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Cedar Grove, NJ Indian Wedding by Jason Rhee Photography

Welcome back, ladies! As we promised, we are here to bring you the beautiful Nikkah ceremony and Walima of Zahra & Zohab's! On this final installment, we are taking you to The Grove NJ. A magical and perfectly selected venue, where the traditional ceremony and reception was hosted. The talent from Jason Rhee Photography was present, capturing every single detail and transforming them into a beautiful gallery. Just perfect! What began with a fabulous proposal; today, we could see it became a dream come true with a "Yes, I do." At the end of the ceremonies, all guests attended the fantastic celebration; and let me tell you that you could feel the love that filled every corner of that place. We can assure you that the phenomenal talent of All Event Decorators made it possible. It's just splendid! Every single ornament, flower, and customed designed centerpiece gave a luxury vibe to each table. Maharani, Zahra glowed in a phenomenal and traditional red and gold Anarkali and flawless makeup and hairstyle, all thanks to the Style by Susmita's crew. Visit our gallery today to relive these fantastic moments!

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Oh yes, we have more for you. Come back tomorrow and you will be delighted with another love story!

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Venues: The Grove NJ | Photography: Jason Rhee Photography | Sangeet Venue: Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson | Floral & Decor: All Event Decorators | Hair & Makeup: Style by Susmita


Cedar Grove, NJ Indian Wedding by Jason Rhee Photography

Good Morning, Maharanis! It is so good to be back with more love stories. If you are in the persuit of inspiration, you came to the right place at the right moment as today we have something special just for you. We are presenting the beauty that surrounded the wedding of Zahra & Zohab and I'm pretty sure you will love it.  To begin this lovely journey,  we will be heading down to the phenomenal Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson, where a marvelous Sangeet festivity ignaurated the wedding spree! Everyone was amazed by the kaleidoscopic decoration our friends from All Event Decorators created. So vibrant, such cheerful and what a wonderful talent displayed! Maharani Zhara was dolled up by Style by Susmita who's magical touch gave her and impecable look to twirl on the dance floor. What a beauty! Family and friends gathered, enjoyed delicious food and amazing choreographies that created and unforgettable night for our lovebirds. We are glad to have the fabulous photos from our friends from Jason Rhee Photography to bring back to life this great night!

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We have more for you. Come back for the final  moments of this magical celebration. 

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Venues: The Grove NJ | Photography: Jason Rhee Photography | Sangeet Venue: Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson | Floral & Decor: All Event Decorators | Hair & Makeup: Style by Susmita


Bella Collina, FL Indian Wedding by BnB Photography

Good morning, beautiful Maharanis! Sometimes I feel love is like a drumbeat; it resonates in you, and then you simply follow the rhythm. Today we are honored to present you the phenomenal wedding celebration from Pamela & Falgoon, a couple that followed the rhythm of love and joined their life journeys at the exclusive The Club at Bella Collina. The gardens of this palatial spot provided them an experience beyond their expectations for the most memorable day of their lives. Our lovebirds made their dream come true thanks to the fantastic planning and execution from Preeti Exclusive, who, according to the bride: "Preeti was a lifesaver as she helped us balancing our vision." They also trusted their decor vision to Liz Decorations and let me tell you that the place was outbursting with perfectly balanced colors and flowers. The decor team also brought to life a phenomenal manda pdesign that gave a magical vibe to the scenery! What a beautiful ceremony! You can relive this moment thanks to the great photoshoots from BnB Photography, who made sure to chronicle all of the emotions and transform them into a beautiful gallery. So make sure to visit it! 
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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Falgoon and I met on DilMil! My assistant Dipali made my account and was swiping away. Of course we came across Falgoon profile picture with him wearing a Power Ranger shirt with a double rainbow and I couldn't resist myself and swiped right.
Falgoon planned this epic first date. The only down fall was he was in Tampa and I lived in Orlando so it was a drive for me plus I had to figure out how to tell my mom I was driving 2 hours to meet someone I met off an app. Eventually my mom caved and agreed to cover for me however I got cold feet and ended up 4 hours late. Falgoon had to rearrange our plans and the date didn't start off well. However after an hour together things started to flow. At the end of our first date I knew he was the one.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Falgoon being Gujarati and me being Guyanese, his parents at first were not a fan of the idea of us being together. We spent a year fighting all the obstacles sent our way and proving that we would fight for our love at no means; merging our cultures, beliefs and becoming one. We promised each other we wouldn’t give up on each other, and we never did. I would always compare our love story to a Bollywood movie which I would make Falgoon watch a lot of. We had our flights book to NYC, for my aunt’s baby shower, little did I know Falgoon had his plans. On October 20th,2018, Falgoon made a spa appointment for me to get my hair and nails done. He told me we were going to have a nice dinner and a stroll through the park so we could get a skyline picture. Once we both were dressed, we headed out. We had some appetizers and then Falgoon insisted on walk through Gantry Park during sunset. Little did I know, this was the moment. With the thought of my love for Bollywood, Falgoon incorporated a song from every Bollywood movie we watched into his proposal. Each spot had one of his cousins and best friends with a rose and a picture of us. At each stop they asked me “Will you accept this rose?” At the very end, we ended up at the skyline, stepped into a rose petal shaped heart with candles. Falgoon of course wrote a beautiful speech, we giggle at moments thinking back to the ups and downs for the fight of love and then asked me to be his wife. We ended the night with dinner at Tony's Di Napoli in Manhattan and dancing at Magic Hour and Moxy.
 
