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Phoenix, AZ South Indian Wedding by Santiago Almada Photography

Full of fun, traditions, and rituals, Monica and Gopi's South Indian wedding was simply a dream! Today's couple wedding put a lot of effort looking the perfect team of vendors, and all their hard work paid off. The talented Santiago Almada documented their joyous wedding and kindly shared with us a real feast for the eyes. All images transmit the bliss of all traditional events that included a lovely Mehndi party. During this event, Henna by Purvi elaborated an enchanting bridal design that included a beautiful sketch of the bride and groom for Maharani Monica that is absolutely adorable. How radiant does Maharani Monica looked draped in that orange silk saree! She gave us a serious wow moment looking as real queen for her big moment thanks to her magnificent outfit, hairdo and makeup, all creation of the renowned Makiaj Beauty. This bride's look is totally steal-worthy. Wedding experts Apropos Creations planned to perfection a series of celebrations that took place pre and post-nuptials at Chateau Luxe. Amidst the natural and calm environment offered by this exclusive venue, Festive Event Rentals' decor team beautified the ceremony stage with red drapes, flowy floral blooms, and foliage that added a royal vibe to the entire ceremony set. The creative crew also curated the romantic white theme decor for their reception party, which was perfectly complemented by Divinity Event Lighting's professional lights. I love this wedding because it's a great example of how a couple can stay authentic to their roots yet celebrating in the most modern way! Keep perusing our complete gallery by Santiago Almada Photography and explore all the great traditions of the South!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Gopi at a common friend's engagement party. He was sitting at a table with his friends when I walked in, and I noticed him immediately. I introduced myself to him and that night, we talked about anything and everything. I remember how easy it was to talk to him, and it honestly felt like I had known him forever. We hit it off from there, and the rest is history! When we reminisce about that night now, he tells me that he fell in love with me right then and there. And I completely believe it because I honestly fell for him that same night too.

When it comes to knowing that someone is the “one”, it can often seem difficult, but for me it always came down to the little things which he did which made me feel loved, cared for, and always left me feeling like I was the most important thing in his life. He would take time to hear me vent about my long day, even when he had a long day too. He would always be there for me on my toughest days, and would make me feel like a queen with everything he did for me. And most importantly, he became my best friend, the person I wanted to share everything with, and the person I depended on the most. As a long distance couple both in medical school we both have very demanding careers and don’t get to spend a lot of time together. But no matter what, we were there for each other. At a certain point, it became clear to me that I could not spend another second of my life without him by my side. Three years later we got married!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
One day Gopi unexpectedly told me that we would be going on a hot air balloon ride over the Sonoran Arizona desert the following day. I love adventures and it was my first time on a hot air balloon, so I was super excited to spend the day with him overlooking the gorgeous landscape. I had no idea that he had planned for much more that day. When we got to the place where the hot air balloon would be taking off from, he surprised me with a beautiful heirloom emerald ring, and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him! It was one of the best moments of my life, but it was also the best surprise! I’ll never forget looking out at the clouds over the desert with the most beautiful ring in the world on my hand. I could truly not have imagined a more romantic proposal. It was perfect in every way! We got engaged on 11/27/19 and got married exactly one year later on 11/27/20.

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 both wanted more of a traditional style wedding but also wanted to celebrate our families and close friends. Family in Hyderabad helped us shop for all of my sarees and lenghas as well as Gopi’s sherwanis. Shopping for outfits was more special to me because everyone was involved! For my sarees I chose bold off-beat colors like pista green, baby blue and magenta. In addition, I opted for saree a with thick gold zari borders and mainly wore my mother and grandmother’s vintage jewelry. I wanted those unique jewelry pieces to shine!

I wanted to get married in a scenic open air location, so we chose a beautiful venue with mountains on all sides of the manadp. We decided on keeping the manado theme simple but traditional with gold and red. We wanted fresh florals everywhere - jasmine, marigold, orchids and roses were our favorites and each event had different flowers. For the evening events we wanted fairy lights everywhere as well as a canopy of lights and sparkler firework entry. Our venue was decorated beautifully for both the morning and evening events, and wedding planner Jo Ann from Apropros Creations was such a huge help and thought of fun ways to involve the guests in everything! During the ceremony we could all look out at the mountains surrounding the venue. The wedding was magical!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Growing up, I had always envisioned myself wearing a darker color lengha like a deep blue or red. I wanted to wear lenghas that would showcase my jewelry! I had selected green chandbali earrings for my haldi so I opted for a yellow lengha to let my earrings shine. I think it really suited the outdoor decor as well. For my mehendi I opted for a baby pink flowy lengha designed by Mishru, a Hyderabad based designer.

