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Pittsburgh, PA Indian Fusion Wedding by Jorge Santiago Photo

Hello there, darlings! We know that you were so captivated by Tara & Casey's Sangeet ceremony that you were dying to know more about this lovely couple and all the beauty surrounding their wedding festivities! So, wait no more because we are back to continue sharing this grand event with all of you, ladies! This time, Jorge Santiago Photo is taking us on a visual journey through the enchanting wedding ceremony that united these two betrothed in marriage. Thoroughly planned and designed by Pearl Celebrations, this wedding ceremony held inside the halls of the Omni William Penn Hotel is one to remember! Just take a look at how mesmerizing and breathtaking everything was. Imperial Decor enhanced the majestic architecture of this venue with a magical decor featuring traditional linens, golden ornaments, and a magical petal-covered aisle that we loved so much! Without any question, this venue was more than ready to host this life-changing event. The whole room entirely lighted up once our gorgeous maharani walked down the aisle, leaving everyone speechless, and some even dropped a couple of tears of happiness! However, no one in the room was even closer to the level of excitement and amazement reflected by Casey. He couldn't take his eyes off of Tara, but we cannot blame him, as Tara looked ravishing thanks to Payal Patel, who took care of her beauty needs. If you can't get enough of this lovely couple, don't miss today's full gallery. You will love it!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Casey and I met working together in a medical office while both applying to medical school. One month after we started dating, we were accepted to different medical schools, and had to spend the next 4 years living in different states. The fact that he was so willing to put in the effort to make a long distance relationship work while going through med school made me realize very early on that he was the one. We went through the residency match process and were lucky enough to match in the same city, and shortly afterwards got engaged! We make each other laugh about the smallest things, and he always boosts my self confidence just when I need it!
 
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 am South Indian, and I knew I wanted to incorporate South Indian traditions with elements of a Western wedding as well. While my hometown of Pittsburgh is a wonderful city, it doesn't offer the variety of vendors that bigger cities do. For that reason, I used several vendors based in larger cities like DC and NYC and was very happy with how everything turned out. Casey's family is not Indian, and so we wanted a wedding that was festive but also felt warm and inclusive. We think we achieved that with the help of our fantastic vendors!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Casey and I traveled to India with my parents to do all of our shopping. I knew I wanted a hybrid of South Indian, North Indian, and Western looks for the wedding events, and we were fortunate to travel to different parts of India to achieve this. I found my bridal sari, a red traditional South Indian silk sari, in Bangalore, and my Sangeet lengha at a boutique in Delhi. While I love the blush and neutral tones that are really popular with brides, I wanted something a little different for my reception look, and when I saw my blue Tarun Tahiliani gown, I thought it was perfect. I loved how unique it was with its striking color and full skirt, and it made me feel so special!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Of course we are biased, but our family and friends really had amazing speeches that left us, and our guests, crying with laughter. Also, I have a huge sweet tooth and really wanted a big dessert spread, which ended up being a big hit!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Casey plays the piano really well, and he knows how much I love it when he plays. It's also hard for him to ever surprise me with anything. I was completely shocked when in the middle of our wedding reception, Casey and two of my cousins, Reka and Ashwin, surprised me with a performance, with singing, guitar playing, and Casey on the piano! They had secretly rehearsed via FaceTime for weeks without my knowing, and I was blown away by their thoughtfulness and talent! It was so special and I felt so lucky to have such a great family (and an amazing new husband)!
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Our families are very important to us, and my wedding ceremony jewelry reflected this. My paternal grandfather is no longer living, but prior to his passing had gifted me with gold that was then turned into the Mangalsutra, my wedding chain, that Casey placed around my neck to signify our marriage. The other necklace I wore was a gift from my maternal grandfather. It was really special to have reminders of my grandparents' love during our ceremony!
 
Our venue, the Omni William Penn Hotel, is one of the oldest hotels in Pittsburgh. We especially loved the elegance of our reception site, the Grand Ballroom, which has a beautiful gold balcony. Our wedding ceremony was held in another room in the hotel that has a very unique art deco vibe. We wanted a venue that had three distinct event spaces for our three main wedding events, and were lucky to find it in the Omni! We wanted our cake to match the elegance of the venue, and Tasty Bakery more than delivered! We loved the combination of gold leaf with the textured gold base and maroon flowers, and it truly matched the aesthetic we were going for.

