Good morning, Maharanis! We are heading to the end of this beautiful week, and we don't want to end it without bringing you the best of our inspirational corner; that is why we are pleased to feature Shalini & Anupam's magical wedding. On this first installment, we are taking you to the Grand Hyatt Regency – The Wynfrey Hotel to witness their pre-wedding celebrations that marked the beginning of this journey! I want to highlight how the gala was beautifully designed and planned by none other than Red and Gold Events, a team who made sure to execute every detail perfectly well. You will love the glowing presence that Shalini, our Maharani, radiated at the sangeet. She came out looking gorgeous as she relied on Gunn Glamour Hair, Makeup, & Bridal's talent for her beauty needs. Anupam couldn't take his eyes out from her. How romantic! Both families gathered to celebrate before the big day, and what best way to celebrate than with the fantastic beats from DJ Riz Entertainment, their team lighted up the sangeet and turned it into a real festival. If this event looks familiar to you, you are right! We showcased this event in a touching footage masterpiece created by Light Cannon Films, and you can relive it here. Today we've prepared a phenomenal gallery thanks to the photo captures from Jashim Jalal Studios. So make sure to visit it to increase your inspiration.

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How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
We wanted a summer outdoor wedding so I decided a bold pink/magenta would be the perfect shade to complement the occasion. I traveled to India to do my wedding shopping with my parents and sister-in-law. Unfortunately, the shade I had in mind was not in fashion in New Delhi at the time I was shopping so I had to use my imagination and take a leap of faith with the lengha I chose as it was in a light grey shade. The store showed me a fabric in the exact shade I wanted and promised they could make the dress in the color I wanted. Thankfully it worked out wonderfully and I'm glad I took the risk!
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The best part of the planning process was how it brought me closer to Anupam and my family. We all spent lots of time chatting on the phone about every little decision and everyone pitched in to help. It meant the world how invested everyone was in making sure our special day was truly unforgettable.  
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved the wedding venue, Sterling Castle! It was an outdoor venue with a castle, a lake, and a beautiful reception hall. Misty and Victor, the owners of Sterling Castle, did a phenomenal job transforming the venue into a tropical paradise with beautiful flowers and pineapples flown in from all over! They also decorated the pergola overlooking the lake into a lovely mandap for us to get married under. 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Start as early with the planning as you can. Book the major vendors ASAP because the good ones get booked fast, especially on a long weekend! Enjoy the process and ask for help from your family and friends. Chances are they will actually love to help with some of the decisions. Don't fight with your fiancé(e) about wedding details because it isn't worth it. What matters most is that you enjoy the celebrations and cherish the memories with your family and friends. And invest in an amazing photographer and videographer because they will help capture those memories so you can treasure them forever!
Please visit us for the beautiful second event of this celebration!
DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Hair & Makeup: Gunn Glamour Hair, Makeup, & Bridal | Planning & Design: Red and Gold Events | Catering: Bawarchi Biryanis - Atlanta | Cinematography: Light Cannon Films | Photography: Jashim Jalal Studios | Sangeet Venue: Hyatt Regency Birmingham - The Wynfrey Hotel | Ceremony Venue: The Sterling Castle | Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency – The Wynfrey Hotel | Reception & Sangeet Decoration: Mandap World | Ceremony Decoration: The Sterling Castle | Reception Catering: Taj India | Baraat: Nottingham Shire and Carriage for Hire LLC | Dhol: Dhol by Jaskaran | Cake & Treats: Indulge Sweet Shoppe | Event Lighting & Mirror Photo Booth Rental: Platinum Ent DJ | Mehndi Artist: Horizon Henna