Happy Thursday, my beloved Maharanis! Today is a special day to read and be a part of a new love story, Prina & Varun's. This journey started in front of a beautiful sunset, a heart-shaped cake, champagne, and flowers. A proposal that lent to an elegant wedding festivity at Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. A venue where Prina & Varun's life as husband and wife begun. Thanks to the excellent planning done by Aimee Monihan from Tropical Occasions and Destination Desi, this fairy tale came true. They were a winning combo who delivered nothing but utter perfection! And what is a wedding without a floral touch? Peony & Plum know this, so they decorated the event with delicate flowery details and soft colors. The reception was an absolute heaven on earth, and our gorgeous couple could not be happier! Every Maharani deserves the best, and this time was no exception! Prina wore exclusive designs from Heeral Mehta, Sari Palace, Sam Edelman, and Henna Me Beautiful. The exquisite designs by Dolled up by Lulu added an extra touch of beauty to Prina's dreamy look! The makeup and hairstyle combined perfectly, and the way Varun looks at her says it all! They are meant to be together! We cannot leave our handsome groom behind; Varun wore an exclusive design by Men's Wearhouse. I think they both looked like a real King and Queen! Don't you agree? Every magnificent event needs to be treasured forever. On this occasion, our lovebirds went with a great choice, a photo booth by Special Occasions DJ & Lighting! How wonderful was that? We can also say the music they played during the wedding festivity was fantastic! Everyone danced and had the time of their lives! And the photographs captured by Houseman Studios are the most magnificent witnesses of this celebration of love. Why don't you take a look and fall in love with Prina and Varun? Check out the exclusive gallery we've put together, especially for you. You'll love it!
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This is Varun (my husband's) version of the proposal story:
My plan was to propose at one of the highest restaurants in Santorini at sunset after a multi-course dinner.
I told Prina we had a nice dinner that night, so we decided to go to the beach during the day. I can't confirm this but Prina says I was drinking my beach drink pretty fast :)...In Santorini there are no Uber/Taxi, etc. You have to rely on the bus to get everywhere and it's way too far and steep to walk anywhere...On the way back from the beach to our hotel, the bus missed our stop and the next stop wasn't for a few miles and they would not let us off in the middle. When we get to the stop, we realize the bus back to the hotel isn't going to come for an hour and I knew that would mess up our dinner reservation! So we scrambled to run into a hotel and have them order us a car. We get back 1 hour later than we planned to and I told Prina to get ready in 20 minutes lol...She was having none of that so I ran outside and called the restaurant manager and told her to push it out by 30 minutes.
We get to the restaurant and we have the patio all to ourselves. It's VERY windy and Prina is wearing a dress but I can't give her my blazer because that is where the ring is. Luckily they brought her a blanket. Everything was timed for the sunset, so they start bringing out the courses in quick succession. As soon as we finish one course the waiters are taking the plates right away. I'm hoping Prina doesn't notice how quick the dinner is moving. I'm trying to enjoy the view and the moment, but I am definitely nervous. At one point a little bird comes and starts eating the food off of our plate. It really lightens the moment.
We finish up our food, I step away for the table for a minute and they ask me if I'm ready. I say yes and go sit back down. They bring out a heart shaped cake, champagne and flowers. I hand the flowers to Prina, say a few nice words, and I get down on one knee and propose. She says yes! I. Afterwards the photographers take us to do our engagement photo shoot. The photographer tells Prina to loosen up (she's still in shock haha) and that I'm doing a great job modeling :) (I'm relieved now that this multi-month surprise I've been hiding is done).
We finish up our pictures and are sitting down to eat the cake when I tell Prina that there is one more surprise.... At that point you start to see fireworks in the sky. Her mouth drops open at the fireworks and we enjoy that moment as newly engaged!
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My friend from college owns a bridal store in Artesia, CA called Sari Palace. Our family has been going to their other store location in Berkeley, CA for years. As soon as I got engaged, I knew exactly where I wanted to go for my bridal outfits. Heeral is AMAZING to say the least. From her dress collection to customer service, it was everything I wanted and more! For my wedding lengha, I knew I wanted to wear red and keep it traditional.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests particularly loved our venue as it was a destination wedding for us + our guests. They were able to enjoy the beautiful town of Santa Barbara with the beach across the street from our hotel and a 10 minute walk to downtown. All of our wedding events took place at the hotel, which included a picturesque plaza/rotunda with ocean views. The venue + perfect weather made this venue and our wedding unforgettable!
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Few words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be:
1. Follow your heart!
2. Plan a wedding that represents you both, and don't sway away from what you really want.
3. Stay in the moment during the wedding weekend, and HAVE FUN!
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Thank you for including us and showcasing our unforgettable wedding weekend!