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Somerset, NJ Indian Wedding by Recall Pictures

Ladies! Get ready to enjoy Niharika & Naman's enchanting 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"?
I met Naman at college orientation at The Ohio State University. Go Bucks! We happened to be sitting next to each other at one of the orientation lectures and got to talking about how he is from New Jersey. As we kept talking, Naman asked me what my major was and it ended up being the same as his. Then he asked if I was living on campus and I said yes. We then found out that we were living in the same dorm, on the same floor! Our suites ended up being near each other, and we had classes together as well so we quickly became close. It was fate!

I knew he was the one a few years into our relationship. We got along so well and had so many of the same interests. We had fun together and were happy just sitting and talking or watching movies.Our time together never had to be anything crazy, but we loved being together. Whenever we weren't together, we missed each other. I knew I couldn't imagine my life without him.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Naman and I went on a cruise to the Bahamas in March of 2019. We had dinner reservations that night so after I got ready, Naman asked me to take some pictures outside on the balcony outside our room. When we went out there, he got down on one knee and proposed during sunset! It was especially meaningful because he worked with a jeweler to design my ring. It made me feel that much more loved because he took the time to do that. 

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 worked closely with our wedding planner and families to get through all the details of the events. Our wedding planner, Urvashi, did a great job of keeping us organized and on track to make sure everything got done on time. The service at the Marigold was unmatched. They were very helpful to the bride and groom but they were also great to all the guests.

Lilly Rivera of Bridal Gal was amazing. She made me look and feel like a bride. She was very responsive throughout the planning process and listened and took notes during our trial.

Wedding design did a great job of understanding our vision and style for the events. They worked with us to make sure the color scheme would be just right for each event and that it would mesh well with our outfits.

Premier entertainment provided great service as well. They were very helpful and responsive during the planning process and thought of so many details. We didn’t want a DJ who would hype up the crowd too much; we wanted the music to speak for itself. Premier entertainment understood that and set us up with a DJ who fit our style.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew I wanted to go for a dress with a pink tone. I also wanted the details on the dress to be easy to see and not overdone. I tried on a few outfits that were lighter in tone, but I realized a darker tone may look better in the daytime. I tried on a dress that was a red wine color and it had some gold and blue details on it as well. I knew it was the one, the minute I put it on. I loved everything about it!

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was seeing the final products come together, the food menus, decor ideas, favors, etc. It was amazing to see all our hard work and the countless hours of planning make everyone happy. It was astonishing to see how the vendors brought our visions to life.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests were raving about the variety of food in all our events. Moghul Catering went above and beyond in helping us create the perfect menus for our events. My husband and I love different kinds of cuisines and we wanted to incorporate that into our wedding while also staying true to our Indian roots. Over the course of all the events, we had Indian, Thai, Mediterranean, Japanese and Italian options for our guests. Many of the items were Indian inspired like the paneer tikka sushi made fresh by a Japanese chef. The food was definitely a highlight of the weekend!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
My husband and I aren’t big on the usual entrances that are done in weddings where the bride and groom are introduced and come dancing in. Instead, our wedding planner, Urvashi, helped us come up with a reveal. While our same day edit was playing for the guests at the reception, we snuck onto the stage and as the same day edit ended, the spotlight flashed on us, music played and sparklers went off. It was a magical moment!

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 weekend kicked off with a combined Haldi and Pooja at my husband’s family house. We had a beautiful backdrop of orange flowers and colorful umbrellas. Friends and family were able to color us full of Haldi.

That evening we gathered for an outdoor welcome dinner at a family friends home. The night was filled with friends, family, delicious food and lots of dancing.

