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Cancun, MX Indian Wedding by Federico Salmeron Photo

Welcome back, ladies! We continue our journey through Krupa & Chirag's wedding festivities, and the time has come to unveil their fantastic wedding reception party, so let's check it out! Right of the bat, we have to say that this reception was incredible! Shaadi Destinations was Krupa & Chirag's best ally as the services they rendered as the travel concierge and planners of this event exceeded all expectations. Meanwhile, Gama Group followed the line of elegance and flair, transforming the halls of the Generations Riviera Maya into a magical and captivating scenario that everyone loved! And you know that you need to have a talented DJ if you want to your reception party to be a success, and the DJ from Volcanik Entertainment did not let anyone down! He put everyone on their feet with the best Bollywood hits, that combined with the fabulous scheme of lights from Ohm Mexico, set the mood for this grand event! The good friends from Patravali prepared delicious dishes that everyone enjoyed while listening to the live music played by Drums in Paradise. Undoublty, this has been a great trip, and we sure that you loved it as much as we did! If you want to relive every moment of it, do not miss the fantastic shots captured by Federico Salmeron Photo in today's gallery! You'll love it!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I was first introduced to Chirag in June 2014 at a wedding.  Within a week, he was the first to wish me a happy birthday and our first date soon followed. We dated for a brief period and shortly after, our lives ended taking us both on different paths, however, out foundation of friendship still remained. As luck would have it, we decided to give this another shot about 4 years later. It turns out the time apart was exactly what we needed to easily realize that this was it and Chirag was “the one.” It felt like it was too good to be true and turned us both into believers of destiny.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
At the end of March 2019, Chirag mentioned a work conference in Miami. Being a huge lover of the city and fun in the sun, I thought it was a great idea to invite myself for the weekend so we could make a trip out of it. As I continued to make revisions of our Miami itinerary, Chirag secretly planned the most beautiful and memorable proposal. On April 4, 2019, we were both supposedly headed to a pre-conference yacht party on Biscayne Bay. There we met at the rendezvous point at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens where a photographer was hiding to capture the special moment. When Chirag got down on one knee, I instinctively called him a liar for tricking me but quickly and happily followed up with a “Yay!” Chirag took this as his yes and the rest is history. 

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 went into the conversation of wedding planning with both of us wanting the same two wishes- First, we were hoping to have a destination wedding where we, along with our guests, could make a vacation out of a celebration. Second, we were aiming for the most stress free route (if that was at all possible!) which didn’t require an entire year of planning. With both of us having the “get it done” attitude, we quickly scheduled a call with Shaadi Destinations, the experts in destinations weddings, to help us get the process started. They were super helpful with us finalizing both a wedding date and venue within a week of our initial conversation. We chose Generations Riviera Maya, a beautiful resort in Cancun Mexico. We loved the fact that it had an Indian restaurant with an Indian chef on site to help cater to our audience. We selected Cancun because of the short travel time and direct flight options for most of our guests who were traveling from the northeastern states. Shaadi Destinations helped set up a conference call with Maricarmen Subisaga, who ended up becoming our wedding coordinator and an integral part of the wedding. Very quickly we both knew she matched each of our personalities and needs exactly. She was organized, timely with responses, patient, and was able provide honest feedback throughout the process to help reach our goals. We engaged in weekly video conference calls scheduled by Maricarmen to finalize the rest of the details and vendors.

To help expedite the decision making process, we created an inspiration board which consisted of a collection of posts we gathered through internet searching (primarily Instagram/Pinterest) and also completed additional research on recommended vendors frequently used by other destination brides to finalize hair, makeup, mehndi, DJ services, photo/video services, and entertainment. Our wedding coordinator created a schedule for our on-site visit about a month into planning where we were able to see our venue in person, meet with each of our vendors, complete mehndi, hair, makeup trials, and food tastings with both the resort and outside caterer.  It was two long days of back to back meetings but it left us feeling very accomplished and comfortable with all of the decisions we had made thus far. We would highly recommend an on-site visit to all destination wedding couples!  Once all details were completed, the remainder of the video conference calls were used to finalize timelines, which were further supported by our coordinator and close family who were on site with us during the wedding week to ensure day to day details were followed.

The Welcome Party was Mexican inspired as a greeting for our guests to Mexico and it was an outdoors soiree joined by our surprise guest, Lupito the Donkey, who came bearing beer. For the Manglik Prasango and Haldi Rasam/Pithi ceremonies, we incorporated the traditional haldi color mixed with accents of purple that was inspired by Holi. For the Sangeet we aimed to match our outfits and chose a design with a vibrant color palate that was reflected in our sheer backdrop. The Wedding decor was based on a pretty blush palate that was soft and complimentary of our outfits and natural scenery. For the Reception, which we internally referred to as the “Harry Potter” theme and was one of our favorite events to design, we went with a bold black backdrop in a full candlelit space.

Going into wedding planning, I assumed outfits and jewelry would be the hardest items to knock off of our to-do lists considering our restriction on time and inability to travel overseas to shop a wider selection. It turns out that I was able to find and order all of my outfits in just one all day Saturday shopping trip to Iselin, NJ. The majority of the outfits for non-wedding day events were found at Nazranaa and for the wedding, both Chirag and I were able to, luckily by chance, meet a woman who connected us with a designer in India who custom made each of our outfits within just over a month.

To provide honest feedback on our selected vendors:  Shaadi Destinations (travel) was easy to communicate with from the very beginning and helped remove the stress of travel/hotel accommodations for both us and the guests. Maricarmen (wedding coordinator) was our rock for those 3 months and she helped put together a detailed timeline to ensure everything went as perfect as possible. Federico Salmeron (photographer) and Agave Photo Studio (videographer) both worked well together and showed a true passion for what they did and didn’t stop until they got the perfect shot. We were also very happy with our same day edit! Alex Corbanezi (hair stylist) was brilliant with hair, delivered beyond my expectations, and also managed to fit in a perfect style for the groom as well. Susy Benavides (makeup artist) was super sweet and helped me fulfil the minimalist, natural look I was hoping for. DJ Volcanik (DJ/MC) was great to work with, offered great song selections to aid in the process, and helped deliver a dance floor that was full of energy. Loto Mehndi was very talented and executed on the exact design I had in mind. Patravali’s food and live stations were super tasty and left us wanting more- really some of the best Indian food I’ve ever had to be honest. Drums in Paradise (Dhol/Entertainment) put on an interactive glow stick and water drums show that was loved by the crowd. Ohm Audio and Video were very timely and coordinated well with the DJ/MC to deliver seamlessly for each of our 6 events.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I was contemplating traditional red versus blush pink for my bridal outfit. After going through tons of pictures and changing my mind several times, I finally decided on a sleeveless blush pink lengha embroidered in gold design and felt it would be perfect for the destination wedding we were envisioning. Chirag’s outfit was custom made to match my colors and the final result for both of ours was exactly what we hoped for.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Using our imagination, team work, and compromising abilities to put together a final product that we both loved. Our weekly conference calls with our coordinator were always entertaining and really kept things stress free and fun. Even through brief moments of feeling under the gun and pressured to get things completed in time, we still managed to laugh a lot while still meeting all of the deadlines we set for ourselves.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Being able to get away on a beautiful resort surrounded by family and friends. Having a destination wedding also helped destress many close family members as we tried our best to plan as much as we could ahead of time and our coordinator did a fantastic job of communicating/facilitating at each event. 

