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Turks and Caicos, South Asian Wedding by Bliss Wedding Films

A new highlight film is here and it only means one thing! A lavish celebration is about to be unveiled. This time our friends from Bliss Wedding Films filmed Rittika & Dhruva's Indian Wedding in the dreamy Turks and Caicos, a real paradise in the Caribbean! Beaches Resorts hosted the luxurious events, and it was undoubtedly a total bliss spree. Thankfully, the first-class wedding planners from Sandals Resorts Weddings were in charge of every detail and delivered fully with the planning of these lavish galas. Both families witnessed the unique ceremony rituals in front of the pristine turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean. So beautiful! While the brilliant photo team of Lin & Jirsa Photography captured the magnificent setting, the lovebirds' unique yacht exit, and every single wedding moment that you can relive here shot by shot. As the celebrations continued, our guests laid their eyes on the striking bridal look of Maharani Rittika. From her Sabyasachi and Kresha Bajaj's lehenga designs to the romantic hair and makeup created by Appease Inc., every detail of her look was absolutely to die for! Not to mention the lavish party afterward inside the great halls of the Beaches Resorts, it was definitely a grand night to celebrate their newlywed status!   So, ladies, come and celebrate with us by hitting play below and get inspired!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!

His family has a beach house in Dana Point that was our absolute favorite place to be. It was peaceful, calming, and just amazing place with great memories. So he told me we had dinner plans down in Laguna Beach so we'd stay the night at the beach house and get ready there too. I was brought up to plan for time accordingly because it's not nice to be late for anything. So I ask Dhruva what time dinner was and he said it was at 7:30 pm. So I google mapped from dana point to Laguna Beach and got ready to account for traffic. I was ready by 6:30 pm to start heading downstairs so we could leave by 6:45 pm, or so I thought.

 

Dhruva held me hostage in that room because apparently the photographers wanted him to propose at sunset, and wanted us downstairs at 7/7:30. I found it odd that he was essentially holding me hostage in a room and got a little suspicious. Because my suspicion grew, he finally had to cave and call an audible and go down sooner than was planned. And the next thing that I found odd was he said "let's take the elevator down" which we never did, but i thought "ok maybe because we have a suitcase and I'm in heels so why not."

 

As soon as the elevator doors opened he had a runway of candles set leading to the back patio which was essentially the beach. He spoke to me the whole way down the path and got down on one knee in the sand and asked me to marry him. There were a bunch of people who started cheering from the house next door, whom I initially thought was our families, but it was actually a random family who was airbnbing the house next door and it made it feel even more like a surreal fun experience.

 

After that we drove up to a country club where our family and friends were waiting for us to celebrate. It was the perfect proposal because we both enjoy quality over quantity, and sharing special moments with those closest to 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.

We knew for the most part that we wanted to do a destination wedding. Again since we enjoy keeping the number of people lower in order to share every moment with the people closest to us. We looked within the U.S. and all over the world. We also were thinking of maybe doing one of the places we have already been to share with our family. And a big driver was my experience at one of my cousin's weddings in India where they rented out almost a whole location, so it was all of us waking up together and spending every moment of every experience together in one location. I was driven by wanting to find a place that would make it feel like a huge family vacation where we can all spend the whole time together without any worries.

 

I had a huge excel file with multiple venues, made all the calls, organized what they had to offer, the different prices (full buyout, rentals, room rates, etc). I needed all the facts to pitch the idea of the destination and sell it to my dad. And this is how we landed on Beaches Turks & Caicos: I would be able to do all of our functions, it was all-inclusive, kid friendly (many of my cousins have young children), had U.S. certified nannies and medical aide on site, and was affiliated with Sandals which is a renowned company, it was far enough away to be an awesome destination but close enough for those who are closest to us to be able to afford, and Turks was on our bucket list of places to go since we are both Scuba certified.

