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Dearborn, MI Indian Wedding by Strokes Photography

Good morning, Maharanis! We are glad you could join us today because we excited to share Navya & Nikhil's wedding festivities with you!. So, get ready to have a blast! We love Indian weddings as they are a cornucopia of beauty, elegance, colorful decors, and tons of emotions. So, you can imagine how happy we were when this ode to extravaganza and traditional flair came into our editorial desks. It was mindblowing as it packed everything we love to see at an Indian wedding, and so much more! And such a 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 design a wedding beyond spectacular. Marigold Wedding Planners designed this entire wedding affair to perfection and transformed the halls of The Henry Autograph Dearborn into a magical and almost heavenly setting with a marvelous decor featuring soft colored hues that everyone loved. Although everything was captivating, Navya stole all the looks dressed in a traditional lengha with golden embroidery that made her look like a goddess! The Baraat and ceremony were animated by DJ Ice & Fresh Productions, and Naveen Productions - DJ, Lighting, Entertainment and Photo Booth enlivened the rest of the events, including the reception party that marked the end of the wedding festivities! Don't miss any detail of this wedding, and make sure to check today's gallery by Strokes Photography!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Nikhil and I met 10 years before we got married, at Wayne State University, in the heart of Detroit. We were neighbors in the dorm and first met on the elevator. I noticed Nikhil was carrying a biology lab book and mentioned that I need to buy one of those too, and he immediately offered me his, and said that he had an extra one. I stepped in his room to grab the book and was so impressed with how clean he kept his room, and that's when I knew he was the one! Haha just kidding! We quickly became best friends and spent so much time together between our classes, studying, and doing homework. We danced together on the Wayne State Raas team, ate countless meals together at the dining halls, and ignited a passion for traveling during our long walks around the city.
Nikhil has been my personal hype man and always encouraged and supported me throughout my years of medical training. He stands by my side and empowers me to be the absolute best version of myself. Whenever I'm with Nikhil, we laugh until our bellies hurt, I forget all of my worries, and seeing him makes my soul light up.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We went to Thailand in June 2018. It was a medical school graduation gift to me from Nikhil. He told me we had to go to Thailand and nowhere else because there were elephants there and of course how could I say anything but yes to that! After all, elephants are my favorite animal and it has always been a dream of mine to meet one of these majestic beasts.
It was exactly halfway through our trip. June 6th, 2018. We woke up super early and got ready just like every other day so far on the trip. But this day was different. This was the day I would get to spend the day playing with elephants and taking care of them! I was ecstatic to say the least.
I couldn't figure out the perfect outfit to wear, so he gave me one of his sweaters to wear. Luckily I got my nails done the night before because I insisted that my nails needed to look cute for the elephants! We got to the elephant sanctuary and I didn't realize a group of wild animals could make me this happy. Little did I know, I was about to become exponentially happier.
I was playing with two baby elephants when I heard "hey Navya..." I turned around and saw Nikhil down on one knee. I didn't really hear anything else he said after that (don't worry we have it captured on video). Of course I said yes and we shared the rest of our day with those glorious beasts that were part of the proposal.
We called our family that evening and I found out that Nikhil went to my parents house before our trip to ask their permission to marry me! He made sure I was out of the house by asking me to go shopping for our trip and he knew this would keep me out of the house for a few hours. Haha he knows me so well!
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 wanted a very simple and elegant wedding ceremony so we could keep the focus on the main event of the day- getting married! We designed a custom monogram/logo together and had a custom vinyl runner made with it. We also had take away bags printed with this monogram.
