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Huntington Beach, CA South Asian Wedding by Dove Weddings

What can be more romantic than uniting your life with your significant other by the ocean? Really few things beat the deep blue sea's enchantment and today's couple understood that very well. Our filmy of the day showcases Priyanka & Pratik's day of magic and everything that went along with it. The pre-wedding celebrations, the nerve-wracking moments of the ceremony and of course, the lavish party at The Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, we have it all here for your inspiration and sighing thanks to the striking talent of Dove Weddings who also crafted the lovely gallery we had here some days ago. We know that Maharanis totally glow the day of their nuptials, just look at Priyanka's stunning style! Such beauty! And what about Raja Pratik's neat approach? His reception tux from Manyavar definitely melted our gorgeous bride, I tell you that! So, without further ado, let us hit play and enjoy this beachfront gala, only here in Maharani Weddings, let's go!

 

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Pratik and I were classmates while attending medical school in Kansas City, MO. We were introduced to each other by a common friend (Mauli) and spent a significant portion of our first year hanging out as a group. During our second term, he'd meet us at the library but anytime he’d sit with me I’d get up and move because I wasn’t sure what his deal was and idk it was hard to concentrate because he kept trying to talk lol! Anyways, during the Spring of our first year, Pratik asked me out to our medical school formal by singing me a medley of a few my favorite songs (omg right??). Of course, I said “yes!” After a fun evening together, we became really good friends and before we knew it, we had our first “date” at Coal Vines Pizza in Kansas City. That was the official start of our beginning.
 
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When I came back from work, Pratik surprised me with a new dress, a new pair of shoes, and an evening planned in downtown Indianapolis to celebrate 4 years of dating. By this time I probably should have figured it out, but I didn’t!! I actually had no idea Pratik had even talked to my parents about proposing. As we made our way towards the Indiana War Memorial, we flipped through a photo album that Pratik made which highlighted the past 4 years together. Before I knew it, he got down on one knee in the middle of a heart full of roses, pulled out a ring, and popped the question. I had no idea what was going on and I immediately burst into tears. In the heat of the moment, I’m not even sure I said yes (or so he says). I still laugh because I actually asked Pratik later on, “did you ask my parents??” still in disbelief that I was engaged!
 
After Pratik gave me the most beautiful ring (that he designed for me) our closest friends crept up from behind and surprised me! I absolutely freaked out when I saw that some of my friends from Ohio, New York, Michigan, and DC who had made the trip! A few minutes later, Pratik’s parents, grandmother, and brother start walking towards me and I’m still bawling at this point when I see them. Then, I saw my parents walk towards me from the other side of the memorial with the biggest smiles on their face (I thought I was hallucinating at first since they live in California). And last but not least my big brother Abhishek makes his entrance! We took lots of pictures together and ended the evening at this Italian restaurant in Indianapolis. It was just the most incredible day filled with lots of laughter and tears! I’ll always remember it!
 
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.
Planning a wedding in California during the middle of residency and while living in separate states, really wasn’t easy. Initially, we did a lot of research on our own regarding venues, vendors, and décor. We used Maharani Weddings to get an overall feel of which vendors to contact and how to organize our weekend. Once we found our Event Coordinator, Jen with First Pick Planning she really helped get the ball rolling. We received high recommendations for Azra Bholat with Dream Décor who was very easy and a pleasure to work with. Everything we envisioned for our big day was brought to reality.  I found Instagram super helpful when it came to finding my mehndi artist (Gopi Henna) and makeup artist (Peace Love Sakina) and from their online portfolios I knew their work was in line with what I had in mind for my look.
 
Our family was a huge support through it all. My parents live in California and were a huge help in the wedding planning process. They visited all the venues in SoCal that would accommodate our number and we all agreed that the Hilton was by far the best. Pratik’s family special ordered some Paan and Mithai from a store in Gujarat. His mom and Nani made a ton of Indian snacks that we put in our welcome bags which everyone appreciated.
 
Regarding themes, we wanted a sort of traditional Indian look with vibrant colors at our sangeet to create a fun and welcoming atmosphere for our guests. For the other events, we stuck with a more elegant look theme, incorporating my favorite colors, coral and white, into our clothing and decor. My wedding cards were also designed with roses in mind.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I tried to coordinate my bridal outfits with the decor.  For my bridal lehenga, I wanted to choose a traditional Red but also incorporate some coral details. I was able to customize my lehenga at Frontier Raas in Delhi including the colors, cut,  fabric, borders, and embroidery. They definitely worked some magic putting everything together.  You can make anything happen there – I highly recommend it for all brides.
 
