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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


Frisco, TX Indian Wedding by Epique Cinema

Welcome, beautiful Maharanis! We are heading down to Frisco, TX, for today's new love story. So I hope you are ready to be inspired by this fabulous cinematographic piece of art brought by the talented crew of Epique Cinema. Thanks to this film, we will be able to review detail by detail Saranya & Nirav's wedding festivities. So, let's begin this journey at the phenomenal Omni Frisco, where the ceremony and reception took place. Both were a total dream! You are going to be amazed by all the elegance and flair encompassed in this gala, truly the definition of the ultimate Indian wedding experience! Just wait until you see the incredibly jaw-dropping make-up look that our beautiful Maharani flaunted during the festivities thank Ms. Painted Lady and the enchanting draping from JJ Drapes! Such a gorgeous look that will be remembered for a long time! Everything was well-organized by Electric Karma International who assisted our couple of today with their nuptials! The gala couldn't have run as smoothly. If you were inspired and delighted by the amazing entretainment, illuminated halls, and of course, the perfect music from this event, let me tell you that this was thanks to the phenomenal skills from DJ Riz Entertainment, who guaranteed the fun during the night with their talent. Go ahead and click on play. You will love it!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We both decided to meet up with some friends at a local social event. Mind you, we had been to several of these gatherings over the past couple of years, so we really weren’t expecting anything different. I was talking with my friends and Nirav joined in on the conversation. We got to talking and he asked to add me on Facebook. It took him 3 weeks to start a Facebook conversation with me, which was a corny pick-up line--but I like corny!
 
We started dating long distance when I went to California to begin my clinical psychology Ph.D. program. Being halfway across the country made it much more challenging for us, though Nirav working at Southwest Airlines definitely helped! After 3.5 years and the multiple barriers we faced (personal, cultural, you name it), we realized that we have what it takes to conquer this life together. He never gave up on me and vice-versa, so I knew that no matter what life threw at us, we would figure it out together.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Now let’s be real…the real test was the proposal. I told Nirav that I’m pretty perceptive and it would be incredibly difficult to surprise me, but my main criteria for the proposal was to be surprised (you see why this was the real test?). Nirav knew that I’m not too fond of the mushy, gushy, sappy kind of affection. Thus, his escape room proposal was perfect. We planned a trip to Scottsdale, Arizona with our friends over Labor Day weekend months in advance. Since we always do a yearly trip with our friends, Nirav thought it would be the perfect opportunity for an unsuspecting proposal. He suggested doing an escape room (knowing I would say yes – before he was hoping I would really say yes). In fact, to make it less suspicious, he even joked to me and my family a couple of times about proposing at the end of an escape room (to which I annoyingly responded that it would have been the perfect proposal and he now somehow had to top that idea). He found an escape room with the goal of heisting a diamond and worked with the owner to include mementos from the past three years as clues throughout the room. When we made it to the last clue, I opened the case and found the diamond ring. Funny enough, it still hadn't hit me that he proposed because I was thinking it was hilarious that he had joked about this happening—only to turn around and find him down on one knee. I was speechless and beyond surprised. I didn’t know if it was real—and then my sister walked into the room and it all hit me!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My grandmother asked me to be a traditional South Indian bride, and that is exactly what I wanted. We went to Chennai, India to find a South Indian bridal saree. I had seen a picture online of a bright orange/red mixed color that I loved, so we set out to find it and eventually found the perfect saree at Kanakavalli.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was seeing our families work together to integrate and create a spectacular event full of love. He's Gujurati and I'm Tamil, so seeing our families showcase the most important aspects of our heritage into one fun-filled weekend brought so much joy to my heart!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I believe our guests loved seeing both the fusion of Indian culture and the heartfelt meaning behind all the details of each event. We cherish our ancestors who fought like hell to come to America to give us a better life. Our families made sure that aside from the elegance and details, we showcased our gratitude to our family and friends who are responsible for the life we have today.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Seeing my family practice for the Sangeet dance. We had members come from near and far, and we knew we couldn't keep up with the adeptness of Gujaratis, particularly on Nirav's side. However, I had a few cousins in my arsenal that managed to wrangle our family together in a short period of time and teach them multiple steps. While we looked completely disorganized compared to Nirav's family, we had the absolute best time and I will always look back and cherish that time together.

