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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.
 
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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


Chantilly, VA Indian Wedding by Photographick Studios

Welcome back, Maharanis! We are wrapping up today's story by taking a look at Jessica & Sanket's reception party held at the Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles. The mastermind behind the fabulous conceptualization of this event is none other than Project Bride DC, and to complement that beautiful design, Yaadein Weddings worked their magic to create a magical decore that everyone loved. Without any question, this was a winning combination that created a luxurious setting for our two lovebirds to celebrate their life milestone in the company of their family and friends. And what is a reception party without music? So, we want to give a big shoutout to the great DJ from DynastyAV as he played the most beautiful and vibrant melodies to enliven this gala! Everyone danced the night away and had a great time tasting the delicious plates prepared by Rasoi, and the sweet cake baked by Fluffy Thoughts. Without any doubt, this was a reception party that everyone loved! And we want to make a big shoutout to Photographick Studios as it is thanks to their excellent work that we can take a peek at the most memorable scenes of this event. If you want to relive this beautiful celebration of love, don't forget to take a look at the lovely gallery that we have prepared for today!

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Have an awesome weekend, ladies! And don't forget to join us on Monday for more lovely and inspiring stories!
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Photography: Photographick Studios | Venues: Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles | Cinematography: Photographick Studios | DJ: DynastyAV | Planning & Design: Project Bride DC | Floral & Decor: Yaadein Weddings | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Mala | Catering: Rasoi | Cake & Treats: Fluffy Thoughts


Ontario, Canada Bengali Wedding by LTL Studios

Welcome, Maharanis! Minimalism is an idea and style that you might think is the opposite of our ravishing and colorful celebrations. However, it is an extension of them. Some of our brides celebrate with huge sprees and others decide to simplify and celebrate the core and root of their union in the intimacy of their homes. Both of them amazing and both of them glamorous. Our Bengali couple of today's feature balances both styles beautifully and here we have them for you to take a look at the fabulous snaps that complete their heart melting highlight film! For their intimate civil ceremony planned by Antara Rahman VVA Events, our dazzling Maharani Shaharin came out looking like a true princess straight from the Bay of Bengal! Her vivid purple and periwinkle sari truly stood out to me because of its vibrancy and design. So stunning! One single picture speaks more than a thousand words, so come on over and have a glimpse of what went on for this beautiful ceremony thanks to LTL Studios in our complete gallery

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Part two in a bit! 

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DJ: DJ Malak Gandhi | Photography: LTL Studios | Mehndi Venue: Chauhan's India Grill House & Banquet | Ceremony Venue: Holud Chauhans Fine Indian Cusine & Banquet | Reception Venue: Chateau Le Jardin Event Venue | Planning & Design: Antara Rahman VVA Events | Floral & Decor: Antara Rahman VVA Events | Bride and Bridal Party/Groom's Ceremony / Mehndi / Reception Flowers: Anandas | Mehndi and Reception Hair & Makeup / Sari Styling: Glowing Goddess | Civil Ceremony Hair & Makeup / Sari Styling: Aiyesha Malik Xclara Beauty | Bridal Jewelry: Kundan Kouture | Cake & Treats: Grodzinski Bakery | Cinematography: LTL Studios | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Menaka Cards | Mehndi Artist: Naz e Henna


Philadelphia, PA Indian Wedding by Studio Nine Photography

The moment our couple had been waiting for so long finally arrived! Maharani Alli was absolutely glowing for the main ceremony. Shining like a true Maharani, she came out wearing a bronze toned saree with details in gold and burgundy that left me totally speechless. Truly one of the most beautiful sarees we have seen so far! After such a knockout beauty walked down the aisle and tied the knot with our lucky groom Shivan in a gorgeous ceremony at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, the guests and newlyweds headed down to the reception hall to start with the celebration of the huge milestone reached. The couple recruited our well know friends from Elegant Events Planning & Design and Partyland Event Design Boutique to assist them with all the details that made this wedding a definite success. If they were looking for the best, they sure did find them! Magic descended for our couple's first dance and we are just loving the navy blue tones of our bride's outfit, delicately swinging as the sweet melodies of music carried them to that place in which only their love inhabited. I'm telling you, ladies, this feature is total bliss. So without further ado, here you have it, Alli & Shivan's full gallery thanks to Studio Nine Photography

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More ideas to come, ladies, be sure to check us out! 

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Venues: Philadelphia Marriott Downtown | Hair & Makeup: Bella Angel | Photography: Studio Nine Photography + Cinema | Floral & Decor: Partyland Event Design Boutique | Cinematography: Aria Cinema Films | Rentals: Partyland Event Design Boutique | Event Designer: Elegant Events Planning & Design | Reception Venue: Please Touch Museum at Memorial Hall | Hair & Makeup: Sonia C | Hair & Makeup: LashBee | Catering: Brûlée Catering | Catering: Moghul Catering | Baraat: Equishare Baraat Horses | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Arsaat Party Entertainers | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Emily Kathryn Custom Paper & Lettering | Rentals: Vision Furniture | Transportation: Mainstreet Leasing


Philadelphia, PA Indian Wedding by Studio Nine Photography

It is time for us to kick start our week big time, ladies! For that, we have exactly what you need. As you can recall, a couple of weeks ago we featured Alli & Shivan's highlight reel. It was a gorgeous cinematic experience that left us wanting for more because of its sophistication and incredible taste. Today, and thanks to the prodigious talent of Studio Nine Photography, we are back with their marvelous wedding album. For this first installment, we are going to be witnessing the delightful photo shoot and the nerve-wracking moments prior to the ceremony at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Our enchanting Maharani Alli's dolling up process before the spree was truly magical. A glittering glam ritual! Bella Angel assisted her with the hair and makeup and you can almost feel the butterflies flying inside our bride's belly as the big moment approached. All of this as Raja Shivan and his groomsmen prepared with the ravishing attires and exotic dance moves that would later dazzle every single guest attending. Such a heartwarming celebration couldn't go unnoticed so head to our full gallery and enjoy!

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Don't go anywhere, queens, part two is yet to come. 

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Venues: Philadelphia Marriott Downtown | Hair & Makeup: Bella Angel | Photography: Studio Nine Photography + Cinema | Floral & Decor: Partyland Event Design Boutique | Cinematography: Aria Cinema Films | Rentals: Partyland Event Design Boutique | Event Designer: Elegant Events Planning & Design | Reception Venue: Please Touch Museum at Memorial Hall | Hair & Makeup: Sonia C | Hair & Makeup: LashBee | Catering: Brûlée Catering | Catering: Moghul Catering | Baraat: Equishare Baraat Horses | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Arsaat Party Entertainers | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Emily Kathryn Custom Paper & Lettering | Rentals: Vision Furniture | Transportation: Mainstreet Leasing


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