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Long Beach, CA Ismaili Wedding by Global Photography

A fabulous soiree wrapped up the wedding of Nikhita and Amar, held at the grand Hyatt Regency Long Beach. For this special occasion, Nikhita knew exactly how she wanted to look for her big night! She chose a gorgeous dark plum color outfit, embellished with splendid golden heavy embroidery and accented her look with a delightful hairstyle thanks to Drea V Makeup. Now that the couple was in the dance floor, they kicked off their first few hours of marriage dancing with the beats of DJ Sandeep Kumar. Viral Booth OC helped the DJ upgrade the fun during the night with a fabulous photo cabin that caught all the funny and true spontaneous moments of all the guests. BEL Event Productions handled the wedding phenomenally and brought to life the couple’s vision with an alluring décor that displayed scattered lavender hues all over the place. A great sweet highlight of the night was thanks to DK Donuts who created a fabulous and delicious donut wall for all the dessert lovers! See all the greatness Global Photography captured in our full gallery!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Amar and I met at a summer camp known as Camp Mosaic. According to Amar, he fell in love with me when we sat down during a moment at camp exchanging jokes and laughing up a storm. For me, I fell in love with Amar during our 10 hour Facetime dates when we could talk about anything and everything and not get tired or bored with each other. That's when I realized this is the guy I want to spend the rest of my life with. 
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Amar proposed to me at Laguna Beach, where we had our first date. He had been planning the proposal for 6 months and I had no clue. I was at work early in the morning and got let out early because he called my boss to release me. Once I got home I got ready and my sisters, my best friend and I all got in a limo Amar had rented for the day for us. We were about 3 hours late to the proposal due to LA traffic, and once I got there he had a video set up for me to watch from all our friends with the sweetest messages ever. When he finally came out, he was wearing my dads favorite tie and he said, "your dad gave me his tie as his blessing and will only let me keep it if you say yes" That one line stole my heart and I couldn't be more excited to marry such an amazing and caring man. The best part was when my mom showed up because I had no idea she was there and the rooftop where we had our first date was filled with all our close friends and family cheering! 
 
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.
Hair and make up for my nikkah ceremony and reception was done by the amazing dreavmakeup. My reception themes were all different shades of purple and white! 
 
Hair and makeup for my sangeet was done by Nida Gazi, my theme for the sangeet was Indian street themed with umbrellas as centerpieces, a decked out bike as a backdrop for pictures and a bangles cart and Indian street food to top it off. 
 
My sangeet outfit was designed by me and made by Elan Atlanta courtesy of Salima Budhani.
My reception and Nikkah outfit was a custom outfit designed by me and came to life thanks to the owner of Yasmin Boutique, Kausar Aunty. 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew the colors I wanted for my reception since I was about 20 years old. Plum has always been a favorite color of mine so I decided to go along with that. It's a color not commonly seen worn at wedding receptions and I also wanted lavender to be incorporated somewhere in my decor and plum just matched it perfectly. I also loved the combination of peach and navy blue and Amar is a big fan of navy blue (chargers fan and all) so that is why we selected those colors for our sangeet. 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I think the most enjoyable part was spending time with Amar and going venue shopping all across southern California. We would have the best time at these meetings just laughing and imagining what our big day would be like. 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
If I had to pick one thing the guests enjoyed it would definitely be the food. I think we went above and beyond to make sure our food was amazing since Amar and I are both foodies! 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I think the most special moment for me personally during the wedding was right before our Nikkah ceremony. I was getting ready and taking a few bridal pictures alone before I had to meet Amar. One of his best men came to me with a cute little Tiffany's box in hand. Amar has known that since we met I always wanted to own a piece of jewelry from Tiffany's and what better day to give it than right before our official wedding ceremony. Inside the Tiffany's box was a cute heart-shaped pendant with my father's initials and a note that said even though he is not physically here with you today he is always in your heart. Amar is known for his sweet little gestures and seeing that right before the big ceremony just made me realize my dad would be so happy for us! 
 
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.
For all our event we had decor done by BEL events. my favorite decor was for the reception with the best floral backdrop ever! we also an awesome donut wall inspired by our wedding coordinator Dana and Amar since they are both donut enthusiast and donuts catered from DK's donuts. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
My advice would be to make sure you get food at every event and to not stress during your wedding week. Don't worry about anything that goes wrong just live in the moment and enjoy the company of everyone. This moment only comes once! 

