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Atlanta, GA Indian Wedding by Wildcolors by abi

Happy Friday, Maharanis! We are at the end of this fabulous week, and we want you to end it full-inspired. So we have prepared something special just for you! Today we are taking you to the grand Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta to unveil all the beauty of Bindiya & Himesh's wedding reception. The phenomenal photos captured Wildcolors by abi, encapsulated every single detail of this magical event and the highlights of the night. The marvelous wedding reception gathered two families that celebrated the eternal union of this charming duo, and both enjoyed Encore Entertainment's music, who designed a fantastic entertainment that enlighted the gala. Everyone savored the delicious food from Annapurna Catering Service and praised the remarkable decor from the 5th season, who created a fantastic stage for our lovebirds. It was a memorable night! If you want to relive this unforgettable moment, make sure to visit today's gallery. I bet you will love it!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We actually met during my fourth year of college at a UGA vs UTK college football game in Knoxville, Tennessee. We had mutual friends, but had never crossed paths before. I remember the first day I was in Knoxville and my cousin had introduced us, and Himesh actually ignored me and showed zero interest in making an acquaintance. I remember thinking "wow people in Tennessee are rude."
 
The next day after the game, in a bar of course, I had a second encounter with Himesh. My friends and cousins had gone to the bathroom, and I was sitting by myself. Himesh came over to to talk to me (probably to console me after UGA's tragic loss) and we just had a casual conversation that neither of us really thought much of. I remember he asked me the same question twice in regards to my major.
 
After we parted ways, I remember being back in Athens and getting a friend request from him on Facebook. I messaged him first thanking him for giving me company in Knoxville and the rest was history! We instantly connected and talked about our childhood memories, life goals, family, interests and of course I had to make fun of him a few times. I eventually agreed to go on our first date. He was in medical school in East Tennessee at the time and showed up to my apartment late! Of course all the restaurants were closed at this time so I decided to just cook dinner for us. I made him falafel (which he loved -- and if you know Himesh you know he loves food), we talked for hours, and soon realized we were two pieces of the same soul. We dated for 3.5 years until we finally got married and moved to Jacksonville, Florida for his residency at Mayo Clinic!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
- The groom's perspective (Himesh Zaver):
Someone once told me "when you know, you know." From the beginning, with B, I knew I was in for a lifetime of laughter and smiles...on a full stomach. The hardest part of the proposal was not picking out the perfect ring or asking her father for her hand in marriage, instead it was planning something she would never forget. I've always tried my best to remind her she's worth a million bucks and more, and I went through hundreds of scenarios, locations, and ways I would ask. With B, it has never been the gift that put a smile on her face, but the handwritten card or letter that went with it. In the end, I decided on the things that matter most to her.
 
Our proposal was made possible with the support and help of many of our family and friends. Bindiya's day began with a letter, a painting, and her favorite breakfast. Her first letter highlighted how we met, our first date, and playful clues on what to expect throughout the day.  When first getting to know B, she told me her favorite flower was the Black Dahlia. On our first date, I brought her Black Dahlia flower seeds because I was never able to find the actual flower. Fast forward two and a half years and I still have not been able to get my hands on those flowers so I had a painting made of the exact jar of seeds I brought her and the full bloomed Dahlia. As the day went on, Bindiya received more letters, had a manicure with her sister, and finally arrived at Piedmont Park where I nervously awaited for her arrival. I was under a gazebo, and although I forgot how I asked, and honestly even if she said yes or not, I do remember how perfect she looked, and how happy I was to now call her my fiancé!     
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I flew to India specifically for wedding shopping. I found all of my outfits for each day's events in Bombay. I definitely had an open mind when I began my wedding shopping. I saved pins on pinterest and had a few ideas in mind. I spent the first 3 days just browsing at various stores and designers so I could see all my options.
 
I remember walking into Shyamal & Bhumika and just falling in love with the hand embroidered work and contrasting colors. I never saw myself wearing "all" red, but I knew I wanted to incorporate the color in my wedding lengha as it's a traditional color in Hindu weddings. Ironically, I ended up selecting a bridal lengha from Shyamal & Bhumika that I had a screen-shot of on my phone. Before I even saw it in person, I loved this dress but never really thought it was suit me or be within my reach. I really loved the contrasting mint, peach, pinks, and coral red's within my outfit and my husband's outfit! I was truly blessed with this beautiful dress! I wouldn't have it any other way.
 
