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Burlingame, CA Indian Wedding by Fusion Moments Media

Good morning, beautiful ladies! Today's magical love story follows the romantic journey through Supraja & Ravi's wedding bliss. And all we have to say is that this fabulous celebration is what all Mharanis dream about. So let's not wait any longer and jump right into it. From the solemn and heavenly ceremony held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport to the magical reception party, everything was perfect beyond words! But there is no surprise here as Nupur Behl was the mastermind behind all the planning and execution of this incredible event. And every time this talented and highly experienced team is present, there is nothing but perfection to be expected, and this time was no exception! Thankfully the good friends from Fusion Moments Media were there to capture all the beauty and amazingness surrounding this wedding affair as words are not enough to describe how breathtaking everything was.  Our gorgeous Supraja walked down the aisle to meet the love of her life, wearing a fashionable attire by Babu Sah and looking like a beauty vision after being pampered by TM's Makeup Artistry. The talented team from Aesthetika Events mirrored our gorgeous Maharani's beauty and crafted an exceptional decor in soft colored hues that everyone loved. Hands down, this was the dreamy wedding ceremony Supraja & Ravi always wanted. If you want to take a closer look at this dazzling wedding celebration, don't miss the full gallery that we have prepared for today. We are sure you will love every bit of it, not to mention that you'll take tons of inspiring ideas.

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That is all for today, darlings. See you tomorrow for more!

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Hair & Makeup: TM's Makeup Artistry | Venues: Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport | Planning & Design: Nupur Behl | Floral & Decor: Aesthetika Events | Catering (Wedding): Silver Spoon | Catering (Sangeet & Reception): Jalsa Catering & Events | Cinematography: Fusion Moments Media | Bridal Fashions: Babu Sah | Bridal Footwear: Badgley Mischka | Photography: Fusion Moments Media


Dallas, TX Indian Wedding by Vek Photo

Welcome back, beautiful ladies! We are glad you could join us today because we were dying to share all the details surrounding Ashley & Nikhil's wedding bash! This time, we will be heading to the wedding ceremony in a vibrant and joyful Baraat procession animated by DJ Riz Entertainment.  And we love how Nikhil embraced a traditional style and show up at the Baraat procession riding a white horse decorated with traditional Indian fabrics. This colorful procession created a striking scene that combined modern architecture with classic Indian colors and attires. And we cannot stretch how much we love this moment! After the arrival of the Baraat, our two lovebirds were ready to go inside the exclusive Renaissance Dallas Hotel to proceed with the wedding ceremony that united their lives in marriage. This long-awaited moment, thoroughly planned by Elaan Events, was a dream come true! Simply take a look at the lovely decoration crafted by Alpha Décor. It was mesmerizing! The soft colored adornments and multicolored floral arrangements mirrored the jaw-dropping look of our gorgeous Maharani, who donned a fashionable attire by Om Prakash Jawahar Lal, very well complemented with the exquisite makeup and hairstyle by Red Lotus Artistry. And let's not forget about the spectacular Mehndi designed by Sheetal's Henna Designs. It was all a perfect combination that made her look like a goddess! After the ceremony, it was time to celebrate the newlyweds with a fantastic reception party enlivened by DJ Riz Entertainment. Hands down, the best way to bring the wedding festivities to an end! If you want to take a closer look at this cornucopia of beauty and flair, don't miss the spectacular shots captured by Vek Photo in today's full gallery. It is mind-blowing!

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
February 24, 2018. That’s when it went down at the Chihuly Glass Museum in Seattle, WA. My husband was finishing his last semester of law school, and I had an inkling that he would propose in May 2018 after graduating, since all of our families would be together for his graduation. This is why when we took a trip to one of his favorite cities, just a few months prior, a proposal was the farthest thing from my mind. He forced me to dress a little fancy prior to heading to the museum (I thought this was weird and should have expected something) and had made sure my friends had me get a manicure prior to the trip. We walked around the museum with a few of his college friends, one of whom had a fancy camera that he was using to “practice taking good pictures”. Once we entered the open gallery room, he got on one knee and proposed! I was so shocked that I just stood there staring down at him saying, “is this for real” repeatedly, until I finally said yes. Later, I learnt that he had picked the Museum for a number of reasons: 1) he knew I had never been and wanted to go, 2) proposing in Seattle would be totally unexpected, and 3) given that the Museum had glass gardens and flowers, it was beautiful year round, and there was no possibility of weather interfering with his plans.
 
