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Carlsbad, CA Indian Fusion Wedding by Studio Merima

Nikita and Sebastian’s dreamy Mid-Summer Night Dream reception theme was an absolute triumph! The newlyweds planned their last soiree with the expert help of Sweet Blossom Weddings who worked side by side with the coordinators of the Park Hyatt Aviara to bring to life the event that by far was in a class by itself. The grand ballroom featured the couple’s personal touch of romance with lush florals from Park Hyatt Aviara in addition to the creative lightning tricks of Brilliant Event Lighting. For her final event, Maharani Nikita found the perfect gown at Suneet Varma’s boutique; this stunning design and her light bangle jewelry set permitted her to flaunt even more the magnificent henna design created by Wardah with Henna Trendz! The queen of the night danced with her now husband Sebastian to the rhythm of DJ Vik’s Bollywood and western sounds while Studio Merima captured these unforgettable memories, in the bride’s own words: “in the best way imaginable”! Check out all the beauty in our full gallery!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met the groom, Sebastian (Bash), through the brother of my college roommate/bestie, Claire. They're all from San Diego so that's the connection. Andrew introduced us at a brunch one day in Brooklyn. Bash and I were friends for a few years and I never really saw him in a romantic way. He ended up becoming my best friend; someone who I could say anything to and do all kinds of activities, like going to concerts, restaurants and dance parties with and have the best time. One day, I asked him to come over and help me re-string a ukulele that I just bought and had no idea how to play. It was an impulse buy. He was formerly a music teacher (and now an editor at Bloomberg) and plays a few instruments. He came over, we had mint juleps and he taught me how to play "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" on my balcony. It was easy enough for me to learn. Though kind of an overplayed wedding song (sorry people out there who played it at their wedding), we ended up playing it at ours as I walked down the aisle- sentimental value and all. Anyway, it was that moment that things shifted for me - seeing him as more than a friend. He was everything I wanted that I didn't know I needed - a good soul, who's funny, handsome, smart as hell and knows everything about me and wants to make me happy. Best decision I've ever made. 
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Our proposal story is my favorite! We got engaged in Game of Thrones's country, Dubrovnik, Croatia. The lead up to the proposal is one for the books. We were at the airport, on our way to Europe when I noticed a lock on Bash's backpack. Now, I was pretty hopeful we'd get engaged on this trip, but couldn't be sure, so I was suspicious of the lock. Earlier that month, I had gotten robbed at a movie theater, so he merely explained that the lock was to protect his passport from being stolen. I believed him...sort of. Turns out, the ring was in there, with a little note to the TSA agent reading, "Dear Sir or Madam...if you find this, please take me aside and let's talk about it. It's a surprise, for my girlfriend." He did get stopped, but the good news was I had my face buried in my phone and they didn't get to it. 
 
In Dubrovnik, there were so many "almost" moments for the proposal - it was comical. First, on the Game of Thrones tour, as I was sitting on the Iron Throne, Bash crouched down and I thought it was happening. Actually, he was trying to crop something out of the picture he was taking. Next, we were at a beautiful restaurant, Nautika, overlooking the sea - a location featured prominently in the show. I thought this could be a great place for a proposal, but is a bit too public for my hub. Behind me was a couple, and as I overheard their conversation, THEY HAD JUST GOTTEN ENGAGED. And seemed kind of transactional about it. I actually heard the words, "I hope your mom's happy." Bash's face at this moment, not so happy haha. After this, we had one more day left and at this point, I was sure the proposal would not happen. It was a boat day to some islands nearby and the whole thing seemed out of character for Bash. There were too many opportunities to lose the ring along the way, so I knew Bash wouldn't risk it. I was wrong. We took a private speedboat out to Mljet, 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I started out like most brides do...with the internet - Pinterest, the 'gram, etc. I had certain colors in mind for each occasion. Specifically, I wanted to wear red to my ceremony and have my girlfriends wear navy blue. I also wanted to wear white to my reception. I saved a lot of pictures and at first thought, I wanted to go "western" as Indian Americans say (my husband's sister thought it meant literally a western John Wayne theme when we said that haha). With so much going on and planning the wedding in 9 months in SD, we all had to divide and conquer. My mom and dad went to India to get all our outfits and I worked out all the details for the weekend off. With that, I never actually tried on my wedding dresses. My mom and dad, along with close friends, have got all the ins with the designers in Delhi and Bombay. My mom specifically has an insane knack for style. We finally landed on Suneet Varma for the ceremony and reception and then Falguni Shane for the welcome party. My parents literally FaceTimed me at 3 am with Suneet to pick the right look. What I ended up with was beyond what I could have imagined and fit me perfectly. I didn't even have to get it altered. Just so I could have the feeling of trying on my own wedding dress, I did go to BHLDN to find my wedding shower look, so that's something!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The food tasting was the most enjoyable part of the planning process. Both tastings, one at Masala Street and the other at Park Hyatt, were so different and stuffed us to the brim. MS literally gave us like full-size portions - I needed to be carried home with a forklift. But, we really got to be creative to bring to life the best menu possible. PHA main courses and cakes were to die for and so fresh. Both chefs are incredibly talented. I also got to be super creative with the cakes, asking for a cupcake tour of multiple flavors, made to look like a tree. 
 
