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Glencove, NY Sikh Wedding by Vaaho Photography

Good morning, Maharanis! Are you ready for another charming and inspiring story? We know you are! So let's not wait any longer and get ready to enjoy all the beauty surrounding Evani & Gurpal's intimate wedding celebrated during COVID. This lovely young couple always wished for a small intimate wedding but knowing their parents and their social life, they knew that small would not be in their dictionary, but then COVID hit, and they had no choice but to keep it small. And we know that planning a wedding is not easy, let alone under the current conditions. However, Exclusive Events NY took the challenge and orchestrated a magical wedding that everyone loved! Our lovely  Maharani looked drop-dead gorgeous on her big day after trusting her beauty needs to Khadija, Amaly, and Tamanna. For the fashion department, she got fashionable attires and luxurious jewelry from Liz Paul and Samaira. The icing on the cake was the spectacular Mehndi designed by Monita Bijoriya - Henna For All, which added an extra touch of traditional flair to an already ravishing look! And we want to give a big shoutout to Vaaho Photography for sharing the awe-inspiring shots below. They are absolute visual masterpieces that you don't want to miss. So, there is no reason to wait and jump into this spectacular gallery. We know it will blow your mind, and you'll get tons of inspiring ideas from it!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met my groom through my sister and his brother. Being a single mother my mom was very protective about my sister and I so where she went I had to go along... it was kind of like the buddy system with my sister. So when she began to date Manpreet, my now brother in law, my mom would always send me along cause she didn’t know in fact they were going on dates and my sister decided to wait to tell her that they were a couple. Once or twice was okay but third time Manpreet also had enough and began to bring his brother along. In the beginning me and my husband could not stand one another, but as time went on we became friends and a support system for each other of a sort, I had just gone through a break up and swore I would only date to marry because if theres no future I didnt want to go down that road. Gurpal, aka Ronie, knew that and he assured me that we were just friends, till that one day when he told me he loved me, everything changed.

I knew he was the one when I saw the way he treated his own family and my family and the way he held everyone at such a high regard. Ronie & I are both Punjabi but our religious upbringing is quite the opposite which I always felt would become an issue but we always talked openly and I found that to be such a strong quality in him. We dated for four years and in those 4 years he not once pressured me into changing, he accepted me and my family for who we were and I accepted him and his family for who they were, there was such a high level of understanding between me and him and our families that felt like it was unreal.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I always dreamed for the big proposal, I swore I didn't want to do it the desi way of roka then ring cause it never felt right to me, at that point you know theres a ring coming there is no surprise factor! But of course you imagine one way and something else happens, but he really blew me off my feet and did it in a way I never could have imagined. We had an expedited roka in April and we were deciding a wedding date and all and then in August on my birthday my mom and sister surprised me with tickets to Paris. Ever since we were young my mom told us that when we got married we would go to Paris for our wedding shopping and she made it happen! I didn't think much into it because its been a thing we've heard for so long. The day we land in Paris my sister had already booked to go up inside the Eiffel tower so we got dressed, my husband had bought me a dress for my birthday which was actually meant for this moment and I ended up wearing that exact one, and went. As I am looking at the Eiffel tower someone taps me on my back and I turn and my husband is on one knee and his parents and brothers are standing behind him. It was so magical, he even hired a professional photographer who took professional pics but only got one picture of the actual reaction cause so many people ended up crowding around. It was just so magical, then both our families stayed for 7 days and traveled and shopped and I feel like the trip brought both families closer.