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.
Our decision-making process for the venues and vendors was 90% driven by our budget. We knew we wanted to do a wedding in Dallas and that a hotel was going be the best option since an overwhelming majority of the guests would be flying into Dallas from out of state. We researched options, toured, made pro-con lists, and the Renaissance Dallas was finally selected, particularly because not only did it fall within our budget, but it gave us the ability to have our ceremony outdoors, which had been my dream!
 
For decor, since the wedding was going to be three separate events and we would have three completely different outfits, we wanted each event to feel different and intentional. We started planning our decor themes with the ceremony and knew that we wanted an outdoor morning ceremony, and so soft light tones and pastels (i.e. light pink, ivory, pale gold, mint green, etc) were going to be perfect. We wanted the Sangeet the night before to feel fun and cultural as a good way to kick off the weekend, so we wanted lots of bright colors and decor that screamed festive. Finally, the reception as the closing piece needed to feel grand and bold. Once we had these ideas nailed down, our decorator was able to take them and run and bring us back a vision that absolutely floored us.
 
I don’t think I could’ve gotten the Bridal looks I had envisioned if I had not gone with Red Lotus Artistry. From day one, when we began with the makeup trial, Vidya listened very closely to what kind of styles and looks I was a fan of, and what I simply couldn’t stand. For example, I wanted to refrain from heavy eyeliner on the lower lid for the ceremony, given that we were going with the softer tones theme, and given that I hate lipstick, I only agreed to move forward with lighted lip shades for most of the wedding events. You want a makeup/hair artist who believes in what you do and don’t like, and doesn’t only try to impose his or her views. Your bridal makeup artist also needs to know exactly what hiccups to expect when getting ready for your wedding events, and that’s exactly what Vidya addressed during our consultation meeting. During the consultation, Vidya and I discussed how my dupattas would be draped and we ran through how every single piece of jewelry would be worn for each event. The meeting was time consuming, yet so informative and it kept us on the same page the weekend of the wedding.
 
We initially were worried about identifying and communicating with the vendors in Dallas, because we both lived in Washington, DC. Luckily, we had the absolute best wedding planner, Christina Thomas at Elaan Events, to help navigate us through the process. She was able to give us multiple options within our budget for each vendor, and made sure we were 100% happy with each one before proceeding onto the next matter. It has now been three months since the wedding took place, and we can look back with certainty that each was the best choice.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Pink. My bridal lehanga was destined to be a shade of pink since god knows when. Walking into Om Parkash Jawahar Lal in Chandni Chowk in New Delhi, and seeing all of the endless options of dazzling lehengas, something clicked and I knew that even though this was the first shop we were visiting, it would be the last and my lehenga would have to come from here. Luckily, my parents and aunts had already done their homework by visiting this shop prior to me even landing in New Delhi, so that made me feel even more comfortable with sticking to Om Parkash Jawahar Lal...which I highly recommend, brides!
 
Given that pink was non-negotiable, and that we wanted the ceremony to be pastel themed, accenting my lehenga with sea green was the perfect choice, especially since my husband loves the color green and was happy to find a sea green sherwani with light pink accents to compliment my outfit.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Hands down the food and cake tastings were the most enjoyable parts of the planning process. Is it possible that amidst the minutiae of wedding planning and logistics, anything could have been more enjoyable than being fed a variety of scrumptious appetizers, main dishes, desserts, and then making decisions with our stomachs instead of our minds? Although I’ve got to say, pinning wedding outfits and henna designs to my Pinterest boards, which I’d share with my mother and mother-in-law to get their input, was also exciting and not stressful, so I’d consider this a close second.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The Ceremony! One would think that a late morning ceremony, on the terrace of the Renaissance Hotel in Dallas, with perfect weather that wasn’t too hot or cold, with absolutely stunning soft pastel decor would have been what made the ceremony so memorable. But, all of that ended up being sides to the entree, that was the priest, Panditji Pattabhirama Krishna Jois. The guests were blown away by the fact that our traditional Hindu priest not only spoke in excellent English and was able to easily explain every step, but also that he was funny and engaging to a point where he felt as though he was an emcee. Many of our guests had not been to a traditional desi wedding before, and instead of sitting there bored and confused for an hour, they were entertained and were able to feel like they were part of all of the rituals.
 
