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San Diego, CA Indian Fusion Wedding by Indian Wedding Snap

Happy Friday, beautiful Maharanis! We are concluding this fabulous week with a phenomenal wedding event! Today we are pleased to present to you the beauty that surrounded Padmini & Imran's wedding celebration. To begin this journey, let me take you to the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina, the perfect venue chosen by our lovebirds to celebrate their promise of eternal love. The winning combination of Holly Kalkin on the planning and design and the excellent decoration crafted by Excellent Designs turned this gala into a perfect and memorable event. Speaking about perfection, we were enchanted by the beauty that Padmini displayed during the entire festivities. Hands down, she made the right call by choosing Enchant by Nihala for her beauty needs. The different halls used for the wedding events overflowed with merriment and traditional flair, leaving everyone speechless. And we want to do a big shoutout to Walkrich Signature Events as they created a spectacular scheme of lights that set the mood for the different activities. Today you can relive this moment by visiting this jaw-dropping gallery put together by Indian Wedding Snap. We are more than sure you get tons of inspiring ideas to start planning your ultimate dreamed wedding!

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Enjoy your weekend, and make sure to join us on Monday for more!

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Venues: Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina | Hair & Makeup: Enchant by Nihala | Planning & Design: Holly Kalkin | Floral & Decor: Excellent Designs | Catering: Natraj Catering and Restaurants | DJ: Sound Nation | Cake & Treats: Cute Cakes | Cinematography / Photography: Indian Wedding Snap | Lighting: Walkrich Signature Events | Photo Booth: Pixster


Scottsdale, AZ Indian Fusion Wedding by Rachel Solomon Photography

Good morning, Maharanis! I hope you are having a fantastic day. This week is almost over, and we don't want to end it without bringing you a new lovely event that, without a doubt, will fill you with many emotions and inspiring ideas to create your dreamed wedding. Today we are pleased to present to you the marvelous wedding celebration between Supriya & Steven, today's lovely duo. You will love how two different cultures mingled together and became one to celebrate the eternal love of their favorites. The McCormick Ranch Golf Club hosted the pre-wedding celebrations, and the Royal Palms Resort and Spa was chosen to host the fusion wedding ceremony and wedding reception. Let me tell you that our lovebirds made the right decision by choosing these venues as they not only met but exceeded all expectations! Everything was perfectly trimmed and planned by Laurie Stricklin, who took made this wedding unique and unforgettable. Just lovely! Supriya, our gorgeous Maharani, dazzled everyone with her innate beauty. And let's not forget about the fantastic Mehndi art designed by Henna by Purvi. It was the crown jewel to her royal presence. The reception party was epic, and this was thanks to the phenomenal beats played by DJ Adi and the live performance of Lucky Devils Band. You are invited to relive this moment by visiting today's gallery, thanks to the spectacular shots captured by Rachel Solomon Photography. I know that you will be amazed by every single detail of it!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Stevie on January 4th, 2018, following an introduction on the dating app Coffee Meets Bagel. Our first date was on the day that the Bomb Cyclone blanketed New York City in snow. We met for drinks at Bobby Van's near Grand Central Station, because it was one of the few places that remained open. Time seemed to pause, along with the outside world, as we chatted for hours!
 
I was struck by Stevie’s quiet confidence, wit, and uncanny familiarity. I felt as though I already knew him -- on our first date alone, there was an easy and natural balance between us. To my friends, I referred to him as “Steady Stevie," and that last part has stuck. Within just a few weeks of dating, I told my mom (much to her alarm) that I knew I was going to marry him. We ultimately chose January 4th as our wedding day, as it is also the date we met!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
A year after we met, Stevie fittingly chose to propose in Grand Central Station on a beautiful evening in January! I met up with him at Grand Central Oyster Bar. We checked our coats and grabbed a glass of wine at the bar. Curiously, the Maître D' (who was in on it) said there would be a long wait even though the place was empty. So to kill time, we drifted over to the Whispering Gallery and eventually the Main Concourse. There, Stevie told me we were going on a journey; which train did I think we were taking? Perplexed, my concern was that we had left our coats (and wine!) at the restaurant. He said not to worry, and gestured at the balcony overlooking the concourse, where I suddenly saw my parents waving. When I turned back around, Stevie was on one knee, with heartfelt words and a big smile on his face.
 
