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San Diego, CA Indian Fusion Wedding by Indian Wedding Snap

Happy Friday, beautiful Maharanis! We are concluding this fabulous week with a phenomenal wedding event! Today we are pleased to present to you the beauty that surrounded Padmini & Imran's wedding celebration. To begin this journey, let me take you to the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina, the perfect venue chosen by our lovebirds to celebrate their promise of eternal love. The winning combination of Holly Kalkin on the planning and design and the excellent decoration crafted by Excellent Designs turned this gala into a perfect and memorable event. Speaking about perfection, we were enchanted by the beauty that Padmini displayed during the entire festivities. Hands down, she made the right call by choosing Enchant by Nihala for her beauty needs. The different halls used for the wedding events overflowed with merriment and traditional flair, leaving everyone speechless. And we want to do a big shoutout to Walkrich Signature Events as they created a spectacular scheme of lights that set the mood for the different activities. Today you can relive this moment by visiting this jaw-dropping gallery put together by Indian Wedding Snap. We are more than sure you get tons of inspiring ideas to start planning your ultimate dreamed wedding!

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Enjoy your weekend, and make sure to join us on Monday for more!

Venues: Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina | Hair & Makeup: Enchant by Nihala | Planning & Design: Holly Kalkin | Floral & Decor: Excellent Designs | Catering: Natraj Catering and Restaurants | DJ: Sound Nation | Cake & Treats: Cute Cakes | Cinematography / Photography: Indian Wedding Snap | Lighting: Walkrich Signature Events | Photo Booth: Pixster

Arlington, VA Indian Wedding by ENVZN

Welcome back, Maharanis! As promised, we are here to continue inspiring you with the beauty that surrounded Deepthi & Mihir's wedding celebration. On this installment, we will take you back to the exclusive Hyatt Regency Crystal City, the perfect venue chosen by our lovebirds to host not only the wedding ceremony but the unforgettable reception as well. Right off the bat, we should say that every single guest had a blast as this celebration created many new memories that will last forever. Imperial Decor crafted the ideal decoration creating a luxurious and warm environment that everyone loved. Just perfect! Speaking about perfection, you will love the beauty that Deepthi, our gorgeous Maharani, showcased during the whole festivities. She made the right choice by trusting the fabulous style from SKS Salon, who took care of her beauty needs. Just lovely! The delicious food from Bombay Tandoor, the emotive speeches, the fantastic choreographies, the chatting, and of course, the phenomenal music played by DynastyAV that turned this gala into an epic night were the ideal ingredients to create an unforgettable celebration. You can relive every single detail by visiting today's breathtaking gallery, thanks to the fabulous shots captured by the ENVZN. I bet you'll love it!

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Don't worry, we will come back tomorrow with more love stories that will inspire your soul. 

DJ: DynastyAV | Planning & Design: SW Events | Ceremony Venue: Hyatt Regency Crystal City | Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Crystal City | Floral & Decor: Imperial Decor | Hair & Makeup: SKS Salon | Catering: Bombay Tandoor | Cinematography: The Wedding Cartel | Mehndi Artist: Naseem's Henna & Arts | Photo Booth: Wild Smiles | Rentals: S&Y Rentals | Photography: ENVZN

Birmingham, AL Indian Wedding by Jashim Jalal Studios

Welcome back, Ladies! As promised, we are back with more inspiration for you. Today we are featuring the beautiful nuptials of Shalini & Anupam. Now, we are heading down to Birmingham, Alabama, for the magical ceremony that took place at the grand The Sterling Castle, where Shalini, our beautiful Maharani, enlightened the hall at her entrance, leaving everyone speechless. Her astonishing look was entirely created by Gunn Glamour, who created a flawless look that included a bold lip color perfect for a daytime wedding! We are almost out of words as to how everything was executed. The perfect planning and organization from Red and Gold Events brought the couple's vision to life took this event a higher level. Once the ceremony ended, everyone attended the wedding reception at the Hyatt Regency – The Wynfrey Hotel. It was a real party, and everyone enjoyed the delicious food from Bawarchi Biryanis - Atlanta, and of course, the astral beats from DJ Riz Entertainment, who played a phenomenal playlist that made the newlyweds danced the night away surrounded by their nearest and dearest. You can relive this fantastic event thanks to the great photo art from Jashim Jalal Studios, who transformed all the best moments into a beautiful gallery that you will love. 

