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San Antonio, TX South Indian Wedding by Mir Anwar Studios

Happy Wednesday loves! Here at Maharani Weddings, every morning it's an open door to a new world of amazing wedding stories and today our friends from Mir Anwar Studios bring us the South Indian wedding of Sujitha and Sujan. It was an elaborate and modern affair conceived, planned and coordinated by the expert event planners and designers of DILSHAN Weddings & EventsExtended over a full weekend of wedding celebrations, the union kicked off on a vibrant Friday with a Sangeet night and carried on early on Saturday with a beautiful morning ceremony. Our lovely bride, Sujitha was an early bird and started her beauty rituals with her glam squad from Khalil & Co who embellished our bride with the prettiest pink blush eyes and the loveliest floral bun. Our Maharani dazzled in fine jewelry and draped in an exquisite pink silk saree she flaunted for the first time in a gorgeous photo shoot previous to the ceremony. I'm swooning over each and every spellbinding portrait that Mir Anwar Studios has created for the couple and that you can get a sneak peek in our gallery!

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You don’t want to miss any detail of the Hindu wedding ceremony photos that we have prepared, coming right up next!

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Photography: Mir Anwar Studios | Planning & Design: DILSHAN Weddings & Events | Cinematography: Mir Anwar Studios | Event Designer: DILSHAN Weddings & Events | Venues: Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort And Spa | Floral & Decor: Mandap Creations (Draping/Stage Set/ Mandap/Aisle) | Florals: De Vinnie's Paradise Floral | Hair & Makeup: Khalil & Co | Catering: Mayuri Express | DJ: Desi Junction DJs | Baraat: Desi Junction DJs | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Pure Elegance Djs | Cake & Treats: Sweet Traditions | Lighting (Pin Spotting): Reese Events Group | Photo Booth: MBP Photo Booth | Rentals (Linens/Gold Flatware): Marquee Event Rentals


Philadelphia, PA South Indian Fusion Wedding by Studio Nine Photography

Time to get into some post-ceremony fun! After a long day of emotions and solemnity, Mounica and Evan threw a beautiful wedding gala at the elegant Ballroom at the Ben! With a wonderful décor design from JP Decor that included a romantic stage draping, lavish furniture, and must-see floral centerpieces! This cute couple had a blast at the reception, thanks to M4U Events’ music that ensured the crowd also had a blast! Maharani Mounica looks so captivating in a fiery golden lehenga designed with amazing hair and makeup by Sonia C, she joined her well-suited husband who really flaunted a dreamy style! Mirchi Mt. Laurel did a wonderful job serving a mouth-watering traditional dinner and guests were back on the tables to enjoy a sweet moment with the delicious cake created back by Bakers of Buffington! You can't expect any less when you have the expert help from Tum Hi Ho Events, always going beyond expectations! There is much more to check out from this wonderful fusion soiree in our complete gallery by Studio Nine Photography + Cinema, be sure not to miss anything out!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Evan and I met in Philadelphia in the Spring of 2014. He was in his last year of dental school and I was in my third year of medical school. Our first date was at our now favorite wine bar in the city - Tria. We really hit it off and looked forward to spending more time together. I knew he was "the one" when our relationship seemed so effortless. It was also when he was moving back to Tampa after graduation for work, and we both knew without hesitation that we felt committed to one another and that we would do long distance. I then moved down to Florida after graduation for residency. The rest is history! 
 
Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
Planning our wedding felt extremely overwhelming at first. We didn't know many vendors or really even where to start. We were also attempting to combine different elements into a traditional Indian wedding, as my husband is Cuban-American. Luckily, I had a long engagement and started with online websites, Pinterest, Indian bridal magazines, Instagram, and just asking around for advice. I also went to a bridal show for some inspiration.  My mother and sister did a lot of research and ended up planning a lot of the details - including venue, food, decor theme and more. My aunt Shravani in India also helped immensely with the planning and coordinated outfits, invitations, and more. 
 