We all know Indian wedding ceremonies can be long, so we made a fun wedding program with a crossword puzzle on it. The clues were questions about Nikhil and I and all of our guests had so much fun figuring out the answers!
Nikhil and I collect ornaments from each new place we visit, so we wanted to give our wedding guests a Detroit ornament to commemorate the beginning of our journey! City Bird had the best wooden ornaments custom made for us and they were the perfect take away gift!
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Nikhil and I went to India and went to countless stores to try on all the dresses! Each dress I wore, Nikhil would ask me how I felt in it and then he would tell me if he liked the dress or not. I had no idea what color dress I wanted, but I was definitely leaning towards a lighter color- because I love all things light, bright and airy! However, every time I tried on a light colored lengha, I was not impressed and did not feel special. I realized that I loved the way jewel tones looked on me and shifted my entire focus for the dress search. After several days of not finding "the one," I finally found a store that had the fabric types and dress styles that I loved. I tried on THE dress and immediately fell in love with it, and so did Nikhil!
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Right after we got engaged, I moved across the country and started my medical residency. Busy with work and living in another state made wedding planning a bit of a challenge but my sweet husband made the entire process a breeze for me. Although we were only able to see each other a handful of times over that year, we became closer than ever!
I spent my evenings planning and designing each event, and then I would convey my thoughts to Nikhil over a phone call. I would find a list of vendors that I thought would be suitable for us, and Nikhil would set up meetings and go to visit each one of them, and facetime me each time. He coordinated with both of our families, arranged all the taste testings, vendor meetings, and went to every meeting prepared with a document with all of the details I asked for.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
To this day, over one year later, our guests continue to talk about the food at our wedding. We couldn't be happier because food is what makes both of us the happiest, so we are so pleased that our family and friends thought that the food at our wedding was as great as we hoped it would be.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Although we planned to do a first look, we didn't have the chance to do one. The first time we saw each other was at the mandap, and I will never forget the look on Nikhil's face when he saw me. That was the moment that we both realized that we finally get to marry each other and we were so excited.
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.
The mehendi was an intimate event with close friends and family hosted in our parents backyard. My decor inspiration came from the handwritten notes that Nikhil would fold into origami paper cranes and give to me back in college. I showed him my vision and he and his family hand made hundreds of paper cranes to make it come to life!
We wanted the sangeet to be all about dancing and food, so we had a very colorful and dance oriented street fair themed event. We really wanted authentic Indian street vendor style food and Taste of India Suvai made our wishes come true with live food stations. Our guests spent the entire night dancing away and snuck away to the outdoor food stations whenever they had the chance.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Have fun planning and enjoy the whole process, it'll be over before you know it! Don't stress about the little things and keep your eye on the big picture because no one will know about those little details except for you! Pick vendors that you can get along with and communication is key!
It can be hard with Indian weddings to plan everything the way you want it, because traditions, culture, and family is such a big part of it. But, find a way to make your vision work while keeping those things in mind. Work with your family to see how you can incorporate your flair while keeping in mind some of the more traditional elements.
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Thank you to all of our vendors who made our wedding weekend so special and memorable!

