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Parsippany, NJ Indian Fusion Wedding by StudioKSD

Welcome back, Ladies! The dream of every woman since a child is that special day when she finally walks down the aisle, being admired by loved ones and see the love of her life waiting for her to say Yes I do! This is precisely how it happened to our Jennifer, our beautiful Maharani. With a heavenly bridal party in front of her announcing her grand entry and a church filled with loved ones ready to witness this eternal promise of love. Every single detail was flawless thanks to the organization of Aji Varughese, who made sure that everything was according to Jenny and Subin's desire. It was perfect! Walking down the aisle in a white dress, Jennifer left everyone admired, looking just lovely. This was possible thanks to Miss To Mrs.Gorgeous that along with Bindu Inspired gave her a dreamed look, just about as she imagined. The full Christian ceremony was splendid, fused traditions. Once the ceremony ended, all guests attended the majestic Sheraton Parsippany for a magical night and to cheer for the union of this lovely duo! Florista Decor decorated the hall with roses, lights, and well-mixed ornaments that gave a luxury vibe to the reception. When nothing else could be more perfect, DJ TM jumped on stage and put everyone on their feet, making this night an unforgettable one. You will be able to relive this love story thanks to the outstanding work of Studio KSD. So make sure to visit our gallery and check more details! 

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Both of our cousins went to college together and decided they should set us up. I waited for a while for him to at least add me on Facebook, which he did not. After a couple of weeks, I ended up just taking the plunge and adding him because lets face it, he was taking too long. We messaged each other for a about a week and that turned into phone calls. Not a day has gone by in the past 6 years that we haven't spoken.
 
I used to imagine my wedding day and the person standing next to me always had a blank face. Until one day, all I could imagine was him standing by my side. I guess there wasn't really one moment that I knew he was the one. Over time I couldn't imagine my life without him. Also, I always said that whoever I married had to love Bollywood movies as much as I did. Subin actually loves it MORE than I do, of course he's the one!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Subin tried so hard to make the proposal a secret but he started "leaking" as we called it here and there. My family was not that subtle either. He told me to make sure I was dressed to impress every weekend for a month (because that's realisitc).  My cousins brought be into NYC to Paley Park. There he was standing in front of the beautiful waterfall with flowers, candles and our initials. I honestly don't remember what he said to me because I was so shocked (even though I knew it was going to happen). He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I don't even know if I said yes, I just stuck my hand out, I guess that's a yes! After the proposal, he had arranged dinner with our families at a penthouse and then we went out to a lounge where we were surrounded by our closest friends and families. It was a great night!
 
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.
Subin and I from the start said that if we had a good feeling about a vendor, we should run with it. Thats exactly how we chose each one of our vendors and it honestly worked out perfectly.
 
The first thing we knew we had to book was the church and venue. We looked at a few places and luckily found a church and venue that were close to each other. I loved the castle look of the Sheraton Parsippany and the venue coordinators were so helpful and accommodating for the large crowd we were bringing in.
 
I have a family friend who I knew since I was young who became a makeup artist. I've always known that I would ask her to do my makeup for my wedding not only because she's amazing but also because I trusted her. She also recommended me to my hair stylist who was able to do my whole wedding party. They were just so easy to work with.
 
Choosing a photographer was really important to my husband because he's really big on photography. We looked at a few companies, however, the talent and quality of Tina Doshi and the KSD team were unbeatable. Tina made us feel so comfortable and listed to what we wanted while also giving us great recommendations. Again, just so easy to work with, which is what you want. 
 
Wedding planning was not easy, however I felt like somehow everything fell into place at the right moments. We tried not to stress over things; if something didn't work out, then it just wasn't meant to be. We knew something better would come along.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew I wanted to go to Kleinfeld to get my wedding dress. I had done a lot of research on the different styles that I liked. I ended up looking on their website before going in for my appointment and fell in love with this one fit and flare lace dress that had the most unique train I had ever seen. I had it printed and ready for my appointment. When I got there, they told me that they didn't have that dress in stock anymore. I was so bummed but there had to be something I would love just as much. They brought in exactly 5 dresses into my dressing room. I tried on 3 of them and couldn't commit. The last dress I tried on looked very familiar. The front like the one I had chosen online, but the train was the exact one that I had loved. They ended up showing me the exact same dress in a different brand, but didn't realized that it was the same one. I knew right away there was no other dress! My appointment lasted exactly an hour. When you know, you know!
 
A couple months later, I went to India to find my wedding saree (mandragodi) and reception lengha. The saree was easy to find in Kerala, because when I saw it I knew. However, my family wasn't easily convinced. Again, this was the 4th saree I had seen. (was 4 my lucky number?)  My theme was pink and gold and I ended up getting a hot pink saree. After they put the saree on me, that's when my family realized this was it.  I traveled to Delhi for my lengha and this time 4 was not my lucky number. I tried on so many lenghas on that day. I didn't think this would be harder then choosing my wedding dress. It came down to 2 lenghas and of course I ended up picking up the PINK one! Im so glad I chose that one. It was so beautiful, I still think about it!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I think the most enjoyable part was just being able to spend time with my now husband. Although there were times we some tense times, we learned a lot about each other, which is important in a relationship. I think we had the same mind set in that we not only wanted to make this day memorable for us, but for our guests too. I feel like a lot of times people are just trying to one up each other. We made it a point to focus on what was important to us and do things that would make us happy.  Also, going to dress fittings, food and cake tastings, and hair and makeup trials were also really fun and such stress relievers.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The best comment we received after our wedding was, "I felt like I walked out of a live Bollywood movie". This wasn't our exact intention, however, I'm really glad that people felt like this. We both love Bollywood so to hear that was great. I felt like everyone loved every part of the wedding. from the food, to our first dance. We also have big families so both sides did their own family dance. People were amazed with the how both sides pulled off such a massive performance. It was really great to hear feedback from friends from school and work who are not used to seeing our culture.
 
