Before Sonal and Parth’s Indian wedding ceremony began at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, hearts were fluttering and anticipation was buzzing as the adorable duo prepared for the most important moment of their lives. Maharani Sonal’s Haldi ceremony was a delightful event filled with lighthearted laughter and a chance for loved ones to have some fun with the bride before the main event! Sonal couldn’t have been more stunning for her Haldi celebrations in mustard sari, rainbow bright blouse, and bold, geometric jewels. Her elegant updo by Ms. Painted Lady was the perfect style to keep her hair off her face as she was covered from head to toe in turmeric. The faces of her parents and bridesmaids as she was adorned in haldi were just so precious. It is obvious how deeply this beauty is adored by all! Hats off to the planning and design team from K.I. Weddings for ensuring every detail went off without a hitch. Head over to our Main Blog, where with love and excitement Sonal and Parth became husband and wife. In the meantime, hurry over to the full gallery by Hiram Trillo Photography for all of the glorious photographs. And for all the inside scoop from the Main Maharani herself, scroll below for our interview with Sonal!
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It all began in January of 2016 when I thought I would be attending Parth's boss' surprise baby shower. I received an invitation from Parth's colleague with the "baby shower" details - April 9, 2016 at Ink 48 in NYC. When the day arrived, we were greeted in the lobby of Ink 48 and told to make our way to the Penthouse where the baby shower would take place. I was so distracted by the baby shower signs that I had no idea what was about to happen! Minutes later, Parth opened the door to a breathtaking view of the city, thousands of roses, and a photographer snapping away.
In the distance, I saw two crystal champagne glasses, a bottle of champagne, and a table full of pictures and rose petals. Parth walked me over to the table, got down on one knee, and popped the question! Of course I said Yes! We then made our way to dinner, where I thought it would just be the two of us. As we walked to our table both of their families were anxiously waiting. I was so happy Parth was able to get my parents and brother to make it all the way from Texas. The day was absolutely perfect!
Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
We decided to work with K.I. Weddings in order to make our planning process easier. We can’t thank them enough for making our planning experience such a pleasure. For the most part, we already knew which vendors we wanted to work with. Each one of vendors played an important part during our special weekend and we were satisfied with each and every one of them.
Venue: Hyatt Regency Dallas
Amy was terrific to work with and made sure every request we had was accommodated. I cannot think of a time she did not go above and beyond to get us what we wanted.
Hair & Make-up: Ms. Painted Lady
Alex was amazing! She is the best in the industry and made sure I had a different look for each event. During the weeks leading up to the wedding she was accessible and helped me create the perfect look.
Prashe is in a league of her own. The creativity she brought to the table was unparalleled. We were going for a modern yet classy look and she helped us achieve that. No event looked the same and she was able to create a wow factor each time our guests walked into each room.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I wanted a traditional lengha and visited a few stores until I was able to find the perfect one. My dad actually was the one to pick out my lengha and that’s when I knew it was the one. I wanted to make sure the lengha was red and gold to ensure it had a traditional feel.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guest had nothing but great things to say about the wedding which meant the world to us. There were actually a few things that stood out which were brought up to Parth and I from our guests.
Food – This is one of the most important things at a wedding. Guests love to see that you have a variety of dishes and want to enjoy each meal. Thankfully, Gopal Vegetarian Restaurant and Maharaja Indian Restaurant created a variety of dishes that our guests loved.
Décor – Our guests absolutely loved our décor and were impressed each time they walked into an event. Prashe made our vision a reality. We wanted a unique look for our wedding and reception and she was able to turn the room inside out to make it happen. Our wedding included traditional colors (red, ivory, gold, and green) with a modern open mandap, patterned aisle, and tons of candles. After the wedding, Prashe and her team were able to flip the room into a modern/edgy look with tons of mirrors, patterned dance floor, and a bar with the DJ elevated on top.
Music – We hired a live band (Medley Entertainment) and flew them down from NY for our Garba. Many of our guests had not seen this before and were very impressed. Additionally, we also worked with a DJ company called Premier Entertainment who is also based out of NY. Most of our guests were from the northeast and they loved the music that was played throughout our events.
Photo/Video – We used Hiram Trillo Photography and Epique Cinemas. Our guests said Hiram was extremely patient and was amazing to work with. He was great with the family and made sure we got the shots we wanted. Our guests were also in love with the same-day highlight video that was played during our reception. It was the perfect way to recap the weekend and we’ve received so many compliments on how great it turned out.
Venue – Our guests were impressed with the size of the venue as well as each of the ballrooms we held events in. Our coordinator was able to ensure we had a different room for each of our venues, which was important to us. The guests were extremely satisfied with the check-in process and the hospitality of the hotel staff.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
The most important piece of advice I can give any future brides is to live in the moment. Try not to get caught up in all the details and try to enjoy the planning process and wedding for what it is. This is a once in a lifetime experience and it will go by extremely fast. Everyone thinks they have a lot of time once the planning begins, but before you know it, your wedding day has arrived. We had 5 events in 3 days, but it felt like each event flew by. Try and enjoy the weekend as much as possible!
Have a beautiful weekend!