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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Indian Wedding by JC Studio Films

Hello, Maharanis! I was counting the hours to be here with you today for our last video blog of the week, you are in for a wonderful treat! We are taking you down memory lane to relive Anisha & Neel's wedding weekend in no other than...Kuala Lumpur! I'm super excited and taking notes as fast as I can! Anisha & Neel kicked off their wedding festivities with an energetic sangeet night at the Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur, Maharani Anisha looking as adorable as possible in a hot pink lengha with golden embroidery danced and celebrated with her soon to be husband and their families. What a perfect start for their wedding journey! A traditional wedding ceremony was next in the program but not before Raja Neel could arrive dancing in style lead by Dhol Alliance and followed by his baraat procession at the JW Marriott Hotel Kuala Lumpur. The moment for the ceremony has arrived and I have to say that I was not expecting such a heart-warming moment between our lovebirds, so grab a tissue and pay close attention to their vows that JC Studio Films captured so perfectly! Chris Lim Bikyo did such a wonderful job completing each look for Maharani Anisha that I'm sure Neel was in awe every time he saw her! Hit play and enjoy this lovely affair!

Enjoy your weekend, see you on Monday with a new dose of wedding inspo!

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Cinematographer: JC Studio Films | Photographer: Munkeat Photography | Sangeet Venue: Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur | Ceremony & Reception Venue: JW Marriott Hotel Kuala Lumpur | Floral & Decor: Impression Event | Hair & Makeup: Chris Lim Bikyo | DJ: Dr Freazz | Baraat: Dhol Alliance | Lighting: Hasheel Sidhu |


Toronto, ON Pakistani Wedding Darkroom Doctors Studios

Subal and Hamzah’s wedding was a true ode to Pakistani weddings and Darkroom Doctors Studios translated this epic union into a beautiful film. These match made in heaven held a fabulous series of events that started off with a vibrant Mehndi night. Our bride, Subal had a few outfits ready to flaunt for all the wedding festivities. Her first look showcased a dazzling orange and purple suit, for her wedding ceremony she wore an exquisite light mint attire that matched with Hamzah’s outfit and finally, she opted for a deep red Anarkali suit for her Walima held at fabulous Chateau Le Jardin. For all these show-stopping looks, Seher Studio Inc’s team created a unique makeup and hairstyle that made the bride steal the limelight every day! Our brilliant bride fully planned her big wedding herself and teamed with Reshma Bhargava who helped her coordinate the wedding day. I Alam Photography really went the whole nine yards with the incredible images of the couple that completed the treasured collection of these lovebirds! With that being said let’s hit play and enjoy the film below!

Enjoy 4th of July tomorrow and stay tuned for more weddings!

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Cinematography: Darkroom Doctors Studios | Photography: I Alam Photography | Ceremony Venue: ISNA Canada | Reception Venue: Chateau Le Jardin | Planning & Design: Bride - Subal Asghar | Day of Coordination: Reshma Bhargava - VVA Events | Hair & Makeup: Seher Studio Inc | DJs: Dj Prince | Cake & Treats: Fine Cakes by Zehra |


Uganda Indian Wedding by Doodle Studio

Happy Monday, Maharanis! We are starting the week just right with the wedding footage of Rupa & Andrew by Doodle Studio! Honoring Rupa's parents' dream of having her wedding in their hometown in Uganda, our couple set off for a week of celebrations, family time and tons of love and fashion glam. Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort was the perfect location to host different events AND they have a planning and design team in-house! What else can you ask for? Rupa & Andrew's families and friends were welcomed with a native African themed party with dance, performances, and traditional music. Followed by a lakeside Ibiza themed pool party, an all-white party with Maharani Rupa glowing in a stunning summery mint dress, how lovely! Our glam couple hosted two wedding ceremonies, a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony where our couple looked fabulous in a gold and red color palette under an open mandap with fresh blooms by Silk Events. For the western ceremony, Maharani Rupa looked like a true Maharani in a marvelous white wedding dress that I had only seen in my dreams! I'm so jealous! Raja Andrew was waiting for the love of his life in an elegant gray suit to be pronounced once again as husband and wife! Our lovely duo seriously knows how to party and for their wedding reception, RV Sounds had everyone on their feet dancing and celebrating love. Such a fabulous soiree can only be concluded with a spectacular fireworks show at their reception dinner. Hit play and relive this wonderful affair Doodle Studio brought us today!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met through a mutual friend and started dating in 2013.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Andrew My husband picked me up from the station after work and was taking me home to have dinner with my parents. When we pulled up to the house, the whole garden was lit up with lights, candles and roses. Andrew got down on one knee and proposed and told me he is taking me to New York the next day. 

