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Philadelphia, PA Indian Fusion Wedding by Studio KSD

My Maharanis, our filmy day is finally here! We have Christine and Rajesh starring in today's entry with their amorous wedding day. The sweethearts had a magnificent ceremony celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul. With its marvelous architecture, this location served as the perfect scenery for our couples' new chapter to begging. The adoring couple could not keep their eyes from each other as they savored their special day. The sweethearts moved on with an elegant reception at the Crystal Team Room- Finley Catering surrounded by their loved ones in this exceptional venue full of life and romance. The event was the perfect example of traditions and the modern world gorgeously colliding. The fantastic decor Florista Decor did for the event gave the comforting atmosphere an even more magical touch, adding to the couples' dreamy day. The guests were all smiles and glee while dancing to Luxe Event Group's faultless music set. With this proficient team in the DJ cabin, there is no doubt everyone will have a night to remember! Now, ladies, get ready to be swept off your feet by the radiant bride and her flawless look! Our divine Maharani and her natural charm enchanted more than one with her heavenly attire from RK Bridal. Christine was a ray of sunshine, dazzling everyone that looked her way! Cinderella Bridez's artistic makeup gracefully accentuated her traits. Her soulmate, Rajesh, was handsome as ever with his dashing style and heart-eyes just for Christine. As our fashionable couple made their way into a shared life together, the skillful Studio KSD team captured every second. The adoration between this two is evident in every second! You can witness this happily ever after, too, dears. Just click the play button below and enjoy!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Funny story- we met on Tinder when I was in New York for a winter break during law school. The next day I returned to Washington, D.C.! We started talking and the conversations were effortless. Turns out we crossed paths throughout our life but ended up meeting on a dating app. We were both from the same small city in New York, we both went to the same middle school, he was in my best friends class, and I went to high school with his brother. We texted for months but did not have a chance to meet in person until one day Rajesh drove all the way from New York to D.C. for a 2 hour date. That's when I knew it was true love. He is the soul you read about in fairytales. He is the kind of person who makes your life better. That's how I knew he was the one.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
On our second date, I took Rajesh to see the D.C. monuments at night. I convinced him that there was no better time to see it than when all the tourists were gone and when all the selfie sticks weren't in sight. As we sat there, on our second date, I became emotional on the Lincoln steps about how much history happened there. Somehow he didn't get scared off at this history nerd having a moment. Three years after that first date my now sister in law decided to tell us she was planning a trip to DC. As the DC enthusiast I was, I sent an itinerary right away with all my favorite things including the monuments at night. Little did I know it was Rajesh's ploy to propose to me at my favorite spot. She then invited me to come on their trip and I suggested we make a siblings trip out of it. Jokes on me. The trip "I planned" had already been planned out by Rajesh. As I am leading everyone up the stairs to the Lincoln memorial, my favorite monument, the people start to move aside. I look down and there Rajesh is on one knee. I was FLOORED. Before I could say yes, my friends and cousins run out from behind the pillars screaming in excitement. Rajesh knew how important it was for me to have my loved ones there and my loved ones all made the trip out to D.C. to be there! The next day, Rajesh had our parents and family come down for an amazing brunch at my favorite D.C. restaurant. I replay that weekend over and over in my head.