 

See you all on Friday!

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Hair & Makeup: Beauty By NG Nida Gazi | Photography: Global Photography | Photo Booths: Viral Booth OC | Sangeet Venue: Hyatt Regency Long Beach | Ceremony Venue: Santa Monica Jamatkhana | Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Long Beach | Planning & Design: BEL Event Productions | Floral & Decor: Gerardo Flowers | Hair & Makeup - Wedding: Drea V Makeup | Catering: Shahnawaz | DJ: Sandeep Kumar | Baraat: Sandeep Kumar | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Joya Kazi Unlimited | Cakes and Treats: Hyatt Regency Long Beach | Cakes and Treats: DK Donuts | Cinematography: Robles Video Production | Lightning: Sandeep Kumar | Rentals: BEL Event Productions | Transportation: G&A Limousine Service |


Long Beach, CA Ismaili Wedding by Global Photography

Welcome to the second chapter of Nikhita and Amar’s wedding! Right after a lovely first look, the bride and groom had a few moments of quietness together and then headed to Santa Monica Jamatkhana for their Nikkah ceremony, classically transported by G&A Limousine Service. I absolutely adore Nikhita’s extraordinaire lace white saree, while most brides purchase their own outfit, our smart bride designed her own wedding dress and looked stunning next to Amar who opted for an elegant tailored plaid suit. The result of both looks combined, as you will see in each of Global Photography’s creative images, is just amazing!  After the Nikkah ceremony, the bride and groom were surrounded by their closest ones and sat in front of each other to find the coin in a large bowl of brightly colored rice and rose petals! Sit back and dive into the magic images of this gorgeous Ismaili affair in our full gallery!  

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Amar and I met at a summer camp known as Camp Mosaic. According to Amar, he fell in love with me when we sat down during a moment at camp exchanging jokes and laughing up a storm. For me, I fell in love with Amar during our 10 hour Facetime dates when we could talk about anything and everything and not get tired or bored with each other. That's when I realized this is the guy I want to spend the rest of my life with. 
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Amar proposed to me at Laguna Beach, where we had our first date. He had been planning the proposal for 6 months and I had no clue. I was at work early in the morning and got let out early because he called my boss to release me. Once I got home I got ready and my sisters, my best friend and I all got in a limo Amar had rented for the day for us. We were about 3 hours late to the proposal due to LA traffic, and once I got there he had a video set up for me to watch from all our friends with the sweetest messages ever. When he finally came out, he was wearing my dads favorite tie and he said, "your dad gave me his tie as his blessing and will only let me keep it if you say yes" That one line stole my heart and I couldn't be more excited to marry such an amazing and caring man. The best part was when my mom showed up because I had no idea she was there and the rooftop where we had our first date was filled with all our close friends and family cheering! 
 
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.
Hair and make up for my nikkah ceremony and reception was done by the amazing dreavmakeup. My reception themes were all different shades of purple and white! 
 
Hair and makeup for my sangeet was done by Nida Gazi, my theme for the sangeet was Indian street themed with umbrellas as centerpieces, a decked out bike as a backdrop for pictures and a bangles cart and Indian street food to top it off. 
 
My sangeet outfit was designed by me and made by Elan Atlanta courtesy of Salima Budhani.
My reception and Nikkah outfit was a custom outfit designed by me and came to life thanks to the owner of Yasmin Boutique, Kausar Aunty. 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew the colors I wanted for my reception since I was about 20 years old. Plum has always been a favorite color of mine so I decided to go along with that. It's a color not commonly seen worn at wedding receptions and I also wanted lavender to be incorporated somewhere in my decor and plum just matched it perfectly. I also loved the combination of peach and navy blue and Amar is a big fan of navy blue (chargers fan and all) so that is why we selected those colors for our sangeet. 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I think the most enjoyable part was spending time with Amar and going venue shopping all across southern California. We would have the best time at these meetings just laughing and imagining what our big day would be like. 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
If I had to pick one thing the guests enjoyed it would definitely be the food. I think we went above and beyond to make sure our food was amazing since Amar and I are both foodies! 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I think the most special moment for me personally during the wedding was right before our Nikkah ceremony. I was getting ready and taking a few bridal pictures alone before I had to meet Amar. One of his best men came to me with a cute little Tiffany's box in hand. Amar has known that since we met I always wanted to own a piece of jewelry from Tiffany's and what better day to give it than right before our official wedding ceremony. Inside the Tiffany's box was a cute heart-shaped pendant with my father's initials and a note that said even though he is not physically here with you today he is always in your heart. Amar is known for his sweet little gestures and seeing that right before the big ceremony just made me realize my dad would be so happy for us! 
 
