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Daytona Beach, FL Indian Wedding by Fine Arts Productions

Welcome, dear Maharanis, to the enchanting wedding of Krishna & Amish. Set against the stunning Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort backdrop, this wedding extravaganza exuded charm and elegance at every turn. This luxurious venue provided a magnificent festive background with breathtaking ocean views and elegant ballrooms. The team went above and beyond to ensure that every detail was meticulously executed, from the flawless setup of the Sangeet to the seamless flow of the ceremony and the enchanting ambiance of the reception. Krishna entrusted her beauty to the talented hands of Beauty by Ami Patel, who expertly adorned her with a bridal look that radiated timeless grace. Her bridal ensemble, carefully crafted by Annu's Creation, showcased intricate details and opulent fabrics that complement her natural radiance flawlessly. Dhruti Patel's detailed patterns weaved a tale of love and tradition, beautifully capturing the essence of South Asian heritage. The bridal look is only complete with the exquisite jewelry from CH Jewelers, which added a touch of brilliance to every step she took. The ballroom, transformed into a wonderland by the creative minds at Abhishek Decorators, dazzled with an array of colorful blooms and enchanting décor elements that mirrored the couple's vibrant personalities. JP Entertainment set the mood with an eclectic mix of melodies that had everyone on their feet, celebrating their love in rhythmic harmony. The grand wedding unfolded like a fairytale, orchestrated flawlessly by Elite Dream Creations. They facilitated an organized, seamless, and elegant event. They were the best ally! Fine Art Productions captured the essence of every precious moment, immortalizing the love, laughter, and tears of joy that filled the air. Relive every magical moment by checking the gallery of this magical celebration. Check it out!

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How did you meet your Groom, and when did you know he was "the one"?
I first met Amish from California when he was scheduled for a layover in Orlando, FL, on his way back from his trip to Trinidad and Tobago with his brother-in-law. I remember thinking to myself and saying out loud the phrase, “Catch flights, not feelings.” During his layover, he had planned our first date at Walt Disney World, in which I quickly noticed his brainy personality, sharp wit, and shrewdness. He was always a true gentleman. Our conversations felt relaxed and easy, we felt comfortable in each other's company. By the time his layover time was coming to an end, I was wondering what the practicalities were of how this would work, considering he’s from California. I’m from Florida, but I already knew he was the one I wanted to marry. At the same time, I wanted everything to be secretive before it accelerated to the world; however, sure enough, the news soon spread quickly amongst our families, and it seemed kind of like a novelty.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Shortly after graduating from Family Nurse Practitioner school, I made a trip to Morro Bay, California (where Amish is from) as my last chance to visit before studying for my board exam and diving deep into wedding planning, which had started even before he proposed. On the day of the proposal, Amish suggested a plan to go to Petra in San Luis Obispo for lunch. However, when we got there, it was very crowded, and I was ready to leave, so he insisted we should grab our food to go and have a picnic instead of dining in. Skeptical about the “picnic” since we didn't have any picnic-related accessories in our car, I agreed with our plan because I thought to myself, “Maybe we can find a bench somewhere, and we can sit down and eat there.” He drove us up to the top of Prefumo Canyon, which was very windy that day, and hiked up a small hill that had stunning views of the entire region, including San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, and the Pacific Ocean. It was so windy, and not being accustomed to the CA weather, I was quite cold and suggested that maybe we eat in the car. To my surprise, when I turned around, he was on one knee and asked his me to be his forever. Despite the absolutely freezing weather, I didn’t let it get in the way of getting a chance to say yes to marrying My Amish!

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 hired a full-service wedding planner, Elite Dream Creation (Rikti and Umangi), on November 2021. I would highly recommend having wedding planners for large Indian weddings as it helps facilitate an organized, seamless, and elegant event.

The venue was picked for the convenience of accommodating a large number of people indoors and providing food from a vendor of our choice. I was born and raised in Daytona Beach, FL, and my father owns motels in the area, so it made sense to us geographically to host everyone in the area as opposed to transporting guests to a further location. The entire mom’s side of the groom's family is from Florida as well, so Florida was our middle ground.

Pre-wedding events:
Mendhi- Open draped concept, pleated drapes throughout the structure, which are orange, hot pink, & green complimenting brides lehnga. Hanging knitted kites tied to drapes. Gold sankheda swing, 2 end tables with lanterns, 30 ft pleated backdrop champagne color behind the structure. stage covering fabric gold. stage lighting- natural.

