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Plano, TX Indian Fusion Wedding by Texpertz Photography

Good morning, Maharanis! The filmy time from the day is here, and we were dying to come back to you with more inspiration. So sit back and enjoy what we have prepared for your enjoyment. First of all, let me tell you, today, we are double featuring Anam & Aamir's wedding festivities. So, you can enjoy a phenomenal photo gallery, and if this is not enough, you can relive this enormous event by taking a glance at the marvelous film below. Both creations from the expert team at Texpertz Photography. This emotive film will take you through our lovebirds' wedding festivities. From the Sangeet celebration hosted at the grand 2616 Commerce Event Center to the fabulous wedding reception attended at the marvelous Plano Ismaili Centre, we noticed the glamour and elegance that our Maharani delivered. She made the right choice by trusting the exceptional talent of Kashish By Hina, who took care of her beauty needs. Something to remark is the excellent talent from DJ Riz Entertainment, who lighted up the reception with their beats, making everyone dance the whole night. Don't think twice and click play below. You'll love it, and will get tons of inspiring ideas from it!

 

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Aamir and I met when I was in middle school and he was in high school! We started dating when I was 14 and he was 15. Little did we know that 13 years later we would be getting married. I think we knew that this was going to work for the long haul when we very quickly clicked. We went from being boyfriend/girlfriend to best friends and then to business partners. At that point, we knew that this relationship was going to be a love story for the books

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Every thanksgiving we vacation in Cancun with Aamir's family. This was the first thanksgiving that we were going to go along to Cancun. Naturally I knew something was up. We stayed at the Secrets the Vine in Cancun in the honeymoon suite. Aamir had been playing me since August and letting me book our trip when little did I know he knew which resort I would end up picking and from there he worked with the resort for a romantic beach proposal. It was the cutest and sweetest moment of my life! It was perfect! As we came around the corner to go down the steps to the beach you saw herds of people gathered around and I remember looking to Aamir and saying oh look someone is getting proposed too and then I remember doing a double take and being like OMG THATS MY NAME!

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.
Honestly this was SO FUN FOR ME! Being a corporate event planner i was so excited to plan a more creative like event. My favorite part was planning all the little surprise and delight experiences and my least favorite part was deciding on my outfits. I LITERALLY could not make a decision cause the pressure was so high.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew for my indian lengha I wanted a traditional red lengha. I have always dreamed of being a traditional bride in a bright red lengha. As I got older my dream started getting mixed in with an american style reception. With that being said we ended up doing a combo to make both dreams come true. A red lengha for the sangeet and a white lace wedding dress for the reception

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Honestly it was when we were able to get our families together to do DIY projects, dance practices and wedding planning! It was so fun to get everyone together and it will be one of my favorite memories from the wedding. I am blessed to have such AMAZING family and cousins who were by my side during this whole wedding process

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think our guests favorite part of the wedding was how uniquely different it was. It had a good pairing of traditional and non-traditional elements.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our special moment was spending the morning of the reception with our bridal party and close family. We truly were blown away seeing everyone come together and make our dream wedding come together. I remember walking out from my hair and make-up into the venue hall and having that ah-huh moment on how blessed we truly are!

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.
Our 4 day wedding started off with a traditional mendhi at both the bride and grooms homes. It was filled with lots of food, laughter and dancing. We decided to change up the normal tradition and do the grooms egg rasum on this day to help the ease of the pithi/sangeet on the next day. The pithi and sangeet was our FAVORITE day! Our families put on wonderful performances and skits that talked about our relationship. Aamir and I are middle school sweethearts. Yes, middle school! The pithi had delicious indo-chinese food, chaat station, falooda station, bangle bar, bindi bar and dupatta bar. Guests were then served gourmet popcorn for their late night snack. The nikkah was on Friday and took place at our ismaili center in Plano. WE drove in style to the pithi in a McLaren and did the traditional khoba kobi game. Aamir build a WONDERFUL donut wall that we used to provide the traditional sweets for everyone to celebrate the marriage. On Saturday, we had a more americanized traditional reception! Growing up in the american culture but still having solid traditional roots made picking a theme for the wedding tough. Our happy medium was a FULL traditional mendhi, pithi, sangeet and nikkah with a non-traditional reception. We started the day off in a party bus and had a full day in the bridal and grooms suite with our bridal party! The evening kicked off with entrances, cake cutting and lots of dances. Each guest got to takeaway gourmet organic cotton candy for the favor. We catered barbeque food and had cupcakes and a smores bar for the desserts. We ended the evening with a sparkler exit and fireworks! It was truly a magical time!!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Just enjoy every moment of it. All the stress during the weekend is not worth it! You have family to help with that. You want to be able to look back and be apart of your wedding