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.
For all our event we had decor done by BEL events. my favorite decor was for the reception with the best floral backdrop ever! we also an awesome donut wall inspired by our wedding coordinator Dana and Amar since they are both donut enthusiast and donuts catered from DK's donuts. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
My advice would be to make sure you get food at every event and to not stress during your wedding week. Don't worry about anything that goes wrong just live in the moment and enjoy the company of everyone. This moment only comes once! 

 

Attend the wedding bash through the images in our next post!

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Hair & Makeup: Beauty By NG Nida Gazi | Photography: Global Photography | Photo Booths: Viral Booth OC | Sangeet Venue: Hyatt Regency Long Beach | Ceremony Venue: Santa Monica Jamatkhana | Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Long Beach | Planning & Design: BEL Event Productions | Floral & Decor: Gerardo Flowers | Hair & Makeup - Wedding: Drea V Makeup | Catering: Shahnawaz | DJ: Sandeep Kumar | Baraat: Sandeep Kumar | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Joya Kazi Unlimited | Cakes and Treats: Hyatt Regency Long Beach | Cakes and Treats: DK Donuts | Cinematography: Robles Video Production | Lightning: Sandeep Kumar | Rentals: BEL Event Productions | Transportation: G&A Limousine Service |


Long Beach, CA Ismaili Wedding by Global Photography

Good Morning, ladies! Today we have a beautiful Ismaili affair timeline, Nikhita and Amar’s wedding! The first celebrations were an outpouring of love, family, and traditions! Global Photography had the honor of capturing the lovely pair at the beginning of their journey. As the first step for the big day, the couple was blessed and beautified with fun and loving Pithi ceremonies. The celebrations continued at the exclusive Hyatt Regency Long Beach were the lovebirds held a memorable Sangeet night full of special touches that recalled to all the attendees the streets of India thanks to the great team décor of BEL Event Productions. Beauty By NG Nida Gazi made Nikhita look like a true princess for her first stellar night with a stunning side updo and a natural makeup that she combined with a dazzling beige floral lehenga choli set. Take a minute and check out the marvelous images we have prepared for you in our full gallery!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Amar and I met at a summer camp known as Camp Mosaic. According to Amar, he fell in love with me when we sat down during a moment at camp exchanging jokes and laughing up a storm. For me, I fell in love with Amar during our 10 hour Facetime dates when we could talk about anything and everything and not get tired or bored with each other. That's when I realized this is the guy I want to spend the rest of my life with. 
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Amar proposed to me at Laguna Beach, where we had our first date. He had been planning the proposal for 6 months and I had no clue. I was at work early in the morning and got let out early because he called my boss to release me. Once I got home I got ready and my sisters, my best friend and I all got in a limo Amar had rented for the day for us. We were about 3 hours late to the proposal due to LA traffic, and once I got there he had a video set up for me to watch from all our friends with the sweetest messages ever. When he finally came out, he was wearing my dads favorite tie and he said, "your dad gave me his tie as his blessing and will only let me keep it if you say yes" That one line stole my heart and I couldn't be more excited to marry such an amazing and caring man. The best part was when my mom showed up because I had no idea she was there and the rooftop where we had our first date was filled with all our close friends and family cheering! 
 
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.
Hair and make up for my nikkah ceremony and reception was done by the amazing dreavmakeup. My reception themes were all different shades of purple and white! 
 
Hair and makeup for my sangeet was done by Nida Gazi, my theme for the sangeet was Indian street themed with umbrellas as centerpieces, a decked out bike as a backdrop for pictures and a bangles cart and Indian street food to top it off. 
 