We still have more, ladies! So make sure to stick around.
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Sangeet Venue / Ceremony Venue / Reception Venue: Omni William Penn Hotel | Planning & Design: Pearl Celebrations | Floral & Decor: Imperial Decor | Hair & Makeup: Payal Patel | Catering: Taj Mahal | Catering: Udipi Cafe | DJ: Dhoom Events | Baraat: Dhoom Events | Bridal Fashion (Reception): Tarun Tahiliani | Cake & Treats: Tasty Bakery | Cinematography: Trillium Films | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Indian Wedding Card | Photo Booth: Lux Photo Booth | Registry: Zola | Photography: Jorge Santiago Photo


Raleigh, NC South Indian Wedding by Photographick Studios

Welcome back, ladies! It is time to unveil the outcome of this real-life fantasy. This time, it was the striking and imposing Marriott Raleigh City Center that hosted this majestic wedding reception for Kinjal & Prashant. Thanks to the spectacular work of Yaadein the atmosphere of this reception was so unique and magical and it makes you feel like if it was something out of this world. The lavender, magenta and fuschia tones on the lights, perfectly contrasted with the golden accent on the walls and furnished, created the perfect scenario for Kinjal & Prashant to share this special moment with their family and friends. Our lovebirds attended this reception in the most elegant and fashionable way wearing matching dark slate blue outfits and we are loving the look on them! The elegance of their outfits did not keep them from having a great time, and thanks to DJ Rang, they danced and enjoyed the entire evening to the rhythm of the most harmonious melodies. The smiles, the emotions, and the good atmosphere did not stop throughout the whole evening; it was a great night that was coming to an end when the newlyweds had the first cut at the cake. This was a lovely and magical moment that got beautifully shot thanks to Photographick Studios. It is time for this real-life fantasy story to get to an end, but you can always be transported back to that magical place by taking a look at the gallery that we have prepared for you. Do not miss it!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Our love story began as any other modern-day fairytale- via a dating app known as Dil Mil.  We had a somewhat long distance relationship, living a little under 3 hours away.  We would take turns going to each other's city, or more often than that, meet at a halfway point and scoping out at different restaurants, going to the movies, bowling, or just walking around places.  Our first date was over 12 hours-- we literally walked until 1AM around downtown Raleigh, talking about the most random stuff I can't even recall now. I knew this was a great start to something- friendship or love- no idea, but I knew I wanted to continue whatever it was.  I realized he was "the one" during our vacation to Rome.  The city views, history, and food/wine was all amazing, but the whole time I couldn't imagine someone more perfect to be sharing such an experience with.  His personality, care and love for his family and friends, and his sense of humor--it all just felt so right.  We've almost been married 6 months now, and I cannot imagine someone more perfect.  Truly feel like I was so incredibly lucky to find someone like him to share my future with.  Every day, he reminds me with his little acts of kindness/love that he is my forever.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
My cousins and I had planned a vacation visiting Amsterdam, Budapest, and the Amalfi Coast.  On June 7, 2017, Prashant surprised me in Positano, Italy at one of the most beautiful locations.  My cousins who were in on this plan, acted like they were taking scenic pictures and asked me to turn around to catch a picture of me glancing onto the beautiful buildings, and when I turned around, he was down on one knee. I can't recall most of the proposal as I was crying (he had tears down his face as well, haha) and in shock, but he asked me to be his travel partner for life, and of course, I said yes. This was one of my favorite moments and I wish I could relive it.  Here is a video of the proposal: https://youtu.be/T4rDrcpTfEk
 