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There are a few special moments that I will never forget: Walking down the aisle and coming to the realization that I was actually getting married! That first look when I saw Chirag on the mandap and the happiness it brought me. And of course, the heartfelt speeches delivered by our family and friends that resonated warmth in our hearts and at the same time, filled us with laughter.

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.
Our family and friends spent a lot of time planning and rehearsing choreographed surprise performances and thoughtful speeches. These filled us with true joy and we’ll cherish the memories forever. At the end of the wedding, we gained even more appreciation for our loved ones who made the celebration and union of both sides possible. We really couldn't have done it without them and we are blessed!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Things will never go 100% according to the timeline and you'll never be able to please everyone fully, but that is okay! Amongst any chaos, just remember to enjoy the moment and the time with your significant other, family and friends because that’s what truly matters in the long run. Remember to smile, be appreciative, and focus on the real reason you’re getting married.

That is all for today, ladies! See you tomorrow for more!

STYLE
GUIDE
style
Traditional
Ballroom
Destination
season
Autumn
color
DJ: Volcanik Entertainment | Travel Concierge: Shaadi Destinations | Planning & Design: Shaadi Destinations | Venues: Generations Riviera Maya | Floral & Decor: Gama Group | Hair & Makeup: Alex Corbanezi Beauty | Hair & Makeup: Susana Benavides | Catering: Patravali | Cinematography: Agave Photo Studio | Lighting: Ohm Mexico | Live Music: Drums in Paradise | Mehndi Artist: Loto Mehndi | Transportation: Lomas Travel | Photography: Federico Salmeron Photo


Cancun, MX Indian Wedding by Federico Salmeron Photo

Hello Maharanis!  We are back on the ravishing landscapes of Cancun, Mexico, to bring you more details of Krupa & Chirag's special day. This time, we'll be taking a look at their big wedding ceremony preceded by a vibrant and colorful Baraat procession, so get ready to enjoy it! The sublime landscapes that surrounded the Generations Riviera Maya and the spectacular backdrop designed and executed by Shaadi Destinations created a magical and soothing setting more than perfect for these lovebirds to tie the knot. And we want to make a big shoutout to Gama Group, as this scenario could not have been possible without the beautiful decor they crafted. There was so much elegance all over the place, but nothing compared to Krupa's spectacular look! She was a vision of beauty thanks to Alex Corbanezi Beauty and Susana Benavides, who took care of her hairstyle and makeup needs. They praised her natural beauty, making her have that dreamy look all Maharanis aspire for their big day! Remember to visit today's gallery if you want to take a closer look at this dazzling event! The shots captured by Federico Salmeron Photo are simply amazing, so go check them out!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I was first introduced to Chirag in June 2014 at a wedding.  Within a week, he was the first to wish me a happy birthday and our first date soon followed. We dated for a brief period and shortly after, our lives ended taking us both on different paths, however, out foundation of friendship still remained. As luck would have it, we decided to give this another shot about 4 years later. It turns out the time apart was exactly what we needed to easily realize that this was it and Chirag was “the one.” It felt like it was too good to be true and turned us both into believers of destiny.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
At the end of March 2019, Chirag mentioned a work conference in Miami. Being a huge lover of the city and fun in the sun, I thought it was a great idea to invite myself for the weekend so we could make a trip out of it. As I continued to make revisions of our Miami itinerary, Chirag secretly planned the most beautiful and memorable proposal. On April 4, 2019, we were both supposedly headed to a pre-conference yacht party on Biscayne Bay. There we met at the rendezvous point at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens where a photographer was hiding to capture the special moment. When Chirag got down on one knee, I instinctively called him a liar for tricking me but quickly and happily followed up with a “Yay!” Chirag took this as his yes and the rest is history. 

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 went into the conversation of wedding planning with both of us wanting the same two wishes- First, we were hoping to have a destination wedding where we, along with our guests, could make a vacation out of a celebration. Second, we were aiming for the most stress free route (if that was at all possible!) which didn’t require an entire year of planning. With both of us having the “get it done” attitude, we quickly scheduled a call with Shaadi Destinations, the experts in destinations weddings, to help us get the process started. They were super helpful with us finalizing both a wedding date and venue within a week of our initial conversation. We chose Generations Riviera Maya, a beautiful resort in Cancun Mexico. We loved the fact that it had an Indian restaurant with an Indian chef on site to help cater to our audience. We selected Cancun because of the short travel time and direct flight options for most of our guests who were traveling from the northeastern states. Shaadi Destinations helped set up a conference call with Maricarmen Subisaga, who ended up becoming our wedding coordinator and an integral part of the wedding. Very quickly we both knew she matched each of our personalities and needs exactly. She was organized, timely with responses, patient, and was able provide honest feedback throughout the process to help reach our goals. We engaged in weekly video conference calls scheduled by Maricarmen to finalize the rest of the details and vendors.

To help expedite the decision making process, we created an inspiration board which consisted of a collection of posts we gathered through internet searching (primarily Instagram/Pinterest) and also completed additional research on recommended vendors frequently used by other destination brides to finalize hair, makeup, mehndi, DJ services, photo/video services, and entertainment. Our wedding coordinator created a schedule for our on-site visit about a month into planning where we were able to see our venue in person, meet with each of our vendors, complete mehndi, hair, makeup trials, and food tastings with both the resort and outside caterer.  It was two long days of back to back meetings but it left us feeling very accomplished and comfortable with all of the decisions we had made thus far. We would highly recommend an on-site visit to all destination wedding couples!  Once all details were completed, the remainder of the video conference calls were used to finalize timelines, which were further supported by our coordinator and close family who were on site with us during the wedding week to ensure day to day details were followed.

