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Township, NJ Indian Fusion Wedding by Studio KSD

Happy Tuesday, Maharanis! Today, we are excited to share the romantic and lovely fusion wedding of Riana & Alec with you. And believe us, this is a celebration of love that you will enjoy as it includes all the things we love: elegance, tradition, joy, breathtaking views, and above all, lots of bliss. So, get ready to start this journey! As soon as we glanced at Riana & Alec's big wedding bash, we knew this was one story that we wanted to share with you. The floral arrangements and soft-colored linens Partyland Sajawat wrapped around the room set the mood for the solemn wedding ceremony that united these two lovebirds in marriage. It was such a gorgeous combination of tradition and modern flair that all guests adored! So big kudos to Xquisit Events for the perfect planning and execution of this wedding. And talking about flair, we cannot forget the fantastic look of our lovely Riana! She looked like royalty throughout the different ceremonies after been pampered by Cinderella Bridez. On the fashion department, Falguni Shane Peacock India, Studio East6, Morilee by Madeline Gardner, and Castle Couture worked their magic to make this Maharai look flawless. But that is not all! The sparkling jewelry from RJS&Company Ltd. and the artist Mehndi by Brooklyn Henna Co tied everything up, creating a dreamy look that still has us sighing! Ladies, if you can't get enough of this lovely couple, you can't miss the fabulous gallery we have prepared, thanks to Studio KSD! So many ideas for your special day are coming up. So, make sure to check it out; you'll love it so much!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Alec and I met through our best friends, Karen and Anthony. They tried to set us up for over a year before we actually met, but we always made excuses for one reason or another. Alec is in the Air Force based at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey, and I was living in Jersey City at the time, very career driven and enjoying life in NYC. We felt too opposite and didn’t think we’d have much in common. Then one night we randomly met at Karen and Anthony’s home. As cliche as it sounds, I walked in, we locked eyes and that was it. We had our first date the very next day and by the end of it, I knew he was “the one”. While we are opposites in many ways, at our core, we share the same values and share a deep love and respect for one another. He’s my person in every way and I thank God every day for bringing him in to 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 started wedding planning right at the beginning of the pandemic in April 2020. It’s so crazy to think now that we planned every aspect of our wedding virtually. Given that we couldn’t do site visits, we initially relied on internet reviews to find a venue near water that fit our aesthetic and vibe. Thankfully, I knew of the perfect venue in my hometown, the Boathouse at Mercer Lake, that checked all of our boxes and we felt very comfortable selecting without seeing in person. Once the venue was locked in, we worked with our wedding planner, Priya from Xquisit Events, to find a decorator, photographer, and hair/makeup. Priya recommended the awesome mother/daughter duo from Partyland Sajawat for wedding decor and we knew from our first phone call that we were in great hands. I didn’t have a decor theme in mind, but rather found some inspo on Pinterest that I guess qualifies as “classic modern”: blush/neutral tones, with foliage and lots of bling. On the day of our wedding, I was blown away at how perfectly they captured what I wanted, but didn’t know how to describe. Next up was our photographer/videographer, Tina from Studio KSD. I really appreciated Tina’s process and the thoughtful questions she asked in our first few phone calls. I felt as though she took to the time to know us as individuals and as a couple so she could capture our essence in the photos and video. (For the record, she and her team nailed it!) And I I must give all the credit to my sister, Reeshelle, for introducing me to our last two main vendors. It was an honor and pleasure to work with Cinderella Bridez again on my big day and of course, DJ Shilpa, who we knew would keep a mixed/ethnically diverse crowed hyped and happy throughout the day. Wedding planning during a pandemic is not for the faint of heart, but I must admit it was made a little less stressful because of how flexible our vendors were. We were lucky enough that all of the dates we selected happened to work with everyone involved and on our final date, everyone was excited to go through with the day as planned.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
As I mentioned previously, almost every aspect of our wedding was planned virtually, including my bridal lengha. I worked with an amazing studio based in Chicago, StudioEast6 to create a custom Falguni Shane Peacock bridal lengha. I loved one of the designs I saw on their website, but had a blush pink color in mind vs. traditional red or white/silver. The StudioEast6 team made the process so easy from color selection, to various modifications of the skirt, blouse, & dupatta to measurements. They sent pictures and videos pre and post production, but I must admit, it was still nerve wrecking to make such an important purchase without ever having seen it in person. When the lengha arrived, I remember feeling extremely nervous, almost sick to my stomach. But once it was on and I saw my family’s reaction, I felt so much better. It was an extremely unique outfit and one that I felt fit my aesthetic of classic, yet modern.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
After 2 rescheduled dates, we were finally able to have our wedding in mid April 2021. Restrictions were beginning to lift slowly, and vaccinations started rolling out. Our wedding was the first gathering most of our guests attended in over a year, so it was a really joyous and momentous occasion. Alec is white, raised Christian, and I’m Trinidadian, raised Hindu and we opted for a semi-traditional Hindu ceremony. We wanted to keep the ceremony to an hour or less and wanted to make sure that our guests understood and appreciated the significance of certain mantras and steps during the puja. Our priests, Pundit Ravi and Acharya Bankim Gossai, did an excellent job navigating the ceremony and we had so many of our guests comment that they’d never been to a Hindu wedding before and loved how touching and sentimental it was. We didn’t opt for a traditional baraat, but instead started with the milni ceremony where the two families meet. It was special for Alec and his family to experience this part of the ceremony, and our guests to witness, since our families were not able to meet prior to our wedding week due to the pandemic. Beyond the two cultures joining, Alec’s military family was also meeting my friends & family for the first time, too. It was just really special to see all these worlds come together with us, and for us.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The moment that constantly replays in my mind is the moment the doors opened and the bridal entrance song began to play (Arziyaan by Devangi Chopra). The lyrics of that song always choke me up, and in that moment, I was completely overwhelmed by all of the faces in the crowd - people I hadn’t seen in over a year, who traveled from near and far (still in a pandemic!) to support us on our wedding day. In that moment, I was overcome with a deep sense of gratitude for our loved ones and it honestly took my breath away. Once I turned the corner and locked eyes with Alec, I felt calm again and so blissfully happy that we were finally able to have our dream wedding. This day was a long time coming and it was truly a relief that we made it through all of the ups and downs of wedding planning and we’d finally get to have our day.

