How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We knew each other as acquaintances in high school, however started dating a few years into college. We both went to Michigan State. He was beginning medical school at this time. We dated for 8.5 years before we got married!
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
It was my birthday weekend and we planned to go to Oval Beach to spend the day in Sagatuck, MI. On the way up, we stopped at Michigan State University on the way up to have lunch at our favorite college spot, a Thai restaurant. It also "happened" to be where our first date was. We went on a walk during sunset and he got down on one knee and proposed. Our families had a lunch planned for the next day when we got back home. It was perfect.
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 always dreamed about what my wedding would be like and honestly my wedding was nothing like my dreams. After being in a relationship for a very long time, I had very realistic expectations for our wedding and really only cared about celebrating our love with our guest. My whole approach to wedding planning was "this is the only time we will be in the same room with everyone we care about." I chose Blissful Weddings & Events as my planner because my sister-in-law had used Rajul. I knew it would be a wonderful experience and it really was. I believe I had the best vendors ever. They were so easy to work with and great people overall. I chose Top That! because I wanted one company to handle the decor and floral- they exceeded my expectations. We chose Ray Anthony because I loved his documentary style photography. After meeting Ray and Beth, I knew Ray had to be our photographer. 97 Flims was the same thing, I loved the style and Katie was amazing. I really based a lot of my choices for vendors in my interactions with them. My theme was jewel tones for the reception.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
The designer for all my outfits was Amy Billimoria. I knew I wanted a traditional lengha with a beige/cream colored lengha and less red. I saw the lengha at Amy's boutique and fell in love. I did all my shopping for all my events in under 3 hours. Amy really understood my vision and designed my reception outfit and my sangeet outfit off the vision.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part was food tasting and cake tasting. Cake is my favorite dessert and MGM Grand has the best cake ever.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The speeches by our parents, siblings, and Hirsh were very special. We are not a PDA-type couple but Hirsh's speech was so heartfelt and moving.
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.
I have danced for 22 years of my life and all of my cousins dance so our family dance was very special. Hirsh also danced with his family which was amazing.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Live in the moment of the wedding and remember the wedding is the beginning of a new adventure, it is not THE adventure. Things will go wrong but I promise more things will go right, and if you have the right people surrounding you on your wedding day (friends, family, your planner), you will never know what went wrong!
Thanks for sharing Meera! Have a wonderful weekend Maharanis!