Also, working with my wedding planner, Melissa along with Park Hyatt Aviara coordinator, Meredith, made the whole process so much easier. And I'm a BIG planner so it was the perfect team effort. 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Probably how authentic the wedding was to our personalities:
- from the music selection: we walked out to Miley Cyrus's Party in the USA, our first dance was to David Bowie's Heroes, and the Father-Daughter Dance was to Van Morrison's Brown Eyed Girl; also our processional wasn't too normal Hindu sounds, it was to the Game of Thrones theme song
- to the pranks on April Fools Day: my favorite was creating a fake menu that confused ALL of my guests - they laughed pretty hard about it later (I told them they had to kill their own chicken in the back that they wanted to eat.)
- to the dances: all our friends and family, both Indian and not, participated in the choreographed dances and crushed it! My mom and her friends tapped into their inner Bollywood, Aunty Neetu and Uncle Rishi Kapoor surprised us with an opening number, our American and Indian friends and family brought the house down with their performances, and even the groom took part to surprise me too. I myself closed out the night by bringing my old *N Sync moves to life by doing the steps to Bye Bye Bye. Not sorry! 
- The short ceremony: Most Hindu weddings are hours long, with the pandit going on in a language no one understands. I kept things short and sweet - 45 minutes, with my hilarious cousin, Herukh, officiating and Dharmasetu Das as pandit who just did the pheras and manga exchange. It was all I wanted and needed. I just wanted to marry my husband and have people actually attend. Everyone, including our Indian aunties and uncles, were impressed and felt they learned more at the ceremony than they ever had AND THEY ACTUALLY came. Most people skip. 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
At our welcome party, we had an incredible band, the Lucky Devils. The party was elegant and outside, but things really got bumping toward the end of the night. One song in particular that got everyone really into it, was Shout. The band pulled us up on stage and had Bash even sing the high notes, which took everyone by surprise. I was a great groupie. It was one of the times we were totally in the moment and it really stood out because it wasn't planned. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
- Brides, real talk, you will cry when planning your wedding and quite possibly even weekend off, so find a way to enjoy the moment.  
- ALSO,  don't build your wedding around the expectations of what your guests may want. Take in your vision and your family's, but because it's what you want, not because you think will make your guests say, wow, "what a great wedding." This is your day, or in most Indian's cases, weekend. 

Stay tuned for more unique Indian weddings! 

STYLE
GUIDE
style
Fusion
Destination
Romantic
season
Spring
color
Live Music: Lucky Devils Band | Photography: Studio Merima | Cinematography: Audrey Alba Films | Ceremony & Reception: Park Hyatt Aviara | Planning & Design: Sweet Blossom Weddings | Floral & Decor: Adorations Botanical Artistry | Hair & Makeup: Bijou Beautiful | Catering: Park Hyatt Aviara | DJ: Vario Weddings - DJ Vik | Bridal Fashions: Suneet Varma | Bridal Jewelry: From India and bride's mother & aunt | Cakes & Treats: Park Hyatt Aviara | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Oblation Papers & Press | Lighting: Brilliant Event Lighting | Mehndi Artist: Wardah with Henna Trendz | Rentals: TBD Rentals | Officiant: Dharmasetu Das Adhikari | Outside Catering: Masala Street | Guests Hair & Makeup: Sarah Sims | Bridal Fashion - Welcome Party: Falgun Shane Peacock | Travel Concierge: Marisa Desalvio of Desalvio Travel |