I had in mind that I wanted to book Studio Nine for photo/video based on their previous work, and started there. We went back to Philadelphia for a quick trip and toured different venues. We fell in love with the Ballroom at the Ben and thought it would be perfect for our wedding. After that, we just spent time contacting different vendors for the day of coordination, DJ, hair and makeup, decorators, etc. We went with people who we felt had a lot of experience, were responsive, and the easiest to work with. They were all extremely professional and our guests raved about every single one! 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew I wanted the classic colors of gold and red incorporated into the decor and into our outfits. I wanted something timeless and romantic. My mom and sister went to India for a week and went shopping with my aunt in Hyderabad. They all have great taste so I trusted them to pick out my wedding outfit, and they did a great job. They bought a deep pink Kanjeevaram (silk) Sari in Hyderabad.
 
My reception outfit was from Shyamal & Bhumika. We saw it online, messaged them through WhatsApp, and did the measurements via facetime! They shipped it over and it fit perfectly. 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I felt that the planning process was very stressful, but at the end of the day, it was all worth it. My parents, sister and I were able to spend a lot of time together planning. It was also fun to introduce our culture and traditions to Evan's family, and they embraced everything wholeheartedly. 
 
We also had a large number of family and friends that helped us execute our vision. Without all of those people, we would not have been able to pull it off. It was amazing to see them all step up and help my parents the weeks leading up to the wedding. 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
All of our guests told us they had a great time at all of the events - and it really showed! They appreciated how organized everything was, thanks to Tum Hi Ho Events. Our DJ/emcee from M4U Events was amazing and the dance floor was never empty. Mirchi Mt.Laurel also did a great job with the food, especially incorporating some American elements into traditional Indian cuisine. 
 
Overall, we felt that this day was not just about us but really about everyone who attended and supported us throughout our relationship. We wanted everyone to feel welcome, enjoy new traditions/customs, and have a great party. There was nothing but joy and good vibes over the weekend, and we are grateful for everyone who made it so fun and enjoyable. 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
My favorite parts of the ceremony were the "Thalambralu," when we showered each other with rice and flowers. I also loved the ending of the ceremony, "Sapthapadi” when we took our seven steps around the fire. It felt very spiritual and peaceful.
 
My favorite parts of the reception were our first dance. We also got married on Father's Day, so after I danced with my dad, we asked all the fathers and daughters to join us on the dance floor. Everyone danced to “You’ll be in my heart” to Phil Collins. Looking out and seeing so much joy and love on the dance floor made me extremely happy.
 
For events other than your ceremony, please tell us as much as you would like about the decor, style, dances, and all the special details.
We started on Friday night with a combination Sangeet/Mehndi ceremony. We decided to make this a “Cuban” themed sangeet as Evan is half Cuban. The décor had lots of tropical elements, and flower arrangements were done by Evan’s father, Frank Prado. We put forth our best Bollywood effort, and the groom’s side also participated with salsa dancing and ended with a Conga line. 
 
The following day, my side had the “pellikuthuru” ceremony at my house. This was followed by lunch at our local clubhouse. On the same day, as much of Evan’s extended family was new to the area, they all gathered for a Bus tour of Philadelphia in the morning. Evan’s father had rented out a double-decker city tour bus that showed our guests the historical and must-see modern sites. They ended with lunch at Pietro’s on South Street. 
 
Sunday, June 17th, was then the big day. Everyone gathered with Evan at Washington Square Park for the Baraat. Evan was on his horse, and everyone paraded down Walnut Street, took a right onto 9th street, and ended at the venue. They had Cuban hats, maracas, and personalized sunglasses on the way. We encouraged everyone on both sides to participate and they had a blast. 
 
We had had the ceremony and lunch, followed by the reception in the evening. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy the ride, even if it's a stressful one. I would also say to be open to compromise, as everything ends up falling into place at the end, and it will be a wonderful day. 
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Venue: Ballroom at the Ben - Philadelphia - we loved the central location of the ballroom and its traditional, classic, timeless beauty. Ott, our maitre'd, was also amazing and made sure everything went perfectly! 
 