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.
- Wedding Planner, Decorator
We originally thought we could handle planning the wedding all by ourself.  We finally decided a few months in that we needed a wedding planner and we contacted Preeti from PreetiExclusive Events and she was a lifesaver. She made wedding planner fun, kept us on track and help us balance out our vision. Falgoon loved the bigger and better while I wanted a more simple, elegant look. With Preeti's help, we found Liz who capture both our visions for decor. Falgoon wanted the lotus shaped mandap and Liz bought it to life while keeping in mind my simple and elegant vision. We just didn't find a wedding planner but a friend.
 
- Hair & Makeup
My make up, hair and mehndi was all done by Salma and her team from Hennaallure. I used Salma for our engagement puja and she was amazing. So when time came for my wedding look, I knew Salma was the way to go. She kept me calm during my getting ready time, shared advise and was a joy to be around.
 
- BnB Photography & Digital Dreams Studio
Words can not explain how amazing Amar is. His pictures are a work of art. Amar first did our engagement shoot and once we saw the pictures, it looked like we belonged in a magazine. During the wedding, Amar and his team capture everything so beautifully. Ashok and Amar work great together. They feed off each other while capturing some amazing moments. We are super excited to see our wedding video that Ashok and his team capture during our wedding.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
- Ceremony
My wedding lengha was selected because of the horses. My grandfather passed away 3.5 years before my wedding and he was my world. He was my biggest dance fan and favorite person. Growing up, the Derby and horse racing was a huge part of my life. Derby day was a holiday for us.  So when I laid eyes on the lengha on an IG post, I know I had to have it. My in laws went to India for wedding shopping and during their time there, my sister in law found the same exact outfit I showed her a picture of. It was just as perfect as I could remember. As I walked down the aisle, a piece of my grandfather walked down with me.
 
- Sajda by Suman
My reception outfit was bought in New Jersey from Sajda by Suman. I was turned between a traditional white dress or during a traditional Indian look. When I told Nishi my thoughts, she walked into the back and bought out a lengha which I fell in love with it.
 
- Reception
My in laws searched for a reception outfit in India for me but there was no luck. I wanted an outfit that would make my future husband light up but make my parent happy too. I was torn between a traditional white dress like my mother wore for her wedding or a lengha. We knew my future husband would be wearing a James Bond inspired look in memory of his Dada so I needed something perfect to go with it. My reception outfit was bought in New Jersey from Sajda by Suman. When we first went to Sajda, I looked through their showroom and couldn't find anything that i loved. Nishi asked me what i was looking for. When I told Nishi my thoughts, she walked into the back and bought out a lengha which I fell in love with it.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our first look. I wanted the first time Falgoon and I saw each other as groom and bride to be inmate so we sneak and did a first look. I remember having the same butterflies, I had the first time I saw Falgoon standing there.
 
