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Dallas, TX Indian Fusion Wedding by MnM Photography

Good morning, Maharanis! I hope you are ready to dive into a real-life fairytale because Karla & Umesh's fusion wedding celebration will brighten your day and will melt your heart with tenderness and joy. So, get ready to have a blast! We love seeing Indian fusion weddings as they are a cornucopia of beauty, elegance, colorful decors, and above all, because we get to see how two different backgrounds become one through love. So, you can imagine how happy we were when we laid our eyes on the marvelous shots captured by MnM Photography, as every single shot was a perfect ode to extravaganza and traditional flair! But such a level of perfection and beauty is no casualty. Karla & Umesh had a fantastic lineup of wedding vendors working tirelessly to design their dream wedding. SB Events Co worked their magic orchestrating this event to perfection and found the best ally in Events by Faiza. Together, they crafted spectacular backdrops for the different ceremonies and wedding events hosted at the Omni Hotel Downtown Dallas. Although we've talked about all the beauty, amazingness, and elegance surrounding the two wedding ceremonies, we haven't forgotten about the star of the day: our gorgeous Karla! She nailed the ultimate bridal look thanks to MS Painted Lady and Sheetal's Henna Designs, who made her look like a goddess throughout the entire festivities. After the two wedding ceremonies, it was time to celebrate the newlyweds with an elegant reception party enlivened by DJ Riz Entertainment. Hands down, this was a night to remember, and we are so glad to have this spectacular gallery to enjoy all the amazingness surrounding this grand event. So, go check it out and get ready to have a great time!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Umesh had just moved to Phoenix after completing his residency and was starting his Geriatric Fellowship. I was working in Urogynecology at the time, and he so happened to have one of his rotations in the clinic I was working. Our paths crossed in the operating room during a patient case, and I am so grateful for that. I never thought I would recognize when someone was 'the one.' People always told me I would 'know' when someone was the right one for me, but I could never quite conceptualize that until I met Umesh. I knew he was the one for multiple reasons. Our values aligned; family has always been very important to both of us. We have always had healthy conflicts; he is always receptive to feedback and also respects boundaries. He has always been so open and honest; he lets me vent. He encourages me to make time for the aspects of my life outside of our relationship that also make me happy. He has helped my relationships with family and friends flourish and become even better and more stable. He has always felt like home; he sparked a light in a time of darkness for me. He has helped me see what it means to feel secure emotionally, physically, and mentally.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Umesh proposed on his birthday weekend. We had a group of friends join us at an Airbnb in Flagstaff as we had plans to go skiing/snowboarding. The morning of, a spontaneous hike was scheduled with the entire group. Everyone knew I was not keen on hiking but was agreeable as this is something Umesh wanted to do on his birthday weekend. The weather outside was perfect, and the scenery was beautiful. As we got 15 minutes into the hike, I started seeing rose petals on the ground and increasing by number. I automatically thought we would ruin someone else's surprise, so I turned around to try and push everyone in the opposite direction, but they kept moving me forward. Next thing you know, I turn around, and Umesh is down on one knee asking me to marry him.

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 knew we needed a wedding planner since we were getting married in Dallas, TX, and we live in Phoenix, AZ. We found Samiya with SB Events Co. and could not be more grateful to her and her team. She made the planning process very stress-free. She understood our vision and guided and directed us towards vendors that would make our dream wedding come to life. We got married at Omni Dallas Hotel. We had multiple ceremonies throughout the weekend, and Samiya worked side by side with their events coordinator to ensure things ran smoothly. Ms. Painted Lady (Alex) did my hair and make-up for the Hindu ceremony, western ceremony, and reception. The remainder of her team made sure the bridesmaids looked flawless. My Sangeet lehenga was from Chamee and Palak, Bombay, India. Their customer service was amazing! And the quality of the lehenga was stunning! It fit me perfectly. My Reception lehenga was from Studio D Dallas, Divya. My wedding planner had provided me with this vendor's information. She was so amazing throughout the process. And she was very accommodating, considering I could only fly to Dallas for fittings twice due to the pandemic. The lehenga was an absolute show stopper! My western ceremony dress was from Mariee Bridal in Scottsdale, AZ. The staff was accommodating and organized. We used DJ Riz for entertainment/DJ. He brought the excitement, especially during the Baraat, to hype up the crowd. He played a good blend of Bollywood and Latin hits along with top 40, which made the Sangeet and Reception fun-filled events. Our wedding theme was very modern with a touch of Indo-Mexican traditions. We used Events by Faiza, and she was terrific. We were only able to meet with her in person once due to COVID at that time. However, she was able to replicate our vision, and she made it all come to life. Our decor for Sangeet was much more colorful and lively. We incorporated both Indian and Mexican traditions. We had a bindi/bangle bar and henna station. We also had sombreros, maracas, and fans (abanicos) for our guests. The Hindu ceremony was grand - a lot of florals mixed with golds and a mirrored aisle. The western ceremony was simple yet elegant with acrylic accents and white floral arrangements. We had this ceremony outside with the views of Downtown Dallas. The reception was captivating. We had LED walls along with our DJ. We had a breathtaking floral ceiling treatment above the dance floor with our monogram in gold. We had Folklorico dancers and mariachi performances. DJ Riz made sure the dance floor was never empty. We had the pleasure of working with MNM Photography. I could not be happier with their work. Murtuza's style and attention to detail drew us to him and his team. We are forever grateful for the fantastic and beautiful memories he was able to capture for us.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
As we look back on our wedding, our guests loved how effortlessly our cultures blended. A lot of our traditions (although different in their ways) symbolize the same values. It was a very emotional experience, and we are so glad that our guests could be a part of it with us. I loved seeing my grandfather (who speaks very little English) walking over to Umesh's aunts and uncles from India and introducing himself. We were able to see our families mesh so well together after only having just met is something that we will always hold on to.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The seamless connection among Indian and Mexican cultures and how receptive and welcoming both families were to each other throughout each event.