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How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
We wanted a summer outdoor wedding so I decided a bold pink/magenta would be the perfect shade to complement the occasion. I traveled to India to do my wedding shopping with my parents and sister-in-law. Unfortunately, the shade I had in mind was not in fashion in New Delhi at the time I was shopping so I had to use my imagination and take a leap of faith with the lengha I chose as it was in a light grey shade. The store showed me a fabric in the exact shade I wanted and promised they could make the dress in the color I wanted. Thankfully it worked out wonderfully and I'm glad I took the risk!
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The best part of the planning process was how it brought me closer to Anupam and my family. We all spent lots of time chatting on the phone about every little decision and everyone pitched in to help. It meant the world how invested everyone was in making sure our special day was truly unforgettable.  
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved the wedding venue, Sterling Castle! It was an outdoor venue with a castle, a lake, and a beautiful reception hall. Misty and Victor, the owners of Sterling Castle, did a phenomenal job transforming the venue into a tropical paradise with beautiful flowers and pineapples flown in from all over! They also decorated the pergola overlooking the lake into a lovely mandap for us to get married under. 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Start as early with the planning as you can. Book the major vendors ASAP because the good ones get booked fast, especially on a long weekend! Enjoy the process and ask for help from your family and friends. Chances are they will actually love to help with some of the decisions. Don't fight with your fiancé(e) about wedding details because it isn't worth it. What matters most is that you enjoy the celebrations and cherish the memories with your family and friends. And invest in an amazing photographer and videographer because they will help capture those memories so you can treasure them forever!
What a lovely story! Don't forget to check another great story tomorrow!
DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Hair & Makeup: Gunn Glamour Hair, Makeup, & Bridal | Planning & Design: Red and Gold Events | Catering: Bawarchi Biryanis - Atlanta | Cinematography: Light Cannon Films | Photography: Jashim Jalal Studios | Sangeet Venue: Hyatt Regency Birmingham - The Wynfrey Hotel | Ceremony Venue: The Sterling Castle | Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency – The Wynfrey Hotel | Reception & Sangeet Decoration: Mandap World | Ceremony Decoration: The Sterling Castle | Reception Catering: Taj India | Baraat: Nottingham Shire and Carriage for Hire LLC | Dhol: Dhol by Jaskaran | Cake & Treats: Indulge Sweet Shoppe | Event Lighting & Mirror Photo Booth Rental: Platinum Ent DJ | Mehndi Artist: Horizon Henna

Chantilly, VA Indian Fusion Wedding by Akbar Sayed Photography

Happy Monday, Maharanis! We hope you had a fantastic weekend. We were dying to come back to you with another love memoir. Today we are honored to feature the beauty surrounding Vishaka & Harrison's fusion wedding celebration. In this first episode, we are heading down to the Chinmaya Somnath for their traditional Hindu ceremonies. A perfectly chosen place to host this magical event that, without doubt, brought many new and unforgettable memories to these soulmates by becoming one single unit through love. Underneath a beautiful and lighted mandap, our lovebirds swore their eternal love. The place looked impeccable as the phenomenal talent from Shagun Weddings surrounded every corner with fantastic flowered decors and ornaments that gave a traditional look but, at the same time, a warmed environment. The most remarkable moment of the night was when our Maharani appeared at the entrance and walked through the aisle with her dazzled presence. She was looking way so beautiful as she rightly chose Styles By Swati - Salon SBS for her beauty needs. What a perfect choice! Not to mention the incredible henna art design that Mehndi With Heena created for her. You can relive this moment thanks to the professional work of Akbar Sayed Photography, who will make us sigh with the images they captured and with the film that features the highlights of these events. So make sure to visit today's gallery.

