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Venice, Italy Indian Fusion Wedding by Anée Atelier

Hello there, ladies! We are so excited to dive into all the fabulous details surrounding Isha & James' beautiful Christian ceremony! Oh, didn't we mentioned it before? This lucky pair didn't just have one wedding ceremony; they had two! And, this time, Anée Atelier will take us on a visual journey to the Private Island of Isola delle Rose at the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa so we can witness this outdoor Christian ceremony! Both Isha & James attended this ceremony looking elegantly and fashionably, and their ravishing looks echoed in the on-point decor crafted by Centro Fiori. Our lovely Maharani burst into the scene dressed in a white sleek wedding dress designed by Maggie Sottero and walk down the aisle showcasing the gorgeous shoes from Jimmy Choo's collection! And, oh boy, she looked like a princess! Raja, James, could not take his eyes off of her beautiful bride to be, and he was waiting for her at the end of the aisle dressed in a black and white tux from Tom Ford! How about those splendid looks for their big wedding day! They nailed it! After seeing all the beauty that surrounded this wedding ceremony, it is easy to tell why this lovely pair made it to the pages of our Best of 2019 Magazine! If you can't get enough of this fusion wedding affair, make sure to visit the gallery that we have prepared for today! It is an absolute visual delight that you don't want to miss!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met my husband at work! We worked at the same company, on the same team, on the same project! We became work besties right away. We were inseparable at work - we went to lunch together, worked late hours, shared secrets, and were there for each other regarding work issues and personal issues. We were genuinely friends and slowly transitioned into dating! Before that, we constantly heard co-workers title us as “work husband and work wife” and rumor that we were dating, long before we actually were. At one point it became impossible to fight the chemistry and connection we always had from the first interaction, and had built up even more with our friendship. It’s hard to say when I knew he was “the one” - because from our very first interaction, I felt a connection. We instantly connected and I was very comfortable around him — super weird for someone like me with so many guards up at all times to feel this way, but there was always something familiar and comforting about James, that I also felt through each fight, every argument, every issue we’ve had.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We got engaged in Positano - Amalfi Coast! For years, Positano had been on my vision board and #1 on my list of travel destinations. We had a trip planned in August 2019 to go to Italy and spend 2 solid weeks there. At the time of us booking our flight, I had no idea that my husband was planning on proposing. I was so focused on Amalfi and planning all the things I wanted to do and where I wanted to go, I never guessed he would propose. HOWEVER, the weekend right before we were leaving, our parents met. And that meeting kind of gave away that my husband was planning on proposing in Italy. I still didn’t know when or where, but I had the feeling it was going to happen. We went to Capri, and nothing. We went to Amalfi, nothing. Then we went to Positano, and bam! Our first night there, I was so taken back by the beauty and literally sat at my balcony of the room for hours just looking out at the coast and taking it all in. Right before dinner, James got down on one knee and proposed in the hotel balcony. Though it was not a complete surprise, in that moment, it felt like one. It was the best, most dreamiest thing that could have happened in Positano.
 
Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
The hardest thing about wedding planning for us, was to figure out the location. Virginia is my hometown and also where my husband and I met, so that was the first thought. However, something didn’t feel right or exciting - something about having approximately 400 guests and having it in Virginia didn’t seem right. I felt it didn’t do justice to James and I’s story. Our entire relationship had been a big adventure - lots of ups and downs and everything in between - and after dating for 7 years we were at this place where we felt ready to take this next step. It needed something more, something more meaningful and significant. In the back of my mind, Italy had been lurking. It had been such a special place for us and I wanted to get married there. Hesitantly, I presented this to my husband, who turns out, wanted the same and had been feeling the same way! The next hurdle was convincing our parents - who shockingly - with some initial reservation - agreed much easier than we expected. Slowly, it all fell in place, and we found a beautiful venue at JW Marriott Venice that my dad knew of from his last visit to Venice. We fell in love with the venue - we loved that it was a hotel and we could have all the amenities and accommodations for ourselves and our guests. We loved that it was on its on island to get away from the crowds and small spaces of Venice mainland. We loved the roses. We loved the scenery. We loved the staff. It was a sure deal for us. We also wanted an intimate wedding which is exactly what we were going to get by moving it to Venice, Italy. We worked with a wedding coordinator provided by the hotel and also another one from an external company (Brilliant Wedding Venice) that we worked with to help us get vendors, etc. It was a huge help having an external planner who connected us with all the vendors in Italy - florist, music, priest, hair, videographer - it bridged the communication gap and made it much easier to plan. We pretty much told our planner what we wanted, and she found the resources and vendors to match our vision. I did my own makeup (I love makeup and am a self-taught makeup artist) and I already had my photographers selected who would travel from US to Venice for the wedding. My photographers were the BEST wedding decision -- they literally elevated the energy of our wedding, were such a hit with our guests, and took the best photos of us and Venice!  They depicted us and Venice better than I could have even imagined!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I looked a lot through Pinterest and other magazines for lehnga Inspo and to nail down a color - at first I thought red, as my mom wore red on her wedding day. I wanted to be touch of traditional but I also wanted it to be “me”. But the red color didn’t seem very “me”, so then I thought green, which is my favorite color. But the shades of green that drew me in were deep bottle greens which would be more ideal in the fall. After knocking these 2 options down, I settled on a light pink - it is also another favorite color, it felt very “me”, and was a perfects shade for the Springtime. My mom went to India to pick out my lehnga. I couldn’t make it due to some work related urgencies, but she facetimed my cousin and I from Study by Janak showroom in Delhi - where she went with my masi (my mom’s younger sister) and cousin. And just like that, on FaceTime, we selected my lehnga. It was the first one they saw that day, and we sealed the deal right when I saw it! It was the one, and I knew it right away. It was how I envisioned and was such a beautiful lehnga. It is most definitely my favorite thing I have ever worn.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of planning was deciding on the outfits — for myself and my husband. It was fun to envision something specific and to be able to make it happen exactly how I envisioned it. Since we were having two ceremonies - one hindu in the morning and one Christian in the evening, it was fun selecting outfits for myself and my husband! After selecting my lehnga, we found a matching groom set for my husband. It was also so beautiful and suited him so well! I went with my maid of honor and selected my wedding gown for the Christian ceremony - I had always envisioned a white vintage-fish looking lace gown with long sleeves and I literally got exactly what I wanted. My husband and I both wanted him to wear a white jacket and black pant tuxedo and we found such a beautiful and perfect one for him to wear. Though my vision was specific and we had to do some looking around, it was much easier that I would have thought, to get exactly what I wanted for the outfits and watch my visions come to life!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The guests especially enjoyed the location of the wedding.  It was just a fantastic place to have the event, from the gorgeous city of Venice down to the venue – we couldn’t have dreamt of a more perfect setting.  The charm of the city itself with travel via water only, not a car in sight.  The exemplary accommodations at the JW Marriott Venice was set atop its own private island, away from the hustle and bustle of the St. Marks Square.  The square in itself – the views, the Duomos, the shopping, the local Italian wine, and the homemade PASTA – it was truly heaven on earth.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
A really special moment from the wedding - though there are a lot — that I think of constantly is at the reception. My entire family from India had made it, and I remember looking around and seeing my best friends, my parents, my grandma, my brother, my Mamu and masi’s, all dancing up on the dance floor and just SO happy. I felt their happiness and it was so beautiful to see. I remember them all dancing with my husband and how happy everyone was, and is a moment stamped in my memory that I will cherish forever.
 
