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Schaumburg, IL South Indian Wedding by Vinuthna Garidipuri

Welcome back, dolls! After a gorgeous and impeccable planned ceremony, it was time to kick start the party as only our Indian friends can! Veena & Shawn's guests were definitely up for a treat at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel with JSM Entertainment's sounds and lights! When you have such a talent in your corner, you know your gala is going to go extra smooth and fun! As we will see in today's gallery thanks to Vinuthna Garidipuri, the reception was this magic flair that saw our couple glow, as it should be. Maharani Veena and her gorgeous bridesmaids' performance made everyone jump out their seats and start dancing! So much fun going on! And what about that silver-toned saree she wore? Out of this world, to say the least, she looked gorgeous! So, ladies, we know you want some more of this gala. Head to our gallery of today for details! 

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Both of us knew this was special since the first time we spoke on the phone. We had met through some mutual friends from Chicago since Shawn was born and raised here. Our first phone call was 4 hours long and it continued like that all week. We had so many similarities, it was crazy! Shawn asked if he could come visit me in Chicago for a formal "first date." At the time, Shawn was living in Dallas for work. Our first date was our favorite day ever! We started off with dinner at Bar Siena which turned into talking and going out until 3 am! The next day we met up after church for indoor rock climbing at First Ascent in Avondale and went to Mindy's Hot Chocolate after! It was a perfect weekend. I then visited Shawn in Dallas exactly a week later. We clearly couldn't stay apart despite the distance. Days turned into weeks and months. We connected mostly on our love for each other, our families, and adventures. Traveling is both of our vices! Our favorite trips to date include San Diego, Denver, Turks & Caicos, San Francisco, and NYC. Fast forward to our friends and families meeting and everything going so smoothly.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
On April 21, 2018, Shawn created the perfect plan. He planned a double date brunch with my friend Bri and her boyfriend Tommy. Brunch was at Baptiste & Bottle (highly recommend)! Afterwards, Shawn suggested checking out a new rooftop bar/restaurant called Terzo Piano at The Art Institute of Chicago. I didn't hesitate at all, as most people know I'm pretty obsessed with rooftops. Shawn even took me up the Nichols Bridgeway (I'm also obsessed with bridges). The view was amazing. You can look over Monroe street. Being the girls that we are, Bri and I stopped for photos on the bridge. At that time, the guys said they had to use the bathroom and would meet us inside. Bri and I took our time taking photos and went up to the rooftop part of Terzo Piano. That view was even more amazing. There were a few people on the rooftop. We walked toward the glass to get a better view and decided to take more pictures (of course!) As I was taking my coat off and turned around, I noticed Shawn at the door further away. I told Bri but she didn't seem to care as she was "looking for her camera in her purse." At this point, Shawn gets to me and hands me the most beautiful flowers. I then remember Bri taking my purse and jacket and telling me it was going to be okay. Shawn started talking about our relationship and the pivotal moments in it. From nowhere, the rest of the rooftop cleared out and 2 photographers started snapping pictures. I started spacing out after a little bit just in awe of what all was happening and before you know it, I heard "Will you marry me?" I said yes! Inside Terzo Piano were all of our close friends and family. We are so lucky to have had so many loved ones there and can't wait for all of our future endeavors!

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 wanted a unique experience for us and our wedding guests and we tried to be creative and do a lot of research on our end before choosing the right vendors. We spoke to our vendors and got to know them fairly well. We’re happy with how our day went, it was perfectly beautiful.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
For my lengha, I wanted a different color, so when I saw it, I knew it was the one. I wanted something classy, elegant, and timeless. For my wedding dress, I imagined myself walking down the aisle and got chills when I put this one on.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part was the little celebrations and events that lead up to the wedding day. It reminded us of how important this day was going to be for us.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests really enjoyed our venue. It was spacious and accommodating. The food and decor were particularly highlighted. We also planned our reception events( like dances and speeches) in a timely manner so things ran smoothly that evening.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Walking down the aisle and our wedding reception entrance! We also had a dhol vs chenda melam “battle” and it was a blast dancing!

