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At Maharani Weddings, we believe that every bride deserves the fairytale wedding of her dreams! Here at MaharaniWeddings.com you will find glittering seeds of inspiration for every aspect of your upcoming wedding. In addition to profiling some of the most spectacular Indian weddings from around the globe through interviews, pictures, and videos, we also hand-pick and share a list of the best Indian wedding vendors in our Maharani Weddings Platinum Guide. From event planners to photographers, dj's, florists, cinematographers, makeup artists, mehndi artists, you name it... you’ll find connections to every resource you could ever need for all your wedding ceremonies and celebrations.

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Riviera Maya, Mexico Indian Wedding by James & Weddings

Hello Maharanis! Today's wedding story is a beautiful destination soiree that took place on the pristine shores of a Mexican paradise! Manisha and Fayad picked the Riviera Maya for their special getaway and found their dream wedding venue on the top-notch Generations Riviera Maya resort. Thankfully, renowned travel concierge, Indian Destination Weddings, arranged all the details and helped the newlyweds had a full destination wedding experience so they could create fond memories since day one. They also worked incessantly alongside Weddings by Lomas. The brilliant wedding planners were on top of each element and supervised the lighthearted events. The celebrations kicked off with a precious ceremony that took place in the outdoors of the Generations Riviera Maya. The couple's families sat in the open-air amidst the palm trees and witnessed the great entries and the sacred union sealed under a pristine light draped mandap, a beautiful creation of Weddings by Lomas. It was postcard-perfect ceremony scenery! Maharani Manisha achieved a regal look thanks to Alex Corbanezi Beauty & Co. Her bright makeup came out beautifully, as she opted for a cherry lipstick and smokey eyes that completed her three bridal outfits just right. Our lovely bride dressed her bridal party in light green floral lehengas, and they all looked adorable escorting her to the altar! I also loved how Raja Fayad donned a cream color sherwani and an elegant off-white suit for the reception. The couple decided to go with Desi Djs to host and emcee their party. The music pros kept the reception on track for toasts and cake-cutting and ensured all guests to have fun. This celebration was the perfect way for the lovebirds to finish off their wedding spree! James & Weddings traveled down to Mexico with the only goal of documenting this destination wedding in a charming film you can watch just by visiting our feature dedicated to the reel hereThe acclaimed photo team also created the wedding album you can find in our complete gallery, so don't forget to check out.

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We enjoyed this wedding so much! If you were inspired by Manisha and Fayad's Riviera Maya wedding please leave your comment below.

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Travel Concierge: Indian Destination Weddings | Venue: Generations Riviera Maya | Planning & Design: Weddings by Lomas | Floral & Decor: Weddings by Lomas | Hair & Makeup: Alex Corbanezi Beauty & Co. | Catering: Generations Riviera Maya | DJ: Desi Djs | Lighting: Desi Djs | Baraat: Weddings by Lomas | Cinematography: James & Weddings | Photography: James & Weddings | Mehndi Artist: Loto Mehndhi | Transportation: Lomas Travel


Riviera Maya, Mexico Indian Wedding by James & Weddings

Hello ladies! There is so much inspiration ready to be unveiled, so I am really happy you could join us to discover together all the wonderful details of today's reel. Manisha and Fayad is the sweet duo that traveled to the tropical shores of the Riviera Maya in Mexico to tie the knot in a destination wedding you need to see to believe. Indian Destination Weddings made all the travel arrangements and also provided the couple and everyone involved with a VIP experience during their special days. Besides having the perfect travel concierge, the lucky lovebirds found Generations Riviera Maya. This luxury spot in the heart of this tropical paradise held their Sangeet night, the exchange of vows, and the joyful reception. James & Weddings beautifully documented the best moments of their getaway in a truly creative film. We are so lucky we are about to enjoy all sweetness and candidness of every scene. So be prepared! I also fell in love with the enchanting outdoor ceremony. A natural backdrop of palm trees surrounded the traditional union, while a flowy fabric mandap harbored the intricate rites. Not to mention the stunning blush pink and white blooms that Weddings by Lomas used to deck the ceremony space. The whole place was pristine and adorable. Maharani Manisha, made a spectacular entrance in a grand Doli wearing an exquisite red lehenga she later swapped for a light pink trousseau. She donned with absolute flair both ensembles and the gorgeous henna designs Loto Mehndhi created for her. After the I Do's Desi Djs announced the newlyweds as husband and wife for the first time and performed an extensive playlist of energetic beats that made all guests danced the night away. Weddings by Lomas provided the perfect wedding planning services ensuring everything Manisha and Fayad dreamed for this moment was on point. Let this splendid destination wedding's film take you to Mexico's Riviera Maya right now. Scroll down and hit play!