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 constantly hear about un-involved grooms but that was never the case here. Rajesh is a perfectionist and artist. He knew from the beginning that he wanted to make our wedding perfect. He spent months researching perfect venues and unique experiences for our big day. That somehow had us end up in Philadelphia, a city neither of us lived in. We fell in love with Crystal Tea Room for its history and beautiful aesthetic. But what sold us? THE FOOD. We are huge foodies and we were able to custom make our entire menu. The other vendors fell in love quickly. We met Aji from Eventify and knew right away that he was the wedding coordinator for us. His ability to be on top of things and connect with people made him perfect for the job. We went with Florista for the decor because they understood we wanted an aesthetic that was timeless and natural. Shades of gold and white with romantic candles everywhere. Hair and make-up was easy in that Cinderella Bridez was the only company I contacted. I loved that they made you look like a better version of yourself, not a completely unrecognizable bride. Bhargavi worked her magic and I could not be happier. Photography was something we struggled with for some time. We wanted a mix of romantic, dark, light, impromptu shots, and everything in between. Studio KSD nailed our dreams. Planning was stressful due to the global pandemic but having a partner whose only goal is to make you happy made the process effortless. In a weird way, the pandemic gave us more time to celebrate our love. Our families threw multiple bachelorette parties, pre-wedding events, and random parties in between to make up for the loss of our first wedding.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I always had the image of being a classic bride. I wanted to look back at photos in 30 years and think to myself that I would wear those outfits again. I truly felt I accomplished that. I went to RK Bridal for my wedding dress and immediately Malak knew the aesthetic I was going for. She brought out a simple white, off-the-shoulder A-line gown, and I was SOLD. I started crying when I put it on and it was so confusing. WHY AM I CRYING? AM I ALLERGIC TO SOMETHING? No, I was just so overwhelmed that I had found the perfect dress. My bridal lengha story was even funnier. Let's rewind to February 2020, I am hearing of this thing called covid that is ravaging through China. I hope on the flight to India and think how bad could it really be? My mother-in-law packed me a few masks and I wore it on the flight thinking to myself "man this is super uncomfortable." We arrive in India and it's go go go. We are off to shopping for lenghas, sarees, wedding invitations, bridal outfits, and everything in between. I knew similar to my wedding dress, I wanted a classic lengha. I searched stores all through Kottayam and Kochi and finally found an off-white dress that weighed more than I did. But it was BEAUTIFUL. I bought it and it took up an entire suitcase on the way back.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process had to be the food tasting and seeing all the venues. The different venues treat you like a queen and it's great.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
All we heard about was how great the food was. Our cocktail hour was something we put a lot of effort into. We had so many stations and so many different types of food! We had a New Orleans station with oysters shucked to order, crawfish mac and cheese, fried oysters, shrimp etouffee, and jambalaya. A Neptune station with lobster tails, lobster mac and cheese, mussels marinara, shrimp stir fry, and baby clams. A carving station with slow-braised brisket. A Mediterranean station with gyro, chicken souvlaki, different dips, grape leaves, flatbreads. A Marrakesh station with Moroccan spiced rack of lamb that was carved to order, chicken tagine, saffron couscous, baked white fish chermoula, spiced shrimp briouats. We had a slider station with all different types of sliders, brisket, braised Italian pork, mini Angus burgers, grilled portobello burgers, and truffle fries. For dinner we started with a lobster ravioli as the first course, guests could choose between duck, filet mignon, salmon, or a butternut squash and goat cheese ravioli. Following dinner, we had an entire room filled with desserts. An ice cream sundae bar, cannolis, sfogliatella, tiramisu, all different types of cake, all different types of pastries, coffees, teas, and dessert wines/liquor. In addition to our wedding cakes, After the dessert room, we had a "power hour" around 1 am during the after-party. Here guests could have Philly cheesesteaks, wings, fries, and other bar food.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
A really special moment that replays in my mind on the big wedding days is all the times Rajesh and I got to be alone. Whether it was for a few minutes or a half-hour. We took these videos on our iPhone after each part of the night (ceremony, entrance, cocktail hour, first dance, etc.) We talked about how we were feeling and what we were excited for. I can't wait to show our future kids the behind the scene videos.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy the process. It's never worth dressing for. DELEGATE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN. Teamwork truly made my dream work.

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: I am highly allergic to flowers and we had wood or silk flowers everywhere. All the bouquets were completely made of wood. No one even noticed!

And that's a wrap, ladies. Come back whenever you need more inspiration!

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Floral & Decor: Florista Decor | Cinematography: Studio KSD | Photography: Studio KSD | DJ: Luxe Event Group | Ceremony Venue: Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul | Reception Venue: Crystal Team Room - Finley Catering | Planning & Design: Eventify Management Group LLC | Hair & Makeup: Cinderella Bridez | Bridal Fashions: RK Bridal


