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Atlanta, GA Styled Photoshoot by Hakim's Studio

Happy Tuesday, my beloved Maharanis! Inspirational bridal fashions, the glamour of the Modern Era, and the elegance of Indian Jewelry come to you in a new blog entry. And believe me, this is one you don't want to miss as it packs all the things you need to achieve your dreamy bridal look. So wait no more and get ready to dive into this cornucopia of beauty, elegance, and traditional flair! Ardour Events knows the importance of planning the perfect stylized shoot, so every Maharani gets the inspiration they deserve! And oh boy, there is no way to hide it; I'm crazy in love with this one!  Royal Indian Closet and their exclusive lenghas made the models look like the princesses they are! Gold and ruby tones were some of the palette's preferred colors, and let me tell you, that combination is beyond perfect! Á La Couture - Indian Jewelry, and their classy and exceptional jewelry designs will help you create the looks you love and adore! The enchanting models are the best reference, every piece of jewelry connected with the stylish bridal fashions and every viewer's soul. As we all can agree, every lengha is worth excellent makeup. Makeup Artistry by Sweta knows this, so they exceeded the expectations and made the models look delicate yet elegant. Krupa Bhatia imagined the most magical scenarios of this entire event and made them happen. Hakim's Studio captured those scenarios, and the results are here to change the meaning of the word "excellence." Every photograph will boost your imagination! Maharanis, I know you'll want to get every dress and every piece of the entire photoshoot! So, get ready to be amazed by this fantastic gallery. You will love it!

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That is all for today, my beloved Maharanis. Come back tomorrow for more! 

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Photography: Hakim's Studio | Bridal Fashions: Royal Indian Closet | Cinematography: Hakim's Studio | Planner of Stylized Shoot: Ardour Events | Hair & Makeup: Makeup Artistry by Sweta | Bridal Jewelry: Á La Couture - Indian Jewelry | Event Designer: Krupa Bhatia


Cincinnati, OH Indian Wedding by Making the Moment Photography

Happy Thursday, my beloved Maharanis! I hope you are ready to read today's incredible story featuring Aanchal & Jay's wedding celebration. This adventurous journey began online! How awesome is that? By the third date, our lovely Maharani knew Jay was the one for her, and Jay knew she was the one for him. He proposed to Aanchal by organizing a flash mob. She is a real Dancing Queen! After three different plans, the couple decided to host a beautiful event at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, a National Historic Landmark. Elegance, luxury, and history, all at the same place. Can you imagine how perfect this wedding was? Thanks to B3 Event Management, the planning went beyond fantastic, and the romantic décor they put together was what the Bride and Groom expected to celebrate their love along with their guests! Every part of this event was magical. Emotional moments, blessings, and lots of love were present during Aanchal & Jay's wedding festivities! Dancing is an essential detail of a celebration of love. Our gorgeous Maharani and handsome Raja decided to make everyone dance to the beats DJ Mavi Productions played. You can see every guest enjoyed it! My dears, I think we have to mention Aanchal's delicate beauty. During her big day, she was pampered by Flawless Beauty Salon. Our Maharani's fashion style and the delightful makeup done by this team made the perfect beauty combo! Thanks to the jaw-dropping photographs captured by Making the Moment Photography, we've put together this fantastic gallery for your enjoyment! I promise you will fall in love with this couple and their big celebration of online love!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met my husband online! I honestly didn't know what to expect going on our first date, but our first date turned into a date everyday! I knew he was the one by our third date, from his kind heart to his infectious energy I knew I wanted a partner just like him.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Jay proposed to me by organizing a flash mob, and dancing to my favorite songs! I have been dancing since I was three, and he knew how important dancing was in my life.

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 planned our wedding three times due to covid (ugh), but all our vendors were amazing from B3E to Flawless Makeup and beauty to our favorite photographers Making the Moment. Everyone was so understanding when we moved our wedding, the vendors went out of there way to add special touches such as smoke bombs at the baraat to special candle lit tables honoring all our loved ones that passed away.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew i always wanted Anita Dogre, her designs match my style so well. I wasn't sure if i wanted traditional or unique, but as soon as I tried a red lengha with shades of blue I fell in love. The intricate details of a forest on my lengha was hard to match!