Explore more incredible wedding stories tomorrow! See you.

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Travel Concierge: Indian Destination Weddings | Venue: Generations Riviera Maya | Planning & Design: Weddings by Lomas | Floral & Decor: Weddings by Lomas | Hair & Makeup: Alex Corbanezi Beauty & Co. | Catering: Generations Riviera Maya | DJ: Desi Djs | Lighting: Desi Djs | Baraat: Weddings by Lomas | Cinematography: James & Weddings | Photography: James & Weddings | Mehndi Artist: Loto Mehndhi | Transportation: Lomas Travel


Half Moon Bay, CA Indian Fusion Wedding by Wedding Documentary

Good morning, Maharanis! Get ready to be amazed by all the beauty and romance surrounding Erica & Anuj's intimate wedding celebrated during COVID. Every scene captured by the highly talented team at Wedding Documentary is an absolute visual delight that you don't want to miss as it packs all the things we love and so much more. So, it is no surprise that this lovely wedding made its way into our Best of 2020 Magazine with the fantastic shots captured by Emily Jean Images. The traditional attires, seeing two cultures mingle together, and the perfect planning and execution by Denise Lillie Engagements made this wedding a cornucopia of beauty and flair. But we cannot talk about beauty without taking a moment to admire our gorgeous Maharani's ravishing look after being glamorized by Morsal Z. The exquisite makeup and sleek hairstyle praised this Maharani's innate beauty and made her look like a goddess throughout the entire wedding festivities. Ladies, get ready to start this Wednesday filled with romance and inspiring ideas by clicking the play icon below. Believe us; you are about to dive into a real-life fairytale from which you will not want to return.

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met on November 10, 2017 after chatting for a few weeks on Bumble (a dating app.) We originally connected over our taste in music but the conversation easily blossomed into much more, so the first meet up felt seamless. I was running late so I texted Anuj to let him know that I'd be there soon and he'd recognize me as soon as I came in - I love how he remembers this moment because he says when the doors opened and he saw me wearing disco boots and a big smile, he knew something special was about to happen.

The next few months had their ups and downs, as all new relationships do, but he took a trip to visit family in India and during that time, we spoke on the phone for about an hour each day - and I don't normally like talking on the phone! That's when I knew I really wanted to get serious. When he came back, I had made him his favorite lasagna and left little notes all around his apartment and from that point on, we fell into a beautiful, healthy and adventurous relationship.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We had just gotten back from an amazing vacation in Costa Rica and Anuj was adamant about taking me out for a "belated birthday lunch." We went to the Cliff House - a historic landmark at the beach in San Francisco - on September 29, 2019 (a full month after my birthday.) After a lovely lunch and some champagne, we walked down to the old Sutro Baths ruins. It was warm and sunny, which is quite rare for Ocean Beach, and we found the perfect spot to stand and watch the waves. At that moment, Anuj got down on one knee, told me that he loved me and wanted us to be together forever, and proposed with the most gorgeous diamond ring I have ever seen! I was thrilled to say yes. Luckily, this entire experience was captured beautifully by a covert photographer Anuj had hired in advance so we will always remember the details of that day. Afterward, we went to my parents house, where Anuj's family was also waiting to surprise us with an engagement pooja and celebration.

Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
I was never the type of girl who imagined her wedding from a young age - in fact, I rarely thought about getting married and didn't have a clear vision for my ideal event. I found an amazing wedding planner (Denise Lillie) and we clicked right away - she understood that we wanted a fusion blend to make sure my California style was equally represented along with the Indian customs, traditions and look. She was understanding, creative, knowledgeable, funny and had an impressive portfolio of magnificent weddings.

We worked together to plan a beautiful wedding in Carmel Valley - three days of events with around 300 guests from all over the world - but then the pandemic hit and everything had to be canceled. Although we had to take some time to grieve that loss, we ended up starting from scratch and putting together a wonderfully intimate wedding that felt dreamy, authentic and lovely.

Denise helped us assemble a cohesive vendor team, most of whom would have been helping with our original wedding, although we made a few small changes along with the venue. We had our wedding at my dad's best friend Jeff's house in Half Moon Bay - a place very special to me as I watched him build it from the ground up and I grew up swimming at the beach out front, playing cards with my sisters on the deck and drinking milkshakes Jeff made for us in his vintage malt blender.

The vendor team Denise built out for us was wonderful - they all took time to understand our style. They were adaptable, followed all covid safety precautions and worked together to help execute our dream. AAB Creations (along with InnoFarm Retreats) built the most fantastic mandaap imaginable and decorated the venue in a manner that far exceeded my expectations. Morsal Z created two wedding looks for hair & makeup that made me feel like a movie star and my best friend Meghan planned and prepared cocktail hour food that was better than any professional catering company I've tried. The photos and videos are incredible and I'm so proud of and thankful for Emily and Vijay capturing the details so beautifully. The only thing that wasn't perfect on our big day was the fact that we were missing so many of our loved ones, including my sister Cait and Anuj's grandparents.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
In February, I went with Anuj and his parents to India to meet his extended family and do all of our wedding shopping. It was my first time in India and I had an incredible experience - the colors, flavors and hospitality of the country and its people greatly impressed me and spending quality time with Anuj’s grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins was an invaluable pleasure.

Now, I can’t really take credit for finding my bridal lengha - my mother-in-law spearheaded a week of shopping in Delhi. I wanted to go with a fully traditional style with red and gold, but I’d never even worn so much as a sari before, so I didn’t know anything more than that. She shepherded us around to all the various shopping districts, consulted the staff, negotiated prices and, in the end, I fell in love with an intricately detailed (but not too heavy) tomato red outfit with gold beadwork and a custom-made gold dupatta with a celestial look.

I changed into a wedding dress from BHLDN after our ceremony - long white lace, plunging neckline and sheer back with a long line of pearl buttons. I also got a custom denim jacket from Etsy with “Mrs. Kucheria” printed on the back as a surprise for Anuj and it’s a good thing I did because it got a bit cold and windy in the evening :)

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
In the beginning, we loved touring venues and testing caterers - it was so much fun to imagine the possibilities and refine our desires! Looking back, I also really loved writing my vows and working with my team to think through the aesthetics of the event. I really wanted it to look and feel organic, bohemian, romantic and culturally blended. I’m so happy with the outcome and what we achieved.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Everyone raved about the cocktail hour food! Meghan put together a vegetarian menu of individually portioned and delightfully plated snacks like baby heirloom crudites, vegan spring rolls, wild mushroom empanadas, rainbow beet stacks with pistachio-crusted goat cheese, and roasted garlic polenta and olive tapenade bites. Our guests also loved the decor - very bohemian, ethereal, warm and charming.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There are a few moments that play on repeat but the main thing that comes to mind is the first look. When Anuj saw me all dolled up in my traditional Indian bridal outfit, dripping in gold jewelry and with glam hair and makeup, the look on his face will forever be etched in my mind. The videographer captured it perfectly and in our highlight reel you can actually see the amazement in his eyes as he says “oh my god”. To me, he looked like a prince and I was equally blown away.