Remember to join us tomorrow for a new love story!

Planning & Design: Xquisit Events | Cinematography: Studio KSD | Photography: Studio KSD | Venue: Boathouse At Mercer Lake | Floral & Decor: Partyland Sajawat | Hair: Cinderella Bridez | Catering: Crave By Landmark | DJ: DJ Shilpa | Bridal Fashions: Falguni Shane Peacock India | Bridal Fashions: Studio East6 | Bridal Fashions: Morilee by Madeline Gardner | Bridal Fashions: Castle Couture | Bridal Jewelry: RJS&Company Ltd. | Cake & Treats: Palmero's Bakery | Mehndi Artist: Brooklyn Henna Co

Atlanta, GA Indian Fusion Wedding by Hakim's Studio

Guess what, ladies? It is time for a new fusion wedding! So, come and join us while we take a journey through all the amazingness surrounding Zain & Mohsin's wedding festivities! When these two decided they wanted to get married, they knew they wanted to pay homage to their traditions and backgrounds. And by taking a glance at the fantastic shots captured by Hakim's Studio, you can tell they nailed it! From the Sangeet held at the Al-Noor Banquet & Caterer to the reception party at the Sonesta Gwinnett Place-Atlanta enlivened by Prime DJs, everything overflowed with beauty, elegance, and traditional flair! The fabulous decor put together by The Events Designer S.A. mirrored the beauty of our gorgeous Maharani Zain, who looked like a goddess throughout the entire wedding festivities! And in case you were wondering who was the mastermind behind such a captivating look, it was none other than Beauty By Anh. This skillfully MUA enhanced this Maharani's innate beauty, delivering nothing but utter perfection in the form of exquisite makeup and a classy hairstyle. But that is not all! Zain decided to go one step further in achieving her dreamy bridal look at got a spectacular Mehndi by Bombay Salon & Spa.  And oh boy, we are impressed by this talented artist. If that doesn't say beauty and tradition, few things will! But don't take our word, check today's full gallery and get ready to be amazed!