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 to have my sister help me plan the entire wedding/related events-- she helped me with all of the details to make sure I didn't forget anything, and sometimes, I even joked with her that she was planning her own dream wedding (that's how perfect it was to me). She got me a great gift that helped me get started on the important points, which I read and took notes on creating my own checklists (the book: The Complete Guide to Planning the Perfect South Asian Wedding: Advice and Tips From the Industry Expert by Sonal J. Shah).  My now husband and sister whenever available, would attend vendor meetings with me and help me make every decision- from the venue to the color of the flowers on the stage.  There were many hiccups along the way with vendors I wanted booking up or not responding as I felt needed.  However, my overall experience with all of the vendors that I ended up choosing and just how all of the events turned out-- it was amazing.  Initially, the wedding planning was so stressful I often times wanted to quit and just not have a big wedding. However, when the day came, everything just flowed so smoothly.  The moment I saw the mandap and I had tears in my eyes.  It was more perfect than I imagined.  When you spend so long visualizing and thinking of how you want things to be- it can lead to high expectations.  My decorator, Karan from Yaadein- went above and beyond these, and left me feeling breathless with the decor for the wedding and reception. The wedding was more perfect than I even imagined it would be-- it's hard to describe how that feeling felt, but all of a sudden all of the stress, crying, and months of planning made sense-- it was definitely worth it.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew I wanted a combination of Maroon with a light pink sheer dupatta as I kept seeing bridal pictures with them and it looked mesmerizing.  I loved the idea of the color and thought it looked very royal, maharani like :).  It was quite the journey to find the perfect dress, I broke down in tears a few times in India thinking I was being too picky and burdening others with their time while going shopping in India. However, when I did try on my bridal dress, I fell in love.  It definitely made me feel  beautiful- and it's a tip I give other brides. Don't give up the search-wait until you find the one that makes you feel like a beautiful bride-- it happens!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Food tasting!! For obvious reasons :) My husband and I are both foodies, so it was the most exciting and enjoyable part.  We made sure that he was able to attend every tasting session
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think everyone really enjoyed just the closeness and being together for the events.  It was all family and familiar- we had a meet and greet dinner for both sides the night before the wedding, so everyone got to mingle.  
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I had listened to my bridal entrance song SO many times before the wedding- I knew the moment I heard it that I wanted to enter to it.  The song was "Din Shagna Da" from Phillauri.  The moment the music started playing, I knew this was my moment- I was very teary eyed when it happened.  It was an amazing feeling that I cherish.
 
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.
The other events included a mehndi/sangeet at home-- my sister planned out all of the decor and my we had about 20-30 people help us put it all together.  We termed it, "masti, music, and mehndi."  It was full of color and perfect! 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Wedding planning can be quite stressful and many brides (such as myself) may go through moments where things don't go how you want and you feel like you want to quit, but don't give up. It is worth it in the end!! Truly a magical moment/day to forever cherish. 
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Just for your pure entertainment, I made my husband read the first two questions and I looked over, and he had tears in his eyes :) I've only seen that happen 3 times- the proposal, when he first saw me as a bride, and when he read this.  Moments like this are wonderful. 
All of my vendors were absolutely wonderful to work with, very responsive and took what I wanted into consideration.  Please see below some details:
Jewelry/clothes: From India
Decorator: Karan from Yaadein  (instagram: @yaadeinweddings) (AMAZING- he even surprised me at the reception with a gorgeous flower wall backdrop for our selfie booth, it was a hit with everyone!)
Fun vendor: Paanwala (instagram: @thepaanwaala) Ankit was absolutely sweet to work with and made sure that he made a platter of all of the paans so that we could try them as he knew we wouldn't have time during the reception. 
Mehndi: Poonam from greensboro (instagram: @poonamhennaart) - amazing mehndi details! one of the best mehndi designers I have seen
Venue: Raleigh Marriott City Center 
Cake: Layla Jones Bake Shop - delicious cake! 
DJ: DJ Rang (instagram: @djrang) - did amazing lighting and was sweet to work with
Makeup Artist: She listened to everything I want, and was so sweet to work with (instagram: krista_massey)
Photographer: Photographick 
Horse carriage (for exit): J&L Carriage
 

Don't miss our future posts, as we have more inspirational ideas for you!