The rest of the night is a blur of glee -- champagne and hors d'oeuvres with my family at Bobby Vans (where we had our first date), a casual pit stop to see Hamilton on Broadway, and a surprise afterparty at my favorite bar, Ted's, where my brother had gathered a group of our closest friends! The night ended at 4 am, with Dollar Pizza on 3rd Avenue. We will forever thank New York City for bringing us together, a boy from Arizona and a girl from India.
 
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 had a destination wedding in my groom's hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona. Since we live in New York, we found ourselves in the capable hands of my Arizona wedding planner, Laurie Stricklin! I had weekly calls with Laurie, who would find vendors to match my ideas. We also had 3-weekend trips to  finalize decisions in person.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I had a vision for my white wedding dress being ultra-feminine with lots of lace detail. I went shopping with my mom at Kleinfeld Bridal and immediately fell in love with a gorgeous Pnina Tornai off-shoulder neckline and sheer lace bodice. The designer herself, Pnina, was there in person and helped me customize the rest of the dress: a soft A-line silhouette with a modest train. I have a video with her, as I said Yes to the Dress!
 
For my Sangeet lengha, I found myself drawn to modern Indian design, as opposed to the more traditional heavily-beaded florals. I've always loved vibrant colors and patterns, and so I chose a bright turquoise + pink lengha with gold accents! With my groom in gold, and our wedding party in teal and pink, we felt it all came together really well.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
We know we come from very different backgrounds, cultures, and religious traditions. So throughout the planning process, our North Star was the idea of "One True Fusion Ceremony," which was a lot of fun to brainstorm!
 
We wanted the important elements of each of us represented. I wore a white dress as a nod to Stevie’s culture, and he wore an Indian suit for me. My bridesmaids represented my tradition in red lenghas, and the groomsmen represented his culture, in black tuxedos. Our ceremony featured both a western Officiant and a Hindu Pandit. We had Bible Readings and Hindu Mantras, recited our own Vows and even Broke the Glass. Our wedding had everything from the Henna to the Horah! Even our hashtag (#OneLesserMenon) combined both our last names and embraced the spirit of unity.
 
Before the wedding day we had a Mehendi, Rehearsal Dinner, and Sangeet -- this rounded out all the traditions of our families. It was a wonderful, colorful, and authentic wedding for the two of us.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think the thing that the guests appreciated the most was embracing a cultural element that they weren't accustomed to! Many of my Indian family members had never experienced toasts at a Rehearsal dinner, never seen a bride in a white dress, and never danced to a Horah! Stevie's side of the family loved picking out Indian outfits for the Sangeet, getting Henna done on their hands, and watching our "mystical" Hindu ceremony. Many of our friends loved practicing together for Sangeet performances, and donning bright kurtas, saris, and ornate jewelry. We hope every guest got to experience something unique, and authentic to our fusion wedding.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I absolutely LOVED watching my "gora" groom perform bhangra at our Sangeet, alongside two seasoned Indian friends! He has always been a great dancer, but it was absolutely incredible -- the whole crowd was cheering and I think his side of the family was stunned! It really warmed my heart that he wanted to embrace the Indian culture and do something that required stepping completely outside of his comfort zone.
 
For events other than your ceremony, please tell us as much as you would like about the decor, style, dances, and all the special details.
We tried to weave in authentic, important pieces of our story throughout the wedding. For our first dance we chose the song "Lucky" by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat, because this was actually the first song we danced to, a few weeks into dating! Signature drinks at our reception were based on our favorite cocktails. At the afterparty in our hotel suite, we had my groom's favorite: In-N-Out burgers, fries, and shakes. Too many details to recount here!
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Being a very planning-oriented person, I made a conscious decision to just let go and be present the week of the wedding. You've done all the hard work, now soak up every moment, and ENJOY!
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Our wedding gifts to each other were so special! We wanted to gift each other things that would become our family's heirlooms -- our story forever passed down along with them. Stevie is a big watch-enthusiast, so I surprised him with a classic and timeless Patek Philippe dress watch. I had the back of the case engraved with the words, "January 4, 2020. Until the end of time." He got me a stunning 3.5-carat Infinity ring, with 20 oval diamonds to represent the year we got married.
 