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
My mendhi had a few hidden elements that meant alot to me. For example an infinity sign with 2006 hidden in it. That is the year we started dating. Cake tasting was one of our favorite days! We wanted something different and seasonal so we went with mint chocolate chip, coffee flavored and cinnamon spice. The venue for each of our days were so different. Pithi/Sangeet had a more industrial and vibrant feel. The reception was rustic and modern at the same time. I truly think we paired a fusion of cultures into a very intimate and lovely little wedding.

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DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Lighting: DJ Riz Entertainment | Sangeet Venue: 2616 Commerce Event Center | Ceremony Venue: Ismaili Jamatkhana Plano | Reception Venue: Magnolia Grace Ranch | Floral & Decor: Alpha Decor & Design | Hair & Makeup: Kashish By Hina | Catering: Patriotic Pig | Bridal Fashions: Zar By Shehnaz Madhani | Cake & Treats: The PopShop and More | Cinematography / Photography: Texpertz Photography | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Kashish By Hina | Favors: Make Your Life Sweeter | Fireworks: PrestoTechnics LLC | Mehndi Artist: KM Henistry | Photo Booth: Social Photo Booth | Rentals: Top Tier Rentals | Transportation: Prime Limo | Registry: Amazon


Chantilly, VA Indian Fusion Wedding by Akbar Sayed Photography

Happy Monday, Ladies! We hope you have had a fabulous weekend! Today, we have prepared something special! And you, my beautiful Maharanis, will love every moment of this fantastic fusion wedding! Today, we are double featuring this magical event. So, if the visual masterpiece by Akbar Sayed Photography is not enough, you can also take a look at beautiful shots we have compiled in today's Main Blog! Isn't that amazing, ladies? So let's begin this journey! We want to start by presenting you with all the beauty surrounding Vishaka & Harrison's fusion wedding. A celebration that not only marked us but every single guest who attended this spectacular event. Right from the start, we have to say that everyone was captived by the beauty of Vishaka, who made the right desition when choosing Styles By Swati - Salon SBS for her beauty needs and Mehndi With Heena as her Mehndi artist! And we cannot stretch how much we loved her final look. She looked ravishing! The traditional Hindu ceremony was hosted at Chinmaya Somnath, while the Christian ceremony and the wedding reception were celebrated at The Bellevue. Such perfect venues to celebrate this life milestone. And you will love how the talented crew from Shagun Weddings worked their magic to enhance the beauty of these venues. They created two different environments with well-mixed ornaments and flowers that gave a fairy tale aspect to the celebration.  So don't think twice! Click the play button down below and get ready to be inspired by all the beauty surrounding today's wedding!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met at a trivia night in Dayton, Ohio, shortly after the Air Force stationed us both here! The rest is history.
 
From the Bride:
Harrison always makes me feel safe and protected. He made me feel comfortable being my true self since day one, and before I knew it he broke my walls down and was my best friend. I never had to doubt he would stand by me and stand up for me, but also encourage me to be my best self and grow with me.
 
From the Groom:
Vishaka always puts me and my needs above her own from the first day and every day since. Her love inspires me to be my best self and I've known from the beginning that she was the woman i wanted to spend the rest of my life with.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
He proposed at Disney World, during HIS birthday dinner, on the shores of the Grand Floridian resort while watching the Magic Kingdom fireworks across the lake!
 
Because it was his birthday I told him he could pick any restaurant that sounded good to him and he said he would make the reservation. When I found out the time of the dinner reservation I was initially super stressed out because we would be missing the Magic Kingdom fireworks, which would start around 15 minutes after our reservation time. He apologized and said he really wanted to eat at this one restaurant and this was the only reservation available, I softened up a bit and told him that we could just watch fireworks at the park the next night. Little did I know that our dinner reservation was at a restaurant with a patio across the lake from Magic Kingdom! He had planned with the restaurant for the waitress to offer to take a photo of us because it was his birthday, at which time they brought out my ring on a platter tucked into Cinderella's slipper along with champagne! Not only did he sneakily manage to capture our big moment with photos, but we also got to watch the fireworks from the patio of the restaurant with the show's audio streamed straight to the restaurant speakers! It was a fairytale night.
 