Columbus, OH Indian Wedding by Yours Truly Media

Happy Friday, ladies! Let's end your week with a boost of inspiration with the fascinating story from Prianka & Amit's big day. This tale begins with our Maharani's Sangeet celebrated at Jorgensen Farms, a charming organic farm and events facility that provides luscious farm-fresh meals, impeccable home-grown floral design, and delectable organic fruit, all for their guests' enjoyment! Our couple decided that Hilton Easton was the ideal place for their ceremony and reception with its lively venues and luxurious facade, making a magical experience possible for our sweethearts. The scene couldn't be complete without some splendid backdrop. The design, the flower decor, and the incredible lighting were customized entirely for our beautiful lovebirds by B3 Event Management. I am sure you'll be as amazed as I was when I first saw it! And now, my darlings, my favorite part. It is time to admire our Maharani's gorgeous look! Her two attires for the evening were completely different but just as lovely. My dears, let me tell you about the final touch that made our bride look like an enchanting queen. I am talking about the delicate Mehndi art done by the exceptional Henna by Sangeeta. And Amit's sherwani? Breathtaking! It was classic and refined, perfect for the event. I adore the colors and the feelings they brought. The cheerful atmosphere was kept throughout the whole celebration, thanks to DJ Samir Crowne Entertainment, delighting the guest with the finest entertainment and ensuring a memorable evening. Yours Truly Media outdid themselves with these phenomenal pictures, successfully capturing the feeling in each one of them. Maharanis, let me tell you that Prianka & Amit's big day is an adorable story full of love and moments to remember forever. You can catch a glimpse of it in this jaw-dropping gallery available for you to feel the romance.

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met in a very millennial way- online! I lived in Columbus and he lived in Chicago. The love and care Amit has for his friends, family and even random strangers is amazing! I don’t think he has met a person who hasn’t become a friend.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Amit enjoys photography and he was planning on taking me to Diversey Harbor to have a fun photography “lesson”. Instead, the lesson became a proposal at his favorite place in Chicago. The entire moment was documented as a friend was hiding nearby taking pictures of the special moment.

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.
As someone who is in the industry, I did have a vision for my Sangeet & Wedding. My Sangeet vision came to life courtesy B3 Events. I wanted to accomplish a farmhouse rustic feel with an Indian touch. My ceremony and reception were the perfect touches of traditional touches with a contemporary feel.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew I wanted to wear traditional red for my bridal lengha and was very happy with my outfit. My Sangeet outfit was a dream Payal Singhal outfit that was fun and colorful - perfect for the backdrop.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
When you plan a big wedding, and during a pandemic, having your vision come to life is beyond amazing. I loved being able to work with a blank canvas and having the freedom to experiment with colors, textures and a wide variety of decor. But I learned my taste is - less is more!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
If anyone left our wedding hungry, then they didn’t do the weekend right! My parents were adamant about offering several cuisines so that everyone had something they really loved. Being Punjabi that was their number one concern! We had traditional stations, and some local favorites too. Buckeye donuts and s’mores station for the Sangeet and Rime Time popsicles during the Baraat were a hit! Everyone told me they ate well, danced, and felt the love in the air. What more could you want?!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our first look will always be special to me. A moment to ourselves before the big day ahead.
Our wedding was during a time when there were so many unknowns and we wanted our guests first and foremost to feel comfortable and safe. Seeing family and friends seeing each other after a long time just made me so happy. I’m glad an occasion like this brought so much joy to our loved ones.

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.
It’s all in the details for me and making the wedding personal. We had pictures of memorable moments of each other, friends, and family displayed throughout the weekend.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
You don’t have to do it all! Remember to ask for help when you need it. On your wedding day, try your best to live in the moment and take it all in.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
My groom opted out of the traditional horse Baraat entry. Instead, he entered in a DeLorean! A crowd favorite!

That's a wrap for today, sweeties. I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

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Sangeet Venue: Jorgensen Farms | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hilton Easton | Design: B3 Event Management | Planning: Blissful Events Rajul Pillai | Floral & Decor: B3 Event Management | Catering: Saffron Patch | DJ/Baraat: DJ Samir Crowne Entertainment | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: B3 Event Management | Lighting: B3 Event Management | Lighting: Crowne Entertainment | Mehndi Artist: Henna by Sangeeta | Photo Booth: Crowne Entertainment | Photography: Yours Truly Media