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.
Cleary, we had the theme covered , but the details were amazing as well.  As one example the traditional namecards were instead loaves of rustic Italian bread, which each guest took their table and enjoyed with locally-sourced olive oil.  The entire décor was Italian-styled, while keeping our Indian roots intact.  We held both traditional Hindu and Christian ceremonies to honor both family religions.  We also had some pretty cool attire to don both events!  The dances were simple yet amazing, ours particularly was truly special.  We danced to James Arthur's "Say You Won't Let Go".  We made it extra special by getting some professional help, but the ambiance, decor, lights, everything really made it come to life.  Our cousins did the rest of the honors.  They were traditional Indian folklore-style dances with pops of our favorite American hip-hop and r&b, the videos speak for themselves as we were left in joy and tears!  And who can forget the father-daughter and mother-son dances, the bride chose Beyonce's "Daddy" and the groom chose Tupac's "Dear Mama" - very fitting for us both :).
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Yes - DO IT YOUR WAY!  It's your day and you will hear so many opinions on how you should do everything from everyone. Traditions are important, but your wedding day should be a meaningful testimony to you and your husband's relationship. It's important to remember the meaning behind what you're doing, and that it is a day to honor you and your husband-to-be's relationship and love and share it with your friends and family, and not get carried away with the opinions and judgments of anyone. I also have learnt that parents are much easier and more understanding than you think - if you can show them your point of view and share with them your true feelings - they will always come around!  Without disrespecting anyone, always showing compassion, and purposely stirring away from any drama, it is in fact possible to do things your way on your wedding day.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Before the Christian ceremony, my husband sent a gift delivered by my Maid-of-honor - it was a Cartier just en clou ring with diamonds I had wanted! It had a really sweet note and as a very special moment that made me tear up. That was my favorite jewelry piece i wore on my wedding day.
 
My husband had a special wedding day watch he bought especially for the wedding - an Audemar Pigue with diamonds on the bezel - that was his favorite jewelery he wore that way.

This is not over yet! Stick around for what is about to come!
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Venues: Private Island of Isola delle Rose at the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa | Planning & Design: Brilliant Wedding Venice | Floral & Decor: Centro Fiori | Hair & Makeup: Marika Ferrara | DJ: AFS Audio Luci | Bridal Fashions: Maggie Sottero | Bridal Fashions: Jimmy Choo | Cinematography: Cinemaduel | Lighting: AFS Audio Luci | Transportation: Consorzio Venezia Futura | Tuxedos: Tom Ford | Groom's Watch: Audemars Piguet | Groom's Glasses: Cartier | Photography: Anée Atelier


Whippany, NJ Indian Fusion Wedding by Kumar's Photography & Film

Happy Thursday, ladies! It is time for a new fusion wedding, and you already know how much we love them! Maybe it is the fact that they are full of flair and traditions, or perhaps it is the fact that we love seeing two different cultures and backgrounds mingle into one single love story. We really don't know! What we do know is that you are going to love Avianne & Ricky's fusion wedding as it packs tons of charm and inspiring ideas that it made its way into our Best of 2019 Magazine! So, get ready to enjoy it! For this first installment, we'll be taking a peek at a Sangeet ceremony held inside the halls of the Royal Albert's Palace / Maharaja Hall. And we want to make a big shoutout to Nirali Decor for the multi-colored decor they prepared for this event! As you can see in the different pictures captured by Kumar's Photography and Film, a big part of the massive success of this evening relies on that beautiful decor, so kudos to them! It was a night full of color, fun, music, and dancing, and we would have loved to be there as it seems that everyone had the time of their lives! For more shots of this Sangeet, don't miss today's gallery! It is the perfect preamble for the upcoming wedding ceremony held at the Hanover Marriott. And if you need a little extra, there is also a cinematographic delight by Prime House Productions already featured in our Video Blog! So, make sure to check it out!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
My husband and I are high school sweethearts. We met during our senior year, and he won me over with magic tricks, silly pranks, and an epic scavenger hunt that led to him asking me if I wanted to be his girlfriend. He's such a charmer and great with surprises! I don't think there was ever a clear defining moment when I knew he was "the one"—as corny as it sounds, we just clicked from the moment we met. We're super silly and share the same life goals and values, but at the same time, we complement each other as opposites as well. Where I'm more emotional and sensitive, he's more thick-skinned and doesn't let stress get to him easily. Over time, we've grown together and learned so much from each other. Somewhere along the way of life's ups and downs, we just knew that we were in this for the long haul as life partners.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I thought we were crashing someone else's proposal, but it turned out to be mine! It was a chilly day in the city. I thought we were just there to spend the day with his family and meet up with his brother who came down from Boston to visit. At one point in the day, Ricky suggested we walk around Central Park. I was really grumpy because I was cold and just wanted to go somewhere indoors. Eventually, we went down a trail of stairs with petals scattered all the way down. His mom commented, "Wow! What are these?" and the cynic in me just responded, "Oh, someone probably just proposed here." At the end of the stairs, though, was Ricky down on one knee in a beautiful little gazebo by a creek. A group of our friends were also there and playing the song he played (Perfect Two by Auburn) when he asked me to be his girlfriend back in high school. My jaw dropped, and let's just say I wasn't grumpy anymore