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met at a trivia night in Dayton, Ohio, shortly after the Air Force stationed us both here! The rest is history.
From the Bride:
Harrison always makes me feel safe and protected. He made me feel comfortable being my true self since day one, and before I knew it he broke my walls down and was my best friend. I never had to doubt he would stand by me and stand up for me, but also encourage me to be my best self and grow with me.
From the Groom:
Vishaka always puts me and my needs above her own from the first day and every day since. Her love inspires me to be my best self and I've known from the beginning that she was the woman i wanted to spend the rest of my life with.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
He proposed at Disney World, during HIS birthday dinner, on the shores of the Grand Floridian resort while watching the Magic Kingdom fireworks across the lake!
Because it was his birthday I told him he could pick any restaurant that sounded good to him and he said he would make the reservation. When I found out the time of the dinner reservation I was initially super stressed out because we would be missing the Magic Kingdom fireworks, which would start around 15 minutes after our reservation time. He apologized and said he really wanted to eat at this one restaurant and this was the only reservation available, I softened up a bit and told him that we could just watch fireworks at the park the next night. Little did I know that our dinner reservation was at a restaurant with a patio across the lake from Magic Kingdom! He had planned with the restaurant for the waitress to offer to take a photo of us because it was his birthday, at which time they brought out my ring on a platter tucked into Cinderella's slipper along with champagne! Not only did he sneakily manage to capture our big moment with photos, but we also got to watch the fireworks from the patio of the restaurant with the show's audio streamed straight to the restaurant speakers! It was a fairytale night.
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 did our mehndi party at my parents house and kept it at an intimate 70 guests (haha!), whereas our wedding ceremony and reception sat at 200-250 guests.
Wedding day started off with a 3AM wakeup call to start hair and makeup for myself, my mother, and the bridal party. Although it was such an early start to the day, we enjoyed each other's company and my amazing day-of coordinator made a Starbucks run for us. (I absolutely love planning and I wanted to have a say in every detail of our big day, while being respectful of the traditions and rituals that my parents cherish and value, so finding balance was really important. We got a wedding coordinator involved fairly early in the process so that she could make sure all of our voices were heard and so she could bring my vision and planning to life on the big day while my groom, our families, our bridal party, and I were all able to truly enjoy the day. Definitely one of the best investments in wedding planning- we love Anisha from Our Day Events and are so grateful to have her team as part of our dream team!)
We had a tradition-meets-glamour Tamil Brahmin Hindu ceremony in the morning, followed by lunch. This was at a Hindu community center. It felt more spiritually focused than a hotel ballroom but was also a more elegant and private venue than a temple. Because it is a long ceremony and our American guests as well as many of the Indian guests don't know about the beautiful meanings behind the traditions, we did a lot of research with the help of our priest, and put together a narrative script for my cousin (who was my Maid of Honor) to read through so the guests would understand the significance of each phase of the ceremony.
Manju Mehta from Shagun Weddings was great to work with because she makes sure she gets to know each couple and each family to truly personalize your decor and bring your vision to life. She went through every aspect of decor with me from lighting to fabrics and layout of each event space. She also toured the venues with us to ensure that we would get what we wanted. One of the tricky things with a big ceremony like that is when close family members and the bridal party are actively involved in the ceremony it is often hard for guests to be able to watch the ceremony. We rented out special 2 feet tall risers for the whole mandap and jhoola/oonjal (Swing) so that no one would have to stand up or move around to be able to watch our ceremony.
The guests had a few hours of downtime to rest, and in the evening we had cocktail hour, followed by a Christian ceremony at the reception venue that led us straight into our reception. This venue was the embodiment of glamor-- marble floors, grand staircases, and huge chandeliers with an AV system that was out of this world. I really wanted cold sparks (indoor fireworks), and they were able to make that dream come true, but also able to include versatile uplighting, dance floor lighting, and fog/cloud effects for our first dance. The AV systems were incorporated into the venue, so planning for our DJ and lighting and special effects was easy because it all came part of the package!
The evening was basically a luxurious fairytale dream. My family is very traditional in their Hindu background and my husband's side of the family has non-denominational Christian backgrounds, so we wanted to be able to incorporate both traditions into our big day. We are both active duty Air Force officers (which is how we met in Dayton, OH) so he wore his mess dress uniform (or as I like to call it his "Prince Charming getup") for our Christian ceremony and reception.
The trickiest part of wedding planning is figuring out priorities and budgeting. Although parents are often as generous with their wallets as they are boundless with their love, it is important as an Indian-American woman to be able to contribute to her own wedding and minimize unnecessary expenditure when possible. Instead of getting a multi-tiered traditional wedding cake in a few flavors, we opted for a unique twist with Nothing Bundt Cakes! We got a cupcake tower from Amazon, had them place our bundt cake on the top tier, and filled the remaining tiers and our dessert table with bundtinis (their version of cupcakes) in 7 or 8 different flavors! We bought gold cupcake liners from Hobby Lobby in lieu of the dark brown standard ones the bakery uses so that they would tie into our decor theme a little better, and that small detail made a very pretty difference. We also had a variety of Indian pastries on platters, so our guests had a vast repertoire of desserts (and flavors) to indulge in. There were several things we definitely splurged on -- especially venues and photo/videography, but we wouldn't change that for the world. Our venues were beautiful, our decor was true to our vision, we had a dream-come-true day, and above all of it we have breathtaking photography and videography that artfully capture our memories.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
For our Hindu ceremony in the morning, I have been dreaming of a luxurious red kancheepuram silk saree from Chennai Silks since the moment I saw it on a commercial several years ago. It was part of their Vivaaha collection and my mom actually went to India to get it for me! I felt so elegant in that saree.
My favorite part was my 9-yard saree which is traditionally worn during the second half of a Hindu Brahmin wedding. I didn't want a cookie-cutter maroon one, but I wanted it to be fun and true to who I am while paying respect to our roots. I actually ended up getting a saree made straight from the silk looms of Kancheepuram with multicolored checkers and a border in my favorite colors: hot pink with gold embroidery!
I knew there was no way I could pull off wearing an all-white gown in front of my parents and 200 of their best friends (as all-white is often considered inauspicious), so my white gown dreams came true in the form of the most beautiful ivory lehenga I've ever laid eyes on (thanks Meenal aunty from Meenal's Indian Fashions in Herndon, VA!).
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
We scripted our Christian ceremony ourselves (as in, I did it with his help in selecting scripture readings) and a close friend of his from college (the United States Air Force Academy) also happens to be an ordained minister so we had her officiate our Christian ceremony. It was a really special and personal touch we were able to add to our day.
I also really enjoyed putting together the narrative for my MoH to read during our Hindu ceremony. Not only did it help our guests understand the phases of the ceremony but it also helped us better understand and appreciate the traditions that we were honoring.
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.
We DIY-ed a lot of stuff! We got blush and gold gift bags in bulk from an online outlet, designed and made our own Thank You stickers using Avery software to put on the bags, and even made our seating cards for our guests at the reception with Avery software and cardstock.
With the help of some of my bridesmaids, I was able to make a sign for the shoe room at the ceremony venue, welcome signs for the ceremony and reception venues, a Pinterest-style sign for free seating at the lunch, and a sign in memory of my great-grandmother for her seat at the wedding ceremony.
Using the Audacity app, I cut the music for several of the dance routines: our first dance, another choreographed Bollywood duet we did, a bride and maid-of-honor duet dance, as well as the music for each of the bridal party entrances and our Christian ceremony entrance! I actually counted the number of steps at our reception venue and timed the counts of music for us to make it down the stairs at the same time and meet in the middle for the ceremony. It all takes time and hard work but all the personal pieces made our day so special.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
We had an unforgettable day that still feels like a dream, and we hope it helps inspire other couples to believe you really can have all you want in your big day if you plan for it and make it happen-- no matter the different backgrounds you come from, it'll be a beautiful dreamy union of you and the person you love and choose and fought for, but also your families. Remember that the people you include in your dream team for your dream day should be the people you want and trust to make the best of the day for you.
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Instead of bouquets we did diyas (clay lamps) for each of the bridesmaids to carry down the aisle. We used LED candles inside the lamps and the outside of the lamps were decorated with mirrors and intricate Indian paint patterns.
Mehndi with Heena was an amazing decision for us. Heena aunty and her team were stellar in personalizing my Mehndi and making each woman's experience so special. She included every unique detail of my and Harrison's love story and life into my henna design, and even did a beautiful pattern on his hand with my name written in it. Fabulous genuine high-quality art which I will remain forever grateful for.