Long story short, the engaging ceremony coupled with the perfect environment/vibe is something our guests have not stopped talking about.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
I feel like every bride, who has her wedding fresh in her mind, has all kinds of knowledge they want to impart on all brides-to-be. Here are my two cents:
 
1) Enjoy the engagement period for at least the first 1-2 months before you dive into planning mode. You really want to take that time to just be on cloud nine before you become occupied with dates, locations, and the endless wedding related decisions to be made.
 
2) The wedding planning process is like running a marathon. Don’t sprint!! Sticking to deadlines is essential, which your planner will guide you on. But don’t try to do everything at once. During this process, remember to keep an open dialogue with your fiance! Your partner needs to be a part of the conversations. Remember, it’s not just your marathon!

We have more romantic stories coming your way, so make sure to join us tomorrow for more!
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DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Lighting: DJ Riz Entertainment | Baraat: DJ Riz Entertainment | Hair & Makeup: Red Lotus Artistry | Cinematographer: Vibe Films | Sangeet / Ceremony / Reception Venue: Renaissance Dallas | Planning & Design: Elaan Events | Floral & Decor: Alpha Décor | Catering: Desi District | Catering: Peacock Plano | Bridal Fashions: Om Prakash Jawahar Lal | Cake & Treats: Frosted by Neema | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Kaagaz | Mehndi Artist: Sheetal's Henna Designs | Photo Booth: Abbeniel Photo Studio | Transportation: Prime Limo | Photography: Vek Photo


Clarksville, MD Indian Wedding by Photographick Studios

Ladies, we hope you are ready to have your hearts melted with tenderness and joy because Xama & Neel's wedding, during COVID, will take your breath away! Due to the emergence of COVID-19, these lovebirds had to make one of the most significant decisions in their lives. Cancel the original date and postpone the wedding, or get the most out of this unfortunate situation and let the show continue. They went back and forth, but in the end, they made a bold decision and decided to keep the original date of their wedding and become husband and wife on June 27th, 2020. To comply with the state guidelines, only 50 guests attended the ceremony, including the priest, photographer, and DJ. Also, they shared a Zoom link to let friends and relatives watch from across the world. They also had a drive-by for friends & family who couldn't be part of the ceremony. Hands down a demonstration that no challenge can stand between you and your loved one once you are truly in love! The wedding ceremony was an ode to charm and beauty thanks to Posh Kreations Events, who took care of the planning, and Aishas Wedding Decor, who crafted a heavenly decor that set the mood for this long-awaited event. Our gorgeous Maharani stole all the looks walking down the aisle dressed in a fashionable lengha from AsoPalav, and rocking a glamorous makeup and hairstyle designed by Make-up by Sonia I. The icing on the cake was the artistic Mehndi designed by Solah Shringar. And we have no words to describe how much we loved her bridal look! The entire event, animated by Powerhouse DJs, is one to remember! If you want to take a closer look at all the mesmerizing details of it, don't miss the shots captured by Photographick Studios in today's gallery!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Neel and I met at Garba on a cold October night – Just your typical Guju way of meeting your soulmate –To start off the Garba season, I was dancing & swirling my way through a crowd full of people, while Neel was perfecting his Garba moves with his friends.

Neel decided to jump in the line but my smile instantly caught his eye! It was love at first sight and Neel couldn't keep his eyes off how beautiful I looked that night. Little did I know that I was ready to get introduced to the love of my life that night.

In typical Neel fashion, a Taco Bell run was the perfect way to end Garba that night, he knew he somehow had to get me to ‘Taco chance on him’ in life. After many attempts to ‘Burrito around the bush,’ I finally agreed to go on our first date.

