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Charlotte, NC Indian Wedding by Bhowmik Dave Photography

Hello, Maharanis! We are wrapping up Sima & Anand's love story by taking a look at their reception party held at the Le Méridien Charlotte. We are sure you are going to love it, and you are going to take a lot of inspiring ideas from it! When Sima & Anand started planning this reception party, they knew what they wanted: they wanted it to be elegant, luxurious, and magical. Because of it, they decided to bring Sonaa Weddings & Events onboard as they are well known for making dreamy events come to life. And by taking a look at the incredible shots taken by Bhowmik Dave Photography, we can agree that they nailed it! This mesmerizing reception exceeded all expectations and turned out to be amazing! The fantastic decor that Carolina Wedding Belle put together for this event left us speechless! It was so magical and charming that it seemed out of this world! No wonder why everyone enjoyed every bit of this event! One of the most anticipated moments of the evening took place when our lovebirds had their first dance as husband and wife. All the attendants delightfully witnessed how the newlyweds danced to the beat of the most beautiful melodies played by DJ IMALLIN and enjoyed a fabulous dinner thanks to District Events & Catering. All of the guests had a great time while celebrating with Radhika & Ryan. However, the night was coming to an end when our lovebirds had the first cut at the cake. This was the perfect end for the wedding festivities that marked the start of a lifetime of marriage for Sima & Anand. If you want to relieve this entire wedding celebration, don't forget to take a look at today's gallery! It is worth to be seen!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We originally met through Dil Mil, which surprisingly worked for us pretty quickly. Anand was actually one of the first that I matched with on the app. I was new to the city and had not met many Indians yet. One of my best friends, Sarah, encouraged me to get on the app to at least start the process of meeting people. It was fate that within a month of me hopping on the app, Anand and I went on our first date. We hit it off very well! After the first date, we continued to talk and meet up often (sometimes up to 3 or 4 times in a week). That’s when we really knew that we were right for each other. After 9 months of dating, our parents had already met. We were flying by then!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
The proposal was a complete surprise as Anand originally asked me on a trip to India to go to one of his best friend’s wedding. Through that, he convinced me for a stop in Italy. We chose Rome to travel for a few days before heading to India. We landed that morning in Rome, checked into our Airbnb and immediately were dressed to go out on the town. He took me to a few sight-seeing places, one park in particular in which Anand was checking his phone a lot. I wasn’t sure what was going on but continued to enjoy the views. Eventually, he took me to a lookout spot called Terrazza Viale del Belvedere, where many other people were around taking pictures. There was also a man playing an electronic piano, which was actually unplanned but a very nice touch! He kneeled down and popped the question. Little did I realize (until a bit later when she introduced herself), there was a photographer Anand was coordinating with to time out the proposal pictures. I was certainly shocked and a bit surprised as bystanders all stopped and watched the proposal — super filmy! After I said “YES”, the photographer took us all around for pictures for the next few hours. We ended the day with a wonderful dinner with my favorite red wine. It was truly magical.
 
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.
Wedding planning started early (at least for the venue) because we wanted to utilize a long weekend for the wedding. We were both set on having our wedding and reception on separate days. After seeing so many weddings where the bride and groom struggle to wake up early and endure the chaos of the two large events all in one day, we were willing to sacrifice on some things so that we could have a nice relaxed itinerary.
 
Venue:
Venues are pretty easy to find in Charlotte, but to find one with an Event Manager that you click well with is difficult. After meeting Alice at the Le Meridien in Charlotte uptown, we were set on her management style. She was on top of everything but also very flexible in the contract and other requests we made. She was so easy to work with and did a lot to help plan and execute each event. The hotel overall was also perfect for our needs. The ballrooms were kept up so well and the staff was very accommodating.
 