The following night was our Sangeet at Martinsville Gardens. We used the outdoor courtyard space for our cocktail hour. The fountain was a focal point and we also had various food stations around the courtyard covered by large, decorated, maroon umbrellas. The decor in the ballroom was Moroccan themed. Floral pieces and Moroccan lamps filled the stage. To go along with the theme, we also had herbal, flavored hookah available for our guests to enjoy during the cocktail hour. Family members and friends did dance performances and we had a few singing performances as well. We also played the wedding shoe game in which we’re asked questions and have to hold up the shoe of the bride or groom depending on who fits the answer best. It was an entertaining evening! Once the performances were done, the dance floor opened for the night. Towards the end of the night, our guests were able to enjoy the paan cart by Mr. Paanwala. Chocolate paan and mint mojito paan were among a few of the flavors they could choose from.

Our reception cocktail hour was a good time for our guests to mingle and enjoy appetizer while listening to the electric violinist play modern and classical songs. The reception itself started with the playing of our same day edit and the bride and groom’s reveal. Then we went straight into our first dance in the clouds created by dry ice. We danced to crowded room by Conor Maynard. Following this, our parents gave speeches and then my father and I had our father daughter dance. We danced to Daughters by John Mayer. We chose to have a cupcake tower instead of a traditional wedding cake, so that our guests would be able to easily grab and enjoy different flavors. The night moved on with dinner and plenty of dancing. We then had an incredible Viennese dessert display.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
The planning process can be overwhelming and frustrating at times, especially now during covid, but I would say that your wedding day will be exactly what you want it to be. In the end the details don’t matter as much as just being able to celebrate your relationship with your family and friends. Everyone is there to celebrate you as a couple and that’s what you should focus on.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Mehndikalogie did my bridal henna and it was breathtaking. The intricate details were so precise and beautiful.

We chose to do a cupcake tower and Palermo Bakery did a great job of replicating the designs I showed them. We had vanilla, chocolate and red velvet cupcakes with buttercream frosting. The frosting colors were just what we asked for and the cake was delicious.

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Hair & Makeup: BridalGal | Mehndi Artists: Mehndikalogie | Sangeet Venue: Martinsville Gardens | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Marigold | Planning & Design: Urvashi Mishra - Radz Events | Floral & Decor: Wedding Design | Catering: Moghul Caterers | DJ: Premier Entertainment | Baraat: Premier Entertainment | Lighting: Premier Entertainment | Cake & Treats: Palermo Bakery | Cinematography: Recall Pictures | Event Designer: Urvashi Mishra - Radz Events | Live Music: Tiffany Weiss | Photo Booth: Milestone Photo Booths | Groom’s Hair & Beard Services: Suraj Hair (Egotrip Grooming) | Hookah at Sangeet: Grey Ash Club | Paan station at Sangeet: Mr. Paanwala | Food Truck: Everything About Crepes | Baraat Horse and Vidaai Carriage: Caliber Farms | Bridesmaid’s Hair & Makeup: Anita Parmar


Tucson, AZ Indian Wedding by Lux Wedding Studios

Good morning, beauty queens! We missed you during the weekend, and we were dying to share Devika & Abhishek's swoon-worthy wedding with all of you. So let's not wait any longer and get ready to enjoy this real-life fairytale. Today, more than ever, love is in the air with this romantic and delightful outdoor wedding celebrated at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona. Hands down, this was the perfect place to celebrate the love of this beautiful young during their wedding festivities. The Arizona desert and the surrounding valley were covered with the love that Devika & Abhishek radiated and became the perfect backdrop for this lovely pair to become husband and wife. The natural environment was impressive and charming, but nothing compared to the gorgeous look of our sweet Maharani Devika. She looked breathtaking on her traditional and elegant lengha embellished with golden patterns, making her look like a princess. Makiaj Beauty complemented his captivating look with the exquisite makeup and hairstyle created for this occasion. And oh boy, it was a dreamy look! But that is not all! We also want to take a moment to appreciate the unique Mehndi design Henna by Purvi carefully created for our lovely Maharani. Beauty and tradition at their best! Without any question, this was a dreamy look we all want to have four our big day! If you are like us and can't get enough of this lovely wedding, don't miss today's gallery by Lux Wedding Studios. It overflows with charming and captivating shots that will brighten up your day!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Abhishek and I met as a fluke in Tampa while he was starting residency and I was starting pharmacy school. Both of us were from Arizona, with many many mutual friends, but never knew of each other! Our paths crossed, we started talking and honestly were inseparable ever since.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Under the deception of a friend's birthday party, I was whisked in a car taken to the Don Cesar for the weekend.  While I was enjoying the Florida sun and relaxing on the beach,  Abhishek was busy on the balcony glueing hundreds of little flower petals to the rooftop and getting ready to ask the most important question of his life, duh! As I got ready for a birthday dinner, I got a phone call from the hotel reception that I had won an exclusive spa package at the resort! They told me come up in person to the balcony before sunset to claim my prize and have  a photoshoot. Little did I know I was going to get the best prize of all, my best friend for life. When I reached the roof, I was surprised to see him standing in a beautiful heart made of petals asking me to be his forever, and of course I said yes!

Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
So, we got married in Tucson, Az as it was our hometown, however we both were still living in Tampa, FL. The wedding process was a little bit tricky since we had to talk to all vendors through lots of emails, phone calls and text messages. Honestly through it all, everyone had great communication and really helped make our wedding weekend extraordinary! Now with our theme, I wanted a whimsical desert themed wedding, especially because we were in the most beautiful resort in Tucson. Our decorator took our vision and made it come to life.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I selected my bridal lengha from a specialty boutique in Atlanta. Originally I was on the hunt for a baby pink lengha, but when I saw this pink lengha I absolutely fell in love. The gold work and beautiful fusia pink color was something I could not say no too!

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was definitely our creativity. My husband and I are both very outside the box thinkers and we loved getting creative with the decor, event signs and even all the goodies for our guests.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests particularly loved how everything was so personalized for each person there. They also loved the theme and how music and dance was such a big part of the wedding festivities!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
A special moment for us was most definitely the first look. The anticipation of driving up, walking toward my soon to be husband and then finally both of us turning around is a memory I will forever replay!

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.
For our mehendi, I wanted a complete floral theme. From the backdrop to outside we had many different version of flowers and hanging lights. I wanted to bring a little bit of Florida into our dessert themed wedding event. Abhishek and I both performed at our Mehendi with me starting off a solo piece and then abhishek joined me for a very entertaining fast paced duo. Our friends did an amazing job with creating a dynamic and wonderful group dance performance as well! For our Haldi, of course everything had to be yellow! Our decorator did a beautiful job with creating a beautiful event filled with yellow flowers everywhere.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
My biggest advice would be to not stress over all the small details. There are so many people around you that will help to make sure that your wedding vision comes true! Every single thing will work out and turn out beautifully, but its important to take it all in and enjoy the process as much as you can!

That is all for today, darlings! See you tomorrow for more.

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Mehndi Artists: Henna by Purvi | Photography: Lux Wedding Studios | Venue: JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa | Decor: Decor By Lupe | Hair & Makeup: Makiaj Beauty | DJ: No Limit Events LLC | Cinematography: SkyPoint Productions | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: VS Invitations | Lighting: No Limit Events LLC


Amelia Island, FL Indian Wedding by Diego Stuart Films

Good morning, Maharanis! Yes, it is Wednesday again, which means that another wedding film is coming your way. And today's whimsical wedding celebrates the union of colors, customary traditions, and a blooming love story for the ages. So don't hesitate and get ready to enjoy the image after image of eye candy presented by Diego Stuart Films! When the pendulum swings between luxurious and traditional, you know it is one blockbuster of a wedding. And such was the aura at Shruthi & Arjun's wedding events, orchestrated by Dream Shaadi, that we were dying to share all the details with you! The festivities began with various pre-wedding events where Dynasty AVE caught the audience's pulse and entertained them with classics and current hits. Nikun Events outdid themselves with the decor, transforming the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort's halls into the perfect setting for Shruthi & Arjun to start their married life. The fashion quotient peaked at this wedding with Shruthi opting for traditional-chic outfits very well complemented by Once Upon A Stylist, who designed exquisite and graceful makeup and hairstyle looks to praise this Maharani's innate beauty! And we are so grateful that Diego Stuart Films and Regeti's Photography were there to catch all the live-action as every scene is impressive and inspiring. But don't take our word; click the play icon down below and check it out by yourself! We are sure you are going to love it so much!