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What a lovely story, ladies! If you want to see more inspiring stories like this one, make sure to join us tomorrow!

Photography: Hakim's Studio | Cinematography: Hakim's Studio | Sangeet Venue: Al-Noor Banquet & Caterer | Reception Venue: Sonesta Gwinnett Place-Atlanta | Floral & Decor: The Events Designer S.A | Hair & Makeup: Beauty By Anh | Catering: Al-Noor Banquet & Caterer | DJ: Prime DJs | Mehndi Artist: Bombay Salon & Spa

Bensalem, PA Indian Fusion Wedding by Studio KSD

Happy Thursday, Maharanis! If you seek inspiration to start planning your dream wedding, you've come to the right place! Today's romantic story follows Mairead & Sagar's journey into their happily ever after. So, let's not wait any longer and get ready to dive into this romantic celebration! The big day arrived, and these lovebirds were more than prepared to unite their lives in marriage. They both looked ravishing, but it was our gorgeous Maharani who stole the show. She looked stunning, thanks to Lori from Anthony Bernard's Salon, who took care of her beauty needs making her look like royalty. If you were wondering who was the mastermind behind the planning and designing of this wedding, it was none other than Angela Millan from Classic Events by Lauren. But that is not all! RJ Best Events took the wedding bash to the next level with traditional fabrics and fabulous floral arrangements.  After the ceremonies, everyone headed over to the Celebrations for a glamorous reception party enlivened by Smith & Harsh from D&S Event Solutions. They owned the stage and took the reception party to the next level playing the latest Bollywood hits that put everyone to dance! If you want to relive every moment of this romantic wedding, make sure to check the spectacular shots captured by Studio KSD. Every single image is a visual masterpiece that you don't want to miss, so make sure to check them out in today's full gallery. It will blow your mind!

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We have new weddings every day, so make sure to join us tomorrow for more!

Photography: Studio KSD | Reception Venue: Celebrations | Planning & Design: Angela Millan - Classic Events by Lauren | Floral & Decor: RJ Best Events | Hair & Makeup: Lori - Anthony Bernard's Salon | DJ: Smith & Harsh - D&S Event Solutions

Somerset, NJ Indian Fusion Wedding by Priyanca Rao Photography

Welcome to another inspiring love story, Maharanis! Priyanca Rao Photography amazed us one more time with an extraordinary wedding album you will love. This time the visual storytellers narrate the union of Shruthi and Joffie, a New Jersey couple that hosted a magical Christian-Indian soiree that was nothing short but a dream. Even when they had to make some tweaks to their original plans, one thing is for certain, Eventify's experts organized everything and assured the couple still had a fabulous event. First, they exchanged vows in a beautiful and unique Christian ceremony. The large wedding party that joined the newlyweds for the occassion really dressed to impress. The lovely ladies donned WestxEast's royal blue lehengas, while neat blue suits from Robbie & Co provided the perfect style for the gentlemen. They coordinate perfectly! Now let's draw your attention to Maharani Shruti. She was unquestionably the queen of the day, wearing an Enaura Bridal white long sleeves lace gown and finished the look with a spectacular veil. Our bride went for a natural yet glowy makeup, nailing the perfect wedding look thanks to the beauty expert Arfana Jasar. Joffie joined the love of his life on their big day wearing an impeccable black tux provided by Robbie & Co. They both looked wonderfully elegant together. They picked the iconic Marigold, an enchanting spot that offered an extraordinary room to build great memories for their final event. Loza Events made the most of this grandiose space and decorated it with a geometric arch that will leave you in awe! From Chand Palace's food, flowers, the music of MVP DJs, and the multiple dances, it was a memorable and upscale affair! Don't miss any detail, and take a look at this dreamy union's images in our complete gallery!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met JJ when I was visiting one of my friends in Philadelphia. I knew he was the one very early on in our relationship. I remember falling in love with how genuine, kindhearted, and God fearing he was. I think the moment I knew I would marry him was when I was having a bad day and lashed out at him and he responded to me by asking if he could pray with me. I still remember all the anger/sadness melted away in that moment, and was replaced with peace. I knew that God brought this man into my life in that moment and that he had a plan for us. JJ does that to this day, he grounds me, is the person I lean on, and can count on the most. I truly feel blessed to have married my best friend!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Anybody who knows me, knows that I am a hard person to surprise, however leave it to JJ to pull off the best surprise. I was attending my friends wedding in South Jersey and was staying at the hotel there after the wedding Saturday night. The next morning some of us had breakfast at the hotel and my siblings/one of my friends tricked me into going to this friend's hotel room to get something. Little did I know that I was headed to the start of my proposal. I walked to the door and saw an envelope with my name written on it taped to the door and responded hey look its my name. I just thought it was a coincidence and it took me a minute or two to register what was going on. I turned and saw my sister with her phone out and finally realized what was going on. She told me to open the door. I was completely surprised and still in shock but begin to open the door. Once I opened the door, I saw a room filled with rose gold balloons with pictures and messages attached to the bottom, and one of my best friends hiding in the room. There was a card with an envelope waiting for me on the bed. In it was a sweet note from JJ telling me to get ready and meet him where it all began. My sister had sneakily packed a dress, heels, and my jewelry for me. I got ready and was driven to the Philadelphia Art Museum which is where JJ had asked me to be his girlfriend five years ago. I was brought to the back where the gazebo was and saw him waiting for me. He met me and walked me towards the beautifully decorated gazebo where he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes! Afterwards, we met our closest family and friends at a restaurant to celebrate.