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 did our mehndi party at my parents house and kept it at an intimate 70 guests (haha!), whereas our wedding ceremony and reception sat at 200-250 guests.
 
Wedding day started off with a 3AM wakeup call to start hair and makeup for myself, my mother, and the bridal party. Although it was such an early start to the day, we enjoyed each other's company and my amazing day-of coordinator made a Starbucks run for us. (I absolutely love planning and I wanted to have a say in every detail of our big day, while being respectful of the traditions and rituals that my parents cherish and value, so finding balance was really important. We got a wedding coordinator involved fairly early in the process so that she could make sure all of our voices were heard and so she could bring my vision and planning to life on the big day while my groom, our families, our bridal party, and I were all able to truly enjoy the day. Definitely one of the best investments in wedding planning- we love Anisha from Our Day Events and are so grateful to have her team as part of our dream team!)
 
We had a tradition-meets-glamour Tamil Brahmin Hindu ceremony in the morning, followed by lunch. This was at a Hindu community center. It felt more spiritually focused than a hotel ballroom but was also a more elegant and private venue than a temple. Because it is a long ceremony and our American guests as well as many of the Indian guests don't know about the beautiful meanings behind the traditions, we did a lot of research with the help of our priest, and put together a narrative script for my cousin (who was my Maid of Honor) to read through so the guests would understand the significance of each phase of the ceremony.
 
Manju Mehta from Shagun Weddings was great to work with because she makes sure she gets to know each couple and each family to truly personalize your decor and bring your vision to life. She went through every aspect of decor with me from lighting to fabrics and layout of each event space. She also toured the venues with us to ensure that we would get what we wanted. One of the tricky things with a big ceremony like that is when close family members and the bridal party are actively involved in the ceremony it is often hard for guests to be able to watch the ceremony. We rented out special 2 feet tall risers for the whole mandap and jhoola/oonjal (Swing) so that no one would have to stand up or move around to be able to watch our ceremony.
 
The guests had a few hours of downtime to rest, and in the evening we had cocktail hour, followed by a Christian ceremony at the reception venue that led us straight into our reception. This venue was the embodiment of glamor-- marble floors, grand staircases, and huge chandeliers with an AV system that was out of this world. I really wanted cold sparks (indoor fireworks), and they were able to make that dream come true, but also able to include versatile uplighting, dance floor lighting, and fog/cloud effects for our first dance. The AV systems were incorporated into the venue, so planning for our DJ and lighting and special effects was easy because it all came part of the package!
 
The evening was basically a luxurious fairytale dream. My family is very traditional in their Hindu background and my husband's side of the family has non-denominational Christian backgrounds, so we wanted to be able to incorporate both traditions into our big day. We are both active duty Air Force officers (which is how we met in Dayton, OH) so he wore his mess dress uniform (or as I like to call it his "Prince Charming getup") for our Christian ceremony and reception.
 
The trickiest part of wedding planning is figuring out priorities and budgeting. Although parents are often as generous with their wallets as they are boundless with their love, it is important as an Indian-American woman to be able to contribute to her own wedding and minimize unnecessary expenditure when possible. Instead of getting a multi-tiered traditional wedding cake in a few flavors, we opted for a unique twist with Nothing Bundt Cakes! We got a cupcake tower from Amazon, had them place our bundt cake on the top tier, and filled the remaining tiers and our dessert table with bundtinis (their version of cupcakes) in 7 or 8 different flavors! We bought gold cupcake liners from Hobby Lobby in lieu of the dark brown standard ones the bakery uses so that they would tie into our decor theme a little better, and that small detail made a very pretty difference. We also had a variety of Indian pastries on platters, so our guests had a vast repertoire of desserts (and flavors) to indulge in. There were several things we definitely splurged on -- especially venues and photo/videography, but we wouldn't change that for the world. Our venues were beautiful, our decor was true to our vision, we had a dream-come-true day, and above all of it we have breathtaking photography and videography that artfully capture our memories.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
For our Hindu ceremony in the morning, I have been dreaming of a luxurious red kancheepuram silk saree from Chennai Silks since the moment I saw it on a commercial several years ago. It was part of their Vivaaha collection and my mom actually went to India to get it for me! I felt so elegant in that saree.
 
