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Rockleigh, NJ Indian Wedding by Ishan Fotografi

My beloved Maharanis, welcome to another fantastic story starring the sweet Shruti & Poojan. Our couple had a heartwarming celebration at The Rockleigh on a splendid summer day. Shruti & Poojan filled this fabulous venue with love, while House of Dipali loaded it with artistic decor and gorgeous bouquets. Our Maharani was just as radiant as the stunning flowers with a divine attire from Roop Vatika for the reception. The beautiful bride had Dawn Gomez and Divya Bhawnani to assist with her hair and makeup, and, let me tell you, the result deserves a standing ovation! Our Maharani looked graceful and enchanting at all times with the delicate mehndi mehndibyanuja did for her. Of course, the stylish couple had more than looks to render their guests speechless. With Moghul Caterers' acclaimed services and Mr. Paanwala's delicious cuisine, this event was a delight! A Little Cake also brought their magic with an astonishing wedding cake that everyone enjoyed. Accompanied by Luxe Event Group's prolific music set and lively ambiance, no one could resist the dance floor. Rana Ranbir's skills complemented the melodic aura with a lovely dhol ballad, and MiCKEY SiNGH's unmissable presentation was a guest's favorite with his astonishing talent! The lovebirds had the Unique Visions Studio's team in charge of the cinematography, while Ishan Fotografi was entrusted with capturing the event's essence. Our couples' love will be frozen forever in each magnificent frame. There is no doubt in my mind that this enthralling gallery is exactly what you need to get your creativity going, Maharanis. Wait no more to be part of this happily ever after!

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This is all for today, Maharanis. Keep coming back for more romantic stories!

Cinematography: Unique Visions Studio | Photography: Ishan Fotografi | Venues: The Rockleigh | Floral & Decor: House of Dipali | DJ: Luxe Event Group | Planning & Design: AANANYA | Hair & Makeup: Dawn Gomez | Hair & Makeup: Divya Bhawnani | Catering: Moghul Caterers | Catering: Mr. Paanwala | DJ: MVP DJs | Ceremony Outfit: Sudhir Bhai Saree Wala | Bridal Fashions: Wedding Lounge by Arjun | Reception Outfit: Roop Vatika | Reception Tux: Rivesse by Ishan Sanghvi | Cake & Treats: A Little Cake | Lighting: The Rockleigh | Live Music: MiCKEY SiNGH | Live Music: Rana Ranbir | Mehndi Artist: Mehndibyanuja

White Sands, NM Engagement by Hakim's Studio

Hello, Maharanis! I hope you are having a wonderful day full of happiness and love. We have a delightful engagement session to share with you today, captured by the phenomenal Hakim's Studio! White Sands was the perfect location to capture unique shots from our charming couple, Neeha & Karim. Hakim truly has a gift for finding unique and stunning places to take marvelous frames for each of his clients. The breathtaking view from this fantastic location provided gorgeous scenery for the sweethearts to show off their looks and elegance. I have to say, ladies, I am head-over-heels with Neeha's flaunty attires! Her sparkling black lengha contrasted magnificently with her surroundings, making her the star of this story. Our bride-to-be also wore a bold blue dress, deceiving the blue skies with her grace and fabulous features on full display with a touch of makeup to highlight her beauty. The handsome Karim was just as flawless with his burgundy and black garments throughout the day. Together, the lovebirds looked glorious, walking along the white sand resembling heaven clouds. The sun was shining brightly, but not as much as our couples' notorious adoration for each other. I am sure this is just the first of many more instants to come as they start the newest chapter in their fantastic story and just a small preview of their wedding celebration! Neeha & Karim will cherish these memories forever, and Hakim's Studio captured the most stunning moments for them to enjoy. And for you, my loves, we have this dazzling gallery available. Go ahead, and feel inspired!

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This is all for today, Maharanis. Keep coming back for more love stories like this one!