*Bride entrance with brother Tere saath hoon mein from the movie Rakshabandan

Ganesh- Open draped concept, pleated yellow, gold sequence, and green drapes. Pleated valences along the top frame of the structure, Gold medallion tied to drapes, 4 low chairs, 2 bajoth, 2 patla, & 1 havakung. 30ft pleated backdrop champagne color behind the structure. Stage lighting- natural
Bride- Red floral Ganesh at the back, brass bells, and change draping style. Decorative Ganesh table with votive candles and diyas for all days. Location- Brannon Center, New Smyrna
*Laadki male version song played when the bride got on stage to sit with parents

Groom-open draped concept, pleated drapes throughout the structure (dark red, ivory, and gold sequence), and pleated valences along the top frame of the structure. floral Ganesh hanging from the frame with brass bells at the back. Gold medallions tied to drapes. 4 low chairs, 2 bajoth, 2 patla, 1 havakung, 30 ft pleated ivory backdrop behind the structure. Location- Hilton, Daytona Beach

Garba- 3 Gold laser cut arches (24 ft wide)e, 24ft Gold Moroccan arch, velvet green backdrop, 9 Moroccan hanging lanterns, which include 3 hanging from each arch. A cluster of flowers at the base of the pillars & end tables. Green velvet decorative couch. 2 gold end tables on either side of the couch. Stage lighting was natural, stage skirt & covering was satin gold. Modern decorative food carts on wheels. Decorative colorful Radha Krishna statue on the right side of the stage with votive candles, brass diyas, and flower clusters. lanterns with votive candles & flowers inside the kettle & 6 glass chai cups in a holder with fresh rose petals inside. Traditional oil lamp centerpieces decorated with gota jewelry.  A unique touch to this decor is it was drawn out on the borders of the Bride and Groom outfits, which were made by  Annu Creation.
Groom side entered with pallu with the song Ghunghat Mein chand hoga by Kavita

Wedding Day:
Indoor event
Time of day- am
Decor-Open Haveli-inspired structure. Aged stone finish throughout the structure.
Staggered stone columns with a decorative arch in the center. 2 decorative archways on either side. Banister-style
molding along the top frame. Stone finish banister railing in front of side archways. Custom-built stairs lead
up to the sage. Stone finish facade in front of the stage.30 ft pleated velvet green backdrop 2 bridal chairs white
crystal, 4 parent chairs medium crystal. 2 bajoth 2 patla, and 1 havakund white Ganesh table with votives. Baraat
gate with drapes and valences with 4 teardrops. Stage lighting- leko. Asymmetrical flowers across the structure
and greens. Blush pink, lavender, and white, white greens accent of red. The white acrylic finish on the catwalk &
mandap stage raised platform. Flower canopy for the bridal entrance.

Mirror structure with white and gold marble walls. 2 pillar gold mirror structure, 10 ft by 10 ft white and gold marble wall behind bride and groom. 6 tiered white and gold marble walls were placed on either side of the mirror structure in a staggered pattern. Flower arrangements perched on marble walls asymmetrically. red/dark red with springeri & red amaranths. Flowers are designed at the base of end tables. 30 ft pleated black velvet backdrop behind structure with black velvet bridal couch. stage lighting- natural, 2 end tables with votive candles. Decor for cake, card placement, & gift table with votive candles.

Groomsmen entry- confetti cannons song Morni Banke by guru randhawa
Bridesmaids entry- Letter signs for each bridesmaid spelling K-R-I-S-H-N-A + champagne bottle and sparklers with song Peppas by Farruko
Grooms sister, brother-in-law, nieces- Abhi toh party shuru hui hai
Grooms sister & brother-in-law- Bachna hai casino
Grooms sister & brides brother-
Grooms parents- Jaanu meri jaan
Brides parents- Main se Meena se
Bride & Groom entrance- Love Tonight by Robin Schulz remix. Sparklers started when the bride and groom reached the dancefloor.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
We got so much feedback from our audience. Everyone genuinely wanted to be there.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Royal and elegant experience, perfect ambiance, food, good company, vibes, FUN, and well-organized event.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
All of the audience phone cameras out to see all of my entrances.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy the process!

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
The photographer's name was also Amish, which made it quite confusing during photo sessions because neither could tell which Amish was being spoken to.

Thank you for taking the time to read this love story, Maharanis. Stay tuned for more features.

Venues: Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort | Planning & Design: Elite Dream Creations | Floral & Décor: Abhishek Decorators | Hair & Makeup: Beautybyamipatel | Catering: Mast Masala Caterers | DJ: JP Entertainment | Live Band & Singers/Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Ujwal Vyas & Sejal Ghayal Entertainment | Bridal Fashions: Annu's Creation | Bridal Jewelry: CH Jewelers | Cake & Treats: Publix | Cinematography: Fine Art Productions | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Sudhaben | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Rajasthan Kankotri | Lighting: JP Entertainment | Live Music: Sejal and company | Mehndi Artist: Dhruti Patel | Photo Booth: JP Entertainment | Registry: The knot | Tent: On Time Party Rentals- Chivari Chairs | Transportation: Rolls Royce | Photographer: Fine Art Productions