My favorite part was my 9-yard saree which is traditionally worn during the second half of a Hindu Brahmin wedding. I didn't want a cookie-cutter maroon one, but I wanted it to be fun and true to who I am while paying respect to our roots. I actually ended up getting a saree made straight from the silk looms of Kancheepuram with multicolored checkers and a border in my favorite colors: hot pink with gold embroidery!
 
I knew there was no way I could pull off wearing an all-white gown in front of my parents and 200 of their best friends (as all-white is often considered inauspicious), so my white gown dreams came true in the form of the most beautiful ivory lehenga I've ever laid eyes on (thanks Meenal aunty from Meenal's Indian Fashions in Herndon, VA!).
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
We scripted our Christian ceremony ourselves (as in, I did it with his help in selecting scripture readings) and a close friend of his from college (the United States Air Force Academy) also happens to be an ordained minister so we had her officiate our Christian ceremony. It was a really special and personal touch we were able to add to our day.
 
I also really enjoyed putting together the narrative for my MoH to read during our Hindu ceremony. Not only did it help our guests understand the phases of the ceremony but it also helped us better understand and appreciate the traditions that we were honoring.
 
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 DIY-ed a lot of stuff! We got blush and gold gift bags in bulk from an online outlet, designed and made our own Thank You stickers using Avery software to put on the bags, and even made our seating cards for our guests at the reception with Avery software and cardstock.
 
With the help of some of my bridesmaids, I was able to make a sign for the shoe room at the ceremony venue, welcome signs for the ceremony and reception venues, a Pinterest-style sign for free seating at the lunch, and a sign in memory of my great-grandmother for her seat at the wedding ceremony.
 
Using the Audacity app, I cut the music for several of the dance routines: our first dance, another choreographed Bollywood duet we did, a bride and maid-of-honor duet dance, as well as the music for each of the bridal party entrances and our Christian ceremony entrance! I actually counted the number of steps at our reception venue and timed the counts of music for us to make it down the stairs at the same time and meet in the middle for the ceremony. It all takes time and hard work but all the personal pieces made our day so special.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
We had an unforgettable day that still feels like a dream, and we hope it helps inspire other couples to believe you really can have all you want in your big day if you plan for it and make it happen-- no matter the different backgrounds you come from, it'll be a beautiful dreamy union of you and the person you love and choose and fought for, but also your families. Remember that the people you include in your dream team for your dream day should be the people you want and trust to make the best of the day for you.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Instead of bouquets we did diyas (clay lamps) for each of the bridesmaids to carry down the aisle. We used LED candles inside the lamps and the outside of the lamps were decorated with mirrors and intricate Indian paint patterns.
 
Mehndi with Heena was an amazing decision for us. Heena aunty and her team were stellar in personalizing my Mehndi and making each woman's experience so special. She included every unique detail of my and Harrison's love story and life into my henna design, and even did a beautiful pattern on his hand with my name written in it. Fabulous genuine high-quality art which I will remain forever grateful for.

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Floral & Decor: Shagun Weddings | Photography: Akbar Sayed Photography | Mehndi Artists: Mehndi With Heena | Hair & Makeup: Styles By Swati - Salon SBS | Cinematography: Akbar Sayed Photography | Ceremony Venue: Chinmaya Somnath | Reception Venue: The Bellevue | Planning & Design: Our Day Events (Anisha Ninan) | Catering: Paradise Indian Cuisine | DJ: DJ Lucky (Platinum Entertainment) | DJ: Bellevue AV Creations | Cake & Treats: Nothing Bundt Cakes | Hindu Priest for the morning ceremony: Venkatrama Sastri | Christian ceremony: Jasmine Niklas


