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Cinnaminson, NJ Indian Fusion Wedding by PhotosMadeEz

Welcome back, Maharanis! We've reached the end of another fabulous week, and as promised, we have the fabulous outcome from Avani & Matthew's wedding festivities. In our previous installment, we featured the traditional Hindu ceremony from our lovely duo. In this episode, we will show you a second ceremony. This time we are laying our eyes in the marvelous Christian ceremony hosted in the beautiful gardens of The Merion. You will love how these phenomenal gardens were perfectly decorated by Anderson Wedding Flowers, who took the beauty of this backdrop and leveled it up. If you are wondering who was the mastermind behind the fabulous look of our beautiful Avani, we have the answer for you! It was no other than Makeup By Karishma who assisted our Maharani with her different beauty needs throughout the entire festivities, highlighting her natural beauty and making her look like a princess. Such an outstanding job! As you scroll down, you will admire the fantastic talent from the good friends at PhotosMadeEz, who captured all emotions and memorable moments of this event and transformed them into a magnificent gallery. So make sure to check it out!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We both are CPAs and we met at work six years ago. Our initial conversations were mostly on the topics of tax and accounting . Over the years, we became very good friends over coffee breaks, lunch breaks, and our special "non-sense" time! Our conversations during "non-sense" time went from opening up a restaurant named Pesto Fry Fusion... to buying a Helicopter. 

One day Matt asked me out on a date, and I neither accepted nor declined. This got repeated many times. Matt was persistent and I finally said YES to go out on a date.

Our first date was at one of our favorite restaurants IndieBlue, followed by an episode of Game of Thrones! We started enjoying each other's company. One of our favorite weekend activities is to cook a meal together (I am the head-chef and Matt is a sues-chef). Matt got me more into watching sports and playing in fantasy football league. I got him into exploring new restaurants Philly has to offer.

Despite cultural differences, we found similarities in values they were raised with. We connected well with each other's family, which was very important for both of us to move to the next stage in our relationship.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
It was a Saturday in February. We were working that day (tax season ). Matt went home early to prepare for dinner for both of us. When I reached his home, to my surprise, I saw it was decorated with candles and rose petals. I followed the signs and markings on the floor, leading up to where Matt stood wearing a traditional Indian outfit. By this point I was completely overwhelmed with excitement and emotions. He got down on his knee and asked, "Avie, will you marry me?"  I said, "Yes!!!" with the biggest smile on my face. 

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.
Matt and I both wanted a fall wedding. We wanted to have two ceremonies, Hindu and Christian, to honor both of our cultures. Soon after we got engaged, we toured four local venues. We fell in love with the Merion in Cinnaminson and booked it three weeks after our engagement. It offered everything we were looking for (outdoor wedding space, beautiful ballrooms, delicious menu, and impressive service!). Both ceremonies were held at the Merion and they catered for both ceremonies. Yes, the Merion chef catered an Indian wedding and they prepared vast varieties on Indian appetizers, entrees and dessert!!! I did not need a wedding planner because my event manager Jolene Cross and other staff were so good that I didn't feel the need to hire one.

We booked all other vendors a month after we booked the venue. My hair & make up team, Makeup by Karishma, was a recommendation from my friend. I had seen Karishma Mehta's excellent work at a friend's wedding and I knew I did not need to search further. She made me look stunning as a bride at both weddings!!!

I found my Photo and Videographer team, PhotosMadeEZ, from vendor search on Maharani.com. Mou Mukherjee is very passionate about her work and just from the phone conversations, I realized that I can trust her to capture the most important day of my life!

I also found my DJ team, Doom Events, from vendor search on Maharani.com. I was looking for a DJ who can throw an exciting party at a mixed wedding. They had a large portfolio and testimonies of the mixed fusion weddings. I booked them because the owner Milin Jani & team were very professional and easy to work with. They had everyone dancing at the baraat and at the reception!

