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Plano, TX Indian Fusion Wedding by Texpertz Photography

Happy Tuesday, Maharanis! Today is a special day, and we are pleased to be here with you sharing a true love story. I know you will love it as much as we did! Today we would like to unveil the marvelous wedding celebration between Anam & Aamir. So get ready to enjoy a double featuring that we have prepared for you. On this installment, we will take you to the exclusive 2616 Commerce Event Center for the pre-wedding ceremonies and celebrations. You will love every single part of them, especially how Anam glowed during the ceremonies. She chose the perfect allies to help her with her beauty needs. For her makeup and hairstyle, the talented Kashish By Hina praised her natural beauty with a marvelous design that made everyone sigh, while Kashish By Hina assisted her with a spectacular draping style that we loved so much. And we can't forget to mention the fantastic Mehndi art that KM Henistry created for her. What a winning combo! The beginning of these wedding festivities was a cornucopia of delicious food from Patriotic Pig, emotive speeches, fantastic choreographies, and of course, the great music beats from DJ Riz Entertainment, who turn the night into a real party. If you want to relive this moment, visit today's gallery, and if this is not enough, you can check the visual masterpiece here, both created by Texpertz Photography. You will be amazed!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Aamir and I met when I was in middle school and he was in high school! We started dating when I was 14 and he was 15. Little did we know that 13 years later we would be getting married. I think we knew that this was going to work for the long haul when we very quickly clicked. We went from being boyfriend/girlfriend to best friends and then to business partners. At that point, we knew that this relationship was going to be a love story for the books

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Every thanksgiving we vacation in Cancun with Aamir's family. This was the first thanksgiving that we were going to go along to Cancun. Naturally I knew something was up. We stayed at the Secrets the Vine in Cancun in the honeymoon suite. Aamir had been playing me since August and letting me book our trip when little did I know he knew which resort I would end up picking and from there he worked with the resort for a romantic beach proposal. It was the cutest and sweetest moment of my life! It was perfect! As we came around the corner to go down the steps to the beach you saw herds of people gathered around and I remember looking to Aamir and saying oh look someone is getting proposed too and then I remember doing a double take and being like OMG THATS MY NAME!

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.
Honestly this was SO FUN FOR ME! Being a corporate event planner i was so excited to plan a more creative like event. My favorite part was planning all the little surprise and delight experiences and my least favorite part was deciding on my outfits. I LITERALLY could not make a decision cause the pressure was so high.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew for my indian lengha I wanted a traditional red lengha. I have always dreamed of being a traditional bride in a bright red lengha. As I got older my dream started getting mixed in with an american style reception. With that being said we ended up doing a combo to make both dreams come true. A red lengha for the sangeet and a white lace wedding dress for the reception

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Honestly it was when we were able to get our families together to do DIY projects, dance practices and wedding planning! It was so fun to get everyone together and it will be one of my favorite memories from the wedding. I am blessed to have such AMAZING family and cousins who were by my side during this whole wedding process

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think our guests favorite part of the wedding was how uniquely different it was. It had a good pairing of traditional and non-traditional elements.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our special moment was spending the morning of the reception with our bridal party and close family. We truly were blown away seeing everyone come together and make our dream wedding come together. I remember walking out from my hair and make-up into the venue hall and having that ah-huh moment on how blessed we truly are!