The Welcome Party was Mexican inspired as a greeting for our guests to Mexico and it was an outdoors soiree joined by our surprise guest, Lupito the Donkey, who came bearing beer. For the Manglik Prasango and Haldi Rasam/Pithi ceremonies, we incorporated the traditional haldi color mixed with accents of purple that was inspired by Holi. For the Sangeet we aimed to match our outfits and chose a design with a vibrant color palate that was reflected in our sheer backdrop. The Wedding decor was based on a pretty blush palate that was soft and complimentary of our outfits and natural scenery. For the Reception, which we internally referred to as the “Harry Potter” theme and was one of our favorite events to design, we went with a bold black backdrop in a full candlelit space.

Going into wedding planning, I assumed outfits and jewelry would be the hardest items to knock off of our to-do lists considering our restriction on time and inability to travel overseas to shop a wider selection. It turns out that I was able to find and order all of my outfits in just one all day Saturday shopping trip to Iselin, NJ. The majority of the outfits for non-wedding day events were found at Nazranaa and for the wedding, both Chirag and I were able to, luckily by chance, meet a woman who connected us with a designer in India who custom made each of our outfits within just over a month.

To provide honest feedback on our selected vendors:  Shaadi Destinations (travel) was easy to communicate with from the very beginning and helped remove the stress of travel/hotel accommodations for both us and the guests. Maricarmen (wedding coordinator) was our rock for those 3 months and she helped put together a detailed timeline to ensure everything went as perfect as possible. Federico Salmeron (photographer) and Agave Photo Studio (videographer) both worked well together and showed a true passion for what they did and didn’t stop until they got the perfect shot. We were also very happy with our same day edit! Alex Corbanezi (hair stylist) was brilliant with hair, delivered beyond my expectations, and also managed to fit in a perfect style for the groom as well. Susy Benavides (makeup artist) was super sweet and helped me fulfil the minimalist, natural look I was hoping for. DJ Volcanik (DJ/MC) was great to work with, offered great song selections to aid in the process, and helped deliver a dance floor that was full of energy. Loto Mehndi was very talented and executed on the exact design I had in mind. Patravali’s food and live stations were super tasty and left us wanting more- really some of the best Indian food I’ve ever had to be honest. Drums in Paradise (Dhol/Entertainment) put on an interactive glow stick and water drums show that was loved by the crowd. Ohm Audio and Video were very timely and coordinated well with the DJ/MC to deliver seamlessly for each of our 6 events.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I was contemplating traditional red versus blush pink for my bridal outfit. After going through tons of pictures and changing my mind several times, I finally decided on a sleeveless blush pink lengha embroidered in gold design and felt it would be perfect for the destination wedding we were envisioning. Chirag’s outfit was custom made to match my colors and the final result for both of ours was exactly what we hoped for.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Using our imagination, team work, and compromising abilities to put together a final product that we both loved. Our weekly conference calls with our coordinator were always entertaining and really kept things stress free and fun. Even through brief moments of feeling under the gun and pressured to get things completed in time, we still managed to laugh a lot while still meeting all of the deadlines we set for ourselves.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Being able to get away on a beautiful resort surrounded by family and friends. Having a destination wedding also helped destress many close family members as we tried our best to plan as much as we could ahead of time and our coordinator did a fantastic job of communicating/facilitating at each event. 

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There are a few special moments that I will never forget: Walking down the aisle and coming to the realization that I was actually getting married! That first look when I saw Chirag on the mandap and the happiness it brought me. And of course, the heartfelt speeches delivered by our family and friends that resonated warmth in our hearts and at the same time, filled us with laughter.

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.
Our family and friends spent a lot of time planning and rehearsing choreographed surprise performances and thoughtful speeches. These filled us with true joy and we’ll cherish the memories forever. At the end of the wedding, we gained even more appreciation for our loved ones who made the celebration and union of both sides possible. We really couldn't have done it without them and we are blessed!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Things will never go 100% according to the timeline and you'll never be able to please everyone fully, but that is okay! Amongst any chaos, just remember to enjoy the moment and the time with your significant other, family and friends because that’s what truly matters in the long run. Remember to smile, be appreciative, and focus on the real reason you’re getting married.

We hope you are enjoying this wedding as much as we are because we still have one more stop!

STYLE
GUIDE
style
Traditional
Destination
Romantic
season
Autumn
color
DJ: Volcanik Entertainment | Travel Concierge: Shaadi Destinations | Planning & Design: Shaadi Destinations | Venues: Generations Riviera Maya | Floral & Decor: Gama Group | Hair & Makeup: Alex Corbanezi Beauty | Hair & Makeup: Susana Benavides | Catering: Patravali | Cinematography: Agave Photo Studio | Lighting: Ohm Mexico | Live Music: Drums in Paradise | Mehndi Artist: Loto Mehndi | Transportation: Lomas Travel | Photography: Federico Salmeron Photo


Cancun, MX Indian Wedding by Federico Salmeron Photo

Good morning, ladies! Are you ready to venture on a trip to the beach? Today, we will take you to the paradisiac landscapes of Cancun, Mexico, to join Krupa & Chirag at their wedding festivities! So, pack your bags and get your passports ready because a fantastic trip is awaiting! For this first installment, we'll be sharing the fabulous shots captured by Federico Salmeron Photo during a romantic photoshoot that got us sighing. Both Krupa & Chirag looked incredibly happy, relaxed, and in love, creating such a magical atmosphere that more than a photo shoot, it seems that we are looking at the pages of one of the most beautiful fairytales of all times. Both our lovebirds attended this photoshoot looking flawless, but it was Krupa who stole the show! She looked like a princess after being pampered by none other than the talented Alex Corbanezi Beauty and Susana Benavides. To crown that sleek look that we loved so much, she got a beautiful Mehndi design from Loto Mehndi, which added an extra touch of traditional flair to her fabulous look! If you want to be splashed with more details of this sweet and romantic story, you cannot miss today's gallery. You will love it!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I was first introduced to Chirag in June 2014 at a wedding.  Within a week, he was the first to wish me a happy birthday and our first date soon followed. We dated for a brief period and shortly after, our lives ended taking us both on different paths, however, out foundation of friendship still remained. As luck would have it, we decided to give this another shot about 4 years later. It turns out the time apart was exactly what we needed to easily realize that this was it and Chirag was “the one.” It felt like it was too good to be true and turned us both into believers of destiny.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
At the end of March 2019, Chirag mentioned a work conference in Miami. Being a huge lover of the city and fun in the sun, I thought it was a great idea to invite myself for the weekend so we could make a trip out of it. As I continued to make revisions of our Miami itinerary, Chirag secretly planned the most beautiful and memorable proposal. On April 4, 2019, we were both supposedly headed to a pre-conference yacht party on Biscayne Bay. There we met at the rendezvous point at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens where a photographer was hiding to capture the special moment. When Chirag got down on one knee, I instinctively called him a liar for tricking me but quickly and happily followed up with a “Yay!” Chirag took this as his yes and the rest is history. 