Jersey City, NJ Indian Fusion Wedding by Lightyear Studio

Good morning, my dears! I hope you are having a splendid Wednesday. Our filmy day has arrived with a captivating story for all of us to be inspired. Our charming shooting stars of the day, Hina & Neel, knew they were meant to be together and decided to be each other's one and only. These lovebirds knew every detail must be impeccable for such a unique wedding celebration. And to ensure this, they got in touch with The Royal Collection to task them one of the essential items for their big day, the invitations! That first detail made this event unforgettable! Maharanis, their wedding was spectacular! They started with a lovely Sangeet celebration at the Envue Hotel. The couple got everything they had ever dreamed of for their special day, including Hina's dreamy look. The Glass Slipper Wedding beautifully did her hair and makeup. They undoubtedly gave the bride's day a magical touch. Our enchanting Maharani's lengha was as marvelous as it was radiant, and ladies, she looked gorgeous! Our lovebirds, Hina and Neel, chose the magnificent venue Maritime Parc to host their reception, complementing the place's elegance with fabulous decor from Elegant Affairs. Believe me, Maharanis, the setting of this ceremony was breathtaking! Of course, this celebration of love couldn't be complete without vibrant music, and the elite crew from Luxe Event Group had everything covered. They played the best of the best for the guests to be on their feet all night long! I am sure no one wanted to leave the dance floor at any given moment! Studio KSD captured fabulous photographs for our couple to cherish during their life journey! Maharanis, I am delighted to share this story with you thanks to the impeccable work Lightyear Studio did while recording every single instant of this wedding. Sweeties, I know you will be amazed by Hina & Neel's lovely video below. 

 

 

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
It's a modern day romance. We met on Bumble. At the time I worked as an Emergency Medicine resident in New York City with a busy schedule and Neel was a health care consultant from north Jersey who traveled a lot. As any young professional living in the tri-state, we turned to dating apps to help us look for love as we balanced a heavy work load and busy social lives.

I knew he was the one probably 6 months into our relationship. Any one that knows Neel, knows he is pretty easy to love. He is fun, out-going, and most of all caring. He likes to take care of his friends and family. There wasn't a single moment that made me realized he was "the one". Rather, as our relationship grew, so did our love. Not to mention, I may have fallen in love with Lucky, his family dog, first.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Neel is very big on creating the “perfect” experience. So with no surprise he put all of his skills at work to create our magical moment.

Neel & I both had a vacation scheduled in the middle of the summer. I really wanted to go somewhere new, but Neel convinced me on Napa because he was already going to be in California for work.

I remember the week before our vacation, he had a work trip to PA. I didn't think anything of it because he often went there for client meetings. Little did I know this "work trip" was an actual visit to my parents' to ask for my hand in marriage.

I remember being on a slow shift in the ER, when one of my co-residents started asking me about my vacation plans. I told him I was going to Napa, and he asked, "Ohh, is Neel proposing?" "What? No!" I said, but then started secretly hoping he would. But how could he? He doesn't know what kind of ring I like. Does he even remember my size?

I arrived in San Francisco, and Neel was eagerly waiting to pick me up. We went out for dinner and got rolled ice cream for dessert. We spent the next day exploring San Francisco as it was my first time there. I thought Neel would have had the entire trip planned. However, our trip initially seemed very spontaneous. We were looking for things to do online and looking at places to eat on Yelp. We tried to get reservations to massages, but none were available last minute. No way was he prepared to propose, I thought.

The next day we drove up to Napa. We had a nice brunch and were luckily able to reserve massages for that morning. Later that afternoon we drove to a vineyard for some wine tasting. We arrived at Bennet Lane Winery where Neel had reserved a private tour. We tasted different wines, learned about their history, and toured their vineyard. Towards the end, our host recommended we go outside as there is a picturesque outlook. I got excited for the photo op, and Neel went to use the bathroom where he got secretly mic-ed up. We walked outside and saw the most scenic outlook of mountains and greenery. I saw a table with a bouquet of flowers and champagne. I asked Neel if the table was for us, when suddenly he held my hands and started rambling. I couldn't believe what was happening. He was proposing! He got down on one knee, I said yes, and that day went down in history. Looking back, Neel had chosen Napa for this trip because it was in Napa, the year before, where we had first said "I love you" to one another.

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Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
Our wedding was originally scheduled in Jersey City of August 2020. We had a family trip planned to India in April 2020 for wedding shopping. Both of our parents and siblings were planning to join us with much excitement. The excitement was short-lived when we got news about the first coronavirus case in New York (distinctly remember this as I was on a ER shift, and our staff was getting prepared for more cases and we were advised not to travel). Soon the city shut down, and everyone was in quarantine.

Neel and I were still hopeful that by August things would be better. However in May we made the call to postpone to 2021. Instead, we had an intimate backyard wedding on May 30, 2020 with our parents, siblings my grandma, and a few close friends via Zoom. Neel's best friend since childhood, Hiral, officiated this wedding. It was a special day. Our goal was to share our happiness with more of our loved ones exactly one year later- May 30, 2021 and keep the same anniversary!