Dallas, TX Indian Wedding by Peter Nguyen Studio

Good morning, ladies! Today's magical love story follows the romantic journey through Sweta & Parag's wedding bliss. The Hilton Anatole was the perfect backdrop for this wedding. Its stunning views provided a truly magical setting for their wedding. Events by Hala worked their magic and carefully planned every detail of this event to transform the space into a dreamy wonderland. Rao Factor's stunning floral and decor arrangements added whimsy and romance to the area. Parag made his way to the venue while DJ Riz Entertainment's music filled the air, creating a sense of excitement, anticipation, and an electric atmosphere. Ms. Painted Lady made a gorgeous look perfectly complemented by her bridal fashion from NazranaaNazranaa provided the perfect finishing touch with Sweta's sparkling bridal jewelry, while Elegant Saree Draping provided impeccable styling and draping services for the bride and her bridal party. With their years of experience and a passion for creating stunning looks, the team ensured that Sweta looked and felt her best on her big day. The Dallas Henna Artist's intricate mehndi design was a showstopper. As the guests enjoyed their dinner and cocktails, the live music played by the DJ Riz Entertainment team created a romantic and sophisticated atmosphere. The combination of live instruments, vocals, lighting, and DJ beats made a unique and unforgettable sound that filled the ballroom with energy and excitement. Once the wedding formalities were over, the DJ played a mix of Bollywood and Western hits, keeping the dance floor packed all night long. Their lighting and sound added to the party atmosphere, creating a nightclub-like experience for everyone. Check out the gallery by Peter Nguyen Studio. They provided photography and cinematography services to capture the special moments of their big day. The team has years of experience and has become renowned for its ability to capture the beauty, emotion, and grandeur of weddings in its work. Their exceptional work and professionalism made them a standout vendor at weddings and a highly recommended choice for couples looking for top-tier photography and cinematography services for their weddings. It is breathtaking, and you will love every detail!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
It all started with a swipe to the right, and we never looked back!

So how did this love story begin between a Texas gal and a New York guy? Well, grab some popcorn and a drink for all the fun details! It began in January 2019 when I finally decided to get back to online dating. I had been on a hiatus for almost a year and LOVED it! I told my friends I was going to try dating again and see how it went. I started to swipe left on a couple of guys and then came across this guy who intrigued me: hmmm, witty profile, good looks. Definitely, a great dresser seems fun and had a warm, inviting smile that made me swipe right. <Matched!> That night, this intriguing guy messaged me about southern comfort food, making pasta and fried pickles! Seeing both Parag and I had a first love of various cuisines, we hit it off! Parag wanted to know more about this southern gal, so he asked me to chat on the phone. The conversation went great until the end when Parag asked me a question that I decided to answer assertively. After a couple of minutes of giving him a piece of my mind, I realized Parag wasn't saying much and asked if he was still there. “I’m here, that's fine; I will call you tomorrow then?” I responded, “I don't think so!” and we both got off the phone. I sat there and thought, “He was a good one, but that didn't go too great at the end!” I told my friends what happened and referred to this guy as “NY,” which became his nickname with my friends. Parag Parekh = NY. The next day NY called back as promised, and we both haven’t missed a day ever since!

A month into this courtship, Parag and I decided to meet in the middle of Atlanta, Georgia! As the meet-up date came closer, I thought to myself, 'This is crazy to fly and meet this guy I don't even know, BUT what an adventure this could be!' So off I went to go have a good time in Atlanta and maybe just maybe hit it off with this Mr. DilParagParekh. Once I landed, I got an Uber and became quick friends with the driver. The Uber driver started asking if I video-called Parag to make sure he looked like his profile picture. I said that would have been so smart, and of course, I didn't think to do that! The Uber driver drove around until I was ready to be dropped off; she gave me tips and told me to call her if things didn’t feel right. She said she completely understands and was here to help! I was so grateful to her! I got out of the Uber and went to meet Parag. That weekend we explored the Coca-Cola Museum, Centennial Olympic Park, and The Georgia Aquarium while eating great food and enjoying ourselves. I left thinking I wanted to know more about Parag, while Parag loved our connection and was planning the next weekend to meet up!