Sheraton did a great job with making sure people were not waiting for food or drinks and that there was enough space for such a large party. Guests felt like they were able to move around freely in a sea of 500 people. They also really loved that the venue was a hotel. After a long night of drinking, you could just go back to your room and everyone was safe.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I have two special moments that I always replay. One was my parents speech. My dad had wrote the speech weeks before and I helped fix his grammar. Even when I was fixing it, I found myself getting choked up because he talked about things I didn't even think he remembered. I figured if I get it out of my system now, then I won't cry at the wedding. WRONG, I couldn't control it at all. I had read and fixed this speech so many times and knew exactly what he was going to say, yet still I cried because he delivered it so perfect and genuinely. 
 
Another moment was the family dance. I knew it was happening and I knew it took a lot for my cousin to pull it off, however seeing people who don't dance get out of their comfort zone just for me was amazing. They did such an amazing job. I can't tell you how many times I have watched the video. Im probably going to go watch it again after this.
 
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.
Subin's cousin actually also used the same decorators a year before us. They had such a good experience with them that we decided to also use them. They were so helpful in creating our vision. I wanted a pink and gold theme and that's exactly what they delivered. They were so easy to work with even with adding things later on.
 
People were also impressed with the little things which I didn't even think would was a big deal. For example, we had gift bags waiting for everyone at the hotel and it was such a big hit for something so small.
 
 I ended up making all of my bridesmaid bouquet and people are still texting me about how it was made and what I used.
 
At the end of the ceremony there are some traditional things that need to happen. However, before that we were taking family pictures in the church. Our brothers set up an ice cream truck outside the church for those waiting which was a big hit.
 
At the end of the reception, we had a doughnut and coffee station right outside the reception hall where  guests could satisfy their sweet tooth at the end of the night.
 
We also had an after party right in the hotel for those guests who weren't done partying. It was all just a great time.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Get a day coordinator!!!! I think this was one of the best decisions we made. Wedding planning is stressful, but the one day you don't want to be stressed is the day of. Our day coordinators worked with us to make the perfect timeline. I really had to force myself to just let go of the reigns and be in the moment, and I'm so glad I did. We had a 4 person team from Eventify LLC and they were so efficient and helpful. It never felt like they were just doing a job. They made sure that we were on time to the second but also that we were having a blast. They were also just genuinely nice people to work with.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
I bought most of my jewelry from India. Im so happy I was able to go there to get all the bridal essentials. I also found great deals on Amazon for Indian jewelry, which was pretty surprising. Amazon is amazing! I bought all the materials for my bridesmaids bouquets, all of my flower girls dresses and baskets, and everything for our welcome bags.
 
When I went to India we had Subin's shirvani and shoes specially made. They were so good at making exactly what we wanted.
 
Our cake topper was super funny. Subin is a big gym guy and always wants me to go with him. The topper really portrayed our relationship with the gym!
 
The dance floor was also a big hit with the guests. We had an LED light up dance floor. Im so glad we actually went through with it because it turned out so beautiful and fun. It pulled everything together.
 
A big shout out to our DJTM who kept the reception and music running smoothly. The MC was an old friend from college who knew my family well so we didn't have to worry about him at all. And of course the DJ's were my cousins, so I had absolutely nothing to worry about. They knew exactly what we liked so it was perfect!
 
 
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Photography: Studio KSD | Floral & Decor: Florista Decor | Cinematography: Studio KSD | Reception Venue: Sheraton Parsippany | Planning & Design: Aji Varughese | Hair & Makeup: Bindu Inspired | Catering: Moghul Catering | DJ: DJ TM | Bridal Fashions: Kleinfeld Bridal | Cake & Treats: Palermo Bakery | Mehndi Artist: Henna for All | Photo Booth: Anish Tewari Photobooth | Tuxedos: Roberts Tuxedo | Bridal Bouquet: Robyn Rohslers Floral Design | Bridal Hair: Miss To Mrs.Gorgeous


Parsippany, NJ Indian Fusion Wedding by StudioKSD

Hello, my beautiful Maharanis! In today's love story, we are going to show you a charming tale that was filled with lovely pictures that created a dream Bollywood style wedding. You will witness this fantastic pre-wedding event thanks to StudioKSD, who always amazes us with their incredible skills, capturing every special moment at the right time! Such talent. This celebration was hosted at the beautiful Sheraton Parsippany, who, according to our lovebirds, did an excellent job coordinating the accommodation of their large list of attendees. The remarkable work of Florista Decor, stood out and made this venue looked exceptional with each detail for this traditional event. Jennifer, our beautiful Maharani, always knew that her family friend, Miss To Mrs.Gorgeous would make her look perfect, and she was totally right! This team, along with Bindu Inspired, made her look like a real Indian fairy tale princess. Everyone had a blast night thanks to DJ TM, who knew Jenny and Subin, our lovebirds very well, and played the perfect music for this ideal celebration. It was just amazing! If you want to relive this pre-wedding celebration, make sure to visit the gallery that we prepare just for you!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Both of our cousins went to college together and decided they should set us up. I waited for a while for him to at least add me on Facebook, which he did not. After a couple of weeks, I ended up just taking the plunge and adding him because lets face it, he was taking too long. We messaged each other for a about a week and that turned into phone calls. Not a day has gone by in the past 6 years that we haven't spoken.
 