Make sure to join us tomorrow for a new romantic love story!

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DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Floral & Decor: Events by Faiza | Planning & Design: SB Events Co | Venue: Omni Hotel Downtown Dallas | Hair & Makeup: MS Painted Lady - MUA Alexandria Dixon | Catering: Peacock Elite | Desserts: Bimini Sweets | Mehndi Artist: Sheetal's Henna Designs | Transportation: Brazos Carriage - Tracy Pratt | Ballet: SIMA Ballet Folklorico | Photography: MnM Photography | Saree Draping & Styling: Purvi Patel | Mariachi Band: Mariachi Aventurero | Bridal Gown - Western Ceremony: Marie Bridal Scottsdale | Bridal Wear Sangeet: Chamee and Palak | Day of Stationery: JPC Graphics and Disha Maszepa


Columbia, SC Engagement Photoshoot by Hakim's Studio

Happy Thursday, my dear Maharanis! We are super excited to look back at the magical road to the happiness of these two lovebirds who decided to become one in love and write their story as a couple. Colors, elegance, and thoughtful details were the perfect combination to witness the love Paramveer & Amandeep have for each other. Columbia, South Carolina, is where this session took place, and we cannot be more in love with the pictures Hakim's Studio captured.  Every shot is a delicate visual masterpiece! Our lovebirds are one step away from becoming husband and wife, and we celebrate it! We cannot leave behind the different stylish outfits Paramveer & Amandeep wore; they reflected their personality. Sweetness, adventure, and undeniable glamour! We adore this meant to be couple! Let me tell you, your soul will get inspired by this exceptional gallery. Make sure to check it out so you can start falling in love! 

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My dear Maharanis, that was all for today. Make sure to join us for more inspirational galleries! 

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Burlington, MA Indian Wedding by PTaufiq Photography

Hello, darlings! I'm glad you could join us today because Amrita & Karthish's wedding celebration will brighten your day and will melt your heart with tenderness and joy. You can only imagine how happy we were when we laid our eyes on the marvelous images captured by PTaufiq Photography, as every single shot was a perfect ode to extravaganza and traditional flair. Just everything we love to see at an Indian wedding, and so much more! But such level of perfection and beauty is no casualty. To make this dreamy celebration come to life, our lovebirds had a fantastic lineup of wedding vendors working tirelessly to create a wedding beyond spectacular. Blueprint Occasions worked their magic to design this event to perfection and found the best ally in Alankar Event Planners & Decor. They put together stunning backdrops that set the mood for the different wedding events hosted at the Boston Marriott Burlington. There was so much beauty all over the place, but nothing compared to the ravishing look of our gorgeous Maharani after being pampered by Flawless Creations by Vidhi. She looked like a goddess throughout the entire wedding bash! For the closing gala, everyone celebrated along with the newlyweds, dancing to the beats of Boston Sound and Light Company, and tasting the delicious food prepared by Maya Indian Bar & Grill, who delighted everyone with a culinary experience like no other! If you want to take a closer look at this wedding, don't miss the jaw-dropping gallery we have prepared for today. We are sure you are going to love it so much!

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Make sure to join us tomorrow for the last feature of this week!