I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. And stick around, we have more prepared for you!
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Mehndi Artists: Henna by Purvi | Live Music: Lucky Devils Band | Sangeet Venue: McCormick Ranch Golf Club | Ceremony Venue: Royal Palms Resort and Spa | Reception Venue: Royal Palms Resort and Spa | Planning & Design: Laurie Stricklin | Floral & Decor: Fiori Floral Design | Hair & Makeup: Makiaj Beauty | Catering: Royal Palms Resort and Spa | DJ: DJ Adi | Bridal Fashions / Bridal Jewelry: Nazranaa NJ | Cinematography: D.P. Weddings | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Makiaj Beauty | Fireworks: Fireworks Productions of Arizona | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Indian Wedding Card | Photo Booth: Shutterbooth | Registry: Zola | Rentals: Inner Space Events | Tuxedos: Alton Lane | Bride's White Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai | Bride's White Wedding Dress: Kleinfelds | Groom's Indian Outfits: Knollswood | Bridesmaids lehengas: IV By Divya | Photography: Rachel Solomon Photography


Oakbrook Terrace, IL Indian Wedding by Z Molu Photography

Good morning, Maharanis! We are in the middle of this phenomenal week, and as always, here at Maharani Weddings, we have the best of Indian weddings to brighten up your day you and to fill you with tons of inspiration. To begin this journey, let me take you to Oakbrook Terrace, IL, to enjoy the marvelous wedding celebration between Rina & Hiral. The exclusive Drury Lane Theatre & Events was chosen by our lovebirds to host their promise of eternal love. And let me tell you that all guests enjoyed every single part of it. Events by Nisar orchestrated the whole affair, and the way they embraced our lovebird's vision and turned it into a reality was just perfect! Speaking about perfection, Rina, our lovely Maharani, stole everyone's attention and took their breath away with her drop-dead gorgeous presence. We can say that she made the right choice by trusting the Nicki Baman and Gigied with all her beauty needs. And let's not forget the phenomenal Mehndi art that our friends from Henna Moments created for our marvelous bride. Just fantastic! You can relive every detail of this glorious event by visiting today's gallery, thanks to the phenomenal talent from Z Molu Photography. If that is not enough, we are also featuring the visual masterpiece created by Aria Cinema Films in today's Video Blog. So make sure to check it out as well. I bet you will be amazed!

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If you got inspiration today, stick around because tomorrow we have more prepared just for you!

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Mehndi Artists: Henna Moments | Ceremony Venue: Drury Lane Theatre & Events | Reception Venue: Drury Lane Theatre & Events | Planning & Design: Events by Nisar | Floral & Decor: Dream Occasions | Makeup: Nicki Baman | Hair: Gigied | DJ: Shaadi Entertainment | Cinematography: Aria Cinema Films | Photography: Z Molu Photography


Austin, TX Indian Wedding by Vek Photo

Happy Tuesdays, Maharanis! We hope you are enjoying the company of your close ones during this quarantine. We are going to get this through together! Today, as always, we are here to give you a daily shot of inspiration. We are pleased to bring to you all details and beauty surrounding Reshma & Marshall's big wedding festivities. To begin this journey, let me take you to the exclusive JW Marriott Austin, the ideal venue chosen by our lovebirds to celebrate their eternal promise of love. Right from the start, we have to say that you will love the detailed and on-point organization of this spectacular wedding. Our friends from SB Events Co. perfectly planned and trimmed every segment of the event down to the smallest detail, delivering nothing but perfection. Simply amazing! Everyone loved the natural beauty from Reshma, our gorgeous Maharani, who stole the show with a royalty look. She trusted the talent from Ms Painted Lady, who made sure to deliver a traditional but glamorous look for her. And let's not forget about the fantastic Mehndi art that Samira's Henna Designs created for our beautiful bride. To turn this gala into an epic party, our friends from DJ Riz Entertainment jumped into the stage and played their fantastic beats, making everyone dance the night away! To relive all of these details, make sure to visit today's gallery. I bet you will be inspired!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met at work in October of 2014! On January 15th, 2015 Marshall took me on our first date at Del Frisco's Steakhouse in downtown Dallas. I couldn't have been more nervous! He sensed that, and tried everything to make me feel comfortable. We talked about our past college experiences, funny stories, and he spent the evening trying to ask me every question in the world to try and get to know me better.

Soon after we became inseparable! It was such an exhilarating feeling falling for Marshall. He was so full of energy, love, care and commitment. Our bond created something so unique and I was positive that our relationship cultivated deep within our hearts.