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.
Dance has played a huge role in my life. It was fun to incorporate our bridal party and family/friends to organize the different dances we did for the Friday and Saturday night events.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Have fun with the planning. Remember not to get too caught up in the details. It should be a celebration of love.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Bouquets were designed by myself and the florist. It was fun choosing each flower and creating the boutonnières as well for our bridal party and family. The cake was custom to our liking by the baker at The Renaissance. We had a 3 layer cake that had a variety of flavors including chocolate chip cake with dark chocolate mousse and fresh raspberries and devils food cake with raspberry preserves and mango buttercream.

 

Visit us tomorrow, more glam coming up! 

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DJ: JSM Entertainment | Lighting: JSM Entertainment | Photography: Vinuthna Garidipuri | Ceremony Venue: Alice Millar Chapel | Reception Venue: Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel | Floral & Decor: Elegance Decor | Floral & Decor: Morton Grove Florist | Hair & Makeup: Tamara Makeup Artistry | Catering: Bristol Palace Banquets & Legendary Catering | Cinematography: Rukshan Fernando | Transportation: M&M Limousine and Bus Service


Schaumburg, IL South Indian Wedding by Vinuthna Garidipuri

Hey there, Maharanis! It is Wednesday and to keep those energies up and running; we have a pair that is what I call enchanting, Veena & Shawn! These two lovebirds decided to tie the knot with all the elegance and style we love so much, and of course, we have them here for your inspiration. Vinuthna Garidipuri crafted for us a beautiful gallery with all the best moments prior to the nerve-wracking ceremony at the Alice Millar Chapel and the lavish reception at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel! Such talent! I absolutely loved Maharani Veena's vision for her fashion choices. Just look at that incredibly chic white gown! No wonder why Raja Shawn just fell head over heels for this beauty. So many intricate details that surely made this gala, one of a kind. So, ladies, time to browse and get inspired! Let's go!  

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Both of us knew this was special since the first time we spoke on the phone. We had met through some mutual friends from Chicago since Shawn was born and raised here. Our first phone call was 4 hours long and it continued like that all week. We had so many similarities, it was crazy! Shawn asked if he could come visit me in Chicago for a formal "first date." At the time, Shawn was living in Dallas for work. Our first date was our favorite day ever! We started off with dinner at Bar Siena which turned into talking and going out until 3 am! The next day we met up after church for indoor rock climbing at First Ascent in Avondale and went to Mindy's Hot Chocolate after! It was a perfect weekend. I then visited Shawn in Dallas exactly a week later. We clearly couldn't stay apart despite the distance. Days turned into weeks and months. We connected mostly on our love for each other, our families, and adventures. Traveling is both of our vices! Our favorite trips to date include San Diego, Denver, Turks & Caicos, San Francisco, and NYC. Fast forward to our friends and families meeting and everything going so smoothly.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
On April 21, 2018, Shawn created the perfect plan. He planned a double date brunch with my friend Bri and her boyfriend Tommy. Brunch was at Baptiste & Bottle (highly recommend)! Afterwards, Shawn suggested checking out a new rooftop bar/restaurant called Terzo Piano at The Art Institute of Chicago. I didn't hesitate at all, as most people know I'm pretty obsessed with rooftops. Shawn even took me up the Nichols Bridgeway (I'm also obsessed with bridges). The view was amazing. You can look over Monroe street. Being the girls that we are, Bri and I stopped for photos on the bridge. At that time, the guys said they had to use the bathroom and would meet us inside. Bri and I took our time taking photos and went up to the rooftop part of Terzo Piano. That view was even more amazing. There were a few people on the rooftop. We walked toward the glass to get a better view and decided to take more pictures (of course!) As I was taking my coat off and turned around, I noticed Shawn at the door further away. I told Bri but she didn't seem to care as she was "looking for her camera in her purse." At this point, Shawn gets to me and hands me the most beautiful flowers. I then remember Bri taking my purse and jacket and telling me it was going to be okay. Shawn started talking about our relationship and the pivotal moments in it. From nowhere, the rest of the rooftop cleared out and 2 photographers started snapping pictures. I started spacing out after a little bit just in awe of what all was happening and before you know it, I heard "Will you marry me?" I said yes! Inside Terzo Piano were all of our close friends and family. We are so lucky to have had so many loved ones there and can't wait for all of our future endeavors!