That is all for today, darlings! Make sure to join us tomorrow for more.
Photography: Strokes Photography | DJ: Naveen Productions - DJ, Lighting, Entertainment and Photo Booth | Planning & Design: Marigold Wedding Planners | Baraat: DJ Ice & Fresh Productions | Floral & Decor: Marigold Wedding Planners | Ceremony Venue: The Henry Autograph Dearborn | Cinematography: Capturing Arts | Outfits & Jewelry: Custom made in India | Mehendi & Sangeet HMUA: Jennifer Martin | Ceremony Makeup: Bianca Sandiha | Ceremony Hair & Draping: Aysha Riaz | Mehendi: Henna Beauty by Krupa | Mehendi Venue: Groom's House | Mehendi Decor: Handmade by Groom and His Family | Sangeet Venue: Bharatiya Temple | Sangeet Food: Taste of India Suvai | Sangeet Food: Ann Arbor + Desi Indian Kulfi | Ceremony Aisle Runner: The Original Runner Company | Ceremony Food: Ashoka Indian Cuisine | Wedding Favors: Detroit Ornaments From City Bird

Las Vegas, NV Indian Wedding by Memories Studio

Good morning, ladies! Let's start this Tuesday by taking a look at a beautiful and romantic love story featuring Heny & Satesh's big wedding festivities. If the name of this lovely duo sounds familiar, it is because we already showcased their marvelous wedding in this mesmerizing Video Blog, thanks to the visual masterpiece captured by Memories Studio. But this outstanding photographic studio had so much more to share with us that we decided to make a double feature to delight you with the enchanting photos they captured throughout the entire wedding bash. So, get yourself comfortable and enjoy this wedding extravaganza thoroughly orchestrated by Crimson Bleu Events, who took care of every detail to make this unique and unforgettable event. For the wedding ceremony officiated at the Jekyll Island Club Resorts, Suhaag Garden designed a beautiful decor that mirrored the glamorous look of our gorgeous Maharani, who looked like a princess throughout the entire festivities. After the wedding ceremony, it was time to head down to the Wynn Las Vegas to celebrate this lovebirds' life milestone with a vibrant reception party animated by M4U Events, who owned the stage playing upbeat melodies that put everyone on their feet. Hands down, this was the wedding celebration Heny & Satesh always wanted! If you want to check more of this beautiful young couple, don't miss today's full gallery. It is an absolute visual delight you don't want to miss! Not to mention that you will get endless amounts of inspiring ideas. So don't think twice and get ready to enjoy it!

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That is all for today, darlings. But don't forget to join us tomorrow for a new love story!

Planning & Design: Crimson Bleu Events | DJ: M4U Events | Cinematography: Memories Studio | Photography: Memories Studio | Ceremony Venue: Jekyll Island Club Resorts | Reception Venue: Wynn Las Vegas | Floral & Decor: Suhaag Garden | Reception Floral & Decor: Destinations by Design Las Vegas | Bridesmaids Hair & Makeup: Blush and Glow By Artee | Family Hair & Makeup: Blush Beauty by Nadia & Kripa Bhatt | Reception Makeup: Makeup by Shilpa | Family Hair & Makeup: Amelia C & Co | Catering: Mint Indian Bistro | DJ: Encore Events Djs Harsh Patel | Wedding Outfit: Shyamal & Bhumika | Cake & Treats: Wynn Las Vegas | Wedding Stationery: Marigold Invites | Reception Stationery: Creatively Patel | Reception Stylist / Barber: Suraj.hair | Garba Band: JashnATL | Mehndi Artist: Atlanta Henna Studio | Photo Booths: Parties Outta Sight | Snapchat Filters: Creatively Patel | Reception Dance Floor: Events By Bliss LV

Tulsa, OK Indian Wedding by Vek Photo

Good morning, beautiful ladies! We are heading to the end of this fantastic week, and we don't want to end it without giving you a new love story that will fill you with many ideas and inspiration for your dreamed event. Today we have the privilege to present to you the marvelous wedding celebration between Aashka & Pratik. If this sounds familiar is because we have previously showcased this event with a beautiful visual masterpiece created by Aria Cinema Films, which you can relive here. On this installment, you will be enchanted by the phenomenal photo captures, thanks to the talented team from Vek Photo, who transformed every detail of this magical time in a fantastic gallery. The exclusive Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Tulsa was the venue of choice to tie the knot and let me tell you that everyone enjoyed the phenomenal outdoors from this place. It was the perfect venue for a perfect wedding celebration. The wedding festivities culminated with a memorable party, where the fantastic combination of talents set the mood and added a special touch to the night. That's right, the phenomenal music played by DJ Riz Entertainment and the delicious food served by Chowpatty Catering delighted everyone. Relive this moment by visiting today's awesome gallery!

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Stick around and enjoy more glam, style, and charm. And don't forget to join us tomorrow for more!

Lighting: DJ Riz Entertainment | Lighting: DJ Riz Entertainment | Catering: Chowpatty Catering | Lighting: DJ Riz Entertainment | Cinematographer: Aria Films | Sangeet Venue: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Tulsa | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Tulsa | Planning & Design: The One Event | Floral & Decor: RaoFactor | Hair & Makeup: Blushbar Beauty | Bridal Fashions: Shades by Pooja and Keyur | Bridal Jewelry: TBZ | Bridal Jewelry: Malani Jewelers | Cake & Treats: Sweet Devotion Cakery | Cinematography: Aria Cinema Films | Draping/Styling: Roshani Patel | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Hinal Gandhi | Photo Booth: Oh Snaps Photobooth | Rentals: Party Pro Rents | Photography: Vek Photo

