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Cancun, MX Indian Fusion Wedding by Bambino International

Good morning ladies! I am super excited to tell you all about this wedding! So, grab your passport and join me on a trip to Cancun! Yes, you read it, Cancun! Renesha & Chad are the lovebirds who took their love and guests to the romantic and luxurious JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa. The invitations that the guest received were a delightful and classy design by Customizing Creativity, and I am sure everyone adored them! B3 Event Management went above and beyond with this magnificent event. They teamed up with Zuñiga Deco·Cancún and Euforia to create the perfect ambiance that reflected our couples' story! Celebrating your love in a tropical paradise must have vibrant music and exquisite cuisine. Renesha & Chad gave a call to the top-notch expert in music, DJ Mavi Productions. Maharanis, the music was incredible! Every single guest danced all night long. Drums in Paradise is a reliable and professional choice to enchant your guests with their drums and acrobatic shows. Cancun loves them, so do we! JSAV was also a significant part of the event. The lightning and the songs this team played were great to make everyone move their hands in the air! My sweeties, the time to mention our lovely Renesha's beauty is finally here! Sara Tamargo was the person who made our bride look like the Maharani she is! The hair and makeup design dazzled the guests, and Chad knew his other half represented true beauty. Bambino International did a spectacular photograph job. Thanks to their team, a beautiful gallery is available for you to get inspired! So wait no more and get ready to enjoy it. Believe me, every single image is a visual masterpiece you don't want to miss!

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My dears, keep coming back for more love and romance! 

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Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Customizing Creativity | DJ: DJ Mavi Productions | Baraat: DJ Mavi Productions | Live Music: DJ Mavi Productions | Venue: JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa | Planning & Design: B3 Event Management | Floral & Decor: Euforia | Floral & Decor: Zuñiga Deco·Cancún | Hair & Makeup: Sara Tamargo | Catering: JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa | DJ: JSAV | Baraat: Drums in Paradise | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Drums in Paradise | Cake & Treats: JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Sara Tamargo | Event Designer: B3 Event Management | Lighting: JSAV | Live Music: JSAV | Live Music: Drums in Paradise | Mehndi Artist: Loto Mehendi | Rentals: Euforia | Rentals: JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa | Rentals: Zuñiga Deco·Cancún | Transportation: Mexico Planners | Travel Concierge: B3 Event Management | Photography: Bambino International


Princeton, NJ Indian Wedding by Regal Palette Studio

Good morning ladies, Tuesday came to make your day brighter with the celebration of Rupanshee & Vivek's love. A traditional summer wedding is always enchanting and beautiful. If you host it at Hyatt Regency Princeton, as our couple did, you will make every guest feel at home. Our lovebirds were dazzled by the captivating ambiance Abhishek Decorators put together. The vibrant flower arrangements, the subtleties of hand-carved pillars, and the bejeweled fabrics this team used to embellish the venue took everyone's breath away! The tremendous and classy style Invitations by Inktricate offers was the perfect choice for making the welcome Signs and wedding programs. I adore their job! Maharanis, making every guest dance, is a must! Our couple knew D&S Event Solutions would make the big day an event to remember forever, and they were not wrong. Their choice was perfect to delight everyone in the salon! One delicious treat we should mention is the nitrogen ice cream by 321chillz. That was the ideal way to pamper Rupanshee & Vivek's loved ones, don't you think? Maharanis, my favorite part of the entry has come, Bridal fashions! Annu's Creation dressed our gorgeous Rupanshee; the gown she wore was astonishing! Sona Jewelers offered the most outstanding selection, making our Maharani look even more elegant! Makeup by Preeti Reilly and Hair by Fiza Mansoor teamed up to pamper the bride and make her feel comfortable yet chic! Vivek couldn't stop starring at her! Odyssey Films recorded every special moment of the bride and groom. That is a great choice to immortalize your big day! You cannot miss the fantastic job Regal Palette Studio did to capture the couple in their most romantic moments! So wait no more and check out the gallery we have put together for you. You will love it! 

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My dears, come back tomorrow for a new love story! 