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Photography: Photographick Studios | Venues: Raleigh Marriott City Center | Cinematography: Photographick Studios | Floral & Decor: Yaadein - Karan Gill | Hair & Makeup: Makeup Krista Massey | DJ: DJ Rang | Rentals: Deejay's Rentals | Transportation: J&L Carriage Jamie Massey | Rentals: Hautechairs Derreck | Priest: Ashokbhai Trivedi


Raleigh, NC South Indian Wedding by Photographick Studios

Hello, Maharanis! We know that you are loving the alluring and captivating wedding celebration of Kinjal & Prashant and that you are eager to know more about this love story. So, we do not want to prolong the suspense and without further due, we will take you on a journey to Kinjal & Prashant's wedding ceremony. The elegant and classy accommodations on the prestigious Marriott Raleigh City Center hosted this traditional and solemn ceremony full of colors and emotions. From the get-go, we can say that this wedding ceremony was exquisite and enchanting. The fabulous selection of pink, white and salmon colors for the floral arrangements combined with the beautiful ornaments that Yaadein put together for this occasion, created an atmosphere that we can only describe as a real-life fantasy. Kinjal looked splendid on her burgundy lengha, and thanks to the impeccable work of Makeup Krista Massey her elegance and beauty were praised with the exquisite colors selected for the makeup and the graceful and delicate hairstyle, that made her look like if she was taken out from the most beautiful fairy tale. We also want to make a special shoutout to Photographick Studios for providing us with the most inspiring and memorable shots for us to be part of this story. If you do not want to miss any detail of this magnificent celebration, do not leave this post without first visiting our gallery. Through each of these photographs, you will be filled with love and emotions, and it will make your day much brighter. Would you join us? 

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Our love story began as any other modern-day fairytale- via a dating app known as Dil Mil.  We had a somewhat long distance relationship, living a little under 3 hours away.  We would take turns going to each other's city, or more often than that, meet at a halfway point and scoping out at different restaurants, going to the movies, bowling, or just walking around places.  Our first date was over 12 hours-- we literally walked until 1AM around downtown Raleigh, talking about the most random stuff I can't even recall now. I knew this was a great start to something- friendship or love- no idea, but I knew I wanted to continue whatever it was.  I realized he was "the one" during our vacation to Rome.  The city views, history, and food/wine was all amazing, but the whole time I couldn't imagine someone more perfect to be sharing such an experience with.  His personality, care and love for his family and friends, and his sense of humor--it all just felt so right.  We've almost been married 6 months now, and I cannot imagine someone more perfect.  Truly feel like I was so incredibly lucky to find someone like him to share my future with.  Every day, he reminds me with his little acts of kindness/love that he is my forever.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
My cousins and I had planned a vacation visiting Amsterdam, Budapest, and the Amalfi Coast.  On June 7, 2017, Prashant surprised me in Positano, Italy at one of the most beautiful locations.  My cousins who were in on this plan, acted like they were taking scenic pictures and asked me to turn around to catch a picture of me glancing onto the beautiful buildings, and when I turned around, he was down on one knee. I can't recall most of the proposal as I was crying (he had tears down his face as well, haha) and in shock, but he asked me to be his travel partner for life, and of course, I said yes. This was one of my favorite moments and I wish I could relive it.  Here is a video of the proposal: https://youtu.be/T4rDrcpTfEk
 