Carlsbad, CA Indian Fusion Wedding by Studio Merima

Nikita and Sebastian live in NYC but decided to bring the fusion wedding celebrations to the sunny West Coast! The chosen place was the Park Hyatt Aviara and its lush green grounds that turned out to be the perfect venue for their beautiful fusion ceremony. Adorations Botanical Artistry took advantage of this elegant outdoor space to design a stunning ceremony mandap that framed the sweethearts during their two ceremonies. I absolutely adore the bold flowers and greenery against the cream drapery, the graceful settee from TBD Rentals and the towering palm trees! The western ceremony was officiated by a bride’s cousin while a short version of the Hindu wedding ceremony immersed all the attendees into the beautiful rituals. This effortlessly romantic union allowed Studio Merima to create the breathtaking photographs of the Hindu and Western rites that you will find right below! Browse this spectacular ceremony images in our full gallery and get ready to be inspired!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met the groom, Sebastian (Bash), through the brother of my college roommate/bestie, Claire. They're all from San Diego so that's the connection. Andrew introduced us at a brunch one day in Brooklyn. Bash and I were friends for a few years and I never really saw him in a romantic way. He ended up becoming my best friend; someone who I could say anything to and do all kinds of activities, like going to concerts, restaurants and dance parties with and have the best time. One day, I asked him to come over and help me re-string a ukulele that I just bought and had no idea how to play. It was an impulse buy. He was formerly a music teacher (and now an editor at Bloomberg) and plays a few instruments. He came over, we had mint juleps and he taught me how to play "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" on my balcony. It was easy enough for me to learn. Though kind of an overplayed wedding song (sorry people out there who played it at their wedding), we ended up playing it at ours as I walked down the aisle- sentimental value and all. Anyway, it was that moment that things shifted for me - seeing him as more than a friend. He was everything I wanted that I didn't know I needed - a good soul, who's funny, handsome, smart as hell and knows everything about me and wants to make me happy. Best decision I've ever made. 
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Our proposal story is my favorite! We got engaged in Game of Thrones's country, Dubrovnik, Croatia. The lead up to the proposal is one for the books. We were at the airport, on our way to Europe when I noticed a lock on Bash's backpack. Now, I was pretty hopeful we'd get engaged on this trip, but couldn't be sure, so I was suspicious of the lock. Earlier that month, I had gotten robbed at a movie theater, so he merely explained that the lock was to protect his passport from being stolen. I believed him...sort of. Turns out, the ring was in there, with a little note to the TSA agent reading, "Dear Sir or Madam...if you find this, please take me aside and let's talk about it. It's a surprise, for my girlfriend." He did get stopped, but the good news was I had my face buried in my phone and they didn't get to it. 
 
