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Dearborn, MI Contemporary Fusion Wedding by Rangoli Wedding Events

After the lovely ceremony came to an end, it was time to move to the reception hall of The Dearborn Inn for the grand party! Our friends from Naveen Productions - DJ, Lighting, Entertainment and Photo Booth were at all times bringing their talent and assisted with the Baraat, lighting decor, and of course, the playlists that had everyone dancing the night away! Such a team! And just wait until you take a look at Maharani Swati's reception fashion choices. We are so loving that mix between contemporary style and classic Hindu design! So stunning! Lucky for us, our friends from Rangoli Wedding Events were there to capture everything that happened for their day of magic so be sure, we have all of it here! You definitely can't miss this love-fueled gallery coming from Michigan! See you there!

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
The proposal took place during a group trip to Traverse City, MI, with a few of my closest college friends, along with Amit, his brother Anuj, and of course Remy, my puppy. It was October of 2018 and we all decided to rent out a house in Traverse City and spend a 3-day weekend there to see the fall colors. Amit and I took a trip there alone the previous year. We had such a great time so we decided to go up there again, this time with good company.

During the 2nd day of the trip (October 13th, 2018), we spent the entirety of it in downtown. Amit and I both wanted to take our friends to the pier because it was one of our favorite spots from our prior trip. We decided to wait until the evening for that since it was a perfect spot to catch the sunset. After going from shop to shop, the evening finally came. We all started walking towards the pier. Once we got there, one of my friends had mentioned to step up onto the rocks and take a group picture with the water in the background. After the photo, the rest of our group got down from the rocks, but Amit and held my hand and turned me towards him. Next thing I know he is down on one knee with a ring box in one hand, and my puppy laying down next to him with his other hand. I instantly became overwhelmed with emotion and excitement. Amit told me that I was the love of his life and asked me to be his wife and of course Remy's human father. Of course, I said YES! as I was super ecstatic. Our friends started cheering and so did a bunch of other people around the pier. I was overjoyed as we continued our walk along the pier and could not take my eye off of my engagement ring. We finished the evening by going out to dinner and celebrating at a local brewery.

Amit definitely had a different agenda for that trip. I thought it was just going to be a nice weekend trip with friends but I was pleasantly surprised. I had no idea Amit had the ring in his possession during the trip. He had asked my parents for their blessings prior to that weekend. His brother, Anuj, also knew about the proposal and was able to capture the most perfect and special moment with his camera.

 

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My family and Amit's went to India for wedding shopping. Before leaving I spent some time on Pinterest to look at bridal lehengas and a design I might like. I knew I would be wearing green, as this is the color for south Indians weddings in Karnataka. I definitely wanted a deep green/emerald in color for the actual wedding outfit, but for the reception outfit, I wanted a fusion of American and Indian. So the search began on Pinterest until I found the perfect one! This beautiful all cream lehenga with lace. I scoured several bridal stores in India and was not able to find anything like it so I printed a picture and took it to a bridal boutique and asked them to make it (anything is possible in India  Regarding the green wedding lehenga, I found the most beautiful design in red at a store called Mangaldeep. This was the very first store we went to and I fell in love. We decided to search around some more but ended up coming back to that gorgeous gown which they were able to customize for me in a deep and rich green.

 

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
All of our guests had a wonderful time! Between the Mehendi, Sangeet, Wedding, and Reception each day was filled with fun, laughter, and lots of happy memories. All of the guests loved the feasts provided at each event and how the wedding was beautifully intertwined with both Gujurati and South Indian traditions and culture. Everyone was amazed at all the bright colors and so much dancing. The reception was a blast! Naveen our DJ did an amazing job with the music and lights. The fusion of American and Indian songs was a huge hit and the dance floor was full the entire night.