 

Beaches was extremely helpful, they give you a pre-wedding coordinator and a on-site wedding coordinator. Due to many of my intricate requests, my pre-wedding coordinator put up our wedding as a recommendation to be feature in Sandal's wedding magazine which was awesome! I then had the corporate wedding planners helping me out who went above and beyond to make all my visions come true.

 

For Hair and Makeup, I wanted someone who knew how to help me get ready for all the Indian events and worked well with Indian bridal make up. So I found an amazing makeup artist in Chicago named Carrie her company is called Appease. I was able to do a trial with her here in Chicago (which is where my husband and I have been for school), and she had a package to do mine as well as some of my bridal party's hair & makeup, and mehndi at our sangeet too! Her company had the whole package.

 

For outfits, I am a bride that prefers comfort over being too showy, especially since we were going to be in the Caribbean. The one outfit I knew, and this was LOOONNNGG before it became a new "thing" to do, was that I want a Sabyasachi outfit for my wedding day because being a Bengali myself, I have loved him as a Bengali designer from long before the trend. His original store and home are right around the corner from my mom's family's home in Kolkata. And I knew I wanted it in red because thats the color my parents wanted since it is the traditional Bengali color for wedding.

 

For decor and theme, I am not a Bride that has been planning my wedding since childhood with ideas in my head from before, so I just started going with ideas as they came to me. I wanted to make full use of all that Beaches had to offer with all the diversity it had. So I made the Sangeet a more ethnic Indian theme with lots of colors and flowers and even a beer pong/flip cup table, for the Ceremony I saw an inspiration photo for a stage and huge photo frame backdrop that was all white and looked gorgeous against the Caribbean blue so I started with that and went from there. I wanted everything to be mainly white base with just small pops of colors so that all the vibrant Indian outfits would pop against the gorgeous Caribbean blue ocean backdrop. And the Reception I just wanted to be beach elegant with shades of blue which was decided after I picked my Reception outfit.

 

The main thing was having alcohol and awesome music always available, my family and friends love having a good time.

 

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?

Working with the Sandal's corporate team and the Beaches wedding team. They were all so much fun and I still keep in touch with some of them. I am more of a laid back bride where it takes a lot to stress me out. I also enjoyed finding new ways to add personal touches and items I knew would make my guests happy and make their time enjoyable. I was brought up in a family where we always think of our guests and plan events with them in mind, not to do things for show, but to do things that will be enjoyable for them. A wedding is meant to be fun for everyone in attendance.

 

I also enjoyed shopping for my outfits because we went shopping with our friends in Mumbai, no parents so not too many opinions and it was just a lot of fun because our friends aren't as stressed out as parents can be during wedding planning so it was just a lot of joking around, eating great food, going out at nights and a fun visit. This trip we also got to go to Kolkata to my parent's family's homes and that was a lot of fun too since I come for a big family there was always just a lot of people around showering us with love.

 

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?

From what I've heard everyone loved that it was about 70 people and in the Caribbean. Everyone enjoyed being able to get to know everyone that was there, spend downtime together around the resort and have a fun family vacation feel enjoying all the amenities and events. Nothing felt too formal like attending an event, it felt like a more "oh ok we gotta chug this drink, get out of the pool, and change for a party celebrating two people we love". Everyone got along and had a blast.

 

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 a welcome dinner on Thursday night. For the youngsters, it was at a restaurant by the beach, and for the adults, it was at a rooftop overlooking the ocean. It was just a fun night to have everyone get to know each other and make it feel like the weekend of festivities had officially begun.