Another moment that was very special was the speech portion of the night. Because of covid (as well as venue restrictions) we didn’t have a dance floor, so people got really into the toasts. Our friends and family prepared eloquent, hilarious, and tear-inducing speeches that flooded the evening with warmth, humor, fond memories and well wishes. It meant so much to use to have our loved ones pour so much effort into showering us with love.

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.
After canceling our original wedding, sangeet, mehndi and farewell brunch, we were only planning on having a one-evening event for our wedding. At the last minute, however, I wanted to have a mehndi party. We kept it super small and did an intimate gathering in my home for our friends - both men and women - so the ladies could get henna designs on their hands and we could all come together for a pre-wedding event to kick off the celebrations. While everyone was here socializing, something really beautiful happened - all of the women decided to wear saris instead of cocktail dresses to the wedding the next day! My friend Beth had enough saris to outfit everyone and then she made the rounds around Half Moon Bay on the morning of our wedding to dress my friends. Everyone looked beautiful and it really provided an extra jazziness to the day.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Don't put too much pressure on yourself or your wedding - your attitude will dictate everything so be present, be flexible and be loving. The process can be stressful if you let it so keep things fun and light and don’t make your entire life about one day.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
The baraat! Anuj came down the block in a vintage Porsche, led by a dhol player and surrounded by our friends and family dancing in colorful clothing. It was one of the most beautiful, unique events I have ever witnessed. I got to watch the whole thing from above.

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Planning & Design: Denise Lillie Engagements | Ceremony Venue: Private Residence | Florist: Aab Creations | Decor & Dried Florals: Inno Farm Retreat | Hair & Makeup: Morsal Z | Catering: Wood Fire Woodie | Appetizers: Meghan Muckenfuss | Cake & Treats: Butter & | Cinematography: Wedding Documentary | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Minted | Mehndi Artist: Mehndi Designer | Glassware Rentals: Frances Lane | Specialty Chairs: One True Love Vintage | Dholi Player: Wicked Entertainment | Priest: S.Somayaji | Photography: Emily Jean Images


Clearwater, FL Indian Wedding by L'Atelier Lumière

Being adventurous and exploring new places made this couple’s dating period full of meet ups in new cities every weekend! That led to a life altering weekend in Clearwater, Florida in April 2019. Mehul had planned a date on the beach and to the bride’s delight she found a romantic setting with every little detail you could imagine! Walking towards the water, as the sun began to set, a proposal started their unique happily ever after.

The couple started to plan exactly a year before their wedding date March 1st, 2020. They decided to introduce each other's family and planned a family meeting at the groom’s sister’s residence in Ohio. We both wanted a beach wedding (the bride reports she wanted) so with sand, surf, and sun as inspiration they started to explore venues.

"I have always dreamed about wearing Sabyasachi on my wedding day. We went to Mumbai for our wedding shopping and I didn’t have any specifics in mind. I kept trying on various outfits, but my hearts just melted on this hot pink lengha that I chose!"

The most memorable moment for the bride was walking down the aisle, towards the mandap, ready to take her vows, with the everlasting ocean view in the background. She enthusiastically requested to share two tid bits of advice for future brides. The first, is be in the moment and enjoy every bit of the wedding day, and secondly and continue to date your spouse!

Congratulations to Krishana & Mehul!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met on the online dating app called DilMil. After one month of texting and talking, we decided to meet on Oct 15th 2018. It wasn't the love at first sight, but we were just so comfortable with each other when we met the first time. Everything was falling in place for both of us and we had that comfort level build in even at our first meeting. At that moment, we decided to take it further and spend more more time knowing each other.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We both being adventurous and love to explore new place, that being said we used to see each other almost every weekend in different cities. One time we were in Clearwater, Florida for a weekend in Apr'19. He had planned a date on the beach. We walked down the beach where he had everything set up on the beach from bottle of wine to basket of fruit and cheese. He was waiting for the sun to set to go on his knee. We walked towards the water and as sun started to set he went on his knee and he asked. It was the most amazing day of our life!