 

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Best word of advice I received was to really try and capture the whirlwind of events during the most special weekend of your life. It is a truly incredible and surreal weekend knowing that family and friends from near and far came to celebrate you and your husband-to-be and that the entire day(s) are all about you and your love for each other. Be in the moment throughout it all and a great way to do so is to hire a trustworthy and reliable wedding planner. We used Nita Sheth (Iris Bloom) and she was absolutely phenomenal. Every step of wedding planning was smoother. The day of the wedding/reception Amit and I did not worry about a single thing. We were so in the moment and everything ran without a hitch. Another word of advice, the details really don't matter. I found that out the hard way. At the end of the day, the guests are not going to be paying attention to every type of flower, table arrangement, or color/design of the charger plates. The overall

 

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Dearborn, MI Contemporary Fusion Wedding by Rangoli Wedding Events

Hey there, Maharanis! It is Thursday and we are quickly approaching the New Year! I wonder what it might bring, surely more beautiful brides and wedding visions to keep on collecting ideas. Today, we head down to Michigan to witness everything that went on for Swati & Amit's grand Contemporary Fusion gala and it was as beautiful as ever. Belief has it that our bride's name Swati means "the first drop from the sky that falls into the ocean and becomes a pearl". For her wedding, she truly embodied the beautiful pearl she is and came out rocking an emerald green-toned saree that left everyone on awe. Such a stunning choice! Don't miss today's gallery brought to us by our friends from Rangoli Weddings who always come up with pictures for the ages! So, ladies, see you in a while for part two! Let's get to it!

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
The proposal took place during a group trip to Traverse City, MI, with a few of my closest college friends, along with Amit, his brother Anuj, and of course Remy, my puppy. It was October of 2018 and we all decided to rent out a house in Traverse City and spend a 3-day weekend there to see the fall colors. Amit and I took a trip there alone the previous year. We had such a great time so we decided to go up there again, this time with good company.

During the 2nd day of the trip (October 13th, 2018), we spent the entirety of it in downtown. Amit and I both wanted to take our friends to the pier because it was one of our favorite spots from our prior trip. We decided to wait until the evening for that since it was a perfect spot to catch the sunset. After going from shop to shop, the evening finally came. We all started walking towards the pier. Once we got there, one of my friends had mentioned to step up onto the rocks and take a group picture with the water in the background. After the photo, the rest of our group got down from the rocks, but Amit and held my hand and turned me towards him. Next thing I know he is down on one knee with a ring box in one hand, and my puppy laying down next to him with his other hand. I instantly became overwhelmed with emotion and excitement. Amit told me that I was the love of his life and asked me to be his wife and of course Remy's human father. Of course, I said YES! as I was super ecstatic. Our friends started cheering and so did a bunch of other people around the pier. I was overjoyed as we continued our walk along the pier and could not take my eye off of my engagement ring. We finished the evening by going out to dinner and celebrating at a local brewery.

Amit definitely had a different agenda for that trip. I thought it was just going to be a nice weekend trip with friends but I was pleasantly surprised. I had no idea Amit had the ring in his possession during the trip. He had asked my parents for their blessings prior to that weekend. His brother, Anuj, also knew about the proposal and was able to capture the most perfect and special moment with his camera.

 

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My family and Amit's went to India for wedding shopping. Before leaving I spent some time on Pinterest to look at bridal lehengas and a design I might like. I knew I would be wearing green, as this is the color for south Indians weddings in Karnataka. I definitely wanted a deep green/emerald in color for the actual wedding outfit, but for the reception outfit, I wanted a fusion of American and Indian. So the search began on Pinterest until I found the perfect one! This beautiful all cream lehenga with lace. I scoured several bridal stores in India and was not able to find anything like it so I printed a picture and took it to a bridal boutique and asked them to make it (anything is possible in India  Regarding the green wedding lehenga, I found the most beautiful design in red at a store called Mangaldeep. This was the very first store we went to and I fell in love. We decided to search around some more but ended up coming back to that gorgeous gown which they were able to customize for me in a deep and rich green.

 

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
All of our guests had a wonderful time! Between the Mehendi, Sangeet, Wedding, and Reception each day was filled with fun, laughter, and lots of happy memories. All of the guests loved the feasts provided at each event and how the wedding was beautifully intertwined with both Gujurati and South Indian traditions and culture. Everyone was amazed at all the bright colors and so much dancing. The reception was a blast! Naveen our DJ did an amazing job with the music and lights. The fusion of American and Indian songs was a huge hit and the dance floor was full the entire night.

