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Somerset, NJ Indian fusion Wedding by Erum Rizvi Photography

Hello, ladies! We are so happy to be back with another romantic and inspiring story! If you are a wedding aficionado like we are, you will be thrilled to know that we are revisiting Elena & Rishi's wedding bash! Yes, you read right! Today's love story was featured in our Films Blog a couple of months ago thanks to the fantastic cinematography created by Joseph Minasi Studios. And, you loved it so much that we wanted to give you a second chance to enjoy it. This time around, you will be delighted by the visual masterpieces captured by Erum Rizvi Photography, and believe us, this is one spectacular event that you don't want to miss! We love how this photographic studio captured the most beautiful moments of these lovebirds' big day, allowing us to witness and enjoy every ceremony as if we were there! From the wedding ceremony to the grand reception party, both celebrated at The Palace at Somerset; everything was breathtaking. And in case you were wondering who orchestrated such a spectacular event, it was none other than Events By Ridhi P, who took care of everything down o the smallest detail. And the awesome decor that set the mood for the different wedding activities was crafted by the talented team from Rangoli Weddings. We particularly loved the sweet and charming wedding ceremonies. And we are almost sure there was not a single dry eye at this cornucopia of beauty and traditional flair, as the love and tenderness of Elena & Rishi will make you drop a couple of tears of happiness. So, you might want to have your tissue box handy before taking a look at today's awesome gallery. We are sure you will love it and will take tons of inspiring ideas!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
When I was visiting home during my freshman year of college, I really wanted to go to this party with my friends.  Luckily, one of Rishi's cousins introduced the both of us at this party.  It was an instant connection once we started to talk about a TV show we both like. Little did I know that at the age of 19 I was going to meet my soulmate and best friend.  After 8.5 years, I still think about that day when we first met and feel extremely blessed to have such an amazing relationship with him.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I have been planning for this day since I was a little girl, so of course I knew what I wanted (well at least for the Christian dress).  Luckily, I had a lot of support when I went shopping for my dresses.  For my Indian bridal lengha, I knew it was the one once I saw it in Nazranaa.  It was everything I wanted--a velvet and burgundy material.  When I went to Castle Couture for my Christian wedding dress, it was a bit more complicated because I was so overwhelmed with the dress selections.  But, I knew I wanted an off white, lace wedding dress with either 3/4th or long sleeves, so that helped narrow it down.  After trying on several dresses, I felt super indecisive between a few dresses and wanted to sleep on it.  So I went back a few weeks later and thank gosh Matthew Christopher was there for his trunk show! Once I tried on his dress, it was everything I ever dreamed of since I was a little girl. Lastly, for my reception wedding dress, I was able to get it customized.  I wanted it to be a very glamorous one piece dress that was a representation of both cultures (with of course a lot of sparkles). I think they were able to nail my vision because I could not wait to wear it once I saw what it looked like!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part was definitely the end of the night on the dance floor! I finally felt all of the pre-wedding stress lifted off of my shoulders.  I was able to see all of our ideas come together and everyone having a great time.  I had a dream team of vendors and I honestly would not know what I would do without them through this whole wedding process.  I literally bugged them all the time whenever I had a concern or question.  They made my wedding day a dream and I could not thank them enough! I was actually upset at the end of the night because I did not want that to be the last time I ever saw them since we grew so close and truly considered them to be friends.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved the way we incorporated both of our cultures. For the Hindu ceremony, we had the traditional Baraat and Indian food, and then we transitioned to the Christian ceremony in the afternoon.  We also had a Mariachi band during cocktail hour, which everyone loved! Our venue (The Palace at Somerset Park) had amazing food and drinks as well.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Brides-to-be—It is super important to establish a connection with your vendors! Definitely do your research because some vendors may not have the same style or vision that you want for your wedding day.  Also, be patient and remain calm. Stuff that you are unable to control will happen, just go with it! On your wedding day, things may run late, your dupatta may keep falling off, guests who said they would attend do not show up, you slip during your first dance, you do not eat anything until the end of the night, but at the end of the day NONE of that matters. You literally do not care because you are too excited and happy to let it bother you, so have fun! All of the stress and planning will be worth it because at the end of the day, you are marrying your best friend in front of everyone you love.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
We would like to thank all of our amazing vendors, family, and friends for being a part of our special day! We are so blessed to have such amazing people in our lives.