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 went into the conversation of wedding planning with both of us wanting the same two wishes- First, we were hoping to have a destination wedding where we, along with our guests, could make a vacation out of a celebration. Second, we were aiming for the most stress free route (if that was at all possible!) which didn’t require an entire year of planning. With both of us having the “get it done” attitude, we quickly scheduled a call with Shaadi Destinations, the experts in destinations weddings, to help us get the process started. They were super helpful with us finalizing both a wedding date and venue within a week of our initial conversation. We chose Generations Riviera Maya, a beautiful resort in Cancun Mexico. We loved the fact that it had an Indian restaurant with an Indian chef on site to help cater to our audience. We selected Cancun because of the short travel time and direct flight options for most of our guests who were traveling from the northeastern states. Shaadi Destinations helped set up a conference call with Maricarmen Subisaga, who ended up becoming our wedding coordinator and an integral part of the wedding. Very quickly we both knew she matched each of our personalities and needs exactly. She was organized, timely with responses, patient, and was able provide honest feedback throughout the process to help reach our goals. We engaged in weekly video conference calls scheduled by Maricarmen to finalize the rest of the details and vendors.

To help expedite the decision making process, we created an inspiration board which consisted of a collection of posts we gathered through internet searching (primarily Instagram/Pinterest) and also completed additional research on recommended vendors frequently used by other destination brides to finalize hair, makeup, mehndi, DJ services, photo/video services, and entertainment. Our wedding coordinator created a schedule for our on-site visit about a month into planning where we were able to see our venue in person, meet with each of our vendors, complete mehndi, hair, makeup trials, and food tastings with both the resort and outside caterer.  It was two long days of back to back meetings but it left us feeling very accomplished and comfortable with all of the decisions we had made thus far. We would highly recommend an on-site visit to all destination wedding couples!  Once all details were completed, the remainder of the video conference calls were used to finalize timelines, which were further supported by our coordinator and close family who were on site with us during the wedding week to ensure day to day details were followed.

The Welcome Party was Mexican inspired as a greeting for our guests to Mexico and it was an outdoors soiree joined by our surprise guest, Lupito the Donkey, who came bearing beer. For the Manglik Prasango and Haldi Rasam/Pithi ceremonies, we incorporated the traditional haldi color mixed with accents of purple that was inspired by Holi. For the Sangeet we aimed to match our outfits and chose a design with a vibrant color palate that was reflected in our sheer backdrop. The Wedding decor was based on a pretty blush palate that was soft and complimentary of our outfits and natural scenery. For the Reception, which we internally referred to as the “Harry Potter” theme and was one of our favorite events to design, we went with a bold black backdrop in a full candlelit space.

Going into wedding planning, I assumed outfits and jewelry would be the hardest items to knock off of our to-do lists considering our restriction on time and inability to travel overseas to shop a wider selection. It turns out that I was able to find and order all of my outfits in just one all day Saturday shopping trip to Iselin, NJ. The majority of the outfits for non-wedding day events were found at Nazranaa and for the wedding, both Chirag and I were able to, luckily by chance, meet a woman who connected us with a designer in India who custom made each of our outfits within just over a month.

To provide honest feedback on our selected vendors:  Shaadi Destinations (travel) was easy to communicate with from the very beginning and helped remove the stress of travel/hotel accommodations for both us and the guests. Maricarmen (wedding coordinator) was our rock for those 3 months and she helped put together a detailed timeline to ensure everything went as perfect as possible. Federico Salmeron (photographer) and Agave Photo Studio (videographer) both worked well together and showed a true passion for what they did and didn’t stop until they got the perfect shot. We were also very happy with our same day edit! Alex Corbanezi (hair stylist) was brilliant with hair, delivered beyond my expectations, and also managed to fit in a perfect style for the groom as well. Susy Benavides (makeup artist) was super sweet and helped me fulfil the minimalist, natural look I was hoping for. DJ Volcanik (DJ/MC) was great to work with, offered great song selections to aid in the process, and helped deliver a dance floor that was full of energy. Loto Mehndi was very talented and executed on the exact design I had in mind. Patravali’s food and live stations were super tasty and left us wanting more- really some of the best Indian food I’ve ever had to be honest. Drums in Paradise (Dhol/Entertainment) put on an interactive glow stick and water drums show that was loved by the crowd. Ohm Audio and Video were very timely and coordinated well with the DJ/MC to deliver seamlessly for each of our 6 events.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I was contemplating traditional red versus blush pink for my bridal outfit. After going through tons of pictures and changing my mind several times, I finally decided on a sleeveless blush pink lengha embroidered in gold design and felt it would be perfect for the destination wedding we were envisioning. Chirag’s outfit was custom made to match my colors and the final result for both of ours was exactly what we hoped for.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Using our imagination, team work, and compromising abilities to put together a final product that we both loved. Our weekly conference calls with our coordinator were always entertaining and really kept things stress free and fun. Even through brief moments of feeling under the gun and pressured to get things completed in time, we still managed to laugh a lot while still meeting all of the deadlines we set for ourselves.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Being able to get away on a beautiful resort surrounded by family and friends. Having a destination wedding also helped destress many close family members as we tried our best to plan as much as we could ahead of time and our coordinator did a fantastic job of communicating/facilitating at each event. 

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There are a few special moments that I will never forget: Walking down the aisle and coming to the realization that I was actually getting married! That first look when I saw Chirag on the mandap and the happiness it brought me. And of course, the heartfelt speeches delivered by our family and friends that resonated warmth in our hearts and at the same time, filled us with laughter.

