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San Diego, CA Indian Fusion Wedding by Nat Wongsaroj Photography

Happy Tuesday, Maharanis! We have another fabulous day to start, so let's do it on the right foot with Juhee & Stephen's glorious wedding day. These lovebirds celebrated their devotion at the well-known Paradise Point San Diego Island Resort. This eminent venue is perfect for any celebration, especially for such special unions. Love can be found in any corner of this enchanting place! Our adorable couple completed their extravaganza with Blooming Forward's fascinating scenery and Dhamaka Entertainment's vibrant music set to keep everyone on their feet. All the guests enjoyed  BabyCakes San Diego's artistic talent for the wedding cake and the delicious treats our dreamy couple had for all. The sweet Juhee & Stephen entrusted Charminar Indian Restaurant & Catering to delight their loved ones' paladar with their mouthwatering Indian cuisine. The food was not the only joy of this day, as our couple made their way to the altar with their heavenly attires. Our Maharani, Juhee, was radiant with her marvelous lengha from  Flairlehengasbytannu complemented by Dazzles' elegant jewelry and a delicate bridal bouquet courtesy of Louise Rigdon. The fabulous teams from Beauty By Ayleen and Laura Claire Style & Hair flawlessly accentuated our Maharani's delicate features for the day. The mehndi design courtesy of Henna Trendz made everyone fall in love. She looked like a queen, indeed! Thanks to Ivory & Lace Creative Weddings professionals behind the scenes, the grand event went without missing a beat, ensuring all details were covered. Our couple could bask in the day's beauty with these fantastic experts on the wheel. With  Nat Wongsaroj Photography's phenomenal skills with the camera, no instant went by without being captured for our lovely couple to relive whenever they please. We have their fascinating photographs in this splendid gallery for you to boost your imagination, Maharanis. I know you will love it!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met on an online dating app. I don't think there was a specific "moment" that I knew. We've stuck together through thick and thin, and over time I knew he was the one because of how he showed up for me everyday: unwavering, committed, loving, and strong. It was also so reaffirming to see the love and compassion he always showed my family and friends. He is everything I've ever wanted. I am truly lucky to be his wife.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
It’s a funny story because I designed the ring + booked the venue before he proposed. It was in the middle of the pandemic, and I knew that if I waited any longer, I’d lose the venue I wanted. Every other wedding we went to in 2021 was on a weekday, because no weekends were available by the time they booked.
While we dated, we spent a lot of time at my parents’ house, which was also the home I grew up in. We made so many memories there with them. He chose to decorate the backyard with lights, candles, and photos of us. My best friend took me out to dinner that evening, and I had an inkling something was going on because she asked me to dress up with her - and she doesn’t usually dress up! I entered our home through the backyard, and immediately our favorite song started playing. I saw Stephen walk out in a suit - he looked so handsome. I looked up to see my parents standing on the porch. Stephen got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. It meant the world to me that he made sure my parents were a part of it, and that he planned the entire thing to be in a place that held such meaning for me. It was a beautiful evening!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Unfortunately, my original idea (a custom design) was ruined by a set of tailors I had initially hired. I had always loved Sabyasachi’s style and design, and ended up ordering one in a similar style last minute. It ended up working out, but we cut it really close! I didn’t have a favorite color in mind, but I knew I wanted it to be traditional, so we went with red.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I think the real pay-off was when we finally got to see the venue in person for the first time. We had to book to grab the date before we actually got to see it in person (especially because it was a destination wedding). It was so beautiful, and there was a ton of relief realizing it was true to what we had seen in photos. Meeting the vendors was also amazing - they were all incredible, especially our planner Amanda, and photographer Nat WongSaroj.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think they enjoyed the venue, Paradise Point Resort and Spa - more than anything else. We also received comments on how good the food was, how seamless it seemed, and the intimate, personal feel of the wedding overall.
Upon asking one of my bridesmaids, she shared that: "Stealing the groom's shoes, watching your mom walk you down the aisle, the cold sparks that went off when you shared your first dance!" There was even a moment when a second bride who was getting married that same day crashed our reception dance floor with her groom - and it was so fun to dance alongside them!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
My mother survived 2 strokes in the past few years. For months, we were practicing her walking me down the aisle. And when she finally did, it was absolutely unforgettable. There were bubbles, it was golden hour, and I was being walked down into the next chapter of my life with a lady nothing short of a warrior.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
While your wedding day will involve all sorts of details and logistics, remember, at the end of the day - this is celebrating you and your love. And that's all that matters. Don't fret the small stuff!
Also, ask for as much support as possible - and delegate as much as you can!