Scottsdale, AZ Indian Fusion Wedding by Rachel Solomon Photography

Good morning, Maharanis! I hope you are having a fantastic day. This week is almost over, and we don't want to end it without bringing you a new lovely event that, without a doubt, will fill you with many emotions and inspiring ideas to create your dreamed wedding. Today we are pleased to present to you the marvelous wedding celebration between Supriya & Steven, today's lovely duo. You will love how two different cultures mingled together and became one to celebrate the eternal love of their favorites. The McCormick Ranch Golf Club hosted the pre-wedding celebrations, and the Royal Palms Resort and Spa was chosen to host the fusion wedding ceremony and wedding reception. Let me tell you that our lovebirds made the right decision by choosing these venues as they not only met but exceeded all expectations! Everything was perfectly trimmed and planned by Laurie Stricklin, who took made this wedding unique and unforgettable. Just lovely! Supriya, our gorgeous Maharani, dazzled everyone with her innate beauty. And let's not forget about the fantastic Mehndi art designed by Henna by Purvi. It was the crown jewel to her royal presence. The reception party was epic, and this was thanks to the phenomenal beats played by DJ Adi and the live performance of Lucky Devils Band. You are invited to relive this moment by visiting today's gallery, thanks to the spectacular shots captured by Rachel Solomon Photography. I know that you will be amazed by every single detail of it!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Stevie on January 4th, 2018, following an introduction on the dating app Coffee Meets Bagel. Our first date was on the day that the Bomb Cyclone blanketed New York City in snow. We met for drinks at Bobby Van's near Grand Central Station, because it was one of the few places that remained open. Time seemed to pause, along with the outside world, as we chatted for hours!
I was struck by Stevie’s quiet confidence, wit, and uncanny familiarity. I felt as though I already knew him -- on our first date alone, there was an easy and natural balance between us. To my friends, I referred to him as “Steady Stevie," and that last part has stuck. Within just a few weeks of dating, I told my mom (much to her alarm) that I knew I was going to marry him. We ultimately chose January 4th as our wedding day, as it is also the date we met!
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
A year after we met, Stevie fittingly chose to propose in Grand Central Station on a beautiful evening in January! I met up with him at Grand Central Oyster Bar. We checked our coats and grabbed a glass of wine at the bar. Curiously, the Maître D' (who was in on it) said there would be a long wait even though the place was empty. So to kill time, we drifted over to the Whispering Gallery and eventually the Main Concourse. There, Stevie told me we were going on a journey; which train did I think we were taking? Perplexed, my concern was that we had left our coats (and wine!) at the restaurant. He said not to worry, and gestured at the balcony overlooking the concourse, where I suddenly saw my parents waving. When I turned back around, Stevie was on one knee, with heartfelt words and a big smile on his face.
The rest of the night is a blur of glee -- champagne and hors d'oeuvres with my family at Bobby Vans (where we had our first date), a casual pit stop to see Hamilton on Broadway, and a surprise afterparty at my favorite bar, Ted's, where my brother had gathered a group of our closest friends! The night ended at 4 am, with Dollar Pizza on 3rd Avenue. We will forever thank New York City for bringing us together, a boy from Arizona and a girl from India.
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 had a destination wedding in my groom's hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona. Since we live in New York, we found ourselves in the capable hands of my Arizona wedding planner, Laurie Stricklin! I had weekly calls with Laurie, who would find vendors to match my ideas. We also had 3-weekend trips to  finalize decisions in person.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I had a vision for my white wedding dress being ultra-feminine with lots of lace detail. I went shopping with my mom at Kleinfeld Bridal and immediately fell in love with a gorgeous Pnina Tornai off-shoulder neckline and sheer lace bodice. The designer herself, Pnina, was there in person and helped me customize the rest of the dress: a soft A-line silhouette with a modest train. I have a video with her, as I said Yes to the Dress!
