Electric Karma International shares with us an awe-inspiring three-day Indian wedding event coming to us from Houston, Texas! First up is the marvelous mehndi party in which our Maharani is donning a colorful sari that looks amazing on her golden-tan skin tone! Then it's off to The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center for the exciting folk-themed sangeet celebration! Prashe Decor infuses the vast space with rows and rows of vibrant kites hung up on luminous string lights! A&A Photography and Video catches up with our darling lovebirds posing in their fabulous pre-wedding fashions! All done up by Fashion Face, Tarina looks gorgeous in shimmering eye shadows, a bright peach lip, along with a bejewelled braid to go with her Sabyasachi lengha! Her groom-to-be is looking dynamic in an intricately-patterned dark purple sherwani! They make a delightful pair! Don't you dare move a muscle because there's more to come, but for now, browse the gallery to witness more pre-wedding fun!
From the bride, on how they met:
"I met Viresh, the love of my life, through a common family friend. His parents had just moved back from Azerbaijan after 7 years and had moved into our neighborhood in Houston. His mom was out grocery shopping when she ran into an old friend who happened to be one of my parent's good friends as well. They were talking and realized we were neighbors so she gave my mom's contact information to her. Both of our moms then began talking and became friends and introduced me and Viresh to each other. Viresh and I clicked instantly and came to know we had a lot of friends in common. We went out on three dates during Thanksgiving week at home in Houston and became close very fast. I went to visit him in New Orleans over Christmas week and that's when I knew he was the one. He told me he loved me during New Year's Eve and we have been on cloud 9 ever since!"
On the proposal:
"Viresh had planned on proposing during Thanksgiving the following year and since he had the ring custom made, it was going to take 2 months to be complete- so he had everything planned well in advance. However over Diwali, most of his family came in from out of town and they asked him if they could perform a pooja, sort of roka though he had not officially proposed yet. He said yes not knowing what he agreed to. I was not told any of this however and was told to change my clothes for a last minute pooja before heading over to his house to meet his extended family. When we got there, Viresh and I were being congratulated and I was so confused! We were pretty much engaged by then and so his actual proposal about a month later was not much of a surprise though the way he did it was. He had all my friends make short videos of memories of me or advice for us and took me and my parents into our theater room upstairs to watch it. He left to "go to the bathroom" and changed, had all my friends and his family stand downstairs holding candles and when the video was finished, he had flower petals that led me down to where everyone was standing- about 20 people. And he proposed to me in front of everyone- I couldn't say no of course!"
On hair and makeup:
"I definitely had a style in mind for my hair and I gave my artist pictures of what I was looking for as far as my look for each event. For makeup, I had a general idea however did work with my artist to find the perfect look for each outfit. I wanted a more ethnic, traditional look for the garba sangeet because we were doing a village theme (6 villages which are where mine and Viresh's parents are from in India) and so I chose a traditional looking lengha made by Sabyasachi and bought a ready made long hair braid in India. My makeup artist and her team did an amazing job at creating the exact look I wanted! I had extensions put in a few weeks before the wedding as well to create more healthy, voluminous look."
On the lenghas:
"The lengha I wore for my Sangeet, I had known for almost a year before that that was what I wanted. It was made by Sabyasachi and I contacted the Sabyasachi store via email as soon as wedding planning began. They told me the approximate cost and how long it would take to make and other logistics. I set up an appointment and they had a trial version ready for me when I went to their store in Calcutta. I had some color changes made to fit my skin tone and they actually called Sabyasachi up on the phone right then to get his recommendations on the color changes. After that, it was going to take 2 months for the lengha to be made- however of all the designers, he was the most professional and with the best fitting and the lengha was actually completed ahead of schedule! My wedding lengha I chose based off the colors I wanted. I was looking for a hot pink and red combination and so I spent hours on the internet looking for a design and the exact colors that I wanted. I found this with Tarun Tahiliani and again, I set up an appointment with their store and tailor in Mumbai. I was actually able to complete 2 fittings with them because they were able to make the tailor adjustments to my outfit within 2 days while I was still there in Mumbai and I got to bring the outfit back home with me! My reception lengha I had designed myself and knew the color scheme I wanted, however I was unable to find exactly what I wanted after spending hours on the internet. So I contacted Manish Malhotra, however after many weeks of communicating back and forth, their design team was unable to make the lengha the way I wanted it. So I took a chance and decided to find something once I actually got to India. While we were in Ahmedabad, we went to the Shyamal and Bhumika store and made an appointment to meet with Bhumika about Viresh's wedding outfit. I decided to ask her there in person if she was able to make the lengha the way I wanted it. She worked with me personally to make the lengha exactly the way I wanted it and I couldn't have been happier!"
The ceremony and reception shots are up next!