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 wanted a unique experience for us and our wedding guests and we tried to be creative and do a lot of research on our end before choosing the right vendors. We spoke to our vendors and got to know them fairly well. We’re happy with how our day went, it was perfectly beautiful.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
For my lengha, I wanted a different color, so when I saw it, I knew it was the one. I wanted something classy, elegant, and timeless. For my wedding dress, I imagined myself walking down the aisle and got chills when I put this one on.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part was the little celebrations and events that lead up to the wedding day. It reminded us of how important this day was going to be for us.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests really enjoyed our venue. It was spacious and accommodating. The food and decor were particularly highlighted. We also planned our reception events( like dances and speeches) in a timely manner so things ran smoothly that evening.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Walking down the aisle and our wedding reception entrance! We also had a dhol vs chenda melam “battle” and it was a blast dancing!

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.
Dance has played a huge role in my life. It was fun to incorporate our bridal party and family/friends to organize the different dances we did for the Friday and Saturday night events.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Have fun with the planning. Remember not to get too caught up in the details. It should be a celebration of love.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Bouquets were designed by myself and the florist. It was fun choosing each flower and creating the boutonnières as well for our bridal party and family. The cake was custom to our liking by the baker at The Renaissance. We had a 3 layer cake that had a variety of flavors including chocolate chip cake with dark chocolate mousse and fresh raspberries and devils food cake with raspberry preserves and mango buttercream.

 

More to come, stick around! 

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Contemporary
season
Autumn
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DJ: JSM Entertainment | Lighting: JSM Entertainment | Photography: Vinuthna Garidipuri | Ceremony Venue: Alice Millar Chapel | Reception Venue: Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel | Floral & Decor: Elegance Decor | Floral: Morton Grove Florist | Hair & Makeup: Tamara Makeup Artistry | Catering: Bristol Palace Banquets & Legendary Catering | Cinematography: Rukshan Fernando | Transportation: M&M Limousine and Bus Service


Santa Ana, CA Indian Wedding by Geeta Randery

The most important day of Avani & Divesh's lives finally arrived and they were officially husband and wife. Of course, such a joyous moment had to be celebrated with all the Maharani style and charm we all love so much. But careful! Weddings can get hectic! For that reason, our newlyweds recruited the team of The Marigold Company to assist with the planning, design and photo booths of the gala. Seriously, when you have such talent in your corner, chances are that your wedding will run as smooth as butter and lucky for our couple, that was the case! Just wait until you see the fashion choices these two lovebirds wore for cocktails! Maharani Avani's light coral toned saree just left me sighing. Such a romantic flair couldn't go unnoticed here in Maharani Weddings, so ladies, head down to part two of our gallery of today, thanks to Geeta Randery and get inspired! 