 

Friday morning we had our Haldi at a Gazebo area outside of one of the resort's small bars with small bites and juices available. My family has alcohol at all events, but in case anyone goes offended from the other side I strategically picked this location so anyone who wanted a beverage could go into the bar and grab one. The decor was all orange and yellow-based, very beautiful with lots of flowers and fabric. We did a joint Haldi which was a lot of fun. And then all of us young folk ran to dance practices

 

Friday night we had our Sangeet. It was at an outdoor restaurant with an Indian Buffet and Indian decor and we had all the performances this night too. The decor involved a lot of colors, i had a greenery bar to go with the greenery photo wall, and tons and tons of flowers and multi-colored fabric, mehndi lounge area, and a beer pong/ flip cup table. My mom did a beautiful performance for me despite having broken her toe right before the flight on the way to the airport! She played it off as "bruise" because she wanted to be able to help with everything and perform. We also had a friend's dance that had my childhood family friends, our close friends, myself and Dhruva as a part of it. And my cousins did a huge family dance that was awesome especially because NO ONE lives in the same city, state, or country even. We all had fun doing rehearsals and teaching dances on the resort as well. There was a flash rainstorm that delayed the sangeet, but it just gave everyone more time in the pool and swim-up bar (again why i loved this concept of smaller with everyone on a resort). And yes they stayed in the pool through the rainstorm. And my coordinators told me that my awesome parents were the first to run to the location to see how they could help with anything because of the rain. The rain passed and we partied the night away.

 

This next event has tons of special details. Saturday night was our reception by the water, we had a huge fabric divider to separate the cocktail hour from the actual reception. My coordinators surprised me with a "champagne bar" as the bar for the cocktail hour. Cocktail hour was during sunset so was beautiful. For the reception, our entrance song was Unforgettable by French Montana, and our first dance song was Wanted by Hunter Hayes. We had just a few speeches and then opened the dance floor. Our dinner menu was around the world. We had dishes from all the places we traveled to, so we had Thai, Fijian, Belizean, and Caribbean food. My reception outfit was a love story lehnga. The entire bottom had scenes stitched onto it from photos I sent: our proposal, my dog, us on an elephant in Thailand, and us scuba diving. And the entire bottom border was made up of the Chicago Skyline because Chicago is where we spent our entire engagement and a majority of our relationship. After the reception, all the guests moved over to the beach and we had a huge bonfire with s'mores and more drinks, and we had all our guests release lanterns into the sky.

 

On Sunday we had an amazing boat party on a Catamaran with all of our friends that ended up staying until Monday with an open bar and food. We took the boat to an island and browsed the island and came back and continued the party at the swim-up bar.

 

And then the following Saturday, we had a reception back in LA which was just as beautiful. We picked the Millennium Biltmore because I love Beauty and the Beast and their ballroom reminded me of the ballroom scene from that movie. And it also had just such a beautiful regal elegance to it that did not need to be touched just enhanced. We wanted a winter wedding, but that wasn't possible so we had projection mapping done thanks to the amazing Amit from 3D sounds to make it look like it was snowing outside through the windows and have winter images. And we got white carpeting done and had white and gold as the theme to go with it by the amazing Nicole from Shawna Yamamoto who made my dreams come true. and I wore an oxblood sequined gown. This was just a fun party to celebrate our wedding with extended friends and family from back home. We had a dance from our friends with just a few speeches, and our highlight video from the island played.

 

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?

Be open-minded and hire planners/decorators based on past work so you can trust their abilities. It's good to have ideas to help narrow down options and have direction, but there will be things that may not go exactly the way you wanted, or there may be hiccups. With an open mind, and trust that your planners/decorators will come up with the best solutions, there is no need to fall into the stereotype of a "Bridezilla", and you can enjoy every moment so much more with less stress.

 

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)

My mehndi!! I loved loved loved it. I had a portrait of my dog and my two grandmas on my mehndi since they could not be with us (my dog was back in California, and my grandmas have passed). It was a definite highlight.

 

For the ceremony I had a vendor build me my own Palki that I was carried in on by all my brothers. And we did our vidaai on a decorated boat after which guests went to enjoy a private lunch.

 

I also made hangover kits as a welcome bag for all the guests with a note from me.

 

For our wedding cake on the island, the chef was amazing enough to make it out of a cake I had tried at one of their restaurants when we went for a preview visit. It was made from this delicious flourless chocolate cake that everyone loved.