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.
Our 4 day wedding started off with a traditional mendhi at both the bride and grooms homes. It was filled with lots of food, laughter and dancing. We decided to change up the normal tradition and do the grooms egg rasum on this day to help the ease of the pithi/sangeet on the next day. The pithi and sangeet was our FAVORITE day! Our families put on wonderful performances and skits that talked about our relationship. Aamir and I are middle school sweethearts. Yes, middle school! The pithi had delicious indo-chinese food, chaat station, falooda station, bangle bar, bindi bar and dupatta bar. Guests were then served gourmet popcorn for their late night snack. The nikkah was on Friday and took place at our ismaili center in Plano. WE drove in style to the pithi in a McLaren and did the traditional khoba kobi game. Aamir build a WONDERFUL donut wall that we used to provide the traditional sweets for everyone to celebrate the marriage. On Saturday, we had a more americanized traditional reception! Growing up in the american culture but still having solid traditional roots made picking a theme for the wedding tough. Our happy medium was a FULL traditional mendhi, pithi, sangeet and nikkah with a non-traditional reception. We started the day off in a party bus and had a full day in the bridal and grooms suite with our bridal party! The evening kicked off with entrances, cake cutting and lots of dances. Each guest got to takeaway gourmet organic cotton candy for the favor. We catered barbeque food and had cupcakes and a smores bar for the desserts. We ended the evening with a sparkler exit and fireworks! It was truly a magical time!!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Just enjoy every moment of it. All the stress during the weekend is not worth it! You have family to help with that. You want to be able to look back and be apart of your wedding

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
My mendhi had a few hidden elements that meant alot to me. For example an infinity sign with 2006 hidden in it. That is the year we started dating. Cake tasting was one of our favorite days! We wanted something different and seasonal so we went with mint chocolate chip, coffee flavored and cinnamon spice. The venue for each of our days were so different. Pithi/Sangeet had a more industrial and vibrant feel. The reception was rustic and modern at the same time. I truly think we paired a fusion of cultures into a very intimate and lovely little wedding.

Stay tuned for the marvelous wedding ceremony in our next post! You will love it. 

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DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Lighting: DJ Riz Entertainment | Sangeet Venue: 2616 Commerce Event Center | Ceremony Venue: Ismaili Jamatkhana Plano | Reception Venue: Magnolia Grace Ranch | Floral & Decor: Alpha Decor & Design | Hair & Makeup: Kashish By Hina | Catering: Patriotic Pig | Bridal Fashions: Zar By Shehnaz Madhani | Cake & Treats: The PopShop and More | Cinematography / Photography: Texpertz Photography | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Kashish By Hina | Favors: Make Your Life Sweeter | Fireworks: PrestoTechnics LLC | Mehndi Artist: KM Henistry | Photo Booth: Social Photo Booth | Rentals: Top Tier Rentals | Transportation: Prime Limo | Registry: Amazon


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!
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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


Somerset, NJ Indian Wedding by House of Talent Studio

We are glad to have you back, ladies! Anjani & Pranay's love story continues, and we are sure you will love what we have prepared for you. For this installment, we'll be taking a look at the reception party that brought these wedding festivities to an end!. And we want o make a big shoutout to House of Talent Studio as this fabulous gala is presented to you thanks to their remarkable work! They did not only captured the fantastic scenes featured below, but they also prepared the visual masterpiece being featured in today's Video Blog. For this reception party, we are taking you back to the grand The Marigold, whew this unforgettable event took place. Right from the start, we have to say that we absolutely loved every single detail surrounding this event! But there is no surprise here as everything was thoroughly planned and orchestrated by Chandai Events. Impressive talent! And we want to take a moment to admire the beauty of our lovely Maharani! You will love the way Anjani showed up at her reception wedding, looking like a princess dressed in a beautiful lehenga that captived everyone. Jasmin Rahman complemented this ravishing look taking care of Anjani's beauty needs and endowing her with so much beauty that made everyone sigh. This gala turned into an epic party where everyone enjoyed the delicious food, emotive speeches, and of course, the phenomenal beats from D&S Event Solutions, who enlivened every moment of this extraordinary event. You are more than welcome to relive this moment by visiting our gallery! Believe us; you are going to love it!

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We were in Barcelona, which had been a bucket list trip for me for a long time. I thought for sure he was going to propose on this trip, but by the time we reached the last day, I thought maybe I was wrong. We were staying in a hotel that had a highly rated restaurant we had been DYING to try. He had set up a lunch reservation and as we were getting ready, he let me know that the hotel concierge had called to let us know our reservation needed to be pushed a half hour. For the “inconvenience”, they told us to head up to the rooftop bar and they would have drinks for us while we wait. As we started to head upstairs, there were signs on the elevator saying “Out of Order” so we ended up having to walk upstairs. (It turns out the hotel had placed these signs to dissuade anyone from coming to the rooftop while we were there) Once we went upstairs, we were seated in a private area overlooking the city and he told me he had a gift for me! He gave me a photo album he had put together with photos from our 10 years together and once I reached the end, he got down on one knee!
 