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.
Planning the wedding was difficult due to Covid-19. We had a majority of our wedding planned out prior to Covid hitting however a lot of things came to a stand still. The most difficult thing about planning or having a wedding during Covid was the uncertainty. I remember we couldn't send out invitations until 1-2 months prior to our wedding because there was changing guidelines on the amount of guests we were allowed. We had to send evites rather than physical invites due to the time constraint. We had to adjust our guest list to half the number, and a lot of our family from other states were not able to attend. We hired a live stream vendor (sumodjacobphotography) in order to share our special day with those who could not attend. Sumod did an amazing job! We were truly so lucky to have amazing vendors that worked with us during Covid. Arfana Jasar, my hair and makeup artist, made me feel so comfortable while doing my make up. She wore a mask, gloves and got tested prior to my wedding. She executed my natural hair and makeup look that I wanted so beautifully! My florist and decorator, Sarah (Loza events) adjusted all my decor from outdoors to indoor the week before my wedding (Governor Murphy of NJ had just announced that we could have indoor events with limited capacity starting the weekend of my wedding) and she captured my vision perfectly. I still remember being in awe of all the decor walking out after being announced as husband and wife for the first time at our reception. WestxEast, the company that created my custom bridesmaids outfits ensured that my bridesmaids outfits were made during lockdown and reached me from India prior to my wedding. I absolutely loved how my bridesmaids outfits turned out, they were so classy and stunning! Our event coordinators from Eventify (Aji and Neethu) sat on many long calls with us hammering out details and last minute changes and were on top of making sure everything/everyone complied with Covid protocols and that things ran smoothly. Our photographer (Priyanca Rao), videographer (Urmil Dalal) and DJ/MC (MVP DJS) made us feel so comfortable our whole wedding day and made it feel like a normal event during a time when things didnt. They helped us to forget about Covid for a day and helped add to our special day so much. Although the planning process due to Covid was pretty stressful, JJ and I were able to have the best wedding due to our family and our amazing vendors.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
All our guests came up to us to thank us for helping them safe at our wedding. We complied with all the Covid protocols with tables being 6ft or more apart, having guests wear masks, and having hand sanitizer at each table. Our wedding was one of the first events that many of our guests came out of lockdown for and many people were nervous at being at a large event. However after attending the wedding, all our guests made it a point to come tell us that they felt safe and thanked us for ensuring that. We were extremely thankful that nobody contracted Covid at our wedding.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The most special moment in my wedding that constantly replays in my mind is the first look we did prior to our wedding. We met at our venue at the gazebo in the back prior to our wedding ceremony. I still remember feeling so overwhelmed with emotion walking towards him waiting for me in the gazebo and the small on his face when he turned around and saw me. He started to tear up and hugged me so tight. We then proceeded to pray together and thank God for bringing us together This moment was just for us and it was so special. Our photographer Priyanca Rao did an amazing job capturing this moment.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
After planning my wedding, the biggest piece of advice I would give to other brides is to choose vendors who you connect really well with and who are genuine. I have to say my vendors went above and beyond during a very difficult time and that ensured that we were able to enjoy our special day.