 

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DJ: D&S Event Solutions | Baraat: D&S Event Solutions | Lighting: D&S Event Solutions | Cinematographer: Joseph Minasi Studios | Photographer: Erum Rizvi Photography | Sangeet Venue: The Palace at Somerset | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Palace at Somerset | Planning & Design: Events By Ridhi P | Floral & Decor: Rangoli Weddings


Mumbai, India Indian Wedding by Essential Studios

Hello, ladies! Are you ready for a new love story filled with magic, romance, and charm? If so, you cannot miss today's wedding coming to us all the way from Mumbai, India. When Niyati & Chaitanya decided they wanted to tie the knot in India, they knew that their wedding celebration had to be extraordinary to keep up with the beauty that India has to offer. And just by taking a glance at the shots captured by Essential Studios, we can agree that this celebration exceeded all expectations! From the Sangeet ceremony held at the Aqaba, to the closing gala celebrated at the Nehru Centre, everything was amazing! All guests received an elegant and spectacular invite crafted by Customizing Creativity to attend this wedding bash. And we already know that this talented team is well-known for its colorful, delicate, and unique designs. And this time it was no exception! After the pre-wedding ceremonies, this lovely young couple took their love to the Jade Garden to tie the knot and start a lifetime of happiness and marriage. Each ceremony and celebration overflowed with so much beauty and flair that it was almost impossible to describe. Still, it was our gorgeous Maharani who stole the show! She looked like a goddess throughout the entire celebrations, thanks to Meera Mehta, who did a phenomenal work taking care of Niyati's beauty needs. She looked so ravishing that we cannot stress how much we loved her bridal look! If you want to keep enjoying today's lovely wedding, don't miss the gallery that we have prepared for today. We are sure you are going to love it!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Chaitanya and I studied in the same school but were never in the same group until we met again in class 12th tuitions and it all began from there.
We started dating in 2010. We used to meet almost everyday and for both of us it was our first relationship that we were ever in. He had even introduced me to his family almost in a week's time!
we have literally grown together, matured together, gone through ups and downs together, but we NEVER wanted to give up on each other! That is what made both of us realise that this was it. This is what keeps us going yet after so many years.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
So since we had been dating for quite a long time. it was time to make things official. So in 2017, Chaitanya and i with a few of our cousins took a trip to Dubai. I had no clue what was in store for me. The first night in Dubai, he took me to the Palazzo Versace hotel where he had booked a suite. This was it. As soon as i entered that suite, the whole floor read "WILL YOU MARRY ME?'  in rose petals. The next thing i see was Chaitanya on his knees with a ring in his hand asking me to marry him. To be honest, i froze for a moment until i heard someone say GO and after a big YES, we partied all night. Thats how he proposed me.

Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
Our wedding took place on 10th February,2019. We had good enough time to plan our wedding and give importance to details. We also didn't want too many functions. we mainly had 2 functions - Mehendi followed by a Sangeet and then the next day was the Wedding.
Since our wedding was in the month of February, we wanted open venues for our functions as the weather in Mumbai would have been really nice. We first went to Jade Garden, Worli, and all our family members loved it and we even finalised it in a weeks time!
As for the Mehendi & Sangeet venue, we closed in on Aqaba.

Since i am not too fond of make-up, I wanted my make up artist to be absolutely minimal on me and Meera Mehta executed it perfectly. i was very very happy with all my looks!.

For the outfits, i always wanted a traditional look for both my functions.
For me, jewellery also played a very important role. I did have something particular in mind. Once i entered the first store, i got exactly what i was looking for and went ahead with it

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Unlike most of the brides who choose red for the wedding day, I wanted something different.
I always wanted to wear an ivory or a gold lehenga.  After a lot of visits to many stores, I finally got the lehenga that i always wanted! The colour was what i had imagined and so i went ahead with it. It was my wedding lehenga and I continued to wear the same  with a different draping for my reception.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I always wanted be there in every step of the planning process because this time never comes back and i wanted to enjoy it to the fullest! A lot of people were helping me to make my special day even more memorable for me. We started planning a lot in advance so we could give special attention to every detail. And just planning your wedding is truly enjoyable in its own way!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
So on our wedding day, we did want to do something different, Something unique which not many would have witnessed often. So,we created this food concept  called "Bharat Bhraman" with the Chef which would take the guests through all of INdia's states and highlights each states' staple food! WE had a map of India drawn out with its staple dish! And, till date we still get a lot of praises for that menu.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There are a lot of moments that play in your head specially when you think about your wedding day.
For me, it was that moment when i was walking towards the mandap. He was sitting right there. All those  butterflies in your stomach come right back. All those 9 years of dating have finally come down to this ONE day that we both have ALWAYS waited for! It was just  overwhelming  and both of us were in tears when we just right there together in the mandap!