My sangeet outfit was designed by me and made by Elan Atlanta courtesy of Salima Budhani.
My reception and Nikkah outfit was a custom outfit designed by me and came to life thanks to the owner of Yasmin Boutique, Kausar Aunty. 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew the colors I wanted for my reception since I was about 20 years old. Plum has always been a favorite color of mine so I decided to go along with that. It's a color not commonly seen worn at wedding receptions and I also wanted lavender to be incorporated somewhere in my decor and plum just matched it perfectly. I also loved the combination of peach and navy blue and Amar is a big fan of navy blue (chargers fan and all) so that is why we selected those colors for our sangeet. 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I think the most enjoyable part was spending time with Amar and going venue shopping all across southern California. We would have the best time at these meetings just laughing and imagining what our big day would be like. 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
If I had to pick one thing the guests enjoyed it would definitely be the food. I think we went above and beyond to make sure our food was amazing since Amar and I are both foodies! 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I think the most special moment for me personally during the wedding was right before our Nikkah ceremony. I was getting ready and taking a few bridal pictures alone before I had to meet Amar. One of his best men came to me with a cute little Tiffany's box in hand. Amar has known that since we met I always wanted to own a piece of jewelry from Tiffany's and what better day to give it than right before our official wedding ceremony. Inside the Tiffany's box was a cute heart-shaped pendant with my father's initials and a note that said even though he is not physically here with you today he is always in your heart. Amar is known for his sweet little gestures and seeing that right before the big ceremony just made me realize my dad would be so happy for us! 
 
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.
For all our event we had decor done by BEL events. my favorite decor was for the reception with the best floral backdrop ever! we also an awesome donut wall inspired by our wedding coordinator Dana and Amar since they are both donut enthusiast and donuts catered from DK's donuts. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
My advice would be to make sure you get food at every event and to not stress during your wedding week. Don't worry about anything that goes wrong just live in the moment and enjoy the company of everyone. This moment only comes once! 
 

Nikhita and Amar signed their marriage contract and the images are coming your way!

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Hair & Makeup: Beauty By NG Nida Gazi | Photography: Global Photography | Photo Booths: Viral Booth OC | Sangeet Venue: Hyatt Regency Long Beach | Ceremony Venue: Santa Monica Jamatkhana | Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Long Beach | Planning & Design: BEL Event Productions | Floral & Decor: Gerardo Flowers | Hair & Makeup - Wedding: Drea V Makeup | Catering: Shahnawaz | DJ: Sandeep Kumar | Baraat: Sandeep Kumar | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Joya Kazi Unlimited | Cakes and Treats: Hyatt Regency Long Beach | Cakes and Treats: DK Donuts | Cinematography: Robles Video Production | Lightning: Sandeep Kumar | Rentals: BEL Event Productions | Transportation: G&A Limousine Service |


Detroit, Michigan Indian Wedding by Jobst Media

Welcome back to Maharani Lindsey's over the top luxury Indian wedding at the opulent The Henry Autograph Collection. The palace doors were swinging at my favorite Indian wedding venue as Lindsey and Kishan made their grand debut. Stunning. Stunning. And more stunning is the only words coming to mind right now because I am simply at a loss for words. Blissful Weddings &  Events, I think it's time for you to plan my own Indian wedding (anniversary) because each image captured by Jobst Media is sheer perfection. Yanni Design Studio redesigned the venue with a charming party theme in mind, reusing the floral backdrop found in the mandap during the ceremony, on the sweetheart stage. Soft illumination and an ivory white chaise completed the look. On the tables, large, copious boughs of florets sat gracefully next to crystal candelabras. Guests were left satisfied and extremely happy after fueling up on Indian wedding food whipped up by Krishna Catering and Restaurant. Jobst Media has captured the essence of love, family, and happiness. Sail aboard our gallery for the pics in its entirety! 

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Kishan and I met at Hamlin Corner (lounge/club) in Royal Oak, Michigan in February 2014. I was out with one of my best friends from out of town for a girls night and Kishan was out with his friends as well. He and his cousin approached us on the dance floor and started a conversation. We connected and thus exchanged numbers at the end. However, I also didn't think this would go anywhere. I was a medical student at the time and busy with work and thought to myself, when am I ever going to meet this guy again. At the same time (relevant to this story), Kishan mentioned he had left structural engineering and recently taken over his family business (Krishna Catering & Restaurant). I didn't recall the name of the restaurant but knew it was local. 
 