I found my sangeet and reception outfits at Ritu Kumar also in New Delhi, India. RK has a huge variety and I was naturally drawn to her designs from the second I walked into the store. My sangeet outfit was colorful with brocade and the golden drape sleeves on my reception gown (special credit to my mom) added a lot of twinkles that evening.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process is watching your family and friends get excited about your special day. It’s amazing -- you realize what a big support system you have and how everyone is working tirelessly to make that weekend perfect. Even though finding outfits can be chaotic, once you say “Yes!” it’s also pretty awesome!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Aside from the view of the pacific ocean which was truly breathtaking, everyone complimented the decorations and food the entire weekend. Azra with Dream Decor was very easy to work with and made everything we envisioned a reality. Natraj in SoCal is absolutely the best. I still dream about the Ravioli with Makhani sauce!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
On the morning of the Sangeet, I’ll always remember how I felt when I heard that Pratik and his family landed in LA and had finally arrived to the hotel! I was beyond excited to meet them and I think that’s the moment reality set in! Also, Pratik’s expression, when he saw me for the first time at the Mandap, is something I’ll cherish for a lifetime :)
 
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.
My haldi/mehendi celebration was at home with close friends and family. My father had made a homemade mandap of marigolds which meant a lot to me, and it was a special place to have both of those ceremonies.
 
At the reception, Pratik and I wrote out some of our fondest memories and incorporated them into the centerpieces at each table. We wrote a memory about our medical school prom, Pratik’s proposal, our trip to Thailand and many many more.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
I designed my bridesmaids and groomsmen’s outfits and handpicked all the material when I went to Delhi. This may sound like a lot of work, but it was a ton of fun and well worth the effort. Getting them custom made (and exactly how I wanted them) also had more meaning behind them since they were for our closest friends to wear.
 
Also, get your family and friends involved! They are there to help and sometimes they have the best ideas. Pratik's younger brother is an amazing dancer and so he choreographed several awesome dances for us that weekend which we loved!
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Located right on PCH, the views at the Hilton Waterfront are absolutely GORGEOUS! The mirror walls in the Breakwater ballroom are too beautiful to hide. The cocktail hour overlooked the pacific ocean sunset, and the sangeet had a cute outdoor space for cocktails and mingling. When we checked in, we were greeted with a bottle of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. Also, our Bridal suite had an incredible panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. Vanessa Delp at the Waterfront was very easy to communicate with and super helpful throughout the process. She and Jen made sure our families were well taken care of and made sure they ate!
 
We chose a guava mango cake – courtesy of Keith at Tasty Temptations. It was delicious and 100% vegan! Azra added a few white flowers on top – it was beautiful!  We also had a few small bite-sized desserts (Tres leches, Tiramisu, and Chocolate Fantasy) which were a hit (and after the reception, I definitely indulged in all of the above lol).
 
Check out Shrihari Diagems in Delhi. Vinay's work is really beautiful and he actually designed a few pieces for Deepika Padukone in Bajirao Mastani. The haath phool were my mom's at her wedding.
 
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Cinematography: Dove Weddings | Men's Formalwear & Tuxedos: Manyavar | Photography: Dove Weddings | Ceremony & Reception Venues: Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort | Sangeet Venues: Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort | Planning & Design: First Pick Planning | Floral & Decor: Dream Decor | Hair & Makeup: Peace Love Sakina | Catering: Natraj Catering | DJ: VOX Djs | Baraat: Kaser Flower Dhol | Bridal Fashions (Sangeet and Reception): Ritu Kumar | Bridal Jewelry (Sangeet): Shrihari Diagems by Vinay | Cake & Treats: Tasty Temptations | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Peace Love Sakina | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Varda Cards - New Delhi | Lighting: VOX Djs | Sangeet Mehndi Artist: Unrivaled Henna | Bridal Mehndi Artist: Gopi Henna | Photo Booth: VOX Djs | Tuxedos: Hugo Boss | Hair & Makeup Mother of the Bride/Bridesmaids/ Sister-in-Law of the Bride: Enchant by Nihala | Horse for Wedding: Hardev Singh | Bride Wedding Ceremony Outfit: Frontier Raas | Grooms Sangeet Outfit: Jade Blue