For my reception I chose a Mishru ink blue lengha paired with a diamond set, and I could not be happier with how the lehnga looked on me! I had actually seen the lengha in a bridal magazine when Gopi and I first met, and I loved wearing a lengha in the color I had imagined myself in for a long time! For our ceremony I wore a traditional madhuparkam plain white saree with a red and gold zari border. I paired each outfit with matching intricately decorated bangles and anklets. I focused on the small details of accessories and jewelry to make each outfit perfect!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests truly appreciated the effort we put into making events interactive and fun. Having a dance floor during the reception and allowing for flexible seating so individuals could sit next to other people they knew, and an open stage for singing and dancing performances allowed our guests to understand that they were an integral part of our very special day. Finally, having personalized gift baskets allowed for a personal touch that the guests greatly appreciated. The guests at our wedding were family and friends who greatly impacted us positively, and we both committed to showing them that as much as possible during our wedding events.

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.
The haldi and mehendi events took place in my backyard the day before the wedding. We had a stone grinder so people there could grind the turmeric into powder before applying it which made the haldi fun. Aunties sang songs that were sung at their own weddings. We decorated the trees with umbrellas and paper flowers that we had made the day before. We stacked decorative pots that guests could use to pour water. We also had a ton of white roses and jasmine! Our photographer Santiago was incredible and captured the emotions behind each event! I also got my bridal henna done by Purvi, and we decided a bride on one hand and a groom on the other. Gopi’s name was hidden on the grooms side and people had fun finding it during the wedding.

With everyone being busy around the world it was so wonderful to have our families and friends come out to support us and celebrate with us. We felt so loved! Friends and family worked together to make all the props for the events. Our families also put together the cutest dance montage for our reception. The theme was our love story and our cousins, uncles and aunts danced to different songs that depicted different stages of our relationship. Our DJ Issac was amazing and took requests to play songs everyone loved!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy every single moment! It’s so easy to get caught up in all the planning, but don’t forget that this time is meant to be your time to celebrate your love with your significant other! These moments are priceless and the start of your new life together! It’s okay to step away from the planning to unwind and relax. Wedding planning can be really stressful, but every single detail doesn’t have to be perfect as long as the big picture is ❤️. The little love-filled moments of the planning and wedding are the ones I look back on the most!

I hope you have a wonderful rest of the day, Maharanis. Please join us tomorrow for another great love story.

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Mehndi Artists: Henna by Purvi | Planning & Design: Apropos Creations | Event Designer: Apropos Creations | Photography: Santiago Almada Photography | Ceremony Venue: Chateau Luxe | Reception Venue: Chateau Luxe | Floral & Decor: Festive Event Rentals | Hair and Makeup: Makiaj Beauty | Catering: Chateau Luxe | DJ: Hyper Production DJ's | Catering: Chateau Luxe | Cinematography: Vinu Jacob Videography | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Bridal by Deena | Lighting: Divinity Event Lighting | Rentals: Inner Space Design


South Brunswick, NJ Indian Wedding by Saroj Studios

Good morning, ladies! We hope you are ready to start this Thursday with a bang because Aphurvikaa & Raj's love story is one you don't want to miss. Beautiful decorations, mixed emotions, traditional flair, lots of love, you name it. This charming story has it all, including tons of inspiring ideas for you to plan your very own wedding celebration! Right from the start, we have to say that we adored the look that our gorgeous Maharani Aphurvikaa showcased throughout this real-life fairytale. And how could we not to, if DipBeauty.MUA took care of her beauty needs delivering nothing but utter perfection in the form of a mesmerizing look that praised this Maharani's innate beauty. But that is not all! She also got a fabulous Mehndi by Rita Shah, which still has us sighing. One of the highly anticipated moments was the intimate wedding ceremony held at the Ember Banquet, and it didn't let anyone down. It was beautiful beyond words! From the perfect planning and execution by Events By Srishti to the marvelous decor crafted by Tradition and Trends, this event was a cornucopia of elegance and traditional flair. After the ceremony, a lovely reception party started. All the guests danced the night away to the beats of Platinum Roadshow, who owned the stage playing the latest Bollywood hits. Check more of this fabulous celebration in today's inspiring gallery brought to you by the Saroj Studios' talented team. Every shot is a visual masterpiece that will take your breath away!