Photo/Video: Studio Nine Photography - Zach Blum and team, and they did an excellent job. 
 
Coordination: Tum Hi Ho Events - Kept everything running smoothly and on time! This was absolutely one of the best investments we made towards our wedding and could not have imagined the day without them. 
 
Entertainment: M4U Events - kept the dance floor packed all night! We had quite a few people tell us it felt more like a concert than a reception. 
 
Florals: JP Decors, New Jersey  - They did a beautiful job with the mandap and flower wall, as well as the bouquets and centerpieces. We had hot pink, ivory, and regular pink roses, as well as hydrangeas and orchids. 
 
Catering: Ceremony and Reception: Mirchi Mt. Laurel--New Jersey  - Lunch was more South Indian brunch style, with pasta and burgers as well. Dinner was Indian, including fish, goat and chicken curry dishes. We also had an Indian staple – Biryani, as well as samosas and chicken and lamb kebabs. 
 
Cake: Bakers of Buffington – Downingtown, PA - We had a four-tier cake – each tier had a different flavor. Flavors were carrot, red velvet, chocolate chip and marble with various fillings 
Invitations: Gampa Brothers – Secunderabad, India 
Seating Chart: Declaration of Invitations – Bryn Mawr, PA   
Brides Hair and Make up - Sonia Chaudery – Instagram: @soniacmakeup
 

If you are seeking the best and most creative weddings make sure to come back on Monday! Have a wonderful weekend, readers!

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Photography: Studio Nine Photography + Cinema | DJ: M4U Events | Planning & Design: Tum Hi Ho Events | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Ballroom at the Ben - Finley Catering | Floral & Decor: JP Decor | Hair & Makeup: Sonia C | Catering: Mirchi Mt. Laurel | Cake & Treats: Bakers of Buffington | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Gampa Brothers


Philadelphia, PA South Indian Fusion Wedding by Studio Nine Photography

Maharanis, things are about to get better as Mounica and Evan are about to say their heartfelt "I Do’s" at the splendid Ballroom at the Ben!  Studio Nine Photography + Cinema arranged a sweet pre-ceremony photo session which resulted in the most epic portraits of our dashing duo’s first glance! The talented photo team snapped all the glory of the ceremony, where the newlyweds showered each other with rice and flowers in a fairytale setting superbly done by JP Decor! I especially love the charming flower wall that served as the backdrop for the marriage solemnity. Groom-to-be, Evan, looked sharp and sophisticated in an embroidered gold sherwani that gave him a traditional yet very fresh and modern look to lead his Cuban-style Baraat procession! Philadephia’s celebrated planning firm, Tum Hi Ho Events, was in charge of handling all the arrangements and planned the whole lovely affair! You MUST go straight to the full gallery for all the ceremony action!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Evan and I met in Philadelphia in the Spring of 2014. He was in his last year of dental school and I was in my third year of medical school. Our first date was at our now favorite wine bar in the city - Tria. We really hit it off and looked forward to spending more time together. I knew he was "the one" when our relationship seemed so effortless. It was also when he was moving back to Tampa after graduation for work, and we both knew without hesitation that we felt committed to one another and that we would do long distance. I then moved down to Florida after graduation for residency. The rest is history! 
 
Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
Planning our wedding felt extremely overwhelming at first. We didn't know many vendors or really even where to start. We were also attempting to combine different elements into a traditional Indian wedding, as my husband is Cuban-American. Luckily, I had a long engagement and started with online websites, Pinterest, Indian bridal magazines, Instagram, and just asking around for advice. I also went to a bridal show for some inspiration.  My mother and sister did a lot of research and ended up planning a lot of the details - including venue, food, decor theme and more. My aunt Shravani in India also helped immensely with the planning and coordinated outfits, invitations, and more. 
 