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.

For our Wedding Ceremony, we wanted to have both a traditional and modern feel. We had a burgundy tent-style Mandap with a floating floral Ganesh and bells in the center and florals all around. We also had a raised aisle lined all the way down with candles and petals. Our DJ beautifully lit up the decor with wash lighting and uplighting and the ambiance was truly romantic. The actual wedding ceremony was a traditional Gujarati Hindu ceremony with an added Bible passage reading and Christian prayer by my father to honor my side of the family's beliefs. For our Reception, we wanted to have a classic, floral, elegant theme. Our stage had cherry blossom trees, a vintage lounge, and chandeliers, and our tables were decorated with mini cherry blossom trees, tall flower vases, and candles with orchids in them. Our DJ did an amazing job again with the uplighting and creating a dark, romantic ambiance in the room! We are so grateful to all our vendors, family, and friends who helped make our day so beautiful and effortless!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I originally thought I wanted to do a classic all-red ensemble, but when I stumbled upon the lehenga I ended up wearing, I completely changed my mind. I loved how it modernized and combined the panetar and gharchola traditionally worn by Gujarati brides. My favorite part was how the skirt had Indian Wedding motifs embroidered all around in gold thread. As a writer, I love a good story, and a lehenga that told a story just seemed fitting for me.


What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was picking out outfits and decor. I personally love designing and decorating, and who doesn't love shopping!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think guests really loved how genuine the day felt. Above all the glitz and glam, and more than anything else, we wanted the day to celebrate the magical and miraculous love that Ricky and I share. That love has transcended cultural and religious differences and overcome so much. I was so happy to see that love everywhere that day—in our silly antics, the heartfelt speeches, and the dances and fun we had with all our loved ones.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Walking down the aisle was a really special moment of my wedding. Right before entering, I was overcome with so much emotion that I started crying! As cheesy as it sounds, I've always dreamt of the day my dad would walk me down the aisle, and seeing him next to me at that moment made me feel so blessed. My entire eight years with Ricky also flashed through my mind. Thinking of all the challenges we'd overcome, especially coming from different backgrounds, culminating to this moment, overwhelmed me with so much gratitude and joy.

For events other than your ceremony, please tell us as much as you would like about the decor, style, dances, and all the special details.
For our Sangeet, we honored Ricky's Gujarati roots with a Garba night. We dreamt of a vibrant night filled with all the colors, song, and dance, and that's exactly what it was! I wore a colorful, multi-fabric lehenga, which was complemented by the decor—a colorful orange and pink backdrop with a golden swing and parasols—plus a beautiful tree in the center of the dance floor adorned by candles, a Radha-Krishna statue, and colorful pom-pom tassels. Ricky's mom and her friends did a special dance for us, as well as friends and two of Ricky's cousins. I also stepped out of my comfort zone to do a dance with my sister, joined by Ricky at the end.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
As crazy as wedding planning can get, don't lose sight of the reason for the day: the love you and your significant other share.

More coming in a bit!