I met my florist and decorator, Anderson Flowers and Weddings, at a Dulhan Expo. The owner Howard Kramer has an amazing personality and has an in-depth knowledge about Indian culture and wedding rituals. He even explained Indian wedding rituals to Matt! Hiring him was an easy decision!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I purchased Hindu Wedding lehenga through a video call to Asopalav, Ahmedabad, India. They have an excellent bridal lehenga selection. Their service was great and fitting was perfect! My lehenga had green and red color with gold design. I fell in love with it when they showed it to me!

I purchased my Christian Wedding gown from Bridal Garden in Marlton, NJ. I was looking for a gown that's body hugging and comfortable enough to dance. My gown was champaign color with lace design. When I tried it, I knew that was it!

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I enjoyed the wedding planning process from start to finish. I did not have a specific vision, but it started coming together during the planning process and seeing it come alive was an amazing feeling. I could not have done it without the help from our family and hard work by all vendors!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The guests loved Merion's food, open bar and excellent dessert hour. The DJ team kept the dance floor full the entire evening. We had several guests mentioned that ours was the most fun wedding they've ever been to.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Matt and my first dance on "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" by Frankie Valli just keeps replaying in my mind!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Don't go crazy during planning stage. Focus on the big picture and stop stressing about details. Trust your vendors. It's your big day that goes fast. Have fun and enjoy it!

 

Please visit us tomorrow. You will love what we have prepared just for you!

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Photography: PhotosMadeEz | Hair & Makeup: Makeup By Karishma | Ceremony Venue: The Merion | Reception Venue: The Merion | Catering: The Merion | Floral & Decor: Anderson Wedding Flowers | DJ: Dhoom Events | Cake & Treats: Sunflower Bakeshop


Columbus, OH Indian Fusion Wedding by Style & Story Creative

Welcome back, beautiful ladies! There is no better way to end this week than getting a full shoot of inspiration. As promised, we have the outcome and all the details surrounding today's fusion wedding celebration between Alekhya & Justin. And you, my lovely Maharanis, will love them! Moving forward with this story, we have to say that the perfect decoration that wrapped the halls of the Hyatt Regency Columbus will blow your mind! Just take a look at the mandap! No wonder why everyone was speechless! Hundreds of flowers and candles were perfectly positioned to give an ideal environment to the night! So big kudos to the talented team from B3 Events, who did not only set up the excellent decoration but planned a dreamy ceremony. Speaking of perfection, our beautiful Maharani stole the whole show as her striking and royal look dazzled the entire hall. Oh boy! She made the right choice trusting her beauty needs to the talented Lauren Wolff. The night was filled with many emotions as our lovebirds swear themselves, eternal love. To turn this fabulous gala into a real party, the crew from DJ Mavi Productions jumped into the stage and lighted up the night with amazing and well-selected music that put everyone to dance. And, we are lucky to have the fantastic captures from Style & Story, which you are more than welcome to enjoy in today's full gallery!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Justin and I met through friends in October 2015 and we bonded over watching Ohio State football and the Dallas Cowboys. After spending many weekends together watching sports, and trying new cuisines, we became great friends. We started dating a few months after and it slowly evolved into forever.
 
I knew Justin was the one when we started having a conversation about life goals. He always pushed me to consistently lay down plans to reach them. I also knew he was the one when I knew he would always teach me something new and I knew I was a better version of myself with him in my life.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We had made a trip to Cleveland in September for my birthday because I loved the fat head's brewery there. Justin had made reservations at a restaurant called adega to symbolize my name. There was a beautiful rooftop bar on top of the restaurant. After dinner, we went to the rooftop bar and he dropped down on one knee with the Cleveland city skyline behind me. It was a beautiful night spent in Cleveland.
 
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.
When I started out wedding planning, the things that were non-negotiables were the outfits I knew I wanted and the photographer. Everything else could be changed as needed. Oct 5th would be the auspicious date we would go on to select for the wedding.
 
I knew at the start of the planning since my fiance is Chinese, I would need a wedding planner to get everything in order. I wanted my dad to be in charge of choosing all the food and mainly my mom to choose the decor. We chose B3 events (Chanakya and Vini) because we had heard so many wonderful praises about their work. They were with us from venue choosing to the farewell brunch after the wedding.
 