I continued with my daily life and we initially texted but then conversation essentially stopped. He made an effort to invite me out to his birthday but I wasn't able to go. I never thought I would see him again and this was the end of our encounter. 
 
Another relevant point to this story now arises. Since my parents lived out of town, I used to get food ordered from an Indian restaurant every month. My dad had arranged for this so I would never go hungry. One day after I called, I was expecting my usual delivery. 
 
On the other side of town, Kishan was at the restaurant when his mom told him there was a delivery in Detroit for a girl named Lindsey. He thought to himself, "We don't usually deliver to people named Lindsey in Detroit." He remembered that name and thus checked the phone number on the order. It matched, and this was the same girl he had met a few weeks ago. Lindsey but also known as Lipika. He called everyone he knew to get advice on how to approach this situation. The final decision was that he would surprise me with his presence.  
 
Back to my side of town, I received a call from the driver saying my food was here. He sounded almost like he was smirking on the phone. Not thinking much of it, I went downstairs and walked outside. I acknowledged a person standing and continued to walk ....but then stopped dead in my tracks as I realized who was actually there. It was that guy I met a few weeks ago. He was standing outside with my food. 
 
"So you order food from my restaurant?" Kishan asked. He handed over the food while I stood there awkwardly not able to say anything. "You owe me $85," he said.
 
I went back upstairs and called everyone I know ... and I had lost my appetite. I didn't know what to think. I believe in fate and that everything happens for a reason. I messaged him back and we had a proper conversation. We went out on our first date on March 23rd, 2014. 1.5 years later, we got engaged, and 3 years later, we got married. I like to think of this as our own Bollywood story (that our friends also acted out at our Engagement party). 
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
After medical school graduation in May 2015, I traveled with my friends and family prior to starting residency. When I got back from India (latest trip at that time), Kishan planned a weekend trip to Traverse City (Northern Michigan) the weekend before residency actually started. During the car ride, I had an inkling something might happen but that quickly went away as I asked and he completely denied. We stayed at The Grand Traverse Resort which was absolutely beautiful. On Saturday, June 20th, we enjoyed the wine country with our friends during the day who were also visiting from out of town. For the evening, Kishan made reservations at Aerie Restaurant at the resort. It was a beautiful setting with great scenic views of the lake, sunset, and greenery. We got to the restaurant and started our meal with good conversation. We ordered dessert shortly after dinner and Kishan said he had to go to the bathroom. Little did I know, soon thereafter, he walked back to the table with our dessert and a ring on the plate. He got down on one knee in front of everyone and proposed. The gentleman that was eating by himself sitting across from us suddenly started taking pictures - he was our photographer in disguise! I was completely shocked and swept away. 
 
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.
Much like any bride, my utmost goal was to be organized and stay on top of all our tasks and duties. I wanted to follow tradition and embody elegance and unique character to all our events. I worked with a wedding planner - Rajul Pillai from Blissful Weddings & Events. She did an amazing job helping us with the wedding weekend (and engagement party year before)!
 
For our wedding weekend, we had our events laid out in 3 packed days. Mehndi (Thursday PM), Haldi (Friday AM), Sangeet & Garba (Friday PM), Wedding (Saturday AM), Reception (Saturday PM). We had family and friends fly from far and near to attend our special weekend. All accommodations and food (non-wedding related) were organized with an itinerary and welcome bag on check-in to the hotel (The Henry). 
 
For the Mehndi, we wanted to do something different so decided to have a yacht party. We booked The Ovation which was a 4-hour sunset cruise around Detroit River with views of Canada and Ambassador Bridge. There were Mehndi artists on board along with dinner and dance floor with surprise performances from our family. I got my Mehndi done the night before (6-hour process) so I could move around on the boat
 
Rest of the events were held at The Henry in Dearborn, Michigan - an elegant boutique hotel and venue. When we were initially looking at local options, this was one of Kishan's top choices as he had a lot of experience with wedding venues due to the restaurant and catering business. When I saw it for the first time myself, I fell in love and didn't look any further. In addition, it was able to accommodate our 500+ guests for the weekend. 
 