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 always wanted a destination wedding and it was my dads dream that I got married in his place of birth Uganda. We were very lucky that a good family friend of ours Sudhir Ruparelia owned a beautiful report in Kampala called Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort. Both mine and Andrews family travelled to Uganda to see the venue and start planning the wedding in May 2017. As soon as we got there we loved the resort and knew we wanted to get married there. Sheena Ruparelia, the daughter of Sudhir Ruparelia had experience in planning hers and her sister wedding at the resort and took the role of our wedding planner. We worked with her for most of the year on themes, entertainments, décor, food and drinks. Having a wedding in Uganda meant that anything was possible, we made sure each event had a different theme and Sheena and her team pulled out all the stops for each event. We did take a few suppliers from the UK which included our DJ Ravi Dattani part of RV sounds who had the party going every day, My make up artist - Sophia Aafreen would did an amazing job on not only my hair an make up but also my mum and sisters, and we had brilliant live singers come in from Kenya - Sodhi and team. Cake was done by Mira Marsani based in Uganda. 

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
The easiest part of the wedding planning was actually my outfits, my talented sister Sona Jivraj, owner and designer of Sonas Haute Couture created all 7 of my outfits along with Andrews clothes, and all our immediate family clothes. Sona has been in the business for over 10 years and has an amazing eye for what is in fashion and what suits every individual. She listened to all the ideas I had and made each outfit to perfection, her quality and design is definitely top of the range. Sonas clothes were complimented by Red dot jewels Jewellery, Tarun Thalani Jewellery and Amrapali Jewellery.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I loved planning the theme and décor for each event, as I mentioned there was not limit to what could be done in Uganda and the Ruparelia team made it all possible. I was able to be very creative with each event and make them all very unique. 

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think they loved everything, the resort, the weather, the food and of course spending a week with family and friends. 

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I would say when all the guests started arriving, we had African drummers playing as all guest started arriving from all over the world. It was so nice to see everyone and the excitement on their faces. 

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 7 events which were all very different:
1 - welcome party which was an African themed party, we had Africans drummers, singers and dancers, traditional African food and amazing African  décor.
2 - Pithi - traditional pithi ceremony beautifully decorated with pink and orange colours
3- Sangeet -rajasthani theme event which an mind blowing set, I came in on a dholi which all my brothers were carrying, we had various dances and speechs at this event and Sodhi the singer from Kenya. 
4 - indian wedding - set by lake Victoria, with a red rose mandup. The ceremony was not a traditional indian wedding and was carried out by my cousin Sawan Gandesha, it was personal, meaningful and entertaining. 
5 - pool party - this was a Ibiza themed pool party. everyone was wearing white , Andrew and I came in on a boat. We had massage ladies, a live band and music on till early ours in the morning.
6 - civil ceremony - this was in a stunning location in the resort over looking the lake.
7 - reception - this was by the pool, it was decorated with white roses, candles and was a very romantic setting. we had a lovely fire work display, speeches, and a great DJ playing till early hours in the morning 

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Have a destination wedding 

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Happy to send you pictures which will speak a 1000 words.

I hope you took notes on how to through a fabulous destination wedding, we'll have more inspo for you tomorrow!