Keep coming back for more love and romance!

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Venues: Paradise Point San Diego Island Resort | Sangeet Venue: Lot 8 | Planning & Design: Ivory & Lace Creative Weddings | Floral & Decor: Blooming Forward | Bridal Bouquet: Louise Rigdon | Hair & Makeup (Sangeet): Fariia Makeup | Hair & Makeup (Wedding day): Beauty By Ayleen | Hair & Makeup: Laura Claire Style & Hair | Hair & Makeup (Bridal Party): Shade & Strand | Hair & Makeup (Bridal Party): MkupbyLiz | Hair & Makeup (Bridal Party): Cynthia's Beauty | Catering: Charminar Indian Restaurant & Catering | DJ: Dhamaka Entertainment | Bridal Fashions: Flairlehengasbytannu | Bridal Jewelry: NM FASHIONS ERA | Wedding Choker: Dazzles | Cake & Treats: BabyCakes San Diego | Mehndi Artist: Henna Trendz | Rentals: Platinum Event Rentals | Transportation: CharterUp | Photography: Nat Wongsaroj Photography


Old Bridge, NJ Indian Fusion Wedding by Dreamline Productions LLC.

My gorgeous Maharanis, get ready for another romantic adventure courtesy of the lovely Nisha & Hiran. Our couple had a marvelous ceremony at the  Grand Marquis. There was a heartwarming ambiance enveloping everyone as the celebration continued. Mandap Milap complemented this aura with its unique decor. Meanwhile, Chand Palace delighted the attendants with their exquisite culinary art. I am sure the guests enjoyed more than just the delicious food! Our couple entrusted JP Entertainment to keep up the melodic environment with friends and family dancing the night away. This grand celebration had highlight after highlight, but the best of all was undoubtedly the newlyweds and their fashion tastes! Our Maharani had a heavenly attire from Fashion Queen that definitely made her look like royalty. Nisha completed her look with a fantastic jewelry selection from Zaveri Jewelers. The bride was shining brighter than any diamond on earth, and the handsome groom couldn't keep his eyes away from hers. Shaz Makeup and Mehndi Artist accentuated Nisha's already graceful traits, giving our Maharani everything she hoped for and more for her wedding style. This prolific artist is top-notch as she always keeps her client's satisfaction close to her heart. There is no better example than Nisha's charming smile on display throughout the celebration! Our couple will cherish all these memorable instants with them forever. Surely they will look back and bask in the beauty of all the wonderful pictures Dreamline Productions LLC captured for them. Their enthralling work is available in this splendid gallery. Go ahead and get your imagination going!

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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 during the pandemic was so much more stressful, especially an Indian wedding. With all the events and guests we have its overwhelming, to begin with. We thought to push it another year so we could have time to plan but our families decided to just keep it simple and small hoping some of the vendors would lift their restrictions. We had 8 months to plan the whole wedding so booked our venue and I booked my hair and makeup artist. I couldn’t go to India to do my shopping, so had to work with whatever I had here. I got a lot of inspiration from Pinterest and really just lucked out with our vendors and their availability. They were extremely helpful in the planning process, especially everything being on short notice.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My bridal lengha was the traditional red and gold. I originally wanted fuchsia pink and red but couldn’t find anything that I liked. I bought my lengha from Edison but being in a pandemic, all the shops and boutiques were not getting any new shipments so then I just went with the traditional red and gold.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Other than going venue shopping and finalizing our venue, I’d say my favorite part of wedding planning had been coming up with the gifts for my bridesmaids and my Maid of Honor and asking them to be a part of my bridal party. I always had an idea how I would ask them and it was just perfect when they all said yes.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved our venue, Grand Marquis. The venue was naturally beautiful, and it didn’t require a lot of decorations. The only decor we had was our mandap. Our guests were able to capture a lot of beautiful photos of themselves and us. They also enjoyed the food and music and just being able to see each other after so long because of the pandemic, and we were very happy that our wedding made that possible.