We started by looking at venues that could host over 700 people. This posed an issue as that was also the same day as a big Ohio State homecoming game. After a couple months of deliberation, we chose the Hyatt downtown. Chanakya from B3 events, worked with us and Hyatt to make the contract negotiation would be stress-free. 
 
When we started with decor, I knew that I wanted something different for the sangeet. I wanted something that was not the typical look. I ventured down the idea of doing butterflies. Butterflies to me were the significance of change and evolvement, which is how I viewed going into a marriage. The butterflies were hung all over the ceiling and the sangeet decor just made jaw drop when I saw it. Chanakya delivered beyond anything I had hoped. The wedding decor I was not particular about but Chanakya did steps by the mandap that were filled with candles and a layer of water with candles. It was breathtaking. Much in the same manner, I left the decor for the reception in Chanakya's hands.  I wanted something different but didn't quite know what. He came up with a stage that had panels of peonies which were my favorite flowers. The only request I had was to keep much of the colors coral and gold. I was also very particular about the dance floor for the reception. I knew I wanted a quote that said: "I have traveled oceans of time to find you". All of the decor was just beautiful and delivered to perfection.
 
I knew I wanted style and story as my photographer even before wedding planning started. We worked with Stephen who had done many south Indian weddings before.
 
I worked with Lauren for my hair and she did a fantastic job for all the events and Kayee did my makeup. Kayee did my makeup for my engagement party and I loved that she knew how to work with Indian skin. 
 
An important component was the food. We worked with mogul catering from New Jersey for the sangeet, wedding, and reception. The food presentation to the taste was just phenomenal.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My outfits for mehndi, sangeet, and reception were purchased in Mumbai and Hyderabad when I went for shopping in India last summer. My original plan was to wear the lime green Sabyasachi lehenga for the Sangeet and Shyamal and Bhumika for the reception. As I was shopping for my mehndi outfit, I fell in love with a yellow lehenga with mirror work all over at Origins in Hyderabad. I realized I would have to wear my Sabyasachi for the mehndi and the Origins outfit for the sangeet. I ordered the Shyamal and Bhumika outfit in Mumbai and this one required more work as I didn't want the color that was already in store. Once I got back home, we went through a process of color selection for myself and Justin. I wanted a pastel pink to go with the coral and gold theme. Justin wore his outfit for the wedding and mine was for the reception.
 
For my wedding sari, we went to Kanchi in Tamil Nadu. I knew I wanted a pink sari and I ended up choosing a sari that was pink with gold hues. I also knew I wanted an antique jewelry look. Whenever I thought of a bride, I always envisioned old elegance and so the sari and the jewelry look put everything together.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I would have to say the most enjoyable part of the planning process is seeing the end result. You wait till the magical day and you reap the benefits of time and energy put into it. Walking into a room and seeing what I envisioned was so so worth it.
  
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
After talking to our friends and my parent's friends, they were all blown away by the decor for all the events. They also commented on how wonderful and delicious the food was. Our friends who recently got married were pleasantly surprised at how smooth the wedding flowed with no hiccups.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There a couple moments that constantly replay in my mind. The first one is the reception entrance as bride and groom and how giddy we were and excited to celebrate. The second one is actually seeing my four grandparent's faces during the wedding and seeing how happy they looked. Having my grandparents with me during the wedding meant everything to me.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
I would say priortize your non-negotables for what you want for the wedding and make sure you do them. Not everything will turn out how you want to select the things you know will make a difference to you and your fiance. I did this and I would suggest every newly married couple to do the following. I asked my wedding planner during the reception if we could get a room to ourselves to eat dinner and have 15 minutes to spend time just the both of us. This is so important because it gives a little bit of time to soak in everything but to be in each other's presence without all the outside celebrations.
 