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 the decor of all my functions, I was blessed to have my sister-in-law Disha with me. She just went ahead with what she thought would look good and i absolutely trusted her judgement.
She alongwith Aditi Hamlai (Fireflies DEcor) at Aqaba came up with a royal theme. It was all about a combination of red and gold and vintage frames. Aditi understood exactly what we wanted and it was an absolute pleasure to work with her!

For the wedding day, it was again all Disha with the decorators GAurav and Priya (Saffron celebrations). This time they came up with an Enchanted Forest theme.
GAurav and Priya had a Fabulous job with my mandap and my reception backdrop. It was full of baby breaths and flowers! I was absolutely in love with the decor on that day. It all looked so pretty! 
With Saffron Celebrations, it all got decided so smoothly and the OUTCOME says it all! IN fact. the guests were in absolute awe of the decor too!!

also, for the house decor, I always wanted dream catchers to be a part of the decor. Trinketree by Ushvi Shah came to my rescue and made me some some really pretty dreamcatchers- just the way i wanted them!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Try to enjoy the whole process of planning your wedding but also try not to get stressed out.  Remove some time with your partner to do stuff - go on dinner dates, go for a movie etc. ENJOY each and every moment because this time will never come back!

That is all for today, darlings. Make sure to join us tomorrow for more!

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Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Customizing Creativity | Sangeet Venue: Aqaba | Ceremony Venue: Jade Garden | Reception Venue: Nehru Centre | Hair & Makeup: Meera Mehta | Photography: Essential Studios


Surat, India Indian Fusion Wedding by Destination Photographers

Good morning, beautiful Maharanis! There is no better way to start this Thursday than getting an extra boost of inspiration from Akriti & Vishal's big fusion wedding celebration coming to us from Surat, India. You read right! We are taking you on a visual journey to India, to enjoy this multicultural wedding bash that got us sighing. From the fun-loving Sangeet held at The Grand Bhagwati and the gorgeous wedding ceremony officiated at The Royal Celebration, to the grand reception party celebrated inside the halls of the Balaji Party Plot, this wedding was a dream come true! There was so much beauty and finary to admire, that we found ourselves lost of words to describe such a remarkable and unique event. Thankfully, the good fiends from Destination Photographers were there to capture photos from every angle in such a fabulous way that we get to feel just as if we were there. Ladies, if you are looking for inspiration to start preparing your ultimate bridal look, take a moment to admire the ravishing looks of our gorgeous Maharani Akriti. She donned different attires, hairstyles, and makeup looks, but the common factor was always the same: Unconmessurable beauty! So kudos to Sejal Savaliya for taking such good care of this lovely Maharani's beauty needs. They absolutely nailed every look and endowed her with tons of elegance and flair that we cannot stress how much we loved it! If you want to take a closer look at two different backgrounds and traditions become a single unity through love, don't miss today's jaw-dropping and colorful gallery. We are sure that you are going to love it as much as we did, not to mention that you will get tons of inspiration!

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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.
5 MAKEUP trails. Yes, you got it right I have a very special experience with the Hair & makeup artist, I have never been on makeup, I barely use it in daily life. I was so concerned about my D Day look that I went for 5 makeup trials with 5 different makeup artist and must have spoken to more than 15 of them. I didnt want them to change my features or the base of my skin tone. I was proud of being a brown skin dusky bride. And my fiance was very concerned too. At the end he started speaking to makeup artist just so that they understnad what we were asking them for. In surat, a makeup artist typically tries to create a fairer baseof the brides skin tone which makes the bride look not who she is. and this was the toughest thing to be booked. I was in Mumbai during planning of my wedding. I must have spoke to 15 artist in mumbai before speaking to the ones in Surat. Ms. Sejals studio is like the dream destination for brides to be, I got her reference from a to be bride friend and she was just way to confident about her. Ms. Sejals studio was  30 minutes away from the venue and would have taken just 1 hour to travel. and my parents got all finiky as to why do I have to travel so much to just get ready. but that was my last resort and that was the best decision i made.
 
