A very special location for a unique wedding. Tanya and Rishi chose the stunning Chateau Elan Winery & Resort in the northeast of Atlanta to hold their traditional Indian wedding! The celebrations were launched with a pompous Baraat where Rishi was spotted in a great white carriage from Nottingham Shire and Carriage for Hire LLC and stunned the crowd with an elaborate currency note garland that topped off his elegant Raja trousseau. To prepare her ceremony look, Maharani Tanya trusted the draping and styling of her exquisite lehenga to Beauty You Deserve, her makeup look to Nadia Maya and completed her glam squad with the talented hairstylist Kamaura Page to create her stunning bridal look! The fairy tale chateau provided its best space for the wedding ceremony which Michael J. Scott Productions filmed and produced an artistic cinematic trailer featured in our Video Blog! The upscale wedding photographer, Oak & Gold Studios, captured the plethora of rituals that made this an authentic Indian affair and that you will see in the gorgeous images in our complete gallery!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Rishi’s family and my family have been longtime neighbors and friends from New Delhi India. Over the years through our families kept in touch- Rishi and I had never met or talked. Somehow we became friends on Facebook due to having mutual friends. Years down the road Rishi decided to message me one day on Facebook asking on how we knew each other and we never stopped talking since. I decided to fly to NY to meet Rishi and knew he was the one the moment I met him. He shared the same values, passion, and vision in life as me, which made my decision even firmer. We dated long distance for years before we could finally be in the same state as each other.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Our first date in NY was at the Brooklyn bridge, eating pizza and ice cream under the bridge. So exactly 6 years later Rishi decided to take me to the same spot on the same day we first met. It was a cold and gloomy day in NY- but Rishi was adamant about going to the bridge to celebrate our special day. Little did I know he had the biggest surprised waiting for me. He had a videographer and photographer all waiting to capture the proposal and my sister hiding in the cafe to witness it all. He knew how much it meant to me to have my loved ones there so he flew out my little sister to NY. We took a couple pictures on the pier but it was windy and we were not able to get a good photo. So he walked over to his photographer that he had set up already and asked him to take a picture of us. The photographer asked us if we were married or getting married to let him know as he does this for a living.. and Rishi got down on one knee at that moment and asked me the question I’ve been waiting for him to ask for the past 6 yrs. Surprisingly the cloudy day turned into a sunny day immediately and we got some great pictures with Rishi's brother and my little sister. It was a dream come true. Being a jeweler, Rishi designed and created the most gorgeous ring for me. Everything I wanted and more.
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.
My dad got me a wedding journal breakdown from India which really helped me start on my vendors. If anyone knows me they know I am very particular about things and don’t necessarily like to follow the crowd. So I started out by booking a makeup trial with the one only Nadia Maya. I knew almost a year before the wedding that I wanted her as my glam. I honestly did not care about where we got married but my dad always wanting the best for me - he showed this winery to Rishi and I called Chateau Elan in Braselton GA. No other venue could win us over after that. For my outfits, I always knew I would have to go back to Delhi to get the newest style and fashion for all of us. So we made a trip together to Delhi about 3 months before which was the best because I got see my grandmother and shop with the family. For decor- we ended up going with Beenish due to her pleasant attitude and amazing work she does at each one of her events. We knew we couldn’t go wrong. The theme was traditional up until reception for which we tried to go for a mystical floral dream. Last but not the least where do I start about my amazing videographer crew?!
I actually saw MJS productions video posted on the famous Indianweddingbuzz Instagram. I fell in love with how he captured the special moments and make them feel so grand and Bollywood. And I wanted just that. None of the video/photo people I was reaching out to in Atlanta were giving me that feeling except mjs production in Canada. I reached out to him and he made sure to work with me and make a deal with us to come to Atlanta. I am so glad I was able to work with him. It was probably the best decision or the whole wedding vendor list listed above!!
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I actually went in thinking I wanted a maroon lehenga but when I put on my Sabyasachi traditional red lehenga on - I was absolutely awestruck. His craftsmanship and style are legendary. I stuck to the traditional red lehenga with a hint of mint green for obvious reason as my wedding was to place in the middle of summer in a winery in this GA heat.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of my planning process was spending time with my mom and sister and taking our trip to India for shopping. Everything else was stressful.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests LOVED the food catered by CB catering along with the music by DJ sahib which kept the party going past our venue times. Also, Beenish did such an amazing job with decorations that all our guests mentioned how it was a treat to the eyes to attend such a sophisticated yet traditional and beautifully decorated event
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The really special moment of my wedding would have to be Rishi bawling when he saw me walk down the aisle. Although I think he was scared I got cold feet and ran away lol. I don’t get emotional easily.. in fact, I didn’t even get emotional during my vidai. But seeing Rishi cry like that as I walk towards him to marry him made me tear up and was a sight I’ll never forget.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Honestly- don’t stress the small stuff. If anything goes wrong (which it will) only you know about it and no one else. So just let go and enjoy the special moments of planning with your family rather than making them stressful.
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Henna- Rozalin was the first vendor I picked as I saw her designs on Facebook and knew I had to have her. She is incredibly talented and will make any wish or design your reality.
Makeup- I picked Nadia second and made the best choice ever! Her skills are unreal and she made me feel and look so gorgeous on my special day.
Hair- I stumbled upon Kamauras Page on Ig by accident- but probably because it was meant to be. She is a such a kind-hearted soul. She listened to all my requests and did my hair so beautifully while keeping it natural. I could not thank her enough.
We are bringing back the love of the amazing celebration that followed the marriage ceremony of Tanya and Rishi in our next post!