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Los Cabos, Mexico Indian Wedding by Epique Cinema

Ladies, grab your passport and join us! Today we are taking you to Los Cabos, Mexico. One of the most beautiful and exotic beaches in the Rivera Maya. We are heading down to the phenomenal Hard Rock Los Cabos for the memorable wedding celebrations of Christina & Jerry. The extraordinary talent of Epique Cinema's team captured every detail crafted a remarkable film you will love! A big shout out to the splendid organization and planning of Elaan Events on every celebration. Such an outstanding job! What a perfect way to conclude such a lovely wedding than with an epic party! Our friends from DJ Riz Entertainment amazed us one more time with their beats, making everyone dance and creating a huge celebration for the newlyweds! If you are looking to plan your dreamed wedding event at the beach, you must see our video below, as you will get tons of inspiration for your own tropical soiree. Just epic! So don't hesitate and click on play to start reliving this extraordinary destination gala. Enjoy!

If you were inspired today, come back tomorrow and I bet you will be amazed once again! 

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DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Photography: Vek Photo | Lighting: DJ Riz Entertainment | Cinematographer: Epique Cinema | Sangeet: Hard Rock Los Cabos | Cakes & Treats: Hard Rock Los Cabos | Catering: Hard Rock Los Cabos | Planning & Design: Elaan Events | Floral & Decor: Zuniga | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Blue Flame Elite Entertainment | Bridal Fashion: Ibride Sri Lanka | Bridal Fashion: Nivetas Designs | Bridal Fashion: Aanchal | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Margo and Bees | Lighting: JSAV Cabo | Photo Booth: Mirror Photobooths | Travel Agent and Transportation: Destination Pick - Stanley Alexander


Dallas, TX Indian Wedding by Vibe Films

Good morning, Maharanis! The filmy moment of the day is here, and you will love it! Today we have a film just taken out from the production workrooms of Vibe Films. We will start this presentation at the fantastic Renaissance Dallas, an upscale venue handpicked by our newlyweds for this wonderful occasion. You will be enchanted with the romantic and colorful decoration that Alpha Décor created for each ceremony, just outstanding! Our dazzling Maharani surprised with different looks at each traditional ceremony. And let me tell you, she stole all glances as she was dolled up by Red Lotus Artistry's team. A big shoutout to this bridal expert team. Once the traditional ceremonies concluded, everyone attended the reception with full expectations that were quickly fullfiled thanks to the great music selection and lighting provided by DJ Riz Entertainment. Such a perfect combo! So go ahead and click on play to relive this unforgettable union! 

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
February 24, 2018. That’s when it went down at the Chihuly Glass Museum in Seattle, WA. My husband was finishing his last semester of law school, and I had an inkling that he would propose in May 2018 after graduating, since all of our families would be together for his graduation. This is why when we took a trip to one of his favorite cities, just a few months prior, a proposal was the farthest thing from my mind. He forced me to dress a little fancy prior to heading to the museum (I thought this was weird and should have expected something) and had made sure my friends had me get a manicure prior to the trip. We walked around the museum with a few of his college friends, one of whom had a fancy camera that he was using to “practice taking good pictures”. Once we entered the open gallery room, he got on one knee and proposed! I was so shocked that I just stood there staring down at him saying, “is this for real” repeatedly, until I finally said yes. Later, I learnt that he had picked the Museum for a number of reasons: 1) he knew I had never been and wanted to go, 2) proposing in Seattle would be totally unexpected, and 3) given that the Museum had glass gardens and flowers, it was beautiful year round, and there was no possibility of weather interfering with his plans.
 
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.
Our decision-making process for the venues and vendors was 90% driven by our budget. We knew we wanted to do a wedding in Dallas and that a hotel was going be the best option since an overwhelming majority of the guests would be flying into Dallas from out of state. We researched options, toured, made pro-con lists, and the Renaissance Dallas was finally selected, particularly because not only did it fall within our budget, but it gave us the ability to have our ceremony outdoors, which had been my dream!
 
For decor, since the wedding was going to be three separate events and we would have three completely different outfits, we wanted each event to feel different and intentional. We started planning our decor themes with the ceremony and knew that we wanted an outdoor morning ceremony, and so soft light tones and pastels (i.e. light pink, ivory, pale gold, mint green, etc) were going to be perfect. We wanted the Sangeet the night before to feel fun and cultural as a good way to kick off the weekend, so we wanted lots of bright colors and decor that screamed festive. Finally, the reception as the closing piece needed to feel grand and bold. Once we had these ideas nailed down, our decorator was able to take them and run and bring us back a vision that absolutely floored us.
 
