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Long Island, NY Sikh Wedding by A.S. Nagpal Photography

Welcome back, Ladies! As promised, we are back with all the details and insights of Avneet & Raymon's beautiful wedding celebration. For this final installment, we are taking you to the grand Plainview Gurudwara, a perfect Sikh Gurdwara temple chosen by our lovebirds to swear their eternal love. Underneath a beautiful Mandap, our lovebirds promised undying love, and everyone contemplated, in between sighs, this beautiful moment. Avneet, our dazzling bride, enhanced her natural beauty during the festivities thanks to the talent of Kanwal Batool, who took care of her beauty needs, making her look like royalty. For the fashion department, Bhumika Grover showed off why they are the go-to-guys when looking for someone who takes your fashion game to the next level. And we can't forget the fantastic Mendi design created by Mehndikalogie. Once the ceremony ended, all guests headed over to the phenomenal Villa Lombardi's for a grand wedding reception, and let me tell you that everyone had a blast! And we want to take a moment to appreciate the decor that Exclusive Events NY crafted, creating such a magical environment for this gala. We also want to give a big shoutout to the talented folks from A.S. Nagpal Photography, who share the marvelous photo captures of this grand wedding celebration so we can enjoy them in today's gallery. Remember, you can also check the visual masterpiece created by With This Ring Wedding Films by clicking here.

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Raymon and I met at Sikh Camp when we were 14 years old. There were a group of boys playing a pick-up game of basketball, and I really wanted to play as well. Raymon was the team captain, and a mutual friend told him to pick "Avi" without him knowing that it was me. We played a couple games of basketball and I was instantly attracted to his skill. After that encounter, we chatted nearly everyday on Aol Instant Messenger and have been inseparable ever since. I knew he was "the one" pretty early on, but from high school through medical school Raymon has always pushed me to work harder and be the best version of myself, in a way that no one else was capable of doing. That's how I knew that we had a unique connection.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Raymon knows me better than I know myself, and planned our proposal intricately. It was the weekend of our Residency Match Day, so there were a lot of emotions already as we both matched into programs that we really wanted to train at. He wanted to celebrate with a weekend getaway to Montreal, and told me to pack and dress well. He picked me up from my parents house and I was under the assumption we'd be traveling to Montreal. Instead, he took me around my hometown with a beautiful lunch and a stroll through the park. In the park, he gave me a personalized picture book that took us through the journey of our relationship from high school onwards. The last page said, "and our next chapter awaits...", at that point he played my favorite song from Kaho Na Pyaar Hai and took me onto a beautiful bridge over a pond that was decorated with a banner that said "Will You Marry Me?" We then had a mini photoshoot and went home to tell my parents. When we got home, our friends and family of nearly 100 people were waiting for us on the driveway to celebrate, and we had an amazing engagement party that 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.
We had so much fun planning our wedding! I think the most challenging part was picking a venue that had our time frame available and fit all of our criteria. We explored many different venues from NYC to NJ, and ultimately fell in love with Villa Lombardi's in Long Island, NY. Once we had our reception venue set, everything else fell into place. I used Maharani Weddings for vender suggestions and was really happy with our results. Through different suggestions we were able to put together a vender group that worked together to bring our dream wedding to reality.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I've always had an idea of how I wanted my bridal outfit to be. I love the color fuchsia and was pretty set on it prior to even beginning shopping. We went to India for a couple weeks which was a unique experience in itself, but after several days of exploring different options, I decided I wanted to completely customize my outfit to my liking. I ended up choosing a magenta color with floral work on the lower half, and simple beaded work on the upper half. I wore an Anarkali for the Anand Karaj.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was trying to envision what our guests would love the most. We wanted to throw in little surprises here and there to optimize our guests experience. For example, we had a unique traditional Punjabi video shoot in Punjab that was so much fun shooting. We kept it a secret for months without sharing any photos with friends or family. We showed the video during our reception and everyone was shocked but loved it. It was very much so out of our comfort zone but we knew it would be loved and appreciated.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests gave us great feedback on our wedding weekend. We are very punctual people and wanted to make sure our wedding events were well organized and had a good flow to them. Besides that, two particular moments come to mind that our guests really loved.
We had a day between our Sangat and Anand Karaj to relax and for smaller events. We decided to use that time to bring our friends and family together in a unique way by hosting a Bride Vs Groom Wedding Olympics. Our cousins actually hosted this event for us, and hired an event company to come in with different kinds of relays and games in a field day type event. Everyone got customized T-shirts depending on which side of the family they were. Then, multiple teams were made to mix up the friends and family as a great way to mingle and get to know one another. Everyone had a lot of fun participating in friendly competition. It was a unique experience for everyone and we ended the event with a Mr. Softee Ice Cream truck to relive our childhood days.
Another moment that guests loved was during the reception, my parents surprised us by flying out a Dhol group from the UK, Beats by Lion. They did an incredible job getting the party started and bringing everyone onto the dance floor for the entire night.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I always think about our dances - we choreographed one for the Sangeet and Reception together. Raymon and I were captain's of our bhangra team in College, so dance is really meaningful to us. We had a lot of fun choreographing our traditional Bhangra dance for the Sangeet, and a western fusion dance for our reception. I love to reply and watch the videos of our dance because it is evident how happy we are in those moments to be together on the dance floor.
 