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DJ: D&S Event Solutions | Lighting: D&S Event Solutions | Venues: Hanover Marriott | Cinematography: Prime House Productions | Photography: Kumar's Photography and Film | Sangeet Venue: Royal Albert's Palace / Maharaja Hall | Planning & Design: Avianne Kharawala | Floral & Decor: Nirali Decor | Hair & Makeup: Maryam Asim Beauty | Catering: Rasoi | Baraat: Caliber Farms | Cakes & Treats: Palermo Bakery | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Maryam Asim Beauty | Event Designer: Nirali Decor | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Parekh Cards | Mehndi Artist: Deepti Patel | Tuxedos: Boss Tuxedo & Bridal Wedding and Prom Headquarters


Manhattan, NY Indian Fusion Wedding by Maggie Marguerite Studio

Good Morning, Maharanis! It is Wednesday, which means we are right in the middle of the week! And what better way to recharge batteries than taking a look at a romantic wedding celebration! And we have a small surprise! This wedding was so fascinating that it made it to the cover of our Best of 2019 Magazine! That says a lot! So, come and join us on this visual journey through Shibani & Jeffrey's wedding bash! We are starting the day by taking a look at a first look photo session carried out by Maggie Marguerite Studio. And oh boy, we loved every bit of this photoshoot! It was the best way to portray the love of this sweet couple right before heading over to their big wedding ceremony thoroughly orchestrated by Tara M. Events. For this photoshoot, both Shibani & Jeffrey embraced a traditional style that made them look stunning! However, it was Shibani who stole the show after being glamorized by Makeup by Anita and Beautini. The soft colored lengha, the flawless makeup and hairstyle, and the fantastic Mehndi outlined by Mehndikalogie were a perfect combination for that dreamy look we loved so much! For more amazing shots of this lovely couple, make sure to visit today's gallery! It is the perfect preamble for the upcoming wedding ceremony! And remember to bring your beautiful invite designed by Azure Couture Event Stationery if you don't want to miss it! 

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Jeff and I had multiple close encounters during our lives before we first met. First, we were both born in the Syracuse, NY area (he in 1988, me in 1992). Our families actually know one another from that time, but his family left to move to Seattle, WA when he was 3. After we both grew up, not knowing each other, we both attended Duke University for undergrad. Given we only overlapped one year, we never had the chance to meet there either. Next, we overlapped in Washington DC while I worked for Microsoft and Jeff was at Georgetown Law - we only lived a couple of blocks apart, but still never crossed paths. Finally, a year after Jeff moved back to Seattle, I accepted a job at Microsoft in Seattle as well. We met through mutual friends at at a barbecue, and Jeff asked me out to dinner a week later. It only took a couple of dates for us to realize this was something special.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
In August 2018, my sister (who I am best friends with) and her boyfriend, were visiting us in Seattle. Jeff knew it was important that family was around when he proposed. We went to have a picnic with wine and cheese at Gas Works Park, overlooking the Seattle skyline in the afternoon. While we were hanging out, Jeff got up to take a phone call and walked 20 feet away. After a few minutes, he asked me to come over and join him on the call, I assumed it was his mom. When I walked over there, he grabbed my hands and got down on one knee, and proposed. Next thing I knew, a photographer appeared, as well as one of my best friends from college, and about 10 of our closest Seattle friends. It was the most perfect proposal for me.
 
Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
I was lucky that my mom and sister were in New York, and could help me choose venues, visit sites, meet with vendors, etc. - They were a huge help and often have better taste than me! I knew I wanted to get married in the NY area since it's where most of both of our families live. When looking at venues, I fell in love with the metropolitan feel of NYC venues, and loved the InterContinental Barclay the most. The team was incredibly helpful, we loved the style of the hotel, and the location was perfect. The hotel offered us the penthouse suite which was perfect for taking our wedding photos on the day of.
We also had the most amazing planner - Tara M Events, who helped us choose every vendor. It was seamless because she has worked with these vendors for weddings before as a v-team. I had Anita Shah for H&M, she understood what i wanted without much direction from me, and her team did an amazing job on my family. We got our outfits from Mumbai - lehenga from Sushma Creations and Jeff's outfit from Telon. We worked with Elegant Affairs for flowers and decor, Shobha from EA was the absolute best. She understood our vision - blush pinks, flowers, and gold accents. This matched with our outfits which also stayed in the light pink and light green pastel family. Lastly, we had food from Moghul - and although it was one food vendor, they made each event unique in their own way. Lunch was indian street food (kathi rolls, dosa, chaat, etc.), cocktail hour was fusion apps (wonton tacos, kebabs, lamb chops, etc.) and dinner was more formal Indian food (daal, lamb, chicken, fish, etc.). We chose our cake from Magnolia Bakery, who worked so well with us the entire time and were so gracious during our cake tasting - we went with a marble cake with mocha buttercream inside.
Our invitations and stationary were done by Azure Invitations - and everything was perfect. Our guests really loved the grand nature of our invitation and the wedding ceremony program in particular.
We wanted this to be an Indian wedding that blended two cultures and two religions: Indian and Korean cultures, and the Hindu and Christian religions. We had an amazing Hindu priest and Christian pastor, who worked together during the ceremony to respect both families. We had a traditional Hindu ceremony, but also read our vows and heard a short sermon from the pastor.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Sushma Creations was recommended to us by a close family friend from Mumbai. Even though I didn't know what I wanted, i knew everything she had as absolutely beautiful. When I got there, it only took me about an hour to find the lehenga. I tried on traditional red, other colors, pastels, etc. - ultimately loving the light pink pastel lehenga with lots of detail. I wanted to be feminine, less traditional, and unique.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
My favorite part was doing the food and cake tastings with Jeff and my family. We had so much fun trying different dishes, picturing how they might be served, and choosing the right blend of menus for each event. Jeff and I absolutely love food and all things related, so it was fun to be wined and dined as we prepped the menu for the big day. Moghul and Magnolia Bakery were both incredible hosts during our tastings and made sure we were happy with our choices, both during tasting and day of.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests particularly loved the way we balanced two cultures in our wedding. By having a priest and a pastor, as well as traditional Hindu and Korean elements, we were able to showcase the richness of both of our cultures. Many guests said it was a perfect example of how this can be done with other religions and cultures as well. Azure Invitations (Andaleeb) did an amazing job with our wedding program - it was a beautiful floral pamphlet that explained every single step of the Hindu and Christian portions of the wedding. It helped educate our guests so that they could follow along, and we received a lot of positive feedback about that.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our first dance was one of the most special moments in my mind. Jeff and I took lessons for our first dance for about 2 months prior, but on the day of, felt that what we learned was too formal and not our style. Five minutes before the reception, we scrapped the entire dance routine we learned, and made it up ourselves. We were natural, laughing, having so much fun, and being ourselves. Our guests could feel the energy as well and it was the best decision we made!
 
For events other than your ceremony, please tell us as much as you would like about the decor, style, dances, and all the special details.
For our wedding reception, we changed into western style bridal outfits. Our decor was still from Elegant Affairs, and we incorporated black, white and gold for a formal feel. My white dress was from Olvi's and Jeff's tux was from Burberry. We danced to Beyond by Leon Bridges for our first dance, and Isn't She Lovely for our father/daughter and mother/son dances. We entered the reception to "Came Here for Love" by Sigala, which was a fun upbeat song. Our band was On The Move Entertainment - they had the entire room dancing and on their feet, most people barely sat down other than to eat. It was one of the best bands at a wedding we had ever experienced! We didn't give them a playlist and they knew exactly the vibe we were going for.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Definitely! I would advise brides to avoid saving work until the end, and try to get a little bit done at a time. It was nice to have about 12-15 months to plan, and space out the various tasks over that time, especially between multiple vendors. I also think having a wedding planner is so essential in staying organized, knowing best practices, and having overall support.

