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Miami, FL Muslim Wedding by Banga Studios

Hello, Darlings! Welcome back to your wedding inspiration corner. Today we bring a wedding that will take your breath away. So make sure to grab your cup of coffee or tea and feel free to enjoy Maliha and GR's wedding! The wedding spree started with a welcome yacht party on board the Biscayne Lady and was followed by a joyful Sangeet night at Loews Miami Beach Hotel. This luxury spot on South Beach also set the stage for a divine Muslim ceremony. There is something seriously romantic about outdoor ceremonies before the sunset, those golden colors and the amber glow of the sun provide the best light for a photographer. I'm so happy that Banga Studios took advantage of this beautiful hour to take the most impressive twilight portraits we have come across. I'm obsessed with the plenty of greenery and the sunset behind the horizon that framed each shot. Our lovebirds took their vows in front of an enchanting flower wall backdrop bursting with shades of beige, ivory, cream, and blush, an extraordinary creation of Occasions by Shangri-la. Maharani Maliha walked down an aisle also filled to brim with charming floral arrangements looking like a real queen. She went for a gracefully neutral color, embellished with pearls, stones, crystal stones, and a delicate transparent train, my favorite detail of her bridal trousseau created by Reema Ahsan. Festari tailored an off-white with black lapels suit for Raja GR that paired perfectly well with Maharani Maliha. What a stylish couple! Seamlessly planned by  Nirali Shah Events, trust me when I say every detail of this Muslim wedding is to die for. The elegant reception was an absolute dream that included tons of entertainment, from a fun photo booth by Miami Miami Event Photo Booth to  Desi Junction's great music and the fabulous food from Swagat Indian Kitchen. I know you'll agree that it was a star-studded night! So make sure to scroll to the end and visit our gallery by Banga Studios for more unique details.

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I'm so happy you could join me, today ladies! I hope to see you tomorrow.

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Floral & Decor: Occasions by Shangri-la | Venues: Loews Miami Beach Hotel | Photography: Banga Studios | Planning & Design: Nirali Shah Events | Hair & Makeup: Marz Makeup and Hair | Catering: Swagat Indian Kitchen | DJ: Desi Junction | Bridal Fashions: Reema Ahsan (Wedding) | Bridal Fashions: Almas Tejani (Sangeet) | Bridal Jewelry: Rupika Jewels | Cake & Treats: Divine Delicacies | Cinematography: Prism Media Labs | Live Music: Rhett Price VIolinst | Mehndi Artist: Sumaiya Waheed | Photo Booth: Miami Event Photo Booth | Transportation: Miami Tour Company | Tuxedos: Festari | Welcome Party Yacht: Biscayne Lady | Hookah Rental: Supreme Hookah | Officiant (Imam): Imam Samra


Hillsborough, NJ Indian Fusion Wedding by Live Picture Studios

Hi, Maharanis! Get ready to enjoy Sabrina & Deelu's fusion wedding in today's Platinum Guide Blog!

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Floral & Decor: Florista Decor | DJ: Elite Events Dj's | Fireworks: Elite Events Dj's | Lighting: Elite Events Dj's | Ceremony Venue: Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart | Reception Venue: Bride's Family House Backyard | Hair & Makeup: Cinderella Bridez (Bhargavi & Team) | Wedding Gown: Seng Couture-Designer Martina Liana | Cake & Treats: Lisa Grace Bakes | Draping & Flower Bouquets: Pretty Pleats & Petals | Day of Coordinator: OnTime Events (Davis Abraham & Team) | Photography: Live Picture Studios


Hillsborough, NJ Indian Fusion Wedding by Live Picture Studios

Maharanis! We are so ready to showcase the fusion wedding of Sabrina and Deelu's wedding, a fusion union that I'm sure will steal your hearts! The expert behind the lovely portraits you are about to see is Live Picture Studios, and we are so glad the team managed to capture all the bliss and joy of the big day. The Christian ceremony took place at Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in New Jersey, hosted the union rites, and provided its breathtaking gardens so the newlyweds and their bridal party could have a classic and fun bridal photoshoot. Speaking about those who helped make their day special, the bridesmaid squad looked effortlessly charming in their pastel teal sarees and subtle pink blouses that perfectly matched with their Pretty Pleats & Petals bouquet. What an adorable team! We can't stop obsessing over Maharani Sabrina's bridal look; she was undeniably mesmerizing with her impeccable white gown and pulled off the look with a Cinderella Bridez's hair and makeup. After the ceremony, these two throw off a romantic backyard wedding reception at the bride's family house backyard. Here, renowned decor team Florista Decor constructed a shiny draped backdrop that was complemented with an Elite Events Dj's firework display. The sparkling fountains and great beats of Elite Events Dj's definitely transformed Sabrina and Deelu's first dance into a WOW first dance. Get inspired by all the great elements, fashion, and big style of this lovely fusion wedding. Take a peek inside our complete gallery now!

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You are cordially invited to join us tomorrow and peruse through another charming wedding journey!

