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Palatine, IL Indian Wedding by Joseph Kang Photography

Hi Ladies, we are happy to relive Shreena and Anshul's wedding ceremony held at Shree Swaminarayan Temple in Palatine, IL. Special thanks to Joseph Kang Photography's team, who captured the unique way this lovely pair decided to honor their cultural heritage. I especially love the portraits beforehand. The images are a stunning visual record of a sweet, intimate moment! But before we go any further, let's talk about Shreena's bridal look. While we are in love with every detail of her stunning lehenga choli and Polki jewels, what really stole the show was the soft-pink florals that dolled up her bun. Hala Beauty created this floral hairstyle that added the right dose of grace to the entire wedding look. Bravo! Music was a priority for this pair, so they requested Ravi Sagar and DJ Krush to provide endless entertainment during the Baraat. Nothing can beat Anshul luxury open car entry that was totally flashy and cheerful. For the most special milestone of their life, the newlyweds left the planning to Chicago's premier couture event planners J2R Events. The wedding specialists organized an impeccable bash and took care of all small and large details. While VP Impressions created a delight to the guests' eyes with a structured squared mandap decorated with florals and added some imposing white roses arrangements. The result was just spectacular for the couple to exchange vows in this beautiful setting. Take a peek inside Shreena and Anshul wedding ceremony in our complete gallery.

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
So Anshul and I met years ago in college. He visited Indiana University for an NCAA tournament game with some friends and through our mutual connection (my cousin/his friend) we met at a birthday party that night. Nothing happened and after that night we went our own ways. A couple years later we bumped into each other while living in downtown Chicago. I thought he recognized me at a pizza place, but he didn't (he kind of forgot who I was). We both got a laugh out of it after the fact! We continued to run into each other unplanned at different restaurants and bars throughout the city and, after this happened a few times, he finally got the courage to ask me out and the rest is history!

Anshul and I have gone through a lot together as couple and grown together. For me, there wasn't just one moment where I thought he was the one. It was his constant acts of kindness and love that made me realize he is the one. He has supported me throughout our relationship and I know he will always have my back.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Anshul told me his work was having a summer party at a nice Italian restaurant along the Chicago Riverwalk! He had a "fake" email invite/flyer and everything. As we walked alongside the river, we stopped right in front of the restaurant we were supposed to go into - he said we should take a moment to look at the beautiful skyline and it was a hot Summer day so I didn't mind a quick break. I stood there actually admiring this view as the sun was about to set. When I turned around he was down on one knee saying his blurb! I was so shocked I couldn't process everything that was going on! After the proposal, he surprised me with a party where some of our close friends and family were there to celebrate!

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.
We got engaged in August of 2018 and decided to plan our wedding for May 2020. We had our venue, hair & makeup, outfits, decor and everything else planned to the final detail.

Unfortunately, the pandemic hit in March of 2020 and we had to change everything at short notice. There was so much uncertainty on what would happen: the number of people we could accommodate, vendor/venue availability, and the virus itself. We couldn't have the wedding on May 9th as we had planned but our family and close friends in Chicago surprised us with a drive-by and our brothers surprised us with a beautiful video with messages from all of our friends and family. Seeing all the love surrounding us gave us confidence to move on with our wedding.

We re-planned our wedding for July 3rd - new venue, just 50 guests, and only one event rather than the 4-day, 400-person celebration we had originally planned. While we were unable to have the wedding we had originally planned, our vendors could not have been more supportive throughout the re-planning process. They took all the necessary measures to make sure our wedding was perfect and that attendees were safe.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My parents, brother, and I traveled to India in November 2019 for wedding shopping. This was the first dress I tried on and we all fell in love with it! It just felt too good to be true to love the first dress. I kept trying on dresses but could not get this one out of my mind. That's how I knew it was the one!

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part was seeing how all our friends and family came together to shower us with so much love and support through adverse times. To have people who loved and supported us no matter what was truly amazing and not taken for granted. The re-planning process brought upon us many obstacles, but their support and care helped us get through it in one piece! Their texts, phone calls, FaceTimes, and love will have a place in our hearts forever.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
They loved how we made them feel apart of it even though they couldn't attend in person. We had a live Zoom link which allowed us to have over 200 friends and family from all over the world present on our wedding day - technology is amazing!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
A special moment that I keep replaying in my head is our first look. The moment when I placed my hand on Anshul's back and he turned around is something I will remember forever. It was just us. Just us before the chaos began. We both cried, laughed, and held each other's hands. It felt like all our worries and the stresses of planning a wedding and then re-planning a wedding all went away in that one moment.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Just breathe! I know that sometimes in the middle of planning the decisions you have to make seem like the end of the world, but they're not! I learned from this pandemic that you can plan and plan and plan and things just don't always go the way they are supposed to. Yes, you will remember that day for ever but you will also remember all the moments before it. So make it count. Have fun picking out the dress, choosing that vendor you really like, and eating a ton at food tastings. Because you will also remember those moments as well. I promise you will have a beautiful day no matter what as long as you just enjoy the journey.