Somerset, NJ Indian fusion Wedding by Joseph Minasi Studios

Good morning, Beautiful Maharanis! Today we are presenting you with an extraordinary film by Joseph Minasi Studios, a film that showcases a lovely union between Maharani Elena & Raja Rishi. This exceptional event flawlessly merged two different cultures and traditions that created one beautiful love story as come out from a fairy tale. The Palace at Somerset was the venue chosen for the galas, and the couple couldn't have made a better choice. Our lovely duo also recruited an A-List glam team to assist with the details of the bash for everything to be perfect. Events by Ridhi were in charge of the planning and design along with the team of Rangoli Weddings, who worked on the stunning floral and decor wonders. Everything was perfect, not to mention the fantastic entertainment from D&S Event Solutions, who contributed to the perfect evening with well-selected music and bright lights that left everyone speechless. So, ladies hit play below and let yourself be charmed with today's feature gala! Don't miss it!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
When I was visiting home during my freshman year of college, I really wanted to go to this party with my friends.  Luckily, one of Rishi's cousins introduced the both of us at this party.  It was an instant connection once we started to talk about a TV show we both like. Little did I know that at the age of 19 I was going to meet my soulmate and best friend.  After 8.5 years, I still think about that day when we first met and feel extremely blessed to have such an amazing relationship with him.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I have been planning for this day since I was a little girl, so of course I knew what I wanted (well at least for the Christian dress).  Luckily, I had a lot of support when I went shopping for my dresses.  For my Indian bridal lengha, I knew it was the one once I saw it in Nazranaa.  It was everything I wanted--a velvet and burgundy material.  When I went to Castle Couture for my Christian wedding dress, it was a bit more complicated because I was so overwhelmed with the dress selections.  But, I knew I wanted an off white, lace wedding dress with either 3/4th or long sleeves, so that helped narrow it down.  After trying on several dresses, I felt super indecisive between a few dresses and wanted to sleep on it.  So I went back a few weeks later and thank gosh Matthew Christopher was there for his trunk show! Once I tried on his dress, it was everything I ever dreamed of since I was a little girl. Lastly, for my reception wedding dress, I was able to get it customized.  I wanted it to be a very glamorous one piece dress that was a representation of both cultures (with of course a lot of sparkles). I think they were able to nail my vision because I could not wait to wear it once I saw what it looked like!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part was definitely the end of the night on the dance floor! I finally felt all of the pre-wedding stress lifted off of my shoulders.  I was able to see all of our ideas come together and everyone having a great time.  I had a dream team of vendors and I honestly would not know what I would do without them through this whole wedding process.  I literally bugged them all the time whenever I had a concern or question.  They made my wedding day a dream and I could not thank them enough! I was actually upset at the end of the night because I did not want that to be the last time I ever saw them since we grew so close and truly considered them to be friends.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved the way we incorporated both of our cultures. For the Hindu ceremony, we had the traditional Baraat and Indian food, and then we transitioned to the Christian ceremony in the afternoon.  We also had a Mariachi band during cocktail hour, which everyone loved! Our venue (The Palace at Somerset Park) had amazing food and drinks as well.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Brides-to-be—It is super important to establish a connection with your vendors! Definitely do your research because some vendors may not have the same style or vision that you want for your wedding day.  Also, be patient and remain calm. Stuff that you are unable to control will happen, just go with it! On your wedding day, things may run late, your dupatta may keep falling off, guests who said they would attend do not show up, you slip during your first dance, you do not eat anything until the end of the night, but at the end of the day NONE of that matters. You literally do not care because you are too excited and happy to let it bother you, so have fun! All of the stress and planning will be worth it because at the end of the day, you are marrying your best friend in front of everyone you love.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
We would like to thank all of our amazing vendors, family, and friends for being a part of our special day! We are so blessed to have such amazing people in our lives.