Months and months passed as our feelings grew stronger, and Neel knew I was someone special in his life he could not let go of. On a hot summer day in July, he planned a special date at the Georgetown Waterfront. He asked me to be his girlfriend with a special heart necklace – I must have thought this guy was pretty special because I made an easy choice by saying yes. As Neel was walking me back to the train station, we got caught up in conversation.... Neel almost missed getting off the train – it was our own DDLJ moment!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Neel knew he wanted to have a lifetime of memories with me and he knew he had to give me the Bollywood proposal of my dreams. Neel was a pro at surprising me- only this time around, it was the biggest surprise of my life. He knew he couldn’t mess this one up. So, what better way than using Works Fall Social to get me dressed and ready to impress? Using the help of both our siblings, family, and friends, he got me to the location. I was absolutely speechless to walk into my very own Bollywood proposal surrounded by family & friends! I immediately had tears in my eyes as I walked down to the red carpet that was decorated with flowers, candles, and photos of all our adventures in life. The camera was flashing & finally my Superman got down on one knee and asked the most important question of his life: “Will you marry me; I will even eat Khichdi for you” & of course, I said YES to my Prince Charming!

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.
Due to the pandemic, the planning process had became very stressful since we were re planning the whole wedding all over again. We contacted all the vendors again to see if they can accommodate to a smaller scale wedding. Our vendors worked with us in such a short period of time and made our wedding day possible.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew I wanted a floral outfit with non traditional color combination. I fell in love with the Asopalav floral lengha from the very first moment I saw it and it was exactly what I had in mind from the design to the color combination. I used Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration and ideas for all my outfits.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was designing all my outfits, jewelry, & looks for the different events. I also enjoyed planning all the details with our family and how we all worked hard to making our wedding so special with so many different ideas. It also brought all of us closer together.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved how intimidate our wedding ceremony was. All our guests who were not able to join in person, got the chance to watch it via our LiveStream and on Zoom and they complimented how amazing of a job we did in planning this wedding. Many said that they enjoyed this wedding more than the traditional wedding that we are all used to. They also loved how we were able to plan such a creative and beautiful wedding despite the situation of re planning just 4 weeks before the wedding.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There was many special moments from our wedding but the one that caught me off guard was the dance performance by Neel along with all his groomsman. After his performance, our friends had surprised the both of us a with flash mob right after the baraat. Our first look on our wedding day was also my special moment from the wedding. The very first time we saw each other on our wedding day and thought wow we did it and the most awaited day is finally here. We got to hug each other a little closer and enjoy the special moment alone while getting our portraits taken.

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.
Neel and my mehndi event were joined, and the color theme was green for both of our family. I love decorating and being creative, so I had a simple but such an elegant umbrella theme backdrop with lots of colorful drapes, pillows, cushions, and lanterns. Our 2nd event, Grah Shanti, was held separately at our own homes. I had a floral, greenery theme with white elephants displayed on wooden crates. The 3rd day was our beautiful backyard wedding. There was an arch in the front of the house that was decorated with pink and gold drapes with Ganesh on the side. As you walk down the pathway towards the backyard, there was another arch decorated with beautiful fresh flowers followed by the isle. The isle was made with drapes and flowers inside a glass stage that lead to the beautiful mandap which was decorated with lots and lots of beautiful fresh flowers that complimented both of our outfits. My side of the family had mint and gold color combination and Neels side had gold and red combination for the wedding outfits.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
The wisdom for Brides to be is to enjoy each moment when planning your wedding. Make your wedding about you and not others. Focus on what you, your partner and your family want without thinking about what others are going to think.

That is all for today, darlings! See you tomorrow for more!