 

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Best word of advice I received was to really try and capture the whirlwind of events during the most special weekend of your life. It is a truly incredible and surreal weekend knowing that family and friends from near and far came to celebrate you and your husband-to-be and that the entire day(s) are all about you and your love for each other. Be in the moment throughout it all and a great way to do so is to hire a trustworthy and reliable wedding planner. We used Nita Sheth (Iris Bloom) and she was absolutely phenomenal. Every step of wedding planning was smoother. The day of the wedding/reception Amit and I did not worry about a single thing. We were so in the moment and everything ran without a hitch. Another word of advice, the details really don't matter. I found that out the hard way. At the end of the day, the guests are not going to be paying attention to every type of flower, table arrangement, or color/design of the charger plates. The overall

 

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Riviera Maya, MX Pakistani Wedding by A&A Video Productions

The beachfront ceremony finally happened, and it was official! Iqra & Zain became husband and wife! Of course, you ladies, know what happens when such a milestone is reached. Party time! And what a party it was! When you are in Mexico for your nuptials, no less is expected. The cakes, treats and catering services of The Hard Rock Riviera Maya left everybody completely speechless and ready for all the dancing! Our newlyweds, as we can expect, came out looking out of this world. Indoor fireworks by PSAV as they entered the ballroom, gave them this noblesse vibe that we are so loving. But that is not all, to finish off their destination Pakistani wedding, the couple decided to throw a Farewell Boat Party, sailing the Caribbean seas in a private catamaran. Incredible isn't it? Want to experience more of this fairy tale gala? Head down to today's gallery for part two thanks to A&A Video Productions

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Zain flew into my hometown in Virginia all the way from Texas with his entire family. I had the expectation that his family would come over for dinner at our house as they have done before. After their flight landed, I was texting Zain to make sure everything was okay, and providing details about dinner at our place. He wasn’t answering which was completely unusual of him. My parents then said they had to step out to run a quick errand and will be back shortly. I didn’t understand why my parents were leaving right before we were expecting guests. The next thing I know, I am all alone at home, confused about where everyone was. My sister then called me saying she was picking me up to pick up Zain’s family from their hotel. At that point, I was extremely sketched out and wondered why he wasn’t Uber-ing like he said. My sister drove out and we ended up at a small lake next to my neighborhood. My sister started running away from me so I followed her while extremely confused. From a distance a saw a bunch of people lined up on the sides of the pier and candles lit in the dusk. I walked closer and saw mine and Zain’s entire family and best friends lined up on the pier, with a trail of rose petals and candles along the entire pier. My favorite song “see the light” from the movie Tangled played whole as the sun was setting, and I ended at a heart-shaped from rose petals and candles, and Zain standing at the top of it. He then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was so perfect and the best part was that everyone I love, was involved in such a big moment in 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.
Zain and I got engaged on September 16, 2017, and immediately started to brainstorm on how we wanted to have our wedding. We both decided that a destination wedding is what we wanted. It wasn't easy and took a lot of convincing for both of our families to agree. After all of our research, we decided to have our wedding in Riviera Maya, Mexico because of all the South Asian Wedding vendors that were available there.  At that point, all of my friends and families were thrilled and completely on board. We started by reaching out to different Travel Agencies, particularly the ones that specialized in South Asian Destination Weddings. We ended up going with DestaWed, and signed a contract with the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, MX through them. After signing with them, I decided to plan this wedding of 5 events on my own, as I used my experience of events and corporate planning into my own wedding. During the 1-year planning process, I worked with my Event Consultant for the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, which made my process as smooth as can be.

My destination wedding events kicked off with an elegant Welcome Dinner that was located on the Maracas Terrace overlooking the ocean. During this event I wanted all my guests to start feeling like they were at a wedding while also on vacation. I wore a custom made saree that went elegantly with my theme. I kicked the event off with a welcome speech, followed by a showcase of interactive Water Drums. The Water Drums caught all of my wedding guests in surprise and the party had officially begun. We ended the event with the classing wedding shoe game which made all of my guests laugh.

The second event we held was a Pakistani traditional event known as the mehndi. This event is filled with sweet feeding and dancing rituals. I wore a custom multi-colored lehenga which basically matched my LED dance floor. We kicked off this event with another show stopper surprise by including a fire show for our guests to enjoy. I kept the entertainment a secret throughout my planning process and my guests were astonished and enjoyed the spectacular show. We continued the event by having choreographed dances by my guests and myself. The event ended with an open dance floor and LED glow dhol fiesta.