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.
It was definitely a challenge planning a wedding in NJ from LA. I am so thankful to both of our parents who did so much running around to make sure every detail is exactly what I envisioned. Our vendors were also amazing and flexible in taking meetings over the phone and arranging in person meetings around the few weekends we were available.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The number one thing we still hear from guests is that the food and the music were perfect! All the food we had at the wedding was well executed and I don’t think there was a SINGLE dish or piece that wasn’t loved. We also had a number of “special requests” that were handled easily and efficiently. The music and our DJs were also great! They had guests on the dance floor the entire night up until the very last song!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
We each have one sister, who over the course of my and my husband’s relationship, have become incredibly close to each other. Together, they created a lot of special moments for us throughout the wedding weekend but one of my favorites is the surprise dance they put together for our reception. The dance included at least 5 different songs (and they choreographed the entire thing!!) The best part about this dance is how they fused together a large group that included friends and family from both sides! It really was such a great representation of our families and friend groups joining together as one.

Come back tomorrow! We have more inspiring stories for you. 
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GUIDE
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Traditional
Ballroom
Romantic
season
Summer
color
Photography: House of Talent Studio | Planning & Design: Chandai Events | Cinematography: House of Talent Studio | DJ: D&S Event Solutions | Venues: The Marigold | Floral & Decor: Rangoli Weddings | Hair & Makeup: Jasmin Rahman | Catering: Moghul Caterers | Catering: Mr. Paanwala | Baraat (Car): Broadway SuperCars | Cake & Treats: Palermo Bakery | Priest: Dinesh Jani


Columbus, OH Indian Fusion Wedding by Style & Story Creative

Welcome back, beautiful ladies! There is no better way to end this week than getting a full shoot of inspiration. As promised, we have the outcome and all the details surrounding today's fusion wedding celebration between Alekhya & Justin. And you, my lovely Maharanis, will love them! Moving forward with this story, we have to say that the perfect decoration that wrapped the halls of the Hyatt Regency Columbus will blow your mind! Just take a look at the mandap! No wonder why everyone was speechless! Hundreds of flowers and candles were perfectly positioned to give an ideal environment to the night! So big kudos to the talented team from B3 Events, who did not only set up the excellent decoration but planned a dreamy ceremony. Speaking of perfection, our beautiful Maharani stole the whole show as her striking and royal look dazzled the entire hall. Oh boy! She made the right choice trusting her beauty needs to the talented Lauren Wolff. The night was filled with many emotions as our lovebirds swear themselves, eternal love. To turn this fabulous gala into a real party, the crew from DJ Mavi Productions jumped into the stage and lighted up the night with amazing and well-selected music that put everyone to dance. And, we are lucky to have the fantastic captures from Style & Story, which you are more than welcome to enjoy in today's full gallery!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Justin and I met through friends in October 2015 and we bonded over watching Ohio State football and the Dallas Cowboys. After spending many weekends together watching sports, and trying new cuisines, we became great friends. We started dating a few months after and it slowly evolved into forever.
 
I knew Justin was the one when we started having a conversation about life goals. He always pushed me to consistently lay down plans to reach them. I also knew he was the one when I knew he would always teach me something new and I knew I was a better version of myself with him in my life.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We had made a trip to Cleveland in September for my birthday because I loved the fat head's brewery there. Justin had made reservations at a restaurant called adega to symbolize my name. There was a beautiful rooftop bar on top of the restaurant. After dinner, we went to the rooftop bar and he dropped down on one knee with the Cleveland city skyline behind me. It was a beautiful night spent in Cleveland.
 
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.
When I started out wedding planning, the things that were non-negotiables were the outfits I knew I wanted and the photographer. Everything else could be changed as needed. Oct 5th would be the auspicious date we would go on to select for the wedding.
 