I used to imagine my wedding day and the person standing next to me always had a blank face. Until one day, all I could imagine was him standing by my side. I guess there wasn't really one moment that I knew he was the one. Over time I couldn't imagine my life without him. Also, I always said that whoever I married had to love Bollywood movies as much as I did. Subin actually loves it MORE than I do, of course he's the one!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Subin tried so hard to make the proposal a secret but he started "leaking" as we called it here and there. My family was not that subtle either. He told me to make sure I was dressed to impress every weekend for a month (because that's realisitc).  My cousins brought be into NYC to Paley Park. There he was standing in front of the beautiful waterfall with flowers, candles and our initials. I honestly don't remember what he said to me because I was so shocked (even though I knew it was going to happen). He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I don't even know if I said yes, I just stuck my hand out, I guess that's a yes! After the proposal, he had arranged dinner with our families at a penthouse and then we went out to a lounge where we were surrounded by our closest friends and families. It was a great night!
 
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.
Subin and I from the start said that if we had a good feeling about a vendor, we should run with it. Thats exactly how we chose each one of our vendors and it honestly worked out perfectly.
 
The first thing we knew we had to book was the church and venue. We looked at a few places and luckily found a church and venue that were close to each other. I loved the castle look of the Sheraton Parsippany and the venue coordinators were so helpful and accommodating for the large crowd we were bringing in.
 
I have a family friend who I knew since I was young who became a makeup artist. I've always known that I would ask her to do my makeup for my wedding not only because she's amazing but also because I trusted her. She also recommended me to my hair stylist who was able to do my whole wedding party. They were just so easy to work with.
 
Choosing a photographer was really important to my husband because he's really big on photography. We looked at a few companies, however, the talent and quality of Tina Doshi and the KSD team were unbeatable. Tina made us feel so comfortable and listed to what we wanted while also giving us great recommendations. Again, just so easy to work with, which is what you want. 
 
Wedding planning was not easy, however I felt like somehow everything fell into place at the right moments. We tried not to stress over things; if something didn't work out, then it just wasn't meant to be. We knew something better would come along.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew I wanted to go to Kleinfeld to get my wedding dress. I had done a lot of research on the different styles that I liked. I ended up looking on their website before going in for my appointment and fell in love with this one fit and flare lace dress that had the most unique train I had ever seen. I had it printed and ready for my appointment. When I got there, they told me that they didn't have that dress in stock anymore. I was so bummed but there had to be something I would love just as much. They brought in exactly 5 dresses into my dressing room. I tried on 3 of them and couldn't commit. The last dress I tried on looked very familiar. The front like the one I had chosen online, but the train was the exact one that I had loved. They ended up showing me the exact same dress in a different brand, but didn't realized that it was the same one. I knew right away there was no other dress! My appointment lasted exactly an hour. When you know, you know!
 
A couple months later, I went to India to find my wedding saree (mandragodi) and reception lengha. The saree was easy to find in Kerala, because when I saw it I knew. However, my family wasn't easily convinced. Again, this was the 4th saree I had seen. (was 4 my lucky number?)  My theme was pink and gold and I ended up getting a hot pink saree. After they put the saree on me, that's when my family realized this was it.  I traveled to Delhi for my lengha and this time 4 was not my lucky number. I tried on so many lenghas on that day. I didn't think this would be harder then choosing my wedding dress. It came down to 2 lenghas and of course I ended up picking up the PINK one! Im so glad I chose that one. It was so beautiful, I still think about it!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I think the most enjoyable part was just being able to spend time with my now husband. Although there were times we some tense times, we learned a lot about each other, which is important in a relationship. I think we had the same mind set in that we not only wanted to make this day memorable for us, but for our guests too. I feel like a lot of times people are just trying to one up each other. We made it a point to focus on what was important to us and do things that would make us happy.  Also, going to dress fittings, food and cake tastings, and hair and makeup trials were also really fun and such stress relievers.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The best comment we received after our wedding was, "I felt like I walked out of a live Bollywood movie". This wasn't our exact intention, however, I'm really glad that people felt like this. We both love Bollywood so to hear that was great. I felt like everyone loved every part of the wedding. from the food, to our first dance. We also have big families so both sides did their own family dance. People were amazed with the how both sides pulled off such a massive performance. It was really great to hear feedback from friends from school and work who are not used to seeing our culture.
 
Sheraton did a great job with making sure people were not waiting for food or drinks and that there was enough space for such a large party. Guests felt like they were able to move around freely in a sea of 500 people. They also really loved that the venue was a hotel. After a long night of drinking, you could just go back to your room and everyone was safe.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I have two special moments that I always replay. One was my parents speech. My dad had wrote the speech weeks before and I helped fix his grammar. Even when I was fixing it, I found myself getting choked up because he talked about things I didn't even think he remembered. I figured if I get it out of my system now, then I won't cry at the wedding. WRONG, I couldn't control it at all. I had read and fixed this speech so many times and knew exactly what he was going to say, yet still I cried because he delivered it so perfect and genuinely. 
 
Another moment was the family dance. I knew it was happening and I knew it took a lot for my cousin to pull it off, however seeing people who don't dance get out of their comfort zone just for me was amazing. They did such an amazing job. I can't tell you how many times I have watched the video. Im probably going to go watch it again after this.
 
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.
Subin's cousin actually also used the same decorators a year before us. They had such a good experience with them that we decided to also use them. They were so helpful in creating our vision. I wanted a pink and gold theme and that's exactly what they delivered. They were so easy to work with even with adding things later on.
 
People were also impressed with the little things which I didn't even think would was a big deal. For example, we had gift bags waiting for everyone at the hotel and it was such a big hit for something so small.
 