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Photography: Photographick Studios | Cinematography: Photographick Studios | Floral & Decor: Aishas Wedding Decor | DJ: Powerhouse DJs | Venue: Backyard | Planning & Design: Posh Kreations Events | Hair & Makeup: Make-up by Sonia I | Catering: Rangoli | Bridal Fashions: AsoPalav | Mehndi Artist: Solah Shringar | Transportation: Go Exotics


Chicago, IL Indian Wedding by Rahul Rana Photography

Happy Tuesday, darlings! We hope you are ready to dive into a new love story because we are dying to share Roshani & Parshva's wedding celebration with all of you! This time, we are heading down to the striking Pearl Banquets to enjoy this solemn and enchanting event that united these two lovebirds in marriage. Right from the bat, we have to say that this wedding was a cornucopia of beauty and glamour. Still, it was our gorgeous Maharani who stole all the looks throughout the entire wedding festivities as she donned soft colored attires by Aynaa that praised her innate beauty and made her look like a goddess! Her elegance and fashionable look also reflected on the fabulous makeup and hairstyle designed by Antonette White. And we cannot stress how much we loved it! To mirror the beauty of our gorgeous Maharani, Elegance Decor crafted a marvelous and almost heavenly decor that made everyone sigh. It was superb! An elegant and luxurious reception party followed the ceremony, and all guests had a great time dancing to the beats of DJ iLLEST. The only time the dancing stopped was to enjoy the delicious plates prepared by India House and the mouth-melting cake baked by The Baking Institute. If you can't get enough of this lovely celebration, make sure to take a look at the fantastic shots captured by Rahul Rana Photography in today's full gallery!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
My husband and I met when we were in high school, but we didn't start dating until after college. We talked every so often but since we went to different universities we didn't see each other much until we moved back home. I think I knew he was "the one" after our first "official" date. We had already become very close as friends so taking our relationship to the next level was a very natural transition.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I knew my husband was going to propose some time in 2018, I just wasn't sure when. That is, until he walked into my house at 7:30am on a Saturday wearing a dress shirt and blazer. That kinda gave it away. He took me to Navy Pier and proposed in the ferris wheel when we got to the top. Even though I knew it was coming, I still couldn't stop myself from crying my eyes out. Our proposal was private, but we met up with our family and friends afterwards to celebrate. It was one of the happiest days of my life.

Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
We had a lot of help from our family. We both have sisters and cousins who were so helpful when it came to finding the perfect venue, vendors, and decor theme. We were also determined to stick to our budget as much as we could. My husband was extremely helpful with this as he is very organized when it comes to planning and finances. Things can get crazy and add up with all of the events, vendors, gifts, etc. but he had this awesome spreadsheet that he used to keep track of it all.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew from the beginning that I didn't want to wear red. I saw an outfit online that was made by an Indian designer and I fell in love. I was able to find another designer through Instagram who could re-create any Indian outfit and decided to give them a chance. They were my first stop when I went to Mumbai. I actually didn't look at any other bridal outfits while I was in India, I knew what I wanted and I had to have it. I'm so happy with the decision I made and how my outfit turned out.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The food tastings! We loved sampling all of the different items and creating a menu of our favorites.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The entertainment. We are so lucky to have family and friends who went above and beyond with emceeing, performances, and speeches.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There so many that come to mind, but the one that sticks out most is our first dance together as husband and wife. Everything about that moment was perfect.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy the planning process and delegate! You spend about a year planning your wedding and even though it can feel stressful at times it will be over before you know it. It's important to take things one day at a time and ask your family and friends for help when you need it. This will make the whole process go smoother and your loved ones will also be happy that they were able to be a part of your big day.

That is all for today, darlings! Se you tomorrow for more. Same place, same time!

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Photography: Rahul Rana Photography | Venue: Pearl Banquets | Planning & Design: Elegance Decor | Floral & Decor: Elegance Decor | Hair & Makeup: Antonette White | Catering: India House | DJ: DJ iLLEST | Baraat: DJ iLLEST | Bridal Fashions: Aynaa | Cake & Treats: The Baking Institute | Cinematography: R.E.M. | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Rolex | Groom's Outfit: Aynaa