I hope you loved this story, ladies! Keep coming back for more.

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Photography: Dreamline Productions LLC | Hair & Makeup: Shaz Makeup and Mehndi Artist | Ceremony Venue: Grand Marquis | Floral & Decor: Mandap Milap | Catering: Chand Palace | DJ: JP Entertainment | Bridal Fashions: Fashion Queen | Bridal Jewelry: Zaveri Jewelers | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Shaz Mehndi And Makeup Artist | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Sarvoday Card | Cinematography: Dreamline Productions LLC.


Pearl River, NY Indian Wedding by Ishan Fotografi

Happy Thursday, Maharanis! Thanks to Shivani & Kailash's magnificent event, sweetness and inspiration are coming your way. Our lovebirds had a tremendous celebration at the Hilton Pearl River. From a lovely night at the market with street food from Indian regions to an unforgettable ceremony commemorating a new chapter in Shivani & Kailash's lives. This venue was the perfect setting for such incredible moments! Its undeniable elegance surrounded our newlyweds during their events, accompanied by the charming adornments only the team from Elegant Affairs Inc. could deliver. But ladies, it was our gorgeous lovebirds that captivated everyone! Our Maharani trusted in the elegance and exclusive styles only Shyamal & BhumikaWellgroomed Designs IncPhera, and Anita Dongre provide. She dazzled Kailash with phenomenal and classy hair and makeup done by Flawless Beauty by Pauline. Kudos to StyleBySmita, that made sure to highlight the beauty of the bridal party! Ladies, I have to say Shivani's mehndi art, designed by Mehndikalogie, was also glamorous! The perfect traces combined with the magnificent lengha our Maharani wore. Kailash cannot be left behind. He decided to wear a modern tuxedo from Suitsupply. My dears, I think they are made for each other! But ladies, if you wonder how this couple pampered their guests, let me tell you one detail you don't want to miss. The mouthwatering cuisine from Adyar Ananda Bhavan and Benares Caterers provided a tasteful touch no one will ever forget! Also, the very well-known Chef Gaurav Anand deserves a standing ovation for the delicious cuisine that amazed every guest! Of course, music is a must for an event like this one! So, Premier DJ Usa PSAV made sure to take the right vibes to the next level. Ladies, this was a wedding to remember! Everything was perfect, including the lovely invitations Azure Couture Event Stationery designed for our sweet duo. Our couple had nothing to worry about because every detail was taken care of to perfection. Sweeties, every significant moment deserves excellent pictures. Thanks to the exceptional team from Ishan Fotografi, all the little details of these events will live forever. Check out these creative photos available for you in this gallery. My sweeties, I know you will love this event as much as I did.

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And that's a wrap ladies. Keep coming back for more fairytales!

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Hair & Makeup: Flawless Beauty by Pauline | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Azure Couture Event Stationery | Hair & Makeup: StyleBySmita | Mehndi Artists: Mehndikalogie | Photography: Ishan Fotografi | Sangeet Venue: Hilton Pearl River | Ceremony Venue: Hilton Pearl River | Reception Venue: Hilton Pearl River | Floral & Decor: Elegant Affairs Inc. | Catering: Adyar Ananda Bhavan | Catering: Benares Caterers | DJ: Premier DJ Usa PSAV | Baraat: Echo Lake Stables | Bridal Fashions: House of Raina | Bridal Fashions: Shyamal & Bhumika | Bridal Fashions: Wellgroomed Designs Inc | Bridal Fashions: Phera | Bridal Fashions: Anita Dongre | Bridal Jewelry: Dana Walden Jewelry | Bridal Jewelry: ReeMat Designs | Cake & Treats: A Little Cake | Cinematography: My Wedding Maker | Event Designer: One Events Management | Favors: Etsy | Lighting: Premier DJ Usa PSAV | Registry: Zola Wedding Registry | Rentals: Alan Party Rentals | Tuxedos: Suitsupply