Outfits:
All of our outfits came from various stores throughout Mumbai. We went to India for wedding shopping about 4-5 months earlier altogether with our families. It was a tight schedule but we were able to coordinate our outfits very well! I originally wanted to go with a dark red velvet, traditional outfit. However, after trying on this particular outfit, I completely switched my mind and went with the ivory for the wedding ceremony. It turned out to fit very well with the blush outfit Anand has his mind set on. I changed my veil to be blush to match his - we were very happy with how it turned out. For garba, we certainly wanted bright colors to contrast with the soft colors we had for the wedding. For the reception, we definitely went a little more mainstream with the navy and gold theme, but we couldn’t help it that both of our all-time favorite color is actually blue! We were fine with being a little more common on that aspect.
 
Hair/Makeup:
At first, hair and makeup was a bit difficult for me to find. I went to a few vendors that others had mentioned me to, but they either ended up being booked up or out of the bridal business, unfortunately. Eventually, with the help of our amazing Event Coordinating team (Sonaa Events), I found Meliha Custovic (A.K.A. The Beauty Fairy)! Meliha and her team are amazing. She did so many trials for the ladies on both the of our sides, and she listened to everyone requests well. We had no doubts of her talent! Throughout the weekend, her and her team was on time and communicated with us very well. This made each experience so fun and easy. She’s super friendly and was a blast to work with! I definitely recommend her to anyone and would advise to trust her fully because she really knows what she’s doing! All I did for each event was show her my outfit and she went from there.
 
Theme:
Our theme for each event was simple. We had a Welcome Night for some of our close family and friends. This event was held at a lounge in the hotel, which actually had a pool with surrounding cabanas. This made us immediately think of a Hawaiian/white-out type of theme.
 
Our Mandvos were separate - Anand was at his house and I was at the Le Meridien as my parents house is in the Midwest. We went traditional for both of our Mandvos. I was able to utilize the hotel rooftop for mine, which was great for pictures with downtown views in the background!
 
For Garba Night, we wanted to go all-out in colors. We even had different colors throughout the ballroom — from the stage to the table cloths to the spritzers and gola! We also loved the idea of food stations for Garba Night, which was well implemented by our decorator and caterer.
 
The wedding decor just played off of our outfits, so it ended being light and elegant. We wanted a very clean look to complement well. We actually stumbled upon a stage that was made in the center of the ballroom with a halo of flowers hanging above. We used this as inspiration to have a hanging mandap. Our decorator, Rahma (from Carolina Wedding Belle), really made our dream come alive. She created our hanging mandap especially for us! It was beautiful. We loved having something so different from the normal stage setup along one wall in which the furthest guests can never see what’s going on during the ceremony.
 
Lastly, our reception was completely navy, gold and ivory. All we told the decorator was that we wanted something different and fresh. We were impressed when Rahma came up with the idea of offset backdrop filled with flowers! It turned out so well!
 
After the wedding of Priyanka and Nick, I was obsessed with the idea of having a logo. We found one and put it in a few different places throughout the weekend — you can mainly see it on stage for the Garba & Reception. My father was able to figure out how to get the logo cut out on a large piece of acrylic within the last few weeks right before the wedding. Rahma incorporated that last minute detail so well on both of the stages. We were very pleased with it! However, our audio-visual team created our gobo based off of the logo as well. It was displayed in all three events.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The planning process was crazy! We were truly overwhelmed at many points, but I think it’s really important to go through all that to see truly how compatible you are together. You really do find out a lot about each other and about the families as well. It’s an interesting process. He’s great at calling up vendors, negotiating and removing any issues. I’m good at all the small details, making schedules and lists, following up on action items. It worked out well for us! Towards the 2-3 month mark, I actually became super busy at work. Anand stepped up without asking and took over a lot of the items around that time. I was really grateful for that!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests actually talked about so many different parts of our wedding — we heard great things! Overall, everyone just noticed how much effort we put into every detail. This was really nice to hear because we were going crazy with all the planning just a few months earlier. It was nice to see our work appreciated.
 