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Photography: Regal Palette Studio | Venues: Hyatt Regency Princeton | Floral & Decor: Abhishek Decorators | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Preeti Reilly | Hair & Makeup: Hair by Fiza Mansoor | Catering: BAPS Shayona | DJ: D&S Event Solutions | Bridal Fashions: Annu’s Creation | Bridal Jewelry: Sona Jewelers | Cinematography: Odyssey Films | Mehndi Artist: Anuja Wala | Welcome Signs & Wedding Programs: Invitations by Inktricate | Nitrogen Ice-Cream: 321chillz


Cambridge, MD Indian Wedding by Saroj Studios

Happy Thursday, Maharanis! Love, romance, and glamour come your way! So, get ready to enjoy a new entry and feel enchanted by Gayathri & Ajay's story. These lovebirds have been together for over six years now, and they have witnessed each other's success! That's what a genuine couple does. Don't you think? My dears, can you picture this couple at Rockefeller Ice Skating Rink all alone, at a magical moment where they both were on the ice, surrounded by a beautiful snowfall, while their beloved song was playing on the speaker system? I hope you say yes because that was how the gorgeous Gayathri said "Yes" to the handsome Ajay! The planning of this wedding was a bit difficult, as you know, chaos due to a pandemic has changed the world. However, Gayathri & Ajay's love was patient enough to celebrate their union with a remarkable event hosted at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort Spa & MarinaMelissa Candolfi managed the entire wedding with such elegance! She made sure of organizing the venue, vendors, timing, and even ensuring the couple ate! We all need an organizer like her! Yaadein Events created the most fantastic ambiance with two different mandaps full of stunning flowers. Every guest was dazzled by the beauty of the room! The lighting and music were in charge of Amplifire Entertainment. With their determination and professionalism, they knew how to make everyone dance! Saroj Studios recorded every glorious moment of our lovebirds' big day, as well as a fantastic set of pictures worth looking over and over again as they have a unique meaning! Our gorgeous Gayathri wore an elegant reception gown designed by  Matsya World. She looked spectacular! Her dress looked perfect with the hair and makeup design by Uzma Studios. Our lovebirds are truly lucky to have been able to celebrate their big day with everyone they love safely and happily. Maharanis, you can witness their happiness by checking out the fantastic gallery we have put together for you. Believe me; it is a visual masterpiece you don't want to miss!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Our journey began as 2 strangers, navigating the world in completely different cities. Ajay was aspiring to become a lawyer in the hustle and bustle of Washington, DC, while I was working towards my bachelors in the Buckeye state. As fate would have it, despite living only 15 minutes apart and attending rival high schools, we didn't meet until 2015 when our friends set us up. What started as Facebook messages, grew to text messages, and then turned into FaceTime calls lasting the entire night. I came home to Maryland for my birthday during Thanksgiving break, and Ajay and I decided to meet in person for the first time. Our first date was at Meridian Hill Park in DC. The November chill was in the air and Ajay offered me his jacket, the first of many sweet gestures to come. He gave me an infinity necklace for my birthday, and that's when I knew this was the beginning of the journey of a lifetime.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Everyone who knows Ajay knows he likes to go big, and his proposal was no different. December 16, 2019 on a rainy and cold winter night in New York City, Ajay decided to pop the question. New York is my favorite city and I was so excited to be visiting during the Holiday season. Ajay took me ice skating at Rockefeller Center and to my surprise, rented out the entire rink for the proposal. The speakers played our beloved song "Humsafar" from Badrinath Ki Dulhania, and he asked me to be his forever in front of all of New York City. The moment Ajay got down on one knee, rain turned to snow, and I said yes! I honestly couldn't have imagined such a magical moment, but it's one of my favorite stories to tell, and I love Ajay for it.

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.
As a Lawyer and a Doctor, Ajay and I try to be as organized as possible. From the beginning, Ajay had set up an Excel document for each of our vendors, so that we could do our research and have all the information stored in a single place. Every time we saw a new venue, attended a food tasting, or chatted with DJs and Hair/Makeup teams, Ajay brought his iPad and took copious notes. This was really helpful for us, as our wedding was postponed from 2020 to 2021, due to Covid. Having the information readily available made it easy for us to contact our vendors, update details and dates, and keep a strong line of communication with our team.

We were very fortunate to be able to go to India for wedding shopping before Covid became a problem. I had done tons of research online, read many blogs (Thank you Maharani), and had a list of designers I wanted to check out during our trip. Ajay had researched the design of his Sherwani he wanted, and when we went to Delhi, we both went shopping - albeit separately, to pick our clothes. This was one of the best surprises on our wedding day, being able to see each other in our outfits for the first time after almost a 2-year wait.