In addition, on the day of the wedding, I was able to also wear my mother's wedding sari (33 years old I might add) for the Baraat and groom welcoming. It was really important to me to be able to share a piece of my parents' wedding on my special day because we both share the same wedding anniversary. That's right, April 20th was also my parents' wedding date. This wasn't planned but it's funny how things turn out. I'll always have this memory with me and remember them as I celebrate the years to come with Himesh!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
A unique part of my wedding was that all five events of my wedding were at the same venue. All the guests, both bride and groom's side, stayed at the same hotel where the ballroom was also located. Everyone was able to hangout during downtimes and get together and talk. I remember everyone telling my parents and me that they had such a blast because of the convenience and timeliness of all of the wedding events. My dad and I planned my wedding on our own and made sure everything ran according to schedule.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
A wedding comes once in a lifetime. It took me a long time (near the last month really) to get over the stress of wedding planning and actually start to enjoy the process. Now looking back on it, I truly loved spending time with my family planning the events, and I'll always cherish these memories. The amount of love and support you receive throughout this process and on the big day is truly indescribable. For all future brides-to-be, I really recommend remembering the true meaning of marriage and the point of having a wedding. At the end of the day, it's not about the little details like a fancy car, forgotten dessert, technical AV difficulties, but solely about you getting to marry the love of your life on a day you will never get back or forget.
 
Have an awesome weekend loves! See you again on Monday with more inspiring installments!
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Photography: Wildcolors by abi | Cinematography: Wildcolors by abi | Venues: Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta | Floral & Decor: 5th season | Hair & Makeup: Edge & Priss Luxury Bridal Glam | Catering: Annapurna Catering Service | DJ: Encore Entertainment | Bridal Fashions: Shyamal & Bhumika | Mehndi Artist: Rozisalim Virani


Cancun, MX Indian Wedding by Jonathan Cossu Photographer

Welcome back, beauties! We hope you are ready for a full-inspiring Thursday because we can't wait to share Sonam & Herman's wedding celebrations with you. Right off the back, we have to say that this wedding was alluring and impressive. Just take a look at all the beauty surrounding the wedding ceremony held at the beautiful outdoors of the  Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa. In a lovely and well-decorated tent area with delicate floral arrangements from Grupo Gama, and a perfect set up of all the decorations, together created the most magical setting for Sonam & Herman to tie the knot. Everything was perfect, and the environment created a love cloud that surrounded everyone. But we must say that only person who stole all looks that day, it was our dazzling Maharani who walked down the aisle looking like a princess. The royal look that stole everyone's breath away was thanks to Alex Corbanezi Beauty, who took care of Sonam's beauty needs. Once the ceremony ended, all guests attended the reception in a fantastic hall where everyone had a fun night with great music, delicious food, and of course, tons of memories. If you want to relive this fantastic event, make sure to visit our today's gallery and take a closer look at all the splendid shoots captured by Jonathan Cossu Photographer

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Herman on Halloween, in a bar in the middle of New York City, dressed up as a witch. He was dressed up in a Totoro onesie. For those of you that don't know, Totoro is a Japanese anime character that I just happened to watch religiously growing up. The rest is history.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Herman proposed to me on the beach in April 2018. He told me we were going to an engagement party, and while we were on the way he insisted on stopping off at a nearby beach to enjoy the view. When I got out of the car, I saw the most incredible set-up right there next to the water. There was champagne, a wooden arch with photos of all the memories we had made so far, flowers, and everything else I could've ever wanted. It was really something to see.
  
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The best part of the planning process was the chance to make the events something that was truly our style. We got married in Cancun, Mexico, so we already had a destination wedding going for us. We really wanted our guests to enjoy every part of the wedding because at the end of the day, it was a vacation for them too. We scheduled out events in a way that there was one free day for guests to do as they pleased during the 3 day event period. We scheduled a massive all-day pool party for the guests (and us!) to fully unwind and have fun in an informal setting. Our guests could not stop talking about it!
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
A piece of advice that many married couples gave us before our big day was to not let anything get in the way of our happiness and our enjoyment of all the events. Being the bride and groom, it is inevitable to be stressed about things going wrong, but it's so important to remember that you are getting married to the love of your life and you should be present to fully enjoy that. You shouldn't worry about the things that can go wrong, because things will go wrong. You should go into your wedding week with the mindset that nothing will ruin this time for you both, and to make the most of every moment because it goes by so quick.
 