I knew at the start of the planning since my fiance is Chinese, I would need a wedding planner to get everything in order. I wanted my dad to be in charge of choosing all the food and mainly my mom to choose the decor. We chose B3 events (Chanakya and Vini) because we had heard so many wonderful praises about their work. They were with us from venue choosing to the farewell brunch after the wedding.
 
We started by looking at venues that could host over 700 people. This posed an issue as that was also the same day as a big Ohio State homecoming game. After a couple months of deliberation, we chose the Hyatt downtown. Chanakya from B3 events, worked with us and Hyatt to make the contract negotiation would be stress-free. 
 
When we started with decor, I knew that I wanted something different for the sangeet. I wanted something that was not the typical look. I ventured down the idea of doing butterflies. Butterflies to me were the significance of change and evolvement, which is how I viewed going into a marriage. The butterflies were hung all over the ceiling and the sangeet decor just made jaw drop when I saw it. Chanakya delivered beyond anything I had hoped. The wedding decor I was not particular about but Chanakya did steps by the mandap that were filled with candles and a layer of water with candles. It was breathtaking. Much in the same manner, I left the decor for the reception in Chanakya's hands.  I wanted something different but didn't quite know what. He came up with a stage that had panels of peonies which were my favorite flowers. The only request I had was to keep much of the colors coral and gold. I was also very particular about the dance floor for the reception. I knew I wanted a quote that said: "I have traveled oceans of time to find you". All of the decor was just beautiful and delivered to perfection.
 
I knew I wanted style and story as my photographer even before wedding planning started. We worked with Stephen who had done many south Indian weddings before.
 
I worked with Lauren for my hair and she did a fantastic job for all the events and Kayee did my makeup. Kayee did my makeup for my engagement party and I loved that she knew how to work with Indian skin. 
 
An important component was the food. We worked with mogul catering from New Jersey for the sangeet, wedding, and reception. The food presentation to the taste was just phenomenal.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My outfits for mehndi, sangeet, and reception were purchased in Mumbai and Hyderabad when I went for shopping in India last summer. My original plan was to wear the lime green Sabyasachi lehenga for the Sangeet and Shyamal and Bhumika for the reception. As I was shopping for my mehndi outfit, I fell in love with a yellow lehenga with mirror work all over at Origins in Hyderabad. I realized I would have to wear my Sabyasachi for the mehndi and the Origins outfit for the sangeet. I ordered the Shyamal and Bhumika outfit in Mumbai and this one required more work as I didn't want the color that was already in store. Once I got back home, we went through a process of color selection for myself and Justin. I wanted a pastel pink to go with the coral and gold theme. Justin wore his outfit for the wedding and mine was for the reception.
 
For my wedding sari, we went to Kanchi in Tamil Nadu. I knew I wanted a pink sari and I ended up choosing a sari that was pink with gold hues. I also knew I wanted an antique jewelry look. Whenever I thought of a bride, I always envisioned old elegance and so the sari and the jewelry look put everything together.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I would have to say the most enjoyable part of the planning process is seeing the end result. You wait till the magical day and you reap the benefits of time and energy put into it. Walking into a room and seeing what I envisioned was so so worth it.
  
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
After talking to our friends and my parent's friends, they were all blown away by the decor for all the events. They also commented on how wonderful and delicious the food was. Our friends who recently got married were pleasantly surprised at how smooth the wedding flowed with no hiccups.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There a couple moments that constantly replay in my mind. The first one is the reception entrance as bride and groom and how giddy we were and excited to celebrate. The second one is actually seeing my four grandparent's faces during the wedding and seeing how happy they looked. Having my grandparents with me during the wedding meant everything to me.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
I would say priortize your non-negotables for what you want for the wedding and make sure you do them. Not everything will turn out how you want to select the things you know will make a difference to you and your fiance. I did this and I would suggest every newly married couple to do the following. I asked my wedding planner during the reception if we could get a room to ourselves to eat dinner and have 15 minutes to spend time just the both of us. This is so important because it gives a little bit of time to soak in everything but to be in each other's presence without all the outside celebrations.
 