More gorgeous highlight reels and breathtaking brides ideas every day! 

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Hair & Makeup: Appease Inc. | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Beaches Resorts | Planning & Design: Sandals Resorts Weddings | Bridal Fashions: Sabyasachi | Bridal Fashions: Kresha Bajaj | Bridal Fashions: Troy Costa | Mehndi Artist: Wild Style Design Company | Photography: Lin & Jirsa Photography | Cinematography: Bliss Wedding Films


Riviera Maya, MX Indian Fusion Wedding by Joseph Minasi Studios

Have you ever wondered what is it like to get married floating on the ocean? Well, our couple of the day, Neeta & David sure know how it feels like. These two lovebirds decided to tie the knot with a gorgeous destination wedding at Riviera Maya in paradisiac Mexico, and as you probably imagine, it was to die for! Our friends from Joseph Minasi Studios were there capturing all the glam and glitter, and believe us, there was plenty of it! The Hard Rock Riviera Maya was the venue of choice and it set the perfect scenography for the gala. Color, the roaring ocean, your significant other and the people you love the most. Can you ask for more? Such a stunning celebration! Don't miss today's beautiful film and get those ideas going! Also, the lavish picture gallery coming in the next few days thanks to Studio KSD! Keep tuned!

More to come, don't miss it!

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Photography: Studio KSD | Venues: Hard Rock Riviera Maya | Cinematography: Joseph Minasi Studios | Floral & Decor: Colin Cowie Celebrations | Hair & Makeup: Makeup By Shaili | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Style My Sari | DJ: Premier DJ Usa PSAV


Jaipur, India Indian Wedding by Hitched and Clicked

Happy Holidays loves! As we head down to a new year, our feature film of the day is here to bring a big rush of inspiration and sighs before we wrap up 2019! The incredibly sweet love story of Sakshi & Aaryav took place at the magical Jaipur, where our friends from Hitched and Clicked filmed the opulent wedding events from start to end! The splendid Fairmont Jaipur hosted the sacred rituals of the traditional wedding ceremony while the festivities were later moved to the luxurious The Leela Palace New Delhi. And as expected, the joyful reception in honor of the newlyweds was pure bliss! Lucky for our couple, the great team of  Innocept Studios kept everything under control and delivered fully with the planning and design of both galas. We are sure that Sakshi & Aaryav will remember this night for the rest of their lives! So, Maharanis we know you are longing to watch this beautiful footage, and so we are, so let's wait no more and hit play, enjoy ladies!

Another heartwarming love story on film again tomorrow, ladies! Remember to check it out.

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Cinematography: Hitched and Clicked | Photography: Hitched and Clicked | Ceremony Venue: Fairmont Jaipur | Reception Venue: The Leela Palace New Delhi | Planning and Design: Innocept Studios | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Turmeric Ink


Tuscany, Italy Indian Sikh Fusion Wedding by Denis de Luca

Hey there, Maharanis! Today, we have an extra special feature that you can't miss! Tuscany in Italy was the host city for Eshana & Manraj's union and as you probably already imagined, it was as grand and luxurious as ever! The talent of Denis de Luca was put to the test with today's filmy and trust us, the highlight reel is something to truly be enchanted by. The Hotel Villa Lecchi was at its very best for the gala, as it should be! What can be better for your nuptials than make them happen in Italy? So breathtaking! So, ladies, time to get some inspiration in our lavish destination wedding of the day! And also, don't forget to check on Maharani Eshana's fashion choices, truly an ode to syle to say the least! See you there!

 

More to come, don't miss it! 

