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Dallas, TX Indian Wedding by Vek Photo

Welcome back, beautiful ladies! We are glad you could join us today because we were dying to share all the details surrounding Ashley & Nikhil's wedding bash! This time, we will be heading to the wedding ceremony in a vibrant and joyful Baraat procession animated by DJ Riz Entertainment.  And we love how Nikhil embraced a traditional style and show up at the Baraat procession riding a white horse decorated with traditional Indian fabrics. This colorful procession created a striking scene that combined modern architecture with classic Indian colors and attires. And we cannot stretch how much we love this moment! After the arrival of the Baraat, our two lovebirds were ready to go inside the exclusive Renaissance Dallas Hotel to proceed with the wedding ceremony that united their lives in marriage. This long-awaited moment, thoroughly planned by Elaan Events, was a dream come true! Simply take a look at the lovely decoration crafted by Alpha Décor. It was mesmerizing! The soft colored adornments and multicolored floral arrangements mirrored the jaw-dropping look of our gorgeous Maharani, who donned a fashionable attire by Om Prakash Jawahar Lal, very well complemented with the exquisite makeup and hairstyle by Red Lotus Artistry. And let's not forget about the spectacular Mehndi designed by Sheetal's Henna Designs. It was all a perfect combination that made her look like a goddess! After the ceremony, it was time to celebrate the newlyweds with a fantastic reception party enlivened by DJ Riz Entertainment. Hands down, the best way to bring the wedding festivities to an end! If you want to take a closer look at this cornucopia of beauty and flair, don't miss the spectacular shots captured by Vek Photo in today's full gallery. It is mind-blowing!

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
February 24, 2018. That’s when it went down at the Chihuly Glass Museum in Seattle, WA. My husband was finishing his last semester of law school, and I had an inkling that he would propose in May 2018 after graduating, since all of our families would be together for his graduation. This is why when we took a trip to one of his favorite cities, just a few months prior, a proposal was the farthest thing from my mind. He forced me to dress a little fancy prior to heading to the museum (I thought this was weird and should have expected something) and had made sure my friends had me get a manicure prior to the trip. We walked around the museum with a few of his college friends, one of whom had a fancy camera that he was using to “practice taking good pictures”. Once we entered the open gallery room, he got on one knee and proposed! I was so shocked that I just stood there staring down at him saying, “is this for real” repeatedly, until I finally said yes. Later, I learnt that he had picked the Museum for a number of reasons: 1) he knew I had never been and wanted to go, 2) proposing in Seattle would be totally unexpected, and 3) given that the Museum had glass gardens and flowers, it was beautiful year round, and there was no possibility of weather interfering with his plans.
 
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.
Our decision-making process for the venues and vendors was 90% driven by our budget. We knew we wanted to do a wedding in Dallas and that a hotel was going be the best option since an overwhelming majority of the guests would be flying into Dallas from out of state. We researched options, toured, made pro-con lists, and the Renaissance Dallas was finally selected, particularly because not only did it fall within our budget, but it gave us the ability to have our ceremony outdoors, which had been my dream!
 
For decor, since the wedding was going to be three separate events and we would have three completely different outfits, we wanted each event to feel different and intentional. We started planning our decor themes with the ceremony and knew that we wanted an outdoor morning ceremony, and so soft light tones and pastels (i.e. light pink, ivory, pale gold, mint green, etc) were going to be perfect. We wanted the Sangeet the night before to feel fun and cultural as a good way to kick off the weekend, so we wanted lots of bright colors and decor that screamed festive. Finally, the reception as the closing piece needed to feel grand and bold. Once we had these ideas nailed down, our decorator was able to take them and run and bring us back a vision that absolutely floored us.
 
