Morning Maharanis! Tanika and Nativo's matrimonial journey began at Nativo's BBQ birthday party, where he proposed to a completely taken-off-guard Tanika in front of all their dearest family and friends. And the surprises didn't end there for Tanika! During the couple's first look on the sweeping grounds at the Dolce Hayes Mansion, Nativo had a romantic gift up his sleeve when he presented Tanika with her mother's beautiful ring. Tanika was completely overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness of her Raja! Aw! We're so thankful the talents at JSK Photography were there to capture the stills from every magical moment, while Juddy Productions was there to capture priceless video footage of the events. In fact, you can watch the full wedding video here! Maharani Tanika looks like a goddess in her royal red lehenga, with vavavoom makeup by Marlyn Valencia and hair by The Secret Brush. The couple had an amazing team to help them orchestrate the wedding events, including the organizational whizzes at KIS Cubed Events who helped them with planning and design, Flowers by Edgar who created beautiful decor concepts, and Jhakaas Entertainment who helped with the baraat, DJ duties, and lighting. We can't wait to share our next post with you all which covers Tanika & Nativo's lavender wonderland of a reception, featuring catering by Jalsa Catering and a mariachi band! Check of the full gallery of this lovely wedding!
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We were actually having a "small" birthday BBQ for Nativo. As I looked around, all of my closest friends and family were there. After champagne was passed around, out of nowhere he made a lovely speech and got down on one knee in front of all my close family and proposed. It was so special to me since my mom got to see him do that as she was unfortunately sick. It makes me happy she got got to see how happy we were. It was such a great proposal! I'll never forget it! :)
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 knew planning a wedding with 300 guests would be a lot of work! Luckily I had amazing friends to help me, and family all the way from the U.K. to help get everything together. If it wasn't for them I would have been a mess! The Hayes Mansion gave me a list of their preferred vendors. To make it simple, I used most of them as their work was spectacular. I also had a day of coordinater which made it simple. My decorator Edgar was such a delight to work with, and my other vendors made my dream wedding come to real life. It was truly a fairytale wedding for me and my husband.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My aunt and cousins took me shopping in London for my outfit. We went to The Asian Bridal Expo and spent the day there. Luckily I fell in love with one of their designs and made a few alterations to make it more unique and my style. I knew I wanted red and gold to keep it more traditional. It was absolutely breathtaking! And also very heavy!
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I would say the shopping for my outfits and also picking out the reception decor. I think as a young girl you always have a idea of how your dream wedding will be. So picking out the colors, flowers, mandap designs, and centerpieces was very fun! Especially when you have so many beautiful choices to pick from.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
A majority of them were non-Indians watching a Indian ceremony for the first time and they loved everyone's outfits and all the bright colors. We also had a photo booth which was a hit, a gelato bar, and a mariachi band which I surprised my husband with - and the food was amazing!
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
My husband gave me my mother's wedding ring when we did our first look. He replaced the diamond that was missing and gave it to me as a surprise. I will never forget that and now I wear it everyday - it's very special to me.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Someone told me to take a moment and just look around at all your guests as they are enjoying their time. I did that and now have a vision of everyone's smiles and laughter and it has really stuck with me!
Check back with us later today - You don't want to miss the details on Tanika & Nativo's reception gala!