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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

Broken Arrow, OK Muslim Wedding by Studio KSD

Good morning, beautiful Maharanis! Let's start this Tuesday by getting an extra boost of inspiration from Hajra & Bhargav's lovely wedding celebration coming to us from Broken Arrow, OK. From the gorgeous wedding ceremony officiated at India Palace to the elegant reception party celebrated inside the halls of the Stoney Creek Hotels, this wedding was a dream come true! The beats from Burak Tirpan, the fantastic decor, and this young couple's love created beautiful scenes that we are sure you will love! Thanks to the highly talented team from Event Fusion, there was so much beauty and finery to admire. Thankfully, the good friends from Studio KSD were there to capture photos from every angle in such a fabulous way that we get to feel just as if we were there. And oh boy, every single shot is more impressive than the previous one! Ladies, If you seek inspiration to achieve your ultimate bridal look, take a moment to admire the captivating looks of our gorgeous Maharani Hajra. She donned different attires, hairstyles, and makeup looks, always looking breathtaking, but I guess that's what you get when you are a natural beauty! And we want to give a big shoutout to Sam Palmer and MLB Artistryfor taking such good care of this lovely Maharani's beauty needs. But that is not all! Hajra took her bridal look to the next level with a gorgeous Mehndi design by Zareen Zakri. It was perfect! If you want to take a closer look at this love story, don't miss today's jaw-dropping gallery. We're sure that you'll love it as much as we did, not to mention that you'll get tons of inspiration!

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See you tomorrow for more! 

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Photography: Studio KSD | Ceremony Venue: India Palace | Reception Venue: Stoney Creek Hotels | Planning & Design: Event Fusion | Bridal Hair: Sam Palmer | Bridal Makeup: MLB Artistry | DJ: Burak Tirpan | Mehndi Artist: Zareen Zakri

Ypsilanti, MI Indian Wedding by Ray Anthony Photography

Happy Tuesday, darlings! Today, we are delighted to share Ahimsa & Rishi's wedding celebration with all of you. And believe us, there is so much beauty, and flair packed into this intimate event celebrated during COVID that it seemed taken out from the pages of an Indian fairytale. Everything surrounding this celebration hosted at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest had perfection written all over the place. Utsav Planners, Inc. took care of the planning and decor, while Michael B. Anthony took care of the spectacular floral arrangements. This winning combination created the perfect setting for this life-changing event, and the final result was nothing less than exceptional! Although everything was mesmerizing, nothing compared to Ahimsa's royalty look. So big kudos to Kim Quraishi and Amanie Mokdad for the glamorous hairstyle and makeup designed for our lovely Maharani. And we cannot talk about beauty and royalty looks without mentioning the artistic Mehndi designed by Ekta Kansara. It was amazing! After the ceremony, this wedding transitioned into a reception party enlivened by DJ Ice & Fresh Productions. In between dances, emotional speeches, and the delicious treats prepared by Sweet Heather Anne, this festive night got to an end. But if you can't get enough of this lovely couple, don't miss today's jaw-dropping gallery by Ray Anthony Photography. It will make your heart melt, and you will get tons of inspiring ideas for your wedding!

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Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Rishi pulled a fast one! He and I were slated to vacation in Thailand in mid-September. Leading up to the proposal, Rishi and our friends began dropping obvious, but ultimately untrue hints that the proposal was happening in Thailand. It did the trick because I was super confused and primed for the actual proposal. During Labor Day weekend, Rishi flew from San Francisco to DC to visit. On the proposal day, Rishi first took me for brunch to Ted’s Bulletin in Eastern Market. The spot has a special significance for us because it’s where our close, mutual friend Ronak introduced us on a snowy night over chocolate under the pretext of a low-key hangout. After brunch we headed to a health policy lecture across town near the iconic Meridian Hill Park. The talk was a ruse. Right before we got to the “talk,” Rishi made up an excuse to see a friend at the park. As soon as we arrived, and he asked me to stand near the fountain, it finally hit me that he was about to propose. As I anxiously walked to where he was, he first delivered a beautiful speech, got down on one knee, and proposed. When I called my parents to tell them the news, I suddenly saw them there, along with Rishi’s parents and Ronak all running over to congratulate us! I was in complete shock and overwhelmed by all the love. Later that night, Rishi planned a surprise dinner with our close friends and family at a restaurant in Georgetown, and we ended the night dancing near the Georgetown harbor.