Please come back for more inspiring films! 
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Planning & Design: Electric Karma International | Photography: Biyani Photography | DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Lighting: DJ Riz Entertainment | Baraat: DJ Riz Entertainment | Draping/Styling: JJ Drapes | Cinematographer: Epique Cinema | Sangeet Venue / Ceremony Venue / Reception Venue: Omni Frisco | Floral & Decor: Décor One by Nalini | Hair & Makeup: Ms. Painted Lady | Catering (Mehndi): Chuy's Tex-Mex | Catering (Sangeet & Wedding Banana Leaf Lunch): Chennai Café | Catering (Reception Dinner): Saffron House | Bollywood Performers & Instructors (Sangeet): Arya Dance | Bollywood Performers & Instructors (Reception): Infused Dance | Bridal Fashions (Mehndi): Anita Dongre | Bridal Fashions (Sari Blouses/Bridesmaids Lenghas): Tamaara Chennai | Bridal Fashions (Reception): Shyamal & Bhumika | Bridal Fashions (Wedding Sari): Kanakavalli Sari | Bridal Fashions (Groom's Outfits): Shreeman | Bridal Jewelry: Vummidi Bangaru Jewlers | Cake & Treats: Frosted Art Bakery | Invitations & Wedding Stationery (Bride's Invitations/Scroll/Menu): Menaka Cards | Invitations & Wedding Stationery (Groom's Invitations): Sarvoday Cards | Live Music: Violinist: Nadaswaram | Mehndi Artist: Henna By Zohra


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


Anaheim, CA Indian Wedding by Peter Nguyen Studio

It is time for an amazing new film, and you, my beautiful maharanis, will love it! You will be delighted by the fantastic job from our friends from Peter Nguyen Studio, who captured every single detail from Tamanna & Jay's celebrations. The Delta Hotels by Marriott Anaheim Garden Grove hosted the wedding ceremony and reception, and it was a perfect choice as they took care of not only Tamanna & Jay, our lovely duo, but of every guest as well. Everything was perfectly trimmed, and we can say that this was thanks to the professionalism and talented job from Subham Events, who made sure everything was perfect. Everyone had a blast during the weekend, from the pre-wedding traditional ceremonies to the wedding reception, where the well-selected music from Fusion Sounds turned the environment into a party. Something that delighted everyone, it was the splendid cuisine that Vishnu Catering served. Everyone was fascinated with this piece of heaven on earth. Just delicious! We are double featuring this event today, so you can be inspired by this film, or you can also visit our gallery and check the fantastic shoots by Peter Nguyen Studio. So, don't hesitate and click on play to relive this beautiful moment. 

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I had met Jay casually in October 2016 at our friends' surprise engagement but never really struck up a conversation.
 
In late January 2018, his name came up again.
I was paired with him to walk down the aisle at my best friend Jesal's wedding. I couldn't put a face to the name because so much time had passed.
 
It wasn't until Friday, February 2nd, 2018, 3 days after re-meeting him, where I first actually noticed Jay. He was wearing my favorite color, purple, at the Garba of our respective best friends, Jesal and Ravi. My friends teased me about him because we were wearing the same color. I joked back about it because I thought he was cute and I was interested in getting to know him. I even prepared a joke to say to Jay if I could gather the nerve to talk to him.
 
On the day of the wedding, we lined up side by side outside the main doors. Even though he seemed annoyed with me because the bridesmaids were running late and missed the initial entry song... I took my chances to lighten the mood.
 
"Are you ready to be the first guy I walk down the aisle with?" (since I had never been a bridesmaid before)
 
We met again at the wedding after-party & Superbowl party the next day. He messaged me on Facebook Messenger when I left and thereafter we would talk constantly via Messenger / Video Chat. He was quick to know that he wanted this forever and a few months later I knew there was just something different about the connection we had.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
On the Sunday, a year after we first met, he claimed we were celebrating our friends' 1-year anniversary at Pelican Hill Resort. He, our friends, and another close friend who "happened to be in the area" were there with us at brunch. After they "sneakily" scoped out a place to propose since it was pouring rain outside, he walked me outside, laid down a napkin on the wet floor for his knee and to my "surprise", he proposed.
 
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 was my own wedding planner. It was a good and bad experience. I think if you are clear on what you want and detailed enough to define it, being your own wedding planner saves on the cost of hoping someone else can achieve your vision. The bad part is that you have to trust vendors that you haven't worked with before. My mom was my assistant wedding planner and really helped me with a lot of the details and coordination. I couldn't have done it without her.
 