Our Haldi and Grah Shanti morning was held separately in 2 adjoining ballrooms. Our Punjabi and Gujarati traditions were celebrated with our close family and friends. Thereafter, we had our Sangeet & Garba in the evening. We wanted this to be a complete fusion with lots of color and sparkle. We celebrated with Bhangra and Raas-Garba. Food was laid out in different stations much like street food where people could travel from one to the next. Performances from a Toronto Bhangra team (Shaan Punjab Dee), family and friends, and open dance floor ended the night. 
 
Wedding morning started early for us. I had 13 bridesmaids and Kishan had 11 groomsmen. I remember getting up at 4 am to get hair, makeup, and draping started followed by all the girls. We had our first look before the Baraat which started around 9:30 am. Followed by our ceremony, we went offsite for bridal party pictures on a party bus to Greenfield Village -- a historic district and park with beautiful outdoor views. Coming back around 5 pm, we had a mini break before we started to get ready for the reception. 
 
My vision for the wedding ballroom was a mixture of elegance with gold. Since my lengha was going to be pink, our decor guru Yanni from Yanni Design Studio recommended blush and light pink florals and designed an amazing altar and room. In addition, they also mastered the Sangeet & Garba ballroom based on our initial thoughts of lots of color and sparkle. For the reception, I wanted darker florals while maintaining the gold theme. We used part of the altar as our entrance and added lots of detail including emphasizing the stage, ice sculpture, his & hers drinks & mocktails, incorporating reception floral on the cake, a table tribute to our grandparents, photo booth, etc. We choreographed our first dance which was a surprise to many - started slow followed by breaking out into Bollywood moves. 
 
All my makeup was done by the amazing Amanie Mokdad and hair by beautiful Raimonda Gjekaj. My Mehndi, Mehndi hair and all draping was done by the fabulous Ekta Kansara. I am very thankful for a great team. 
 
Food was a big part of our planning process as well. Mehndi night was covered by the yacht company providing mostly American/Italian food with a hint of Indian appetizers. Kishan's restaurant catered our Haldi lunch, Sangeet & Garba night, along with Wedding lunch. Palace of India from Grand Rapids (West Michigan) catered our reception. 
 
Music was featured all weekend by DJ Sandman (Sandeep Hans from Sandeep Hans Entertainment). Kishan and I met with him beforehand and decided the theme of music each night to ensure variety. Needless to say, he had us dancing all night. 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
As a Punjabi bride, I wanted my bridal lengha to be pink. My family and I planned a trip to India and we custom designed all of mine and Kishan's wedding outfits in Chandigarh (Sham Mall). We coordinated colors and tried to embody the theme of each event. For the groomsmen and bridesmaids outfits, we wanted a contrast color and thus royal blue worked well. Their outfits were also bought from Chandigarh as well.  
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy the process and cherish every moment of your big day(s)! Be present in every moment - it goes by fast. Planning can be stressful but remind yourself what's important to you and your partner. 
 
It was truly my happiest weekend and I wish everyone the same. 
 

I will return bright and early Tuesday to dish out the deets of more stellar Indian weddings. See you then!

I will see you again soon, loves!

Don't forget to meet our newest Platinum Guide members! 
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The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village
Paul Seiler Photography
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Catering: Krishna Catering and Restaurant | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Shaan-Punjab-Dee | Cakes and Treats: Wisteria Bakery | Catering: Palace of India | Cinematography: Robles Video | DJ: DJ Sandman Sandeep Hans | Floral and Decor: Yanni Design Studio | Makeup: Amanie Mokdad | Hair: Raimonda Gjekaj | Mehndi Artist: Ekta Kansara | Hair: Ekta Kansara | Mehndi | Bridal draping & Styling: Ekta Kansara | Photographer: Jobst Media | Planning and Design: Blissful Weddings & Events | Venue: The Henry Autograph Collection |


Detroit, Michigan Indian Wedding by Jobst Media

If I would have gotten an invite to Lindsey and Kishan's intricate and absolutely flawless Indian wedding, I would tell you how blown away I was by all the personal details. First of all the location of The Henry Autograph Collection is my favorite Indian wedding venue in Michigan. Second of all, I have yet to see a Yanni Design Studio that my heart hasn't stopped for. Lindsey walked down a flower lit aisle to the extravagant stage decorated by the premier décor that was surrounded by rose petals and chandeliers. If my husband is reading, this is the way to my heart, honey! Take out your notebooks gals, this is one Indian wedding you are going to want to note for the future! I am partial to details and this bride’s attire and makeup glam was just simply perfect. Amanie Mokdad truly designed one gorgeous Indian bride. The images tucked away in our gallery shot by Jobst Media helps me paint the picture of a love tale that is truly one for the ages. 