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.
The planning took place exactly a year before our wedding date March 1st, 2020. In March'19, we decided to introduce each other's family and planned a family meeting Mehul's sister place in Ohio. We both wanted a beach wedding (okay I wanted) so we started exploring the venues with private beach to host our wedding. We narrowed down to two venues in Clearwater Beach, FL. Hilton Clearwater Beach & Resort and  Wyndham resort. Since we wanted to have our ceremony on the beach and Hilton has its private beach, we decided to go with them.

The first visit with Hilton went fantastic as we laid out everything at first visit in terms of where we want to have all pre-wedding events. There were some hiccups down the road with Venue, but eventually everything worked out.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I always dreamed about wearing Sabyasachi. We went to Mumbai for our wedding shopping. I didn't have a specific color in mind, so tried various outfits, but my hearts just melted on this hot pink Lengha that I chose.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
We both love planning may it be any an event or a perfect vacation. Wedding planning process gave us whole different perspective for each other likes and dislikes and brought us even closer. We worked out each and every details from shortlisting the vendors to finalizing decor color theme and food cuisine for each day. We enjoyed every bit of it

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Everyone talked about the food , energy with which our friends performed the dances on sangeet night and mostly importantly the location for the wedding

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Walking on the aisle towards the mandap with everlasting Ocean view to take vows for lifetime

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Be in the moment and enjoy every bit of the wedding day and continue to date your spouse.

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Venues: Hilton Clearwater Beach | Photography: L'Atelier Lumière International Photographie | Bridal Fashion: Sabyasachi | Caterer - Mehndi: Khasiyat | Caterer - Sangeet: Aashirwad | Cinematography: Memories Studio | Dj/ Dhol Player: Dudha Productions | Floral & Decor: Utopian Events | Hair & Makeup: Style by Susmita | Mehndi Artist: Henna by Amrita | Planning & Design: Apsara Event | Mehndi and Grah Designer: Shanti Events


Half Moon Bay, CA Indian Fusion Wedding by Emily Jean Images

“We met on November 10, 2017 after chatting for a few weeks on Bumble (a dating app.) We originally connected over our taste in music but the conversation easily blossomed into much more, so the first meet up felt seamless. I was running late so I texted Anuj to let him know that I'd be there soon and he'd recognize me as soon as I came in - I love how he remembers this moment because he says when the doors opened and he saw me wearing disco boots and a big smile, he knew something special was about to happen.”

If you are anything like Maharani Erica, you haven’t given your wedding a sliver of thought until the day you end up with a ring on your finger. In the expert hands of Denise Lillie, Erica formed her own vision for the event by delicately blending her laid back California style with Indian customs and a dash of color. Together they crafted a creatively gorgeous seaside wedding in Half Moon Bay.

Originally set for three magnificent days of events with 300 guests from around the world, Erica & Anuj had to change all their plans. What they ended up putting together was a wonderfully intimate wedding that felt dreamy, authentic to themselves, and we might add drop dead gorgeous!

The venue was changed from Carmel Valley to her father’s best friend’s private estate in Half Moon Bay. A spot very special to the bride, she grew up swimming at the beach, playing cards with my sisters on the deck, and drinking milkshakes made using his vintage malt blender. The perfect setting for her to start her next chapter. With so many changes to their original wedding the biggest piece was the family who couldn’t make the journey, like the bride’s sister and the groom’s grandparents. While photography and cinematography have always played an important role in weddings, we are so grateful to have the talented team of Emily Jean Images and Wedding Documentary on hand to capture the day.

In true covid fashion, the dance floor became a no no, so the room was adoringly filled with eloquent, hilarious and tear-inducing toasts for the bride & groom that flooded the evening with warmth and humor. Having your loved ones pour so much effort into showering a couple with love is one 2020 tradition we hope is here to stay!

