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Philadelphia, PA Indian Wedding by Studio KSD

Hello, beauties! We are now at the sprawling Grand Ballroom of the breathtaking Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing, it was as regal as it could be for the dreamy Hindu wedding ceremony of Priya and PradeepFrom the ecstatic mint color drapery, the long high aisle, to the bed of flowers that decked the round mandap, I love how every detail of this wedding ceremony competed for the guest's attention in the best possible way. LAX States' decor team strove to create this memorable and inviting vibe for the ceremony. Michelle Perez Events was the planning firm recruited by the bride and groom to ensure the major event would come off just as they desired and assisted them in arranging this dreamy affair from start to finish. As Priya and Pradeep made their love official, Studio KSD captured the exquisite details and every moment of this auspicious occasion and it's all at the complete gallery for us to see! Check it out!

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Join me in our following post and take a sneak peek of the reception! 

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Photography: Studio KSD | Venues: Hilton Philadelphia at Penns Landing | Cinematography: Studio KSD | Planning & Design: Michelle Perez Events | Floral & Decor: LAX States | Hair & Makeup: Payal MUA | Catering: Rajbhog | DJ: DJ USA


Philadelphia, PA Indian Wedding by Studio KSD

The streets of Philadelphia witnessed the festive affair of Priya and Pradeep and the amazing images captured by the wedding photo artist team of Studio KSD will transport us to their most important days! The heart-melting pre-wedding photo shoot took place outside the iconic City Hall Clock Tower, where our beautiful Maharani Priya unveiled a dreamy floral lehenga flawlessly combined with a golden dupatta. The impeccable bridal look was a fascinating hairstyle and makeup creation of Payal MUA while her sparkling jewels added even more visual appeal to her ensemble. The dashing groom, Pradeep found in a silk sherwani and deep red trousers his perfect wedding trousseau while a golden and red turban added a touch of royalty and grace to the outfit. It's time for these newlyweds to make their way to the ceremony at the fantastic Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing! Meanwhile, check how Priya and Pradeep take the streets of Philly on their wedding day by perusing their wedding album in our full gallery!

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Coming up next, these two sweethearts tie the knot under a fabulous mandap!

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Photography: Studio KSD | Venues: Hilton Philadelphia at Penns Landing | Cinematography: Studio KSD | Planning & Design: Michelle Perez Events | Floral & Decor: LAX States | Hair & Makeup: Payal MUA | Catering: Rajbhog | DJ: DJ USA


Chino Hills, CA Indian Wedding by Lin and Jirsa Photography

Good morning and welcome back dolls! Today our little wedding heaven AKA Editorial Blog is dedicated to the quintessential fairytale of Shrina and Jaydip! Lin & Jirsa Photography are the visual narrators who caught all the glory of their lavish nuptials we are about to enjoy! A Garba Raas celebration opened the festivities and for such a vibrant fun night, the beauty artist Bridal By Nisha prepared the hair and makeup looks of the bride-to-be and bridesmaids while the highly experienced bridal beauty expert Dolled up by Lulu beautified our Maharani in the hours leading up to the ceremony! Our Indian beauty slipped into a ravishing red lehenga and striking bejeweled shoes and headed to the majestic BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir to find her soulmate Jaydip for a sweet first encounter! The ultra-polished Raja was suited in a brocade attire while a golden and red turban crowned the kingly look that went perfectly well with the splendid walls and outdoors of their marriage site! Head to the gallery for more radiant images!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met at college, towards the end of our freshman year. Our campus was holding a housing fair and one of my friends introduced me to Jaydip saying that he was Swaminarayan. They told me that he was Swaminarayan, but failed to mention that he was not as deeply devoted as I am. But that was our first meeting and then a few days later we met again in the laundry room. I was doing my chemistry lab report with one of my friends. Now Jaydip had all the lab reports from the upperclassmen that he always used and would simply copy and paste the information and substitute out the results with his results. He offered to give me that and I asked him for his phone number so I could text him when I was going to pick it up. Once I got his phone number, it was non stop texting from there till now. I knew he was the one once I met his family. The way he respected and loved his family and friends just left me in awe.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
From back in our college days, I would always show Jaydip youtube videos of elaborate proposals. So he had a feeling that even though I am the most simple person in the world, I wanted an elaborate proposal. I also loved taking photos and memories of all the special occasions. My room was always decorated with photos from all of the recent events with everyone. That led Jaydip to come up with an idea of doing a walk down memory lane that led to the ultimate proposal. He went through 6 years worth of photos and memories and had selected 21 of them that meant the most to be blown up and printed individually on foam boards. With the help of our friends, we were able to write individual letters on the back of 15 cards that eventually spelled out "Will You Marry Me". He had picked the location of the walk to be Locust walk, a pretty familiar walk in University City, Philadelphia, PA that Jaydip and I would go on often. Throughout the walk, he had our friends and family members scattered throughout holding 1 of the photos at a time. As we went through the walk down memory lane, friends would head to the final location after we had gone through the memory that they were holding. At the end of the walk, all of our friends were organized to stand together with all of our memories. On his queue, they flipped the photos over to show the individual letters that eventually spelled out "Will You Marry Me?" while he was on my knees. Luck for him, I said yes!
 
