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San Mateo, CA Indian Wedding Lux Studios

Welcome back to the enchanting wedding of Sunaina & Hemanth. The Sangeet night, a vivid prelude to the main ceremony, was set alight with joy and dance on a bespoke floor wrapped by Dance Floor Designs. As Sunaina made her grand entrance, all eyes were captivated by her stunning transformation, courtesy of Glam by NB's artistry and Hair by Shak's magical touch. Marriott San Mateo hosted the ceremony, where every aspect flowed seamlessly under the expert coordination of An Elegant StandardDazzling Streaks Decor decorated the space, creating a fairytale setting. Sunaina looked stunning with flawless hair and makeup by Beauty Innovations. The ambiance transformed into a beautiful celebration of love as the evening transitioned to the Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club. The newlyweds' heartbeats resonated with DJ Tanveer's rhythm. Lux Wedding Studios, the maestros of cinematography, transformed their wedding into an everlasting cinematic masterpiece. With a keen eye for detail and an artistic flair, their cameras didn't just capture moments; they encapsulated emotions, weaving a visual narrative that spoke volumes of their love.

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Hemanth and I met through a quirky combination of fate, family, and food. We initially met because our moms started volunteering together and became friends. Our families both live in the Bay Area and often meet at family friend parties. We mostly ignored each other’s presence at these parties as we were in our high school years and interested in totally different things. We both attended UC Davis but at different times (he's a couple of years older than me). So, as he graduated from college and I went through my Freshman and Sophomore years, we started to talk more at these family friend gatherings over our new common topic of UC Davis. This is how we found out about a crazy coincidence (and the fate part of this story): Hemanth and his friends had lived in the exact same apartment as me 3 years before. It was Apartment 85 at the Fountain Circle apartments. We started sharing funny college stories about our experiences living in the same (slightly rundown) apartment, and that's how our real friendship started. A couple of weeks after this conversation, he reached out to me, saying that his group of friends was going to drive to Davis to attend the annual school party called Picnic Day. My mom got wind of this and (being the Indian mom she is) decided to send a huge food package with him to deliver to me. Upon delivery of the food package, I decided to invite his friends to my apartment's house parties for the weekend! That weekend, all of our friends became friends, and we ended up hanging out as a group for a couple of years, even after that weekend and after we all graduated!

I guess there’s one more “f” to add to this story, which is the funny part. After we got serious, Hemanth and I found out that our grandparents live so close to each other in India that it’s even closer than our family’s lived to each other in the Bay Area. We found out that we had many common family friends in India, too! Our joke is that maybe if we hadn’t found each other, the arranged marriage gods would have put us together anyway.

So that's the "how we met part," but how did I know he was "the one"? Well, as you can imagine, going from friends to dating was another story. I had graduated and moved back to the Bay, and we continued hanging out as a group. But one day, Hemanth had reached out to me and asked if we could get dinner just the two of us. I confided my confusion about the situation to my mom, and apparently neither of us could believe a guy like him could be into me...so we concluded that he must have reached out because "he was bored and needed new friends". It then took him a whole 4 months to convince me that he was seriously trying to date me! In hindsight, I feel bad for the guy that he had to plan date after date and wait for me to finally get the idea.

I feel so blessed that he asked me out and decided to make our friendship into a relationship! I always knew I wanted a relationship to feel effortless and like I was hanging out with my best friend. The fact that we started out as friends really helped our foundation, and to this day, he remains my best friend. I knew he was "the one" when I caught myself helplessly using all of his made-up lingo, feeding his pizza obsession, and always wanting to share every story and detail of my life with him!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Hemanth made our proposal happen in my favorite city, Chicago, with an amazing day of details planned. For someone who doesn’t usually like to make reservations or be particular about the details, he blew me away with all of his plans! I was living in Chicago for graduate school, and he was visiting me that weekend. I had an inkling that it was going to happen since we had gone ring shopping together, but he was still able to really surprise me. It was February, and it was cold, so we planned a day at The Art Institute of Chicago. We were walking around the museum, and he kept asking me to come to view this one painting by the staircase. Once I walked over there, he insisted that we ask this stranger to take a picture of us. Before I knew it, he was on one knee, had pulled out the ring, and the “stranger” was actually an arranged photographer who pulled out her professional camera! I was so surprised, but I didn’t even give him a chance to give his speech, and I immediately said yes. We spent the next hour doing a beautiful photoshoot all around Millenium Park. That photo shoot is something I will truly cherish for the rest of my life- it captures the most special moment of my life with my favorite person and my favorite city as the background.

