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Alpine, NJ Indian Wedding by Priyanca Rao Photography

Priyanca Rao Photography created romantic and inspiring wedding photography masterpieces that transport us to the last wedding day of Krishna & Natansh! The sweet newlyweds celebrated in style with the music of Premier DJ USA who set the party mood inside the beautiful greenhouse that this time revealed an idyllic white and red theme created by the highly-talented Elegant Affairs Inc. that marveled every guest! Crystal chandeliers, a round wedding arch with the dramatic contrast of red roses created a minimalist yet striking combo! The couple’s style was amazing, lovely Krishna, slipped into a fabulous crimson outfit and got a queen treatment from Makeup by Anita, who created a compelling makeup to make her feel and look her very best! While her prince charming, Natansh opted for a blue shade for his stylish sharp suit. I love the color balance! Electric Karma - East Coast ensured every detailed was perfectly taken care of, while the celebrations were in full swing! So enjoy all the magical moments in our full gallery

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Have a fabulous Wedding Wednesday, loves!

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Floral & Decor: Elegant Affairs Inc. | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Anita | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: The Royal Collection | Catering: Sukhadia Caterers | Planning & Design: Electric karma - east coast | Photography: Priyanca Rao Photography | Transportation: US Bargain Limo | Cinematography: Studio Nine Photography + Cinema | Ceremony and Reception venue: Bride's Home | Catering: Bhatti Indian Grill | Catering: Moti Mahal Delux | Catering: Awadh | Ice Cream- Sangeet: 321 Chillz | DJ: Premier DJ USA | Cake & Treats: Ketaki Shah | Lighting: Visual Comet | Sangeet Singer: Priti | Photo Booth: Inside Out Booth | Rentals: West Side Party Rental | Priest: Bipin Bhattia | Entertainment- Ceremony: Roger Lipson


Jamaica, NY Indian Fusion Wedding by Studio KSD

The big time has come for Christina and Scott to have their dream wedding ceremony at the beautiful Prem Bhakti Mandir! Studio KSD takes us through the solemn rites and traditions that started with a big loud wedding procession led by an army of dhol drummers and Raja Scott, and continued with the big arrival of Maharani Christina carried like a princess in a beautifully embellished Palankin! House of Dipali’s team of designers created a masterpiece following the couple’s vision, decorating the temple with a royal mandap and a stunning aisle of Lord Ganesh deities! After the bride and groom recited their long-awaited "I do’s", the ceremony ended in a spectacular way, the dashing duo danced during their big exit and got everyone in the party mood and made this ceremony extra special! Relive every detail of this fusion affair in the full gallery by Studio KSD!

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We had been together for over 5 years, and my 30th birthday was approaching. My family planned a 30th birthday party for me and was scheming with Scott on his proposal. On the night of my party, my mom called Scott to the podium to make a speech and also welcomed him into the family. Even though she technically "blew the surprise", I didn't realize what she was saying. I just thought it was just strange that she would welcome him into the family when he wasn't part of the family! All eyes on Scott, he made a beautiful speech about me and our relationship and then recited a poem that he wrote. His poem had lots of foreshadowing about spending our lives together and all things wedding-related. Lots of thoughts went through my head as he spoke with passion--could this be it? was he going to propose? it this actually happening? Scott then walked in front of me, I hear my family and friends gasping, and he drops down on one knee. I was in shock and still not sure if I officially said "yes" but I was happier than ever. We were approached by family and friends and my 30th birthday became an engagement 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 essentially project planned my wedding, ensuring that I had a start and end dates assigned to tasks as well as a way to track progress/take notes on next steps (let's just say I've project planned a few system implementations in my professional life). This was really helpful for keeping me and Scott on track as to what we needed to accomplish in a reasonable timeframe and my project plan also made sure that I had just enough on my plate without being too overwhelmed.  My experience with the Surf Club on the Sound in New Rochelle, NY was phenomenal. Sandro was great to work with, he made wedding planning seamless and helped me to understand what I wanted and set a vision with expectations for my wedding day. His staff at the Surf Club was amazing and ensured my special day was as perfect as possible. The food at the Surf Club was beyond superb and I would absolutely hold another event there in the future.  My makeup artist, Usha (@ushamakeup) was spectacular! She worked with me to pick out looks that I liked and spent time understanding my makeup needs. I don't wear makeup often and she did such a great job giving me a natural, soft look. I had complete faith and trust in her! She explained different types of looks and demonstrated them on my face to see how I wanted to flex my style on my wedding day. She was a true professional in understanding my needs and customizing my look to exactly what I wanted. I remember looking in the mirror and being amazed at how she glammed me up on my wedding day! I am still enamored! My photographer/cinematographer was Studio KSD (@studioKSD), and it was such a pleasure working with Tina and her staff. It's really important to have a photographer that you trust, and Tina quickly gained my trust from our first encounter.  I knew she was passionate about her work and it definitely showed.  She worked diligently with Scott and me to learn styles/preferences and the types of poses we liked.  As a result, our photos and video came out natural, showed true emotions and was overall perfect!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The best part of wedding planning was going to dance lessons for our choreographed first dance! We combined three songs that had different styles, and each song had sentimental value to both of us.  We signed up for 10 lessons with NY Wedding Dance (http://www.nyweddingdance.com), not realizing how much work had to go into this moment. I truly believe each dance lesson brought Scott and me closer together and was such a huge relief during all the stressful wedding planning. To ensure we were progressing, we met up during lunch breaks at Madison Square Park to practice dancing for 10 minutes before heading back to work. We knew we were getting better when there were crowds of people staring at us and videotaping us on our phones. NY Wedding Dance was great at crafting a dance that was aligned with our skills and personality.  Dance classes made wedding planning extra fun!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
My guests raved about how they had a great time at my wedding, saying how our families were welcoming, loving, and most importantly, knew how to party! They particularly loved the seating cards which served as a dual seating card and gift. I bought multi-color hand painted elephants and attached a seating card to each elephant's trunk. The signage indicated: Welcome to our beginning. An elephant never forgets, so take one, and go where your card directs. My guests loved this idea, thought it was especially unique, and cherished their elephants!
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
There's going to be a lot happening on your wedding day but try your best not to sweat the small stuff and enjoy your day to the fullest. You've done all the planning you can possibly do for your special day, and if something goes wrong, then don't worry about it (assign someone else to deal with it!). Keep smiling and remember, this day is about you and your loved one!
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Fun fact, Scott and I decided to merge our last names for love and equality. His last name was Wiedemeier and mine was Baksh - our new last name is Wiedebaksh!
 
