Sometimes love can be found in the most simplest of places. For Maharani Sara, it was the one place she frequented the most - her job. As a matter of fact, Sara was Vick’s boss and as they say, the rest is history. When this bride planned her elegant affair, it was only natural that a full vendor list would be in tow. After utilizing spreadsheets and organizing her wedding events in synchronization, we must say that we were simply impressed with this Maharani’s wedding planning skills! For her Indian wedding ceremony at the Ashirwad Palace, the bride donned a stunning, custom made white and red bridal lengha designed by Aleeya Mohammed of Rehana’s Exclusive Design. GlowZee was the perfect makeup artist to have on deck and I am swooning over the perfect shade of red lipstick that is a direct contrast to this gorgeous wedding lengha. The bride and groom wed under an orange mandap designed by Hitan Patel of Kalash Decorators with Studio Fifty Five in on the live action as well as capturing all the stills you can find in the gallery!
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In September 2014 we went to The Borgata in Atlantic City to celebrate our 2 year dating anniversary. We went out to the casino and to dinner. When we got back to the room I opened the door to find a trail of red rose petals leading toward the bedroom. There were more red rose petals on the bed in the shape of a heart. As I looked around in amazement he was already down on 1 knee popping the question!
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 am very detailed oriented. I am all about lists and spreadsheets which was very helpful for planning my wedding and events. I knew I wanted a large venue with a lot of space and food options. My younger sister, Shaina, helped me with my venue search and she was the one who found Ashirwad Palace. When I went in with my family to check out the venue, I immediately knew that it was the place for us. I went to a lot of Indian Bridal Expos which helped me to make my decision for my Hair & Makeup, décor, and photo/video.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I attended a fashion show in January 2016 that was hosted by Rehana's Exclusive Designs located in Queens, NY. That's where I knew I was going to find my outfits and it worked out perfectly. I had my heart set on a deep red color with a combination of white. Rehana's was able to custom design the color and style to my special request. My outfit stylist Aleeya was so helpful and awesome!
My American white wedding dress was designed by Sophia Tolli which I got from Seng Couture Boutique in Fanwood, NJ. There customer service was amazing and the store had tons of selections. Sophia Tolli is my favorite wedding dress designer!
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Going to various bridal stores to try on the white wedding dresses was so much fun! That once in a lifetime experience with my Mom and sister was priceless. I tried on about 25 dresses from 5 different stores.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
My guests loved the food from both the wedding day and reception day. They enjoyed the music, dancing, and celebrations!
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Yes, the moment when my groom saw me for the first time on our wedding day as I walked down the aisle in my elaborate outfit.
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.
My mehendi day was on Thursday 9/1/16 I rented a special bridal hammock and wore a green and orange lehenga. All of my guests received complimentary henna. On Friday 9/2/16 I had my haldi event also know as 'rubbing dye' in my Guyanese-Hindu culture. I wore a white and silver sari for that event. On Saturday 9/3/16 was the day of my wedding where I wore 2 outfits. I wore a yellow sari then changed into my shiny deep red and white bridal lehenga. As I walked down the aisle the drummers were playing live music and everyone was dancing with excitement. On Sunday 9/4/16 I was able to enjoy the best of both worlds by wearing my white Sophia Tolli wedding dress for my reception celebration. We were picked up in a classic Rolls Royce to go to our photo shoot and venue to dance the night away. It was tons of fun!
Guests were invited to the auspicious wedding events from customized stationery by Parekh Cards. We have the reception party (along with some words of wisdom from the bride) coming right up, see you then!