I had in mind that I wanted to book Studio Nine for photo/video based on their previous work, and started there. We went back to Philadelphia for a quick trip and toured different venues. We fell in love with the Ballroom at the Ben and thought it would be perfect for our wedding. After that, we just spent time contacting different vendors for the day of coordination, DJ, hair and makeup, decorators, etc. We went with people who we felt had a lot of experience, were responsive, and the easiest to work with. They were all extremely professional and our guests raved about every single one! 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew I wanted the classic colors of gold and red incorporated into the decor and into our outfits. I wanted something timeless and romantic. My mom and sister went to India for a week and went shopping with my aunt in Hyderabad. They all have great taste so I trusted them to pick out my wedding outfit, and they did a great job. They bought a deep pink Kanjeevaram (silk) Sari in Hyderabad.
 
My reception outfit was from Shyamal & Bhumika. We saw it online, messaged them through WhatsApp, and did the measurements via facetime! They shipped it over and it fit perfectly. 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I felt that the planning process was very stressful, but at the end of the day, it was all worth it. My parents, sister and I were able to spend a lot of time together planning. It was also fun to introduce our culture and traditions to Evan's family, and they embraced everything wholeheartedly. 
 
We also had a large number of family and friends that helped us execute our vision. Without all of those people, we would not have been able to pull it off. It was amazing to see them all step up and help my parents the weeks leading up to the wedding. 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
All of our guests told us they had a great time at all of the events - and it really showed! They appreciated how organized everything was, thanks to Tum Hi Ho Events. Our DJ/emcee from M4U Events was amazing and the dance floor was never empty. Mirchi Mt.Laurel also did a great job with the food, especially incorporating some American elements into traditional Indian cuisine. 
 
Overall, we felt that this day was not just about us but really about everyone who attended and supported us throughout our relationship. We wanted everyone to feel welcome, enjoy new traditions/customs, and have a great party. There was nothing but joy and good vibes over the weekend, and we are grateful for everyone who made it so fun and enjoyable. 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
My favorite parts of the ceremony were the "Thalambralu," when we showered each other with rice and flowers. I also loved the ending of the ceremony, "Sapthapadi” when we took our seven steps around the fire. It felt very spiritual and peaceful.
 
My favorite parts of the reception were our first dance. We also got married on Father's Day, so after I danced with my dad, we asked all the fathers and daughters to join us on the dance floor. Everyone danced to “You’ll be in my heart” to Phil Collins. Looking out and seeing so much joy and love on the dance floor made me extremely happy.
 
For events other than your ceremony, please tell us as much as you would like about the decor, style, dances, and all the special details.
We started on Friday night with a combination Sangeet/Mehndi ceremony. We decided to make this a “Cuban” themed sangeet as Evan is half Cuban. The décor had lots of tropical elements, and flower arrangements were done by Evan’s father, Frank Prado. We put forth our best Bollywood effort, and the groom’s side also participated with salsa dancing and ended with a Conga line. 
 
The following day, my side had the “pellikuthuru” ceremony at my house. This was followed by lunch at our local clubhouse. On the same day, as much of Evan’s extended family was new to the area, they all gathered for a Bus tour of Philadelphia in the morning. Evan’s father had rented out a double-decker city tour bus that showed our guests the historical and must-see modern sites. They ended with lunch at Pietro’s on South Street. 
 
Sunday, June 17th, was then the big day. Everyone gathered with Evan at Washington Square Park for the Baraat. Evan was on his horse, and everyone paraded down Walnut Street, took a right onto 9th street, and ended at the venue. They had Cuban hats, maracas, and personalized sunglasses on the way. We encouraged everyone on both sides to participate and they had a blast. 
 
We had had the ceremony and lunch, followed by the reception in the evening. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy the ride, even if it's a stressful one. I would also say to be open to compromise, as everything ends up falling into place at the end, and it will be a wonderful day. 
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Venue: Ballroom at the Ben - Philadelphia - we loved the central location of the ballroom and its traditional, classic, timeless beauty. Ott, our maitre'd, was also amazing and made sure everything went perfectly! 
 
Photo/Video: Studio Nine Photography - Zach Blum and team, and they did an excellent job. 
 
