Welcome back Maharanis! We now join Tanika and Nativo at their lavender, ice-castle-esque reception extravaganza at the Dolce Hayes Mansion, planned to perfection by KIS (Cubed) Events with decor and florals by Flowers by Edgar. We are coveting everything about Maharani Tanika's reception look - her couture-level, sparking gold gown flattered her figure beautifully and was such a good mix of Eastern and Western design. Also, her hair is out-of-this world incredible - Jennifer at The Secret Brush did a fabulous job creating the bombastic look. Her flawless makeup by Marlyn Valencia fit with the glittering reception decor perfectly, and Maharani Tanika had such an aura of loveliness throughout the night! Nativo also looked very handsome in his perfectly tailored suit and a constant smile on his face! His smile only grew bigger when Taneka surprised him with a festive Mariachi band performance. We are inspired by how much this couple loves to surprise each other! Guests had a blast from the beginning of the festivities to the wee hours of the night, where they danced energetically to music by Jhakaas Entertainment and devoured delicious food from Jalsa Catering. Other highlights of the night were the Pop Up Gelato stations and photo booth by Photography By Elyse. You'll want to check the rest of the pics from this amazing event in the gallery all captured by JSK Photography below!
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!
So glam right? We'll see you tomorrow lovelies!