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.
- Bridesmaids' Dance
My bridesmaid are my soca sisters. You put on some chutney or soca music and they get down. However a choreographed bollywood dance is not their thing. So 20 minutes before the reception, they learned their dance and did a great job. Of course they had to dance Woh Mere Jijaji to welcome their new Jiji into the family.
 
- Patel's Cousin Dance
Falgoon's cousins wedding dance performances are always amazing. They take the time to choreograph them, stay up late and practicing. So when they put on a musical skit on how Falgoon and I met, it was the most beautiful thing I have seen.
 
- Bride's Solo
During my dance during my reception, I made sure each song had a meaning to our love story. As a little girl I dance around the house with my grandfather to Dafli Wale. My grandfather use to tell me, love is like the beat of a drum, once you find it, you dance without thinking. Of course I wanted the most perfect dance so I asked Dipali from dpaulymoves to help me choreographed it. During my dance, the moment my eyes met Falgoon's, I forgot everything and danced to my own drum. So once Dafli Wale Dafli Baja started, I dance the same steps I dance around the house with my grandfather for my husband. It was the most priceless and sentimental thing I could think to do to show my love. Of course my husband would be bhangra dancer, so I had to pull out a few bhangra steps while dancing towards him to Nikle Curran; pulling him up to open the dance floor.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
You will always received advise and suggestions; don't feel obligated to take it if it doesn't make you happy.
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Mehndi-Make it your own!
In my mehndi I included a few things to describe Falgoon before he could find his name
Lexus symbol- Falgoon love his Lexi.
Taco Bell symbol- the first time I ever ate TB was with Falgoon. After the first time, I fell in love with TB.
007- Falgoon is a huge James bond fan
Ganesha Bhagwan- Ganesha Bhagwan has guided us through our love story. He removed all our obstacles and gave us the strength to continue our journey
 
Follow me and let's unveil together the last event of this love story!
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Venues: The Club at Bella Collina | Planning & Design: Preeti Exclusive | Floral & Decor: Liz Decorations | DJ: Dudha Productions | Cinematography: Digital Dream Video & Photo Studio | Rentals: Stages Plus | Photographer: BnB Photography | Mehndi Artist: Henna Allure | Sajda by Suman: Bridal Fashion


Playa del Carmen, MX Indian Wedding by Novia Mia Photography

Welcome back, Maharanis! As promised, we are back with the conclusion of this beautiful wedding festivities but the beginning from the eternal and true love from Priya & Jason, our today's favorite couple. So let's go back to Playa del Carmen, Mexico. It will win you over with more than its magnificent natural landscapes and warm weather. The Barceló Maya Grand Resort was the ideal choice for their wedding celebration. Once the magnetic and traditional fusion wedding ended, an amazing hall at the outdoors from the perfect venue was prepared to host the fantastic reception. This place was entirely decorated by Latin Asia - Claudia Oyarzabal, who developed a magical environment for everyone. Not forgetting the magnificent and flowered arrangements and centerpieces prepared by Jccastillo Weddings, who took it to a higher level and contributed to the perfection of the night. The most extraordinary moment from the night arrived, and the glorious entrance from Priya and Jason dazzled everyone, our gorgeous Maharani wore a two pieces white dress that left everyone speechless. She took the right decision to trust her bridal fashion to Nazranaa, who made her look as taken out from a fairy tale. Everyone danced at the rhythm from Encore - DJ – Sean Singh, who made this an epic night. To conclude, you can't miss the gallery that we have for you today because our friends from Novia Mia Photography will make you relive this phenomenal celebration.