Coordination: Tum Hi Ho Events - Kept everything running smoothly and on time! This was absolutely one of the best investments we made towards our wedding and could not have imagined the day without them. 
 
Entertainment: M4U Events - kept the dance floor packed all night! We had quite a few people tell us it felt more like a concert than a reception. 
 
Florals: JP Decors, New Jersey  - They did a beautiful job with the mandap and flower wall, as well as the bouquets and centerpieces. We had hot pink, ivory, and regular pink roses, as well as hydrangeas and orchids. 
 
Catering: Ceremony and Reception: Mirchi Mt. Laurel--New Jersey  - Lunch was more South Indian brunch style, with pasta and burgers as well. Dinner was Indian, including fish, goat and chicken curry dishes. We also had an Indian staple – Biryani, as well as samosas and chicken and lamb kebabs. 
 
Cake: Bakers of Buffington – Downingtown, PA - We had a four-tier cake – each tier had a different flavor. Flavors were carrot, red velvet, chocolate chip and marble with various fillings 
Invitations: Gampa Brothers – Secunderabad, India 
Seating Chart: Declaration of Invitations – Bryn Mawr, PA   
Brides Hair and Make up - Sonia Chaudery – Instagram: @soniacmakeup
 

You can't miss the dreamy reception in our next post!

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Photography: Studio Nine Photography + Cinema | DJ: M4U Events | Planning & Design: Tum Hi Ho Events | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Ballroom at the Ben - Finley Catering | Floral & Decor: JP Decor | Hair & Makeup: Sonia C | Catering: Mirchi Mt. Laurel | Cake & Treats: Bakers of Buffington | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Gampa Brothers


Philadelphia, PA South Indian Fusion Wedding by Studio Nine Photography

As a post-Valentine’s Day treat, Studio Nine Photography + Cinema brings us a glorious South Indian fusion wedding that will sure keep you in the romantic mood! Before the auspicious day, the wedding festivities began with a joyful party celebration of a Sangeet/Mehndi combination that involved dancing and traditions combined with a Cuban theme in honor of the groom’s background! It was finally the ceremony day, and our bride-to-be, Mounica, was dolled up by the celebrated beauty artist Sonia C to marry the love of her life! She put together a classic yet mesmerizing trousseau with a selection of deep pink and gold color Kanjeevaram silk saree, completing the look with shimmering gold temple jewelry! All primed, Maharani Mounica was ready to unveil her bridal look to her dapper groom Evan! See more portraits of this sweet bride in the full gallery!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Evan and I met in Philadelphia in the Spring of 2014. He was in his last year of dental school and I was in my third year of medical school. Our first date was at our now favorite wine bar in the city - Tria. We really hit it off and looked forward to spending more time together. I knew he was "the one" when our relationship seemed so effortless. It was also when he was moving back to Tampa after graduation for work, and we both knew without hesitation that we felt committed to one another and that we would do long distance. I then moved down to Florida after graduation for residency. The rest is history! 
 
Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
Planning our wedding felt extremely overwhelming at first. We didn't know many vendors or really even where to start. We were also attempting to combine different elements into a traditional Indian wedding, as my husband is Cuban-American. Luckily, I had a long engagement and started with online websites, Pinterest, Indian bridal magazines, Instagram, and just asking around for advice. I also went to a bridal show for some inspiration.  My mother and sister did a lot of research and ended up planning a lot of the details - including venue, food, decor theme and more. My aunt Shravani in India also helped immensely with the planning and coordinated outfits, invitations, and more. 
 
I had in mind that I wanted to book Studio Nine for photo/video based on their previous work, and started there. We went back to Philadelphia for a quick trip and toured different venues. We fell in love with the Ballroom at the Ben and thought it would be perfect for our wedding. After that, we just spent time contacting different vendors for the day of coordination, DJ, hair and makeup, decorators, etc. We went with people who we felt had a lot of experience, were responsive, and the easiest to work with. They were all extremely professional and our guests raved about every single one! 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew I wanted the classic colors of gold and red incorporated into the decor and into our outfits. I wanted something timeless and romantic. My mom and sister went to India for a week and went shopping with my aunt in Hyderabad. They all have great taste so I trusted them to pick out my wedding outfit, and they did a great job. They bought a deep pink Kanjeevaram (silk) Sari in Hyderabad.
 