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.
For our decor themes, we wanted a very traditional sangeet. We actually let our parents have a lot of fun with the decor and bring out their creativity. I think my favorite part of the decor was having the kites hanging from the ceiling over the dance floor. It gave such a unique vibe and really brought the whole hall together. Our Anand Karaj we kept on the simpler side because we wanted the beauty of the Gurudwara to shine on its own. We used florals that matched well with our theme of Peach & Teal. For our reception, we wanted to go elegant and classy. We went with a floral theme with lots of pastels and candles spread throughout the hall. But, ultimately the venue itself was so beautiful. Our wedding was in September, which in NY is my favorite month because the flowers are in full bloom. The outdoor area for our cocktail hour was full of beautiful flowers and greenery.
Our Sangeet was full of dances, singing, and speeches from our loved ones. My favorite movie growing up was Kaho Na Pyaar Hai and my favorite actor was Hrithik Roshan. Our friends and family loved to make references to that throughout their dances and speeches, especially because Raymon proposed to me playing that theme song in the background.
  
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
My advice for future brides would be to stay calm and start planning early! It is great to have enough time to really explore the different options available and decide what you love the most. Having a basic idea of how you envision your wedding to be is fundamental to having a smooth planning process. Organization is key – lots and lots of excel sheets that keep all the details straight! And most importantly, it’s ok to ask your loved ones for help and delegate tasks. Ultimately, you’ll have the final decision but to have some extra hands doing the basic research is really beneficial!
 
We have a new magnificent event prepared for you. So visit us tomorrow! 
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Hair & Makeup: Kanwal Batool | Photography: A.S. Nagpal Photography | Mehndi Artists: Mehndikalogie | Floral & Decor: Exclusive Events NY | Cinematography: With This Ring Wedding Films | Sangeet Venue: Hilton Melville | Ceremony Venue: Plainview Gurudwara | Reception Venue: Villa Lombardi's | Planning & Design: Pearls Event & Co. | Catering: Benares Restaurant & Catering | DJ: DJ Raj Minocha | Baraat: Platinum Events Live Brass Band | Bridal Fashions: Bhumika Grover | Registry: Amazon | Registry: Williams Sonoma | Tuxedos: Suit Supply