Don't forget to read our last feature of the week tomorrow!

Hair & Makeup: Arfana Jasar | Photography: Priyanca Rao Photography | Venue: The Marigold | Planning & Design: Eventify | Floral & Decor: Loza Events | Catering: Chand Palace | DJ: MVP DJs | DJ: DJ Rewind NYC | Bridal Fashion- White Gown: Enaura Bridal | Dessert: Chand Palace | Cinematography: Suvern Studios | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Zola/Paperless Post | Transportation: Express Coach Limousine Service | Groom's Outfit: Robbie & Co | Accomodations: AC Hotel Bridgewater | Bridesmaid’s Outfits: WestxEast | Groomsmen's Outfits: Robbie & Co | Bridesmaid’s Hair & Makeup: Glamorous by Juanita | Wedding Dress Atelier: Jaehee Bridal | Cinematography: Urmil Dalal Studios | Livestream: Sumod Jacob Photography | Wedding Cake: Sweet Passion Cakery

Carson, CA Indian Wedding by Peter Nguyen Studio

Ladies, we are excited to present today a wedding extravaganza that a pandemic couldn't stop! Darshana and Ankur are a glamorous Indian couple that held an intimate union in California. We are glad that Peter Nguyen Studio delivered the impeccable images you are about to peruse, and that will keep all the wedding bliss alive and fresh in the couple's mind. Before walking down the aisle, the bride and groom saw each other for the first time prior to the vow exchange, and the striking pictures unveil the special moment. Maharani Darshana surprised the Raja of her dreams in a spectacular red lehenga with sparkly blooms motifs. Neha Assar adorned her hands with a maroon mehndi design, and she had the best beauty artist Dolled up by Lulu create a glowing makeup to complete her bridal look. At the same time, dapper Ankur proudly flaunted a floral sherwani that made him looked as royal as ever. Shree Ramkabir Mandir was the perfect setting to celebrate their affair with the ceremony taking place in an impressive draped stage produced by Unique Flowers and Events by Milan; this event was one for the books. The creative team also created customized the lovely floral arrangements that decorated the aisle while a blush color tent harbored the guests with style. I love the endless blush and champagne shades they picked. Every color provided an elegant visual feast! Nisha and Rakhee Event Planning helped organize and plan this sensational garden affair filled with romance and extraordinary details. Make sure to visit our complete gallery. There is so much inspiration to unpack here.

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Ankur on the Bumble dating app. I knew he was the one when he agreed to go see Aladdin the musical with me.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
The proposal was a COMPLETE surprise!!! We were traveling to Spain to visit my sister and her family. My sister and her family were showing us around and we went to Parque del Retiro. We were walking around and Ankur led me to a gazebo which was decorated with flowers! Next thing I know he was down on one knee proposing!!!!

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.
Social media was very helpful while planning for my wedding during the pandemic. I used IG pages and facebook to contact vendors for hair/makeup, outfits, decor, and mendhi. Everyone was very helpful and understanding due to the pandemic.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I wanted a traditional red bridal lengha. I wasn't able to go to India and my mom and aunt were very helpful. They knew I wanted a red bridal lengha. Whatapp video calls were very helpful.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part was planning on what I wanted for my bridal mendhi. I wanted something that represents both Ankur and I. Neha Assar did an amazing job with my bridal mendhi and working with her was a great experience!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The guests enjoyed the intimate wedding.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The moment that replays in my head how my family and extended family worked together to make my wedding happen. Everyone played a significant role.

So much beauty in one wedding! Don't you think? Leave your thoughts below.

Hair & Makeup: Dolled up by Lulu | Photography: Peter Nguyen Studio | Cinematography: Peter Nguyen Studio | Ceremony Venue: Shree Ramkabir Mandir | Pithi Venue: Shree Ramkabir Mandir | Planning & Design: Nisha and Rakhee Event Planning | Floral & Decor: Unique Flowers and Events by Milan | Mehndi Artist: Neha Assar | Rentals: Bee Events | Officiant: Nikki


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