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.
Our family and friends spent a lot of time planning and rehearsing choreographed surprise performances and thoughtful speeches. These filled us with true joy and we’ll cherish the memories forever. At the end of the wedding, we gained even more appreciation for our loved ones who made the celebration and union of both sides possible. We really couldn't have done it without them and we are blessed!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Things will never go 100% according to the timeline and you'll never be able to please everyone fully, but that is okay! Amongst any chaos, just remember to enjoy the moment and the time with your significant other, family and friends because that’s what truly matters in the long run. Remember to smile, be appreciative, and focus on the real reason you’re getting married.

There is still more amazingness and romance coming your way, so make sure to stick around! 

STYLE
GUIDE
style
Traditional
Destination
Romantic
season
Autumn
color
DJ: Volcanik Entertainment | Travel Concierge: Shaadi Destinations | Planning & Design: Shaadi Destinations | Venues: Generations Riviera Maya | Floral & Decor: Gama Group | Hair & Makeup: Alex Corbanezi Beauty | Hair & Makeup: Susana Benavides | Catering: Patravali | Cinematography: Agave Photo Studio | Lighting: Ohm Mexico | Live Music: Drums in Paradise | Mehndi Artist: Loto Mehndi | Transportation: Lomas Travel | Photography: Federico Salmeron Photo


Turks and Caicos, South Asian Wedding by Lin & Jirsa Photography

Hello, ladies! We are wrapping up Rittika & Dhruva's lovely destination wedding by taking a look at their fantastic outdoor reception party heald at the Beaches Resorts. For this gala, both our lovebirds attended looking elegantly and fashionably, but it was our lovely Rittika who stole all the looks! She looked like the most beautiful princess from a fairy tale! But there is no surprise here, as she got the best allies to help her praise her natural beauty! Sabyasachi and Kresha Bajaj took care of her fashion needs, tailoring and trimming all details of her attire while Appease Inc. showed all their talent and expertise designing a fantastic makeup and hairstyle that we loved so much! For this evening, Sandals Resorts Weddings designed a minimalist yet striking event that everyone loved, and that set the mood for this celebration! We wish our journey through these wedding festivities didn't have to come to an end, but we need to let these two continue with their way into their happily ever after! Luckily, we have the fantastic shots captured by Lin & Jirsa Photography to relive every moment of this wedding! So make sure to check them out in today's gallery! You will love it!

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!

His family has a beach house in Dana Point that was our absolute favorite place to be. It was peaceful, calming, and just amazing place with great memories. So he told me we had dinner plans down in Laguna Beach so we'd stay the night at the beach house and get ready there too. I was brought up to plan for time accordingly because it's not nice to be late for anything. So I ask Dhruva what time dinner was and he said it was at 7:30 pm. So I google mapped from dana point to Laguna Beach and got ready to account for traffic. I was ready by 6:30 pm to start heading downstairs so we could leave by 6:45 pm, or so I thought.

 

Dhruva held me hostage in that room because apparently the photographers wanted him to propose at sunset, and wanted us downstairs at 7/7:30. I found it odd that he was essentially holding me hostage in a room and got a little suspicious. Because my suspicion grew, he finally had to cave and call an audible and go down sooner than was planned. And the next thing that I found odd was he said "let's take the elevator down" which we never did, but i thought "ok maybe because we have a suitcase and I'm in heels so why not."

 

As soon as the elevator doors opened he had a runway of candles set leading to the back patio which was essentially the beach. He spoke to me the whole way down the path and got down on one knee in the sand and asked me to marry him. There were a bunch of people who started cheering from the house next door, whom I initially thought was our families, but it was actually a random family who was airbnbing the house next door and it made it feel even more like a surreal fun experience.

 

After that we drove up to a country club where our family and friends were waiting for us to celebrate. It was the perfect proposal because we both enjoy quality over quantity, and sharing special moments with those closest to us.

 

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 knew for the most part that we wanted to do a destination wedding. Again since we enjoy keeping the number of people lower in order to share every moment with the people closest to us. We looked within the U.S. and all over the world. We also were thinking of maybe doing one of the places we have already been to share with our family. And a big driver was my experience at one of my cousin's weddings in India where they rented out almost a whole location, so it was all of us waking up together and spending every moment of every experience together in one location. I was driven by wanting to find a place that would make it feel like a huge family vacation where we can all spend the whole time together without any worries.

 

I had a huge excel file with multiple venues, made all the calls, organized what they had to offer, the different prices (full buyout, rentals, room rates, etc). I needed all the facts to pitch the idea of the destination and sell it to my dad. And this is how we landed on Beaches Turks & Caicos: I would be able to do all of our functions, it was all-inclusive, kid friendly (many of my cousins have young children), had U.S. certified nannies and medical aide on site, and was affiliated with Sandals which is a renowned company, it was far enough away to be an awesome destination but close enough for those who are closest to us to be able to afford, and Turks was on our bucket list of places to go since we are both Scuba certified.

 

Beaches was extremely helpful, they give you a pre-wedding coordinator and a on-site wedding coordinator. Due to many of my intricate requests, my pre-wedding coordinator put up our wedding as a recommendation to be feature in Sandal's wedding magazine which was awesome! I then had the corporate wedding planners helping me out who went above and beyond to make all my visions come true.

 

For Hair and Makeup, I wanted someone who knew how to help me get ready for all the Indian events and worked well with Indian bridal make up. So I found an amazing makeup artist in Chicago named Carrie her company is called Appease. I was able to do a trial with her here in Chicago (which is where my husband and I have been for school), and she had a package to do mine as well as some of my bridal party's hair & makeup, and mehndi at our sangeet too! Her company had the whole package.

 

For outfits, I am a bride that prefers comfort over being too showy, especially since we were going to be in the Caribbean. The one outfit I knew, and this was LOOONNNGG before it became a new "thing" to do, was that I want a Sabyasachi outfit for my wedding day because being a Bengali myself, I have loved him as a Bengali designer from long before the trend. His original store and home are right around the corner from my mom's family's home in Kolkata. And I knew I wanted it in red because thats the color my parents wanted since it is the traditional Bengali color for wedding.