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 a wedding in general is very tough, you cannot even begin to imagine how tough it was to plan during COVID! My overall experience with Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor theme, etc. was over my expectations!! Every vendor of mine went above and beyond and did even more than I would have imagined especially during COVID!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I selected my wedding outfit the first day I went to see options. My in laws own Samaira and husband owns Sammaira Man which are both desi wedding boutiques, they dress everyone for events so the pressure was really on to look the most unique and different. I knew I was going to do red as the color but I wanted more colors in it as well, when I tried the sample piece which was a lengha I fell in love with the concept, from that piece I customized my actual wedding day outfit.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process had to have been having family and friends over all the time planning and executing everything. It was like having a party everyday!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
All my guests kept telling me at each event how much love was in the air! Even after the wedding everyone remembers how much love and affection their was between both bride and grooms side and even among the guests!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
A special moment that constantly replays in my mind is when we did our welcome dinner photoshoot outside Taco Bell! My husband and I have a crazy obsession for Taco Bell, when our photographer asked us if where we wanted to do the photoshoot at the beach or in Central Park, etc we said no...we wanted different and we definitely got it!!

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.
Because of COVID and the social guidelines we had to follow our whole wedding was just family on both sides and I loved that!! Our guest list was the same throughout the week so the challenge was to make sure the was no repetition where guests would get bored. Overall I wanted to do colorful decor and my decorator and planner, Sonam & Ricky from exclusive decor, made it all come to life! Every event was different decor creating a different ambiance making it a different feel for al our guests!!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
My words of wisdom for future brides to be is...have fun & go with the flow!! I planned every single detail small and big as soon as we chose a date, but then without a doubt everything went sideways with COVID. At that point I said forget it, I went with the flow and I had soooo much more fun and enjoyed everything so much more!! The tears and the stress was not needed, it was so much more fun when I began to go with the flow!

Don't forget to join us tomorrow for more!

 

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Floral & Decor: Exclusive Events NY | DJ: Ricky Bhatia - Exclusive Events NY | Lighting: Ricky Bhatia - Exclusive Events NY | Event Designer: Exclusive Events NY | Photo Booth: Exclusive Events NY | Rentals: Exclusive Events NY | Hair & Makeup: Khadija | Hair & Makeup: Amaly | Hair & Makeup: Tamanna | Sangeet Venue: Leonard's Palazzo | Ceremony Venue: Gurudwara Mata Sahib Kaur | Reception Venue: Bhatia Residence Backyard | Planning & Design: Self | Catering: Mint & Mohit | Baraat: Dholi Om | Baraat: The Dhol Wala | Bridal Fashions: Samaira | Bridal Fashions: Liz Paul | Bridal Jewelry: Samaira | Cake & Treats: Dortoni Commack | Cinematography: Vaaho Photography | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Nabbydabby Illustrations | Mehndi Artist: Monita Bijoriya - Henna For All | Snowcones: Ice Gola Express | Photography: Vaaho Photography


Burlingame, CA Indian Wedding by Fusion Moments Media

Good morning, beautiful ladies! Today's magical love story follows the romantic journey through Supraja & Ravi's wedding bliss. And all we have to say is that this fabulous celebration is what all Mharanis dream about. So let's not wait any longer and jump right into it. From the solemn and heavenly ceremony held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport to the magical reception party, everything was perfect beyond words! But there is no surprise here as Nupur Behl was the mastermind behind all the planning and execution of this incredible event. And every time this talented and highly experienced team is present, there is nothing but perfection to be expected, and this time was no exception! Thankfully the good friends from Fusion Moments Media were there to capture all the beauty and amazingness surrounding this wedding affair as words are not enough to describe how breathtaking everything was.  Our gorgeous Supraja walked down the aisle to meet the love of her life, wearing a fashionable attire by Babu Sah and looking like a beauty vision after being pampered by TM's Makeup Artistry. The talented team from Aesthetika Events mirrored our gorgeous Maharani's beauty and crafted an exceptional decor in soft colored hues that everyone loved. Hands down, this was the dreamy wedding ceremony Supraja & Ravi always wanted. If you want to take a closer look at this dazzling wedding celebration, don't miss the full gallery that we have prepared for today. We are sure you will love every bit of it, not to mention that you'll take tons of inspiring ideas.

