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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


Monroe, NJ Indian Fusion Wedding by Studio KSD

Happy Wednesday, Maharanis! Today, we wanted to revisit one of your favorite weddings, and it is none other than Cynthia & Ankur's wedding celebrated during COVID times. This spectacular event had so much repercussion, and you all loved it so much that we couldn't wait to share the jaw-dropping film captured by Studio KSD with all of you. Right from the start, we have to say that this intimate event, already featured in our Main Blog and our Best of 2020 Magazine, is one inspiring and romantic story you don't want to miss. So let's check it out together! From the wedding ceremony officiated at the Thompson Park to the intimate reception party, everything was impressive. This unique and unforgettable event overflowed with so much beauty and flair that it still has us sighing. But we are not surprised that everything turned out to be this amazing as the talented and highly experienced team from Haneen Festivities took care of the decor that set the mood for this life milestone. And oh boy, they did a phenomenal work exceeding all expectations and delivering nothing but utter perfection. This perfection mirrored Cynthia's fabulous look, who amazed everyone after being fully glamorized by Kanwal Batool. Darlings, if you want to check more of this beautiful wedding celebration, hit the play icon below and get ready to be amazed by this spectacular film!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met through bumble and our first date was at Cienfuegos in Manhattan.

There really wasn't one big ah-ha moment. It was a very subtle and slow change change where I felt myself wanting to share everything with him. If I was not hanging out with Ankur I found myself making a mental list of all the things I wanted to tell him. And whenever I would daydream or plan the future he was always a part of it.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
He proposed to me after a hike that overlooks the manhattan skyline in the Palisades. We love to hike together and it was a gorgeous view with just  the two of us.

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.
Ha! I planned my wedding twice! I had my venue, dress and a few vendors ready before I was even proposed to! In-fact Tina (from KSD studios) and I finalized the terms of the photo/video contract while I was on on the hike in which Ankur proposed to me. I am a type A person and I have experience planning large scale events so I threw myself right, made a list of all the things I had to do and just got started. Our original wedding date was supposed on be Oct 31st 2020, I was pretty much done planning with all my vendors booked by Jan 2020.

Then the pandemic hit and completely derailed my plans. With all the uncertainty I was losing my mind. I couldn't plan anything more a few weeks out. I had no idea how much money I was going to lose with all the deposits I had already put down. I also had to completely reimagine the wedding because it was supposed to be a 3 days affair with a catholic ceremony (my family is catholic), a hindu ceremony (Ankur's side is Hindu), mehendi etc and now multi-day affair was out of the questions.

I didn't even know what the safest way to cater this would be: can you even have open food? would the caterer even do individually packages meals? Is it tacky to hand out boxed food at a wedding? There were just so many unknowns that the vendors could not answer either. But all of my vendors were absolutely fantastic, they all worked me to make my day simply amazing.

At the end of the day, the pandemic really let me and Ankur imagine and bring to life the wedding of our dreams. All the plans from the original wedding were so formulaic, we had so many events JUST because that is what tradition dictates. Well the pandemic made us throw all the traditions out he window to create our own. We decided to move up our wedding to September so that it would not be too cold for an outdoor wedding.

With a much smaller wedding, we were able to focus on us and our guests and get a lot more people involved. My dad and I handmade the wedding signs - welcome to the wedding, table cards with names, the rustic polaroid photo board. I had my sister and best friend do a lot of the creative work (games, wedding programs, wedding hashtags). My aunt made the wedding cake and all the cupcakes. My uncles figured out how live stream the wedding so that people who could not attend can still watch the wedding. This wedding came to life because of so many people and it was simply amazing! Better than what could hope for! Even the weather that day was perfect!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Actually I had bought about 5 dresses and only used one. I had a white dress for the catholic ceremony, a saree for the hindu ceremony, lengha for the reception and a few others for the pre-wedding event. I had all the matching jewelry too!