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 to have my sister help me plan the entire wedding/related events-- she helped me with all of the details to make sure I didn't forget anything, and sometimes, I even joked with her that she was planning her own dream wedding (that's how perfect it was to me). She got me a great gift that helped me get started on the important points, which I read and took notes on creating my own checklists (the book: The Complete Guide to Planning the Perfect South Asian Wedding: Advice and Tips From the Industry Expert by Sonal J. Shah).  My now husband and sister whenever available, would attend vendor meetings with me and help me make every decision- from the venue to the color of the flowers on the stage.  There were many hiccups along the way with vendors I wanted booking up or not responding as I felt needed.  However, my overall experience with all of the vendors that I ended up choosing and just how all of the events turned out-- it was amazing.  Initially, the wedding planning was so stressful I often times wanted to quit and just not have a big wedding. However, when the day came, everything just flowed so smoothly.  The moment I saw the mandap and I had tears in my eyes.  It was more perfect than I imagined.  When you spend so long visualizing and thinking of how you want things to be- it can lead to high expectations.  My decorator, Karan from Yaadein- went above and beyond these, and left me feeling breathless with the decor for the wedding and reception. The wedding was more perfect than I even imagined it would be-- it's hard to describe how that feeling felt, but all of a sudden all of the stress, crying, and months of planning made sense-- it was definitely worth it.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew I wanted a combination of Maroon with a light pink sheer dupatta as I kept seeing bridal pictures with them and it looked mesmerizing.  I loved the idea of the color and thought it looked very royal, maharani like :).  It was quite the journey to find the perfect dress, I broke down in tears a few times in India thinking I was being too picky and burdening others with their time while going shopping in India. However, when I did try on my bridal dress, I fell in love.  It definitely made me feel  beautiful- and it's a tip I give other brides. Don't give up the search-wait until you find the one that makes you feel like a beautiful bride-- it happens!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Food tasting!! For obvious reasons :) My husband and I are both foodies, so it was the most exciting and enjoyable part.  We made sure that he was able to attend every tasting session
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think everyone really enjoyed just the closeness and being together for the events.  It was all family and familiar- we had a meet and greet dinner for both sides the night before the wedding, so everyone got to mingle.  
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I had listened to my bridal entrance song SO many times before the wedding- I knew the moment I heard it that I wanted to enter to it.  The song was "Din Shagna Da" from Phillauri.  The moment the music started playing, I knew this was my moment- I was very teary eyed when it happened.  It was an amazing feeling that I cherish.
 
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.
The other events included a mehndi/sangeet at home-- my sister planned out all of the decor and my we had about 20-30 people help us put it all together.  We termed it, "masti, music, and mehndi."  It was full of color and perfect! 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Wedding planning can be quite stressful and many brides (such as myself) may go through moments where things don't go how you want and you feel like you want to quit, but don't give up. It is worth it in the end!! Truly a magical moment/day to forever cherish. 
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Just for your pure entertainment, I made my husband read the first two questions and I looked over, and he had tears in his eyes :) I've only seen that happen 3 times- the proposal, when he first saw me as a bride, and when he read this.  Moments like this are wonderful. 
All of my vendors were absolutely wonderful to work with, very responsive and took what I wanted into consideration.  Please see below some details:
Jewelry/clothes: From India
Decorator: Karan from Yaadein  (instagram: @yaadeinweddings) (AMAZING- he even surprised me at the reception with a gorgeous flower wall backdrop for our selfie booth, it was a hit with everyone!)
Fun vendor: Paanwala (instagram: @thepaanwaala) Ankit was absolutely sweet to work with and made sure that he made a platter of all of the paans so that we could try them as he knew we wouldn't have time during the reception. 
Mehndi: Poonam from greensboro (instagram: @poonamhennaart) - amazing mehndi details! one of the best mehndi designers I have seen
Venue: Raleigh Marriott City Center 
Cake: Layla Jones Bake Shop - delicious cake! 
DJ: DJ Rang (instagram: @djrang) - did amazing lighting and was sweet to work with
Makeup Artist: She listened to everything I want, and was so sweet to work with (instagram: krista_massey)
Photographer: Photographick 
Horse carriage (for exit): J&L Carriage
 

We still have more to come, so stay around if you don't want to miss it! 

STYLE
GUIDE
style
Traditional
Romantic
South Indian
season
Autumn
color
Photography: Photographick Studios | Venues: Raleigh Marriott City Center | Cinematography: Photographick Studios | Floral & Decor: Yaadein - Karan Gill | Hair & Makeup: Makeup Krista Massey | DJ: DJ Rang | Rentals: Deejay's Rentals | Transportation: J&L Carriage Jamie Massey | Rentals: Hautechairs Derreck | Priest: Ashokbhai Trivedi