 

For decor and theme, I am not a Bride that has been planning my wedding since childhood with ideas in my head from before, so I just started going with ideas as they came to me. I wanted to make full use of all that Beaches had to offer with all the diversity it had. So I made the Sangeet a more ethnic Indian theme with lots of colors and flowers and even a beer pong/flip cup table, for the Ceremony I saw an inspiration photo for a stage and huge photo frame backdrop that was all white and looked gorgeous against the Caribbean blue so I started with that and went from there. I wanted everything to be mainly white base with just small pops of colors so that all the vibrant Indian outfits would pop against the gorgeous Caribbean blue ocean backdrop. And the Reception I just wanted to be beach elegant with shades of blue which was decided after I picked my Reception outfit.

 

The main thing was having alcohol and awesome music always available, my family and friends love having a good time.

 

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?

Working with the Sandal's corporate team and the Beaches wedding team. They were all so much fun and I still keep in touch with some of them. I am more of a laid back bride where it takes a lot to stress me out. I also enjoyed finding new ways to add personal touches and items I knew would make my guests happy and make their time enjoyable. I was brought up in a family where we always think of our guests and plan events with them in mind, not to do things for show, but to do things that will be enjoyable for them. A wedding is meant to be fun for everyone in attendance.

 

I also enjoyed shopping for my outfits because we went shopping with our friends in Mumbai, no parents so not too many opinions and it was just a lot of fun because our friends aren't as stressed out as parents can be during wedding planning so it was just a lot of joking around, eating great food, going out at nights and a fun visit. This trip we also got to go to Kolkata to my parent's family's homes and that was a lot of fun too since I come for a big family there was always just a lot of people around showering us with love.

 

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?

From what I've heard everyone loved that it was about 70 people and in the Caribbean. Everyone enjoyed being able to get to know everyone that was there, spend downtime together around the resort and have a fun family vacation feel enjoying all the amenities and events. Nothing felt too formal like attending an event, it felt like a more "oh ok we gotta chug this drink, get out of the pool, and change for a party celebrating two people we love". Everyone got along and had a blast.

 

For events other than your ceremony, please tell us as much as you would like about the decor, style, dances, and all the special details.

We had a welcome dinner on Thursday night. For the youngsters, it was at a restaurant by the beach, and for the adults, it was at a rooftop overlooking the ocean. It was just a fun night to have everyone get to know each other and make it feel like the weekend of festivities had officially begun.

 

Friday morning we had our Haldi at a Gazebo area outside of one of the resort's small bars with small bites and juices available. My family has alcohol at all events, but in case anyone goes offended from the other side I strategically picked this location so anyone who wanted a beverage could go into the bar and grab one. The decor was all orange and yellow-based, very beautiful with lots of flowers and fabric. We did a joint Haldi which was a lot of fun. And then all of us young folk ran to dance practices

 

Friday night we had our Sangeet. It was at an outdoor restaurant with an Indian Buffet and Indian decor and we had all the performances this night too. The decor involved a lot of colors, i had a greenery bar to go with the greenery photo wall, and tons and tons of flowers and multi-colored fabric, mehndi lounge area, and a beer pong/ flip cup table. My mom did a beautiful performance for me despite having broken her toe right before the flight on the way to the airport! She played it off as "bruise" because she wanted to be able to help with everything and perform. We also had a friend's dance that had my childhood family friends, our close friends, myself and Dhruva as a part of it. And my cousins did a huge family dance that was awesome especially because NO ONE lives in the same city, state, or country even. We all had fun doing rehearsals and teaching dances on the resort as well. There was a flash rainstorm that delayed the sangeet, but it just gave everyone more time in the pool and swim-up bar (again why i loved this concept of smaller with everyone on a resort). And yes they stayed in the pool through the rainstorm. And my coordinators told me that my awesome parents were the first to run to the location to see how they could help with anything because of the rain. The rain passed and we partied the night away.

 

This next event has tons of special details. Saturday night was our reception by the water, we had a huge fabric divider to separate the cocktail hour from the actual reception. My coordinators surprised me with a "champagne bar" as the bar for the cocktail hour. Cocktail hour was during sunset so was beautiful. For the reception, our entrance song was Unforgettable by French Montana, and our first dance song was Wanted by Hunter Hayes. We had just a few speeches and then opened the dance floor. Our dinner menu was around the world. We had dishes from all the places we traveled to, so we had Thai, Fijian, Belizean, and Caribbean food. My reception outfit was a love story lehnga. The entire bottom had scenes stitched onto it from photos I sent: our proposal, my dog, us on an elephant in Thailand, and us scuba diving. And the entire bottom border was made up of the Chicago Skyline because Chicago is where we spent our entire engagement and a majority of our relationship. After the reception, all the guests moved over to the beach and we had a huge bonfire with s'mores and more drinks, and we had all our guests release lanterns into the sky.

 

On Sunday we had an amazing boat party on a Catamaran with all of our friends that ended up staying until Monday with an open bar and food. We took the boat to an island and browsed the island and came back and continued the party at the swim-up bar.

 

And then the following Saturday, we had a reception back in LA which was just as beautiful. We picked the Millennium Biltmore because I love Beauty and the Beast and their ballroom reminded me of the ballroom scene from that movie. And it also had just such a beautiful regal elegance to it that did not need to be touched just enhanced. We wanted a winter wedding, but that wasn't possible so we had projection mapping done thanks to the amazing Amit from 3D sounds to make it look like it was snowing outside through the windows and have winter images. And we got white carpeting done and had white and gold as the theme to go with it by the amazing Nicole from Shawna Yamamoto who made my dreams come true. and I wore an oxblood sequined gown. This was just a fun party to celebrate our wedding with extended friends and family from back home. We had a dance from our friends with just a few speeches, and our highlight video from the island played.

 

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?

Be open-minded and hire planners/decorators based on past work so you can trust their abilities. It's good to have ideas to help narrow down options and have direction, but there will be things that may not go exactly the way you wanted, or there may be hiccups. With an open mind, and trust that your planners/decorators will come up with the best solutions, there is no need to fall into the stereotype of a "Bridezilla", and you can enjoy every moment so much more with less stress.

 

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)

My mehndi!! I loved loved loved it. I had a portrait of my dog and my two grandmas on my mehndi since they could not be with us (my dog was back in California, and my grandmas have passed). It was a definite highlight.

 

For the ceremony I had a vendor build me my own Palki that I was carried in on by all my brothers. And we did our vidaai on a decorated boat after which guests went to enjoy a private lunch.

 

I also made hangover kits as a welcome bag for all the guests with a note from me.

