Once again I’m super excited to unveil another great wedding story! Get ready to fall in love with Naha and Pramay’s wedding festivity! The much awaited union was held at the sophisticated Hyatt Regency Schaumburg in Chicago! This marvelous site received the good-looking Pramay as he was proudly riding a white steed wearing a cream brocade sherwani paired with a red scarf along with his joyful entourage. Appease Inc. took care of Naha’s beauty needs, they achieved an alluring hair and makeup for the bride to be. The solemn marriage's religious rituals began for the happy couple and fortunately, they had the décor experts of Aga Décor who gave this traditional affair an energy infusion of color with flashy curtains draping the mandap. After paying homage to their heritage, Naha and Pramay were beautifully photographed by the creative photo team of Dybala Studio as husband and wife in a lovely and intimate photo session that you can find in our full gallery!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Pramay freshman year at raas team auditions. We didn't talk much because Pramay was shy. During a overnight practice at our friend's house, we started talking about life and what we wanted to do in the future. We spent days after that texting non-stop. Shortly after we began dating, he said "I love you." That's when I knew he was the one.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
The proposal happened on December 23rd, 2016. Christmas is my favorite holiday and Pramay chose the perfect time to propose. The location was at Clark Street Park or, as we call it, "The Rocks." During our first year of dating, we had carved our initials on one of the rocks near the lake. This was the place we had decided that we will marry each other. On the evening of December 23rd, Pramay said we were attending his work Christmas party close to this. During our drive, we "got lost" and he pulled over to get directions. He pulled out a blind fold and said "you knew this was coming." He placed the blindfold on and drove to the location. Once we arrived, he said, "Wait here, someone will come get you." I waited, my friend grabbed my hand and walked me to the location. All I could hear was the music and feel the snow in my shoes as I walked. When the blindfold came off, I saw my closest friends and family waiting on either side of the path holding sparklers. At the end of path stood Pramay. I walked down the lane, crying, and unable to stop smiling. He said so many beautiful things, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him. After all this, how can anyone say no!
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.
Wedding planning was a whole different experience. All we knew was that we wanted a traditional Indian wedding with traditional outfits. After looking at 17 venues, we finally decided on Hyatt Regency due to location and kindness of the staff. Pramay and I wanted a simple but elegant wedding that captured us and that is how we came to choose Aga Décor. Our outfits we had custom made based off of designs I chose in India. Hair and makeup was the hardest for me. Since I am not a "girly girl" I couldn't decide who to go with and what I wanted. I was lucky to find Carrie at Appease. During my trial, she captured the look I was hoping for and I knew I had to have her. All the looks for the wedding were better than I could have imagined.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I selected my bridal lengha based on tradition. Pramay and I knew we wanted a traditional indian wedding. Our theme colors were teal and bright red. We wanted our wedding to be bright which is why we went with bright red and white. When I went to India, it was a very difficult process to choose designs. I was torn between so many designs. One of the store owners gave me the option of drawing out the design and custom making it. So that is how we came across our lengha.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was the décor. I made most of the décor at home, including the ganesh for the mandap, center pieces for the sangeet, garlands for the mandap, etc. I was able to put my creativity to work and it showed as our wedding turned out to be beautiful.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
As most guests are, our guests loved the food and music in particular. We are still receiving compliments on all the food served at each of the events as well as DJ Krush "krushing" the music!
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The most special moment that I can't shake off is the moment I walked down the aisle. I know it sounds cliché as this is most bride's special moment. For me this moment was special for one reason, my parents. As I walked down the aisle, I couldn't stop smiling. I looked down the aisle at my parents as they watched their little girl coming down. I saw the tears in both of my parents eyes, their proud smiles that were hidden behind the sorrow of their daughter leaving and marrying into another family. This is the moment I can't shake off. Even now when the song "Ishq De Fanniyar" comes on, I can't stop the tears.
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.
Mehendi: It was an intimate event where we had the closest friends and family attend. It was the first event of the wedding and it was combined between bride's side and groom's side. My mehendi took 5 hours. I had the Chicago and Miami skylines, which are the places we have lived and both are our homes.
Sangeet: This was a colorful event and more so traditional garba/raas style. We wanted big space for all our guests to enjoy dancing without feeling crowded. We had stations for our food and we went with Indian street food kind of meals.
Reception: We wanted it simple but elegant. Pramay doesn't like big centerpieces as he feels they get in the way of conversations across the table so we went with centerpieces that gave the tables a beautiful look but kept them simple.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Brides-To-Be, some days you will want to give up, some days the arguments do make you wish you didn't start this journey, and some days you will feel stressed and frustrated. Hang in there, all of this will be worth it and one day you'll look back, and wish it wasn't over.
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
The wedding jewelry was mixed of gold plated and real antique polished gold. Personally, I do not like the yellow gold look on brides, which is why I had chosen the jewelry that I did. My favorite type of jewelry is the maang tikka. This is what I picked first for both the mehendi and wedding outfits. The tikka is what gives an Indian bride the elegance and shows our culture.
My favorite thing to see in the pictures was Pramay and the groomsmens' reactions to their gift. I went back and forth with what to get this man with whom I've been with for 9 years. We have given each other all sorts of material gifts and I just couldn't justify giving him something materialistic. So instead, I bought a bottle of nice scotch (Pramay's favorite) and customized scotch glasses for him and each of his groomsmen. I gave him the gift of a MOMENT. A moment that he'll remember forever.
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