For Mahrani Amrita it was all about the bonding experience, exploring her Indian culture and interfusing two backgrounds to form the most perfect union. We would have to say that she most certainly succeeded! Maharani Amrita knew that in order to make her dream wedding come alive she would have to construct the perfect dream team. No one could have envisioned this bride’s dream more expertly than Erin from Divine Celebrations & Events. For a harmonious fusion of multiple days of events, this wedding planner certainly knows her way around the velvet ropes. Amrita’s reception resumed into the luxurious two-tiered Grand Ballroom at the Omni William Penn Hotel. Both Patrick from Community Flower Shop and Peacock Creations quickly went to work assembling the perfect setting for a romantic and luxurious fusion wedding. Maharani Amrita was a knockout in a turquoise and sparkling silver floral length anarkali with intricate sequin designs. Guests enjoyed Indian food from Taj Mahal and were blown away by the custom designed mehndi wedding cake baked to perfection by Cathy Burnheimer of Frosted Envy. We are excited to view the cinematic version (and share it with you!) of this wedding filmed by Nate Sherer Video. A treasure trove of images awaits you in the gallery shot by Elizabeth Craig Photography. The bride has some advice for you Maharanis down below, so read up!
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I chose a bridal lengha (turquoise) for my wedding reception, and a red anarkali for the Sikh ceremony. For the reception, as I mentioned before, Andy's favorite color is blue, and mine is green, so turquoise was a perfect mix of colors for the theme of our wedding. I wanted my lengha to match the room and it did perfectly. I wasn't able to go to India because I was still in optometry school and studying for boards, so my parents when to India with my ideas in mind, and we spent many nights facetiming at 2 am, and I cannot thank them enough for finding the perfect outfits. They did the same for my wedding anarkali. I chose red because it is the traditional wedding color of a bride for the wedding ceremony.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
There were several things! Mostly, I loved bonding with my family. To be honest, they are more fashionable and have a better eye for detail than I do, so I could not have done all of this without them (this includes my dad!) My parents really worked tirelessly for this wedding, and my sister has such an incredible flare for design. We had so much fun picking colors, going to vendors, deciding on invitations, every detail (as much work as it was) was much more fun to do in good company and it was fun to have some surprises for the groom! I also enjoyed how connected this wedding allowed me to be with my culture. I actually learned so much I did not know about traditions of the Sikh and general Indian culture and it's all so beautiful. This was something that Andy and I were able to learn together. I also appreciated how supportive my husband and his entire family was about learning and submerging himself into a culture he was not familiar with. We all enjoyed learning together. It was all perfect.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our first look. I was so nervous. The moment after I tapped Andy on the shoulder and he first turned around and we saw each other for the first time on our wedding day. And realized, wow, we really get to marry each other today.
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.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Don't stress. Things won't go perfectly. Know that ahead of time. There is nothing you can do. You are here to get married to the person you love, and the rest is just an accessory. Don't forget that.
We enjoyed sharing this fusion wedding with you all and as we return tomorrow with another wedding, we hope we have given you some inspiration for your big day! Until tomorrow, loves!