I hope you enjoyed this lovely destination wedding as much as I did! See ya, ladies. 
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Travel Concierge: Shaadi Destinations | Venues: Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa | Planning & Design: Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa | Floral & Decor: Grupo Gama | Hair & Makeup: Alex Corbanezi Beauty | Cinematography: Mike Cantarell Films | Photographer: Jonathan Cossu Photographer


Cancun, MX Indian Wedding by Jonathan Cossu Photographer

Good morning, Maharanis! Today we have a new inspiring story coming your way. And this is one will melt your heart with joy! We are starting this story by taking a look at all the beauty surrounding Sonam & Herman's pre-wedding ceremonies that were held at the majestic Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa in the stunning Cancun, Mexico. Everyone had such a great time on this exclusive and tropical spot thanks to the excellent wedding concierge Shaadi Destinations! Our beautiful Maharani showed up to the Haldi looking precious, the crew from Alex Corbanezi Beauty made sure Sonam looked magnificent. To end the pre-wedding events, every guest attended the Sangeet ceremony, where everyone had a blast night in a well-decorated and illuminated beach party. All this was possible thanks to the incredible talent from Grupo Gama, who added a perfect mix of colors and ornaments that gave an impressive look to this celebration. And we want to make a big shoutout to Jonathan Cossu Photographer for the fantastic shots they captured during the evening! If you want to check them out, make sure to visit the amazing gallery that we have prepared for today!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Herman on Halloween, in a bar in the middle of New York City, dressed up as a witch. He was dressed up in a Totoro onesie. For those of you that don't know, Totoro is a Japanese anime character that I just happened to watch religiously growing up. The rest is history.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Herman proposed to me on the beach in April 2018. He told me we were going to an engagement party, and while we were on the way he insisted on stopping off at a nearby beach to enjoy the view. When I got out of the car, I saw the most incredible set-up right there next to the water. There was champagne, a wooden arch with photos of all the memories we had made so far, flowers, and everything else I could've ever wanted. It was really something to see.
  
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The best part of the planning process was the chance to make the events something that was truly our style. We got married in Cancun, Mexico, so we already had a destination wedding going for us. We really wanted our guests to enjoy every part of the wedding because at the end of the day, it was a vacation for them too. We scheduled out events in a way that there was one free day for guests to do as they pleased during the 3 day event period. We scheduled a massive all-day pool party for the guests (and us!) to fully unwind and have fun in an informal setting. Our guests could not stop talking about it!
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
A piece of advice that many married couples gave us before our big day was to not let anything get in the way of our happiness and our enjoyment of all the events. Being the bride and groom, it is inevitable to be stressed about things going wrong, but it's so important to remember that you are getting married to the love of your life and you should be present to fully enjoy that. You shouldn't worry about the things that can go wrong, because things will go wrong. You should go into your wedding week with the mindset that nothing will ruin this time for you both, and to make the most of every moment because it goes by so quick.
 
Follow today's love story and witness the main event! Coming up next. 
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Travel Concierge: Shaadi Destinations | Venues: Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa | Planning & Design: Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa | Floral & Decor: Grupo Gama | Hair & Makeup: Alex Corbanezi Beauty | Cinematography: Mike Cantarell Films | Photographer: Jonathan Cossu Photographer


Ypsilanti, MI Indian Wedding by PhotoKitch

Happy Friday, Maharanis! What about a lovely summer wedding to end this week with a flourish? If you are up for it, get ready to enjoy this romantic journey through Payal & Pranay's big wedding ceremony held at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest! From the get-go, we have to say that today's featured wedding was a full representation of beauty and radiance at its best. Just take a look at the decor crafted by Marigold Wedding Planners, absolutely incredible! The entire event was a cornucopia of elegance and traditional style, as this is what happens when you put together elite wedding vendors for your big day. And talking about it, we want to make a big shoutout to Events by Nisar as they are experts in planning and executing unforgettable events, like the one we delightfully see today thanks to the shots captured by PhotoKitch. All the beauty and tradition surrounding this beautiful ceremony mirrored the elegant look of our gorgeous Maharani Payal. She looked like a princess thanks to Nicole Lynn Artistry, and JHobby Makeup Studio, who took care of her beauty needs right before she slipped into her lovely red lengha! And we cannot forget about the exquisite Mehndi she got from Henna by Hetal. Amazing! Check more of this breathtaking ceremony in today's gallery!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Pranay and I met on our very first day of residency orientation after we had both moved to Cleveland. We actually ended up parking our cars right next to each other and walked in together! After that, we hung out a few times with friends and really connected. I think I knew he was "the one" from the beginning

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Pranay and I both love going to the movies (he loves the Rom-Coms, but I love the Sci-Fi and superhero movies). I had been bugging him to go see the new Star Wars movie, but we kept putting it off, until we finally made plans to go see it one weekend. When we got to the theater, he sent me to go get snacks while he got the tickets. We walked into the theater, and I noticed we were the only ones there, but I guess I didn't think too much of it because the movie had been out for some time. The previews played like usual, but instead of the movie, Pranay came up on the screen! He had put together an amazing trailer with all of my favorite movie scenes, as well as some action shots with him. As the trailer ended, he got down on one knee and popped the question! Of course I said "yes" through my tears, but the surprises weren't over. Our parents walked into the theater to celebrate with us (at this point, the waterworks were flowing). Pranay had called them into town to surprise me, and they had been waiting in the theater next door all along. He had come to the theater earlier in the day to drop them off and set up a camera to record the whole thing!