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Kishan and I met at Hamlin Corner (lounge/club) in Royal Oak, Michigan in February 2014. I was out with one of my best friends from out of town for a girls night and Kishan was out with his friends as well. He and his cousin approached us on the dance floor and started a conversation. We connected and thus exchanged numbers at the end. However, I also didn't think this would go anywhere. I was a medical student at the time and busy with work and thought to myself, when am I ever going to meet this guy again. At the same time (relevant to this story), Kishan mentioned he had left structural engineering and recently taken over his family business (Krishna Catering & Restaurant). I didn't recall the name of the restaurant but knew it was local. 
 
I continued with my daily life and we initially texted but then conversation essentially stopped. He made an effort to invite me out to his birthday but I wasn't able to go. I never thought I would see him again and this was the end of our encounter. 
 
Another relevant point to this story now arises. Since my parents lived out of town, I used to get food ordered from an Indian restaurant every month. My dad had arranged for this so I would never go hungry. One day after I called, I was expecting my usual delivery. 
 
On the other side of town, Kishan was at the restaurant when his mom told him there was a delivery in Detroit for a girl named Lindsey. He thought to himself, "We don't usually deliver to people named Lindsey in Detroit." He remembered that name and thus checked the phone number on the order. It matched, and this was the same girl he had met a few weeks ago. Lindsey but also known as Lipika. He called everyone he knew to get advice on how to approach this situation. The final decision was that he would surprise me with his presence.  
 
Back to my side of town, I received a call from the driver saying my food was here. He sounded almost like he was smirking on the phone. Not thinking much of it, I went downstairs and walked outside. I acknowledged a person standing and continued to walk ....but then stopped dead in my tracks as I realized who was actually there. It was that guy I met a few weeks ago. He was standing outside with my food. 
 
"So you order food from my restaurant?" Kishan asked. He handed over the food while I stood there awkwardly not able to say anything. "You owe me $85," he said.
 
I went back upstairs and called everyone I know ... and I had lost my appetite. I didn't know what to think. I believe in fate and that everything happens for a reason. I messaged him back and we had a proper conversation. We went out on our first date on March 23rd, 2014. 1.5 years later, we got engaged, and 3 years later, we got married. I like to think of this as our own Bollywood story (that our friends also acted out at our Engagement party). 
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
After medical school graduation in May 2015, I traveled with my friends and family prior to starting residency. When I got back from India (latest trip at that time), Kishan planned a weekend trip to Traverse City (Northern Michigan) the weekend before residency actually started. During the car ride, I had an inkling something might happen but that quickly went away as I asked and he completely denied. We stayed at The Grand Traverse Resort which was absolutely beautiful. On Saturday, June 20th, we enjoyed the wine country with our friends during the day who were also visiting from out of town. For the evening, Kishan made reservations at Aerie Restaurant at the resort. It was a beautiful setting with great scenic views of the lake, sunset, and greenery. We got to the restaurant and started our meal with good conversation. We ordered dessert shortly after dinner and Kishan said he had to go to the bathroom. Little did I know, soon thereafter, he walked back to the table with our dessert and a ring on the plate. He got down on one knee in front of everyone and proposed. The gentleman that was eating by himself sitting across from us suddenly started taking pictures - he was our photographer in disguise! I was completely shocked and swept away. 
 
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.
Much like any bride, my utmost goal was to be organized and stay on top of all our tasks and duties. I wanted to follow tradition and embody elegance and unique character to all our events. I worked with a wedding planner - Rajul Pillai from Blissful Weddings & Events. She did an amazing job helping us with the wedding weekend (and engagement party year before)!
 
For our wedding weekend, we had our events laid out in 3 packed days. Mehndi (Thursday PM), Haldi (Friday AM), Sangeet & Garba (Friday PM), Wedding (Saturday AM), Reception (Saturday PM). We had family and friends fly from far and near to attend our special weekend. All accommodations and food (non-wedding related) were organized with an itinerary and welcome bag on check-in to the hotel (The Henry). 
 
