I have never traveled to Ohio so it’s always exciting to put together an editorial feature of an Indian wedding out of this delightful state. Today’s celebration encompasses class, luxury, and Bollywood flair. Welcome to Maharani Priya and Milan's charming celebration! It all starts with an immaculate wedding vendor team. The images are truly astonishing and with Enmuse Photography behind the lens, there are some gorgeous memories that lay ahead. Joie de Vivre Events was on board in making this Maharani’s dreams come true. Don’t take my word for it! Head into the gallery captured by Enmuse Photography to check out this Indian wedding yourself.
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Milan and I met on Dil Mil. He was living in Tampa at the time and I was living in NYC. We were both reluctant to use the dating app but both of our friends signed us up so we decided to give it a try. He seemed boring at first but he kept trying to talk to me so I decided to give him a chance. We talked over the phone and realized we have a lot in common, the conversation was easy, and he wasn't so boring over the phone. A couple of months later, he was coming up to NYC to visit his cousins and we decided to meet up. We hit it off right away, and what was supposed to be one date turned into an entire weekend date. We both agreed to see where this relationship goes and I visited him in Florida where we spent the weekend at Universal Studios. We made it a point to see each other once a month. Our fifth date was a long weekend trip to Punta Cana. This is where he said those 3 words "I love you" and I knew he was the one when I didn't want him to leave me to go back to Florida.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Milan and I are both very competitive. So he came up with a unique proposal idea that involved a few our competitive sides. It totally took me by surprise and he planned it at the spot where we had our first date - Brooklyn Bridge Park. The weekend of the proposal, his brother and sister-in-law planned a trip to visit us in NYC from Atlanta. I wanted to make sure we planned the weekend with what wanted to do. They named a few places - Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, One World - that they absolutely wanted to see. I started planning out our weekend and made reservations to a few of my favorite restaurants I wanted to take them to. As the week approached, the weather started showing rain most of the weekend. No big deal. I replanned our activities accordingly. This is when Milan got involved with the planning. You should know one thing about him - he does not plan. Ever. He is always more than willing to let me take care of all the planning. He became very adamant that we must walk Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday morning between 10am-12pm because that is our window of opportunity of no rain. He also told me the dinner reservation I made for 7 pm is too late for his brother and that he usually eats at 5 pm. I became a bit suspicious because this was too much planning for him. He insisted that his brother really wants to walk the bridge and that he wants them to have a good time here.
Fast forward to Saturday morning and we head to Brooklyn Bridge during our "window of opportunity". On the way, Milan was telling his brother and sister-in-law how parks around the city usually have games set up for the public to play in the summertime and that Brooklyn Bridge Park was one of them. I started thinking - this is where we had our first date and that was the only time either of us had been to Brooklyn Bridge Park. There were no games there. He kept insisting there were and I was so adamant that there weren't. We started arguing back and forth until he eventually "let me" win the argument. We arrived at Brooklyn Bridge Park and started casually strolling along the waterfront. We soon approached a couple of tables by the water with some games set up - life-size Jenga, Scrabble, and life-size Connect Four! I immediately turned to Milan and was super shocked. I told him he was still wrong about this park having games like this but it must be a new thing. We decided to have a go at the games. We played Jenga and Milan lost. He then asked me to play Scrabble (which I found out later why) but I wanted to we play Connect Four. So we played Connect Four and, of course, I won (despite him trying to cheat!). We then moved onto Scrabble. Milan sat down on one side of the board and I sat down on the other. But my competitive side was on so I told him I want to sit on his side or that we should rock-paper-scissors for the side. He told me that it's too late. I then looked down at my letters and I had the least used letters of the alphabet - Q, J, X, Z, U, V, K! I looked up to start arguing about how unfair this was? but caught up in the competitiveness, I didn't even realize that Milan had already started putting his letters on the board. I asked what he was doing and he simply ignored me as he spelled out "Priya will you marry me," got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! Little did I know that this entire day and the game setup were planned by him with the help of a few close family members!