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 didn’t plan one wedding, but actually three. Once COVID-19 hit, after much deliberation and carefully tracking the COVID-19 restrictions, we chose the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti Eagle Crest in Michigan for our venue. The hotel had a beautiful outdoor area nestled amidst a breathtaking scene of pine trees, a golf course, and a lake where the wedding would be held. The hotel also offered a great backup option in case of inclement weather. Although autumn weather in Michigan is unpredictable, we were lucky with a gorgeous sunrise and sunny, blue skies for the entire duration of the wedding.

For our decorator and wedding planner, we chose Utsav Planners. They were our life savers and incredibly supportive as we went through the various options and the inevitable stress surrounding trying to plan a wedding in the midst of a global pandemic. Because they had experience in this realm, they were knowledgeable about precautions to take and came up with unique ideas for our décor and wedding. Their attention to detail, dedication to our wedding vision, and flawless execution the day of our wedding helped us be present to really enjoy our wedding festivities.

Rishi and I were committed to ensuring the safety of our guests during the pandemic. We requested (more like demanded!) that they and our vendors get tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of attending our wedding. We emphasized physical distancing protocols throughout the wedding and ordered colorful, décor-consistent filtered masks for our guests. We were grateful for the opportunity to celebrate our love during the pandemic.

I chose a unique color scheme of green, orange, purple, and blush for the wedding because they encompassed and reflected autumn undertones and beautifully complemented the fall colors. Given our respective cultural backgrounds, I also incorporated two underlying themes of traditional South Indian and North Indian décor for the wedding luncheon. Because both of us are drawn to Indian classical music, we included music-related themes intertwined with fragrant, bright flowers for the table centerpieces. Our cake decorator (Sweet Heather Anne) designed various Indian instruments on our cake to tie the theme together. My goal for the overall wedding aesthetic was vibrant, elegant, and timeless.

I was also keen on bringing an extra personal touch to our wedding and many of our friends were able to bring their personal touch to our wedding. Prior to the wedding, my close friends and family from around the world created a compilation of bhajans (devotional songs) which we played throughout the wedding festivities. Many of my friends were able to participate in the Milni ceremony (joining of the families). My uncle and three close friends walked me down the aisle under a vibrant phoolon ki chaadar (blanket of flowers). My family friend, Supriya (www.supriyakharod.com) designed our beautiful wedding programs, which we also electronically sent to our guests who were watching our wedding live on YouTube. My childhood friend Asha (www.instaetchstudio.com) designed lovely navy wood coasters adorned with sitar, tabla, mridangam, nadaswaram and thavil engravings as wedding favors.

Our two close friends checked all our guests’ temperatures before the wedding, handled other wedding logistics, and helped to prevent any technical glitches for our family and friends watching our wedding virtually. Our close friends played classical music throughout the entire wedding to help set the mood and tone of the wedding. Our family friends also helped immensely by organizing the priest’s items for the mandap (altar) and gauri puja (prayer to Goddess Parvati), and taking care of some wedding logistics. My friends and family brilliantly collaborated together to successfully steal Rishi’s shoes (#operationhappyfeet). And last but not least, our family and friends collaborated to bring us personalized wedding messages and dances that we watched as a virtual celebration in the evening.

Our caterer Suvai delivered traditional and mouth-watering South Indian breakfasts on the morning of the wedding while restaurant Rangoli created a beautiful array of North Indian appetizers and entrees for our wedding luncheon.

Because we were unable to go shopping in India for our wedding attire, I selected a traditional two-tone kanchivaram sari from Hyderabad after countless Whatsapp calls and pictures. Rishi also purchased his gold sherwani (suit) with a purple pagri (turban) and dupatta (stole) from Bangalore and Delhi. For my mehendi (henna) event, I selected a vibrant-colored lehenga from a store in Chicago. I was fortunate enough to have the best of the makeup, hair, mehendi, and sari tying artists in the Detroit metro area. Amanie Mokdad did the bridal party’s makeup, Kim Quraishi did the bridal party’s hair, and Ekta Shah Kansara did my mehendi and tied saris for the bridal party. DJ Ice and Fresh was our DJ, who absolutely rocked Rishi’s baraat and our wedding. Ray Anthony was our photographer, and District Media was our videographer. Michael B. Anthony and Aishwarya Flowers were our florists, and we got our cake from Sweet Heather Anne.