But with the pandemic I ended up just using my big white dress. I got this dress from David's Bridal. Ankur and I had a conversation about getting married and OF COUSE I immediately had to tell my best friend that Ankur and I talked about getting married and that a proposal was gonna happen soon! She decided to book a bridal appointment at BHLDN just for fun! We got a ate brunch, got a little tipsy and went to try on dresses! It was there that I realized I loved lace and an A-line silhouette. Then it was just a matter of finding the right dress. This dress at David's Bridal had everything I wanted and it fit perfectly.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Getting to reimagine the wedding to be very intimate. I loved adding the personal touches to everything: I worked with Lilly Mae Designed to make all the lettering so that people had something to take home with their names on it. We got custom coloring books for the kids with activities. We planned games so that everyone could be an active participant.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Everyone loved how relaxed it was. No one had to wake up at 4am to get their make up done or stay up late to practice the dances/performances. It was a very chill day, beautiful weather, great atmosphere! And we had the dogs!!! They were the best part. All the dogs were having the fun and everyone had fun playing with them. Ankur even made them pup-cakes. They definitely added to the vibe 

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Honestly the whole day was just spectacular. There wasn't just one moment that I loved because so many people came together to make this day a reality. The whole thing was chaotic yet perfect. Just as it should be.

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 had to cancel all other events. I spent the few days prior relaxing with my family and by best friends family. My mom made is face masks, we got our nails done, had some great food and watched movies. Ankur spent the day before playing Overwatch with his friends and playing with this nieces and nephews. It was great because we were so relaxed going into the wedding day.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Do not try to plan or control everything about the wedding especially the day of. It is just not going to happen. I thought I had everything planned then a pandemic hit. Then I thought I had everything planned again then a whole slew of things went wrong: the rain made the tables sink in the grass, the wind knocked down the ceremony arch right before we were about it start, the electricity stopped working, half our guests didn't get food, one of the dogs jumped on me and got mud on all over my white dress and the priest hit me in the face with the microphone as I was saying my vows.

Love every minute of it and don't take it too seriously. Take in all the crazy and enjoy it as much as possible. If you laugh at it, then it becomes a great story for later.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
The cakes!!! The cake and cupcakes were made by Nirmala and she worked with me to make sure that the cake matched the decor! She hand made everything, including the fondant flowers to match the floral wedding decor. She also searched high and low for the perfect lace cupcake holders since I love lace. She also packaged the cupcakes individually so that someone couldn't accidentally cough or sneeze on the food. They looked amazing and tasted even better!

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Hair & Makeup: Kanwal Batool | Cinematography: Studio KSD | Photography: Studio KSD | Ceremony Venue: Thompson Park | Floral & Decor: Haneen Festivities | Catering: Rasoi | DJ: DJ Rewind with MVP DJ's | Lettering/ Print Work: Tiffany Stewart | Cake & Treats: Nimmi's Novelty Cakes | Live Music: Sweet Harmony | Live Music: The Bailsmen


Atlanta, GA Indian Wedding by Hakim's Studio

Happy Wednesday, Maharanis! How is your week going so far? We bet it is going great! And it will get even better after you take a peek at Seema & Daniel's wedding because it is one for the books. It overflows with so much beauty and traditional flair that you will get tons of inspiring ideas, so let's jump right into it! We are starting this Wednesday by looking at the cinematographic delight captured by none other than Hakims Studio - Photography and Cinematography. And right from the bat, we have to say that this wedding celebrated at the Fernbank Museum is like no other you've seen before! Due to COVID-19, wedding plans had to change, but Seema & Daniel, along with the Planner Nida from Red & Gold Events, managed to make it through. And the end result turned out absolutely beautiful! A dinosaur-themed museum, traditional flair, and luxurious ornaments put together by The Events Designer by S.A were the perfect combination to take this wedding to the next level. Hands down, Seema & Daniel couldn't have asked for a better place to unite their lives in marriage. After the ceremony, there was a fabulous reception to celebrate this life milestone. All guests danced the night away and enjoyed the culinary experience prepared by Cafe Bombay Restaurant and Catering. If you don't want to miss any detail of this fabulous event, hit the play icon below and get ready to dive into this real-life fairytale. Believe us; you will love every single scene!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met him through a dating phone app. We first met at a go-karting place and we just talked for hours. At the time we met, I wasn’t in the place for a relationship but after months of being friends and realizing I would not want to talk to anyone else, I knew we should start this journey. And look! We made it! Friends for life and marriage.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
No surprise on the proposal or the ring. We planned a trip to Atlanta to meet my parents so that Daniel could ask them for permission so to say. We had the ring picked out and ready for the trip.