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Photography: PTaufiq Photography | Catering: Maya Indian Bar and Grill | Ceremony Venue: Boston Marriott Burlington | Planning & Design: Blueprint Occasions | Floral & Decor: Alankar Event Planners & Decor | Hair & Makeup: Flawless Creations by Vidhi | Entertainment: Boston Sound and Light Company


Somerset, NJ Indian Wedding by Zach Blum

Happy Tuesday, beauty queens! We are delighted to share Sindu & Kunj's wedding with all of you. So get ready to have a blast! One of the first things you have to keep in mind when planning your wedding is to have beautifully crafted invites to let your family and friends know that you want to have them with you on this special day. So, you need to choose them wisely! And that is what Sindu & Kunj did when they decided to contact The Royal Collection. The invites they sent were a work of art! But the invites were just the beginning, as today's featured wedding is one to remember. Thoroughly orchestrated by Urvashi Mishra, this celebration was perfect beyond words! Elegant Affairs decored the halls of The Marigold, and we absolutely loved the final result. The color palette, the floral arrangements, and all the ornaments were as elegant as captivating, creating a beautiful backdrop for this life-changing moment! And talking about beauty, let's take a moment to admire the fabulous look of our gorgeous Maharani after being pampered by Style by Susmita. The exquisite makeup and hairstyle, combined with the spectacular Mehndi by Mehndikalogie, praised this Maharani's beauty, making her look like a princess. After the wedding ceremony, there was an intimate reception party enlivened by DJ USA. And it was the perfect ending for this real-life fairytale. If you can't get enough of this wedding celebration, don't miss today's gallery by Zach Blum. It is a visual delight that will take your breath away, and we are sure you will get tons of inspiring ideas!

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
It was the most magical, adventurous proposal ever - simple, but adrenaline-pumping. Kunj was doing a rotation during his medical residency near Allentown, PA and we were doing semi-long distance with him coming back on the weekends, while I worked in Philly. He decided to surprise me with a trip to the Poconos one weekend and planned a stay at a cute, rustic (not to mention healthy homecooking) B&B named Santosha on the Ridge. After we had breakfast there, he took me to a placed called Mountain Creek Riding Stable and we galloped off down a bunch of trails with each of us on our own horses. While I was busy trying to keep my horse named Boots steady, little did I know he was carrying a ring box in his pocket the entire time. As we brought our horses back to the stable, he got down on one knee (while I was still sitting on Boots) and revealed the most beautiful ring I had ever seen. I almost blacked out from sheer excitement before I said yes and Boots almost thought the ring was an apple. Haven't looked back since :)

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part was definetly planning the look and taste of the cake. I absolutely love dessert, especially cakes and have over-the-top visions for how a cake should look (brainwashed by those baking shows on the Food Network). When it came to my wedding, the whole theme was peacocks (the mandap, one of my blouses, almost everything was modeled after this theme). So, with the cake, I wanted to plan a beautiful pink cake with these gorgeous pink peacocks and silver garnishes. And it was so fulfilling to work with a baker in NJ (Palermo's Bakery) over virtual calls dishing ideas back and forth, especially as she tried to make my vision come to life by sketching out these cakes and showing pictures via text message. In the end, it not only tasted amazing but was also gorgeous to look at!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
During COVID time, my guests loved the fact that Kunj and I, along with our families, wanted so much to make this special moment one to remember for the ages. My mother along with the entire wedding planning team worked so hard to make this wedding that initially was meant for a larger group so special and beautiful, despite having a smaller number of guests. While they say Indian weddings are more about the family and not the individuals, I would beg to differ in this case. I would say our love and joy during this event was more about us even as we may have participated in rituals/traditions near and dear to our family. Our attitude in making the best out of the situation and having so much fun created an infectious, happy atmosphere that was rubbing off on everyone.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
When my mother took the microphone to say some words, she mentioned that even as a little child, I sought happiness over money and she was so happy i found a partner that shared that same vision - that happiness in life was more important to go after than any other standard or metric. That moment plays over and over in my mind as it reminds me that no matter what I do in my marriage and in life from here on out, I am always going to make sure that I am swimming in happiness. And most importantly my mother wanted to support me in that journey by recognizing the value of a quality that I had long thought no one in my culture growing up was also chasing. Here was my mother saying this to me and giving me the freedom to go explore and build a different type of marriage.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Don't let disappointments or stressful moments in wedding planning/the wedding itself bring you down. In the end, this is a day to celebrate you finding your partner and having your family welcome you into your new stage of life. And if you still feel that you missed out a key element of your big day, you can always plan another separate ceremony. With COVID disrupting my original wedding date and marriage license plans, I now am on my third marriage (zoom ceremony, hindu non legal ceremony, and the legal ceremony) to the same person - plenty of opportunities to celebrate.

That is all for today, darlings. We hope to see you tomorrow when we unveil a new love story!