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Floral & Decor: Florista Decor | DJ: Elite Events Dj's | Fireworks: Elite Events Dj's | Lighting: Elite Events Dj's | Ceremony Venue: Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart | Reception Venue: Bride's Family House Backyard | Hair & Makeup: Cinderella Bridez (Bhargavi & Team) | Wedding Gown: Seng Couture-Designer Martina Liana | Cake & Treats: Lisa Grace Bakes | Draping & Flower Bouquets: Pretty Pleats & Petals | Day of Coordinator: OnTime Events (Davis Abraham & Team) | Photography: Live Picture Studios


Piscataway, NJ Stylized Photoshoot by John Martin Productions

If you are looking for some big inspiration for your big day, you are a fashion lover, or simply want to embrace your inner Maharani, we've got your back! We couldn't resist unfolding this marvelous inspiration guide shot in Aishas Wedding Decor's warehouse by the highly acclaimed John Martin Productions' team. In a collaborative effort with this excellent photo team, Karamjit Bhinder was the mastermind behind each scenario's planning and design concept. Each space was transformed by Aishas Wedding Decor under Karamjit's guidance. The expert squad brought all the decorative elements together seamlessly for each frame. Opting for a striking color palette that included bright yellow mint, pink and even black! We love how these beauties look absolutely gorgeous wearing different shades and patterns for their intricately embellished lehengas. All looks are guaranteed to steal the show and can be easily translated into real wedding outfits. I especially love how each ensemble was paired with a dupatta and perfectly accessorised with Panache Styles' bracelets, necklaces, and even nose rings. Perfect for any bride opting for a royal look! Being naturally blessed with beautiful features and princess' hair, most Indian brides can grab some major inspo of the updos and makeup looks Jassi Kaur created and adapt them to their big day trousseau. Oh my! Without much ado, let's start daydreaming with this fabulous Stylized photoshoot. Click on our complete gallery now!

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For those ladies who are always on the lookout for chic trends, and latest fashion inspiration we hoped you enjoyed today's feature! See you tomorrow. 

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Hair & Makeup: Looks by Jassi | Floral & Decor: Aishas Wedding Decor | Photography: John Martin Productions | Venues: Aishas Wedding Decor | Planner of Stylized Shoot: Karamjit Bhinder | Designer: Karamjit Bhinder | Bridal Jewelry: Panache Styles | Model: Sumeet KB | Model: Karishma Malhotra


Phoenix, AZ South Indian Wedding by Santiago Almada Photography

Full of fun, traditions, and rituals, Monica and Gopi's South Indian wedding was simply a dream! Today's couple wedding put a lot of effort looking the perfect team of vendors, and all their hard work paid off. The talented Santiago Almada documented their joyous wedding and kindly shared with us a real feast for the eyes. All images transmit the bliss of all traditional events that included a lovely Mehndi party. During this event, Henna by Purvi elaborated an enchanting bridal design that included a beautiful sketch of the bride and groom for Maharani Monica that is absolutely adorable. How radiant does Maharani Monica looked draped in that orange silk saree! She gave us a serious wow moment looking as real queen for her big moment thanks to her magnificent outfit, hairdo and makeup, all creation of the renowned Makiaj Beauty. This bride's look is totally steal-worthy. Wedding experts Apropos Creations planned to perfection a series of celebrations that took place pre and post-nuptials at Chateau Luxe. Amidst the natural and calm environment offered by this exclusive venue, Festive Event Rentals' decor team beautified the ceremony stage with red drapes, flowy floral blooms, and foliage that added a royal vibe to the entire ceremony set. The creative crew also curated the romantic white theme decor for their reception party, which was perfectly complemented by Divinity Event Lighting's professional lights. I love this wedding because it's a great example of how a couple can stay authentic to their roots yet celebrating in the most modern way! Keep perusing our complete gallery by Santiago Almada Photography and explore all the great traditions of the South!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Gopi at a common friend's engagement party. He was sitting at a table with his friends when I walked in, and I noticed him immediately. I introduced myself to him and that night, we talked about anything and everything. I remember how easy it was to talk to him, and it honestly felt like I had known him forever. We hit it off from there, and the rest is history! When we reminisce about that night now, he tells me that he fell in love with me right then and there. And I completely believe it because I honestly fell for him that same night too.

When it comes to knowing that someone is the “one”, it can often seem difficult, but for me it always came down to the little things which he did which made me feel loved, cared for, and always left me feeling like I was the most important thing in his life. He would take time to hear me vent about my long day, even when he had a long day too. He would always be there for me on my toughest days, and would make me feel like a queen with everything he did for me. And most importantly, he became my best friend, the person I wanted to share everything with, and the person I depended on the most. As a long distance couple both in medical school we both have very demanding careers and don’t get to spend a lot of time together. But no matter what, we were there for each other. At a certain point, it became clear to me that I could not spend another second of my life without him by my side. Three years later we got married!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
One day Gopi unexpectedly told me that we would be going on a hot air balloon ride over the Sonoran Arizona desert the following day. I love adventures and it was my first time on a hot air balloon, so I was super excited to spend the day with him overlooking the gorgeous landscape. I had no idea that he had planned for much more that day. When we got to the place where the hot air balloon would be taking off from, he surprised me with a beautiful heirloom emerald ring, and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him! It was one of the best moments of my life, but it was also the best surprise! I’ll never forget looking out at the clouds over the desert with the most beautiful ring in the world on my hand. I could truly not have imagined a more romantic proposal. It was perfect in every way! We got engaged on 11/27/19 and got married exactly one year later on 11/27/20.

Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
We both wanted more of a traditional style wedding but also wanted to celebrate our families and close friends. Family in Hyderabad helped us shop for all of my sarees and lenghas as well as Gopi’s sherwanis. Shopping for outfits was more special to me because everyone was involved! For my sarees I chose bold off-beat colors like pista green, baby blue and magenta. In addition, I opted for saree a with thick gold zari borders and mainly wore my mother and grandmother’s vintage jewelry. I wanted those unique jewelry pieces to shine!

I wanted to get married in a scenic open air location, so we chose a beautiful venue with mountains on all sides of the manadp. We decided on keeping the manado theme simple but traditional with gold and red. We wanted fresh florals everywhere - jasmine, marigold, orchids and roses were our favorites and each event had different flowers. For the evening events we wanted fairy lights everywhere as well as a canopy of lights and sparkler firework entry. Our venue was decorated beautifully for both the morning and evening events, and wedding planner Jo Ann from Apropros Creations was such a huge help and thought of fun ways to involve the guests in everything! During the ceremony we could all look out at the mountains surrounding the venue. The wedding was magical!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Growing up, I had always envisioned myself wearing a darker color lengha like a deep blue or red. I wanted to wear lenghas that would showcase my jewelry! I had selected green chandbali earrings for my haldi so I opted for a yellow lengha to let my earrings shine. I think it really suited the outdoor decor as well. For my mehendi I opted for a baby pink flowy lengha designed by Mishru, a Hyderabad based designer.

For my reception I chose a Mishru ink blue lengha paired with a diamond set, and I could not be happier with how the lehnga looked on me! I had actually seen the lengha in a bridal magazine when Gopi and I first met, and I loved wearing a lengha in the color I had imagined myself in for a long time! For our ceremony I wore a traditional madhuparkam plain white saree with a red and gold zari border. I paired each outfit with matching intricately decorated bangles and anklets. I focused on the small details of accessories and jewelry to make each outfit perfect!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests truly appreciated the effort we put into making events interactive and fun. Having a dance floor during the reception and allowing for flexible seating so individuals could sit next to other people they knew, and an open stage for singing and dancing performances allowed our guests to understand that they were an integral part of our very special day. Finally, having personalized gift baskets allowed for a personal touch that the guests greatly appreciated. The guests at our wedding were family and friends who greatly impacted us positively, and we both committed to showing them that as much as possible during our wedding events.

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 haldi and mehendi events took place in my backyard the day before the wedding. We had a stone grinder so people there could grind the turmeric into powder before applying it which made the haldi fun. Aunties sang songs that were sung at their own weddings. We decorated the trees with umbrellas and paper flowers that we had made the day before. We stacked decorative pots that guests could use to pour water. We also had a ton of white roses and jasmine! Our photographer Santiago was incredible and captured the emotions behind each event! I also got my bridal henna done by Purvi, and we decided a bride on one hand and a groom on the other. Gopi’s name was hidden on the grooms side and people had fun finding it during the wedding.

With everyone being busy around the world it was so wonderful to have our families and friends come out to support us and celebrate with us. We felt so loved! Friends and family worked together to make all the props for the events. Our families also put together the cutest dance montage for our reception. The theme was our love story and our cousins, uncles and aunts danced to different songs that depicted different stages of our relationship. Our DJ Issac was amazing and took requests to play songs everyone loved!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy every single moment! It’s so easy to get caught up in all the planning, but don’t forget that this time is meant to be your time to celebrate your love with your significant other! These moments are priceless and the start of your new life together! It’s okay to step away from the planning to unwind and relax. Wedding planning can be really stressful, but every single detail doesn’t have to be perfect as long as the big picture is ❤️. The little love-filled moments of the planning and wedding are the ones I look back on the most!

I hope you have a wonderful rest of the day, Maharanis. Please join us tomorrow for another great love story.

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Mehndi Artists: Henna by Purvi | Planning & Design: Apropos Creations | Event Designer: Apropos Creations | Ceremony Venue: Chateau Luxe | Reception Venue: Chateau Luxe | Floral & Decor: Festive Event Rentals | Hair and Makeup: Makiaj Beauty | Catering: Chateau Luxe | DJ: Hyper Production DJ's | Catering: Chateau Luxe | Cinematography: Vinu Jacob Videography | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Bridal by Deena | Lighting: Divinity Event Lighting | Rentals: Inner Space Design | Photography: Santiago Almada Photography


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