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Divesh at a birthday party while he still had a Bajirao curly-Q mustache, and I could tell he was something special when I asked if I could stick a straw through the mustache to see if it would hold, and he said yes. For our first date (a hangout as friends that later became a date by circumstantial connections), we went to the movies. The movie was, of course, Bajirao Mastani.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
The location was our favorite secluded little beach in Laguna. The day he chose to propose, it was crowded with over 150+ people. I was tipped off on the plan when I saw a friend of mine randomly walking around trying to be inconspicuous in everything but appropriate beach attire, claiming to be there with his "other friends" when confronted. But I could tell the crowd wasn't something Divesh had anticipated, so I was expecting him to delay until we reached a different spot. As we sat and chatted about life, he told me he had something for me. While I sat there, impressed that he was about to propose in front of all these people, he pulled out a chicken nugget and asked if I was hungry. He said he wasn't sure when we'd be able to get dinner, so he decided to pack his leftovers from lunch. I shook my head and laughed at his usual absurdity, and thought, "he's not going to do it now." So I got up, turned around, and started to brush off all the sand while asking where he wanted to go to eat, so we could get him some real food. I was listing off restaurant options and babbling about why he was so quiet when I turned towards him and saw him on one knee. I realized every person on the beach was also quiet and had their eyes on us. He said a few very sweet, and very unintelligible, things and asked me to marry him. When I said yes, the whole beach applauded and cheered, and several people came up to us to offer their congratulations. It was then that some of my friends that had come to help capture the moment started to make their way through the crowd and surprise me. It was definitely an unforgettable day.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew I wanted a maroon lengha, and designing it was purely based off of pictures and pointing out details I did not want. It seemed easier to figure out what I for sure didn't like, rather than narrow down what I did.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Time and time again, we've had friends and family share with us how our wedding was their favorite experience with any wedding, ever. I think what made it so enjoyable was that, despite having every detail planned, there was a relaxed vibe throughout all the events. Divesh and I are a very easy-going, fun-loving couple, and so we enjoyed every moment to the fullest, even those in which things were going awry. We danced without shoes, stayed up way too late during the pre-wedding events, laughed throughout the ceremony, and didn't put more importance on any of the details over ourselves and the fact that, by the end, we would be married. Being able to genuinely laugh and enjoy with guests is what made our weekend so memorable for everyone. That, and the food.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The moment that we sat in the car after the vidaai, and the car started to leave the noise of the family and friends behind and we had our first moment of quiet. That moment was when the reality finally sank in- we were married. That was when we both realized what all the planning was for, joining us together in life and love as husband and wife. It was our first peaceful moment together, away from the craziness of all the events, and it was by far the best moment of the year
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Plan the wedding of your dreams. Leading up to it, try to find a way to incorporate everything you've always wanted to have in your special day. But when the day comes, remember to relax, and not get hung up on the details. Trust that your vendors and family/friends will do the best they can, but ultimately it's out of your control. So just sit back and enjoy what's most important- that you are marrying someone you love and who loves you. The rest of the details are just temporary background noise that will eventually fade away, but your new partner in crime will be by your side forever. Be a part of that moment. 
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Rossmoor Pastries & Bakery was amazing! Malinder and Ajay from Special Occasions made the wedding and reception unforgettable! Puja Oberoi of Prathaa Designs & Lishma Patel from Beauty by Lishma made me from a sleepy tomboy into a beautiful bride. And Randery Imagery and Avec Lumiere did great work capturing all of our special moments!
 
Stay for part two of this gala! 
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GUIDE
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Romantic
hindu
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Autumn
color
Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Lishma | Planning & Design: The Marigold Company | Photo Booths: The Marigold Company | Baraat: Enchanted Carriages | Cinematography: Avec Lumiere Productions | Photography: Geeta Randery | Ceremony Venue: Coyote Hills Golf Course | Reception Venue: Doubletree OC Airport | Floral & Decor: Kumba Events | Catering: Manohar's Delhi Palace | DJ: Special Occasions DJ & Lighting | Cake & Treats: Rossmoor Pastries | Lighting: Special Occasions DJ & Lighting | Mehndi Artist: Bridal Makeovers by Neha Assar


Santa Ana, CA Indian Wedding by Geeta Randery

Do you, ladies, remember Avani & Divesh's gorgeous wedding film we featured a couple of months ago? If not, you can refresh all the lavishness here. Today, and because you ask for it, we have the dazzling picture gallery of everything that went on at the Coyote Hills Golf Course for the main ceremony and thanks to Geeta Randery! From the first moments we laid eyes on today's couple, we knew they were so meant to be together. The jubilee started with the traditional baraat thanks to the amazing Enchanted Carriages. Raja Divesh was looking neat for his beautiful Maharani, believe me! After that, it was time for the nerve-wracking moment of the ceremony. Maharani Avani was totally glowing, just as it should be when a real Indian princess ties the knot! The team from Beauty by Lishma did and amazing job dolling up our bride, and as we will see, she just left everyone speechless! Truly a glam queen from top to toe! Seriously, you can't miss this, ladies! Want to know why? Head down to our gallery of today for an exclusive insight! 