I know you were inspired today. Come back tomorrow for more!
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Photography: Style & Story | Cinematography: Veda Films | DJ: DJ Mavi Productions | Lighting: DJ Mavi Productions | Baraat: DJ Mavi Productions | Sangeet Venue / Ceremony Venue / Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Columbus | Planning & Design / Floral & Decor / Invitations & Wedding Stationery / Lighting: B3 Events | Hair & Makeup: Lauren Wolff | Hair & Makeup: Kaye Williams | Catering: Moghul Caterers | Bridal Fashions: Brides of Sabyasachi | Bridal Fashions: Shyamal & Bhumika | Bridal Fashions: Origins Hyderabad | Cake & Treats: Yummy Bakery | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling/ Mehndi Artist: Glamour Beauty Salon | Registry: Amazon


Columbus, OH Indian Fusion Wedding by Style & Story Creative

Good morning, Maharanis! The end of another fabulous week is here, and we don't want to miss the opportunity to share one of our favorite love stories with you. Today, we are pleased to introduce you to a unique fusion wedding that went beyond our expectations. Seeing two different cultures mingle together and become one through Alekhya & Justin's wedding celebration, is something to cherish and admire! So get ready to enjoy it! For this first installment, we are going through the pre-wedding events hosted at the Grand Hyatt Regency Columbus, a perfect place chosen by our lovely duo. As you know, a wedding is something that we have dreamed of ever since we were kids. And we want all to be perfect, just as in our dreams! To make that happen, Alekhya & Justin trusted their dream to the fantastic crew from B3 Events, who went above and beyond to make their dream a reality. The sangeet hall decoration is something that we want to highlight as our Maharani quoted: "The butterflies were hung all over the ceiling, and the sangeet decor just made my jaw drop when I saw it."  Hands down a phenomenal decor very well complemented by the beats from DJ Mavi Productions, who enlivened every moment of the evening! If you want to relive this memorable night, visit the fantastic captures from Style & Story in today's gallery.  And in case that is not enough, you might want to visit Veda Films' website to check the blockbuster video they created!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Justin and I met through friends in October 2015 and we bonded over watching Ohio State football and the Dallas Cowboys. After spending many weekends together watching sports, and trying new cuisines, we became great friends. We started dating a few months after and it slowly evolved into forever.
 
I knew Justin was the one when we started having a conversation about life goals. He always pushed me to consistently lay down plans to reach them. I also knew he was the one when I knew he would always teach me something new and I knew I was a better version of myself with him in my life.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We had made a trip to Cleveland in September for my birthday because I loved the fat head's brewery there. Justin had made reservations at a restaurant called adega to symbolize my name. There was a beautiful rooftop bar on top of the restaurant. After dinner, we went to the rooftop bar and he dropped down on one knee with the Cleveland city skyline behind me. It was a beautiful night spent in Cleveland.
 
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.
When I started out wedding planning, the things that were non-negotiables were the outfits I knew I wanted and the photographer. Everything else could be changed as needed. Oct 5th would be the auspicious date we would go on to select for the wedding.
 
I knew at the start of the planning since my fiance is Chinese, I would need a wedding planner to get everything in order. I wanted my dad to be in charge of choosing all the food and mainly my mom to choose the decor. We chose B3 events (Chanakya and Vini) because we had heard so many wonderful praises about their work. They were with us from venue choosing to the farewell brunch after the wedding.
 
We started by looking at venues that could host over 700 people. This posed an issue as that was also the same day as a big Ohio State homecoming game. After a couple months of deliberation, we chose the Hyatt downtown. Chanakya from B3 events, worked with us and Hyatt to make the contract negotiation would be stress-free. 
 
When we started with decor, I knew that I wanted something different for the sangeet. I wanted something that was not the typical look. I ventured down the idea of doing butterflies. Butterflies to me were the significance of change and evolvement, which is how I viewed going into a marriage. The butterflies were hung all over the ceiling and the sangeet decor just made jaw drop when I saw it. Chanakya delivered beyond anything I had hoped. The wedding decor I was not particular about but Chanakya did steps by the mandap that were filled with candles and a layer of water with candles. It was breathtaking. Much in the same manner, I left the decor for the reception in Chanakya's hands.  I wanted something different but didn't quite know what. He came up with a stage that had panels of peonies which were my favorite flowers. The only request I had was to keep much of the colors coral and gold. I was also very particular about the dance floor for the reception. I knew I wanted a quote that said: "I have traveled oceans of time to find you". All of the decor was just beautiful and delivered to perfection.
 
