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Riviera Maya, Mexico Indian Fusion Wedding by Bella Lumi

Hello, Maharanis! Today we are going to take you on a trip to the paradisiac Riviera Maya, Mexico for you to join Jessica & Ronak's wedding. This time, it was the impressive and majestic Hard Rock Riviera Maya that hosted this memorable and once-in-a-lifetime event. Definitely, this complex is a perfect combination of exclusive and luxurious architecture with a paradisiacal and majestic natural environment. With the sea and the sunset as the background, and with the lovely ornaments and floral arrangements that Grupo Gama and The Storybook Event put together, there is no denying that this was the perfect scenario for them to say "I do" in front of their family and friends. However, it was our gorgeous Jessica who stole all the looks. She looked stunning in her beautiful gown, undoubtedly a fabulous and fashionable design that was exquisitely made by Anita Dongre. And what about the wonderful hairstyle and makeup that Blush & Glow created for this occasion, it was spectacular! The hairstyle combined volume and smoothness which was perfect for an outdoor ceremony as it allowed the hair to have delicate and beautiful movements without losing the style, and this look was very well complemented with discreet makeup that praised the adorable and captivating smile of our beautiful Maharani. Thanks to Bella Lumi we get to show you a peek at the most splendid moments that happened during this one-of-a-kind event. The fireworks thanks to Pyro Tech lightened the sky and one of the most anticipated moments of the evening took place when our lovebirds had their first dance as husband and wife thanks to the versatile Desi Junction DJs who played the most beautiful melodies, this moment will forever be recalled in the memory of all the spectators. Hands down the entire wedding festivities were a total hit! But there is no surprise here as this couple decided to have Shaadi Destinations as their ally to take their wedding celebration to the next level. If you want to dive into this beautiful celebration of love, don't miss the gallery that we have for you.

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I hope you have enjoyed this incredible wedding. Come back for more love stories and tips!

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Venues: Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya | Travel Concierge: Shaadi Destinations | Planning & Design: The Storybook Event | Floral & Decor: Grupo Gama | Hair & Makeup: Blush & Glow | DJ: Desi Junction Djs | Bridal Fashions: Anita Dongre | Event Designer: The Storybook Event | Fireworks: Pyro Tech | Lighting: Inspire Solutions | Mehndi Artist: Loto Mehndi | Photographer: Bella Lumi


Tarrytown, NY Indian Wedding by Minimal Shutter Photography

Happy Thursday, beautiful ladies! We are delighted to bring you an insight into Krishna & Kaushil's wedding ceremony celebrated in Tarrytown, NY. This time, we will take you to the elegant and spectacular Tarrytown House Estate so we can all be part of this solemn and enchanting event that united these two lovebirds in marriage. Our gorgeous Maharani, Krishna lit the room throughout the entire wedding festivities with attires that praised her innate beauty and made her look like a goddess! Her elegance and a full fashionable look are also reflected in the classy and glamorous hairstyle, and makeup designed by Looks by Jassi and Beauty by Archana. Definitely, a well-balanced combination of tradition, elegance, and beauty at its finest! And talking about well-balanced combinations, let's take a look at the marvelous and almost heavenly decor crafted by Abhishek Decorators. It was superb! Every small detail contributed to making this event not just classy but delightfully exquisite. And all of this could not have been possible without Xquisit Events, who took care of the planning and design of this entire wedding bash, delivering nothing but utter perfection. Hands down, these lovely due saw right in front of their eyes, how their long-awaited dream wedding came to life. How amazing is that! Thanks to the outstanding and remarkable talent of Minimal Shutter Photography and Studio Nine Photography + Cinema, we can enjoy this event and feel just as if we were there. Get ready to dive into this amazing gallery that we are sure you are going to love!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We found each other on a dating app, and decided to meet after work on an unassuming Tuesday night in NYC... it just happened to be Valentine's day which he did not realize (no pressure!). There wasn't just one moment, but rather a collection of little things. On our second date, I noticed he was not afraid to be silly and adventurous. On our third date, he took me to a jazz club since he loved music, which just made me fall for him more - he has the biggest heart and I just kept falling.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We decided to go hiking one Saturday in May since we had been cooped up due to COVID - we planned to do one of our usual trails in Harriman Park, NY. As we made our way further up, he seemed to be acting odd and wanted to take a picture together (which he never does). I assumed nothing of it, but as we made our way to the lookout, the sun was just starting to set, no one else was around, and he got on one knee. It was just us, and it was perfect.
Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
With planning during COVID, it was fairly stressful since everything was in high demand. We luckily booked our venue, photographer/videographer, decorator, and DJ soon after we got engaged in late 2020 for the following year. Shopping for clothing and other items was more stressful since custom outfits were delayed by months or more, or just not possible here in the US. That said, things eventually fell into place and the colors and decor ended up better than I planned - everyone kept saying how colorful our wedding was, which is just what I wanted!
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I was looking for a more timeless Gujarati color palette of white, red, and green! It took a while to find a pattern and design that I loved, and waiting for it to be customized to the colors I wanted was also nerve-racking - but it turned out beautiful!
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Finding our venue was one of my favorite parts of the process - when we actually visited, it just felt like it was the right spot. Otherwise, food tasting for sure was the best. it was one of the last things we actually did, and probably the best experience since we left so full and very happy.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Everyone seemed to love the overall experience, from the venue to the music, decor, and more! Most people raved about the food (as did we - we managed to have appetizers, dinner, cake, and tea/coffee at our own wedding).
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There were so many amazing moments I replay - our first look was so special, the walk down with my mamas (uncles), but mostly at the very end of the night, I requested our DJ play Mr. Brightside (my karaoke song) and we were all singing along - it was such a good night!
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Go with the flow, and try not to let the little things get to you. You may have to make some compromises, but just make sure to focus on having fun, and enjoy it since it goes by so quickly. Even when things do go wrong, have a few go-to people around you that will keep you calm and composed - they really matter and everything will work itself out.
I hope you have loved this sweet story as much as I did. I'll see you tomorrow for more love stories!