It is hard to say when Parag and I knew each other was “the one.” I would say that this was a gradual process with both of our values, goals and how we approach life lining up and coming together. Parag would say it was when I flew up to NYC to surprise him for his intimate birthday party at the height of Covid in December 2020, which solidified to him how he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me.  In the end, it was all a process for both of us, which we embraced. The journey was definitely one to remember!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
It was a gorgeous fall day in New York City! I flew up to see Parag and go to an immersive haunted house Halloween cocktail party. In the prior weeks, Parag sent the Halloween cocktail party’s website to me, including the cocktail attire preference and drinks that we could get while there! I was excited, I loved all things horror!! That Friday morning, we both took a nice stroll through Queens and had our traditional Thai food lunch prior to getting ready for the event later that day! We got ready, matched our outfits per usual for fun, and off we went to Manhattan! I fell asleep on the drive, and by the time we got there, I noticed we were in Soho at a swanky hotel called NoMo Soho. I asked Parag, “Is the Halloween party in a hotel?” and he said yes and that things in New York were always nice. I thought nothing of this response and was more focused on what an immersive haunted house Halloween cocktail party would look like and that this was going to be great. We then went to the lobby; Parag got a key, and we went up the elevators. I noticed Parag was very quiet, but brushed it off, seeing I was still waking up! When we got off the elevator, I noticed there were NO Halloween decorations, so I let Parag know that we were in the wrong location. Parag said, "No, this is correct," and guided me to the corner room suite and opened the door.

I was shocked and confused to see red, pink, and white rose petals making a pathway to the balcony and a gentleman inside with a camera. I immediately grabbed Parag and said, “We have to get out of here. This is someone else’s room!!” and bolted. I was down the hall, and around the corner, Parag ran after me, leaving the cameraman concerned! Parag reassured me and brought me back to the room (holding my arm so I didn’t flee again) and started to explain each of the framed pictures he had along the path. Each picture represented a part of our lives together, and Parag explained why it was important. Then he took me out onto the balcony, got down on one knee, and asked me if I would marry him. I paused, still in shock, and said, “YesYesYes!” We were both so happy, and I whispered to Parag, asking if there was still a haunted house party, to which Parag said no! I wanted to make sure I got this right. Parag then proceeded to call his parents, who came out of a side room’s door to congratulate us! Parag then asked me to call my family, so I video-called my dad, who did not pick up! Instead, I heard my dad say, “Hey you!” coming out of the room along with my mom and two brothers! I was overwhelmed and so happy to share this special moment with my family as well. I couldn’t believe Parag was so thoughtful in arranging for a florist to decorate the suite, coordinating flying my family up to the proposed site for the big day, and finally keeping it all a secret! Parag knew how much my family meant to me, which meant they meant a lot to him. Our families went to a fabulous dinner afterward to celebrate! The whole night I kept telling Parag how shocked and happy I was and that now I had a fiancé! Parag had one last surprise for his now fiancée, me! Parag, our four siblings, and I went out for drinks after dinner, where there were over 30 of Parag’s closest friends waiting to greet us with cheers, sparklers, and hugs.
It was the best day ever.

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.
Firstly, wedding planning can be overwhelming if you don’t stay on top of it and if you don’t have both the bride and groom involved.  Secondly, making timely decisions and still being light-hearted through the process helps both the bride and groom enjoy the wedding planning process!

Wedding Planner: Picking a strong wedding planner is critical. We were fortunate enough to have picked Hala Snyder from Events by Hala, who was incredible.  She kept us on track and had a wonderful personality that fits ours.  It was a pleasure working with her!

Venue: When picking our venue, we wanted a location that could fit 300 to 350 guests comfortably and that brought India to us so that it was unique enough for our guests to explore.  We were lucky enough to find this fit in the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. This hotel had artwork from varying countries, including statues from ancient India which fit perfectly for our wedding vibe. In addition, it is a massive hotel space which gave us options to work with during the planning process.

Décor Theme: We wanted our theme to be a little India interactive street market for the Sangeet, a secret garden for the wedding, and glamour for the reception. Rao Factor helped us put these visions together! We were excited to make it into a welcoming environment for our guests with our Indian culture infused into each of the events.

Outfits: When going through our wedding planning process, we researched many outfit styles, colors, and vibes. 

Haldi: We wanted our Haldi to be very relaxed yet still fashionable. Parag was dressed in a yellow kurta that matched my preset sari with a ruffle detail on the bottom. 

Mehndi: The Mehndi was such a fun-filled wedding outfit experience.  Mine was a pink and green combination with highlights of gold throughout. It was a whimsical mermaid make-up and hair look for me, which was such a must-have look to explore!  This Mehndi outfit received 23k views on IG which was such a fun treat! Parag wore a pink and floral Nehru-styled outfit that matched my outfit perfectly, especially since we both didn’t see each other’s outfits in person until the day of being long distance!

Sangeet: The Sangeet was filled with color, music, dancing, and great food to kick off the wedding festivities for all of our guests. We wore a neutral beige color filled in with a variety of threaded colors and beaded work! These were monochromatic looks which were different for both Parag and I. Parag wore an Anarkali, which was a nice change in style.  We wanted to venture out of our comfort zones, and this was it!  We loved how they turned out! 