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Invitations & Wedding Stationery: The Royal Collection | Mehndi Artists: Mehndikalogie | Venues: The Marigold | Planning & Design: Urvashi Mishra | Floral & Decor: Elegant Affairs | Hair & Makeup (Wedding Day): Style by Susmita | Hair & Makeup (Pre-Wedding Events): Payal MUA | Catering: Moghul Caterers | DJ/Lighting/Live Music: DJ USA | Baraat (Horse & Horse Carriage): Calibre Farm | Dance Performer: Anna Pipoyan | Cake & Treats: Palermo Bakery | Cinematography: Regal Palette Studio | Rentals (Chairs & Sweetheart Table): Luxe Event Rentals | Rentals (Stage): Taylor Rental Center | Paanwala: Mr.Paanwala | Place Cardboard: Julie Hanan Design | Photography: Zach Blum


West Orange, NJ Indian Wedding by Pivko Photography

Happy Thursday, beauty queens! Our journey through the most spectacular South Asian weddings continues, and we have plenty more to share with you! So pour yourself a beverage, sit back, relax, and get ready to enjoy all the beauty surrounding Akila & Neil's wedding! Held at the Pleasantdale Chateau, this wedding was equally impressive as it was inspiring! But there is no surprise here, as Marigold Wedding Planners took care of everything down to the smallest detail. From the fabulous decor to the mesmerizing floral design by A Votre Service Events, everything exceeded Akila & Neil's expectations. And we have no words to describe so much beauty and flair! And talking about beauty, what about the ravishing look of our gorgeous Maharani? Amazing! She burst into the room, looking like a princess dressed in a dual-tone attire that we loved so much. And as if that was not enough, she complemented her final look with a spectacular Mehndi designed by Mehndikalogie. Beauty and tradition at its best! After the wedding ceremony, an epic reception party started. All guests celebrated along with the newlyweds and danced the night away to the beats of MVP DJs. Hands down, the perfect ending for this real-life fairytale. If you can't get enough of this lovely wedding, visit today's gallery and take a peek at the fantastic shots by Pivko Photography. You will be amazed!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Akila and Neil met in elementary school, when Akila was on the same swim team as Neil’s younger brother. There is an alleged online conversation between Akila and one of her bridesmaids where she confessed that she thought Neil was cute! The two re-connected after college and have been together since. Akila knew that he was the one after one month of dating,

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Neil’s proposal to Akila was sweet and sentimental. He took he out for dinner to the same restaurant they went to on their first date and proposed over pancakes, the same meal they ate on their first date! When they returned home, both of their families were waiting to surprise Akila and celebrate the wonderful news.

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.
The wedding planning was definitely a team effort. After the venue was selected, Akila took control of all of the bridal planning i.e. working with the hair & makeup stylists and outfits for the couple. Neil was the primary liaison between the families and the wedding planner. It is so important to have a good planner. Nitty, from Marigold Wedding Planners, worked very closely with us and helped us with vendor selections and communications, color palettes for the various events, and designed and styled our decor, which was so personalized and reflected our love for each other and what we enjoy.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Neil and Akila agreed that their favorite part of the planning process was the food tasting and sari shopping. Both of these allowed them to showcase their individual tastes. Neil particularly enjoyed picking the entrance music (they walked out into the reception to the Avengers theme!). The wedding also had a lot of special touches that were important to the bride and groom. As avid readers, they based each table theme on their favorite novel and each guest was given a beautiful, customized bookmark at their place setting.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
There are a few things that our guests have brought up to us as their favorite part of the wedding. People have mentioned that the venue was spectacular, their service was amazing, food was so good each night – the caterers did an amazing job. They have also complimented the customization and detailing of the décor. And finally, everyone enjoyed the heartfelt performances from our family and friends who traveled in from all over the world.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Saying our vows to each other...very very special!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
The words of wisdom that we would pass down to all couples-to-be is that it’s very important to plan together. The bride and groom BOTH have ideas on how to make their day special and work with each vendor, as a couple. Throughout Neil and Akila’s wedding planning, Neil took a major role in planning while Akila was simultaneously studying for the bar exam. As stressful as the planning process is, the most important thing to remember is that you are getting ready to spend the rest of your lives together! If your families have specific requests or preferences, let them! The wedding is an important time for them as well. Don’t stress the little things because at the end, the memories will be better.

I don't know about you, but we are still sighing over the beauty of this wedding! For more inspiring and romantic weddings, make sure to join us tomorrow.

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Mehndi Artists: Mehndikalogie | Planning & Design: Marigold Wedding Planners | Planning & Design: Marigold Wedding Planners | Planning & Design: Marigold Wedding Planners | Venue: Pleasantdale Chateau | Catering: Pleasantdale Chateau | DJ: MVP DJs | Cinematography: Pivko Photography | Florist: AVS Flowers | Catering: Amiya Contemporary Indian Cuisine | Photography: Pivko Photography | Floral Design: A Votre Service Events


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