Photography: Hakim's Studio

Richmond, VA Indian Fusion Wedding by Studio Nine Photography

Happy Thursday, my dear Maharanis! I hope you have a wonderful day filled with love and inspiration. Let me be a part of that with the astonishing story I am about to share with you! Anjali & Suraj had a celebration full of glamour and love. The Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump served as their love nest for this commemoration. The flawless planning execution done by Weddings by Reema and the charming decor from Gulmohar Weddings gave the event a fresh breath of creativity. It was perfect for our Maharani's delight! Now that we are talking about Anjali, ladies, I swear her attires were heavenly! She looked like a goddess with three different fits for the celebration, including Neetu Rohra and Lista Jewels designs. You'll fall in love with all of them as well! Complemented with the graceful touch only Styles By Swati - Salon SBS can bring with her makeup artistry, our Maharani shone brighter than the stars thanks to the jewelry from Lista Jewels. Our bride was pampered by Jignasa Choksi - Mehendi Artist, and her gorgeous Mehndi design. Her sweetheart, Suraj, enamored everyone his way. The spectacular entrance he did for the Baraat couldn't have been possible without Olde Towne Carriages' services. Maharanis, he was a complete prince! This flawless wedding only got better as the night went on with music and fireworks courtesy of Luxe Event Group, making everyone burst with joy. Aroma's catering was perfect for this sweet event as the guests enjoyed their cuisine. Maharanis, I am sure every guest will take Anjali & Suraj's special day in their hearts. Studio Nine Photography + Cinema professionals made it possible by capturing a lovely set of pictures. They are all available for you in this splendid gallery. Wait no more and fall in love, ladies!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
It was my last year in dental school at VCU when I was introduced to Suraj through our mutual friends. Suraj was a 3rd year at VCU medical school at the time and even though we had some mutual friends, our paths had never previously crossed. I knew I was leaving for residency soon but I was excited to meet him! We ended up really liking each other and began dating. We spent a year doing 6 hour drives between Richmond and Philadelphia while Suraj finished medical school. When it was time for him to rank his residency list, he only chose Philadelphia programs (which I didn’t know at the time) and matched into his number one spot and moved up to Philly so we could finally be together!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
On a cloudy day in March, Suraj and I drove down to Richmond. He told me we were going to his Dad's retirement party (His Dad said this was the first time in his life that he had lied - just for me!). He took me to the James River, with the city skyline as our backdrop, and the sound of the rushing water. As we walked across the bridge hand in hand, Suraj asked me to continue walking with him through life in this same way. As we got to the middle, there was a bench covered with roses - and that was where Suraj bent down on one knee (I tearfully followed) and proposed! Our amazing (& very cold) sisters hid on the bridge and captured all the incredible moments. We then recreated our first date, at the spots where we first met. Finally, Suraj took me to dinner and surprised me once again with a room full of our family to end the greatest day.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My jewelry was really special to me for all the events. For my Sangeet, I wore my paternal grandmother's wedding jewelry. She had passed it down to my Mom who saved it for me for my wedding. It is an opal set that was made around the 1940s. For the wedding ceremony, I wore my Mother's wedding jewelry. It is a 'Rani haar' that my maternal grandparents had made for my Mom for her own wedding. Since all my grandparents have passed away, these little touches helped me feel like I had a small part of them at my wedding.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
A lot of my family from India could not make it to the wedding due to COVID. I was really sad to not have such a big part of my life and family there for the big day. Suraj surprised me with an amazing video of them during the Sangeet. It was a beautiful and touching video of them sharing their blessings and doing some dances. It was so emotional for me to watch that and have them virtually present for the wedding!
My cousins from the US also put together an amazing skit for us on Sangeet night. Whenever my cousins have gotten married, it's become a tradition for us to do a skit that showcases how each couple met and makes fun of them a little too! Usually I'm the skit planner and choreographer, but this time they all planned everything themselves! Which must not have been easy during a pandemic and with them all having kids! But it turned out amazing and I could not stop laughing and smiling the entire time! It was the best performance!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Try to remember the big picture! It is so easy to get wrapped up in the small details and making sure everything is perfect. But try to remember why you are having this wedding in the first place - to celebrate the love you two share. Try to set aside some time at some point during the events to soak it all in and appreciate the love and people you both brought together!

