Good morning, Maharanis! February promises to inspire you with all the love stories, cute suggestions, and exciting details we have for you! To start with today's love story, let me welcome you to Kavan & Anoop's journey! These lovebirds are young, gorgeous, and most importantly, in love! So much so that they celebrated their traditional spring wedding with their beloved family and friends. My dears, that is the best to do it! Right? The place where the magic took place was unbelievable! Kavan & Anoop hosted an unforgettable event at Binghamton Country Club. This country club offers excellent venues for you to make your big day a precious memory! To ensure every detail went perfect, Events Cherished took control of the coordination extraordinarily! This team knows how to handle every little detail! Maharanis, let me tell you that this couple knew that serving first-class cuisine was a must for their event! Royal India Restaurant was the best choice, and I know everyone worshiped the dish this team of professional chefs prepared; their main ingredient is love for the culinary art! Hey! I want to make sure I mention the team that pampered our Maharani. Mari Felo - ATLYA STUDIO made sure to make our lovely Kavan feel comfortable and flawless! They did a very classy hairstyle and subtle makeup. Everybody adored her! Plus, our Maharani wore a delicate traditional dress from Sahiba Fashions that made the bride look like a Bollywood Star! To make this wife and husband feel like stars, House of Talent Studio photographed them at their most tender and adorable moments, which we have compiled in today's jaw-dropping gallery. So, wait no more and get ready to check it out. I'm sure you will love every single shot!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Anoop years ago when we were kids. We used to attend the same overnight Sikh summer camp. Through that camp his family became good friends with one of my family's good friends. Anoop and I became friends and got to see each other at gatherings and at camp. We found out we had many common interests. We bonded over our love of football, food, and travel. He always knew had to put a smile on my face from 3 states away. I knew he was the one when he would spend his weekends off from work in cold, snowy upstate New York visiting me in grad school.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We got engaged the day before my birthday. It was only a month after I had moved to Virginia. Anoop had planned for my parents to come visit us. He knew I wasn't fond of my birthday or making it a big deal. Even so he insisted I got out and get something new to wear for dinner. The week leading up to my "birthday dinner" Anoop was taking a lot of phone calls outside. The day of the dinner Anoop was on the phone outside, talking about how he would come pick someone up later. Eventually it was time for dinner, I became annoyed when Anoop disappeared before dinner and didn't tell me anything about the evening ( I hate surprises). He also chose a restaurant that was 1 hour away from our house. When we arrived at the restaurant Anoop met me and we went to the rooftop, while everyone else stayed downstairs. Up on the rooftop I had to close my eyes and Anoop led me to an area that was beautifully decorated with flowers. He got down on one knee and proposed to me with a cherry Ring Pop. It was a long standing joke between us that he could propose with a Ring Pop and I would say yes, as long as it was cherry. After the proposal we were joined by both of our families, and siblings, and a few very close friends. He also surprised me with bringing our 3 month old puppy, Bennett. A photographer was there to capture the whole thing. Afterwards we all had an amazing dinner together.
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 got married in my hometown, which is a small town in Upstate New York. There is a small indian community. With it being a small town our decisions on venue was simple. We knew we wanted our Reception to be at a hotel for the sake of convenience for our guests. The DoubleTree hotel was the prefect place for us. The ballroom was grand and the hotel was modern. DoubleTree cookies are also Anoop's favorite so it seemed like a no brainer for us. Hair and makeup was also a no brainer for me! I had a friend recommend a friend of hers and when I met Mari, I just knew she was the right person for me. She understood my vision of what I wanted for my hair and makeup. She took my "natural but glamorous" direction and brought it to life. The rest of the planning for decor and theme was all in collaboration with my mom. We talked about the other weddings we had been too and what we liked and didn't like. We also found different ideas on the internet,
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
When going into looking for a wedding lengha, I knew I didn't want something traditional and red. I have a lot of family who lives in Canada so we had gone to visit them. During our visit my mom insisted we go and look at some shops to get ideas for when we went to India. When we went into the first shop I steered completely clear of anything red. I tried on a few different lenghas but I knew I wasn't planning on buying anything. But when I tried on one lengha in particular I fell in love. It was a beautiful peach color with silver bead work. I took it off and we moved on, but I couldn't stop thinking about the peach lengha. We left the store and I still was thinking about that specific leghna. That is how I knew it was the one! We went back the next day and It came home with me! As for my reception outfit, I actually ended up buying it from a virtual consultation because everything was closed during COVID. I knew I wanted something that was different and I wanted it to be easy to dance in. The store I worked with was great, I shared pictures of things that I liked. I then told them what color I was interested in and my budget. We then had a video call where they showed me 10 options. From there we narrowed it down and they sent me individual pictures and videos of my top outfits. After I picked my gown, they walked me through taking my own measurements via video. They even helped me design a custom duputta to match. The gown arrived and it was perfect!
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think our wedding was super special both us and our guests because of the timing. Our wedding was the first time that people really were able to gather again after 18 months of COVID. It was such a happy joyful occasion because we finally got to celebrate our love with ALL our family and friends. The wedding brought a sense of normalcy back to life. People from all across the country were finally able to safely gather together. Another thing our guests particularly loved was our DJ and entertainment team. Shoutout to DSD Lighting and Events. Monish and Himanshu were incredible. They did all the music and audio from our Sangeet, Baraat, to the Anand Karj and the Reception. They kept the dancing floor rocking all weekend long.
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Cake was done by Gabriella's Cakes in Binghamton NY
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