 I ended up making all of my bridesmaid bouquet and people are still texting me about how it was made and what I used.
 
At the end of the ceremony there are some traditional things that need to happen. However, before that we were taking family pictures in the church. Our brothers set up an ice cream truck outside the church for those waiting which was a big hit.
 
At the end of the reception, we had a doughnut and coffee station right outside the reception hall where  guests could satisfy their sweet tooth at the end of the night.
 
We also had an after party right in the hotel for those guests who weren't done partying. It was all just a great time.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Get a day coordinator!!!! I think this was one of the best decisions we made. Wedding planning is stressful, but the one day you don't want to be stressed is the day of. Our day coordinators worked with us to make the perfect timeline. I really had to force myself to just let go of the reigns and be in the moment, and I'm so glad I did. We had a 4 person team from Eventify LLC and they were so efficient and helpful. It never felt like they were just doing a job. They made sure that we were on time to the second but also that we were having a blast. They were also just genuinely nice people to work with.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
I bought most of my jewelry from India. Im so happy I was able to go there to get all the bridal essentials. I also found great deals on Amazon for Indian jewelry, which was pretty surprising. Amazon is amazing! I bought all the materials for my bridesmaids bouquets, all of my flower girls dresses and baskets, and everything for our welcome bags.
 
When I went to India we had Subin's shirvani and shoes specially made. They were so good at making exactly what we wanted.
 
Our cake topper was super funny. Subin is a big gym guy and always wants me to go with him. The topper really portrayed our relationship with the gym!
 
The dance floor was also a big hit with the guests. We had an LED light up dance floor. Im so glad we actually went through with it because it turned out so beautiful and fun. It pulled everything together.
 
A big shout out to our DJTM who kept the reception and music running smoothly. The MC was an old friend from college who knew my family well so we didn't have to worry about him at all. And of course the DJ's were my cousins, so I had absolutely nothing to worry about. They knew exactly what we liked so it was perfect!
 
 
STYLE
GUIDE
style
Bollywood
Fusion
Romantic
season
Autumn
color
Floral & Decor: Florista Decor | Cinematography: Studio KSD | Reception Venue: Sheraton Parsippany | Planning & Design: Aji Varughese | Hair & Makeup: Bindu Inspired | Catering: Moghul Catering | DJ: DJ TM | Bridal Fashions: Kleinfeld Bridal | Cake & Treats: Palermo Bakery | Mehndi Artist: Henna for All | Photo Booth: Anish Tewari Photobooth | Tuxedos: Roberts Tuxedo | Bridal Bouquet: Robyn Rohslers Floral Design | Bridal Hair: Miss To Mrs.Gorgeous


Orlando, FL Indian Wedding by Asaad Images

Welcome back, darlings! It is a pleasure to show you gals the end of this lovely story. If you are trying to get inspiration for your magical event, I recommend you to take a look at this charming story that continued with a beautiful reception hosted once again at the majestic Hilton Orlando! Once again, the talent of Michele Renee Studio gave our Maharani a dazzling look that left everyone speechless. Hundreds of guests attended the reception and were amazed by the extremely well-decorated hall by Utopian Events; the place was filled with kaleidoscopic hues and lights and left everyone in complete awe! Our lovely couple decided to bring on board to M4U Events to turn this celebration into a real party and put everyone on their feet during the whole night. Such music pros! Choreographies, excellent music, laughs, and new memories were the perfect ingredients for the outcome of this magical night. For more insights into this lovely reception, don't miss each visual masterpiece by Asaad Images in today's gallery. And, if you want more, you can take a look at the cinematographic delight by AZM Cinematography previously featured in our Video Blog!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I was a freshman in college when I met Nikesh. I was attending a cultural dance night at the UF O’Dome where I saw him for the first time. I could tell he was looking at me too from across the arena so I hopped in the group dance line he was in to get a little closer. I ended up taking his spot and kicking him out of the line. I was so embarrassed I couldn’t even bring myself to talk to him afterwards. Later that night I went to a friend’s birthday party with my cousin, who was trying to “set me up” with a guy she knew. We arrived to the party and she pointed towards the guy; I was definitely not interested. As I looked around the room a smile came across my face. That cute guy I saw earlier was standing across the room. I told my cousin I thought he was much cuter than the guy she was trying to set me up with. It turned out my cousin’s boyfriend at the time knew Nikesh and wanted to introduce us at the party. I panicked and headed towards the exit. As I was approaching the door to leave I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned around and he was standing right in front of me. I was so nervous inside, but I had to keep it cool. They introduced us and Nikesh charmed me immediately. We ended up talking all night and exchanging numbers. I left the party thinking I might never talk to that guy again, but I hope I do because he seemed special, and man he was so cute! Within minutes of leaving the party I received a text from him, and we never stopped talking since.
 
When your first date is to Disney World, there is not much doubt in your mind when deciding if this guy is “the one”. His kind heart, sense of humor, and outrageously funny laugh are just a few characteristics that made it an easy decision to say yes to forever with him. I am so thankful that our paths crossed 7 years ago.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I had been wanting to go on a trip for months. When I realized I had two ticket vouchers from a canceled flight last year, I knew we had to take advantage of the opportunity before they expired. I started planning a trip eagerly asking Nikesh where we should go. We finally decided on NYC because I had never been. I booked the flight and we were set to go. I had no idea that the first day I even mentioned flying to NYC, he began planning the most wonderful day of my life. We made an extensive list of pizza and bagel places we wanted to try (I love to eat!), as well as all the tourist spots. He asked me to find a nice dress because we were going to go to an “upscale rooftop speakeasy” and then out to a nice dinner. With our busy schedules, we rarely have time to do those types of things so I was all for it! That night I got all dressed up, excited to go to a speakeasy for the first time. I was already thinking of all the delicious drinks I was going to order. We arrived at the building and something seemed off, but I figured it was a speakeasy so it wasn’t supposed to look like a bar. We took the elevator to the 7th floor and he told the receptionist we had a reservation for Patel. The receptionist escorted us to the entrance of the rooftop. Nikesh asked me to hold his hand as he looked at me and smiled. He opened the door and my eyes filled with tears. Candles, rose petals, and strings of lights above my head surrounded me. My best friend was about to ask me to marry him. The rest of the night was filled with champagne, chocolate covered strawberries (my favorite!), and a beautiful scrapbook he created of our memories over the years. It was a perfect night and the most perfect proposal.
 