Wedding: The wedding outfits were elegant and traditional in a deep dark red velvet material with heavy beaded work.  Parag donned a custom sherwani outfit made to his specifications to fit the outfit that I picked and then got altered to how I wanted it to look. It was everything we wanted and more. Parag’s outfit was covered in pearls which was that little extra groom detail we loved!  His wedding outfit rivaled mine for sure! 

Reception: The reception outfits were both custom-made in this beautiful sky-blue color. I wanted a glitzy and glamorous reception dress with all the bling! My outfit was covered in heavy beaded work from head to toe. I picked the color, the beaded overlay design for the lengha, and how the custom blouse should look. It was fabulous. Parag’s outfit was a gray tux with a sky-blue bowtie which he had helped design. These outfits were very us and exactly how we wanted them to be for our reception!

Bridal Haldi: Ave India Design Collective

Bridal Mehndi: Papa Don’t Preach by Shubhika

Bridal Sangeet, Wedding, & Reception: Nazranaa

Groom Haldi:  Uvaam

Groom Mehndi: Uvaam

Groom Sangeet & Wedding: Nazranaa

Groom Reception: My.Suit

Hair & Make-Up: My hair and make-up looks were each themed and carefully crafted to look different than the look before, thanks to Ms. Painted Lady. The Haldi was a natural neutral look; the Mehndi was a mermaid-inspired look, the Sangeet was a natural pink lip look in combination with full jewelry and a braided bun look, the Wedding was natural make-up look with a deep red lip along with a big braid. The reception was a full glam look with both make-up and hair!  I absolutely LOVED my make-up and hair looks; it was so fun to see it all come together!

Draping: I used BeautyByJLis by Joan Lis Kalarickal and Elegant Saree Draping by Jency Thomas for draping my mom, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and myself. They were so timely and good at what they did!  My mom loved how her draping was done for the wedding, which was so nice to see!

Catering: We went on many tastings until we finally settled on a few catering options. We were lucky enough to have booked these places that delivered an amazing food experience for our guests! We had Fadi’s, Jagdish Farshan, Our Place, Bawarchi in Irving, Hilton Anatole, and Dallas Affaires Cake Co all be a part of the process of putting together a wonderful menu for our guests. We also had a large dessert spread which our guests loved!

Photography/Videography: We wanted to make sure that we connected well with our photographer/videographer. This was important so that we feel comfortable in various shots and so our photographer could guide us through the process. Peter Nguyen Studio was that for us. Peter was able to capture feelings, angles, lighting, and all the things to make our shots the best. We also did our engagement photoshoot with him as well. I would highly recommend you vet your photographer/videographer to make sure you like their work because those will be the things you have after the wedding, that and your memories!

DJ: We used DJ Riz Entertainment for all of our music needs for the Sangeet, Wedding, and Reception. We also used DJ Riz Entertainment for the baraat, which was awesome. DJ Riz Entertainment was so great to work with when trying to decide what kinds of music we wanted for our events. He was able to capture moments and engage the crowd, which is what we wanted! Parag especially loved his baraat and the music that was played for his arrival!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
When Parag and I were researching various Indian outfit designers, we loved how we could custom design aspects of the outfit at Nazranaa. When we walked in, I immediately knew the lengha hanging on the back wall was going to be my wedding dress! Initially, I wanted a colorful or patchwork wedding lengha. Still, as time went on and I saw the varieties in wedding lenghas, I wanted to go more traditional for the wedding and more modern for the reception! Since our wedding was near the holidays in November, both Parag and I went for this deeper red velvet color with heavy embroidery throughout. My bridal lengha also had hints of pinks and peaches in it to give me that unique look. The outfits we chose were perfect for us!