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If you want to enjoy more amazing wedding celebrations, make sure to join us tomorrow. Same place, same time!

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Photography: Saroj Studios | Hair & Makeup: DipBeauty.MUA | Planning & Design: Events By Srishti | Ceremony Venue: Ember Banquet | Floral & Decor: Tradition and Trends | Catering: Ember Banquet | DJ: Platinum Roadshow | Mehndi Artist: Mehndi by Rita Shah


Atlanta, GA Indian Wedding by Weddings By Shooting Stars

Happy Thursday, Maharanis! We are glad to have you back because we are excited to share today's feature with all of you. This time, we'll be taking a look at the jaw-dropping shots captured by Weddings by Shooting Stars during Dimpi & Kalpesh's wedding. And if the name of this sweet couple rings a bell, that's because we already featured this celebration thanks to the fantastic film also captured by Weddings by Shooting Stars. And you all loved it so much that we couldn't wait to share this gallery for your enjoyment. So, don't think twice, get yourself comfortable, and get ready to be amazed by this enchanting wedding celebrated at The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North. And all we have to say is that this wedding, thoroughly planned by Desai Designs By Ushma Desai, was a celebration to remember! Finishing Touch Decor exceeded all expectations with a lovely decor for the outdoor ceremony and the reception party. Both our lovebirds tie the knot looking elegantly and fashionably, but it was our gorgeous Maharani who had all eyes on her. She said, "I do," looking like a vision of beauty after being pampered by Beauty by Ami, who praised her innate beauty and made her look like royalty. Once the ceremony concluded, a vibrant reception started. And we wish we would have been there as it seems like everyone had a great time dancing to DJ Ameet's beats. Maharanis, don't miss any detail of this wedding by taking a look at this gallery. It will take your breath away! 

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

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West Orange, NJ Indian Wedding by Pivko Photography

Happy Thursday, beauty queens! Our journey through the most spectacular South Asian weddings continues, and we have plenty more to share with you! So pour yourself a beverage, sit back, relax, and get ready to enjoy all the beauty surrounding Akila & Neil's wedding! Held at the Pleasantdale Chateau, this wedding was equally impressive as it was inspiring! But there is no surprise here, as Marigold Wedding Planners took care of everything down to the smallest detail. From the fabulous decor to the mesmerizing floral design by A Votre Service Events, everything exceeded Akila & Neil's expectations. And we have no words to describe so much beauty and flair! And talking about beauty, what about the ravishing look of our gorgeous Maharani? Amazing! She burst into the room, looking like a princess dressed in a dual-tone attire that we loved so much. And as if that was not enough, she complemented her final look with a spectacular Mehndi designed by Mehndikalogie. Beauty and tradition at its best! After the wedding ceremony, an epic reception party started. All guests celebrated along with the newlyweds and danced the night away to the beats of MVP DJs. Hands down, the perfect ending for this real-life fairytale. If you can't get enough of this lovely wedding, visit today's gallery and take a peek at the fantastic shots by Pivko Photography. You will be amazed!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Akila and Neil met in elementary school, when Akila was on the same swim team as Neil’s younger brother. There is an alleged online conversation between Akila and one of her bridesmaids where she confessed that she thought Neil was cute! The two re-connected after college and have been together since. Akila knew that he was the one after one month of dating,

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Neil’s proposal to Akila was sweet and sentimental. He took he out for dinner to the same restaurant they went to on their first date and proposed over pancakes, the same meal they ate on their first date! When they returned home, both of their families were waiting to surprise Akila and celebrate the wonderful news.