For my Sangeet lengha, I found myself drawn to modern Indian design, as opposed to the more traditional heavily-beaded florals. I've always loved vibrant colors and patterns, and so I chose a bright turquoise + pink lengha with gold accents! With my groom in gold, and our wedding party in teal and pink, we felt it all came together really well.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
We know we come from very different backgrounds, cultures, and religious traditions. So throughout the planning process, our North Star was the idea of "One True Fusion Ceremony," which was a lot of fun to brainstorm!
We wanted the important elements of each of us represented. I wore a white dress as a nod to Stevie’s culture, and he wore an Indian suit for me. My bridesmaids represented my tradition in red lenghas, and the groomsmen represented his culture, in black tuxedos. Our ceremony featured both a western Officiant and a Hindu Pandit. We had Bible Readings and Hindu Mantras, recited our own Vows and even Broke the Glass. Our wedding had everything from the Henna to the Horah! Even our hashtag (#OneLesserMenon) combined both our last names and embraced the spirit of unity.
Before the wedding day we had a Mehendi, Rehearsal Dinner, and Sangeet -- this rounded out all the traditions of our families. It was a wonderful, colorful, and authentic wedding for the two of us.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think the thing that the guests appreciated the most was embracing a cultural element that they weren't accustomed to! Many of my Indian family members had never experienced toasts at a Rehearsal dinner, never seen a bride in a white dress, and never danced to a Horah! Stevie's side of the family loved picking out Indian outfits for the Sangeet, getting Henna done on their hands, and watching our "mystical" Hindu ceremony. Many of our friends loved practicing together for Sangeet performances, and donning bright kurtas, saris, and ornate jewelry. We hope every guest got to experience something unique, and authentic to our fusion wedding.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I absolutely LOVED watching my "gora" groom perform bhangra at our Sangeet, alongside two seasoned Indian friends! He has always been a great dancer, but it was absolutely incredible -- the whole crowd was cheering and I think his side of the family was stunned! It really warmed my heart that he wanted to embrace the Indian culture and do something that required stepping completely outside of his comfort zone.
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.
We tried to weave in authentic, important pieces of our story throughout the wedding. For our first dance we chose the song "Lucky" by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat, because this was actually the first song we danced to, a few weeks into dating! Signature drinks at our reception were based on our favorite cocktails. At the afterparty in our hotel suite, we had my groom's favorite: In-N-Out burgers, fries, and shakes. Too many details to recount here!
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Being a very planning-oriented person, I made a conscious decision to just let go and be present the week of the wedding. You've done all the hard work, now soak up every moment, and ENJOY!
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Our wedding gifts to each other were so special! We wanted to gift each other things that would become our family's heirlooms -- our story forever passed down along with them. Stevie is a big watch-enthusiast, so I surprised him with a classic and timeless Patek Philippe dress watch. I had the back of the case engraved with the words, "January 4, 2020. Until the end of time." He got me a stunning 3.5-carat Infinity ring, with 20 oval diamonds to represent the year we got married.
I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. And stick around, we have more prepared for you!
Mehndi Artists: Henna by Purvi | Live Music: Lucky Devils Band | Sangeet Venue: McCormick Ranch Golf Club | Ceremony Venue: Royal Palms Resort and Spa | Reception Venue: Royal Palms Resort and Spa | Planning & Design: Laurie Stricklin | Floral & Decor: Fiori Floral Design | Hair & Makeup: Makiaj Beauty | Catering: Royal Palms Resort and Spa | DJ: DJ Adi | Bridal Fashions / Bridal Jewelry: Nazranaa NJ | Cinematography: D.P. Weddings | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Makiaj Beauty | Fireworks: Fireworks Productions of Arizona | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Indian Wedding Card | Photo Booth: Shutterbooth | Registry: Zola | Rentals: Inner Space Events | Tuxedos: Alton Lane | Bride's White Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai | Bride's White Wedding Dress: Kleinfelds | Groom's Indian Outfits: Knollswood | Bridesmaids lehengas: IV By Divya | Photography: Rachel Solomon Photography | Photography: Sean Cook Weddings