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.
Nikesh and I are both only children, so it was imperative that our families invited all of our relatives and friends. Before I knew it, I was planning a wedding for 800 people. Regardless of the number, I had a vision and I needed help to bring it to life. Décor and music were so important to me. An abundance of fresh flowers adorning my mandap, big bright lights beaming on the dance floor during the reception while our favorite songs play in the background, and of course a garba night filled with music and dance to remind us of how we first met. With my incredible wedding team and months of hard work, all those pieces came together to give us the wedding of our dreams. Our wedding week began with a mehndi night, followed by my Vidhi ceremony the next morning and our sangeet-garba in the evening. The next day was Nikesh’s Vidhi and Varghodo, which I was fortunate enough to attend, in a party bus nonetheless.
 
I was not nervous until the morning of the wedding. I woke up with a light flutter in my heart and deep excitement to marry the love of my life, but I couldn’t help the nerves from kicking in. As my mother placed my wedding necklace around my neck and smiled at me with a small tear in her eye, it all became so real. All 13 bridesmaids helped to hide me under a sheet so no one would see me as we made our way down to the Fountain Plaza at the Hilton Orlando. It was the most comical and bizarre way of making my way to my groom for a first look, but it was an experience I will never forget. The DJ could tell I was nervous, so they played and upbeat song (Bola Rebola) seconds before I walked up to him. I began dancing and all the nerves went away. As I tapped Nikesh on his right shoulder, he turned around and flash the big smile I fell in love with. I was simply floating. And our photos would not have been complete without our beautiful pup, Ibiza.  We took the rest of our photos and prepared for the ceremony to begin. With our similar love for dance, we naturally surprised one another with individual dance performances before the ceremony, amongst all of our guests. This was one of my favorite parts of the wedding. The rest of the wedding went by in flash, but thankfully I have many photos and videos to bring it back to life. We danced the night away during the reception and our beautiful wedding week came to an end.
 
We are so grateful for both of our parents for the tremendous support and love they have given us over the years and throughout the planning process. Without them, our wedding simply would not have been possible. Both of our families came together to help create an extraordinary week of fun filled events, ending in a marriage that resulted in one huge happy family.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I have known since I was 13 years old, watching endless Bollywood movies that I wanted to have the classic red, traditional lengha for my wedding day. I also wanted an outfit that was unique, comfortable, and made me feel like an Indian princess. My inner teen-self came out as scoured the big city stores in Delhi. I initially wanted to get a designer label lengha, but quickly realized that label was not as important as saving my budget for more important pieces of my wedding look, like my jewelry. After trying on only 4 or 5 lenghas, I found the perfect red dress at Frontier Raas. It did not make me like a princess, but a queen, a maharani. They were also able to customize Nikesh’s outfit to match the work on my blouse, which made our look picture perfect. We went to a family jeweler at CH Jewelers in Varodora, to customize the perfect wedding set to complete my look.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
For me, the most enjoyable part of the wedding planning process creating all the looks for the wedding. Nikesh is a very stylish guy, so he was happy to give his input on his outfits and jewelry as well. I love that the traditional Hindu wedding has multiple events, which means many outfits, multiple types of jewelry, and unique looks for each event. I was able to get all my outfits from an array of stores in Delhi and with my personal designer in Anand, Gujarat. Along with using my creativity for outfits, I truly enjoyed working my decorator Kinjal Patel, at Utopian Events to create my dream mandap and reception stage. I love flowers and greenery, so working with Kinjal was so perfect because she understood my vision. We talked for hours, which I truly appreciated, about colors, florals, water features, and how to create the perfect environment where I would marry my best friend. The best part was after hours and months of effort, I was able to see that vision come to life. It made all the effort and time totally worth it.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
My guests loved my mandap. They appreciated the real florals and bright colors that stood out as the walked out to the ceremony. Everyone also loved the food, which was a huge deal to me and my parents. The sangeet consisted of multiple stations of food with different types of cuisine that Nikesh and I loved. From tacos and quesadillas, to pasta and pani puri, the guests were able to enjoy a variety of food and live music. My reception stage was also a very unique piece of my event. M4U events created a unique stage just for me and my large guest count, which included a black and white, lit up LED dance floor.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
My favorite part of the wedding was during the bharaat. I had a surprise dance planned for Nikesh that I had choreographed with my bridesmaids. As I was getting ready to show all guests and my future husband my dance moves, the DJ made an announcement to clear the area and for the bride to keep her eyes on center of the “stage”. One of my favorite songs, Morni Banke, flooded the air and Nikesh popped out of the crowd. I knew Nikesh could dance, and he really brought out his best moves. I could not stop smiling and my heart felt so light. I was floating watching him, and then out of nowhere, two of my best friends ran over to his side (childhood friends of Nikesh’s) and joined him in the dance. My jaw dropped and I could not help but laugh with joy. It was a spectacular performance by my favorite people.
 