We've both always wanted a big fat Indian wedding, and that is exactly what we got. Ajay is Punjabi, so we decided it would be so much fun if our Sangeet was a Punjabi village theme. From the snacks and food, to the decor, it felt like we were in Amritsar! Our wedding theme was Royalty, with our mandap designed to look like a Palace entrance, overlooking the Chesapeake Bay! Our reception was modern chic. Every event had a different feel and vibe, something that we really wanted to make sure our guests enjoyed over the 3-day affair!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I had done a ton of research before going to Delhi for shopping. I had reached out to a few designers, read different shaadi blogs, and scrolled through hundreds of Instagram posts. I knew prior to going to India I wanted an Om Prakash Jawaharlal Lengha in the traditional red color, customized for me. I wanted to add a little color and so I had pops of green (Ajay's favorite color), peach, and pink throughout my lengha.  It took 3 months to make, and had to be shipped to the States, but it was worth it to see the look on Ajay's face as I walked down the aisle.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of wedding planning was doing it with Ajay and the family. Going to see venues, talking to different vendors, food and cake tasting, it's all enjoyable when it's with the right person! While we were stressed due to Covid, and had to reschedule our wedding twice and change venues, somehow Ajay always managed to stay calm, and with every disappointment, somehow we made the best of it! We aren't the only couple that had to deal with Covid, and even now, Covid is causing tons of issues - but I promise you, it's all worth it when you see everything come together! All those stressful moments and all those concerns disappear, and you just live in the moment.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests really loved the variety of our events, and our venue. For most of our guests, the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa And Marina was about a 2.5hr drive, so we unintentionally had a "Destination Wedding." All of our guests stayed at the hotel, which made it feel like one big continuous party. It was the first major event for most of our guests since Covid hit, so being able to catch up with friends and family near and far is something our guests really appreciated!

Each event was carefully coordinated with a lot of thought and consideration. Our vast menu's for the weekend were completely different each meal, and we had a live tandoor for fresh naan's, and a live dosa station - paying homage to my Tamil heritage. Blending cultures and foods is something our guests really loved because there was something for everyone, and it was a new experience for most.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
My favorite moment was when Ajay and I were first introduced as Husband and Wife at our Reception, and we shared our first dance. For our first dance we chose the song Nehu Da Vyah. Ajay and I always bonded over our love for Bollywood music, and this was no different. We both really enjoy Neha Kakkar, and Ajay heard this song and sent it to me quite some time ago. As soon as I heard it, I knew that was the song, and Ajay agreed.

Our DJ did such a phenomenal job making that moment pure magic. From dry ice, to sparklers, and a custom white dance floor - some of my favorite pictures were taken during our dance. Ajay and I continue to listen to Nehu Da Vyah on repeat, and every time I hear it, I go back to our dance.

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.
In addition to our ceremony, we had a Guru Ka Kirtan, Sangeet, and Haldi. Ajay, his family, and I had the opportunity to visit the Golden Temple in Amritsar. It was my first time, and it really was a serene experience. We decided that we wanted to include some of that serenity in our wedding festivities, and decided to kick things off with a Kirtan at the Gurdwara in Rockville, MD. This was a sweet event, which afterwards Ajay and I had the chance to do seva.

Our Sangeet was so much fun! The Punjabi Village theme set the stage beautifully for a night of Indian cultural immersion. We had an amazing classical dance performance by family friends, and they were breathtaking. Then, a performance by Ajay's parents, and another by Ajay's sister and jiju, all of whom I love dearly, and who really know how to throw a party! I also surprised my hubby with a dance that he had no idea about - picking his favorite songs! One of my favorite acts was a coordinated effort by all of our friends. From across the globe, our friends put together a 15-minute medley performance, learning the dance through videos and Zoom calls. Even with many different timezones, our friends made our evening so special, and it's something we watched in awe of how talented everyone is! Going along with our Punjabi Village theme, we had the University of Maryland Terrapind bhangra team perform a set at the sangeet. They brought the house down, and added such energy to our evening, everyone was yelling 'brrruuahh; by the end :) Finally, Ajay and I got to surprise our guests with our own performance, something we had been working on for months with a choreographer from India! Through spotty wifi, and hours long practices, we were so excited to finally be on the dance floor together at our own wedding.