One thing in particular really stood out to everyone, and it was actually coordinated only within two weeks of the wedding — our Baraat dance. It was to Aankh Marey. We wanted it to be super Bollywood and it kind of turned out that way! Anand and I created the dance video and sent it out to our bridesmaids and groomsmen only a week and a half before the wedding weekend. They were all troopers and came through to make the dance look so good! We didn’t think too much about it after it was over, as we were mainly thinking about the ceremony itself. However, weeks (and even months) after the wedding, all anyone could talk about was the dance. We had some guests that sent us videos of the performance from various angles, and that’s all we could watch for a few weeks. Now, anytime the song comes on, we break out the moves! I’ve even had some friends send me screenshots of them listening to the song and tell me that they’re reminiscing the weekend. It was a surprisingly special moment for everyone.
 
For events other than your ceremony, please tell us as much as you would like about the decor, style, dances, and all the special details.
We had a Welcome Night for some of our close family and friends. This event was held at a lounge in the hotel, which actually had a pool with surrounding cabanas. This made us immediately think of a Hawaiian/white-out type of theme. We had drinks, light food and dancing all night! It was a great way to start the weekend.
 
Our Mandvos were separate - Anand was at his house and I was at the Le Meridien as my parents house is in the Midwest. We went traditional for both of our Mandvos. I was able to utilize the hotel rooftop for mine, which was great for pictures with downtown views in the background!
 
For Garba Night, we wanted to go all-out in colors. We even had different colors throughout the ballroom — from the stage to the table cloths to the spritzers and gola! We also loved the idea of food stations for Garba Night, which was well implemented by our decorator and caterer.
 
Lastly, our reception was completely navy, gold and ivory. All we told the decorator was that we wanted something different and fresh. We were impressed when Rahma came up with the idea of offset backdrop filled with flowers! It turned out so well!
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Plan as much as you can beforehand but then do NOTHING the week of. So long as you have given out the tasks and made the requests, you cannot do more than that. And seriously, get a professional day-of coordinator at minimum. Even with a small wedding, you can’t do it all yourself. Stressing out will ruin your experience. You want to be in the moment, enjoy every small piece.

That is all for today. We are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow for a new love story. Until then, have a great day!
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Planning & Design: Sonaa Weddings & Events | Photography: Bhowmik Dave Photography | Floral & Decor: Carolina Wedding Belle | Catering: District Events & Catering | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Le Méridien Charlotte | Hair & Makeup: The Beauty Fairy | Floral: Vivek Flowers | DJ: DJ Imallin | Baraat/Dholi: G2 Singh Music | Cinematography: Pixology By Shray | Baraat: Southern Breezes Horse & Carriage | Cake & Treats: Suarez Bakery


Bensalem, PA Indian Fusion Wedding by Raj Photo Video

Welcome back, ladies! We arrive at the grand finale of this story with a fantastic wedding reception celebrating Aditi & Peter's marriage. Held inside the halls of the exclusive Pen Ryn Estate, and carefully designed by Posh Kreations LLC, this reception was the best way to bring the wedding festivities to an end. The combination of colors and the exceptional decor that Aisha’s Wedding Decor put together for this reception party helped make this event not just elegant, but delicate and exquisite. Without any question, this winning combination set the mood for this vibrant and memorable event. Looks by Jassi did a stellar job in the beauty department by dolling this Maharani up! Aditi ended up looking like royalty on her white dress while rocking a bewitching nude makeup that praised her natural beauty. And we can all agree that her radiance pops off the screen and fills your mind with inspiring makeup ideas! The newlyweds had their first dance as husband and wife and were adorable as they twirled and dipped on the dance floor. All the guests had a great time dancing and tasting the delicious plates that Moghul Mirage prepared for this gala. A cake designed by Isgro Pasticceria marked the end of the evening while leaving our mouths watering. This was most definitely an event to remember, and we have all the images by Raj Photo Video in our full gallery. So make sure to check it out because it gathers a bunch of jaw-dropping scenes that we are sure you are going to love! 