 

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DJ: D&S Event Solutions | Baraat: D&S Event Solutions | Lighting: D&S Event Solutions | Cinematographer: Joseph Minasi Studios | Photographer: Erum Rizvi Photography | Sangeet Venue: The Palace at Somerset | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Palace at Somerset | Planning & Design: Events by Ridhi | Floral & Decor: Rangoli Weddings


Carmel Valley, CA Indian fusion Wedding by Wedding Documentary Photo

Time for a cinematographic delight, Maharanis! There is no better way to be inspired than taking a look at all the highlights of Ragini & Zach's wedding, compiled in the visual masterpiece created by our good friends from Wedding Documentary Photo. This fantastic wedding was hosted at the majestic Holman Ranch, a beautiful place to create many memories for all family, friends, and of course, for our lovebirds! The gala was beautifully decorated by Saba Decor Rentals and fully planned by none other than Vermilion Weddings, who made sure to accomplish every detail that our lovely duo dreamed for their event. A stunning bridal hair and makeup look for our bride Ragini was guaranteed thanks to the fantastic talent from Morsal Zarif. The bride was glowing! Once the ceremony events ended, the incredible music from DJ Riz Entertainment turned the gala into a party. Everyone was on their feet, dancing and having a blast. It was just fantastic! Go ahead and click play and be inspired. You will enjoy it!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Zach and I met when we were both working in DC.  On our first date, I was sitting inside at the bar and, like a gentleman, Zach was waiting outside for me!  I almost left, thankful to be going back home to get in my pajamas and lay on the couch.  But, we finally connected and ended up having a great time!  After the date, I joke that I thought Zach was "just okay."  But, on our next date, Zach took me to a Tiki Bar and that's what sealed the deal for me.  It took a couple more dates for Zach to finally work up the courage to kiss me and the rest is history!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Zach and I had just moved to California and he had been dying to go wine tasting in Napa.  He planned a whole day of tastings and tours.  For many men, that would be a dead giveaway, but Zach can be a great planner when it comes to social activities, so I didn't think twice.  On the morning that we were leaving for Napa, something hit me that maybe it was going to be the day, but Zach was wearing pants and a t-shirt and I didn't see anywhere he could have been hiding a ring box so I put the thought out of my mind!  At the last second, right before we got in the car, Zach decided he wanted to go back inside and get a vest just in case it was cold.  Lo and behold, that was where he was hiding the ring but I didn't notice because I had already forgotten about it at that point!
 
When we got to the second winery, we were a little early for our tasting time, so I asked Zach to walk into the vineyard with me so we could take a nice picture.  Little did I know, I was setting him up perfectly for his proposal!  He took the opportunity to get on his knee and I was so happy that I don't even remember a word that he said!
 
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.
Between Zach and I, we have 2 full-time jobs and at least 3 part-time jobs so planning a wedding was a challenge.  We leaned a lot on the help of our friends and family, especially my parents.  We found all of our vendors through a combination of recommendations from friends and internet searching.  Pinterest was a great way to communicate with vendors about what we were looking for.  We also used a lot of spreadsheets!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I love forest green and forever had that in mind for the color of my dress.  After going to a few stores, I just wasn't finding the green that I wanted, it's not very common for Indian bridal lehengas.  I went back home and scoured the internet and found the perfect dress from a designer in India but had no idea how to get it.  Somehow, Zach was able to find a retailer just a few miles from our house!  They were awesome and helped get me the dress of my dreams for the wedding and a perfectly coordinated outfit for Zach.
 
We also had a Western ceremony where I wore a white bridal dress.  The ceremony was meant to be small so I wanted something simple but, when I went to try on dresses with some of my friends, I fell in love with a beautiful ball gown!  I considered looking for a different dress that was more casual but decided to stick with the one I loved and I'm so happy that I did!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
It was fun for Zach and I to find creative ways of blending our cultures to create a wedding that was perfect for both of us and for our friends and family.  It felt really special to be able to honor both of our backgrounds and learn more about each other in the process.
 
I enjoyed putting little touches on everything because that's where I felt like the wedding truly became unique to us.  Zach also really loves music and had a great time picking out songs and working closely with our amazing DJ to create a dynamic and fun party.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?.
 
Many of our guests said they appreciated all of the little details and felt that everything was very thought-out, which it was!  Some things that seemed small - creative cocktail names and garnishes, personalized napkins, programs and decor that matched our outfits, sunglasses for guests in the baraat, personalized coozies for cocktail hour - turned out to be really meaningful for our guests.  Our venue was also amazing and a destination in itself.  The beauty of the place was truly special and we were thankful to share that with our guests.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I was walked down the aisle by 10 of my male cousins.  Some of them I grew up with and some of them I was meeting for the first or second time and that was what made it so special.  Whether we are near or far, family is family and we can always be there for each other.  It was a reminder for me that, as much as the day was about Zach and me, it was also about honoring the village that raised us.
 