Our Haldi was in the morning before our wedding. Our haldi was outdoors and we were so blessed with a beautiful sun shining day, a nice breeze, and blue skies. Ajay and I did our haldi together, really enjoying the playful banter and the scenery. Singing and dancing, having the dhol beat, and having the opportunity to relax with friends and family was the highlight!

We are so lucky that we were able to have all of our events exactly as we had planned, and while Covid had delayed things, we were extremely happy knowing that our guests, family, and us could enjoy all together, safely! We are truly grateful and blessed!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
The advice I tell all of my friends is to enjoy the process. There's no such thing as perfect, and that imperfection is really what makes the wedding planning process so beautiful. So while things can get stressful, while inevitably something will go wrong, just remember to soak it in. The wedding weekend itself flies by - and you'll be left with the fondest memories of the process! I still smile thinking about our cake tastings, where Ajay created score cards and asked everyone to rank the 20 different flavors we tried. I laugh thinking about when Ajay and I were in India and he sat at every jewelry store with me in Delhi as I picked out different sets for each outfit - even though I'm sure he'd have preferred to be watching a Cricket match, or catching a romcom in theaters. So, have fun, perfect is what you make it, and hug your loved ones who helped you put it all together. Weddings are one of the few celebrations in life that you will always remember!

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
My mehendi took place a couple of days before our wedding. We had a small ceremony at home with family and close friends. My henna artist is actually a friend of Ajay’s family, and she treated the event as though her younger brother was getting married. She made sure I was comfortable, went through numerous design options with me, and even created a custom henna card box for the reception! Everyone sang karaoke while I was getting my mehendi done, and I even got some special treatment as Ajay fed me lunch :)

One of the most beautiful things Ajay did after our wedding was keep a bouquet of our centerpieces, and the ends of our Jai Mala's. He found a local company that dries and frames wedding flowers. As a surprise to me, Ajay had an arrangement made for us, so that we could have a small reminder of our incredible day. Ajay really thought through every little detail to make sure things were special for me!

Our cake was a custom cake that we designed from scratch. We both knew we wanted something completely unique to our personalities. We designed the cake base using gold elephant cake base stands, picked 3 different color henna pillow tiers matching colors of my lengha, and then topped it off with a cake version of Ajay's Pagri. We hadn't actually seen the entire cake drawing, because we didn't want to give anything away about our outfits! We cut that cake using a sword (a tradition in Ajay's family), and started our married life off on the sweetest touch.

We really just want to thank ALL of our vendors. We were blessed to have a team of the absolute very best - who stuck with us through Covid, changes in dates, changes in venues, and so much uncertainty. One thing we never had to worry about was whether the arrangements we made would come to fruition or finding new vendors after being left out high and dry. Every single one of our vendors was so caring, kind, understanding, and never once gave us a reason to fret. Thank you all SO MUCH - you all had a huge hand in our function being so special.

A final thank you to all of our friends and family. Without your love and support, our wedding wouldn't have been the phenomenon it turned out to be. Ajay's family really stepped up to help us in every way possible, and I'm so lucky to have joined this amazing family. My in-laws call me their DIL as a nickname - and I'm ever so grateful. My new Sister-in-Law and Jiju came all the way from Seattle twice in the span of a month to make sure we had all the support we could imagine, and we love them so much and are so happy they could be there for it every step of the way. Ajay and I will forever be grateful to everyone, and we hope that everyone remembers our wedding fondly and had a great time!

Maharanis, keep coming back for more love stories!

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DJ: Amplifire Entertainment | Lighting: Amplifire Entertainment | Photography: Saroj Studios | Baraat: Amplifire Entertainment | Photo Booths: Amplifire Entertainment | Cinematography: Saroj Studios | Venue: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort Spa & Marina | Planning & Design: Melissa Candolfi | Floral & Decor: Yaadein Events | Hair & Makeup: Uzma Studios | Catering: Rangoli Indian Restaurant | Baraat: Ganeshji Dhol | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: University of Maryland Terrapind Bhangra Team | Bridal Fashions (Sangeet): Matsya World | Groom's Fashion (Sangeet): Sabyasachi | Bride Wedding Lehenga: Om Prakash | Groom Wedding Sherwani: Manyavar | Bride Reception Gown: Matsya World | Cake & Treats: Cakes by Megan | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: India Royal Cards | Mehndi Artist: Art of Hennas | Tuxedos: Custom Kinny Designer