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 a pathology fellow at the time so I was really busy. My family was helping plan the whole wedding and reception. Because I wanted them to have help, I choose Red and Gold Events to help out. Nida was a god send finding all the right people and really making the day special. My parents wanted a big wedding so we had a limited number of choices. In the end, we chose Fernbank for the openness and the beauty inside.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I had a color in mind for my dress (a blue or green - my favorite colors). My mom kept buying ones she liked online and hand stitched them to my size. My dresses were bought fabric only and she put them together for me.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
This year was a hectic planning process given COVID. We did the best we could and in the end it came out well but those last few months of planning were hectic and not enjoyable given the number of cancellations and phone calls.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The photo booth. Most of my guests had never used some before and they really enjoyed making funny faces and getting a memorable photo out of the night.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Be patient and stay strong. For me, a pandemic was going to take all the joy of getting married away but with the support of family and great friends made during the planning process, it all comes together. Regardless the time it happens, it will happen and your marriage will be enjoyable and memorable for years to come.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Henna was done two days before the event by Nikki. She did a great job coming to our house and being safe during the day. Because my mom treats everyone like family, we specially cooked lunch for her. Cake was done by a local cake artist and she took my idea and did a great job. Always look around when choosing a vendor. You can always get a good deal. Hakim studios did an amazing job on the photos and the album.

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Catering: Cafe Bombay Restaurant and Catering | Photography: Hakim's Studio | Planning & Design: Red and Gold Events | Cinematography: Hakims Studio - Photography and Cinematography | Reception Venue: Fernbank Museum | Floral & Decor: The Events Designer by S.A | DJ: DJ Shaan | Cake & Treats: Proof of Pudding | Lighting: DJ Shaan | Mehndi Artists: Beauty You Deserve | Photo Booths: Icona Studios


Atlanta, GA Indian Fusion Wedding by Hakim's Studio

Happy Wednesday, darlings! We hope you are ready for a new film because we are revisiting one of the love stories you loved the most: Christine & Moez's real-life fairytale. So, let's wait no more and get ready to enjoy it! We already featured this wedding thanks to the jaw-dropping shots captured by Hakims Studio - Photography and Cinematography. But there was so much more to admire that we wanted to share the cinematographic delight captured by this talented studio, as well. From the wedding ceremony hosted at the St. John Chrysostom Melkite Catholic Church to the grand reception at the Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center, everything was as beautiful as mesmerizing. But there is no surprise here as Kris Lavender planned this event down to the smallest details while Events InStyle By Beenish Inc took care of the fabulous decor. The final result: Mindblowing! If you don't want to miss any bit of this fusion wedding, hit play below and get ready to be amazed by this visual delight!

Don't forget to join us tomorrow for more!

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Photography: Hakim's Studio | Photography: Hakim's Studio | Ceremony Venue: St. John Chrysostom Melkite Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center | Planning & Design: Kris Lavender | Floral & Decor: Events InStyle By Beenish Inc | Catering: Chef Dinesh Cafe | DJ: Spin Sultan | DJ: Pawan Nainani | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: The ArabianKnights | Cake & Treats: Inspirations Unlimited | Lighting: Events InStyle By Beenish Inc | Live Music: Supreme Dholis ATL | Rentals: A Mane Event Party and Tent Rental


Commack, NY Pakistani Fusion Wedding by Park Street Weddings

Hello, Maharanis! We are glad you could join us today because we are revisiting Nayaab & Usama's lovely wedding celebration thanks to the jaw-dropping film captured by Park Street Weddings. If you already loved the spectacular shots captured by I Alam Photography, today's featured film will take your breath away! Each and every scene overflows with beauty and traditional flairs. Thanks to the perfect planning by Karma Events and the outstanding decor crafted by House of Dipali, The Hamlet Golf and Country Club's halls became the ideal setting for these lovebirds o join their lives in marriage in the company of their family and closest friends. After the charming ceremony, there was an elegant reception party to celebrate the newlyweds. And we want to give a big shoutout to Powerhouse DJs as their endless repertoire put everyone on their feet to dance the night away. Ladies, wait no more; click play below and get ready to enjoy this real-life fairytale. You will love it!

What a lovely story! Remember to join us tomorrow for more. 

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Cinematography: Park Street Weddings | Floral & Decor: House of Dipali | DJ: Powerhouse DJs | Planning & Design: Karma Events | Mehndi Venue: The Swan Club | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hamlet Golf and Country Club | Makeup: Preeti Artistry | Hair: Beauty by Fiza | Bridal Jewelry: Arshad Jewellers | Mehndi Artist: Henna for All | Mehndi Dress: Ahmad Sultan | Baraat Bride & Groom Designer: Ahmad Sultan | Mehndi Groom Designer: Mohsin Naveed Ranjha | Photography: I Alam Photography


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