Cancun, Mexico Indian Fusion Wedding by Federico Salmeron Photo

Greetings, Maharanis! We have a wonderful day with a fantastic story to get your creativity going. Today, our protagonists are the lovely Sabeena & Arjun, who had a one-of-a-kind celebration in Cancun. Get your passport ready, ladies! We are going straight to the beautiful Moon Palace The Grand, where our couple commemorated their union. This paradise on earth offers a marvelous environment for any celebration and a complete team of professionals to assist their clients' every need. Our couple took full advantage of this for their wedding, with Evoke Décor Studio and Amada Flower Design Studio's assistance to craft the astonishing decor. With the gifted Amar Sandhu behind the mic, the guests were delighted by this artist's talent. The cheerful ambiance only improved with DJ Tej and his excellent music taste to keep everyone dancing the night away. Our divine Maharani, Sabeena, was a shining star with her stunning attire courtesy of Raj Gharana and the delicate traces Loto Mehndi did on her sun-kissed skin. The Styling Trio gave the bride some finishing touches with their artistic makeup, emphasizing her elegant features. She was radiant! With the dashing groom, Arjun, looking as magnificent as ever, our couple was set to relish Cancun's breathtaking beaches! The lovebirds' grand event was designed by the unique Dream Shaadi, and the result exceeded any possible expectation! Our couples' only worry was to enjoy the day as much as possible while the Indian Destination Wedding's proficient team kept all the arrangements in check, giving the sweethearts a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Sabeena & Arjun's wedding was undoubtedly an exceptional celebration that none will forget. Nevertheless, Federico Salmeron Photo and his unbelievable skills with the camera captured all the highlights for our couple to cherish. And for all my beloved Maharanis, we have compiled a resplendent gallery to give you a boost of amour! 

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met on a dating platform called bumble. Arjun lives in Salt Lake City, Utah and I live in Fresno,California.
Arjun and I talked everyday and FaceTimed a lot before he decided that he would come visit me in Fresno,California. We spent hours and hours on the phone and not once did it feel awkward!
Arjun flew to see me in Fresno and I picked him up from the airport. I saw him standing there waiting with the biggest smile ever holding a bouquet of flowers! We went to eat lunch and throughout our day, the conversations we had were so real and deep!
I knew Arjun was the one for me with how patient, caring, and loving he is with me. He always goes the extra mile to make sure that I am always happy and comfortable!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I went to Salt Lake City, Utah to see Arjun and he tells me that we are going out to dinner that evening. I get dressed in a black dress and he is wearing a black suit. I always get super excited when we dress up and go to places! We were getting ready to leave and I leave the house to see a limo parked outside. I thought to myself hmmm this is too fancy to JUST go to dinner! Lol but he promised me that we were doing that. Then he took me up the hills of Salt Lake City, Utah near the Capitol. Arjun opened the door and I got out and saw a cute under the star picnic set up. While we were eating he popped the question and asked if I would marry him! Then I noticed a videographer and photographer come out of no where! I said yes and it most magical feeling ever!!!