We have another deep story with the venue, like I have been a very traditional girl at heart but at the same time very modern with my thoughts. I so wanted my wedding to happen at my home. but My father had already booked a 5 star resort property in Daman, and wanted a full fledged destination wedding. After numerous discussions and convincing sessions, the families agreed to do a wedding in surat ( my home town) , with the pheere happening at my uncles place because we could easily fit in all the guest in that location and have the reception in his apartment garden. but this was not it, on 2nd of february, when the d day was 20 days apart, the wedding venue changes to a wedding lawn( a garden area) with the pheere in the garden. this is not how i wanted, i never thought of getting married in a fancy place, for my a home is the most auspicious place from where the girl should be married. I cried, I opened my heart to my mom and my fiance to do something, I so wanted to get married from my own home. and finally after all the rona dhona and drama, on 15th february, my father finally decided that the pheere, will be at my home only the brides home . the feeling of bidai from brides own home, is what i wanted and i really was lucky to get it.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I selected more than 5000 bridal images from various online platforms in a span of 1 year to understand the best lengha look. I visted all designer studios in mumbai to just understand and see what I like. I finally went ahead to self design the lehenga . I must have tried 10 varittes of the pink i wanted. even after finallizing one shade, I rejected it after 1 month because i found abetter shade of pink. My fiance, Vishal is a beliver in lord Shiva, and my lehenga had the banaras ka ghat ( where lord shiva was first welcomed by lord vishnu) as its designs. The Banaras ghat and Shiva are very integral to the indian mythology. My lehenga also had his name at various spots, my nickanmes in the latkans and my dupata had 'Om' and 'Shree' as a part of its designs.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part was doing everything on own. I had been following most of the prominent wedding portals and magazines since the day my father was searching for a potential life partner. I wanted the wedding in my own way, and i was sure about my decisions because I had planned 2 of my brothers weddings previously. I had a folder in my phone( i still have it) with more than 20,000 inspirational pictures of lehenga, decor, jewellery and event ideas gathered in a span of 1-1.5 year. I was so particular about every detail that the journey will be in my minds forever. the most enjoyable rather tough part was fixing our photographer. I had requested for quotes from more than 50 top photogrpahers from india, starting the process from August but hadnot been able to book the photographer until end of December, just because to me the memories of my wedding were very very important and we couldnot zero down to one good photographer. For a lot of people photography is the last thing they would like to book, but for me it was the first thing that i wanted to book and spend a good amount of money on creating memories.Finally we got whom we wanted and the pictures have been just mesmerizing
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our Haldi!!!Our haldi was a never ending event. It started with the traditional route to rituals but ended in the most fun way possible. I as a bride was loaded in haldi, with flower petals on me throughout the event, there were more than 15 kgs of rose petal,and marigold ( 3 colours) in the event. this was being showered on the bride groom and family. and there was a marwadi singer at the background who created the essence of dance, fun and immiginable memories. It is definitely a good decision to have some fun in your haldi, with flowers( like they call it pholo ki haldi) and have fun. Moreover, I as a bride was wearing a self designed flower Lehenga, which created a altogether different look as a bride to be and the family members were so interested & awed by it that they wanted to be with me throughout and the look was just too much. When my mother saw me the first time in this look, she almost had a drop of tear in her eyes:(
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Yes, there were quite a few. the first and the most important being the runaway bridal no makeup photoshoot. I was running late becuase of all the other functions and rituals. I had an makeup appointment booked for 1:30 pm,and i had to be at the venue by 6:30 pm. my photogrpaher was keen on clicking bridal solos in daylight and we had left for the makeupartist salon only at 4:30pm. Despite being late, we cooked up a story with the makeup artist to visit the temple before the dawn and left her studio at 4:30 promising her that we return in 15 minutes and eventually went for a photoshoot. I think this was the best moment of the day, where I went beyond the convetional ways of photoshoot, where the bride gets all decked up to be clicked, we just wore the lehenga in the studio, got jeweled up in the car and there we were shooting the 10 best solo images of my weddding day and yes without any makeup on me.
The another special moment which I am being mesmerized till date is the time when I walked the aisle with my parents on my side and my brothers holding the pholo ki chaadar. it was this walk of life where i saw my whole life transition and this walk is very very special to me. as i had my full family with me. After this walk, when both of parents handed my hand to Vishal, was the time i realizeed that okay now done , I am no more their Lado, I am now Vishals Akriti.
 