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That's it for today! We hope you have a great week full of inspiring ideas and don't forget to join us tomorrow for more! 

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Draping/Styling: Looks by Jassi | Hair & Makeup: Looks by Jassi | Venues: The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village | Floral & Decor: Aishas Wedding Decor | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Pen Ryn Estate | Planning & Design: Posh Kreations LLC | Catering: Moghul Mirage | DJ: Sunny Entertainment - DJ Ram Minocha | Cake & Treats: Isgro Pasticceria | Transportation: Monarch Chauffeur & Limousine Services | Photography: Raj Photo Video


Tarrytown, NY Indian Wedding by John Martin Productions

Welcome back, ladies! We are wrapping up this fantastic event by taking a look at a romantic and fun-loving outdoor photoshoot leading into Ditiksha & Rickin's wedding reception party! Once again, the talented folks from John Martin Productions managed to amaze us with unbelievable shots showcasing the love and happiness of our lovely couple! By just taking a glance at these beautiful shots, you get to feel how the love of these two irradiates and puts a smile on your face! Without any question, this was the best way to kick off the event that will bring the wedding festivities to an end. Once the photo shoot was over, it was time to move on with the reception party. Held at the exclusive DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tarrytown, this reception party was out of this world! Euphoriaevents took the wheel to conceptualize and execute this gala, and what a great job they did! The expertise they have reflected in the overall theme and design of the event. This fantastic job resulted in a captivating and luxurious setting for our two lovebirds to celebrate their marriage in the company of their family and friends. Definitely, this was the dreamy reception that Ditiksha & Rickin have always imagined, and there is no wonder why everyone enjoyed every bit of this event! If you want to relive the beauty of this wedding celebration, do not miss the gallery that we have prepared for today. It compiles the most amazing shots captured during this celebration, and we are sure that you will get a lot of inspirational ideas from it. So don't miss it out!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Rickin and I met through Coffee Meets Bagel in August 2016. We finally had our first date in September 2016 and officially started dating in January 2017. I was in nursing school and super stressed out but he always made sure to make me his priority. On days I would have exams he would wake up at 5 am and come to the Grand Central from Jersey to take me to Brooklyn just to make sure I had breakfast before my exam. This ended up becoming a thing and right before one of my finals I was in the subway and the song Dil Mera by RDB came on and it hit me, he was the one! At our reception, he actually did a surprise performance to this song!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I lived in NY and he lived in NJ so in order to meet up we always met up at Grand Central Terminal. April 14 is his parents anniversary and his uncle’s birthday so he told me we would have a surprise party for them in the city. So we all dressed up and I went to the city with my parents, brother, and grandparents. And just like he always waited for me in Grand Central, he was there, only this time he had our close friends and family spell out “Will You Marry Me?” and all of the commuters that say behind him in anticipation (about 250+ people were crowded around). He brought me to the center of the Grand Concourse and dropped down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I always told him I would say no so I said “yea buddy” instead which he is known for saying!
 