 

For our wedding cake on the island, the chef was amazing enough to make it out of a cake I had tried at one of their restaurants when we went for a preview visit. It was made from this delicious flourless chocolate cake that everyone loved.

It is time to get back from this real-life fairytale! We hope you have a fantastic weekend, and we hope to see you here on Monday!

STYLE
GUIDE
style
Destination
Romantic
Contemporary
season
Spring
color
Hair & Makeup: Appease Inc. | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Beaches Resorts | Planning & Design: Sandals Resorts Weddings | Bridal Fashions: Sabyasachi | Bridal Fashions: Kresha Bajaj | Bridal Fashions: Troy Costa | Mehndi Artist: Wild Style Design Company | Photography: Lin & Jirsa Photography


Turks and Caicos, South Asian Wedding by Lin & Jirsa Photography

Welcome back, darlings! We continue our journey into this real-life fairy tale by taking a look at Rittika & Dhruva's wedding ceremony held at the Beaches Resorts! This complex is a perfect combination of an exclusive and luxurious architecture with a paradisiacal and majestic natural environment. Beauty and radiance at its best! Sandals Resorts Weddings designed and executed this event to perfection, to the point that every guest was captivated by the beauty surrounding this outdoor ceremony! With the majestic sea in the background, and with the sunset providing the best possible lighting for this romantic moment, there is no denying that this was the perfect scenario for Rittika & Dhruva to say "I do" in front of their family and friends. Although the scenery was amazing, it was our gorgeous Maharani who stole all the looks! She trusted her fashion needs to Sabyasachi, and Kresha Bajaj, while Appease Inc. took care of her beauty needs. Definitely, a winning combination that resulted in a cornucopia of beauty that got us utterly impressed! Head into our gallery to rejoice with the amazing shots captured by Lin & Jirsa Photography! Believe us, they are worth the while!

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!

His family has a beach house in Dana Point that was our absolute favorite place to be. It was peaceful, calming, and just amazing place with great memories. So he told me we had dinner plans down in Laguna Beach so we'd stay the night at the beach house and get ready there too. I was brought up to plan for time accordingly because it's not nice to be late for anything. So I ask Dhruva what time dinner was and he said it was at 7:30 pm. So I google mapped from dana point to Laguna Beach and got ready to account for traffic. I was ready by 6:30 pm to start heading downstairs so we could leave by 6:45 pm, or so I thought.

 

Dhruva held me hostage in that room because apparently the photographers wanted him to propose at sunset, and wanted us downstairs at 7/7:30. I found it odd that he was essentially holding me hostage in a room and got a little suspicious. Because my suspicion grew, he finally had to cave and call an audible and go down sooner than was planned. And the next thing that I found odd was he said "let's take the elevator down" which we never did, but i thought "ok maybe because we have a suitcase and I'm in heels so why not."

 

As soon as the elevator doors opened he had a runway of candles set leading to the back patio which was essentially the beach. He spoke to me the whole way down the path and got down on one knee in the sand and asked me to marry him. There were a bunch of people who started cheering from the house next door, whom I initially thought was our families, but it was actually a random family who was airbnbing the house next door and it made it feel even more like a surreal fun experience.

 

After that we drove up to a country club where our family and friends were waiting for us to celebrate. It was the perfect proposal because we both enjoy quality over quantity, and sharing special moments with those closest to us.

 

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 knew for the most part that we wanted to do a destination wedding. Again since we enjoy keeping the number of people lower in order to share every moment with the people closest to us. We looked within the U.S. and all over the world. We also were thinking of maybe doing one of the places we have already been to share with our family. And a big driver was my experience at one of my cousin's weddings in India where they rented out almost a whole location, so it was all of us waking up together and spending every moment of every experience together in one location. I was driven by wanting to find a place that would make it feel like a huge family vacation where we can all spend the whole time together without any worries.

 

I had a huge excel file with multiple venues, made all the calls, organized what they had to offer, the different prices (full buyout, rentals, room rates, etc). I needed all the facts to pitch the idea of the destination and sell it to my dad. And this is how we landed on Beaches Turks & Caicos: I would be able to do all of our functions, it was all-inclusive, kid friendly (many of my cousins have young children), had U.S. certified nannies and medical aide on site, and was affiliated with Sandals which is a renowned company, it was far enough away to be an awesome destination but close enough for those who are closest to us to be able to afford, and Turks was on our bucket list of places to go since we are both Scuba certified.

 

Beaches was extremely helpful, they give you a pre-wedding coordinator and a on-site wedding coordinator. Due to many of my intricate requests, my pre-wedding coordinator put up our wedding as a recommendation to be feature in Sandal's wedding magazine which was awesome! I then had the corporate wedding planners helping me out who went above and beyond to make all my visions come true.

 

For Hair and Makeup, I wanted someone who knew how to help me get ready for all the Indian events and worked well with Indian bridal make up. So I found an amazing makeup artist in Chicago named Carrie her company is called Appease. I was able to do a trial with her here in Chicago (which is where my husband and I have been for school), and she had a package to do mine as well as some of my bridal party's hair & makeup, and mehndi at our sangeet too! Her company had the whole package.

 

For outfits, I am a bride that prefers comfort over being too showy, especially since we were going to be in the Caribbean. The one outfit I knew, and this was LOOONNNGG before it became a new "thing" to do, was that I want a Sabyasachi outfit for my wedding day because being a Bengali myself, I have loved him as a Bengali designer from long before the trend. His original store and home are right around the corner from my mom's family's home in Kolkata. And I knew I wanted it in red because thats the color my parents wanted since it is the traditional Bengali color for wedding.

 

For decor and theme, I am not a Bride that has been planning my wedding since childhood with ideas in my head from before, so I just started going with ideas as they came to me. I wanted to make full use of all that Beaches had to offer with all the diversity it had. So I made the Sangeet a more ethnic Indian theme with lots of colors and flowers and even a beer pong/flip cup table, for the Ceremony I saw an inspiration photo for a stage and huge photo frame backdrop that was all white and looked gorgeous against the Caribbean blue so I started with that and went from there. I wanted everything to be mainly white base with just small pops of colors so that all the vibrant Indian outfits would pop against the gorgeous Caribbean blue ocean backdrop. And the Reception I just wanted to be beach elegant with shades of blue which was decided after I picked my Reception outfit.

 

The main thing was having alcohol and awesome music always available, my family and friends love having a good time.

 

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?

