Happy Monday loves! Today we will unveil a marvelous wedding treasure thanks to Mood Republic Studios and the incredibly beautiful images they shared with us! The talented photo team’s artistic images showcase the bride and groom's love for each other and character. Sneha and Ashif had different religious backgrounds but decided to bring their faiths together in a lovely double ceremony on their wedding day in the marvelous halls of the Sheraton Mahwah fabulously decorated by Wedding Design. They created a marvelous carved mandap stage archway for the guests to admire the lovely couple join their lives! The beautiful Sneha look incredibly delightful in her dazzling attires, first flaunting a red velvet lehenga for her Nikkah ceremony and later wearing a superb silk saree she paired off with a marvelous hair jewelry and jasmine flowers, a creation of Maliha Khan, for her Hindu ceremony! To manage such grandeur, these two enlisted the services of the professional wedding planning staff of Platinum Dream Events whose creative mind was behind every detail of the big celebration! Bring this story back to life with the splendid crafted images in our full gallery!
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 overall is never easy, especially for the big fat Indian weddings with multiple ceremonies on multiple days. My husband is Bengali Muslim and I am Hindu Tamilian so we decided to combine our backgrounds in every element of our wedding process. We served Rooh-Afza and Mango Lassi during our ceremonies as light refreshments - two traditional drinks of the Bengali and Chennai cultures, respectively. We also coordinated music, dress, and events that would cater to guests from both sides. Our pre-wedding events consisted of a traditional Bengali-style Haldi in Long Island and a Mehendi in Maryland. Our Nikkah, Brahmin wedding ceremony, and reception were all on the same day at Sheraton Mahwah, NJ.
Although it took a lot of time planning everything, we enjoyed making all of our selections and being creative throughout the process. My husband was very involved throughout everything and took care of so many details which made it a lot easier for me!
As far as venue, hair/make up, and décor - I've had a lot of friends get married around the New Jersey area and all of them had detailed excel spreadsheets with vendors listed. This made it a lot easier for me to narrow down my search and figure out what I wanted. The details sort of just fell into place, checklist after checklist. We had so many people helping us throughout the process so it never felt too overwhelming. My bridesmaids and maids of honor were amazing in taking care of so many things from setting up my parents' basement for my Mehendi to organizing transportation and housing for each other during our events which were in 3 different states! We also had the amazing help of our wedding coordinators (and good friends!) Mayank and Payal at Platinum Dream Events who helped every step of the way! I remember in particular one night when both of them were on the phone with us until midnight on a weekday helping us hash out details. Honestly, it takes a village to make a wedding come together and it truly was a spectacular and special experience. It made the actual day so much more worth it after all the effort.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I wore flowered jewelry and a sari from Bangladesh for the Holud, a simple colorful lehenga for the Mehendi, a maroon and gold lehenga for the Nikkah, a 6-yard and then 9-yard Kanchipuram silk sari for the Brahmin wedding, and a light teal sequin lehenga for the reception. I had my mom and my brother select my wedding saris in South India and I went to Delhi to select my Mehendi and reception lehengas and my husband's outfits. I knew that regardless of what I wore, I would feel amazing because of the people and the love in the room. The only preferences I had were a Nikkah lehenga that was deep maroon/gold and a reception lehenga that weighed nearly nothing so I can dance the night away! I was happy that I was able to find both within 1 day in Delhi with the help of my mom's best friend! I was initially hesitant about my light teal reception lehenga as this is not a very traditional color for a reception... but boy did I LOVE wearing it, especially for our first dance! I truly felt like a princess the whole day! Teal was always my favorite color but now I love it even more every time I see an outfit in that shade.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think our guests enjoyed the energy of our wedding, simply put. The air was just filled with exquisite joy the whole time. The messages, social media posts, emails, and phone calls after the wedding just overwhelmed us with so much love that we knew that our wedding day seeped with this feeling for everyone.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I was carried into the room at 8:30 am by my brother and my cousin brothers on a Doli. The doors swung open. I saw a whole crowd of people that I love. And in the center of all of it was Ashif. He started crying immediately. But he was so handsome and majestic. To the side were my parents and Ashif's mom, also crying. And then I started crying. I will never forget that feeling. It gives me goosebumps right now. There was just so much love at that moment.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Brides - you are beautiful, loved, and celebrated. This is a big event and a big day for you. But spend some time during all the madness to zoom out. Take a deep breath. Close your eyes. Smile. Feel blessed and feel loved. It’s hard not to stress especially the days leading up to the wedding... trust me I know. But nothing is the end of the world. Realize that it will never be perfect but it will always be okay at the end of the day. Just have fun in the process and soak up the love on the actual day, because, girl... you deserve every bit of it!
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