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.
The wedding planning was definitely a team effort. After the venue was selected, Akila took control of all of the bridal planning i.e. working with the hair & makeup stylists and outfits for the couple. Neil was the primary liaison between the families and the wedding planner. It is so important to have a good planner. Nitty, from Marigold Wedding Planners, worked very closely with us and helped us with vendor selections and communications, color palettes for the various events, and designed and styled our decor, which was so personalized and reflected our love for each other and what we enjoy.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Neil and Akila agreed that their favorite part of the planning process was the food tasting and sari shopping. Both of these allowed them to showcase their individual tastes. Neil particularly enjoyed picking the entrance music (they walked out into the reception to the Avengers theme!). The wedding also had a lot of special touches that were important to the bride and groom. As avid readers, they based each table theme on their favorite novel and each guest was given a beautiful, customized bookmark at their place setting.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
There are a few things that our guests have brought up to us as their favorite part of the wedding. People have mentioned that the venue was spectacular, their service was amazing, food was so good each night – the caterers did an amazing job. They have also complimented the customization and detailing of the décor. And finally, everyone enjoyed the heartfelt performances from our family and friends who traveled in from all over the world.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Saying our vows to each other...very very special!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
The words of wisdom that we would pass down to all couples-to-be is that it’s very important to plan together. The bride and groom BOTH have ideas on how to make their day special and work with each vendor, as a couple. Throughout Neil and Akila’s wedding planning, Neil took a major role in planning while Akila was simultaneously studying for the bar exam. As stressful as the planning process is, the most important thing to remember is that you are getting ready to spend the rest of your lives together! If your families have specific requests or preferences, let them! The wedding is an important time for them as well. Don’t stress the little things because at the end, the memories will be better.

I don't know about you, but we are still sighing over the beauty of this wedding! For more inspiring and romantic weddings, make sure to join us tomorrow.

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Mehndi Artists: Mehndikalogie | Planning & Design: Marigold Wedding Planners | Planning & Design: Marigold Wedding Planners | Planning & Design: Marigold Wedding Planners | Venue: Pleasantdale Chateau | Catering: Pleasantdale Chateau | DJ: MVP DJs | Cinematography: Pivko Photography | Florist: AVS Flowers | Catering: Amiya Contemporary Indian Cuisine | Photography: Pivko Photography | Floral Design: A Votre Service Events


Atlanta, GA Pakistani Wedding by Hakim's Studio

Happy Tuesday, ladies! It is time to dive into a new love story! So get ready to enjoy this cornucopia of emotions and traditional flair brought to you thanks to Hakims Studio - Photography and Cinematography. Today, we are taking a look at all the beauty surrounding Ayima & Hamza's Pakistani Wedding, and believe us, you are going to love every bit of it! And right off the bat, we have to say that we love how this young couple's joy and happiness fill every scene and gets passed on to us. Both Ayima & Hamza looked ravishing, but it was our blushing Maharani who stole all the looks with her elegant and fashionable wedding attire! For her beauty needs, she trusted in Beauty by Tamanna, who delivered nothing but perfection in the form of an exquisite makeup that still has us sighing. To crown her look, she got a fabulous Mehndi by Henna by Rozisalim. And we cannot stretch how much we love this winning combo as she ended up looking like a vision of beauty! After joining their lives in marriage, Ayima & Hamza celebrated their life milestone with a luxurious reception party that everyone loved. The halls of the Al-Noor Banquet & Caterer transformed into a mesmerizing setting more than perfect for hosting this closing gala, and it was all thanks to the fantastic decor crafted by Events InStyle by Beenish Inc. The night was full of emotional speeches, delightful plates, and lots of dancing thanks to DJ Imran Entertainment, whose endless repertoire put everyone on their feet. Ladies, for a closer look at this charming wedding, head over to this gallery and enjoy it at its fullest! 

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What a lovely story! If you want to enjoy more inspiring weddings, make sure to join us tomorrow for more.

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Photography: Hakim's Studio | Photography: Hakim's Studio | Sangeet Venue: The Mughals | Reception Venue: Al-Noor Banquet & Caterer | Floral & Decor: Events InStyle by Beenish Inc. | Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Tamanna | DJ: DJ Imran Entertainment | Mehndi Artist: Henna by Rozisalim


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