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 can't say I did much of the wedding planning. Jaydip is definitely the diva in this relationship and took the reigns on planning and executing our magical wedding. We had always known we wanted to have Mayank Amin (from Platinum Dream Events), a friend, and college mate be our wedding planner. We trusted him with everything and he was amazing to spend several late night conference calls with him and Jaydip on east coast time and me on central time discussing the details of our wedding. A trip to California was much needed to meet all our vendors in person including the BAPS team at Chino Hills BAPS temple, Lulu Nguygen (from Dolled up by Lulu), Deepti Chandni (from Deeptis Floral), Sandeep Sandhu (from Fusion Sounds DJ & Lightning), and Laura (at Pacific Palms Resort), and Nisha Amin. We worked with Mike (from Lin and Jirsa) and Anisha Patel (from Shanti Scribe) remotely.  We enjoyed working with all of our amazing vendors and we know that we wouldn't have wanted any other details of our wedding week to be any other way
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
We went to India for a very short 10 days with a mission to find all our outfits! We decided to make it a memorable trip for our families to get to know each other. My parents, my grandparents, his parents, and the two of us! We lived in one house and traveled in two vans to all the various cities. I always wanted to wear red with little gold or white. Jaydip loved his gold bling bling. So we're going to contrast. Even though I'm typically not picky, for some reason, it took me a while to pick out my dress. There were lots of options in Surat, India. But once I tried on the dress, I knew it was the one. it had little designs all throughout the bottom and it was perfect.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Our most recent adventure and wedding planning process together was going to India. With me living in Texas and Jaydip living in New Jersey, wedding planning has been challenging. But we embarked on a journey with both sets of parents and Shrina's grandparents to India. Ten days of pure craziness, little sleep was the plan. Several days were spent finding "the dress" and less than two hours for Jaydip to find his wedding outfit. It was the first (of hopefully many more) combined family vacations and we got to learn so much more about each other and our families.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests got to enjoy fresh coconuts during the wedding to help keep them cool in the warm, sunny California weather
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our first look - seeing each other in our wedding outfits is a picture glued into my memory 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.
Our mandap was built outside the BAPS temple in a way such that the mandir would be our background. The yellow and peach colors were chosen to compliment the pink stone mandir. Jaydip loves sparkly and chandeliers so we had dangling crystals as the backdrop. 
 

Our next feature is brimming with inspiration! Meet me in a bit.

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DJ: Fusion Sounds | Hair & Makeup: Dolled up by Lulu | Lighting: Fusion Sounds | Floral & Decor: Deepti's Florals Designs & Mandaps | Hair & Makeup: Bridal By Nisha | Planning & Design: Platinum Dream Events | Baraat: Platinum Dream Events | Photo Booths: Fusion Sounds | Photographer: Lin & Jirsa Photography | Ceremony Venue: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir | Reception Venue: Pacific Palms Resort | Catering: Shayona | Transportation: Centurion Lifestyle | Cake & Treats: The Cake Korner | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Shanti Scribe | Live Music - Cocktail Hour Musician: Sax Major | Pandit: Nilesh | Cinematographer: Regal Palette Studio


Cincinnati, OH Indian Wedding by Priyanca Rao Photography

It's time for Alisha and Savio to tie the knot and we are about to get an exclusive look at the most beautiful highlights of their majestic ceremony, remarkably captured by the brilliant Priyanca Rao Photography! The talented photo crew found the most perfect mural for the adorable soon to be husband and wife to have a fabulous first look photo sesh where they had the chance to exhibit their best styles. The dapper Savio made his way in a cream brocade sherwani and a well-matched long red scarf, while our gorgeous bride Alisha went for a classic red yet unique lehenga design she completed with a dreamy hair and makeup courtesy of KC Makeup! These two exchanged vows in an astonishing pink floral mandap and walked through the most precious wedding aisle floral arrays created and designed by Weddings InStyle with the finest attention to detail. The Hyatt Regency Cincinnati's luxe halls gathered family and friends to witness their love and you can also visit this stunning venue and testify the beginning of their journey by going and perusing through our full gallery!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Savio and I met when I went to visit one of my good friends in Cincinnati, where I had lived previously. We hit it off, and began dating long distance! I knew Savio was "the one" when I never got tired of spending time with him. I can be introverted and re-energize with alone time, but I actually felt better and more energized after I spent time with him. He felt like family to me. 
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Savio proposed in Hyde Park in Cincinnati closeby where we had first met. We were at a get together with some of our friends when he suggested that we live to get ice cream at a local ice cream spot nearby. I thought that was peculiar for him but we both loved this place so we went. Shortly after we shared our banana split, Savio got on one knee and proposed. It was very special! We spent the rest of the weekend celebrating with our friends and family. 
 