We hope you've enjoyed today's film as much as we did! Don't forget to join us tomorrow for more.

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Photography: Regeti's Photography | Planning & Design: Dream Shaadi | Floral & Decor: Nikun Events | Cinematography: Diego Stuart Films | Venue: Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort | Hair & Makeup: Once Upon A Stylist | Catering: Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort | DJs/Baraat: Dynasty AVE


Rockleigh, NJ Indian Wedding by Charmi Peña Photography

Hi, darlings! Juhi & Christopher's wedding is now available in today's Platinum Guide Blog. Enjoy it!

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Hair & Makeup: Looks by Jassi | Venues: The Rockleigh | Planning & Design: Bridal Arts and Events | Floral & Decor: Elegant Affairs Inc. | Catering: Saar Catering | DJ: D&S Event Solutions | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Jelly Roll - BVT Live | Photography: Charmi Peña Photography


Pontiac, MI Indian Wedding by Sky Films and Productions

Happy Friday, Maharanis! Another week has gone by, and we are rapidly approaching the weekend; and what better way to do it than taking a look at a romantic love story that will make you feel inspired! Today's love tale centers on the adorable duo of Ashima & Dhritiman. The couple brought on Utsav Planners,Inc. to help spearhead wedding planning, and the result was a fabulous wedding brimming with culture, mixed emotions, flair, and above all, lots of love! When Ashima through the aisle of the Center Point Marriot in Auburn Hills, guests couldn't help but sigh in delight at her radiance. And before we go any further, we want to take a moment to commend the gorgeous bride on her various bridal looks! We love how she switched gears from her ruby wedding lengha to a blue and sparkling reception lengha, always looking like a goddess. To achieve this dreamy look, she brought Makeup By JHobby and Hair by Ayesha to dazzle her up in glowing skin and a classy wavy hairstyle. To add an extra touch of traditional flair, she got a lovely Mehndi design by Henna Beauty by Krupa, and the final result was something to die for! The ceremony was an intimate affair, and Ashima & Dhritiman capped off the joyous event with their first kiss as husband and wife to cheers and rose petals. After the wedding ceremony, it was time to celebrate this life milestone with a glamorous reception party animated by DJ Ice & Fresh Productions. The dancing, the delicious food by Punjab Indian Cuisine, and of course, the love of Ashima & Dhritiman made of this night a night to remember! And we are glad Sky Films and Productions was there to capture all the action. If you can't get enough of this lovely couple, head into this full gallery, where you can find plenty of photographic inspiration for your own glam wedding. Believe us; you will love every single shot!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Dhritiman and I met in the busy halls of an pediatric emergency department in Michigan. As a pediatric resident, I was rotating through the emergency department and Dhritiman was my supervising fellow. While I grew used to Dhritiman's humor(or lack thereof) over the month, they bonded over patients and procedures. We parted our ways, however one month later he called me and we met up for dinner and bonded over common hobbies and similar upbringing. I knew he was the one when after his long shifts he would be waiting outside for me at the hospital with a water bottle and box of chocolates. He would listen to me endlessly with a smile on his face.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Dhritiman dropped to one knee and asked Ashima "the question" in front of the restaurant, where they first established their relationship.Leading upto that special moment, Dhritiman was both excited and nervous ( for once he had planned something in life). Ashima was all tears (partly due to cold weather) because at that moment she knew she had met her real life "Shahrukh Khan". The two of them had a wonderful night sharing the start of their new chapter together with family and friends.