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Cinematographer: Doodle Studio | Cinematographer and Photographer Agency: SILK Photos | Photographer: Sephi Bergerson Photography | Venue: Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort | Planning & Design: Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort | Floral & Decor: Silk Events | Hair & Makeup: Sophia Aafreen | DJ: RV Sounds | Bridal Fashion: Sonas Couture |


Ireland Indian Fusion Wedding by House of Talent Studio

House of Talent Studio has for us today wonderful footage celebrating Monica & Alok's wedding affair. Ireland is the magical place selected by our couple to celebrate their love with their nearest and dearest. Planning a destination wedding is no easy task, luckily, our couple found Waterlily Weddings and from there on everything fell into place. Waterford Castle is such a versatile venue that allowed our lovebirds to celebrate various events with different themes and managed to surprise their guests every time! Raja Alok started his baraat procession in a fairytale white horse, filled with music and a dancing crowd. Maharani Monica looked stunning in a colorful lengha with perfect golden embroidery matched with a lovely side updo. I absolutely adore their wedding ceremony, Ireland is a magical place on its own and Lamber de Bie did a spectacular job creating a memorable white mandap with cascades of greenery with white blooms and white lanterns. It's time for an outfit change to join Monica & Alok's western ceremony! Our sweethearts joined their lives a second time in a lovely western ceremony, Monica looking like a princess in a mermaid style wedding dress and Alok in a classic blue tuxedo. What a glamorous couple! All the guests had the time of their lives thanks to Raj from Sound Nation who played the best beats during the wedding reception. Hit play to relive this Ireland fusion wedding perfectly captured by House of Talent Studio!

Stay tuned, Maharanis! Tomorrow we bring you Monica & Alok's wedding images by House of Talent Studio!

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Photography: House of Talent Studio | Cinematography: House of Talent Studio | DJ: Sound Nation - Raj | Floral and Decor: Lamber de Bie | Planning and Design: Waterlily Weddings | Michelle | Venue: Waterford Castle |


Cancun, Mexico Indian Fusion Wedding by Mike Cantarell Films

Get ready Maharanis because the wedding film you are about to watch is such a tearjerker! Today's couple, Deepika and Arthur, decided to travel to the warmth of the never-ending summer of Cancun, Mexico to hold their inter-cultural nuptials at the dreamy Barcelo Maya Palace! This beautiful venue received the couple and their dearest friends and family for the first time to celebrate their Sangeet night! Next, on their long list of events, masterfuly planned by Cancun Unique Weddings, was the beautiful Jewish wedding ceremony held among palm trees. And here Maharanis, is were you need to grab a tissue! Groom Arthur, said the sweetest vows to his bride Deepika, who looked stunning in a white bridal gown and glowing makeup thanks to Cancun's beauty experts, StylingTrio. After honoring the groom's faith, the now husband and wife made their way to recieve the blessings from the bride's side. Now, turned into an Indian prince, Groom Arthur wore a long red scarf and a stunning sherwani. This fairytale romance was far from ending, the reception hall was elegantly set up and a white custom dance floor was ready to be stepped on by the new couple and the beats of Planet DJ Productions motivated all the guests to show off their best dance moves! Check out all the blissful, joy, and tears compiled in the romantic wedding film captured by the camera crew of Mike Cantarell Films

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Arthur and I met in college through a mutual friend. It wasn't until a couple years later that we started dating but it was an instant deep connection! 
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Arthur actually recreated one of our first (and favorite) dates for the proposal. We had dinner at Founding Farmers, a known place in DC and then he took me to the National Mall where we sat and chatted for a while before proposing. 
 
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've always known that I wanted a destination wedding, and with my family being from Brazil and his being based in the US, we decided we'd meet somewhere in the middle in the Caribbean. The planning started a year and a half before the wedding, looking at venues in different countries before setting our focus in Mexico. For the first year of planning we were sort of on our own looking for vendors. We took recommendations from our venue, Barcelo Maya, and also from friends and family that had gotten married in the area. 
 
Overall, all of our vendors were fantastic. We didn't bring in Cancun Unique Weddings for the planning until around 4 months before the wedding. Joss from CUW took over after most vendors had been selected and helped us cross the finish line. 
 
For Hair, I actually brought my own stylist from Brazil. He was someone who I had known since I was 8 and always dreamed of having him do my hair on my wedding day, so it was very special to have him with me for my wedding weekend. 
 