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.
Since my name is Ditiksha and my now husbands name is Rickin we came up with the hashtag RickSha, we a few ricksha themed details going on an entire day! When looking at venues, Tarrytown DoubleTree really stuck out to us because the venue had a different feel about it, once you enter it felt very rustic but in a chic way and we really enjoyed that! As far as our vendors go, we wanted to have a team we could fully trust! Karishma Mehta I’d Make Up by Karishma I’ve been eyeing her Instagram since 2012 when we first met, so I knew I definitely wanted her to get me glammed up on my big day! As for my Mehndi, being a henna artist myself I really wanted someone who would do a great job and something different, when I first started doing henna, Shilpa Sharma from Henna by Shilpa helped me out and gave me some amazing pointers and I’ve always admired her work! She was the first vendor I booked and she customized my henna for me so well! For decor, we heard outstanding reviews from friends and family about Wedding Design and Decor. When we first went to pick our mandap, Ravi showed us one that looked like a mahal and right away Rickin and I knew that was the one because we wanted traditional but with a twist of something more modern and unique. As for our outfits, we both had the same vision we sent pictures to our family who made it all possible! I really wanted a yellow off the shoulder outfit for my Sangeet and Rickin wanted a sophisticated blue outfit. For the wedding, we both wanted to do red and white. He wanted his to be simple with not too much going on and I wanted two dupattas and a splash of green to keep it traditional and tie it all together. For our reception look, I wanted to be shining head to toe and he wanted a custom made suit. We also had our catering from Bukhara Grill at the wedding and reception; the first time we tried their food we were blown away! They defiantly delivered their best and had a chocolate fountain set up for us! As for our DJ, Sagar Shah (DJ Tonic) we’ve been to several weddings over the years and he’s always packed out the dance floor, which is exactly what he did for ours too! He was very easy to work with and just knew the right tunes! Now to capture all of this we really wanted to pick the best photographers and videographers! We had John Martin Productions who has been amazing to work with. He did our pre-wedding shoot and he was just so easy and genuine to work with, he can make anyone look good! As for the videographer we were recommended by our good friends to Claudio of Cutting Desk Productions! He made the trip out from Florida and did an outstanding job! He and John were able to work so well with one another and make me and Rickin so comfortable on the most hectic day of our lives! Now to tie it all together we had Nadia Jagessar of Euphoria Events as our day-of coordinator. While every wedding had their hiccups, we were glad we had her and her team to help the day go by smoothly!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I always wanted mine to be red and white with just a dash of green to tie everything together. I actually did not even try on my dress until much later! My grandfather had gone to India and got me my bridal lehnga!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part was going on little trips with Rickin to figure things out such as food tastings, cake tastings, venue visits, etc. With each little detail, the wedding came more to life and it started feeling more and more real!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The guests really loved the RickSha theme and the convertible ricksha we had for the Baraat and Vidaii! They also told us that the food and music definitely made the night! We also had popcorn boxes with our caricatures on them which also was an itinerary of the Hindu wedding ceremony, the guests said they enjoyed eating the popcorn but also loved following along with the wedding ceremony! During the cocktail hour we lined up toy rickshas, each toy ricksha was the table number for all of our guests. The kids and adults had a blast playing with their toy rickshas and said it was a unique twist to the traditional table seatings.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There are several! The one that stands out to me the most is when I walked down the aisle with my mamas, it was such an emotional time for me and I tried my best to hold back tears all up to the point when we reached the mandap and I looked up and the first person I saw was my brother and he was tearing up. He gave me a little nod and gave me the strength to go up to the mandap. Then the Anterpat was dropped and there was my groom waiting for me! It was the most surreal feeling ever!
 