Long Island, NY Sikh Wedding by A.S. Nagpal Photography

Happy Monday, Maharanis! We were dying to get back to you with more inspiring ideas, and that is why we have prepared a little surprise, just for you. Today, we are double featuring Avneet & Raymon's wedding festivities, we not only have the fantastic shots down below but we also have a mesmerizing film created by With This Ring Wedding Films that you can check here. So, you will have plenty of beauty and finery to admire today! But let's get this started by taking a peek at the phenomenal imagery captured by the talented and fully experienced team from A.S. Nagpal Photography, during the Sangeet ceremony. This well-known photographic studio exceeded all expectations immortalizing every detail surrounding this pre-wedding celebration with so precision and charm that we were left speechless! The Sangeet was hosted at the grand Hilton Melville, in a perfect decorated hall with kites hanging from the ceiling over the dance floor, where everyone had a blast. Avneet, our Maharani, looked so spectacular that she completely stole the show once she burst into the room! But there is no surprise here as the distinguished style from Kanwal Batool, the detailed fashion from Bhumika Grover, and of course, the artistic Mehndi design from Mehndikalogie created a winning combo that we can't stop seeing! Visit today's full gallery for more amazingness!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Raymon and I met at Sikh Camp when we were 14 years old. There were a group of boys playing a pick-up game of basketball, and I really wanted to play as well. Raymon was the team captain, and a mutual friend told him to pick "Avi" without him knowing that it was me. We played a couple games of basketball and I was instantly attracted to his skill. After that encounter, we chatted nearly everyday on Aol Instant Messenger and have been inseparable ever since. I knew he was "the one" pretty early on, but from high school through medical school Raymon has always pushed me to work harder and be the best version of myself, in a way that no one else was capable of doing. That's how I knew that we had a unique connection.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Raymon knows me better than I know myself, and planned our proposal intricately. It was the weekend of our Residency Match Day, so there were a lot of emotions already as we both matched into programs that we really wanted to train at. He wanted to celebrate with a weekend getaway to Montreal, and told me to pack and dress well. He picked me up from my parents house and I was under the assumption we'd be traveling to Montreal. Instead, he took me around my hometown with a beautiful lunch and a stroll through the park. In the park, he gave me a personalized picture book that took us through the journey of our relationship from high school onwards. The last page said, "and our next chapter awaits...", at that point he played my favorite song from Kaho Na Pyaar Hai and took me onto a beautiful bridge over a pond that was decorated with a banner that said "Will You Marry Me?" We then had a mini photoshoot and went home to tell my parents. When we got home, our friends and family of nearly 100 people were waiting for us on the driveway to celebrate, and we had an amazing engagement party that 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.
We had so much fun planning our wedding! I think the most challenging part was picking a venue that had our time frame available and fit all of our criteria. We explored many different venues from NYC to NJ, and ultimately fell in love with Villa Lombardi's in Long Island, NY. Once we had our reception venue set, everything else fell into place. I used Maharani Weddings for vender suggestions and was really happy with our results. Through different suggestions we were able to put together a vender group that worked together to bring our dream wedding to reality.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I've always had an idea of how I wanted my bridal outfit to be. I love the color fuchsia and was pretty set on it prior to even beginning shopping. We went to India for a couple weeks which was a unique experience in itself, but after several days of exploring different options, I decided I wanted to completely customize my outfit to my liking. I ended up choosing a magenta color with floral work on the lower half, and simple beaded work on the upper half. I wore an Anarkali for the Anand Karaj.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was trying to envision what our guests would love the most. We wanted to throw in little surprises here and there to optimize our guests experience. For example, we had a unique traditional Punjabi video shoot in Punjab that was so much fun shooting. We kept it a secret for months without sharing any photos with friends or family. We showed the video during our reception and everyone was shocked but loved it. It was very much so out of our comfort zone but we knew it would be loved and appreciated.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests gave us great feedback on our wedding weekend. We are very punctual people and wanted to make sure our wedding events were well organized and had a good flow to them. Besides that, two particular moments come to mind that our guests really loved.
We had a day between our Sangat and Anand Karaj to relax and for smaller events. We decided to use that time to bring our friends and family together in a unique way by hosting a Bride Vs Groom Wedding Olympics. Our cousins actually hosted this event for us, and hired an event company to come in with different kinds of relays and games in a field day type event. Everyone got customized T-shirts depending on which side of the family they were. Then, multiple teams were made to mix up the friends and family as a great way to mingle and get to know one another. Everyone had a lot of fun participating in friendly competition. It was a unique experience for everyone and we ended the event with a Mr. Softee Ice Cream truck to relive our childhood days.
Another moment that guests loved was during the reception, my parents surprised us by flying out a Dhol group from the UK, Beats by Lion. They did an incredible job getting the party started and bringing everyone onto the dance floor for the entire night.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I always think about our dances - we choreographed one for the Sangeet and Reception together. Raymon and I were captain's of our bhangra team in College, so dance is really meaningful to us. We had a lot of fun choreographing our traditional Bhangra dance for the Sangeet, and a western fusion dance for our reception. I love to reply and watch the videos of our dance because it is evident how happy we are in those moments to be together on the dance floor.
 