Wedding planning is stressful to begin with, add on a pandemic and the stress triples. We were on a hunt for a new photographer, which was tough because we loved our original (priyanca rao photography); she had prior commitments to another wedding she was going to shoot. We also had to cut a 400+ guest count to 150 guests. We then realized less than 3 months before our wedding we'd have to find a new venue. Our original venue had not opened up since the beginning of the pandemic, and their opening date kept getting pushed. We made the call to get a refund and look for another venue in March 2021 to have our wedding on Memorial Day weekend, a very popular wedding weekend. We were fortunate to find Maritime Parc on such short notice as they had a cancelation on Memorial Day weekend.

Hair & Make Up- Maliha Khan, who's been in the industry for so long. She was easy to get a long with and made me look gorgeous with different looks for my Sangeet, Wedding and Reception.

Hair & Make Up for Bridal Party- Glass Slipper Wedding. I had a ton of changes through out the process in the number of people and services that were needed. They were always professional, responded to emails in a timely manner and overall very easy to work with.

Decor: Elegant Affairs. Well-experienced. Made our visions come to life. Sangeet was held at Envue Autograph hotel in Weehawken, a modern hotel and Elegant affairs delivered in giving us a modern colorful feel for the Sangeet. Ceremony mandap was beautiful and matched our theme of baby pink perfectly.

DJ BK from Luxe Entertainment- Loved working with him. He's very down to earth and made our Sangeet and Reception nights to remember. All of our guests still talk about how much fun they had partying with us. We had a very talented tabla player and violinist for our cocktail hour that wow-ed everyone. We also had a live singer who performed during a part of our first dance and did a small segment during the dance party.

Planner- Pearls Events. We worked with Chandni leading up to the wedding and she was great. She and the day-of coordinators were on top of our tight scheduled and easily fixed any bumps we ran into along the way.

Video- Lightyear Video, haven't received our video yet but we are super excited to see the highlights!

Photo: Studio KSD. I loved Tina and her team. It rained ALL weekend during our wedding. Tina was very professional. We had a few meetings with her prior to the wedding and were able to discuss what was important to us when it came to capture our day. She captured every event beautifully despite all the rain. We got our photos about two weeks ago and I still can't stop looking at them!

Caterer- Amiya from Jersey City. Loved the food for all 3 events. We wanted something unique from the usual Indian weddings and Amiya did a fantastic job. Abha was very sweet, and we enjoyed working with her.

Cake- Palermo's bakery. Neel's family has known the owners of Palermo for quite some time which made this decision a no-brainer. My aunt, Pinal, owner of Style Me Sweet Cakes is a fantastic cake decorator. I asked her to decorate our cake with fresh flowers. She designed it beautifully to match our reception decor.

Stationary- The Royal Collection Invites. We had our logo, welcome bags, welcome signs, wedding programs, and reception menus designed with Dhwani and we loved the final products. The wedding program, especially, was my favorite given we had fun facts about me and Neel on one side and it was fun to make!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Since we couldn't go to India, I started shopping locally. We came across Shilpa Gandhi Studio. Priyanka who manages the company lives in Jersey City and we were able to personally visit her and see some of the pieces they've created. We were able to discuss with Shilpa, the designer who is from Toronto, through video calls of what I was envisioning. Her team is in India who makes all the clothing.

I always knew I wanted red for my wedding outfit. After a few meetings with Priyanka and Shilpa we were able to decide on the design and create both mine and Neel's outfits for the Sangeet and Wedding. Though Covid made things challenging, we were very happy with the end results!

My reception outfit and all my jewelry (Mehendi, Sangeet, Wedding, Reception) was from Nazranaa in Iselin, NJ. Family members have bought several beautiful pieces from them and had worn them to our wedding!