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Having my Father passed away a few years ago, it was really important for me to have him and his memory honored at the wedding. I chose to have his picture on the mandap stage so my mom and him could "give me away" together during the ceremony. I also had a mother-daughter dance for my wedding instead of the traditional father-daughter dance.

My loves, this is all for this entry. Keep coming back for more romance!

Photography: Studio Nine Photography + Cinema | Hair & Makeup: Styles By Swati - Salon SBS | Baraat: Olde Towne Carriages | Draping/Styling: Styles By Swati - Salon SBS | Cinematography: Studio Nine Photography + Cinema | DJ: Luxe Event Group | Sangeet Venue: Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump | Ceremony Venue: Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump | Reception Venue: Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump | Planning & Design: Weddings by Reema | Floral & Decor: Gulmohar Weddings | Catering: Aroma | Bridal Fashions: Brides of Sabyasachi | Bridal Fashions: Neetu Rohra | Bridal Fashions: Aaina Design Studio | Bridal Jewelry: Lista Jewels | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Minted Weddings | Mehndi Artist: Jignasa Choksi - Mehendi Artist | Travel Concierge: Fred Carriages | Tuxedos: Nordstrom | Reception Dance Floor Wrap: Mawusi Events

Garfield, NJ Indian Fusion Wedding by Live Picture Studios

Happy Tuesday, Maharanis! Today we have a marvelous story starring Jennifer & Alvin. Love blossomed on a beautiful spring day at every corner of  The Venetian, where our couple celebrated their union. This elegant venue was sensational, with a touch of luxury and uniqueness that the floral design and adornment from Florista Decor brought to the newlyweds. With their passion for bringing decor visions to reality, they showcased our couple's most momentous day as astonishing as it should have been. Our charming bride, Jennifer, trusted Cinderella Bridez with her look, and their skillful team of professionals gave her the care and heart every Maharani deserves. Ladies, Jennifer was shining! Her majestic dress and the carefully crafted boutonniere Montvale Florist provided were breathtaking! The lovebirds delighted their guests with fabulous fireworks courtesy of DJUSA and their elite team of entertainers that kept everyone amazed throughout the night. Ladies, imagine how amazing it would be to conclude your wedding day with a touch of fantasy to make a dream come to life. I am positive Jennifer and Alvin cherished every second of it! And, of course, for such an enchanting wedding with many unimaginable details, our couple decided to contact the experts from L&B Events, allowing Jennifer and Alvin to enjoy the day while their team handled everything for them. The memories made during this celebration will be everlasting because of the love shared by our couple, and the fantastic work Live Picture Studios did while immortalizing the most significant moments of the night. Now, sweethearts, I know you are eager to see these stunning pictures. So don't wait any longer and take a closer look at this magnificent gallery. You will love it!

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That's a wrap for today, loves. I'll see for the next grand romance!

Floral & Decor: Florista Decor | Planning & Design: L&B Events | Ceremony Venue: St. Mark’s Syriac Orthodox Cathedral | Reception Venue: The Venetian | Hotel for Bride & Guests: Hampton Inn & Suites Teaneck Glenpointe | Hair & Makeup: Cinderella Bridez | DJ: DJUSA | Choir: Keys2Vocals | Cinematography: Live Picture Studios | Lengha Draping: Jasmine Jacob | Sari Tying & Styling: Sheeba Bergenfield | Fireworks: DJUSA | Livestream: Skyline Productions | Bouquet & Boutonniere: Montvale Florist | Lighting: Magic Moments | Photo Booth: Magic Moments | Rentals: Above All Party Rentals | Transportation: Elliott's Travel Tours | Transportation: NJ Limo Bus LLC | Photography: Live Picture Studios