We planned our wedding across the country living in California under COVID-19 restrictions, and it was an intense wedding planning process. Our parents’ endless support and involvement combined with Rishi and my dad’s strong negotiation skills helped us execute the wedding plan. I learned a lot more than I ever needed to know about contracts, how to search for the right vendors based on our vision for the wedding, and planning sufficient numbers of backup options. It really helped that all of our vendors were talented, incredible to work with, supportive, and made our wedding planning process smooth.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I enjoyed planning the wedding with Rishi and I think we got a chance to better understand each other through this process and grow even stronger together as a couple. The profound love, guidance, and encouragement we received from our family and friends, from making the decision to get married in October, to being on call and helping us with every small wedding detail, made the experience much more enjoyable and easier to surpass.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The best compliments we got after the wedding were about the ambiance, sophisticated décor and delicious food. But I think what blew everyone away the most is that we ran the entire program on time…perhaps a first for an Indian wedding!

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 hosted a 20-25-person nalangu and mehendi ceremony the Thursday before the wedding in my backyard. We used fresh marigolds, mango leaves, banana trees, and rangoli as traditional décor for the nalangu on our patio in the morning. The mehendi color scheme was orange, green, yellow, and red to create a colorful and fun ambiance. We used a vibrant backdrop with multi-colored pillows, urlis, and umbrellas as décor. The mehendi was in a tent with outdoor seating in the vicinity. Krishna Catering & Restaurant catered our lunch and Suvai catered our dinner which included different types of chaat and various types of dosa with all the condiments, and dessert. Ekta Kansara did my beautifully designed mehendi and hair and Amanie was my fabulous makeup artist. It was an exciting kickoff to the wedding festivities!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Don’t fight what’s beyond your control. Know that you did everything you could for your wedding and surrender the rest. Remember to enjoy the festivities and be present for the entire wedding celebration.

Planning a wedding during a pandemic can be difficult and frustrating, but know that virtually all couples face the same set of challenges. Do not hesitate to reach out for help. Having friends and family as a support system is also incredibly helpful to help you stay sane during the wedding process and wedding. Oh, and make sure you actually eat on your wedding day!

We are preparing something special for you, so make sure to join us tomorrow for more!

Planning & Design: Utsav Planners,Inc. | Planning & Design: Utsav Planners,Inc. | DJ: DJ Ice & Fresh Productions | Venues: Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest | Florist: Michael B. Anthony | Garland & Hair Flowers: Aiswarya Flowers | Welcome Sign & Wedding Party Favor Coasters: InstaEtch Studio | Priest: Shastriji Giriswami | Hair: Kim Quraishi | Makeup: Amanie Mokdad | Catering (Mehendi): Taste of India Suvai | Catering (Wedding): Rangoli Indian Cuisine | Cake & Treats: Sweet Heather Anne | Cinematography: Media District | Draping/Styling: Ekta Kansara | Mehndi Artist: Ekta Kansara | Wedding Programs: Supriya Kharod | Wedding Favors (Chocolates): Corden Chocolates | Photography: Ray Anthony Photography

Atlanta, GA Indian Wedding by Hakim's Studio

Good morning, gorgeous Maharanis! We are excited to be back once again with a romantic love story that will take your breath away. This time, we are revisiting Angitha & Joby's wedding celebration already featured in our Video Blog, thanks to the cinematographic delight captured by Hakim's Studio. There was so much beauty at this wedding, and you all loved it so much that we decided to bring you the jaw-dropping shots also captured by Hakim's Studio. As you scroll down on the gallery below, you will be amazed by a cornucopia of beauty and flair that characterized this wedding celebrated during the COVID-19 pandemic. AVA Event Management orchestrated this lovely event, while Events InStyle By Beenish Inc took care of the floral and decor. The result of this winning combination was utter perfection! And talking about perfection, let's take a moment to admire the fabulous look of our gorgeous Maharani after being fully glamorized by Beauty by Ami. It was one to die for! She looked like a princess throughout the entire festivities, but we absolutely adored her banging look at the reception hosted at The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North. It was both elegant and mesmerizing! But don't take our word; browse through the spectacular gallery that we have prepared for today and check it out for yourself. We are sure you are going to love every single image!

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We are already working on a new feature for you, so make sure to join us tomorrow for the reveal.


