Good morning, beautiful Maharanis! Sometimes I feel love is like a drumbeat; it resonates in you, and then you simply follow the rhythm. Today we are honored to present you the phenomenal wedding celebration from Pamela & Falgoon, a couple that followed the rhythm of love and joined their life journeys at the exclusive The Club at Bella Collina. The gardens of this palatial spot provided them an experience beyond their expectations for the most memorable day of their lives. Our lovebirds made their dream come true thanks to the fantastic planning and execution from Preeti Exclusive, who, according to the bride: "Preeti was a lifesaver as she helped us balancing our vision." They also trusted their decor vision to Liz Decorations and let me tell you that the place was outbursting with perfectly balanced colors and flowers. The decor team also brought to life a phenomenal manda pdesign that gave a magical vibe to the scenery! What a beautiful ceremony! You can relive this moment thanks to the great photoshoots from BnB Photography, who made sure to chronicle all of the emotions and transform them into a beautiful gallery. So make sure to visit it!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Falgoon and I met on DilMil! My assistant Dipali made my account and was swiping away. Of course we came across Falgoon profile picture with him wearing a Power Ranger shirt with a double rainbow and I couldn't resist myself and swiped right.
Falgoon planned this epic first date. The only down fall was he was in Tampa and I lived in Orlando so it was a drive for me plus I had to figure out how to tell my mom I was driving 2 hours to meet someone I met off an app. Eventually my mom caved and agreed to cover for me however I got cold feet and ended up 4 hours late. Falgoon had to rearrange our plans and the date didn't start off well. However after an hour together things started to flow. At the end of our first date I knew he was the one.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Falgoon being Gujarati and me being Guyanese, his parents at first were not a fan of the idea of us being together. We spent a year fighting all the obstacles sent our way and proving that we would fight for our love at no means; merging our cultures, beliefs and becoming one. We promised each other we wouldn’t give up on each other, and we never did. I would always compare our love story to a Bollywood movie which I would make Falgoon watch a lot of. We had our flights book to NYC, for my aunt’s baby shower, little did I know Falgoon had his plans. On October 20th,2018, Falgoon made a spa appointment for me to get my hair and nails done. He told me we were going to have a nice dinner and a stroll through the park so we could get a skyline picture. Once we both were dressed, we headed out. We had some appetizers and then Falgoon insisted on walk through Gantry Park during sunset. Little did I know, this was the moment. With the thought of my love for Bollywood, Falgoon incorporated a song from every Bollywood movie we watched into his proposal. Each spot had one of his cousins and best friends with a rose and a picture of us. At each stop they asked me “Will you accept this rose?” At the very end, we ended up at the skyline, stepped into a rose petal shaped heart with candles. Falgoon of course wrote a beautiful speech, we giggle at moments thinking back to the ups and downs for the fight of love and then asked me to be his wife. We ended the night with dinner at Tony's Di Napoli in Manhattan and dancing at Magic Hour and Moxy.
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 Planner, Decorator
We originally thought we could handle planning the wedding all by ourself. We finally decided a few months in that we needed a wedding planner and we contacted Preeti from PreetiExclusive Events and she was a lifesaver. She made wedding planner fun, kept us on track and help us balance out our vision. Falgoon loved the bigger and better while I wanted a more simple, elegant look. With Preeti's help, we found Liz who capture both our visions for decor. Falgoon wanted the lotus shaped mandap and Liz bought it to life while keeping in mind my simple and elegant vision. We just didn't find a wedding planner but a friend.
- Hair & Makeup
My make up, hair and mehndi was all done by Salma and her team from Hennaallure. I used Salma for our engagement puja and she was amazing. So when time came for my wedding look, I knew Salma was the way to go. She kept me calm during my getting ready time, shared advise and was a joy to be around.
