Jalpa & Keval sure know the value of patience when it comes to love. After being high school sweethearts, they decided to merge their lives in a stunning series of celebrations that culminated with their grand Indian wedding at the Hanover Marriott in New Jersey. Every single detail reflected the personalities of our lovebirds, going from the NY Jets and Giants mehndi design on our beautiful Maharani to the rustic/vintage decoration style of the reception, it was a day to remember! Of course, when you celebrate your big day, you need an expert on your side. Elite Events Management was there at all times assisting our couple with every detail. Wedding days can also get hectic, but thanks to the hands of PayalMUA, our Maharani looked flawless throughout all the celebrations. From Keva's energetic baraat procession to the newlyweds' dreamy moment of their first dance, Jalpa & Keval went the extra mile when it came to celebrating the most important day of their lives. Be sure to visit our gallery to get a glimpse of all the fun and heartwarming moments captured by Pandya Photography.
Whippany, NJ Indian Wedding by Pandya Photography
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We started as preschool strangers at Tots & Blocks which turned into a lasting friendship beginning at Old Bridge High School leading into a college relationship between New Jersey and Philadelphia. Pretty much, high school sweethearts got married 11 years later.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Sunset proposal in San Juan, Puerto Rico while vacationing together before Keval moved to Jacksonville, Florida for his residency, leading to a long-distance engagement between New Jersey and Florida for 2.5 years.
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.
We looked at a handful of venues in Central and North New Jersey area and after visiting Teresa at Hanover Marriott, it was an easy choice and made sense. I researched vendors based on prior weddings we had attended or recommendations from friends and then the decision came down to who shared our vision and good communication was a must!
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My sister and mom went wedding shopping for me in India all I told them was deep red lengha with contrast dupatta (as Keval's favorite color is red). Clearly, I have a lot of trust in my sister's fashion sense although I'm pretty simplistic when it comes to fashion.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Choosing the decor for wedding and reception with my sister and our decorator that was unique in taste and would best represent us individually.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our DJ/MC definitely brought the party that evening.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Coming into our reception hall on a golf cart, we were both shocked at how much love and support was surrounding us on our special day
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.
Rustic/vintage decor style
My cousin sister/junior bridesmaid sang "KAUN TUJHE" as I entered on a dholi carried by all my maternal uncles during the wedding ceremony
Custom-made bridesmaid and junior bridesmaid outfits which were made by Gravity Fashion in Surat, India (ordered from and delivered to the US)
My 5 close male friends who I wanted to be a part of the wedding were my bridesmen, had custom-made sherwanis and escorted my bridesmaids during the wedding ceremony
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Try not to let the small details ruin your big day, it will all come together in the end!
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Semi-naked rustic cake from Palmero's Bakery with florals from Wedding Design & Decor.
Handmade rustic wooden crate gift card box.
Handmade wine cork place card holders for the reception.
Handmade wooden signs ("Just Married" on back of horse carriage, ring bearer sign)
Mehndi design incorporated NY JETS (my team) and NY GIANTS (his team) and NJ (hometown) and Florida (current residence).
Stay tuned for part two of Jalpa & Keval's everlasting love story. We guarantee it will leave you wanting more of Maharani Weddings!
Photography: Pandya Photography | DJ: M4U Events | Lighting: M4U Events | Photo Booths: M4U Events | Venues: Hanover Marriott | Planning & Design: Elite Events Management | Floral & Decor: Wedding Design (Ravi Verma) | Hair & Makeup: PayalMUA | Catering: Rasoi | Cinematography: My Wedding Maker