I don’t think I could’ve gotten the Bridal looks I had envisioned if I had not gone with Red Lotus Artistry. From day one, when we began with the makeup trial, Vidya listened very closely to what kind of styles and looks I was a fan of, and what I simply couldn’t stand. For example, I wanted to refrain from heavy eyeliner on the lower lid for the ceremony, given that we were going with the softer tones theme, and given that I hate lipstick, I only agreed to move forward with lighted lip shades for most of the wedding events. You want a makeup/hair artist who believes in what you do and don’t like, and doesn’t only try to impose his or her views. Your bridal makeup artist also needs to know exactly what hiccups to expect when getting ready for your wedding events, and that’s exactly what Vidya addressed during our consultation meeting. During the consultation, Vidya and I discussed how my dupattas would be draped and we ran through how every single piece of jewelry would be worn for each event. The meeting was time consuming, yet so informative and it kept us on the same page the weekend of the wedding.
 
We initially were worried about identifying and communicating with the vendors in Dallas, because we both lived in Washington, DC. Luckily, we had the absolute best wedding planner, Christina Thomas at Elaan Events, to help navigate us through the process. She was able to give us multiple options within our budget for each vendor, and made sure we were 100% happy with each one before proceeding onto the next matter. It has now been three months since the wedding took place, and we can look back with certainty that each was the best choice.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Pink. My bridal lehanga was destined to be a shade of pink since god knows when. Walking into Om Parkash Jawahar Lal in Chandni Chowk in New Delhi, and seeing all of the endless options of dazzling lehengas, something clicked and I knew that even though this was the first shop we were visiting, it would be the last and my lehenga would have to come from here. Luckily, my parents and aunts had already done their homework by visiting this shop prior to me even landing in New Delhi, so that made me feel even more comfortable with sticking to Om Parkash Jawahar Lal...which I highly recommend, brides!
 
Given that pink was non-negotiable, and that we wanted the ceremony to be pastel themed, accenting my lehenga with sea green was the perfect choice, especially since my husband loves the color green and was happy to find a sea green sherwani with light pink accents to compliment my outfit.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Hands down the food and cake tastings were the most enjoyable parts of the planning process. Is it possible that amidst the minutiae of wedding planning and logistics, anything could have been more enjoyable than being fed a variety of scrumptious appetizers, main dishes, desserts, and then making decisions with our stomachs instead of our minds? Although I’ve got to say, pinning wedding outfits and henna designs to my Pinterest boards, which I’d share with my mother and mother-in-law to get their input, was also exciting and not stressful, so I’d consider this a close second.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The Ceremony! One would think that a late morning ceremony, on the terrace of the Renaissance Hotel in Dallas, with perfect weather that wasn’t too hot or cold, with absolutely stunning soft pastel decor would have been what made the ceremony so memorable. But, all of that ended up being sides to the entree, that was the priest, Panditji Pattabhirama Krishna Jois. The guests were blown away by the fact that our traditional Hindu priest not only spoke in excellent English and was able to easily explain every step, but also that he was funny and engaging to a point where he felt as though he was an emcee. Many of our guests had not been to a traditional desi wedding before, and instead of sitting there bored and confused for an hour, they were entertained and were able to feel like they were part of all of the rituals.
 
Long story short, the engaging ceremony coupled with the perfect environment/vibe is something our guests have not stopped talking about.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
I feel like every bride, who has her wedding fresh in her mind, has all kinds of knowledge they want to impart on all brides-to-be. Here are my two cents:
 
1) Enjoy the engagement period for at least the first 1-2 months before you dive into planning mode. You really want to take that time to just be on cloud nine before you become occupied with dates, locations, and the endless wedding related decisions to be made.
 
2) The wedding planning process is like running a marathon. Don’t sprint!! Sticking to deadlines is essential, which your planner will guide you on. But don’t try to do everything at once. During this process, remember to keep an open dialogue with your fiance! Your partner needs to be a part of the conversations. Remember, it’s not just your marathon!