In Dubrovnik, there were so many "almost" moments for the proposal - it was comical. First, on the Game of Thrones tour, as I was sitting on the Iron Throne, Bash crouched down and I thought it was happening. Actually, he was trying to crop something out of the picture he was taking. Next, we were at a beautiful restaurant, Nautika, overlooking the sea - a location featured prominently in the show. I thought this could be a great place for a proposal, but is a bit too public for my hub. Behind me was a couple, and as I overheard their conversation, THEY HAD JUST GOTTEN ENGAGED. And seemed kind of transactional about it. I actually heard the words, "I hope your mom's happy." Bash's face at this moment, not so happy haha. After this, we had one more day left and at this point, I was sure the proposal would not happen. It was a boat day to some islands nearby and the whole thing seemed out of character for Bash. There were too many opportunities to lose the ring along the way, so I knew Bash wouldn't risk it. I was wrong. We took a private speedboat out to Mljet, 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I started out like most brides do...with the internet - Pinterest, the 'gram, etc. I had certain colors in mind for each occasion. Specifically, I wanted to wear red to my ceremony and have my girlfriends wear navy blue. I also wanted to wear white to my reception. I saved a lot of pictures and at first thought, I wanted to go "western" as Indian Americans say (my husband's sister thought it meant literally a western John Wayne theme when we said that haha). With so much going on and planning the wedding in 9 months in SD, we all had to divide and conquer. My mom and dad went to India to get all our outfits and I worked out all the details for the weekend off. With that, I never actually tried on my wedding dresses. My mom and dad, along with close friends, have got all the ins with the designers in Delhi and Bombay. My mom specifically has an insane knack for style. We finally landed on Suneet Varma for the ceremony and reception and then Falguni Shane for the welcome party. My parents literally FaceTimed me at 3 am with Suneet to pick the right look. What I ended up with was beyond what I could have imagined and fit me perfectly. I didn't even have to get it altered. Just so I could have the feeling of trying on my own wedding dress, I did go to BHLDN to find my wedding shower look, so that's something!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The food tasting was the most enjoyable part of the planning process. Both tastings, one at Masala Street and the other at Park Hyatt, were so different and stuffed us to the brim. MS literally gave us like full-size portions - I needed to be carried home with a forklift. But, we really got to be creative to bring to life the best menu possible. PHA main courses and cakes were to die for and so fresh. Both chefs are incredibly talented. I also got to be super creative with the cakes, asking for a cupcake tour of multiple flavors, made to look like a tree. 
 
Also, working with my wedding planner, Melissa along with Park Hyatt Aviara coordinator, Meredith, made the whole process so much easier. And I'm a BIG planner so it was the perfect team effort. 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Probably how authentic the wedding was to our personalities:
- from the music selection: we walked out to Miley Cyrus's Party in the USA, our first dance was to David Bowie's Heroes, and the Father-Daughter Dance was to Van Morrison's Brown Eyed Girl; also our processional wasn't too normal Hindu sounds, it was to the Game of Thrones theme song
- to the pranks on April Fools Day: my favorite was creating a fake menu that confused ALL of my guests - they laughed pretty hard about it later (I told them they had to kill their own chicken in the back that they wanted to eat.)
- to the dances: all our friends and family, both Indian and not, participated in the choreographed dances and crushed it! My mom and her friends tapped into their inner Bollywood, Aunty Neetu and Uncle Rishi Kapoor surprised us with an opening number, our American and Indian friends and family brought the house down with their performances, and even the groom took part to surprise me too. I myself closed out the night by bringing my old *N Sync moves to life by doing the steps to Bye Bye Bye. Not sorry! 
- The short ceremony: Most Hindu weddings are hours long, with the pandit going on in a language no one understands. I kept things short and sweet - 45 minutes, with my hilarious cousin, Herukh, officiating and Dharmasetu Das as pandit who just did the pheras and manga exchange. It was all I wanted and needed. I just wanted to marry my husband and have people actually attend. Everyone, including our Indian aunties and uncles, were impressed and felt they learned more at the ceremony than they ever had AND THEY ACTUALLY came. Most people skip. 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
At our welcome party, we had an incredible band, the Lucky Devils. The party was elegant and outside, but things really got bumping toward the end of the night. One song in particular that got everyone really into it, was Shout. The band pulled us up on stage and had Bash even sing the high notes, which took everyone by surprise. I was a great groupie. It was one of the times we were totally in the moment and it really stood out because it wasn't planned. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
- Brides, real talk, you will cry when planning your wedding and quite possibly even weekend off, so find a way to enjoy the moment.  
- ALSO,  don't build your wedding around the expectations of what your guests may want. Take in your vision and your family's, but because it's what you want, not because you think will make your guests say, wow, "what a great wedding." This is your day, or in most Indian's cases, weekend. 
 

Nikita and Sebastian’s reception imagery is absolutely awe-inspiring! Check it out next.