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Jason and Priya first met through a mutual friend at a gathering in Westchester, NY. Jason immediately took notice of Priya and got to hear her talk a little bit about her story amongst friends, which would leave quite an impression on him. They would both see each other a couple more times but then Jason would not hear from Priya for at least 4 years. In the age of social media, leave it to Facebook to bring these two lovebirds back together. Priya saw Jason come up as a recommended contact on Facebook and decided to send him a friend request. Jason was thrilled, of course, and messaged Priya to see how she was doing and they began talking again (however, Priya wasn’t really looking for a boyfriend). They made plans to hangout and before they knew it, they were staying out late talking for hours daily. It did not take long for them to officially become a couple.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Jason knew very early on that Priya was going to be the woman with whom he was going to spend the rest of his life, if only she were to say yes. In August 2015, the Persauds wanted to head to Mexico for a family vacation. Jason saw this as a perfect opportunity to finally propose. The day everyone was leaving for Mexico, Jason and Priya’s sisters Tara and Divya were at the jewelry store rushing to get the ring ready to take on the trip. Jason gave the ring to Tara to transport to Mexico to avoid any mishaps at the airport that might ruin the surprise. At this time, Jason still had no idea how he was going to do the proposal. While touring the hills of Hualtulco, Jason found the perfect opportunity in front of a waterfall. He told the tour guide that when they were in front of the waterfall, the guide was to take a photo of Jason and Priya. When Jason gave the guide a thumbs up, the guide was instructed to begin recording while Jason got on bended knee and asked his beautiful girlfriend to be his bride. After a ton of tears, and thankfully a huge YES they officially became engaged!
 
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.
After dismissing the idea of having a backyard wedding, Priya and Jason met with a wedding planner that gave them the idea of having it in Mexico.  They loved this idea as Jason had proposed in Mexico and it seemed to be a be a great way to keep costs down as well as be sentimental.  After some research and travelling to the Cancun area to visit some venues, Jason and Priya finally narrowed it down to the Barcelo Maya Resort after meeting  their wedding coordinators Ivette and Abraham. 
 
Priya and Jason made one more visit to the resort in March where they toured the giant Barcelo Maya complex (five resorts in one location!), planned their wedding events and met with their florist, decorator, makeup artist, and lighting technician. 
 
While finding inexpensive solutions to make their wedding day memorable, Priya and Jason DIY'd their wedding invitations, programs and centerpieces.  They kept in contact with all their wedding vendors in Mexico through email and video chats. Although there were a few issues with communication, everything worked out in the end!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Priya had pictured herself in a traditional red bridal lengha since she was a little girl.  Her mother had gotten her a lengha in Malaysia while on vacation - but on a trip to Edison, NJ to look for the bridesmaids lenghas, Priya, her mother and sisters found a stunning, inexpensive lengha at Nazraana they could not pass up! 
 
For her wedding dress, Priya, her family and some friends went shopping in Manhattan.  Priya knew she wanted a hi-lo dress - preferably with a detachable skirt to allow her to move with ease on the dance floor.  While shopping, her cousin Alea realized that a wedding dress was something she could make!  She immediately got to work, creating a pattern.  Priya and Alea made a few trips to the garment district in Manhattan to pick out fabrics and Alea spent countless hours. working tirelessly to cretae the perfect wedding dress for Priya.  The dress was more than Priya could have dreamed of and included a 5 tier tulle skirt with beaded sequin fabric and fully lined with silk, princess line dress made of patterned motif lace and silk and embroidered haute couture straps with 248 Swarovski crystals, 6.4 cts hydrothermal emeralds, and 1.9 ct central Opal.
 
That's right you read that correctly - *emeralds* and an *opal*!!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process for Priya and Jason was choreographing their first dance.  The couple practiced day in and day out, spending extra time together.  Their first dance incorporated both fast and slow songs, mixing a Broadway musical, electronic dance music and Bollywood. 
 
Alea started Priya's dress in November and worked on it until hours before the wedding on June 28th.  During this time, Priya and Alea spent more time together than they had since they were kids.  Alea has been Priya's best friend since birth and the process of making the wedding dress brought them closer than ever and reminded Priya how lucky she was to have Alea as her "partner". 
 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Priya and Jason's guests loved the exotic setting of a beach in Mexico for a South Asian wedding, as well as some of the over-the-top features that were part of the 3 events - a light-up dance floor, the bride being carried in on a dholi, a tequila donkey, baarat on the beach, and the many choreographed Bollywood dances. 
 
Priya wanted to stay true to her roots and not lose the connection to her Guyanese culture while in Mexico.  It was important to her to have a Guyanese DJ that she flew in from Queens, NY.  Priya also spent hours curating the perfect wedding playlist.  This decision paid off - the guests could not stop raving about the mix of American, soca, chutney and Bollywood music, both modern and classics, that were played!
 