The reception celebration is right around the corner
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Photography: Studio KSD | Floral & Decor: House of Dipali | Ceremony Venue: Prem Bhakti Mandir | Reception Venue: The Surf Club on the Sound | Hair & Makeup: Usha Makeup | DJ: DJ Echo


Jamaica, NY Indian Fusion Wedding by Studio KSD

Happy Valentine's day! Love is in the air and we’ve prepared an amazing Indian fusion wedding imagery by Studio KSD! The talented team brings a personal approach to the nuptials of Christina and Scott, which were filled to the brim with love, culture and fascinating moments! We start with a quick look at Maharani Christina’s getting ready and prepared by the glam squad of Usha Makeup who created a shimmery makeup look! Our bride-to-be looked fabulous in an exquisite embroidered lehenga choli set and a transparent golden dupatta that glowed as much as her shiny Kundan jewelry set! The man of her dreams, Scott, was also camera ready in a traditional Sherwani suit he completed with a deep red velvet scarf and turban. I’m a huge fan of first looks, and these cute lovebirds had an incredibly sweet big reveal outdoors that is absolutely magical. Find the first look photo shoot of today’s couple in our full gallery!

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We had been together for over 5 years, and my 30th birthday was approaching. My family planned a 30th birthday party for me and was scheming with Scott on his proposal. On the night of my party, my mom called Scott to the podium to make a speech and also welcomed him into the family. Even though she technically "blew the surprise", I didn't realize what she was saying. I just thought it was just strange that she would welcome him into the family when he wasn't part of the family! All eyes on Scott, he made a beautiful speech about me and our relationship and then recited a poem that he wrote. His poem had lots of foreshadowing about spending our lives together and all things wedding-related. Lots of thoughts went through my head as he spoke with passion--could this be it? was he going to propose? it this actually happening? Scott then walked in front of me, I hear my family and friends gasping, and he drops down on one knee. I was in shock and still not sure if I officially said "yes" but I was happier than ever. We were approached by family and friends and my 30th birthday became an engagement 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 essentially project planned my wedding, ensuring that I had a start and end dates assigned to tasks as well as a way to track progress/take notes on next steps (let's just say I've project planned a few system implementations in my professional life). This was really helpful for keeping me and Scott on track as to what we needed to accomplish in a reasonable timeframe and my project plan also made sure that I had just enough on my plate without being too overwhelmed.  My experience with the Surf Club on the Sound in New Rochelle, NY was phenomenal. Sandro was great to work with, he made wedding planning seamless and helped me to understand what I wanted and set a vision with expectations for my wedding day. His staff at the Surf Club was amazing and ensured my special day was as perfect as possible. The food at the Surf Club was beyond superb and I would absolutely hold another event there in the future.  My makeup artist, Usha (@ushamakeup) was spectacular! She worked with me to pick out looks that I liked and spent time understanding my makeup needs. I don't wear makeup often and she did such a great job giving me a natural, soft look. I had complete faith and trust in her! She explained different types of looks and demonstrated them on my face to see how I wanted to flex my style on my wedding day. She was a true professional in understanding my needs and customizing my look to exactly what I wanted. I remember looking in the mirror and being amazed at how she glammed me up on my wedding day! I am still enamored! My photographer/cinematographer was Studio KSD (@studioKSD), and it was such a pleasure working with Tina and her staff. It's really important to have a photographer that you trust, and Tina quickly gained my trust from our first encounter.  I knew she was passionate about her work and it definitely showed.  She worked diligently with Scott and me to learn styles/preferences and the types of poses we liked.  As a result, our photos and video came out natural, showed true emotions and was overall perfect!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The best part of wedding planning was going to dance lessons for our choreographed first dance! We combined three songs that had different styles, and each song had sentimental value to both of us.  We signed up for 10 lessons with NY Wedding Dance (http://www.nyweddingdance.com), not realizing how much work had to go into this moment. I truly believe each dance lesson brought Scott and me closer together and was such a huge relief during all the stressful wedding planning. To ensure we were progressing, we met up during lunch breaks at Madison Square Park to practice dancing for 10 minutes before heading back to work. We knew we were getting better when there were crowds of people staring at us and videotaping us on our phones. NY Wedding Dance was great at crafting a dance that was aligned with our skills and personality.  Dance classes made wedding planning extra fun!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