For the Mehndi, we wanted to do something different so decided to have a yacht party. We booked The Ovation which was a 4-hour sunset cruise around Detroit River with views of Canada and Ambassador Bridge. There were Mehndi artists on board along with dinner and dance floor with surprise performances from our family. I got my Mehndi done the night before (6-hour process) so I could move around on the boat
 
Rest of the events were held at The Henry in Dearborn, Michigan - an elegant boutique hotel and venue. When we were initially looking at local options, this was one of Kishan's top choices as he had a lot of experience with wedding venues due to the restaurant and catering business. When I saw it for the first time myself, I fell in love and didn't look any further. In addition, it was able to accommodate our 500+ guests for the weekend. 
 
Our Haldi and Grah Shanti morning was held separately in 2 adjoining ballrooms. Our Punjabi and Gujarati traditions were celebrated with our close family and friends. Thereafter, we had our Sangeet & Garba in the evening. We wanted this to be a complete fusion with lots of color and sparkle. We celebrated with Bhangra and Raas-Garba. Food was laid out in different stations much like street food where people could travel from one to the next. Performances from a Toronto Bhangra team (Shaan Punjab Dee), family and friends, and open dance floor ended the night. 
 
Wedding morning started early for us. I had 13 bridesmaids and Kishan had 11 groomsmen. I remember getting up at 4 am to get hair, makeup, and draping started followed by all the girls. We had our first look before the Baraat which started around 9:30 am. Followed by our ceremony, we went offsite for bridal party pictures on a party bus to Greenfield Village -- a historic district and park with beautiful outdoor views. Coming back around 5 pm, we had a mini break before we started to get ready for the reception. 
 
My vision for the wedding ballroom was a mixture of elegance with gold. Since my lengha was going to be pink, our decor guru Yanni from Yanni Design Studio recommended blush and light pink florals and designed an amazing altar and room. In addition, they also mastered the Sangeet & Garba ballroom based on our initial thoughts of lots of color and sparkle. For the reception, I wanted darker florals while maintaining the gold theme. We used part of the altar as our entrance and added lots of detail including emphasizing the stage, ice sculpture, his & hers drinks & mocktails, incorporating reception floral on the cake, a table tribute to our grandparents, photo booth, etc. We choreographed our first dance which was a surprise to many - started slow followed by breaking out into Bollywood moves. 
 
All my makeup was done by the amazing Amanie Mokdad and hair by beautiful Raimonda Gjekaj. My Mehndi, Mehndi hair and all draping was done by the fabulous Ekta Kansara. I am very thankful for a great team. 
 
Food was a big part of our planning process as well. Mehndi night was covered by the yacht company providing mostly American/Italian food with a hint of Indian appetizers. Kishan's restaurant catered our Haldi lunch, Sangeet & Garba night, along with Wedding lunch. Palace of India from Grand Rapids (West Michigan) catered our reception. 
 
Music was featured all weekend by DJ Sandman (Sandeep Hans from Sandeep Hans Entertainment). Kishan and I met with him beforehand and decided the theme of music each night to ensure variety. Needless to say, he had us dancing all night. 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
As a Punjabi bride, I wanted my bridal lengha to be pink. My family and I planned a trip to India and we custom designed all of mine and Kishan's wedding outfits in Chandigarh (Sham Mall). We coordinated colors and tried to embody the theme of each event. For the groomsmen and bridesmaids outfits, we wanted a contrast color and thus royal blue worked well. Their outfits were also bought from Chandigarh as well.  
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy the process and cherish every moment of your big day(s)! Be present in every moment - it goes by fast. Planning can be stressful but remind yourself what's important to you and your partner. 
 
It was truly my happiest weekend and I wish everyone the same. 
 

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Catering: Krishna Catering and Restaurant | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Shaan-Punjab-Dee | Cakes and Treats: Wisteria Bakery | Catering: Palace of India | Cinematography: Robles Video | DJ: DJ Sandman Sandeep Hans | Floral and Decor: Yanni Design Studio | Makeup: Amanie Mokdad | Hair: Raimonda Gjekaj | Mehndi Artist: Ekta Kansara | Hair: Ekta Kansara | Mehndi | Bridal draping & Styling: Ekta Kansara | Photographer: Jobst Media | Planning and Design: Blissful Weddings & Events | Venue: The Henry Autograph Collection |


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