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Divesh at a birthday party while he still had a Bajirao curly-Q mustache, and I could tell he was something special when I asked if I could stick a straw through the mustache to see if it would hold, and he said yes. For our first date (a hangout as friends that later became a date by circumstantial connections), we went to the movies. The movie was, of course, Bajirao Mastani.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
The location was our favorite secluded little beach in Laguna. The day he chose to propose, it was crowded with over 150+ people. I was tipped off on the plan when I saw a friend of mine randomly walking around trying to be inconspicuous in everything but appropriate beach attire, claiming to be there with his "other friends" when confronted. But I could tell the crowd wasn't something Divesh had anticipated, so I was expecting him to delay until we reached a different spot. As we sat and chatted about life, he told me he had something for me. While I sat there, impressed that he was about to propose in front of all these people, he pulled out a chicken nugget and asked if I was hungry. He said he wasn't sure when we'd be able to get dinner, so he decided to pack his leftovers from lunch. I shook my head and laughed at his usual absurdity, and thought, "he's not going to do it now." So I got up, turned around, and started to brush off all the sand while asking where he wanted to go to eat, so we could get him some real food. I was listing off restaurant options and babbling about why he was so quiet when I turned towards him and saw him on one knee. I realized every person on the beach was also quiet and had their eyes on us. He said a few very sweet, and very unintelligible, things and asked me to marry him. When I said yes, the whole beach applauded and cheered, and several people came up to us to offer their congratulations. It was then that some of my friends that had come to help capture the moment started to make their way through the crowd and surprise me. It was definitely an unforgettable day.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew I wanted a maroon lengha, and designing it was purely based off of pictures and pointing out details I did not want. It seemed easier to figure out what I for sure didn't like, rather than narrow down what I did.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Time and time again, we've had friends and family share with us how our wedding was their favorite experience with any wedding, ever. I think what made it so enjoyable was that, despite having every detail planned, there was a relaxed vibe throughout all the events. Divesh and I are a very easy-going, fun-loving couple, and so we enjoyed every moment to the fullest, even those in which things were going awry. We danced without shoes, stayed up way too late during the pre-wedding events, laughed throughout the ceremony, and didn't put more importance on any of the details over ourselves and the fact that, by the end, we would be married. Being able to genuinely laugh and enjoy with guests is what made our weekend so memorable for everyone. That, and the food.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The moment that we sat in the car after the vidaai, and the car started to leave the noise of the family and friends behind and we had our first moment of quiet. That moment was when the reality finally sank in- we were married. That was when we both realized what all the planning was for, joining us together in life and love as husband and wife. It was our first peaceful moment together, away from the craziness of all the events, and it was by far the best moment of the year
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Plan the wedding of your dreams. Leading up to it, try to find a way to incorporate everything you've always wanted to have in your special day. But when the day comes, remember to relax, and not get hung up on the details. Trust that your vendors and family/friends will do the best they can, but ultimately it's out of your control. So just sit back and enjoy what's most important- that you are marrying someone you love and who loves you. The rest of the details are just temporary background noise that will eventually fade away, but your new partner in crime will be by your side forever. Be a part of that moment. 
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Rossmoor Pastries & Bakery was amazing! Malinder and Ajay from Special Occasions made the wedding and reception unforgettable! Puja Oberoi of Prathaa Designs & Lishma Patel from Beauty by Lishma made me from a sleepy tomboy into a beautiful bride. And Randery Imagery and Avec Lumiere did great work capturing all of our special moments!
 