I don’t think I could’ve gotten the Bridal looks I had envisioned if I had not gone with Red Lotus Artistry. From day one, when we began with the makeup trial, Vidya listened very closely to what kind of styles and looks I was a fan of, and what I simply couldn’t stand. For example, I wanted to refrain from heavy eyeliner on the lower lid for the ceremony, given that we were going with the softer tones theme, and given that I hate lipstick, I only agreed to move forward with lighted lip shades for most of the wedding events. You want a makeup/hair artist who believes in what you do and don’t like, and doesn’t only try to impose his or her views. Your bridal makeup artist also needs to know exactly what hiccups to expect when getting ready for your wedding events, and that’s exactly what Vidya addressed during our consultation meeting. During the consultation, Vidya and I discussed how my dupattas would be draped and we ran through how every single piece of jewelry would be worn for each event. The meeting was time consuming, yet so informative and it kept us on the same page the weekend of the wedding.
 
We initially were worried about identifying and communicating with the vendors in Dallas, because we both lived in Washington, DC. Luckily, we had the absolute best wedding planner, Christina Thomas at Elaan Events, to help navigate us through the process. She was able to give us multiple options within our budget for each vendor, and made sure we were 100% happy with each one before proceeding onto the next matter. It has now been three months since the wedding took place, and we can look back with certainty that each was the best choice.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Pink. My bridal lehanga was destined to be a shade of pink since god knows when. Walking into Om Parkash Jawahar Lal in Chandni Chowk in New Delhi, and seeing all of the endless options of dazzling lehengas, something clicked and I knew that even though this was the first shop we were visiting, it would be the last and my lehenga would have to come from here. Luckily, my parents and aunts had already done their homework by visiting this shop prior to me even landing in New Delhi, so that made me feel even more comfortable with sticking to Om Parkash Jawahar Lal...which I highly recommend, brides!
 
Given that pink was non-negotiable, and that we wanted the ceremony to be pastel themed, accenting my lehenga with sea green was the perfect choice, especially since my husband loves the color green and was happy to find a sea green sherwani with light pink accents to compliment my outfit.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Hands down the food and cake tastings were the most enjoyable parts of the planning process. Is it possible that amidst the minutiae of wedding planning and logistics, anything could have been more enjoyable than being fed a variety of scrumptious appetizers, main dishes, desserts, and then making decisions with our stomachs instead of our minds? Although I’ve got to say, pinning wedding outfits and henna designs to my Pinterest boards, which I’d share with my mother and mother-in-law to get their input, was also exciting and not stressful, so I’d consider this a close second.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The Ceremony! One would think that a late morning ceremony, on the terrace of the Renaissance Hotel in Dallas, with perfect weather that wasn’t too hot or cold, with absolutely stunning soft pastel decor would have been what made the ceremony so memorable. But, all of that ended up being sides to the entree, that was the priest, Panditji Pattabhirama Krishna Jois. The guests were blown away by the fact that our traditional Hindu priest not only spoke in excellent English and was able to easily explain every step, but also that he was funny and engaging to a point where he felt as though he was an emcee. Many of our guests had not been to a traditional desi wedding before, and instead of sitting there bored and confused for an hour, they were entertained and were able to feel like they were part of all of the rituals.
 
Long story short, the engaging ceremony coupled with the perfect environment/vibe is something our guests have not stopped talking about.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
I feel like every bride, who has her wedding fresh in her mind, has all kinds of knowledge they want to impart on all brides-to-be. Here are my two cents:
 
1) Enjoy the engagement period for at least the first 1-2 months before you dive into planning mode. You really want to take that time to just be on cloud nine before you become occupied with dates, locations, and the endless wedding related decisions to be made.
 
2) The wedding planning process is like running a marathon. Don’t sprint!! Sticking to deadlines is essential, which your planner will guide you on. But don’t try to do everything at once. During this process, remember to keep an open dialogue with your fiance! Your partner needs to be a part of the conversations. Remember, it’s not just your marathon!

We have more highlight filsm for you, so make sure to visit us again tomorrow!
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DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Photography: Vek Photo | Lighting: DJ Riz Entertainment | Baraat: DJ Riz Entertainment | Hair & Makeup: Red Lotus Artistry | Cinematographer: Vibe Films | Sangeet / Ceremony / Reception Venue: Renaissance Dallas | Planning & Design: Elaan Events | Floral & Decor: Alpha Décor | Catering: Desi District | Catering: Peacock Plano | Bridal Fashions: Om Prakash Jawahar Lal | Cake & Treats: Frosted by Neema | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Kaagaz | Mehndi Artist: Sheetal's Henna Designs | Photo Booth: Abbeniel Photo Studio | Transportation: Prime Limo