The third event including my wedding ceremony. I decided to go with light coral and sea green colors to bring out the ambiance of an ocean wedding. My bridesmaids all wore a custom made sarees with white bedazzled tops and a combination of green and coral saree draping. The groomsmen all wore turquoise pants, with white tops and champagne suspenders. I wore a sea-green Pakistani dress with gold embroidery and jewelry to match. The groom wore a matching sea-green sherwani. The combinations of the bridal party outfits looked beautiful for a beach wedding. Since the ceremony took place during the sunny day, we chose the Gazebo that overlooked the ocean for our location. I entered in a horse and carriage and proceeded to walk down the aisle with both my mother and father. During the ceremony, Zain and I poured our hearts out and shared intimate vows in front of all of our guests. It was a tear-worthy and beautiful moment.

Our last event included our reception which took place in the ballroom at the Hard Rock Hotel. We had decided to do a grand entrance and had indoor fireworks go off at our entrance, and then more fireworks as we got on the dance floor. We had speeches, by our dads, sisters, and best friends. We also include a fun surprise by adding a Michael Jackson and Drake Father Daughter mix. During my first dance, we had our first set of confetti blast on the dance floor. Our guests enjoyed this event as we added 2 more confetti blasts during the open dance floor which caught them all in surprise and enjoyment. We exited with the classic sparklers send-off and hopped on our horse and carriage to take us back to our room.

To end the events, we decided to have a boat party in which we rented and sailed the Caribbean seas in a private catamaran.   It was the perfect ending to the destination wedding, as we finally were able to let loose and enjoy our vacation with our best friends.

My overall review for my wedding is that it blew my expectations beyond words. Every detail I had planned for was beyond exceptional. Having a destination wedding was the best decision I had made. There was no ounce of stress in bones the second I entered the resort. Every single one of my guests enjoyed their time with us and have spoken so highly of their experience. The advice I would like to give to future brides that want to have a destination wedding is to enjoy their planning process, as when the time of your wedding is here, it flies by so quickly. Also, do not stress about the guests that can’t make it. Not everyone you invite will have the time, or expenses to make it. All that matters is that you have the support of the people who do decide to come, and it will be a great time. 

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
When shopping around for my wedding dresses, I knew I wanted something unique. Traditionally, Pakistani brides wear red on their wedding days. Since my wedding was going to take place on the beach, I wanted to wear more pastel colors for my ceremony. I went shopping in New Jersey and immediately fell in love with a custom sea-green bridal dress design that I thought would look perfect for a beach wedding. For my bridesmaid, I wanted to make sure their outfits were comfortable and light but also complimented my dress. I decided to create a custom sea green, and pink saree with embellished tops. All of my bridesmaids loved the design and the pictures looked amazing in front of the Caribbean sea.   

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
My wedding planning experience was extremely fun, but a lot of worthwhile work. The best part of my experience planning a destination wedding was the site visit. I took a trip with my parents, maid of honor, and groom's parents to Hard Rock Hotel, Riviera Maya resort where I planned to hold all of my events. I was able to see and select all of my locations for the various events and actually envision my events put together. I spent an entire day meeting with my on-site coordinator and vendors to discuss the details for each event. I was able to be extremely productive and enjoy the resort which was harder to do during my wedding time. 

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
My guests absolutely loved the vacation wedding they had attended. For many of my guests, this was the first destination wedding they had attended. The idea of having a wedding while on vacation was worthwhile for every single one of my guests. The Ceremony, in particular, was guests favorite. The romantic setting of exchanging vows on the beach set the tone of the entire wedding. it was such a beautiful moment that put smiles on everyone faces. 

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There is not a moment that I will forget about my wedding. During my reception, my father gave a heartfelt speech. That is one moment I will never forget. He talked about our relationship from when I was younger to now. That was the first time I had started to get emotional during the wedding. That exact moment is when it hit that I was going to start a new life, in a new city with my husband and my dad would be across states. We then had our first dance to "Tu Jo Mila" and ended with style by dancing to "In My Feelings" by Drake, and "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson. It was an amazing moment.

 

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
There are so many things I learned during the wedding process. The best advice I would like to give to Brides-To-Be is to listen to your gut. There are so many people that will give you their opinions and will tell you what they think you should do. At the end of the day, this is your day and you will remember it for the rest of your life, so do you want you want and don't please others if you are hesitant. Wear that dress you want, have the decor you like, and have that destination wedding if you want to, because your guests will love you no matter what and this it truly is a magical day just for you and your Hubby-To-Be. 