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the wedding planning process for Parag and me was definitely the taste tests because we are foodies, as well as trying on different outfits with our families. For the taste tests, we were lucky enough to try three different lunch/dinner caterers, three different cake vendors, and our hotel’s catering.  It was all so good and such a fun, unforgettable time for both of us! Each of our five events had a different theme and purpose, so we utilized various designers that were wonderful in helping us find the right outfit! Trying on outfits and picking the right one was an experience and a memorable moment that we were able to share with our families. My family flew up from Texas to NYC to spend time with Parag’s family and try on different outfits. Parag’s family hosted my family’s visit and toured them around NYC, which was a fun experience!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Community  Our guests loved how our wedding felt like a community where everyone felt included and a part of the family.  Parag and I are close to the guests that were invited, whether they be strong work colleagues, close family friends, family or friends!  We wanted our guests to feel completely comfortable, especially since many of our guests had never attended an Indian wedding prior to our wedding. So many of the guests said they were initially nervous about what to expect and making sure they did things right, but once the festivities started, they realized how relaxed and inclusive our wedding was and absolutely loved it all.  We wanted everyone to come to eat, dance, drink, and have a fabulous time!  In addition, our guests loved the décor, our colorful outfits, and the food (many different Indian regional foods from both South India (me!) and North India (Parag)! Finally, many guests raved about our 360 photobooths which Parag surprised me with at the reception!  This was such an interactive, modern fun-filled activity that it took our reception to the next level.  It added that little extra fun to the party!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Yes! So many wonderful, fun moments from our wedding, but three of the most memorable were our messy Haldi, the baraat, and stealing Parag’s shoes!
Our Haldi was an amazing experience where close guests of the family came to prep Sweta and Parag for their big day.  The turmeric blend was spread on both of us to cleanse us prior to the wedding festivities. It was such a happy coming together of family and friends!  It was an intimate, lovely event and a moment to remember. 
The second event was the baraat! Parag was looking forward to his baraat and being able to see his wife soon!  He felt like it was everything he wanted and more – with confetti, dancing, and a dhol player and all!
The third special moment was during the wedding ceremony when the bridesmaids had to steal the groom’s shoes.  Parag and I will forever remember Parag having a decoy pair of shoes thanks to his groomsmen and the bridesmaids figuring this out. Once the bridesmaids figured out where the real shoes were, a couple of them jumped in to steal his shoes. As this was taking place, I noticed my bridesmaids were struggling, so I jumped into a group of bodies to steal these shoes. Thanks to my lovely bridesmaids and Parag’s chivalrous groomsmen, I came out with the shoes for the win!

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.
Telugu Wedding:  Parag and I were lucky enough to have an intimate Telugu ceremony prior to our big fat Indian wedding. Parag is Gujarati, and I am Telugu, so we fused both traditions to make sure both sides were represented well!

Dances: Parag and I had Raas and Garba for the Sangeet and then, of course, a variety of music for the reception!  We also decided that we would love for our friends to be a part of our wedding adventure. My friends and I decided to do a spliced-together fusion mix of Indian and American songs in the Sangeet performance. In contrast, Parag and his friends performed to spliced-together Indian songs.  Both teams had such a fun time, although who actually won the dance competition is still up for debate. I am pretty sure my crew showed up and brought home the win!

We had names for our signature drinks at our wedding, which were well received:
Bride’s Drink: Sweta Sour
Groom’s Drink: NYC Mezcal
Groom & Bride’s Drink: Parag & Sweta’s Whiskey Business

AVSD Productions Wedding Video Message: During a wedding, it is hard to connect with each of your guests intimately, so we arranged for a video message booth for our guests to chat with us! This was so fun to view and see later! This was different and took the place of our guestbook, which was great!

DFW 360 Photobooths with Sir: What a wonderful way to set our wedding apart! The 360 photo booth was perfect for giving us that X factor for our reception.  It was a little fun surprise that our guests were able to take home!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy the moment!  I was told this advice by many of my friends and colleagues, and it is so true! Don’t get too caught up in the details of what is not happening right the week of the wedding, but instead, enjoy your hubby, your guests, and the moment. Thankfully Indian weddings are a few days to take in your moments, but always just be happy for having the chance to have these moments that you will cherish forever!

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Our wedding had two hashtags! The Haldi & Mehndi hashtag was “SwetaNY” since Parag=NY and Parag was from NY! It was a charming fit for our more intimate events.

The Sangeet, Wedding & Reception hashtag was “PSSayYes” since P=Parag and S=Sweta, and both say yes! We loved it!

Darlings, I hope you loved this story as much as I did. I'll see you for the next entry with more!

DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Photography: Peter Nguyen Studio | Lighting: DJ Riz Entertainment | Draping/Styling: ELEGANT SAREE DRAPING | Baraat: DJ Riz Entertainment | Live Music: DJ Riz Entertainment | Cinematography: Peter Nguyen Studio | Venue: Hilton Anatole | Planning & Design: Events by Hala | Floral & Decor: Rao Factor | Hair & Makeup: Ms. Painted Lady | Catering: Jagdish Farshan | Catering: Our Place | Catering: Bawarchi in Irving | Haldi Bridal Fashions: Ave India Design Collective | Mehndi Bridal Fashions: Papa Don’t Preach by Shubhika | Sangeet Bridal Fashions: Nazranaa | Wedding Bridal Fashions: Nazranaa | Reception Bridal Fashions: Nazranaa | Haldi Bridal Jewelry: Etsy | Mehndi Bridal Jewelry: Etsy | Sangeet Bridal Jewelry: Nazranaa | Wedding Bridal Jewelry: Nazranaa | Reception Bridal Jewelry: Nazranaa | Cake & Treats: Dallas Affaires Cake Co | Draping/Styling: Beauty By JLis by Joan Lis Kalarickal | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Rolex Card | Mehndi Artist: Dallas Henna Artist | Photo Booth: Sir J. The DJ | Rentals: Lawson Event Rentals