Pennsylvania, PA Indian Fusion Wedding by Studio KSD

Good morning to all my gorgeous Maharanis! I am eager to share the magical day of Christine and Rajesh's wedding with you. This lovely couple decided to say "I do" at the breathtakingly Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul. The beautiful architecture of the place and their loved ones' presence combined to create one of the most romantic settings I have ever seen. And not to mention the reception! The elegance and traditions are undoubtedly one of my favorite things about this celebration. Our newlyweds decided to have a captivating bash at Crystal Team Room- Finley Catering. It was an enchanting venue straight out of a fairytale! Christine, our dear bride, went for a lovely white dress from RK Bridal and her charming prince, right by her side, wearing a stylish suit. And let me tell you, girls, they looked perfect! The gracefulness of her attire was the ideal match for the heavenly decor provided by Florista Decor, with a beautiful mix of delicate flowers and golden embellishments. The ambiance was precious and magnificent, and I think the whole event seemed like the most fantastic event of the year! The joy is remarkable in everyone's smiles, and I applaud the extraordinary setting Luxe Event Group gave our lovebirds. Their brilliant entertainers demonstrate their expertise and enthusiasm through their work, making a lasting impact on the couples' guests. It was undeniably an unforgettable celebration, immortalized in a sweet set of pictures captured by Studio KSD and their incredible team. Maharanis, we have created a dashing gallery for you to be inspired! I am sure you'll feel the love radiating through every picture!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Funny story- we met on Tinder when I was in New York for a winter break during law school. The next day I returned to Washington, D.C.! We started talking and the conversations were effortless. Turns out we crossed paths throughout our life but ended up meeting on a dating app. We were both from the same small city in New York, we both went to the same middle school, he was in my best friends class, and I went to high school with his brother. We texted for months but did not have a chance to meet in person until one day Rajesh drove all the way from New York to D.C. for a 2 hour date. That's when I knew it was true love. He is the soul you read about in fairytales. He is the kind of person who makes your life better. That's how I knew he was the one.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
On our second date, I took Rajesh to see the D.C. monuments at night. I convinced him that there was no better time to see it than when all the tourists were gone and when all the selfie sticks weren't in sight. As we sat there, on our second date, I became emotional on the Lincoln steps about how much history happened there. Somehow he didn't get scared off at this history nerd having a moment. Three years after that first date my now sister in law decided to tell us she was planning a trip to DC. As the DC enthusiast I was, I sent an itinerary right away with all my favorite things including the monuments at night. Little did I know it was Rajesh's ploy to propose to me at my favorite spot. She then invited me to come on their trip and I suggested we make a siblings trip out of it. Jokes on me. The trip "I planned" had already been planned out by Rajesh. As I am leading everyone up the stairs to the Lincoln memorial, my favorite monument, the people start to move aside. I look down and there Rajesh is on one knee. I was FLOORED. Before I could say yes, my friends and cousins run out from behind the pillars screaming in excitement. Rajesh knew how important it was for me to have my loved ones there and my loved ones all made the trip out to D.C. to be there! The next day, Rajesh had our parents and family come down for an amazing brunch at my favorite D.C. restaurant. I replay that weekend over and over in my head.