Houston, TX Indian Wedding by Aventography Photo & Video Studios

Happy Valentines Day, Maharanis! What a perfect way to end this fabulous week by bringing you a new highlight film that I am sure you will love. Let's take a look at Neha & Nishad's big Indian wedding celebration. A match made in heaven! First of all, let's thank heaven for such talented work from Aventography Photo & Video Studios, who created this fantastic film. Let's begin this incredible journey at the Sterling Banquet Hall, where the Sangeet took place. This was a magical time were at the rhythm of music and choreographies both families gathered to celebrate before the big day. We are swooning over the beauty of Neha, who looked incredibly gorgeous amidst every ritual and ceremony. She trusted her fashion needs to the style crew of Fashion Face, who created a magnificent look for her. The magical wedding ceremony was hosted at the perfect outdoors of The Gallery. This was an emotive moment that made everyone sigh. Once the ceremony concluded, everyone participated at the reception in a stunningly decorated hall by Deco Art at the Red Oak Ballroom and had and epic night with delicious food and a piece of phenomenal well-selected music provided by Dhol Beat International. Go ahead and click on play to relive this great moment, ladies! 

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Met him in Kansas City when I was visiting.  The first weekend we spent together, we just connected and couldn't stop talking. It felt like I'd known him my entire life, I had this gut feeling he was "the one" but was afraid to admit it (never felt this way before about anyone). It was exciting and terrifying at the same time.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
10 letters, each hand delivered from the most special people in my life. Each letter contained 6 puzzle pieces. After receiving all 10 letter, I had to put together the 60 piece puzzle. The puzzle was a drawing (which he did himself) of my room and my brother's room. Leading me to the next clue, a lock hidden in my brother's room and a key hidden in my room. Inside were 3 scrolls,  sending me on a treasure hunt. First scroll had a bus ticket from Houston to Austin. Second scroll had a map with a note of where in Austin I would be staying but with who was a surprise. Third scroll was a plane ticket from Austin to Washington DC. Finally an uber drive to the national arboretum leading me to the most epic proposal by my greatest treasure, the most incredible man ever.
 
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 wanted an outdoor wedding, which could be hard to achieve in Houston, TX but we looked at many locations and decided to pick two venues, one for a smaller intimate wedding ceremony and something bigger for the reception.  Our overall experience was wonderful, at times it would become stressful but we reminded ourselves the only thing that matters was us getting married. We wanted a perfect marriage and having a perfect wedding was just a bonus.   
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I wasn't able to go to India with my mom to pick out my own outfits. Instead my baby sister came to the rescue and went with my mom. I knew the color combination for each event and she worked ferociously to make my dreams come true. For the sangeet we wanted green and gold; wedding we wanted a velvet maroon and gold; reception sapphire blue and silver.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Most enjoyable part was doing it together. Most of the time brides make all the decision with little to no input from their grooms. I included my now husband, Nishad in every aspect to get his opinions and thoughts. He helped pick out our color combinations from the engagement to the reception. He was part of every weekly phone call with the coordinator. He came up with our hashtag. We even did our save the date cards together, I did the calligraphy and he did the artwork. Every step of the process we were a team.   
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The details of meaningful things. For example, at the wedding ceremony we had a program that illustrated the steps of a Hindu wedding in colorful artwork and explanations. At the reception, instead of having a traditional guest sign-in book we had our guest sign puzzle pieces.   
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Walking down the aisle, smiling ear to ear starring at my best friend because we are finally getting MARRIED!
 
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 families are incredible. At the sangeet they did a lip sync battle (bride vs groom), surprise family performances and speeches. At the reception both sides of the families got together and did an epic skit with a slideshow filled with pictures in the background. Nishad and I also surprised everyone with multiple dance performances.   
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Relax, i wont say don't stress because wedding especially South Asian wedding with multiple events is stressful BUT when the day comes just enjoy every moment and have fun with it. You are marrying your best friend and soulmate, the rest doesnt matter. 
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
My last name is Singh and Nishad's is Rai so our hashtag is "singhintherain". Our cake was of a couple under an umbrella surrounded with rain.

 

If you want to relive more love stories as this one, make sure to visit us!

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DJ: Dhol Beat International | Photography: Aventography Photo & Video Studios | Baraat: Dhol Beat International | Sangeet Venue: Sterling Banquet Hall | Ceremony Venue: The Gallery | Reception Venue: Red Oak Ballroom | Floral & Decor: Deco Art | Catering: Bombay Brasserie | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Fashion Face | Event Coordinator: Lavender Pearl Events