All of Priya and Jason's family and friends stayed at the Barcelo Maya Grand Resort in Riviera Maya. When not celebrating the 3 events of the wedding, you could find the wedding guests in the pool drinking and partying! 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The 3 wedding events included a few choreographed dances to songs from Priya's childhood.  Priya's best friend of 25 years danced to "Choli Ke Peeche", her sisters to "Ghoomer" and "Hookah Bar", and her cousins to "Kay Sara Sara".  Priya and Jason's first dance included "Koi Ladki Hai" and her dance with her father was to "Mere Mehboob Mere Sanam". 
 
Priya spent much of her childhood watching Bollywood music videos, practicing the dances with her friends and cousins in the living room.  Being a part of, and watching her loved ones dance to songs that hold so much significance to her was the most meaningful part of the wedding for her.
 
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.
One of the best parts of the wedding was choosing Novia Mia Photography to capture our beautiful day.  Led by Arturo, not only did they capture amazing shots of Jason and Priya at the resort, they also had a private "Trash the Dress" photoshoot at a cenote nearby the resort.  Arturo captured unique shots underwater and with a fairytale backdrop. One of the best parts of the wedding was choosing Novia Mia Photography to capture our beautiful day.  Led by Arturo, not only did they capture amazing shots of Jason and Priya at the resort, they also had a private "Trash the Dress" photoshoot at a cenote nearby the resort.  Arturo captured unique shots underwater and with a fairytale backdrop. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Many other brides gave me the same advice - during the wedding, don't stress about the little details and stay in the moment!  If not for that advice I think I would have been a little more stressed about the events going smoothly.  I would like to pass on those words of wisdom!
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
When Priya was 17 years old, her life changed forever: she was in a terrible car accident, something that even medical professionals couldn’t predict the outcome of. Although she survived, she had to learn how to walk, eat, and speak again. Her right arm and face would never be the same (thankfully she's a lefty). Although she was scared, Priya was equally determined to recover and rebuild herself. With the love and faith of her family and friends, and putting one foot in front of the other every day, she was able to progress and recover past her injuries and even went on to graduate with her high school class.
 
Through her educational journey, Priya had several additional reconstructive surgeries, primarily on her face. It’s been a long road, with some bumps along the way.   Priya is proof that an open mind, full heart, and love of life can take anyone past their obstacles.
 
It is important for Priya to share her experience strength and hope about her identity as a burn survivor.  When Priya was 17 years old, her life changed forever: she was in a terrible car accident, something that even medical professionals couldn’t predict the outcome of. Although she survived, she had to learn how to walk, eat, and speak again. Her right arm and face would never be the same (thankfully she's a lefty). Although she was scared, Priya was equally determined to recover and rebuild herself. With the love and faith of her family and friends, and putting one foot in front of the other every day, she was able to progress and recover past her injuries and even went on to graduate with her high school class.

 

Have a great weekend ladies, and come back for more next week! Until then beautiful Maharanis!

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Venues: Barcelo Maya Grand Resort | Photography: Novia Mia Photography | Floral & Decor: Latin Asia - Claudia Oyarzabal | Floral & Decor: Jccastillo Weddings | Hair & Makeup: KIKA Hair and Makeup | DJ: Encore - DJ – Sean Singh | Bridal Fashions: Nazranaa | Draping/Styling: Latin Asia | Mehndi Artist: GK Henna


Playa del Carmen, MX Indian Wedding by Novia Mia Photography

Friday is finally here, ladies! And we don't want to end this fabulous week without bringing you the full-inspiring wedding festivities of Priya & Jason. Make sure to have your passport ready because we are traveling to the heart of the ancient Mayan region in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The phenomenal Barceló Maya Grand Resort and its fantastic surroundings were the perfect location for this equally perfect couple joined their lives and shows us all that true love exists. How romantic? On this first installment, we are unveiling the spectacular Indian wedding ceremony celebrated under a spectacular round floral mandap. We can say that the perfect combination between the decor from Latin Asia - Claudia Oyarzabal and the majestic flower arrangements from Jccastillo Weddings created a magical spot for this ceremony. You will love the grand entry from our Maharani on her palki; she looked stunning thanks to the fantastic makeup and hair stylists from KIKA Hair and Makeup. Every single guest enjoyed this moment to the fullest, and we had prepared a complete gallery for you today thanks to the visual skills from one of our favorite photographs Novia Mia Photography. So don't miss any snap and enjoy this ceremony! 