I know you were inspired today. Come back tomorrow for more!
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Photography: Style & Story | Cinematography: Veda Films | DJ: DJ Mavi Productions | Lighting: DJ Mavi Productions | Baraat: DJ Mavi Productions | Sangeet Venue / Ceremony Venue / Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Columbus | Planning & Design / Floral & Decor / Invitations & Wedding Stationery / Lighting: B3 Events | Hair & Makeup: Lauren Wolff | Hair & Makeup: Kaye Williams | Catering: Moghul Caterers | Bridal Fashions: Brides of Sabyasachi | Bridal Fashions: Shyamal & Bhumika | Bridal Fashions: Origins Hyderabad | Cake & Treats: Yummy Bakery | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling/ Mehndi Artist: Glamour Beauty Salon | Registry: Amazon


Columbus, OH Indian Fusion Wedding by Style & Story Creative

Good morning, Maharanis! The end of another fabulous week is here, and we don't want to miss the opportunity to share one of our favorite love stories with you. Today, we are pleased to introduce you to a unique fusion wedding that went beyond our expectations. Seeing two different cultures mingle together and become one through Alekhya & Justin's wedding celebration, is something to cherish and admire! So get ready to enjoy it! For this first installment, we are going through the pre-wedding events hosted at the Grand Hyatt Regency Columbus, a perfect place chosen by our lovely duo. As you know, a wedding is something that we have dreamed of ever since we were kids. And we want all to be perfect, just as in our dreams! To make that happen, Alekhya & Justin trusted their dream to the fantastic crew from B3 Events, who went above and beyond to make their dream a reality. The sangeet hall decoration is something that we want to highlight as our Maharani quoted: "The butterflies were hung all over the ceiling, and the sangeet decor just made my jaw drop when I saw it."  Hands down a phenomenal decor very well complemented by the beats from DJ Mavi Productions, who enlivened every moment of the evening! If you want to relive this memorable night, visit the fantastic captures from Style & Story in today's gallery.  And in case that is not enough, you might want to visit Veda Films' website to check the blockbuster video they created!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Justin and I met through friends in October 2015 and we bonded over watching Ohio State football and the Dallas Cowboys. After spending many weekends together watching sports, and trying new cuisines, we became great friends. We started dating a few months after and it slowly evolved into forever.
 
I knew Justin was the one when we started having a conversation about life goals. He always pushed me to consistently lay down plans to reach them. I also knew he was the one when I knew he would always teach me something new and I knew I was a better version of myself with him in my life.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We had made a trip to Cleveland in September for my birthday because I loved the fat head's brewery there. Justin had made reservations at a restaurant called adega to symbolize my name. There was a beautiful rooftop bar on top of the restaurant. After dinner, we went to the rooftop bar and he dropped down on one knee with the Cleveland city skyline behind me. It was a beautiful night spent in Cleveland.
 
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.
When I started out wedding planning, the things that were non-negotiables were the outfits I knew I wanted and the photographer. Everything else could be changed as needed. Oct 5th would be the auspicious date we would go on to select for the wedding.
 
I knew at the start of the planning since my fiance is Chinese, I would need a wedding planner to get everything in order. I wanted my dad to be in charge of choosing all the food and mainly my mom to choose the decor. We chose B3 events (Chanakya and Vini) because we had heard so many wonderful praises about their work. They were with us from venue choosing to the farewell brunch after the wedding.
 
We started by looking at venues that could host over 700 people. This posed an issue as that was also the same day as a big Ohio State homecoming game. After a couple months of deliberation, we chose the Hyatt downtown. Chanakya from B3 events, worked with us and Hyatt to make the contract negotiation would be stress-free. 
 