We have more romantic stories coming your way, so make sure to join us tomorrow for more!
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DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Lighting: DJ Riz Entertainment | Baraat: DJ Riz Entertainment | Hair & Makeup: Red Lotus Artistry | Cinematographer: Vibe Films | Sangeet / Ceremony / Reception Venue: Renaissance Dallas | Planning & Design: Elaan Events | Floral & Decor: Alpha Décor | Catering: Desi District | Catering: Peacock Plano | Bridal Fashions: Om Prakash Jawahar Lal | Cake & Treats: Frosted by Neema | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Kaagaz | Mehndi Artist: Sheetal's Henna Designs | Photo Booth: Abbeniel Photo Studio | Transportation: Prime Limo | Photography: Vek Photo


Chicago, IL Indian Wedding by Rahul Rana Photography

Happy Tuesday, darlings! We hope you are ready to dive into a new love story because we are dying to share Roshani & Parshva's wedding celebration with all of you! This time, we are heading down to the striking Pearl Banquets to enjoy this solemn and enchanting event that united these two lovebirds in marriage. Right from the bat, we have to say that this wedding was a cornucopia of beauty and glamour. Still, it was our gorgeous Maharani who stole all the looks throughout the entire wedding festivities as she donned soft colored attires by Aynaa that praised her innate beauty and made her look like a goddess! Her elegance and fashionable look also reflected on the fabulous makeup and hairstyle designed by Antonette White. And we cannot stress how much we loved it! To mirror the beauty of our gorgeous Maharani, Elegance Decor crafted a marvelous and almost heavenly decor that made everyone sigh. It was superb! An elegant and luxurious reception party followed the ceremony, and all guests had a great time dancing to the beats of DJ iLLEST. The only time the dancing stopped was to enjoy the delicious plates prepared by India House and the mouth-melting cake baked by The Baking Institute. If you can't get enough of this lovely celebration, make sure to take a look at the fantastic shots captured by Rahul Rana Photography in today's full gallery!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
My husband and I met when we were in high school, but we didn't start dating until after college. We talked every so often but since we went to different universities we didn't see each other much until we moved back home. I think I knew he was "the one" after our first "official" date. We had already become very close as friends so taking our relationship to the next level was a very natural transition.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I knew my husband was going to propose some time in 2018, I just wasn't sure when. That is, until he walked into my house at 7:30am on a Saturday wearing a dress shirt and blazer. That kinda gave it away. He took me to Navy Pier and proposed in the ferris wheel when we got to the top. Even though I knew it was coming, I still couldn't stop myself from crying my eyes out. Our proposal was private, but we met up with our family and friends afterwards to celebrate. It was one of the happiest days of my life.

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 had a lot of help from our family. We both have sisters and cousins who were so helpful when it came to finding the perfect venue, vendors, and decor theme. We were also determined to stick to our budget as much as we could. My husband was extremely helpful with this as he is very organized when it comes to planning and finances. Things can get crazy and add up with all of the events, vendors, gifts, etc. but he had this awesome spreadsheet that he used to keep track of it all.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew from the beginning that I didn't want to wear red. I saw an outfit online that was made by an Indian designer and I fell in love. I was able to find another designer through Instagram who could re-create any Indian outfit and decided to give them a chance. They were my first stop when I went to Mumbai. I actually didn't look at any other bridal outfits while I was in India, I knew what I wanted and I had to have it. I'm so happy with the decision I made and how my outfit turned out.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The food tastings! We loved sampling all of the different items and creating a menu of our favorites.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The entertainment. We are so lucky to have family and friends who went above and beyond with emceeing, performances, and speeches.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There so many that come to mind, but the one that sticks out most is our first dance together as husband and wife. Everything about that moment was perfect.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy the planning process and delegate! You spend about a year planning your wedding and even though it can feel stressful at times it will be over before you know it. It's important to take things one day at a time and ask your family and friends for help when you need it. This will make the whole process go smoother and your loved ones will also be happy that they were able to be a part of your big day.

That is all for today, darlings! Se you tomorrow for more. Same place, same time!