I knew I wanted style and story as my photographer even before wedding planning started. We worked with Stephen who had done many south Indian weddings before.
 
I worked with Lauren for my hair and she did a fantastic job for all the events and Kayee did my makeup. Kayee did my makeup for my engagement party and I loved that she knew how to work with Indian skin. 
 
An important component was the food. We worked with mogul catering from New Jersey for the sangeet, wedding, and reception. The food presentation to the taste was just phenomenal.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My outfits for mehndi, sangeet, and reception were purchased in Mumbai and Hyderabad when I went for shopping in India last summer. My original plan was to wear the lime green Sabyasachi lehenga for the Sangeet and Shyamal and Bhumika for the reception. As I was shopping for my mehndi outfit, I fell in love with a yellow lehenga with mirror work all over at Origins in Hyderabad. I realized I would have to wear my Sabyasachi for the mehndi and the Origins outfit for the sangeet. I ordered the Shyamal and Bhumika outfit in Mumbai and this one required more work as I didn't want the color that was already in store. Once I got back home, we went through a process of color selection for myself and Justin. I wanted a pastel pink to go with the coral and gold theme. Justin wore his outfit for the wedding and mine was for the reception.
 
For my wedding sari, we went to Kanchi in Tamil Nadu. I knew I wanted a pink sari and I ended up choosing a sari that was pink with gold hues. I also knew I wanted an antique jewelry look. Whenever I thought of a bride, I always envisioned old elegance and so the sari and the jewelry look put everything together.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I would have to say the most enjoyable part of the planning process is seeing the end result. You wait till the magical day and you reap the benefits of time and energy put into it. Walking into a room and seeing what I envisioned was so so worth it.
  
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
After talking to our friends and my parent's friends, they were all blown away by the decor for all the events. They also commented on how wonderful and delicious the food was. Our friends who recently got married were pleasantly surprised at how smooth the wedding flowed with no hiccups.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There a couple moments that constantly replay in my mind. The first one is the reception entrance as bride and groom and how giddy we were and excited to celebrate. The second one is actually seeing my four grandparent's faces during the wedding and seeing how happy they looked. Having my grandparents with me during the wedding meant everything to me.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
I would say priortize your non-negotables for what you want for the wedding and make sure you do them. Not everything will turn out how you want to select the things you know will make a difference to you and your fiance. I did this and I would suggest every newly married couple to do the following. I asked my wedding planner during the reception if we could get a room to ourselves to eat dinner and have 15 minutes to spend time just the both of us. This is so important because it gives a little bit of time to soak in everything but to be in each other's presence without all the outside celebrations.
 

Yes, we have more for you! Please come back for the outcome of this magical event. You will love it!
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Mehndi
Photography
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Autumn
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Photography: Style & Story | Cinematography: Veda Films | DJ: DJ Mavi Productions | Lighting: DJ Mavi Productions | Baraat: DJ Mavi Productions | Live Music: DJ Mavi Productions | Sangeet Venue / Ceremony Venue / Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Columbus | Planning & Design / Floral & Decor / Invitations & Wedding Stationery / Lighting: B3 Events | Hair & Makeup: Lauren Wolff | Hair & Makeup: Kaye Williams | Catering: Moghul Caterers | Bridal Fashions: Brides of Sabyasachi | Bridal Fashions: Shyamal & Bhumika | Bridal Fashions: Origins Hyderabad | Cake & Treats: Yummy Bakery | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling/ Mehndi Artist: Glamour Beauty Salon | Registry: Amazon


Plano, TX Indian Wedding by Ivy Weddings

Welcome back, ladies! We are so excited to continue sharing with you the final act of this amazing love story between Ashley & Shawn. If you found this familiar is because we had previously showcased the story's film thanks to the visual art of Green Light Media Services and you can check it out again here. Today we have the honor to show you the phenomenal captures that Ivy Weddings brought to us and that you can admire in today's gallery. Earlier today, we presented to you the beautiful wedding ceremony of our lovebirds; however, on this final installment, we are showing you the fantastic reception at the fabulous Dallas Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center. In a phenomenal hall decorated with luxury ornaments, well-combined color hues, and beautiful centerpieces created by Bebe's Decor, our beloved couple arrived dancing and smiling, ready to celebrate that magical union. We must highlight the style from ELEGANT SAREE DRAPING, who took care of Ashely's fashion needs. And trust me, she looked gorgeous! It was a phenomenal party, and everyone danced all night long to the rhythm of the music of DJ Riz Entertainment, who again surprised us with their fabulous musical set, an environment that full-filled the night. What a blast! Please take a look at the gallery; I bet you will be inspired. 