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Cinematography: Denis De Luca | Photography: Framelines | Ceremony Venue: Hotel Villa Lecchi | Reception Venue: Hotel Villa Lecchi | Planning & Design: Anand Vivaah | Hair & Makeup: Barbara Corso Make Up Artist | Bridal Fashions: My Trousseau | Cinematography: Denis de Luca | Sikh Priest: Sikh Priest for Destination Sikh Weddings


Rajasthan, India Indian Wedding by Destination Photographers

Maharanis, let us submerge ourselves into another whimsical and magical wedding film! Today our dear friends from Destination Photographers make us travel to the mystical and beautiful Rajasthan in India! Here, today's protagonists Aashka & Jagir decided to tied the knot in an unforgettable celebration at the splendorous Palace Hotel - Bikaner House in Mount Abu. The sought-after Deepmala Devore festooned the luxurious spot and created the most incredible scenarios to make this union one for the books. This lovely pair's style also was something worth mention; they both flaunted a fantastic array of exclusive outfits. Specially Maharani Aashka, who completed all her stunning bridal assembles from Tulsi Studio and Tanveer Rim And Saniya with perfect hair and makeup looks from the beauty pro NILAM SATRA. More of this romantic jubilee? Hit play below and relive it one more time!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Jagir last year, it was arranged. We started talking on WhatsApp and then eventually developed a liking for each other and then Jagir flew down to India from Perth Australia to meet me and that's when we said yes to each other
And he was soo sincere compared to other guys I had spoken to, and when I asked him to come he immediately agreed to fly down and that's when I knew he was the one.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
It was arranged for us by our parents, but he wanted to propose to me with a ring in a beautiful way which he did last December, in the Taj Mahal Hotel Mumbai in a cozy special dinner with lots of flowers and a professional photographer, and music in a special booked cozy dinner room booked in a restaurant. He down on his knees and proposed to me, and it was a wonderful surprise.
 
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.
A lot of effort was made by my parents Seema and Shreyas into planning my wedding. And since the beginning, we knew what we wanted. My wedding photographer was Radhika Pandit and team, she is my childhood bestie and there was no thinking twice about it. We grew up together and i wouldn't even cut my own birthday cake without her as a child, now to her shooting my wedding was a surreal experience.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I am a cry traditional girl. Always wanted a red and gold lehenga for me and not the contemporary colors which are the latest trend nowadays, so was easy for me.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
A wedding brings all of the family together. It is a huge celebration that the whole family looks forward to. I am the only eldest child in the family, so everyone was excited.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
My wedding was a close-knit affair and a great location in Mount Abu, Bikaner Palace. Being summertime weather was amazing, everyone was looked after well since it was a small wedding and also the decorations and good they loved.
Especially the ambiance, we got married amidst the Aravali mountains
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
My friends and family and that my friends gave me a surprise bt dancing in my sangeet. Which a lot of them weren't going to. I was soo overwhelmed
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Just try to stay calm amidst all of the chaos, don't let any incident upset you. Its a wedding, things will happen some we won't like some we will. Hust concentrate on positive it's your day It won't come back and enjoy with our friends, mom, and dad.

 

More and more inspiration from our lovely brides to come, stick around!

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Cinematographer: Destination Photographers | Sangeet Venue: Palace Hotel - Bikaner House in Mount Abu | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Palace Hotel - Bikaner House in Mount Abu | Floral & Decor: Deepmala Devore | Hair & Makeup: Bridal makeover by NILAM SATRA | Wedding Choreographer: Chetan | Bridal Fashion - Pre-Wedding: Ritu Kumar | Bridal Fashion - Sangeet & Reception: Tulsi Studio | Bridal Fashion - Pre -Wedding on the Wedding day: Tanveer Rim And Saniya | Bridal Jewelry: Shobha Shringar Jewellers | Groom Fashion: Sabyasachi | Groom Fashion Pre-wedding: Manyavar | Groom Fashion-Pre-wedding on wedding day and Reception: Raymond - The Complete Man | Groom Fashion-Sangeet: Tulsi Studio | Groom Jewelry: Fab Trend by Ritesh Todi | Mehndi Artist: Yasminben | Vision: Nisarg Dave


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