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.
Nikesh and I are known for dancing together and performing at family and friends’ wedding and events. It was much expected that we both perform throughout the events. Each event was filled with performances by myself and/or family members. Our bridesmaids and groomsmen were good friends and decided to perform a full skit of how we met during the reception. It was extraordinary, and the all the guests loved it as they watched our story come to life. A special detail I incorporated into our events was photos from a shoot Nikesh and I did in Jaipur and Jodhpur. With Utopian Events, we created stacked block letters that said “MENDHI” or “SANGEET” and a photo of us on a pedestal to match for each of our 6 events. For the reception, we created a hallway for the entrance that was lined with 6-foot tall photos of him and I in the desserts of Jodhpur and palaces of Jaipur for our guests to view as the entered. It added a true personal touch to each event.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
For any future bride, I would say simply live the moment of your wedding and wedding week. It only happens once, and the time will fly by so fast, you do not want to miss a moment of it. Things will go wrong, there might be mistakes, but nothing is as important as you and your significant other becoming one. During my wedding there were issues occurring with lunch and catering, but I had no idea until after because I was taking in each second under the mandap with Nikesh. Embracing each ritual and not worrying about anything or anyone outside of the ceremony itself, and that was perfect enough for me. I am a bride that wanted to plan every little detail of my wedding, but I could never have finished without my coordinator. I was able to plan all the details until about 2 months prior, after which my coordinator took the lead and I was relieved of many stresses. She put things in order, called my vendors, organized the day-of planning so I could simply enjoy the wedding week without any stress or worry. Also, take as many pictures as you can! It will be the only and yet the best memories of your wedding.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
I highly would recommend getting your mendhi done prior to the mehndi event so you can enjoy time with your guests.
 
Lovely inspiration seekers, don't forget to visit us tomorrow for more wedding stories!
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Venues: Hilton Orlando | Lighting: M4U Events | Baraat: M4U Events | Hair & Makeup: Michele Renee The Studio | Photo Booths: M4U Events | DJ: M4U Events | Cinematography: AZM Cinematography | Photographer: Asaad Images | Planning & Design: Bride Manali Patel | Floral & Decor: Utopian Events | Hair & Makeup: Payal MUA | Catering: Aashirwad Indian Restaurant | Catering: Southern Spice | Bridal Fashions: Frontier Raas | Bridal Fashions: Study By Janak | Bridal Jewelry: CH Jewelers | Cakes & Treats: Nothing Bundt Cakes | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Payal Patel MUA | Event Designer: Utopian Events | Live Music: Jashn | Mehndi Artist: Henna Allure


Orlando, FL Indian Wedding by Asaad Images

Happy Wednesday ladies, we hope your weekend was great! Are you ready to continue with this love story? I bet you do! So get ready to enjoy every capture brought to you thanks to Asaad Images. If this love story looks familiar to you is because we previously showcase the great work of AZM Cinematography, who not long ago filled us with a lot of emotions with an enchanting video of this lovely duo! Today we are going to be taking a look at all the beauty and charm of Manali & Nikesh's wedding images. This time, the glamorous Hilton Orlando hosted this lovely event, and it was also the perfect spot for the grand flaying entrance of Raja Nikesh! The beautiful bride trusted on the talent of Michele Renee Studio for her hair and makeup looks, and let me tell you that she looked way too beautiful for her wedding ceremony! Every single eye was on the couple who, on every moment, showed that true love exists! Another the highlight moments that captured everyone's attention was the emotive scene where Manali and her parents joint together in a warm hug, showing everyone that family will always be there for them. If you want to relive this entire love story, don't miss the amazing gallery that we've prepared for today and be amazed by it.

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I was a freshman in college when I met Nikesh. I was attending a cultural dance night at the UF O’Dome where I saw him for the first time. I could tell he was looking at me too from across the arena so I hopped in the group dance line he was in to get a little closer. I ended up taking his spot and kicking him out of the line. I was so embarrassed I couldn’t even bring myself to talk to him afterwards. Later that night I went to a friend’s birthday party with my cousin, who was trying to “set me up” with a guy she knew. We arrived to the party and she pointed towards the guy; I was definitely not interested. As I looked around the room a smile came across my face. That cute guy I saw earlier was standing across the room. I told my cousin I thought he was much cuter than the guy she was trying to set me up with. It turned out my cousin’s boyfriend at the time knew Nikesh and wanted to introduce us at the party. I panicked and headed towards the exit. As I was approaching the door to leave I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned around and he was standing right in front of me. I was so nervous inside, but I had to keep it cool. They introduced us and Nikesh charmed me immediately. We ended up talking all night and exchanging numbers. I left the party thinking I might never talk to that guy again, but I hope I do because he seemed special, and man he was so cute! Within minutes of leaving the party I received a text from him, and we never stopped talking since.
 