We have more inspiration for you. So make sure to visit us again for more!
Floral & Decor: Shagun Weddings | Photography: Akbar Sayed Photography | Mehndi Artists: Mehndi With Heena | Hair & Makeup: Styles By Swati - Salon SBS | Cinematography: Akbar Sayed Photography | Ceremony Venue: Chinmaya Somnath | Reception Venue: The Bellevue | Planning & Design: Our Day Events (Anisha Ninan) | Catering: Paradise Indian Cuisine | DJ: DJ Lucky (Platinum Entertainment) | DJ: Bellevue AV Creations | Cake & Treats: Nothing Bundt Cakes | Hindu Priest for the morning ceremony: Venkatrama Sastri | Christian ceremony: Jasmine Niklas

Belvidere, NJ Indian Wedding by Siobhan Stanton Photography

Welcome back, ladies! We are so excited to continue sharing all the details surrounding Radha & Vikram's wedding festivities! This time, we'll be taking a look at the fabulous wedding ceremony that took place at the beautiful facilities from the fantastic Bello Giorno Estate. The outdoors from this magical place with a Lakeview witnessed the promise of love between our lovebirds. Raja Vikram observed with admiration the spectacular entrance from his maharani, who thanks to the fantastic talent from Kanwal Batool, looked like taken out from a fairy tale. Not to mention the incredible Mehndi art from Mehndikalogie, who was in charge of matching the henna ink with the dazzling jewelry. It was just great! Our friends from Flowers by Bhanu created the decoration and demonstrated that sometimes simple is better, with details they contributed to create the wedding from our lovebird's dreams. The place was just amazing! Once the ceremony ended, Radha & Vikram celebrated their union in an unforgettable reception with their closest friends and family, who enjoyed every second of the festivity. If you want to relive this memorable event, make sure to visit our gallery created thanks to the amazing captures of Siobhan Stanton Photography.