Rockleigh, NJ Indian Wedding by Studio KSD

Tuesday came to make your day brighter! Maharanis, today's entry comes with spectacular details you might want to write down as they are inspiring! Veena & Karthik are the lovebirds who promised to love each other for eternity and celebrate their new journey; they hosted a delightful event at The Rockleigh. An elegant and appropriate venue for starting a beautiful life as husband and wife! Pearls Event & Co. did their best to plan this event, and the results were unbelievable. I am sure Veena & Karthik were excited to work with this team as they say, "Your Event, Your Way!" Maharanis, it would be best always to consider that your wedding reflects your personality as a couple. Our newlyweds knew this, so to put together an ambiance that represented the love they have for each other, the award-winning event design and décor company, Elegant Affairs, provided an exclusive floral design worth a standing ovation! My dears, MVPDJs' team, played the best songs that made everyone dance all night long! All the guests seemed to be happier than ever, and I adore it! After dancing, an exquisite dish is a must! Moghul Catering provided an outstanding quality service that delighted everyone! Maharanis, you and your groom, should always be able to relive the cutest moments of your big day. To capture the best memories, Studio KSD is the team to call! You can take a look at the fantastic photographs they took at Veena & Karthik's big day. The gallery we have put together for today will dazzle you, as every image is a visual masterpiece. So wait no more and check it out. 

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My dears, come back tomorrow for a new love story! 

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Venues: The Rockleigh | Photography: Studio KSD | Planning & Design: Pearls Event & Co. | Floral & Decor: Elegant Affairs | Hair: Cinderella Bridez | Catering: Moghul Catering | DJ: MVPDJs


Anaheim, CA Indian Wedding by Lin & Jirsa Photography

Good morning my beloved Maharanis! The weekend is getting closer, and I want to make sure you start enjoying it with a romantic story that will get you inspired. Sarah & Akash promised to love each other and celebrated that magnificent event at The Westin Anaheim Resort. This place lets you turn your wedding dreams into reality with the splendid venues and phenomenal details they have! Kismet Event Design created an ambiance worth a thousand ovations to make the room even nicer! I know the newlyweds felt happy to see their personality reflected on the decor! The person in charge of planning this cornucopia of magnificence was the well-known Monika Patel - Nika Events! Kudos for a job perfectly done! Maharanis, let me tell you about a very romantic detail we cannot leave behind! Vogue Candles added a candlelit ambiance to Sarah & Akash's wedding, and the results were unforgettable! Sweeties, we have to take a moment to compliment the stunning Maharani on her diverse bridal looks. Our lovely Sarah was always the most captivating girl in the room, either on her beautiful gown from KYNAH, or her lengha by Seema Gujral DesignDolled up by Lulu and Hair by Kate Frances did a great hair and makeup design to accentuate our bride's innate beauty. She certainly dazzled her handsome groom! Beauty by Rachana designed a lovely Mehndi art, and it stole everyone's looks! My dears, I believe a film is always an excellent option to relive the most remarkable moments of your big day. So, we should highlight the great job Vanilla Film did with a blockbuster the newlyweds will enjoy! Maharanis, I also want to take the time to mention the most captivating photographs Lin & Jirsa Photography captured during this event. They are phenomenal, and I am glad to share today's gallery! Trust me, as soon as you check it out; you will fall in love! 

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met in St. Louis, Missouri. Akash had just finished the last stage of his medical training at Washington University, and I happened to be working as a lawyer for the hospital where he spent most of his time. Sometimes the world produces strange coincidences, and this one happened to be a particularly happy one. Akash quickly won me over with his intelligence, humor, and love of desserts.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
One Sunday morning in 2020, Akash suggested taking my dog Benji for a walk in Forest Park. Forest Park is a large and very pretty park in the middle of St. Louis, where we live, and it was nice to be outside during the early pandemic. After walking Benji around for a while, Akash got down on one knee and popped the question. I wasn’t expecting it at all! I was so shocked and excited that I plucked the ring right out of the box and put it on my hand myself. Akash tells me that I was so distracted by the ring that I never actually said yes, but here we are!

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.
Akash and I looked at various traditions and put together a wedding weekend that honored but modernized elements of a traditional Indian wedding in a way that would accommodate our diverse guests.