Mahwah, NJ Indian Wedding by Ami Video & Jay Arora Photography

Happy Thursday, darlings! We're excited you could join us today because we were dying to share with you all the fabulous details surrounding Sandhya & Nitin's outdoor wedding ceremony held at the Sheraton Mahwah Hotel. The big day started with a romantic and fun-loving first look photoshoot that we are sure will take your breath away! After the photoshoot, it was time to proceed with the wedding ceremony thoroughly planned and designed by the acclaimed team from Urvashi Mishra, Wedding & Event Planner. Hands down, their fantastic work took this ceremony to the next level! The impressive Mandap, the delicate placement of the ornaments, and the overall decor crafted by Abhishek Decorators were amazing beyond words. They created the perfect backdrop for Sandhya & Nitin to tie the knot in the company of their family and closest friends. Our gorgeous Maharani Sandhya walked down the aisle, looking like a vision of beauty thanks to Makeup by Anita, who took care of her fabulous makeup and hairstyle, and Mehndikalogie, who designed the spectacular Mehndi that everyone loved. To immortalize this long-awaited event, Ami Video and Jay Arora Photography worked their magic and captured jaw-dropping shots that will leave you sighing! The best of all is that we have compiled them all in today's full gallery. It is mindblowing, and we are sure it will get your inspiration going!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Nitin and I met through a dating website called “The League.” While I was somewhat skeptical that I would meet “the one” through a dating website, I thought it was worth a shot. Unfortunately, Nitin had been told by his sister to not look too overeager, and it took him a month to ask me out! I kept thinking “I’m done with this guy if he doesn’t ask me on a date” but then he would say something funny or cute, and I had to give him a little more time. After a few months of going on dates, we went to the movies to watch a Bollywood film, and we were cracking each other up in line for the snacks. I thought “if we can have this much fun just waiting on line for a movie, we can have fun anywhere.”
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Through a combination of deduction, seeing a Google Chrome tab open on his phone and a girls trip that got cancelled, I figured out that Nitin was going to propose to me on our “dating anniversary” at the Upper East Side restaurant Daniel. Nitin knew that I had a dream wedding ring picked out but he got a pair of earrings to propose with so that I could design my ring, so I knew something was up when I spotted the earrings on his phone. Daniel being the romantic spot that it is, and on a special date had my mind thinking we were getting engaged there, so I would mention in the days leading up to the date “I know you’re proposing to me with earrings at Daniel on Friday night.” What I didn’t know was that he managed a few surprises in that. First, he had my friend take me out before the dinner and convince me that because I had guessed the proposal, he cancelled the plan and was just taking me to anniversary dinner. He then planned for a bunch of our close friends to be on the roof of my apartment for a surprise engagement night party. Once at the restaurant, the wine and food were flowing and he got down on one knee while the waiter took photos…and didn’t propose! He told me that since I figured out the plan, and that he wanted it to be a surprise, he was not going to propose just yet. He gave me the earrings as an anniversary gift, and I thought “OK, it’s not tonight but it will be soon.” I then noticed Nitin looking around, and I jokingly said “are you looking for my Mom?” because I had told Nitin before that after getting engaged, I always wanted my Mom to be there. Nitin told me that my parents were not in the city, as they had another party to go to. Once I heard that, I started crying. Nitin of course got a little worried that I was crying so much, and he told me the waiters were taking us to a lounge area to have champagne and dessert for our anniversary. Tearfully, I followed Nitin into the lounge where I found our parents and our siblings who toasted us. Before I knew it, Nitin was on his knees for the second time, this time with a ring, and he said “I told you that I wouldn’t make you wait long. Sandhya, will you marry me.” And not to ruin the suspense, but I said yes!
 