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Shopping and pre-wedding photos! Both shopping and photos are Jay and I's favorite thing to do so naturally we had so much fun doing it!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our venue! Hilton netherland plaza never fails to WOW and combined with B3E bringing my unique designs it was a huge hit!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
My husband crying as soon as he saw me, I knew he was going to be emotional but it's a different feeling when you actually see 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.
My sangeet was one of our best events. From the morcooan designs to my bright green lengha everything fit together so perfectly. I had my entire family do an ongoing dance with different entrances, solos just like a bollywood movie.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Relax!! I can't tell you the amount of times I cried due to moving my wedding and having a lot of my family not being able to come, but at the end of the day it's about you and your husband the rest will take care of itself. If you don't relax it will show to your guests and in your pictures!

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Savannah, GA Indian Wedding by Vitor Lindo Photo + Video

Maharanis, Tuesday is here, and with it, a remarkable story comes to enlighten your day! Dhwani & Sunny had a wedding full of vibrant colors, delicate flowers, and the most significant detail, love. This event was hosted at an elegant venue, The Desoto, a place that puts you in the heart of one of the most romantic cities in the world, Savannah, Georgia. Maharanis, you know how important it is to choose a venue that makes your soul fall in love even more! Thanks to Events By Srishti, all the wishes our couple had, came true. Every part of this wedding was beyond perfect! The Tradition & Trends team offers inspiring ideas and elegant designs, and this reception was not the exception. They decorated the salon with flowers, lights, and a palette that every guest will remember forever. Along with this, the music Platinum Roadshow played during this big day was exceptional; everyone danced and felt good. Happiness was all over the place! My dears, I think it is time to mention how gorgeous Dhwani looked! Dina Marie Makeup + Hair and their professional touch pampered our Maharani with delicate makeup! I think Sunny is the luckiest to have such a beautiful Maharani by his side! Khasiyat prepares the most exquisite vegetarian dishes, and our couple couldn't leave them behind. So you see, my lovely Maharanis, a big day, perfect ambiance, excellent music, and delicious cuisine were a part of a beautiful wedding festivity. Let's not forget about the most significant way to relive this, the photographs! Vitor Lindo Photo + Video captured the most incredible emotions and transferred them into a wonderful gallery we have put together for you. 

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Sunny planned the most magical proposal and I was blown away at every step and every detail. Here is the story of the proposal told by Sunny:

I had always known that I wanted to propose to Dhwani in Boston, the city where we first met.

Our first date encompassed several meals, a visit to the New England Aquarium, a stop at a speakeasy, and even included a trip to Chinatown. It spanned all throughout the city and we ended up spending entire day together because neither of us wanted it to end.

Our first encounter and one of our favorite shows to watch together, Taskmaster, were the inspirations behind the proposal.

I recreated elements of our first date by taking Dhwani to each of the spots we visited on that day.

She had to solve tasks (similar to puzzles) in order to get the clue for the next place to go. We started the tasks in the morning and timed it to reach a restaurant by lunchtime, where we coincidently had dinner on our first date.

After lunch, I asked Dhwani to take a walk with me at nearby Fan Pier Park that overlooks both the Boston Marina and downtown. There I gave her the final task and asked her to marry me.

After she said “yes,” we drove back to Connecticut, and I surprised her once more with a small gathering of family and friends at home to celebrate.

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 the middle of COVID was hectic and stressful. I didn’t have a vision of what my perfect wedding would look like but my fiancé and I focused more on what we wanted the experience to be for us and our guests, and disused each step with each other and our parents to make sure we accomplished that goal. We were thankful to find a group of vendors we trusted and most of our vendors were fantastic (besides our venue) and were thankful to have a solid team who we were on the same page with and trusted to manage the event while we were enjoying our wedding with our guests.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our wedding was in May of 2021, a few months after the vaccines had rolled out and it was the first large event that most of our friends and family had attended since COVID first began. We are so thankful for each of them for choosing to spend it with us. Being surrounded by loved ones with good food, drinks, and music in a beautiful city after a long period of isolation was exciting and liberating. We also heard that the local Leopold's Ice Cream we served during the wedding was also a favorite!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
In regards to wedding planning: Don’t be afraid to ask for help and ask questions. To me, the whole wedding planning process felt secretive but I reached out to a lot of my friends who were married to ask for advice on vendors, ideas, prices, suggestions, etc and found it was immensely helpful. Also, don’t be shy to ask questions before signing any contracts! Once you sign it, you’re locked in so ask all of your questions beforehand.