Stay for part two of this gala! 
STYLE
GUIDE
style
Romantic
hindu
season
Autumn
color
Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Lishma | Planning & Design: The Marigold Company | Photo Booths: The Marigold Company | Baraat: Enchanted Carriages | Cinematography: Avec Lumiere Productions | Photography: Geeta Randery | Ceremony Venue: Coyote Hills Golf Course | Reception Venue: Doubletree OC Airport | Floral & Decor: Kumba Events | Catering: Manohar's Delhi Palace | DJ: Special Occasions DJ & Lighting | Cake & Treats: Rossmoor Pastries | Lighting: Special Occasions DJ & Lighting | Mehndi Artist: Bridal Makeovers by Neha Assar


Houston, TX Indian Wedding by SB Image Studios

The heartfelt ceremony came to an end and it was official. Meera & Prakash united their lives for eternity and an event like that had to be absolutely celebrated in big time. We have seen multiple times that this particular detail of the weddings is always as grand and colorful as anyone can imagine and this gala was no exception. The gorgeous couple came out looking absolutely stunning! Truly making the Stafford Centre vibrate! Maharani Meera's fashion choice was this beautiful and modern light cyan saree/dress that just knocked me out my feet. It perfectly matched with Raja Prakash's incredibly elegant royal blue tux! Just how it should be! One look at the venue and you could tell that Navi K. Productions planning and design work was so spot on. So, ladies, part two of this magical moment is here and you can't miss it. A loving shout out to our friends from SB Image Studios who were gracious enough to share their lense talent with us for our gallery, so let's get to it! 

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met my Groom freshman year, at UT. We had both made the Raas team (Dirty South Dandiya). We were co-captains our senior year & that’s when things got interesting: we began dating! I’m not sure when I knew he was “the one”, but if I had to pick a moment, it’d be when he was impersonating Amitabh Bachchan from a scene in Mohabbatein.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Well, we had planned to go to navratri garba. It felt like any other weekend. I got dressed & we were “on our way”. We arrived outside of some building (I’m not from Austin, but my now-husband assured me they had changed the garba location this year)...there were peacocks in the parking lot & I could hear some faint music, but not garba music. I would later discern, it was a talented cellist playing renditions of Disney tunes. As we approached the park area outside of the building, I saw a board with pictures of us & it FINALLY occurred to me as to what was happening. We walked down a winding pathway which had more picture boards along the way, while my now husband recited poetic rhymes about us. At the end of the path he got down on one knee & popped the question, followed by a “yes!!” & brief moment of excitement mixed with panic..not knowing which hand to place the ring on! 

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I wanted a regal/royal look but also wanted to preserve some traditional elements. I looked for predominantly champagne colored lenghas with some pops of red. I was lucky enough to be able to fly to India to shop around & with the colors in mind, it was love at first sight. I ended up finding what I wanted in Surat (It happened to be budget friendly as well!)

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
From feedback, our guests loved the overall Bollywood-esque feel of the wedding. We have some talented family and friends who put on high-quality performances from storyline dance numbers to musical performances at every event. We tried to add personalized touches as well such as photo invitations, photoshopped baraat Bollywood poster signs, bridal party baraat dances, custom wedding pamphlets, concept video, & our non-traditional first dance!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Hmm, my words of wisdom would be to spend money on the things you & the Groom or maybe your guest will truly enjoy & remember. Don’t think you “HAVE” to get certain things because of norms. We cut out a few “standard” items & instead went for the things that mattered to us. We did not have charger plates, a champagne toast, wedding cake or much stage decor for the reception. We did have an extensive dessert bar, fresh coconut water served in a coconut, & a canopy over our dance floor

 

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Photography: SB Image Studios | Ceremony Venue: Mirage At Lake Conroe | Reception Venue: Stafford Centre | Planning & Design: Navi K. Productions | Floral & Decor: Divine Decor of Dallas | Hair & Makeup: Aura Airbrush Makeup | DJ: Desi Junction DJs | DJ: PJK Entertainment | DJ: Dj Nish Entertainment | Dholi: Dholi Rahul | Cinematography: Epique Cinema | Mehndi Artist: Henna/Mehndi by Shehzlan


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