But the surprises did not end there! He had planned a series of reservations at beautiful restaurants around the city. The first was a champagne bar to celebrate the occasion; the second was a riverside restaurant to enjoy appetizers; the third was a popular Chinese spot because that’s one of my favorite cuisines, and finally, at dinner, he surprised me with a chocolate cake (one of my favorite desserts) that had “Soon to be Mr. and Mrs.” written on it! The day was pure magic for us both, and props to him for making such an amazing, thoughtful proposal happen!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My outfit-shopping experience was a unique one for an Indian bride! I had three major events to shop for: the sangeet, the wedding, and the reception. I knew I wanted to do a lehenga for the sangeet and potentially a sari for the wedding, but the reception was a big unknown for me. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do a lehenga or execute my vision of a fusion white dress look. I had the pleasure of planning a trip to India and shopping there. I shopped in Hyderabad, and it was definitely hard to pick between all the different designers and their beautiful designs! I tried to stay within a certain budget and not get too carried away and landed upon an Aisha Rao design for my sangeet lehenga. Their studio treated me with amazing customer service, making the lehenga to my exact measurements and getting the whole outfit together in less than a couple of weeks! I absolutely loved the embroidery work and animal/floral motifs that describe her design style. I loved the colors and motifs of my outfit so much that I even designed our sangeet dance floor wrap around my outfit!

My reception outfit was a story of extreme luck! I hadn’t really fallen in love with any lehengas for my reception while I was in India, and I had about 3-4 months left to look for a reception outfit. Panic set in, and I pivoted to executing my vision of a fusion-style wedding dress inspired by both Eastern and Western styles. I started to research Middle Eastern brides because I loved the elements of the embroidery in their gowns that connected the Eastern and Western styles a bit more. I found Turkish designer Tarik Ediz and fell in love with his designs! I knew I wanted to incorporate some sort of mermaid-style gown with a train, and they had exactly what I was looking for. I got extremely lucky that a popular gown shop in the Bay Area (BChic) had a similar size for me to try on, and their customer service was excellent. They ordered a new gown to my size and had it rush shipped within weeks. They worked with me to add lining to the bodice and customize details that made the train easy to hold and dance with. I was absolutely obsessed with how it all turned out! Hemanth wore a cream tux to tie it all together, and our pictures just speak for themselves!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The things that stood out about our wedding to our guests were how well-planned and organized it was, how much we took care of our guests, and how good the food was! What was funny to us was that we really had no clue what was going to resonate with our guests as we planned our details out, and sometimes, it’s just the smallest things that they notice! I believe the details really do matter. Things as simple as providing breakfast for my bridesmaids for their early call times, providing guests with food takeaway boxes after the events, handing out hotel room gift bags upon check-in, or handing out sweet boxes from India as take-home gifts really did resonate with our guests.

We were lucky to have such fun and lively guests as well! Our crowd’s energy really made all of our events that much more enjoyable. Our bridesmaids and groomsmen and close family kept the group chat of around 30 people going for months after our wedding. Everyone was in great spirits and just there to have a great time! They brought the fun, the energy, the laughter, and especially the dance moves. I believe this also truly made our wedding so enjoyable for everyone!

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 sangeet decor was Jaipur and palace-inspired decor. I absolutely loved the elements of all the colored lamps, the beautiful customized dance floor wrap, and the decor matching with our outfit theme! Major props to our decorator and event coordinators for making it all happen.