Austin, TX Indian Wedding by Vek Photo

Happy Tuesdays, Maharanis! We hope you are enjoying the company of your close ones during this quarantine. We are going to get this through together! Today, as always, we are here to give you a daily shot of inspiration. We are pleased to bring to you all details and beauty surrounding Reshma & Marshall's big wedding festivities. To begin this journey, let me take you to the exclusive JW Marriott Austin, the ideal venue chosen by our lovebirds to celebrate their eternal promise of love. Right from the start, we have to say that you will love the detailed and on-point organization of this spectacular wedding. Our friends from SB Events Co. perfectly planned and trimmed every segment of the event down to the smallest detail, delivering nothing but perfection. Simply amazing! Everyone loved the natural beauty from Reshma, our gorgeous Maharani, who stole the show with a royalty look. She trusted the talent from Ms Painted Lady, who made sure to deliver a traditional but glamorous look for her. And let's not forget about the fantastic Mehndi art that Samira's Henna Designs created for our beautiful bride. To turn this gala into an epic party, our friends from DJ Riz Entertainment jumped into the stage and played their fantastic beats, making everyone dance the night away! To relive all of these details, make sure to visit today's gallery. I bet you will be inspired!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met at work in October of 2014! On January 15th, 2015 Marshall took me on our first date at Del Frisco's Steakhouse in downtown Dallas. I couldn't have been more nervous! He sensed that, and tried everything to make me feel comfortable. We talked about our past college experiences, funny stories, and he spent the evening trying to ask me every question in the world to try and get to know me better.

Soon after we became inseparable! It was such an exhilarating feeling falling for Marshall. He was so full of energy, love, care and commitment. Our bond created something so unique and I was positive that our relationship cultivated deep within our hearts.

In October 2015, Marshall was promoted and had to move to Columbus, Ohio. As nerve racking as it was, we courageously fought to stay close and build our relationship besides the distance. In this time, we grew to love each other in ways we never knew possible.

I have never been in an interracial relationship before, and Marshall eased my worries by showing so much gratitude and appreciation for my culture. He genuinely took interest, embraced it, and accepted my roots and welcomed them as a part of his life. I was in awe in how easily it was for him to blend with my family, friends, and culture that it became evident that it was impossible for me to go through life without him. I quickly learned, happiness came from within, and Marshall and I were meant to be. I am forever thankful to Marshall for never giving up on us and working so hard to be the amazing man that he is today.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Marshall and I planned a trip to Barcelona and Ibiza in May 2018. On our second day in the beautiful city of Barcelona, we decided to check out "Bunkers Del Carmel" a beautiful site that over looks the entire city. We took the hour long car ride up to the hill, and Marsh and I chatted the entire way, like we always do.

We finally get to the top of the hill, and I see tourists in athletic gear, and I am confused as Marsh and I were more dressed up (we had lunch reservations at a restaurant Picasso frequently visited), but I initially didn't think much of it. We slowly walked up to the top of the hill where there were a few people soaking in the view. As we reached the top, I looked out over the horizon and felt blessed to be there. As I'm doing so, I look over and Marsh turns to me and pulls out a dark blue box - and I KNEW in that moment it was happening! He opens the box (UPSIDE DOWN!) and he get's down on one knee, and I (of course) begin to cry. I excitedly say YES!!!

Marsh had hired a photographer to capture the moment and I felt so incredibly loved. We took photo's at the proposal site and at the Barcelona Cathedral. At night, we had a separate photoshoot at the Magic Fountains and a dinner reservations at Pepito - a romantic restaurant in downtown.
My heart was so full of love as our families and friends showered us with support and excitement. Marsh made me feel like a princess on May 3rd, 2018. I will never forget the feeling in my heart knowing I was going to spend the rest of my life with my best friend!

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 a wedding is no joke! Planning an interracial and interfaith wedding comes with a different set of challenges, but also welcomes the idea of creating a fusion of two cultures that bring to light a union of love and compassion. During the process, Marshall and I wanted to make decisions together and respect both families opinions.

The JW Marriott stands tall in downtown Austin, and even though we had visited over 8+ venues, the JW always took our breath away. The beautiful tall ceilings and warm welcome when you walked in, felt a sense of joy and excitement to be there. I've seen the work of all my vendors, and knew that each of them were the perfect fit to my vision. From hair and make up to decor and music - each vendor carefully took their time to understand what I was looking for and bring to life the ideas in my head. My wedding planner was the icing on top! 

