I am a firm believer that just like your beloved romance, your wedding day style should be just as epic! Just ask Maharani Promini who ensured that her lovely Indian wedding incorporated all the personal elements that personified her Indian celebration to Akash. Of course, an Indian bride pampered by Glam by AK could only be fabulous; I am swooning with matrimonial envy with this bride's chic style! The Royal Alberts Palace hosted the couple's Indian wedding ceremony that was the perfect setting for a magical commemoration. Mandap Milap added that extra dimension of fabulousness with cultural, eye-popping décor that complimented that personal, cultural touch. Each step of the way Saroj Studios captured all the enchanting memories, forever memorialized on Maharani Weddings. Join me in the gallery for all the heartwarming moments of our lively couple.
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met on Facebook December of 2007 and have been dating since then - 10 years before we got married. I knew he was the one very early on. We chatted online and spoke on the phone for a few days before we met in person and once we did, we were both so convinced that we are meant to be.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
My proposal story is the cutest. Akash isn't the romantic planner type. For our 9th anniversary, we took a trip to Atlanta, Georgia and booked a cozy resort by the lake. I am very observant of his behavior so he knew if he did something out the ordinary, I would know right away something is up and given the special day, he did not want to risk me knowing. We got ready to go out and he left the room before me to "pack the car" and when I came out, he was shuffling stuff in the trunk. When I reached the back of the car, he was on his knees with the ring under the hood of the trunk. He was so nervous, I could tell. And because he was so nervous, he hit the button to close the trunk. So while he is proposing and saying lovely things, the trunk starts to close in on us. If was funny and 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 had an event planner who helped me throughout. I wanted a traditional desi wedding on a budget and that was a bit hard being in the USA. We have everything here but definitely at a cost. So I browsed tons of wedding websites featuring Indian weddings and got most of my ideas from there. Then my friends and I made it work for the wedding. My venues, Royal Albert and Deewan were both best fittings for my events.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I did not want red. I wore a red lehenga saree for my engagement and was sure that I did not want to wear red again. I wanted some sort of darker pink. I went back to India after 14 years for the wedding shopping. Shopped around in Delhi for a day or so before we had to go to meet my in-laws in Surat. When I saw the collection in Surat, my jaw dropped. I never cared if my lehenga was of a high brand or not, I needed it to represent me and the kind of bride I was. I found the most perfect lehenga at a store called Gokul in Surat.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was the rehearsal of the performances. Everything else was so overwhelming that when my mandali came together to rehearse and dance, it was stress relieving and just oh so much fun.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
They loved the little details we put together. I ordered a bunch of stuff from Amazon India like ladkewaale and betiwaale pins, filmy posters, movie dialogues for the photo booths. Akash and I are movie buffs and I am a huge SRK fan so we made a poster of us with the DDLJ theme but called it "Bhojawala Dulhaniya Le Jayenge". Guests loved the little touches we put and of course the food!
Was there a really special moment at your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our first dance and my Vidai - these 2 constantly replay in my mind.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
ENJOY EVERY MINUTE OF IT.
I knew from the start that I wanted to be the kind of bride that has a blast during all the events. Whose up and about dancing the night out and enjoying every minute of everything. Fortunately, with the support system I had, I was able to do just that. I was living each moment. We put in so much time, money and effort into these few days, we have got to enjoy it!
Head on back for the reception, it's just around the corner!