Daytona Beach, FL Indian Wedding by Stories by Suraj Randheer

My beloved Maharanis, get ready to be dazzled by Sai & Sai's wedding. After an extensive three months, this lovely couple found their dream and most memorable venue, The Plaza Resort and Spa Daytona Beach. This venue offers first-class services to all guests, especially those about to start a new life together. Accompanied by Forever Flowers Events LLC's divine adornment and the prolific 5th Element in charge of the catering services, the lovebirds took everyone to dreamland for the day. Our enchanting Maharani is here to enchant you! Sai looked glorious in her outfit by Tasya Couture, complemented by Dolly Nahal's graceful mehndi art. The Style by Mounika experts flawlessly accentuated Emily's delicate features for the day while the handsome groom dazzled the guests with his garments from Men’s Wearhouse. With Stories by Suraj Randheer's phenomenal skills with the camera, no instant went by without being captured for our lovely couple to relive whenever they please. We have their fascinating photographs in this splendid gallery for you to boost your imagination. Dear ladies, I am sure you will love the sweetness of this magnificent event. Enjoy it!

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How did you meet your Groom, and when did you know he was "the one"?
We were classmates in college and were working on a class project together. That was a foundation for all of it. I liked how things were going between us, and l always admired his behavior and how he talked. But it was more of a friendship still by the end of our project and college. Later we both went into different jobs but were still in touch at the surface level. After 1.5 years, by sheer coincidence, we both decided to pursue masters in the USA. He went to Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and I went to the University of North Carolina Charlotte. By the time we started in the USA, we were looking for each other, given that we both had no friends. We became much closer by texting each other all through the day and late at night while still being busy with our student lives in a new country. In all those chats, being there for each other and with the already existing friendship between us, eventually, I figured out he would be the right partner for me.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
As mentioned, we became closer and attached in the masters; it was funnily in the WhatsApp chats that I proposed to him, and to which he replied that he had the same thought in his mind.
Tell us how you planned your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all the other essential details.
Planning for our wedding has been an extensive three-month process.  But later realized that was very short compared to what most couples do. So with the wedding date in May, we started planning in January by looking for wedding venues (the biggest to-do). It was almost a three-week search, and we first realized that people serve wedding venues as early as 18 months. Another interesting fact we learned is that venues charge per guest rate even without including food catering. That changed the way we searched for media. Right from the beginning, we wanted to pick a platform that could offer a destination wedding theme rather than a regular banquet hall. So finally, we found our dream and most memorable venue "The plaza" at Daytona Beach, FL. We can proudly say The plaza was the best thing that happened at our wedding. Now, after the wedding venue search, we had to look for places for other accompanying events like Haldi, sangeet, etc. Since we stay in Sanford and the wedding venue is in Daytona beach, we wanted these venues for Haldi and sangeet to be in and around Sanford. Luckily we found a great Airbnb (it allowed us to have the event) and a banquet hall, "The Lair Venue," for Haldi and sangeet respectively.  Being in Florida, searching for makeup artists suitable for south Indian style weddings was little challenging.  After an extensive search across Instagram, Facebook, and different friends,  I found "stylebymounika" from Atlanta. We chose "Forever Flowers Events" for our decoration at the wedding venue. We are really thankful to them for making the event most beautiful and memorable for us. It was very easy to find them, and we stuck with them even before picking our venue. Regarding outfits, apart from my husband's sangeet outfit, the rest were all brought by my family from India. Most of the dresses/sarees and other outfits were done by boutiques, and we had to choose the design and the right colors.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I visited India a couple of months before and had shopping in Hyderabad(India) for wedding dresses. The main saree is pink in color on which I had all the rituals performed before actually getting the knot tied. It is bought from the 'SAI KANCHI' store in banjara hills. I always have a special place for Purple and pink colors, which made me choose the second saree, a mix of gold color and purple border. I wore this saree for all the rituals to be performed after getting the knot tied and becoming Mrs. Sunkara. 
All the other outfits for the Bridal ceremony, Sangeet, Mehendi, Haldi are from boutiques like Tasya Couture, Kadhambari Studio.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Having to plan and spend everything was the most exciting part of the planning process. Because, unlike our scenario, in most weddings, the parents and family work hard during weddings. But in our marriage, we were the hosts, and we worked hard and enjoyed every moment of planning and coordination. It was a meticulous process, as everything had to be so perfect and also beautiful. So I would say making every decision ourselves and having to do all the planning ourselves was the most enjoyable part.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
As said earlier, The plaza was the most beautiful thing that happened at our Wedding. Also, the wedding decor combined with the beach-themed venue was one thing that all our guests loved about our wedding.
Also, as said above, planning and setting up every event meticulously was another thing all our guests loved and praised.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
R. We are also really thankful to all our friends for making our dream come true. Without their help, we couldn't have pulled it together.
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.
All the events other than the wedding ceremony are performed at Airbnb and Lair Venue(Banquet Hall in Sanford, FL). We have chosen our decoration backdrop ideas and provided them to a local decorator contractor. Dances, fun, and games are organized only with the help of friends. There used to be many sleepless nights having dance practice sessions, and organizing things. We enjoyed every bit of it. Those were the most unforgettable memories.  Also, we planned our pre-wedding shoot a month before in Newyork which turned out really well. Those pictures were very cute, and we still cherish them.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Don't ever stop dreaming and planning for your marriage. No matter how good things may get or how bad things may seem, just keep working at it. Plan ahead all the things. This is a special moment in your life. This is a unique group of people that you will have in one location at one time. Enjoy every bit of it.
When it is all said and done, your flowers may not be perfect, and your sangeet party may be hung over from the night before but once you walk down the aisle, you will forget about all of that and have the best day of your life. Cheers to all the Brides-To-Be.
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Jewellery shopping is from India. Mehendi was beautifully done by 'Gokulshennaart.' The cake is from 'Bake A Wish -Orlando Cakes.'It was 2 step cake with mixed flavors of chocolate and Pineapple flavors.
We hope that you have enjoyed this journey as much as we have! Remember to stay close for more! 