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Please visit us for the outcome of this marvelous love story! 

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DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Draping/Styling: ELEGANT SAREE DRAPING | Cinematography: Green Light Media Services | Photography: Ivy Weddings | Ceremony Venue: St.Mary’s Malankara Syriac Orthodox Church | Reception Venue: Dallas Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center | Planning & Design: Shelley K Events | Floral & Decor: Bebe's Decor | Hair & Makeup: Jtorry Makeup Artist | Bridal Fashions: Circle Park Bridal | Cake & Treats: Delicious Cakes | Dessert: Nothing Bundt Cakes | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Indian Wedding Card | Transportation: Prime Limo


Carmel Valley, CA Indian fusion Wedding by Wedding Documentary Photo

Welcome back, Ladies! We are honored to present to you the charming sequel of Ragini & Zach's wedding festivities. This amazing fusion wedding created memories of two different cultures that, as the lives of our newlybirds, became one. The outdoors of the magical Holman Ranch, was filled with flowers and a phenomenal view, this place was a witness of the traditional Indian wedding ceremony of our newlyweds. We can admire this event thanks to the fantastic work of Wedding Documentary Photo, who captured every single detail of every ritual and transformed this vision into a beautiful gallery and a perfect film. Everything was perfectly trimmed thanks to the organization from Vermilion Weddings, who made sure to execute each detail, and the outcome was just as our Maharani and Raja dreamed. Our Maharani had a majestic look during the celebrations and left everyone speechless with her green emerald bridal lehenga. There's also no doubt that she made the right choice with the team of Morsal Zarif that attended to assist her in all her beauty needs. To turn this beautiful gala into a real party, our friends from DJ Riz Entertainment jumped into the stage and made everyone dance all night long! What a fantastic way to end this celebration! You can relive this incredible moment by visiting our gallery and also make sure to view the great film here!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Zach and I met when we were both working in DC.  On our first date, I was sitting inside at the bar and, like a gentleman, Zach was waiting outside for me!  I almost left, thankful to be going back home to get in my pajamas and lay on the couch.  But, we finally connected and ended up having a great time!  After the date, I joke that I thought Zach was "just okay."  But, on our next date, Zach took me to a Tiki Bar and that's what sealed the deal for me.  It took a couple more dates for Zach to finally work up the courage to kiss me and the rest is history!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Zach and I had just moved to California and he had been dying to go wine tasting in Napa.  He planned a whole day of tastings and tours.  For many men, that would be a dead giveaway, but Zach can be a great planner when it comes to social activities, so I didn't think twice.  On the morning that we were leaving for Napa, something hit me that maybe it was going to be the day, but Zach was wearing pants and a t-shirt and I didn't see anywhere he could have been hiding a ring box so I put the thought out of my mind!  At the last second, right before we got in the car, Zach decided he wanted to go back inside and get a vest just in case it was cold.  Lo and behold, that was where he was hiding the ring but I didn't notice because I had already forgotten about it at that point!
 
When we got to the second winery, we were a little early for our tasting time, so I asked Zach to walk into the vineyard with me so we could take a nice picture.  Little did I know, I was setting him up perfectly for his proposal!  He took the opportunity to get on his knee and I was so happy that I don't even remember a word that he said!
 
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.
Between Zach and I, we have 2 full-time jobs and at least 3 part-time jobs so planning a wedding was a challenge.  We leaned a lot on the help of our friends and family, especially my parents.  We found all of our vendors through a combination of recommendations from friends and internet searching.  Pinterest was a great way to communicate with vendors about what we were looking for.  We also used a lot of spreadsheets!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I love forest green and forever had that in mind for the color of my dress.  After going to a few stores, I just wasn't finding the green that I wanted, it's not very common for Indian bridal lehengas.  I went back home and scoured the internet and found the perfect dress from a designer in India but had no idea how to get it.  Somehow, Zach was able to find a retailer just a few miles from our house!  They were awesome and helped get me the dress of my dreams for the wedding and a perfectly coordinated outfit for Zach.
 