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.
Wedding planning was fun, but stressful to say the least. We initially had planned our wedding for 2020 but due to the pandemic we pushed it to the summer of 2021. Right off the back, we went with UtsavPlanners for our decor/wedding planner because we had hearing amazing things about them. After our wedding was pushed, we worked with them to reschedule all our vendors for the following year. Throughout the year, planning gradually unfolded as we selected our hair, makeup and venue. The biggest challenge we had was restrictions with the pandemic including constant changes in guest count. At times we were frustrated and thought our wedding would not be possible but wit the constant support from family and each other we kept our heads up.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I bought my bridal lengha from India via online shopping. With the ongoing pandemic and minimal flights to/from India, my desire to go to India and pick out a dress was not possible. I knew I wanted a maroon dress and I was able to pick a beautiful dress from raj gharana. Their team was wonderful in helping me through this process via photos/facetime from India. For my reception, I knew I wanted a blue lenghaa. I travelled to New Jersey and fell in love with the lengha at Nazraana. I came back to Michigan and customized my lengha via facetime. I was able to pick out the design and color. The process took about 6 months, but I fell in love with the dress once I saw the outcome.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was seeing the months of planning come alive in front of your eyes. As a couple we set out telling ourselves "we want to plan a wedding" but we had no idea what was in store for us. As we checked off one task, we would soon find ourselves surrounded with more tasks ahead. Through this process, we enjoyed learning more about each other as a couple and our family and friends. We also enjoyed communicating with various vendors and learning how they played a role in making our dream day come true.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved the sincerity that was put into the wedding day. When planning, we wanted to make sure every guest was taken care of and that they had all the necessities including having a extra water bottle in their guest bag to having a snack while watching our ceremony. We wanted to show our loved ones the love we had was special, therefore every detail we put into the wedding was a reflection of our love. We waited to have our special day and were so happy family and friends could make it.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I have two special moments that replay in my mind. One was walking down the aisle and looking at the family and friends who traveled during a pandemic to be with me. At that moment, I also realized it is not easy to find the one you are meant to be with. Sometimes it takes more than one person to find the person you are meant to be with. I had tears in my eyes walking down the aisle knowing I was going to be with my "one" forever. Another moment was when I was getting ready from wedding ceremony to reception. My mother has dementia and I had limited support from her. My bridesmaids came together and helped me like no other. They all played a part from holding my dress in the bathroom to fixing my broken jewelry to feeding me. That is the moment I realized the importance of friendship.

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 enjoyed all our events but especially loved our sangeet and our thanks goes out to UtsavPlanners who made our vision come true. We loved the bright colors and the festive look. Our theme was blue and fuscia pink The event was a big success with fun filled dances and a variety of food. My favorite dance was a melody of shahrukh khan dances portraying Dhritiman and my love story. My cousins spent 3 months planning this dance and it definitely brought out tears, laughter and smiles. During our reception, we had people sit at different tables listed with various Michigan cities Dhritiman and I had traveled. We included chocolate cherries and fudge for favors. This was special as Michigan was the birth of our love.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
I know wedding planning is stressful and at times it seems like there it is never ending, but remember there is a light at the end of the tunnel: your wedding day. There will be obstacles. Approach those obstacles with a smile. Things may go wrong on your wedding day and that is okay! No one will know if something goes wrong except for you. The guests will be enjoying themselves because you have put together a wonderful event. Don't forget to relax the week of your weekend. Lastly, don't forget to look around and take it all in, it goes by in a blink but the memories last forever.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
We loved working with each and every one of our vendors and would not have had it any other way. If you are a covid bride, we understand what you are going through, keep your head up. Your special day is around the corner, big or small it is your day to celebrate!

That is all for this week, darlings! See you on Monday for more.

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Planning & Design: Utsav Planners,Inc. | DJ: DJ Ice & Fresh Productions | Photography: Sky Films and Productions | Cinematography: Sky Films and Productions | Sangeet Venue: Petruzzello's Banquet and Conference Center | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Center Point Marriot in Auburn Hills | Hair & Makeup: Hair by Ayesha | Hair & Makeup: Makeup By JHobby | Catering: Punjab Indian Cuisine | Mehndi Artist: Henna Beauty by Krupa


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