Raleigh, NC South Indian Wedding by Photographick Studios

Good morning, beautiful maharanis! We are happy that you can join us on a trip to the beautiful and romantic wedding celebration of Kinjal & Prashant. Like if it was taken out of a fairy tale, the love of our young and radiant couple was portrayed in this charming and appealing outdoor photoshoot, and we are loving every bit of it! Whether it is on the city, surrounded by buildings and large structures, or within a beautiful and relaxing garden; the love of Kinjal & Prashant is so pure and true that it fills the ambiance and creates a scene so romantic and beautiful that we just can't get enough of it. Kinjal looked drop-dead gorgeous on her elegant and refined burgundy lengha, which was perfectly complemented with golden colored accessories. This winning combination created a traditional and fabulous style that praised her natural beauty and left everyone speechless. We also wanted to make a special mention to the divine makeup and splendid hairstyle that Makeup Krista Massey prepared for this special day. We love the color palette that was used as it created a glamorous, exquisite and captivating style; definitely a dreamy look for this memorable and once-in-a-lifetime event. Undoubtedly, this is an incredible photoshoot that is worth to be seen and thanks to the acclaimed and remarkable talent of Photographick Studios we get to enjoy this enchanted and gorgeous scenes. If you were captivated by the love of Kinjal & Prashant, don't miss today's gallery, this will be the perfect preamble for our next stop. So get ready!  

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Our love story began as any other modern-day fairytale- via a dating app known as Dil Mil.  We had a somewhat long distance relationship, living a little under 3 hours away.  We would take turns going to each other's city, or more often than that, meet at a halfway point and scoping out at different restaurants, going to the movies, bowling, or just walking around places.  Our first date was over 12 hours-- we literally walked until 1AM around downtown Raleigh, talking about the most random stuff I can't even recall now. I knew this was a great start to something- friendship or love- no idea, but I knew I wanted to continue whatever it was.  I realized he was "the one" during our vacation to Rome.  The city views, history, and food/wine was all amazing, but the whole time I couldn't imagine someone more perfect to be sharing such an experience with.  His personality, care and love for his family and friends, and his sense of humor--it all just felt so right.  We've almost been married 6 months now, and I cannot imagine someone more perfect.  Truly feel like I was so incredibly lucky to find someone like him to share my future with.  Every day, he reminds me with his little acts of kindness/love that he is my forever.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
My cousins and I had planned a vacation visiting Amsterdam, Budapest, and the Amalfi Coast.  On June 7, 2017, Prashant surprised me in Positano, Italy at one of the most beautiful locations.  My cousins who were in on this plan, acted like they were taking scenic pictures and asked me to turn around to catch a picture of me glancing onto the beautiful buildings, and when I turned around, he was down on one knee. I can't recall most of the proposal as I was crying (he had tears down his face as well, haha) and in shock, but he asked me to be his travel partner for life, and of course, I said yes. This was one of my favorite moments and I wish I could relive it.  Here is a video of the proposal: https://youtu.be/T4rDrcpTfEk
 
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 to have my sister help me plan the entire wedding/related events-- she helped me with all of the details to make sure I didn't forget anything, and sometimes, I even joked with her that she was planning her own dream wedding (that's how perfect it was to me). She got me a great gift that helped me get started on the important points, which I read and took notes on creating my own checklists (the book: The Complete Guide to Planning the Perfect South Asian Wedding: Advice and Tips From the Industry Expert by Sonal J. Shah).  My now husband and sister whenever available, would attend vendor meetings with me and help me make every decision- from the venue to the color of the flowers on the stage.  There were many hiccups along the way with vendors I wanted booking up or not responding as I felt needed.  However, my overall experience with all of the vendors that I ended up choosing and just how all of the events turned out-- it was amazing.  Initially, the wedding planning was so stressful I often times wanted to quit and just not have a big wedding. However, when the day came, everything just flowed so smoothly.  The moment I saw the mandap and I had tears in my eyes.  It was more perfect than I imagined.  When you spend so long visualizing and thinking of how you want things to be- it can lead to high expectations.  My decorator, Karan from Yaadein- went above and beyond these, and left me feeling breathless with the decor for the wedding and reception. The wedding was more perfect than I even imagined it would be-- it's hard to describe how that feeling felt, but all of a sudden all of the stress, crying, and months of planning made sense-- it was definitely worth it.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew I wanted a combination of Maroon with a light pink sheer dupatta as I kept seeing bridal pictures with them and it looked mesmerizing.  I loved the idea of the color and thought it looked very royal, maharani like :).  It was quite the journey to find the perfect dress, I broke down in tears a few times in India thinking I was being too picky and burdening others with their time while going shopping in India. However, when I did try on my bridal dress, I fell in love.  It definitely made me feel  beautiful- and it's a tip I give other brides. Don't give up the search-wait until you find the one that makes you feel like a beautiful bride-- it happens!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Food tasting!! For obvious reasons :) My husband and I are both foodies, so it was the most exciting and enjoyable part.  We made sure that he was able to attend every tasting session
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think everyone really enjoyed just the closeness and being together for the events.  It was all family and familiar- we had a meet and greet dinner for both sides the night before the wedding, so everyone got to mingle.  
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I had listened to my bridal entrance song SO many times before the wedding- I knew the moment I heard it that I wanted to enter to it.  The song was "Din Shagna Da" from Phillauri.  The moment the music started playing, I knew this was my moment- I was very teary eyed when it happened.  It was an amazing feeling that I cherish.
 