Our reception was at a different venue than all of our other events. We decided to do this to add variety for our guests! We held our reception at the beautiful Palo Alto Golf and Country Club. It was a stunning venue with a view of San Francisco in the distance. Our cocktail hour was held overlooking the sprawling golf course and during the sunset hour! Our guests absolutely loved this and we got to take beautiful outdoor pictures before our event.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Pick your battles and if that means all of the battles are your battles, then so be it! It's your and your fiance's day, and you guys deserve to have everything you want! Don't let too many people give you advice because the process is already so stressful. Keep your peace and focus on the happiness of you two as a couple!

As a bride and groom, sometimes you forget this detail - plan ahead how you guys are going to get around to your events! You don't want to get caught scrambling before your scheduled pictures, etc. This is a detail you can work out with your event planner.

For the bride- make sure you do a makeup trial! Knowing exactly what you're going to look like is really important. I do not regret paying extra to get my trail done, and I regret not organizing trials with all of my artists.

Thanks for being with us today, and don't forget to be back for our daily and lovely updates here!

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Photography: Lux Studios | Cinematography: Lux Studios | Ceremony Venue: Marriott San Mateo | Reception Venue: Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club | Decor: Dazzling Streaks Decor | Bride's Sangeet Hair: Hair by Shak | Bride's Sangeet Makeup: Glam by NB | Bride's Wedding Makeup and Hair: Beauty Innovations | DJ: DJ Tanveer | Bride's Reception Outfit: Tarik Ediz | Bride's Reception Outfit: B Chic Fashions | Mehndi Artist: Kristy K Designs | Coordination: An Elegant Standard | Sangeet Dance Floor Warp: Dance Floor Designs


Tuscany, Italy Fusion Wedding by The Wedding Filmmakers

Sweethearts! Allow your hearts to skip a beat as we unveil the transcendent tale of Megha & Rajiv's wedding. The Antica Fattoria di Paterno offered an ambrosial backdrop, a canvas adorned by the exquisite planning and design from Michela Valcaccia. Megha was the epitome of grace and elegance, enveloped in a breathtaking Manish Malhotra ensemble. Antonella Macaluso's touch had rendered her a goddess, her makeup and hair flawless as her soul, which has been in eternal love with Rajiv. Mainardi Fiori transformed the venue into a romantic haven. Haveli Indian Catering curated a gastronomic symphony that harmonized perfectly with the couple's heritage. A cascade of saccharine delights flowed from the hands of Le Cirque Firenze, each cake and treat a testament to the sweetness of their love. We cannot forget the euphoric tunes that filled the air, choreographed to perfection by CalibarChi Chi Illustrations was responsible for the personalized pack of playing cards and the personalized vintage Italian postcards. To ensure that this day would forever be etched into the annals of love, The Wedding Filmmakers captured each look, touch, and smile in a way that transcended the very essence of visual storytelling. The film was a visual recording and a soulful capture of moments that translate into everlasting memories. You'll love it! 

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Rajiv proposed on 23rd October 2021, just over a year after we first met. He had organized a spa day at the Corinthia Hotel in London, which is one of my favorite spas - we got pampered with lots of treatments and a lovely lunch. We then changed location to the Four Seasons Hotel on Park Lane. He asked me to be ready at 5.45 pm and meet him on the top floor of the hotel. When the lift doors opened, I could hear our song “Electric” by Alina Baraz & Khalid playing. I followed the path of white rose petals on the floor to the main room. There were photo frames of us and little gifts to collect along the way. When I opened the doors to the main room, I found Rajiv in the middle on one knee. The whole room was covered in white rose petals, with Polaroids of our dates hanging on fairy light strings and candles everywhere. The view of the London skyline in the background as the sun was setting was amazing. He had hired a saxophone player to play our favorite songs live in the background. He had also hired our wedding photographers to capture the proposal as well! It was the best moment of my life. Afterward, we went to Amaya, an Indian restaurant, for dinner; as a surprise, he had organized a private dinner with our immediate families. From there, we headed to a nearby bar for a final celebratory drink - I didn’t know Rajiv had organized another surprise after party this time to celebrate with all of our friends! It was perfect :)