Since the couple paired down three days of celebrations to just one, at the last minute,the bride really wanted to have a mehndi party. By keeping it small she quickly planned an intimate gathering in her home for friends - both men and women - so the ladies could get henna designs on their hands and they could all come together for a pre-wedding event to kick off the celebrations. While everyone was socializing, something really beautiful happened - all of the women decided to wear saris instead of cocktail dresses to the wedding the next day! With their friends glowing back at them in saris and salwars, Erica & Anuj began their happily ever after.

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met on November 10, 2017 after chatting for a few weeks on Bumble (a dating app.) We originally connected over our taste in music but the conversation easily blossomed into much more, so the first meet up felt seamless. I was running late so I texted Anuj to let him know that I'd be there soon and he'd recognize me as soon as I came in - I love how he remembers this moment because he says when the doors opened and he saw me wearing disco boots and a big smile, he knew something special was about to happen.

The next few months had their ups and downs, as all new relationships do, but he took a trip to visit family in India and during that time, we spoke on the phone for about an hour each day - and I don't normally like talking on the phone! That's when I knew I really wanted to get serious. When he came back, I had made him his favorite lasagna and left little notes all around his apartment and from that point on, we fell into a beautiful, healthy and adventurous relationship.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We had just gotten back from an amazing vacation in Costa Rica and Anuj was adamant about taking me out for a "belated birthday lunch." We went to the Cliff House - a historic landmark at the beach in San Francisco - on September 29, 2019 (a full month after my birthday.) After a lovely lunch and some champagne, we walked down to the old Sutro Baths ruins. It was warm and sunny, which is quite rare for Ocean Beach, and we found the perfect spot to stand and watch the waves. At that moment, Anuj got down on one knee, told me that he loved me and wanted us to be together forever, and proposed with the most gorgeous diamond ring I have ever seen! I was thrilled to say yes. Luckily, this entire experience was captured beautifully by a covert photographer Anuj had hired in advance so we will always remember the details of that day. Afterward, we went to my parents house, where Anuj's family was also waiting to surprise us with an engagement pooja and celebration.

Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
I was never the type of girl who imagined her wedding from a young age - in fact, I rarely thought about getting married and didn't have a clear vision for my ideal event. I found an amazing wedding planner (Denise Lillie) and we clicked right away - she understood that we wanted a fusion blend to make sure my California style was equally represented along with the Indian customs, traditions and look. She was understanding, creative, knowledgeable, funny and had an impressive portfolio of magnificent weddings.

We worked together to plan a beautiful wedding in Carmel Valley - three days of events with around 300 guests from all over the world - but then the pandemic hit and everything had to be canceled. Although we had to take some time to grieve that loss, we ended up starting from scratch and putting together a wonderfully intimate wedding that felt dreamy, authentic and lovely.

Denise helped us assemble a cohesive vendor team, most of whom would have been helping with our original wedding, although we made a few small changes along with the venue. We had our wedding at my dad's best friend Jeff's house in Half Moon Bay - a place very special to me as I watched him build it from the ground up and I grew up swimming at the beach out front, playing cards with my sisters on the deck and drinking milkshakes Jeff made for us in his vintage malt blender.

The vendor team Denise built out for us was wonderful - they all took time to understand our style. They were adaptable, followed all covid safety precautions and worked together to help execute our dream. AAB Creations (along with InnoFarm Retreats) built the most fantastic mandaap imaginable and decorated the venue in a manner that far exceeded my expectations. Morsal Z created two wedding looks for hair & makeup that made me feel like a movie star and my best friend Meghan planned and prepared cocktail hour food that was better than any professional catering company I've tried. The photos and videos are incredible and I'm so proud of and thankful for Emily and Vijay capturing the details so beautifully. The only thing that wasn't perfect on our big day was the fact that we were missing so many of our loved ones, including my sister Cait and Anuj's grandparents.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
In February, I went with Anuj and his parents to India to meet his extended family and do all of our wedding shopping. It was my first time in India and I had an incredible experience - the colors, flavors and hospitality of the country and its people greatly impressed me and spending quality time with Anuj’s grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins was an invaluable pleasure.