VENUES: The Ganesh Puja venue, my childhood home, was undoubtedly my favorite venue. We were able to do so much more because it was home and we were able to incorporate a lot of the personal elements into the decor. The meaning and significance behind the Ganesh Puja wouldn't have felt the same at any other venue. The sangeet venue, Fullerton Community Center, was a great choice for a pre-event due to affordability, ease of access and look and feel of the space. We did have to make some last minute fixes by buying chair covers because the standard chairs were of poor quality. The wedding/reception venue, Delta Hotels by Marriott, Anaheim/Garden Grove worked out well. I loved this venue because it was simple enough to feel like a family-hosted event and not a business event, and it had two ballrooms which worked out well to avoid any rushed transition time between the wedding and reception. Patty, my third coordinator at Delta Hotels, was great. She was personable, welcoming and great to work with. Though our wedding bags were not distributed by the check-in staff and other minor hiccups occurred, overall it was a great experience. It helped to have a clearly defined vision, details covered early-on and a lot of follow up.
 
HAIR & MAKEUP
Hair & Makeup for the pre-events were done by my hidden gem, Jewel Alonso. I loved every look of mine she was able to create. She was sweet and great to work with and I highly recommend her. Hair & Makeup for the wedding and reception were done by Drea Vlaovich. She was fun to work with and was definitely well-versed in Indian weddings. My favorite look of hers was my reception hair and makeup.
 
OUTFITS
I bought a lot of my pre-wedding outfits from Aishwarya Design Studio in Santa Cruz Market, Mumbai. I reluctantly share their name because they will increase prices or not have good outfits left for me if too many people go. However, I have bought over 35+ outfits from there over the years so I think I have my fair share that it is okay if others go there now. My wedding outfit and reception outfit were made by a custom designer. The wedding outfit came out closer to my vision than the reception outfit but both turned out well for photos.
 
CHOREOGRAPHER
When I went to India for two weeks, we would call a choreographer, Nikita Pawar over each morning to choreograph for us. She was so sweet and fun to work with though it was her first experience working on something like this.
 
DECOR THEME
My Ganesh Puja was done by a little known gem, Araceli. She was passionate about what she did, committed to every element, engrossed in all the details and was affordable. Guests loved her work on the backdrop. Honestly, she was too good for what she charged. On the other hand, I worked with Kumba Events for all other wedding events. I had heard good things, he gave good promises with his vast years of experience, and I regrettably bought into the whole thing. From an outsider's perspective, the wedding and reception looked fine but if you saw the Idea Boards, detailed designs and written out logistics that I walked him through months in advance, you would see why I was greatly disappointed. The Sangeet was a disaster in terms of decor. We paid more to have elements that were not even achieved. Simple things like cut-out mango designs were promised and delivered in the wrong color and then changed to a very poor quality (not cut out). For the wedding and reception, the florist we worked with for samples delivered a far inferior quality for the actual day of or was not the florist he went with. Her work on Instagram far surpassed the work provided to us via Kumba Events. No matter how clear of details I provided, how much follow up, the only elements that seemed to have worked were the ones we achieved by my family decor team.
 
FOOD
I cannot say enough positive words about Mantra Catering and specifically Sumit Sharma. Sumit is like family and he truly delivered on an amazing spread of food and desserts for the Sangeet and Reception. My work family loved him so much that they invited him back for my Farewell Lunch at work and he received even more praise. I cannot recommend a better food vendor but make sure you get to him fast. He, for good reason, books up fast.
 
PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY
Peter Nguyen Studio's photography came out beautiful. Ayesha and Bao were great during the Ganesh Puja and I couldn't imagine videography done by anyone but Bao. He's so great at it. The colors and quality, details captured and family photos were remarkable. The Same Day Edit created to play during the Reception was amazing. I had provided the songs and information I wanted to include before hand which helped a lot but it was the great video and editing that really made it come together. I'm really looking forward to the full-feature video and highlight video.
 