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Nashville meets New Jersey !!
It all started when a computer algorithm matched 2 strangers, in 2 different states (places we actually had never seen before), who would have never crossed paths otherwise. Ironically, this was our final try for online dating as we both were quite fatigued by whole gamut of online world. But, as they say, never close a door on an opportunity to find love .. The moment we started talking over phone, we both knew we had to meet ASAP. The first few dates quickly turned into something neither of us saw coming. The feelings were intense and the rush of emotions every time we met was unreal. He proposed me after 6 months of dating which many would think was rushed but when you know, you know!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
My husband and I had talked about weddings and fancy proposals earlier and he knew I was intimidated by big public proposals. Vikram (my husband) was in Nashville at that time visiting me, and he had given me no hints on what was coming. On a Thursday (he intentionally chose a weekday), I came back exhausted after my 75 minutes hot yoga class only to stumble upon “Will You Marry Me" illuminated in real red and white, candles in my apartment, popped the question and of course I said yes! We called our parents in India after that, and they were elated.
I fell in love all over again !

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.
From the beginning we both didn’t want an extravagant wedding, however photographs were essential for us to keep the beautiful wedding memories. We were immensely lucky to find Siobhan, our photographer, who was exceptional. Ironically, this was Siobhan’s first Indian wedding shoot and she captured such intricate details that made everyone a fan of hers. We planned, planned, and  planned. We also made budget for the unexpected expenses for small things that may pop at the last second . The wedding took place in Bello Giorno estate a family owned resort, the venue itself is so pleasant with its location right by the river. They went above and beyond to adorn the venue with elegant Indian décor in a nice cozy environment. I am so happy I chose Kanwal to do my hair and makeup for my wedding!!! I was totally in love with the way I looked that day and everyone else did too.

My husband and I had our wedding in an intimate setting amongst our closest family and friends, and we are so happy we made that decision. Having a smaller group made the wedding extremely warm and private affair where we got to spend quality time with everyone that mattered the most!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I am glad you asked this question. The wedding day passes by so quickly that one barely remembers it at all. Well, I will mention a couple of moments.

1) During the ring finding ritual, I was clearly losing the game but my loving husband just let me win by handing over the ring to me hidden in the tray.  From that moment on I knew I won’t be losing any game in future :)

2) Since my husband and I hardly ate at our wedding, we were literally starving in the evening and ordered food from outside in our hotel room. It was a special moment, while we ate, laughed and chatted about the entire day and the amazing experience we cherished together.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
There is no magical wand for the least stress bride on the planet and perhaps that's why they have the term 'Bridezilla', however my dearest ladies always understand this is going to be your day, and you need to have utmost fun not only during the wedding, but also during the planning process. Any time you feel stressed, go out for coffee or lunch with your BFFs and talk through the things. I had last minute vendor issues, but I stayed calm (actually my husband helped calm me down) and everything was sorted and worked for the best at the end. Lastly, relax, eat and enjoy every moment :)

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
I was the lucky bride with the best people making it a special day..
1)  On my wedding day, I wore a specially designed maharani Kundan set gifted by my sweetest  mother -in - law . The remaining jewellery was from Soni Sapphire in Delhi
2)  We chose Bhanu (floral designer in New York) for our wedding flowers. I had various ideas with no
clean vision, and Bhanu took the time to listen and prepared such beautiful flower garland and  veni (Gajra) for my hair.
3)  Loved my henna designed by Dhara (Mehndikälogie) as she accomodated all what I requested for  in my designs


Please continue visiting us for more love stories! 

Hair & Makeup: Kanwal Batool | Mehndi Artists: Mehndikalogie | Photographer: Siobhan Stanton Photography | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Bello Giorno Estate | Floral & Decor: Flowers by Bhanu | Bridal Fashions: Disha by Tanushree | Bridal Fashions: Akshay Delhi


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