Now, I can’t really take credit for finding my bridal lengha - my mother-in-law spearheaded a week of shopping in Delhi. I wanted to go with a fully traditional style with red and gold, but I’d never even worn so much as a sari before, so I didn’t know anything more than that. She shepherded us around to all the various shopping districts, consulted the staff, negotiated prices and, in the end, I fell in love with an intricately detailed (but not too heavy) tomato red outfit with gold beadwork and a custom-made gold dupatta with a celestial look.

I changed into a wedding dress from BHLDN after our ceremony - long white lace, plunging neckline and sheer back with a long line of pearl buttons. I also got a custom denim jacket from Etsy with “Mrs. Kucheria” printed on the back as a surprise for Anuj and it’s a good thing I did because it got a bit cold and windy in the evening :)

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
In the beginning, we loved touring venues and testing caterers - it was so much fun to imagine the possibilities and refine our desires! Looking back, I also really loved writing my vows and working with my team to think through the aesthetics of the event. I really wanted it to look and feel organic, bohemian, romantic and culturally blended. I’m so happy with the outcome and what we achieved.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Everyone raved about the cocktail hour food! Meghan put together a vegetarian menu of individually portioned and delightfully plated snacks like baby heirloom crudites, vegan spring rolls, wild mushroom empanadas, rainbow beet stacks with pistachio-crusted goat cheese, and roasted garlic polenta and olive tapenade bites. Our guests also loved the decor - very bohemian, ethereal, warm and charming.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There are a few moments that play on repeat but the main thing that comes to mind is the first look. When Anuj saw me all dolled up in my traditional Indian bridal outfit, dripping in gold jewelry and with glam hair and makeup, the look on his face will forever be etched in my mind. The videographer captured it perfectly and in our highlight reel you can actually see the amazement in his eyes as he says “oh my god”. To me, he looked like a prince and I was equally blown away.

Another moment that was very special was the speech portion of the night. Because of covid (as well as venue restrictions) we didn’t have a dance floor, so people got really into the toasts. Our friends and family prepared eloquent, hilarious, and tear-inducing speeches that flooded the evening with warmth, humor, fond memories and well wishes. It meant so much to use to have our loved ones pour so much effort into showering us with love.

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.
After canceling our original wedding, sangeet, mehndi and farewell brunch, we were only planning on having a one-evening event for our wedding. At the last minute, however, I wanted to have a mehndi party. We kept it super small and did an intimate gathering in my home for our friends - both men and women - so the ladies could get henna designs on their hands and we could all come together for a pre-wedding event to kick off the celebrations. While everyone was here socializing, something really beautiful happened - all of the women decided to wear saris instead of cocktail dresses to the wedding the next day! My friend Beth had enough saris to outfit everyone and then she made the rounds around Half Moon Bay on the morning of our wedding to dress my friends. Everyone looked beautiful and it really provided an extra jazziness to the day.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Don't put too much pressure on yourself or your wedding - your attitude will dictate everything so be present, be flexible and be loving. The process can be stressful if you let it so keep things fun and light and don’t make your entire life about one day.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
The baraat! Anuj came down the block in a vintage Porsche, led by a dhol player and surrounded by our friends and family dancing in colorful clothing. It was one of the most beautiful, unique events I have ever witnessed. I got to watch the whole thing from above.

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Planning & Design: Denise Lillie Engagements | Ceremony Venue: Private Residence | Florist: Aab Creations | Decor & Dried Florals: Inno Farm Retreat | Hair & Makeup: Morsal Z | Catering: Wood Fire Woodie | Appetizers: Meghan Muckenfuss | Cake & Treats: Butter & | Cinematography: Wedding Documentary | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Minted | Mehndi Artist: Mehndi Designer | Glassware Rentals: Frances Lane | Specialty Chairs: One True Love Vintage | Dholi Player: Wicked Entertainment | Priest: S.Somayaji | Photography: Emily Jean Images


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