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.
The other events included a mehndi/sangeet at home-- my sister planned out all of the decor and my we had about 20-30 people help us put it all together.  We termed it, "masti, music, and mehndi."  It was full of color and perfect! 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Wedding planning can be quite stressful and many brides (such as myself) may go through moments where things don't go how you want and you feel like you want to quit, but don't give up. It is worth it in the end!! Truly a magical moment/day to forever cherish. 
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Just for your pure entertainment, I made my husband read the first two questions and I looked over, and he had tears in his eyes :) I've only seen that happen 3 times- the proposal, when he first saw me as a bride, and when he read this.  Moments like this are wonderful. 
All of my vendors were absolutely wonderful to work with, very responsive and took what I wanted into consideration.  Please see below some details:
Jewelry/clothes: From India
Decorator: Karan from Yaadein  (instagram: @yaadeinweddings) (AMAZING- he even surprised me at the reception with a gorgeous flower wall backdrop for our selfie booth, it was a hit with everyone!)
Fun vendor: Paanwala (instagram: @thepaanwaala) Ankit was absolutely sweet to work with and made sure that he made a platter of all of the paans so that we could try them as he knew we wouldn't have time during the reception. 
Mehndi: Poonam from greensboro (instagram: @poonamhennaart) - amazing mehndi details! one of the best mehndi designers I have seen
Venue: Raleigh Marriott City Center 
Cake: Layla Jones Bake Shop - delicious cake! 
DJ: DJ Rang (instagram: @djrang) - did amazing lighting and was sweet to work with
Makeup Artist: She listened to everything I want, and was so sweet to work with (instagram: krista_massey)
Photographer: Photographick 
Horse carriage (for exit): J&L Carriage
 

 

This love story just began! Stay close so you can join Kinjal & Prashant on their wedding ceremony. 

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Photography: Photographick Studios | Venues: Raleigh Marriott City Center | Cinematography: Photographick Studios | Floral & Decor: Yaadein - Karan Gill | Hair & Makeup: Makeup Krista Massey | DJ: DJ Rang | Rentals: Deejay's Rentals | Transportation: J&L Carriage Jamie Massey | Rentals: Hautechairs Derreck | Priest: Ashokbhai Trivedi


Pleasanton, CA South Indian Wedding by Alison Yin Photography

Premier photographer, Alison Yin Photography takes us to Natasha and Apurva's wedding reception at the highly exclusive Castlewood Country Club in California! Floramor took care of every detail of the celebration and ensured everything from the performances to the food to the music go off without a hitch! Our bride is a vision in her floral evening lehenga which is the dazzling delight of any Maharani's dreams! Guests were entertained by the fabulous music of Jhakaas Entertainment, who also provided the romantic beats for the couple to dance as husband and wife for the first time. Floramor once again decked the affair with a series of charming centerpieces and the most romantic sweetheart table set up with the delicate linens from Fine Linen Creations! All the magic is waiting for you in the gallery.

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Have a fabulous rest of your day, ladies!

 
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Floral & Decor: Floramor | Planning & Design: Floramor | Photography: Alison Yin Photography | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Castlewood Country Club | Hair & Makeup: Artistry by Christal-Christal Clear Cosmetics | DJ: Jhakaas Entertainment | Baraat: Buzzard's Roost Ranch | Cinematography: Nice at La Luna Pro | Lighting: Jhakaas Entertainment | Rentals: Fine Linen Creations


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