My reception outfit was from Shyamal & Bhumika. We saw it online, messaged them through WhatsApp, and did the measurements via facetime! They shipped it over and it fit perfectly. 
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I felt that the planning process was very stressful, but at the end of the day, it was all worth it. My parents, sister and I were able to spend a lot of time together planning. It was also fun to introduce our culture and traditions to Evan's family, and they embraced everything wholeheartedly. 
 
We also had a large number of family and friends that helped us execute our vision. Without all of those people, we would not have been able to pull it off. It was amazing to see them all step up and help my parents the weeks leading up to the wedding. 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
All of our guests told us they had a great time at all of the events - and it really showed! They appreciated how organized everything was, thanks to Tum Hi Ho Events. Our DJ/emcee from M4U Events was amazing and the dance floor was never empty. Mirchi Mt.Laurel also did a great job with the food, especially incorporating some American elements into traditional Indian cuisine. 
 
Overall, we felt that this day was not just about us but really about everyone who attended and supported us throughout our relationship. We wanted everyone to feel welcome, enjoy new traditions/customs, and have a great party. There was nothing but joy and good vibes over the weekend, and we are grateful for everyone who made it so fun and enjoyable. 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
My favorite parts of the ceremony were the "Thalambralu," when we showered each other with rice and flowers. I also loved the ending of the ceremony, "Sapthapadi” when we took our seven steps around the fire. It felt very spiritual and peaceful.
 
My favorite parts of the reception were our first dance. We also got married on Father's Day, so after I danced with my dad, we asked all the fathers and daughters to join us on the dance floor. Everyone danced to “You’ll be in my heart” to Phil Collins. Looking out and seeing so much joy and love on the dance floor made me extremely happy.
 
For events other than your ceremony, please tell us as much as you would like about the decor, style, dances, and all the special details.
We started on Friday night with a combination Sangeet/Mehndi ceremony. We decided to make this a “Cuban” themed sangeet as Evan is half Cuban. The décor had lots of tropical elements, and flower arrangements were done by Evan’s father, Frank Prado. We put forth our best Bollywood effort, and the groom’s side also participated with salsa dancing and ended with a Conga line. 
 
The following day, my side had the “pellikuthuru” ceremony at my house. This was followed by lunch at our local clubhouse. On the same day, as much of Evan’s extended family was new to the area, they all gathered for a Bus tour of Philadelphia in the morning. Evan’s father had rented out a double-decker city tour bus that showed our guests the historical and must-see modern sites. They ended with lunch at Pietro’s on South Street. 
 
Sunday, June 17th, was then the big day. Everyone gathered with Evan at Washington Square Park for the Baraat. Evan was on his horse, and everyone paraded down Walnut Street, took a right onto 9th street, and ended at the venue. They had Cuban hats, maracas, and personalized sunglasses on the way. We encouraged everyone on both sides to participate and they had a blast. 
 
We had had the ceremony and lunch, followed by the reception in the evening. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy the ride, even if it's a stressful one. I would also say to be open to compromise, as everything ends up falling into place at the end, and it will be a wonderful day. 
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Venue: Ballroom at the Ben - Philadelphia - we loved the central location of the ballroom and its traditional, classic, timeless beauty. Ott, our maitre'd, was also amazing and made sure everything went perfectly! 
 
Photo/Video: Studio Nine Photography - Zach Blum and team, and they did an excellent job. 
 
Coordination: Tum Hi Ho Events - Kept everything running smoothly and on time! This was absolutely one of the best investments we made towards our wedding and could not have imagined the day without them. 
 
Entertainment: M4U Events - kept the dance floor packed all night! We had quite a few people tell us it felt more like a concert than a reception. 
 