 

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Venues: Hard Rock Riviera Maya | Catering: Hard Rock Riviera Maya | Cakes & Treats: Hard Rock Riviera Maya | Photography: A&A Video Productions | Planning & Design: Bride & Groom | Floral & Decor: Tulapania | Floral & Decor: Zuniga | Floral & Decor: Latin Asia Cancun | Hair & Makeup: Styling Trio | DJ: DJ Ashu | Baraat: Drums in Paradise | Bridal Fashions: Sameera Faridi Designs | Cinematography: A&A Photo Video | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Styling Trio | Fireworks: PSAV | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: A2Z Weeding Cards | Lighting: PSAV | Mehndi Artist: Priya Chandel | Travel Concierge: Desta Wed | Flame Show: Drums in Paradise | Water Drums: Drums in Paradise | Confetti Canon: PSAV | Catering for Welcome Party / Mehndi / Ceremony: Latin Asia


Riviera Maya, MX Pakistani Wedding by A&A Video Productions

Have you ever been to a pre-wedding welcome celebration that featured flame throwers and water drums? Well, Iqra & Zain sure did lit up the skies with their vision! Today's couple is one that was not afraid to experiment and to celebrate big time, and as we will see in today's gallery thanks to A&A Video Productions, the grandeur of it all was just too much to handle! Our couple definitely wanted their guests to feel as if they were on vacation, and it is safe to say that it was a total success! The Hard Rock Riviera Maya was the venue that hosted the extravaganza, and it was filled to the brim with color and detail, all of them reflecting Iqra & Zain's personalities. I am so loving the finesse of it all! Want to experience for yourself a taste of Pakistani traditions in Mexico? Head to our gallery of today and check it out!  

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Zain flew into my hometown in Virginia all the way from Texas with his entire family. I had the expectation that his family would come over for dinner at our house as they have done before. After their flight landed, I was texting Zain to make sure everything was okay, and providing details about dinner at our place. He wasn’t answering which was completely unusual of him. My parents then said they had to step out to run a quick errand and will be back shortly. I didn’t understand why my parents were leaving right before we were expecting guests. The next thing I know, I am all alone at home, confused about where everyone was. My sister then called me saying she was picking me up to pick up Zain’s family from their hotel. At that point, I was extremely sketched out and wondered why he wasn’t Uber-ing like he said. My sister drove out and we ended up at a small lake next to my neighborhood. My sister started running away from me so I followed her while extremely confused. From a distance a saw a bunch of people lined up on the sides of the pier and candles lit in the dusk. I walked closer and saw mine and Zain’s entire family and best friends lined up on the pier, with a trail of rose petals and candles along the entire pier. My favorite song “see the light” from the movie Tangled played whole as the sun was setting, and I ended at a heart-shaped from rose petals and candles, and Zain standing at the top of it. He then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was so perfect and the best part was that everyone I love, was involved in such a big moment in 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.
Zain and I got engaged on September 16, 2017, and immediately started to brainstorm on how we wanted to have our wedding. We both decided that a destination wedding is what we wanted. It wasn't easy and took a lot of convincing for both of our families to agree. After all of our research, we decided to have our wedding in Riviera Maya, Mexico because of all the South Asian Wedding vendors that were available there.  At that point, all of my friends and families were thrilled and completely on board. We started by reaching out to different Travel Agencies, particularly the ones that specialized in South Asian Destination Weddings. We ended up going with DestaWed, and signed a contract with the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, MX through them. After signing with them, I decided to plan this wedding of 5 events on my own, as I used my experience of events and corporate planning into my own wedding. During the 1-year planning process, I worked with my Event Consultant for the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, which made my process as smooth as can be.

My destination wedding events kicked off with an elegant Welcome Dinner that was located on the Maracas Terrace overlooking the ocean. During this event I wanted all my guests to start feeling like they were at a wedding while also on vacation. I wore a custom made saree that went elegantly with my theme. I kicked the event off with a welcome speech, followed by a showcase of interactive Water Drums. The Water Drums caught all of my wedding guests in surprise and the party had officially begun. We ended the event with the classing wedding shoe game which made all of my guests laugh.