More beauty coming your way, ladies! So get ready to continue enjoying this marvelous event!
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Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Azure Couture Event Stationery | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Anita | Mehndi Artists: Mehndikalogie | Planning & Design: Tara M. Events | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Intercontinental Barclay | Floral & Decor: Elegant Affairs Inc. | Hair & Makeup: Beautini | Catering: Moghul | DJ: Premier Entertainment- DJ Gaurav Kumar | Baraat: Premier Entertainment | Baraat Horses: Horse Equishare | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Ajna Dance | Cake & Treats: Magnolia Bakery | Cinematography: Maggie Marguerite Studio | Event Designer: Elegant Affairs Inc. | Lighting: Premier Entertainment | Live Music: On The Move Entertainment | Photo Booth: Neeko Booths | Welcome Dinner Venue: Toro | Photography: Maggie Marguerite Studio


Huntington Beach, CA Pakistani Wedding by Samson Productions

Hello there, ladies! We are back with more insights into Ammarah & Mubashir's wedding festivities, and we are so excited because it is time to take a look at their Nikkah Ceremony held at the gardens of the Huntington Beach Hilton Waterfront! Right off the bat, we have to say that we loved every single detail surrounding this intimate and life-changing event! From the fantastic decor, and the enchanting Mandap, both crafted by 2Create Designs, to the drop-dead gorgeous look from our lovely Ammarah, this Nikkah Ceremony was a dream come true! And we are sure you are going to take a lot of inspiring ideas from it! The look on Ammarah & Mubashir's faces said it all; they were incredibly happy to join their lives in marriage in the company of their family and friends. And all we have to say is that we are so glad beyond words that these two crossed their ways because you can tell that they are a perfect match! If you were captivated by this fantastic ceremony, you don't want to miss the shots captured by Samson Productions, featured in our Best of 2019 Magazine! They are an absolute visual delight that will melt your hearts with joy while brightening up your day! And if that is not enough, we have also put together a fabulous gallery for your enjoyment! So, go check it out!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met my Groom through family connections. I was at a wedding and Mubashir approached me. I remember being incredibly nervous from the attention, but I instantly knew he was “the one”. Kind, gentle, and respectful— everything I had dreamed of. He recalls that he felt the exact same way about me… he was nervous yet knew that he would regret if he didn’t walk over and talk to me. Grateful for our instant and deep connection every day since our first meeting.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We went to a rooftop breakfast at the Montage in Beverly Hills, while a special location, I wasn’t expecting anything out of the ordinary. However, he completely surprised me! When I walked into the restaurant, I was stunned because there were roses everywhere and a beautiful sign asking, “will you marry me?” Friends and family joined us for our special brunch, and it was such a memorable event.
 
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.
Planning a wedding can be one of the most exciting, yet intimidating things you’ll ever do. Luckily, I had my mother’s support and she was the greatest in making sure every single detail was executed perfectly! Because we worked together, we were able to achieve more. We made sure that we clearly articulated our vision for the wedding to all of the planners and we developed timelines for key events leading up to the big day. My overall experience was excellent from picking a venue (at Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach), to hair and makeup, and wedding décor (by 2Create Designs)— which I contribute to a combination of teamwork, proper planning, and good luck.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Because of my Pakistani background I wore traditional red. I was not confident in this color at first because I do not normally wear red. However, I was astonished at how beautiful my bridal lengha was, once I let go of expectations, I was able to fully embrace the beauty of red. The lengha was artfully embellished and flowy—it made for a memorable event.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was working so closely with my mother. I think our relationship deepened through the process and I am very grateful we were able to share this experience together. My mom reminded me to stay centered and grounded throughout the process. 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
My guests were really impressed with the personal touch of our wedding. We made a point to personally connect with as many guests as we possibly could and worked to ensure everyone was having a great time! Additionally, we shared wedding photos and videos with everyone, so they could see how they were a part of our special day.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
During dinner, Mubashir and I invited wedding guests to come up and greet us. This was an incredibly amazing experience as I realized how much love and support, we have from our family and friends. The kind words that everyone shared are still with me today and constantly replay in my head. I feel very fortunate to know how many people truly care about us and our future together.
 