STYLE
GUIDE
style
Fusion
Destination
Contemporary
season
Spring
color
Live Music: Lucky Devils Band | Photography: Studio Merima | Cinematography: Audrey Alba Films | Ceremony & Reception: Park Hyatt Aviara | Planning & Design: Sweet Blossom Weddings | Floral & Decor: Adorations Botanical Artistry | Hair & Makeup: Bijou Beautiful | Catering: Park Hyatt Aviara | DJ: Vario Weddings - DJ Vik | Bridal Fashions: Suneet Varma | Bridal Jewelry: From India and bride's mother & aunt | Cakes & Treats: Park Hyatt Aviara | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Oblation Papers & Press | Lighting: Brilliant Event Lighting | Mehndi Artist: Wardah with Henna Trendz | Rentals: TBD Rentals | Officiant: Dharmasetu Das Adhikari | Outside Catering: Masala Street | Guests Hair & Makeup: Sarah Sims | Bridal Fashion - Welcome Party: Falgun Shane Peacock | Travel Concierge: Marisa Desalvio of Desalvio Travel |


Carlsbad, CA Indian Fusion Wedding by Studio Merima

Nikita and Sebastian’s Indian/Portuguese fusion wedding is energetic, chic and filled with rich elements from both cultures!  Studio Merima was the genius behind the lens, creating beautiful fine art images of the best moments and enchanting portraits of this multicultural extravaganza. The bride and groom pulled off their wedding weekend along with Sweet Blossom Weddings and together created a fun outdoor “California Dreaming” theme welcome bash that had the wonderful Lucky Devils Band accompaniment to make the first night a truly magical experience. The stunning couple carries on with the celebrations at the same location, the 5-star luxury Park Hyatt Aviara to harbor the lovely ceremony. Bijou Beautiful was in charge of preparing the stunning hair and makeup that made Nikita the loveliest bride. To complete the look a light blue embroidered lehenga choli decked our Maharani while our dapper new Raja Sebastian totally nailed it with a full white off attire! The real wedding fun is about to start, but first, go to our full gallery for more images!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met the groom, Sebastian (Bash), through the brother of my college roommate/bestie, Claire. They're all from San Diego so that's the connection. Andrew introduced us at a brunch one day in Brooklyn. Bash and I were friends for a few years and I never really saw him in a romantic way. He ended up becoming my best friend; someone who I could say anything to and do all kinds of activities, like going to concerts, restaurants and dance parties with and have the best time. One day, I asked him to come over and help me re-string a ukulele that I just bought and had no idea how to play. It was an impulse buy. He was formerly a music teacher (and now an editor at Bloomberg) and plays a few instruments. He came over, we had mint juleps and he taught me how to play "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" on my balcony. It was easy enough for me to learn. Though kind of an overplayed wedding song (sorry people out there who played it at their wedding), we ended up playing it at ours as I walked down the aisle- sentimental value and all. Anyway, it was that moment that things shifted for me - seeing him as more than a friend. He was everything I wanted that I didn't know I needed - a good soul, who's funny, handsome, smart as hell and knows everything about me and wants to make me happy. Best decision I've ever made. 
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Our proposal story is my favorite! We got engaged in Game of Thrones's country, Dubrovnik, Croatia. The lead up to the proposal is one for the books. We were at the airport, on our way to Europe when I noticed a lock on Bash's backpack. Now, I was pretty hopeful we'd get engaged on this trip, but couldn't be sure, so I was suspicious of the lock. Earlier that month, I had gotten robbed at a movie theater, so he merely explained that the lock was to protect his passport from being stolen. I believed him...sort of. Turns out, the ring was in there, with a little note to the TSA agent reading, "Dear Sir or Madam...if you find this, please take me aside and let's talk about it. It's a surprise, for my girlfriend." He did get stopped, but the good news was I had my face buried in my phone and they didn't get to it. 
 
