist | DJ: Do It All Entertainment | Bridal Fashions: Martina Liana Bridal | Cake & Treats: The Baking Institute | Lighting: Yanni Design Studio


New York, NY Pakistani Wedding by Joseph Minasi Studios

Maharanis, we have the extraordinary wedding footage that celebrates the union of Geeta and Ahsan in New York City! The artistic wedding cinematographer, Joseph Minasi Studios, reveals through his lens the luxurious Sangeet at the exceptional Manhattan Penthouse and the main wedding event at the magnificent Cipriani! Event planning company, Design House Décor, took the lead and designed this over the top affair that reflected the newlyweds' exquisite taste through the alluring decor, their outfits and everything in between! I love Maharani Geeta's style but her makeup and hair look created by KC Makeup by Karuna Chani were especially beautiful, I also adore her stunning neet mehndi design by the super talented henna artists of MehndikalogieEquishare Baraat Horse made our Raja Ahsan looked like a real prince through the streets of New York and he completed his regal look with an elegant navy blue suit! The joy continued at the reception where DJ USA turned up the celebratory sounds for some serious fun and more excitement! Relive all the wonderful moments in the film below!

See you on Wednesday with another great wedding flick!

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Mehndi Artists: Mehndikalogie | Cinematography: Joseph Minasi Weddings | Photographer: Charmi Peña Photo | Sangeet Venue: Manhattan Penthouse | Ceremony Venue: Cipriani | Design: Design House Décor | Planning (2 days only): Elite Events Management | Floral Baraat/Milni Garlands: Design House Décor | Hair & Makeup: KC Makeup by Karuna Chani | Catering: Bukhara Grill | DJ Sangeet / Reception: DJ USA | Baraat: Equishare Baraat Horses | Baraat: Seaton Carriages | Dhol Player: Sunny Jain of Jain Sounds | Extra Dhol Player: Jernail Singh | Cakes & Treats - Green Cakes: Nine Cakes | Cakes & Treats - Anime Cake: City Cakes | Stationary/Escort Display: Emily Kathryn Paper | Dance Floor Rental - Sangeet & Reception: Shout


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