What do you think about Shreena and Anshul's wedding? Leave us your thoughts below.

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Planning & Design: J2R Events | Floral & Decor: VP Impressions | Hair & Makeup: Hala Beauty | DJ: DJ Krush | Baraat: Ravi Sagar and DJ Krush | Cinematography: Juan Alvarado | Photography: Joseph Kang Photography | Ceremony Venue: Shree Swaminarayan Temple


Dallas, TX Pakistani Wedding by Nida Rehman Photography

Hi Maharanis! We are beyond excited to unveil a wedding that epitomizes the richness of Pakistani culture. Nida Rehman Photography captured a series of celebratory events that completed the beautiful affair of Mashaal and Hassan. Let's start with the heart of the wedding spree. A beautiful Nikaah took place at Omni Las Colinas, and following the Islamic tradition, this sweet pair signed the marriage contract and said the official I Do's. Nikah is a solemn ceremony, but that doesn't mean it can't be spectacular. Events by Faiza decked up the wedding stage with an explosion of soft and romantic colors that I'm sure charmed all guests present. Our lovely Maharani Mashaal selected the best outfit for her special day. She looked her absolute best in an intricately embroidered Anarkali suit and had a fancy approach with a long dupatta and bright makeup by MsPaintedLady. After the ceremony, the newlyweds sliced a lovely cake created  by Cecilia Ornella, and North Star Carriage transported them into their new life! What a great end for a fairytale wedding day! Up next, all family and friends quickly moved to the Embassy Suites Frisco Convention Center to attend the Walima. Here DJ Jazz Entertainment made all the decorations look alive, adding touches of light, and packed the dance floor playing the best Bollywood hits. Mashaal and Hassan donned once again elegant looks echoing the magnum vibe of a Pakistani royal couple. No doubt this was a legendary wedding party! Make sure to glance over our complete gallery and get inspired by every image.

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So you are planning your big day! Make sure to come back tomorrow and get mor inspiration with another great love story!

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Floral & Decor: Events by Faiza | Photography: Nida Rehman Photography | Aloft Element Love Field Dallas: Sangeet Venue | Ceremony Venue: Omni Las Colinas | Reception Venue: Embassy Suites Frisco Convention Center | Floral & Decor: Bebe Decor | Hair and Makeup: MsPaintedLady- Alex Angel | Catering: Texas King | Catering: Jimmy Burger | DJ: DJ Jazz Entertainment | Cake & Treats: Cecilia Ornella | Cinematography: A&A (video from Houston TX) | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: MsPaintedLady- Alex Angel | Lighting: DJ Jazz Entertainment | Mehndi Artist: Henna by Zohra | Mehndi Artist: Meenas Mehndi | Horse Carriage (Rhuksathi): North Star Carriage | Live dosa / Jalaebi /Paan/Grill station: Royal Sweets | Second Photographer: Mo Syed Photography


Somerset, NJ South Indian Wedding by Jayesh Production

Good morning, Maharanis! Don't miss Rohini & Krishna's wedding in today's Platinum Guide Blog.

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Our marriage was arranged. We found each other's profiles on WhatsApp and requested for additional details. Once our horescopes matched and we knew we could proceed talking, we exchanged numbers. We started talking in Feb, saw each other for the first time on Valentine's Day and quickly after got engaged. We were supposed to get married in May in India, but due to the pandemic, we pushed our wedding to November and got married in the US. Just by talking to each other, we fell in love and after seeing each other, we felt the spark!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
No proposal story as our wedding was arranged :)

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.
Initally we planned on having the wedding in India, so when we suddenly decided to have it in the US, I had to use Google as my best friend to look up different venues. My older brother suggested we look at the Marigold and after doing so, we fell in love with the venue. For the remaining, we took help from our venue for preferred vendors and finished the search on Instagram!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew that I always wanted to be traditional, not just in the outfit, but also in the colors. My wedding saree was maroon and gold.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Our original wedding was supposed to happen in India, but because of COVID, we decided to get married in the U.S. My father-in-law and mother-in-law and grandparents flew from India to attend the wedding and because we were performing most of the ceremonies at my house, both families spent a lot of time planning the event together and executing it in the same place. We are probably one of the few people who can say we attended each other's pre-wedding ceremonies!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
After the wedding, our guests came back to us to tell us that they enjoyed the Indian food, social distancing (welcome to COVID weddings!), the live video (all our family who could not make the wedding in India due to COVID), and how traditional our wedding was especially because we were performing the ceremony in the U.S.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
In the Hindu culture, the bride and groom do not see each other on the day of the wedding until the Muhurtham time, ours was at 9:09 AM. At that time the thera between the bride and groom comes down for us to look at each other for the first time. The moment that constantly plays in my mind is when the thera comes down, I could not help but smile and almost tear up imagining that at that moment, I was going to spend the rest of my life with the man in front of me.