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew I wanted to wear traditional red and Manish Malhotra as I love his Indian wedding lenghas. I went to his store in Delhi and had the best experience playing dress up. I found my perfect Lengha there and knew it immediately.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
We have heard that guests loved our attention to the smaller details - we had written personalized vintage Italian postcards by hand to go into each guest's welcome bag when they arrived for the wedding. We had personalized tote bags made with our logo for guests to use to transport their belongings to the various events. Guests still use this as a reusable shopping bag today. We also had a personalized pack of playing cards (our family are keen card players), a personalized wooden vintage handheld fan, and personalized do-not-disturb signs for the wedding guests. We also had a whole range of Italian snacks and wines for guests to enjoy in their rooms. We had water guns for the Haldi, which guests also loved!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
We wrote our own personal vows, so hearing those out loud was really special. The moment we said ‘I Do’ and became husband and wife meant a lot. The whole theme of our wedding was “From Dreams To Reality,” and it was amazing to see all our ideas come to life against the beautiful Tuscan backdrop.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
The day flies by, and before you know it, it will have already become a memory. Be in the present and savor every moment. Don’t let any of the small stresses get to you. You’ll cherish these memories forever, and you want them to be full of smiles.

Thanks for your visit today, sweeties! Don't forget to be back for more inspirational stories every day.

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Sangeet Venue: Tenuta I Massini | Ceremony Venue: Antica Fattoria di Paterno | Reception Venue: Antica Fattoria di Paterno | Planning & Design: Michela Valcaccia | Floral & Decor: Mainardi Fiori | Hair & Makeup: Antonella Macaluso | Bridal Fashion Lengha: Manish Malhotra | Catering: Haveli Indian Catering | DJ: Calibar | Cake & Treats: Le Cirque Firenze | Cinematography: The Wedding Filmmakers | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Chi Chi Illustrations | Photography: Raj Passy Photography


Los Cabos, MX Indian Wedding by Biyani Photography

Good morning, Maharanis! We were dying to get back to you to share this new and marvelous film created by the great talent from Biyani Photography, who captured every single detail from Saakshi & Indy's magical wedding ceremony. To begin this journey, have your passport ready because we are taking you to one of the most beautiful beaches in Los Cabos, Mexico, for you to take part in this wedding celebration. Our friends from Electric Karma International took our lovebirds dreamed vision and planned the wedding of their dreams. And, let me tell you that everything seemed like taken out from a fairy tale. Just lovely! Del Cabo Events took care of the decoration and trust me; they added perfection to this lifechanging event, with floral arrangements and well-mixed ornaments that everyone loved. Speaking of perfection, you will love how Saakshi, our gorgeous Maharani, looked during the whole event. She delivered natural beauty and dazzled everyone, thanks to the marvelous talent of Suzanne Morel Face and Body Care, who took care of her beauty needs. We can't forget to mention the phenomenal music beats that our friends from 3D Sounds created for this celebration. They made everyone danced and made this celebration an epic one. You will love every single detail from it. So click on the play icon below and get ready to enjoy this marvelous wedding! 

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
During my fourth year of dental school, Indy and I planned an impromptu trip to Paris. I spent a lot of time planning out the whole trip with Indy, little did I know he already had it all planned out! Our first morning in Paris, we went to Montmartre, my favorite part of Paris. It was a bit of a gloomy morning but Indy insisted we go anyway. Once we were there, Indy proposed in a garden in front of The Wall of Love and had a photographer waiting there to capture the moment! She captured the entire proposal as well as the snow flurries that begun falling immediately after he proposed! We spent the next 5 days enjoying everything that Paris has to offer.
 