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.
I constantly hear about un-involved grooms but that was never the case here. Rajesh is a perfectionist and artist. He knew from the beginning that he wanted to make our wedding perfect. He spent months researching perfect venues and unique experiences for our big day. That somehow had us end up in Philadelphia, a city neither of us lived in. We fell in love with Crystal Tea Room for its history and beautiful aesthetic. But what sold us? THE FOOD. We are huge foodies and we were able to custom make our entire menu. The other vendors fell in love quickly. We met Aji from Eventify and knew right away that he was the wedding coordinator for us. His ability to be on top of things and connect with people made him perfect for the job. We went with Florista for the decor because they understood we wanted an aesthetic that was timeless and natural. Shades of gold and white with romantic candles everywhere. Hair and make-up was easy in that Cinderella Bridez was the only company I contacted. I loved that they made you look like a better version of yourself, not a completely unrecognizable bride. Bhargavi worked her magic and I could not be happier. Photography was something we struggled with for some time. We wanted a mix of romantic, dark, light, impromptu shots, and everything in between. Studio KSD nailed our dreams. Planning was stressful due to the global pandemic but having a partner whose only goal is to make you happy made the process effortless. In a weird way, the pandemic gave us more time to celebrate our love. Our families threw multiple bachelorette parties, pre-wedding events, and random parties in between to make up for the loss of our first wedding.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I always had the image of being a classic bride. I wanted to look back at photos in 30 years and think to myself that I would wear those outfits again. I truly felt I accomplished that. I went to RK Bridal for my wedding dress and immediately Malak knew the aesthetic I was going for. She brought out a simple white, off-the-shoulder A-line gown, and I was SOLD. I started crying when I put it on and it was so confusing. WHY AM I CRYING? AM I ALLERGIC TO SOMETHING? No, I was just so overwhelmed that I had found the perfect dress. My bridal lengha story was even funnier. Let's rewind to February 2020, I am hearing of this thing called covid that is ravaging through China. I hope on the flight to India and think how bad could it really be? My mother-in-law packed me a few masks and I wore it on the flight thinking to myself "man this is super uncomfortable." We arrive in India and it's go go go. We are off to shopping for lenghas, sarees, wedding invitations, bridal outfits, and everything in between. I knew similar to my wedding dress, I wanted a classic lengha. I searched stores all through Kottayam and Kochi and finally found an off-white dress that weighed more than I did. But it was BEAUTIFUL. I bought it and it took up an entire suitcase on the way back.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process had to be the food tasting and seeing all the venues. The different venues treat you like a queen and it's great.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
All we heard about was how great the food was. Our cocktail hour was something we put a lot of effort into. We had so many stations and so many different types of food! We had a New Orleans station with oysters shucked to order, crawfish mac and cheese, fried oysters, shrimp etouffee, and jambalaya. A Neptune station with lobster tails, lobster mac and cheese, mussels marinara, shrimp stir fry, and baby clams. A carving station with slow-braised brisket. A Mediterranean station with gyro, chicken souvlaki, different dips, grape leaves, flatbreads. A Marrakesh station with Moroccan spiced rack of lamb that was carved to order, chicken tagine, saffron couscous, baked white fish chermoula, spiced shrimp briouats. We had a slider station with all different types of sliders, brisket, braised Italian pork, mini Angus burgers, grilled portobello burgers, and truffle fries. For dinner we started with a lobster ravioli as the first course, guests could choose between duck, filet mignon, salmon, or a butternut squash and goat cheese ravioli. Following dinner, we had an entire room filled with desserts. An ice cream sundae bar, cannolis, sfogliatella, tiramisu, all different types of cake, all different types of pastries, coffees, teas, and dessert wines/liquor. In addition to our wedding cakes, After the dessert room, we had a "power hour" around 1 am during the after-party. Here guests could have Philly cheesesteaks, wings, fries, and other bar food.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
A really special moment that replays in my mind on the big wedding days is all the times Rajesh and I got to be alone. Whether it was for a few minutes or a half-hour. We took these videos on our iPhone after each part of the night (ceremony, entrance, cocktail hour, first dance, etc.) We talked about how we were feeling and what we were excited for. I can't wait to show our future kids the behind the scene videos.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy the process. It's never worth dressing for. DELEGATE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN. Teamwork truly made my dream work.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Fun fact: I am highly allergic to flowers and we had wood or silk flowers everywhere. All the bouquets were completely made of wood. No one even noticed!
Maharanis, this is all for today. Keep coming back for more romance!

Floral & Decor: Florista Decor | Cinematography: Studio KSD | Photography: Studio KSD | DJ: Luxe Event Group | Ceremony Venue: Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul | Reception Venue: Crystal Team Room- Finley Catering | Planning & Design: Eventify Management Group LLC | Hair & Makeup: Cinderella Bridez | DJ: Gaurav Sood | Bridal Fashions: RK Bridal


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