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.
So, I had a very special moment that I wanted to create in my wedding, and that was the sangeet, I have been dancing since I was 5 and have loved it. be it my brothers sangeet or my own sangeet I was very interested in adding a lot of creativity to the event. For my own sangeet I had this dream of dancing with my brothers, since I listened to this song "My desi girl" by Priyanka chopra, i also danced with my mother on 'Maiye ne Maiye ' and with my father on Dilbarao from Raazii. It was really the thing I enjoyed the most.
 
The other most special detail I would like to mention is the bridal entry song that was played, we had listened to 100 songs on youtube to finalize on this particular traack. We came down to songs where I could exemplify each of my family relationship. The first song being "Teri Khushiyann" - it is a brother sister song, Laadki and ungli pakad ke.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Definitely many !!!
The first thing a bride should focus on is her 'D Day Look', it is important to picture this and go ahead planning this. The very important point in deciding the look is to select between a traditional and a modern look, and whether or not to add that bit of touch of each other into the final look. Yes, I choose a very traditional look (like the color being typicall fusica pink and not red) but twisted it with modern stuff ( like pairing green jewellery). It is important because you will be bride only once.
The next word of wisdom is to be very careful with the blouse, the stitching the fit , the depth. Because only if the blouse is perfect will your jewelry pop out and your duppata will create that grace. Please do select your jewellery before your lehenga, because the matching has to be perfect. A diamond necklace might not blend the best with a jardosi work or ari tari, but a black polished gold jewellery goes so well with these. similarly, a diamond goes really well with all pastel coloured looks and sequence work. The third most important thing is to add variety in bridal dress for all the events. This creates a lot of pictures in different attires and also the more variety you wear you will love your bridal look more . ( the significance of wearing a lehenga only on wedding day will be awed by bringing variety to other events)
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
I had written Vishals Name in 10 different Language on my 10 fingers on my mehendi.
My lehenga had my nicknames in latkans ( like all the names that my friends addressed me with, my family and definitely Vishal's love name also)
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the Jewelry was self desinged - i had visited more than 10 stores in surat to choose what I wanted but found no where, I spend 4 hourss to get my bridal bangles matching. I wanted to wear the mathapati but my mom was so skeptical on the look of it that I almost fought with her on this decision and finally on my makeup trial with the studio i had fixed the hair artist actually showed me book the looks and we finally decided the mathapati look.
I have also decked up myself with variety of vintage jewellery throughout in pre wedding functions. Most of them have been from my mothers wedding or my grand mothers wedding.
I have also re-worn my mothers bridal lehenga as a part of one of the Pre wedding functions. ( which was specifically for my mothers side of the family).
 
We are still blown away by all the beauty surrounding today's featured wedding that we need a moment to catch our breath. But make sure to join us tomorrow for more. You will be amazed!
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Sangeet Venue: The Grand Bhagwati | Ceremony Venue: The Royal Celebration | Reception Venue: Balaji Party Plot | Hair & Makeup: Sejal Savaliya | Photography: Destination Photographers