In Dubrovnik, there were so many "almost" moments for the proposal - it was comical. First, on the Game of Thrones tour, as I was sitting on the Iron Throne, Bash crouched down and I thought it was happening. Actually, he was trying to crop something out of the picture he was taking. Next, we were at a beautiful restaurant, Nautika, overlooking the sea - a location featured prominently in the show. I thought this could be a great place for a proposal, but is a bit too public for my hub. Behind me was a couple, and as I overheard their conversation, THEY HAD JUST GOTTEN ENGAGED. And seemed kind of transactional about it. I actually heard the words, "I hope your mom's happy." Bash's face at this moment, not so happy haha. After this, we had one more day left and at this point, I was sure the proposal would not happen. It was a boat day to some islands nearby and the whole thing seemed out of character for Bash. There were too many opportunities to lose the ring along the way, so I knew Bash wouldn't risk it. I was wrong. We took a private speedboat out to Mljet, 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I started out like most brides do...with the internet - Pinterest, the 'gram, etc. I had certain colors in mind for each occasion. Specifically, I wanted to wear red to my ceremony and have my girlfriends wear navy blue. I also wanted to wear white to my reception. I saved a lot of pictures and at first thought, I wanted to go "western" as Indian Americans say (my husband's sister thought it meant literally a western John Wayne theme when we said that haha). With so much going on and planning the wedding in 9 months in SD, we all had to divide and conquer. My mom and dad went to India to get all our outfits and I worked out all the details for the weekend off. With that, I never actually tried on my wedding dresses. My mom and dad, along with close friends, have got all the ins with the designers in Delhi and Bombay. My mom specifically has an insane knack for style. We finally landed on Suneet Varma for the ceremony and reception and then Falguni Shane for the welcome party. My parents literally FaceTimed me at 3 am with Suneet to pick the right look. What I ended up with was beyond what I could have imagined and fit me perfectly. I didn't even have to get it altered. Just so I could have the feeling of trying on my own wedding dress, I did go to BHLDN to find my wedding shower look, so that's something!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The food tasting was the most enjoyable part of the planning process. Both tastings, one at Masala Street and the other at Park Hyatt, were so different and stuffed us to the brim. MS literally gave us like full-size portions - I needed to be carried home with a forklift. But, we really got to be creative to bring to life the best menu possible. PHA main courses and cakes were to die for and so fresh. Both chefs are incredibly talented. I also got to be super creative with the cakes, asking for a cupcake tour of multiple flavors, made to look like a tree. 
 
Also, working with my wedding planner, Melissa along with Park Hyatt Aviara coordinator, Meredith, made the whole process so much easier. And I'm a BIG planner so it was the perfect team effort. 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Probably how authentic the wedding was to our personalities:
- from the music selection: we walked out to Miley Cyrus's Party in the USA, our first dance was to David Bowie's Heroes, and the Father-Daughter Dance was to Van Morrison's Brown Eyed Girl; also our processional wasn't too normal Hindu sounds, it was to the Game of Thrones theme song
- to the pranks on April Fools Day: my favorite was creating a fake menu that confused ALL of my guests - they laughed pretty hard about it later (I told them they had to kill their own chicken in the back that they wanted to eat.)
- to the dances: all our friends and family, both Indian and not, participated in the choreographed dances and crushed it! My mom and her friends tapped into their inner Bollywood, Aunty Neetu and Uncle Rishi Kapoor surprised us with an opening number, our American and Indian friends and family brought the house down with their performances, and even the groom took part to surprise me too. I myself closed out the night by bringing my old *N Sync moves to life by doing the steps to Bye Bye Bye. Not sorry! 
- The short ceremony: Most Hindu weddings are hours long, with the pandit going on in a language no one understands. I kept things short and sweet - 45 minutes, with my hilarious cousin, Herukh, officiating and Dharmasetu Das as pandit who just did the pheras and manga exchange. It was all I wanted and needed. I just wanted to marry my husband and have people actually attend. Everyone, including our Indian aunties and uncles, were impressed and felt they learned more at the ceremony than they ever had AND THEY ACTUALLY came. Most people skip. 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
At our welcome party, we had an incredible band, the Lucky Devils. The party was elegant and outside, but things really got bumping toward the end of the night. One song in particular that got everyone really into it, was Shout. The band pulled us up on stage and had Bash even sing the high notes, which took everyone by surprise. I was a great groupie. It was one of the times we were totally in the moment and it really stood out because it wasn't planned. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
- Brides, real talk, you will cry when planning your wedding and quite possibly even weekend off, so find a way to enjoy the moment.  
- ALSO,  don't build your wedding around the expectations of what your guests may want. Take in your vision and your family's, but because it's what you want, not because you think will make your guests say, wow, "what a great wedding." This is your day, or in most Indian's cases, weekend. 

Keep up with Nikita and Sebastian in our next post!