Cancun, MX Indian Wedding by Dreams Gate Films

What happens when you have a stunning Indian princess, a handsome Raja and a paradisiac venue in Cancun? Magic! And that is what we have for you today, ladies, thanks to the amazing cinematic talent of Dreams Gate Films. A beachfront wedding is the ultimate dream of many of our brides. There is a lot of logistics to work on but as soon as the day arrives, everything just falls into place. If there is a venue that is gorgeous enough so the word "magical" can be used to describe it, that would have to be the Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun. The place was looking beautiful thanks also to the noble taste of our friends from Alquimia Events who assisted with the floral and decoration of the gala. As we will see, when wedding pros are working in their element, the sky is the limit. What about the princess of the night? Maharani Shrina, without a doubt left everyone completely stunned with her striking beauty! Seriously, this bride was just glowing and we are loving every single detail of her fashion choices. So, ladies, time to get those sarees on a press play because today's filmy is an ode to love and style, don't miss it!

 

If you haven't checked the previous feature, go and have a look here! Inspo assured! 

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Venues: Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun | Floral & Decor: Alquimia Events | Planning & Design: JC Castillo Weddings | Hair & Makeup: Sara Tamargo | Catering: Taste of India Cancun | DJ: MVP DJs | DJ: DJ PARTY ROD Cancun's wedding Professional DJ's | Dhol & Vintage Car: Drums in Paradise | Bridal Fashions: Sabyasachi Mukherjee | Cinematography: Dreams Gate Films | Mehndi Artist: Henna by Anki | Photography: Jorge Rodriguez Photography


Miami, FL Indian Wedding by Michael J. Scott Productions

Are you, ladies, ready for what we have for your beautiful selves today? We hope you are because this highlight reel is truly the definition of the ultimate Maharani experience. These two lovebirds come from sunny Miami and as we will see, the gorgeous natural light did wonders for them and their visual memento. Really few things are striking as the various sarees our brides decide to wear for the rituals. Maharani Shifat was just glowing from top to toe in all of them! Just wait until you lay eyes on that unbelievable tangerine toned saree! If that doesn't make you want to get it right away, nothing will, I tell you that! So many gorgeous moments caught by none other than Michael J. Scott Productions couldn't go unnoticed here in Maharani Weddings! So amazing! Don't forget to check the amount of dancing that went on thanks to DJ Ice & Fresh Productions and the splendid images of this wonderful union thanks to Mango Studios! If a lavish dance floor is what you seek, you know who to call! Hit play below for all the details!

  

More to come in no time! 

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Cinematography: Michael J. Scott Productions | DJ: DJ Ice & Fresh Productions | Sangeet Venue: Biltmore Hotel Miami Coral Gables | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Four Seasons Hotel Miami | Planning & Design: Jennifer J. Events | Floral & Decor: EC Floral Design and Events | Hair & Makeup: Marz Makeup and Hair | Sangeet Catering: Thierry Isambert Culinary | Ceremony & Reception Catering: Four Seasons Hotel Miami | Baraat Car: South Beach Exotics | Cake & Treats: Earth and Sugar | Draping/Styling: CBK Events | Favors: Salty Donut | Lighting: Illumene | Mehndi Artists: Sumaiya Waheed Makeup Artist | Photo Booth: MVS Studio | Linens and Rentals for Mehndi and Reception: Nuage Designs | Rentals for All Events: Decora Event Rentals | Specialty Rentals for Sangee: Unearthed Rentals | Specialty Rentals for Sangeet: Alibaba Events | Linens for Sangeet: Over the Top Inc. | Photography: Mango Studios


Houston, Texas Indian Wedding by Epique Cinema

We are in awe after viewing this masterpiece of a wedding film by Epique Cinema! Anita and Gowtham are a match made in heaven, and we can sense their love bursting out of every gorgeous frame. We asked Maharani Anita how she felt when she first met her dapper beau, and she told us: I knew Gowtham was the one almost immediately! The first time we met he came up to me with the most warm, amazing smile that made me feel like I had already known him for ages. As cliche as it sounds, it was love at first sight.” Aw! To make sure they had the wedding of their dreams, the duo pulled together an all star team, beginning with the planning wizards from K.I. Weddings who made sure each and every sparkling detail was executed to perfection. To ensure their Hyatt Regency Houston venue resembled a fairytale dream, Prashe Decor was brought in to festoon the space with glittering accents, geometrical candelabras, lush blooms, and silky drapings. The breathtaking mandap had guests chattering in delight all weekend long. But most beautiful of all was the radiant Main Maharani. Anita was an absolute vision of grace in her pink and green ceremony sari featuring multifaceted gold embroidery. Her thick plait was adorned with bursting blooms, and she resembled a Queen! Her hubby was also adorable in a golden sherwani and matching turban. What a sweet duo! To gather more gorg wedding inspiration, let the beauty of this fab wedding film by Epique Cinema delight your senses. And scroll below for all the behind the scenes scoop from Anita herself!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?