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.
For our decor themes, we wanted a very traditional sangeet. We actually let our parents have a lot of fun with the decor and bring out their creativity. I think my favorite part of the decor was having the kites hanging from the ceiling over the dance floor. It gave such a unique vibe and really brought the whole hall together. Our Anand Karaj we kept on the simpler side because we wanted the beauty of the Gurudwara to shine on its own. We used florals that matched well with our theme of Peach & Teal. For our reception, we wanted to go elegant and classy. We went with a floral theme with lots of pastels and candles spread throughout the hall. But, ultimately the venue itself was so beautiful. Our wedding was in September, which in NY is my favorite month because the flowers are in full bloom. The outdoor area for our cocktail hour was full of beautiful flowers and greenery.
Our Sangeet was full of dances, singing, and speeches from our loved ones. My favorite movie growing up was Kaho Na Pyaar Hai and my favorite actor was Hrithik Roshan. Our friends and family loved to make references to that throughout their dances and speeches, especially because Raymon proposed to me playing that theme song in the background.
  
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
My advice for future brides would be to stay calm and start planning early! It is great to have enough time to really explore the different options available and decide what you love the most. Having a basic idea of how you envision your wedding to be is fundamental to having a smooth planning process. Organization is key – lots and lots of excel sheets that keep all the details straight! And most importantly, it’s ok to ask your loved ones for help and delegate tasks. Ultimately, you’ll have the final decision but to have some extra hands doing the basic research is really beneficial!
 
Please come back, we have the end of this magical wedding!
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GUIDE
style
Traditional
Romantic
Contemporary
season
Autumn
color
Hair & Makeup: Kanwal Batool | Photography: A.S. Nagpal Photography | Mehndi Artists: Mehndikalogie | Floral & Decor: Exclusive Events NY | Cinematography: With This Ring Wedding Films | Sangeet Venue: Hilton Melville | Ceremony Venue: Plainview Gurudwara | Reception Venue: Villa Lombardi's | Planning & Design: Pearls Event & Co. | Catering: Benares Restaurant & Catering | DJ: DJ Raj Minocha | Baraat: Platinum Events Live Brass Band | Bridal Fashions: Bhumika Grover | Registry: Amazon | Registry: Williams Sonoma | Tuxedos: Suit Supply | Live Music: Beats By Lion