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Honestly, planning was really tough. Given the postponement and a lot of other issues that are typically not encountered pre-Covid, my favorite part was practicing our first dance and our Sangeet dance with Neel. I love dancing, so it was a way for me to destress this way. Neel would say otherwise, because I often yelled at him for messing up or forgetting a step. But during the stressful planning process, it was my time to dance in his arms, temporarily forgetting about all the things we still had left to do.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think everyone just loved getting together and celebrating love. With the pandemic, there was a lot of isolation and it had a been some time since all of our loved ones were together under one roof. Our family still raves about how much fun they had, and it makes our hearts full. From the food, dancing, music, and entertainment- it was all magical!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Neel and I had decided to do wedding gifts for one another for the big day. For Neel, I decided to get a customized New York Times baseball book and a cameo from Mariano Rivera, a hall of fame New York Yankee, because Neel is the self proclaimed biggest Yankees fan ever! Neel got me Venus Et Fleur forever roses and customized YSL his and her scents. One of my bridesmaid had told me to get a new scent for the big day because every time I'd wear that scent in the future, I would think back to our wedding day. It was one of the details that fell under the crack as I just didn't get the time to go shopping for it. I had told Neel about it one night weeks before our wedding, and he remembered!

The exchange of these gifts and reading our letters to one another the morning after our first look and before the wedding ceremony was a moment that constantly replays in my mind. I unexpectedly started to cry when I started to read mine. Weddings can be chaotic, especially ours with a jam-packed 4-day schedule. That moment with just me and him was perfect and one that I will cherish forever.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
It's stressful, and everything won't go exactly as planned no matter how much you stress. Try to enjoy the process as much as possible and remember that no matter what, it's going to be your day and it will be memorable.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Bridesmaids bouquet- Surina, a friend of mine kindly offered to make them the day before the ceremony.
Bridesmaid dresses- DV Custom Dresses (deevineeti.etsy.com)
Groomsmen clothes- Deen Fashion from Jersey City
My Vidhi was at The Royal Albert Palace Nilkamal Hall. The DJ for my Vidhi was DJ Jeet, a family friend from Absolute Desi Entertainment.

It truly takes a village- we are so thankful for all our family and friends to help make our dreams come true!

This is all for today, Maharanis. Keep coming back for more romantic moments!

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Invitations & Wedding Stationery: The Royal Collection | Hair & Makeup: The Glass Slipper Wedding | Photography: Studio KSD | DJ: Luxe Event Group | Sangeet Venue: Envue Hotel | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Maritime Parc | Planning & Design: Pearls Event & Co. | Floral & Decor: Elegant Affairs | Hair & Makeup: Maliha Khan Makeup | Catering: Amiya Restaurant | DJ: BK Trehan | Bridal Fashions: Shilpa Gandhi | Bridal Fashions: Nazranaa | Bridal Jewelry: Nazranaa | Cake & Treats: Palermo's Bakery | Cake & Treats: SMSC Central NJ by Pinal | Cinematography: Lightyear Studio | Bridesmaids Dresses: DeeVineeTi


Edison, NJ Indian Wedding by Ami Video

Greetings, Maharanis! Yesha & Neel's wedding celebration is now live in today's Platinum Guide Blog.

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Hair & Makeup: Looks by Jassi | DJ: M4U Events | Venue: Royal Grand Manor | Floral & Decor: Partyland Sajawat Decorator | Catering: India Palace | Ring: Sona Jewelers | Cake & Treats: Awesomeyo’s Kitchen | Mehndi Artist: Henna by Shweta | Photography: Ami Video


Woodland Park, NJ Indian Wedding by Lightyear Studio

Good morning, Maharanis! I hope you are ready to be amazed by Rohini & Vatsal's lovely wedding, so let's get this entry started! Our gorgeous couple celebrated their special day with family and friends at The One and Only Westmount Country Club, where they held a spectacular ceremony and reception. This magnificent venue provides a cobblestone drive-up adorned with elegant wrought-iron gates, flowers, and old-world street lighting leading to a grand estate. The couple's dream ceremony was brought to life by Detailed Affairs Team. They are a group of talented planners and coordinators that genuinely believe in focusing on the little details that lighted up our couples' unforgettable day. Ladies, I have to mention the fantastic atmosphere courtesy of M4U Events! The music, the dance floor, and the production all came together to create an incredibly captivating experience for all. The setting was as beautiful as our bride! Rohini's lengha was perfectly complemented by her Mehndi design, done with the expertise and precision only Mehndikalogie can give. The detail and effort put into the Mehndi art were truly reflected in our Maharani and her notorious happiness throughout the wedding. Our sweet couple delighted their guests with Baonanas's cake and treats, taking flavor inspiration from the richness of its city, its people, and experiences they can connect and adapt to each client's unique taste. The lovebird's day was full of memories that could never be forgotten thanks to Lightyear Studio, who made sure to capture every moment of this grand celebration. So, wait no more and click the play icon below to be dazzled!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We first met through a set up by my sister and her friend from high school, who happened to be my now-husband's employee. They thought we would be a perfect match, and they were right! Our first date (despite several last-minute cancellations on my part) was at a speakeasy in NYC. It felt like we knew each other forever. I appreciated his corny jokes and he appreciated my sass. I don't think there was ever a moment I knew Vatsal was the one - our entire relationship felt so natural and just felt like we were always meant to be together.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We were in Morocco on a ten-day vacation. Our final stop in Morocco was the Sahara Desert. Little did I know, but Vatsal had initially made several plans including a beautiful layout and a private photographer, which were all thwarted by last-minute cancellations by the local vendors. This did not stop him, however, and the morning after our stay in the desert, he asked a local man to take our photo on his iPhone at sunrise. As the sun rose over the sand dunes, he got down on one knee, and the proposal was absolutely perfect!