- BnB Photography & Digital Dreams Studio
Words can not explain how amazing Amar is. His pictures are a work of art. Amar first did our engagement shoot and once we saw the pictures, it looked like we belonged in a magazine. During the wedding, Amar and his team capture everything so beautifully. Ashok and Amar work great together. They feed off each other while capturing some amazing moments. We are super excited to see our wedding video that Ashok and his team capture during our wedding.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My wedding lengha was selected because of the horses. My grandfather passed away 3.5 years before my wedding and he was my world. He was my biggest dance fan and favorite person. Growing up, the Derby and horse racing was a huge part of my life. Derby day was a holiday for us. So when I laid eyes on the lengha on an IG post, I know I had to have it. My in laws went to India for wedding shopping and during their time there, my sister in law found the same exact outfit I showed her a picture of. It was just as perfect as I could remember. As I walked down the aisle, a piece of my grandfather walked down with me.
- Sajda by Suman
My reception outfit was bought in New Jersey from Sajda by Suman. I was turned between a traditional white dress or during a traditional Indian look. When I told Nishi my thoughts, she walked into the back and bought out a lengha which I fell in love with it.
My in laws searched for a reception outfit in India for me but there was no luck. I wanted an outfit that would make my future husband light up but make my parent happy too. I was torn between a traditional white dress like my mother wore for her wedding or a lengha. We knew my future husband would be wearing a James Bond inspired look in memory of his Dada so I needed something perfect to go with it. My reception outfit was bought in New Jersey from Sajda by Suman. When we first went to Sajda, I looked through their showroom and couldn't find anything that i loved. Nishi asked me what i was looking for. When I told Nishi my thoughts, she walked into the back and bought out a lengha which I fell in love with it.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our first look. I wanted the first time Falgoon and I saw each other as groom and bride to be inmate so we sneak and did a first look. I remember having the same butterflies, I had the first time I saw Falgoon standing there.
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.
- Bridesmaids' Dance
My bridesmaid are my soca sisters. You put on some chutney or soca music and they get down. However a choreographed bollywood dance is not their thing. So 20 minutes before the reception, they learned their dance and did a great job. Of course they had to dance Woh Mere Jijaji to welcome their new Jiji into the family.
- Patel's Cousin Dance
Falgoon's cousins wedding dance performances are always amazing. They take the time to choreograph them, stay up late and practicing. So when they put on a musical skit on how Falgoon and I met, it was the most beautiful thing I have seen.
- Bride's Solo
During my dance during my reception, I made sure each song had a meaning to our love story. As a little girl I dance around the house with my grandfather to Dafli Wale. My grandfather use to tell me, love is like the beat of a drum, once you find it, you dance without thinking. Of course I wanted the most perfect dance so I asked Dipali from dpaulymoves to help me choreographed it. During my dance, the moment my eyes met Falgoon's, I forgot everything and danced to my own drum. So once Dafli Wale Dafli Baja started, I dance the same steps I dance around the house with my grandfather for my husband. It was the most priceless and sentimental thing I could think to do to show my love. Of course my husband would be bhangra dancer, so I had to pull out a few bhangra steps while dancing towards him to Nikle Curran; pulling him up to open the dance floor.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
You will always received advise and suggestions; don't feel obligated to take it if it doesn't make you happy.
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Mehndi-Make it your own!
In my mehndi I included a few things to describe Falgoon before he could find his name
Lexus symbol- Falgoon love his Lexi.
Taco Bell symbol- the first time I ever ate TB was with Falgoon. After the first time, I fell in love with TB.
007- Falgoon is a huge James bond fan
Ganesha Bhagwan- Ganesha Bhagwan has guided us through our love story. He removed all our obstacles and gave us the strength to continue our journey
Follow me and let's unveil together the last event of this love story!
Venues: The Club at Bella Collina | Planning & Design: Preeti Exclusive | Floral & Decor: Liz Decorations | DJ: Dudha Productions | Cinematography: Digital Dream Video & Photo Studio | Rentals: Stages Plus | Photographer: BnB Photography | Mehndi Artist: Henna Allure | Sajda by Suman: Bridal Fashion
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