Staten Island, NY Indian Fusion Wedding by Live Pictures Studios

Good Morning, Maharanis! I hope you are ready to dive into a new love story because Silvi & Shibin's fusion wedding is one that will take your breath away. So, let's not wait any longer and get ready to enjoy this intimate and romantic wedding celebrated during COVID 19. Right from the start, we have to say that it is no surprise that planning a wedding is not easy, let alone under the current circumstances. Still, Our Day Events took the lead on planning this wedding and delivered nothing but utter perfection! The white linens, the beautiful floral arrangements, and the overall decor put together by Aishas Wedding Decor were beyond impressive, transforming the Mar Thoma Church of Staten Island's halls into the perfect setting for this lovely duo to tie the knot! For the ceremony, Silvi bursting into the scene, looking like a goddess after having trusted her beauty needs to DipBeauty.MUA. The exquisite makeup and sleek hairstyle praised her innate beauty, making everyone turned their heads as she walked down the aisle. After the ceremony, there was a festive reception party to celebrate the newlyweds. If you don't want to miss any detail of this lovely wedding, don't miss the spectacular shots by Live Pictures Studios in today's gallery. You will love it!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I first met Shibin about 10 years ago when he came to my church to invite us for a conference they were hosting. As a typical teenager, I wondered who this cute guy is and figured I wouldn’t see him after that day. Fast forward to 3 years later, both of us were serving in the military. We added each other on Facebook and realized we actually crossed paths awhile ago. And the rest was history. At first when we started to talk to each other, we were in two different time zones and the way he tried to make time for us which meant staying up way past his bed time or waking up super early to talk to me and I just knew that I couldn't let him get away for the "second" time!

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.
Shibin is from New York and I am from Pennsylvania. So, we both wanted to pick a place that's in between and we ended up picking our reception venue in New Jersey. Therefore, we picked our vendors based in Jersey Area except for our wedding planner Anisha (Our Day Events) who is from Maryland. She attended all our vendor meetings with us. If she was not available to meet with us in person, she made sure someone from her team attended while Anisha attended the meeting virtually.

We picked The Venetian as our reception venue and Nora (venue rep) was really helpful in answering all our questions and accommodating all of our needs prior to signing the contract with them. Then we moved on to picking our decor. We were really glad to work with AWD and her team. we went in for our initial meeting with some bits and pieces of our vision. Benish knew exactly what we wanted and she showed us her previous works based on it and we were happy to leave the meeting with a solid plan in place. We didn't had to think twice when it came to our photo/video Team: Live Picture Studios (LPS). I saw their work about 5-6 years ago and I just knew I will be picking them for the wedding. We chose Premier Events as our Entertainment/ DJ through family recommendation. I chose Dipal as my MUA. She was very friendly throughout our conversations she explained everything in a detailed way. We did a hair/makeup trial and things went well and my skin took it well as it can be sensitive at times.

We were all set with our vendors and ready to go for our May 2020 wedding until we were faced with the challenge of rescheduling it to July initially. Anisha was our Angel at the time and emailed all of our vendors and got their availabilities. As we got closer to the July date we were still uncomfortable with high Covid numbers and were worried about the safety of our family and friends. Therefore we had to find another date in September. It was the same process all over again but this time we decided to move our reception to 2021. That also meant making this wedding as intimate as possible so, we had to move our ceremony location to Staten Island, NY. LPS was really accommodating to our last minute changes and gave us suggestions to help with timings. Benish helped us with "replanning" our decorations as we had to scale everything down from our initial plan. After multiple meetings with Anisha and Benish, they really brought my simple and elegant vision to life. Without Anisha, our wedding day would have been chaotic because as the plans changed, Anisha had to make changes to our wedding day timeline accordingly and it was no joke. Shibin and I are really thankful for all the vendors that we had the chance to work with as everyone played an important role in for September 12, 2020 wedding to bring to life.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I really enjoyed visiting our venue site and other vendors in person with my fiancé. As things are done virtually now, we might have taken those moments for granted. Oh! I would also say cake tasting was the " cherry on top " to our planning process just because who doesn't like free cakes. Hahah!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Walking down the aisle was such an emotional moment for me. I had my parents walk me down the aisle. The church was filled with all kinds of emotions. As I was walking down, all I could see was tears coming down from the family members, my bridesmaid and Shibin. After seeing everyone's emotions, I couldn't hold back my tears and the moment was just beyond special.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
As each story is unique, enjoy the moment with your fiancé. Take one day at a time. Please don't hesitate to ask for help from family and friends. Find time to treat yourself with something you love. Wedding planning can be stressful but It's okay to take a day or two off from planning and give yourself a break. The yearlong planning will come to an end in no time. Therefore, work our marriage and learn more about each other as you start your new journey together.

Ladies, don't forget to join us tomorrow for more!

Hair & Makeup: DipBeauty.MUA | Floral & Decor: Aishas Wedding Decor | Ceremony Venue: Mar Thoma Church of Staten Island | Planning & Design: Our Day Events | Bridesmaids Hair & Makeup: Cinderella Bridez | Catering: Taste of India II | Cake & Treats: Annadale Bakery | Transportation: New Jersey Limo | Photography: Live Pictures Studios


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