Uniondale, NY Indian Fusion Wedding by Studio KSD

Welcome back, ladies! As promised, we are back with the fantastic closure of Tulsi & Luke's wedding festivities. For this last installment, we will take you back inside the halls of the Long Island Marriott for a fantastic wedding reception. Once again, our friends from Studio KSD surprised us with phenomenal shots from this event, and I bet they will make you sigh as much as we did! If the beautiful decor you saw at the ceremony hypnotized you, be prepared because what Stylish Events created for the reception will blow your mind! Just take a look at it, in the shots below, such a masterpiece! And we are sure that you will love it! Having an epic entrance accompanied by your soulmate, right after being declared husband and wife, and seeing how everyone stops to admire the way you look on your special day is something that we all dream. And this time, Tulsi made that dream come true! She stole the whole show and captivated everyone's attention as she glided into the room, almost floating, and dazzling everyone with a magnificent look. Undoubtedly, she made the right choice trusting her beauty needs to Preeti Artistry. Such talent! To end this magical night, DJ USA took the mic and, and played upbeat melodies, setting the dancefloor on fire. Hands down, this was a memorable celebration! If you can't get enough of this gala, visit today's gallery for more!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We actually meet on Tinder. I would say I knew he was “the one” about a year of dating. Fun fact: we got married almost 5 years to the date we met. I actually didn’t realize that until my wedding day!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I had my hints about him proposing. I’ve been sending him different ring posts on Instagram of what I wanted LOL. I put the pieces together when people kept asking me for my ring size. The actual day of the proposal kind of gave it away too - Luke told me to dress up for dinner (something neither of us do) because we were going somewhere fancy. While leaving the house, I saw a box in his pocket and knew immediately. Luke proposed to me at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden during the Cherry Blossom Festival. Naturally, I was looking around to see if I knew anyone in the crowd and there came running our siblings.
 
Post proposal, I wanted ice cream (shocker) from Ample Hills. Little did I know that all our friends and family were there to surprise me. I was actually very surprised — it’s pretty hard keeping a secret from me. This was super super special because we had our first date there. Everything couldn’t have been anymore perfect.
 
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 was HARD. I was so overwhelmed by everything. Luckily, the internet helped a lot LOL. I found a lot of my vendors from weddings I’ve been to.
 
My venue was based of “lucky” dates provided by a priest. I took our dates, and started searching for a venue based off of those dates. Outfits were all from India - thank god for my mom and cousin. They did all of my shopping.
 
The decor theme was hard to pick. I was definitely all over the place with what I wanted. Thankfully, my decor company was extra patient with me. I changed the centerpiece colors like 5 times and they didn’t even get mad!
 
I wanted to incorporate little things that we both love into our wedding to make it extra special. I even got Krispy Kreme donuts for everyone at the reception to surprise Luke. The most special moment of our wedding, hands down, was when my brother walked into the hall after the wedding ceremony with my dog. I’ve had my dog for more than half of my life (I am obsessed) and wanted him to come to my wedding more than anything.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I actually picked my bridal outfit via FaceTime! I had a color and material in mind that I told my mom and cousin and they executed perfectly! I would wake up at 3am just to look at outfits. The outfit I chose suited me perfectly. I thought it was the perfect balance between modern and super traditional.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The reception was hands down my favorite part of planning. This was where I got to put my quirky ideas into play. Planning the reception was also a bonding experience for both of our families which was nice. Chowing songs, picking out caters, cake tasting and the list goes on! I loved how involved everyone was with making sure our day was extra special!
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I can’t say that there was one thing that was loved. Being a mixed race couple, it was great seeing my Lukes Polish side enjoying the festivities. They were so captivated with the decor and how the whole wedding went about.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Defiantly when I got to wear my late grandmother’s jewelry. I felt like a part of her was sitting right next to me during the prayer.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
BREATHE! Your special day will be PERFECT! And do not be afraid to ask for help! Finding a wedding planner is also a life savior.
 