Cancun, MX Indian Wedding by Mike Cantarell Films

A new filmy time is here! We are beginning this week by reliving Sonam & Herman's wedding celebrations. Thanks to the magnificent talent from Jonathan Cossu Photographer, we previously showed you details from this fantastic event. Today you can be fully-inspired by a tremendous and emotive film prepared by Mike Cantarell Films. We are heading to Cancun Mexico, where the Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa was selected by our lovebirds to host their wedding festivities. First of all, let me warn you that you might lose your breath away due to the magnificent look of our beautiful Maharani. She dazzled us during the entire festivities with the impeccable style provided by Alex Corbanezi Beauty, who took care of Sonam's beauty needs. As you can see in the video below, a piece of India was carried to the fantastic beaches of Cancun thanks to Shaadi Destinations, the expert Travel Concierge who assisted the couple during their stay. Every detail decorated by Grupo Gama reminds us of the Indian traditions just as Raja Herman stated: "Cancun finally sees the greatest Indian wedding of all times." Everyone had a blast weekend enjoying every single moment from this unforgettable wedding. Click play and relive this amazing bash. You can also visit the photo gallery here!

ow did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Herman on Halloween, in a bar in the middle of New York City, dressed up as a witch. He was dressed up in a Totoro onesie. For those of you that don't know, Totoro is a Japanese anime character that I just happened to watch religiously growing up. The rest is history.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Herman proposed to me on the beach in April 2018. He told me we were going to an engagement party, and while we were on the way he insisted on stopping off at a nearby beach to enjoy the view. When I got out of the car, I saw the most incredible set-up right there next to the water. There was champagne, a wooden arch with photos of all the memories we had made so far, flowers, and everything else I could've ever wanted. It was really something to see.
  
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The best part of the planning process was the chance to make the events something that was truly our style. We got married in Cancun, Mexico, so we already had a destination wedding going for us. We really wanted our guests to enjoy every part of the wedding because at the end of the day, it was a vacation for them too. We scheduled out events in a way that there was one free day for guests to do as they pleased during the 3 day event period. We scheduled a massive all-day pool party for the guests (and us!) to fully unwind and have fun in an informal setting. Our guests could not stop talking about it!
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
A piece of advice that many married couples gave us before our big day was to not let anything get in the way of our happiness and our enjoyment of all the events. Being the bride and groom, it is inevitable to be stressed about things going wrong, but it's so important to remember that you are getting married to the love of your life and you should be present to fully enjoy that. You shouldn't worry about the things that can go wrong, because things will go wrong. You should go into your wedding week with the mindset that nothing will ruin this time for you both, and to make the most of every moment because it goes by so quick.
 
I hope you enjoyed this lovely destination wedding as much as I did! See ya, ladies. 
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Travel Concierge: Shaadi Destinations | Venues: Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa | Planning & Design: Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa | Floral & Decor: Grupo Gama | Hair & Makeup: Alex Corbanezi Beauty | Cinematography: Mike Cantarell Films | Photographer: Jonathan Cossu Photographer


Dana Point, CA South Asian Wedding by Lin & Jirsa Photography

Welcome back, Maharanis! Get ready to melt at every single detail from this fantastic, gorgeous affair! We are still speechless about this enchanting day at Monarch Beach Resort! For this particular day, Shiyana & Dilshan envisioned romantic-theme and luxurious details, and Shawna Yamamoto Event Design truly brought that vision to life with their fabulous designs and lush florals. The ceremony started with an awe-inspirational service that inspired every guest. To incorporate their heritage, traditional Sri Lankan dancers led the joyful Poruwa Ceremony. However, who stole every single breath, it was our beautiful Shiyana who entered wearing a gorgeous, stunning saree by Ramona Oshini. Once the ceremony ended, the room was embellished floor-to-ceiling with gorgeous white fabrics, and an extra-large seamless white dance floor filled the center of the room. This elegant dance space not only made a dramatic visual impact but also made all of the decors stand out. It was wonderful! Not to mention the fantastic performance from Sri Lanka Foundation Performing Arts Center, who entertain us in such a magical way. We are lucky to have all of these moments captured in film by Lin & Jirsa Photography So, go ahead and click on play. A never-to-forget visual treat is waiting for you!

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Cinematographer: Lin & Jirsa Photography | Photographer: Lin & Jirsa Photography | Reception Venue: Monarch Beach Resort | Ceremony Venue: Monarch Beach Resort | Planning & Design: Agape Planning | Stationary: Agape Planning | Floral & Decor: Shawna Yamamoto | Hair & Makeup: Andrea Vlaovich | Catering: Rajeendra Wanniarachchige Catering | DJ: Shrilankan | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Sri Lanka Foundation Performing Arts Center | Bridal Fashions: Ramona Oshini | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Minted | Lighting: Impulse Event Lighting | Live Music: American Events Network | Rentals: Palace Party Rentals | Rentals: Signature | Rentals: Above the Top | Rentals: Linen Rental | Legal Officiant - Great Officiants - Alan Katz: Sri Lankan Officiant - Kumar Herath | Ice Bar: Ice Bulb


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