Welcome back everyone! We’re in North Carolina reliving Lakshmi and Andrew’s wondrous reception bash at The Carolina Inn, and we must say, everything just gleamed! Erin McLean Events doused the indoor space in varying hues of gold, which brought a whole new spark to the soiree. The draping in the stage area was untouched from the ceremony, and rightfully so, because the navy blue offset all the neutral, metallic tones. Jump Street added oomph to the evening with their impressive live music performance. Lakshmi dazzled in an east-meets-west piece by Dilli Darzi: a cream cocktail gown with an Indian bodice and ethnic touches all over the twirly lehenga. The Make Up Team gussied up our maharani with a sleek bun and a burgundy lip to make her look pop. Andrew coordinated in a white blazer, and the two were up to their usual shenanigans which resulted in a total ball of a reception! “Andrew and I took dance lessons to choreograph a special surprise Bollywood dance after our first slow dance at the reception. Andrew's Bollywood moves were on point and it meant the world to my family that he made the effort to be a part of our culture,” she shared with us. Stillsmith Collective captured all the joy, along with some incredible portraits of the couple in the outdoors. Check out all the photos via the gallery

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We hope this wedding left you with a ton of inspiration, especially if you are planning a fusion wedding yourself! Here are some fun tidbits from our chat with the Maharani herself: 

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We had planned a weekend trip to Austin months in advance which I thought was a reunion with some of our grad school friends that still live there. Upon arrival in Austin we grabbed lunch at our go-to taco joint while in grad school and had some time to kill before "meeting" with our friends, so Andrew suggested a stroll through the botanical gardens which we never visited when we lived in Austin. Before exiting the gardens, Andrew mentioned that there looked like an interesting spot that we didn't check out. So as we walked towards this interesting spot, he got down on one knee and popped the question! I was completely shocked and SO confused. Tears wouldn't stop pouring to the point where I couldn't even say the words "Yes" and Andrew had to double confirm that I accepted! After I was finally able to gather my composure, I come to find out that Andrew had a planned a weekend of celebration and relaxation at an amazing experiential spa. It could not have been a more perfect weekend!

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part our wedding experience was the exchange and interaction of our two very distinct cultures. While I was nervous at first of how my traditional Indian family and Andrew's Italian Long Island family would interact, planning our joint ceremony and sharing the meaning behind each our rituals and traditions created a unique bond between our families.

What did your guest particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guest absolutely loved the experience of the Baraat. They could not get over the colors, beats of music, energy and dancing. Most of all they loved seeing Andrew riding in a huge white horse.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Like most would likely advise-- don't stress about the small stuff. In the midst of planning its easy to get stressed out about every detail, but in reality your surrounded by friends and family that that are focused on celebrating your love and commitment and not the color of your cocktail napkins!

 Enjoy the gallery and head back here tomorrow for more wedding fabulousness! 



Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Customizing Creativity | Bridal Fashions: Dilli Darzi | Photography: Stillsmith Collective | Venues: The Carolina Inn | Planning & Design: Erin McLean Events | Hair & Makeup: The Make Up Team | Catering: Raaga | Bridal Fashion (Ceremony): Maharani Fashions | Lighting: Katen Shah Designs | Live Music: Jump Street