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.
Arjun and I worked with Dream Shaadi and we chose to get married at The Grand Moon Palace in Cancún, Mexico. Him and I both always wanted a destination wedding and we spend every week with our favorite wedding planner. Sumeet Bagai planning the ins and outs of our wedding and made sure everything we envisioned for our wedding would come into reality!
We know finding vendors in Mexico was going to be a challenge, but we were very pleased with our vendors at The Grand Moon Palace. Our vendors for the decor did an amazing job with decor and exceeded our expectations! Styling Trio also did an amazing job with my hair and make up and helped me get ready for all the events!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Arjun and I had a fusion wedding with one Sikh Ceremony and one Hindu Ceremony to embrace both cultures. I knew I wanted a different approach to my wedding lengha and choose a color that was different from red and pink. I made multiple appointments to try on wedding lengha’s and I finally found Raj Gharana who was able to customize my wedding dress! I went with a teal color with an elephant, palki, and peacock motif for a royal look.
For the Hindu wedding ceremony, I choose a light pink and navy blue color with heavy embroidery. I absolutely loved my bridal lengha and felt like a princess in them. It was very royal and different from the traditional red lengha which is what I wanted. My guests continuously asked where I got my lengha from!

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was Arjun being by my side throughout the whole process. He was so in tune and focused to make sure everything from food and decor was perfectly executed! Being in the states and planning a destination wedding in Mexico was a little worrisome but with Arjun by my side we were able to plan everything perfectly and made the process that much more fun and exciting!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved our destination wedding in Cancún, Mexico! Arjun and I were the first ones to have a destination wedding on both sides of the family so everyone was in awe with how well everything was executed from the moment they were picked up from the airport, their accommodations, and especially raved how delicious the Indian food was in Mexico!! Our guests were able to attend our wedding events but also had a chance to make it a mini vacation as well. Our guests loved the resort venue and how through the events and days were planned out. Huge shout out to Indian Destination Weddings and Dream Shaadi for making our guests feel welcomed and made their trip so much easier!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The moment Arjun and I looked at each other at the wedding venue for both weddings is something I will never forget. We both gazed into each other’s eyes and felt more in love than ever before. Arjun was smiling throughout the entire Hindu Wedding Ceremony and seeing him smile so big just made this moment so much more special.

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.
For the haldi/mehndi ceremony we went with a vibrant pink and yellow theme! We choose the Lilly garden location at The Grand Moon Palace. We had yellow and pink flowers as a beautiful backdrop and had a guest mehndi station set up so our guests can get mehndi applied on their hands. We also had a food station for our guests which included a pani puri station and an ice cream station. Our guests absolutely loved this!
For our Sangeet. We went with vibrant Jaago colors such as orange, red, blue, pink, yellow. Each table had a different colored table cloth with a beautiful centerpiece. We also had hanging colored lantern lights along with different colored drapes hanging from the top. Our backdrop included vibrant umbrellas as a focal point for pictures.
For our reception, we choose a Royal gold and black theme. I wore a gold lengha and Arjun wore a long black coat. We had a couple of our family members from both sides give a special speech which was truly heart touching. To end the last night in Cancún with a bang we had a special guest performance by Amar Sandhu! None of our guests knew this was going to happen, so when he came out and performed it was truly amazing!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Always search for new ways to show your spouse how much you love him! Appreciate him and care for him and don’t ever stop working on your marriage! Communication is key!

I hope you are feeling imaginative, Maharanis. Keep coming back for more romance!

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Travel Concierge: Indian Destination Wedding | Event Designer: Dream Shaadi | Sangeet venue: Moon Palace The Grand | Ceremony Venue: Moon Palace The Grand | Reception Venue: Moon Palace The Grand | Floral & Decor: Amada Flower Design Studio | Floral & Decor: Evoke Décor Studio | Hair & Makeup: Styling Trio | Catering: Moon Palace The Grand | DJ: DJ Tej | Bridal Fashions: Raj Gharana | Cake & Treats: Delight Cake Studio | Cinematography: Saptapadi Weddings | Lighting: Quantum Audiovisual Studio | Live Music: Amar Sandhu | Mehndi Artist: Loto Mehndi | Photo Booth: 360 Pro Events | Transportation: Weddings by Lomas Travel | Entertainment: Drums in Paradise | Resort: Moon Palace The Grand | Event signs: Digital Invite Store | Transfers: Weddings by Lomas Travel | Coconuts: Ko'coo | Photography: Federico Salmeron Photo