Working with the Sandal's corporate team and the Beaches wedding team. They were all so much fun and I still keep in touch with some of them. I am more of a laid back bride where it takes a lot to stress me out. I also enjoyed finding new ways to add personal touches and items I knew would make my guests happy and make their time enjoyable. I was brought up in a family where we always think of our guests and plan events with them in mind, not to do things for show, but to do things that will be enjoyable for them. A wedding is meant to be fun for everyone in attendance.

 

I also enjoyed shopping for my outfits because we went shopping with our friends in Mumbai, no parents so not too many opinions and it was just a lot of fun because our friends aren't as stressed out as parents can be during wedding planning so it was just a lot of joking around, eating great food, going out at nights and a fun visit. This trip we also got to go to Kolkata to my parent's family's homes and that was a lot of fun too since I come for a big family there was always just a lot of people around showering us with love.

 

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?

From what I've heard everyone loved that it was about 70 people and in the Caribbean. Everyone enjoyed being able to get to know everyone that was there, spend downtime together around the resort and have a fun family vacation feel enjoying all the amenities and events. Nothing felt too formal like attending an event, it felt like a more "oh ok we gotta chug this drink, get out of the pool, and change for a party celebrating two people we love". Everyone got along and had a blast.

 

For events other than your ceremony, please tell us as much as you would like about the decor, style, dances, and all the special details.

We had a welcome dinner on Thursday night. For the youngsters, it was at a restaurant by the beach, and for the adults, it was at a rooftop overlooking the ocean. It was just a fun night to have everyone get to know each other and make it feel like the weekend of festivities had officially begun.

 

Friday morning we had our Haldi at a Gazebo area outside of one of the resort's small bars with small bites and juices available. My family has alcohol at all events, but in case anyone goes offended from the other side I strategically picked this location so anyone who wanted a beverage could go into the bar and grab one. The decor was all orange and yellow-based, very beautiful with lots of flowers and fabric. We did a joint Haldi which was a lot of fun. And then all of us young folk ran to dance practices

 

Friday night we had our Sangeet. It was at an outdoor restaurant with an Indian Buffet and Indian decor and we had all the performances this night too. The decor involved a lot of colors, i had a greenery bar to go with the greenery photo wall, and tons and tons of flowers and multi-colored fabric, mehndi lounge area, and a beer pong/ flip cup table. My mom did a beautiful performance for me despite having broken her toe right before the flight on the way to the airport! She played it off as "bruise" because she wanted to be able to help with everything and perform. We also had a friend's dance that had my childhood family friends, our close friends, myself and Dhruva as a part of it. And my cousins did a huge family dance that was awesome especially because NO ONE lives in the same city, state, or country even. We all had fun doing rehearsals and teaching dances on the resort as well. There was a flash rainstorm that delayed the sangeet, but it just gave everyone more time in the pool and swim-up bar (again why i loved this concept of smaller with everyone on a resort). And yes they stayed in the pool through the rainstorm. And my coordinators told me that my awesome parents were the first to run to the location to see how they could help with anything because of the rain. The rain passed and we partied the night away.

 

This next event has tons of special details. Saturday night was our reception by the water, we had a huge fabric divider to separate the cocktail hour from the actual reception. My coordinators surprised me with a "champagne bar" as the bar for the cocktail hour. Cocktail hour was during sunset so was beautiful. For the reception, our entrance song was Unforgettable by French Montana, and our first dance song was Wanted by Hunter Hayes. We had just a few speeches and then opened the dance floor. Our dinner menu was around the world. We had dishes from all the places we traveled to, so we had Thai, Fijian, Belizean, and Caribbean food. My reception outfit was a love story lehnga. The entire bottom had scenes stitched onto it from photos I sent: our proposal, my dog, us on an elephant in Thailand, and us scuba diving. And the entire bottom border was made up of the Chicago Skyline because Chicago is where we spent our entire engagement and a majority of our relationship. After the reception, all the guests moved over to the beach and we had a huge bonfire with s'mores and more drinks, and we had all our guests release lanterns into the sky.

 

On Sunday we had an amazing boat party on a Catamaran with all of our friends that ended up staying until Monday with an open bar and food. We took the boat to an island and browsed the island and came back and continued the party at the swim-up bar.

 

And then the following Saturday, we had a reception back in LA which was just as beautiful. We picked the Millennium Biltmore because I love Beauty and the Beast and their ballroom reminded me of the ballroom scene from that movie. And it also had just such a beautiful regal elegance to it that did not need to be touched just enhanced. We wanted a winter wedding, but that wasn't possible so we had projection mapping done thanks to the amazing Amit from 3D sounds to make it look like it was snowing outside through the windows and have winter images. And we got white carpeting done and had white and gold as the theme to go with it by the amazing Nicole from Shawna Yamamoto who made my dreams come true. and I wore an oxblood sequined gown. This was just a fun party to celebrate our wedding with extended friends and family from back home. We had a dance from our friends with just a few speeches, and our highlight video from the island played.

 

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?

Be open-minded and hire planners/decorators based on past work so you can trust their abilities. It's good to have ideas to help narrow down options and have direction, but there will be things that may not go exactly the way you wanted, or there may be hiccups. With an open mind, and trust that your planners/decorators will come up with the best solutions, there is no need to fall into the stereotype of a "Bridezilla", and you can enjoy every moment so much more with less stress.

 

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)

My mehndi!! I loved loved loved it. I had a portrait of my dog and my two grandmas on my mehndi since they could not be with us (my dog was back in California, and my grandmas have passed). It was a definite highlight.

 

For the ceremony I had a vendor build me my own Palki that I was carried in on by all my brothers. And we did our vidaai on a decorated boat after which guests went to enjoy a private lunch.

 

I also made hangover kits as a welcome bag for all the guests with a note from me.

 

For our wedding cake on the island, the chef was amazing enough to make it out of a cake I had tried at one of their restaurants when we went for a preview visit. It was made from this delicious flourless chocolate cake that everyone loved.

There is still more beauty and flair coming your way, ladies! So stick around!

STYLE
GUIDE
style
Beach
Destination
Romantic
season
Spring
color
Hair & Makeup: Appease Inc. | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Beaches Resorts | Planning & Design: Sandals Resorts Weddings | Bridal Fashions: Sabyasachi | Bridal Fashions: Kresha Bajaj | Bridal Fashions: Troy Costa | Mehndi Artist: Wild Style Design Company | Photography: Lin & Jirsa Photography


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