I knew Gowtham was the one almost immediately! The first time we met he came up to me with the most warm, amazing smile that made me feel like I had already known him for ages. As cliche as it sounds, it was love at first sight!

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We were in Austin, Texas and we invited our siblings to join us there for the weekend. We went up to the top of Mount Bonnell and in the presence of our loving family...my sister and brother-in-law and his brother and sister-in-law...he got down on one knee! The view from my perspective was breathtaking. My future husband on one knee and a spectacular landscape behind him...how could any girl not swoon :) As fate would have it…he received an amazing job offer to practice Retina in Austin at the Retina Consultants of Austin and we are excited to now start a home in Austin and live in the same city he proposed in!

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.

Lots of planning went into the process...we spent months planning an engagement ceremony, then a trip to India to shop, and then of course the wedding itself! The trip to india was definitely the most memorable part of the whole process. Gowtham's parents accompanied me and my parents to India and we really bonded while shopping for outfits. I particularly remember a moment where we were trying to find bridesmaid sarees and no store had 7 of any one saree! I decided to have my bridesmaid dresses made from scratch at that point. We went to a fabric store to buy the materials I wanted and sitting there with both sets of parents was such a special moment. We were all exhausted from a long day of shopping but really found the situation we were in hilarious. The store had no air conditioning and didn't even have any place to sit! Even to this day we laugh about the experience in that fabric store. The trip definitely brought me closer to Gowtham's parents and gave all our parents a chance to really get to know each other well.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?

Another special moment for me was when I found my reception outfit. We had spent all day going to different designer's stores and had almost lost hope when we finally ended up at the Manish Malhotra store in Mumbai. Everyone liked a dress placed on the mannequin and encouraged me to try it on. The moment I came out of the dressing room with it on, I could tell by everyone's reaction that this dress was the one!

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

The most enjoyable part of the planning process was definitely those moments i spent in India with Gowtham's parents and mine. Gowtham's parents are the most kind and generous people and that trip really proved how loving they would be towards me and my family and how well our two families would mesh.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?

I got the most compliments about our mandap decor. It was honestly spectacular! Prashe did such a great job!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?

I replay so many moments from that weekend in my head! If I had to choose...that moment when Jignasa (my wedding planner) opened the doors to my wedding ceremony hall and I saw the most beautiful mandap with dim mood lighting and beautiful background music playing....and Gowtham standing with his back to me on the raised aisle waiting for me to meet him for our first look. That moment was unforgettable!

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.

One of my favorite things about my reception was that my beautiful bridesmaids danced to some Telugu songs that I had picked out! They took the time to learn the meaning behind the lyrics in order to come up with some cute steps that went with the words. The guests were mostly Telugu and therefore they were thrilled to hear Telugu music! I had several many guests tell me afterward how refreshing it was to come to a South Indian wedding and finally hearing some Telugu music! My bridesmaids are the best!

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

Enjoy the planning process and every minute of every event! It goes by quickly but it's so much fun!

Have a great day Maharanis!

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Planning & Design: K.I. Weddings | Venue: Hyatt Regency Houston | Floral & Decor: Prashe Decor | Hair & Makeup: Infinite Perfection - Saniya Momin | Catering: Madras Pavilion | DJ: DJ Insomia - Premier Entertainment | Baraat: Uptown Exotics - McLaren | Bridal Fashions: Manish Malhotra | Bridal Fashions: Rohit Verma | Bridal Fashions: Varamahalakshmi | Bridal Jewelry: Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri Jewelers | Cakes & Treats: Cakes by Gina | Cinematography: Epique Cinema | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Gampa Brothers | Lighting: Premier Entertainment | Mehndi Artist: The Original Henna Company | Photo Booth: Epique Cinema | Transportation: Houston Wedding Horses | Tuxedos: Men's Warehouse | Priest: Pavan Kumar from Sri Meenakshi Temple | Photographer: MnM Photography