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.
I had a beautiful bridal shower in Newport Beach two weeks before the wedding. I wore a white dress and had my guests dress in pastel colors. We had lunch and a tea party, which fit the Southern California weather. We also had a presentation of the bridge and groom; which was a more formal dance and “presentation to society”. I wore a pink mehndi outfit for the event.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
My best advice is to stay calm throughout the process (it can certainly seem overwhelming) and to pray to God. Everything will turn out amazingly if you just trust the process and give your full faith. While it may be nerve-inducing to have so many “eyes on you”, it is helpful to realize that this is because you have so much love from your family, community, and friends!
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
My wedding and the months leading up to it were some of the best of my life. I thank my family for their incredible support and unwavering love through the process.

This is not over yet! We have a fantastic reception coming down the road, so stick around!
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Floral & Decor: 2Create Designs | Mehndi Venue: Renaissance Banquet | Ceremony & Reception Venue (California): Huntington Beach Hilton Waterfront | Reception Venue (Toronto): Fairmont Royal York Hotel | Floral & Decor (Wedding Dinner - Toronto): Stars Decoration | Floral & Decor (Reception - Toronto): Ethereal Creators | Hair: Beauty Concept by Shirley Wu | Makeup (California): Linda Chiriac | Cake & Treats (Toronto): Vanilla Bean Cakery | Cinematography: Samson Productions | Live Music: Ronobir Lahiri Music | Photography: Samson Productions | Planning & Design: Chic Productions | Cake & Treats (California): Rafi’s Cakes


Montego Bay, Jamaica Indian Wedding by True Colors Photography

Welcome back, darlings! Are you enjoying this Caribbean journey? We bet you are! So get ready to continue enjoying it because there is still plenty more to share! So, sit back, pour yourself a glass of your favorite beverage, and take a look at the outdoor photoshoot Amrita & Sandeep had after their big wedding ceremony! With the beach in the background, showcasing the beautiful color palette only found in the magical sunsets of Montego Bay, Jamaica, Amrita & Sandeep could not have asked for a better scenario to portray their love! And in case you were wondering who is the mastermind behind such fabulous shots, it is no other than True Colors Photography. Just take a look at how beautiful the newlyweds look in every single shot! They completely overtake the scene with their elegance and traditional flair! But we want to take a moment to appreciate the ravishing look of our gorgeous Maharani! She looked like a goddess dressed in her multicolored lengha, which, combined with the fabulous makeup and hairstyle designed by Zentropia Spa, praised her natural beauty and gave her that dreamy look she always wanted for her big day! If you want to check more of this lovely couple, don't miss the gallery that we have prepared for today! It is definitely worth the while!

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Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
I wanted to do everything myself so I didn’t hire a wedding planner. We chose the venue by researching through destination weddings as well as the internet. We chose Jamaica as our destination because before we were a couple I had always said I would like to get married in Jamaica and he jokingly asked if he would be invited. When he proposed he remembered our conversation from years ago and reminded me about Jamaica.
We both love reggae so for the reception I wanted to bring that love to our guests. I created a seating chart with each table having a reggae song title instead of a table number.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I had seen a picture online 10 years ago and had not heart set on getting married in that outfit. I found a designer in India, sent them the picture and asked if they could make me the lengha and they did an amazing job. Since it was a destination wedding I didn’t want to have the typical all red or maroon outfit so I chose to have a shade of light blue/sea blue in my outfit.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
They honestly loved everything
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Do what you and your fiancé want, you will constantly get unsolicited advise from every family member. It is your big day don’t let anyone ruin it.

This real-life fairytale continues! So don't go too far because we are a few moments away from unveiling a grand reception party you don't want to miss!
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Ceremony & Reception Venue: Grand Palladium Jamaica & Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa | South Asian Wedding Coordinator: Leanna Budrie - Grand Palladium Jamaica & Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa | Design: Karen Bussen | Floral & Decor: Tai Flora Luxe | Hair & Makeup: Zentropia Spa | Photography: True Colors Photography


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