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.
Planning a wedding, especially an Indian wedding, is never really easy. In 2020, with the global pandemic, it added a new level to how trying the whole process could be! There were many late nights of calls, analyzing contracts, and just wondering if we could even have the wedding at all. As New Jersey state restrictions limited the number of people indoors, we had to move the ceremony outdoors and limit the number of guests, which meant 3 weeks before the date we had to move to an entirely new venue! I was very lucky to have our good family friend and wedding planning superstar Urvashi Mishra by my side during the whole experience, as she helped me walk through the whole replanning. For the sake of safety, we postponed the reception and other events to our 1 year anniversary next year, so in a way the wedding festivities have not ended yet! Finally, when the day actually came, the venue, hair and makeup, and décor all looked more incredible than we could have ever imagined. It was like being in a dream, and Nitin and I couldn’t believe how lucky we were to be married in the midst of such beauty. None of it would have been possible without Urvashi and our other wonderful vendors: Abhishek Decorators, DNS Event Solutions, Ami Photography, Jay Arora Photography, the Sheraton Mahwah and so many more. 
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My first plan was to wear mom’s wedding lehenga, which we took to India in early 2020. The plan was for it to be repolished and tailored by our tailor in Delhi, and to buy a deep rose gold lehenga for my reception. However, when we came back to the States and were shipped the clothes we had made in India, my reception lehenga arrived but in the wrong color! Blush pink instead of deep rose gold! But something totally unexpected happened – I fell in love with the pink lehenga once I saw it. In fact, I loved it so much that I made the reception lehenga my wedding lehenga (an easy choice since the reception was postponed for 1 year due to COVID). I did also manage to get the wonderful emotional significance of wearing something from my mom’s wedding, though. For one of the pre-wedding events, my Mom gave me a lehenga that she had made out of a sari her Dad gifted her at her own wedding. In the end, it all worked out amazingly and I couldn’t be happier.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
One of the parts of wedding planning I do miss is the trip I took with my Mom and Nitin to India at the start of the year. The shopping in Delhi filled our days, and especially was amazing for me to spend so much time with my Grandmother – she was on her feet with us all day, and probably had more energy than all of us at when we got back to our hotel at the end of each day! Nitin and I also got to visit his Grandmother and family in Bangalore which was fun because we were attending his cousin’s wedding there. It was beautiful to see an Indian wedding in India as I was planning my Indian wedding in America. The trip is extra special in my memory because neither of our Grandmothers in India were able to attend our ceremony in person due to the pandemic, so we will always cherish the memories of our trip, and look forward to visiting them again in India when we can.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
After the wedding, I heard from so many of the guests that they loved the ceremony, and they cited all sorts of different things. Some loved the custom protective face masks we provided our guests, designed by me and hand crafted in India just for our event. Many told me they loved the detailed program which I designed with my sister in law to explain all the different rituals and their significance, allowing our friends and family to follow along and understand each step of the way. Others loved the individual servings of Indian ice cream we provided during a break in the ceremony when I changed clothes from my lehenga to my sari. But above all the logistics, what our guests and I loved most were the beautiful vows Nitin wrote.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The first thing that comes to mind is the vows. They were a chance for us to share how incredible the moment was and how deeply in love we were feeling – the emotions were heightened, and I could feel all the love in the air.
 
We also held a small party for family and close friends on the Friday before the ceremony, where I surprised Nitin by doing a choreographed dance medley to several of our favorite Bollywood hits. Watching his eyes light up and seeing him sway and mouth the words, I could tell he was shocked, overjoyed, and so excited. He couldn’t help himself and even came on the floor in the middle of the performance get in on the fun!
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
The first thing I’d say is: there’s no such thing as standard or normal or wedding etiquette anymore. You can’t be ruled by what you think you’re supposed to do, or what some people might expect. The most important thing when you look back on your wedding is to know that you put together an event that lines up with what you, your husband, and your families really want and what makes you happy. Also if you can I’d strongly recommend having someone who is a dedicated “day of” coordinator. There will be so much going through your head on the wedding day, having someone who is focused on all the little things so that you can think about and feel the big things lets you enjoy the day more. And if you hire an amazing wedding planner like Urvashi everything will be taken care of before you even have to ask, and the day will feel like it’s supposed to feel: like magic.

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Floral & Decor: Abhishek Decorators | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Anita | Mehndi Artists: Mehndikalogie | Planning & Design: Urvashi Mishra, Wedding & Event Planner | Mehndi Venue: The Palisadium | Ceremony Venue: Sheraton Mahwah Hotel | Catering: Moghul Caterers | DJ: DNS Events | Cinematography: Ami Video | Priest: Krishna Bhat Varanasi | Garlands: Vivek Flowers | Tent: Taylor Rental | Photography: Ami Video | Photography: Jay Arora Photography


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