Newport Beach, CA Indian Fusion Wedding by Siga Gubista Photography

Good morning, beautiful Maharanis! We hope your week has been off to a great start. Today, we are back with a new Fusion Wedding, and you already know how much we love them! One of the main reasons why we have a special place in our heart for fusion weddings is because we enjoy seeing how these events mingle two cultures and two backgrounds together in a single love story. And Rashi & Tyee's wedding extravaganza is no exception! We are sure that it will take your breath away and make your heart melt with tenderness as it packs tons of beauty and fabulous details that you don't want to miss. From the Baraat procession where Raja Tyee showed up in an elegant Sherwani, sword in hand, and riding a white decorated horse from Cindy Cinderella Carriages, to the big reception party, everything was beyond perfect! And we are sure that you will love it so much! So, let's get started! For today's awesome gallery, we have gathered the best shots captured by the talented crew from Siga Gubista Photography for you to have a visual treat, and enjoy seeing two cultures becoming one, through love. The big day arrived, and these lovebirds were more than ready to become husband and wife through a romantic Christian ceremony officiated onboard the Eternity Yacht. Although there was so much beauty all over the place, nothing compared to the drop-dead gorgeous look of our blushing Maharani Rashi. She trusted her fashion needs to Maya Collections and added an extra touch of traditional flair to her already fabulous look, with a spectacular Mehndi designed by Sabrina Gaur. The icing on the cake was the dazzling pieces of jewelry from Miss India Fashions' collection. And oh boy, they were something out of this world! Without any question, this was the magical wedding ceremony Rashi & Tyee always wanted. And we cannot get over the mesmerizing and enchanting way they complement each other! When you see them together, you can tell that they are soulmates meant to have an everlasting love story. But what we love the most is how the love that this two radiate is capable of sweetening up our day and melt our hearts! So don't hesitate to visit today's gallery to relive the entire wedding festivities! You'll have a great time!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I had an injured knee and had to get Physical Therapy. Going to my first appointment I did not think I had anyone to impress, let alone would meet my future husband!! I met my very handsome Clinic Director. His name was Tyee :) After receiving my PT treatment Tyee eventually discharged me. Things changed for us after that and we never looked back.
I can't tell you an exact day or incident where it all hit me that he was the one. It was more like a magnetic force that pulled me toward him from the start and no matter what, somehow, we would end up together. That turned into the deepest feelings I'd ever had in a relationship. And then, it turned into not being able to picture our lives without each other.
Looking back at everything from the start and how it all played out, it was totally meant to be. All of it, us both moving to that particular state for a short period of time, me getting injured, us meeting. It all makes sense now - he was the one :)
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
R. Tyee's original plan was to take me on a hot air balloon ride, have me look down from the top to see the 8 ft x 12 ft banner he had gotten made that read, "Rashi, Will You Marry Me? Love, Tyee" and propose to me in the sky.
The day of his proposal, the hot air balloon company contacted him saying winds were high and the rides were cancelled. My older brother and his now wife came into town the previous day "for a visit".. but they were in town for the proposal!
After Tyee's initial plan was cancelled he took us all to gorgeous Mt. Charleston (Nevada) and proposed to me on top of the mountain. I was speechless when he asked me to marry him ...literally for about 5 seconds I didn't respond! Haha I was just in shock and was trying to figure out if this was all really happening! Of course, then I said yes and when I looked down at my finger I saw my dream ring but better!
After his beautiful proposal, he had reservations made at our favorite French restaurant. They.had set up our table and Tyee had a bouquet of my favorite flowers waiting at our table with a note. We all enjoyed mimosa and our delicious food.
That evening he took me to our suite at the Bellagio for a little staycation! We had dinner and champagne at a marvelous restaurant, watched the water fountain shows, had our photos taken and enjoyed complimentary treats because it was our engagement. I was on cloud 9!
 
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 planned my wedding in just under 4 months! I definitely felt the pressure but I worked hard on our wedding plans everyday! I made myself a wedding binder which had dividers sectioning off different parts of my wedding. I’m a visual person so I had photos for reference, checklists and charts that I made, printouts of everything regarding budget, and much more. I had sections from what specific henna designs I would get - to our wedding colors - to what each person in our wedding party was wearing! It was all planned and organized. I’m also a huge list maker. I make lists for just about everything. I definitely did that during wedding planning too! Doing this and keeping notes and reminders will help bring structure to your planning.
 
My husband and I always wanted a short engagement. He proposed to me a week before I was had major surgery. I went into my surgery in a much better state of mind because of this. After my recovery I got to work and planned the wedding of our dreams!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
For my white wedding dress, when I was younger I always dreamt of wearing a ballgown one day at my wedding. When I grew up I was very attracted to the mermaid style wedding dresses. But a beautiful white ballgown with a sparkling sequin bodice, sweetheart neckline and corset back stole my heart! It was simple but spectacular at the same time!
For my bridal lehnga, I've always been absolutely in love with the multi-colored styles and love jewel tone colors. My top 3 colors choices for my lehnga were multi-colored and then emerald green or royal blue if I couldn't get the design I wanted. People would tell me what's in style or make suggestions of what they thought I should wear but nothing really excited me and I knew what I wanted. My bridal lehnga that I wore at my reception was a gorgeous multi-colored Anarkali - Lehnga Choli. Everything about it I loved!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I enjoyed so many parts of our wedding planning. Viewing our venue for the first time, picking out the songs for each part of the ceremony and dances, coming up with special touches in our wedding to make things personal and unique, coordinating our arrivals - just getting things done and closer to the end result! As you get more things crossed off your list, you start being able to picture exactly what your big day will be like and you can see your vision come to life!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our wedding was on a stunning 4-story yacht, so our guests definitely loved that. We kept hearing from guests throughout the night that it was the best wedding they've ever been to. Many people mentioned how they loved seeing such a diverse group of people in attendance and the beautiful display of the Indian culture.
Our wedding was a fusion wedding mixing Christian and Indian wedding traditions. So along with our elegant Christian ceremony, before our wedding we had our traditional Indian wedding arrivals; the groom arriving on a decorated horse and bride carried in a palanquin/doli. My doli was actually handmade by my husband! It was the prettiest mauve shade with gold accents and rose gold sequin veils draped on the inside! My wonderful brothers carried me in it to the entrance of our venue. This was one of the very special moments that our guests loved and continued to talk about!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Honestly, I love reliving the entire thing! But, one precious moment I'll always love is during our ceremony. We wrote our own vows and didn't share them with each other until that day. When we were reading them, turns out we both actually had taken a line from one of my favorite movies (The Vow), and secretly added it into our vows for the other person. Tyee went first. I recognized the line right away and was shocked ..because little did he know, I was about to say the same thing! When I started reading mine, our guests realized that we both somehow thought of the same line to share in our vows at this special moment.
 