DJ & LIGHTING
Saved the best for last. Fusion Sounds, specifically Sandeep, is great work with. He was by far my most organized vendor. I gave him detailed timelines and song requests and he was truly able to deliver. He was very responsive and answered any and all questions whenever I had them.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew I wanted maroon velvet because I felt like it worked better with my skin tone compared to the traditional red. I wanted the gold and traditional maroon combination and to keep elements of the traditional mango design in the outfit. The pink was a designer added surprise. He wanted to create more contrast to the outfit and convinced my mom and consulting aunts to agree. I added personalized elements into the design including my grandfather's initials, my husband's name and my teddy bear's head. It was my once-in-a-lifetime outfit that I wanted to personalize where possible. I do wish it fanned out more so the design would be more visible.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Working so closely with family and friends. I really wanted to ensure that the event felt family-planned and family-coordinated. My family definitely came through and helped immensely with the execution of my vision. I couldn't have done it without them.
 
Additionally, the coordination of dances with family and friends was the best way to get everyone together and to make people feel part of the big day as well. A lot of family members and friends have mentioned how much fun they had rehearsing.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Guests loved the details - personalized elements, food and entertainment. They knew it was my wedding in terms of how planned the personalized details were. The food and desserts by Mantra did not disappoint and was truly a guest favorite. We were blessed with many family and friends from both sides willing or wanting to perform so we had two full nights of entertainment that worked out great. Guests have mentioned to me how much they enjoyed the dances and speeches at both events.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Before the wedding one of my close friends at work, Mario, told me to make sure I take a moment to soak it in. A moment to look out into the crowd and just appreciate all that this day was. Despite the number of things my perfectionist mindset called out, the really special moment was during the wedding, looking at Jay smiling and then panning the crowd and appreciating each and every person in the crowd that had taken the time, traveled from far, delayed vacation plans..etc. to be there for us. It was emotional and overwhelming but you truly felt the love and support in the room. I will definitely recommend this for every bride-to-be.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
- Be smart about who you put in charge of what. Sometimes your closest family or closest friends won't come with the best attitude to support you and some surprising family and friends will step forward. Put  willing people in charge to be you when you need to be the bride.
 
- Know your vendors and read their reviews. Know what matters to you and what doesn't. Know what you want before you meet with vendors otherwise your wedding will become someone else's.
 
- Enjoy every moment of the day and remember to look back at your significant other a ton. Honestly, all I remember from most of the day's events is his smile throughout each of the events, how happy I was to see it, and how excited I was to see that smile forever. Everything else is just a blur.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
JEWELRY
A lot of my jewelry was designed by Suram Jewels in Mumbai. As family, there was no one else I could trust with this and it meant so much to have jewelry done by Swati (masi). She was able to combine what I liked with the styles of my outfit and delivered great custom designs. I truly recommend her!

Don't go too far because there is still much more coming your way! 
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DJ: Fusion Sounds | Photography: Peter Nguyen Studio | Cinematography: Peter Nguyen Studio | Catering: Vishnu Catering | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Delta Hotels by Marriott Anaheim Garden Grove | Planning & Design: Subham Events | Floral & Decor: Kumba Events | Reception Catering: Mantra Indian Cuisine | Reception Desserts: Tasty Temptations | Photo Booth: InstaPhotos | Wedding Officiant: Shukavak Dasa


Cancun, Mexico Indian Wedding by Wildcolors by Abi

 Welcome back, Maharanis! Today we are taking you to one of the most beautiful places to hold a dream wedding. We are talking about Cancun, Mexico! Thanks to the fantastic film created by Wildcolors by abi, today we can transport you to this lovely destination and relive the wedding of Serina & Neill. The majestic Hard Rock Hotel Cancun was chosen by our beautiful duo to host their eternal promise of love. Family and friends were invited to share this unmemorable moment, and The Royal Collection was selected to take the joy of this union with such beautiful invitations. Every single detail was perfect, thanks to Urvashi Mishra, who did an outstanding job along with the celebrated wedding destination experts Shaadi Destinations, making sure that everything was in the right place at the right moment. Maharani Serina was the queen of her festivities thanks to the flawless bridal looks Erica Bogart Beauty created just fo her. The celebrations culminated with an unforgettable night of dance, music, and food, where our friends from Encore Events DJ had the honor of playing the best beats all night long for the lovebirds. Not to mention the well-decorated hall by Alquimia Events, that gave a terrific tropical look but, at the same time, highlighting the traditions from the lovely duo. Great night, great memories and of course a dreamed wedding! Join us and get some serious inspiration just by hitting play!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
 I don't think there was ever really an "aha moment" of when I knew he was the one. Neill and I first met 14 years ago during a local Garba event. It was not exactly love at first site. Our relationship evolved constantly and we had even tried dating in the past, but it didn't exactly pan out the way we expected and we both realized maybe we would be better off as friends. In 2016, Neill couldn't hide his feelings anymore and explained how he had been feeling about me. It took a little while of dating again to see just how perfect we were together. He was my best friend, and we both knew everything about each other - the good, bad, and ugly - and not despite that, but because of it, taking the next steps in our relationship felt so natural. I feel like such a cheeseball when I say it, but it was always Neill.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I will be completely honest, Neill tried to plan everything as a surprise, but I saw it coming from a mile away. I am quite possibly the most annoying person to surprise. He ended up taking me on a trip to Utah and after all the incessant questioning, I pretty much figured out what was up. It was however some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever experienced. It was truly a winter wonderland.
  