When your first date is to Disney World, there is not much doubt in your mind when deciding if this guy is “the one”. His kind heart, sense of humor, and outrageously funny laugh are just a few characteristics that made it an easy decision to say yes to forever with him. I am so thankful that our paths crossed 7 years ago.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I had been wanting to go on a trip for months. When I realized I had two ticket vouchers from a canceled flight last year, I knew we had to take advantage of the opportunity before they expired. I started planning a trip eagerly asking Nikesh where we should go. We finally decided on NYC because I had never been. I booked the flight and we were set to go. I had no idea that the first day I even mentioned flying to NYC, he began planning the most wonderful day of my life. We made an extensive list of pizza and bagel places we wanted to try (I love to eat!), as well as all the tourist spots. He asked me to find a nice dress because we were going to go to an “upscale rooftop speakeasy” and then out to a nice dinner. With our busy schedules, we rarely have time to do those types of things so I was all for it! That night I got all dressed up, excited to go to a speakeasy for the first time. I was already thinking of all the delicious drinks I was going to order. We arrived at the building and something seemed off, but I figured it was a speakeasy so it wasn’t supposed to look like a bar. We took the elevator to the 7th floor and he told the receptionist we had a reservation for Patel. The receptionist escorted us to the entrance of the rooftop. Nikesh asked me to hold his hand as he looked at me and smiled. He opened the door and my eyes filled with tears. Candles, rose petals, and strings of lights above my head surrounded me. My best friend was about to ask me to marry him. The rest of the night was filled with champagne, chocolate covered strawberries (my favorite!), and a beautiful scrapbook he created of our memories over the years. It was a perfect night and the most perfect proposal.
 
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.
Nikesh and I are both only children, so it was imperative that our families invited all of our relatives and friends. Before I knew it, I was planning a wedding for 800 people. Regardless of the number, I had a vision and I needed help to bring it to life. Décor and music were so important to me. An abundance of fresh flowers adorning my mandap, big bright lights beaming on the dance floor during the reception while our favorite songs play in the background, and of course a garba night filled with music and dance to remind us of how we first met. With my incredible wedding team and months of hard work, all those pieces came together to give us the wedding of our dreams. Our wedding week began with a mehndi night, followed by my Vidhi ceremony the next morning and our sangeet-garba in the evening. The next day was Nikesh’s Vidhi and Varghodo, which I was fortunate enough to attend, in a party bus nonetheless.
 
I was not nervous until the morning of the wedding. I woke up with a light flutter in my heart and deep excitement to marry the love of my life, but I couldn’t help the nerves from kicking in. As my mother placed my wedding necklace around my neck and smiled at me with a small tear in her eye, it all became so real. All 13 bridesmaids helped to hide me under a sheet so no one would see me as we made our way down to the Fountain Plaza at the Hilton Orlando. It was the most comical and bizarre way of making my way to my groom for a first look, but it was an experience I will never forget. The DJ could tell I was nervous, so they played and upbeat song (Bola Rebola) seconds before I walked up to him. I began dancing and all the nerves went away. As I tapped Nikesh on his right shoulder, he turned around and flash the big smile I fell in love with. I was simply floating. And our photos would not have been complete without our beautiful pup, Ibiza.  We took the rest of our photos and prepared for the ceremony to begin. With our similar love for dance, we naturally surprised one another with individual dance performances before the ceremony, amongst all of our guests. This was one of my favorite parts of the wedding. The rest of the wedding went by in flash, but thankfully I have many photos and videos to bring it back to life. We danced the night away during the reception and our beautiful wedding week came to an end.
 
We are so grateful for both of our parents for the tremendous support and love they have given us over the years and throughout the planning process. Without them, our wedding simply would not have been possible. Both of our families came together to help create an extraordinary week of fun filled events, ending in a marriage that resulted in one huge happy family.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I have known since I was 13 years old, watching endless Bollywood movies that I wanted to have the classic red, traditional lengha for my wedding day. I also wanted an outfit that was unique, comfortable, and made me feel like an Indian princess. My inner teen-self came out as scoured the big city stores in Delhi. I initially wanted to get a designer label lengha, but quickly realized that label was not as important as saving my budget for more important pieces of my wedding look, like my jewelry. After trying on only 4 or 5 lenghas, I found the perfect red dress at Frontier Raas. It did not make me like a princess, but a queen, a maharani. They were also able to customize Nikesh’s outfit to match the work on my blouse, which made our look picture perfect. We went to a family jeweler at CH Jewelers in Varodora, to customize the perfect wedding set to complete my look.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
For me, the most enjoyable part of the wedding planning process creating all the looks for the wedding. Nikesh is a very stylish guy, so he was happy to give his input on his outfits and jewelry as well. I love that the traditional Hindu wedding has multiple events, which means many outfits, multiple types of jewelry, and unique looks for each event. I was able to get all my outfits from an array of stores in Delhi and with my personal designer in Anand, Gujarat. Along with using my creativity for outfits, I truly enjoyed working my decorator Kinjal Patel, at Utopian Events to create my dream mandap and reception stage. I love flowers and greenery, so working with Kinjal was so perfect because she understood my vision. We talked for hours, which I truly appreciated, about colors, florals, water features, and how to create the perfect environment where I would marry my best friend. The best part was after hours and months of effort, I was able to see that vision come to life. It made all the effort and time totally worth it.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
My guests loved my mandap. They appreciated the real florals and bright colors that stood out as the walked out to the ceremony. Everyone also loved the food, which was a huge deal to me and my parents. The sangeet consisted of multiple stations of food with different types of cuisine that Nikesh and I loved. From tacos and quesadillas, to pasta and pani puri, the guests were able to enjoy a variety of food and live music. My reception stage was also a very unique piece of my event. M4U events created a unique stage just for me and my large guest count, which included a black and white, lit up LED dance floor.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
My favorite part of the wedding was during the bharaat. I had a surprise dance planned for Nikesh that I had choreographed with my bridesmaids. As I was getting ready to show all guests and my future husband my dance moves, the DJ made an announcement to clear the area and for the bride to keep her eyes on center of the “stage”. One of my favorite songs, Morni Banke, flooded the air and Nikesh popped out of the crowd. I knew Nikesh could dance, and he really brought out his best moves. I could not stop smiling and my heart felt so light. I was floating watching him, and then out of nowhere, two of my best friends ran over to his side (childhood friends of Nikesh’s) and joined him in the dance. My jaw dropped and I could not help but laugh with joy. It was a spectacular performance by my favorite people.
 