STYLE
GUIDE
style
Fusion
Destination
Contemporary
season
Spring
color
Live Music: Lucky Devils Band | Photography: Studio Merima | Cinematography: Audrey Alba Films | Ceremony & Reception: Park Hyatt Aviara | Planning & Design: Sweet Blossom Weddings | Floral & Decor: Adorations Botanical Artistry | Hair & Makeup: Bijou Beautiful | Catering: Park Hyatt Aviara | DJ: Vario Weddings - DJ Vik | Bridal Fashions: Suneet Varma | Bridal Jewelry: From India and bride's mother & aunt | Cakes & Treats: Park Hyatt Aviara | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Oblation Papers & Press | Lighting: Brilliant Event Lighting | Mehndi Artist: Wardah with Henna Trendz | Rentals: TBD Rentals | Officiant: Dharmasetu Das Adhikari | Outside Catering: Masala Street | Guests Hair & Makeup: Sarah Sims | Bridal Fashion - Welcome Party: Falgun Shane Peacock | Travel Concierge: Marisa Desalvio of Desalvio Travel |


Phoenix, AZ South Indian Wedding by DivineMethod Photography

Of course, a sumptuous marriage deserved nothing less but a lavish party! Showcasing a fairytale setting at the Chateau Luxe, Deeptha and Maulik closed their wedding festivities and offered to their guests an unforgettable celebration! Y Knot Party Rentals created the original theatrical stage drapery and the dramatic floral glitzy centerpieces displayed on the guests' tables and provided an upscale flair to the hall! Chateau Luxe’s bakers made the wedding cake shine with shimmer metallic color tiers that added a touch of luxe to the dessert! Arizona’s best entertainment company, Hyper Productions set the tone and encouraged the guests to join the newlyweds at the dance floor and contributed with a marvelous set of purple lights for a heavenly ambiance! The official photos of the event were in charge of the visual storytellers of DivineMethod Photography who brilliantly snapped the sweethearts’ glam looks, Maharani Deeptha in an exquisite golden gown and Maulik in a dreamy crimson night suit! Reveal the beautiful imagery in our full gallery!  

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Mehndi Artists: Henna by Purvi | Planning & Design: Apropos Creations | Event Designer: Apropos Creations | Cinematographer: The Wedding Cartel | Photography: DivineMethod Photography | Sangeet Venue: Chateau Luxe | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Chateau Luxe | Floral & Decor: Y Knot Party Rentals | Hair & Makeup: Makiaj Beauty | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Makiaj Beauty | Catering: Chateau Luxe | DJs: Hyper Productions | Lighting: Hyper Productions | Cake & Treats: Chateau Luxe | Rentals: Y Knot Party and Rentals |


Phoenix, AZ South Indian Wedding by DivineMethod Photography

The utterly beautiful Hindu wedding ceremony of Deeptha and Maulik was a grand-scale event that found the perfect venue on the dreamy green outdoors of the Chateau Luxe! Apropos Creations helped plan, and orchestrate the fabulous day that displayed a fantastic traditional décor, produced by the professional event decorators Y Knot Party Rentals that included two lucky golden elephants and a magnificent white carved mandap that harbored many of the closest relatives that participated in the union! Once again, the lovebirds met on this dreamy setting for their heartwarming ceremony, the gorgeous Deeptha made her grand entry in a green lehenga and an embroidered orange choli perfectly draped and tied by Makiaj Beauty while Henna by Purvi put the final touch on her Maharani look with a dazzling mehndi design! The Wedding Cartel shot all the color, the pretty bride and the happy family that together created a true visual delight through a highlight film featured in today’s Video Blog! See our full gallery for the imagery part of this wonderful South Indian nuptials by DivineMethod Photography!

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Mehndi Artists: Henna by Purvi | Planning & Design: Apropos Creations | Event Designer: Apropos Creations | Cinematographer: The Wedding Cartel | Photography: DivineMethod Photography | Sangeet Venue: Chateau Luxe | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Chateau Luxe | Floral & Decor: Y Knot Party Rentals | Hair & Makeup: Makiaj Beauty | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Makiaj Beauty | Catering: Chateau Luxe | DJs: Hyper Productions | Lighting: Hyper Productions | Cake & Treats: Chateau Luxe | Rentals: Y Knot Party and Rentals |


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