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 could not have planned this wedding without the help of our wedding planner, Therese (Electric Karma), and our families! It truly was a team effort with each member of our family playing a big part. After visiting Cabo with my parents and Therese, we immediately chose Paradisus Los Cabos as our venue. Once the venue was in place, Therese guided us in picking all of the vendors, most of which she knew personally. We got lucky with the most incredible group of vendors who we worked with closely over the course of one year to plan all of the details.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part was the amount of time that Indy and I spent talking to our parents and sisters and bouncing ideas off each other throughout the year. I felt that both of our families really bonded through the wedding planning process. The brunches, family "meetings" and phone calls made the planning process fun! Especially because Indy and I lived in New York and Boston, respectively, for half of the planning process, so it was nice being in touch with our family in Texas.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The guests loved how much detail went around planning four days of events. It is very rare for an Indian wedding to stick to a schedule, but we were able to make it work! We had our wedding in Cabo San Lucas at the Paradisus Los Cabos resort, a relatively small resort which means our wedding took over the majority of rooms with all ~240 guests staying there. We had beautiful weather the whole week and Cabo is such a breathtaking place to spend time with friends and family before getting married! Everyone was in vacation-mode and had plenty of energy for the four days of fun that we had planned! Guests also had plenty of time each day to enjoy the resort, beach and the town since we had the Sangeet, Wedding Ceremony, and Reception each on a separate day.
 
Everyone also loved the food! The resort had a variety of great sit-down restaurants and we were lucky to have Chef Gaurav Anand fly in from New York City to cater our wedding! He curated a wonderful menu of Indian, Mexican, and International dishes for the Sangeet, Wedding Day, Cocktail hour and Reception. He put together an incredible plated Indian dinner for our reception which was the one thing I really wanted all along!!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I just keep dreaming about the whole week of countless amazing memories! We truly had the best week of our lives in paradise with all of our family and friends. We're already planning a reunion trip!
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
There are so many aspects to planning a wedding that I never even thought of before this whole process. Having a knowledgable wedding planner, such as Therese, who has done this almost 1,000 times (literally!) really helped us achieve everything we wanted! Without her knowledge and experience, we would have been overwhelmed, especially since we chose to do a destination wedding.

If you were inspired today, wait to see what we have prepared just for you tomorrow. So stay tuned!
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Venues: Paradisus Los Cabos | Floral & Decor: Del Cabo Events | Hair & Makeup: Suzanne Morel Face and Body Care | Catering (Sangeet): Chef Gaurav | Catering: Chef Gaurav Anand | Bollywood Performers & Instructors / Mehndi Artist: Cabo Entertainment | Lighting: JSAV | DJ: 3D Sounds | Priest: P.D. Gangatirkar


Baltimore, MD Sikh Wedding by Photographick Studios

Happy Tuesday, Maharanis! Today I bring you a visionary treat by Photographick Studios that is overflowing with ravishing moments, a magnificent Maharani, and authentic love. Raveena and Gurdev's multi-day Indian wedding has me smiling from ear to ear taking place at the prestigious Guru Nanak Foundation of America and Hyatt Regency Baltimore. The ballroom was outfitted with polish place settings and tabletop accents worthy of every occasion by Indian wedding design artist Yaadein Weddings. Sagina Wahi - SW Events ensured that each celebration flowed seamlessly and planned the perfect series of events. Hit play for all the live action! Bonus: Get inspired by these super chic images shot by Photographick Studios in our gallery

See you tomorrow! 

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Photography: Photographick Studios | Cinematography: Photographick Studios | DJ: DJ USA | Floral and Decor: Yaadein Weddings | Planning and Design: Sagina Wahi - SW Events | Venue: Guru Nanak Foundation of America | Ceremony | Venue: Hyatt Regency Baltimore


Nashville, TN Indian Wedding by J. Diliyok Productions, LLC

It is officially (kind of) winter and I cannot imagine a more proper visionary Indian wedding than that of Ami and Ambrish at the ultra swanky Marathon Music Works. The utterly romantic grounds of the wedding venue has my heart leaping and the lush foliage décor provided the perfect backdrop for a fairytale Indian wedding. Sweet and chic, Maharani Ami's Indian wedding is straight out of the pages of Instagram. Red Umbrella Event ensured that each celebration flowed seamlessly and planned the perfect series of events. As an added bonus, you can hear all about my editorial feature by Banga Studios right here. But like me, you won't want to wait to experience this never-ending fairy tale shot by J. Diliyok Productions, LLC.

See you tomorrow Maharanis! 
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Photography: Banga Studios | Floral & Decor: Red Umbrella | Planning & Design: Red Umbrella Event | Cinematography: J. Diliyok Productions, LLC | DJ: Rocky | Venue: Marathon Music Works


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