For example, we held a combined pithi and mehndi party for the bride and groom that gave my extended family a chance to meet Akash's extended family in a more intimate setting than a full blown wedding. We also hosted a welcome party on a yacht instead of traditional sangeet so our guests from out-of-state would enjoy a bit of California. Our food, too, was a mix of Indian fusion and non-Indian dishes. Finally, and I think this was Akash's favorite part, we eschewed the traditional horse-led baraat in favor of an exotic car. Not only was this easier to plan and nicer to animals, it made for some really wonderful pictures.

We did most of our wedding planning with the help of a dedicated planner, Monika Patel (@nikaeventsbymonika). Monika was worth her weight in gold and cared about us. There are so many behind-the-scenes details to get right and Monika provided tremendous structure to the planning process, which was especially helpful as we were in St. Louis and planning a wedding in Southern California. I also think that we got the response that we did from our vendors because they liked working with Monika.

So much of the actual experience with each vendor is unique from couple to couple, but I can share two general experiences. First, you should provide clear guidance and vision to your vendors, but don't be afraid to receive guidance from your vendors either. As an example, our wedding and reception decor was designed collaboratively with Kismet. We shared our design aesthetic and trusted their judgment for what would work and what wouldn't, and we were absolutely floored by the end result. Second, don't be afraid to ask questions. Indian weddings can be expensive and it is perfectly reasonable to ask about modifications or alternatives to food, design, and venue that help you stay within budget.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Most of my outfits were modern, so I wanted my wedding lengha to be more classic. I decided early that I wanted a traditional red color and worked with a tailor in India to customize my lengha with a beautiful temple design that did not distract from the richness of the red.

For my welcome party lengha, I selected a Seema Gujral design that I purchased from KYNAH. I first saw the dress on KYNAH's Instagram and fell in love. After an online consultation with Aisha Rawji and a visit to the KYNAH pop-up in Santa Monica to try on it on, I knew I had the perfect, fun outfit for our welcome party.

My video visit with Aisha also pointed me toward my reception dress, another Seema Gujral design. Seeing it in person at the pop-up confirmed that the color and style would match the overall feel of our reception. The dramatic sparkles and tassels looked really beautiful under reception lighting and made for really great photos.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
For me, watching the baraat from my room's balcony was really special. It was great to see everyone having so much fun, and when Akash turned around and waved to me from ten floors below, I knew it was going to be a wonderful day.

Akash would tell you that his favorite moment was the start of the wedding, when I walked in with my brothers. Akash does not show his emotions often at all, but he admitted to me that he almost became emotional at that moment. Almost.

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.
Akash and I I generally have a more modern aesthetic, favoring clean lines and simple color schemes. We really enjoyed working with Kismet to create unique designs for the ceremony and reception.

For the ceremony we kept things simple and airy. Everything was white and acrylic with subtle gold accents. The raised aisle was lined with dozens of candles, which was a really stunning effect.

The reception design was also modern but slightly more elaborate, bringing in greens and muted pinks in addition to the white and gold. Hello Kismet even managed to hang two giant chandeliers on the stage! The look was finished off with a white and gold marbled dance floor and matching panels behind the stage. Overall, our events all favored a simple, modern, and airy design that gave a clean but sophisticated look.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
My primary advice is to relax and be flexible. There are inevitable hiccups in any wedding, especially during a pandemic. While I don't intend to advocate simply accepting everything that happens, I do think it is important to maintain perspective. As I've come to appreciate, most Indian weddings are at least somewhat chaotic, and yet everyone always ends up having a good time.

Maharanis, keep coming back for more romantic stories!

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Hair & Makeup: Dolled up by Lulu | Venues: The Westin Anaheim Resort | Floral & Decor: Kismet Event Design | Hair & Makeup: Hair by Kate Frances | Catering (Wedding & Reception): Natraj | Catering (Welcome Party): 24 Carrots | DJ: 3D Sounds | Bridal Fashions: KYNAH | Bridal Fashions: Seema Gujral Design | Cinematography: Vanilla Film | Draping/Styling: Rupal Shah | Mehndi Artist: Beauty by Rachana | Coordinator: Monika Patel - Nika Events | Welcome Party Venue: Newport Beach/Hornblower Cruises | Candles: Vogue Candles | Desserts: Something Meetha | Dancers: Karmagraphy | Photography: Lin & Jirsa Photography


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