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 every event leading up to our reception, our color scheme was sage green and dusty rose with accent colors of rose gold and white. During dinner we had our first dance. Our first dance song was performed by my older brother, Romee, on the piano and Tyee's older brother, Brian, singing our song. It was simply amazing as the yacht sailed the harbor and we danced as husband and wife for the first time.
 
Afterwards, we enjoyed our delicious dinner and got to witness heartwarming speeches from my younger brother, Rajeev, my maid of honor/sister in law, Ashley, and Tyee's best man/older brother, Brian.
 
Our reception was on another level of the yacht and was full of the best music - a mix of all kinds including Bollywood, Bhangra, Pop, Hip Hop, and more played by our DJ. I wore my multicolored Anarkali - Lehnga Choli that I was so in love with and my beautiful chooda. Tyee wore his stylish blue and gold Sherwaani and gold turban. Our entire wedding party had changed into their colorful Indian attire as well and were ready to party! We also had a killer performance from our Bhangra dancer friends getting the crowd so pumped for the night. At our reception we featured "his/her" drinks and went with cupcakes in addition to our cake. Our cute cake topper was a silhouette of a groom romantically lifting up his bride as their two dogs sat beside them. This represented me, Tyee, our Bulldog and our Dalmatian :)
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Don't stress the day-of. That's the day you should be the happiest and not let small mess ups get in the way. Nothing will be 100% perfect. The most important thing is that the bride and groom show up and say "I do" :)
 
For example: I was incredibly happy on my wedding day! Nothing ruined my mood. We had our arrivals planned for outside before we got to the yacht. I was told the day before that there was a good chance of rain. People were worried I’d be upset about ruined plans. But I wasn’t! It didn’t affect my mood at all! I was ready to do it all in the rain if we needed to and I knew it would all still be so beautiful! I was still just as excited and happy. Rain did come on our wedding day, but miraculously, it rained a bit before our arrivals and a bit after everyone was already in the yacht! Not a single drop during our wedding arrivals!
 
Another thing to remember I'd say is to view this day as a celebration of the bride and groom's love and union. Because that's what a wedding is :) Viewing it as "the bride's day" or stressing over having "an event" to manage is not a good way to look at it in my opinion. It's not just one person's day and it's not just an organized function. Focus on each other and your love and nothing else will matter!
 
Lastly, start planning your wedding sooner than later! You'll thank yourself the day of!
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
The first day of our wedding weekend, we held my Mehndi Ceremony at a beach house in Newport Beach, CA. It was so much fun with families mingling, people meeting for the first time, friends uniting - this also was a great ice breaker for those that didn't know each other because at the wedding everyone was already friends and partied so hard together haha!
For my bridal henna, I always wanted the design of a groom on one hand and an Indian bride on the other. I got exactly that included in my fantastic henna designs. My awesome Mehndi artist also hid Tyee's name in my designs as traditionally done. It was so fun finding his name along with my friends and family. I had henna done on my hands and feet and Tyee got my name on his palm :)
My bridesmaids all got matching designs and they loved it. The night was filled with laughs, Bollywood music, drinks, food, tv, bonding and fun as our photographer captured all of these priceless moments!
It was all just so amazing and Tyee and I were so incredibly happy!