That is all for today darlings, come back tomorrow for more!

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Planning & Design: Events By Srishti | Venue: The Desoto | Floral & Decor: Tradition & Trends | Hair & Makeup: Dina Marie Makeup + Hair | Catering: Khasiyat | DJ: Platinum Roadshow | Photography: Vitor Lindo Photo + Video


Santa Barbara, CA Indian Wedding by Houseman Studios

Happy Thursday, my beloved Maharanis! Today is a special day to read and be a part of a new love story, Prina & Varun's. This journey started in front of a beautiful sunset, a heart-shaped cake, champagne, and flowers. A proposal that lent to an elegant wedding festivity at Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. A venue where Prina & Varun's life as husband and wife begun. Thanks to the excellent planning done by Aimee Monihan from Tropical Occasions and Destination Desi, this fairy tale came true. They were a winning combo who delivered nothing but utter perfection! And what is a wedding without a floral touch? Peony & Plum know this, so they decorated the event with delicate flowery details and soft colors. The reception was an absolute heaven on earth, and our gorgeous couple could not be happier! Every Maharani deserves the best, and this time was no exception! Prina wore exclusive designs from Heeral Mehta, Sari PalaceSam Edelman, and Henna Me Beautiful. The exquisite designs by Dolled up by Lulu added an extra touch of beauty to Prina's dreamy look! The makeup and hairstyle combined perfectly, and the way Varun looks at her says it all! They are meant to be together! We cannot leave our handsome groom behind; Varun wore an exclusive design by Men's Wearhouse. I think they both looked like a real King and Queen! Don't you agree? Every magnificent event needs to be treasured forever. On this occasion, our lovebirds went with a great choice, a photo booth by  Special Occasions DJ & Lighting! How wonderful was that? We can also say the music they played during the wedding festivity was fantastic! Everyone danced and had the time of their lives! And the photographs captured by Houseman Studios are the most magnificent witnesses of this celebration of love. Why don't you take a look and fall in love with Prina and Varun? Check out the exclusive gallery we've put together, especially for you. You'll love it!

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
This is Varun (my husband's) version of the proposal story:

My plan was to propose at one of the highest restaurants in Santorini at sunset after a multi-course dinner.

I told Prina we had a nice dinner that night, so we decided to go to the beach during the day. I can't confirm this but Prina says I was drinking my beach drink pretty fast :)...In Santorini there are no Uber/Taxi, etc. You have to rely on the bus to get everywhere and it's way too far and steep to walk anywhere...On the way back from the beach to our hotel, the bus missed our stop and the next stop wasn't for a few miles and they would not let us off in the middle. When we get to the stop, we realize the bus back to the hotel isn't going to come for an hour and I knew that would mess up our dinner reservation! So we scrambled to run into a hotel and have them order us a car. We get back 1 hour later than we planned to and I told Prina to get ready in 20 minutes lol...She was having none of that so I ran outside and called the restaurant manager and told her to push it out by 30 minutes.

We get to the restaurant and we have the patio all to ourselves. It's VERY windy and Prina is wearing a dress but I can't give her my blazer because that is where the ring is. Luckily they brought her a blanket. Everything was timed for the sunset, so they start bringing out the courses in quick succession. As soon as we finish  one course the waiters are taking the plates right away. I'm hoping Prina doesn't notice how quick the dinner is moving.  I'm trying to enjoy the view and the moment, but I am definitely nervous. At one point a little bird comes and starts eating the food off of our plate. It really lightens the moment.

We finish up our food, I step away for the table for a minute and they ask me if I'm ready. I say yes and go sit back down. They bring out a heart shaped cake, champagne and flowers. I hand the flowers to Prina, say a few nice words, and I get down on one knee and propose. She says yes! I. Afterwards the photographers take us to do our engagement photo shoot. The photographer tells Prina to loosen up (she's still in shock haha) and that I'm doing a great job modeling :) (I'm relieved now that this multi-month surprise I've been hiding is done).