My guests raved about how they had a great time at my wedding, saying how our families were welcoming, loving, and most importantly, knew how to party! They particularly loved the seating cards which served as a dual seating card and gift. I bought multi-color hand painted elephants and attached a seating card to each elephant's trunk. The signage indicated: Welcome to our beginning. An elephant never forgets, so take one, and go where your card directs. My guests loved this idea, thought it was especially unique, and cherished their elephants!
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
There's going to be a lot happening on your wedding day but try your best not to sweat the small stuff and enjoy your day to the fullest. You've done all the planning you can possibly do for your special day, and if something goes wrong, then don't worry about it (assign someone else to deal with it!). Keep smiling and remember, this day is about you and your loved one!
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Fun fact, Scott and I decided to merge our last names for love and equality. His last name was Wiedemeier and mine was Baksh - our new last name is Wiedebaksh!
 

See you in our next feature!

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Photography: Studio KSD | Floral & Decor: House of Dipali | Ceremony Venue: Prem Bhakti Mandir | Reception Venue: The Surf Club on the Sound | Hair & Makeup: Usha Makeup | DJ: DJ Echo


Livingston, NJ Indian Wedding by Ajit Singh Photography

To wrap up the sensational celebrations, Pearls Event and Co. planned a joyful evening celebration for Nirali and Aashish that featured an elegant travel theme! The grandiose Sheraton Parsippany Hotel welcomed all the partygoers and accommodated them in a majestic hall for the momentous occasion. Nirali Decor drew inspiration with an original structural flower stage against a midnight sky backdrop and kept the venue decorations elegant with marvelous florar centerpieces. Aashish flaunted all his gallantry with a blue tuxedo suit while Maharani Nirali, all dolled up by Aysh Makeup, showed off a perfectly coiffed side swept hair combined with a glowing makeup look. The talent of the award-winning M4U Events kept the beat going all night, while two big screens displayed the couple’s sweetest images! The dance time was a huge success as well as the map-themed wedding cake for this world-traveler couple! Ajit Singh Photography captured the fab reception photos, so don’t get behind and enjoy all the romantic beauties of this soiree in our full gallery!  

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Aashish the first day of undergrad at Northwestern. We immediately formed a connection that made me feel so happy to be around him. We were part of the same friends' group for a few years before our relationship spontaneously developed into something more. A few weeks before graduation, he asked me to be his girlfriend and I couldn't have been more excited to say yes. 
I knew he was the one pretty early on in our relationship when we started doing long distance. He would spend late Friday nights after work flying from Houston to Chicago just to spend a weekend together. One Thursday night, we were face timing each other and he noticed I was having a rough week in medical school. The next morning, I woke up to him by my side. Without me even saying anything, he knew how I was feeling and exactly how to fix it. I knew that day that he was the one I wanted by my side through it all. 
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
While I was finishing medical school with a few international rotations abroad, Aashish individually reached out to each of my family members and friends to help coordinate the proposal day. The day after med school graduation, my parents convinced me that we were doing a family photo shoot on my undergrad campus in Evanston before moving back to New York City. When I walked out onto the pier were our "photoshoot" was supposed to be, I noticed that my brothers and parents had disappeared from my side and the only person standing in front of me was Aashish. He was standing exactly where he had asked me to be his girlfriend four years prior. Right after he got on one knee, I noticed we were surrounded by our family, cheering him on to pop the question. Just when I thought it was over, he drove me to a cute restaurant where all of our friends were waiting to celebrate our big news!
 