Willemstad, Curaçao Indian Wedding by Alain Martinez Photography

Maharanis, I am glad to announce that today is the perfect Thursday to travel to Curacao! So, are you ready to embark on a new and exciting journey? As I know you said "yes!" get your baggage and passport prepared because we're transporting you to another continent. Today, we're taking you to the paradisiac and elegant Marriott Curacao to celebrate Isha & Kishan's traditional wedding. So get ready to have a lovely time! Maharanis, we can start this day by noting the extremely well-executed planning Sonal J Shah Events did. It was a combination of beauty and traditional events that every guest will remember forever! Thanks to magnificent decor, meticulous design, and excellent attention to detail, this wedding celebration was equally stunning and enthralling. The venue was enhanced by the color palette and the ornaments' correct positioning, creating the ideal setting for Isha and Kishan to begin their lifelong married life! And we can't talk about perfection without mentioning the fantastic musical job DJ RAJ Entertainment & Event Lighting did. I can tell you every guest danced all night long! Ladies, I must tell you all about our gorgeous Maharani's stunning looks! Style by Susmita has been the leading force behind some of the most glamorous and stylish Indian brides worldwide. That is why she showcased all of her talent and expertise in making a gorgeous bride look like a goddess on her big day! Aisha RaoArpita MehtaAmit Aggarwal, and Pallavi Poddar are fashionistas in their style. All of them provided a traditional touch and elegance to Isha's look; with the most classy attires, you will not be able to keep your eyes off of them! Maharanis, if you can't get enough of this wedding celebration, check out the rest of the photos in today's jaw-dropping gallery. Thanks to Alain Martinez Photography's visual masterpieces, you're going to be blown away! 