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
When I was younger, I always envisioned myself as a modern, non-traditional bride. Color schemes of pastel or white were always in the back of my mind. As I got older, I saw the beauty in more traditional designs and patterns and was drawn to those as well. I think my bridal lengha embodied my personality perfectly. I ended up going with a subtle off-white base, with rich, gold and pearl handwork. Each border was an ode to each one of my parents and Jigya (the designer) beautifully fulfilled my wish of fitting in the names of my grandparents who have passed and could not be with us to celebrate. I decided to add a pop of my favorite color, a bold, emerald green with a traditional bandhni design with pearls and small mirror-work, to round out my dream of a modern, yet traditional bridal outfit.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
My favorite parts of the planning process would be seeing it all come to fruition and all the feedback and reactions from your family and friends. All the sleepless nights trying to communicate with my designers in India, and countless hours researching and organizing every little detail is all worth it when you get to experience all your hard work with all of your loved ones.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Something that was a truly unforgettable moment for me was walking down the aisle. I think it is something that every little girl thinks about growing up and to be actually in the moment, it is kind of surreal. For me personally, I did not know how my wedding would be. Being a child of divorced parents is not anything new for most brides in the US. But, in our culture and "society", it is rarely seen that both sides come together for times like this. Growing up, I never knew how exactly my wedding would pan out. Would everyone really be able to work through their differences? How would I get everyone in the same room without it being awkward? However, during our engagement and wedding planning, all four of my parents (both being remarried), worked seamlessly together and were honestly one of the biggest support systems as a whole for me. As I walked down the aisle, I saw not only my future husband, but all four of my parents and siblings, standing there waiting for me. It was honestly one of the most emotional moments of my life.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
The worst thing I did was over-analyze things I had no control over. Plan the heck out of your wedding ahead of time, and as you get closer --- LET. GO. (Sidenote: use Google docs which auto-saves so you don't lose your ENTIRE mailing list that took a week to complete because your laptop decided to restart before saving.)
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Planner: Urvashi Mishra
Venue: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun
Travel Agent: Shaadi Destinations
Makeup: Erica Bogart Beauty
Photo/Video: Wildcolors by Abi
Decor/Floral: Alquimia
Caterer: Patravali
Cake: Hiram Guerrero
Dj/Dhol: Encore Entertainment/ Sumeet Virk
Entertainment: Anis Chandani
Hair and Makeup for wedding party: Styling Trio
Bridal Mendhi: Monika Patel
Guest Mendhi: Loto Mendhi
Photobooth: La Cabina Mexico
Jewelry: Gucci, Silver Plaza, Sitare by Aasha
Bridal Dresses: Kalki, Gauri, RF Couture, Jigya M, Magic Mirror, Saks Fifth Avenue

 

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Invitations & Wedding Stationery: The Royal Collection | Hair & Makeup: Erica Bogart Beauty | Planning & Design: Urvashi Mishra, Wedding & Event Planner | Photography: Wildcolors by abi | Travel Concierge: Shaadi Destinations | Cinematography: Wildcolors by abi | Floral & Decor: Alquimia Events | Venues: Hard Rock Cancun | Hair & Makeup: Styling Trio | Catering: Patravali Indian Cuisine | DJ / Baraat / Lighting: Encore Events DJ | Cake & Treats: Hiram Guerrero Cake Designer | Henna Artist for bride: Dimple Patel | Henna artist for groom's family: Loto Mehendi- Gaby Gutiérrez | Photo Booth: La Cabina Keren Lima | Wedding & Grah Shanti Entertainment: Anis Chandani


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