In October 2015, Marshall was promoted and had to move to Columbus, Ohio. As nerve racking as it was, we courageously fought to stay close and build our relationship besides the distance. In this time, we grew to love each other in ways we never knew possible.

I have never been in an interracial relationship before, and Marshall eased my worries by showing so much gratitude and appreciation for my culture. He genuinely took interest, embraced it, and accepted my roots and welcomed them as a part of his life. I was in awe in how easily it was for him to blend with my family, friends, and culture that it became evident that it was impossible for me to go through life without him. I quickly learned, happiness came from within, and Marshall and I were meant to be. I am forever thankful to Marshall for never giving up on us and working so hard to be the amazing man that he is today.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Marshall and I planned a trip to Barcelona and Ibiza in May 2018. On our second day in the beautiful city of Barcelona, we decided to check out "Bunkers Del Carmel" a beautiful site that over looks the entire city. We took the hour long car ride up to the hill, and Marsh and I chatted the entire way, like we always do.

We finally get to the top of the hill, and I see tourists in athletic gear, and I am confused as Marsh and I were more dressed up (we had lunch reservations at a restaurant Picasso frequently visited), but I initially didn't think much of it. We slowly walked up to the top of the hill where there were a few people soaking in the view. As we reached the top, I looked out over the horizon and felt blessed to be there. As I'm doing so, I look over and Marsh turns to me and pulls out a dark blue box - and I KNEW in that moment it was happening! He opens the box (UPSIDE DOWN!) and he get's down on one knee, and I (of course) begin to cry. I excitedly say YES!!!

Marsh had hired a photographer to capture the moment and I felt so incredibly loved. We took photo's at the proposal site and at the Barcelona Cathedral. At night, we had a separate photoshoot at the Magic Fountains and a dinner reservations at Pepito - a romantic restaurant in downtown.
My heart was so full of love as our families and friends showered us with support and excitement. Marsh made me feel like a princess on May 3rd, 2018. I will never forget the feeling in my heart knowing I was going to spend the rest of my life with my best friend!

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 is no joke! Planning an interracial and interfaith wedding comes with a different set of challenges, but also welcomes the idea of creating a fusion of two cultures that bring to light a union of love and compassion. During the process, Marshall and I wanted to make decisions together and respect both families opinions.

The JW Marriott stands tall in downtown Austin, and even though we had visited over 8+ venues, the JW always took our breath away. The beautiful tall ceilings and warm welcome when you walked in, felt a sense of joy and excitement to be there. I've seen the work of all my vendors, and knew that each of them were the perfect fit to my vision. From hair and make up to decor and music - each vendor carefully took their time to understand what I was looking for and bring to life the ideas in my head. My wedding planner was the icing on top! 

Our goal was to truly give our guests the "fusion" wedding experience. We wanted to incorporate traditional Indian customs with an american flare. We chose to have 3 different types of cuisines (Mexican, Italian, and Indian) to ensure our guests had a variety of flavors over the weekend. The Baraat was a 90's hip hop vs. Bollywood and dhol beat dance off - combining Indian culture with my husbands love for hip hop. We also made sure the dancefloor on both nights gave everyone a reason to come up and break a sweat!

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the process for me was having the opportunity to travel to India for my wedding shopping.

Initially I was not sure if I would be able to travel so far as I had just started a new job, and the seasons in India were either extreme heat or monsoon - both not ideal! None the less we decided to brave the heat in June 2019. To me, going to India was not just about buying outfits, jewelry or invitations for the wedding. It was so much more than than that. It was about the experience I had with my mom and Dad trying on different outfits and laughing at the ones I didn't look good in or being excited for the ones that did. It was about the joy of my family members in India getting to bless me before the wedding. Feeling the love despite our interracial union. The excitement of describing my day to Marshall who was so intrigued about my time there. That trip was the most special part of the entire process.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The feedback that I hear the most about our wedding is that people could genuinely feel the love between us. They heard and felt our voices in our vows, speeches, and pictures. The hardest part of wedding planning, is to remember why you're doing this. Things can get difficult and stressful, but when the weekend came - I didn't care if a groomsmen's outfit got lost by an airline (Yes, that happened!), I just wanted to share the experience of getting married to my best friend in front of all of the people who have played such key roles in our lives growing up.