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 live in NYC and our wedding was in Columbus, Ohio, where my parents live. It was definitely challenging planning a wedding from so far away. I made several weekend trips back home throughout the year leading up to our big day. However, I had the most amazing vendors - namely my planner, photographer, videographer, DJ, live garba band, and hair/makeup stylist - who helped make the entire planning process as smooth and easy as possible.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I did my wedding shopping in India and I knew I wanted a deep red wedding lehenga. I also didn't want anything too heavy or gaudy. When I went to India, however, all of the wedding lehengas "in" at the time were white, pink, bright red/orange. I was told by every designer store I went to that I will not find the red color I am looking for. After hours and days of shopping, I finally found my perfect wedding dress at a designer boutique in Ahmedabad. It was the perfect color - true red with just the right amount of antique gold colored work.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was choosing my vendors at the start of the planning process and then seeing everything unfold so beautifully and perfectly on the day of. It is so easy to get caught up in the numerous details throughout the planning process and leading up to the big day that we forget to enjoy everything in the moment. Receiving all of the compliments from family and friends about how great everything turned out and how much they enjoyed all of the small details was truly priceless.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved how welcomed they felt and how easy, fun and smooth every event and moment was for them. They felt that all of the details were planned out perfectly and there wasn't a moment that they weren't having fun. We got so many compliments on the food - taste, presentation, uniqueness. And our guests absolutely loved our wedding reception flow. We had friends tell us that they have never gone to a wedding reception where they don't get bored for at least a small portion of the reception - speeches, performances, etc. Our reception speeches kept everyone super engaged and the performances were unique and filled with lots of energy. We opened up our dance floor before we even started dinner!
Was there a really special moment at your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There were 2 moments. The first was Friday morning after I got ready for my Vidhi. I knew this was officially the start of my wedding weekend and that it was going to fly by. I felt excited and so happy. I wanted to make sure I take in every moment of the next 48 hours. The second was our First Look. It was perfect. We were in downtown Columbus, on a bridge, with no one besides each other (and our photographers and videographers, of course). It was the first time I saw him dressed as my Groom and he saw me dressed as his Bride.
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.
Milan & I love football. I'm a college fan and he's an NFL fan. So for Garba night, we had water bottles with labels of our favorite teams - Ohio State Buckeyes for my side and Denver Broncos for his side. Our guests loved it!
Milan didn't come in on a typical horse during the baraat. He's a huge animal lover and didn't want to ride on a horse knowing how they are trained. He is also an even bigger car lover and wanted to come in on a Ferrari (which is technically a horse) but we weren't able to find one anywhere in the Midwest so he came in on a Mustang (which is still a horse). We left our Vidai in a 1961 Bentley S2.
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
One special person I want to recognize is Natasha Dalal, a fashion designer in Mumbai, who went above and beyond what words can express. I had several issues with my wedding reception lehenga since I came back from India. With just a couple months left before my wedding, I didn't have a dress for my wedding reception. I saw that a designer, Natasha Dalal, was opening up a pop-up store in NYC. This was the same weekend that I was flying home to Ohio for wedding planning so I wasn't able to go. I spoke to Natasha over the phone to see if there is any way she can meet me before my flight. We tried but our timings didn't work out, as she was flying back to India the next day. We kept in touch when she got back to India and I explained my situation. She expressed her understanding and acknowledged my concerns. She and her team went above and beyond to create my wedding reception lehenga to perfection and make sure I get it on time. She personally kept in contact with me day and night, taking into consideration the time difference and assured and reassured me to trust her and her team. I have never experienced such amazing customer service and my wedding reception outfit was perfect.
Milan's dog, Gizmo, was our special ring bearer and he walked down the aisle with our rings tied to a pillow. Milan's mom hand-made Gizmo's sherwani outfit herself.
A coworker of mine made a beautiful donut wall for our wedding reception out of scratch. I showed him a photo and he added a few special touches of his own with the light-up "Donut" sign above the wall. We also had a live Paan station at the end of our reception.
We had custom-made food stands (lahris) at our Garba event for our appetizers and I made custom signs to represent the Groom and I: "Mile High Bites," "OSU Chaat Cafe," "Milya Falafels," and "Curry Wok Indo-Chinese Corner." We also had live sugar-cane juice for our guests.
I will be right back with the second part of this feature - the Indian wedding ceremony!