For my bridesmaids hair and my makeup, we worked with Styling Trio, a local hair & makeup company. They were amazing - very professional, and I loved every single look. 
 
For decor theme, I did the planning and design myself, working closely with my mom and maid of honor for the details. I had the help of CUW and Latin Asia—a decor company based in Mexico to bring the themes to life. 
 
My mehndi was done the day before all the festivities began by Lotto Mehndi, a local Mexican company. They did a beautiful job on my arms and legs with stunning details, and the ladies enjoyed getting their mehndi done during our Sangeet & Mehndi night.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My wedding dress for my Jewish ceremony: I selected this from the White Dress by the Shore in Connecticut. My MIL made a private appointment for myself and family to enjoy an afternoon at the boutique. It was a wonderful experience and I settled on a beautiful off-white gown by blush by Hayley Paige. 
 
My bridal lengha was a red + gold piece I picked out with my parents from a store in Mumbai. I must've tried on at least 20 options before settling on this one. I had always pictured myself in a red lengha! 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I think the most enjoyable part of the planning process was the India shopping! My mom, dad, and I went to India for 8 days and got everything done. It was a whirlwind but so much fun. Growing up, I always looked forward to the day when I would get to explore Mumbai for wedding stuff and getting to go from the invitations place to getting the items for the puja to trying on lenghas – you can't beat it. And to have the opportunity to do that with my parents made it even more special. 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think the family-aspect of it is what people loved the most. As a destination wedding, the guests who joined us had to invest time, money, take time off work, and some had to travel from far to celebrate with us. It made it really special and everyone felt like a big family together. 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Yes - the sangeet entrance. Walking into the ballroom with my groom by my side with the dhol player and getting to see the beautiful theme come to life was really special. We could feel the love and support from our friends and family and it was a really beautiful moment. 
 
For events other than your ceremony, please tell us as much as you would like about the decor, style, dances, and all the special details.
We had 4 events total for our wedding:
1) Jewish Ceremony & Welcome Reception: This was on day one of the wedding. We started the evening with a Jewish ceremony on the beach (it rained 30 min prior but we got lucky!), and then did a welcome dinner that was Mexican themed. 
2) Sangeet & Mehndi: We combined both events on the second night of our wedding festivities. We had dances from both sides of the family, as well as our college and work friends got together for a few numbers. 
3) Hindu Ceremony: On Saturday afternoon, we had our baraat & hindu ceremony that was outdoors. It sadly rained so we were moved to a rainsite that was still outside but under cover. We had a dhol player join our DJ for two hours on the dancefloor. The guests loved it!
4) Wedding Reception: That evening we hosted a wedding reception at a beautiful ballroom at Barcelo Maya Palace. All guests were able to dance the night away to the great music by Planet DJ Productions! We had beautiful candle and hydrangea centerpieces, with a mix of rectangle and banquet tables, with gold tiffany chairs and a white vinyl dance floor. The color scheme was blue & gold—colors that are good luck in Jewish culture! 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
If you are doing a destination wedding, definitely hire a wedding planner with local expertise. It's really important to get someone who knows the local vendors, culture, and business practices to help you through the process. Do this early on! I waited till 4 months before the wedding and I think we would've saved significant time and money if we had brought someone on earlier to help us. 
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
While I'm Indian (and my groom is American), I grew up in Brazil so we had a few Brazilian touches added to the wedding. For the reception, we ordered what are called bem-casados (happily married)—they're a small, dulce de leche cake from Brazil that are typically served on wedding days as a small gift for all the guests. My brother also surprised me on our reception night and had Brazilian Capoeira and Samba dances to entertain the guest.
 

Don't forget to read more tender love stories on Monday! 

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DJ: Planet DJ Productions | Venues: Barcelo Maya Grand Resort | Cinematography: Mike Cantarell Films | Planning & Design: Cancun Unique Weddings | Floral: IRIS Flores | Decor: Latin Asia Cancun | Hair & Makeup: StylingTrio | Live Music: Drums In Paradise | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Rolex Cards | Lightning: Encore | Mehndi Artist: Loto Mehndi | Bridal Hairstyling: Nando Coimbra (Brazil) |


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