Our priest was very adamant of wanting the guests to learn about the Hindu marriage and what each step stood for. Often times, at weddings we don't get an opportunity to learn why we say and do what we do on the mandap. Guests mentioned that they really enjoyed learning about the meaning behind the actions.

 We also had 9FT tall LED Robots come to our reception! That was fun and unique for them to experience!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
My favorite moment of the entire wedding weekend was my mothers speech. I still tear up thinking about it today. She spoke from her heart, and as she held back her tears, she said she wanted both of us to remember one thing: collect moments not things. She then asked the entire audience to light up their flashlights on their phones and wave them for us. She said, "remember this moment, this is your moment - take it in". It was absolutely beautiful.

My mother put her entire heart into planning this wedding, and I am so grateful for her (and my dad & sister's) dedication to making our dreams come true. As brides, we often forget that this is such a profound and emotional moment for our parents too and we owe them all the love in the world for going above and beyond for us.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
The most important thing to remember is do not get caught up in the image of your wedding. i.e. making sure every picture looks perfect, that the decor/lighting/positioning of chairs are perfectly positioned. We're all guilty of a couple bridezilla moments, but remember to make sure your bridal party, family, and friends feel the love from you and your fiance. Your wedding doesn't have to be in a grandiose location, with the most lavish decor - people don't remember those things, but they do remember how you made them feel during your wedding process and the weekend of. Remember to show compassion to your partner, your parents/in-laws and bridal party. Even when things get stressful - take deep breaths and know they are also doing their best. However, make sure the elements of your wedding is truly what you want and stand-up for the aspects that you envision being a part of your special day.

Lastly, soak up all of the weekend events. It goes back way too quickly, in a blink of an eye it is over! Laugh a lot, cry happy tears, dance a little extra, and make sure to have the time of your life!

We have more prepared for you, so make sure to join us tomorrow. You will not regret it! 

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DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Mehndi Artists: Samira's Henna Designs | Lighting: DJ Riz Entertainment | Baraat: DJ Riz Entertainment | Sangeet Venue: JW Marriott Austin | Ceremony Venue: JW Marriott Austin | Reception Venue: JW Marriott Austin | Planning & Design: SB Events Co | Floral & Decor: Raofactor | Hair & Makeup: Ms Painted Lady | Catering (Reception): Sangam | Catering (Sangeet & Ceremony): JW Marriott | Cake & Treats: Sugar Mama's | Cinematography: Aria Cinema Films | Live Music: Robots | Photography: Vek Photo


Bridgewater, NJ Indian Wedding by Weddings by Shooting Stars

Good morning, Maharanis! We are beginning a brand new week, and we want to start it by presenting you with a marvelous love story that will fill you with tons of inspiration. Are you ready for it? I bet you are! To begin this journey, let me take you to the exclusive Bridgewater Marriott to admire the beauty that surrounded Mohitha & Sandeep's wedding festivities. We are double featuring this lovely event thanks to the enormous talent from Weddings by Shooting Stars, who created a visual masterpiece that you can check here. And In this episode, we have the privilege to show you the marvelous photo gallery that this team created for our enjoyment. Just splendid!  Everyone enjoyed every single bit of this spectacular wedding celebration, overflowing with love and traditional flair. Events Cherished Wedding Planning, designed and orchestrated our lovebirds dreamed wedding, while Rangoli Weddings took the decoration to the next level and crafted beautiful ornaments and incredible centerpieces. Our gorgeous Maharani was dolled up by Sindujah Kanesanathan, who showed all her talent and expertise to accomplish our Mohitha's ultimate bridal look. You can relive this extraordinary moment by visiting today's gallery. It'll take your breath away, and you'll love it!

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Don't forget to check today's film blog for the cinematographic delight showcasing the most memorable scenes of this wedding! 

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Photography: Weddings by Shooting Stars | Cinematography: Weddings by Shooting Stars | Ceremony Venue / Reception Venue: Bridgewater Marriott | Planning & Design: Events Cherished Wedding Planning | Floral & Decor: Rangoli Weddings | Hair & Makeup (Bridal Makeup): Sindujah Kanesanathan | Hair & Makeup (Bridesmaid Makeup): Cinderella Bridez | DJ: Platinum Roadshow Entertainment | DJ: DJ Sunny Entertainment | Mehndi Artist: Henna by Jill


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