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.
Upon starting the wedding planning journey, I knew I needed someone who had good taste, direction, and choices. I was in the midst of my busy fellowship and did not live in the same city as my parents so I knew planning was going to be a bit of a challenge. After doing some research, we reached out to Sonal Shah who really vibed well with all of us. I knew that we wanted to get married in Cincinnati, Ohio because it was where we met and got engaged. Sonal provided excellent options for both local and non-local vendors. 
 
What was really special about my hair and makeup was that my mom had been getting names and numbers of vendors even 10 years before I was engaged. Karuna Chani had come to Cincinnati, Ohio from NYC many years ago for a wedding, and my mom got her card. She still had Karuna's card and we called her up and booked her ASAP. It was the best decision we made because she showered my mom and me with positive vibes and was so much fun to get ready with. Every look that I had was exactly as I had wanted it, and I let her take the creative initiative with each step. 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My mom and I went to India to select my wedding clothes. Actually, because I was in the midst of fellowship, I only had 4 days in India. We had very productive days and made it happen in just a few days! I knew I wanted a red Sabyasachi gown before even going to India. The dress I chose was the first one I set my eyes on in the store. It was the best experience. 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable process of planning was spending time with my parents. We talked on the phone very often, and I was lucky because my mom took the initiative on most of the planning. She coordinated with Sonal and all the vendors. Going to India with them was so much fun, and I will never forget how we worked hard together to create a magical weekend, and it was exactly that! We were not stressed or worried about the whole weekend because we knew Sonal and her team had everything in control going forward. 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
My guests loved the food, dancing, and overall ambiance of the wedding. I heard the cocktail hour was amazing with Dave Sharma on the electric tabla! 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The most special moment that plays in my mind was our first look. Priyanca picked out the most beautiful and scenic spot in downtown Cincinnati with a portrait of a woman in the background. The look on his face and spending that time alone together was my favorite. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
My words of wisdom would - enjoy the process! It goes so quickly, and it can be stressful at times, but hire your vendors early on and have a good wedding planner.  Your weekend will then be amazing and unforgettable! 
 
Stick around for all the party details that will blow you away!
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Floral & Decor: Weddings InStyle | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: AATMA Performing Arts | Photography: Priyanca Rao Photography | Cinematography: Priyanca Rao Photography | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Cincinnati | Planning & Design: Sonal J Shah Events | Hair and Makeup: KC Makeup | Hair and Makeup: Alba Beauty Studio | Catering: The Taj Mahal Inc | DJ: Opening Minds Entertainment | Cake & Treats: The BonBonerie | Lighting: CLEAR Lighting | Dance Floor Wrap: Elephant Head Graphics | Electro Tabla: Dave Sharma


Pompton Plains, NJ Indian Wedding by Channa Photography

Welcome back dolls, we continue honoring Prachi and Kumar's union as one of the Best of 2018, and you are just in time to witness the magnificent ceremony! The presence of their dearest and nearest was requested through a beautiful invitation from The Royal Collection to participate in the celebrations at The Legacy Castle! Here, all the marvelous of an Indian matrimonial magnificence took the center stage thanks to the brilliant wedding plan that Electric Karma - east coast created especially for the union. With a fantastic Baraat procession that included an excellent dhol player from Maxx Entertainment LLC and an elephant beautifully decorated for the occasion that transported the groom as a real prince courtesy of Echo Lake Stables! Maharani Prachi eagerly awaited for her soulmate to arrive and welcomed him in a festive ceremony that preceded the heart of the marriage festivities. The ornaments and decorations designed by Elegant Affairs Inc. are to die for, with stunning floral arches and enchanting floral arrays, the ceremony space was undeniably flawless. Channa Photography captured some picture perfect moments that will have you swooning for a while, so feel free to jump into the gallery to see more of this unique love story!

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We have more on the way, don't go anywhere! 

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Floral & Decor: Elegant Affairs Inc. | Cinematography: Channa Photography | Photography: Channa Photography | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: The Royal Collection | Planning & Design: Electric karma - east coast | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Anita | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Legacy Castle | Catering: Moghul Caterers | Catering - Food Truck: Falafull Truck | Mehndi | DJ: Maxx Entertainment LLC | Baraat - Dhol: Maxx Entertainment LLC | Baraat - Elephant: Echo Lake Stables | Cake & Treats: Palermo Bakery | Lighting: Maxx Entertainment LLC | Mehndi Artist: Mehendi Styling | Transportation: Taylor Rental Dave | Dance Floor: Go to Shout | Charger Plates: Alan Party & Tent Rentals | Priest: Prakash Bhatt | Garba: Gola Ice Gola Express | Pin Spots /Stage Wash/ Live feed & Rigging/ Mirror Booth: Visual Comet | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Rutgers Bhangra


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