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 had a five-day South Indian Hindu ceremony. Day one consisted of me getting my Mehandi done. Day two consisted of getting both Krishna and I ready to become the groom and bride by getting us dressed in wedding clothes after the Mangala Snaanam. Day three consisted of the Krishna performing the Snathakam ceremony and I performing the Ankurarpana ceremony. That evening, we both the families sat across from each other for our Vara Pooja. At last, day four was our wedding! Following our wedding, day five, we ended the happy occasion by performing the Satyanarayana Pooja. All events, aside from our wedding, were done at home due to the COVID situation. We celebrated our wedding with a small intimate gathering of our closest friends and family.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
All the small details will fall into place by the time of the wedding. Relax and enjoy the wedding day.

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Photography: Jayesh Production | Hair & Makeup: Looks by Jassi | Ceremony Venue: The Marigold | Reception Venue: The Marigold | Floral & Decor: Elegant Affairs Inc. | Catering: Chand Palace | Mehndi Artist: Henna by Riddhi | Nails: Four Seasons Nails


Pune, India Maharashtrian Wedding by PTaufiq Photography

Happy Friday, Maharanis. We wanted to wrap up the week with an opulent wedding held in India! PTaufiq Photography kindly shared some truly fantastic set of images featuring Tanishka & Shubham's Marathi union. The couple wed in the heart of Maharashtra at Sunny's World Pune. The exclusive venue located amidst 100 acres of nature also served as a setting for a Bollywood-style sangeet night that kicked off the spree and a dreamlike wedding ceremony. This pair pulled off their multiple celebrations in style, coordinating their outfits. Maharani Tanishka looked charming and graceful in a vibrant pink silk saree design by Megha & Jigar and added a timeless elegance to her attire with a Neelkanth Jewellers' dazzling jewel set. She also embraced a glam look for her big day, thanks to luxe wedding beauty artist Anuja Kalokhe. At the same time, Raja Shubham was the quintessential groom wearing a white color attire he accessorized with a pink turban and pink dupatta that perfectly paired with the brides' outfit. How clever is that? After tying the knot, our newlyweds made their first appearance as a married couple looking like royals! The lavish reception party showcased a pair of spectacular horse statues and a sun-shaped seat for the couple to enjoy the multiple choreographies. You are going to be smitten by this star-studded Marathi affair. Hurry up and check the complete gallery by PTaufiq Photography and take a closer look.

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Ladies, make sure to read our Monday's post. We have prepared another fabulous Indian wedding story you will adore!

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Photography: PTaufiq Photography | Cinematography: PTaufiq Photography | Sangeet Venue: Sunny's World Pune | Ceremony Venue: Sunny's World Pune | Reception Venue: Sunny's World Pune | Bridal Jewelry: Neelkanth Jewellers | Jewelry: RathodJewellers | Hair & Makeup: Anuja Kalokhe | Bridal Fashions: Megha & Jigar | Tuxedos: Syuta Bespoke | Styling: Naap by Manojj and Eshieta


Gross Pointe Farms, MI Sikh Wedding by Making the Moment

Hello, ladies! Join us today while we unveil Kitty & Apram's wedding in today's Platinum Guide Blog.

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Photography: Making the Moment Photography | Cinematography: Making the Moment Photography | DJ: DJ Ice & Fresh Productions | Baraat: DJ Ice & Fresh Productions | Sangeet Venue: Farmington Hills Manor | Chunni Ceremony / Mayian Venue: Dhaliwal Residence | Ceremony Venue: The War Memorial | Reception Venue: Novi Sheraton Hotel | Floral & Decor (Sangeet/Ceremony): Lama Florist - Weddings by Lama | Floral & Decor (Sangeet): Utsav Planners Inc. | Floral & Decor (Reception): Flowers by Renee | Hair: Hair by Aysha | Makeup: Makeup By JHobby | Catering: Punjab Indian Cuisine | Catering (Reception): Grill of India | Mehndi Artist: Henna by Vaidehi | Bridal Fashion: Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla | Groom Fashion: Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla | Groom Fashion (Reception): Tom Ford | Catering (Chunni Ceremony/Mayian): Wood Fired Up: Brad Lydick


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