Good morning, Maharanis! Today you will be dazzled by the wedding festivities of Serina & Neill thanks to the magnificent captures from Wildcolors by abi. Yes, I know this union sounds familiar, previously we showcased this couple's fantastic film also created by this incredible team and that you can relive here. In this first photo installment, we are presenting the wedding ceremony festivities. There was no better place to perform such a beautiful event than the exclusive and monumental Hard Rock Cancun. Since we had a glimpse of the well-designed invitations created by The Royal Collection, we knew that this would be a memorable event. And we were not mistaken as everything was excellent organized and designed by the fantastic talent from Urvashi Mishra, Wedding & Event Planner. Who worked side by side with Alquimia Events to make all of the events look fantastic. An outstanding job! Our beautiful maharani had a charming and dazzling flair for this occasion thanks to the syle of Erica Bogart Beauty, who took care of Serina's perfect bridal look. The hardest part of a destination wedding is orchestrating a massive trip for all family and friends to your event. However, for Serina & Neill, this was super easy thanks to Shaadi Destinations, who took care of all the travel needs. If you want to relive this wonderful love story visit today's gallery, I bet you will be inspired!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I don't think there was ever really an "aha moment" of when I knew he was the one. Neill and I first met 14 years ago during a local Garba event. It was not exactly love at first site. Our relationship evolved constantly and we had even tried dating in the past, but it didn't exactly pan out the way we expected and we both realized maybe we would be better off as friends. In 2016, Neill couldn't hide his feelings anymore and explained how he had been feeling about me. It took a little while of dating again to see just how perfect we were together. He was my best friend, and we both knew everything about each other - the good, bad, and ugly - and not despite that, but because of it, taking the next steps in our relationship felt so natural. I feel like such a cheeseball when I say it, but it was always Neill.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I will be completely honest, Neill tried to plan everything as a surprise, but I saw it coming from a mile away. I am quite possibly the most annoying person to surprise. He ended up taking me on a trip to Utah and after all the incessant questioning, I pretty much figured out what was up. It was however some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever experienced. It was truly a winter wonderland.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
When I was younger, I always envisioned myself as a modern, non-traditional bride. Color schemes of pastel or white were always in the back of my mind. As I got older, I saw the beauty in more traditional designs and patterns and was drawn to those as well. I think my bridal lengha embodied my personality perfectly. I ended up going with a subtle off-white base, with rich, gold and pearl handwork. Each border was an ode to each one of my parents and Jigya (the designer) beautifully fulfilled my wish of fitting in the names of my grandparents who have passed and could not be with us to celebrate. I decided to add a pop of my favorite color, a bold, emerald green with a traditional bandhni design with pearls and small mirror-work, to round out my dream of a modern, yet traditional bridal outfit.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
My favorite parts of the planning process would be seeing it all come to fruition and all the feedback and reactions from your family and friends. All the sleepless nights trying to communicate with my designers in India, and countless hours researching and organizing every little detail is all worth it when you get to experience all your hard work with all of your loved ones.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Something that was a truly unforgettable moment for me was walking down the aisle. I think it is something that every little girl thinks about growing up and to be actually in the moment, it is kind of surreal. For me personally, I did not know how my wedding would be. Being a child of divorced parents is not anything new for most brides in the US. But, in our culture and "society", it is rarely seen that both sides come together for times like this. Growing up, I never knew how exactly my wedding would pan out. Would everyone really be able to work through their differences? How would I get everyone in the same room without it being awkward? However, during our engagement and wedding planning, all four of my parents (both being remarried), worked seamlessly together and were honestly one of the biggest support systems as a whole for me. As I walked down the aisle, I saw not only my future husband, but all four of my parents and siblings, standing there waiting for me. It was honestly one of the most emotional moments of my life.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
The worst thing I did was over-analyze things I had no control over. Plan the heck out of your wedding ahead of time, and as you get closer --- LET. GO. (Sidenote: use Google docs which auto-saves so you don't lose your ENTIRE mailing list that took a week to complete because your laptop decided to restart before saving.)
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Planner: Urvashi Mishra
Venue: Hard Rock Hotel Cancun
Travel Agent: Shaadi Destinations
Makeup: Erica Bogart Beauty
Photo/Video: Wildcolors by Abi
Cake: Hiram Guerrero
Dj/Dhol: Encore Entertainment/ Sumeet Virk
Entertainment: Anis Chandani
Hair and Makeup for wedding party: Styling Trio
Bridal Mendhi: Monika Patel
Guest Mendhi: Loto Mendhi
Photobooth: La Cabina Mexico
Jewelry: Gucci, Silver Plaza, Sitare by Aasha
Bridal Dresses: Kalki, Gauri, RF Couture, Jigya M, Magic Mirror, Saks Fifth Avenue
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