We finish up our pictures and are sitting down to eat the cake when I tell Prina that there is one more surprise.... At that point you start to see fireworks in the sky. Her mouth drops open at the fireworks and we enjoy that moment as newly engaged!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My friend from college owns a bridal store in Artesia, CA called Sari Palace. Our family has been going to their other store location in Berkeley, CA for years. As soon as I got engaged, I knew exactly where I wanted to go for my bridal outfits. Heeral is AMAZING to say the least. From her dress collection to customer service, it was everything I wanted and more! For my wedding lengha, I knew I wanted to wear red and keep it traditional.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests particularly loved our venue as it was a destination wedding for us + our guests. They were able to enjoy the beautiful town of Santa Barbara with the beach across the street from our hotel and a 10 minute walk to downtown. All of our wedding events took place at the hotel, which included a picturesque plaza/rotunda with ocean views. The venue + perfect weather made this venue and our wedding unforgettable!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Few words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be:
1. Follow your heart!
2. Plan a wedding that represents you both, and don't sway away from what you really want.
3. Stay in the moment during the wedding weekend, and HAVE FUN!

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Thank you for including us and showcasing our unforgettable wedding weekend!

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Hair & Makeup: Dolled up by Lulu | Planning & Design: Tropical Occasions | Venue: Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort | Planning & Design: Aimee Monihan | Planning & Design: Destination Desi | Florist: Peony & Plum | Catering: Natraj Catering | DJ: Special Occasions DJ & Lighting | Bridal Fashions: Sari Palace | Fashion Designer For All Lenghas: Heeral Mehta | Wedding Shoes: Sam Edelman | Bridal Jewelry: Sari Palace | Cake & Treats: Lilac Patisserie | Cinematography: Houseman Studios | Draping/Styling: Henna Me Beautiful | Mehndi Artist: Henna Me Beautiful | Photo Booth: Special Occasions DJ & Lighting | Rentals: Town & Country Distinctive Event Rentals & Services | Tuxedo: Men's Wearhouse | Pandit: Nilesh Pandya | Paper Goods/Invites: Minted | Baraat Vehicle: Wheel Fun Rentals | Photography: Houseman Studios


Itasca, IL Indian Wedding by Le Cape Weddings

Maharanis, Tuesday is a day to read, imagine, and fall in love with a magical love story. And today is no exception!  Pooja & Milap's wedding festivities will inspire you with every detail and every moment. Our lovebirds decided to accept each other's path through life at a romantic and elegant ceremony hosted at the Westin Chicago Northwest, the ideal place for the perfect couple. J2R Events is a highly passionate and professional team that planned every detail of this wedding perfectly. I know this was an event to remember forever! Don't you think white details are always a magical touch to make your wedding look like heaven on Earth? Elegance Decor feels that, so they designed the most exquisite setting to make the bride and groom happier than ever! Our lovely Maharani and her gorgeous life partner looked so delighted. I adore them! Having music to dance to is essential in an elegant wedding like this. And thanks to  Escape Entertainment L.L.C., the experts on delivering high-quality sound and beautiful lighting, everyone jumped to the dance floor and danced the night away. Love in the air, guests dancing, and happiness all over the place. That's what a dream wedding looks like! And what is a wedding without a bit of sugar? I think we all can agree that sweet and delicious treats are always welcome, and that is why Lovin Oven Cakery baked the most mouth-melting desserts. I bet everyone loved them! And before we go, we want to give a big shoutout to Le Cape Weddings, who took the most dedicated pictures to relive these lovely memories, which I know you will enjoy when you check out the gallery we have put together for you!

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That is it for today, my lovely Queens, please join us tomorrow for a new love story! 

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DJ: Escape Entertainment L.L.C. | Planning & Design: J2R Events | Baraat: Escape Entertainment L.L.C. | Lighting: Escape Entertainment L.L.C. | Sangeet Venue: Monty's Banquet | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Westin Chicago Northwest | Floral & Decor: Elegance Decor | Cake & Treats: Lovin Oven Cakery | Cinematography: Le Cape Weddings | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Unnati Shah | Photography: Le Cape Weddings


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