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Photography: Rahul Rana Photography | Venue: Pearl Banquets | Planning & Design: Elegance Decor | Floral & Decor: Elegance Decor | Hair & Makeup: Antonette White | Catering: India House | DJ: DJ iLLEST | Baraat: DJ iLLEST | Bridal Fashions: Aynaa | Cake & Treats: The Baking Institute | Cinematography: R.E.M. | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Rolex | Groom's Outfit: Aynaa


Silver Spring, MD Sikh Wedding by Catch Motion Studio

After a lovely ceremony, it was time for the grand party, and what a party that was! Sidak & Arun along with their guests moved to the exclusive Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center and as you probably imagine, the place was looking at its very best. In order for everything to run as smooth as butter, the couple recruited the planning and design skills of SW Events, who always deliver fully! If you are looking for a top-notch planner, you know who to call! So amazing! Don't forget to check Maharani Sidak's reception saree! Seriously, that tone of light emerald just took me off guard! Such a dazzling choice! Lots of ideas for you in this gala, ladies, so head down to part two of today's gallery thanks to Catch Motion Studio and experience all the glam!

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Planning & Design: SW Events | Photography: Catch Motion Studio | Ceremony Venue: Guru Nanak Foundation of America | Reception Venue: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center | Ceremony Floral & Decor: Dharma Events | Reception Floral & Decor: L'Ambiance | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Mala | Catering: Taj Caterers & Cafe | Reception Catering: Ronald Reagan International Trade Center | DJ: DJ Sunny Entertainment | Dhol Player: Dholi Avneet | Baraat: Spring Fever Farm | Bridal Fashions: Brides of Sabyasachi | Cake & Treats: M&T Events | Cinematography: Candy Photos | Lighting: DJ Sunny Entertainment | Mehndi Artist: Makeup by Mala


Silver Spring, MD Sikh Wedding by Catch Motion Studio

We are just one day away from 2020 and we are very excited about what this new year will bring! New brides and new bashes for us to take some ideas for our own special day. Today, we head down to Silver Spring for Sidak & Arun's grand Sikh wedding vision planned by no other tan the dream team of SW Events! The couple decided to tie the knot at The Guru Nanak Foundation of America and as we will see, the solemnity of the place mixed with the colorful fashion choices of the guests made it an event not to miss. Lucky for us, our pals from Catch Motion Studio were there storing with their lenses everything that went on for such an important occasion. I was completely stunned by Maharani Sidak's style. We all know Maharanis glow the day of their wedding and this bride was totally beaming, to say the least! Just look at that saree! Such a knockout! Want to see the rest of this lovely Sikh jubilee? Then head down to our gallery of today and get enchanted!

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Don't go anywhere, more to come!

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Planning & Design: SW Events | Photography: Catch Motion Studio | Ceremony Venue: Guru Nanak Foundation of America | Reception Venue: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center | Ceremony Floral & Decor: Dharma Events | Reception Floral & Decor: L'Ambiance | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Mala | Catering: Taj Caterers & Cafe | Reception Catering: Ronald Reagan International Trade Center | DJ: DJ Sunny Entertainment | Dhol Player: Dholi Avneet | Baraat: Spring Fever Farm | Bridal Fashions: Brides of Sabyasachi | Cake & Treats: M&T Events | Cinematography: Candy Photos | Lighting: DJ Sunny Entertainment | Mehndi Artist: Makeup by Mala


Knoxville, TN Indian Wedding by Bhowmik Dave Photography

Welcome back, inspiration-seeking Maharanis! It is time to take a look at the second installment of Priyanka & Manish's lovely gala coming from Knoxville! After a heartfelt ceremony, it was time for the grand reception at The Knoxville Convention Center and the place was looking magical. It had to be like that, a stunning couple deserves an equally stunning celebration! Once again, our friends from Bhowmik Dave Photography were there in order for you, Maharani, not to miss any detail. Seriously, today's gallery is one not to miss! We were so loving this couple's color palette choices. We can definitely see a new wave of colors coming into the Maharani world and we are loving it! Looking to get more ideas for your own day of magic? Then, today's gallery is for you! See you on the dancefloor!

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Floral & Decor: Red Umbrella | Hair & Makeup: Bangs and Blush | Photography: Bhowmik Dave Photography | Photography: Bhowmik Dave Photography | Sangeet Venue: Hindu Community Center Knoxville | Ceremony Venue: Knoxville Convention Center | Reception Venue: Knoxville Convention Center | Planning & Design: Mandap Creations | Catering: BAPS Knoxville | Live Music - Singer: Jaydeep Swadiya


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