That is all for now! Make sure to join us tomorrow; we will have something special for you!
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Photography: Studio KSD | Venues: Long Island Marriott | Floral & Decor: Stylish Events | Planning & Design: Starfish Creative Events | Hair & Makeup: Preeti Artistry | Family Makeup Artist: Cinderella Bridez | Ceremony Catering: Rajbhog Catering | Reception Catering: Tandoor NYC | DJ: DJ USA | Cake & Treats: La Bonne Boulangerie | Cinematography: Joseph Minasi Studios | Dance Floor: Go To Shout


Somerset, NJ Indian Wedding by House of Talent Studio

We are glad to have you back, ladies! Anjani & Pranay's love story continues, and we are sure you will love what we have prepared for you. For this installment, we'll be taking a look at the reception party that brought these wedding festivities to an end!. And we want o make a big shoutout to House of Talent Studio as this fabulous gala is presented to you thanks to their remarkable work! They did not only captured the fantastic scenes featured below, but they also prepared the visual masterpiece being featured in today's Video Blog. For this reception party, we are taking you back to the grand The Marigold, whew this unforgettable event took place. Right from the start, we have to say that we absolutely loved every single detail surrounding this event! But there is no surprise here as everything was thoroughly planned and orchestrated by Chandai Events. Impressive talent! And we want to take a moment to admire the beauty of our lovely Maharani! You will love the way Anjani showed up at her reception wedding, looking like a princess dressed in a beautiful lehenga that captived everyone. Jasmin Rahman complemented this ravishing look taking care of Anjani's beauty needs and endowing her with so much beauty that made everyone sigh. This gala turned into an epic party where everyone enjoyed the delicious food, emotive speeches, and of course, the phenomenal beats from D&S Event Solutions, who enlivened every moment of this extraordinary event. You are more than welcome to relive this moment by visiting our gallery! Believe us; you are going to love it!

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We were in Barcelona, which had been a bucket list trip for me for a long time. I thought for sure he was going to propose on this trip, but by the time we reached the last day, I thought maybe I was wrong. We were staying in a hotel that had a highly rated restaurant we had been DYING to try. He had set up a lunch reservation and as we were getting ready, he let me know that the hotel concierge had called to let us know our reservation needed to be pushed a half hour. For the “inconvenience”, they told us to head up to the rooftop bar and they would have drinks for us while we wait. As we started to head upstairs, there were signs on the elevator saying “Out of Order” so we ended up having to walk upstairs. (It turns out the hotel had placed these signs to dissuade anyone from coming to the rooftop while we were there) Once we went upstairs, we were seated in a private area overlooking the city and he told me he had a gift for me! He gave me a photo album he had put together with photos from our 10 years together and once I reached the end, he got down on one knee!
 
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.
It was definitely a challenge planning a wedding in NJ from LA. I am so thankful to both of our parents who did so much running around to make sure every detail is exactly what I envisioned. Our vendors were also amazing and flexible in taking meetings over the phone and arranging in person meetings around the few weekends we were available.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The number one thing we still hear from guests is that the food and the music were perfect! All the food we had at the wedding was well executed and I don’t think there was a SINGLE dish or piece that wasn’t loved. We also had a number of “special requests” that were handled easily and efficiently. The music and our DJs were also great! They had guests on the dance floor the entire night up until the very last song!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
We each have one sister, who over the course of my and my husband’s relationship, have become incredibly close to each other. Together, they created a lot of special moments for us throughout the wedding weekend but one of my favorites is the surprise dance they put together for our reception. The dance included at least 5 different songs (and they choreographed the entire thing!!) The best part about this dance is how they fused together a large group that included friends and family from both sides! It really was such a great representation of our families and friend groups joining together as one.

Come back tomorrow! We have more inspiring stories for you. 
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Photography: House of Talent Studio | Planning & Design: Chandai Events | Cinematography: House of Talent Studio | DJ: D&S Event Solutions | Venues: The Marigold | Floral & Decor: Rangoli Weddings | Hair & Makeup: Jasmin Rahman | Catering: Moghul Caterers | Catering: Mr. Paanwala | Baraat (Car): Broadway SuperCars | Cake & Treats: Palermo Bakery | Priest: Dinesh Jani


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.
 
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Venues: Hilton Orlando | DJ: M4U Events | DJ: M4U Events | Hair & Makeup: Michele Renee The Studio | DJ: 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


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