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Planning & Design: Xquisit Events | Hair & Makeup: Looks by Jassi | Cinematography: Studio Nine Photography + Cinema | Photography: Minimal Shutter Photography | Sangeet Venue: Royal Albert's Palace | Ceremony Venue: Tarrytown House Estate | Reception Venue: Tarrytown House Estate | Floral & Decor: Abhishek Decorators | Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Archana | Catering: Moghul Caterers | DJ: DJ Sunny Entertainment | Baraat: DJ Sunny Entertainment | Cake & Treats: Polkadot Cake Shop | Lighting: DJ Sunny Entertainment | Rentals: Monaco Experiences | Transportation: Monaco Experiences


New York, NY Fusion Wedding by House of Talent Studio

Happy Thursday, Maharanis! It is time for a new fusion wedding, and you already know how much we love them! Maybe it is the fact that they are full of flair and traditions, or perhaps it is the fact that we love seeing two different cultures and backgrounds mingle into one single love story. We really don't know! What we do know is that you are going to love Melanie & Manish's fusion wedding as it packs tons of charm and inspiring ideas. For this first installment, we'll be taking you to the Cipriani 42nd Street so you can take part in the first wedding ceremony that united this lovely pair in marriage. House of Dipali put together a heavenly decor that made us sigh when we saw it for the first time. Everything went as planned thanks to the help of Wedding Elegance NYC. They were such a big help! Melanie burst into the room, looking like a vision of beauty thanks to the amazing job of Heena Das Beauty. The sleek hairstyle and makeup praised her innate beauty, endowing her with so much presence and style that captivated and impressed everyone! And we cannot forget about the artistic Mehndi, Henna by Sakshi outlined for this Maharani, amazing! So much beauty and so many emotions surrounding this magical moment that it is almost impossible to describe it. Thankfully, House of Talent Studio was there to capture every moment, and they have shared fantastic shots with us. If you want to take a peek at those visual masterpieces, make sure to visit today's full gallery

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Manish in the clinic where we had both started our first jobs. Our first conversation was about our favorite bagel place in NYC and his personality was just infectious. He is the kind of person that is positive and excited about everything, even something as simple as a bagel. After I finished speaking to him, I went around the corner and joked to a friend, "Manish is amazing, I think I might have to marry him!"  Later on, I knew he was the one when I backed into his car and his first question was, "are you ok?" He puts me first time and time again and makes it clear that no matter how crazy life gets, I am his priority and he is mine.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
He proposed at the Top of the Rock in NYC and hired a photographer to capture it all. I had no idea it was going to happen and was absolutely shocked. It was such a romantic and breathtaking spot for a proposal.

Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
The most important person in our planning process was Manish's mom. As an American bride with not much familiarity with Indian weddings or traditions, I relied on her heavily to help me learn about how things would come together. She is the most organized, detail-oriented person I have ever known and I cannot imagine how things could have worked without her. I also have to give a big shout-out to House of Talent. They got to know us during the planning process so we felt comfortable with them on our big day, and the photos they put together totally capture the mood of the day. Every time we look though the photos I am instantly transported back to those moments. They are true experts and professionals.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Manish's mom found it in India for me, along with my entire wedding wardrobe for that weekend. I knew I wanted red, and I left the rest up to her. I'm grateful for her excellent taste-- it turned out absolutely gorgeous!

