Flower crowns, gemstone hues and hanging blooms played a vital role in Maharani Teja’s garden inspired fusion Indian wedding at the Zhou B Art Center. Surrounded by priceless pieces of art by the world-renowned Zhou Brothers, the spacious quarters was the perfect fit to celebrate Teja and Joe. Teja’s decision to ensure that her Indian roots were reflected on her big day was a big one. Her bridal look was one that paired simplicity with elegance in an orange pink and gold silk sari hand plucked from India with matching gold jewelry. The stage that housed a naturalistic mandap was warm and welcoming, covered in rich greenery and colorful shrubs. Virginia Wolff Inc. brought a unique and beautiful approach fusing Indian traditions with a modern touch. After the ceremony commenced, exclusive caterer LM Catering partnered up with India House to provide guests with delectable cuisine - the best of both worlds! Wedding planner Simply Elegant Group was the superb choice for creating a picturesque wedding with a design focus in mind. Tap into your artistic side and take a trip into Maharani Weddings very own gallery with the creative artwork of Pat Furey Photography! We caught up with the bride and she spills the details on her party planning process below!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met at a backyard barbecue in our third and final year of residency training in Rochester, NY. My husband cold called me to ask me out one month later and due to our schedules it took another month before we actually met up again. I probably knew he was a keeper after about 6 months.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We spent a lovely winter day outdoors and later that night, skied around Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis as part of the "Luminary Loppet" event. My husband had meant to propose while out on the lake. However, when we were leaving my apartment it was starting to sleet and he thought it wouldn't be romantic if we were miserable and wet. It cleared right up when we got to the lake much to his dismay. He proposed later that night after dinner in my kitchen. He couldn't wait any longer. We then broke out a bottle of bubbly that we had saved since our time in Rochester, NY 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.
I had already sort of had ideas swimming around in my head for a while and after we got engaged, we picked a date and I went into a planning frenzy since I only had 6 months to do it all! I managed to get venue and photographer set right away and the rest fell into place slowly after that. I also decided to include a wedding planner and that was by far the best decision ever. I went dress shopping with a friend about two weeks after our engagement and made a decision that day.
Since we were doing a fusion wedding I wanted to find a way to bring the vibrancy and color from traditional Indian weddings and merge it with a more modern vibe. It worked brilliantly to have our venue be a modern art gallery which quite literally was the perfect blank canvas to make our colors pop.
The outfits for the Hindu ceremony were picked out in India; my parents, husband and in-laws took a 2 week trip to India to meet my extended family, do an engagement ceremony there and go on a wedding shopping spree!
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I went with a large entourage of aunties, my husband, his parents and my parents. My mom had already scouted out some places and we just had them pull saris until one stood out. My husband actually also gave it the thumbs up. It just happened to coordinate well with our colors.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I loved the creative aspect of wedding planning and it was just so amazing to have the visions in my head translated so beautifully into real life.
What did your guest particularly love about your Wedding?
They all really enjoyed being able to experience both ceremonies and the food of course! The dance party was the best one I have ever been to! People were on the dance floor before the dance music even started and it was full all night long.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The sparkler exit was an awesome end to the day.
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 took private lessons for our wedding dance. My husband did so well and the song was perfect. Jason Mraz - Love Someone.
The celebration continues at the breathtaking Zhou B Art Center! See you in a bit!