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.
Nikesh and I are known for dancing together and performing at family and friends’ wedding and events. It was much expected that we both perform throughout the events. Each event was filled with performances by myself and/or family members. Our bridesmaids and groomsmen were good friends and decided to perform a full skit of how we met during the reception. It was extraordinary, and the all the guests loved it as they watched our story come to life. A special detail I incorporated into our events was photos from a shoot Nikesh and I did in Jaipur and Jodhpur. With Utopian Events, we created stacked block letters that said “MENDHI” or “SANGEET” and a photo of us on a pedestal to match for each of our 6 events. For the reception, we created a hallway for the entrance that was lined with 6-foot tall photos of him and I in the desserts of Jodhpur and palaces of Jaipur for our guests to view as the entered. It added a true personal touch to each event.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
For any future bride, I would say simply live the moment of your wedding and wedding week. It only happens once, and the time will fly by so fast, you do not want to miss a moment of it. Things will go wrong, there might be mistakes, but nothing is as important as you and your significant other becoming one. During my wedding there were issues occurring with lunch and catering, but I had no idea until after because I was taking in each second under the mandap with Nikesh. Embracing each ritual and not worrying about anything or anyone outside of the ceremony itself, and that was perfect enough for me. I am a bride that wanted to plan every little detail of my wedding, but I could never have finished without my coordinator. I was able to plan all the details until about 2 months prior, after which my coordinator took the lead and I was relieved of many stresses. She put things in order, called my vendors, organized the day-of planning so I could simply enjoy the wedding week without any stress or worry. Also, take as many pictures as you can! It will be the only and yet the best memories of your wedding.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
I highly would recommend getting your mendhi done prior to the mehndi event so you can enjoy time with your guests.
 
Follow me and get inspired by all the details of Manali & Nikesh's grand reception, coming up next!
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Spring
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Venues: Hilton Orlando | Lighting: M4U Events | Baraat: M4U Events | Hair & Makeup: Michele Renee The Studio | Photo Booths: M4U Events | DJ: M4U Events | Cinematography: AZM Cinematography | Photographer: Asaad Images | Planning & Design: Bride Manali Patel | Floral & Decor: Utopian Events | Hair & Makeup: Payal MUA | Catering: Aashirwad Indian Restaurant | Catering: Southern Spice | Bridal Fashions: Frontier Raas | Bridal Fashions: Study By Janak | Bridal Jewelry: CH Jewelers | Cakes & Treats: Nothing Bundt Cakes | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Payal Patel MUA | Event Designer: Utopian Events | Live Music: Jashn | Mehndi Artist: Henna Allure


Randolph, NJ Sikh Wedding by Studio KSD

Welcome back, darlings! We are wrapping up today's lovely story by taking a look at Bhairvi & Harpreet's grand reception wedding held inside the halls of the Meadow Wood Manor. So get ready to have some fun! Thoroughly planned and conceptualized by Chandai Events, this reception gala was something out of this world thanks to the beautiful decor crafted by Abhishek Decorators. And we cannot talk about beauty without mentioning our lovely Maharani, Bhairvi. She attended this gala looking fantastic thanks to BEAUT by FAR, who took care of her makeup and hairstyle needs. For the musical department, DJ KSR from Frequency Entertainment put everyone on their feet playing upbeat melodies that set the mood for the night! The only time the guests stopped the dancing, was to take a bite at the delicious plated prepared by Moghul Catering, right before having a piece of the delightful sweet cake baked by Palermo Bakery. If you can't get enough of this lovely couple, don't miss the fantastic gallery that we have put together, thanks to the shots captured by Studio KSD

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
My fiance and I went on vacation to Miami to get away from the cold east coast. For one of the nights, he had planned a dinner in South Beach. He kept emphasizing that we couldn't be late or else we'd lose the reservation. We arrived early to the restaurant, and he convinced me to walk along the beach so he could take a picture of me in my dress. He snapped a photo of me on the boardwalk, and then told me to come down the stairs so we could walk in the sand. When I stepped down, I saw a picnic setup with champagne and gorgeous flowers. I also noticed two photographers lurking in the background, and then I froze. My fiance popped the question. I was a deer in headlights but it was the best moment ever!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My mom and sister accompanied me to New Delhi, India for wedding shopping. We went to a few boutiques, and I came across the most gorgeous rose pink lengha. I tried it on and immediately knew it was the one. Funny enough, I never thought I would choose a rose pink; I was leaning more towards a maroon or darker color. I am so happy with my choice!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of planning was having my fiance by my side! We were both equally involved and that really benefited us. We used each other as sounding boards and both felt really supported. Another part of the planning that was particularly fun was the tastings! We were fortunate enough to have some of the best caterers for our food and wedding cake, so it was absolutely delicious.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
You cannot control everything, and there's no such thing as a perfect wedding. Try to relax and be at peace. You've already put in a lot of work, and just trust that it will all come together beautifully!

That is all for today, ladies! See you tomorrow for more!
 
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Photography: Studio KSD | Planning & Design: Chandai Events | Floral & Decor: Abhishek Decorators | Hair & Makeup: BEAUT by FAR | Cinematography: Studio KSD | Ceremony Venue: Guru Nanak Mission | Reception Venue: Meadow Wood Manor | Catering: Moghul Catering | DJ: Frequency Entertainment | Baraat: Equishare Baraat Horses | Cake & Treats: Palermo Bakery | Mehndi Artist: Henna In Style | Photo Booth: Premium Entertainment | Transportation: Santos VIP Limousine | MC: MC Anuj D


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