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
My cousin was friends with my husband for years in college before I met him. I used to always hang out with my cousin and his friends all the time but never met Kishan because he was in Boston for work. One day, my cousin says we are going out to dinner with his friends (very common). We get to the restaurant and there he is, I thought he was so cute when I first saw him but he wouldn't speak to me even though we were sitting right next to each other! Of course, later, I learned this is because he is very shy. From dinner, we decided to go out to a bar. I wanted a tequila shot at the bar and out of nowhere, Kishan says "I'll take the shot with you". Kishan did NOT like tequila at all. It was at this moment, his friends knew that he liked me. We went to the bar together to take the shot, we hit it off and the rest is history!
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Kishan had moved to Dallas, TX a couple months before and we were long-distance at that time. I had come to visit him 4th of July weekend, my birthday is July 6th and he proposed on July 5th. He proposed to me the day before my birthday because he knew I wouldn't be expecting it. Summers in Dallas are HOT, it was 96 degrees the day he proposed. Kishan took me to a beautiful garden in Dallas called the Arboretum. He said he wanted to make a pit stop before our brunch plans. He was walking me to a specific part of the garden and the whole time I kept complaining about how hot it was and if we could skip this part and just go straight to brunch. When we finally got to where he wanted to propose, it was in front of a beautiful small fountain and he had set up a picnic blanket and pillows. I knew at that time but on the blanket was a puzzle he wanted me to complete (we love to puzzle). The puzzle said will you marry me? And when I turned around he was on one knee. After I said yes, our siblings popped out of nowhere and we celebrated with champagne, of course!
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 always knew we wanted to do a destination wedding. We both have older siblings that already had the big local weddings so we wanted something with a more intimate guest list. When it came to wedding planning, Kishan only had one request - he always wanted to get married overlooking the water. Our next step was to book a wedding planner, we wanted someone who had a lot of experience in destination weddings and went with Sonal Shah of SJS Events. We wanted to book a venue on an island that many people hadn't been, somewhere guests would feel like they're getting a vacation as well. The wedding events were planned at night to ensure guests got the day to sleep in, relax, enjoy the beach, and explore the island. This is how we ended up with Marriott Curaçao Beach Resort, located on the island of Curaçao which is part of the Dutch-Netherlands ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao). Once the venue was booked, we booked the rest of our vendors: Style by Susmita for hair and makeup, Alain Martinez for photography and videography, DJ Raj Gandhi for DJ and MC, a local company Confetti Company for decor, and a local company Massive Productions for audio and visual. Because the wedding was going to be intimate, we wanted to incorporate a lot of small details and experiences for guests. We made welcome bags that included everything from personalized hangover kits with liquid IV, hand sanitizer, and Emergen-C to personalized do not disturb door hangers, Indian snacks, local snacks, and small blue Curaçao bottles. We had a sunset wedding on the beach and once it got dark, we incorporated fireworks which was a nice surprise factor for our guests. There were his and hers personalized scents as a final party favor at the reception. And finally, one of my favorite moments of the weekend is when we decided to forego a traditional cheer at the reception and did tequila shot cheers with everyone instead to commemorate the first time we met. Throughout the planning process, the hardest part was not being able to go to India and working around the pandemic fluctuations, especially with a destination wedding. We had to work around the clock and back and forth via WhatsApp with many vendors in India for our outfits, favors, invitations, jewelry, and other small details. Despite the struggle, we were both extremely happy with how everything turned out.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I wanted to definitely go the traditional route and wanted an all-red outfit. I found a Kolkata-based designer named Pallavi Poddar on Instagram and absolutely fell in love with her Padma lehenga. I immediately reached out to her via WhatsApp and through video/messaging, I finalized my outfit. When I received my outfit, I could not be happier. The work was so intricate and beautiful, and the outfit fit me like a glove.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was the decor. I am very creative and love to think of outside-the-box ideas. My decorator and I had a very collaborative experience. I was hands-on with many aspects of the decor including the floor plans, lighting, seating chart display, signage, etc. It was especially gratifying seeing it all come together.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
They loved the relaxing atmosphere of the wedding. All of the events were in the evening so our guests got the chance to explore the island, relax on the beach/by the pool, and enjoy their vacation during the day. We provided breakfast, lunch, and of course dinner every day during the wedding weekend, so they didn't need to go too far to find food.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Our first look. Kishan's sister tested positive for COVID the day of the wedding and could no longer be apart of any wedding festivities. It was a very emotional time for all of us as we were getting ready and an especially tough time for Kishan as his one and only sibling would not be able to attend his wedding. There were so many times I wanted to just go and see him but I knew I couldn't. When we finally saw each other for our first look, it was a mixture of so many emotions and we both had tears of happiness and sadness. But it was also that moment that we knew we only needed each other to get through life's happiest and saddest moments.
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 sangeet was a poolside event, and I immediately knew I wanted the stage to be built on top of the pool. Guests would have the unique experience of being on a dance floor in the pool. We centered the rest of the decor around that. The decor was rust pink and yellow, very boho chic with string lights. The reception was conversely very romantic and glam. The color theme was red black and gold, with lots of red roses and candles lighting up the room. The cocktail hour was in an outdoor courtyard with the seating chart engraved in round wooden boards hanging from the trees, there were also twinkle lights hanging from the trees. For our first dance, we decided to do a mix of songs but we started off with a salsa number to Señorita by Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello which was SO fun to learn!
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
So much stress and pressure are put on ensuring everything is perfect but things may not go exactly according to plan. At that moment, remember that things have a way of working out, what's meant to be will happen and in the end, you're going to look back at your wedding as a really special moment in your life. And don't forget to be in the moment and have fun!
Maharanis, come back tomorrow for a new love story!

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DJ: DJ RAJ Entertainment & Event Lighting | Venue: Marriott Curacao | Planning & Design: Sonal J Shah Events | Floral & Decor: Confetti Company | Hair & Makeup: Style by Susmita | Catering: Marriott Curacao | Bridal Fashions: Aisha Rao | Bridal Fashions: Arpita Mehta | Bridal Fashions: Amit Aggarwal | Bridal Fashions: Pallavi Poddar | Bridal Jewelry: Chintamanis Jewellers | Cinematography: Alain Martinez Photography | Photography: Alain Martinez Photography


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