New Orleans, LA Indian Wedding by Dyle Films

Morning Maharanis! Excuse us while we wipe away our tears after viewing Mahitha and Pavan’s sensational wedding film at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. The romantic vibes and sweet speeches (Mahitha's sister’s toast totally made our hearts melt!) had us cooing with joy. Dyle Films always creates such cinematic masterpieces. Lovely Mahitha told us, “Pavan and I met in the Caribbean while we went to med school in Dominica, and then he proposed to me on the island of Maui in Hawaii. Because of that, it was my dream to have a destination wedding on an island. However, our families really wanted to have a domestic wedding so it would be easier for our guests. So instead, I decided to make the theme of wedding tropical. I knew I wanted palm leaves and pineapples to be part of the decor!” They definitely pulled off their ambitious vision, and brought tons of tropical flavor to Louisiana. The Storybook Event oversaw planning of the festivities, while the floral and decor aficionados from Rao Factor dazzled up the spacious quarters. Pineapples, exotic blooms, and shimmering candlelight created a hypnotizing warmth that was the perfect space for this darling duo to celebrate their love. The magnificent night ended with DJ Desi Junction on the turntables, and it’s obvious that the newlyweds and their guests had the absolute time of their lives. Hurry and click play to view the film by Dyle Films for so much wedding inspo! And scroll below to read all the behind the scenes scoop from Maharani Mahitha.

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?

This was written from the perspective of my husband: “Our story began on the tiny majestic island of Dominica. As eager medical students, we were both new to the island and ready to drown in our textbooks. We were both in line in a coffee shop on a hot sunny day. Mahitha, being practical, ordered an iced praline coffee. I, on the other hand, ordered a scalding hot double espresso for the infernal temperatures outside. She immediately questioned my choice of beverage. Lucky she did, because we started talking from there. I learned that she was homesick and missing her best friends and family. She learned that I was constantly hungry and always looking for food. After talking for a few weeks, I finally mustered the courage to ask her out on a date. We went to a seafood dinner on the beach to watch the beautiful sunset. At that moment, I knew there was something special between us.”

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?

Over Facetime! Being in my first year of residency, it was really hard to find time to go to India to go shopping for my wedding clothes. So my parents went to India instead of me. My mom went to numerous stores in Hyderabad, India; however, no-one would let her take pictures. So I would wake up at 5 AM to my mom Facetiming me from stores. The quality of our Facetime was so awful so in the end I picked my outfits via blurry images of on Facetime and with the help of my mom and grandma's good taste. It worked out really well. I loved all my outfits!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?

The non-stop dancing! DJ Chani was an excellent DJ and dhol player. He kept the tempo for all of the events. We danced late into the night both Friday and Saturday night. Not only that, we had very energetic friends and family so the whole weekend just felt like one big dance party. Although, I didn't get to see it live, I know Pavan's favorite part about the weekend was the Baraat. He danced his way into the ceremony Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?

At the end of the Reception around 1 AM, our closest friends were still dancing the night away. When the last song played, all of our friends gathered around Pavan and me, and joined in a massive group hug encircling us. The love we felt in that moment was truly amazing.

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.

Pavan and I met in the Caribbean while we went to med school in Dominica, and then he proposed to me on the island of Maui in Hawaii. Because of that, it was my dream to have a destination wedding on an island. However, our families really wanted to have a domestic wedding so it would be easier for our guests. So instead, I decided to make the theme of wedding tropical. I knew I wanted palm leaves and pineapples to be part of the decor!

We'll see you all bright and early tomorrow with another fab wedding film!

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Cinematography: Dyle Films | Sangeet Venue: Audubon Tea Room | Audubon Nature Insiture | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency New Orleans | Planning & Design: The Storybook Event | Floral & Decor: Rao Factor | Hair & Makeup: Flawless Bride | Ceremony and Reception Catering: Mayuri’s Houston | Sangeet Catering: Audubon Tea Room | DJ: Desi Junction DJs | Baraat: Mid-City Carriages | Baraat: Desi Junction DJs | Cakes & Treats: Hyatt Regency New Orleans | Event Designer: The Storybook Event | Live Music: Storyville Stompers Brass Band | Photo Booth: Photo Bomb Nola | Transportation: Hotard Transportation | Photographer: Amanda Hodges Weir Photography


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