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.
Honestly, a lot of the major planning credit for our wedding has to go to my siblings and cousins. I come from a huge family, and a lot of us got married this year. Particularly, my oldest brother and my cousin. We all put our heads together and found the best venues and vendors in the area. It was so much fun thinking of different themes we could all use and sending each other pictures of how we each imagined our big days to be. Before I knew it, we had all planned our own events in a unique way to represent each of our relationships. 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My mother in law was the pillar behind my wedding dress shopping. We went to Delhi the December before the wedding. We took 6 days to shop as much as we could and find the perfect dress for me. After trying on hundreds of dresses, I found one that just felt right. I honestly did not start shopping with a specific color in mind, but definitely wanted to keep things semi-traditional with the red theme.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I planned the wedding in my first and second year of residency, which made the entire process pretty challenging. Most of our meetings with coordinators and venues happened when I was post-call and sleep deprived, which made for some pretty interesting ideas on my end. But towards the end of the process, I realized how much fun it was to fill my free time hanging out with my family members and Aashish to plan our big day. It would make my residency calls better because I was looking forward to all the excitement waiting for me at home.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think our guests really appreciated how personalized our wedding was. Aashish and I love to dance and travel and we made sure that was obvious in each of our events. We also love our undergraduate university (Go U, NU!) so I made sure to add subtle hints of purple in things like my bouquet and wedding dress. Every step of the way, we thought about how we could make our wedding unique to the two of us and our relationship and I am glad that came across to our guests so elegantly. 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Whenever I think back to the wedding I imagine the moment towards the end of the ceremony where we were sitting at the mandap with our parents and siblings. I remember looking out into the audience and seeing so many people we love there to support us on our big day. My heart was so full. 
 
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.
Sangeet: we did a fusion sangeet/garba to combine the North Indian/Punjabi culture with Gujurati traditions. The first half of the event was all dances. We made sure we had all of our friends and family participate in the dances somehow, even if it was just for a few seconds. This made the entire event so fun for everyone because so many people had a chance to show off their talents and also show us how much they love us! You could really feel the high energy in the room throughout the night and we loved that. 
 
Reception: our reception theme was travel. Nirali decor worked so hard to transform the ballroom into a midnight sky so people could feel like they are taking a flight through the clouds. We dropped small hints of travel in the cocktail area with portraits of me and Aashish at our favorite destinations around the world. Everyone's seating arrangements were placed on gold airplanes as well, so that really tied the travel theme together.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Take it easy and remember that this day isn't just a party you are throwing for others. It is the day you are starting a new chapter with your soulmate. If you sit back and let others take care of the little things, it will make the day so much more meaningful for you. I remember the hour before walking down the aisle so clearly. I was just hanging out with my brothers and bridesmaids in our getting ready and we were having a blast just living in the moment.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Our cake was in theme with the rest of our reception, which was travel themed. We had the cake decorators fondant a map of the world on one of the layers of the cake. See pictures for details!
 

Hope you all have a joyous Wednesday!

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DJ: M4U Events | Planning & Design: Pearls Event and Co. | Sangeet Venue: The Westminster Hotel - Jennifer Copper | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Sheraton Parsippany Hotel | Floral & Decor: Nirali Decor | Hair & Makeup: Aysh Makeup | Photography: Ajit Singh Photography


San Francisco, CA Indian Fusion Wedding by IKHANIC Productions

Welcome back, dolls! For a second time, the moment to exchange vows has come for Jocelyn and Anup! This time, IKHANIC Productions led our lovely pair to a superb urban photo shoot with the steep streets of San Francisco as background. These images are truly romantic and were the perfect preamble of the most stunning western ceremony at The Julia Morgan Ballroom. Here, surrounded by the marvel walls of this magnificent spot, these two tied the knot in the tidy elegance of an American wedding ceremony beautifully planned by Behl Events. The blushing bride was flawless in a totally enthralling mermaid gown and a cathedral length veil that crowned the mind-blowing look, while dapper Anup combined his dashing tuxedo suit with a polka dot bow tie! The festivities continued with an extraordinary chic gala that had DJ Tanveer’s unique music style and photo booth to have all guests saving more memories in and out of the dance floor! Go to our full gallery to see more of this fusion fairytale!    

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I will be back tomorrow with more wedding wonders! 

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DJ: DJ Tanveer | Lighting: DJ Tanveer | Photo Booths: DJ Tanveer | Ceremony Venue: San Mateo Marriott San Francisco Airport | Reception Venue: The Julia Morgan Ballroom | Planning & Design: Behl Events | Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Lela | Cinematography: IKHANIC Productions | Photography: IKHANIC Productions | Mehndi Artist: Maaz Henna Creations


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