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

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Hair & Makeup: TM's Makeup Artistry | Venues: Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport | Planning & Design: Nupur Behl | Floral & Decor: Aesthetika Events | Catering (Wedding): Silver Spoon | Catering (Sangeet & Reception): Jalsa Catering & Events | Cinematography: Fusion Moments Media | Bridal Fashions: Babu Sah | Bridal Footwear: Badgley Mischka | Photography: Fusion Moments Media


Dallas, TX Indian Wedding by Vek Photo

Welcome back, beautiful ladies! We are glad you could join us today because we were dying to share all the details surrounding Ashley & Nikhil's wedding bash! This time, we will be heading to the wedding ceremony in a vibrant and joyful Baraat procession animated by DJ Riz Entertainment.  And we love how Nikhil embraced a traditional style and show up at the Baraat procession riding a white horse decorated with traditional Indian fabrics. This colorful procession created a striking scene that combined modern architecture with classic Indian colors and attires. And we cannot stretch how much we love this moment! After the arrival of the Baraat, our two lovebirds were ready to go inside the exclusive Renaissance Dallas Hotel to proceed with the wedding ceremony that united their lives in marriage. This long-awaited moment, thoroughly planned by Elaan Events, was a dream come true! Simply take a look at the lovely decoration crafted by Alpha Décor. It was mesmerizing! The soft colored adornments and multicolored floral arrangements mirrored the jaw-dropping look of our gorgeous Maharani, who donned a fashionable attire by Om Prakash Jawahar Lal, very well complemented with the exquisite makeup and hairstyle by Red Lotus Artistry. And let's not forget about the spectacular Mehndi designed by Sheetal's Henna Designs. It was all a perfect combination that made her look like a goddess! After the ceremony, it was time to celebrate the newlyweds with a fantastic reception party enlivened by DJ Riz Entertainment. Hands down, the best way to bring the wedding festivities to an end! If you want to take a closer look at this cornucopia of beauty and flair, don't miss the spectacular shots captured by Vek Photo in today's full gallery. It is mind-blowing!

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
February 24, 2018. That’s when it went down at the Chihuly Glass Museum in Seattle, WA. My husband was finishing his last semester of law school, and I had an inkling that he would propose in May 2018 after graduating, since all of our families would be together for his graduation. This is why when we took a trip to one of his favorite cities, just a few months prior, a proposal was the farthest thing from my mind. He forced me to dress a little fancy prior to heading to the museum (I thought this was weird and should have expected something) and had made sure my friends had me get a manicure prior to the trip. We walked around the museum with a few of his college friends, one of whom had a fancy camera that he was using to “practice taking good pictures”. Once we entered the open gallery room, he got on one knee and proposed! I was so shocked that I just stood there staring down at him saying, “is this for real” repeatedly, until I finally said yes. Later, I learnt that he had picked the Museum for a number of reasons: 1) he knew I had never been and wanted to go, 2) proposing in Seattle would be totally unexpected, and 3) given that the Museum had glass gardens and flowers, it was beautiful year round, and there was no possibility of weather interfering with his plans.
 
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.
Our decision-making process for the venues and vendors was 90% driven by our budget. We knew we wanted to do a wedding in Dallas and that a hotel was going be the best option since an overwhelming majority of the guests would be flying into Dallas from out of state. We researched options, toured, made pro-con lists, and the Renaissance Dallas was finally selected, particularly because not only did it fall within our budget, but it gave us the ability to have our ceremony outdoors, which had been my dream!
 
For decor, since the wedding was going to be three separate events and we would have three completely different outfits, we wanted each event to feel different and intentional. We started planning our decor themes with the ceremony and knew that we wanted an outdoor morning ceremony, and so soft light tones and pastels (i.e. light pink, ivory, pale gold, mint green, etc) were going to be perfect. We wanted the Sangeet the night before to feel fun and cultural as a good way to kick off the weekend, so we wanted lots of bright colors and decor that screamed festive. Finally, the reception as the closing piece needed to feel grand and bold. Once we had these ideas nailed down, our decorator was able to take them and run and bring us back a vision that absolutely floored us.
 