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 our sangeet, I really wanted a colorful and fun atmosphere! For this, I had my family and friends decorate it! We had a swing from Wedding Design and Decor and the rest was very colorful with pink and orange everywhere! As for the music, DJ Tonic played Garba and Raas and towards the end played some good old Raghav, Jay Sean and all those songs from back in the day! For our Haldi ceremonies Rickin and I both had specific outfits we wanted to wear. He wanted a Biggie shirt, which is exactly what he wore during his Haldi and I wanted a dhoti sari by the designer Nikasha! We also had a few surprise dances during our reception! One included all of my cousins and my aunts and uncles, I jumped in halfway and then dragged Rickin up to the dance floor! Another surprise dance was done by Rickin and his cousins, he did dil mera (which mentioned earlier was a huge song for our relationship)!
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
While wedding planning is stressful, always remember to enjoy it no matter what. It’s easier said than done but soak it all in! On my wedding day I told myself I would not stress everything will work out... and it does! I can still close my eyes and remember the vibes, decor, emotions all of it and I’m so happy I took in those moments to soak it in!
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
We had a few details I wanted to share! One as I mentioned earlier was the convertible ricksha for the baraat and vidaii (thanks to Rags to Rickshaw)! Another was these popcorn boxes we had custom made; one side was a caricature of us in our wedding outfits while the other sides served as the itinerary of the wedding and the bridal party. We filled these up with popcorn and chocolates for the guests to enjoy during the wedding; one was placed on each seat. For our table seatings, we decided to order toy rickshas and placed each guests name and table number on them. This kept the kids busy and the adults seemed to love playing with them too! As for my jewelry, I had a nose ring custom made from India which had a pop of green to highlight the small green border in my bridal lehnga! My Mehndi was also customized and it showcased our whole story! On my left arm, I had a ricksha with a bride and groom sitting inside, a stethoscope to represent my career in nursing and a traditional Hindu bride. On my right hand, I had the NYC skyline, a gavel to represent Rickin’s career as an attorney with the writing #TLinNY which stands for Top Litigator in NY (he goes around saying this to everyone) and a traditional Hindu groom. We also hid Rickin’s name in both English and Gujarati and he surprisingly found both! As for our cake, we had gotten it from Lulu’s in Westchester and it was to die for! We had 4 tiers with 4 different flavors ( carrot cake, red velvet, mudslide, and vanilla); it was white with a gold border and a few subtle flowers to match our background and outfits! I also wanted to mention our outfits for our bridal party! We had a huge bridal party of 15 groomsmen, 2 best men, 14 bridesmaids and 2 maids of honor. We had all of their outfits custom made from India and they all came out great! We went with a royal purple and gold theme! While we had red and white during the wedding, we followed through with the royal purple and gold theme for the evening which was great in contrast to our outfits; I had a blush peach and silver lengha and Rickin has a gray suit and blush peach tie! Another thing that was very important to us was our wedding garlands, my family friend hand made them for us with fresh flowers!

 

That is all for today! We hope you have a great weekend, and we are looking forward to seeing you on Monday.

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Hair & Makeup: Makeup By Karishma | Draping/Styling: Makeup By Karishma | Photography: John Martin Productions | Ceremony & Reception Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tarrytown | Planning & Design: Euphoriaevents | Cinematography: Cutting Desk Productions | Photography: John Martin Productions


Arlington, VA Indian Fusion Wedding by Paperbird Photography

Hi, darlings! We are wrapping up our journey through this charming love story with a fantastic reception party. But before we start, let's join Jithu & Tyler on a photoshoot taken before the reception party. For this photoshoot, Maharani Jithu looked stunning in her fashionable Lengha very well complemented with the beautiful hairstyle and makeup that Styles By Swati - Salon SBS created for this occasion. The wavy hairstyle combined volume and smoothness, which was perfect for an outdoor photoshoot and a reception party as it allowed the hair to have delicate movements without losing the style. And this look was enhanced with a discreet makeup incorporating a beautiful ruby color on the lipstick, that praised the adorable and captivating smile of our beautiful Maharani. This winning combination made our beautiful Jithu look like a princess! No wonder why Raja Tyler was amazed by this look, and couldn't take his eyes off of his wife. This moment created a beautiful scene that got immortalized by the talented crew from Paperbird Photography. After the photoshoot, it was time to continue with the reception party held at the Top of the Town. Jithu & Tyler shinned on the dance floor showcasing a well-choreographed dance that left everyone speechless. And thanks to the music and the scheme of lights that Dan Goldman Events prepared for this reception party, this night was a huge success. Without any question, having them on board was a perfect choice as they enlivened every moment of the party and put everyone on their feet. And the guests that were not dancing were captivated by the delicious plates that IndAroma prepared for this event. Hands down, this reception party was one for the books! It was full of happiness, dancing, and above all, lots of love! If you can't get enough of this lovely couple, head into our gallery for more! 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"?
We met on OKCupid and after a few messages decided to meet up. He knew I loved beer and suggested we meet at a local dive bar but had no idea that he suggested one of my favorite beer bars!
 