Florals: JP Decors, New Jersey  - They did a beautiful job with the mandap and flower wall, as well as the bouquets and centerpieces. We had hot pink, ivory, and regular pink roses, as well as hydrangeas and orchids. 
 
Catering: Ceremony and Reception: Mirchi Mt. Laurel--New Jersey  - Lunch was more South Indian brunch style, with pasta and burgers as well. Dinner was Indian, including fish, goat and chicken curry dishes. We also had an Indian staple – Biryani, as well as samosas and chicken and lamb kebabs. 
 
Cake: Bakers of Buffington – Downingtown, PA - We had a four-tier cake – each tier had a different flavor. Flavors were carrot, red velvet, chocolate chip and marble with various fillings 
Invitations: Gampa Brothers – Secunderabad, India 
Seating Chart: Declaration of Invitations – Bryn Mawr, PA   
Brides Hair and Make up - Sonia Chaudery – Instagram: @soniacmakeup

The ceremony is coming right up!

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Photography: Studio Nine Photography + Cinema | DJ: M4U Events | Planning & Design: Tum Hi Ho Events | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Ballroom at the Ben - Finley Catering | Floral & Decor: JP Decor | Hair & Makeup: Sonia C | Catering: Mirchi Mt. Laurel | Cake & Treats: Bakers of Buffington | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Gampa Brothers


Conway, AR South Indian Fusion Wedding by Memories by Jackie

We have arrived at Sarasijhaa and Salman’s beautiful fusion wedding ceremony! The next day our bride and groom had all their loved ones celebrating their love at the Legacy Acres - Arkansas’ sweet wedding chapel. This unique spot helped the expert wedding firm Eminent Planning to create a heavenly setting including big arrays with large bold flowers that really blew my mind! Traditional and classy, Maharani Sarasijhaa was ready to walk down the aisle and made everyone’s head turn with her elegant fuchsia silk saree and mesmerizing floral hairstyle by McKayla at Harrington & Company while her lovely bridal party also flaunted jasmine florals on their hairdos that flawlessly completed their lovely sarees! The beautiful bride was carried out to see her Raja Salman’ baraat that was enlivened by nobody else than DJ Riz Entertainment’s exciting Bollywood music! Memories by Jackie was there to capture all the ceremony action and best moments to remember which you can find in our complete gallery!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
The story of Sal and I started with a ridiculous amount of chemistry —CHEM101 that is.  In the spring of our freshman year at the University of Pennsylvania we bonded (pun intended) over our beginner chemistry class, and not too long afterward, developed a slightly more exciting chemistry together.  After much consideration, we made the decision that religion (Sal is Ismaili and I am Hindu) was too big to overcome and went our separate ways to medical and business school.
 
Sal and I stayed in touch through the years. By coincidence (some would say fate) we ended up in the same cities for my away rotation and his internship.  While our run-ins were infrequent, they kept us connected, and our friendship stood the test of time.
 
According to Sal, “In late 2015, Sarasi and I caught lunch as she was passing through Dallas. 10 years after first meeting her, I had the sudden realization that I knew who I belonged with, and I belonged with her.”
 
Much to my surprise, Sal called me not too long afterward and said he was coming to Seattle “on business.” We had tough conversations but came to the realization that though our religions were different, our morals and goals were the same.  We also came to the conclusion that love should and could not be limited by religion. The rest is history, but we can truly say that our relationship has been built on years of friendship and support.  We were there for each other through exciting and trying times, so it only seemed natural when chemistry once again appeared.  Our relationship has continued to grow and we are unbelievably excited to begin this new journey.
 
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Sal and I spent two years in a long distance relationship with him in Dallas and me in Seattle. Both of us value and love our families tremendously, so when we started having conversations about our future, we knew that we wanted our extended families to meet.  We arranged to have our families gather during a weekend in Arkansas.  Little did I know that Sal had more planned. 
 