I don’t think I could’ve gotten the Bridal looks I had envisioned if I had not gone with Red Lotus Artistry. From day one, when we began with the makeup trial, Vidya listened very closely to what kind of styles and looks I was a fan of, and what I simply couldn’t stand. For example, I wanted to refrain from heavy eyeliner on the lower lid for the ceremony, given that we were going with the softer tones theme, and given that I hate lipstick, I only agreed to move forward with lighted lip shades for most of the wedding events. You want a makeup/hair artist who believes in what you do and don’t like, and doesn’t only try to impose his or her views. Your bridal makeup artist also needs to know exactly what hiccups to expect when getting ready for your wedding events, and that’s exactly what Vidya addressed during our consultation meeting. During the consultation, Vidya and I discussed how my dupattas would be draped and we ran through how every single piece of jewelry would be worn for each event. The meeting was time consuming, yet so informative and it kept us on the same page the weekend of the wedding.
 
We initially were worried about identifying and communicating with the vendors in Dallas, because we both lived in Washington, DC. Luckily, we had the absolute best wedding planner, Christina Thomas at Elaan Events, to help navigate us through the process. She was able to give us multiple options within our budget for each vendor, and made sure we were 100% happy with each one before proceeding onto the next matter. It has now been three months since the wedding took place, and we can look back with certainty that each was the best choice.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Pink. My bridal lehanga was destined to be a shade of pink since god knows when. Walking into Om Parkash Jawahar Lal in Chandni Chowk in New Delhi, and seeing all of the endless options of dazzling lehengas, something clicked and I knew that even though this was the first shop we were visiting, it would be the last and my lehenga would have to come from here. Luckily, my parents and aunts had already done their homework by visiting this shop prior to me even landing in New Delhi, so that made me feel even more comfortable with sticking to Om Parkash Jawahar Lal...which I highly recommend, brides!
 
Given that pink was non-negotiable, and that we wanted the ceremony to be pastel themed, accenting my lehenga with sea green was the perfect choice, especially since my husband loves the color green and was happy to find a sea green sherwani with light pink accents to compliment my outfit.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Hands down the food and cake tastings were the most enjoyable parts of the planning process. Is it possible that amidst the minutiae of wedding planning and logistics, anything could have been more enjoyable than being fed a variety of scrumptious appetizers, main dishes, desserts, and then making decisions with our stomachs instead of our minds? Although I’ve got to say, pinning wedding outfits and henna designs to my Pinterest boards, which I’d share with my mother and mother-in-law to get their input, was also exciting and not stressful, so I’d consider this a close second.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The Ceremony! One would think that a late morning ceremony, on the terrace of the Renaissance Hotel in Dallas, with perfect weather that wasn’t too hot or cold, with absolutely stunning soft pastel decor would have been what made the ceremony so memorable. But, all of that ended up being sides to the entree, that was the priest, Panditji Pattabhirama Krishna Jois. The guests were blown away by the fact that our traditional Hindu priest not only spoke in excellent English and was able to easily explain every step, but also that he was funny and engaging to a point where he felt as though he was an emcee. Many of our guests had not been to a traditional desi wedding before, and instead of sitting there bored and confused for an hour, they were entertained and were able to feel like they were part of all of the rituals.
 
Long story short, the engaging ceremony coupled with the perfect environment/vibe is something our guests have not stopped talking about.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
I feel like every bride, who has her wedding fresh in her mind, has all kinds of knowledge they want to impart on all brides-to-be. Here are my two cents:
 
1) Enjoy the engagement period for at least the first 1-2 months before you dive into planning mode. You really want to take that time to just be on cloud nine before you become occupied with dates, locations, and the endless wedding related decisions to be made.
 
2) The wedding planning process is like running a marathon. Don’t sprint!! Sticking to deadlines is essential, which your planner will guide you on. But don’t try to do everything at once. During this process, remember to keep an open dialogue with your fiance! Your partner needs to be a part of the conversations. Remember, it’s not just your marathon!