We saw each other two more times that same week. By the end of the week, we both knew that we weren't interested in seeing other people.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
After almost a year and a half together, Tyler made sure to buy the ring on an auspicious day (generously provided by my mother).
 
Tyler picked up my parents from Dulles Airport after they returned from a trip to India, and asked my very sleepy parents for their blessing. My parents agreed and promptly fell asleep.
 
That night, also an auspicious day, Tyler took me to dinner at a fancy French restaurant, where we had a bit too much wine. Eventually, Tyler popped the question while I immediately broke into sobs. After crying through most of his proposal, I said yes!
 
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.
Venue:
As our guests came from all over the country and from around the world (India, Dubai!). We wanted to give them a very DC experience. We chose Top of the Town for both ceremonies because of the sweeping views of Washington DC. We wanted our day to show great views of DC during the day and have a great rooftop area for the cocktail ceremony and reception.
 
Hair & Makeup:
I found my HMU team on Instagram and booked them immediately! They worked with me to create a modern Tamil bridal look for the morning complete with a fishtail braid covered in red roses and baby’s breath instead of the traditional jasmine flowers. The look for the Christian ceremony was delicate with nude lips and eyes and was transformed to bright eyes and bright pink lips for the reception.
 
Design:
We focused on simple overall designs that favored bright colors and atmosphere over more complex scenery. For this reason, we choose a relatively simple mandap (stage) and oonjal (swing) for the Hindu ceremony, and a simple, but classic, greenery backdrop for the Christian ceremony.
 
Flowers:
Our decor team came through with a wonderful selection of flowers. One of our favorite design elements was the way in which our decorator worked the colorful flowers of the Hindu ceremony into the greenery backdrop of the Christian ceremony and reused them for our centerpieces. It provided great continuity between the ceremonies, and helped brighten up the Christian ceremony with just the right amount of color.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
We wanted to wear traditional attire for the Hindu and Christian ceremonies and wanted outfits that reflected us for the reception. We traveled up and down the entire US eastern seaboard  and coordinated with family in India for our three outfits.
 
For the Hindu ceremony, I wanted to wear a traditional red Kanjeepuram silk saree.  With the help of my aunts and grandmother in India, the red saree was purchased from RMKV silks in Chennai over a 5 am WhatsApp call. Additionally, the saree blouse was custom designed and embroidered with Swarovski crystals in a temple bell design.
 
For the Christian ceremony, I chose a white wedding dress from Amazon after searching through traditional bridal stores and unable to make a final decision. I was drawn to a with lots of tulle and delicate lace details.
 
For the reception, I wanted a bright colored lehenga and selected a yellow lehenga with hot pink details from Ladlee in Atlanta, GA. Not to be outdone, Tyler got a custom made navy blue three piece Jodhpuri suit from Om Fashion Boutique in Edison, NJ. We received so many compliments on our reception outfits and cannot wait to wear them again.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Honestly, being done with wedding planning was the best part!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved the baraat and enjoyed  kicking off our wedding with dancing! 
 
Additionally, we planned two surprise dance performances: one with the bride and her friends and one of the bride and groom dancing to lungi dance. Our guests went nuts when they heard lungi dance come on and were up on their feet with us!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The best part of our wedding was seeing our family and friends having a great time! My favorite story was about one of my best friends, Tyler's brothers, and one of my uncles roaming the hotel halls after getting back from a bar at 2 am and being gently scolded by my mother to go to their rooms. It was hilarious and also one of my favorite parts about weddings - bringing people together.
 
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.
We imagined our wedding to be warm, traditional but fusion wedding.  Although we are a modern couple, with all the cultural clashes that come with that, it was important to us that both of our families felt comfortable and represented in our wedding.   
 
Our rehearsal dinner followed this theme and was held at the Le Meridien Arlington’s outdoor taco shack, The Yard. We wanted a terrace space that would encourage our families to move around and interact with each other and a taco shack with picnic tables and lots of standing high tops worked perfectly! 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
A wedding planner is a must! They are the professionals and have probably seen it all --late vendors, last minute changes, the ever-changing seating chart! They are a great source of information and great listeners who can guide you through your vision.
 