The second event we held was a Pakistani traditional event known as the mehndi. This event is filled with sweet feeding and dancing rituals. I wore a custom multi-colored lehenga which basically matched my LED dance floor. We kicked off this event with another show stopper surprise by including a fire show for our guests to enjoy. I kept the entertainment a secret throughout my planning process and my guests were astonished and enjoyed the spectacular show. We continued the event by having choreographed dances by my guests and myself. The event ended with an open dance floor and LED glow dhol fiesta.

The third event including my wedding ceremony. I decided to go with light coral and sea green colors to bring out the ambiance of an ocean wedding. My bridesmaids all wore a custom made sarees with white bedazzled tops and a combination of green and coral saree draping. The groomsmen all wore turquoise pants, with white tops and champagne suspenders. I wore a sea-green Pakistani dress with gold embroidery and jewelry to match. The groom wore a matching sea-green sherwani. The combinations of the bridal party outfits looked beautiful for a beach wedding. Since the ceremony took place during the sunny day, we chose the Gazebo that overlooked the ocean for our location. I entered in a horse and carriage and proceeded to walk down the aisle with both my mother and father. During the ceremony, Zain and I poured our hearts out and shared intimate vows in front of all of our guests. It was a tear-worthy and beautiful moment.

Our last event included our reception which took place in the ballroom at the Hard Rock Hotel. We had decided to do a grand entrance and had indoor fireworks go off at our entrance, and then more fireworks as we got on the dance floor. We had speeches, by our dads, sisters, and best friends. We also include a fun surprise by adding a Michael Jackson and Drake Father Daughter mix. During my first dance, we had our first set of confetti blast on the dance floor. Our guests enjoyed this event as we added 2 more confetti blasts during the open dance floor which caught them all in surprise and enjoyment. We exited with the classic sparklers send-off and hopped on our horse and carriage to take us back to our room.

To end the events, we decided to have a boat party in which we rented and sailed the Caribbean seas in a private catamaran.   It was the perfect ending to the destination wedding, as we finally were able to let loose and enjoy our vacation with our best friends.

My overall review for my wedding is that it blew my expectations beyond words. Every detail I had planned for was beyond exceptional. Having a destination wedding was the best decision I had made. There was no ounce of stress in bones the second I entered the resort. Every single one of my guests enjoyed their time with us and have spoken so highly of their experience. The advice I would like to give to future brides that want to have a destination wedding is to enjoy their planning process, as when the time of your wedding is here, it flies by so quickly. Also, do not stress about the guests that can’t make it. Not everyone you invite will have the time, or expenses to make it. All that matters is that you have the support of the people who do decide to come, and it will be a great time. 

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
When shopping around for my wedding dresses, I knew I wanted something unique. Traditionally, Pakistani brides wear red on their wedding days. Since my wedding was going to take place on the beach, I wanted to wear more pastel colors for my ceremony. I went shopping in New Jersey and immediately fell in love with a custom sea-green bridal dress design that I thought would look perfect for a beach wedding. For my bridesmaid, I wanted to make sure their outfits were comfortable and light but also complimented my dress. I decided to create a custom sea green, and pink saree with embellished tops. All of my bridesmaids loved the design and the pictures looked amazing in front of the Caribbean sea.   

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
My wedding planning experience was extremely fun, but a lot of worthwhile work. The best part of my experience planning a destination wedding was the site visit. I took a trip with my parents, maid of honor, and groom's parents to Hard Rock Hotel, Riviera Maya resort where I planned to hold all of my events. I was able to see and select all of my locations for the various events and actually envision my events put together. I spent an entire day meeting with my on-site coordinator and vendors to discuss the details for each event. I was able to be extremely productive and enjoy the resort which was harder to do during my wedding time. 

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
My guests absolutely loved the vacation wedding they had attended. For many of my guests, this was the first destination wedding they had attended. The idea of having a wedding while on vacation was worthwhile for every single one of my guests. The Ceremony, in particular, was guests favorite. The romantic setting of exchanging vows on the beach set the tone of the entire wedding. it was such a beautiful moment that put smiles on everyone faces. 