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Jason and Priya first met through a mutual friend at a gathering in Westchester, NY. Jason immediately took notice of Priya and got to hear her talk a little bit about her story amongst friends, which would leave quite an impression on him. They would both see each other a couple more times but then Jason would not hear from Priya for at least 4 years. In the age of social media, leave it to Facebook to bring these two lovebirds back together. Priya saw Jason come up as a recommended contact on Facebook and decided to send him a friend request. Jason was thrilled, of course, and messaged Priya to see how she was doing and they began talking again (however, Priya wasn’t really looking for a boyfriend). They made plans to hangout and before they knew it, they were staying out late talking for hours daily. It did not take long for them to officially become a couple.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Jason knew very early on that Priya was going to be the woman with whom he was going to spend the rest of his life, if only she were to say yes. In August 2015, the Persauds wanted to head to Mexico for a family vacation. Jason saw this as a perfect opportunity to finally propose. The day everyone was leaving for Mexico, Jason and Priya’s sisters Tara and Divya were at the jewelry store rushing to get the ring ready to take on the trip. Jason gave the ring to Tara to transport to Mexico to avoid any mishaps at the airport that might ruin the surprise. At this time, Jason still had no idea how he was going to do the proposal. While touring the hills of Hualtulco, Jason found the perfect opportunity in front of a waterfall. He told the tour guide that when they were in front of the waterfall, the guide was to take a photo of Jason and Priya. When Jason gave the guide a thumbs up, the guide was instructed to begin recording while Jason got on bended knee and asked his beautiful girlfriend to be his bride. After a ton of tears, and thankfully a huge YES they officially became engaged!
 
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.
After dismissing the idea of having a backyard wedding, Priya and Jason met with a wedding planner that gave them the idea of having it in Mexico.  They loved this idea as Jason had proposed in Mexico and it seemed to be a be a great way to keep costs down as well as be sentimental.  After some research and travelling to the Cancun area to visit some venues, Jason and Priya finally narrowed it down to the Barcelo Maya Resort after meeting  their wedding coordinators Ivette and Abraham. 
 
Priya and Jason made one more visit to the resort in March where they toured the giant Barcelo Maya complex (five resorts in one location!), planned their wedding events and met with their florist, decorator, makeup artist, and lighting technician. 
 
While finding inexpensive solutions to make their wedding day memorable, Priya and Jason DIY'd their wedding invitations, programs and centerpieces.  They kept in contact with all their wedding vendors in Mexico through email and video chats. Although there were a few issues with communication, everything worked out in the end!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Priya had pictured herself in a traditional red bridal lengha since she was a little girl.  Her mother had gotten her a lengha in Malaysia while on vacation - but on a trip to Edison, NJ to look for the bridesmaids lenghas, Priya, her mother and sisters found a stunning, inexpensive lengha at Nazraana they could not pass up! 
 
For her wedding dress, Priya, her family and some friends went shopping in Manhattan.  Priya knew she wanted a hi-lo dress - preferably with a detachable skirt to allow her to move with ease on the dance floor.  While shopping, her cousin Alea realized that a wedding dress was something she could make!  She immediately got to work, creating a pattern.  Priya and Alea made a few trips to the garment district in Manhattan to pick out fabrics and Alea spent countless hours. working tirelessly to cretae the perfect wedding dress for Priya.  The dress was more than Priya could have dreamed of and included a 5 tier tulle skirt with beaded sequin fabric and fully lined with silk, princess line dress made of patterned motif lace and silk and embroidered haute couture straps with 248 Swarovski crystals, 6.4 cts hydrothermal emeralds, and 1.9 ct central Opal.
 
That's right you read that correctly - *emeralds* and an *opal*!!
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process for Priya and Jason was choreographing their first dance.  The couple practiced day in and day out, spending extra time together.  Their first dance incorporated both fast and slow songs, mixing a Broadway musical, electronic dance music and Bollywood. 
 