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.
We were initially intimidated by wedding planning. We decided to get a wedding planner to help with all the logistics. Nisar Naimi from Events by Nisar was recommended to us by a friend and he was the best decision we made regarding the wedding. He and his team were with us through the whole process and executed the weekend perfectly.

Venue - We had a few requirements for venue selection - it needed to be large enough to fit our 500 person guest list, we wanted an outdoor space, we wanted a venue the was experienced with Indian weddings. Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest fit the bill. The Marriott staff was very knowledgable, accommodating to all our needs, and worked hard to make our weekend perfect.

My hair was done by Nicole from Nicole Lynn Artistry and make-up was done by Jahura Hobby from JHobby Makeup Studio. Both were recommended to me by a friend and they were amazing.

Tina from Marigold Planners did our decor and everything was beautiful! She really listened to our thoughts, offered suggestions and made our vision a reality. For our Sangeet we wanted a Festival or Mela theme with bright colors and props, different seating areas and sections for guests to mingle. For the ceremony, I wanted a softer color palette with gold, ivory, and blush. 

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I got my bridal lengha (all all of my wedding outfits) from Aso Palav in Ahmedabad. I had taken 3 weeks off to go shopping in India but ended up picking my wedding dress on the very first day! This worked out nicely because I was available for alterations and fittings.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
My favorite part was shopping for clothes in India. I loved trying all the outfits as well as picking outfits for my family.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think our guests appreciated how smoothly the whole weekend ran. all of the events started and ended on time. This credit goes to Nisar on his team who kept everything going.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
It's hard to pick one moment because there were so many special ones. I always think back to coming down the aisle - my uncles carried me in on a doli that was made by one my friends (it was beautiful). It was so surreal to see all my friends and family gathered in one room for such a special moment in my life.

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.
Our family friends helped to decorate our house for the pre-wedding events, which was so fun. We had a big tent in our driveway for guests to hang out.

During our Sangeet, my sister and I did a surprise dance for my parents. We danced to Aisa Kyun Ma and Dilbaro. I wanted to do something special for them so we practiced in secret. They loved it!

We were especially proud and thankful for our work friends, many of whom are not Indian or had not been to an Indian wedding, who did a fabulous dance at the reception.


Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Wedding planning is stressful for everyone involved. There are a lot of opinions that you will have to deal with. The important thing to remember is that it's not your job to make everyone happy. Be true to yourself and the day will turn out beautifully. 

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
I wore my mom's original wedding lengha for my pre-wedding puja (vidhi). It fit perfectly, we didn't have to make any alterations! I also wore some of her wedding jewelry, including her anklets, for the ceremony. Incorporating these parts from her special day made my day even more special.

 

More coming in a bit!

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DJ: Naveen Productions - DJ, Lighting, Entertainment and Photo Booth | Baraat: Naveen Productions - DJ, Lighting, Entertainment and Photo Booth | Lighting: Naveen Productions - DJ, Lighting, Entertainment and Photo Booth | Floral & Decor: Marigold Wedding Planners | Venues: Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest | Planning & Design: Events by Nisar | Hair & Makeup - Sangeet Night: Hands2Create Studio | Hair - Wedding & Reception: Nicole Lynn Artistry | Makeup - Wedding & Reception: JHobby Makeup Studio | Catering - Sangeet & Reception: Village of India from Toronto | Catering - Wedding Lunch: Krishna Catering and Restaurant | Cake & Treats: Sweet Dreams Bakery | Cinematography: Aria Cinema Films | Mehndi Artist: Henna by Hetal | Photography: PhotoKitch


Dallas, TX Sikh Wedding by Studio KSD

Welcome back, Maharanis! We are excited to continue sharing all the details surrounding Harpreet & Bhupinder's wedding festivities! This time, we'll be taking a look at the fabulous reception party held at the exclusive Roma Banquet Hall. Once again, the talented team from Alpha Events & Decor crafted a minimalist yet on-point decor featuring white floral arrangements and soft-colored drapes that set the mood for the evening. There was so much beauty all over the place that it gets almost impossible to put it into words. Thankfully Studio KSD was there to snap shots from every angle, so we get to enjoy this party. Without any question, this was the dreamy reception Harpreet & Bhupinder always imagined, and all we have to say is that we are happy beyond words that these two crossed their ways as you can tell that they are soulmates meant to be together. If you want to relive this story, make sure to take a look at the full gallery that we have prepared for today. It is fantastic!

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See you tomorrow, ladies! Enjoy the rest of your day!

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Photography: Studio KSD | Reception Venue: Roma Banquet Hall | Floral & Decor: Alpha Events & Decor | Hair & Makeup: Ishnae & Co. | Mehndi Artist: Sheetal's Henna Designs


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