Zach's favorite memory was when we did our first look before our second ceremony.  It was the late afternoon and we had already done a whole whirlwind ceremony in the morning so we were both exhausted.  But having that moment alone was magical and gave us the energy to enjoy the rest of the day!
 
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.
To pick our specialty cocktails, we had a cocktail tasting night where we whipped up several different recipes and we all voted on our favorites.  It turned out to be a blast!
 
One of my favorite decor elements of the whole weekend was this beautiful bike that our decorator had that she covered in gorgeous florals.  She placed it against a tree that was also dripping with flower garlands and it turned into the perfect backdrop for photos.
 
For the baraat, we handed out colored smoke bombs and the whole place turned into a color explosion.  It was awesome and the guests loved it!  Our photographer also got some great footage from above the baraat with a drone.  We also got some still pictures with the smoke bombs that turned out to be really dramatic.
 
For the sangeet, my parents and some of the other aunties and uncles did a great dance medley.  They practiced a lot and it really showed.  It was a hit!  My sister and friends also choreographed big group dances which was a great way for people, even those who aren't comfortable dancing, to get on the stage!
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Getting your family and friends involved in certain aspects of the wedding is a great way to make them feel included and they'll make it really special for you.  Don't feel bad asking for help - they want to do it!
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
We had an amazing group of vendors that took care of us and we can't thank them enough!
 
Thanks for watching ladies! I hope to see you again tomorrow.
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DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Floral & Decor: Saba Decor Rentals | Baraat: DJ Riz Entertainment | Cinematographer: Wedding Documentary Photo | Photography: Wedding Documentary Photo | Sangeet Venue: Holman Ranch | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Holman Ranch | Planning & Design: Vermilion Weddings | Floral & Decor: Enchantment Floral | Hair & Makeup: Morsal Zarif | Catering: Tandoori Nights | Catering: Jalsa | Catering: Kona Jerry | Catering: Bill the Oysterman | Bartending: A Twist of Lime | Bridal Fashions (Sabyasachi & Astha Narang): The Grand Trunk | Bridal Fashions (Bridal Party): VAMA Designs | Bridal Fashions (Western Dress): BHLDN | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Margo & Bees | Lighting: Showbiz Event Lighting | Live Music: Amelia Romano | Mehndi Artist: Ravie Kattaura | Photo Booth: Hipstr | Transportation: Monterey Touring Vehicles | Transportation: Main Event Rentals


Laguna Beach, CA Indian Fusion Wedding by Peter Nguyen Studio

Good morning! We are so excited to share all the details that surrounded Marisa & Rohit during their nuptials held at the Montage Laguna Beach! Get ready to dive into this story, thanks to Peter Nguyen Studio, who worked their magic to capture on film the spectacular views of the California Coast and the charming couple's love. One more time Ethnic Essence Couture Events managed to amazed us with another wonderful execution that made this event one for the books. No wonder why this planning team is so well-known for making dream events come to true! Our lovely bride Marisa was undoubtedly the queen of the festivities; her beauty was so just so alluring so as her bridal fashion selection. Her white trousseaus added a touch of freshness while the hair and makeup look Genna Khein Make Up And Hair Artist created for our Maharani were the perfect complement for her outfits! The entire marriage festivities carried a cheerful atmosphere, and that was certainly thanks to the great music our friends from Special Occasions DJ & Lighting played from the baraat up to the last reception! So make sure to check this great film and also the beautiful images here if you are looking for inspiration! 

More visual delights tomorrow ladies don't forget to visit us!

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Fusion
Romantic
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Photography: Peter Nguyen Studio | Planning & Design: Ethnic Essence Couture Events | Cinematography: Peter Nguyen Studio | Sangeet Venue: Monarch Beach Resort | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Montage Laguna Beach | Hair & Makeup: Genna Khein Make Up And Hair Artist | Catering (Sangeet): Natraj Catering and Restaurants | DJ: Special Occasions DJ & Lighting | Baraat: Special Occasions DJ & Lighting | Special Entertainment (Sangeet): SAUSD Ballet Folklorico | Special Entertainment (Reception): Mariachi Nuevo Jalisience | Mehndi Artist: Beauty by Rachana


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