Alea started Priya's dress in November and worked on it until hours before the wedding on June 28th.  During this time, Priya and Alea spent more time together than they had since they were kids.  Alea has been Priya's best friend since birth and the process of making the wedding dress brought them closer than ever and reminded Priya how lucky she was to have Alea as her "partner". 
 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Priya and Jason's guests loved the exotic setting of a beach in Mexico for a South Asian wedding, as well as some of the over-the-top features that were part of the 3 events - a light-up dance floor, the bride being carried in on a dholi, a tequila donkey, baarat on the beach, and the many choreographed Bollywood dances. 
 
Priya wanted to stay true to her roots and not lose the connection to her Guyanese culture while in Mexico.  It was important to her to have a Guyanese DJ that she flew in from Queens, NY.  Priya also spent hours curating the perfect wedding playlist.  This decision paid off - the guests could not stop raving about the mix of American, soca, chutney and Bollywood music, both modern and classics, that were played!
 
All of Priya and Jason's family and friends stayed at the Barcelo Maya Grand Resort in Riviera Maya. When not celebrating the 3 events of the wedding, you could find the wedding guests in the pool drinking and partying! 
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The 3 wedding events included a few choreographed dances to songs from Priya's childhood.  Priya's best friend of 25 years danced to "Choli Ke Peeche", her sisters to "Ghoomer" and "Hookah Bar", and her cousins to "Kay Sara Sara".  Priya and Jason's first dance included "Koi Ladki Hai" and her dance with her father was to "Mere Mehboob Mere Sanam". 
 
Priya spent much of her childhood watching Bollywood music videos, practicing the dances with her friends and cousins in the living room.  Being a part of, and watching her loved ones dance to songs that hold so much significance to her was the most meaningful part of the wedding for her.
 
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.
One of the best parts of the wedding was choosing Novia Mia Photography to capture our beautiful day.  Led by Arturo, not only did they capture amazing shots of Jason and Priya at the resort, they also had a private "Trash the Dress" photoshoot at a cenote nearby the resort.  Arturo captured unique shots underwater and with a fairytale backdrop. One of the best parts of the wedding was choosing Novia Mia Photography to capture our beautiful day.  Led by Arturo, not only did they capture amazing shots of Jason and Priya at the resort, they also had a private "Trash the Dress" photoshoot at a cenote nearby the resort.  Arturo captured unique shots underwater and with a fairytale backdrop. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Many other brides gave me the same advice - during the wedding, don't stress about the little details and stay in the moment!  If not for that advice I think I would have been a little more stressed about the events going smoothly.  I would like to pass on those words of wisdom!
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
When Priya was 17 years old, her life changed forever: she was in a terrible car accident, something that even medical professionals couldn’t predict the outcome of. Although she survived, she had to learn how to walk, eat, and speak again. Her right arm and face would never be the same (thankfully she's a lefty). Although she was scared, Priya was equally determined to recover and rebuild herself. With the love and faith of her family and friends, and putting one foot in front of the other every day, she was able to progress and recover past her injuries and even went on to graduate with her high school class.
 
Through her educational journey, Priya had several additional reconstructive surgeries, primarily on her face. It’s been a long road, with some bumps along the way.   Priya is proof that an open mind, full heart, and love of life can take anyone past their obstacles.
 
It is important for Priya to share her experience strength and hope about her identity as a burn survivor.  When Priya was 17 years old, her life changed forever: she was in a terrible car accident, something that even medical professionals couldn’t predict the outcome of. Although she survived, she had to learn how to walk, eat, and speak again. Her right arm and face would never be the same (thankfully she's a lefty). Although she was scared, Priya was equally determined to recover and rebuild herself. With the love and faith of her family and friends, and putting one foot in front of the other every day, she was able to progress and recover past her injuries and even went on to graduate with her high school class.

 

What an inspiring story? Don't you think? We have more for you, so make sure to check out part two!

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Venues: Barcelo Maya Grand Resort | Photography: Novia Mia Photography | Floral & Decor: Latin Asia - Claudia Oyarzabal | Floral & Decor: Jccastillo Weddings | Hair & Makeup: KIKA Hair and Makeup | DJ: Encore - DJ – Sean Singh | Bridal Fashions: Nazranaa | Draping/Styling: Latin Asia | Mehndi Artist: GK Henna


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