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The best part of our planning process was when we entered the final few days and Chetali with Wedding Excellence NYC came on board. WOW, we cannot say enough about Chetali's incredible work on our event. She was patient but firm, detailed but easy-going, and has a knack for helping us smooth out and move through any bumps in the road that came about. She took all my pre-wedding jitters away and was an absolute joy to have around in the days leading up to our wedding, and on our special day.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Honestly, I think the venue was the most spectacular part of our day. There is nothing like a New York City wedding, and hosting it at Cipriani's just put it over the top. I know that when I walked in that morning, it took my breath away and really set the tone for an elegant, royal event. We also had many guests that were from my side and not familiar with Indian weddings, which made things feel extra special and spectacular. I know that my family will be talking about this event for years to come.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I will never forget the moment where Manish and I were on the dance floor in our evening wear, dancing and having photos taken with just the two of us while everyone mingled outside. It felt like such a precious moment between the two of us amidst a whirlwind of a day. That, and when we went to Grand Central to take some photographs with the House of Talent guys. In that lengha, I felt like the queen of New York.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
The bride, more than anyone, sets the tone for the wedding. All eyes are on you and people will be watching you for cues on how you are feeling, which will therefore dictate how the events will go. So if you are enthusiastic, easy-going, and enjoying yourself, your family and guests will too. Some of your best memories will be the ridiculous things that go wrong. Keep smiling, no matter what!

That is a wrap, beautiful Maharanis. I will see you soon for more love stories and inspiring ideas!

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DJ: DJ RAJ Entertainment & Event Lighting | Photography: House of Talent Studio | Planning & Design: Wedding Elegance NYC | Floral & Decor: House of Dipali | Reception Venue: Cipriani 42nd Street | Hair & Makeup: Heena Das Beauty | Mehndi Artist: Henna by Sakshi


Citrus Springs, FL Indian Fusion Wedding by Sona Photography

Good morning darlings! Today we have an enchanting celebration starring Bhakti & Vijay. Our sweet couple will take us back to a heartwarming summer day. Staring with a jolly ceremony at the Citrus Springs Community Center, the couple said "yes" to a lifetime of love and happiness. Bhakti & Vijay's was brought to life with Nikun Events' magnificent embellishment. This fantastic team is as talented with the decor as they are with the design of such beautiful events. The lovebirds had Pea to Tree Events' invaluable assistance to ensure the event was successful and enjoyable for all. If there is something I enjoyed the most with this story, it was definitely Bhakti's divine looks! Our Maharani had a gorgeous lengha from Binari Art. Her attire was complemented by Michele Renee The Studio's graceful makeup art. This prolific artist's work is always a marvel to contemplate. Bhakti was no exception! The charming bride was all about elegance and beauty with the delicate mehndi art Tejal Henna did for her. She was stunning! Her heavenly looks shone as bright as her love for Vijay all the time. These two are the sweetest! So, of course, their wedding day cake had to be just as dandy. They entrusted Valhalla Bakery with it and Amrit Palace to delight their guests with delicious cuisine. I am sure the attendants were dazzled by all the aspects of this celebration, but the lively ambiance  Krish Entertainment created must be a favorite! Laughter and fondness were incessantly present while everyone relished in the picture-perfect scene in front of them with the bride and groom lost in each other's eyes. Bhakti & Vijay had a grand wedding, indeed. Thanks to Sona Photography's artistic skills, this day's romance will live on forever, frozen in a charming set of pictures. Maharanis, we have all these lovely pictures in a compelling gallery,  ready to ignite your imagination. Go on and fall in love!

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I hope your creativity is over the moon, ladies. Keep coming back for more!

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Floral & Decor: Nikun Events | Photography: Sona Photography | Hair & Makeup: Michele Renee The Studio | Sangeet Venue: Citrus Springs Community Center | Ceremony Venue: Citrus Springs Community Center | Planning & Design: Nikun Events | Planning & Design: Pea to Tree Events | Catering: Amrit Palace | DJ: Krish Entertainment | Baraat: Krish Entertainment | Bridal Fashions: Binari Art | Bridal Jewelry: Binari Art | Cake & Treats: Valhalla Bakery | Cinematography: Cinemedia | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Michele Renee The Studio | Event Designer: Nikun Events | Mehndi Artist: Tejal Henna | Registry: The Knot


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


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