Our goal was to truly give our guests the "fusion" wedding experience. We wanted to incorporate traditional Indian customs with an american flare. We chose to have 3 different types of cuisines (Mexican, Italian, and Indian) to ensure our guests had a variety of flavors over the weekend. The Baraat was a 90's hip hop vs. Bollywood and dhol beat dance off - combining Indian culture with my husbands love for hip hop. We also made sure the dancefloor on both nights gave everyone a reason to come up and break a sweat!

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the process for me was having the opportunity to travel to India for my wedding shopping.

Initially I was not sure if I would be able to travel so far as I had just started a new job, and the seasons in India were either extreme heat or monsoon - both not ideal! None the less we decided to brave the heat in June 2019. To me, going to India was not just about buying outfits, jewelry or invitations for the wedding. It was so much more than than that. It was about the experience I had with my mom and Dad trying on different outfits and laughing at the ones I didn't look good in or being excited for the ones that did. It was about the joy of my family members in India getting to bless me before the wedding. Feeling the love despite our interracial union. The excitement of describing my day to Marshall who was so intrigued about my time there. That trip was the most special part of the entire process.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The feedback that I hear the most about our wedding is that people could genuinely feel the love between us. They heard and felt our voices in our vows, speeches, and pictures. The hardest part of wedding planning, is to remember why you're doing this. Things can get difficult and stressful, but when the weekend came - I didn't care if a groomsmen's outfit got lost by an airline (Yes, that happened!), I just wanted to share the experience of getting married to my best friend in front of all of the people who have played such key roles in our lives growing up.

Our priest was very adamant of wanting the guests to learn about the Hindu marriage and what each step stood for. Often times, at weddings we don't get an opportunity to learn why we say and do what we do on the mandap. Guests mentioned that they really enjoyed learning about the meaning behind the actions.

 We also had 9FT tall LED Robots come to our reception! That was fun and unique for them to experience!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
My favorite moment of the entire wedding weekend was my mothers speech. I still tear up thinking about it today. She spoke from her heart, and as she held back her tears, she said she wanted both of us to remember one thing: collect moments not things. She then asked the entire audience to light up their flashlights on their phones and wave them for us. She said, "remember this moment, this is your moment - take it in". It was absolutely beautiful.

My mother put her entire heart into planning this wedding, and I am so grateful for her (and my dad & sister's) dedication to making our dreams come true. As brides, we often forget that this is such a profound and emotional moment for our parents too and we owe them all the love in the world for going above and beyond for us.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
The most important thing to remember is do not get caught up in the image of your wedding. i.e. making sure every picture looks perfect, that the decor/lighting/positioning of chairs are perfectly positioned. We're all guilty of a couple bridezilla moments, but remember to make sure your bridal party, family, and friends feel the love from you and your fiance. Your wedding doesn't have to be in a grandiose location, with the most lavish decor - people don't remember those things, but they do remember how you made them feel during your wedding process and the weekend of. Remember to show compassion to your partner, your parents/in-laws and bridal party. Even when things get stressful - take deep breaths and know they are also doing their best. However, make sure the elements of your wedding is truly what you want and stand-up for the aspects that you envision being a part of your special day.

Lastly, soak up all of the weekend events. It goes back way too quickly, in a blink of an eye it is over! Laugh a lot, cry happy tears, dance a little extra, and make sure to have the time of your life!

We have more prepared for you, so make sure to join us tomorrow. You will not regret it! 

Lighting: DJ Riz Entertainment | Mehndi Artists: Samira's Henna Designs | Lighting: DJ Riz Entertainment | Lighting: DJ Riz Entertainment | Planning & Design: SB Events Co | Sangeet Venue: JW Marriott Austin | Ceremony Venue: JW Marriott Austin | Reception Venue: JW Marriott Austin | Floral & Decor: Raofactor | Hair & Makeup: Ms Painted Lady | Catering (Reception): Sangam | Catering (Sangeet & Ceremony): JW Marriott | Cake & Treats: Sugar Mama's | Cinematography: Aria Cinema Films | Live Music: Robots | Photography: Vek Photo


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