We also had a Western ceremony where I wore a white bridal dress.  The ceremony was meant to be small so I wanted something simple but, when I went to try on dresses with some of my friends, I fell in love with a beautiful ball gown!  I considered looking for a different dress that was more casual but decided to stick with the one I loved and I'm so happy that I did!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
It was fun for Zach and I to find creative ways of blending our cultures to create a wedding that was perfect for both of us and for our friends and family.  It felt really special to be able to honor both of our backgrounds and learn more about each other in the process.
 
I enjoyed putting little touches on everything because that's where I felt like the wedding truly became unique to us.  Zach also really loves music and had a great time picking out songs and working closely with our amazing DJ to create a dynamic and fun party.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?.
 
Many of our guests said they appreciated all of the little details and felt that everything was very thought-out, which it was!  Some things that seemed small - creative cocktail names and garnishes, personalized napkins, programs and decor that matched our outfits, sunglasses for guests in the baraat, personalized coozies for cocktail hour - turned out to be really meaningful for our guests.  Our venue was also amazing and a destination in itself.  The beauty of the place was truly special and we were thankful to share that with our guests.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I was walked down the aisle by 10 of my male cousins.  Some of them I grew up with and some of them I was meeting for the first or second time and that was what made it so special.  Whether we are near or far, family is family and we can always be there for each other.  It was a reminder for me that, as much as the day was about Zach and me, it was also about honoring the village that raised us.
 
Zach's favorite memory was when we did our first look before our second ceremony.  It was the late afternoon and we had already done a whole whirlwind ceremony in the morning so we were both exhausted.  But having that moment alone was magical and gave us the energy to enjoy the rest of the day!
 
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.
To pick our specialty cocktails, we had a cocktail tasting night where we whipped up several different recipes and we all voted on our favorites.  It turned out to be a blast!
 
One of my favorite decor elements of the whole weekend was this beautiful bike that our decorator had that she covered in gorgeous florals.  She placed it against a tree that was also dripping with flower garlands and it turned into the perfect backdrop for photos.
 
For the baraat, we handed out colored smoke bombs and the whole place turned into a color explosion.  It was awesome and the guests loved it!  Our photographer also got some great footage from above the baraat with a drone.  We also got some still pictures with the smoke bombs that turned out to be really dramatic.
 
For the sangeet, my parents and some of the other aunties and uncles did a great dance medley.  They practiced a lot and it really showed.  It was a hit!  My sister and friends also choreographed big group dances which was a great way for people, even those who aren't comfortable dancing, to get on the stage!
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Getting your family and friends involved in certain aspects of the wedding is a great way to make them feel included and they'll make it really special for you.  Don't feel bad asking for help - they want to do it!
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
We had an amazing group of vendors that took care of us and we can't thank them enough!
 
I hope to see you again tomorrow, have a great day.
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DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Floral & Decor: Saba Decor Rentals | DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Cinematographer: Wedding Documentary Photo | Photography: Wedding Documentary Photo | Sangeet Venue: Holman Ranch | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Holman Ranch | Planning & Design: Vermilion Weddings | Floral & Decor: Enchantment Floral | Hair & Makeup: Morsal Zarif | Catering: Tandoori Nights | Catering: Jalsa | Catering: Kona Jerry | Catering: Bill the Oysterman | Bartending: A Twist of Lime | Bridal Fashions (Sabyasachi & Astha Narang): The Grand Trunk | Bridal Fashions (Bridal Party): VAMA Designs | Bridal Fashions (Western Dress): BHLDN | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Margo & Bees | Lighting: Showbiz Event Lighting | Live Music: Amelia Romano | Mehndi Artist: Ravie Kattaura | Photo Booth: Hipstr | Transportation: Monterey Touring Vehicles | Transportation: Main Event Rentals


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