That is all for today, darlings! See you tomorrow for more!
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Baraat: Cindy Cinderella Carriages | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Eternity Yacht | DJ / Lighting: DJ Roy Mendoza | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Shayan Chalan | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Akaash Yadav | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Kamaldeep Singh | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Gaganpreet Yadav | Bridal Fashions: Maya Collections | Bridal Jewelry: Miss India Fashions | Cake & Treats: Susie Cakes | Cinematography: Film Life Weddings | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Indian Wedding Card | Mehndi Artist: Sabrina Gaur | Registry: Travel Joy Honeymoon Registry | Tuxedos: Men's Warehouse | Second Wedding Day Photography: Sabrina W. Photography | Mehndi Night Photography: John Merrill Photography | Accommodations: DoubleTree | Photography: Siga Gubista Photography


Pondicherry, Indian Fusion Wedding by Shakir Photography

Good morning, beautiful Maharanis! We are excited to be back as we were dying to share today's lovely story with you. So, let's not wait any longer and take a look at Ancy & Pradhip's big wedding bash. And we hope you have your travel documents handy because we are taking you to Pondicherry for you to be part of this grand event. Today's lovely couple planned a magnificent celebration which started with a traditional Hindu ceremony, followed by a signature on the livre encrypted in Francaise, and finally a Christian ring ceremony with a prayer. How amazing is that! We love how each event honored the bride and groom's culture, faith, and above all, their love for each other! And we know that planning a wedding ceremony is not easy, let alone plan a whole multicultural wedding bash! So we want to make a big shoutout to the bride and groom for the perfect planning and execution of all wedding events. The attention to detail resulted in a dreamy celebration that exceeded all expectations. Both Ancy & Pradhip attended their wedding festivities looking flawless and overflowing with so much happiness and joy that you can almost feel how all these emotions pop from the screen and brighten up your day. For the Hindu ceremony, they embraced a traditional look and ended up looking like the prince and princess of an Indian fairytale. Ancy trusted her beauty needs to Makeup Sharath Bhushan, and Sruthi Kannath and Moksha designed her wedding attires. To crown her ravishing looks, Ancy wore dazzling pieces of jewelry from New Ideas Fashions Jewellery's collection, which added an extra touch of traditional flair to her different attires. And oh, boy! We cannot stress how much we loved her different looks! To match the beauty of the love of his life, Pradhip rocked an all-white attire for the ceremony and an elegant and fashionable tux from P N RAO for the closing gala. They looked so gorgeous together than not even the colorful decor, and the mesmerizing wall of flowers that served as a backdrop for their reception stole the attention away from them! If you want to take a closer look at this fantastic wedding celebration, head into our full gallery for more! We have compiled the most beautiful moments captured by Shakir Photography!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Every human will have a certain deep point in life where that person would feel difficult to get up from the pit. Arm rendered by MR. Mine as a friend during those phase.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
A very different story, both are ardent foot ball fans of same club. It all started with “Arsenal” and we end up hitching our life time goal... Different religion, different culture, different time zone but that never matters when souls are united.
 
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.
Different tone zone one in EST and the other in MYT. We spent our day and night together planning every stuff. We collected many many details regarding venue, makeup artist, place of stay, back drop designs, wedding clothes and ended up choosing our favourite by contacting them. And met everyone in person when in India and finalised
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I fixed my mind to go for pastels. I choose one of the best shops in Chennai where every piece is unique. When it is for our Christian wedding I always wanted to see myself in a gown so grabbed a deep red gown.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
We reached the venue few hours before our wedding and as it was an inter religion wedding our parents of both the sides and relatives anew arguing even at that point in time about giving away my traditional saree... one saying bride should step into their home and get it and the other saying as per our tradition we won’t allow... Every moment was full of suspenses and surprises
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
1. We made our bridal blouse very unique - My father’s signature is embedded in it who is no more. It was a themed blouse. Bride In a chariot and groom in a horse. Where my father’s signature as an attestation below the chariot carrying his daughter.
 
2. Back drop was appreciated my many
 
3. Our post-wedding photoshoot
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
1. Being a Christian I dint know what exactly they are asking me do when pandit requested. Every moment was very funny.. He was literally snatching the wedlock from the priest's hand and tied in few seconds. It grabbed crowd’s attention and all started laughing  seeing the scene.
 
2. During Christian tradition of ring exchange, we had a ball dance which was a ever memorable one
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Stay happy and dream well about your d day which would make you glow like a maharani...

That is all for today, darlings! Make sure to join us tomorrow for more. Same place, same time!
 
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Hair & Makeup: Makeup Sharath Bhushan | Bridal Blouse Designer: Sruthi Kannath | Bridal Clothing: Mokshaa | Bridal Jewelry: New Ideas Fashions Jewellery | Tuxedos: P N RAO | Photography: The Red Crab | Photography: Shakir Photography


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