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.
We began planning soon after our engagement and our first stop was to find the venue. The minute we set foot into Westmount Country Club, we fell in love. We felt so at home there, and could picture our wedding there. Bobby from Westmount was with us every step of the way, and even through the pandemic, was able to ease our worries. Everything fell into place after that. The rest of our vendors were chosen similarly, with intuition, and we usually went with our gut reactions. We chose vendors that we felt we meshed well with, and the vendors almost felt like friends (and really were at the end of this process!). Nate and Thanh from Lightyear studios made us feel so comfortable and are true artists - we both feel awkward in front of the camera but we knew Nate and Thanh would put us at ease! They were truly amazing, and their work speaks for itself. Pauline from Flawless by Pauline did my hair and makeup, and was able to help me achieve the clean, light on makeup look that I desired. Dhara from Mehndikalogie did an amazing job with my intricate mehndi. Matt from MDL events made beautiful floral arrangements. DJ Vik and the rest of the M4U events team produced a banging party. And finally, our day-of coordinators led by Arun from Detailed Affairs made our wedding day seamless. Despite being only a day-of coordinator, Arun was with us throughout the month leading up to our wedding, calming our nerves. All our vendors were truly outstanding, and helped us to have a perfect wedding day.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I really wanted a red lehenga, but one with pink accents to make it a little different than the typical wedding lehenga. Because of my work schedule in residency, I was unable to go to India to get my outfits, but my amazing sister looked for me (when she was conveniently getting her own!). Through 2am facetimes, I was able to choose a beautiful red and pink lehenga purchased from Delhi.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Cake tasting - because I have a huge sweet tooth!
In reality, wedding planning can be extremely stressful, but I tried to enjoy the moments I got to spend with Vatsal talking about our wedding. It was exciting to think about our future and spending the rest of our lives together.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The hype and the party! All guests were vaccinated and restrictions in NJ were just lifted, and this was the first time in over a year that many were attending an event. It was so exciting to see family and friends. DJ Vik and the M4U events team put on an amazing party, and our guests were dancing all night!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The first look was the most special moment for me. Neither of us are criers, but we both shed (more than a few) tears when we first saw each other. It was really the only moment we had with just the two of us, and felt so intimate and personal. It was a perfect moment to start the rest of our lives.

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 Mehndi night, we wanted a Moroccan themed evening since we got engaged in Morocco. Abdel Habibi Morocco NY was amazing - he brought stunning decor and even went above and beyond to set it up last minute. He made our night so special and so reminiscent of our engagement!
Our sangeet night was held at a local hotel, and was filled with performances by friends and family, and ended with a garba/raas dance that all guests joined!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Easier said than done, but try not to stress about the small things on your wedding day! There were certainly a few things on my day that didn't go as planned, and there will be in yours too, but in the end, ZERO people noticed the things that went "wrong" and only remembered the amazing moments such as walk down the aisle, exchange of garlands, first dance, partying on the dance floor. Don't sweat the small details and try to enjoy every moment, because it's over before you know it.

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Mehndi Artists: Mehndikalogie | Planning & Design: Detailed Affairs Team | DJ: M4U Events | Sangeet Venue: Hilton Hasbrouck Heights | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The One and Only Westmount Country Club | Cake & Treats: Baonanas | Cinematography: Lightyear Studio | Photography: Lightyear Studio


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