I was supposed to take a Friday evening flight out of Seattle.  I was on my way home to pick up my suitcase when my attending called and said there was an emergent case going to the operating room.  Though I was not on call, I knew that it was a unique case, so I called Sal and asked him to delay my flight.  He obliged.  Thinking back on it, I can’t believe how calm and supportive he was of my career despite all of his weekend plans and the potential that I wouldn’t make it home in time.
 
The case went well but took some time.  I drove straight to the airport without anything I needed for the weekend and boarded the red-eye flight.
 
I landed in Little Rock the next morning.  My sister drove me to my parents’ house for lunch. When we got to my street, my dad and niece were standing at the corner with a tiger lily (my favorite flower) in their hands.  I got out of the car and saw both our families spread out along the street with flowers in hand.  Each set walked me a little farther down the street telling me how much they loved us and recounting funny and emotional stories.  I literally laughed uncontrollably at some points and cried at others.  My mother was at the front door and led me inside the house where there was a pathway of petals leading to our back porch.  
 
When I stepped out onto the porch, I was greeted by Sal as well as a pianist and violinist playing our favorite song!  Sal proposed and we spent the rest of the weekend celebrating with our families. It’s crazy to think that, had things gone slightly different, I may not have made it to one of the most important weekends in my life!  
 
Video of the proposal: https://vimeo.com/229465502
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Sal and I incorporated a lot of our families’ traditions in our wedding but had the most fun planning the less traditional aspects.  We realized that we would have all of our loved ones in one place for an entire weekend just to celebrate us! This made us think about how amazing it would be if we could spend at least part of the weekend giving back instead of focusing on ourselves.  We decided to add a service/seva event to kick off our wedding.  This was probably the most rewarding part of the weekend.  Our family and friends ended up making 20 prosthetic arms for people around the world who have lost limbs in tragic accidents.  The event couldn’t have been filled with more love. 
 
We also added a twist to a few wedding traditions.  We both love to dance, so instead of waiting at the chapel, I was carried out in a Doli to meet his Baraat and join the dancing! We also came out first at our reception so that we could announce our family and bridal party.  This meant a lot to us because they made the weekend come together.  I think that planning and looking forward to these unique events and moments was what kept wedding planning fun and exciting for us.  
 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Sal and I are different religions. We really wanted to incorporate both our families’ traditions and share them with our friends in a fun-filled and high energy way.  I think our guests enjoyed experiencing all of the unique traditions and seeing them come together.  One of our friends posted on social media that our wedding displayed, “profound respect for one another’s faiths, beautiful decorations, and a couple head over heels in love with one another.  God is too big to fit into one religion, and so is love.” This meant so much to us.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The moment that most replays in my mind is the very end of our Pithi / Sangeet. As the night drew towards a close, the DJ announced he was playing the last song, and then proceeded to play the most perfect song imaginable -- Marry You by Bruno Mars. It was fitting because while the night was ending, the very next event (the following morning) was our wedding! Sal and I found each other on the dance floor, and just got totally lost in dancing to the song together. The energy we had in those moments, the energy of our friends and family around us as they danced along with us and celebrated the song and our forthcoming marriage, was indescribable. For as long as I live, I cannot imagine having more fun dancing to a song that I had dancing to "Marry You" that night. While the entire weekend was perfect and amazing in so many ways, that moment stands out.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Here's the teaser video from the wedding:

We certainly can’t wait to see all the grandeur of the reception! Follow our next feature!

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DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Lighting: DJ Riz Entertainment | Baraat: DJ Riz Entertainment | Photography: Memories by Jackie | Cinematography: Memories by Jackie | Sangeet Venue: Legacy Acres - Arkansas | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Legacy Acres - Arkansas | Planning & Design: Eminent Planning | Floral & Decor: Eminent Planning | Makeup: Kraz4makeup | Hair: McKayla at Harrington & Company | Catering: Star of India Little Rock | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Rangeela Dance Company | Bridal Fashions: Mokshaa | Bridal Jewelry: Sri Raja Rajeshwari Jewellery | Cake & Treats: PattiCakes Bakery | Draping/Styling: Anantha Vijaya Gopal-Desikan | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Regal Cards


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