When we started with decor, I knew that I wanted something different for the sangeet. I wanted something that was not the typical look. I ventured down the idea of doing butterflies. Butterflies to me were the significance of change and evolvement, which is how I viewed going into a marriage. The butterflies were hung all over the ceiling and the sangeet decor just made jaw drop when I saw it. Chanakya delivered beyond anything I had hoped. The wedding decor I was not particular about but Chanakya did steps by the mandap that were filled with candles and a layer of water with candles. It was breathtaking. Much in the same manner, I left the decor for the reception in Chanakya's hands.  I wanted something different but didn't quite know what. He came up with a stage that had panels of peonies which were my favorite flowers. The only request I had was to keep much of the colors coral and gold. I was also very particular about the dance floor for the reception. I knew I wanted a quote that said: "I have traveled oceans of time to find you". All of the decor was just beautiful and delivered to perfection.
 
I knew I wanted style and story as my photographer even before wedding planning started. We worked with Stephen who had done many south Indian weddings before.
 
I worked with Lauren for my hair and she did a fantastic job for all the events and Kayee did my makeup. Kayee did my makeup for my engagement party and I loved that she knew how to work with Indian skin. 
 
An important component was the food. We worked with mogul catering from New Jersey for the sangeet, wedding, and reception. The food presentation to the taste was just phenomenal.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My outfits for mehndi, sangeet, and reception were purchased in Mumbai and Hyderabad when I went for shopping in India last summer. My original plan was to wear the lime green Sabyasachi lehenga for the Sangeet and Shyamal and Bhumika for the reception. As I was shopping for my mehndi outfit, I fell in love with a yellow lehenga with mirror work all over at Origins in Hyderabad. I realized I would have to wear my Sabyasachi for the mehndi and the Origins outfit for the sangeet. I ordered the Shyamal and Bhumika outfit in Mumbai and this one required more work as I didn't want the color that was already in store. Once I got back home, we went through a process of color selection for myself and Justin. I wanted a pastel pink to go with the coral and gold theme. Justin wore his outfit for the wedding and mine was for the reception.
 
For my wedding sari, we went to Kanchi in Tamil Nadu. I knew I wanted a pink sari and I ended up choosing a sari that was pink with gold hues. I also knew I wanted an antique jewelry look. Whenever I thought of a bride, I always envisioned old elegance and so the sari and the jewelry look put everything together.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I would have to say the most enjoyable part of the planning process is seeing the end result. You wait till the magical day and you reap the benefits of time and energy put into it. Walking into a room and seeing what I envisioned was so so worth it.
  
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
After talking to our friends and my parent's friends, they were all blown away by the decor for all the events. They also commented on how wonderful and delicious the food was. Our friends who recently got married were pleasantly surprised at how smooth the wedding flowed with no hiccups.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There a couple moments that constantly replay in my mind. The first one is the reception entrance as bride and groom and how giddy we were and excited to celebrate. The second one is actually seeing my four grandparent's faces during the wedding and seeing how happy they looked. Having my grandparents with me during the wedding meant everything to me.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
I would say priortize your non-negotables for what you want for the wedding and make sure you do them. Not everything will turn out how you want to select the things you know will make a difference to you and your fiance. I did this and I would suggest every newly married couple to do the following. I asked my wedding planner during the reception if we could get a room to ourselves to eat dinner and have 15 minutes to spend time just the both of us. This is so important because it gives a little bit of time to soak in everything but to be in each other's presence without all the outside celebrations.
 

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Photography: Style & Story | Cinematography: Veda Films | DJ: DJ Mavi Productions | Lighting: DJ Mavi Productions | Baraat: DJ Mavi Productions | Live Music: DJ Mavi Productions | Sangeet Venue / Ceremony Venue / Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Columbus | Planning & Design / Floral & Decor / Invitations & Wedding Stationery / Lighting: B3 Events | Hair & Makeup: Lauren Wolff | Hair & Makeup: Kaye Williams | Catering: Moghul Caterers | Bridal Fashions: Brides of Sabyasachi | Bridal Fashions: Shyamal & Bhumika | Bridal Fashions: Origins Hyderabad | Cake & Treats: Yummy Bakery | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling/ Mehndi Artist: Glamour Beauty Salon | Registry: Amazon


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