We have more romantic stories coming your way, so make sure to join us tomorrow for more!
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DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Lighting: DJ Riz Entertainment | Baraat: DJ Riz Entertainment | Hair & Makeup: Red Lotus Artistry | Cinematographer: Vibe Films | Sangeet / Ceremony / Reception Venue: Renaissance Dallas | Planning & Design: Elaan Events | Floral & Decor: Alpha Décor | Catering: Desi District | Catering: Peacock Plano | Bridal Fashions: Om Prakash Jawahar Lal | Cake & Treats: Frosted by Neema | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Kaagaz | Mehndi Artist: Sheetal's Henna Designs | Photo Booth: Abbeniel Photo Studio | Transportation: Prime Limo | Photography: Vek Photo


Berlin, NJ Indian Fusion Wedding by John Martin Productions

Good morning, ladies! We are glad to be back with a new love story that we are sure you will love! This time, we will take you on a visual journey through Jincy & Dominic's wedding festivities thanks to the visual masterpieces captured by John Martin Productions. So let's not wait any longer, and get ready to have a great time! We'll start by heading off to the St John's United Methodist Church to be part of the wedding ceremony that united their lives in marriage. As soon as everyone stepped inside the church, they were welcomed by a soothing atmosphere more than perfect for this life-changing event. The elegance and beauty surrounding this ceremony also reflected in our gorgeous Maharani's looks, who walked down the aisle donning a stunning bridal gown by White House Bride, very well complemented with the flawless hairstyle and makeup designed by Glamorous by Juanita. After the wedding ceremony, it was time to celebrate the newlyweds with an epic reception party hosted at the Lucien's Manor. The dazzling and elegant decoration crafted by M.W. Florist & Greenhouse tied everything up, creating a dreamy scenario for this closing gala. But don't take my word; take a look at how all guests had the time of their lives dancing to the beats of M4U Events, whose endless repertoire is always a delight to listen to! If you can't get enough of this lovely wedding bash, head over to this amazing gallery and get ready to be amazed by so much beauty. You will love it so much!

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Have a great day, darlings! Don't forget to join us tomorrow for a new inspiring story.

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Lighting: M4U Events | Hair & Makeup: Glamorous by Juanita | Photography: John Martin Productions | Cinematography: John Martin Productions | DJ: M4U Events | Ceremony Venue: St John's United Methodist Church | Reception Venue: Lucien's Manor | Floral & Decor: M.W. Florist & Greenhouse | Bridal Fashions: White House Bride


Buford, GA Indian Fusion Wedding by Hakim's Studio

Happy Thursday, Maharanis! The week is almost over, and we want to start getting ready for a full inspiring weekend by taking a look at Soniya & Sunil's wedding bash. So, get yourself comfortable, pour a glass of your favorite beverage, and get ready to be amazed! For this installment, we'll be taking a look at the traditional Hindu ceremony hosted at the Gokuldham Haveli Atlanta, thanks to the fantastic shots captured by the one and only Hakim's Studio - Photography and Cinematography. This talented and highly experienced photographic studio worked their magic snapping photos from every angle to immortalize these lovebirds' special day in such a marvelous way that we have no words to describe it. The fabulous decor for this life-changing event was in charge of The Events Designer S.A, and it was amazing! It mirrored the beauty of our gorgeous Maharani, who burst into the room looking like a goddess thanks to Shiya's Glamour, who took care of her beauty needs, and Kajal Aman, who designed a fabulous Mehndi that we all loved. Hands down, this was a charming and mesmerizing way for Soniya & Sunil to start their happily ever after. If you want to take a closer look at this real-life fairytale, make sure to visit this awe-inspiring gallery. It'll take your breath away!

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What a lovely wedding celebration! If you want to check more events like this one, make sure to join us tomorrow.

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Photography: Hakims Studio - Photography and Cinematography | Sangeet Venue: OPAL Event Hall | Ceremony Venue: Gokuldham Haveli Atlanta | Floral & Decor: The Events Designer S.A | Hair & Makeup: Shiya's Glamour | Catering: Kabab Hut | DJ: I Dj | Baraat: I Dj | Lighting: I Dj | Cake & Treats: Inspirations Unlimited | Mehndi Artist: Kajal Aman


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