I hope you've got your Valentinto sandals and Dolce & Gabbana shades nearby, dolls, cuz we're about to hit some Los Angeles hot spots and the sun is bright in the Southern Cali sky! We're following PhotosMadeEz as they snap posh and pretty engagement portraits of Maharani Sudha and her Raja Pramanik while they pose in front of the Hollywood sign, cozy up at a local horse ranch, and splash in the waves at Venice Beach. I'm loving the fun combination of contemporary style and traditional elegance happening here; whether this bride is sporting a beautiful emerald sari or a hip leather jacket she's classically chic! All this fashion is making me wish for a trip to Melrose to pick up some new fits. While I plan my couture itinerary, check out the rest of the images in the gallery!
From the bride:
"I was introduced to my Raja through his brother. I was friends with his brother and he introduced us because of our love for charity and social work. We were friends first for almost 3 years when he asked me one day, 'Why aren't we dating?' I didnt have any answer back and so we began dating."
On her engagement:
"He took me on a trip to a small cabin (made of a train caboose) in the Santa Monica mountains. We were having breakfast sitting on the deck enjoying the sun when he asked me if I would like to do this with him for the rest of our lives? I said yes and it was as simple as that. Unlike most guys and girls, I never brought up the marriage topic with him. He brought it up for the first time on our trip. A month later we had our official Roka with a pooja ceremony performed by no other than my dad."
On her wedding style:
"Spring color palette: we chose pink, orange, green and gold. People often say that 'you are getting married so your life is over' versus I see marriage as a rebirth and a new beginning. Which is why we wanted to get married in spring. And funny thing is, we didnt plan it on purpose but we ended up getting married Easter weekend. A true symbol of rebirth. Now we are Hindu but whether you're Christian or not, you can not deny the purity and meaning behind the weekend."
On what she enjoyed most about planning her wedding:
"The fact that it was done by my husband and I. So once it was complete we had a sense of pride and ownership that it was our baby. Not something that was contrived by some coordinator or third party person. Every vendor and detail was hand selected by us. Dont get me wrong though, at the last minute we came to my senses and did hire a day-of wedding coordinator to help execute. Priya and her team from Premini Events were Amazing!"
On choosing her lengha:
"I spent endless hours on the internet looking online and but tried to keep myself open minded. I knew that I wasnt going to buy online because of possible fitting issues. So as I went to stores I looked at lenghas knowing only one thing...which is that I didnt want to wear red. I wanted something that made me look girly yet subtle sexy."
On a special moment:
"When my husband got up during our reception and started singing with Bikram Singh at our wedding. It was a complete surprise. I had no idea that he had been planning it the background."
On their first dance:
"Our first song was 'Khuda Jaane.' Mostly because we think that God knew we were in love before we even did. How, when and where it developed we dont know. It just did. We woke one morning and just knew. Funny thing is, after our wedding we were watching the video on Youtube and NEVER noticed that it was filmed in Italy on same streets, steps and Courtyard in Venice that we experienced on our honeymoon! I guess somethings are just meant to be. Trying to pinpoint a specific day and time that we feel in love would just devalue the experience."
On her hair and makeup style:
"The only thing I had in mind was that I wanted to look unique. So I brought some jewelry and what I really ended up doing was relying on the feedback and input from my stylist. My hair and makeup was done by Flawless by Pauline. When I contacted her, I didnt really have anything in mind other than that fact that I wanted to look unique. I tried to use a minimalist approach at the reception wearing only a Cleopatra looking Swarovski crystal headpiece and chandelier earrings. We decided the that headpiece was going to be the focus and ended up throwing out the necklace (except manglasutra)."
On her family and friends helping out:
"That hardest part about my NYC wedding was me planning it all the way from California. I relied heavily on family, friends, and vendors to help put the event together. Especially with vendors, I only seleceted them if I felt comfortable over the phone. I had to put literally trust in their hands to help bring everything together. The most thanks goes to my brother-in-law Prasheel Bharadwaj who went above and beyond in helping coordinate all the food (No wedding is complete without good food). =)"
On other details:
"My Mehndi was done by Monita from Henna for All. Monita was so pleasant and patient to work with. She worked to create a custom design incorporating various designs that I selected from her album. In the end, her hands are so steady and the detail so clear that I was amazed as I watched her work.
The venue was at the Leonard's Palazzo. I wanted a simple but classy look for the venue. I didnt want to go too gaudy and these days everyone uses LED lights which makes every weeding reception look the same. So wanted the venue to stand on its own. When I saw Leonard's and its Ventian/European look that all we really had to do was add flowers and we were done in terms of decoration."
Love to hear all the fab notes from the bride! See you tomorrow, darlings!