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There is not a moment that I will forget about my wedding. During my reception, my father gave a heartfelt speech. That is one moment I will never forget. He talked about our relationship from when I was younger to now. That was the first time I had started to get emotional during the wedding. That exact moment is when it hit that I was going to start a new life, in a new city with my husband and my dad would be across states. We then had our first dance to "Tu Jo Mila" and ended with style by dancing to "In My Feelings" by Drake, and "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson. It was an amazing moment.

 

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
There are so many things I learned during the wedding process. The best advice I would like to give to Brides-To-Be is to listen to your gut. There are so many people that will give you their opinions and will tell you what they think you should do. At the end of the day, this is your day and you will remember it for the rest of your life, so do you want you want and don't please others if you are hesitant. Wear that dress you want, have the decor you like, and have that destination wedding if you want to, because your guests will love you no matter what and this it truly is a magical day just for you and your Hubby-To-Be. 

 

We know you want more of this gala, stick around for part two! 

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Venues: Hard Rock Riviera Maya | Catering: Hard Rock Riviera Maya | Cakes & Treats: Hard Rock Riviera Maya | Photography: A&A Video Productions | Planning & Design: Bride & Groom | Floral & Decor: Tulapania | Floral & Decor: Zuniga | Floral & Decor: Latin Asia Cancun | Hair & Makeup: Styling Trio | DJ: DJ Ashu | Baraat: Drums in Paradise | Bridal Fashions: Sameera Faridi Designs | Cinematography: A&A Photo Video | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Styling Trio | Fireworks: PSAV | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: A2Z Weeding Cards | Lighting: PSAV | Mehndi Artist: Priya Chandel | Travel Concierge: Desta Wed | Flame Show: Drums in Paradise | Water Drums: Drums in Paradise | Confetti Canon: PSAV | Catering for Welcome Party / Mehndi / Ceremony: Latin Asia


Fairfax, VA Sikh Fusion Wedding by Photographick Studios

The final moment arrived and it was time for our couple's happily ever after! Of course, such new paths have to begin with a celebration! If there is a word to describe this reception, it would be elegance. Samantha & Vick's vision was this union between the east and west color aesthetics and the result was a grand gala that genuinely stood out. Maharani Samantha, on the other hand, absolutely stole the limelight. On her special day of magic, she looked drop-dead radiant. One of the reasons? The team from Bridal Elegance by Suman Khosla no less. They assisted with hair and makeup and as we will see in today's gallery thanks to Photographick Studios, the mastery of their work manifested in its entirety with this beauty. So, ladies, this incredible fusion gala is one not to miss! Stick around!  

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I was introduced to Gurvikram (Vick) through a mutual friend. We dated for 8  years before we got married. Vick was terrified of dogs growing up in India. I knew he was the one when we got our golden retriever (Bean) as an 8-week old puppy and he fell in love with her. He has been obsessed with her, and every other dog on the street, ever since. 
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
When we lived in Philadelphia for graduate school, we used to take our dog for walks in Washington Square Park. One day he told me he was taking me for dinner and he wanted to walk through the park. As we walked through the park, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. He had hired a photographer who captured the perfect photos. And of course, our friends then brought Bean to get family photos as well! 
 
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.
Wedding planning was crazy! We had an American wedding and Indian wedding, so it was double the fun but double the chaos. We had separate venues, hair & makeup teams, outfits, decor, everything. I mainly handled the American wedding while my amazing mother in law and sister in law handled the Indian wedding. We divided and conquered and everything eventually was completed. It was an amazing weekend thanks to everyone who helped, we couldn't have done it without them! 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The best part of the wedding was spending time with our friends and family. We all live such busy lives so it can be hard to see each other and connect. It was amazing to stand back and truly appreciate each and every person in the room and how much they mean to us. Our wedding would not have been the same without them! 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
RELAX -- it will all be okay!! No one looks at your centerpieces anyway.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Instead of a cake, we did a donut wall, s'mores station, and ice cream sundae bar. It was so much more fun and everyone loves a good donut!

 

Amazing, isn't it? More to come tomorrow, ladies! 

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Photography: Photographick Studios | Hair & Makeup: Bridal Elegance by Suman Khosla | Cinematography: Photographick Studios | Planning & Design: SW Events | Decoration: Moment Events | Caterer: Diya Bistro | DJ: Platinum Entertainment | Sound: Platinum Entertainment | Lighting: Platinum Entertainment | Dhol Player: Dholi Angad


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