Sometimes the details and material items can drive you crazy! Before we got into wedding planning, we wrote down three things we wanted our wedding to be: family, fun, and love. When we were stressing about small details like label placement on envelopes or the design of table toppers, we circled back to  the three things we wrote down. It helped ground us and reminded us to focus on the important things.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
We wanted to incorporate our two families by having heirloom pieces be a part of wedding. I wore my mother's diamond earrings and my late grandmother's gold belt for the Hindu ceremony. For the Christian ceremony, I had with me the groom's late grandmother's handkerchief embroidered with our wedding date. This helped us weave our families into our day and made it that much sweeter.

We are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow for a new adventure. You already know, same place, same time, so don't miss it out!
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Catering: IndAroma | Hair & Makeup: Styles By Swati - Salon SBS | Sangeet Venue: Courtyard by Marriott Arlington Rosslyn | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Top of the Town | Planning & Design: A. Griffin Events | Floral & Decor: Imperial Decor | DJ: Dan Goldman Events | Baraat: Harmon's Hayrides and Carriages | Bridal Fashion: RMKV Silks | Groom Fashion: Saahil Exclusive | Cinematography: TLIC Media | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Minted Weddings | Lighting: Dan Goldman Events | Mehndi Artist: Naseem's Henna | Rentals: Allied Party Rentals | Transportation: Ramjay Inc | Childcare: Kiddie Keepers LLC | BBQ Lunch: Rocklands BBQ | Dhol Drummer: Rock and Dhol Events | Alcohol: Ace Beverage | Photography: Paperbird Photography


Napa Valley, CA Indian Wedding by MPSingh Photography

Today is a good day to continue enriching our minds and creativity by taking a look at a new love story as beautiful as it is inspiring. Rachita & Harshit, our protagonists of today, are a beautiful young couple that we are sure will captivate you with the love they irradiate. So without further due, let's jump right into this lovely story! We'll start this journey by taking a look at an elegant and fun-loving welcome reception held at the exclusive Silverado Resort and Spa on the evening before the wedding day. This event that opened the doors to the main wedding festivities was a huge success thanks to the perfect planning, conceptualization, and execution of Bobby Bhogal! Maharani Rachita attended this reception rocking a dual-tone dress very well complemented by Nini's Epiphany Makeup and Hair who took care of her beauty needs. And we loved the combination of a nude makeup with dark smokey eyes as it praised her beauty and elevated her final look! Harshit did not stay behind, and he followed the line of elegance and style with an all-black suit and a white button-down dress shirt that made him look handsome. All the guests had a great time sharing with this lovely couple before their big day and enjoying the tasty plates that Amber India Restaurants prepared for the evening. And we cannot forget about those delicious sweets and cake from Flour and Bloom Cakes that everyone enjoyed!  And you know that no party is complete if you don't have the perfect music to liven it up! So we want to make a big shoutout to Desi Jammers Entertainment, for setting the musical mood for this once in a lifetime event! If you want to take a closer look at this reception, head into our gallery for more. We have compiled the best shots captured by MPSingh Photography for your enjoyment. So go check them out, they are the perfect preamble for what's coming down the road!

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We are sure this event caught your attention to the point that you want to see more about it, so you cannot miss the upcoming wedding celebration! 

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DJ: Desi Jammers Entertainment | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Silverado Resort and Spa | Planning & Design: Bobby Bhogal | Sangeet Planning & Design: Breath of Fresh Air Events | Floral & Decor: Flowers By Edgar | Hair & Makeup: Nini's Epiphany Makeup and Hair | Catering: Amber India Restaurants | Cake & Treats: Flour and Bloom Cakes | Cinematography: Lynds Photo | Mehndi Artist: Henna Traditions | Priest: Nilesh Pandyaji | Photography: MPSingh Photography


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