The timing and location couldn't have been more perfect for Vidya and Kavi's sunset drenched reception at the Woodmark Hotel. The open, fresh venue was decked out in rich blue and gold decor by the visionaries at Nalini's Flowers and Decor, and perfectly complemented Maharani Vidya's custom-designed, stunning reception lehenga from Charmi Creations in London. She looked like a beautiful mermaid with hair and makeup by Hanna Mazur and surrounded by blue water as far as the eye could see. The couple and the guests had an absolute blast at the reception, dancing to music by DJ Aanshul and eating food by Lakshmi to their hearts' content - In fact, it was many of the guests' very first Hindu wedding ceremony, and they loved everything about it from the baraat (with a decked out horse from Country Wagon Carriage Service) to the traditional waterfront ceremony! Maharani Vidya had some wise words for brides-to-be to ensure they have the best possible time during their wedding celebrations: "Enjoy the process! Details are fun and important, but they're not everything. Enjoying yourself, savoring the moment, and smiling is even more important." Wise words! Check out more details from Vidya herself, or check out the complete gallery captured by Victor Zerga Photography, or watch the incredible wedding film by Aaron Horton below!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the One?"
We had an interesting first date - a few jokes and stories. We saw promise and scheduled a second date. That's when we knew we had something special. The rest is history!
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Kavi was sweet and traditional at the same time. I flew to Seattle to be with my family the day before Thanksgiving, and he joined us on Thanksgiving Day. He was talking to my Dad and asked his permission to marry me right in front of me! My whole family was so overjoyed to be part of such a special moment.
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 a lot of help with planning! Once the venue and date were set, the rest fell right into place. We wanted an elegant but relaxed feel. We couldn't have asked for a better location - waterfront and gorgeous. We decided on royal blue and gold for our reception. Once I chose my reception lehnga, my Mom and Nalini, our florist, chose the perfect table arrangements to complement it, complete with elephant centerpieces!
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My wedding sari was selected in India by my aunt. It was classic and clean. I didn't have time to travel to India to choose my lehnga. After extensively searching online, I decided to have a bespoke lehnga made by Charmi Creations in London. The process was streamlined and the fit was flawless.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Kavi and I had a great time working on the invitations. The excitement of our engagement was still fresh and we had a ball looking at different samples. We also had a fun time putting our favors together. I'm a coffee girl and he's a tea guy, so we chose to combine those two into a simple and fragrant favor!
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The location! We got so many positive comments. So many of our friends had never attended a Hindu wedding, so the combination of its beauty and the beautiful venue made for a wonderful event!
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There were so many special moments in our wedding! I think the most special moment was walking up to the Mandap and seeing my parents, family, and friends all around me and all smiles - it was an amazing feeling.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy the process! Details are fun and important, but they're not everything. Enjoying yourself, savoring the moment, and smiling is even more important.
We'll see you all tomorrow Maharanis!