Venues: The Plaza Resort and Spa Daytona Beach | Photography: Stories by Suraj Randheer | Sangeet Venue: The Lair Venue | Floral & Decor: Forever Flowers Events LLC | Hair & Makeup: Style by Mounika | Catering: 5th Element | DJ: DJ Philip Tampa | Bridal Fashions: Tasya Couture | Cake & Treats: Bake a Wish | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Style by Mounika | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Weddings by Graphe | Mehndi Artist: Dolly Nahal | Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse | Wedding Accesories: Jewel Blooms

Austin, TX Fusion Wedding by Bhuvana Dhinesh Photography

Hello Maharanis! I can't think of a better way to start the day than with this lovely wedding! Thanks to the incredible Bhuvana Dhinesh Photography, we are able to enjoy the elegance and gorgeousness of this lovebirds' special day, as their lens was able to capture the most amazing and playful moments of this breathtaking and colorful celebration. This time, Canyonwood Ridge hosted an event that was full of energy, laughs, and emotions. Maneesha & Clayton were having the time of their lives while they were sharing with their family and friends. You can see how these lovebirds had their first dance as husband and wife while the great Nachle DJ Entertainment - DJ JAG played the perfect melody to sweeten up this moment. Definitely, a versatile DJ that was able to keep up with the different activities that were taking place at the reception. All of this was delightfully complemented by the elegant and stylish decoration that Divine Decor of Dallas prepared. The colors, the dim lights, the fancy chandeliers, and the overall decoration helped in making this a memorable event. The grandeur of the occasion was reflected in the couple´s breathtaking looks that were echoed in Maneesha's delicate and stylish lehenga, very well complemented with the flawless makeup and hairstyle designed by Threading Bar Salon and the beautiful Mehndi outlined by none other than the talented Nipa Desai. And we love every bit of this marvelous and fashionable look! If you want to relive all the magic and emotions of this ceremony, make sure to visit today's gallery. You will love it!

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And that is a wrap, dear ladies! Do not forget to come back soon to enjoy more love stories and tips. 

DJ: Nachle DJ Entertainment | Photography: Bhuvana Dhinesh Photography | Ceremony Venue: Canyonwood Ridge | Reception Venue: Canyonwood Ridge | Floral & Decor: Divine Decor of Dallas | Hair & Makeup: Threading Bar Salon | Baraat: Dholi Anuradha | Mehndi Artist: Nipa Desai

Bell Mountain, GA Engagement Photoshoot by Hakim's Studio

Good Thursday, beautiful Maharanis! Today we will take you on a trip to the natural paradise of Bell Mountain, located in Georgia, for you to join Ali & Kanwal on their outdoor engagement photo shoot. The sublime landscapes surrounding the charming couple turned this moment into magic! And our dear Ali looked outstanding in the multiple-elegant outfits she chose to make this moment unforgettable, complementing them with a touch of natural makeup to enhance her legitimate beauty. Of course, she showed off her long, fantastic hair too! But Kanwal was not the exception, looking handsome in a traditional suit and a blue-sophisticated sherwani. Through every capture, we can appreciate how nature accomplices with them to create a romantic atmosphere, from a lake to the immaculate sky. The couple trusted Hakim's Studio to capture the emotional and exciting photos, resulting in a simply impressive job! We are sure that Ali & Kanwal will have a wonderful life together, and from now on, we wish them all the good once they say: I do. Remember that you can always visit our today's gallery to take a closer look at this spectacular and unique photo session!

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